Around the World in 80 days Overland Tours

23rd February 2023 | 79 nights | Sails from Southampton | On board Borealis | S2305

Taj Mahal, India
Taj Mahal, India

It’s not long to go now until we can welcome you on your wonderful journey around the world with us. Being such a special Grand Voyage, we have been working with our destination partners to plan some fascinating, once-in-a-lifetime overnight experiences.

On these special excursions, you will have the opportunity to really immerse yourself in the destination or area that you are visiting. You will stay off the ship and rejoin us at a later port – all of your travel arrangements, accommodation and meals will be organised for you to ensure that your journey is seamless. Please find full details of these wonderful experiences below.

The cost of any necessary visas are not included in the tour price, so please click on the Visa information button for further details.

If you would like to book or find out more, you can contact our friendly Destinations Team on 01473 746 163.
They are available Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. Alternatively, you can email them
at destinationexperiences@fredolsen.co.uk

We can’t wait to welcome you on board!

 

Your Overland tour information

 

Highlights of Cairo & Luxor

5th March 2023 | 3 nights | Depart from Port Said | Prices from £1,599pp

 

Disembark Borealis in Port Said and rejoin the ship in Luxor.

This unforgettable four-day adventure will take you on an exploration of some of the most awe-inspiring wonders that still exist today. From the famous Pyramids of Giza to the Temple of Hatshepsut, experience the history of ancient Egypt as you roam the bustling capital city of Cairo and the many famous tombs and temples of Luxor.

Day 1

After arriving at the outskirts of Cairo by motor coach from Port Said, you’ll get to enjoy your first visit to the largest Egyptian pyramid and oldest of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Pyramid of Giza. Next, visit the mysterious Great Sphinx, designed after the famous mythological creature, before arriving at your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

 
Cairo, Egypt

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Day 2

Day two begins with an exploration of the largest museum dedicated to a single civilization, the Grand Egyptian Museum, home to tens of thousands of unique and rare antiquities. Take a picture with the famous statue of King Ramses II then take a quick lunch and souvenir shop before returning to your hotel to prepare for the evening. Later, embark on a visit to the famous bazaar of Khan El Khalili in the historic centre of Cairo, enjoying dinner at a local restaurant in the area.

Day 3

Fly from Cairo to Luxor where your luxurious hotel awaits. Spend time at your leisure and grab some lunch before your afternoon visits. Later, you’ll visit the Karnak Temple Complex which houses a vast mix of old chapels, decayed temples and other ancient infrastructures before moving to the Luxor Temple on the east bank of the Nile River. Upon returning to the hotel for your last overnight stay, an evening dinner will be served.

Day 4

Day four brings a visit to the West Bank of Luxor, where the ancient Egyptians buried their dead, along with a chance to visit the fascinating tombs at the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. You will then proceed to a masterpiece of ancient architecture opposite of Luxor, the Temple of the famous female pharaoh Hatshepsut, followed by a photo stop at the Colossi of Memnon. Lunch will be served on board a sailing boat while travelling down the River Nile, after which you will board your motor coaches for the drive to Safaga port to re-join your ship.

What's included: Local guide, transport, headsets, 2 night stay in Cairo, 1 night stay in Luxor, breakfast x 3, lunch x 4, dinner x 3, soft drinks with lunch and dinner.

Walking: This tour will involve a considerable amount of walking and standing, some of which will be over uneven ground. Steps will be encountered throughout the tour. You will need to be confident that you are able to walk distances over varying terrain in high temperatures.

Amenities: Toilet facilities will be available throughout.

Booking deadline: 2nd December 2022

Golden Triangle & Holi Festival

7th March 2023 | 6 nights | Depart from Safaga | Prices from £2,399pp

 

Disembark Borealis in Safaga and rejoin the ship in Mumbai.

This seven-day tour combines two iconic Indian experiences. Immerse yourself in the colourful atmosphere of the world-famous Hindu Holi Festival, which sees India transform into a real-life canvas, and explore the Golden Triangle, a popular tourist route connecting the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

Day 1

Upon arrival in Delhi, the capital and second most populous city of India, you will head out to participate in the annual Hindu Holi Festival, accompanied by a local family. 

