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Private Full-Day Mumbai City Tour with Elephanta Caves Excursion

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Mumbai, India
Private Full-Day Mumbai City Tour with Elephanta Caves Excursion

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icon9 to 10 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more
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Overview

Explore Mumbai and beyond on a private full-day tour that begins with an excursion to Elephanta Caves—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After touring the rock-carved temple caves, return to Mumbai for a comprehensive city tour that includes the Gateway of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus), Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Mandai (Crawford Market), Marine Drive, the Hanging Gardens on Malabar Hill, the Gandhi Museum, Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat, and the Prince of Wales Museum. Includes private guide and vehicle, and pickup and drop-off.
  • Explore the rock-cut temple caves at the World Heritage-listed Elephanta Caves
  • See highlights of Mumbai such as the Gateway of India, Victoria Terminus, and the Gandhi Museum
  • Snap photos of the traditional outdoor laundromat at the 140-year-old Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat
  • Includes private guide and vehicle, ferry tickets to Elephanta Island, and hotel, airport or Mumbai location pickup and drop-off
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Airport / Hotel / Cruise Port Pickup and drop-off
Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle
Professional local private tour guide
Round-trip ferry ride to Elephanta Caves
Toy Train ride to reach Elephanta Caves steps
Bottled water
Food and drinks
Entrance fees
Gratuities
Anything not mentioned in Inclusions
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Mumbai , Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

From your Hotel / Airport / Cruise Port or other desired location in Mumbai

Ballard Pier , Ballard Pier, Near, Ballard Estate, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India
8:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.From your Hotel / Airport / Cruise Port or other desired location in Mumbai
Your day starts with morning pickup at your hotel or the airport and transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle to the Gateway of India and harbor. 

There, board the ferry for the ride to Elephanta Island, home to the World Heritage-listed Elephanta Caves. The ancient cave temples date to the fifth century, carved with stunning reliefs and statues that honor the Hindu god Shiva.

After touring the cave temples, return by ferry and start your city tour at the Gateway of India, a colonial-era monument that dates to 1924 and overlooks the harbor. Purchase lunch at a local restaurant, then drive to several landmarks in Mumbai.

Take in the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus), a historic railway station in Mumbai and UNESCO World Heritage Site; Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Mandai (Crawford Market), a venerable wholesale market; then take in the scenic coastline along Marine Drive, which runs next to the Arabian Sea from Nariman Point to Girgaum Chowpatty and on to Malabar Hill.

Take in panoramic views of South Mumbai from the Hanging Gardens (Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens) on Malabar Hill, then stop at the  Mani Bhawan (Gandhi Museum), a Gujarati-style residence that served as the headquarters for Mahatma Gandhi's organizing.

Next, get great photo ops of Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat, the largest unmechanized laundry facility in the world. Finally, pop by the Prince of Wales Museum (closed Mondays) before ending your tour with hotel drop-off.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Elephanta Caves
Your day starts with morning pickup at your hotel, airport or cruise port and transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle to the Gateway of India and harbor. There, board the ferry for the ride to Elephanta Island, home to the World Heritage-listed Elephanta Caves. The ancient cave temples date to the fifth century, carved with stunning reliefs and statues that honor the Hindu god Shiva.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Gateway of India
Return to the city and visit the Gateway of India, This bold basalt arch of colonial triumph faces out to Mumbai Harbour. It was built to commemorate the 1911 royal visit of King George V but wasn’t completed until 1924. Ironically, the British builders of the gateway used it just 24 years later to parade the last British regiment as India marched towards independence. Later stop for lunch at a local restaurant (own expense).
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
View the UNESCO-listed Victorian Gothic masterpiece of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CST), Imposing, exuberant and overflowing with people, this monumental train station is the city’s most extravagant Gothic building and an aphorism of colonial-era India.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market
Previously known as Crawford Market is the largest in Mumbai, and contains the last whiff of British Bombay before the tumult of the central bazaars begins. Fruit and vegetables, meat and fish are mainly traded, it's also a touristy spot to stock up on spices.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hanging Gardens
Also known as Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens, are terraced gardens perched at the top of Malabar Hill, on its western side, just opposite the Kamala Nehru Park. They provide sunset views over the Arabian Sea and feature numerous hedges carved into the shapes of animals.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum
As poignant as it is tiny, this museum is in the building where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during visits to Bombay from 1917 to 1934. Exhibitions include his personal room, a photographic record of his life, along with dioramas and documents, such as letters he wrote to Adolf Hitler and Franklin D Roosevelt and tributes from Ho Chi Minh and Albert Einstein.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Dhobi Ghat
This 140-year-old dhobi ghat (place where clothes are washed) is Mumbai’s biggest human-powered washing machine, every day hundreds of people beat the dirt out of thousands of kilograms of soiled Mumbai clothes and linen in 1026 open-air troughs. The best view is from the bridge across the railway tracks near Mahalaxmi train station.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
Formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum, it was designed by George Wittet — who incidentally was also the brains behind the Gateway of India. Apart from the gorgeous architecture, the museum is known for harbouring artefacts from the Mughal empire, as well rare heirlooms from Europe, Nepal, Tibet, Japan, and China.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Marine Drive
Photo stop at Marine Drive - Lined with flaking art deco apartments, it’s one of Mumbai’s most popular promenades and sunset-watching spots. Its twinkling night-time lights have earned it the nickname ‘the Queen’s Necklace’. After touring Mumbai's most magnificent sights, your tour concludes at the starting point or other desired location in Mumbai.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • Pick-up Time is subject to change depending on the pick-up location, the same will be advised one day before the pick-up
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Elephanta Caves are accessible only by ferry. Ferry ride operation is subject to clear weather conditions
  • Travelers should be vaccinated and carry the covid vaccination certificate
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Pacific Classic Tours India
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Full-Day Mumbai City Tour with Elephanta Caves Excursion?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Private Full-Day Mumbai City Tour with Elephanta Caves Excursion.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Private Full-Day Mumbai City Tour with Elephanta Caves Excursion?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Full-Day Mumbai City Tour with Elephanta Caves Excursion.
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What is the social distancing policy during Private Full-Day Mumbai City Tour with Elephanta Caves Excursion?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Full-Day Mumbai City Tour with Elephanta Caves Excursion.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Full-Day Mumbai City Tour with Elephanta Caves Excursion?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Private Full-Day Mumbai City Tour with Elephanta Caves Excursion.

