India's Golden Triangle & The Sacred Ganges Uniworld River Cruise
As seen on Cruising with Jane McDonald on Channel 5
This adventure by land and river will touch all of your senses, from Kolkata, where Mother Teresa’s humble home and tomb provide a place of pilgrimage, to the Rajbari Temples devoted to the Hindu god Shiva. Your Ganges voyage delves deeply into India’s fascinating historical and religious heritage, working its charm in myriad ways and leaving you with memories that will forever endure.
Fly overnight to New Delhi
Arrive at New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport. If your cruise/ tour package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the newly renovated Oberoi New Delhi hotel.
India’s sprawling capital city is colorful, confounding and captivating. Your expertly led city tour provides an ideal first foray into this fascinating land. To cap your day taking in the sights of scenic New Delhi, relax this evening over a delicious buffet dinner at the Oberoi.
Featured Excursion: India’s capital city with rickshaw ride to Old Delhi
This morning you will check out of your New Delhi hotel and head south via motorcoach to Agra, the site of Shah Jahan’s best-known building project, the exquisite Taj Mahal. You’ll visit the Taj Mahal this afternoon and stay for sunset, as the monument’s changing colors draw comparisons to the shifting mood of the late Emperor’s wife.
Featured Excursion: Majesty and grace—the Taj Mahal at sundown
Is the Taj Mahal best seen at sunset or sunrise? It’s an impossible question to answer, so Uniworld guests have the rare pleasure of experiencing both. Wake up early this morning to see the white marble monument aglow with the rosy tinge of dawn. You’ll spend your next two nights at the beautiful Oberoi Rajvilas. The luxury hotel sits on 32 acres of landscaped gardens and is built around an ancient Shiva temple.
Featured Excursion: Early morning at the Taj Mahal
Pink is the color of hospitality in Rajasthan, which gives you an idea of what to expect in the “Pink City” of Jaipur. Enjoy the visit to the local city bazaar. Take the afternoon to explore on your own—shuttles will be available to carry you to and from the hotel to the city’s shopping district.
Featured Excursion: Jaipur—Rajasthan’s princely city and Amber Fort
Settle into your beautifully appointed suite aboard the Ganges Voyager II in Kolkata.
Kalna, once an important trade port on the river, is best known today for the magnificent Hindu temples built by the maharajas of Bardhaman— which you’ll experience today. After marveling at the astonishing Rajbari temple complex, you may opt to walk with your guide through the colorful local market.
Featured Excursion: India’s “Temple City”
Your ship serves as a time machine today, transporting you hundreds of years into the past, as we travel to the authentic artisan village of Matiari.
Featured Excursion: Matiari master craftsmen with an introduction to brass
Today’s adventures take you to a duo of Bengali towns—Murshidabad and Baranagar—each one boasting surprising and beautiful architectural monuments closely linked to the ruling families of the area.
Featured Excursion: Visit to Murshidabad City, ride by buggy to Katra Mosque and visit to Baranagar village
This evening, following dinner onboard, take in a lively Bollywood-style show, complete with music and dancing.
One of the world’s most sacred bodies of water, the Ganges River flows through a myriad of small villages and highly populated cities throughout India and Bangladesh. Take in the remarkable scenery as you sail and be on the lookout for a rare sighting of the endangered Ganges river dolphin.
Wellness: You may choose to relax and unwind with a body massage or treatment onboard at the soothing Voya
Few places of worship exist on such a head-spinning scale as what you will witness today in Mayapur, the center of the international Hare Krishna movement and home to the new Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, still under construction. Most students of history know a thing or two about the British colonial powers in India, but few are aware that the French had colonies here as well. You’ll visit this former French outpost today.
Featured Excursions: Hare Krishna complex and Temple of the Vedic Planetarium & India’s French colonial heritage
The city of Kolkata is synonymous with the enduring legacies of Mother Teresa and the colonial-era British Raj, both of which you will get better acquainted with today. Enjoy a Farewell dinner tonight.
Featured Excursion: Kolkata city tour—visit the Flower Market, colonial sites and Kumartulli
Choice of Mother Teresa’s home and tomb or NGO "Calcutta Rescue" visit
Your incredible Indian adventure ends early this morning, as you disembark and transfer to the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport for your overnight flight home—or extend your journey with an optional extension in Varanasi.
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- Free One Way Business Class Flight upgrade & savings of up to 10%
- Return flights from a selection of UK airports, supplements may apply
- 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the elegant Ganges Voyager II
- 2 nights in New Delhi at The Oberoi New Delhi (or similar)
- 1 night in Agra at The Oberoi Amarvilas (or similar)
- 2 nights in Jaipur at The Oberoi Rajvilas (or similar)
- 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
- Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
- Complimentary house wine, local spirits and beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee will be served throughout the cruise
- Onshore lunches include complimentary soft drinks, coffee, and tea. Onshore dinners include complimentary house wine, local beer, soft drinks, coffee, and tea
- 9 days of excursions, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
- 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
- Services of an experienced Uniworld Tour Manager
- Complimentary Wellness Program on every sailing
- Cultural enrichment
- All transfers on arrival and departure days
- All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
It is your responsibility to verify all visa and passport requirements necessary for your holiday. You are responsible for obtaining independently and paying for all visas and entry documents, for meeting all health and other requirements, and for any documents required by the laws, regulations, orders, and/or requirements of the countries you will visit. You should confirm the necessary requirements for visas via the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website which can be found here
If you are unsure regarding how to obtain a visa or would like more information then please give us a call and one of our river cruising experts will be more than happy to assist.