Palace on Wheels & Cruising Brahmaputra
18 Days/17 Nights
From NZ$ 10,989.00

Though times have changed, and the winds have shifted, inspired by the Old Palace on Wheels, this new train ups the ante on royal style travel the kind only the Maharajas of yesteryears could have perpetuated and enjoyed. Following almost the same route. It stands on its tracks and creating a space where only the excitement of the history of the Rajput kingdoms permeates through, clearly captured in a contemporary mode. A smaller train on Indian standard, it has only 39 deluxe cabins and 2 Super deluxe cabins, each named after the famous cities of Rajasthan with beautiful interiors. Guests enjoy royal services and amenities like wi-fi, air conditioning, satellite TV, music and a butler who is always available at your service. Fabulous dining in two onboard restaurants offering a variety of cuisines as well as fully stocked bar, spa and recreation facilities. While onboard the Palace On Wheels train you will experience the vast history and amazing culture of Rajasthan. Visit Sawai Madhopur known for Ranthambhore Tiger Reserves, Jaipur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur and Agra. Fly to Guwahati to board ABN Charaidew II, entered service on the Brahmaputra in January 2019 with 18 on-suite luxury cabins. Exploring India through its river gives the opportunity to witness untouched and yet to be explored rural India and its true culture. This cruise on the highest reaches of the Brahmaputra still navigable highlights the unique culture of the area, fusing Indian and S.E. Asian influences, with a visit to Sibsagar, the old capital of the Ahom kings, as well as to Majuli Island with its unique Hindu monastic communities famous for their dance drama. Wildlife is not forgotten, and the cruise also visits UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kaziranga National Park, where sightings of rhino are virtually guaranteed.

About TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS

The company with over 28 yrs old experienced team is committed to bringing the best in both quality and value to small group journeys, private car guided tours and tailor-made tours to India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Being a leading travel wholesaler we introduce travellers to the amazing culture and offer tours at unbeatable prices and with unparalleled comfort. For your protection, TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS is approved Destination Management Company by Ministry of Tourism Govt of India and member of IATA, AFTA, TAANZ, IATO and PATA to name few. We are proud to say that our team is very experienced with in-depth knowledge of the destination. Our reputation is built on providing world-class service with real personal touches that make a difference to your holiday. We understand the importance of giving attention to even the smallest of details and care about the countries to which we take you and make sure that we have a positive effect on the environment. Respect for locals and their way of life is an essential part of travelling with TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS.

“You Rely on us and we rely on experience”

Why THO Small Group Journey?

Smaller, Escorted and Inclusive

Our Small Group tours consist maximum of 16 people to ensure the perfect combination of intimacy, flexibility and authentic cultural experiences. Our itineraries are artfully crafted, showcasing the essence of a destination by combining famous highlights with hidden jewels. All groups are escorted on achieving minimum 06 people unless specified on the tour by an English speaking Tour Manager assisting you throughout on day to day activities and enlightening you with local knowledge on general specialities, additional sightseeing and souvenir shopping.

Our experienced Local Tour Guides will enhance your experience during a sightseeing tour. Travel with like-minded travellers and experience comprehensive inclusions, as well as unsurpassed cultural interpretation provided by experienced tour leaders.

Palace on Wheels & Cruising Brahmaputra - 18 Days/17 Nights (Small Group Tour)

Day 1: Arrive Colombo 

Day 2: Colombo - Dambulla/Habarana 

Day 3: Anuradhapura Excursion 

Day 4: Polonnaruwa & Wildlife 

Day 5: Dambulla / Habarana - Kandy 

Day 6: Kandy 

Day 7: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya 

Day 08: Tea Tour & High Tea 

Day 9: Nuwara Eliya - Bentota / Beruwala 

Day 10: Galle Excursion 

Day 11: Bentota / Beruwela - Colombo - Kolkata

Day 12: Farakka 

DAY 13: Malda

DAY 14: Baranagar & Murshidabad

DAY 15: Murshidabad

DAY 16: Matiari

DAY 17: Kalna

DAY 18: Chandernagore

DAY 19: Kolkata Departure

Tour Ends

Deluxe Group Tour Accommodations

All our Group Tours are based on deluxe (4*) accommodation unless mentioned on the tour page, each hotel is carefully selected for its location, comfort, style and ambience providing a true holiday experience. Our accommodations are a mixture of palaces, heritage, Havelies and modern hotels. In most cases, we free upgrade the whole group to 5* accommodation in some destinations when the tour is fully booked out in advance.

