A visit to India's treasured sites evokes images of erstwhile royalty and legendary tales of love and valor. There are few places in the world that compare with the mesmerizing Taj Mahal and the awe-inspiring Agra Fort. Enjoy a treasure trove of unforgettable sights that will enthrall even the most jaded traveler.
Guests must be in possession of an Indian visa prior to arrival in India.
DAY 1 - ARRIVE DELHI
Upon arrival at Delhi's Indira Ghandi International Airport you will be met by the local Silversea Cruises representative once you have completed customs and immigration formalities and collected your luggage. The representative will assist with your transfer to the hotel. The remainder of the day and all meals are on your own.
Overnight at The Oberoi Hotel - New Delhi
DAY 2 - NEW DELHI / AGRA
Enjoy a leisurely morning with breakfast at the hotel. Your guide will assemble the Silversea group for an early lunch there as well before your departure for the 3.5 hour drive to Agra (with a comfort stop en route).
Welcome to Agra! As the capital of the Mughal dynasties in the 16th and 17th centuries, Agra also was the repository of many of the Mughals most famous monuments. The city has long astonished visitors with sites that date back to the Mughal Empire. On arrival, transfer to The Oberoi Amarvilas. The luxury hotel is a mere 650 yards (600 meters) from the Taj Mahal, thus offering you a first glimpse of the stunningly beautiful mausoleum. Check-in and freshen up before departing for a sunset visit to the famed Taj Mahal. The unique beauty of this magnificent mausoleum in pure white marble provides a breathtaking image as soon as you emerge from the arched entry gateway. Return to the hotel at the end of your visit and enjoy dinner served at the hotel.
Overnight at The Oberoi Amarvilas - Agra
DAY 3 - AGRA / NEW DELHI
Early this morning, return to the monument - a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal - Shah Jehan's enduring monument to love. Emperor Shah Jehan, fifth of the great Mughal emperors was devoted to his wife Mumtaz Mahal, meaning literally jewel of the palace. She died at the age of 39 giving birth to their fourteenth child. The shah envisioned a memorial that would surpass anything the world had ever seen. Thousands of laborers and skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy were commissioned to construct this incredible masterpiece. The rays of the rising sun make the monument a wonder to behold. You can enter the mausoleum and stroll around the extensive grounds.
Return to the hotel for breakfast.
Proceed to Agra Fort, the town's second important attraction after the Taj Mahal. The massive fort contains within its 1.5 mile-long (2.5 km-long), red sandstone walls the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises fairy-tale palaces, audience halls and two beautiful mosques. Founded in the 16th century, the vast complex experienced many additions by subsequent rulers. Here Shah Jehan was held captive by his son and spent his days gazing out from his room toward the Taj Mahal across the river. Leave Agra Fort and return to The Oberoi Amarvilas Hotel for lunch.
After lunch, return to New Delhi (3.5 hour drive) with enroute comfort stops. After dinner is provided, the rest of the evening is at your leisure.
Overnight at The Oberoi Hotel - New Delhi
DAY 4 - NEW DELHI / MUMBAI
Following breakfast at the hotel, check-out and enjoy a morning of sightseeing in New Dehli. Highlights include Humanyun's Tomb, one of the most beautiful tombs of the Mughal era; Lutyens Delhi, the cities poshest neighborhood that dates from the days of the British Empire, among others. Late morning will find you on your way to the airport for the short (approximately 2 hour) flight to Mumbai. An in-flight lunch is served.
Following your arrival in Mumbai, once you have collected your luggage, the local Mumbai-based representative will meet you and direct you to the motorcoach that will deliver you to the waiting Silversea ship. Bon Voyage!
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Day 4: Delhi/ Mumbai - approximately 2hr10min
Please pack one small bag to take with you to Agra. Larger pieces of luggage can be left at the hotel in New Delhi, so please plan to travel with a small overnight bag. Weight restrictions are very strict on domestic Indian flights (maximum 33lbs/15kg for checked luggage). Include lightweight clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Remember to bring sunscreen, a hat and your camera. Shoe covers are provided for the interior visit of Taj Mahal mausoleum.
Please check with your travel professional for details about an Indian visa. It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain appropriate visa documents before your cruise.
This Land Program requires an extensive amount of walking with many steps to climb at the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilize a wheelchair. This programme involves fairly long drives. The driving distance between Delhi and Agra is now 3-3.5 hours. All vehicles utilised are the best available; they may not always be to western standards.
Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications which may be appropriate for your state of health.
All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.
This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.
Please note: Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour.
All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older. This description is a general overview of this programme. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. The programme described here is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.