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Eternal India plus Southern Spice

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The one that combines scenery, spices and spiritual splendour on an epic 22-day Indian odyssey

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  • Duration

    22 days

  • Places

    15 places

  • Meals

    21 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 3 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Mini-Coach + Internal Flights

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager and Local Guides

Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Udaipur, Mumbai, Goa, Chennai, Pondicherry, Kumbakonam, Madurai, Periyar, Kumarakom, Kerala Backwaters, Cochin

Top Experiences

26 included & 10 free time add-ons available to add later

  • Visit the Agra Fort and see the most beautiful building in the world: the Taj Mahal

    Included

    Agra

  • See Jaipur's top sites on a locally guided sightseeing tour

    Included

    Jaipur

  • Keep your eyes peeled for tigers & leopards on a sunrise safari through Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

    INR2150

    Ranthambore

  • Explore the treasures of Jaipur with a Amer Fort trek

    INR2600

    Jaipur

  • Get a curry cooking demonstration followed by a local family dinner in Jaipur

    INR2160

    Jaipur

  • Move like the movies with a Bollywood dance class at a studio in Mumbai

    INR3550

    Mumbai

Eternal India plus Southern Spice

26 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Get a locally guided tour of colourful Delhi followed by a chapati demonstration
  • Visit Agra Fort
  • Visit the Agra Fort and see the most beautiful building in the world: the Taj Mahal
  • Special stay at Ranthambore National Park
  • Visit the Dhonk handicraft centre, supporting local women and families of ex-tiger poachers
  • See Jaipur's top sites on a locally guided sightseeing tour
  • Locally guided sightseeing tour of Udaipur
  • Included flight to Mumbai
  • Locally guided sightseeing tour of Mumbai
  • Included flight to Goa
  • Included Flight to Chennai
  • Sightseeing tour of Chennai with local guide
  • See Mahabalipuram Shore Temple + Krishna's Butterball
  • 'Eat my Cake' visit (coffee + cake included)
  • Visit Auroville township includes lunch at a Solar Kitchen
  • Visit Silk Weavers home and Bronze casting school
  • Visit Dharasuram Temple
  • Visit to Brihadeeswarah Temple
  • Sightseeing tour of Madurai with local guide
  • Rickshaw ride
  • Experience a night time procession at Meenakshi Temple
  • Visit a spice plantation with a local guide
  • Kalaripayattul Martial Arts performance
  • Wildlife boat Safari along the Periyar River
  • Visit to Connemara Tea factory and Plantation
  • Sightseeing tour of Cochin with local guide

10 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Keep your eyes peeled for tigers & leopards on a sunrise safari through Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan INR2150
  • Explore the treasures of Jaipur with a Amer Fort trek INR2600
  • Get a curry cooking demonstration followed by a local family dinner in Jaipur INR2160
  • Move like the movies with a Bollywood dance class at a studio in Mumbai INR3550
  • Take a morning tour of Mumbai and see the city as the sun rises INR2840
  • Yoga on the beach INR2390
  • Heritage Walking Tour 1550INR
  • Dress up in a Saree (ladies) or Dhotti (men) From 350 INR
  • Local family cooking demonstration and dinner 2155INR
  • Sunset Boat Cruise 850INR

Where I'll Stay?

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • 21 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    20 nights in Hotel, 1 night in Special Stay - Houseboat

    You'll enjoy plush hotels with twin-share rooms to refresh and revive after intense days experiencing India's magical sights and sounds. One special night will be spent adrift in the arms of a traditional Keralan houseboat, the quintessential South India experience.

About this trip

India is a bustling buffet of magical scenery and non-stop action, and this is your once-in-a-lifetime journey to see, do, and experience as much of it as you can. Set your senses alight on the ultimate adventure from north to south: take a sojourn to where the spices grow, glimpse the rose-tinted splendour of the Taj Mahal, and drift in a bamboo houseboat through the backwaters of Kerala. Get ready to have your perception of the world changed forever.

