Ramayana Trails By Sean Mc

5 nights from R12 897


Highlights

  • Negombo – the cinnamon hub of the Colonization of Dutch
  • Chilaw
  • Manavari Temple
  • Kandy – the World Heritage Site & last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings
  • Tea Plantation
  • Ramboda – visit Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Hakgala -God Hanuman Temple – proves valid evidence of the epic tale or Rama & Sita
  • Sita Amman Temple
  • Divurumpola – underwent the “Agni” test
  • Welimada
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Kitulgala
  • Avissawella
  • Sitawakka
  • Colombo
  • Includes

  • Return airfare from Johannesburg
  • Share twin accommodation in tourist class hotels with breakfast
  • Return airport transfers
  • One night in Negombo
  • One night in Kandy
  • Two nights Nuwara Eliya
  • One night in Colombo
  • Excludes

  • Entrance fees
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Personal items
  • Any items not mentioned
  • Itinerary

    Day 1 Negombo – Arrival

    Meet and greet on arrival in Negombo. Transfer to your selected hotel by private car. Depart for city tour of Negombo (subject to your time of arrival / time permitting). You are leisure to relax, go shopping or explore the city on your own. Dinner and overnight at your hotel. (D)

    Located fairly close to Bandaranaike International Airport, Negombo was once the cinnamon hub of the Dutch Colony. It offers some of the most exciting dive sites, a pleasant beach and lagoon where you can sample delectable seafood straight from the sea as some of the best lobsters, prawns and crabs in the country are caught here. Popular with surfers and sun lovers by day Negombo also has a vibrant nightlife scene featuring bars, disco and clubs.

    Day 2 Negombo – Chilaw – Kandy

    Checkout after breakfast and transfer by car to Chilaw. Visit the Muneeshwaram Temple. Lord Rama, after his victorious battle, left for Ayodhya in one of King Ravana’s vimanas. He felt he was being followed by “Brahmahsthi Dosham” as he had killed King Ravana who was a Brahmin. He stopped the vimana at this juncture because he felt that the “Brahamasthi Dhosham” was not following him. He descended from the vimana and asked God Shiva for a remedy. Lord Shiva blessed Lord Rama and advised him to install four lingams at Manavari, Thiru Koneswaram, Thiru Ketheshwaram and Rameshwaram in India and pray as this was the only remedy to get rid of the “Brahmasathi Dosham”

    We continue to Manavari to visit the Manavari Temple. This is the first place where Lord Rama installed the Siva Lingam and prayed after the end of the war with King Ravana. Visit the Manavari Temple. This Lingam is called the Ramalingam because it was made by Lord Rama. Apart from this, the Lingam in Rameshwaram is the only Lingam in the world that is named after Lord Rama

    Drive from Chilaw to Kandy. Last ruled by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe before it was brought under British rule in 1815, Kandy was the last royal capital of Sri Lankan Kings. This UNESCO World Heritage Site impresses an array of culture, history and heritage upon visitors from across the globe. Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel, the temple of the Sacred Tooth relic of Lord Buddha.

    A stroll across this small lakeside town – cradled among the misty hills – will feature the Kandy City Centre bundled with latest and world class brands, bazaars, an arts & crafts centre, as well as a gem museum & lapidary. Drive towards Victoria Golf Course, undoubtedly one of the best golf courses in the world or walk in color as you glide through fresh fruits and vegetables in the Kandy market. Fine tune your evening by stepping to the beat of traditional music & drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture of Sri Lanka. Dinner and overnight at your selected hotel in Kandy. (B, D)

    Day 3 Kandy – Tea Plantation – Ramboda – Nuwara Eliya

    After breakfast we leave Kandy for a visit to a Tea Plantation. Tea, Tourism and Ceylon are words that blend together perfectly. Visit the cool, misty hills covered in acres of lush green tea plants that are the pride of an ultimate plantation tour. Or just step into a modern tea factory processing renowned brands of Ceylon Tea to observe a rich, well-rehearsed tradition. Inhale the heady aromas as you observe the hissing machines at work. End the tour in style over a perfectly blended cup of pure Ceylon Tea.

