Vacations International, Inc. takes pride in offering you, the world traveler,
a uniquely different tour experience to India and the South Asian subcontinent!
Established in India in 1998 and opening a US office in 2003, Vacations International
has been providing American travelers with the highest quality guides and accommodations
at competitive prices. Our travel experts, with their wealth of travel experience
and access to the latest travel technologies, can assist you in finding the right
tour at the right price for your budget. Our team of travel experts has nearly 15
years combined international travel experience, having organized tours for
hundreds of clubs, museums, alumni associations and special affinity groups to many
exotic and unusual destinations.
Book with confidence:
We offer you a one-of-a-kind travel experience! Each group is limited to 18 persons
(bus capacity in India is 35 seats). If you travel with us, you’ll get far
more than just a traditional sightseeing tour. We take you to experience India’s
colorful fairs and festivals firsthand, giving you greater insight into India’s
rich cultural and spiritual traditions!
Our tour escorts arrange special “extras” for each of their groups. Depending on
the tour and the city, you may have the opportunity to visit Indian families in
their homes (rich, poor, middle class...sometimes all three), visit a school, participate
in a temple ceremony, attend an art or history lecture, or learn firsthand from
a chef about your favorite spices! Almost 70% of Indians live in villages and small
towns. Most of our tours include visits to several colorful villages to experience
the authentic rural life of India. Most travelers find this to be their favorite
part of their tour.
Because Vacations International’s USA office is a representative office of Vacations
International India, we sell our own tours at lower prices than other operators.
Travel to the Himalayas (Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet, and Sikkim) from April to October
to experience all these Buddhist kingdoms have to offer!
Between October and March, the possibilities are countless! We offer a variety of
15 to 22 day small group tours throughout India and Nepal. Each tour allows
you to experience for yourself the richness of India’s many traditions. Many tours
are organized around fairs and festivals such as the Pushkar Camel Fair, the Festival
of Lights (Diwali), the Festival of Colors (Holi), and others! We also offer
you a variety of theme tours, including Country Homes, Castles and Palaces of India,
Ancient Art of India, and Nature and Wildlife of India. English-speaking guides
with extensive regional and subject knowledge accompany each tour. In addition,
every tour is escorted by one of India’s top escorts.
If you are not the tour group type, one of Vacations International’s travel consultants
can assist you in designing your own personalized dream vacation! All logistics,
including tours, hotels, and reception at airports are arranged in advance. Contrary
to what you may have been told, individual tours can be very affordable!
Let us help you make your dream vacation a reality! You won’t be disappointed!
Responsible travel suits life's curious adventurers and enthusiasts.
Flying and global warming
Most of things that we do in our lives contribute to carbon dioxide emissions and
global warming. Air travel - although currently a relatively small contributor (less
than 5%) - is the fastest growing source of CO2 emissions. We must all take action
to reduce our CO2 emissions across our entire lives, and this includes accepting
that we must fly significantly less than we do now. When we do fly on holiday its
even more important than our holiday is a responsible one. For our ideas on how
to be a more responsible traveller, including reducing your emissions our tips here
Getting more out of your holiday
Responsible travel is about bringing you closer to local cultures and environments
by involving local people in tourism. It's about doing this in a fair way that helps
ensure that they will give you an even warmer welcome. For example, a local guide
from the destination will open your eyes to their cultures and ways of life far
better than an expat guide could ever do – they will also earn a much needed income
vacations international supports the IPPG (International Porter Protection Group)
The IPPG works to improve the conditions of mountain porters in the tourism industry
worldwide. This means porters carrying for individual trekkers, organized groups,
climbing expeditions and those who supply lodges. vacations international supports
the work of IPPG and endorses its five recommended guidelines. www.ippg.net
The responsible traveller prefers smaller groups, and to meet some local people
(as well as fellow travellers) rather than be surrounded by 1000's of people from
back home. They don't like being herded about in a large crowd like nameless faces
and understand that travelling in smaller groups makes local people and cultures
The responsible travellers wants to get a little bit more out of their travels,
and to give a little bit back to the special places and people that they encounter.
They want deeper and more real travel experiences. The responsible traveller values
authenticity – experiences integral to local people's traditions, cultures and rituals
- rather than those created for tourism, or those whose existing meanings and uses
have become lost as they have been packaged up for tourism. No more 'Greek nights'
in resorts with the only Greek people there to serve food please!
At the same time the responsible traveller understands that some cultural experiences
are best kept private, and that their visit would be an intrusion. They believe
that travelling with respect earns them respect.
Responsible travel is about re-discovering how to experience nature and to be in
it, feeling it, smelling it and learning about it rather than just looking at it.
Through this they replenish their souls. They would rather get out on foot than
sit in a big bus, and are determined to leave no physical evidence of their visit
but their footprints.
The responsible traveller understands local peoples relationship with environments,
and that income from tourism can be a powerful incentive for conservation. The responsible
traveller values diversity – diversity of people, cultures and environments.
They believe that they can grow as individuals through these experiences, and that
their trip can make a positive contribution towards conserving global diversity.
Above all else the responsible traveller wants to cut loose and experience their
world. The experienced responsible traveller knows how difficult it can be to do
the right thing – and is humble and learns from their mistakes. Whether they travel
independently, or through a leading responsible travel operator, the responsible
traveller makes and experiences a difference.