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 2 2 nights

    Delhi

  2. 1 1 night

    Agra

  3. 1 1 night

    Ranthambore

  4. 2 2 nights

    Jaipur

  5. 2 2 nights

    Udaipur

  6. 1 1 night

    Mumbai

  7. 2 2 nights

    Goa

  8. 1 1 night

    Chennai

  9. 2 2 nights

    Pondicherry

  10. 1 1 night

    Kumbakonam

  11. 1 1 night

    Madurai

  12. 1 1 night

    Periyar

  13. 1 1 night

    Kumarakom

  14. 1 1 night

    Kerala Backwaters

  15. 2 2 nights

    Cochin

+5 more

DAY 1 - Arrive Delhi

Delhi

What’s up Indian explorers! Who’s ready for an intoxicating dose of spice, flavour, yoga, beauty, colour, culture, and everything else wonderful that India can provide? The next 22 days are likely to be some of the best of your life so get ready for some serious memory making, starting off with meeting your new travel fam this evening.

Stay

Ashtan Sarovar Portico Hotel (or similar)

DAY 2 - Delhi

Delhi

Delhi, prepare to be officially conquered. Today is all about exploring one of the world’s most hustling, bustling, and all out crazy cities, home to a staggering 25 million people (for real). Together with our Local Guide we’ll be taking in the sights and learning the stories of Old Delhi, hopping in rickshaws during our explorations to weave a path through the back streets. Stopping for lunch to appease rumbling tummies with tangy street food delights like kachori, pakora and jelebi we’ll then make our way to the Gurdwara Sikh Temple. Riding high on the culture wave the afternoon is then yours to explore Delhi your way with free time to go a-wandering. Maybe swap mayhem for tranquillity at the Lodi Gardens, or visit the legendary Humayun’s Tomb. Dinner tonight is a DIY vibe, tasting the very best of Delhi with your new crew.

Stay

Ashtan Sarovar Portico Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Get a locally guided tour of colourful Delhi followed by a chapati demonstration

DAY 3 - Delhi to Agra

Delhi

Today’s the day peeps (you know what we’re talking about). After stocking up at breakfast we’ll jump on the bus with Agra in our sights.

Agra

Who’s ready for some serious bucketlist ticking? Linking up with our Local Guide we’ll mosey our way over to two of India’s finest, visiting first the UNESCO World Heritage Agra Fort, and then the main event – the Taj Mahal. We’ll hook you up with an entry ticket so you can explore at your own pace, learning about the incredible love story that resulted in the creation of one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Take your time exploring – after all, you’ve probably been waiting a lifetime for this moment – then tonight head out with the gang for a DIY dinner, Agra style.

Stay

The Retreat Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Agra Fort

  • Visit the Agra Fort and see the most beautiful building in the world: the Taj Mahal

DAY 4 - Agra to Ranthambore

Agra

Still living off the Taj dream we’ll wave goodbye to Agra early this morning with eyes firmly on the wild horizon.

Ranthambore

Feel the calm of nature sweep over you as we arrive at Ranthambore National Park, one of the largest and most renowned National Parks in Northern India and our home for the night. After a lunch pit-stop we’ll make our way to the Dhonk Craft Centre, a cooperative that was set up to serve a dual purpose – to employ those who would otherwise only find income from tiger poaching, and also to preserve traditional artistry. Handicrafts lovers will be in craft utopia at the beautiful creations on offer from the local ladies, and spending is guilt free knowing that your money is going towards sustaining a local community. Feel good vibes on high we’ll end the day with a tasty group dinner set against a back drop none of us will be forgetting any time soon.

Stay

Ranthambore Regency Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Special stay at Ranthambore National Park

  • Visit the Dhonk handicraft centre, supporting local women and families of ex-tiger poachers

DAY 5 - Ranthambore to Jaipur

Ranthambore

Who’s up for more legendary #NOREGRETS moments? Damn right you are, as this morning is all about one thing – tigers. Oh yes have we got one incredible Free Time Add On lined up for you – a sunrise safari adventure to try and spot these magnificent predators as they should be seen – in the wild. Safari trucks will pick you up from your accommodation, then we’ll head out into the lush forest for some serious wildlife watching. Wild animals AND an epic sunrise all before breakfast, and Jaipur next on the agenda? You could call that one way to start the day.

