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WINTER ESCAPE TO GOA: January 20 - February 11, 2015

This package includes 6 nights in North Goa & 14 nights in South Goa

(with options to tour North & South India as well as Sri Lanka)

Click here to Learn More About Goa About Goa: Goa is India's smallest state by area and the fourth smallest by population. Located in West India in the region known as the Konkan, it is bounded by the state of Maharashtra to the North, and by Karnataka to the east and south, while the Arabian Sea forms its western coast.

Goa is India's richest state with a GDP per capita two and a half times that of the country as a whole. It was ranked the best placed state by the Eleventh Finance Commission for its infrastructure and ranked on top for the best quality of life in India by the National Commission on Population based on the 12 Indicators.

Panaji is the state's capital, while Vasco da Gama is the largest city. The historic city of Margao still exhibits the cultural influence of the Portuguese, who first landed in the early 16th century as merchants and conquered it soon thereafter. Goa is a former Portuguese colony. The Portuguese overseas territory of Portuguese India existed for about 450 years until it was annexed by India in 1961.

Renowned for its beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture, Goa is visited by large numbers of international and domestic tourists each year. It also has rich flora and fauna, owing to its location on the Western Ghats range, which is classified as a biodiversity hotspot..

Meal Guide: B-Breakfast; L-Lunch; D-Dinner

20 Jan '15 DAY 1 - DEPART TORONTO
2310 HRS Leave Toronto Pearson International Airport
(Your baggage is checked right through to Mumbai)   D
21 Jan '15 DAY 2 - ARRIVE HEATHROW AIRPORT, LONDON
1115 HRS - Arrive London Heathrow Airport Terminal 2. Clear Immigration/Customs and you will be transferred to the Holiday Inn. Rest of the day relax at the hotel.
1800 HRS - You will be transferred to Terminal 4 for your flight to India.
2105 HRS - Depart Londion
B/D
22 Jan '15 DAY 3 - ARRIVE GOA
1125 HRS - Arrive Mumbai Airport. Clear Immigration/Customs and your baggage will be checked for Goa.
1430 HRS - Leave Mumbai
1535 HRS - Arrive Goa Dabolim Airport. Transfer via Luxury Coach  to the Baywatch Resort in South Goa.
  Discover sugar sand beach of Serabatim in Colva coastline and its glistering waters. Nestled in Goa’s most serene locale where every guest is welcomed in true Goan Hospitality style. The spacious rooms reserved are equipped with amenities to make you enjoy your holiday in Goa.
1800 HRS - Welcome Dinner at the hotel. B/D
23 Jan '15 DAY 4 - LEISURE DAY
After breakfast, full day at leisure on your own to relax in the hotel.
  • Rent a bike at Furtado’s OR
  • Explore the beach OR Take a taxi, bus OR
  • Rickshaw to the City of Margao for Market visit.
Overnight stay at Baywatch Beach Resort. B
24 Jan '15 DAY 5 - SIGHTSEEING OF SOUTH  GOA
After breakfast, proceed for the full day Sightseeing of South Goa with lunch at the Spice Village. Nostalgic Goa
  Begin your tour with a visit to the picturesque Loutolim village which houses ‘Ancestral Goa’ – a depiction of art, culture and environment of Goa. This mock miniature village shows a cross section of Goan Village life as it was a hundred years ago.
  Proceed towards the award winning Spice Plantation, where a refreshing welcome drink awaits you. See how locals farm betel leaves by climbing up betel trees and learn how cashew fenny, Goan liquor, is distilled. There will be Goan tribal folk dancers performing traditional dances as you walk to the open courtyard of the plantation. The guests can also participate in the folk dances.
  Then, take a guided tour through the plantation understanding the uses and medicinal properties of different spices such as Black pepper, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Cloves, Chilly, and Coriander. Spice Plantation - GoaYou can also touch, smell and see them grow. You will get to see Goa’s tropical trees like Cashew, Areca nut (Betel nut) palm trees and tropical fruits like Star fruit, Jack Fruit, Custard Apple, Bananas, Papayas, and Pineapple. The coffee plant here is a rare sight in Goa.
  You can expect to see birds like Cuckoos, Koel, Cousals, Owls, Maina, Hornbills, Pitters, and Parakeets. There are some spices which are also used for Ayurvedice Therapies which is explained in detail to the guest apart from the agricultural activities that are conducted in the farm Feast on authentic Goan cuisines. Food is served in traditional manner on Banana leaf.
  After your tour of the spice plantation, get a taste of how the spices are used in traditional Goan cuisine as you dine on a large buffet spread of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Try fried kingfish, chicken sagoti (curry), prawn curry and more.
  Shop for local spices, medicinal oils, Goan handicrafts. Also enjoy elephant ride / shower at an additional cost.
Return to the hotel. Overnight stay at Baywatch Beach Resort. B/L
25 Jan '15 DAY 6 - Leisure Day
Full day at leisure on your own.
Overnight stay at Baywatch Beach Resort.   B
26 Jan '15 DAY 7 - A Day Excursion STEP BACK IN TIME
After breakfast, you will be picked up at 8:30AM and proceed on a fascinating day out along an offbeat track, deep down Goa’s hinterland through remote villages taking you back in time. Fernando's Nostalgic Restaurant - Goa
  Buffet Lunch will be served at Fernando’s Nostalgia Restaurant in Raia.
  See for yourself traditional Goan life styles and above all what life really means to a Goan. Travel through time and experience how people are caught in a time warp. Treat yourselves to a haircut or a shave at the local barber; try your hand at weaving choir rope or shaping a clay pot at the local pottery before you return back to 21st century.
  See the locals along the coast build wooden boats with their bare hands with no sophisticated tools .The boats are held together with handmade choir ropes and sealed with cotton resin. Visits the village barber at the Village Square after making his daily round on house calls and watch the fishermen mend their nets at the river front.
  Move onto see subtle fingers of women in rustic village surroundings weaving unending length of choir rope made from coconut husk. Watch the local “Dhobi” (laundry man) at the nearby stream well or any other source of water doing his daily washing over a stone. Making Sannas - GoaHe has been putting up miles and miles of clothes on the washing line over the years … just like his ancestors. Visit the local brewery distilling “Feni” the true Goan spirit of life before you get to a secluded beach for a refreshing swim and a lunch.
  Watch the local Goan bread “ sannas” being steamed and cashew nuts being roasted while you have sumptuous lunch serving a selection of local specialties cooked with select local spices and served in traditional Goan utensils. Pottery Making Goa Don’t miss the local magic … weaving of palms leaves used to cover roofs of local houses. After lunch, it's time to experience for you the age-old mode of transport. Take off on a bullock cart ride and travel back in time.
   Finish off the day with a visit to the local pottery. Try your luck at the wheel of fortune and try your hand at shaping anything of your choice with a helping hand from the local potter. His deft hands have shaped thousands of earthen pots and his destiny too collect your FREE souvenir to remind of your steps back.

