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Home Icon Itineraries from 11 to 26 days showing the best of India

India is without doubt a country of contrasts; a land of majestic forts and grand palaces; of sacred rivers and high mountain ranges, a melting pot of extraordinary cultures, religions and culinary delights. A tour of India is a sensory experience like no other, an exhilarating carousel of colours, aromas, sights and sounds that are uniquely Indian yet universally recognisable.

With a maximum group size of only 24 guests, our small group tours in India give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the incredible diversity this country has to offer and discover a journey of heart-warming and never to be forgotten experiences.

Our three escorted tours of India all represent exceptional value for money without compromising on the usual Distant Journeys’ award-winning quality and service..

We have an 11-day classic The Golden Triangle & Ranthambore tour; a relaxed 14-day Splendours of Kerala tour and finally a 26-day Grand Tour of India, for those who’d like to explore India in a little more depth.

Each tour has its own highlights, from a sunset visit to the iconic Taj Mahal and private safaris in Ranthambore National Park, to an overnight stay on a traditional Keralan houseboat and a visit to a tea plantation in the Western Ghats; a ride on the UNESCO Toy Train to Shimla and a private dinner in a family home in Jaipur.

Over 75 years creating incredible touring holidays

Our Directors have over 75 years’ combined travel industry experience and between them they have created an exciting style of flexible, award-winning escorted touring holidays. Many years of meticulous planning go into delivering touring holidays of exceptional standards and unbelievable value.

Operated at a leisurely pace and providing you with unrivalled flexibility and value for money, we tailor our India tour itineraries to the tastes of UK travellers, and our aim is simple – to make every moment of your holiday as memorable as it should be.

Award-winning holidays

Our friendly travel professionals are experts in the destinations we visit and are happy to share their passion with you at any time. The exceptional quality of our touring holidays means that Distant Journeys has been a ten-time winner at the prestigious British Travel Awards.

Platinum standard customer satisfaction

We are so proud our customers really love what we do. This is shown by the fact Distant Journeys has achieved an incredible 99% satisfaction rating with independent reviews provider Feefo. What’s more, Distant Journeys has been awarded its highest ‘Platinum Trusted’ rating, for consistently delivering an excellent level of customer service.

Financially protected

Distant Journeys India holidays are fully bonded by ATOL, meaning you can book in confidence, knowing your money is 100% safe.

Our Covid Guarantee

For your peace of mind, if Distant Journeys is unable to operate your tour due to Covid-19, we will give you the option to change to another tour, defer your holiday to a later departure date or cancel your holiday with a full refund.

India holiday highlights

Our tours to India are full of highlights. Here’s a selection of just some of them, depending on your choice of itinerary…

  • Visit the iconic Taj Mahal
  • Jeep ride and tour of Amber Fort
  • Explore the Keralan backwaters on board a traditional houseboat
  • Witness the ‘Going to Bed Ceremony’ at Meenakshi Temple, Madurai
  • The Golden Temple, Sikhism’s most sacred site, in Amritsar
  • The hill town of Shimla, in the Himalayan foothills
  • Ranthambore National Park, home to the elusive Indian tiger
  • Discover the tea-making process in Munnar, in the Western Ghats
  • Enjoy dinner at a local family home in Jaipur
  • The spectacular ‘Beating Retreat’ ceremony at the India-Pakistan border
  • An evening food walk in Old Delhi, sampling the best in street food
  • Relax with an Ayurvedic massage in Kumarakom

With prices starting at only £1,495 per person, each of our tours to India from the UK offers exceptional value for money. At Distant Journeys, exceptional value means we will provide you with the opportunity to discover a destination in comfort and style, with many amazing experiences included in the itinerary, but without it costing the earth.

So much included

From start to finish, each Distant Journeys India tour is meticulously planned. As you would expect from a touring holiday, we include return international flights from the UK on award-winning scheduled airlines, with all your on-board meals and drinks included. Breakfast and dinner are included each day, in addition to several lunches and unique dining experiences.

All your touring holiday essentials are included, such as overseas transport in modern air-conditioned coaches, hotel porterage for your luggage, all pre-payable airport and resort taxes, and all the entrance fees to the many incredible places and monuments you will visit. What’s more, to help you make the most of your time, you will be accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout your journey.