Nepal being adventure destination, choices of accommodation are limited hence best available (4*) hotel are offered which are categorised by Nepal tourism and standard of accommodation may be different than India and Sri Lanka. 

100% Guaranteed Departures

To assist you when booking the airline and taking our great early payment savings, TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS has designated all Group Tours as 100% GUARANTEED departure with specified minimum numbers of 02 or mentioned on the scheduled date unless circumstances occur beyond our control.

Meals included

Being a seasoned traveller ourselves we have discovered the travelling time is unpredictable sometime you reach a destination so late that you are tired to go out for dinner or search for a proper dining place around the vicinity of your hotel which may become a chore during your holiday, hence we have removed the hassle by including most of breakfast and dinners in all our brochure tour packages.  

Pre & Post Tour Accommodation

Do some exploring before the trip begins or add a couple of nights after the tour to relax before boarding your flight. We offer competitive rates in all destinations- book in conjunction with your main tour - ask TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS or your travel agent.

Add-On (Short Tour packages)

Make the most of your time away - after all, you have travelled all that way.  Our Add-On can be used as short breaks in their own right or as pre/post tour additions.  With all arrangements made for you, they are the perfect way to discover more of your destinations - ask TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS or your travel agent.

Group Tour Privately or Tailor-made

If you have a group of friends or family or even two of you and like to do this group tour Itinerary as a Private Car or like to tailor-make to suit your requirements. Please contact us and we will be glad to assist you.

Plan Your Own Group

The advantage of a true specialist is their knowledge and confidence in assisting anyone who is keen to visit a destination but likes to do things differently. Is a special occasion? Do you want to experience a festival, lead a culinary adventure, organise a yoga and wellness group or cycle the off beaten tracks of India or Sri Lanka with people close to you? Or do you find parts of one of our tours appealing but want to alter dates or itineraries to better suit your groups’ needs?

Please contact us with your wish list and our team will be glad to tailor-make your special tour ensuring all possible activities and ideas are incorporated, making a unique group tour.

“The Holidays you dream are the holidays we pack”

What Makes Us Different?

Being your Local Travel wholesaler and one of the True Destination Specialists our team in Australia, New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan ensures that every itinerary is well balanced and filled with amazing cultural experiences, breathtaking scenery and historical sites. Most must-see and must do’s are included giving you the opportunity to witness sights, taste delicious cuisine, visit bazaar for souvenirs, meet and experience the life of locals at the same time have some free time to explore town the way you like.

Whichever itinerary you select all are included complete travel and transfer by charted air-conditioned vehicles, local English speaking guide, sightseeing, entrance fee to the monuments and parks, safaris, boat ride, cultural shows at the theatre or hotel, domestic airfare in economy class, train fare in best available air-conditions class and not to mentioned the current govt taxes of the county. For more details of inclusions please refer to the inclusions column of the itinerary.

Prices Guarantees

All prices shown are on per person basis on twin/double and apply when you share a room with a travel companion. For a single traveller, we do offer single room and price is available on request.

You don’t need to worry about currency fluctuations. Once we receive your full payment, your land tour price is guaranteed and protected against any increases. 

100% Protected Holiday

We are a member of IATA, TAANZ and AFTA which ensure that your holiday is 100% protected.

No Hidden Cost

We love transparency so the prices quoted by THO are almost all-inclusive and help the traveller to budget their holidays accurately. All we ask you to do is relax and enjoy your holiday, knowing that all prepaid expenses have been included in your initial tour cost. Please refer to the tour inclusions for more details.

Value for Money

Being a local Travel Wholesaler, our huge buying power helps us pass the discounted rates to our clients. We also do FREE hotel upgrade at some destination as a gesture of appreciation to our valuable travellers. Apart from this our local team of experts adds incredible value for your dollar.

Discounts & Rewards:

Please note discount and rewards given below can not be combined with any other promotions. You only can avail any one discount or promotions.

Loyalty Rewarded 5% Off

Many of our clients choose to travel with us time and time again. As a valued client, we offer you a 5% discount off your second and onwards tour package. This offer applies only to the tour cost of your trip and conditions do apply. Speak to us for details when making your booking.

Past Passenger Discount 5% Off

As Loyal Traveller appreciation, we are offering a 5% discount off on any new Small Group Journey bookings on land only.

All you have to do is prove that you have travelled on one Small Group Journey with us since 2009 and the discount is yours!