 
 

[ReadMore]Play with dry herbs and flower petals before joining in the mischief and merriment, covering yourself and the streets in a rainbow of colours. 

You will also get to sample some traditional Holi savouries, gorge on chaat and gulp down cooling thandai. The delicious lunch that follows features vegetarian fare and tasty desserts. You might even want to take home some recipes for the dishes you try. Music and dancing will add to this action-packed event before you head to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 2

Day two of your tour includes an exploration of Old Delhi, reached by rickshaw. You'll visit Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib (Sikh Temple) to understand the community kitchen and visit Mughal Emperor Humayun's Tomb. Continue with an evening walking tour showcasing the street food culture of Old Delhi. Led by a noted food enthusiast, you can. unravel the history, traditions and culture behind the house specialities at each stop. The experience will end at Karim's, a well-known Mughlai eatery.

Day 3

A train ride from Delhi will bring you to the city of Agra. Upon arrival, you will visit UNESCO-listed Agra Fort, a walled imperial city founded in 1565 by the emperor Akbar. After checking in to your hotel, there will be an electric rickshaw tour of Agra's pastoral landscapes.

Day 4

On day four there will be a full day of sightseeing in Agra, with chances to view the iconic Taj Mahal during sunrise and sunset. You will also uncover the British colonial era in Agra, evident in the city's various architectural styles.

Day 5

After travelling from Agra to Jaipur, stopping en route to witness Abhaneri Stepwells, you'll participate in an evening cooking class, learning about Indian spices and their place in food traditions across communities, before dining with the hosts.

Day 6

A full-day city tour of Jaipur on day six includes an exclusive visit to the City Palace. You will be escorted around the seven-storeyed Chandra Mahal, the primary residence of the Maharajas of Jaipur, and enjoy High Tea.

Day 7

After breakfast at your hotel, you'll board a flight to Mumbai to rejoin Borealis and continue your cruise.

What's included: Guide, transport, two-night stay at ITC Welcomhotel Dwarka or similar in New Delhi, two-night stay at the Crystal Sarovar Premiere or similar in Agra, two-night stay at the Lemon Tree Premier or similar in Jaipur, breakfast x 6, lunch x 6 and dinner x 6

Walking: Guests must be confident that they can walk distances over varying terrains in high temperatures. This tour will involve considerable walking and standing, some of which will be over uneven ground. Steps will be encountered throughout the tour

Amenities: Toilet facilities available

Booking deadline: 2nd December 2022

Golden Triangle & Holi Festival | 7th March 2023 | 6 nights | Depart from Safaga | Prices from £2,399pp

 

Disembark Borealis in Safaga and rejoin the ship in Mumbai.

This seven-day tour combines two iconic Indian experiences. Immerse yourself in the colourful atmosphere of the world-famous Hindu Holi Festival, which sees India transform into a real-life canvas, and explore the Golden Triangle, a popular tourist route connecting the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

Day 1

Upon arrival in Delhi, the capital and second most populous city of India, you will head out to participate in the annual Hindu Holi Festival, accompanied by a local family. Play with dry herbs and flower petals before joining in the mischief and merriment, covering yourself and the streets in a rainbow of colours.

[ReadMore]

You will also get to sample some traditional Holi savouries, gorge on chaat and gulp down cooling thandai. The delicious lunch that follows features vegetarian fare and tasty desserts. You might even want to take home some recipes for the dishes you try. Music and dancing will add to this action-packed event before you head to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

[ReadMore]

Day 2

Day two of your tour includes an exploration of Old Delhi, reached by rickshaw. You'll visit Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib (Sikh Temple) to understand the community kitchen and visit Mughal Emperor Humayun's Tomb. Continue with an evening walking tour showcasing the street food culture of Old Delhi. Led by a noted food enthusiast, you can. unravel the history, traditions and culture behind the house specialities at each stop. The experience will end at Karim's, a well-known Mughlai eatery.

Day 3

A train ride from Delhi will bring you to the city of Agra. Upon arrival, you will visit UNESCO-listed Agra Fort, a walled imperial city founded in 1565 by the emperor Akbar. After checking in to your hotel, there will be an electric rickshaw tour of Agra's pastoral landscapes.

