The Colors and Culture of INDIA

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      The Continental DRIFTER®
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      Nov 6 - 16, 2024
      Group size: 6 - 10
      The Colors and Culture of INDIA
      India

      The Continental DRIFTER®
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      2 reviews

      Nov 6 - 16, 2024
      Group size: 6 - 10

      About this trip

      ACTIVITY LEVEL: Low


      Come join The Continental Drifter® Founder Ralph Velasco for a customized, small-group tour of India.


      Starting in Jodhpur, also known as the blue city, we’ll take in the very best of Pushkar, Jaipur, Agra, and India’s capital, Delhi, concentrating on the colorful and extremely diverse Rajasthan region.


      Just some of the highlights of the base trip include the Pushkar camel fair, Amer (a.k.a. Amber) Fort in Jaipur, the incomparable Taj Mahal in Agra, and finally Jama Masjid mosque (Friday Mosque), and Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi.


      Those interested in continuing their exploration of India can choose to participate in the optional post-trip extension to Varanasi, situated on the Ganges River.

      About India

      • Sensory Experience:
        • India is a country that tantalizes and shocks the senses, offering an amazing and thought-provoking experience.
        • Known for outstanding food, friendly people, and intense traffic and crowds.


      • Travel Philosophy:
        • Emphasizes the essence of travel: to see and experience new and different places.


      • Tour Organization:
        • Carefully planned and organized by Ralph and his long-term local guide and partner, Ani.
        • Itinerary designed to efficiently cover the most interesting parts of each location.
        • Includes ample free time for personal exploration and unique experiences outside of the group activities.


      • Guided Insights:
        • Professional local guide accompanies the group throughout the trip.
        • Provides deeper understanding of India's cultural nuances.
        • Offers insights into the language, religions, education system, political landscape, and other cultural aspects.


      • Authenticity of Experience:
        • The slogan "Incredible India" is more than just marketing—it is a true reflection of the country's profound impact on visitors.


      Testimonials about this trip

      “The Colors and Culture of India trip was unforgettable. We were able to see all of the major sites and more with an itinerary jam packed with unique experiences and surprises. I had a blast on this trip. I captured wonderful memories, met amazing people and made great friends. Thank you!” - Chris P. 


      “I really can’t say enough good things about the group, the guide, the trip and the itinerary. If you want to see India, as a photographer, go with a small group like Ralph puts together. Even if you have a passing interest in photography, this trip is for you. There were just 9 of us!! That is very similar to a private tour in terms of flexibility and comfort. The accommodations were excellent.” - Bob E. 


      “Ralph’s trips are always well organized. I have always wanted to go to India but didn’t know where to start to plan a trip on my own. The itinerary covered many of the locations I wanted to see and I didn’t have to worry about getting from one place to another or how to get tickets to enter monuments. Ralph works closely with a local guide so everything runs smoothly. He also has a knack for knowing when to offer advice for taking better photos. I’m a novice photographer and really enjoy learning more about travel photography. This was my 4th trip with Ralph and I look forward to many more!” - Leslie T. 


      “Loved the trip. I was nervous about traveling to India but Ralph and the local guide made it accessible and I always felt safe even though I don’t speak the language. Amazingly friendly people and great itinerary.” - Shaune K.

      About the itinerary

      All activities and itinerary details are subject to change, but rest assured we’ll make every effort to provide a comparable alternative in the unlikely event changes to our schedule need to be made.


      Most meals are included and B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, and D = Dinner

      What’s included

      • Accomodations
        4 and 5 star hotels, most with pools, professional spa services, and other amenities.
      • Meals
        Meals: Breakfast daily and most other meals are included.
      • Beverages
        One beverage per included meal (soft drink, local beer, local wine, water, coffee or tea).
      • Water
        Two bottles of water per person each day.
      • Transfers
        Private transfer from Jodhpur airport to hotel and group transfer from hotel to Delhi airport. Transportation between all locations and for all group activities requiring a vehicle in a private coach.
      • Entry fees
        For all included sites and group activities.
      • English-speaking guide
        Our local guide is one of the best in the industry.
      • Gratuities
        For all local guides, drivers and included meals.

      What’s not included

      • Airfare
        Your flights to and from India.
      • Alcoholic beverages
        Alcoholic beverages other than those listed in the itinerary as included.
      • Items of personal nature
      • Other
        Anything not specifically outlined in the itinerary.

      Available Packages

      Double Occupancy
      Available until September 6, 2024

      If you're going to be sharing a room throughout this trip the cost per person is $4,999 in Double Occupancy.

