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The Southern Sojourn

(7 Nights / 8 Days)
Mumbai – Goa – Hampi – Mysore – Cochin – Kumarakom – Trivandrum

Embark on a memorable journey on-board the luxurious Maharajas Express. The Southern Sojourn is a well-planned journey of 8 days combining the splendid sights of South India, with all its grandeur and mesmerizing landscape. The tour takes you to wonderful places like Hampi, Mysore, Cochin, and Kumarakom. Each destination has its own specialty. Some of the main highlights of this journey are special meals, World Heritage Sites of Hampi and the Goan church of Basilica of Bom Jesus, the exclusive Chinese Fishing Nets in Cochin, Canoe cruise in Kumarakom, and the magnificent Wodeyar Palace in Mysore. Maharajas' Express boasts of opulent interiors and world-class comforts for its guests.

Embarkation & Disembarkation (Heritage of India)

Check-in Venue & Timing - The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai / 1500 hrs

Departure Station & Timing - Mumbai - Chatrpati Shivaji Terminus / 1715 hrs

Arrival Station & Timing - Trivandrum - Kochuveli Railway Station / 0800 hrs

Guests boarding the Maharaja Express have to report at least an hour before the train's departure at a pre-assigned venue in Mumbai for the pre-boarding facilities. All final details related to the meeting point will be emailed or handed over along with the journey's travel vouchers and documents, around 14 days before the departure date.

Notes

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Day 1 Mumbai-Goa (Saturday)

Maharajas Express

In the afternoon, assemble at The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, Mumbai at 15:00 hours. Complete the registration and the check- in formalities for the Maharajas' Express. Proceed to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. As you reach, enjoy a warm traditional welcome and a welcome drink. Your entry is marked by the Police Band playing. Board the luxury train. At around 17:15 hours, the train departs for its first destination Goa as you settle in your cabins. Dinner is served on-board.

Overnight stay on the Maharajas' Express.

Day Highlights


  • Welcome Ceremony at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Day 2 Goa (Sunday)

Ajanta Caves

The train has entered the 'Queen of Beaches' Goa today. Savor breakfast on-board. Disembark from the train for visiting the churches of North Goa including the Basilica of Bom Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This church is the site where the mortal remains of Saint Francis Xavier have been preserved. Later, visit the Se Cathedral, located on the opposite road of the first church. This church was erected by the Portuguese after they defeated the Muslim Army. Next in line is the Walking Tour of the Old Panjim houses. The feel of this place is quite calming and peaceful. Observe the blend of the Portuguese and Goan culture. Back to the train for lunch.

At 15:45 hours, deboard the train and get ready for a special dance and music performance by local artist. On the way, halt to visit the Goa Chitra Museum. This wonderful museum is well-stocked with a private ethnographic collection of farming tools carts, pottery, palanquins and musical instruments. Later, proceed for a night of Goan carnival music succeeded by dinner at a special venue. Return on-board the Maharajas' Express.

Stay overnight on-board.

Day Highlights


  • UNESCO World Heritage Site of Basilica of Bom Jesus
  • Walking Tour of the Old Panjim
  • An evening of Goan music and dance
Day 3 Goa – Hampi (Monday)

City Palace

In the morning, Maharajas' Express starts its journey to Hampi. Enjoy lip-smacking breakfast on-board while treating your eyes to the wonderful beauty of the Indian landscape. Enjoy lunch on-board. The train chugs into the Hospet Railway Station. Get down from the train to visit the Anegudi Village. Located across the River Tungabhadra, this scenic village finds its roots back in the Neolithic times. Explore the village, interact with the locals, and partake in their daily activities to get complete knowledge of their life. If you are not ready for this excursion, you can simply go for a relaxing spa session one of the premium hotels. Back to the comforts of Maharajas' Express, one of the leading Indian luxury trains. Dinner is served on-board.

Stay overnight in the train.

Day Highlights


  • Visit to the scenic Anegudi Village/ A relaxing spa session
Day 4 Hampi (Tuesday)

Jodhpur Fort

Today, after an early breakfast, de-board the train for a visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hampi. This is a sight with stunning manmade wonders. Observe the group of monuments made from stone, covering a vast expanse of an area. The temples are a wonderful proof of Dravidian style of architecture built by the rulers of the Vijayanagar Empire. Some of the most popular attractions at Hampi are Elephant Stables, Virupaksha Temple, Ganesha Statue, and Narasimha Statute. The next visit is to the sprawling Vittala Temple complex, with highlights like the Stone Chariot and the Musical Pillars Temple. You can also enjoy a ride in tuk tuks or battery operated carts. Get back to the train. The journey to the next destination Mysore starts as you enjoy your lunch. Dinner too is served onboard.

