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Taste Of India - From February 1 to February 20, 2011
TASTE OF INDIA

February 01, 2011
To February 20, 2011

Location: India
Address: India

"TASTE OF INDIA"

                          ...a luxury Cultural and Culinary Tour of India.


Royal. Exotic. Wild. Colourful. Vibrant. Simply incredible! Experience India in a most exuberant way.
Let Cru Classe introduce you a 19 day Cultural and Culinary Tour of India...an experience that will engage your senses in the most memorable way. This tour is for the discerning traveller, who is interested in history, culture, food...and luxury accommodation! Your itinerary covers 8 different locations ranging from metropolitan cities, historic landmarks, desert sands, opulent palaces, forests rich in exotic wild life and absolutely relaxing stretches of untamed beaches! All this, while you indulge in the equally diverse cuisine of India. Indulge in flavours that have been influenced by cultures around the globe that wooed India for centuries. You will experience traditional Indian fare ranging from Rajput to Moghul, Persian to Portuguese and just about everything in between that has been embraced by the Indian palate.

Your accommodation during this tour is equally seductive. You will have the opportunity experience the life of the Maharaja’s as you stay in their Residential Palaces. You will also stay at some of the world’s most extravagant properties, internationally acclaimed amongst the top 100 luxury resorts of the world. Most of these properties have decadent spas waiting to pamper you! So make sure you take advantage of their facilities!

This is a very small exclusively offered opportunity by Cru Classe and is lead by Lara Cowan, who was
born and raised in India. She is fluent in six Indian languages and can successfully translate and communicate the true essence of India. With her background in Food Technology and extensive knowledge in wines, you are in for a treat as she introduces you to some of the country’s culinary gems
and celebrated kitchens. Also included in the package are some exclusive private cooking sessions with top chefs providing you with their culinary secrets.

So, take a break and come explore India...a multi-faceted country with a treasure of history, cultures, traditions, religions, topography, food, entertainment...and above all, its people.

Join us for a Tour Information Session on Sunday, December 5, 2010 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

For tour details, click here.

Namaste!

Taste of India – Details
  • indiaThis is a 19 day cultural and culinary tour of India, covering New Delhi, Agra, Ranthambhore, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Goa and Mumbai
  • The dates of this tour in India are Feb 01, 2011 to Feb 20, 2011.
  • Cost : $ 9,950 per person (taxes included) on a double occupancy sharing basis. Please contact Lara Cowan at  604.762.5250 for single supplement pricing.
  • The above price is quoted with the proviso that should there be an increase in the price of fuel or taxes, the price quoted above is subject to change. 
  • This is a intended to be a small tour, so space is limited to a maximum of 16 people.
  • The hotels mentioned can only be guaranteed if available on date of booking.
  • Booking deadline is Dec 7, 2010 as we have held the accommodation mentioned in the itinerary until then.


Cancellation Policy :  
Cancellation subject to each hotel and airline's individual cancellation policy.

Cost of Tour includes:

  • Accommodation at luxury resorts and heritage palace properties at all places visited.
  • All applicable taxes on hotels
  • Breakfast everyday
  • All land and air transportation during the tour.
  • All airport transfers
  • 4 Cru Classe Exclusive events that will cover food and cost of cooking classes, where applicable.
  • Tours and excursions as per itinerary by A/C vehicles
  • English speaking Tour guides at all locations
  • Free Yoga sessions at all Oberoi locations

Tour exclusions:

  • Airfare to and from India.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Optional tours or excursions
  • Meals other than those mentioned in ‘Cost of Tour includes’, above.
  • Beverages and alcohol.
  • Camera fees at monuments where applicable.
  • Anything not included in ‘Cost of Tour includes’.


Cru Classe Exclusive:
Cru Classe Exclusive events are focused on the Culinary aspect of this tour. There are 4 Cru Classe Exclusive events included in this tour. These events have been designed exclusively for the group and each of them are very unique representations of Indian cuisine. Some of them include cooking lessons from top chefs in the industry, while others are just pure decadent dining experiences.
The Cru Classe Exclusive feature is one of the defining differences between this tour and other commercial tours, because each one of them has been thoughtfully organized for your Indian experience! Enjoy!


