Upon seeing your name on the placard held by your guide at the EXIT GATE of the port, your DAY 1 adventure begins. You'll drive through the commercial capital of the Kerala state, Ernakulam. Next, you're off to Tripunithura and visit the Maharajah's palace. Then it's off to the local market to shop before seeing Cochin's ornate temples and ancient Chinese fishing nets left by the court of Kublai Khan. After lunching, you will visit St. Francis Church. Originally built in the Gothic style during the 16th century by the Portuguese, it was spared by the conquering Dutch, but destroyed by the British. The legendary Cathedral was rebuilt in 1887, and proclaimed a Basilica by Pope John Paul II in 1984. It remains home to a large collection of Dutch maps, royal weapons and furniture of historical significance. Thereafter, you'll take a scenic drive leading to the airport, where you will fly to Delhi and transfer to a hotel for a comfortable night's stay.
Following breakfast on DAY 2, you'll be escorted to Agra to visit the astounding Taj Mahal - one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Tens of thousand of men labored for nearly two decades to erect this testament to love. Thereafter, you will visit the Agra Fort, built by Emperor Akbar in 1566, prior to visiting a few ornate mosques and then heading for a restful night's sleep at the hotel.
Following breakfast on DAY 3, you will sight-see through Old and New Delhi. In Old Delhi, visiting the Raj Ghat, the landmark where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. And in New Delhi, you'll be privy to Humayun's Tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and incredibly beautiful. Moreover, you will drive by the mesmerizing India Gate, the President's Residence and Parliament House, prior to boarding your flight to Mumbai.
On DAY 4 you will be collected from the airport and driven through the legendary Gateway of India. Residing on the waterfront, this 85 foot basalt structure was erected to commemorate the arrival of England's King George V.
Thereafter, you will be escorted to Crawford Market (Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Market), a popular commercial area, built in the Norman and Gothic architectural style. Once sated with shopping, you'll venture to famous Chowpatty Beach. This area is a bohemian favorite during the day, but in the evening it awakens with a carnival flare. Pony rides, Ferris wheels and astrologers offer travelers their goods and services.
Next, you are privy to visit the world famous, Hanging Gardens. These brilliantly manicured gardens rest on the slopes on the Malabar Hill. The beauty is simply astounding. Then you're off to Dhobi Ghat (ghats are laundries). The most famous is the Saat Rasta near Mahalaxmi Station, where nearly 200 privately owned dhobis and their relatives work in this hereditary occupation.
Prior to boarding your return to Mumbai, you will have the honor of visiting Mani Bhavan, the museum of Mahatma Gandhi, widely considered the Father of the Nation. Book this grand Cochin tour to make memories of a lifetime.
Please Note: A tourist visa is required to debark in India. Since tourist visas are not provided by cruise lines to visit India, you will need to obtain one prior to your cruise. The e-Tourist Visa is NOT available for cruise line passengers.
For United States citizens, please CLICK HERE to visit the "Embassy of India - Washington, D.C." website for the latest information and CLICK HERE for the "Cox & Kings Global Services" website to start your visa application.
For citizens of other nations, please CLICK HERE to visit "Indian Visa Online."