    Transfer from Tea Plantation to Ramboda. Visit the Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple and view the imposing 16 feet high granite statue of Lord Hanuman, the presiding deity of this temple. It is believed that Lord Hanuman was searching for Sita Devi from atop the hills of Ramboda.

    Continue to Nuwara Eliya. Steep, misty roads winding through lush green tea plantations and the cool climate remind visitors that they are nearing this renowned British colonial retreat. Augmented by an English countryside atmosphere, the city of light, once governed by English and Scottish planters, is still studded with colonial bungalows, hedgerows and one of the finest golf courses in the world. A hike through the lush green grass and red brick walls presents breathtaking views of a buzzing countryside hamlet. Drive through green valleys of the hill country pierced by endless waterfalls and dotted by tea pickers draped in bright-colored saris or rent a bike for a gentle ride along the banks lapped by the waters of Lake Gregory. Dinner and overnight at your selected hotel. (B, D)

    Day 4 Nuwara Eliya – Hakgala – Welimada – Nuwara Eliya

    Depart on your full day excursion after breakfast. Drive to Hakgala where the pleasure garden of Ravana in the Ramayana epic welcomes all lovers of flowers. Warm jackets and gloves come into play at Hakgala due to its cool temperate climate. Listen to the bells ringing farther uphill from the God Hanuman Temple that underscore the epic tale of Rama & Sita. Whether it is the warmth of April or the cold of December, overall, Hakgala truly is bliss for all ages with an extensive variety of roses, orchids and spices.

    Visit the Sita Amman Temple built on the banks of a stream that Sitadevi is believed to have bathed in. Remarkably, footprints both small and large akin to Lord Hanuman’s are to be found on the rocks along the banks of this stream that allude to the immense power of Lord Hanuman, who is said to have been able to transform into any size.

    Continue from Hakgala to Welimada to visit Divurumpola. This is the place where Sitadevi, underwent the “Agni” test. Legend has it that Sitadevi was once again connected to Lord Rama here where she was overcome with joy, but Lord Rama appeared to be lost in thought. At length he spoke – “I have killed my enemy and have done my duty as a true king, but you have lived in the enemy’s abode. It is not proper that I should take you back now”.

    Sitadevi was shocked. Is it my fault that the monster carried me off by force? All the time, my mind, my heart and soul were fixed on you and you alone my Lord! she said and turned to Lakshman and said with tears streaming down her face – “prepare a fire for me!” that is the only remedy for this sorrow of mine! Lakshman in suppressed anger looked at Lord Rama’s face but saw no sign of softening. He then proceeded to light a big fire and Sitadevi reverently went around her husband and approached the blazing fire, joined her palms in salutation and said “If I am pure, Oh fire protect me”! With those words, she jumped into the fire, to the horror of the monkeys who stood on all sides watching the tragic sight.

    Then, Lord Agni the God of Fire whom she had invoked arose from the flames,. He lifted Sitadevi from the flames, unharmed and presented her to Lord Rama. “Don’t I know that she is spotless and pure at heart?” cried Lord Rama standing up to receive her. “It is for the sake of the world that I made her go through this ordeal of fire” so that the truth be known to all. Return to Nuwara Eliya. Dinner and overnight at your hotel. (B, D)

    Day 5 Nuwara Eliya – Kitulgala – Avissawella – Colombo

    Check out after breakfast and drive to the small town of Kitulgala. Showered by two monsoons each year, Kitulgala is one of the wettest places in Sri Lanka. The movie ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ was filmed on the nearby Kelani River. Many locals and visitors make the excursion from Colombo over weekends to take in the beautiful scenery, bathe in the river, and enjoy the excellent curry and rice lunch at the local restaurants.

    Kitulgala is also a base for white-water rafting, which starts a few kilometres upstream. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, grab your gear and go whitewater rafting among the wild rapids as you go thundering downstream; hop from rock to rock upstream for a mind-blowing waterfall or slide down to the darkest depths of caves haunted by millions of bats. If hardcore adventure is not for you, then simply trek along the beaten track, go bird watching or admire the breathtaking natural beauty of the wilderness.