Overnight on-board the Maharajas' Express.

Day Highlights


  • UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hampi
  • Vittala Temple complex
  • A ride in tuk tuk
Day 5 Mysore (Wednesday)

Cultural Performances

Breakfast is served on-board. Disembark from the train for visiting the splendid Wodeyar Palace, also known as the Mysore Palace. One of the largest complexes in South India, it is the official residence of the royal family of Mysore. There are 2 ceremonial halls, well-maintained gardens, several courtyards and other wonderful structures. Special lunch at the Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel, a stunning structure. Constructed by the Wodeyars in the 1920s, this heritage building was built for the Viceroy of India. The huge palace complex has a restaurant, a ball room and a Viceroy hall. Later, there are options to choose from. You can either return on-board train or can visit Shreerangapatnam, the capital of Tipu Sultan. Enjoy dinner in Maharajas' Express. The train journey to Ernakulam/Cochin starts.

Stay overnight.

Day Highlights


  • Visit to the Mysore Palace
  • Special lunch at Lalitha Mahal Palace
  • Half day's excursion to Shreerangapatnam, the capital of Tipu Sultan
Day 6 Cochin (Thursday)

Amber Fort

Maharajas' Express chugs into Kerala - the God's Own Country today. Savor breakfast on-board. The day is at leisure so that you can enjoy the facilities offered on-board the train. At around 14:15 hours, get down from the train for visiting a village where traditional arts of Kerala are practiced. You arrive here at the Model Eco Tourism village by enjoy a ride in tuk tuk. Later, head to the exclusive Chinese Fishing Nets (fixed land installation for fishing), industry making coir products and a traditional crab farm. Dinner at a special venue along with traditional South Indian dance performance. Back to the Maharajas' Express.

Overnight on-board.

Day Highlights


  • Visit to Model Eco Tourism village
  • The unique Chinese Fishing Nets during city tour
Day 7 Kumarakom (Friday)

Ranthambore National Park

Breakfast is followed by a Canoe ride on the Kumarakom backwaters. As the canoe makes its way from the narrow canals. Savor the scenic views of coconut palm trees lined on the landscape. As you disembark from the canoe, get ready for enjoy lunch at a special lakefront venue. Thereafter, be a spectator of the exhilarating Snake Boat Race, where a boat has around 60 boatmen who row the boat in a wonderful manner, clubbed with drum beats and energizing songs. Return to the train, which is now a venue of a special Indian Evening of drinks and dinner. The train begin its journey to Trivandrum.

Stay overnight on the train.

Day Highlights


  • Canoe ride on the Kumarakom backwaters
  • The exhilarating Snake Boat Race
  • Special Indian Evening with drinks and dinner on-board the train
Day 8 Disembark In Trivandrum (Saturday)

Early morning breakfast in the train. At 08:00 hours, disembark from this Indian luxury at the Kochuveli Railway Station, Trivandrum. Kerala's capital city. The journey comes to an end.


Note:

* Itinerary, destinations and scheduled departures may change without prior notice.

* Please contact your Guest Relations Executive for further details, prices and bookings of optional activities.

* Guests who wish to indulge in these optional experiences, may stay back and join the main group later.

* For some other essential travel information and guideline visit General Information page

Heritage of India Departure Dates for Season 2017-18 & 2018-19


Month Departure Dates  
June 2017 Sat, 24th
September 2017 Sat, 9th

Price for Season 2017-18 & 2018-19


Heritage of India (8 Days/ 7 Nights)

  Adult Single Supplement
Deluxe Cabins USD 7,530.00 USD 5,680.00
Junior Suite USD 10,880.00 USD 9,810.00
Suite USD 15,180.00 USD 15,180.00
Presidential Suite USD 26,070.00 USD 26,070.00

* All the above prices are on per person per journey on twin sharing basis

* The above cost is exclusive of 9% service tax that will be charged extra

* All Optional Tours are on chargeable basis and are subject to availability. Details and pricing will be made available on board during the journey

* Please note all bookings confirmed are non-transferable and will invite a cancellation charge as applicable.

* For more information visit Terms & Condition Page

Inclusions


  • Accommodation in double / twin bedded cabins with attached bathrooms
  • All meals, soft beverages, house brands of Indian wines, beer and spirits
  • Butler service, complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water on board
  • Guided off train tours as included in the journeys inclusive of entrance fees, still camera fee, transport and services of a guide
  • Porter charges at stations

Exclusions


  • Any optional tours as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Taxes, insurance, gratuities, telephone calls, laundry
  • Alcoholic beverages (apart from the house brands)
  • Video, film and professional still camera fees and arrival and departure transfers
  • International and domestic air tickets
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Any tour extensions unless specifically mentioned as part of the journeys

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