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Bhutan and Brahmaputra

Uncover the secrets of magical Bhutan, a Himalayan holy land with sacred temples and ancient monasteries, then enjoy a 7-night Brahmaputra river cruise through the Kaziranga National Park on this unique 16-night cruise holiday with return overnight flights and included excursions

Fly Cruise
16 nights from £4599pp

River Adventures Holiday
  • Taktsang Monastery
  • Punakha Monastery
  • Thimpu
  • Victoria Memorial, Kolkata
  • Asian Elephant, Kaziranga
  • Rhino, Kaziranga
  • Sunset in Assam

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Mysterious Bhutan is known as the Land of the Thunder Dragon, and this holiday explores the region's history and culture in depth, with visits to medieval fortresses, fascinating museums, lively markets and local farmhouses, followed by a 7-night river cruise along the mighty Brahmaputra.

After an overnight hotel stay in Kolkata, fly to Paro on a breathtaking journey through the world's highest peaks. Visit the beautiful medieval monastery of Tashichhodzong in Thimpu and enjoy a 2-night hotel stay. Sightseeing in Thimpu includes visits to the National Library, the Painting School, the Traditional Medicine Institute and the Memorial Chorten sculpture. An overnight hotel stay in Punakha allows time to see the 17th-century fortress Punakha Dzong, the Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten stupa and two local markets. Back in Paro visit the National Museum of the Bhutan before enjoying a 2-night hotel stay. The highlight of this trip is a hike up into the mountains to view the ancient Taktsang Monastery, a Himalayan Buddhist sacred site clinging to the cliffside in a spectacular setting. Following this there is a visit to a nearby Bhutanese farmhouse to see how the locals live, then a trip to the sacred Kichu Lhakhang. Fly to Kolkata for an overnight hotel stay and a guided city tour including the Victoria Memorial, St Paul's Cathedral and Mother Theresa's Missionaries of Charity.

Fly to Jorhat and drive to Neamati Ghat to embark your ship and cruise along the Brahmaputra river, watching out for the famous Gangeatic dolphins. Discover the ancient city of Sibsagar then visit a tea plantation to see the tea pickers at work and join a local family for a traditional Assamese lunch. Join a river safari to spot wildlife along the shore then explore the magnificent Kaziranga National Park by jeep and elephant safari for the chance to get up close to a wide range of wildlife. Unique experiences include song and dance performances by traditional artists, an evening under the stars at an isolated island and a trip to meet the Mishing people in their village.

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Bhutan and Brahmaputra Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Kolkata (India)

Fly overnight from the UK to Kolkata.

Day 2 - Kolkata

Check in to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 3 - Kolkata - Paro (Bhutan) - Thimpu

Fly to Paro over the Himalayas for stunning views of the world's highest peaks. Drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, for an evening visit to the beautiful medieval Tashichhodzong fortress/monastery. Overnight at hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Thimphu

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Thimphu with highlights including the huge collection of ancient Buddhist texts at the National Library, the traditional thangkha paintings at the Painting School, the Traditional Medicine Institute and the Textile and Folk Heritage Museum. After lunch there is a trip to the Handicrafts Emporium and the Memorial Chorten stupa. Overnight at hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Punakha

After a short stop at the stunning Dochula Pass, drive to Punakha to visit the 17th-century Punakha Dzong fortress, the newly-built Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten stupa and a local market. Drive to the nearby town of Wangduephodrang to visit the local market. Overnight at hotel (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Paro

Drive back to Paro with a stop at Simtokha Dzong, a school for religious studies. In Paro visit the National Museum of the Bhutan to see its collection of art, artifacts and exquisite postage stamps, and walk to the Rinpung Dzong fortress. Overnight at hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Paro

After an early breakfast join the excursion to the Taktsang Monastery, where a 5-hour round-trip hike is rewarded by breathtaking views of this Himalayan Buddhist site, clinging precariously to the cliffside. This afternoon drive to the ruined Drukgyel Dzong monastery, visit a Bhutanese farmhouse for an insight into the lives of local people, and stop at the sacred Kichu Lhakhang shrine. Overnight at hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Paro - Kolkata (India)

Fly from Paro to Kolkata where a guided tour will feature the Victoria Memorial, Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity and St Paul's Cathedral. Overnight at hotel. (B).

