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India's Western Heritage

from USD 3693
Tour Duration: 16 Nights / 17 Days
Encapsulating treasures of Gujarat, charm of Mumbai, ethnicity of Madhya Pradesh; India’s Western Heritage paves way through 12 UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. We embark our journey in Delhi where we take a rickshaw ride through the sprawling streets of oldest bazaar- Chandni Chowk marking for an enduring experience. Witness the architectural jewels established by Mughal Empire in the city famously known for its white marble beauty: Taj Mahal. Tour to India is incomplete without a train journey. Ride from Delhi to Agra & Agra to Bhopal to jell-well with the locals. Jaunt through the city of mosques in Bhopal, textile center of Kutch in Bhujodi and witness Afghani architecture in Mandu. Adjourn the tour at the commercial capital city of India: Mumbai where the convergence of a slow and a fast-paced life can be witnessed along with the historic architecture built by the British government.

All about the India's Western Heritage

Traveler who wants to have a glimpse of the major constituents of Indian history and culture; and is looking to jaunt through the western coast of India. This itinerary has been planned in a way that one will experience the British touches in New Delhi, Mughal charm in Agra, worldly acknowledged art work at Ajanta and Ellora caves and teeming city life of Mumbai.

Mystically cut out rock at Ajanta and Ellora, walled city of Bhuj, fabulous artisans and artistry at Kutch, reliving Gandhi’s life by jaunting through cities where he once lived, historic monuments of Sanchi, paintings dating back to 1st century BC in Bhimbetka caves and shimmery Kanch (glass) temple in Indore are cities incorporated in our Western Heritage Tour.

Explore and discover the secrets of India’s Western Heritage, a compact yet contrasting tour with unforgettable highlights.

Heritage Sites

Tour Itinerary at Glance

Day 1: Arrive Delhi (Flight)
Day 2: Delhi
Day 3: : Delhi/Agra (Train)
Day 4: Agra/Bhopal (Train)
Day 5: Bhopal/Excursion to Sanchi & Bhimbetka
Day 6: Bhopal/Ujjain/Indore (Drive 200 Kms / 04 Hrs)
Day 7: : Indore/Mandu (Drive 100 Kms / 02 Hrs)
Day 8: Mandu/Ahmedabad (Drive 370 Kms / 07 Hrs)
Day 9: Ahmedabad
Day 10: Ahmedabad/Rajkot (Drive 225 Kms / 04 Hrs)
Day 11: Rajkot/Bhuj (Drive 250 Kms / 05 Hrs)
Day 12: Bhuj
Day 13: Bhuj/Mumbai/Aurangabad by Flight
Day 14: Aurangabad
Day 15: Aurangabad/Mumbai by Flight
Day 16: Mumbai
Day 17: Mumbai/Onward Destination (Flight)
  • - Breakfast
  • - Lunch
  • - Dinner

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance

  1. Whats included in this tour
    • Hotels as mentioned or similar
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • All sightseeing and transfers by Air-conditioned transportation
    • Entrances fees
    • Rickshaw ride at Old Delhi
    • All currently applicable taxes, including GST @ 5%
    • Services of English-Speaking guide for sightseeing as per the itinerary
    • Domestic airfare in Coach class for sectors Bhuj/Mumbai/Aurangabad & Aurangabad/Mumbai
    • Train Fare in Executive Class for sectors from Delhi to Agra & Agra to Bhopal
  1. Whats not included in this tour
    • International airfare & departure taxes
    • Insurance & visa fees
    • Drinks/beverages with meals
    • Tips/gratuities
    • X’mas & New year Eve Dinner (Hotel may apply mandatory supplement)
    • Any other meals than those mentioned in the itinerary.
    • All prices are subject to any revision of tax and tariff structure.
    •  In case there is a further fuel hike we will be forced to charge a fuel surcharge
The tour packages General Terms and Conditions
  1. General Terms
    • The prices are Per Person on twin sharing basis.
    • The above cost is valid for the mentioned departure dates only.
    • Please note that smoking is prohibited in public and all parts of the hotels except in designated areas and bedrooms, where smoking is permitted.  Should you desire a smoking bedroom, please let us know.  The fulfillment of this request is subject to availability of smoking rooms and is not guaranteed. 
    • Unless specified, check-in at hotels in India is at 14:00 Hrs and check out is at 12:00 Hrs
    • Our liability does not arise in case of Force Majeure (political disturbances, natural phenomenon etc.)
    • Reporting time at the International at the airport is generally 3 hrs prior to departure of the flight.
    • Check-in counters of most flights close approximately 45 minutes before departure and boarding gates close about 15 minutes prior departure.
    • Reporting time at the Domestic airport is generally 2 hrs prior to departure of flight
    • For booking domestic air seats we need names as per passport.
    • Baggage allowance in internal flights with in India is 15 Kg per person 
    • We will be providing transport as per below 
      •  1 to 2 pax we provide AC Toyota INNOVA MUV
      •  3 to 7 pax we provide AC Tempo Traveler
      •  8 pax to 9 pax we provide AC Mini 18 seater coach
  1. Cancellation Policy

