Is Nimbus Holidays a travel agency?

Nimbus Holidays is a tour operator. We arrange comprehensive tours that include hotels, sightseeing with private guides and/or drivers, airport and train station transfers, visas, and transportation (International flights, internal flights, private drivers, Eurail and luxury train tickets, etc.). Once you are ready to start planning a trip, please contact us, or call us at (91) 172 4345555.

How are you different from other tour companies?

We provide highly personalized service, with each trip carefully designed    according to our clients’ interests and specifications.

We only offer private tours, group tours with set departures, although we regularly arrange tours for groups of friends and extended families.

We specialize in premium travel so our tours include four/five star/boutique design hotels.

The guides and drivers we arrange are true experts and our tours emphasize the local lifestyle and culture through cuisine, art, architecture, landscapes, and local traditions.

We only arrange international travel in countries that we feel are safe, fascinating, and where our expertise and services will be of tremendous value to travelers.

Our travel consultants are passionate about travel and have experience traveling in most of the countries we handle.

How do you select hotels and destinations?

When it comes to hotels and locations, we pride ourselves in our knowledge of the very best hotels and rooms categories, and how they compare to others. We encourage you to speak with one of our representatives about why we’ve chosen the hotels we use. Our vendors/channel partners in each country keep us well connected and informed. Hotels are selected based on service, style, location and facilities.

I live in New York. Do you work with travelers who reside outside of India?

Yes, we have our clients from all over the globe.

Is Nimbus Holidays accredited by industry associations?

Yes, Nimbus Holidays is a registered member of all major travel industry associations within India, including TAAI, TAFI & OTOAI. We are also the preferred travel partner of many global hotel chains and reputed destination management companies.

Is airfare included in the price of your tours?

Internal flights if applicable are included in most of our tour prices, unless otherwise specified. Many of our clients prefer to book their international flights with us and some book on their own. As a tour operator, our services begin when you arrive at your first international destination.

Are meals included in your tours?

Breakfast is generally included each day. We prefer to keep most lunches and dinners free to allow travelers to see how they feel each day and what type of cuisine they desire. In Group tours generally dinners are included and some lunches as well.

Your itineraries look amazing. Is it possible to make changes to the itineraries?

Yes, our specialty is customized travel. We are happy to modify many of the tours on our website, or to start from scratch and custom-design a new tour altogether. Some Escorted tours have fixed itinerary and dates and cannot be amended though. Please note that a $200 fee applies in order for us to quote custom-designed tours—this fee is then deducted from the total tour cost if the tour is booked. Alternatively, when travelers book one of the pre-costed tours from our website, no design fee is required, but we are still pleased to tailor the daily touring to your exact interests.

I am considering one of your tours. What’s next?

Please contact us by telephone, e-mail once you are considering a trip. At that point, we can answer any questions regarding weather, recommended destinations or special events taking place, and help you determine the best itinerary and destination(s). Once you are ready to book one of our trips, contact our India office to place your trip deposit. We then book all services and generally have confirmations within 24-48 hours, depending on the destination and extent of your services.

After I book my trip, what sort of materials will you send me?

After we receive your trip deposit, we will send you a detailed confirmed itinerary, and any necessary paperwork for required tourist visas. We will send you confirmation vouchers with contact information and phone numbers for all hotels or our representative office in each country once we have full deposit.

How far in advance should I book my trip?

This depends how far in advance you prefer to plan. We book last-minute trips all the time, and we also arrange tours that are planned months in advance. Major considerations are visa requirements, holiday and festival availability, and seasonal demand.

Visa Requirements?

Visa requirements vary by country, and many of our destinations require tourist visas to be obtained in advance. Our tours generally include visa assistance for Indian residents and we provide very clear instructions once a tour is booked.

I have concerns about safety, particularly in areas of the world I am not familiar with or seem to be unstable.

Our primary concern is the safety and comfort of our clients. We monitor security situations around the world and do not recommend tours in destinations that seem unsafe.

What happens in an emergency during one of your tours?

Each traveler receives comprehensive contact information for our local representatives in each country, including 24-hour contact information for our associates who are available around-the-clock. Additionally, we recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance while booking the tour.

What is travel insurance?

We strongly recommend purchasing medical travel insurance. Travel insurance offers protection against such circumstances, including baggage loss and delays, medical emergencies and other problems.

What types of vehicles do you use?

While brands vary from country to country, we always provide the best available vehicles in each region: safe, comfortable, spacious and air-conditioned. For families or for larger groups of friends traveling together, we provide luxury mini-vans, coaches or SUVs.

We will have a lot of luggage. Is this a problem?

This is not a problem as long as you advise us in advance. Before you depart on your trip, please let us know how much luggage you expect to travel with so that we can arrange appropriate vehicles at every stop along the way. However, please bear in mind that international and domestic airlines may charge extra fees for luggage that exceeds their maximum per person weight allowance. These fees are the responsibility of each traveler and must be paid directly to the airline(s).

Is it possible to have touring that focuses on our specific interests?

Whether you are interested in art, architecture, history, food and wine,   family-friendly activities, shopping or romance, we will arrange for you to have personalized touring with appropriate experts who will emphasize your interests. Let your travel consultant know if you have any particular areas of interest and we will craft an itinerary just for you.

What is there to do during ‘leisure time’?

Our clients are savvy, sophisticated travelers who want the convenience of guides and our expertise, but want independence as well. There are plenty of things to do when you are not touring with your guide. We can provide you with other options for sightseeing or you can enjoy hotels’ facilities, such as pools and spas and, when available, beaches, gardens, golf courses, cooking schools and other activities. Essentially, leisure time is a matter of preference, but in general we like to incorporate a balance of guided touring and free time.

My husband and I will be celebrating our anniversary while traveling with Nimbus Holidays. Is there something special you can arrange for us?

Your travel consultant will plan activities to make your special day one to remember, whether it’s a candlelight dinner, side-by-side massages, a sunset camel ride, a blessing ceremony, a private cruise, or a romantic picnic on a private beach.

I will be traveling with children. Are your destinations suitable for any age?

Family travel is one of our specialties. We cover a lot of countries and some of them are more family-friendly than others. Our travel consultants can recommend certain hotels and destinations that are recommended for children..

I’m not interested in doing anything touristy. Can you take me to places that are “off the beaten track”?

Off Beat Travel is our forte and we have the knowledge to recommend you places that are not frequented by many tourists. We have many suggestions in most of our destinations.

Is there a question you would like answered? Please e-mail us at ops@nimbusholidays.com. Thank you!