Day 9 - Kolkata - Jorhat

Fly via Guwahati to Jorhat. Enjoy a packed lunch before driving to Neamati Ghat to embark Mahabaahu. Relax on board and look out for the famous Gangeatic Dolphins, then enjoy a Welcome Dinner and a talk about Sibsagar and the Ahom people of Assam. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - Sibsagar

Enjoy an early breakfast then join the full-day excursion to the ancient city of Sibsagar to see the Shiva Dol temple, the Palace of the Ahom Kings and the Rang Ghar amphitheatre. Drive to a tea estate for a traditional Assamese lunch with a tea-making family. (B,L,D)

Day 11 - Majuli Island

This morning there is the option to join a yoga class or walk through the swamps to see birds including owls, eagles, storks and kingfishers. Arrive at Majuli Island for a talk about this largest river island in the world, and a cultural performance by Satriya singers and dancers. Next, drive to Kamlabari Satra to see the Vaishnavite priests dancing to cymbals, drums and chanting in the temple. Sail towards the nearest Mishing village, where the Mishing People live on the banks of the river in raised houses, then head towards Dhansiri Mukh whilst listening to a talk on Assam, its geographical location and importance. The evening will be spent under the stars on a deserted island. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - Dhansiri

Enjoy a talk on the Brahmaputra and the life that surrounds it before embarking on a river safari in tender boats for the chance to spot the wildlife that lives along the river banks. In the afternoon there is an on-board cooking demonstration by the chef and a talk on tea, silk and jute in Assam. After dinner gather around a bonfire ashore. (B,L,D)

Day 13 - Bishwanath Ghat - Silghat

Listen to a talk on Kaziranga and India's wildlife then head to the village of Bishwanath Ghat to meet the local weavers. Sail to Silghat for a short drive to the Kaliabore tea estate to watch the women pick leaves and learn about the process of producing Assam tea, them visit a Jute mill to learn how the fibre is turned into eco-friendly bags. Tonight there is a cultural evening on board. (B,L,D)

Day 14 - Kaziranga National Park

Today there is an early start for the drive to Kaziranga National Park, home to the one-horned rhino, wild elephants, tiger, deer and buffalo. Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime elephant-back safari then continue exploring in a jeep. This evening there is a talk on Kamakhya, the occult and Peacock Island, followed by a traditional Assamese dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 15 - Peacock Island

Perhaps join a yoga lesson this morning before visiting a local island village, then head to Peacock Island, home to some golden langur monkeys. Farewell Dinner on board tonight. (B,L,D)

Day 16 - Guwahati - UK

Visit the Kamakhya Hindu temple, devoted to the goddess of desire, before transferring to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B, packed L)

