The Luxe On A Budget Club
India / Sri Lanka Tour
DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, THIS TOUR IS POSTPONED DATES TBD
October 02 - 12 2021
A Cultural Taste of South Asia
Two countries, two awe-inspiring itineraries; welcome to the beautiful south-east Asian countries of India and Sri Lanka! Apart from being a beach lover's paradise, Sri Lanka boasts swarths of lush jungle and wildlife whilst India is a foodie haven with a distinct cultural pulse. Individually, each country plays host to a beautiful array of natural landscapes, unique wildlife and vibrant cultures that just demands interaction.
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Escape the 9 -5, meet new friends and see MORE of the world for LESS. This is your official invitation to join the travel club chasing wanderlust and growing networks.
4 to 5-star accommodation in India and Sri Lanka
One-way flight from Jaipur, India to Colombo, Sri Lanka
Welcome 'Into The Jungle' dinner and farewell breakfast
Visit New Dehli, Old Dehli, Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and more (India)
Visit Sigiriya fortress, Kandy train, Bentota beach and more (Sri Lanka)
Rice fields cycle tour and overnight jungle resort glamping
Professional photoshoot package
Welcome to The Luxe On A Budget Club: India and Sri Lanka tour!
On arrival at New Dehli airport, we will receive a warm welcome by our local tour operator partner Indian Holiday PVT and thereafter be transported to our 5-star accommodation at The Lalit Hotel.
Relax, settle in and enjoy the hotel's facilities before later joining the rest of the travel club travellers for welcome drinks at the hotel's award-winning bar.
An action-packed morning of sightseeing in Old Delhi awaits: we'll explore Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, take a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk and visit the Raj Ghat -the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi.
In the afternoon, discover the modern city of New Delhi! We are touring the city, discovering fine examples of Indo-Islamic architecture amongst other historical sights. Plenty of opportunities for vibrant city landscape photo-ops along the way.
We're on the move!
After an appetizing breakfast, we will check out and drive to Agra, the other city of love and home to one of the seven world wonders, the famous Taj Mahal, Agra draws tourists in with its stunning combination of World UNESCO heritage sites, unique cuisine and art and culture displays.
Check-in to the Taj Hotel and the day is at your leisure for solo exploration! The Digital Creatives 'Basics of Visual Storytelling' Masterclass will run this afternoon.
It's not every day that you get to tick a world wonder off the bucket list; today, we will be treated to a sunrise view of the stunning Taj Mahal. Beating the crowds requires an early morning rise but we promise, it'll be worth it the lack of beauty sleep!
Late afternoon, we are departing from Agra and embarking to Jaipur - with a quick photo stop at Fatehpur Sikri, the red sandstone Mughal palatial complex on the way.
Arrive in Jaipur and check in to the Raddison Blu Jaipur Hotel, the rest of the day is at your leisure.
Steady those cameras, today promises some of the most incredible visuals you will find in India with a visit to the jaw-dropping Amber Fort, the City Palace complex and finally, Jantar Mantar, the ancient astronomical observatory built by the Maharaja of Jaipur which is the largest stone observatory in the world. These sites are all wonderful examples of Hindu and Muslim architecture and ornamentation,
The rest of the day is at your leisure - relax, top up your tans by the hotel pool or indulge in a spa pampering session (or five!)
After 5 days of warm hospitality, it's time to say goodbye to India and head off to our next destination - Sri Lanka! On arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport in capital Colombo, we will be greeted by a representative of our local tour operator partners Indian Holiday PVT and transferred to Kassapa Lions Hotel in Sigiriya.
En-route, why not stop by a local street vendor for a king coconut?! We are in paradise after all. Spend the afternoon exploring but don't wander far, the group are invited for a traditional bush BBQ welcome dinner at the hotel.
Today is going to be ACTIVE so grab those water bottles and let's go!
The day begins by touring the ancient ruins in Polonnaruwa. After we'll meet our cycling guide for an incredibly scenic bicycle ride through coconut cultivation fields and rice paddies... keep an eye out for exotic birds, grey buffalos and friendly monkeys.
Stop by a local host house for a delicious village lunch before visiting Sigiriya to climb the world-famous UNESCO Sigiriya rock fortress. Instagram worthy to say the least!
Rise and shine, this morning we are driving to Ranamuregama via Bakamuna in order to experience the best of the Sri Lankan jungle in an overnight semi-luxury glamping stay at Wild Glamping Resorts. Meeting our tour guide, we'll trek to a remote village in Meemure, tucked away in the Knuckles mountain range.
Spend the rest of your day at leisure, explore the surroundings and enjoy a delicious moonlit dinner under the stars with the group.
Kandy, the popular charming hill capital of Sri Lanka is our destination today. The insta-famous train ride to Kandy is breathtaking as this UNESCO city is surrounded by lush green tea plantations, deep valleys, rivers, lakes and waterfalls.
Upon reaching Kandy, we'll visit the much-famed Temple of the Tooth and afterwards enjoy a drive to Upper lake observation point of the city followed by a tour of the city on foot. When we've wiled away a few hours in this beautiful city, the journey will continue on to Bentota beach where we'll check into Ekho Surf Hotels.
The day is at your leisure!
After an action-packed ride through India and Sri Lanka, unwind on the golden sands of Bentota where optional water sports, deep-sea fishing or beachfront massages can be arranged.
NB - Guests checking out today can arrange a private one-way shuttle to the airport.
Alas, the Luxe On A Budget India and Sri Lanka tour is over.
Join the rest of the travel club for a farewell breakfast at the hotel before transferring to Colombo airport via shared shuttle.
Until we meet again, safe travels Luxers!
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: All travellers are required to provide valid proof of a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to departure from home country.
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What Is Included?
