Blue Water Holidays
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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

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

Fly Cruise
12 nights from £5793pp

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 - UK - Delhi (India)

Fly from the UK to Delhi and transfer to the hotel.

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 overlooking the Taj Mahal. (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. This afternoon, take a guided tour of the City Palace and the adjoining museum, which houses a collection of rare manuscripts. Also, stop at Jantar Mantar and the famous Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). The 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. Tonight, enjoy a festive dinner with a Cultural Performance. (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

Join a morning walk through the pilgrim’s bazaar, visit the ISKCON temple and meet and interact with a Krishna leader. You’ll also visit a goshala (rescue shelter for cows). This afternoon, take a Rickshaw (Toto) Ride, and explore the village of Guptipara to see pottery and idol-making. You’ll also take an escorted visit to a farmer’s home and interact with the family there. Afternoon and evening sailing towards Kolkata. (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 - UK

Disembark ship after breakfast and transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK. (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 hotel stay in Delhi
  • 2-night hotel stay in Agra
  • 2-night hotel stay in Jaipur
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • Private VIP home pick-up service within 100 miles
  • Guided shore excursions
  • Bar serving premium spirits, wine and complimentary tea, coffee and soft drinks and local beer/spirits throughout the day
  • 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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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • September
    • Sep 15th - Delhi to Kolkata - Sailing on: Ganges Voyager From: £5385
      Cat A Deluxe Suite with French Balcony Cat V Viceroy Suite with French Balcony Cat H Heritage Suite with Juliette Balcony
      Brochure Price from: £5385 Brochure Price from: £6805 Brochure Price from: £6496
  • October
    • Oct 1st - Delhi to Kolkata - Sailing on: Ganges Voyager From: £5675
      Cat B Deluxe Suite with French Balcony Cat A Deluxe Suite with French Balcony Cat M Maharajah Suite with French Balcony Cat V Viceroy Suite with French Balcony Cat H Heritage Suite with Juliette Balcony
      Brochure Price from: £5675 Brochure Price from: £5984 Brochure Price from: £7715 Brochure Price from: £7405 Brochure Price from: £7095
    • Oct 10th - Delhi to Kolkata - Sailing on: Ganges Voyager From: £5855
      Cat B Deluxe Suite with French Balcony Cat A Deluxe Suite with French Balcony Cat M Maharajah Suite with French Balcony Cat H Heritage Suite with Juliette Balcony
      Brochure Price from: £5855 Brochure Price from: £6165 Brochure Price from: £7895 Brochure Price from: £7275
    • Oct 18th - Delhi to Kolkata - Sailing on: Ganges Voyager From: £5966
      Cat B Deluxe Suite with French Balcony Cat A Deluxe Suite with French Balcony Cat M Maharajah Suite with French Balcony Cat V Viceroy Suite with French Balcony Cat H Heritage Suite with Juliette Balcony
      Brochure Price from: £5966 Brochure Price from: £6277 Brochure Price from: £8006 Brochure Price from: £7696 Brochure Price from: £7386
  • November
    • Nov 4th - Delhi to Kolkata - Sailing on: Ganges Voyager From: £5805
      Cat B Deluxe Suite with French Balcony Cat M Maharajah Suite with French Balcony Cat V Viceroy Suite with French Balcony Cat H Heritage Suite with Juliette Balcony
      Brochure Price from: £5805 Brochure Price from: £7845 Brochure Price from: £7534 Brochure Price from: £7225
    • Nov 21st - Delhi to Kolkata - Sailing on: Ganges Voyager From: £5855
      Cat B Deluxe Suite with French Balcony Cat A Deluxe Suite with French Balcony Cat M Maharajah Suite with French Balcony Cat V Viceroy Suite with French Balcony Cat H Heritage Suite with Juliette Balcony
      Brochure Price from: £5855 Brochure Price from: £6166 Brochure Price from: £7896 Brochure Price from: £7585 Brochure Price from: £7275

Price Information

  • Please note: Pricing is based on a fluid system so subject to daily change.
Map for Colourful India and the Ganges River