Multi-Trip Discount 5% Off

If you have the time why not combines two or more of our tour and save? In any one holiday, we will discount your second and onwards trip by 5%. Tour package must be minimum 10 days or more from our brochure and discount applies on the lowest price tour package. Discount does not apply to add-on pre & post accommodation, train journeys, flights and/or any small packages or services.

BIG SAVINGS when travelling with your friends and family

The advantage of a true specialist is their knowledge and confidence in assisting anyone who is keen to visit a destination but likes to do things differently. Is a special occasion? Do you want to experience a festival, lead a culinary adventure, organise a yoga and wellness group or cycle the off beaten tracks of India or Sri Lanka with people close to you? Or do you find parts of one of our tours appealing but want to alter dates or itineraries to better suit your groups’ needs?

Please contact us with your wish list and our team will be glad to tailor-make your special tour ensuring all possible activities and ideas are incorporated, making a unique group tour.

(Best suited discount will be offered and any discount can not be combined with any other discount or promotions)

How Early Should I Book?

The earlier is better so that you can save on our promotional offers.

We offer excellent value for our Small Group Tours which tends to be booked out earlier than expected hence reserve your place at least 6 to 7 months prior to departure.

24/7 Helpline and assistance by THO Local Offices

Apart from 24/7 helpline for emergency assistance; our guest relation manager will call you to make sure everything is going smoothly. Our 36 local network and associate office Manager will be there to assist you in every destination.

International Flights

The tour packages are usually “Land Only” and do not include international flights.  We, therefore, recommend that you contact us or your travel agent to book your flights well in advance of travel when you can generally gain access to specials and discounted airfares. This will ensure you can travel on the days that suit you and your tour.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our journeys. Speak to us or your travel agent about comprehensive insurance to cover your travel arrangements. This must critically cover medical expenses in case of an emergency.  Note that travel insurance automatically provided with credit cards generally does not provide adequate cover. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have appropriate and comprehensive travel insurance.

Medical Information

Our elderly travellers who are aged 70 years or more, or with a pre-existing condition that affects their fitness to travel or any medical dietary requirement, must be advised at the time of booking. We recommend all travellers should visit their Doctor for these aforementioned purposes and/or to confirm that they are physically able to undertake the day-to-day requirements of the tour.

Selecting Your Holiday Type

Most of our journeys are suited to those with normal fitness and mobility levels. To assist you in choosing a journey best for you we have graded our tours;

Easy Paced: These programs are set at a comfortable pace. Walking and climbing of stairs involved are generally in and around major tourist attractions though you may require walking from road till boat jetty while embarking or disembarking boats.

Moderate: These tours are not strenuous but you will require good amount of fitness as they may include days with long periods of walking or soft trekking, climbing of stairs, embarking and disembarking boats and where longer distances may be travelled by uneven roads.

Adventurous: These refer to programs where your physical fitness needs to be at the highest level. Trekking, cycling, climbing, walking and more adventurous activities may be included.

Getting Around

Comfort is our first priority. All our coaches are air-conditioned with push back seats. We even offer 30-35 seater coach when only 16 people are in a group, providing everyone with a window seat. Our train journeys in air-conditioning sleeper class where bedding is provided by the train attendant and itineraries that include a domestic flight to connect destination we use economy class.

Passport & Visas

India: Visa is required for all foreign nationals and you must obtain an Indian visa prior to leaving home as visa processing varies from country to country. Passport must be valid for at least six months before you commence travel in India. Travel to Sikkim requires a special permit; the application may be made when applying for a standard Indian visa at the local Indian High Commission.

As of 25 Sep 2013 nationals and passport holder of New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, Finland, Luxem Bourg, Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia and Myanmar can avail visa-on-arrival (VoA) facility upon disembarking at international airports Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kochi and Trivandrum only. You will require to pay the fee along with requiring documentation and is subject to verification and satisfaction of the Immigration. Please contact the high commission of India for updated information.

Sri Lanka: Every tourist visiting Sri Lanka requires a visa prior to departure. Visa must be obtained at least 01 months prior to arrival in Sri Lanka by visiting www.eta.gov.lk The Tourist visa is valid for stay within 30 days. Passport must be valid for at least six months before you commence travel to Sri Lanka. A fee will apply.

Nepal: Visa is required for all foreign nationalities and the best way to apply for a visa is from the Royal Nepalese diplomatic missions in your home country. Tourist Visa also can be obtained on arrival. Passport must be valid for at least six months before you commence travel in Nepal. A fee will apply.

