Latitude 33 has released its 22-night Raffles, Tea Plantations and Golden Triangle tour, taking 20 guests through some of the world’s most exotic destinations, including Singapore, Sri Lanka and India. Commencing on 3 January 2021, the itinerary incorporates a stay at Singapore’s iconic Raffles Hotel followed by four nights exploring Sri Lanka’s Galle and Colombo, an eight-night cruise on board Ponant’s Le Laperouse from Colombo to Mumbai, and finishes with a tour of India’s famed Golden Triangle staying exclusively at Oberoi Hotels.
The journey begins in style with two nights at the recently reopened Raffles Hotel Singapore. Here guests experience the charms of one of Asia’s most ethnically diverse and lively cities, including a welcome dinner and optional city tour, before flying on to Colombo on 5 January, 2021.
Next is a night in the Sri Lankan capital’s newest five-star luxury hotel, the Shangri-La Colombo, with a guided tour of the city included. From here travel further south for two nights, staying at the Le Grand Galle. Nestled on a clifftop overlooking the Indian Ocean, the hotel is the ideal base from which to explore the historic Galle Fort district, a UNESCO World Heritage site which bears testimony to the town’s Portuguese and Dutch heritage.
Returning to Colombo on 8 January, guests spend another night at the Shangri-La Colombo, before embarking on the next phase of their trip, a cruise on Le Laperouse along the west coast of India to Mumbai. The first of six new Explorer Class expedition ships from award-winning cruise company Ponant, the 184-passenger ship debuted in 2018.
En route, cruise highlights include stopovers in Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala State and India’s ‘green city’, home to ornate Victorian buildings and the breathtaking Padmanabhapuram Palace; the beautiful South-West port of Cochin on India’s Malabar Coast; and Mangalore with its plentiful beaches, sacred temples, and historic sights. Experience Goa, and the coastal town of Di, before arriving in Mumbai on 16 January where guests visit the Elephanta Caves, sacred to the cult of Shiva, the Gandhi Museum and the elaborate Victorian-era House Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station.
On 17 January, the last leg of the journey is an eight-night tour of India’s Golden Triangle, exploring India’s Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan provinces. Two nights are spent at the Oberoi Mumbai, here, guests uncover the colonial heritage of the world’s most populous city, visiting the historic Fort Mumbai, the district of Kala Ghoda renowned for its Victorian gothic architecture and Churchgate Station, home to the Six Sigma-rated Mumbai Dabbawalas.
Next is a two-night stay at Oberoi Rajvilas on the outskirts of the Pink City of Jaipur and a chance to take in a private tour of the residential areas of the palace (not open to the general public), Hawa Mahal – the ethereal Palace of the Winds, and the historic Amber Fort.
From here, travel to Agra, where travellers can soak up the splendour of the Taj Mahal from their room at Oberoi Amarvilas, the only hotel directly overlooking one of the world’s most iconic sites. The final stop is a two-night stay at Oberoi New Delhi, where there is time to visit Humayan’s Tomb and take in a street tour of Old Delhi, before preparing for the flight home on 25 January 2021.
Prices start at $19,659 per person twin share.
For further information and bookings, see www.latitude33.travel