ACTC’s “Incredible Journeys” program is for people who view travel as an integral element of their lives. These tours deliver unique travel opportunities and experiences – precisely for you, the world explorer.
The “Incredible Journeys” are specially designed by Mark Madhukar Sood & Debika Sen, who utilize their more than 32 years of experience to tailor make special tours for the travelers longing for tours out of the ordinary, off the beaten path with extraordinary experiences, every step of the way.
ACTC’s “Incredible Journeys” offers travel with personal service, innovative journeys and unique insider’s opportunities not available anywhere else in the travel community.
The results, as you’ll see in our own traveler’s words, speak for themselves.
In Their Own Words:
The Exotic travel destinations “Incredible Journeys” offers are infused with a kaleidoscopic blend of enchantment and sensual indulgence. Unique local events and festivals create unforgettable moments- not typically seen by outsiders ensuring an experience that no previous travel compares. The possibilities of intoxicating experiences are diverse that have been hand crafted for your pleasure.
*Our portfolio includes new journeys to India, Mongolia, Bhutan, Peru, Chile, Indonesia, Cambodia-Laos & Vietnam, Uganda , South Africa & more details.
TOURS ARE LED BY MARK MADHUKAR SOOD & DEBIKA SEN
14 Days visiting: Ahmadabad, Lothal, Modhera, Patan, Rann of Kutch, Bhuj, Mysore & Kolkata
India is a land of festivals. The harmony of different cultures and traditions is best experienced during festivals in the country. During Navratri for 9 nights people gather in open spaces to celebrate and perform Ras Garba. One can experience ‘Unity in diversity’ during Dussehra celebrations that take place in every state of the country. Whichever part of the country you are in you will experience a different Dussehra altogether. Join ACTC to see the three distinctly different celebrations of same festival beginning in Gujarat , Western India, Bengal in the East and Karnataka in the South– Architecture, Ancient History, Tribal’s, Handicrafts, Royalty & MORE.
2019: LAND TOUR PRICE: $3,795.00 per person sharing
Single room: $4,525.00
Internal India airfares (as of Feb.1, 2018): $185.00 per person
16 Days visiting- Mumbai, Aurangabad- Ajanta & Ellora Caves, Varanasi, Sarnath, Khajuraho, Agra, Jaipur, Pushkar and Delhi
The Pushkar Camel Fair is unique and special in the entire world. During the fair, people from rural India flock to Pushkar, along with camel and cattle, for several days of livestock trading, horse dealing, pilgrimage, and religious festivals. A dip in the waters of Pushkar and a visit to the temple ensure Hindus eternal salvation. This small town becomes a cultural phenomenon when colorfully dressed devotees, musicians, acrobats, folk dancers, traders, comedians, ‘sadhus’ gather during Pushkar Fair. Diwali, the “Festival of Lights”, is the most important & biggest festivals celebrated in India. Every year on the nights of Diwali, countless candles and diya lamps are lit, firecrackers are set, homes are decorated, gifts are given, sweets are shared. Happiness is everywhere. If there is a time to experience India at its sweetest, it’s during Diwali
2019: LAND TOUR PRICE: $4,390.00 per person sharing
Single room: $5,540.00
Internal India airfares (as of Feb.1, 2019): $950.00 per person
Dominated by the mighty Himalayas, bordering Tibet, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Bhutan, North East India is a fascinating tapestry of culture. Unparalleled in the diversity and isolation of its tribes, the people here continue an authentic, traditional way of life in one of the world`s bio-diversity hot-spots. Join tribal celebrations at Manipur’s Sangai Festival and at Nagaland`s Hornbill Festival. Meet the ancient and little known tribes of Nagaland & Manipur & search for the unicorn rhino on elephant back in Kaziranga. North East India offers the ultimate off-the-beaten-track cultural experiences.
