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Slowly Down the Ganges

The name Ganges conjures notions of India’s exoticism and mystery. Considered a living goddess in the Hindu religion, the Ganges is also the daily lifeblood that provides food, water, and transportation to millions who live along its banks.
 
We have exclusively chartered the RV Bengal Ganga for this very special voyage. Based on a traditional 19th century British design, our ship blends beautifully with the timeless landscape. Over eight leisurely days and 650 kilometres, we will experience the vibrant, complex tapestry of diverse architectural expressions, historical narratives, religious beliefs, and fascinating cultural traditions that thrive along the banks of the Ganges. Daily presentations by our expert study leaders will add to our understanding of the soul of Indian civilization.

We begin our journey in colourful Varanasi for a first look at the Ganges at one of its holiest places. And then by river cruiser we explore the ancient Bengali temples, splendid garden-tombs, and vestiges of India’s erstwhile colonial past, and experience the enduring rituals of daily life along ‘Mother Ganga’. Our river journey concludes in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) to view the poignant reminders of past glories of the Raj.

This is an experience for the culturally curious that immerses you in India’s mesmerizing heritage, for photographers of unforgettable landscapes, and for adventurous travellers who relish authentic moments. The experience of the Ganges River is beguiling, complex, infinite and profound.
 
 
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India | 14 days
Expedition Cruise

Dates:
Mar 06-19, 2018
Cost:
US$4995 - US$5495 (depending on cabin)
Group Size:
Maximum 56 participants

Includes:
Airport transfers for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary, accommodation based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar, accommodation based on double occupancy in selected cabin, meals as indicated in the itinerary, flight Delhi to Varanasi, all internal transportation by private coach, sightseeing with qualified English-speaking guides, all activities and entrance fees, taxes and gratuities (for shipboard staff, guides, drivers, hotels, restaurants.) Port charges an additional US$100.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Day 2: Fly to Varanasi
Day 3: Small-boat ride on the Ganges to see bathing ghats and pilgrims
Day 4: Drive to Bodhgaya, one of the most important and sacred Buddhist pilgrimage centres
Day 5: Drive to Munger and embark
Day 6: Bihar School of Yoga, 16th century temple of Ajgaibinath Shiva
Day 7: Bateshwarsthan, Samtaghat
Day 8: Full day of sailing
Day 9: Historic town of Murshidabad
Day 10: Matiari
Day 11: Kalna
Day 12: Disembark in Kolkata
Day 13: Experience the energy of the city of Kolkata
Day 14: Depart Kolkata
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Ship Information

The Bengal Ganga was built in the year 2004 and designed as a replica of the ‘Clyde’ steamers. Shining teak and brass-lined state rooms opening onto similarly equipped promenade decks with rattan sitting areas. The 28 state rooms today can still ensure a fantastically comfortable and elite travelling style. All cabins are equipped with private bathroom and shower. On the Main deck, the RV Bengal Ganga features a beautiful dining room, lounge bar and sundeck with a solarium.

Your Tour Leader

Adrienne Fast holds a PhD in South Asian art history from the University of British Columbia. She has taught university courses on South Asian art and currently works as a curator.

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You can request a detailed itinerary for this tour or call 1.800.387.1483 or email us with any questions or to reserve your booking!
Expedition Cruise Cultural Explorations Alumni Expeditions alumni UBC

India | 14 days
Expedition Cruise

Dates:
Mar 06-19, 2018
Cost:
US$4995 - US$5495 (depending on cabin)
Group Size:
Maximum 56 participants

Includes:
Airport transfers for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary, accommodation based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar, accommodation based on double occupancy in selected cabin, meals as indicated in the itinerary, flight Delhi to Varanasi, all internal transportation by private coach, sightseeing with qualified English-speaking guides, all activities and entrance fees, taxes and gratuities (for shipboard staff, guides, drivers, hotels, restaurants.) Port charges an additional US$100.

WHAT THEY SAY:

"The Ganges is personified as a goddess."

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