    Continue to Avissawella to visit Sitawakka where an interesting and shocking episode of history took place to shatter Lord Rama’s confidence and halt his progress during the war. Indrajith the eldest son of King Ravana played a trick with Sitadevi’s look alike and beheaded the look alike in front of Lord Hanuman, thinking that it will stop the advancing forces of Lord Rama. There is a stone in this area called the “Rampathaga” with one footprint that is believed to be that of Lord Rama.

    Drive to Colombo the throbbing metropolis that is not only the country’s commercial capital, but also the engine that drives more than half of the national GDP flanking Colombo’s fancy urban development effort. Drive along the clean streets edging the crystal white Race Course – a horse racing hub since 1893 & World War II airstrip – that today boasts lavish clothing, food & tea boutiques. Ride to Pettah and tune into an offbeat shopping experience at the Floating Market or feel the buzz surrounding the upcoming inspiration, the Colombo Port City – an offshore city – featuring parks, commercial complexes & even an F1 racetrack!

    Head along Bauddhaloka Mawatha towards ‘The Arcade’ that faces a historic way post, the Independence Square. Every designer boutique, gourmet food outlet and even the ‘walk-over fish tank’, have revamped this colonial masterpiece into one of the trendiest shopping and hangout zones in Sri Lanka.

    Have a chilled beer at the “Dutch Hospital” while gazing through fancy windows showcasing best in fashion, jewellery & handicrafts. Smell the perfume of incense while listening to the chiming bells of Gangarama Temple or sample Colombo’s night life at the many night clubs & casinos that borderline her bustle. Dinner and overnight at your selected hotel in Colombo. (B, D)

    Day 6 Colombo – Departure

    Breakfast and morning at leisure. Transfer to the airport by private car in time for your onward flight. Itinerary Ends. (B)

    (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)

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    Ramayana Trails

    5 nights from R12 897

    Highlights

  • Negombo – the cinnamon hub of the Colonization of Dutch
  • Chilaw
  • Manavari Temple
  • Kandy – the World Heritage Site & last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings
  • Tea Plantation
  • Ramboda – visit Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Hakgala -God Hanuman Temple – proves valid evidence of the epic tale or Rama & Sita
  • Sita Amman Temple
  • Divurumpola – underwent the “Agni” test
  • Welimada
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Kitulgala
  • Avissawella
  • Sitawakka
  • Colombo
  • Includes

  • Return airfare from Johannesburg
  • Share twin accommodation in tourist class hotels with breakfast
  • Return airport transfers
  • One night in Negombo
  • One night in Kandy
  • Two nights Nuwara Eliya
  • One night in Colombo
  • Excludes

  • Entrance fees
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Personal items
  • Any items not mentioned
  • Itinerary

    Day 1 Negombo – Arrival

    Meet and greet on arrival in Negombo. Transfer to your selected hotel by private car. Depart for city tour of Negombo (subject to your time of arrival / time permitting). You are leisure to relax, go shopping or explore the city on your own. Dinner and overnight at your hotel. (D)

    Located fairly close to Bandaranaike International Airport, Negombo was once the cinnamon hub of the Dutch Colony. It offers some of the most exciting dive sites, a pleasant beach and lagoon where you can sample delectable seafood straight from the sea as some of the best lobsters, prawns and crabs in the country are caught here. Popular with surfers and sun lovers by day Negombo also has a vibrant nightlife scene featuring bars, disco and clubs.

    Day 2 Negombo – Chilaw – Kandy

    Checkout after breakfast and transfer by car to Chilaw. Visit the Muneeshwaram Temple. Lord Rama, after his victorious battle, left for Ayodhya in one of King Ravana’s vimanas. He felt he was being followed by “Brahmahsthi Dosham” as he had killed King Ravana who was a Brahmin. He stopped the vimana at this juncture because he felt that the “Brahamasthi Dhosham” was not following him. He descended from the vimana and asked God Shiva for a remedy. Lord Shiva blessed Lord Rama and advised him to install four lingams at Manavari, Thiru Koneswaram, Thiru Ketheshwaram and Rameshwaram in India and pray as this was the only remedy to get rid of the “Brahmasathi Dosham”

