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Stay in the best hotels and experience the magic of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur – including its fabulous Literature Festival - on this unforgettable all-inclusive trip

India is a country full of colours and contrasts that will stay with you forever. On this unforgettable tour, you'll see some of its many highlights, including the sacred Ganges, the cradle of Indian civilisation; and the Taj Mahal, a beautiful monument to love.

Throughout this trip, you will enjoy ultra-luxury, staying in three of the best award-winning Oberoi Hotels in India. You will also tour the Golden Triangle, before embarking on an extraordinary five-star voyage down the magical Ganges river.

Your journey begins in the bustling capital of New Delhi, before moving on to Agra, where the Taj Mahal stands on the banks of the Yamuna River, then Jaipur, the wondrous capital of Rajasthan.

In Jaipur, you'll enjoy a visit to the city's famous Literature Festival, which gathers together the finest speakers, writers and thinkers from across the world. Previous guests include Oprah Winfrey, Vikram Seth, Donna Tartt and Nobel Prize-winners John Maxwell Coetzee and Orhan Pamuk. You'll be joined by festival director and Scottish historian William Dalrymple for private drinks.

Next, you'll follow in the footsteps of Jane McDonald and board Ganges Voyager II, a majestic river cruise ship that featured in a 2019 episode of Cruising With Jane McDonald and offers all the comforts of a five-star hotel. Everything is included, from the first-class cuisine and suites to the premium drinks, excursions and yoga lessons on the deck.

You will experience many highlights on this trip, including seeing both a sunrise and sunset over the 368-year-old Taj Mahal, Jaipur's Amber Fort and the former home of Mother Teresa.

Travel in ultra-luxury

Uniworld is one of the world's most awarded luxury river cruise lines and you will spend seven all-inclusive nights aboard the sumptuous Ganges Voyager II. The ship, which hosts only 56 guests, boasts a lounge with a full-service bar, a fitness centre, restaurant, spa and a sun deck from which to take in the ever-changing view of the sacred Ganges. You will stay in a Riverview Stateroom with a private balcony.

Incredible sights

You will experience Old Delhi with its bustling bazaars, the Jama Masjid mosque and the Red Fort; and Jaipur, known as the 'Pink City' for the signature colour of its buildings, with its exquisite Hawa Mahal 'Palace of Winds'. Staying in the stunning Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, you will have two chances to visit the Taj Mahal, which is only 600 metres away (as the sun sets on your fourth day and for the sunrise over the white dome the following morning).

Visit the Jaipur Literature Festival

In what is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip, Good Housekeeping readers will spend a day at the Jaipur Literature Festival. This year's speakers include Avni Doshi, Bill Gates and Noam Chomsky. You'll be joined at the festival by author and historian William Dalrymple for an exclusive drinks reception.

Peace of mind

Uniworld is ABTA-bonded and this trip is ATOL-protected, so you can book with confidence, as it is 100% protected.

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Price includes

  • Upgrade to a business class flight from London to Delhi (regional airports on request)
  • Inbound economy flight from Kolkata to London
  • All transfers and travel
  • English-speaking guides and the services of a Uniworld tour manager
  • Two nights in the five-star Oberoi New Delhi, two nights at the five-star Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, and one night at the five-star Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra.

  • Seven-night all-inclusive cruise on Ganges Voyager II in a Riverview Stateroom with a private balcony, including wines and spirits.

  • Visit to Kolkata's Flower Market and Mother Teresa's home and museum.

  • Visit to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur
  • Day at the Jaipur Literature Festival and drinks with William Dalrymple
  • Sunset and sunrise at the Taj Mahal
  • 15 excursions
  • 31 meals, including welcome and farewell gala dinners

Availability

From
Fri, Fri, Jan 28, 2022
To
Fri, Fri, Feb 11, 2022
Duration
15 Days
Price per person
£5,399*

* Price based on two people sharing a Riverview Stateroom and includes £600pp discount. Subject to availability. Single supplement applies. **Holidays are operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Uniworld, which is ABTA-bonded (Y6200) and ATOL-protected (10975). Flight upgrade is on London to Delhi leg one-way. Always check the FCDO travel advice before departure, as it includes the very latest information on safety, security, travel warnings and health. For more information, visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Depart the UK
    New Delhi, India

    Depart the UK on your flight to New Delhi.

  2. Day
    2
    New Delhi
    New Delhi, India

    On arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, you'll be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the opulence of The Oberoi hotel, where you can enjoy splendid views of the city.

  3. Day
    3
    Tour of New Delhi
    New Delhi, India

    Head out on an expert-led tour of India's colourful, confounding and captivating capital, where your expert tour guide will ensure you enjoy your first foray into this fascinating country. After taking in the sights, you will end your day with dinner at The Oberoi.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    New Delhi to Agra
    Agra, India

    After checking out of your hotel you will travel south to Agra (around 5 hours). This is the site of the monumental Taj Mahal, commissioned by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Once there, you will enjoy the chance to watch the sun set over the jewel in India's crown, following a sightseeing tour of Agra.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch
  5. Day
    5
    Agra to Jaipur
    Jajpur, India

    Having watched sunset, you will start the following day early in order to catch a glimpse of the white marble monument aglow with the rosy tinge of dawn. You will then travel to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, home to the Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal. Check into the beautiful Oberoi Rajvilas.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Jaipur Literature Festival
    Jajpur, India

    Spend a day at the Jaipur Literature Festival. This year's speakers include Avni Doshi, Bill Gates and Noam Chomsky. You'll also be joined at the festival by author and historian William Dalrymple for an exclusive drinks reception.