Specific trip inclusions vary from trip to trip but you may generally find included: 4-5* accommodations, daily breakfasts, a welcome dinner, a farewell breakfast, minimum three excursions, ground transportation to excursions, detailed daily itinerary, a trip host manager and group photographer to capture your favourite moments.
What Is Not Included?
What is not included in your cost: international airfare, visa fees (if required), passport fees, most meals, additional excursions not included in your itinerary, spending money, travel insurance.
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How Is Accommodation Allocated?
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we have made changes to our usual twin / double / shared room allocations. The Luxe On A Budget Club’s priority is the health and safety of our travellers and as such, we have made the decision to reduce the amount of travellers per tour in order to facilitate rooming individuals in single / double rooms. The slight increase in tour prices reflects the single person supplement that accommodations routinely demand.
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Trip / Itinerary Changes
I Am Paying For A Tour But Want To Switch To A New Tour. Can I Switch?
Once you pay into a tour, arrangements are being made for you on that specific tour. Unfortunately, tour payments are not transferable to other tour however you are more than welcome to book a second trip with us!
What Happens If A Change To Accommodation Or Itinerary Is Made After I Book?
Changes to accommodations outlined are not likely but may occur due to circumstances beyond our control. In the event of a change to accommodation, you will be notified immediately and be provided with information on the new accommodations which will always be of equal or greater quality.
While we will endeavour to operate all tours as advertised, reasonable changes may be made where deemed necessary or advisable for operational reasons by The Luxe On A Budget Club and its partners. If we make a change to any tours (such as accommodations and/or itinerary items expressly outlines), we will inform the guest(s) booked on the tour in question as soon as reasonably possible.
If a Change is made more than 14 days prior to departure, the affected Client may elect to:
(i) accept the Change and proceed with the amended trip;
(ii) book another tour of equivalent or greater value, if available (you will be responsible for paying any difference in price between the changed tour and the tour booked in its place);
(iii) book another tour of a lower value, if available, and receive a refund of the difference in price
What Happens If A Tour Is Cancelled Due To Extenuating Circumstances Or Acts Of God Outside Of The Luxe On A Budget Club’s Control?
If a tour is cancelled due to extenuating circumstances that are outside of The Luxe On A Budget Club’s control all measures will be made to provide a refund to travellers (minus non-refundable initial 20% deposit. We can also credit the total amounts paid (including non-refundable initial 20% deposit) in a voucher that is valid for any future The Luxe On A Budget Club tour for up to 18 months after the original trip date.
My Tour Has Been Rescheduled And I Cannot Attend The New Dates, What Are My Options?
In rare cases, a tour may be rescheduled due to circumstances outside of our control. If this happens and you are unable to attend the tour on the newly scheduled date you may:
(i) Opt to receive a travel credit in the full amount paid (including your non-refundable initial 20% deposit) to be used on any The Luxe On A Budget Tour, valid for up to 18 months after the initial tour date.
(ii) Opt to receive a refund to your original form of payment, minus your non-refundable initial 20% deposit. (Refunds under these circumstances will only be processed once the new tour date has been confirmed. Please allow up to 60 days after the new tour date release for a refund if eligible.)*
I Cannot Make Tour Payments On Time, What Shall I do?
Payment deadlines are clearly outlined at the point of checkout if choosing the payment plan option (20% non-refundable initial deposit and 4 equal payments of rest of sum 30 days from first payment date). You will receive an email notification 7 days prior to your next payment due date. It is your responsibility to make contracted payments on time. We are understanding that life can be busy and allow a 3 days grace period after a payment due date to make your payment.
Late Fees - First Late Payment
Late fees will be waived for your first late payment only, provided the payment is made within 7 days after the the due date. After the 7 day period, a £25 fee will be added to your balance owed.
Second Late Payment
A second late payment will automatically result in a £25 late fee, beginning immediately after the two day grace period and ending once the payment has been received by The Luxe On A Budget Club for a maximum of up to 14 days after the due date.
If a payment has not yet been received 14 days after the due date and no payment arrangements have been made with The Luxe On A Budget Club in writing, you will forfeit your spot on the tour in question. The Luxe On A Budget Club reserves the right to keep all monies paid as a cancellation/non-payment fee after 14 days of non-payment. (Refunds will not be provided to travellers with tour payments late more than 30 days.)
We are willing to work with you so you can make your tour. Please communicate early and clearly any difficulties before your payment due date and we will try to be as flexible as possible.
Refunds / Cancellations
Is My Non-Refundable Deposit Refundable?
Life happens and plans change! If you request a refund within 24 hours after your initial deposit payment was made, we can accommodate refunding you to your original payment method. After the 24 hour period has passed, your initial deposit is non-refundable. Under no circumstance is the deposit refundable after the initial 24 hour period.
What If I Can No Longer Attend The Tour I Have Booked And Paid Into?
If for any reason you can no longer attend a tour you have already paid into, any monies you have paid into said tour will be refunded to your original method of payment, minus the non-refundable initial 20% deposit and £25 cancellation fee, up to 60 days prior to departure. 60 Days prior to departure, your money is no longer refundable unless a replacement guest has been found.* Please note that this does not apply to partnership tours. For tours planned in partnership with another travel company/travel concierge. no refunds will be provided. (Refunds will not be provided to travellers with tour payments in arrears more than 30 days at the time of the cancellation but your initial deposit may be transferred to one other tour taking place within 18 months after your cancelled tour under these circumstances.)
Sometimes, we are able to make special arrangements so that you and all of your friends are accommodated on the same tour. Due to the nature of these personalised arrangements, if you are no longer able to attend, we will not be able to find a replacement for you. Under no circumstances will refunds be made for special arrangement bookings that result in replacements not being possible. Any difference in price caused by a cancellation in your group where a special arrangement was made will be your group’s responsibility to cover.