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This enthralling seven-night cruise aboard the RV Ganges Voyager presents guests the rare opportunity to explore the remote and idyllic Indian villages that line the banks of the sacred Ganges River. This boutique style ship has 28 ensuite guest rooms all with own private balcony. All meals are included as well as all shore excursions, which are led by expert guides.

2020 Departure Dates

30 September

3, 19 November

9, 29 December

Duration

8 Days

Guide Price

£3,799 pp

Recommended For

Couples, Cruise, Culture, Honeymoons, Iconic Journeys, Luxury Holidays

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Trip Highlights

  • Visiting Mother Teresa's house and city tour in Kolkata
  • Riding a traditional rickshaw
  • Be captivated by charming villages and colonial buildings
  • Observing local life on the river banks
  • Witnessing the ever-changing scenery

Start your Journey

Day 1

Embark at Kolkata

A tour of Mother Teresa's House and a stroll through Kolkata city. Return to ship for the welcome dinner and a cultural performance.

  • Meals Dinner
  • Suggested Accommodation Onboard the Ganges Voyager
Day 2

Depart Kolkata for Bandel and Kalna

An early morning panoramic city tour of Kolkata, here you will visit well preserved British Colonial buildings. Embark the Ganges Voyager for lunch before starting the sail up stream, taking in the scenery as you gently sail. An afternoon excursion to the shore of Bandel is provided where you visit Hoogly Imambara, a famous Shiya pilgrimage centre in West Bengal.

  • Meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Suggested Accommodation Onboard the Ganges Voyager
Day 3

Kalna to Matiari

Today enjoy a visit to Kalna, where you can experience an early morning rickshaw ride through the centre of of the city while en route to the enchanting Rajbari complex, the highest concentration of temples in region.

  • Meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Suggested Accommodation Onboard the Ganges Voyager
Day 4

Matiari to Khushbagh

Visit the local bazaar of Matiari where you can see local craftsmen utilising traditional methods passed down through generations. Continue upstream sailing past the battlefield of Plassey.

  • Meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Suggested Accommodation Onboard the Ganges Voyager
Day 5

Khushbagh to Baranagar to Murshidabad

Start the morning with a visit to the charming village of Khushbagh, where you enjoy an early morning walk, passing local farmer's fields, before arriving at the family mosque built by Nawab Ali-Wardi-Khan. Later this morning, you get to visit the village of Baranagar, an excellent example of life in rural India. See the hidden architectural gems on the Ganges, with dramatic, whitewashed colonial-era structures that warmly greet visitors to the historic city of Murshidabad.

  • Meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Suggested Accommodation Onboard the Ganges Voyager
Day 6

Murshidabad to Mayapur

A relaxing morning on board, enjoying the passing views of local life along the riverbanks, as you sail to the village of Mayapur. The 1486 birth of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, considered to be an incarnation of Lord Krishna, has made Mayapur a holy location for a number of different Hindu traditions.

  • Meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Suggested Accommodation Onboard the Ganges Voyager
Day 7

Mayapur to Chanderagore to Kolkata

Chandannagar was initially established as a French trading post in 1673 on the banks of the Ganges, with permission from Nawab Ibrahim Khan, and it became a permanent French settlement in 1688. During your walk along the promenade, you will see well-preserved, French colonial buildings, stopping to visit the Sacred Heart Church. Your journey downstream to Kolkata ends this evening.

  • Meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Suggested Accommodation Onboard the Ganges Voyager
Day 8

Disembark for your onward travels

It's time to bid a fond farewell to the ship in Kolkata and continue on your travels through India.

  • Meals Breakfast
  • Suggested Accommodation Onboard the Ganges Voyager

Includes

  • Available to all guests:
  • 7 nights onboard Ganges Voyager I/II
  • Buffet Breakfast, Buffet Lunch and Seated Dinner
  • Mineral Water, Tea and Coffee
  • Shore Excursions include admission fees
  • Butler Service is available to guests in the Maharaja and Viceroy Suite and includes:
  • Nightly turndown Service
  • Spa Bath Amenities
  • Shoe polish service
  • Prepare and Pack luggage (upon request)

Excludes

  • Transfers to/from Jetty for embarkation/disembarkation
  • Wines, Beer, Spirits, Juices & Aerated Drinks
  • Shipboard Gratuities
  • All Incidentals
  • Pre and Post Tour Accommodation

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