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Luxury Art & Design Tours

Contemporary Art of Japan
(14 Days)
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Naoshima, Kyoto, Hakone

Arts & Crafts in England
(8 Days)
London, Cotswolds

Culinary & Art Tour of Spain
(11 Days)
Madrid, San Sebastian, La Rioja, Bilbao, Barcelona

Art & Temples of India
(18 Days)
Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho & Panna National Park, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Ajanta & Ellora Caves, Mumbai

Art, Crafts & Design of Mexico
(9 Days)
Mexico City, Oaxaca

Ceramics Tour of Japan
(10 Days)
Fukuoka, Saga, Kyoto, Yamashiro Onsen, Kanazawa, Tokyo

Art Tour of Berlin, Prague & Vienna
(9 Days)
Berlin, Potsdam, Dresden, Prague, Vienna

Italy for Art Lovers
(13 Days)
Rome, Florence & Assisi, Bologna & Ravenna, Venice & Padua, Milan

Art & Design of Portugal
(8 Days)
Lisbon & Sintra, Porto & Douro Valley

Aboriginal Art & Culture of Australia
(9 Days)
Sydney, Ayers Rock (Uluru), Kakadu National Park, Arnhem Land

Art Tour of France
(8 Days)
Paris & Versailles, Cote d'Azur

Art Tour of Switzerland
(6 Days)
Geneva, Lausanne, Basel, Weil am Rhein, Zurich, St. Gallen, Winterthur

Arts & Crafts of Burma
(9 Days)
Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay

Dutch & Flemish Art Tour
(10 days)
Bruges & Ghent, Brussels & Antwerp, Amsterdam with The Hague & Delft

Culture, Crafts & Cuisine of Ireland
(15 days)
Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork, Kenmare, Killarney, Co. Clare (Dromoland Castle), Co. Mayo (Ashford Castle)

Arts & Crafts of Morocco
(13 Days)
Casablanca, Fez, Rabat, High Atlas Mountains, Essaouira, Marrakesh

Art & Architecture Tour of South Korea
(8 Days)
Seoul, Jeju Island

The Art of Japan
(13 Days)
Tokyo, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Yamanaka Onsen, Kyoto

Art & Temples of India

(18 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho & Panna National Park, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Ajanta & Ellora Caves, Mumbai

This is the ultimate private tour of India’s most compelling art, architecture and ancient religious sites, including Varanasi, Khajuraho and the Taj Mahal. In addition, the tour features a private wildlife safari, the best of Indian lifestyle, and accommodation at luxurious palace-style hotels and resorts.

Begin in Delhi, the vibrant capital of India. During private touring with your expert local guide, experience the best of Old and New Delhi: ride a rickshaw through bustling markets and bazaars overflowing with spices, bangles and saris; browse fashionable districts filled with galleries and boutiques selling beautiful Indian crafts and decorative items; tour historic attractions and UNESCO sites such as the Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutb Minar and Jama Masjid; and visit the Gandhi Memorial Museum, Crafts Museum or other specialty museums. Other options include culinary touring, personalized shopping tours, visiting the Lodhi Gardens and more.

Next, visit Varanasi (Benares), one of the oldest cities in the world, and, as the spiritual center of the Hindu world, a major Indian pilgrimage site. Enjoy a private boat ride on the Ganges River to see daily rituals along the ghats (stone steps), and watch a fascinating aarti religious ceremony involving fire, incense and chanting along the river. Also visit renowned silk shops in Varanasi’s old town, and take an excursion to Sarnath, where the faithful believe the Buddha gave his first sermon. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can also arrange visits to master silk weavers.

Fly to Khajuraho, one of India’s most renowned temple complexes and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your private guide, tour centuries-old Hindu and Jain stone temples covered with sculptures depicting ancient myths, daily life and erotic acts. Stay at a luxury safari lodge in Panna National Park, and enjoy private game-viewing excursions to look for local wildlife such as tigers, leopards, gazelles, sloth bears, Indian vultures and peregrine falcons.

Continue to Agra to visit the spellbinding Taj Mahal, the world’s greatest monument to love. During a private tour, learn about the history of the ornate marble mausoleum, and admire the incredible craftsmanship of inlaid stone decorations and carved marble screens. Also visit local marble studios, markets and Agra Fort. Stay at the beautiful Oberoi Amarvilas in a room with an open view of the Taj, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Continue to Jaipur, the famed Pink City of Rajasthan. During private touring see the highlights of the vast City Palace, admire the beautiful carved sandstone facade of the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Wind), and walk around the sculpture-like structures of the Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One day, visit Amber Fort, an impressive hilltop fortress and UNESCO site, and see its spectacular Sheesh Mahal, a room covered in dazzling mirror mosaics. Jaipur is also known for bazaars, shops and decorative arts, and there will be time to experience the top boutiques, woodblock print studios, jewelry stores, markets and museums. If desired, also experience the city’s beautiful cafes and other architectural highlights. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can also arrange visits to local philanthropic projects. One evening, enjoy a fascinating aarti religious ceremony at a white marble Hindu temple.

