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Colourful India and the Ganges River

Enter a world of colour, culture and cherished spiritual tradition on this India river cruise holiday with hotel stays in Agra, Jaipur and Delhi

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12 nights

River Cruise Holiday
  • Agra Fort
  • Taj Mahal
  • Amber Fort, Jaipur
  • Kolkata

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Enter a world of colour, culture and cherished spiritual tradition on this India river cruise vacation.

The holy river of Hinduism, the Ganges, slowly courses through one of the world’s most fertile and populated areas. Along its banks, human life is connected to its waters and you’ll get a glimpse of life away from India’s big cities. See muslin weaving in Kalna and candy making in Matiari. Stop in Murshidabad for an excursion to Azimganj and Jiaganj to savor authentic Indian tea, as well as stunning gold and silversmith workshops.

You’ll meet saree weavers, goldsmiths, and pottery makers. Explore the fascinating Hare Krishna headquarters in Mayapur, and visit Mother Teresa’s former home upon your return to Kolkata. All of this and more await you on this once-in-a-lifetime Ganges River cruise.

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Colorful India & the Ganges River Itinerary

Day 1 - Delhi (India)

Arrive at your hotel in Delhi from mid-afternoon

Day 2 - Delhi

Today’s guided sightseeing tour starts with an orientation to see the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate and the Presidential Palace. After, take a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk, a captivating local bazaar with its ancient alleyways lined with quaint shops offering everything from silver and saris to spices and electronics. After lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy a bit of leisure time. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a lavish welcome dinner at your hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 3 - Delhi - Agra

This morning, take a guided excursion to visit Qutub Minar, the world’s tallest brick minaret, dating back to the 11th century. Next, visit Humayun’s Tomb and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Delhi’s largest and most prominent Sikh gurudwara (house of worship). After lunch, drive to Agra and settle in at your hotel. (B, L)

Day 4 - Agra

Start your day with a sunrise excursion to the incomparable Taj Mahal, Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan’s memorial to his beloved wife which was more than 20 years in the making. Later, take a Guided Tour to Agra Fort, built by the Moghul Emperor Akbar. This formidable fortress of red sandstone conceals the imperial city of the Moghul rulers and its many palaces. An excursion to the Taj at sunset is included. (B, D)

Day 5 - Agra - Jaipur

Travel to Jaipur, the “Pink City” that was painted pink for the Prince of Wales’ 1876 visit. The afternoon and evening is at your leisure. (B, L)

Day 6 - Jaipur

Today, join a guided excursion to Jaipur’s spectacular Amber Fort, built entirely of white marble and red sandstone, and featuring intricate mosaics, carvings, paintings and mirror works. Spend the afternoon at leisure. (B, D)

Day 7 - Jaipur - Kolkata

Fly to Kolkata this morning to transfer to your ship. Get acquainted with the ship prior to your welcome reception this evening. Afternoon and evening cruising to Kalna. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Kalna

Ride on cycle rickshaws during your guided tour of Kalna. Along the way visit the historic terracotta temple complex and receive blessings from the temple priest, and visit a muslin-weaver’s home. Enjoy a free afternoon on board your ship whilst cruising towards Matiari. (B, L, D)

Day 9 - Matiari

Join a morning walk in the brass-making village of Matiari to see and interact with the craftsmen there. You’ll also see traditional sweets being made. Enjoy a free afternoon on board your ship whilst cruising towards Murshidabad. (B, L, D)

Day 10 - Murshidabad

Enjoy a short guided walk through Azhimganj to see the local gold and silversmith workshops. You’ll also visit a local landlord’s mansion for authentic Indian tea, then travel by electric rickshaw in Jiaganj to see the art of Baluchari saree weaving. Relax this afternoon on board your ship whilst cruising towards Mayapur. (B, L, D)

Day 11 - Mayapur - Guptipara

Your Morning Excursion brings you to the fascinating ISKCON campus at Mayapur, the worldwide headquarters of the Hare Krishna movement. A Krishna leader will guide you throughout your visit to introduce you to their philosophy and life on campus, Along the way, you’ll tour the main temple and have time for questions. This afternoon, climb aboard a Rickshaw (Toto) for your visit to the small riverside village of Guptipara. Along the way, see pottery and idol making. You’ll also visit a farmer’s home to interact with the family. (B, L, D)

Day 12 - Kolkata

This morning, take a guided walk through the colourful flower market then stop to see Mother Teresa’s former home and the Calcutta rescue. After lunch, join a guided visit to the Victoria Memorial Museum. Built to commemorate Queen Victoria, the museum houses a beautiful collection of paintings, textiles, weapons, and other artefacts from the Victorian era. Tonight, a farewell Dance Performance is presented on the ship. (B, L, D)

Day 13 - Kolkata

Disembark after breakfast. (B)

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Price Includes

  • 6-night full board cruise
  • 2-night stay in Delhi
  • 2-night hotel stay in Agra
  • 2-night hotel stay in Jaipur
  • Guided shore excursions
  • Bar serving premium spirits, wine and complimentary tea, coffee and soft drinks and local beer/spirits throughout the day on board ship
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board (when available)
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Port and airport taxes
  • Services of a professional Cruise Director
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