Day 4

On day four there will be a full day of sightseeing in Agra, with chances to view the iconic Taj Mahal during sunrise and sunset. You will also uncover the British colonial era in Agra, evident in the city's various architectural styles.

Day 5

After travelling from Agra to Jaipur, stopping en route to witness Abhaneri Stepwells, you'll participate in an evening cooking class, learning about Indian spices and their place in food traditions across communities, before dining with the hosts.

Day 6

A full-day city tour of Jaipur on day six includes an exclusive visit to the City Palace. You will be escorted around the seven-storeyed Chandra Mahal, the primary residence of the Maharajas of Jaipur, and enjoy High Tea.

Day 7

After breakfast at your hotel, you'll board a flight to Mumbai to rejoin Borealis and continue your cruise.

What's included: Guide, transport, two-night stay at ITC Welcomhotel Dwarka or similar in New Delhi, two-night stay at the Crystal Sarovar Premiere or similar in Agra, two-night stay at the Lemon Tree Premier or similar in Jaipur, breakfast x 6, lunch x 6 and dinner x 6

Walking: Guests must be confident that they can walk distances over varying terrains in high temperatures. This tour will involve considerable walking and standing, some of which will be over uneven ground. Steps will be encountered throughout the tour

Amenities: Toilet facilities available

Booking deadline: 2nd December 2022

British Footsteps in India

7th March 2023 | 6 nights | Depart from Safaga | Prices from £2,299pp

Disembark Borealis in Safaga and rejoin the ship in Mumbai.

Step back in time as you uncover the colonial sites of India’s British era on this seven-day tour, taking in the cities of Kolkata, Lucknow and Agra. British rule over India, known as the British Raj, lasted between 1858 and 1947 and tales of this tumultuous era can be found all over the country today.

Day 1

After arriving in the 350-year-old metropolis of Kolkata, the former capital of the British Indian Empire, you will view an array of colonial-era architecture on an orientation tour. Take in the likes of St Paul Cathedral, Kali Ghat Temple and the many landmarks in the Dalhousie Square area.

Victoria Memorial, Kolkata

[ReadMore] Day 2

A half-day tour of Kolkata includes visits to one of the largest flower markets in India, as well as the Howrah Bridge, commissioned in 1943 under the British Raj, and the Victoria Memorial, a large marble building dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria.

In addition, you’ll experience a ride on the local tram, established during the days of the Raj. Running since 1880, it is currently the only operating tram network in India and the oldest operating electric tram in Asia.

Day 3

On day three, you’ll embark on an afternoon walking tour to unearth Lucknow’s rich history, which stretches beyond the concrete walls of its monuments and into the city’s lanes.

Day 4

Day four includes a full-day tour of Lucknow. You will witness a series of monuments built by a succession of Nawabs and trace the evolving dynamics of their fatal relationship with the British. Explore palace complexes, gardens and streets that witnessed thousands of war casualties, pore over old maps and lithographs, walk around ruined royal homes, and stand under intricate archways and double domed mausoleums.

In the evening, there will be a culinary walk during which you can discover Lucknow’s gastronomic delights, including Awadhi cuisine and kebabs.

Day 5

On day five, you will travel to Agra and uncover its colonial past. With the arrival of the British in 1803, Agra’s skyline changed with the introduction of the imperialistic leanings of colonial architecture. You can view various churches, monuments and public spaces that bring alive this Mughal bastion's British past.

Day 6

Agra’s architectural wonders await on day six. An early start will reward you with sunrise views of the iconic Taj Mahal before the chance to discover the red-hued Agra Fort. After that, the evening will be yours to enjoy at your leisure.

Day 7

Head to Mumbai, where you will rejoin Borealis and continue your cruise around the world.

What’s included: Guide, transport, two-night stay at Vivanti Kolkata EM Bypass Hotel or similar in Kolkata, two-night stay at Fairfield by Marriott Lucknow or similar, two-night stay at Crystal Sarovar Premiere or similar in Agra, breakfast x 5, lunch x 6 and dinner x 6.

Walking: Guests must be confident that they can walk distances over varying terrains in high temperatures. This tour will involve considerable walking and standing, some of which will be over uneven ground. Steps will be encountered throughout the tour.