Bhutan: All foreign nationals require a visa for Bhutan.

Visa can be arranged by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS. To process this we require clear readable colour copy of passport (page containing passport no and face picture in JPEG or PDF format) and current colour passport photograph and at least 30 days prior to the date of entry into Bhutan. Remaining validity of the passport should be at least 6 months from the date of exit from Bhutan.

Tourism Council of Bhutan issues visa clearance letter closer to travelling date which we email or fax you or your local travel agent. Travellers are required to produce aforesaid visa clearance copy at the time of check-in for their flights while those entering Bhutan by surface via Phuentsholing or Samdrup Jonkhar, they are required to produce this Visa Clearance letter at the Immigration counter. Actual visa is stamped at passport on arrival in Bhutan.

Visa only service is not offered in Bhutan, you would have to book a service tour package from TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS that includes accommodation, guided tours, transfers etc

HOW TO BOOK

You can contact our associate travel agent, call our local office, email us or book online. Booking forms must be completed to ensure TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS has on file all the necessary information such as passport details, travel insurance policy details and emergency contacts etc. Travellers over the age of 65 and those with pre-existing medical conditions will also be required to provide a medical certificate to certify they are fit to travel.  By booking through a travel agent or online means you have read and agreed to the TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS booking conditions. For more detail please click here. 

Team at TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS wishes you a wonderful holiday!!!

Day 01: Arrive Delhi – Onboard POW 

On arrival direct transfer to the Safdarjung Railway station. Around 4.30 PM check-in formalities are completed with the traditional welcome. At 6.30 PM the vibrantly decorated Palace on Wheels begins its eight-day odyssey cutting across the scenic landscapes and rich heritage of India. (D)


Day 02: Jaipur - Onboard POW 

The guests enjoy a delectable breakfast aboard and visit Albert Hall Museum followed by a host of architectural marvels - Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, City Palace and Amber Fort. Late afternoon explore the local Bazaar for unique handicrafts. (B, L, D) 


Day 03: Sawai Madhopur – Chittorgarh - Onboard POW 

Disembark for a safari in the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. Enjoy breakfast and lunch on board while the train continues its journey to Chittorgarh for an afternoon city tour. Before returning on train enjoy High Tea at the fort and a light and sound show. (B, L, D)  


Day 04: Udaipur - Onboard POW 

After breakfast, enjoy a city tour and visit Saheliyon Ki Bari, the city palace and the crystal gallery that provide a breath-taking view of its cultural significance. After lunch is served at the Palace proceed to a boat ride to the resplendent Jagmandir Palace for tea. (B, L, D)  


Day 05: Jaisalmer - Onboard POW 

Enjoy breakfast onboard before city tour to the serene spot of Gadsasir Sagar Lake, stunning forts, the innumerable Havelis, sam sand dunes. Evening leaves Jaisalmer and heads towards Jodhpur. (B, L, D)  


Day 06: Jodhpur, Bharatpur - Onboard POW 

Explore the architectural and magnificent marvel of Mehrangarh Fort and the surrounding cenotaph of Jaswanth Thada. Celebrate a glimpse of the history at the Umaid Bhavan Museum and cap it all off by shopping in the nearby local markets. (B, L, D)  


Day 07: Bharatpur – Agra - Onboard POW 

Start a day with a visit to world-renowned Keola Deo sanctuary that hosts thousands of local and migratory birds. Visit  Agra Fort, the Taj Mahal and local market in the afternoon. (B, L, D)  


Day 08: Delhi – Kolkata 

After early breakfast journey on the Palace On Wheels come to an end. On arrival transfer to the airport to board the flight to Kolkata. Evening explores famous Chowringhee Lane and stay three night at the hotel. (B, D)  


Day 09: Kolkata 

Today start your city sightseeing tour with a visit to one of the largest Bustling outdoor market offering a wide selection of colourful flowers and garlands. Later visit Kumortuli, a traditional potter’s area renowned for its sculpting prowess, which not only manufactures clay idols for various festivals but also regularly exports them. (B, D) 


Day 10: Kolkata 

Today visit Victoria Memorial and its museum, Belur Math, Howrah Bridge and drive past Mother Teresa's House. Evening free to explore the surrounding area and local bazaar. (B, D) 


Day 11: Kolkata to Steemer Ghat (onboard Ship) 

