A Classic Tours Collection
 
 

16 Days Visiting:
Singapore, Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi-Bridge on River Kwai, Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri & Jaipur

   
 

SPECIAL FEATURES

 
  • First Class Hotels with private bath/shower
  • American breakfast daily, 2 Lunch and 2 Dinners.
  • Transfers & sightseeing tours.
  • Baggage handling & porterage.
   
  Your Journey Begins :
   
 
DAY 1

NORTH AMERICA/SINGAPORE

Board your flight this morning and begin your journey to the ancient wonders of Asia.

DAY 2

EN ROUTE

Cross the international dateline and lose a day.

DAY 3

ARRIVE SINGAPORE

Arrive in Singapore early this morning, unique blend of East and West. Meeting assistance and transfer to the hotel. Room reserved for immediate occupancy. Rest of the morning is spent at leisure to get acclimated with the time difference. This afternoon’s tour showcases the contrast between old and new also the blend of East and West. Experience the history, culture and the lifestyle of multi-racial Singapore, the exciting heart of New Asia-Singapore. Drive past the Colonial District for a view of Padang, The Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay and The Merlion, a mythical beast, Singapore's original half lion, half fish.

DAY 4

SINGAPORE

After breakfast, spend the day at leisure or explore the city on own. B

DAY 5

SINGAPORE/BANGKOK

A short flight brings you to Bangkok. On arrival at Bangkok, met and assisted with transfer to the hotel. Bangkok has dominated Thailand’s urban hierarchy, as well as its political, commercial and cultural life, since the late 18th century. This afternoon, visit the Grand Palace. Bangkok's most famous landmark is a former residence of the Kings of Thailand. Several buildings are located within the complex. See the Reception Palace, Funeral Palace, Throne Hall and the beautiful revered Temple of the Emerald Buddha. WELCOME DINNER CRUISE Meander along the Chao Phraya River on board the Antique Rice barge travel past some of Bangkok’s most historic riverside landmarks. Enjoy dinner accompanied by soft Thai music in the background and traditional dance presentations. BD

DAY 6

BANGKOK TOUR

After breakfast, travel by long-tailed speedboat on the picturesque Chao Phraya River and Klongs (canals) of Thonburi, visiting the Temple of Dawn and Royal Barges Museum. Next, visit Jim Thompson’s House and Museum. Thompson devoted his efforts to reviving the craft of silk-weaving in Thailand and Thai silk’s reputation for beauty and quality is largely a result of Jim Thompson’s work. His house features a vast collection of antiques and artworks from throughout Southeast Asia. AFTERNOON TOUR BANGKOK BY TUK TUK Travel as the locals do by Tuk Tuk! Visit some of Bangkok's most famous sights: Phra Sumeru Fortress, the bustling Amulet Market, Wat Pho, Reclining Buddha, Thieves Market and the colorful flower market of Dheves. Travel past Thammasart University into Phra Chan Road to Amulet Market, where various religious amulets, charms and traditional medicines are available. A Classic Tours Collection’s guide will explain the significance these items play in the Thai culture. Continue by Tuk Tuk to Wat Pho Temple, the oldest in Bangkok. Explore the Wat Pho Temple complex followed by Phahurat Market, in the heart of Bangkok's little India where varied types of fabrics, cloths, ornaments and accessories are sold also stalls selling delicious Indian snacks. Continue to Woeng Nakorn Kasem in the Klong Thom quarter also known as the "thieves market". It is a second hand market for Thai and Chinese antiques where an array of goods is for sale from porcelain to furniture. Proceed to Wat Saket, located at the bottom of an artificial hill, often referred to as the Golden Mount, dating back to the Ayutthaya era prior to Bangkok becoming the capital of the Siamese kingdom. The temple was used for cremation ceremonies. The more energetic participants can climb up the 318 steps to the top of the Golden Mount for an amazing 360 degree view of the surrounding old Rattankosin Island. Final stop will be at the Flower and local market. There will be some free time to explore the markets, shop and/or dinner at a local restaurant. Return to the hotel on your own by Taxi or Tuk Tuk. B

DAY 7

AYUTHAYA EXCURSION - BUS & RIVER CRUISE

Depart for Ayutthaya by bus. Visit Bang-Pa-In Summer Palace (summer palace of Thai monarchs since the 17th century), Wat Phra Sri San Phet (largest temple in Ayutthaya) used as the royal temple cum palace by several Ayutthaya kings. It was built in the 14th century. Wat Chai Wattanaram, built in 1630 by King Prasat Thong, a replica of Angkor Wat with a large prang surrounded by smaller ones, symbolizing Mount Meru, abode of the heavenly gods. Embark on a cruise boat at Bang Sai Pier. A buffet lunch will be served on board as it cruises back to Bangkok. BL

