Colourful India & the Ganges Avalon Waterways River Cruise 2019

Enter a world of colour, culture, and cherished spiritual tradition of India. Your guided tour of India and Ganges River cruise begins in the bustling city of Delhi. You’ll tour the city with your expert local guide, and take a rickshaw ride through the Chandni Chowk bazaar - brimming with everything from silver and spices to saris of every colour.

Taj Mahal

Itinerary

Fly overnight to Delhi.

Welcome to India’s capital city! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

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

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 that offer everything from silver and saris to spices and electronics.

Classic Excursion: This morning, take a guided excursion to visit Qutub Minar, the world’s tallest brick minaret, which dates 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.

For those interested, an excursion to the Taj at sunset is included.

Classic Excursion: This afternoon, take a guided tour of the City Palace and the adjoining museum, which houses a collection of rare manuscripts. Also, stop at Jantar Mantar and the famous Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). The evening is 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, enjoy a festive dinner with a cultural performance.

Fly to Kolkata this morning to transfer to your ship. This afternoon, get acquainted with the ship prior to your welcome reception.

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 on board your ship.

Discovery Excursion: Enjoy a short guided walk through Azhimganj to see the local gold- and silversmithing 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.

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, stop to see Mother Teresa’s former home and the Calcutta Rescue.

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 will be presented on the ship.

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home.

Price Guide

Date Price (pp)
02 February 2019 £6,149 Cat A Deluxe Stateroom
26 February 2019 £6,139 Cat A Deluxe Stateroom
07 September 2019 £5,905 Cat A Deluxe Stateroom
03 October 2019 £6,499 Cat A Deluxe Stateroom
22 October 2019 £6,599 Cat A Deluxe Stateroom
30 October 2019 £6,225 Cat A Deluxe Stateroom
26 November 2019 £6,225 Cat A Deluxe Stateroom

What's Included

  • Your personal Avalon chauffeur service by executive can for you and your travelling companions to and from your UK airport (limit 100 miles each way)
  • 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 as stated in itinerary.
  • 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