Itinerary Details: 9 days/8 nights
Day 1: Mumbai Arrival
Namaste. Welcome to India! Upon arrival, meet our representative and transfer to your hotel. Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is often considered the commercial and entertainment capital of India. The city also houses India’s Hindi film and television industry, affectionately termed as Bollywood. Overnight in Mumbai.
Day 2: Mumbai
In the morning, take a boat ride to Elephanta Caves. Dating back to the 7th century, the caves are located one hour from the harbor. Four rows of massive columns cut into solid rock from three magnificent avenues lead to the outstanding three-headed sculpture representing Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver, and Shiva the Destroyer. Dedicated to Shiva, the beauty and power of these phenomenal sculptures depicting the various manifestations of Shiva is overpowering.
In the afternoon, enjoy an introductory tour of the notable attractions of Mumbai: Dhobi Ghat, Gateway to India, Crawford Market, Marine Drive, and the old mansions in the Colaba area. In the evening, enjoy an exclusive food tour to sample the local Mumbai chaats and sweets. Overnight,
Day 3: Mumbai—Solapur
After breakfast, drive to Fratelli Wines (6 hours). In a true representation of the Indo-Italian collaboration, Fratelli has partnered with various professionals from both India and Italy. The Chenin Blanc is the most awarded in its category in India, and recently won Bronze at IWC 2013. Other award-winning productions include the Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Spend a day exploring the magnificent estate. Overnight at the vineyard.
Day 4: Solapur
Enjoy a full day the vineyard, including private tours, wine tastings, and evening entertainment. Overnight at the vineyard.
Day 5: Solapur—Pune
Morning at leisure. Later, drive to Pune (3 hours). Pune was the first capital of Shivaji, and was established in 847 AD. In the 18th century, Pune became the political center of India as the seat of Peshwas, the Maratha Empire's prime ministers. Evening at leisure and overnight in Pune.
Day 6: Pune—Nashik
After breakfast, drive to Nashik (5 hours), India’s heartland of vineyards. Stay at the exclusive Sula Vineyards, one of the most renowned wineries in India. The award-winning wines include India’s first Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc, flagship Dindori Reserve Shiraz, and recently launched Riesling. The Rasa Shiraz, considered the finest wine produced at the estate, won a silver medal at Syrah du Monde. Evening at leisure and overnight in Nashik.
Day 7: Nashik
Full day at Sula vineyards. In addition to a private tour, enjoy a dip in the vineyard pool, go for a leisurely bicycle ride on the winding country roads, soak up the peaceful view or simply enjoy delicious food while sipping on Sula wines. Overnight at the resort.
Day 8: Nashik
Today, drive to Chateau d’Ori in Dindori. Since its first harvest in 2007, Chateau d’Ori has already won numerous national awards, including Best Indian Red Wine for its 2007 Cabernet Merlot and Indian Wine Challenge in 2008/2009. Tour the estate and enjoy a private tour and tasting. Later, return to Nashik and overnight.
Day 9: Nashik—Mumbai and Departure
Morning at leisure. Later, drive to Mumbai and transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Bon Voyage!