    b. Airfare:
    Refunds on airfares purchased through BTS will depend on the rules of the carrier and the applicable fare base used for the purchase of the ticket. BTS will charge a ser­vice fee of no less than 10% of the airfare paid by the Client. Clients are advised not to purchase airfares till the tour is confirmed and visas (if any) procured.

    c. In the case of Rail Journeys or luxury train tours, luxury cruises. Specific cancellation policy pertaining to the specific rail journey, luxury train, luxury cruises as laid down by the operator will apply. There will be a 10 % cancellation processing fee applied by Bestway2india in addition to the cancellation charges levied by the operator.

    CANCELLATION BY THE OPERATOR
    “Bestway2india”, “BTS” reserves the right to cancel the Tour due to an insuffi­cient number of participants. In such an event, and only in such an event, “Bestway2india”, “BTS” will refund the said Deposit to the Client. “Bestway2india”, “BTS” will have no further liability to the Client for damages or inconveniences caused to the Client. Client hereby expressly waives any claim he/she may have against “Bestway2india”, “BTS” for such cancellation. In the event that “Bestway2india”, “BTS” decides:
    a) that the Tour may jeop­ardize the safety or security of the Clients, “Bestway2india”, “BTS”, or any staff of “Bestay2india” “BTS” and/or Services Providers; or
    b) the Tour cannot commence and/or continue for circumstances beyond the control of “Bestway2india”, “BTS”, “Bestway2india”, “BTS” may, in its sole discretion, postpone, cut short or cancel the Tour at any time. Such changes and/or cancellations may be necessitated for political, military, health, weather conditions or other valid reasons affecting local conditions, but will not be limited to the aforesaid reasons only. In such an event the liability of “Bestway2india”, “BTS” is limited to refunding the Client such monies which represent unused services, less

    a. any monies expended by “Bestway2india” “BTS”
    b. any liability incurred by “Bestway2india” “BTS”, and
    c. a reasonable amount of the Tour Price for services rendered by “Bestway2india” “BTS”

  1. Day 1 Arrive Delhi (Flight)

    Arrival. Namaste! We are warmly welcomed the traditional Indian way with hands clapped together at the airport and transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax.

  2. Day 2 Delhi

    We start our morning tour with New Delhi and visit Birla House, the Former Residence of Mahatma Gandhi before he was assassinated by Nathu Ram Godse on January 30, 1948. Later we visit the famous India Gate followed by the Houses of Parliament, Connaught Place and Humayun's Tomb*, the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, built in 1570.  We continue to Qutub Minar and its Monuments* Built in the early 13th century the red sandstone tower of Qutub Minar is 72.5 m high. The surrounding archaeological area contains funerary buildings, notably the magnificent Alai-Darwaza Gate, a masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art and two mosques. Our afternoon concentrates on Old Delhi, starting with the Red Fort Complex*. Named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone, it is adjacent to an older fort, the Salimgarh, built by Islam Shah Suri in 1546, with which it forms the Red Fort Complex. The Red Fort is considered to represent the zenith of Mughal creativity which, under the Shah Jahan, was brought to a new level of refinement and each pavilion reveals architectural elements typical of Mughal building, reflecting a fusion of Persian, Timurid and Hindu traditions. After visiting the Red fort, we embark on a captivating journey on a Rickshaw passing through the narrow lanes of the famous Chandni Chowk Bazaar, it was originally built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan for his daughter Jahan Ara in 17th Century since then many changes have taken place however it still remains Old Delhi's one of the Oldest and busiest markets in Delhi. Finally end our rickshaw ride at Jama Masjid, Mughal majesty and India's largest mosque. After visiting the mosque, we proceed to Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. In the evening, we enjoy a welcome dinner at well-known Indian restaurant.
    Please Note: Red Fort Complex and Birla House is closed on Monday while the shops in Chandni Chowk remains closed on Sunday for visitors.
     

    Meals Included
  3. Day 3 : Delhi/Agra (Train)

    After breakfast we are transferred to railway station for our express train to Agra. Shatabdi Express trains are fully air-conditioned and travelers enjoy complimentary meals. On arrival in Agra, we are transferred to our hotel. Later we start our tour of Agra with a visit to one of the most well-known wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal*. An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage. Situated on the right bank of the Yamuna in a vast Mogul garden, this funerary monument combines elements and styles of Persian, Central Asian and Islamic architecture.