    We continue to Manavari to visit the Manavari Temple. This is the first place where Lord Rama installed the Siva Lingam and prayed after the end of the war with King Ravana. Visit the Manavari Temple. This Lingam is called the Ramalingam because it was made by Lord Rama. Apart from this, the Lingam in Rameshwaram is the only Lingam in the world that is named after Lord Rama

    Drive from Chilaw to Kandy. Last ruled by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe before it was brought under British rule in 1815, Kandy was the last royal capital of Sri Lankan Kings. This UNESCO World Heritage Site impresses an array of culture, history and heritage upon visitors from across the globe. Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel, the temple of the Sacred Tooth relic of Lord Buddha.

    A stroll across this small lakeside town – cradled among the misty hills – will feature the Kandy City Centre bundled with latest and world class brands, bazaars, an arts & crafts centre, as well as a gem museum & lapidary. Drive towards Victoria Golf Course, undoubtedly one of the best golf courses in the world or walk in color as you glide through fresh fruits and vegetables in the Kandy market. Fine tune your evening by stepping to the beat of traditional music & drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture of Sri Lanka. Dinner and overnight at your selected hotel in Kandy. (B, D)

    Day 3 Kandy – Tea Plantation – Ramboda – Nuwara Eliya

    After breakfast we leave Kandy for a visit to a Tea Plantation. Tea, Tourism and Ceylon are words that blend together perfectly. Visit the cool, misty hills covered in acres of lush green tea plants that are the pride of an ultimate plantation tour. Or just step into a modern tea factory processing renowned brands of Ceylon Tea to observe a rich, well-rehearsed tradition. Inhale the heady aromas as you observe the hissing machines at work. End the tour in style over a perfectly blended cup of pure Ceylon Tea.

    Transfer from Tea Plantation to Ramboda. Visit the Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple and view the imposing 16 feet high granite statue of Lord Hanuman, the presiding deity of this temple. It is believed that Lord Hanuman was searching for Sita Devi from atop the hills of Ramboda.

    Continue to Nuwara Eliya. Steep, misty roads winding through lush green tea plantations and the cool climate remind visitors that they are nearing this renowned British colonial retreat. Augmented by an English countryside atmosphere, the city of light, once governed by English and Scottish planters, is still studded with colonial bungalows, hedgerows and one of the finest golf courses in the world. A hike through the lush green grass and red brick walls presents breathtaking views of a buzzing countryside hamlet. Drive through green valleys of the hill country pierced by endless waterfalls and dotted by tea pickers draped in bright-colored saris or rent a bike for a gentle ride along the banks lapped by the waters of Lake Gregory. Dinner and overnight at your selected hotel. (B, D)

    Day 4 Nuwara Eliya – Hakgala – Welimada – Nuwara Eliya

    Depart on your full day excursion after breakfast. Drive to Hakgala where the pleasure garden of Ravana in the Ramayana epic welcomes all lovers of flowers. Warm jackets and gloves come into play at Hakgala due to its cool temperate climate. Listen to the bells ringing farther uphill from the God Hanuman Temple that underscore the epic tale of Rama & Sita. Whether it is the warmth of April or the cold of December, overall, Hakgala truly is bliss for all ages with an extensive variety of roses, orchids and spices.

    Visit the Sita Amman Temple built on the banks of a stream that Sitadevi is believed to have bathed in. Remarkably, footprints both small and large akin to Lord Hanuman’s are to be found on the rocks along the banks of this stream that allude to the immense power of Lord Hanuman, who is said to have been able to transform into any size.

    Continue from Hakgala to Welimada to visit Divurumpola. This is the place where Sitadevi, underwent the “Agni” test. Legend has it that Sitadevi was once again connected to Lord Rama here where she was overcome with joy, but Lord Rama appeared to be lost in thought. At length he spoke – “I have killed my enemy and have done my duty as a true king, but you have lived in the enemy’s abode. It is not proper that I should take you back now”.

