Blue Water Holidays
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Experts in River and Small Ship Cruising Holidays since 2002
01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Lower Ganges

Sail through the lush countryside of West Bengal on this 7-night River Ganges cruise from Kolkata and discover sacred temples, magnificent palaces and beautiful colonial architecture

Cruise Only
7 nights from £1490pp

River Adventures Holiday
  • Kalna
  • Kolkata

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday

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11-night flight-inclusive package from just £2949pp! Includes return flights from the UK, 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay in Kolkata, 7-night Ganges river cruise, 1-night post-cruise hotel stay in Kolkata and overseas transfers

No single supplement! Applies to selected departures. Subject to availability

Family-friendly departures - kids go FREE on selected sailings! Subject to availability. T&Cs apply

Lower Ganges Special Offer

A river adventure along the sacred Ganges travels through the rural landscapes of West Bengal, past ancient temples, timeless villages and colonial riverside towns.

See the sights of Kalna on a cycle rickshaw ride to the city's magnificent temples then sail to Matiari, a village renowned for producing beautiful handcrafted brass items using traditional methods. The rural village of Baranagar is home to several 18th-century temples, and the great Hazarduari Palace dominates the waterfront.

Experience the fascinating culture of Hare Krishna devotees in Mayapur and visit the impressive new temple. Chandannagar was established in 1673, with French colonial buildings lining the promenade. The Imambara at Hooghly gives the opportunity to relive a slice of Islamic history in Bengal.

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Lower Ganges Itinerary

Day 1 - Kolkata (India) - Barrackpore

Transfer from the meeting point at the Oberai Grand Hotel and embark your ship. Sail to Barrackpore to walk past the Semaphore Tower, Government House, Flagstaff House and the Temple of Fame.

Day 2 - Kalna

Sail to Kalna and take a cycle rickshaw ride to see some of Bengal's best terracotta temples and the unique Shiva temple whose concentric rings are made up of 108 smaller shrines.

Day 3 - Matiari

In the brass-working village of Matiari you can interact with locals and see the traditional process of creating brass water pots and other vessels.

Day 4 - Murshidabad

Walk to the tranquil Khushbagh garden that surrounds the tombs of Siraj-ud-Daulah and his family, then visit the impressive Hazarduari Palace, Katra Mosque, Nashipara Palace and Georgian-style Katgola Palace.

Day 5 - Baranagar

Walk through idyllic countryside to visit Baranagar's three miniature terracotta temples. Continue up the lower Ganges past mustard fields and mango orchards.

Day 6 - Mayapur

Discover the village of Mayapur to visit the new International Society for Krishna Consciousness temple, the headquarters of the Hare Krishna movement, meet Krishna followers and walk through the pilgrims' bazaar.

Day 7 - Chandannagar - Hooghly

Sail to Chandannagar to visit the 18th-century church and Dupleix's House then cruise past the former Dutch settlement of Chinsura before exploring the Imambara at Hooghly, a slice of Islamic history in Bengal. Moor overnight near Kalna.

Day 8 - Kolkata

Disembark ship in Kolkata and transfer to Kolkata airport or Oberai Grand Hotel.

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

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise
  • Transfer from meeting point at Oberoi Grand Hotel, Kolkata and ship and transfer from ship to Kolkata airport or Oberoi Grand Hotel
  • All sightseeing, tours and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary
  • Local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas and tisanes on board
  • Onboard gratuities

Price Does Not Include

  • Return flights from the UK - we can arrange these for you, please contact us
  • Travel insurance
  • Premium wines, premium spirits, branded soft drinks, speciality coffees on board
  • Tips to tour guides, bus, boat and cycle operators
  • Port taxes
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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • September
    • Sep 8th - Kolkata and back - Sailing on: Katha Pandaw From: £1490
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      Blue Water Price from: £1490
  • October
    • Oct 6th - Kolkata and back - Sailing on: Kalaw Pandaw From: £1640
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      Blue Water Price from: £1640
    • Oct 13th - Kolkata and back - Sailing on: Kalaw Pandaw From: £1490
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  • November
    • Nov 3rd - Kolkata and back - Sailing on: Kalaw Pandaw From: £2090
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      Blue Water Price from: £2090
    • Nov 10th - Kolkata and back - Sailing on: Kalaw Pandaw From: £2090
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    • Nov 17th - Kolkata and back - Sailing on: Kalaw Pandaw From: £2090
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    • Nov 24th - Kolkata and back - Sailing on: Kalaw Pandaw From: £2090
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  • December
    • Dec 1st - Kolkata and back - Sailing on: Kalaw Pandaw From: £2090
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    • Dec 22nd - Kolkata and back - Sailing on: Kalaw Pandaw From: £2090
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    • Dec 29th - Kolkata and back - Sailing on: Kalaw Pandaw From: £2090
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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • January
    • Jan 5th - Kolkata and back - Sailing on: Kalaw Pandaw From: £1880
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    • Jan 12th - Kolkata and back - Sailing on: Kalaw Pandaw From: £2450
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    • Jan 19th - Kolkata and back - Sailing on: Kalaw Pandaw From: £2450
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    • Jan 26th - Kolkata and back - Sailing on: Kalaw Pandaw From: £2450
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  • February
    • Feb 2nd - Kolkata and back - Sailing on: Kalaw Pandaw From: £2450
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    • Feb 9th - Kolkata and back - Sailing on: Kalaw Pandaw From: £2450
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    • Feb 16th - Kolkata and back - Sailing on: Kalaw Pandaw From: £2450
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    • Feb 23rd - Kolkata and back - Sailing on: Kalaw Pandaw From: £2450
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  • March
    • Mar 1st - Kolkata and back - Sailing on: Kalaw Pandaw From: £2510
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      Blue Water Price from: £2510
    • Mar 8th - Kolkata and back - Sailing on: Kalaw Pandaw From: £1880
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    • Mar 15th - Kolkata and back - Sailing on: Kalaw Pandaw From: £1880
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    • Mar 22nd - Kolkata and back - Sailing on: Kalaw Pandaw From: £2510
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    • Mar 29th - Kolkata and back - Sailing on: Kalaw Pandaw From: £2510
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  • April
    • Apr 5th - Kolkata and back - Sailing on: Kalaw Pandaw From: £2090
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    • Apr 12th - Kolkata and back - Sailing on: Kalaw Pandaw From: £2090
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    • Apr 19th - Kolkata and back - Sailing on: Kalaw Pandaw From: £1880
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    • Apr 26th - Kolkata and back - Sailing on: Kalaw Pandaw From: £2090
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