courtesy: World Spree

World Spree’s Incredible India tour is not hyperbole.  Starting at $1,599 for 12 days, (do the math: $133 a day, based on double occupancy) this comprehensive trip includes round-trip airfare (with taxes and fuel surcharges) from New York, Los Angeles or San Francisco.  You will stay in luxurious city hotels all familiar to American travelers (Westin, Marriott and Hilton,)  daily buffet breakfasts, six other meals, all ground transportation, baggage handling, comprehensive sightseeing tours with entrance fees, two game drives in Ranthambhore National Park, and professional English-speaking guides.

The trip is designed to cover India’s highlights, the famous Golden Triangle of Delhi (the old Mughal city and monumental New Delhi); Agra, renowned for that eternal symbol of love, the Taj Mahal; and the pink-hued city of Jaipur with its spectacular Rajasthani palaces, forts and gardens; plus the Ranthambhore National Park, home of the Royal Bengal Tiger.  Guests check into a bungalow-style hotel with spa, swimming pool and gardens adjacent to the national park.

Want to further immerse yourself in India’s magic?  There are also two departures of Incredible India & Pushkar Camel Fair on October 22 and 27.  These special trips—a photographer’s dream—visit the Pushkar Camel Fair, a festival that includes everything from 50,000 camels, camel traders, snake charmers and a turban-tying contest to Ferris wheel rides (14 days, $1,999).

Have more time on your hands? Affordable extensions are available to Amritsar, home of the Sikhs’ Golden Temple (4-days/3-nights, $599) and to Nepal and the “rooftop of the world” (6-days/5-nights, $849).  Also available on the way home, taking advantage of China’s new 72-hour visa-free transit program, is a 3-day/2-night stopover in Beijing ($200).

What’s The Deal?

Many tour operators cough up so-called great deals but something has to give.  This one is no joke. I traveled with World Spree to China when the company was called China Spree, and I have been raving about it ever since.

The prices can’t be beat. And you aren’t roughing it. At. All.

The tours are so well-coordinated, with fabulous guides and a wonderful mix of travelers, you wonder how they can offer it at such slim margins.

On top of all this, they offer affordable extensions with special departures to notable events such as the Pushkar Camel Fair and bucket list trips to Nepal and China.