Highlights:
  • Coir factory, Dhobi, Pottery and Feni distillery
  • Local Barber
  • Bullock Cart ride
  • Traditional village
  • Souvenir shopping
Return to the hotel. Overnight stay at Baywatch Beach Resort.   B
27 Jan '15 DAY 8 - Leisure Day
ull day at leisure on your own.
Overnight stay at Baywatch Beach Resort.   B
28 Jan '15 DAY 9 - Leisure Day
Full day at leisure on your own.
Overnight stay at Baywatch Beach Resort.   B
29 Jan '15 DAY 10 - Transfer to North Goa
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and proceed on tour of Old Goa visiting the Basilica of Bom Jesus and St. Francis Xavier’s Shrine.

Basilica of Bom Jesus (or Basilica of Good Jesus) - is a famous 16thBasilica of Bom Jesus - Goa century church and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It contains the body of St. Francis Xavi er - a very close friend of St. Ignatius Loyola with whom he founded the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Francis Xavier died on the Sancian island while enroute to Continental China (December 2, 1552).The body of Francis Xavier was first taken to Malacca and two years later shipped back to Goa. It is said that the saint's body was as fresh as the day it was buried. The remains of the saint still attract a huge number of devotees (Christian and non-Christian alike) from all over the world.

  Later, drive to the City of Panjim (capital of Goa), pass by Goa University and later stop for lunch at Upper House Restaurant (Goan-Portuguese continental) in Panjim.
  After lunch, proceed to Candolim and check-in at the O Hotel in North Goa.