Amenities: Toilet facilities available

Booking deadline: 2nd December 2022

British Footsteps in India | 7th March 2023 | 6 nights | Depart from Safaga | Prices from £2,299pp

Victoria Memorial, Kolkata

Step back in time as you uncover the colonial sites of India’s British era on this seven-day tour, taking in the cities of Kolkata, Lucknow and Agra. British rule over India, known as the British Raj, lasted between 1858 and 1947 and tales of this tumultuous era can be found all over the country today.

Day 1

After arriving in the 350-year-old metropolis of Kolkata, the former capital of the British Indian Empire, you will view an array of colonial-era architecture on an orientation tour. Take in the likes of St Paul Cathedral, Kali Ghat Temple and the many landmarks in the Dalhousie Square area.

[ReadMore]

Day 2

A half-day tour of Kolkata includes visits to one of the largest flower markets in India, as well as the Howrah Bridge, commissioned in 1943 under the British Raj, and the Victoria Memorial, a large marble building dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria.

In addition, you’ll experience a ride on the local tram, established during the days of the Raj. Running since 1880, it is currently the only operating tram network in India and the oldest operating electric tram in Asia.

Day 3

On day three, you’ll embark on an afternoon walking tour to unearth Lucknow’s rich history, which stretches beyond the concrete walls of its monuments and into the city’s lanes.

Day 4

Day four includes a full-day tour of Lucknow. You will witness a series of monuments built by a succession of Nawabs and trace the evolving dynamics of their fatal relationship with the British. Explore palace complexes, gardens and streets that witnessed thousands of war casualties, pore over old maps and lithographs, walk around ruined royal homes, and stand under intricate archways and double domed mausoleums.

In the evening, there will be a culinary walk during which you can discover Lucknow’s gastronomic delights, including Awadhi cuisine and kebabs.

Day 5

On day five, you will travel to Agra and uncover its colonial past. With the arrival of the British in 1803, Agra’s skyline changed with the introduction of the imperialistic leanings of colonial architecture. You can view various churches, monuments and public spaces that bring alive this Mughal bastion's British past.

Day 6

Agra’s architectural wonders await on day six. An early start will reward you with sunrise views of the iconic Taj Mahal before the chance to discover the red-hued Agra Fort. After that, the evening will be yours to enjoy at your leisure.

Day 7

Head to Mumbai, where you will rejoin Borealis and continue your cruise around the world.

What’s included: Guide, transport, two-night stay at Vivanti Kolkata EM Bypass Hotel or similar in Kolkata, two-night stay at Fairfield by Marriott Lucknow or similar, two-night stay at Crystal Sarovar Premiere or similar in Agra, breakfast x 5, lunch x 6 and dinner x 6.

Walking: Guests must be confident that they can walk distances over varying terrains in high temperatures. This tour will involve considerable walking and standing, some of which will be over uneven ground. Steps will be encountered throughout the tour.

Amenities: Toilet facilities available

Booking deadline: 2nd December 2022

The Taj Mahal

14th March 2023 | 2 nights | Depart from Mumbai | Prices from £599pp

Disembark Borealis in Mumbai and rejoin the ship in Kochi.

On this two-day experience, explore the historic city of Agra and its world-renowned landmark, the Taj Mahal. This iconic monument to love is an architectural masterpiece and one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Day 1

Travel from Mumbai to Agra, where, upon arrival, you’ll head to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 2

An early start to your day will reward you with sunrise views of the iconic Taj Mahal. Standing on the banks of the Yamuna River, this extravagant mausoleum attracts millions of tourists every year. 

Taj Mahal, Mumbai

[ReadMore] It’s one of the greatest love stories ever told, having been built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Constructed by 20,000 workers over 22 years, the intricate design features white marble and precious stone and was finally completed in 1653.

Your day will continue with a city tour of Agra, where you can uncover hidden gems and highlights such as the red-hued Agra Fort. Travelling by electric rickshaw, you’ll experience everything from colourful bazaars to the Yamuna River’s local life.

Day 3

After an early breakfast, you’ll depart for Kochi, where you’ll rejoin Borealis and continue your cruise.

