The addition of an exciting Sri Lankan discovery tour, a new houseboat journey through the Kerala Backwaters and the chance to go in search of the Royal Bengal Tiger are just three of the highlights of APT’s new India portfolio for 2017. The award-winning luxury travel operator has announced that for the first time travel agents have the opportunity to combine Sri Lanka with its already popular luxury India river cruising and land tours in 2017.
The new nine-day Sri Lankan land journey takes guests to the key sights on the island, dubbed the ‘teardrop of India’. Highlights include a tour of the World Heritage-listed Sigiriya Rock fortress, the chance to dine by candle and flaming torches at a special dinner held in the enormous Caves of Heritance and enjoying high tea amidst the plantations in Nuwara Eliya.
APT has secured some of the island’s most outstanding hotels including The Heritance in both Negombo and Kandalama, Earl’s Regency in Kandy and the historic Galle Face Hotel in Colombo.
This exciting new journey features on two of the three core itineraries featured in APT’s India Featuring Sri Lanka 2017 programme. The most popular journey is the 22-day Spirit of India and Sri Lanka, an all-inclusive journey that travels from Negombo to Kolkata.
Following the eight-night Sri Lanka tour, guests enjoy a six-night land journey that showcases some of the most famous icons of India – from Delhi to the Taj Mahal at Agra and the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur – and then a seven-night lower Ganges river cruise aboard the luxurious RV Ganges Voyager.
Priced from just $19,195 per person, twin share, guests stay at India’s leading luxury hotels, including The Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra, with its stunning views of the Taj Mahal. Sightseeing highlights include seven APT Signature Experiences, such as a cooking demonstration with a local Delhi family; and the chance to explore streets of Old Delhi by rickshaw.
APT is just one of a few Australian travel companies offering river cruising in India. Sailing aboard the impressive RV Ganges Voyager on a round trip from Kolkata to Murshidabad, guests will enjoy cruise highlights including the opportunity to visit Mother Teresa’s house; learn about the local Hari Krishna community and culture; a tour of the Hazarduari Palace in Murshidabad, built by an English architect in 1837 and featuring 1000 doors and a collection of European paintings, china and weapons; and shopping at shore side bazaars.
The ship features well-appointed suites, all with private ensuites, flat-screen televisions, on-demand movie systems and balconies. It also features a sun deck, dining room, air-conditioned lounge, spa and gym and is designed to accommodate just 56 guests.
Back by popular demand is the chance to cruise the backwaters of Kerala by majestic houseboat. This sought-after experience features as part of the 29-day Incredible India and Sri Lanka journey. APT has also introduced new sightseeing to its 21-day Wonders of India journey, which also includes Mumbai and Udaipur. In 2017 guests will travel to the largest national park in northern India, Ranthambore, to join a Canter Safari to spot wild Royal Bengal Tigers in their natural habitat.
APT is offering a choice of two SuperDeals. Book any itinerary of 16 days or longer before 30 June 2016 and you’ll fly to India for $795, including air taxes of up to $870. Alternatively book any India holiday of 16 days or more, staying in a Colonial, Heritage, Viceroy and Maharaja Suite, and fly business class from $1,995 per person. Terms and conditions apply and offers are subject to availability.