About Our Destination
India uses the Indian Rupee. We suggest that you bring a lot of “small” bills (no writing or tears), exchanging just a small amount for Rupees, as most places we visit accept the US dollar. For updated exchange rates, please click here.
The most widely spoken languages of India are Hindi (or more correctly, Hindustani, which includes Hindi and Urdu), Bengali, Konkani, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Kashmiri, Rajasthani, Sindhi, Assamese (Asamiya), Maithili and Odia.
October through March is peak travel time in India. Average temperatures range in the high 80s to low 90s during the day, with evenings in the mid-high 60s.
- Saturday, October 17, 2020 — Arrive in Delhi
- Sunday, October 18, 2020 — Delhi
- Monday, October 19, 2020 — Drive to Agra
- Tuesday, October 20, 2020 — Agra
- Wednesday, October 21, 2020 — Drive to Jaipur
- Thursday, October 22, 2020 — Jaipur
- Friday, October 23, 2020 — Fly to Udaipur
- Saturday, October 24, 2020 — Udaipur
- Sunday, October 25, 2020 — Fly to Delhi: Depart
Before Your Trip
What’s not included?
- Accommodations for 9 days and 8 nights in the finest hotels
- Meet and greet at airport and transfer to hotel on program start date (October 17, 2020)
- Private day-use rooms on the day of departure (October 25, 2020)
- All meals as outlined above, including bottled water and coffee/tea
- Flight from Udaipur to Delhi on October 25
- Special enhancements as outlined in your itinerary
- All porterage throughout tour
- Gratuities to your Micato Tour Manager, Micato Guide/s and hotel staff
- All current taxes (subject to change)
- All entrance fees and camera fees at destinations
- Micato hospitality staff at every city for assistance
- Deluxe air-conditioned Volvo coaches equipped with:
- Ice chests of complimentary beverages
- Choice of magazines and reading materials
These trips do require a certain level of mobility, including stairs and some uphill terrain to reach palaces and temples, sometimes walking on rocky, and uneven terrain, and the ability to get in and out of vehicles that require big steps. Most Indian sites and monuments are rated at moderate difficulty or higher. There is usually no or very little help for the disabled/handicapped traveler. The thresholds are usually raised and there are many uneven steps and pathways. Your guide can usually let you know at the start of the day what to expect in terms of the number of steps/stairs to expect and amount of walking required.
- International flights to/from Delhi, beverages not mentioned above, individual insurance, transfers for guests arriving prior to October 17 or departing after October 25, 2020, cost of obtaining necessary visa, personal incidentals and airport departure tax.
We regret that wheel chairs cannot be accommodated on this trip. All guests must be ambulatory and able to walk long distances from 1 mile and up to 3-5 miles in a day without assistance. If you do have limited mobility that requires assistance, you are required to travel with someone who can assist you.
Travel documentation and identification
A valid passport is required for entry into India and should be kept on your person while traveling or in the hotel safe deposit box, never in luggage that is being checked, or taken while walking around the cities we visit. Your passport must be valid 6 months after travel. All visitors to India are required to have a minimum of two blank pages in their passport book, for room to place their entry visa. If there is insufficient space in the passport, entry into the country will be denied.
U.S. citizens entering India need a multiple-entry visa. Visitors to India are required to have a valid passport and an Indian visa prior to arrival India. Visas are available from the Indian Embassy or Indian Consulate. We encourage you to do this within 6 months of the trip, but no later than 2 months to avoid rush fees.
If you prefer a service to handle your visa, we recommend www.genvisa.com/ to assist with the visa process. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure have all documentation you need to go on this trip.
Please check with your local Public Health Department or personal physician regarding immunization requirements for India. You may also check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website. Click on the Travelers’ Health section, then click on the Destinations link and choose India in the “for Travelers” pull-down menu.
Unexpected events can cause you to cancel your vacation. Because we are committed to this charter, we must strictly adhere to our cancellation policy as outlined in our Olivia Terms & Conditions.
2020 MAGICAL INDIA LUXURY ADVENTURE
|Cancellation Fee 270 days or more prior to trip date
||$500 per person
|Cancellation Fee 210-269 days prior to trip date
||25% of trip cost
|Cancellation Fee 150-209 days prior to trip date
||50% of trip cost
|Cancellation Fee 120-149 days prior to trip date
||75% of trip cost
Cancellation Fee 0-119 days prior to trip date
||100% of trip cost
Olivia recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to protect yourself and your trip investment from the unexpected. Now more than ever it’s extremely important to think about the unexpected. It is important to purchase the travel protection within 21 days of your initial invoice date in order to receive the most comprehensive coverage, but it isn’t too late. Consider travel protection for Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.
Please refer to the Policy/Description of Coverage for a summary of the terms, conditions, exclusions and limitations of the applicable Protection Plan.