Jaipur

Old and new, colour and chaos, camels and rickshaws - Jaipur is a hustling hot mess of wonderful. Once you've checked in, now's your time to get custom clothes made by a local tailor. Or if you're after some relaxation time, head upstairs to the hotel rooftop, you'll get a perfect view of the city. Gather your crew up here for dinner and watch the sun go down on this beautiful city, but get an early night because tomorrow it's time for the Amber Fort!

Stay

Park Inn Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Keep your eyes peeled for tigers & leopards on a sunrise safari through Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

    INR2150

DAY 6 - Jaipur

Jaipur

Ready for more of exotic, chaotic Jaipur? We thought so. Today is all about seeing the city your way, heading out to explore armed with maps, insider tips from your Trip Manager, and a healthy dose of curiosity. For those keen on grabbing a real slice of India, Amber Fort should be high up on the agenda. Built from red sandstone and marble and comprising of multiple palaces, pavilions, temples and more, the Fort has both Hindu and Muslim architectural influence and is a true Indian must-see.

Stay

Park Inn Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Jaipur's top sites on a locally guided sightseeing tour

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Explore the treasures of Jaipur with a Amer Fort trek

    INR2600

  • Get a curry cooking demonstration followed by a local family dinner in Jaipur

    INR2160

DAY 7 - Jaipur to Udaipur

Jaipur

Jaipur you’ve been glorious, but the lush green hills and lavish marble palaces of Udaipur are calling us today as we jump on the coach for a full day of cross country travelling. Watch from the window as the landscape changes from flat dry lands to gorgeous green, and prepare yourself for an entirely different Indian experience.

Udaipur

Stay

The Lavitra Hotel (or similar)

DAY 8 - Udaipur

Udaipur

Completely unique, Udaipur’s colonial architecture and shimmering lakes give the city a distinctly Venetian, romantic feel unmatched arguably in the whole of India. Our locally guided city tour will see us exploring the majestic City Palace and the Jagdish Temple, then after lunch the day is yours to continue your city wanderings. With fantastical palaces, tranquil boat rides on the lake, bustling bazaars, crooked colourful streets and endless eating joints to choose from, you’ll be absolutely spoilt for choice.

Stay

The Lavitra Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Locally guided sightseeing tour of Udaipur

DAY 9 - Udaipur to Mumbai

Udaipur

Rise and shine kids – we’ve got a plane to catch and a certain Bollywood beauty to crack open. Mumbai, we incoming.

Mumbai

Fast, furious and fantastic, Mumbai is a completely unparalleled sensory overload. Slums and millionaire mansions live side by side, tropical forests rub up against towering skyscrapers and colonial masterpieces, whilst gangsters, artists, celebrities, servants and fisherfolk all walk the same walk. The best way to understand this complex city is to get out and amongst it, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do. Our Local Guide will take us to the Dhobi Ghat, a massive human-powered laundromat with 1026 open-air troughs, and to the serene Hanging Gardens. Tonight, we’re hitting the D-floor Bollywood style, with a Dance Class (Free Time Add-On) to learn some of the sweet moves that Bollywood is famous for.

Stay

The West End Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included flight to Mumbai

  • Locally guided sightseeing tour of Mumbai

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Move like the movies with a Bollywood dance class at a studio in Mumbai

    INR3550

DAY 10 - Mumbai to Goa

Mumbai

Want to see a different side of Mumbai? Rise with the locals for our optional Mumbai at dawn tour to watch the city as it starts its day. Back for breakfast, we’ll then make tracks for the airport. Feeling those butterflies at the prospect of golden Goa?

Goa

Sunshine, spirituality, tropical palms, golden stretches of beach and a hippy, happy, laid-back charm – this is Goa. Slide seamlessly into beach time with a cold beer in hand, revelling at the prospect of having nothing to do but enjoy your stunning surrounds.

Stay

Phoenix Park Inn Resort (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included flight to Goa

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a morning tour of Mumbai and see the city as the sun rises

    INR2840

DAY 11 - Goa

Goa

Wake up with a smile this morning as you remember exactly where you are, knowing today is entirely yours to do as much, or as little, as you want. Spirituality is a big part of the Goa experience, so start your day with some optional yoga on the beach, clearing your mind and stretching your travel tired limbs. Tonight is our final night in Goa, so make sure you do it right. Sunset and beers on the beach ticking the boxes?

