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Discover local traditions as you sail the Ganges in a luxury ship and visit the Taj Mahal, New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur

Take an unforgettable journey through three mesmerising cities and cruise along the sacred Ganges river on this exclusive tour and luxury cruise.

Your trip begins with a land tour of India's famous "Golden Triangle" which includes the cities of Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra. You'll stay at luxurious five-star Oberoi Hotels for this portion of the tour.

You will also visit the iconic Taj Mahal on this trip, to witness both sunset and sunrise over this awe-inspiring mausoleum, which is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

After your tour of the Golden Triangle tour, you'll continue on to Kolkata and board the Ganges Voyager II, a spectacular ship adorned with hand-painted murals throughout. You'll stay in a river view stateroom with a private French balcony and floor-to-ceiling glass doors.

Your seven-night cruise down the sacred Ganges River will reveal a unique insight into the heart of this richly diverse country; you'll see magnificent Hindu temples in Kalna, the artisan village of Matiari, the beautiful architectural monuments of Murshidabad and Baranagar and many local villages.

Join this once-in-a-lifetime expedition and let the sights and sounds of India captivate your senses.

Over 7 departure dates between Sep 2024 and Nov 2024, 2025 dates also available, offer available on selected dates, please call for details
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  • Return flights from London. For alternative departure points and upgrades, supplements may apply.
  • Seven-night cruise in a river view suite with private balcony on the elegant Ganges Voyager II with a complimentary wellness programme
  • Two nights in New Delhi at The Oberoi New Delhi (or similar)
  • One night in Agra at The Oberoi Amarvilas (or similar)
  • Two nights in Jaipur at The Oberoi Rajvilas (or similar)
  • Meals on board prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Complimentary house wine, local spirits and beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee will be served throughout the cruise.
  • Onshore lunches include complimentary coffee and tea. Onshore dinners include complimentary house wine, local beer, soft drinks, coffee, and tea
  • 10 days of culturally-enriching excursions, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Take a Rickshaw Ride to Old Delhi
  • Visit the Taj Mahal at sundown and sunrise
  • Explore Rajistan and go on an Amber Palace Tour
  • Travel to the autentic village of Matiari and meet the master craftsmen with an introduction to brass
  • Go on a buggy ride to Katra Mosque and visit Baranagar village
  • Visit the Hare Krishna complex and temple of Vedic Planetarium
  • Go on a Kolkata city tour and Khusbagh walk
  • Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Group transfers, services of a tour manager, gratuities during the cruise

Availability

From
Sun, Sun, Sep 1, 2024
To
Sun, Sun, Nov 30, 2025
Duration
18 days
Price per person
£6,749*

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing a classic cabin, based on a 25 November 2024 departure date, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Price includes saving of up to £750pp, saving is capacity controlled, book by 31 May 2024. Single supplement on request. Deposit 15%. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included and should be taken out at time of booking. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Uniworld River Cruises Limited.

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Depart the UK
    New Delhi, India

    Depart the UK

  2. Day
    2
    Arrive in New Delhi
    New Delhi, India

    Today you'll arrive at New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport where you will be greeted by a representative and transferred to the Oberoi New Delhi hotel.

  3. Day
    3
    New Delhi
    New Delhi, India

    Today you'll explore New Delhi by rickshaw, travelling down the broad boulevards laid out by the British in the 20th century. The city was also the capital of the Mughal Empire for centuries, so it hosts spectacular examples of Mughal architecture, including Humayun's Tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Your comprehensive tour includes a look at the enormous fort where the emperors lived as well as Raj Ghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the founder of modern India.

    You have some free time after your tour to explore this exciting city on your own-you'll find goods from all over India in bustling Connaught Place, in case you want to indulge in some shopping, and the National Museum displays 5,000 years of India's arts and artefacts. You may opt for the optional tour to Qutab Minar and the Jagannath Hindu Temple.

    Meals - Breakfast
  4. Day
    4
    Travel to Agra
    Agra, India

    This morning you will check out of your New Delhi hotel and head south via motorcoach to Agra, the site of Shah Jahan's best-known building project, the exquisite Taj Mahal.

    You'll be staying at the luxurious Oberoi Amarvilas tonight, where you'll have lunch and then check into your room, where you will be delighted to discover that your room-indeed, every room-has a view of the Taj Mahal

    You'll visit the Taj Mahal this afternoon and stay for sunset and marvel at the monument's changing colours.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch
  5. Day
    5
    Agra and Jaipur
    Agra, India

    This morning you'll wake up early this morning to see the Taj Mahal aglow with the rosy tinge of dawn at sunrise. The gates open as the sun lifts above the horizon, and you'll enter the exquisite grounds, which you can explore at your leisure.

    You'll return to your hotel for lunch before you head by motorcoach to the third city in the Golden Triangle, Jaipur. Capital of the state of Rajasthan, strewn with massive palaces, it was founded and carefully planned in the 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II, who gave the new city its name.

    Your next two nights will be spent at the beautiful Oberoi Rajvilas, a luxury hotel with 32 acres of landscaped gardens built around an ancient Shiva temple.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch
  6. Day
    6
    Jaipur
    Jaipur, India

    Today you'll tour the Amber Palace in Jaipur, followed by a visit to another of Jai Singh II's architectural projects, the Jantar Mantar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site devoted to astronomy. Each of the curious structures, called yantras, in this observatory without telescopes enabled court astronomers to study the heavens, measuring various celestial phenomena-eclipses, the position of stars-or the time of day.