What’s included: Guide, transport (aircraft and by road) two-night stay at the Crystal Sarovar Premiere or similar, Agra, breakfast x 2, lunch x 1 and dinner x 2.

Walking: Guests must be confident that they can walk distances over varying terrains in high temperatures. This tour will involve considerable walking and standing, some of which will be over uneven ground. Steps will be encountered throughout the tour.

Amenities: Toilet facilities available.

Booking deadline: 2nd December 2022.

The Taj Mahal | 14th March 2023 | 2 nights | Depart from Mumbai | Prices from £599pp

Taj Mahal, Mumbai

Disembark Borealis in Mumbai and rejoin the ship in Kochi.

On this two-day experience, explore the historic city of Agra and its world-renowned landmark, the Taj Mahal. This iconic monument to love is an architectural masterpiece and one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Day 1

Travel from Mumbai to Agra, where, upon arrival, you’ll head to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

[ReadMore]

Day 2

An early start to your day will reward you with sunrise views of the iconic Taj Mahal. Standing on the banks of the Yamuna River, this extravagant mausoleum attracts millions of tourists every year. It’s one of the greatest love stories ever told, having been built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Constructed by 20,000 workers over 22 years, the intricate design features white marble and precious stone and was finally completed in 1653.

Your day will continue with a city tour of Agra, where you can uncover hidden gems and highlights such as the red-hued Agra Fort. Travelling by electric rickshaw, you’ll experience everything from colourful bazaars to the Yamuna River’s local life.

Day 3

After an early breakfast, you’ll depart for Kochi, where you’ll rejoin Borealis and continue your cruise.

What’s included: Guide, transport (aircraft and by road) two-night stay at the Crystal Sarovar Premiere or similar, Agra, breakfast x 2, lunch x 1 and dinner x 2.

Walking: Guests must be confident that they can walk distances over varying terrains in high temperatures. This tour will involve considerable walking and standing, some of which will be over uneven ground. Steps will be encountered throughout the tour.

Amenities: Toilet facilities available.

Booking deadline: 2nd December 2022.

Backwaters of Kerala

14th March 2023 | 2 nights | Depart from Mumbai | Prices from £815pp

Disembark Borealis in Mumbai and rejoin the ship in Kochi.

From cruising Kerala’s backwaters to visiting the historic spice-trading centre of Kochi, this three-day journey is perfect for those looking to discover the best of this incredible region in a short time.

Day 1

After disembarking Borealis in Mumbai, you will fly to Kochi. From here, continue to sleepy Kumarakom, dubbed the ‘Venice of the East', where you’ll enjoy dinner at your hotel and an overnight stay.

Day 2

After breakfast, the morning will be yours to enjoy at leisure, perhaps to indulge in Ayurveda at the resort.

Kerala Backwaters

[ReadMore]In the afternoon, board a houseboat for a day cruise along the network of palm-shaded canals of Kumarakom. As you experience life on the tranquil backwaters, look out for exotic birdlife and picturesque villages only accessible by water, and savour views of the rich green vegetation juxtaposed with the deep blues of the water.

In the evening, there’s an opportunity to enjoy an overnight stay in the houseboat, while those who opt to stay in the hotel can participate in various activities, such as cultural programs and a one-hour sunset cruise.

Day 3

After a leisurely breakfast, depart for Kochi, where you’ll embark on a walking orientation tour to unearth the city’s colonial history. Among other highlights, you’ll see the Dutch Palace, which has some of India’s most beautiful murals, the Jewish Synagogue in the heart of Jew Town and the iconic cantilevered Chinese fishing nets.

Later, enjoy lunch before heading to the port to rejoin Borealis.

What’s included: Guide, transport, two-night stay at the Zuri Kumarakom, Kerala Resort & Spa or similar Kumarakom, breakfast x 2, lunch x 2 and dinner x 2.

Walking: Guests must be confident that they can walk distances over varying terrains in high temperatures. This tour will involve considerable walking and standing, some of which will be over uneven ground. Steps will be encountered throughout the tour.

Amenities: Toilet facilities available.

Booking deadline: 2nd December 2022.