Transfer to board the flight to Jorhat/Dibrugarh airport and drive to Steemer Ghat, a lovely beach below jungle-covered hills to board your ship. (B, D)


Day 12: Kaziranga National Park - (onboard Ship) 

Enjoy morning jeep safari at UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kaziranga, home to the world’s largest population of the Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros, Indian Elephant, Wild Water Buffalo and also earned the distinction of having the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers. ​ (B, L, D) 


Day 13: Dhansiri Mukh (onboard Ship) 

This morning, walk through the town and visit Vishwanath, known for a 12-18 century Ahom-period Shiva temple. (B, L, D) 


Day 14: Kaziranga National Park (onboard Ship)

​This morning, we take a jeep safari to Kaziranga’s little-visited Eastern Range, with grasslands much favoured by rhinos where you might also spot the rare Bengal Florican. (B, L, D) 


​Day 15: Village (onboard Ship)

​Another day spent cruising upstream. We shall take time to pause and walk through a bankside village, getting an insight into the life of rural India. (B, L, D) 


Day 16: Majuli Island (onboard Ship)

​Today we explore Majuli Island, one of the world’s largest river islands. A microcosm of Assamese culture showcasing a unique way of life. Visit a monastery at Auniati with an eclectic museum, then attend a dance performance at Kamalabari monastery. (B, L, D) 


Day 17: Sibsagar

​We visit Horu Charai tea estate and explore Sibsagar, the one-time capital of the Ahom kings of Assam. Continue cruise to Dikhou Mukh close to Sibsagar. (B, L, D) ​


Day 18 Dibrugarh/Jorhat Departure 

​Disembark after breakfast and tour finish with direct transfer to the nearby airport. (B)

 

Tour Notes: Low or high water levels may cause disruption to cruising. Therefore, itinerary and sightseeing are subject to change without prior notice. The upstream itinerary will start from Kolkata.

 

 

STARTS

 

ENDS

 

 

Twin Price
(NZ$)

 

STATUS

 UPSTREAM/

DOWNSTREAM

2019

  23 Oct   09 Nov     $13,954    C
  20 Nov   07 Dec     $13,954    C
U
  18 Dec   04 Jan'20     $13,538    R U

2020

  15 Jan    01 Feb     $13,954   C
  12 Feb   29 Feb     $13,954   R U
  11 Mar   28 Mar     $13,954   R U
  08 Apr   25 Apr     $10,989   R U
  28 Oct   14 Nov     $13,954    R U
  25 Nov   12 Dec     $13,954    R U
  23 Dec   09 Jan' 21     $13,538    R U

2021

  20 Jan   06 Feb     $13,954    R U
  17 Feb   06 Mar     $13,954    R U
  17 Mar   03 Apr     $13,954    R U
  14 Apr   01 May     $10,989    R U
 

For further information, please contact TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS or ask your travel agent.        

 
  A = Available   R = On Request  C = Closed  U = Upstream D = Downstream  


 

Single
Twin
River Cruise

Starts: Delhi

Ends: Dibrugarh 

Grade: Easy Paced

What's Included?

10 Nights luxury accommodation

7 Nights onboard Palace on Wheel

Travel, transfer and sightseeing

Meals as specified

English-speaking guide

Tour Manager onboard Train and Ship

Entry fee and monument charges

Economy airfare Delhi– Kolkata-Dibrugarh  

Cultural Show

Wildlife safari at Kaziranga National

Tea tour & High Tea

Bottled water while travelling

Assistance and transfers

All current collectable taxes

What's Excluded?

Any International or Domestic Airfare not mentioned and Visa fee, Early check-in or late check-out, Meals other than specified above, Tips & Gratuities, Travel & Medical Insurance, Camera and video permits, Expenses incurred due to flight / train cancellation or delay, any expense of a personal nature, like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, mini bar, etc, any optional excursion or tour, any other expense not mentioned in the prices include column.

To obtain Electronic Visa Online - India, please visit https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html for more details / submit your individual visa application. Please apply for your visa online at least 15 days before the departure date.

For India local references please use our India office address:

TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS

Building No. -97, Ground Floor, Sai Enclave, Sector 23, Dwarka New Delhi 110077

Phone: +91 11 25308100

Fact File

Overland travel by chartered air-conditioned vehicle 

Order of sightseeing may vary according to local conditions 

Hotel check-in/out 1200 hours 

Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)

Electricity: Current is 220V, 50Hz 

Time Zone: 5.5 hours ahead GMT