    We then visit Agra Fort*. This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses, within its 2.5-km-long enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises many fairy-tale palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan; audience halls, such as the Diwan-i-Khas; and two very beautiful mosques. We also visit Itmad-Ud -Daulah, often referred to as the Baby Taj. A highly ornate edifice, this mausoleum is considered as the imminent precursor of the Taj Mahal in terms of elaborate carvings and inlay work are concerned. We end our tour visiting some of the local factories famous for marble inlay work and witness the complex art of inlaying precious and semiprecious stones on the marble from the Makrana Mines.

    Please Note: Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays. 
     

    Meals Included
  4. Day 4 Agra/Bhopal (Train)

    After breakfast we are transferred to railway station for our train to Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh. On arrival, we check in at our Hotel. Bhopal is known as the city of Mosques. We will visit the Jama Masjid with its Gold spikes crowns the minarets, the Moti Masjid, architecturally like Delhi's Jama Masjid, and Taj-ul-Masajid, one of the largest mosques in Asia. It has a double-storied gateway with four recessed archways and nine cusped multifold openings in the main prayer hall. The Quibla wall in the prayer hall is carved with eleven recessed arches and has fine screens of trellis work. The massive pillars in the hall hold 27 ceilings through squinted arches of which 16 ceilings are decorated with ornate designs.

    Meals Included
  5. Day 5 Bhopal/Excursion to Sanchi & Bhimbetka

    After breakfast we explore the Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi* consist of a group of monolithic pillars, palaces, temples and monasteries in different states of conservation, most of which date back to the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. It is the oldest Buddhist sanctuary in existence and was a major Buddhist center in India until the 12th century A.D. On our way back, we visit Udaygiri Caves, a group of rock-cut cave sanctuaries carved into a sandstone hill from 4th and 5th centuries AD. In the afternoon we visit the Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka* in the foothills of the Vindhyan Mountains on the southern edge of the central Indian plateau. Within massive sandstone outcrops, above comparatively dense forest, are five clusters of natural rock shelters, displaying paintings that appear to date from the Mesolithic Period right through to the historical period. The cultural traditions of the inhabitants of the twenty-one villages adjacent to the site bear a strong resemblance to those represented in the rock paintings. 

    Meals Included
  6. Day 6 Bhopal/Ujjain/Indore (Drive 200 Kms / 04 Hrs)

    After breakfast we drive to Indore en-route visiting the Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain. We arrive in Indore and visit the Kanch Mandir, an exquisite example with doors, pillars, ceilings and walls are entirely inlaid with glass with minute detailing. The temple also has paintings, which are depicting stories from the Jain scriptures. We then continue to Lalbagh Palace, one of the best neoclassical palaces in India. 

    Meals Included
  7. Day 7 : Indore/Mandu (Drive 100 Kms / 02 Hrs)

    After breakfast we drive to Mandu. The city was originally founded in the 11th century by the Parmar rulers who made it their fort capital. Mandu was conquered by the Delhi Sultans, who renamed it as Shadiabad, meaning the "City of Joy". Under Mughal rule, Mandu features some of the finest examples of Afghan architecture in India. We explore this beautiful town, visiting Jahaz Mahal, Taveli Mahal, Asharafi Mahal, Tomb of Hoshang Shah, the Jain Temple, Jama Masjid, Baz Bahadur’s Palace, Rupmati’s Pavalion, Darya Khan‘s Tomb and Nil Kanth Palace. After visit we procced to hotel & check in.
    Overnight: Hotel in Mandu (1 night) (B)
     

    Meals Included
  8. Day 8 Mandu/Ahmedabad (Drive 370 Kms / 07 Hrs)

    After breakfast we drive to Ahmadabad, the largest city of Gujarat. The city was founded by Sultan Ahmad Shah in 1411 AD and lies on the left bank of the Sabarmati River. On arrival we check in to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free. 

    Meals Included
  9. Day 9 Ahmedabad

    After Breakfast we visit Mahatma Gandhi's Sabarmati Ashram, formerly known as Satyagraha Ashram. It is situated on the west bank of Sabarmati River and houses a museum that features the largest number of original manuscripts of Gandhi's letters and articles that shook up the British Rule in India. Next, we visit the Siddhi Sayad Masjid and the Swaminarayan Temple. In the evening we are treated to the traditional Thali dinner. 

