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India's Golden Triangle & the sacred Ganges

From £5,196 pp

Complex and beguiling, India is a country unlike any other. Wondrous sights rich in romance and intrigue come alive in the “Golden Triangle”of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Delhi’s immense red sandstone marble tomb, commissioned by Emperor Humayun’s grief-stricken wife, will capture your heart, while Raj Ghat, a black granite memorial to the “Father of the Nation,” Mahatma Gandhi, will stir your soul. Jaipur’s Pink City and Agra’s Taj Mahal, a grand tribute to love, will leave you forever mesmerized. 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. Start your trip with five luxurious nights at three different award-winning Oberoi hotels. Enjoy a rare opportunity to see the Taj Mahal two times—once at sunrise and once at sunset. Once onboard, travel to villages lining the Ganges River that only a few people get to see each year and experience our new Wellness Program, centered around the destination’s ancient tradition and practice of yoga.

What’s Included:

  • Flights from the UK and all overseas transfers
  • 5 nights touring &  7 night all-inclusive, boutique Ganges cruise
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
  • 15 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment & insightful lectures
  • All gratuities onboard and ashore
Close up of Peacock Gate in Pitam Niwas Chowk, Jaipur City Palace, Rajasthan, India
Sunset behind the President Residence, Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, India
Indian colored spices at local market
Jaigarh Fort Jaipur Rajasthan. Aerial view of Jaipur cityscape and Maota lake
Taj Mahal
Day 1 - Depart UK

Fly from the UK to New Delhi

Day 2 - 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 your hotel, the beautiful Oberoi New Delhi Hotel. Its sophisticated comfort will offer you the perfect launching pad for your exploration of the city.

Day 2 - New Delhi

Breakfast & Lunch

Day 3 - New Delhi

India’s sprawling capital city is colorful, confounding and completely captivating, an exhilarating mixture of ancient and modern, sacred and secular. Your perfectly paced, expertly-led city tour provides a soft landing, an ideal first foray into this fascinating land. The capital of modern India, New Delhi is not one city but many. Sprawling, home to 17 million people, inhabited for at least 2,500 years, New Delhi has been built and destroyed and rebuilt numerous times, and all of its conquerors have left traces. Your panoramic tour today will show you some of its most remarkable landmarks. Featured Excursion: India’s Capital City

Day 3 - New Delhi

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4 - New Delhi, Transfer to Agra

To gaze upon the Taj Mahal is a moment at the top of countless travel bucket lists, as well it should be. Widely considered one of the most beautiful monuments ever created, this “elegy in marble” is guaranteed not to disappoint—especially when viewed at the magical hour of sunset, as you are fortunate enough to see it today. This morning you will check out of your New Delhi hotel and head south via motorcoach to Agra. Once known as Akbarabad, Agra was the capital of the Mughal Empire for 100 years, until Shah Jahan moved the government back to Delhi—but Agra was the site of his best-known building project, the exquisite Taj Mahal, which draws visitors from all over the world. Featured Excursion: Taj Mahal at sundown

Day 4 - New Delhi, Transfer to Agra

Breakfast & Lunch

Day 5 - Agra transfer to Jaipur

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 for a second visit to this unforgettable site, so you can see the white marble monument aglow with the rosy tinge of dawn. Featured Excursion: Early morning at the Taj Mahal

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Jaipur

Pink is the color of hospitality in Rajasthan, which gives you an idea of what to expect in the “Pink City” of Jaipur. You’ll see some marvelous things here, including the Amber Palace and Jantar Mantar, an ancient observatory still used by local astrologers to determine the position of the stars. What do the stars reveal about your destiny? You can find out today. Featured Excursion: Jaipur, and Amber Fort

Day 6 - Jaipur

Breakfast

Day 7 - Jaipur, Fly to Kolkata (Embark), Cruise the Ganges

Settle into your beautifully appointed suite aboard the Ganges Voyager II in Kolkata (the city formerly known as Calcutta), the gateway to your journey along the world’s holiest river. You leave Jaipur early today and fly to Kolkata, India’s second-largest city, the longtime capital of the British Raj, and the city many Indians consider their nation’s intellectual capital. Like Jaipur, it is young compared to the millennia-long history of the subcontinent; it was founded by the East India Company late in the 17th century. You’ll board the Ganges Voyager II, your supremely comfortable traveling hotel for the next seven nights, and settle into your suite. Enjoy a Welcome dinner and a cultural performance to cap your day.