Day 17 - UK

Arrive back in the UK.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise
  • 7-night Bhutan tour including hotel stays in Kolkata, Thimpu, Punakha and Paro
  • Return flights from the UK
  • All overseas and internal flights and transfers
  • Complimentary bottled water, tea and coffee throughout cruise
  • Sightseeing, excursions, tours and entrance fees
  • Elephant and boat safaris
  • Services of a Tour Director
  • Porterage at all accommodation
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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • September
    • Sep 21st - Kolkata to Guwahati - Sailing on: Mahabaahu From: £4759
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      Brochure Price from: £5259 Brochure Price from: £5589 Brochure Price from: £5729 Brochure Price from: £6139
      Blue Water Price from: £4759 Blue Water Price from: £4999 Blue Water Price from: £5099 Blue Water Price from: £5399
    • Sep 28th - Guwahati to Kolkata - Sailing on: Mahabaahu From: £5099
      Superior Cabin Superior Cabin with Balcony Luxury with Balcony Suite with Balcony
      Brochure Price from: £5324 Brochure Price from: £5639 Brochure Price from: £5829 Brochure Price from: £6199
      Blue Water Price from: £5099 Blue Water Price from: £5379 Blue Water Price from: £5549 Blue Water Price from: £5869
  • October
    • Oct 5th - Kolkata to Guwahati - Sailing on: Mahabaahu From: £5049
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      Brochure Price from: £5274 Brochure Price from: £5609 Brochure Price from: £5739 Brochure Price from: £6129
      Blue Water Price from: £5049 Blue Water Price from: £5349 Blue Water Price from: £5459 Blue Water Price from: £5799
    • Oct 12th - Guwahati to Kolkata - Sailing on: Mahabaahu From: £5099
      Superior Cabin Superior Cabin with Balcony Luxury with Balcony Suite with Balcony
      Brochure Price from: £5324 Brochure Price from: £5639 Brochure Price from: £5829 Brochure Price from: £6199
      Blue Water Price from: £5099 Blue Water Price from: £5379 Blue Water Price from: £5549 Blue Water Price from: £5869
    • Oct 26th - Guwahati to Kolkata - Sailing on: Mahabaahu From: £5099
      Superior Cabin Superior Cabin with Balcony Luxury with Balcony Suite with Balcony
      Brochure Price from: £5324 Brochure Price from: £5639 Brochure Price from: £5829 Brochure Price from: £6199
      Blue Water Price from: £5099 Blue Water Price from: £5379 Blue Water Price from: £5549 Blue Water Price from: £5869
  • November
    • Nov 9th - Guwahati to Kolkata - Sailing on: Mahabaahu From: £5099
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      Brochure Price from: £5324 Brochure Price from: £5639 Brochure Price from: £5829 Brochure Price from: £6199
      Blue Water Price from: £5099 Blue Water Price from: £5379 Blue Water Price from: £5549 Blue Water Price from: £5869
    • Nov 23rd - Guwahati to Kolkata - Sailing on: Mahabaahu From: £4949
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      Brochure Price from: £5174 Brochure Price from: £5509 Brochure Price from: £5649 Brochure Price from: £6029
      Blue Water Price from: £4949 Blue Water Price from: £5249 Blue Water Price from: £5369 Blue Water Price from: £5699
  • December
    • Dec 7th - Guwahati to Kolkata - Sailing on: Mahabaahu From: £4669
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      Brochure Price from: £5169 Brochure Price from: £5539 Brochure Price from: £5729 Brochure Price from: £6089
      Blue Water Price from: £4669 Blue Water Price from: £4949 Blue Water Price from: £5099 Blue Water Price from: £5349
    • Dec 14th - Kolkata to Guwahati - Sailing on: Mahabaahu From: £4799
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      Brochure Price from: £5299 Brochure Price from: £5659 Brochure Price from: £5829 Brochure Price from: £6289
      Blue Water Price from: £4799 Blue Water Price from: £5069 Blue Water Price from: £5199 Blue Water Price from: £5549
    • Dec 28th - Kolkata to Guwahati - Sailing on: Mahabaahu From: £5199
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      Brochure Price from: £5424 Brochure Price from: £5739 Brochure Price from: £5879 Brochure Price from: £6299
      Blue Water Price from: £5199 Blue Water Price from: £5479 Blue Water Price from: £5599 Blue Water Price from: £5969