Stay

Phoenix Park Inn Resort (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Yoga on the beach

    INR2390

DAY 12 - Goa to Chennai

Goa

We may be parting ways with some of the group today but there's so much more to look forward to. After breakfast, take a flight to Chennai and keep this adventure going.

Chennai

Welcome to Southern India! Unite with the team for a pow wow before having a free evening to unwind in our hotel or take to the streets to suss out this city.

Stay

Grand Chennai by GRT Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included Flight to Chennai

DAY 13 - Chennai to Pondicherry

Chennai

This morning we’ll peel back the layers of Chennai, seeing Kapaleeswarar Temple and St Thomas’s Church, driving along Marina Beach & walking through the markets by the Chennai Fort. Now starting to feel acclimatised to life in India, we kick on to our second destination. 

Pondicherry

Our journey through Tamil Nadu will see us stopping at Mahabalipuram Shore Temple & the peculiar boulder of Krishna's Butterball. Arriving in ‘Pondy’ we’ll find a delicious fusion of French beauty & Indian soul, and have a free evening to enjoy it how we see fit. 

Stay

The Shenbaga Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Sightseeing tour of Chennai with local guide

  • See Mahabalipuram Shore Temple + Krishna's Butterball

DAY 14 - Pondicherry

Pondicherry

Today you can jump onto an optional Heritage Walking Tour to go deep into Pondicherry’s unique history. You can then devour cake and coffee at ‘Eat My Cake’, a café run by local widows, and visit the progressive experimental township of Auroville. A vegetarian lunch in a solar powered kitchen will warm us up for some zen vibes by the breathtaking gold dome of Matrimandir.

Stay

The Shenbaga Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • 'Eat my Cake' visit (coffee + cake included)

  • Visit Auroville township includes lunch at a Solar Kitchen

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Heritage Walking Tour

    1550INR

DAY 15 - Pondicherry to Kumbakonam

Pondicherry

Though our affection for charming Pondy will be sky high, our great voyage must continue. Kumbakonam – we’re coming for you. 

Kumbakonam

Arriving in Kumbakonam in the bounds of two rivers, we’ll begin uncovering South India’s artisans by visiting a bronze casting & silk weaver’s home. By night you can dress to the inspiration of our Dharasuram temple visit, wearing a Saree or Dhotti to our included dinner. 

Stay

Paradise Resort (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Silk Weavers home and Bronze casting school

  • Visit Dharasuram Temple

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Dress up in a Saree (ladies) or Dhotti (men)

    From 350 INR

DAY 16 - Kumbakonam to Madurai

Kumbakonam

Devour a hearty breakfast and throw your worldly possessions back in your bag. A city of mesmerising history is waiting for us, and there’s a locally guided trip to Brihadeeswarah Temple in Tanjore en route. 

Madurai

One of the oldest cities in India, Madurai is the pride & soul of Tamil Nadu. Here we’ll see a palace of great pillars, ride a rickshaw, & witness an evening procession at the awe-inspiring Meenakshi Amman Hindu Temple.

Stay

The Regency Madurai by GRT Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit to Brihadeeswarah Temple

  • Sightseeing tour of Madurai with local guide

  • Rickshaw ride

  • Experience a night time procession at Meenakshi Temple

DAY 17 - Madurai to Periyar

Madurai

Another state hop awaits us this morning, as we journey out of Madurai to Kerala, the West coast state that sways by the Arabian Sea.

Periyar

After our cross of the state of Tamil Nadu we’ll arrive in Kerala, ‘the land of coconuts’. We’ll pull up by the elephant & tiger reserve of Periyar National Park where we can explore a spice plantation & watch an ancient style of Martial Arts called KalaripayattuI.

Stay

Elephant Route Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit a spice plantation with a local guide

  • Kalaripayattul Martial Arts performance

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Local family cooking demonstration and dinner

    2155INR

DAY 18 - Periyar to Kumarakom

Periyar

After a wildlife boat safari along the Periyar River, we’ll take a leisurely journey to our next destination. En route we’ll frolic through a tea factory & plantation, enjoying one of Kerala’s proudest exports.

