Included Features in the Land Portion:
- Arrival and departure transfers, airport-hotel-airport with assistance*
- *if international air fare purchased through us
- Total of 7 nights at select deluxe hotels (listed below or similar):
- Calcutta (Taj Bengal)
- New Delhi (Le Meridien)
- Agra (Jaypee Palace)
- Jaipur (ITC Rajputana)
- Total of 8 meals: Breakfast daily plus one lunch
- All sightseeing including entrance fees and transportation
- One domestic economy class flight between Calcutta and Delhi
- English-speaking guides throughout
Included Features in the Cruise Portion:
- 7 nights/8 days in river-view cabin category of your choice
- Total of 20 meals (7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners)
- All sightseeing and shore excursions as outlined*
- *except those listed as “optional”
- All on board activities, games, group lectures, and more
- Daily complimentary water, coffee, and tea
- Professional English-speaking Cruise manager
- Port fees and cruise fuel surcharges (listed separately
- Transfers if purchasing Cruise-Only*
- *must be arranged and paid for in advance)
- Any travel document fees including Visa requirements (vary by country)
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, liquor, souvenirs, etc.
- Tips to Cruise Directors, crew, local guides and other staff along the way
- Increases in costs due to unforeseen circumstances such as: additional fuel surcharges, exchange rates or Government imposed taxes & fees not known at this time.
DAY 01 CALCUTTA – ARRIVAL
Arrive Calcutta Airport and transfer to your hotel by private air-conditioned vehicle and English-speaking guide. Due to various arrival times, the balance of the day is free of activities and meals are on your own.
DAY02 CALCUTTA – FARAKKA – EMBARKATION (B, D)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon pick up from the hotel and transfer to the train station where you will go on a 6 hour train ride to Farakka. After arrival you will be transferred to the ship for embarkation. Enjoy your first night on board.
DAY 03 CRUISE JANGIPUR (B,L,D)
This morning’s cruise is along a straight canal section to Jangipur, where the afternoon is free to explore this small country town on foot. Alternatively, for those just beginning the cruise in Jangipur, enjoy a full day excursion by road to Gaur, near the town of Malda, or English Bazar. This quiet, deserted place was once one of India’s great cities, first under the Hindus in 12th century, then as the muslim capital of Eastern India from the 14th to the 16th century. There are plentiful remains of mosques, palaces and gateways and you will visit a number of the most interesting before rejoining the ship in the evening near Jangipur.
DAY 04 CRUISE BARANAGAR (B,L,D)
AM set sail down the Hooghly proper, a charming waterway twisting and turning between banks lined with mustard fields and mango orchards. Moor at the delightful sleepy village of Baranagar with three gorgeous miniature terracotta temples to which you walk through the fields. This is rural India at its most idyllic. Continue on down past Azimganj with some fine riverside mansions to Murshidabad where the Nawab’s great Hazarduari Palace, dominates the waterfront. Inside are an extensive collections of pictures, china, weapons and other objects. Visit also the great Katra Mosque and drive out to two amazing buildings of the late 18th century, the Nashipara Palace and the Katgola Palace. Both were built in classical Georgian style by rich local merchants and represent the other side of the coin of the “White Moghul” period when English and Indian cultures came close to fusion.
DAY 05 CRUISE KHUSHBAGH (B,L,D)
Sail downstream a short distance then travel by cycle rickshaw to the Khushbagh, a peaceful Moghul-style garden enclosing the tombs of Siraj-ud-Daulah and his family. Returning to the ship continue downstream past the old British cantonment of Berhampur to a rural mooring close to the battlefield of Plassey where in 1757 Clive’s defeat of Siraj-ud-Daulah changed the course of Indian history – you can walk through the fields to the commemorative obelisk. Cruise on to a mooring near Katwa, a market town with narrow bustling bazaars.
DAY 06 CRUISE MATIARI (B,L,D)
AM visit the brassworking village of Matiari where you can see the whole primitive process of beating out brass water pots and other items. Later we reach Mayapur, its skyline dominated by the vast new ISKCON temple which we are able to visit. Visit also the older and humbler temples as well as the giant banyan tree at Nabadwip on the opposite bank.
DAY 07 CRUISE KALNA (B,L,D)
Continue on down to the country town of Kalna. Here we take cycle rickshaws to see a group of some of Bengal’s most attractive terracotta temples, as well as the unique Shiva temple with concentric rings made up of 108 shrinelets. Sail on, leaving fields behind and arrive at the outskirts of Calcutta. Land near Bandel to visit the imposing Imambara.