Day 7 - Jaipur, Fly to Kolkata (Embark), Cruise the Ganges

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Kalna

As incredible as it sounds, India is the birthplace of four of the world’s major religions (including Buddhism and Hinduism), and Kalna—India’s “Temple City”—has some of the most magnificent examples of Hindu temples on the entire subcontinent. Kalna, once an important trade port on the river, is best known today for the magnificent Hindu temples built by the maharajas of Bardhaman in the late 18th and 19th centuries. They are your destination today Featured Excursion: India’s “Temple City”

Day 8 -  Kalna

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9 - Matiari

Your ship serves as a time machine today, transporting you hundreds of years into the past, as we travel to an artisan village where craftsmen use materials and techniques that have remained unchanged for centuries. Matiari, a West Bengal village nestled above the banks of the river and surrounded by farms, is also home to a thriving metal-working tradition that you will see in action today. Featured Excursion: Matiari master craftsmen

Day 9 - Matiari

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10 - Murshidabad, Baranagar

Curiosities abound in India, and that includes the country’s eclectic architectural styles. But a palace with a thousand doors? Such a thing does indeed exist, as you’ll see for yourself today, along with some famous terra-cotta carvings, the ruins of a mosque and yet another cultural curiosity—the game of cricket, India’s beloved (and rather complex) national sport. 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. This evening, following dinner onboard, take in a lively and fun-filled Bollywood-style show, complete with music and dancing. Featured Excursion: Visit to Murshidabad City, ride by buggy to Katra Mosque and visit to Baranagar village

Day 10 - Murshidabad, Baranagar

Breakfast

Day 11 - Mayapur

Today the ship heads back toward Kolkata, cruising past lush fields of rice, sugarcane, tomatoes and eggplant, among many other crops, but your river adventure is not over. You still have some fascinating locations to visit; they lie on the opposite bank of the river from your upstream ports of call. Your stop is in Mayapur, sometimes called the spiritual capital of the world. 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. Featured Excursion: Hare Krishna complex and Temple of the Vedic Planetarium

Day 11 - Mayapur

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12 - Bandel, Chandannagar, Kolkata

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, too—including one that existed as late as the 1950s. You’ll visit this former French outpost today, as well as a famous Shia pilgrimage center. You’ll continue to cruise toward Kolkata today, stopping en route in Bandel and Chandannagar, a little piece of France that survived in India for a couple hundred years. Featured Excursion: India’s French colonial heritage

Day 12 - Bandel, Chandannagar, Kolkata

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13: Kolkata

The city of Kolkota is virtually synonymous with the enduring legacies of Mother Teresa— recently canonized as a Catholic saint—and the colonial-era British Raj, both of which you will get better acquainted with today. Enjoy a farewell dinner tonight. Featured Excursions: Kolkata city tour – visit the Flower Market, colonial sites and Kumartulli Choice of NGO’s Kolkata Rescue visit or Mother Teresa’s home and tomb

Day 13: Kolkata

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14 - Kolkata (Disembark)

Your incredible Indian adventure ends early this morning, as you disembark and transfer to the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport for your flight home—or extend your journey with an optional extension in Varanasi.

Breakfast & Lunch

Day 15 - Arrive UK

Arrive back into the UK

Varanasi - 2 Nights - Post Cruise

A swirl of color and ritual and oddities galore, Varanasi may very well be the most ethereal and exotic place you will ever visit. Considered the holiest spot on India’s holiest river, it is also one of the world’s oldest cities—as ancient as Babylon and Thebes. It is the goal of every devout Hindu to come here at least once to purify body and soul in the sacred waters of the Ganges. Your visit includes a fascinating tour of this otherworldly and intoxicating city, followed by a private boat ride to observe a Ganga Aarti ceremony. Led by a Hindu priest at sunset, this spellbinding devotional ritual is performed in honor of the goddess of the river, a spectacle you’ll remember the rest of your days. You will also have an opportunity to take a boat ride along the river at sunrise, when hundreds of sari- and dhoti-clad Hindus can be observed bathing, washing laundry, performing yoga asanas, and making respectful offerings to Mother Ganga along the broad stone ghats lining the Ganges. Magical and mystical, surreal and deeply spiritual, Varanasi is a city that is truly unlike any other. £939 per person

