13 Day Luxury All Inclusive River Cruise New Delhi to Kolkata

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13 Day Luxury All Inclusive River Cruise New Delhi to Kolkata

India—profoundly mysterious and gloriously exotic. Complex and beguiling, India is a country unlike any other. Wondrous sights rich in romance and intrigue come alive in the “Golden Triangle”—Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.

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India—profoundly mysterious and gloriously exotic. Complex and beguiling, India is a country unlike any other. Wondrous sights rich in romance and intrigue come alive in the “Golden Triangle”—Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.

Delhi’s immense red sandstone marble tomb, commissioned by Emperor Humayun’s grief-stricken wife, will capture your heart, while Raj Ghat, a black granite memorial to the “Father of the Nation,” Mahatma Gandhi, will stir your soul. Jaipur’s Pink City and Agra’s Taj Mahal, a grand tribute to love, will leave you forever mesmerised.

This adventure by land and river will touch all of your senses, from Kolkata, where Mother Teresa’s humble home and tomb provide a place of pilgrimage, to the Rajbari Temples devoted to the Hindu god Shiva. Your Ganges voyage delves deeply into India’s fascinating historical and religious heritage, working its charm in myriad ways and leaving you with memories that will forever endure.

Day by day

First Day welcome to New Delhi

Be greeted by a representative at the airport and transfer to the beautiful Oberoi New Delhi hotel and resort, a luxurious retreat tucked away in the heart of India’s cosmopolitan capital.

Hotel:    Oberoi New Delhi hotel

Second Day sightseeing in New Delhi -India's Capital

India’s seat of power for nearly a thousand years, Delhi bridges two distinctly different worlds—Old Delhi, the former capital, with its narrow lanes and splendid mosques; and New Delhi, established by the British, with wide tree-lined boulevards and handsome buildings. Spend your first full day in India getting a panoramic overview of the city’s top sights, including Humayun’s Tomb—inspiration for the UNESCO-designated Taj Mahal—and birla house.

Hotel:    Oberoi New Delhi hotel

Third Day its New Delhi then its onto Agra

This morning’s destination is Agra Fort, the palatial walled city where Shah Jahan once lived, followed by lunch at the spectacular Oberoi Amarvilas. Check-in and enjoy a leisurely afternoon on the resort property, where every room offers stunning a view of the Taj Mahal. As the sun sets, you’ll have your first opportunity to visit India’s most awe-inspiring and iconic monument; this “elegy in marble,” commissioned by the brokenhearted Emperor Shah Jahan after his beloved wife died in childbirth, will literally take your breath away.

Hotel:    Oberoi New Delhi hotel

Fourth Day we travel from Agra to Jaipur 

Venture back to the Taj Mahal early in the morning, when the pristine white marble monument is aglow with the soft pink lustre of dawn, and learn more about the mausoleum’s fascinating history, perfect proportions, precious building materials and intricate craftsmanship. After a scenic drive to Jaipur, the magnificent capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan, check in at the regal Oberoi Rajvilas and relax at the hotel.

Hotel:    Regal Oberoi Rajvilas

Fifth Day take in the sights of Jaipur

Your tour of romantic Jaipur includes City Palace— a sprawling complex with lovely courtyards and gardens where the former royal family still lives— and the UNESCO-designated Jantar Mantar, a centuries-old observatory housing the world’s largest sundial and a superb collection of astronomical instruments. Relax during the afternoon or take a complimentary shuttle into town to explore the city’s bazaar, which overflows with high-quality textiles, jewellery and gemstones.

Hotel:    Regal Oberoi Rajvilas

Sixth Day we fly from Jaipur to Kolkata and board your ship 

Transfer to Jaipur International Airport and fly to Kolkata, India’s second-largest city, a clamorous yet captivating metropolis situated on the Lower Ganges. Cap off the day with a cultural performance on-board the Ganges Voyager II.

Ship:    Ganges Voyager II.

Seventh Day see Kolkata

The former capital of the Raj, Kolkata offers intriguing glimpses of the British colonial period, including grand architecture such as the Writers’ Building, High Court and General Post Office. Visit Mother Teresa’s former home, where the late Roman Catholic nun established the Missionaries of Charity in 1950, and her tomb, her final resting place. Return to the ship for lunch and a scenic cruise that passes a number of former colonial settlements.

Ship:    Ganges Voyager II.