Backwaters of Kerala | 14th March 2023 | 2 nights | Depart from Mumbai| Prices from £815pp

Kerala Backwaters

Disembark Borealis in Mumbai and rejoin the ship in Kochi.

From cruising Kerala’s backwaters to visiting the historic spice-trading centre of Kochi, this three-day journey is perfect for those looking to discover the best of this incredible region in a short time.

Day 1

After disembarking Borealis in Mumbai, you will fly to Kochi. From here, continue to sleepy Kumarakom, dubbed the ‘Venice of the East', where you’ll enjoy dinner at your hotel and an overnight stay.

[ReadMore]

Day 2

After breakfast, the morning will be yours to enjoy at leisure, perhaps to indulge in Ayurveda at the resort.

In the afternoon, board a houseboat for a day cruise along the network of palm-shaded canals of Kumarakom. As you experience life on the tranquil backwaters, look out for exotic birdlife and picturesque villages only accessible by water, and savour views of the rich green vegetation juxtaposed with the deep blues of the water.

In the evening, there’s an opportunity to enjoy an overnight stay in the houseboat, while those who opt to stay in the hotel can participate in various activities, such as cultural programs and a one-hour sunset cruise.

Day 3

After a leisurely breakfast, depart for Kochi, where you’ll embark on a walking orientation tour to unearth the city’s colonial history. Among other highlights, you’ll see the Dutch Palace, which has some of India’s most beautiful murals, the Jewish Synagogue in the heart of Jew Town and the iconic cantilevered Chinese fishing nets.

Later, enjoy lunch before heading to the port to rejoin Borealis.

What’s included: Guide, transport, two-night stay at the Zuri Kumarakom, Kerala Resort & Spa or similar Kumarakom, breakfast x 2, lunch x 2 and dinner x 2.

Walking: Guests must be confident that they can walk distances over varying terrains in high temperatures. This tour will involve considerable walking and standing, some of which will be over uneven ground. Steps will be encountered throughout the tour.

Amenities: Toilet facilities available.

Booking deadline: 2nd December 2022.

Palaces & Wildlife of South India

16th March 2023 | 4 nights | Depart from Kochi | Prices from £2,499pp

Disembark Borealis in Kochi and rejoin the ship in Singapore.

With a fascinating blend of scenery, wildlife and culture, this journey takes you through the historic cities of Bangalore and Mysore and to the Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary, home to rare species, including tigers, leopards, panthers and elephants.

Day 1

Travel from Kochi to the city of Bangalore, where you’ll be transferred to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 2

After breakfast, you will join an orientation tour of Bangalore, where the mark left by more than 150 years of British presence is hard to miss. You will witness many landmarks from that era, such as Bangalore Palace, India’s version of Windsor Castle.

Bengal Tiger

[ReadMore]You’ll then head into the rural land surrounding Kabini Wildlife Reserve, one of Karnataka's best wildlife getaways. It was once the royal hunting lodge of the Maharaja of Mysore and entertained many a prince and viceroy. Spread over 55 acres, the reserve is now part of the Nagarhole National Park and provides a refuge for many endangered species. You will have the chance to spot an array of fauna. Kabini also has over 300 species of birds, from ospreys and grey-headed fish eagles to pied hornbill and great cormorants.

In the evening, enjoy a documentary session with a naturalist before spending the night at the hotel.

Day 3

Head out for an early morning Jeep safari. You may be fortunate enough to see leopards, elephants and even tigers. After lunch, witness animals as they come to drink during the afternoon heat as you explore on a boat safari.

Day 4

On day four, you'll visit the southern city of Mysore, with its lively markets, spiritual influences and rich empire history. The Kingdom of Mysore was one of the main opponents of the rise of British rule in India. Ruled by the Wadiyar dynasty from 1399 to 1950, the state’s emblem was the tiger. The animal represented Indian resistance to British rule, leading to tiger hunts becoming a popular ‘sport’ for the British nobility.

Embark on a walking tour to understand Mysore’s illustrious past, witnessing colonial buildings like the Town Hall and the Clock Tower. You will also see the illuminations of Mysore Palace, a nightly Sunday show with more than 100,000 bulbs. It attracts many visitors and makes for a lovely, festive atmosphere.