Varanasi - 2 Nights - Post Cruise
Chandigarh Wellness Retreat - 4 Nights - Pre Cruise

Unwind and recharge with this unique, wellness-focused extension that provides you with the opportunity to stay at two different five-star Oberoi Hotels. Pamper yourself with this five-day retreat in Chandigarh that features a relaxing and luxurious “digital detox” at The Oberoi Sukhvilas Resort & Spa, ideally nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. Sitting on 25 lush acres, this resort is the perfect place for a soothing getaway. £2,029 per person

Chandigarh Wellness Retreat - 4 Nights - Pre Cruise
Ganges Voyager II - Exterior 2

The magnificent design and décor onboard this ship draw inspiration from the colours and gorgeous scenery throughout India.

Relax in the air-conditioned lounge, or in the shade out on the sundeck and watch this amazing world drift by.  Dining in provided in the East India restaurant where a selection of Indian and European dishes are served.  Breakfast and lunch are buffets with silver service for the evening meals.

Catering for just 56 guests the Ganges Voyager II provides accommodation in elegant, spacious suites with high celings, hand painted murals and the finest linens.  Floor to ceiling windows in all suites provide uninterrupted river views.

Keep in shape, or just pamper yourself, in the Spa and fitness rooms with a range of treatments, wellness activities and equipment available.

 

Ganges Voyager II - Sundeck

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 28 staterooms and suites catering for just 56 guests
  • Dining room serving locally inspired and European dishes
  • Panoramic lounge & bar
  • Covered sundeck with loungers and chairs
  • Open air observation deck with chairs and tables
  • Spa and Fitness room

Accommodation & Amenities

The ship’s spacious, high-ceilinged suites are a serene sanctuary, with beautiful hand-painted murals and all the comforts of a five-star hotel. All suites have a cosy sitting area and a French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. A bed dressed in soft linens, with a choice of pillows.

The roomy bathroom has a rain shower, comfy robes and slippers, and spa-quality bath products. Other high-end amenities include a generous amount of closet space, under-bed storage, a flat-screen television with a wide selection of on-demand movies, individual climate control, bottled water replenished daily, fresh fruit and flowers upon arrival, an iPhone docking station with alarm clock, makeup mirrors, and universal electrical plugs.

Maharaja Suite

400 ft² – Upper Deck

  • Floor to ceiling windows opening to a French balcony
  • Expansive bathroom with a bathtub and separate shower
  • Bathrobes, slippers and spa-quality amenities
  • Enhanced sitting area with chairs and table
  • Bed dressed in soft linens and choice of pillows
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with wide selection of on-demand movies
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Universal electrical sockets
Ganges Voyager II - Maharaja Suite
Ganges Voyager II - Viceroy Suite

Viceroy Suite

360 ft² – Upper Deck

  • Floor to ceiling windows opening to a French balcony
  • Large bathroom with rain shower
  • Bathrobes, slippers and spa-quality amenities
  • Sitting area with chairs and table
  • Bed dressed in soft linens and choice of pillows
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with wide selection of on-demand movies
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Universal electrical sockets

Heritage Suite

280 ft² – Upper Deck

  • Curved floor to ceiling windows opening to a French balcony
  • Expansive bathroom with a rain shower
  • Bathrobes, slippers and spa-quality amenities
  • Sitting area with chairs and table
  • Bed dressed in soft linens and choice of pillows
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with wide selection of on-demand movies
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Universal electrical sockets
Ganges Voyager II - Heritage Suite
Ganges Voyager II - Colonial Suite

Colonial Suite

261 ft² – Upper Deck

  • Floor to ceiling windows opening to a French balcony
  • Expansive bathroom with a rain shower
  • Bathrobes, slippers and spa-quality amenities
  • Sitting area with chairs and table
  • Bed dressed in soft linens and choice of pillows
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with wide selection of on-demand movies
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Universal electrical sockets