    Meals Included
  10. Day 10 Ahmedabad/Rajkot (Drive 225 Kms / 04 Hrs)

    After breakfast we drive through rural Gujarat to Rajkot, to explore the former capital of the princely state of Saurashtra. We visit Kaba Gandhi No Delo, the ancestral house of Mahatma Gandhi where he spent his childhood, now converted into a Museum, Gandhi Smriti and Watson Museum. 
    Please Note: Museums at Rajkot are closed on Wednesdays for visitors. Kaba Gandhi No Delo remains closed on Sunday.
     

    Meals Included
  11. Day 11 Rajkot/Bhuj (Drive 250 Kms / 05 Hrs)

    After Breakfast we drive to Bhuj, an old walled city. There are walls within walls, crenellated gateways, old palaces with intricately carved wooden pavilions, and brightly decorated Hindu temples. Our visit includes Aina Mahal, a palace built in traditional Kutchi style. We explore Maharaja Rao Singh, Madan Singhji Museum, which has a varied collection of paintings, photos and embroideries and the Hall of Mirrors, which was built in the 18th century. Later we visit Prag Mahal, the new palace built with ornate Italian marble and sandstone. Parts of it are now used as government offices but the vast Durbar Hall and the Clock tower are open to the public. We also visit the Kutch Museum, built in 1877; it is the oldest museum in Gujarat. The exhibits include a picture gallery, an anthropological section, archeological finds, textiles, weapons, musical instruments and a ship. 

    Please Note: Kutch Museum is closed on Wednesday for visitors. Aina Mahal remains closed on Thursday.
     

    Meals Included
  12. Day 12 Bhuj

    After breakfast we visit the village of Bhujodi. Bhujodi is a major textile center of Kutch, with the vast majority of the 1200 inhabitants involved in textile handicraft production. Here we can meet weavers, tie-dye artists and block printers, most of who belong to the Vankar community. 

    Meals Included
  13. Day 13 Bhuj/Mumbai/Aurangabad by Flight

    After breakfast we are transferred to airport to board our flight to Mumbai, where we connect to our flight to Aurangabad. On arrival in Aurangabad we are transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free.

    Meals Included
  14. Day 14 Aurangabad

    Today we take full day excursion to Ajanta Caves*. The first Buddhist cave monuments at Ajanta date from the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. During the Gupta period (5th and 6th centuries A.D.), many more richly decorated caves were added to the original group. The series of paintings at Ajanta that cover the walls and ceilings are unparalleled in the history of Indian Art, both for the wide range of subjects illustrated and the assured mastery of the medium. The paintings and sculptures of Ajanta are considered masterpieces of Buddhist religious art.
    Please Note: Ajanta Caves are closed on Monday for visitors
     

    Meals Included
  15. Day 15 Aurangabad/Mumbai by Flight

    After Breakfast we start the visit of Ellora Caves*. These 34 monasteries and temples, extending over more than 2 km, were dug side by side in the wall of a high basalt cliff. The uninterrupted sequence of monuments dates from A.D. 600 to 1000 and brings the civilization of ancient India to life. Later we also visit the Daulatabad fort and Bibi-Ka-Maqbra, the beautiful mausoleum of Rabia-ul-Daurani, wife of the Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb. In the late afternoon we are transferred to airport for our flight to Mumbai. On arrival in Mumbai, we are transferred to our hotel. 

    Please Note: Ellora Caves are closed on Tuesdays for visitors
     

    Meals Included
  16. Day 16 Mumbai

    We start our day with a visit to the Gateway of India, Mumbai's most famous monument. Here we embark on our excursion to the Elephanta Caves*, located on an island in the Sea of Oman. The caves contain a collection of rock art linked to the cult of Shiva. Here, Indian art has found one of its most perfect expressions, particularly the huge high reliefs in the main cave. We return to Mumbai by motor launch and visit the Prince of Wales Museum and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus*, formerly known as Victoria Terminus Station, an outstanding example of Victorian Gothic Revival Architecture in India, blended with themes deriving from Indian traditional architecture. The building, designed by the British Architect F. W. Stevens, became the symbol of Bombay as the ‘Gothic City’ and the major international mercantile port of India. Its remarkable stone dome, turrets, pointed arches and eccentric ground plan are close to traditional Indian palace architecture. 
    Our next Stop is at Mani Bhawan, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed here during the Freedom Struggle. The house is now converted into a Museum. From here we leave for the Hanging Gardens, the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence, the bustling Crawford Market and drive past Haji Ali, the tomb of a wealthy Muslim merchant. We end our tour at the Dhobi Ghat, the world's largest outdoor laundry. The word Dhobi Ghat is used all over India to refer to any place where many washers are present.

