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Goa - Beyond the Beach

For the independent female explorer - travel beyond the beach during this fascinating trip through old Goa and Hampi. End your trip by celebrating Deepavali Goa style!

from 
$2980

GOA-BEYOND THE BEACH

India will teach us the tolerance and gentleness of mature mind, understanding spirit and a unifying,

pacifying love for all human beings. – Will Durant

Goa - Beyond the Beach
15 days  |  14 nights  |  $2980 USD
TOUR OVERVIEW

THE EXPERIENCE:

Friendship. Exploration. Revitalization.

Journey to "Goa Beyond the Beach" with your fellow explorers and enjoy women-centric travel at it's most stimulating. Monuments, cathedrals, temples and little known historical sites. Yoga on the beachfront. Private mansion tours and authentic lunch in South Goa. Ayurvedic treatments.  Cultural heritage in Panijim. Unesco site Hampi. Natural waterfalls. Local markets and a traditional Goan cuisine cooking lesson. Outdoor adventures kayaking, birdwatching and wildlife viewing. Saturday night market and food crawl.

This comprehensive tour explores Goa in depth and is fantastic value for  women seeking more than just a beach escape.

Start your visit in Portuguese North Goa with a heritage walk through Fontainhas - the Latin Quarter - with its distinctive brightly-painted homes and cool restaurants​ and cafes. Enjoy a quiet morning in Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary being punted through the still mangroves on Chorao Island in the Mandovi River. 

We'll have an afternoon sightseeing the cathedrals and monasteries built during the 1600's - as beautiful as any in Lisbon. Taste a local experience shopping at the market for ingredients for our cooking class - at enjoy eating it afterwards! Stay local at a working organic spice plantation and learn about the spices and methods used for cultivating. 

 

Take the train as we journey to Unesco site Hampi - an ancient 7th c village in the state of Karnataka and home to the ruined temple complexes from the Vijayanagara Empire. Enjoy an outing to Dudugarh Falls - we'll coordinate your visit with the passage of the Chennai Express Train, which crosses mid-point through the falls. 

 

Spend the morning touring the elegant mansion Palacio do Deao in South Goa and stay for an authentic Goan lunch. We'll see the grand 17th-century Braganza House afterwards and walk on Benaulim beach to finish up our day. Explore the famous Anjuna Flea market - local crafts, food stalls and hundreds of vendors make this a slice of authentic Goa.

 

And for a taste of Goan nature, we'll have a kayak adventure morning with birdwatching and wildlife on the quiet waters of Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary near Panjim.

Celebrate Deepavali in Goa - at lively evening of entertainment.

 

Finish your tour with a pampering beach stay for 2 nights at a quiet eco-resort in South Goa.

THE ROUTE:

We'll be travelling from Vasco de Gama through North and South Goa, Hampi before we return to Dabolim airport. Private vehicle with driver, escort and local monument guides. 

ITINERARY

Day 1 

Arrive Dabolim Airport and transfer to your hotel. Optional Ayurvedic massage. Evening reception to meet your guide and fellow guests.

Dinner at your leisure.

Overnight Goa.

 

Day 2

Start your visit in Portuguese North Goa with a heritage walk through Fontainhas - the Latin Quarter - with its distinctive brightly-painted homes and cool restaurants​ and cafes. Enjoy lunch street-side.

Dinner at your leisure.

Overnight Goa

 

Day 3

Enjoy a quiet morning in Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary 

being punted through the still mangroves on Chorao Island in the Mandovi River. 

We’ll have the afternoon sight-seeing the cathedrals and monasteries built during the 1600’s - as beautiful as any in Lisbon.

 

Day 4 

Explore the famous Anjuna Flea market - local crafts, food stalls and hundreds of vendors make this a slice of authentic Goa. Taste a local experience shopping at the market for ingredients for our cooking class - and enjoy eating later! Dinner at your leisure. Overnight Goa.