Information Session: 
You are invited to an Information Session hosted by Cru Classe where you will meet Lara Cowan, your Tour Host:

When    : Sunday, Dec 05, 2011, 2010, at 3:00pm
Where   : #603 426 Beach Crescent, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 3E9

Please email lara@cruclasse.ca to confirm number of guests attending. Thank-you.



New Delhi – Agra – Ranthambhore – Jaipur – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Goa – Mumbai.

Day 1 : Fly into New Delhi and meet with Tour Manager at the airport who will be waiting to welcome you to India. Check in at “The Imperial”, New Delhi’s landmark hotel reminiscent of colonial India. You can choose to rest after your flight and then go shopping at Delhi’s famous Janpath Market.

Day 2 : Sightseeing of Old and New Delhi
Day 3 : Early breakfast and drive to Agra (approximately 4 hours)
Check in at Oberoi Amarvilas, listed on Condé Nast as one of the world’s top luxury resorts.
Rest for a while and then be prepared to visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the majestic Taj Mahal by sunset!

Day 4 : After breakfast, we continue sightseeing and then return back to your luxury hotel where you can rest or explore the fantastic spa the property is known for.
Day 5 : We start our day right after breakfast. Drive to Ranthambhore, one of India’s largest and most renowned National Parks in
Northern India. Check in at Oberoi Vanyavilas, another luxury property of the Oberoi chain of hotels. This property has been ranked #1 in the world, according to Travel + Leisure, USA 2010 Readers’ poll. Relax for the rest of the day as you explore the property at your own pace.

Day 6 : We start off by heading to the Ranthambhore National Park,
for an early safari. This is known to be one of the best places to see India’s exotic wild like, including the Indian Tiger.
Return to the hotel and relax for the rest of the day.

Day 7 : After breakfast we leave for Jaipur by car (approximately 3.5 hours). Check-in at Oberoi Rajvilas, another luxury offering from the Oberoi Luxury group. This property has been ranked as the 3rd Best Resort among the top 15 resorts in Asia, by Travel + Leisure 2010. Rest for a while and early that evening, we will visit Jaipur’s City Palace and Jantar Mantar, the largest astronomical stone observatory in the world! After that we would recommend winding down for a late afternoon tea at the Rambagh Palace, one of the residences of the Royal family of Jaipur which is now converted into a Heritage Hotel under the Taj Group of Resorts and Palaces. Soak in Rajasthan’s “Pink City” in all its splendour!

Day 8 : We start our day by visiting the historic Amber Fort...arriving on an elephant!
Return to hotel for another Cru Classe Exclusive! Explore the art and history of Tandoori Cuisine, in an intimate live demonstration. This is an interactive session, so get ready to get your hands working on skewering kebabs! We will do some Wine Tasting paired to food at this event. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and the hotel, indulging in their decadent spa or go shopping. Consider the Gem Palace, one of the world’s most exquisite locations to shop for gem stones! Make sure you return to the hotel for a late evening talk with a local historian who will help put into perspective, the history of India and the relevance of some of the monuments you will visit during your stay in India.
Day 9 : Sleep in if you like, because we have an afternoon flight to catch to Jodhpur, also known as the “Blue City”. In Jodhpur we check in at a heritage property, the opulent Umaid Bhavan, one of the leading luxury properties of the world. This is also the principal residential palace of the current Maharaja of Jodhpur, His Highness The Maharaja Gaj Singh II. Part of this majestic palace is now managed under the luxury Taj Group of Resorts and Palaces as the Umaid Bhavan.

Day 10 : We start our day visiting the Cenotaphs and the historic Mehrangarh Fort in the morning.
You could retire back at the hotel after that, or explore the shopping scene of Jodhpur. Just make sure you are back for a spectacular Cru Classe Exclusive that night to experience a true royal culinary experience!