2019 – LAND TOUR PRICE: $ 5,586.00 per person sharing
Single rooms supplement- $ 1120.00
INTERNAL INDIA AIRFARE- $ 185.00 per person in economy class
Brimming with natural splendor and cultural diversity, South India is a mystical land of rock-hewn temples, palm-fringed shores, and fragrant spices. Fall under the spell of this captivating region as you journey from multicultural Chennai to the enchanting backwaters of Kerala, stopping to unveil the architectural wonders of Mahabalipuram, meet with locals in their fishing villages and tribal homes. Join them in the local markets, farms and fairs or even on pilgrimage in Coimbatore. Experience the culture, religion and history of this region along with the annular eclipse.
10 Days visiting: INDIA– Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram, Coimbatore, Thrissur, Kochi & Back waters of Kerala- Houseboat stay.
LAND TOUR: $3,145.00 per person sharing
Single: $ $3,855.00
Internal India airfares – $ 80.00 per person
There are certain places that have the ability to capture the romance and magnificence of an era that once was. Hampi (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) was the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire from 1336 -1565 is one of them. A walk through the ruins in the area is more than just a sightseeing expedition. The monuments and ruins present contrasting imagery. On one hand, they portray the skill and artistry that existed in the ancient period. On the other hand, they are a reminder of the mass destruction that was brought forth by attacking armies. With a complex of palaces, temple and other monuments, Hampi is a large open-air museum that allows travelers to get a glimpse into the past. Next witness the cradle of Indian temple architecture at Aihole, Badami & Pattadakal that are steeped in history. Begin tour with the Old City of Hyderabad, one of India’s most evocative ancient quarters.. Looming over the Old City are some of Islamic India’s most impressive architecture. Cruise the scenic backwaters of Kerala comprising of serene stretches of lakes, canals and lagoons located parallel to the coast of the Arabian Sea.
16 Days visiting: Hyderabad, Hampi, Hospet, Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal, Bengaluru, Kochi and Kerala Cruise
LAND TOUR PRICE: $ 4,986.00 per person sharing
Single rooms supplement- $ 2,394.00
INTERNAL INDIA AIRFARE- $ 350.00 per person in economy class
East Africa’s largest country remains one of the continent’s most definitive and stirringly original safari destinations. Blessed with a string of superlatives unmatched on the continent: Africa’s highest mountain, its largest game reserve, its biggest volcanic caldera, its oldest human settlement; and – towering above all other safari experiences – the awe-inspiring spectacle of 1.5 million wildebeest, zebras and antelopes crossing the Serengeti plains, in what naturalists the world over consistently rate as “the greatest wildlife show on Earth. Tanzania’s land is full of evocative tales, remarkable narratives that reveal an ancient untamed world. The storytellers offer an absorbing experience into the untouched charms of Africa. From local Meru women to lion prides on the Serengeti, indigenous Hadzabe Bushmen to the Big Five residents of Ngorongoro, this unique itinerary provides the perfect blend of cultural immersion and safari adventure.
Sauti za Busara (Swahili for “Sounds of Wisdom”) Zanzibar music festival brings an explosion of African music and culture to the shores of Zanzibar. The Zanzibar music festival takes place across the UNESCO World Heritage site of Stone Town, the cultural center of Zanzibar, Venue of Old Fort: is a stunning piece of Omani colonial architecture which has stood for over 200 years and remains the oldest surviving building in town. The Zanzibar music festival kicks off with a blazing carnival and street parade through town.
11 DAYS VISITING: Arusha, Lake Manyara National Park, Lake Elyasi (Hadjabe & & Datonga Tribe villages), Ngorongoro National Park, Olduvai Gorge, Serengeti National Park & Zanzibar (including Sauti Za Busara Festival) + Beach stay extension.
