Colourful India & the Ganges Avalon Waterways River Cruise 2022

Enter a world of colour, culture, and cherished spiritual tradition on this India river cruise vacation. The holy river of Hinduism, the Ganges, slowly courses through one of the world’s most fertile and populated areas. Along its banks, human life is connected to its waters and you’ll get a glimpse of life away from India’s big cities. See muslin weaving in Kalna and candy making in Matiari. Stop in Murshidabad for an excursion to Azimganj and Jiaganj—to savour authentic Indian tea, as well as stunning gold and silversmith workshops. You’ll meet saree weavers, goldsmiths, and pottery makers. Explore the fascinating Hare Krishna headquarters in Mayapur, and visit Mother Teresa’s former home upon your return to Kolkata. All of this and more await you on this once-in-a-lifetime Ganges River cruise.

Avalon Waterways River Cruise
Taj Mahal

Itinerary

Welcome to India’s capital city! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Classic Excursion: Today’s Guided Sightseeing starts with an orientation to see the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate, and the Presidential Palace. Afterward, take a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk, a captivating local bazaar—with its ancient alleyways lined with quaint shops offering everything from silver and saris to spices and electronics.

After lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy a bit of leisure time. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a lavish welcome dinner at your hotel.

Monuments of Worship and Remembrance.

Classic Excursion: This morning, take a Guided Excursion to visit Qutub Minar, the world’s tallest brick minaret, dating back to the 11th century. Next, visit Humayun’s Tomb and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Delhi’s largest and most prominent Sikh gurudwara (house of worship).

After lunch, drive to Agra and settle in at your hotel overlooking the Taj Mahal.

Classic Excursion: Start your day with a Sunrise Excursion to the incomparable Taj Mahal—Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan’s memorial to his beloved wife—more than 20 years in the making.

Classic Excursion: Later, take a Guided Tour to Agra Fort, built by the Moghul Emperor Akbar. This formidable fortress of red sandstone conceals the imperial city of the Moghul rulers and its many palaces.

Palaces and Rare Printings in the Pink City. Travel to Jaipur—the “Pink City” that was painted pink for the Prince of Wales’ 1876 visit. After lunch, enjoy the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

Classic Excursion: Today, join a Guided Excursion to Jaipur’s spectacular Amber Fort, built entirely of white marble and red sandstone, and featuring intricate mosaics, carvings, paintings, and mirror works.

Spend the afternoon at leisure.

Discovery Excursion: Tonight, and enjoy a festive dinner with a Cultural Performance.

Welcome to West Bengal. Your Ship Awaits.

Fly to Kolkata this morning to transfer to your ship. Get acquainted with the ship prior to your welcome reception this evening.

Discovery Excursion: Ride on cycle rickshaws during your Guided Tour of Kalna. Along the way visit the historic terracotta temple complex and receive blessings from the temple priest. Also visit a muslin-weaver’s home.

Enjoy a free afternoon on board your ship.

Discovery Excursion: Join a Morning Walk in the brass-making village of Matiari to see and interact with the craftsmen there. You’ll also see traditional sweets being made.

Enjoy a free afternoon onboard your ship.

Discovery Excursion: Enjoy a short Guided Walk through Azhimganj to see the local gold and silversmith workshops. You’ll also visit a local landlord’s mansion for authentic Indian tea, then travel by electric rickshaw in Jiaganj to see the art of Baluchari saree weaving.

Relax this afternoon onboard your ship.

Classic Excursion: Join a Morning Walk through the pilgrim’s bazaar and visit the ISKCON temple, and meet and interact with a Krishna leader. You’ll also visit a goshala (rescue shelter for cows).

Discovery Excursion: This afternoon, take a Rickshaw (Toto) Ride, and explore the village of Guptipara to see pottery and idol-making. You’ll also take an Escorted Visit to a farmer’s home and interact with the family there.

Classic Excursion: This morning, take a Guided Walk through the colourful flower market. Afterward, focus on the life and work of Mother Teresa who dedicated her life to helping the city’s poor. Stop at her former home prior to visiting Nirmala Shishu Bhavan, a home for orphaned children run by Missionaries of Charity which she founded in 1950.

Classic Excursion: After lunch, join a Guided Visit to the Victoria Memorial Museum. Built to commemorate Queen Victoria, the museum houses a beautiful collection of paintings, textiles, weapons, and other artifacts from the Victorian era.

Tonight, a farewell Dance Performance is presented on the ship.

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Price Guide

Date Price (pp)
26 January 2022 £5,308
11 February 2022 £5,308
27 February 2022 £5,478

What's Included

  • 6 Night Golden Triangle Tour
  • 6 nights on board Ganges Voyager
  • Return Flights from London, regional flights are available but may carry a supplement
  • All meals onboard
  • Complimentary wine and beer is included with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi (signal permitting)
  • Included excursions and sightseeing trips with Local Guides and a choice of optional tours; headsets provided on excursions
  • Services of an experienced Cruise Director
  • Gratuities for Cruise Director and crew
  • Captain's Welcome Reception, Welcome Dinner and Farewell Gala Dinner
  • All transfers, local port charges and airport taxes