DAY 8

KANCHANBURI - BRIDGE ON RIVER KWAI

Travel to Kanchanaburi to see the famous Bridge on the River Kwai. The original bridge inspired the movie with the same name, which dramatized how allied prisoners of war during WWII were coerced into building the bridge by Japanese troops. Visit the World War II Museum. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. Continue to the waterfall, time to swim also kayaking for a short time. Later, visit the Tiger Temple to learn about the tigers and their lives in domestication within the boundary of the temple run by Buddhist monks. Watch the monks accompany tigers on walks etc. Evening return to Bangkok. BL

DAY 9

BANGKOK/DELHI

After breakfast, this morning will be at leisure. Arrive in Delhi, sprawling on the banks of the River Yamuna, the capital of India, typifies the soul of the country. The legacy of that past survives in the many monuments left behind by the regents, each a chronicle of the glory of its time and an imprint of each ruler's character. Met and assisted on arrival by A Classic Tours Collection’s representative and transferred to the hotel. This evening witness a presentation of Indian dances and music followed by dinner. BD

DAY 10

DELHI

After breakfast, embark on a tour of Old Delhi. First stop will be at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial at Raj Ghat; the Ashoka Pillar and the famous Chandni Chowk bazaars, once the shopping arcade of Mughal royalty. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the narrow and colorful lanes of the old market. Finally, visit marble domes and slender minarets of the Jama Masjid. This afternoon’s sightseeing tour of New Delhi includes a drive along Rajpath to photograph the Parliament House, President's Palace and India Gate, a memorial to India's soldiers. Continue to Humayun's tomb, forerunner to Taj Mahal. Your final stop is at the Qutab Minar and ruins of Hindu temples destroyed during the Qutabshahi period. B

DAY 11

DELHI/SIKANDRA/AGRA

After breakfast travel overland to Agra, passing numerous villages and countryside. Stop at your discretion to take pictures of village life, farming etc. Visit Sikandra to see Emperor Akbar’s tomb. Construction of the tomb was started within his lifetime and completed by his son Jahangir in 1613. The tomb in elevation is pyramid cal and consists of three storeys. On top is an open courtyard surrounded by marble screen enclosing the tomb itself. The building is unique and a departure from Islamic architectural tradition. Arrive in Agra, where no other historical monument has evoked as much awareness and admiration as the Taj Mahal. B

DAY 12

AGRA TOUR & MOTHER TERESA ORPHANAGE

Visit the Taj Mahal, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1631-52, as a tomb and memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal (Jewel of the Palace). Stop at the Taj Museum of Agra for a close look at the original drawings of this wonderful marble monument. The drawings reveal the level of accuracy and precision that has gone in planning the Taj Mahal. The architect had guessed the construction would be done in 22 years. Drawings of the interiors show the position of the graves in such precision that the foot of the graves faces the viewer from any angle. Many more such breathtaking collections include royal ornaments, wonderful paintings and portraits of Mughal emperors. Continue to Agra Fort built by three of the greatest Mughal emperors. This afternoon visit Mother Teresa’s orphanage, where you will have opportunity to learn about Mother Teresa, her work and+ volunteer time to assist with the children. Rest of the day is free to explore the city or revisit the Taj Mahal by sunset. B

DAY 13

AGRA/FATEHPUR SIKRI/JAIPUR

After breakfast travel overland to Fatehpur Sikri, an imperial capital frozen in time, constructed by Akbar the Great around 1570. Within the city, tour the Diwan-I-Aam or Hall of Public Audiences, Diwan-I-Khaas or the Hall of Private Audience a two storied building. Panch Mahal or Five Storey Palace is a five storied building and the architecture is Persian in style like a Buddhist monastery. Palace of Jodha Bai is a fine blend of Hindu columns and Muslim Cupolas. Ankh Michauli, where the emperor played hide and seek with the ladies of the harem was probably used for storing records. Sheikh Salim Chisti Dargah originally built of red sandstone but was later rebuilt in white marble by Jehangir. Continue to Abhaneri, an ancient village famous for its post Gupta or early medieval monuments, intricately carved sculptures and temples. Visit the water tank or step wells an ancient way of storing rain water. After the tour continue to Jaipur, owing its name, foundations and careful planning to the great warrior, astronomer, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. B

DAY 14

JAIPUR City Tour & Amber Fort

Visit the ancient capital of Amber, ascending the Palace Fortress on the back of a gaily caparisoned elephant. Tour the intricate chambers and hallways of the palace. En route to Amber, photograph the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) built in 1799 AD. Afternoon, tour the City Palace, once the formal residence of the royal family built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Continue to Jantar Mantar, the largest of Jai Singh's remarkable observatories. Its complex instruments, whose setting and shapes are scientifically designed, represent the high points of medieval Indian astronomy. B

DAY 15

JAIPUR/DELHI/DEPART

After breakfast, spend the rest of the morning at leisure or shop at the local markets. Late this afternoon, take a short flight to Delhi and connect with your international flight back to the States. B

DAY 16

ARRIVE HOME

Or extend your stay in India, Nepal, Maldives, Bhutan, and other countries of Asia.

   
   
 
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