Grand Colonial Tour of Asia: India, Sri Lanka, Burma, Vietnam & Singapore
15 days from £8,490 per person
If your idea of holiday heaven includes a combination of polished teak floors, whirring ceiling fans, palm trees swaying in the breeze, clipped green lawns and crisp white linen-clad butlers serving you the perfect G&T, then this is the tour for you.
Starting at The Imperial in Delhi, this 15 day tour journeys around Asia’s former colonial capitals. Along the way you will be lodged in a series of grand dame hotels that date from the ‘golden days’ of Empire: the Strand in Yangon and Raffles in Singapore – both part of the Sarkies’ Brothers hotel group, the Amangalla in Galle and the Metropole in Hanoi. With glossy white facades, high ceiling suites, airy verandas and perfectly manicured green gardens, our selection of hotels are the perfect accompaniment to this historical tour. Take tea on the lawn, visit crumbling colonial districts and see in the sunset with a cocktail (or three) in bars that were frequented by Somerset Maugham, Ernest Hemmingway and Rudyard Kipling in their heyday.
Along the way your private car and driver will be there to show you the best bits (old and new) of every country; visit the Taj Mahal from Delhi as a day trip, explore Galle Fort by foot, take a street food safari with a local food expert in Hanoi and admire Singapore’s latest extravaganza, Gardens by the Bay.
For those starting the tour in London we suggest dining at Gymkhana in central London before a night at Blake’s. A boutique hotel in South Kensington, Blake’s has been decorated with echoes of Empire. As with all of our website tours this is purely a suggested itinerary and can be booked as is or alternatively used as a starting point for creating your own perfect bespoke holiday to Asia.
15 days from £8,490 per person
- Day 1 - In Transit
Fly to Delhi overnight with Jet Airways.
- Day 2 - The Imperial Hotel - Delhi
Transfer to the hotel and take the rest of the day at leisure.
- Day 3 - The Imperial Hotel - Delhi
Old and New Delhi sightseeing. Spend the afternoon shopping in Connaught Place.
- Day 4 - The Imperial Hotel - Delhi
Today take a day trip to Agra, home of the magnificent Taj Mahal.
- Day 5 - Tintagel - Colombo
Fly to Colombo with Sri Lankan Airlines and check in at Tintagel. This evening we recommend dinner at The Ministry of Crab restaurant, a great new favourite located in the Old Dutch Hospital built in 1677.
- Day 6 - Amangalla - Galle
Spend the day exploring Galle and the 16th century fort - a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating from both Portuguese and Dutch times - with your private guide.
- Day 7 - Amangalla - Galle
Day at leisure.
- Day 8 - The Strand - Yangon (Rangoon)
Fly to Yangon via Bangkok. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
- Day 9 - The Strand - Yangon (Rangoon)
Spend this morning exploring the city’s crumbling colonial buildings before Afternoon Tea at The Strand. Later, visit the Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset.
- Day 10 - The Sofitel Legend Metropole - Hanoi
Fly to Hanoi with Vietnam Airlines. Afternoon at leisure.
- Day 11 - The Sofitel Legend Metropole - Hanoi
This morning take a Street Food tour with a local food expert. Spend the afternoon cycling around the city’s colonial district.
- Day 12 - Raffles Singapore - Singapore
Fly to Singapore and check in at Raffles hotel. Afternoon Tea at Raffles before sunset cocktails at The Fullerton Hotel.
- Day 13 - Raffles Singapore - Singapore
Walking tour of Singapore with your private guide and driver.
- Day 14 - Raffles Singapore - Singapore
Morning at leisure. This afternoon visit Capella on Sentosa Island for Afternoon Tea.
- Day 15 - In Transit
Fly back to London with Singapore Airlines.
To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.
- Jaime Benitez, South India
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
- Susan Ford, India
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
- Leslie Siben, India
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
- Mr David Wallace, North India
- Matthew Nicklin, North India