    Sitadevi was shocked. Is it my fault that the monster carried me off by force? All the time, my mind, my heart and soul were fixed on you and you alone my Lord! she said and turned to Lakshman and said with tears streaming down her face – “prepare a fire for me!” that is the only remedy for this sorrow of mine! Lakshman in suppressed anger looked at Lord Rama’s face but saw no sign of softening. He then proceeded to light a big fire and Sitadevi reverently went around her husband and approached the blazing fire, joined her palms in salutation and said “If I am pure, Oh fire protect me”! With those words, she jumped into the fire, to the horror of the monkeys who stood on all sides watching the tragic sight.

    Then, Lord Agni the God of Fire whom she had invoked arose from the flames,. He lifted Sitadevi from the flames, unharmed and presented her to Lord Rama. “Don’t I know that she is spotless and pure at heart?” cried Lord Rama standing up to receive her. “It is for the sake of the world that I made her go through this ordeal of fire” so that the truth be known to all. Return to Nuwara Eliya. Dinner and overnight at your hotel. (B, D)

    Day 5 Nuwara Eliya – Kitulgala – Avissawella – Colombo

    Check out after breakfast and drive to the small town of Kitulgala. Showered by two monsoons each year, Kitulgala is one of the wettest places in Sri Lanka. The movie ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ was filmed on the nearby Kelani River. Many locals and visitors make the excursion from Colombo over weekends to take in the beautiful scenery, bathe in the river, and enjoy the excellent curry and rice lunch at the local restaurants.

    Kitulgala is also a base for white-water rafting, which starts a few kilometres upstream. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, grab your gear and go whitewater rafting among the wild rapids as you go thundering downstream; hop from rock to rock upstream for a mind-blowing waterfall or slide down to the darkest depths of caves haunted by millions of bats. If hardcore adventure is not for you, then simply trek along the beaten track, go bird watching or admire the breathtaking natural beauty of the wilderness.

    Continue to Avissawella to visit Sitawakka where an interesting and shocking episode of history took place to shatter Lord Rama’s confidence and halt his progress during the war. Indrajith the eldest son of King Ravana played a trick with Sitadevi’s look alike and beheaded the look alike in front of Lord Hanuman, thinking that it will stop the advancing forces of Lord Rama. There is a stone in this area called the “Rampathaga” with one footprint that is believed to be that of Lord Rama.

    Drive to Colombo the throbbing metropolis that is not only the country’s commercial capital, but also the engine that drives more than half of the national GDP flanking Colombo’s fancy urban development effort. Drive along the clean streets edging the crystal white Race Course – a horse racing hub since 1893 & World War II airstrip – that today boasts lavish clothing, food & tea boutiques. Ride to Pettah and tune into an offbeat shopping experience at the Floating Market or feel the buzz surrounding the upcoming inspiration, the Colombo Port City – an offshore city – featuring parks, commercial complexes & even an F1 racetrack!

    Head along Bauddhaloka Mawatha towards ‘The Arcade’ that faces a historic way post, the Independence Square. Every designer boutique, gourmet food outlet and even the ‘walk-over fish tank’, have revamped this colonial masterpiece into one of the trendiest shopping and hangout zones in Sri Lanka.

    Have a chilled beer at the “Dutch Hospital” while gazing through fancy windows showcasing best in fashion, jewellery & handicrafts. Smell the perfume of incense while listening to the chiming bells of Gangarama Temple or sample Colombo’s night life at the many night clubs & casinos that borderline her bustle. Dinner and overnight at your selected hotel in Colombo. (B, D)

    Day 6 Colombo – Departure

    Breakfast and morning at leisure. Transfer to the airport by private car in time for your onward flight. Itinerary Ends. (B)

    (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)

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    Golden Triangle, Mumbai & Goa

    11 nights from R9 197


    Includes

  • Share twin accommodation in a tourist class hotel with daily breakfast
  • Two nights Delhi
  • One night Agra
  • Two nights Jaipur
  • Three nights Goa
  • Three nights Mumbai
  • Return airport transfers
  • Sightseeing en-route
  • Excludes

  • Airfares
  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • Personal items
  • Tips
  • Itinerary

    Day 01: Arrive Delhi

    Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

    Day 02: Delhi

    Morning half day combined sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi. Visit Qutab Minar, India Gate (War Memorial) Lakshmi Narayan Temple-Modern Hindu Temple, drive past President’s House, Parliament House and Secretariat buildings. Also visit Raj Ghat– the cremations sites of Mahatma Gandhi and drive past Jama Masjid, Red Fort and Chandni Chowk. Overnight at hotel.