Our escorted tours of India include:

  • Return economy class flights with Etihad Airways from London Heathrow
  • Flights from Manchester Airport may be possible
  • Airport transfers overseas
  • Superior hotels, with great locations
  • Daily breakfast and dinner, plus several lunches, included
  • Experienced local tour managers and drivers
  • Incredible excursions
  • All pre-payable airport taxes
  • All hotel porterage
  • ATOL protection for your holiday
  • Our Price Promise
  • COVID-19 guarantee

Here at Distant Journeys, we think we’ve found the perfect balance of freedom and flexibility that your escorted tour of India needs.

What would you like to do?

On an escorted tour of India, we think it’s important to enjoy all the iconic sights and lesser-known gems, but to also have the flexibility to enjoy experiences that really interest you. We build in Freedom Days on our itineraries, allowing you to do just that. Whether you would like to take a guided tour through Jaipur’s bustling markets or meet the women of Sadna to learn about how they have transformed the well-being of their society, it’s all about what you’d like to do.

Would you like to explore further?

Who wouldn’t? If you would like to extend your holiday in India after your The Golden Triangle & Ranthambore tour, we have holiday extensions available to Shimla, Varanasi, Amritsar or a relaxing stay in Goa. Alternatively, you could explore the tranquil backwaters and tea plantations of Kerala by combining your Golden Triangle & Ranthambore tour with the Splendours of Kerala tour from only £3,190 per person. Simply let us know, and we will be happy to make the arrangements – it’s all part of our service.

Convenience and exclusivity

Our Private Tours of India are a surprisingly affordable alternative to our Small Group Tours.

Whether your tour of India is to mark a special occasion as a couple, or the trip of a lifetime with family and friends, Distant Journeys Private Tours offer a unique and intimate travel experience that is tailored to suit you.

Enjoying the same carefully curated itinerary and personally-selected hotels as our Small Group Tours of India, a Private Tour has the added exclusivity and convenience of your own private vehicle, your own friendly and knowledgeable local guide and your own choice of departure date.

No being rushed from one place to another, no waiting for others, no strict timetable. It’s your exclusive holiday, at your pace. What’s more, supplements start from just £95 per person, and a couple can enjoy a Private Tour all to themselves from only a £395 per person supplement. You choose your own preferred escorted tour of India and your preferred group size – we’ll take care of the rest.

We know that the best kind of touring holiday to India is one that not only includes the iconic sights that we all want to see, but also one that delves a little deeper, one that allows time to meet local people and one that introduces you to a host of authentic and enriching experiences.

The intimate and relaxed way to explore

As part of a group of no more than 24 guests, Distant Journeys’ escorted tours of India offer you the chance to explore beyond the well-known sights and take a path less trodden, with a number of included intimate experiences to create memories that will last a lifetime. Dine in the home of a local family, pick organic vegetables with a chef and turn them into a delicious lunch, walk through exquisite tea plantations and visit breath-taking temples – these are just a few of the experiences and encounters you can enjoy as part of a Distant Journeys small group touring holiday.

Experienced Tour Managers and guides

Knowledgeable Tour Managers and local guides can make the difference between a good holiday and the best tours of India. Not only will they share information gained through their experience of the local culture, traditions and history, they will also provide insider tips on the places we visit and arrange additional experiences often not suitable for larger groups. They are on hand with recommendations, whether you would like to know which local restaurant serves the best dishes, or where you can buy the best authentic handicrafts.

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Award-Winning Holidays

Award-Winning

We have won 10 awards in the last five years, at the British Travel Awards;  ‘Best Small Holiday Company to Australasia’ ‘Best Small Holiday to Sub-Saharan Africa’ and ‘Best Small Escorted Tours Holiday Company’.

99% Customer Satisfaction

Distant Journeys have achieved an incredible 99% satisfaction rating, verified by independent reviews provider Feefo and we have been awarded their highest Platinum Trusted Rating.

100 % Financial Protection

All Distant Journeys holidays are fully bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority, meaning you can book in the confidence your money is 100% safe.

Guaranteed Price Promise

We want you to have the peace of mind you are paying the best price for your holiday, so Distant Journeys guarantees this through our Price Promise.

  • We will reward you for booking early. The earlier you book the better the offer you’ll receive.
  • We never offer last minute discounts, so you can be confident you’ll never see your holiday cheaper once you have booked.
  • We will never add surcharges onto the cost of your holiday, once you have booked.
  • We will price match any identical holiday you find and give you £200 off a future booking.

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