DAY 08 CRUISE CHANDERNAGORE (B,L,D)
Sail downstream a short distance then take cycle rickshaws to the Dutch cemetery at Chinsura. Sailing on past fine waterfront buildings you land at Chandernagore, a French possession until 1950, and visit the 18th century church and Dupleix’s House containing a small museum.
Continue down to Barrackpore, land and take a walk through the cantonment past the Semaphore Tower, Government House, the Temple of Fame, and Flagstaff House, its garden housing many of the British statues removed from central Calcutta. If time permits, cross to the other bank to visit the old Danish colony of Serampore, then sail on up to Bali Bridge.
DAY 09 CALCUTTA – DISEMBARKATION- NEW DELHI (B)
Early morning cruise under the Howrah Bridge to central Calcutta to disembark (at high tides it may be necessary to perform the last stage by launch). Afterwards transfer to the Calcutta airport for your flight to New Delhi where you will be met and taken to your hotel. The balance of the day is free. Meals are on your own.
DAY 10 NEW DELHI (B)
In the morning start your sightseeing with a visit the 7th city of Delhi, Shahjahanabad (Old Delhi), built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan (1639-48 AD) after he shifted his capital from Agra to Delhi. Red Fort 17th century imposing fortress built in red sandstone is surrounded by a huge boundary wall 33m high. Inside are exquisite palaces and beautiful gardens. Opposite the Red Fort lies Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque) made of red sandstone and white marble, completed in 1656. It is India’s largest mosque where more than 20.000 people can kneel in prayer. Visit Raj Ghat on the banks of the river Yamuna, Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial, where he was cremated following his assassination in January 1948. An eternal flame burns 24 hours. In the afternoon, visit New Delhi. Start with Qutub Minar – the landmark of Delhi, a huge tower of victory started in 1199 and completed in 1368. Proceed to the Rashtrapati Bhawan which is now the official residence of the President of India. Designed by Lutyens, it combines
eastern styles. Overnight at your hotel.
DAY 11 DELHI-AGRA (B)
Travel in air conditioned comfort to Agra for an afternoon tour of the magnificent Taj Mahal. Also referred to as a poem in white marble, this monument of love was built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaj Mahal. Also visit the Agra fort, built alongside the Yamuna river stretching almost 2.5 km. The fort’s colossal double walls rise 20 m in height and measure 2.5 km in circumference.
DAY 12 AGRA-JAIPUR (B,L)
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and depart for Jaipur. En route visit Fatehpursikri, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. Visit the remarkably well-preserved, graceful buildings within the ‘Ghost City’ including the Jama Masjid, tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal Palace and other palaces that speak of the grandeur and splendor of the Mughal empire at the height of its power. Continue your drive to Jaipur. Lunch will be provided at the Laxmi Vilas Palace. On arrival, check-in and overnight.
DAY 13 JAIPUR (B)
This morning’s excursion takes you to Amber Fort. En route, make a photo stop at the palace of winds the Hawa Mahal. This 5-storied building with 25cm thick facade from the 18 century has windows and niches so that ladies of royal family could see the processions and events in the city without being visible to the people. Proceed to the Amber Fort situated 130m high, with the Aravalli hills around. It was the ancient capital of the Rajputs till 1037. Then, visit the `Pink City’ of Jaipur: The City Palace now houses the Royal residence and museums with collections of textiles and costumes, armory, manuscripts, paintings etc.
DAY 14 JAIPUR-NEW DELHI (B)
After breakfast, depart to Delhi. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.
DAY 15 NEW DELHI- Home (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flights home
Built in 2014, the state of the art 5* RajMahal was designed to incorporate the upmost technical and luxury standards, highlighted by a low draft enabling it to sail the Ganges even in low water conditions! With a maximum capacity of 40 passengers, her 22 luxurious cabins, all feature floor to ceiling French Balconies offering stupendous views of the passing countryside! The 18 oversized twin/double cabins are 205 sq feet in size while 4 cabins designed for single use on the Main deck are a comfortable 170 sq ft. The public areas include a salon and bar, dining room and a vast canopied sun deck! All inside areas are air conditioned. A small spa and the exemplary service of 28 staff and crew ensure that you will have a truly magical experience! Non-smoking interiors. On board currency; the Indian Rupee.
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