Eighth Day we explore Kalna

There is no better way to see the sights of Kalna than via an exhilarating trishaw ride through the heart of the city. Kalna’s Rajbari complex has the region’s densest concentration of temples, including 108 intricately carved, slope-roofed structures devoted to Shiva.

Ship:    Ganges Voyager II.

Ninth Day watch Matiari master craftsmen

Observe master craftsmen at work in Matiari, an artisans’ village revered for its finely wrought brass-ware. There will also be time to shop for village-made goods. Back on-board, roll up your sleeves for a mehndi demonstration—intricate henna designs—and learn how to tie a sari and a turban.

Ship:    Ganges Voyager II.

Tenth Day we visit Murshidabad and Baranagar town

Today you’ll experience two Bengali towns, Murshidabad and Baranagar, both of which boast architectural monuments closely linked to the ruling families of the area. Approaching Murshidabad, a most unexpected sight unfolds before you—the massive Hazarduari Palace, famous for its thousand doors, both real and false, and its fine collection of antiques and British colonial artwork. Climb aboard a horse cart for a lively ride to Katra Mosque, one of the region’s largest and most interesting. Return to the ship for lunch, then board a sampan for an excursion to Baranagar. The village’s beautiful 18th-century brick temples are considered some of the finest examples of Bengal terracotta art. Later, enjoy an exquisite dinner back on-board, followed by the evening’s entertainment.

Ship:    Ganges Voyager II.

Eleventh Day we cruise to the colourful village of Mayapur

After a scenic morning cruise, the wildly colourful village of Mayapur, birthplace of the founder of the Hare Krishna movement, and its colossal Vedic temple await you. Millions of scholars and devout followers visit here every year. The village is also home to hundreds of second-generation Hare Krishnas born to North Americans and Europeans who relocated to India back in the 1960s.

Ship:    Ganges Voyager II.

Twelfth Day we see bandel and Chandannagar

Travel by sampan to Bandel for a visit to the Hooghly Imambara, one of the most famous pilgrimage centres in West Bengal. The structure was designed to serve two functions—a mosque as well as an Imambara, a congregation hall for special religious ceremonies. Admire the site’s faded grandeur on a stroll around its vast courtyard, or ascend one of the tall twin towers for a marvellous view.  Later, join an excursion to Chandannagar, which was a French colony for about 275 years and thus has a very different cultural heritage and character from the rest of India (most of which fell under British rule). Take a leisurely walk along the Strand, Chandannagar’s waterfront promenade, lined with lovely colonial-era buildings that have stood the test of time—including the former French governor’s residence and the Roman Catholic Sacred Heart Church. Chandannagar’s intriguing dual nature is evident elsewhere in the city, such as the schools that still teach both English and French, generations after the colonial rulers departed.  Spend your last evening on-board enjoying a Farewell Dinner.

Ship:    Ganges Voyager II.

Thirteenth Day disembark at Kolkata and bid farewell

Disembark the ship and transfer to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport for your return flight home, or fly to Varanasi for a 3-day optional extension in the holiest city on India’s holiest river, the sacred Ganges.

Dining

All meals on-board, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients.

Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions.

Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners.

Unlimited beverages on-board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, speciality coffee and tea, and mineral water.

 

Travel Highlights

  • 1 country: India
  • Services of an experienced Cruise Manager
  • Captivating on-board local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including cultural performance's, trishaw ride through Kalna, an artisans village in Matiari, mehndi demonstration.
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • All gratuities, both on-board and onshore
  • Exclusive Generations Family Programme on select summer departures

The Difference

 Impeccable service with a larger on-board staff than any other river cruise line.

Intimate and Beautifully designed ships and carrying an average of just 130 guests.

All gratuities on-board and onshore.

All-scheduled airport transfers.

Elegant and well-appointed river-view staterooms and suites.

In-suite butler service.

All dining on-board and unlimited beverages (including many premium spirits such as Grey Goose, Crown Royal, and Glenfiddich).

A wide choice of personalised excursions led by English-speaking local experts.

A number of exclusive excursions offered only by us.

Well-equipped on-board fitness centre.

On-board exercise and wellness classes.

Bicycles and Nordic walking sticks for onshore use.

Ship-wide internet and Wi-Fi access.

On-board entertainment and signature lectures.

Additional Information

Price is a seasonal from price

All cabins are luxury, but upgrades are available 

Guarantees, Bonds and Awards

  • This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are award winners British Travel Awards Best Small Group.
  • All Tours are Guaranteed Departures.
  • Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
  • ABTA protected

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