    Please Note: Elephanta Caves are closed on Monday for visitors
     

    Meals Included
  17. Day 17 Mumbai/Onward Destination (Flight)

    After what would have been an incredible journey across the western India we bid farewell with unforgettable memories and take our connecting flight to Home or to our next exciting destination 

       

    Meals Included
  • - Breakfast
  • - Lunch
  • - Dinner

* DENOTES UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES INCLUDED

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Day 2 : Humayun's Tomb

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Day 3 : Taj Mahal, Agra

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Day 5 : Turtle Rock, Bhimbhetika

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Day 6 : Shipra Aarti, Ujjain

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Day 7 : Picturesque Ruins of Ancient Colonnade, Mandu

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Day 8 : Hathee Singh Temple, Ahmedabad

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Day 9 : Rani ki Vav

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Day 10 : Modhera Sun Temple

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Day 14 : Caves, Aurangabad

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Day 15 : Victoria Terminus, Mumbai

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Day 16 : Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai

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  1. FAQ 1 What is the most appropriate type of luggage to bring?

    We strongly recommend bringing a backpack or a duffel bag, as suitcases can be cumbersome and difficult to store in buses, under seats, etc. Keep in mind that you will normally have to carry your own luggage on and off buses and trains and up and down hotel staircases.

  2. FAQ 2 What vaccinations are recommended for this tour?

    It's important that you receive the most accurate and up-to-date travel health information for the region you will be visiting. The only one qualified to provide you with this advice is your family physician or a specialist from a Travel Health clinic. Below are the links to a number of websites that contain excellent background information related to travel health issues. Nevertheless, these websites are no substitute for a personal consultation with a qualified medical professional. For Canadian Citizens: www.travel.gc.ca For American Citizens: www.nc.cdc.gov For UK Citizens: www.travelhealthpro.org For Australian Citizens: www.travelvax.com For EU Citizens: www.healthhype.com

     

  3. FAQ 3 What clothing should I pack for one of your tours?

    We always recommend packing as light as possible however the specific requirements for your tour will vary widely depending on where and when you are traveling. Our 'General Conditions' includes a suggested packing list and these can be downloaded from each individual tour page. The checklist is tour specific and based upon the experience of our ground staff.

  4. FAQ 4 Do your tours include international airfare?

    Travelers arrive from all over the world to begin our tours and it is not possible to include international airfare in our prices. We would be happy to help you arrange flights. Just ask for an air quote when making your booking.

  5. FAQ 5 What type of ground transportation is used on your tours?

    Our ‘General Conditions’ includes the details of all the transports used during the entire service. The details can be found on each individual tour page.

  6. FAQ 6 Are airport transfers included?

    All of our tours include airport transfers and the prices for the same are included in our tour rates.

  7. FAQ 7 Can I join a tour late or leave it early?

    It is possible to join a tour late or leave a tour early. Though you would be responsible for all costs associated with joining a tour late or leaving one early. If you feel this may be necessary please consult our Specialist before you book your tour.

  8. FAQ 8 Can you provide me with a list of the hotels we will be staying at?

    We use a variety of hotels en-route and a complete list of hotels is provided for your tour. Hotel voucher of each hotel registered for the tour is shared too.

  9. FAQ 9 I'm a single traveler, will I be charged a single supplement?

    All of our trips have a single supplement. The cost and the details vary by trip, so please refer to each tour page for details.

  10. FAQ 10 What are the age restrictions on your tours?

    There are no upper age limits for most of our tours (although for tours under ‘Trekking in the Himalayas’ and ‘Himalayan Panorama’ requires a fit medical condition. For the same, we have a ‘Medical Form’ which is mandatory to be filled by all age groups). For children below the age of 12 years, a parent/guardian should be present. If an assistance is needed, it is to be mentioned at the time of booking. The same will be chargeable.

  11. FAQ 11 How many people can join a tour?

    We keep our group sizes very flexible. So a group of 7 or a group of 70, we welcome all with the same zeal and fondness.

  12. FAQ 12 Who are my travelling companions?

    For privacy reasons, we cannot provide you with advance details on your traveling companions. However, our tours appeal to a wide range of travelers, most of whom share a traveling passion and a desire to experience these destinations at a grass-roots level. Our tours are conducted in English and so they attract many travelers from Canada, North America, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.

  13. FAQ 13 Can I book extra nights of hotel accommodation before or after my tour?

    Yes, in most cases we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels. Please contact our Specialist for price information. Please also note that extra accommodations must be booked outside of 30 days of departure.

  14. FAQ 14 Is tipping included and if not, how much should I budget?

    Tips are not included in the tour price and tipping is entirely at your discretion.

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