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star-5
Wonderful full day tour of Mumbai!
Brian_C
, Mar 2020
Wonderful experience seeing the highlights of Mumbai, including the impressive Elephanta Caves. Our guide was very knowledgeable, friendly, and easy-going. We all had a great time and enjoyed seeing as much of Mumbai as we could in the full-day tour. Would highly recommend for anyone visiting Mumbai for the first time!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Brian, Warm greetings from PCTI and thank you for sharing with us and the TripAdvisor community how much you enjoyed your trip with our services. Your feedback is very important to us and encourage us to improvise further in order to provide excellent travel experience to our future clients. We wish you lots of luck and happiness and look forward to work with you on your next trip to India. Best of health and good vibrations as well to you my friend and your family. Shakul Garg Call / Whats-app: +91 9837118670
star-5
Mumbai and Elephanta caves
dominique_r
, Nov 2019
Naina guided us through the wonderful sights and sounds of Mumbai, and the Elephanta caves, giving us an excellent overview with lots of interesting detail. really happy with Naina who was very well informed and knew the answer to any question we asked. spoke English really well. highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear Dominique Roos, Warm greetings from PCTI and thank you for sharing with us and the TripAdvisor community how much you enjoyed your trip with our services. Your feedback is very important to us and encourage us to improvise further in order to provide excellent travel services to our future clients. We wish you lots of luck and happiness and look forward to work with you on your next trip to India. Best of health and good vibrations as well to you my friend and your family. Shakul Garg Call / Whats-app: +91 9837118670
star-5
Nice overview of Mumbai
Bob L
, Oct 2019
Well planned tour with experienced guide telling you all you want to know about Mumbai. Nice ferry trip to the caves
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear Guest, Warm greetings from PCTI and thank you for sharing with us and the TripAdvisor community how much you enjoyed your trip with our services. Your feedback is very important to us and encourage us to improvise further in order to provide excellent travel services to our future clients. We wish you lots of luck and happiness and look forward to work with you on your next trip to India. Best of health and good vibrations as well to you my friend and your family. Shakul Garg Call / Whats-app: +91 9837118670
star-5
Great Day
Jacqueline_F
, Mar 2019
Ms. Nassem gave a great tour in the perfect amount of time. She was very knowledgeable of the city and the attractions. She was flexible for the changes we made on the fly. The driver was very attentive and the car was very clean. We would recommend this tour.
star-5
My all day Mumbai Tour
William_W
, Mar 2019
My all day Mumbai Tour Was excellent. My tour guide was very knowledgeable regarding the offshore caves and city sites.
star-5
Amazing
Anish_S
, Mar 2019
Amazing tour, our guide (forgotten his name but he was a parsi gentleman) was amazing. The best tour I have ever been on - engaging and knew he answer to every question, and interesting facts on every street. Would definitely recommend - check it out in Mumbai!
star-4
Great Tour
Patricia_G
, Dec 2018
Great tour with knowledgeable and personable guide. I learned much about the history of Mumbai as well as got immersed in the culture. Beware of the gift shops where high pressure salespeople pressure you into buying cheap jewelry at inflated prices!
star-5
Single Female Traveling Alone
Jennifer_A
, Dec 2018
This tour was perfect for me. I had short time in the city, and on top of that.. I was travelling alone. My guide Nina was the real deal. She knew everything about EVERYTHING! I was so impressed with her and our driver. Highly recommend this tour for anyone who wants an elevated touring experience in Mumbai.
star-5
A wonderful day
Hillary_W
, Dec 2018
Elephanta caves and Mumbai tour really came alive for us due to the Knowledge of, Naina Shah, our guide for the day. Naina’s knowledge which she readily shared was incredible, from the history of the carvings in the Hindu Temples, to the attractions in and around Mumbai. Without Naina we would not have seen, or understood all that is central to Mumbai and its history. A long day but well worth the experience!