      $4,999
      Deposit: $750
      Single Occupancy
      Available until September 6, 20246 left

      Please add $699 per person for Single Supplement if you’d like your own room throughout the trip.

      $5,698
      Deposit: $750

      Available options



      Itinerary

      Day 0
      Departure for Jodhpur via Delhi

      On the flight you’ll likely be asked to complete a short immigration form, so have a pen handy, and know the name and address of your hotel, which will be asked for on the form (this will be provided as the trip approaches).


      Please don’t make any non-refundable travel arrangements until you’ve received confirmation from CD administrators to do so.


      Once your participation is confirmed, and the trip is called a GO, we’ll send you a link to a form so that you can provide us with your flight information.  We won’t need this information before or in any other format.


      About Your Flights


      Because all flights from abroad to Jodhpur, where our trip begins, connect through Delhi, you’ll want to plan to arrive in Delhi (DEL) from your home country by 10:00 am local time on Wednesday, November 6 (or earlier).  This is in order to make your onward flight to Jodhpur (this flight is included, but pricing may vary slightly depending on when booked and a small supplement may be required).  


      Your AIRPORT TRANSFER to the hotel in Jodhpur is included and our representative will be waiting outside of the airport exit, after baggage claim, holding a sign with the PhotoEnrichment Adventures logo and YOUR NAME on it. When located, please verify he’s there for you and follow our rep to where you’ll board the vehicle for the hotel, which is not too far. Your hotel check-in will be assisted by this person, as well.


      Your Organizer


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      The Continental DRIFTER®
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      Since 2008, Continental DRIFTER® founder Ralph Velasco has been organizing and leading once-in-a-lifetime small group cultural tours around the world (all of which have been 5-star rated on Google, WeTravel, and Facebook). Our guides, drivers, accommodations, experiences, and activities are all thoroughly vetted in advance so that your trip goes without a hitch. Come learn about the people, food, drink, and many other cultural aspects of the incredible destinations we visit. Remember, DRIFTER...Life's too short not to travel!

      Reviews

      Continental DRIFTER’s Northern Spain trip was the trip of a lifetime, but I will definitely travel with Ralph again, so there’s going to be competition for that “trip of a lifetime” title! With a small group of delightful companions, we saw spectacular views and architecture, ate amazing local food, drank delicious local wine, visited interesting locations with fun and knowledgeable local guides, and had so many laughs. Highlights included the sheer cliff faces overlooking Zumaia Beach, the lush terraced vineyards over the impossibly blue Bay of Biscay, the charming beachfront of San Sebastian, the ridiculously delicious tapas crawl on Calle Laurel in Logroño, and spending part of the trip in a little 13th century walled town in Rioja. Ralph takes care of every detail, so all that’s left to do is to marvel, learn, and enjoy. And eat. And eat. I loved spending enough time in each location to really get a feel for it instead of rushing from place to place checking items off a list, and Ralph curates the coolest experiences, like olive oil farm tours and cooking classes. 47 thumbs up from me!
      By Karen Gareis G for Northern SPAIN’s Basque Country & La Rioja on Sep 20, 2023
      Karen, thank you SO much for the wonderful review. I'm so happy you enjoyed our trip to Spain, it was a pleasure having you along and I can't wait until the next one!
      By The Continental DRIFTER® on Nov 02, 2023
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      I have recently returned from this trip to Northern Spain and I highly recommend it! We toured wineries, had an olive oil tasting in an olive grove, attended a cooking class, took tours of churches and architecture, and so much else! At each stop Ralph had hired guides with extensive knowledge of their area, who were interesting, helpful, and punctual. (In Ramon's case, hilarious as well!) After daily excursions, we had the late afternoon and evening free to wander on our own and explore the three different cities we stayed in. The food was fantastic and fresh. We never had a bad meal. The hotels were beautiful. My favorite memory will always be sitting on the outdoor patio of a beautiful winery in the sun, eating pintxos (Basque tapas), drinking incredible wine, chatting with the really nice group of people on the trip; all with a beautiful view of the Bay of Biscay. It was definitely one of the highlights for me! I would recommend Ralph and Continental Drifter to anyone looking for an amazing travel experience!
      By Diana S for Northern SPAIN’s Basque Country & La Rioja on Sep 18, 2023
      Thank you, Robin, for the amazing 5-star review. I can't tell you how happy I am to know that this trip exceeded all your expectations and I look forward to seeing you on the road again real soon!
      By The Continental DRIFTER® on Nov 02, 2023
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