Continue to Udaipur, a beautiful city built around lakes and hills. During private touring, enjoy a private cruise on Lake Pichola, tour the City Palace and Jagdish Temple, visit Saheliyon Ki Bari Garden, see decorative arts highlights, walk through whitewashed backstreets, browse local bazaars, and visit local studios specializing in miniature paintings and folk art. One day, take a private excursion to see interesting local temples and enjoy a memorable lunch in an 18th-century palace with amazing views. Another day, Artisans of Leisure will arrange an insider culinary experience at the home of a prestigious local family. During leisure time, enjoy the luxurious facilities at the lavish Udaivilas resort.

Next, visit Ajanta and Ellora, two UNESCO-inscribed ancient religious complexes filled with extraordinary art. During private touring, explore Ajanta’s spectacular Buddhist cave temples and monasteries, which are carved from rock cliffs and filled with stone sculptures and colorful murals. At Ellora, see incredible rock-cut Buddhist, Hindu and Jain temples excavated from basalt cliffs and covered with intricate carved religious images.

Conclude in exciting Mumbai (Bombay), the economic capital of India and the home of the Bollywood film industry. During private touring, explore the lively food and art scene, walk along the waterfront, visit the most interesting neighborhoods to browse boutiques or stop in cafes, visit Crawford Market, tour top cultural attractions such as Prince of Wales Museum and UNESCO-listed Victorian architecture, walk through bazaars dedicated to flowers and jewelry, tour contemporary art galleries or see Dhobi Ghat, a famous open-air laundry. Upon request, we can also arrange Jewish touring or in-depth culinary touring [in Mumbai. Also take a private boat ride to Elephant Island and the Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO-listed site of rock-cut Hindu cave temples. Artisans of Leisure can also make reservations at Mumbai’s top restaurants or tickets for Bollywood shows.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1

Arrive Delhi

VIP arrival assistance. Private transfer to hotel for 2-night stay

Day 2

Delhi

Full-day private tour of Old & New Delhi

Day 3

Delhi – Varanasi

Private transfer and flight to Varanasi. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Private city touring and excursion to Sarnath. Evening private aarti ceremony

Day 4

Varanasi

Full-day private tour, including private sunrise and/or sunset boat ride on the Ganges

Day 5

Varanasi – Khajuraho – Panna National Park

Private transfer and flight to Khajuraho. Private arrival transfer to luxury lodge for 2 nights, with private touring of temples en route

Day 6

Panna National Park

Morning and afternoon private wildlife viewing

Day 7

Panna National Park – Agra
Morning private wildlife viewing. Private transfer to flight to Delhi. Private arrival transfer to Agra for 2 nights

Day 8

Agra

Full-day private tour of Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, artisan workshops and other highlights

Day 9

Agra – Jaipur

Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights. If desired, visit Fatehpur Sikri en route. Begin private city touring

Day 10

Jaipur

Full-day private touring and shopping

Day 11

Jaipur – Udaipur

Private transfer to airport for flight to Udaipur. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights

Day 12

Udaipur

Full-day private city tour, including meal at private home and private boat ride on lake

Day 13

Udaipur

Private excursion to Jain Temples in Ranakpur or Juna Mahal in Dungarpur

Day 14

Udaipur – Aurangabad

Private transfer to flights to Aurangabad. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights

Day 15

Ajanta & Ellora Caves

Full-day private tour of Ajanta and Ellora Caves

Day 16

Aurangabad – Mumbai

Private transfer and flight to Mumbai. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private city touring

Day 17

Mumbai

Full-day private tour, including boat ride to Elephanta Island

Day 18

Depart Mumbai

Private airport transfer

Hotels
Delhi: The Leela Palace, The Oberoi New Delhi or The Imperial New Delhi
Varanasi: Taj Nadesar Palace
Panna National Park: Pashan Garh Panna Wilderness Lodge
Agra: The Oberoi Amarvilas
Jaipur:

Rambagh Palace, The Oberoi Rajvilas or SUJAN Rajmahal Palace

Udaipur: The Oberoi Udaivilas
Aurangabad: Taj Residency, Aurangabad
Mumbai: The Taj Mahal Palace or The Oberoi Mumbai

Cost
$21,835 Per Person (double occupancy)