    Day 03 : Delhi – Agra (By surface, approx 4-5 Hrs.)

    Morning depart for Agra by surface and on arrival check-in at Hotel. Overnight at hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of the Taj Mahal & Fort. Visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the skill of 20,000 craftsmen brought together from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and who took 17 years to complete this ‘Love Poem in Marble’. (Friday closed). Later visit the Agra fort containing the halls of private & public audiences & other palaces. Shah Jahan spent here years of confinement at the hands of his son Aurangzeb, looking wistfully at the Taj Mahal from the Fort. Overnight at Hotel.

    Day 04: Agra – Jaipur (237 Kms – 6 Hours)

    Depart Agra for Jaipur by car. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. The Fatehpur Sikri complex houses tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal and other palaces, which surprisingly have withstood the ravages of time and are still in good condition. On arrival check-in at Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.

    Day 05: Jaipur

    Morning excursion to Amber Fort. Standing tall over a small hillock overlooking the Pink city, Amber is a classic, romantic Rajasthani Fort-Palace. Miniatures painted on the walls depict hunting and war scenes, apart from festivals. Precious stones and mirrors are embedded into the plaster. A major attraction at Amber is the Elephant Ride, all the way up to the Fort entrance.

    Afternoon half day sightseeing tour. The tour begins with a visit to the Maharaja’s City Palace, the former Royal residence,- part of it converted into a museum. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armoury Museum, housing an impressive array of weaponry -pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. Also see the miniature items and old carpets at the Textile Museum. Later visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone-and-marble-crafted Observatory in the world. Situated near the gate of the city palace, the Observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition.

    Overnight at Hotel.

    Day 06: Jaipur – Goa (By Flight)

    In time transfer to airport to board flight for Goa. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

    Day 07: Goa

    Morning half day sightseeing starts from the slopes of Altinho Hill for a breathtaking view of Panjim and river Mondovi. Arrive to Donapaula for a view of India’s largest natural harbour Marmgoa. Proceed to Old Goa visiting Basillica of Bom Jesus where in is enshrined the body of St. Francis Xavier in a silver ornate casket. Then to St. Cathedra, the biggest church in the East. St. Cajetan built like St. Peters (Rome), Church of Lady Rosary and St. Monica. Overnight at hotel.

    Day 08: Goa

    Day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

    Day 09: Goa – Mumbai (By flight)

    In time transfer to airport to board flight for Mumbai. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

    Day 10: Mumbai

    Morning half day visit to Gateway of India, Mumbai’s principle landmark. This arch of yellow basalt was erected on the waterfront in 1924 to commemorate King George V’s visit to this colony in 1911. Drive past the Afghan Church. Secretariat of Maharashtra Government and along the Marine Drive which is fondly known as the ‘Queen’s Necklace’. Visit Jain temple and Hanging Gardens which offer a splendid view of the city, Chowpatty, Kamala Nehru Park and also Mani Bhavan where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during his visits to Mumbai. Drive past Haji Ali Mosque, a shrine in honour of a Muslim Saint on an island 500 m. out at sea and is linked by a causeway to the mainland. Stop at the ‘Dhobi Ghat’ where Mumbai’s ‘dirties’ are scrubbed, bashed, dyed and hung out to dry. Watch the local train passing close by on which the city commuters ‘hang out like laundry’ – a nice photography stop. Continue to the colorful Crawford market and to the Flora fountain in the large bustling square, in the heart of the city.

    Overnight at hotel

    Day 11 : Mumbai

    Day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

    Day 12: Leave Mumbai

    In time transfer to airport to board flight back home.

