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Ganges River Cruise

India is a kaleidoscope of vivid experiences and wonderful places – nowhere more so than along the Ganges River. After an introduction in Delhi and a good look at the Taj Mahal, we fly to the holy city of Varanasi for a first view at the Ganges. Here we observe the uplifting spiritual Aarti ceremony, observe the moving morning ritual on the ghats, and visit the spot where it is said the Buddha conducted his first sermon.

A short flight takes us to Kolkata where we embark our sevennight cruise taking us very much off the conventional tourist route to visit an area steeped in history. We’ll visit colonial settlements and fine examples of Islamic architecture and Hindu temples and observe the rituals of daily life along the river. This is a marvelous opportunity, which few travellers get to enjoy, to experience India’s colourful traditions, and its beguiling quiet corners, from the comfort of a classic and elegant river cruiser.

We round out the tour with two nights in Kolkata, India’s cultural capital and a feast of Raj-era architecture.This river cruise 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 mesmerizing, complex, infinite and profound.
Expedition Cruise Cultural Explorations

India | 15 days
Expedition Cruise

Dates:
Jan 28 - Feb 11, 2020
Cost:
Approx. US$5695-$5995 (depending on cabin, incl. T&G US$400)
Group Size:
50 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, domestic flights, all internal transportation by private coach, sightseeing with qualified English-speaking guides, all activities and entrance fees. Taxes and gratuities of US$400 are included.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Meet in Delhi
Day 2: Old and New Delhi
Day 3: The Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
Day 4: Fly to Varanasi for the Aarti Ceremony
Day 5: The ghats of the Ganges; Sarnath ruins
Day 6: Fly to Kolkata and embark river cruise
Day 7: French and Dutch settlements
Day 8: Explore Kalna by cycle rickshaw
Day 9: Riverside villages
Day 10: Mughal gardens and Georgian palaces
Day 11: Miniature temples and mustard fields
Day 12: Mosques, palaces, and gateways at Gaur
Day 13: By train from Farakka to Kolkata
Day 14: Discover Kolkata’s cultural centre
Day 15: Depart Kolkata
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Ship Information

We are aboard the lovely 28-stateroom river cruiser, Orient Pandaw. A replica of traditional steamers, this modern vessel has ample outside space to observe the fascinating scenes and scenery along the Ganges River, perhaps while sipping a G&T or enjoying a cup of chai. Staterooms (20 upper deck, 10 main deck) are 170 sq. ft., finished in teak and brass and have individually controlled AC. Premium mattresses, quality linens, kimonos and slippers make the room cozy and comfortable. Panoramic French windows lead to personal deck space. A talented culinary team offers Indian and Western cuisine. House soft drinks, beer, local spirits, jugged coffee, tea, and mineral water are included.

Your Tour Leader

Lewie, our peripatetic president, has over 35 years’ experience researching and organizing trips throughout the world. As well as designing and leading our President’s Tours, Lewie is also chief designer of our Private Journey collection of tailored tours.

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Expedition Cruise Cultural Explorations

India | 15 days
Expedition Cruise

Dates:
Jan 28 - Feb 11, 2020
Cost:
Approx. US$5695-$5995 (depending on cabin, incl. T&G US$400)
Group Size:
50 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, domestic flights, all internal transportation by private coach, sightseeing with qualified English-speaking guides, all activities and entrance fees. Taxes and gratuities of US$400 are included.

WHAT THEY SAY:

"Loved it all. Would do it again in a heartbeat." - Wendy, 2018 traveller

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