O Goa is a beautiful resort hotel located at North Goa, which is popular for its beaches, spa, restaurants, nightclubs, parties, local night markets, relaxation and sightseeing/Goan culture. The resort has 75 rooms including Ocean-Facing rooms giving panoramic views of the sunset and Courtyard rooms opening out into the Oriental gardens. The resort also boasts of a range of Suites located right on the beach, facing the sea and the ultimate Presidential Suite with its own private pool by the sea.

Rest of the day free. Overnight stay at O Hotel.   B/L
30 Jan '15 DAY 11 - Leisure Day
Full day at leisure on your own.
Overnight stay at O Hotel.   B
31 Jan '15 DAY 12 - Leisure Day
Full day at leisure on your own.

Water sports at own cost (para sailing, banana boat rides, jet skiing, etc).

It's not just Goa’s beaches that are dotted with people. You can findBanana Boat Ride - Goa them up in the sky as well, screaming their lungs out! Goa’s popular beaches are filled with various beach activities like parasailing, banana boat riding, jet-skiing, etc. Some of the water sports activities are:
  • Water Skiing/Knee & Wakeboarding
  • Jet skiing
  • Wind Surfing
  • Parasailing
  • Banana Boat/Bump & Ringo Rides
  • Catamaran Sailing
  • Speedboat rides
Overnight stay at O Hotel.   B
1 Feb '15 DAY 13 - Leisure Day
Full day at leisure on your own.

Shopping Places in North Goa
Azulejos are a wonderful souvenir from Goa. They are traditional Portuguese style of hand-painted tiles. Find them with other treasures like Mario Miranda’s reproductions at Velha Goa, Rua de Ourem in Panjim. Arpora Night Market - Goa
Don’t miss the Arpora Night Market to experience the best of Goa shopping in one place. There are plenty of food stalls, tattoo places and music. From Nov to April, every Saturday from 7 pm onwards.

Anjuna Flea Market may be old news now but it is still a great bazaar to shop or take colorful pictures of the last hippies in Goa. Open from 9 am to sunset at Anjuna beach.
  Mapusa Friday Market is a low key market where farmers and small entrepreneurs come to sell local produce. Good for seeing the non-touristy side of Goa. Open from morning to sunset outside the Municipal Market.

Overnight stay at O Hotel.   B
2 Feb '15 DAY 14 - Sunset Cruise on the Mandovi River
Morning at leisure.
Sunset Cruise on River Mandovi  Late afternoon, you will leave for Panaji for your Sunset Cruise on River Mandovi.
  The Cruise includes Cultural entertainment – Deckni Temple Dance; the Fugdi Dance and the Corredinho Dance (Portuguese Peasant dance). A bit of sightseeing during The cruise – you come across Reis Margos Church, Reis Margos Fort, the Aguado Fort and the Caho Raj Bhavan to name a few.
  After the cruise, you will have dinner at Quarter Deck Restaurant (An open Air Restaurant facing the River Mandovi).
  Return back to O Hotel for overnight stay.   B/D
3 Feb '15 DAY 15 - Leisure Day
Full day at leisure on your own.
Overnight stay at O Hotel.   B
4 Feb '15 DAY 16 - Transfer to Benaulim
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Anjuna Beach and later have lunch at Little Vagator.
  You can spend some time on a shopping spree for anything from colourful Rajasthani mirror work textiles, to some of the latest music at one of the several stalls run by Indian and Foreign artisans selling fromFlea Market Goa personal electronic equipment to semi-precious stones.
  There is the flea market that comes alive at Anjuna Beach every Wednesday. After lunch, leave for South Goa and check-in at Joecons Beach Resort in South Goa.
  Evening at leisure. Dinner and Overnight stay at Joecons Beach Resort.    B/L/D
5 Feb '15 DAY 17 - Leisure Day
Full day at leisure on your own.
Dinner and Overnight stay at Joecons Beach Resort.  B/D
6 Feb '15 DAY 18 - Leisure Day
Full day at leisure on your own.
Dinner and Overnight stay at Joecons Beach Resort.  B/D
7 Feb '15 DAY 19 - Leisure Day
Full day at leisure on your own.
Dinner and Overnight stay at Joecons Beach Resort.  B/D
8 Feb '15 DAY 20 - Palolem Beach
After breakfast, drive South to Palolem Beach and later have lunchPalolem Beach Goa at Restaurant.
  Palolem Beach is one of the most Ideal beaches in the western state of Goa and every year it attracts tourists from all over the world.
  Palolem offers the perfect balance of serenity, privacy and nightlife. Palolem is a little slice of heaven and I do not know a single soul who could avoid falling in love with it. The white sandy beach gently curves round to form a crescent shape while the warm blue waves of the Indian Ocean roll in from the open sea. The village, which despite the large influx of tourists every year, has managed to remain a local and traditional village just with a few added souvenir stalls.
  Return back to the hotel for overnight stay and dinner.   B/L/D
9 Feb '15 DAY 21 - Leisure Day
Full day at leisure on your own.
Dinner and Overnight stay at Joecons Beach Resort.  B/D
10 Feb '15 DAY 22 - Leisure Day
Full day at leisure on your own.
Dinner and Overnight stay at Joecons Beach Resort.  B/D
11 Feb '15 DAY 23 - Depart for Mumbai & Sightseeing Tour
Early afternoon Transfer by Coach to Dabolim airport. Your luggage will be checked direct to Toronto
1430 HRS - Leave Dabolim Airport
1535 HRS - Arrive Mumbai Airport. You will be met by our Mumbai Agents and taken on a Coach tour of Mumbai.
Mumbai Stock Exchange
Sightseeing tour includes: Dhobi Ghat, Mani Bhawan, Malabar Hill, Marine Drive, and drive past the Gothic buildings during the British Colonial period including CST RailwayMumbai - Gateway of India Station, High Court, City Court, Muncipal Corporation, Army & Navy Building, Elphinstone College, Prince of Whales Museum and terminating at the Gateway of India.