    *****TOUR ENDS*****

    – CHECK-IN & CHECK-OUT TIME AT ALL THE HOTELS IS 12 NOON

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    08/08/2015 30/09/2015 Golden Triangle – Deluxe 10397.0 ZAR
    08/08/2015 30/09/2015 Golden Triangle – Superior 9497.0 ZAR
    08/08/2015 30/09/2015 Golden Triangle – Tourist 9197.0 ZAR

    Best of Turkey

    7 nights from R 15 597 pps

    Hightlights


    Istanbul – Spice Bazaar

    Istanbul – Bosphorus Cruise

    Rumeli Hisari Fortress

    Ankara – Atatürk’s Mausoleum

    Göreme Open Air museum

    Cappadocia – Kaymakli – Underground City

    Cappadocia – Üçhisar – Citadel

    Sultanhani Caravansary

    Konya – Mevlana Museum

    Pamukkale – Calcium Travertines

    Pamukkale – Hierapolis

    Aphrodisias

    Site of the Temple of Artemis

    Ephesus

    Istanbul – Old City Tour

    Istanbul – Aya Sofya (St Sophia)

    Istanbul – Blue Mosque

    Istanbul – Topkapi Palace

    Istanbul – Hippodrome

    Includes

    Return airfare from Johannesburg

    Share twin accommodation in a superior & deluxe class hotel

    Two nights in Cappadocia

    Two nights in Istanbul

    Two nights in Kusadasi

    One night in Pamukkale

    Return airport transfers

    Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour

    Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach

    Internal flight between Izmir and Istanbul and transfers

    Tips except driver and guide

    Entrance fees

    Seven Breakfasts, 5 Dinners

    Estimated airport taxes

    Excludes

    Visas, insurance, tips, personal items, any items not mentioned

    Itinerary

    Day 1 Saturday Istanbul and the Bosphorous

    Welcome to Istanbul. You will transferred to your hotel and at 13:00, we will have a short visit to the Egyptian Spice Bazaar, cruise along the European and Asian shores of the Bosphorous.

    Overnight Istanbul

    4 star

    Day 2 Sunday Ankara, Cappadocia

    After breakfast we drive towards the nation’s capital, Ankara to visit Anitkabir, the Mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Ataturk before continuing on to the surreal landscape of Cappadocia.

    Overnight Cappadocia

    4 star

    (B, D)

    Day 3 Monday Goreme, Underground City

    Today we tour the Goreme open-air museum, Pasabag and Uchisar castle and Kaymakli underground city. Photo opportunities are everywhere so have your cameras ready! Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand what determines their value. Tonight, don’t miss the optional Turkish folklore evening featuring folklore and belly dancers… a night you won’t forget!

    Overnight Cappadocia

    4 star

    (B, D)

    Day 4 Tuesday Konya, Pamukkale

    Leaving Cappadocia we head south along the ancient Silk Road just as the ancient traders did. Along the way we visit Sultanhani Caravansary, before stopping at Konya to tour the Mevlana Museum.

    Overnight Pamukkale

    5 star

    (B, D)

    Day 5 Wednesday Pamukkale, Aphrodisias

    Visit the ruins of Hierapolis, the Temple of Apollo, Necropolis, and stroll over the magnificent white calcium terraces of Pamukkale. We then drive to Aphrodisias, the famous city of Aphrodite.

    Overnight Kuşadası

    Boutique

    (B, D)

    Day 6 Thursday Ephesus

    Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre. This afternoon we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before driving to Kusadasi.

    Overnight Kuşadası

    Boutique

    (B, D)

    Day 7 Friday Izmir to Istanbul Old City

    After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your morning flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival, tour the exotic city that spans both Europe and Asia visiting the Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome. (Optional Bosphorous By Night Dinner Cruise )

    Overnight Istanbul

    4 star

    (B)

    Day 8 Saturday Istanbul

    Your day is free until your return transfer to the airport where your tour concludes.

    (B)

    (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)

    Departure Dates:

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    Prices:

    Valid From Valid To Service Price Currency
    01/08/2015 21/11/2015 Best Of Turkey 15597.0 ZAR

    Essence of Vietnam (Test!)