    Take the afternoon to explore on your own. Shuttles will be available to carry you to and from the hotel to the major shopping district. Jaipur's bazaars are famous for their traditional Rajasthani crafts-jewellery, pottery, hand-printed textiles and carpets-so go and enjoy the swirl of colours even if you aren't interested in buying souvenirs.

    Meals - Breakfast
  7. Day
    7
    Fly to Kolkata
    Kolkata, India

    Today you'll check out of your Jaipur hotel and fly to Kolkata, where you'll board the Ganges Voyager II and settle into your beautifully appointed suite.

    Meals - Breakfast
  8. Day
    8
    Kalna
    Kalna, India

    Today you'll stroll along the streets of Kalna as you head to the Rajbari temple complex. The Pratapeshwar Temple, built in 1849, is embellished with exceptional terra-cotta carvings depicting myths and rituals, as well as scenes of everyday life (see if you can spot the girl in typical Victorian dress with a violin among the hundreds of figures).

    Lalji, the oldest temple in the complex, dates to 1739; the three-storied structure is topped with 25 distinctive pinnacles. Next to it is Krishna Chandra, built in a similar style.

    Across the street you'll find the amazing Naba Kailash, two concentric circles of intricately carved temples dedicated to Shiva. The inner circle is made up of 34 white temples symbolising pure thought; the outer circle contains 74 temples symbolising the everyday world.

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

    Today you'll travel to the authentic artisan village of Matiari, where Artisans have been making ornamental brass objects - vases, lamps, figurines, platters - for more than a century.

    It's no wonder that production is so well-organised and the craftsmen so skillful.

    Scrap metal is melted in the village foundry and pressed into new sheets of brass, which are then turned into various objects. Each craftsman specialises in a different step of the process, so one artisan might cut the metal, while another shapes it into a wide tray, and yet another etches an intricate pattern onto the surface.

    The sound of hammer on brass will fill the air as you stroll from workshop to workshop to see each step of the fascinating process.

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

    Today's adventures take you to a duo of Bengali towns - Murshidabad and Baranagar - each one boasting surprising and beautiful architectural monuments closely linked to the ruling families of the area.

    You'll climb aboard a horse-drawn buggy for a ride to Katra Mosque, built in 1723 by the first nawab, Murshid Quli Khan, who gave his name to the town. Your visit continues in Murshidabad, long ago the capital of Bengal and an important administrative centre during the Raj. You'll see the Hazarduari Palace, a massive neoclassical building erected in the mid-19th century for British officials.

    You'll then return to the ship for lunch and cruise to the town of Baranagar, with its beautiful brick temples built in the 18th century. Goats frolic among them now and vines cover them, but the terra-cotta carvings are considered among the best in Bengal and the temples are well-tended.

    After your tour, if time and weather allow, you can learn a bit about India's favourite sport, cricket.

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

    Today you'll visit Khusbagh, which literally translates to "Garden of Happiness" - the garden-graveyard of the Nawabs of Bengal. Take a walk through the village here, with a visit to see the mausoleum and the arcade verandah that surrounds it.

    You'll also get to watch as a skilled practitioner of mehndi demonstrates how the intricate henna patterns are created, and discover the meanings of the traditional motifs.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  12. Day
    12
    Mayapur
    Mayapur, India

    Few places of worship exist on such a head-spinning scale as what you will witness today in Mayapur, the centre of the international Hare Krishna movement and home to the new Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, still under construction. Most students of history know a thing or two about the British colonial powers in India, but few are aware that the French had colonies here as well. You'll visit this former French outpost today.

    This evening, enjoy a Farewell dinner and take in a lively cultural dance performance, complete with music and dancing.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  13. Day
    13
    Kolkata
    Kolkata, India

    The city of Kolkata is synonymous with the enduring legacies of Mother Teresa and the colonial-era British Raj, both of which you learn more about today.

    But your first stop will be a visit to the captivatingly colourful Flower Market. Located adjacent to the Howrah Bridge, this vibrant and bustling market is filled with vendors and buyers exchanging money for flowers to be used in festivals, rituals, weddings and more.

    You'll see Kolkata's varied architecture as you walk from palaces and tenements, new developments and modern office buildings, to grand hotels and parks. The city's historic architecture reflects its status as the longtime administrative heart of the British Raj.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  14. Day
    14
    Kolkata
    Kolkata, India

    Your incredible India adventure ends early this morning, as you disembark and transfer to the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport for your flight home or extend your journey with an optional extension to Varanasi.

    Meals - Breakfast
  15. Day
    15
    Return to the UK
    Kolkata, India

    Travel back to the UK. You have the option to extend your adventure with an immersive journey to Varanasi (not included - please enquire for more information).

Accommodation

Ganges Voyager II

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Cruise ship

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

The Ganges Voyager is an ornate ship, specially designed for cruises on the mighty Ganges. The ship's spacious 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.

Inside your roomy bathroom you'll find a rain shower, comfy robes and slippers, and spa-quality bath products. Elsewhere on board you'll find an observation deck, a stylish lounge bar, an excellent restaurant, and a spa offering massages and other treatments.

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Availability

From
Sun, Sun, Sep 1, 2024
To
Sun, Sun, Nov 30, 2025
Duration
18 days
Price per person
£6,749*

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing a classic cabin, based on a 25 November 2024 departure date, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Price includes saving of up to £750pp, saving is capacity controlled, book by 31 May 2024. Single supplement on request. Deposit 15%. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included and should be taken out at time of booking. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Uniworld River Cruises Limited.

Call now to book 08082394833
Quote ref: UWINDIACRUISE