Later, you will visit Leopold Restaurant for refreshments.

You will have ample time for shopping before we return before midnight to the airport Terminal 2.    B
12 Feb '15 DAY 24 - DEPART MUMBAI FOR TORONTO
0225 HRS - Leave Mumbai
0700 HRS - Arrive London Heathrow Airport Terminal 4. You will move to Terminal # 2
0900 HRS - Leave London Heathrow
1215 HRS - Arrive Toronto Pearson Airport
B/L

Cost

  • The cost of the above tour is $3,892.00 based on sharing a double / twin bedded room with shower / toilet (INCLUSIVE OF ALL TAXES)
  • Add $100 from Halifax and $200 from Calgary/Edmonton or Vancouver
  • This price is guaranteed if a deposit of $1,500.00 is paid no later than 30th June and balance by 30th November, 2014
  • All prices are quoted in Canadian dollars. We accept payment by Visa, Mastercard, personal cheque, or cash

Tour Package Includes:

  • Roundtrip Economy air fare from Toronto/Ottawa or Montreal to Goa
  • Add $100 from Halifax and $200 from Calgary / Edmonton or Vancouver
  • Domestic air fare within India
  • All transfers Airport-hotel-Airport
  • Standard hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing Tours with Deluxe A/C Coaches with English-speaking tour guides
  • All tips to Coach Drivers / Tour Guides on the tours
  • All taxes / fuel surcharges on air tickets if $1500.00 deposit paid by 30th June

Tour Package DOES NOT Include:

  • Any taxes, airport fees, fuel surcharges, imposed by Airlines / Tour Operators / Hotels for those who have not paid $1,500.00 deposits by 30th June
  • Any Table drinks ordered with meals including tips to waiters
  • Visa fees for India
  • Travel insurance
  • All items of personal nature – laundry, etc.
  • Any items not specified as included

Terms

  1. Tour Options: On this programme one has flexibility to:
    •  reduce or extend their stay in Goa
    • Join the tour after week one or week two, or
    • take a tour of the Golden Triangle in North India or Kerala in South India either on your outbound journey to Goa or your return
    • You also can join our 9-day Sri Lanka Tour after your Goa stay.
  2. $600 of the $1,500 Deposit is 100% non refundable – we recommend that you do purchase trip cancellation/interruption insurance. We offer the best insurance coverage in the travel industry – Royal & Sun Aliance Insurance Company of Canada.
  3. Aerotours reserves the right to cancel for reasons beyond its control 21 or more days prior to departure. In this event all monies will be refunded in full
  4. Please bear in mind and accept that living standards, local practices and the political system at the destination and conditions with respect to utilities, services and accommodation may differ from those found in Canada
  5. Canadian Citizens require a visa for travel to India.

SPACE IS LIMITED ON THIS TOUR - Please book early to avoid disappointment

Contact:

NICK DE MELLO
AeroTours International
Tel: (905) 567-0880
E-Mail: aerotours@hotmail.ca
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