Private Luxury Tour Operator?

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Our family of five is travelling to India next March, the first time for most of us, my first time other than business.

We are very experienced world travelers, but we do like luxury. We have a lot we want to see and given infrastructure issues we felt it was wisest to use a tour operator, something we have never done anywhere. We will be in India for 16 days.

We want a private tour with a custom itinerary, five or six star. Amex's Departures had a favorable write up on Greaves. A high-end hotelier in India recommended Amber Tours.

Does anyone have any opinion about these two or any others?

Thank you in advance for your help.
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Thank you. Have you travelled with them?
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A friend of mine did. He was very happy with the arrangements.
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Thank you.
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Thank you in advance for your help.
Abercrombie & Kent is what one of my friend used. They were pleased, but YMMV
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THOMAS COOK and Cox and Kings are alternate options. They can assist you with a Customised itenary.
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Thank you, I used them for a safari years ago.
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I meant to say I used A&K for safari.

I will take a look at the other mentioned. Thank you posting!
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Private Luxury Tour Operator?

I used magic tours. Contact Deepa as I found them to be upfront and detailed
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greaves

my father and i had greaves do a customized tour of north and south india...they got us in fabulous hotels and we have a great itinerary. however...we are going somewhere new every day and a half or so and if i had to do it over again id allow a couple days in each location...especially varanasi and in tamil nadu.
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Private Luxury Tour Operator?

The thread is three years old. But hey, why not bring it up to date!

My initial visits to India were custom tours planned out by a Kerala specialist in UK. This was partly because India scared me then and partly because I like to know where my head will lie every night and how I'm getting there. Prices were not all high, mostly 3-4 star, with an occasional day of luxury. It was a small one-couple firm and attention was personal.

I take my hat off to people who enjoy spur of the moment travel... But I'm not so keen.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I take my hat off to people who enjoy spur of the moment travel... But I'm not so keen.
Do you wear hats. Perhaps not Berets or Boaters, but dull and efficient headwear? I do but mostly in winter.

Messing about over several visits in the analogue era at Trailfinders in Earl's Court Rd. or somewhere was hardly spur of the moment - that would have more likely been jumping on the ferry at Dover and heading 'east', or 'south' to Norf Afreeca, until one day you stopped and inevitably headed home... these days it's "lemme see how many type of pillows this place has."

Still, it's not all that bad on planet earth for luxury humans, though it was for Mrs. Dupont of USA on her ultra luxury India trip... "we know there is dust and poverty in India but do we have to drive through it..."
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Do you wear hats. Perhaps not Berets or Boaters, but dull and efficient headwear? I do but mostly in winter.
We don't have what you would call winter at this end of the country, but... yes, as my hair diminishes daily, I need more protection from the sun!

Picked up a bagful of UV-resistant baseball caps from one of those UK outdoors shops this year. My "Oh come-on, these are always on sale!" was met with a curt reminder that the Brits have consumer laws. I ate humble pie. And had a small attack of nostalgia.

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