Kumarakom

Dreamy sighs all round as we arrive in the lake region of Kumarakom. We’ll have a free evening here amidst the fresh country air, trying to contain our excitement for tomorrow’s water adventure. 

Stay

Lakesong Resort Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Wildlife boat Safari along the Periyar River

  • Visit to Connemara Tea factory and Plantation

DAY 19 - Kumarakom to Kerala Backwaters

Kumarakom

Waving goodbye to the agricultural lands of Kumarakom, we’ll trade one quaint setting for another. A day of boating on the beautiful backwaters are waiting on the other side of this bus ride.

Kerala Backwaters

Arriving in the tranquil backwaters of Kerala, we’ll board a traditional houseboat made of wood, bamboo & palm leaves. Drifting past slow grazing cows, we’ll see Kingfishers darting through the forests & season our sightings with many spicy fish curries.

Stay

Houseboat Special Stay (or similar)

DAY 20 - Kerala Backwaters to Cochin

Kerala Backwaters

Shed a few tears & snap your last “local climbing coconut tree” pics. Our boat will be sailing back to the shores so we can poke our way through Cochin.

Cochin

Back on solid ground we’ll soon find ourselves amidst the bustling spice markets and fort lands of Cochin. Here we can eat keralan delicacies, marvel at palaces, and watch the golden sun drop behind the Chinese fishing nets known as Cheena vala.

Stay

Number 18 Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Sightseeing tour of Cochin with local guide

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Sunset Boat Cruise

    850INR

DAY 21 - Cochin

Cochin

It’s our final full day on tour. Wander through saree filled markets, marvel at monuments, eat your body weight in street food, or simply sit in a bookstore or café and watch the chaos and charm of Indian life passing by.

DAY 22 - End Cochin

Cochin

Our time on tour will end in the Southern spice lands of Cochin. Having bonded deeply in these spiritual lands, we’ll say heartfelt goodbyes before going our separate ways. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain Asian trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain countries on your trip. In Asia, some visas – but not all – can be purchased at the border with US$ or local currency. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas that are required prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a trip. Visa & other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/departure taxes, customs & quarantine regulations) do change regularly.
Your passport must have at least six months’ validity remaining when you arrive. Local immigration authorities may deny entry & deport people who do not meet this requirement, even if they intend on staying only for a short period. Important to consider:
1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged.
2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to
miss part of your trip & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience.
3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent before you leave home. Be aware that some visas can be purchased & arranged on arrival.
4. It is very important that the entry & exit dates are correct on the visa. Your travel agent will contact Contiki for full details. In these cases passport photos and US$ will be required and your Trip Manager will explain the process.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our Asia trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20kg (44lbs) – 15kg in India – plus one piece of hand luggage suitable as a carry-on for flights.

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

There are loads of great things to spend your money on while you’re in Asia – from a trip to an offshore island, to a special dinner or an outfit that you just can’t resist... So how much money should you bring?

Remember your trip already includes plenty of things such as breakfast every day, many meals, lots of sightseeing, guided tours & activities & much more


Before you travel, it’s a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot
 
Remember, there’s a big budgetary difference between a country like Japan & a country like Thailand, so do your research.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Contiki Asia is mostly hotel accommodation with great amenities like WiFi. We have also included accommodation that reflects Asian culture, too. Like a family-run Guest house in the Mekong, a traditional junk boat in Halong Bay & an authentic local guesthouse in Laos. At these Special Stays, take the time for a digital detox and soak in all of that natural beauty.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From the Dhonk centre in India to the COPE visitor centre in Laos, our projects in Asia are all about giving something back. Find out more at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.

How do I pay for my Free Time Add Ons?

Free Time Add Ons in Asia are paid for in cash with local currency and USD only. Payments with other currencies (eg. AUD) or credit card cannot be accepted.

How do I redeem the % off deal?

Our great deals and offers are only in market for a limited time are subject to pay in full deadlines. If you cannot pay in full by the specified date shown alongside the offer/deal you can still  lock in the trip date of your choice at our Standard Price where normal payment terms of pay in full 45 days prior to your trip departing apply.  Visit the deals page for the full terms & conditions. Discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only (this excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation & optional activities. Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights that start or end your trip).