For a travel insurance quote, more information or to purchase a protection plan, please call Olivia at 800-631-6277 (within the U.S.) or 415-962-5700 (outside the U.S.) and select option 1 to speak with a travel consultant.
Joining the Olivia.com and Facebook trip groups
If you’d like to chat with people who are going on the trip, sign up for the official Olivia trip Connect page. You can also join the Facebook Page here. Please note that these are meant to share photos and get to know each other, but specific questions about the trip should be directed to our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travel and arrival
Where to fly into/out of
You will need to fly into and out of New Delhi International Airport (DEL). We encourage all passengers to arrive a day early to avoid the stress of unexpected delays.
Suggested arrival/departure times
If you are arriving on program dates, please plan to arrive anytime on October 17, 2020. Most flights from the U.S. / Europe arrive in the evening. If you are participating the pre-trip Vacation Stretcher hotel package, please adjust your arrival date. Your departing flight on October 25, 2020 must be after 10:00pm. If participating in the Varanasi post-trip Vacation Stretcher, your departing flight on October 28 should be made from New Delhi (DEL) after 10:00pm.
Airfare discountsSave up to 15% on your airfare through our partner airlines. Please visit our airfare discount page for the most up-to-date information.
Preferred travel agency
Olivia’s preferred travel agency
We are pleased to partner with Conlin Travel. A full-service, LGBTQ-friendly agency with staff located across the country, Conlin Travel looks forward to assisting you with your air travel and hotel reservations for stays outside of Olivia’s pre- and post-trip packages. For air and hotel bookings, a small fee will be applied to your overall cost. For assistance in making a reservation, please call Conlin Travel: 888-278-1698 (M–F: 8:30 am–5:30 pm EST)
If you already have a reservation with Conlin and need emergency after-hours service, please call 800-823-1189.
Olivia Travel Gear Store
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Olivia Honeymoons and Celebrations
Register at Olivia Honeymoon Wishes for your honeymoon, anniversary or other special celebration; browse through the selections and let your friends know just how easy it is for them to purchase a gift for you.
Luggage allowances for Domestic Flight
On your domestic flights you are allowed only “one” piece of checked-in baggage with weight restrictions and a small carry-on. Always bring an extra bag which folds flat in your larger suitcase for shopping. You are bound to end up shopping more than you planned. Luggage and personal effects are at owners' risk throughout the tour and we advise you to obtain baggage insurance. For your flight to Delhi, please contact your air carrier for the latest baggage requirements and allowance.
Transfers and meeting up with Olivia
Your Micato staff will provide you a VIP meet and greet service. We will meet you at your gate and assist you through customs at the Delhi Airport and you will be transferred to the Oberoi Hotel. A dedicated Airport Team will coordinate and handle your arrival and your Micato porters will expedite your luggage at the airport. You will be transferred from the airport to the hotel, where you are pre-registered for check-in. Should you have any queries, your Micato Concierge staff will be at their desk in the lounge to answer all your questions.
During your trip
The voltage in India is 230-240 volts AC, 50 cycles. The plugs are shaped differently than in America. You will need 2 or 3-prong round pin adapters. As outlets sometimes vary, if you plan to operate electric appliances, we suggest you travel with a set of international adapter plugs as well as a voltage converter. Most camera battery and computer chargers have the 110/240-V converters built in, but double check this. With the proper converters, you can easily re-charge your batteries at all of the accommodations on the trip.
All of the excursions are included in the cost of your trip.
Gratuities, including your hotel staff (except for room service delivery), porter, meal servers, driver/guide, hostesses and Tour Director are included. If you received exceptional service from someone, you are welcome to give an additional gratuity.
Laundry and dry cleaning
Laundry, pressing and dry-cleaning service is available at all of the hotels. No self-serve laundry is available.
Please refrain from smoking in vehicles, while on the walking tours with the group and any enclosed places where it may affect others.
All of the hotels have telephones. In an emergency, you may be contacted through Micato offices in Delhi. We suggest you check with your carrier about cell phone service in India. Complete information about emergency contact information will be available in your final documents, which will be emailed to you 3-4 weeks in advance of the trip.
Complimentary WiFi is available at all of the hotels.
After Your Trip
Transfers to the airport
After the trip, you will be transferred to the airport in time for your evening flight home on October 25, 2020
We will be offering an optional one-night pre-night hotel for those who wish to come in a day early and rest before the big adventure. A one-night package with VIP airport meet-and-greet transfer with breakfast included will be available 11 months prior to trip. Please note, if you book a pre-hotel night on your own, and not through Olivia directly, the airport transfer and on-site concierge desk is not available until program start date.
We are currently offering a three-night Post Stretcher to “Spiritual Varanasi, October 26-28. We will change your day room to an overnight room on October 25. Please refer to the Vacation Stretcher page for more information.
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