    Meals - Breakfast
  7. Day
    7
    Jaipur to Kolkata - embark Ganges Voyager II
    Kolkata (ex Calcutta), India

    From Jaipur, you will head to Kolkata to check into your luxury suite aboard Ganges Voyager II for your cruise along the Ganges.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    8
    Kalna
    Kalna, India

    After marvelling at the magnificent Hindu temples built by the maharajas of Bardhaman, your guide will walk you through the colourful local market.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day
    9
    Matiari
    Matiari, India

    You will visit the Matiari master craftsmen who have been a fixture in the artisan village for hundreds of years.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day
    10
    Murshidabad to Baranagar
    Baranagar, India

    After an excursion to Murshidabad City, a buggy ride to Katra Mosque and a stop in Baranagar village, you will enjoy a delicious dinner aboard, accompanied by a lively Bollywood-style show.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day
    11
    Mayapur
    Mayapur, India

    The ship heads back towards Kolkata, before stopping in Mayapur, 'the spiritual capital of the world.'

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  12. Day
    12
    Bandel to Chandannagar to Kolkata
    Kolkata (ex Calcutta), India

    Today will feature a boat trip to the former French colonial outpost of Bandel.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  13. Day
    13
    Kolkata
    Kolkata (ex Calcutta), India

    On a tour of the home of Mother Theresa, you will visit the famous Flower Market, see legacies of the British Raj and have the chance to see both Theresa's home and the tiny museum devoted to her, complete with her Nobel Peace Prize medal.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  14. Day
    14
    Disembark for flight home
    Kolkata (ex Calcutta), India

    Your trip ends in Kolkata, where you disembark and transfer for your flight home.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch
  15. Day
    15
    Arrive home
    London, United States

Accommodation

The Oberoi, New Delhi

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New Delhi, India

Five-star hotel overlooking a UNESCO World Heritage Site in New Delhi

The Oberoi, New Delhi, enjoys views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Humayun's Tomb on one side and a calming view of the forested golf course on the other. This five-star hotel is a storied landmark and a celebrated example of Oberoi's reputation for taking care of its guests. Facilities include a spa, swimming pool, gym and multiple dining options. The 220 rooms and suites offer spacious walk in closets, Italian marble bathrooms, teak floors and oak wood desks. You can breathe easy with state-of-the art air purification systems that assure air quality on par with global best standards.

The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

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Agra, India

Five-star hotel with unrestricted views of the Taj Mahal and warm hospitality

Located just 600 metres from the Taj Mahal, The Oberoi Amarvilas is inspired by Mughal palace designs; with fountains, terraced lawns, reflection pools and pavilions. Expect tastefully appointed accommodation, exquisite restaurants serving authentic Mughal and international cuisines, warm, personalised hospitality, private dining beside the silhouette of the Taj Mahal and couples spa therapies with Taj Mahal views.

The Oberoi, Rajvilas Jaipur

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Jajpur, India

Five-star luxury hotel in the "Pink City", Jaipur

Spread over 32 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, with traditional architecture, flaming mashaal torches and reflection pools, The Oberoi Rajvilas offers exquisite accommodation, including luxury tents inspired by the era of Maharajas, fine restaurants serving authentic Rajasthani and international cuisines, specially curated romantic experiences for couples and sincere hospitality. Facilities include the Oberoi Spa, swimming pool, fitness centre, the Sun Palace fine dining restaurant and Rajwada Library Bar.

Ganges Voyager II

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Cruise ship

A classically-styled ship built specifically to sail along India's Ganges River

The ship's spacious, high-ceilinged suites are a serene sanctuary, with beautiful hand-painted murals and all the comforts of a five-star hotel. All suites have a cosy sitting area and a French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. A bed dressed in soft linens, with a choice of pillows. Your roomy bathroom has a rain shower, comfy robes and slippers, and spa-quality bath products. Other high-end amenities include a generous amount of closet space, under-bed storage, a flat-screen television with a wide selection of on-demand movies, individual climate control, bottled water replenished daily, fresh fruit and flowers upon arrival, an iPhone docking station with alarm clock, makeup mirrors, and universal electrical plugs.

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Availability

From
Fri, Fri, Jan 28, 2022
To
Fri, Fri, Feb 11, 2022
Duration
15 Days
Price per person
£5,399*

* Price based on two people sharing a Riverview Stateroom and includes £600pp discount. Subject to availability. Single supplement applies. **Holidays are operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Uniworld, which is ABTA-bonded (Y6200) and ATOL-protected (10975). Flight upgrade is on London to Delhi leg one-way. Always check the FCDO travel advice before departure, as it includes the very latest information on safety, security, travel warnings and health. For more information, visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Call now to book 08082394833
Quote ref: HEARST GANGES