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Joyce's Kochi Shore Excursions for Insignia passengers. Pick & Drop @ ship

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    What to Expect
    Visit: Excel India Tours, Kochi (Cochin) 682040 India

    Staff of Excel India Tours will meet you at the ship. You can see him holding the pager board with the lead traveler of your group. The staff will escort you to waiting Van /Car / Coach

    Tour #1 Over View of Kochi.

    The tour proceeds from the harbor to Fort Kochi. (Drive 30 minutes ).

    1. Stop at the beach where the Chinese Fishing nets are operated. Interact with the fisher men. They invite you to operate the net yourself. Take photographs.

    2. Church of St. Francis. ( Walk 5 minutes)

    3. This is the first European church in India and it is in this church that Vasco da Gama was first buried before taking him to Portugal. ( 15 minutes )

    4. Santa Cruz Basilica

    One of the heritages edifices of Kochi. ( 15 minutes)

    5. Jewish Town. ( Drive 20 minutes )

    Walk down the streets of Jewish town. ( 20 minutes.)

    6. Jewish Synagogue. ( 15 minutes )

    Jews here which held as the only 4 orthodox synagogues in the world, and is considered as the oldest in the British Common Wealth

    7. Dutch Palace. (Walk 10 minutes )

    This is the preserved royal residence of Kochi royalty. Inside we can find the most beautiful murals in India elegant than the murals in Ajantha and Ellora. (30 minutes)

    Tour # 2 Kerala Backwaters in Houseboats.

    Tour duration 8 hours.

    This tour is designed to introduce Kerala and its attractive backwaters to travelers.

    1. An overland drive from the Kochi harbor to Alleppey Backwaters. (1 hour 45 minutes)

    2. Board a pre arranged houseboat and start the backwater cruise for 3 hours.

    The houseboats are previous spices boats of Kerala innovated into houseboats for tourists with bedrooms kitchen and a spacious lobby. The kitchen of the houseboat under an enthusiastic Chef will cook for you our traditional food to your taste.

    3. The cruising along the backwaters and palm fringed rice paddies and tiny villages will be an experience you never have anywhere except here.

    4. After the cruise the tour will return to Kochi (drive is 1 hour 45 minutes.)

    5. Orientation drive in Fort Kochi for photo stops at Chinese Fishing Nets.( 14 minutes)

    Returned to the pier.( 30 minutes)
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Cruise Terminal of Kochi Port. ( We will pick you from the side of your ship and will escort you to the waiting car / van.
    Return Details
    Cruise Terminal of Kochi Port. ( We will drop you back at the side of your ship.)
    • Buffet lunch in house boat for those who opt for Backwater and Houseboat tour.
    • Local guide
    • Port pickup and drop-off
    • Gratuities ( Optional )
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking:
    • 1. Docking time,
    • 2. Dsembarkation time and
    • 3. Re-boarding time
    • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
    • A minimum of 02 people per booking.
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


    About the operator

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    By: Excel India Tours
    8 reviews
    Great Kochin beach and city tour with Joyce
    My wife and I encountered Joyce on a houseboat cruise boat on the Kerala backwaters. Joyce was very clear and
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    Sights sounds and flavours of Cochin
    We were on a business trip to India with only one free day which was thankfully in Cochin. My Joyce offered a
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    Ngaire G
    Auckland Central, New Zealand
    Off the tourist trail
    Joyce was a fantastic guide. I wanted to get away from the tourist places and see the real India. He took me to
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    Dharam V G
    Burlington, Ontario
    Kerala back waters house boat cruise.
    Our trip on Kerala back waters was organized by Mr. Joyce Xavier . We dad house boat to ourselves and the service
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    San Antonio
    Joyce Xavier was a great tour guide. Very professional, extremely knowledgeable and personable. We could not
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    San Antonio, Texas
    Excel tours in Cochin India
    Our guide guide Xavier was excellent and we highly recommend him to to other travellers. He took us to some out of
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    Baltimore, Maryland
    Outstanding Guide
    Our group of 5 traveled with Joyce for 3 weeks. He was very professional. Always on time, always organized, and
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    San Jose, California
    Excel India Tours in Kochi (Cochin)
    My tour with Joyce Xavier was excellent. There is so much to learn about India and Kerala as a state that I would
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