Day 5

Visit the heart of Mysore, wandering past grand old structures that hold many stories about the city’s past and present. Along the way, you will learn about the opulent lives of Mysore’s legendary maharajas. Browsing around the century-old Devraja Market, with its vendors, farmers and cart pullers bringing in the day's produce, will showcase the hustle and bustle of market life.

After, you will begin your journey to Singapore to rejoin Borealis.

What’s included: Guide, transport, one-night stay at the Welcomhotel by ITC Hotels or similar, Bengaluru, two-night stay at the Red Earth Resort or similar, Kabini, one-night stay at the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson or similar, Mysore, breakfast x 4, lunch x 4 and dinner x 5.

Walking: Guests must be confident that they can walk distances over varying terrains in high temperatures. This tour will involve considerable walking and standing, some of which will be over uneven ground. Steps will be encountered throughout the tour.

Amenities: Toilet facilities available. 

Booking deadline: 2nd December 2022.

Palaces & Wildlife of South India | 16th March 2023 | 4 nights | Depart from Kochi | Prices from £2,499pp

Bengal Tiger

With a fascinating blend of scenery, wildlife and culture, this journey takes you through the historic cities of Bangalore and Mysore and to the Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary, home to rare species, including tigers, leopards, panthers and elephants.

Day 1

Travel from Kochi to the city of Bangalore, where you’ll be transferred to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

[ReadMore]

Day 2

After breakfast, you will join an orientation tour of Bangalore, where the mark left by more than 150 years of British presence is hard to miss. You will witness many landmarks from that era, such as Bangalore Palace, India’s version of Windsor Castle.

You’ll then head into the rural land surrounding Kabini Wildlife Reserve, one of Karnataka's best wildlife getaways. It was once the royal hunting lodge of the Maharaja of Mysore and entertained many a prince and viceroy. Spread over 55 acres, the reserve is now part of the Nagarhole National Park and provides a refuge for many endangered species. You will have the chance to spot an array of fauna. Kabini also has over 300 species of birds, from ospreys and grey-headed fish eagles to pied hornbill and great cormorants.

In the evening, enjoy a documentary session with a naturalist before spending the night at the hotel.

Day 3

Head out for an early morning Jeep safari. You may be fortunate enough to see leopards, elephants and even tigers. After lunch, witness animals as they come to drink during the afternoon heat as you explore on a boat safari.

Day 4

On day four, you'll visit the southern city of Mysore, with its lively markets, spiritual influences and rich empire history. The Kingdom of Mysore was one of the main opponents of the rise of British rule in India. Ruled by the Wadiyar dynasty from 1399 to 1950, the state’s emblem was the tiger. The animal represented Indian resistance to British rule, leading to tiger hunts becoming a popular ‘sport’ for the British nobility.

Embark on a walking tour to understand Mysore’s illustrious past, witnessing colonial buildings like the Town Hall and the Clock Tower. You will also see the illuminations of Mysore Palace, a nightly Sunday show with more than 100,000 bulbs. It attracts many visitors and makes for a lovely, festive atmosphere.

Day 5

Visit the heart of Mysore, wandering past grand old structures that hold many stories about the city’s past and present. Along the way, you will learn about the opulent lives of Mysore’s legendary maharajas. Browsing around the century-old Devraja Market, with its vendors, farmers and cart pullers bringing in the day's produce, will showcase the hustle and bustle of market life.

After, you will begin your journey to Singapore to rejoin Borealis.

What’s included: Guide, transport, one-night stay at the Welcomhotel by ITC Hotels or similar, Bengaluru, two-night stay at the Red Earth Resort or similar, Kabini, one-night stay at the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson or similar, Mysore, breakfast x 4, lunch x 4 and dinner x 5.

Walking: Guests must be confident that they can walk distances over varying terrains in high temperatures. This tour will involve considerable walking and standing, some of which will be over uneven ground. Steps will be encountered throughout the tour.

Amenities: Toilet facilities available.

 Booking deadline: 2nd December 2022.

If you would like any further information on any of these overland tours, or if you would like to make a booking, please contact our friendly Destination Experience Team on 01473 746 163 Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Alternatively please email destinationexperiences@fredolsen.co.uk

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