Day 11: We're off to the check out the some of the villages on the The outskirts of Jodhpur . Later, we can go on a Sand Dune Safari. Alternative, you can choose to spend the day shopping in the city or simply relax at the hotel.

Day 12 : Drive to Udaipur in the morning (approximately 6.5 hours)
En route, we will stop at the Ranakpur Jain Temples. Carved from light marble, these late 14th century – mid 15th century temples are supported by over 1444 intricately carved marble pillars. On arrival at Udaipur, we check-in at the Oberoi Udaivilas, ranked #1 amongst the Best Leisure Hotels in Asia and the Indian Sub-continent, by Condé Nast Traveller, UK, Readers’ Traveller Awards 2010. Continue the rest of your day, relaxing at the hotel or indulging in their luxury spa. You could stroll the parameters of the property and discover an old hunting lodge overlooking the picturesque lake.
Day 13 : After breakfast, we head off for some more local sightseeing in Udaipur in the morning.
Return to the hotel that afternoon for yet another Cru Classe Exclusive. This time, we are invited into the hotels operational kitchen. Visit the heart of such a luxurious property’s culinary base and learn some traditional recipes directly from the maestros of Indian cuisine themselves! Relax for the rest of the day...or continue shopping!
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Day 14 : We fly to Goa! Check in at the Park Hyatt, a 5 star beachfront property Stay in by the pool, at the beach or drive out to Loutolim to view houses reminiscent of the bygone Portuguese era.

Day 15 : After breakfast, we drive off to Old Goa to visit the churches there, including ‘Se Cathedral’ the seat of the Archbishop of Goa and the renowned Basilica Bom Jesus which contains the relics of St. Francis Xavier. On our way back, we will stop at the Spice Plantation where you will see how some exotic spices are grown, harvested and ultimately put together into the recognizable spices you see in your kitchen. Enjoy a Vegetarian lunch at the Spice Plantation and head back to your hotel for a well deserved siesta!
Day 16 : When in Goa, live like the Goans!! Embrace their essence of a good life...”Sussegado!” Relax...take it easy! You are almost at the end of your tour so take the day off! Then get ready for the final Cru Classe Exclusive event...a memorable Goan dinner on the beach! Watch the sun set in gorgeous Goa with good company, good food and good times!!
Day 17 : We fly to Mumbai, India’s economic capital! Check-in at the Taj Palace, Mumbai’s flagship luxury 5 star hotel. This hotel is an architectural marvel combining Moorish, Oriental and Florentine styles, overlooking the Arabian Sea. This exclusive property of the Taj Group of Hotels and Palaces has hosted kings, queens, heads of State, Hollywood royalty, Maharajas, rock stars...and now you! You can stay in and enjoy your afternoon tea at the hotel of drive out to visit the Prince of Wales Museum. We can then stroll out for dinner at ‘Indigo’ the urban spot for celebrities and businessmen alike.
Day 18 : We start the day by visiting the Gateway of India which is right across the hotel. From there we go on a rather interesting boat ride over to Elephanta Caves. These caves contain rock cut stone sculptures of Hindu and Buddhist origin dating back to a time between the 5th and the 8th centuries. After returning, you can choose to rest or go shopping. Mumbai is a shopper’s Mecca! Spend the evening along Queen’s Necklace area in South Mumbai and have dinner at one of the many spots around the area.
Day 19 : Today, we have a date with the Dubbawalla! A “Dubbawalla is a “lunch box courier”, so to say.
They are an organization over 100 years old and have been earned a Six Sigma performance rating from Forbes USA, which equated to a 99.9999...9% efficiency in performance. This group of scantly educated, but honest, hardworking men have been studied by various universities across the globe for their work ethic and success.
We can then head over to a ‘no-frills’ family owned Parsi restaurant called Britannia. Featured in Frommers, this restaurant offers the very BEST Persian cooking in the city! Be prepared for a treat that will be remembered for a long time! Spend the rest of the day packing and resting before your flight back home!
Day 20 : Tour ends. Check out and fly back home.

We hope you have a fantastic visit to India!

Namaste!