2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • January
    • Jan 4th - Guwahati to Kolkata - Sailing on: Mahabaahu From: £4999
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      Brochure Price from: £5224 Brochure Price from: £5539 Brochure Price from: £5679 Brochure Price from: £6099
      Blue Water Price from: £4999 Blue Water Price from: £5279 Blue Water Price from: £5399 Blue Water Price from: £5769
    • Jan 11th - Kolkata to Guwahati - Sailing on: Mahabaahu From: £4999
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      Brochure Price from: £5224 Brochure Price from: £5539 Brochure Price from: £5679 Brochure Price from: £6099
      Blue Water Price from: £4999 Blue Water Price from: £5279 Blue Water Price from: £5399 Blue Water Price from: £5769
    • Jan 18th - Guwahati to Kolkata - Sailing on: Mahabaahu From: £4999
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      Brochure Price from: £5224 Brochure Price from: £5539 Brochure Price from: £5679 Brochure Price from: £6099
      Blue Water Price from: £4999 Blue Water Price from: £5279 Blue Water Price from: £5399 Blue Water Price from: £5769
    • Jan 25th - Kolkata to Guwahati - Sailing on: Mahabaahu From: £4999
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      Brochure Price from: £5224 Brochure Price from: £5539 Brochure Price from: £5679 Brochure Price from: £6099
      Blue Water Price from: £4999 Blue Water Price from: £5279 Blue Water Price from: £5399 Blue Water Price from: £5769
  • February
    • Feb 1st - Guwahati to Kolkata - Sailing on: Mahabaahu From: £4999
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      Brochure Price from: £5224 Brochure Price from: £5539 Brochure Price from: £5679 Brochure Price from: £6099
      Blue Water Price from: £4999 Blue Water Price from: £5279 Blue Water Price from: £5399 Blue Water Price from: £5769
    • Feb 8th - Kolkata to Guwahati - Sailing on: Mahabaahu From: £4999
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      Brochure Price from: £5224 Brochure Price from: £5539 Brochure Price from: £5679 Brochure Price from: £6099
      Blue Water Price from: £4999 Blue Water Price from: £5279 Blue Water Price from: £5399 Blue Water Price from: £5769
    • Feb 15th - Guwahati to Kolkata - Sailing on: Mahabaahu From: £4999
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      Brochure Price from: £5224 Brochure Price from: £5539 Brochure Price from: £5679 Brochure Price from: £6099
      Blue Water Price from: £4999 Blue Water Price from: £5279 Blue Water Price from: £5399 Blue Water Price from: £5769
    • Feb 22nd - Kolkata to Guwahati - Sailing on: Mahabaahu From: £4999
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      Brochure Price from: £5224 Brochure Price from: £5539 Brochure Price from: £5679 Brochure Price from: £6099
      Blue Water Price from: £4999 Blue Water Price from: £5279 Blue Water Price from: £5399 Blue Water Price from: £5769
    • Feb 29th - Guwahati to Kolkata - Sailing on: Mahabaahu From: £5259
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      Brochure Price from: £5484 Brochure Price from: £5799 Brochure Price from: £5959 Brochure Price from: £6379
      Blue Water Price from: £5259 Blue Water Price from: £5539 Blue Water Price from: £5679 Blue Water Price from: £6049
  • March
    • Mar 7th - Kolkata to Guwahati - Sailing on: Mahabaahu From: £5179
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      Brochure Price from: £5404 Brochure Price from: £5719 Brochure Price from: £5879 Brochure Price from: £6279
      Blue Water Price from: £5179 Blue Water Price from: £5459 Blue Water Price from: £5599 Blue Water Price from: £5949
    • Mar 14th - Guwahati to Kolkata - Sailing on: Mahabaahu From: £5259
      Superior Cabin Superior Cabin with Balcony Luxury with Balcony Suite with Balcony
      Brochure Price from: £5484 Brochure Price from: £5799 Brochure Price from: £5959 Brochure Price from: £6379
      Blue Water Price from: £5259 Blue Water Price from: £5539 Blue Water Price from: £5679 Blue Water Price from: £6049
    • Mar 21st - Kolkata to Guwahati - Sailing on: Mahabaahu From: £5179
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      Brochure Price from: £5404 Brochure Price from: £5719 Brochure Price from: £5879 Brochure Price from: £6279
      Blue Water Price from: £5179 Blue Water Price from: £5459 Blue Water Price from: £5599 Blue Water Price from: £5949
    • Mar 28th - Guwahati to Kolkata - Sailing on: Mahabaahu From: £5259
      Superior Cabin Superior Cabin with Balcony Luxury with Balcony Suite with Balcony
      Brochure Price from: £5484 Brochure Price from: £5799 Brochure Price from: £5959 Brochure Price from: £6379
      Blue Water Price from: £5259 Blue Water Price from: £5539 Blue Water Price from: £5679 Blue Water Price from: £6049
  • April
    • Apr 4th - Kolkata to Guwahati - Sailing on: Mahabaahu From: £5379
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      Brochure Price from: £5604 Brochure Price from: £5919 Brochure Price from: £6079 Brochure Price from: £6479
      Blue Water Price from: £5379 Blue Water Price from: £5659 Blue Water Price from: £5799 Blue Water Price from: £6149
    • Apr 11th - Guwahati to Kolkata - Sailing on: Mahabaahu From: £5259
      Superior Cabin Superior Cabin with Balcony Luxury with Balcony Suite with Balcony
      Brochure Price from: £5484 Brochure Price from: £5799 Brochure Price from: £5959 Brochure Price from: £6379
      Blue Water Price from: £5259 Blue Water Price from: £5539 Blue Water Price from: £5679 Blue Water Price from: £6049
    • Apr 18th - Kolkata to Guwahati - Sailing on: Mahabaahu From: £4899
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      Brochure Price from: £5399 Brochure Price from: £5739 Brochure Price from: £5879 Brochure Price from: £6289
      Blue Water Price from: £4899 Blue Water Price from: £5149 Blue Water Price from: £5249 Blue Water Price from: £5549
    • Apr 25th - Guwahati to Kolkata - Sailing on: Mahabaahu From: £4979
      Superior Cabin Superior Cabin with Balcony Luxury with Balcony Suite with Balcony
      Brochure Price from: £5479 Brochure Price from: £5789 Brochure Price from: £5979 Brochure Price from: £6339
      Blue Water Price from: £4979 Blue Water Price from: £5199 Blue Water Price from: £5349 Blue Water Price from: £5599

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