star-5
Had so much fun!!
carolyn453
, Jun 2018
The highlight of the tour was definitely the caves! Our guide was so knowledgeable and let us take our time walking through the monument. She recommended an amazing place for lunch too. After lunch we went to a Gandhi museum. It was small, but so well thought out. Definitely a fun day trip if you have time in Mumbai! Both our driver and guide were excellent!
star-5
My husband and I had a wonderful...
Blair H
, Mar 2018
My husband and I had a wonderful experience with the Mumbai City Tour - there is a lot to see in Mumbai and our guide made the trip fun and relaxing. We were able to see and experience much more than we would have on our own. Our guide was knowledgable, friendly and helped customize our tour and gave us good advice. We would definitely recommend this tour if you have a short amount of time in Mumbai and want to see the city's highlights.
star-3
Mumbai is really a very interesting...
Jrgen_H
, Mar 2018
Mumbai is really a very interesting place to be. Unfortunately there was the holy Festival and a lot of attractions were closed. Guide was o.k but with room for improvement.
star-3
Mumbai was fascinating, as were the...
Monique_P
, Feb 2018
Mumbai was fascinating, as were the Elephanta caves. Lost almost 2 hours of the tour when our guide was arrested.... really.
star-5
Wonderful day in the care of our...
Gordon_A
, Feb 2018
Wonderful day in the care of our expert guide, Chetan, and his driver. We saw many areas of Mumbai and learned a great deal about the city's history. The ferry ride and our time on Elephanta Island was very pleasant and interesting. It was just our guide and the 2 of us, so we were able to individualize our day...amazing given the good price. Well worth it, and we'd highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Rupali was an excellent guide! She...
antoniou.andrie
, Jan 2018
Rupali was an excellent guide! She was caring like a mother and very informative like a good teacher. She was doing much more than her job for me. Definitely request her to be with you :)
star-5
Highly recommend this tour. Our...
Abhishek P
, Dec 2017
Highly recommend this tour. Our guide for the day, Chetan, was absolutely brilliant. He had a wealth of knowledge about all the sights we visited during the day and provided deep insights to all of our questions. We have been to Mumbai many many times but we learned so much about the city that we never knew. Thank you Chetan. Also the local guide we had at the Elephanta caves was amazing. He provided a thorough and detailed explanation of everything and not only was he a great guide but also a superb photographer. I will be recommending this tour to all my frlends and family that plan to visit Mumbai as it is totally worth the time and money spent.
star-5
Our Tour Guide Ms. Shah was very...
Rita C
, Dec 2017
Our Tour Guide Ms. Shah was very friendly and knowledgeable. It was a great experience and we enjoyed the tour.
star-4
The unquestionable highlights of...
Willem Hoffmann
, Nov 2017
The unquestionable highlights of this tour are the Elephanta Caves and the Gandhi House. The ferry ride from the Gate of India is very relaxing and offers a chance to mingle with locals, while the Caves is just wonderful. Our guide, Ida Braggs, brought the various panels in the caves to life with her informative and colourful stories. One lowlight for us was the unexpected stop at a local pashmina shop where we were almost harassed to buy scarves and other garments this was not listed in the tour itinerary and it wasted some time which we would've rather spend at one of the museums or even the Victoria Station than mere drive-by visits.
star-5
Wonderful guide and since it was...
Ronald M
, Nov 2017
Wonderful guide and since it was private he had no problem being flexible. We visited all of the promised sites and then some. It was indeed a great day in Mumbai.
star-4
The caves were the best part of this...
tiffanymtobin
, Oct 2017
The caves were the best part of this tour. There other stops we made around the city were simply quick to see an area, but there wasn't much to any of the other stops. Our tour guide was very knowledgable and helpful.

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