LAND TOUR PRICE: $ 5,875.00 per person sharing
Single rooms – $ 6.455.00
INTERNAL TANZANIA AIRFARE- $ 585.00 per person in economy class
Indonesia is an archipelago in Southeast Asia consisting of 17,000 islands that straddles the Equator. The 6,000 inhabited islands that make up Indonesia are home to a diversity of cultures and indigenous beliefs. Bali is the festive face of Indonesia, the jewel in its crown. “Island of the Gods” and “Morning of the World” Profoundly influenced by its rich Hindu culture, Bali has 20,000 temples, 60 annual religious holidays, and 2,000 dance troupes. Hardly a day goes by without a celebration, a procession, or some other festivity. The rice-farming, pig-breeding, water-buffalo-loving Toraja inhabitants have become the focus of attention thanks to their elaborate ceremonies, burial sites and traditional houses, while North Sumatra offers visitors, especially nature lovers, beautiful tropical panoramas, terraced rice fields, blue mountains, jungle covered hills, white sandy beaches, music, dance and folk arts.
14 Days Visiting: Bali, Ubud, Yogyakarta, Makassar, Tana Toraja & Jakarta
The allure of Southeast Asia is in the unexpected blend of stunning pagodas and romantic colonial architecture; the colorful cacophony of market streets where silks and silver are sold next to cilantro and roasted fish; the terraced rice fields and timeless villages. Walk the historic streets of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. For lovers of the great outdoors, there is boat cruises through Halong Bay and along the Mekong River. Board a traditional-style Chinese junk for a cruise on Vietnam’s magnificent Ha Long Bay, discovering the karst landscape by kayak. Explore caves and waterfalls in the jungles surrounding Laos’ beautiful Luang Prabang. In Cambodia Phnom Penh offers then chance to understand the country’s culture and history. No trip would be complete without visiting Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temple complex – it really is one of the wonders of the world. Explore the sprawling temple complexes of the Angkor Empire on an in-depth discovery of the historic sites and countryside of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
15 Days Visiting: Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Phnom Penh & Siem Reap.
There are certain places that have the ability to capture the romance and magnificence of an era that once was. Hampi (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire from 1336 -1565 is one of them. A walk through the ruins in the area is more than just a sightseeing expedition as the monuments and ruins present contrasting imagery. On one hand, they portray the skill and artistry that existed in the ancient period. On the other hand, they are a reminder of the mass destruction that was brought forth by attacking armies. With a complex of palaces, temple and other monuments, Hampi is a large open-air museum that allows travelers to get a glimpse into the past. Next witness the cradle of Indian temple architecture at Aihole, Badami & Pattadakal that are steeped in history. Begin tour with the Old City of Hyderabad, one of India’s most evocative ancient quarters. Looming over the old city are some of Islamic India’s most impressive architecture. The late-19th-century Falaknuma Palace stands high atop a hill overlooking Hyderabad’s old city, but it might well be from another world altogether: The architecture and interiors are an unexpected mix of English, Venetian, Japanese, French, Chinese and Mughal influences. The opulent estate once served as a guesthouse for royal visitors of the Nizam, Hyderabad’s fabulously wealthy erstwhile ruler. Cruise the scenic backwaters of Kerala comprising of serene stretches of lakes, canals and lagoons located parallel to the coast of the Arabian Sea.
15 days visiting: Hyderabad, Bengaluru (Bangalore), Mysore, Hampi, Hospet, Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal, Kochi (Cochin)and Back waters Cruise- Houseboat stay
Glamorous and beguiling, North India crackles with energy and color. North India is certainly the most visited region of India. Enchanting Rajasthan represents India at its most vibrant and colorful, stay at the impossibly glamorous palaces, many of them have been converted into Hotels. Explore the Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, brimming with historical splendor. Discover, the pink sandstone city of Jaipur, savor the exquisite lake palaces of Udaipur and be awestruck by the formidable ramparts of Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort. The north Indian cities are also unique: Delhi, the capital, is divided into the bustling, labyrinthine Old City and the majestic colonial avenues of New Delhi. Mumbai (Bombay) is famous for its thriving business culture and Bollywood film industry. An immersive holiday that will allow you to understand and enjoy the rich Indian culture.
15 days visiting- Mumbai, Udaipur, Ranakpur, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Abhaneri, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra and Delhi.