 

Day 5 

Today we’ll transfer to a working organic spice plantation and learn about the spices and methods used for cultivating. We’ll have a tour through the plantation, learn about production processes and stay overnight with an organic dinner made from farm produce..

 

Day 6 

Full day exploring the plantation with an opportunity to assist in farm duties/Ayurvedic treatments. Overnight and dinner at the farm.

 

 

 

Day 7

Transfer back to North Goa after breakfast. Afternoon at your leisure or optional tour of local bazaar.

Day 8

Take the train as we journey to Unesco site Hampi - an ancient 7th c village in the state of Karnataka and home to the ruined temple complexes from the Vijayanagara Empire. Dinner at your leisure. Overnight Hampi.

 

Day 9

Full day tour of the temples and monuments in Hampi

Dinner at your leisure. Overnight Hampi.

 

Day 10

Return to Goa by train arriving late afternoon. Dinner at your leisure. Overnight Goa.

 

Day 11

Spend the morning touring the grand mansion Palacio do Deao in South Goa and stay for an authentic Goan lunch. We’ll see the grand 17th-century Braganza House afterwards and walk on Benaulim beach to finish up our day.

Dinner at your leisure. Overnight Goa.

 

Day 12

Transfer to your Ayurvedic eco-retreat in South Goa for full on relaxing and pampering. Diwali Celebration in 

evening.. Dinner at the resort. Overnight Goa.

 

Day 13

Take the day at your leisure to explore the beach, have an Ayurvedic treatment or class or relax by the pool. Dinner at the resort. Overnight Goa.

 

Day 14

Transfer to Dabolim Airport for your afternoon flight and onward travel.

SUITABLE FOR:

The independent female explorer.

Culture, history and foodie buff.  

OUR DIFFERENCE:

Personal service and individually

crafted experiences. Safe and

comfortable travel. 

What a great experience! Louise and Ashfaq were great to work with. They were engaging, knowledgeable, fun, flexible, affordable, and just provided a fantastic trip!! I would recommend them in a heart beat and will use them when I return - Deb W. 2018

Had an amazing time in India thanks to both Louise and Ashfaq! Louise is a sweet Canadian lady who gave us a chance to eat great homemade Indian food and Ashfaq was very professional at guiding us throughout our trip in Agra. I would not have been able to experience what I experienced in India if it weren’t for them.
All in all a great tour and I'm looking forward to my next trip to India! - Niyabae 2018

Louise prepared an excellent tour for me - all the top sites in Rajasthan as well as her hidden favourites. From the bustling cities to the immense Thar desert, I had a once in a lifetime experience in this fascinating country. My guides and the team at Beauty of India Tours made an unforgettable trip and I highly recommend them! - William M. 2018

Goa Beyond the Beach
15 days | 14 nights 

TOUR DATES 2019                                                                                                                                  Pricing

October 16, 2019 - 6 places left                                                                                               2980 USD PAX

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Monuments, cathedrals, temples

and historical sites

Yoga and Ayurvedic treatments

 

Diwali Celebration

Private mansion tours and authentic lunch in South Goa

 

 

Cultural heritage in Panijim.

Overnight trip to Unesco site

Hampi by train

Outdoor adventure kayaking and birdwatching in

Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Saturday night market and food crawl

Goan cooking lesson and 

  feast afterwards

The famous Wednesday,

Anjuna Flea Market 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

4 Star accommodation

in our select hotels - single room

 

15 Breakfasts/2 Lunches/2 Dinners

 

Comfortable

air-conditioned vehicle

 

Expert guide

and professional driver

 

Flexible leisure time

and optional activities

Airport/train transfers for

arrival and departure

Top heritage sites and 

off the track experiences

CANADA OFFICE

2897 Main Street

Clark's Harbour, Nova Scotia

B0W 1P0

DELHI/AGRA OFFICE

Panchsheel Apartment

B5 5th Floor

Agra, India

282001

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(902) 307-4731

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