    Overview


    Hanoi

    Hanoi City Tour

    Halong Bay Cruise

    Includes

    Four nights share twin accommodation in selected hotels as per itinerary

    Return airport transfers in Hanoi by private car

    Open Bus Seat in Coach sightseeing of Hanoi with English speaking guide, entrance fees & lunch as per itinerary

    Halong Bay Cruise 2 days/1 night without kayak including return bus transport Hanoi/Halong/Hanoi, welcome drinks, wine during the first meal, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, 1 beer or mineral water from the second meal, fresh fruits, complimentary tea/coffee, entrance fee in Halong Bay. As per itinerary.

    Excludes

    International airfares, taxes, visa, insurance, tips, personal items

    Any unmentioned entrance fees to sightseeing attractions & Cu Chi Tunnels

    Any unmentioned meals or services

    Notes

    Cruise itinerary and schedule subject to change upon weather and operations conditions.

    Advance registration is required with full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number, visa expiry date for all Passengers

    A valid passport is required upon check-in on board. Children whose traveling documents are attached to parent’s passport must travel with the parent. Credit cards accepted on board: Amex, Visa and MasterCard.

    Special requests on food (diet or vegetarian) please inform us before departure.

    Connecting room is available upon request.

    Seasonal Surcharge of 25% will be added for cruises on December 24 & 31 and Lunar New Year Eve.

    Carry your original passport, swimwear, sunblock, sunglasses & insect repellent.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 Hanoi Arrival

    Meet and greet on arrival at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi. Transfer to your selected hotel by private car. Remainder of day at leisure to relax, explore or go as you please. Overnight at your hotel.

    Day 2 Hanoi – City Tour

    Pick up at your hotel. Begin your city tour of Hanoi with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum, followed by the One Pillar Pagoda, Tran Quoc Pagoda and Museum of Ethnology. Enjoy a Vietnamese lunch before continuing to the Temple of Literature, a shrine dedicated to brilliant scholars of the past. Stop for refreshments at the Vietnam traditional handicraft exhibition and end with a visit to Hanoi Ancient Town. Return to and overnight at your hotel.

    Day 3 Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise (160km)

    Depart for Halong Bay by bus this morning driving through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and taking in the scenery of rice fields, water buffalos and everyday Vietnamese village life on both sides of the highway. Arrive in Ha Long City around 11h00. Complete check in formalities and board a traditional Huong Hai Junk for your overnight cruise in Halong Bay.

    Sip on a refreshing welcome drink upon check in before you begin your cruise through the bay. Set sail and enjoy a delicious lunch as you cruise among beautiful islets such as Dinh Huong, Ga Choi, Dog and Sail Islet to discover unspoilt areas in Halong Bay. Visit the amazing Sung Sot Cave, one of the most imposing grottos of the Bay. Paddle boat ride from Titov Beach to Luon Cave.

    Enjoy fresh tropical fruits served at the lounge or sundeck in the late afternoon as you watch the art of vegetable, fruit carving & napkin folding. This evening you can share conversation, savour a few drinks and make new friends while you enjoy dinner on board tonight. Later, try your hand at squid fishing or relax on deck with your partner before turning in for the night. Overnight on board in Halong Bay. (L, D)

    Day 4 Halong Bay – Hanoi

    Early risers may join a morning Tai Chi Class on deck with an opportunity to admire the magnificent scenery of sunrise over Halong Bay while enjoying complimentary tea and coffee. After breakfast, take a paddle boat ride from Luon Cave to visit Man’s Head Island, Tortoise Island and Bai Tu Long Bay.

    Back on board the Junk, arrange your luggage on deck and complete check out formalities on board. Enjoy your lunch as your boat weaves through strange-shaped limestone rock formations before arriving at the wharf for disembarkation at the end of the cruise. Board your waiting bus for the drive back to Hanoi. Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi. (B, L)

    Day 5 Hanoi – Departure

    Transfer to the airport by private car for your onward flight. Itinerary Ends.

    Departure Dates:

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    Prices:

    Valid From Valid To Service Price Currency
    01/05/2015 31/12/2015 Classic Double 5900.0 ZAR
    01/05/2015 31/12/2015 Classic Single 9900.0 ZAR
    01/05/2015 31/12/2015 Tourist Class Double 4897.0 ZAR
    01/05/2015 31/12/2015 Tourist Class Single 7900.0 ZAR