Signature Suite

261 ft² – Main Deck

  • Floor to ceiling windows opening to a French balcony
  • Expansive bathroom with a rain shower
  • Bathrobes, slippers and spa-quality amenities
  • Sitting area with chairs and table
  • Bed dressed in soft linens and choice of pillows
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with wide selection of on-demand movies
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Universal electrical sockets
Ganges Voyager II - Signature Suite
Ganges Voyager II - Deck Plan
DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Jan 2Ganges Voyager IINew Delhi£7199Cabin Upgrades
SignatureMain Deck261 ft², French balcony£7199  
ColonialUpper Deck261 ft², French balcony£7699  
HeritageUpper Deck280 ft², French Balcony£9199  
ViceroyUpper Deck360 ft², French Balcony£9699  
MaharajaUpper Deck400 ft², French Balcony£10499  
Jan 10Ganges Voyager IINew Delhi£7199Cabin Upgrades
SignatureMain Deck261 ft², French balcony£7199  
ColonialUpper Deck261 ft², French balcony£7699  
HeritageUpper Deck280 ft², French Balcony£9199  
ViceroyUpper Deck360 ft², French Balcony£9699  
MaharajaUpper Deck400 ft², French Balcony£10499  
Jan 18Ganges Voyager IINew Delhi£7199Cabin Upgrades
SignatureMain Deck261 ft², French balcony£7199  
ColonialUpper Deck261 ft², French balcony£7699  
HeritageUpper Deck280 ft², French Balcony£9199  
ViceroyUpper Deck360 ft², French Balcony£9699  
MaharajaUpper Deck400 ft², French Balcony£10499  
Jan 27Ganges Voyager IINew Delhi£6495Cabin Upgrades
SignatureMain Deck261 ft², French balcony£6495  
ColonialUpper Deck261 ft², French balcony£6995  
HeritageUpper Deck280 ft², French Balcony£8495  
ViceroyUpper Deck360 ft², French Balcony£8995  
MaharajaUpper Deck400 ft², French Balcony£9795  
Feb 14Ganges Voyager IINew Delhi£7199Cabin Upgrades
SignatureMain Deck261 ft², French balcony£7199  
ColonialUpper Deck261 ft², French balcony£7699  
HeritageUpper Deck280 ft², French Balcony£9199  
ViceroyUpper Deck360 ft², French Balcony£9699  
MaharajaUpper Deck400 ft², French Balcony£10499  
Feb 22Ganges Voyager IINew Delhi£7199Cabin Upgrades
SignatureMain Deck261 ft², French balcony£7199  
ColonialUpper Deck261 ft², French balcony£7699  
HeritageUpper Deck280 ft², French Balcony£9199  
ViceroyUpper Deck360 ft², French Balcony£9699  
MaharajaUpper Deck400 ft², French Balcony£10499  
Mar 2Ganges Voyager IINew Delhi£7199Cabin Upgrades
SignatureMain Deck261 ft², French balcony£7199  
ColonialUpper Deck261 ft², French balcony£7699  
HeritageUpper Deck280 ft², French Balcony£9199  
ViceroyUpper Deck360 ft², French Balcony£9699  
MaharajaUpper Deck400 ft², French Balcony£10499  
Sep 26Ganges Voyager IINew Delhi£5196Save 20%Cabin Upgrades
SignatureMain Deck261 ft², French balcony£5196 Was £6495  
ColonialUpper Deck261 ft², French balcony£5596 Was £6995  
HeritageUpper Deck280 ft², French Balcony£6796 Was £8495  
ViceroyUpper Deck360 ft², French Balcony£7196 Was £8995  
MaharajaUpper Deck400 ft², French Balcony£7836 Was £9795  
Oct 5Ganges Voyager IINew Delhi£7199Cabin Upgrades
SignatureMain Deck261 ft², French balcony£7199  
ColonialUpper Deck261 ft², French balcony£7699  
HeritageUpper Deck280 ft², French Balcony£9199  
ViceroyUpper Deck360 ft², French Balcony£9699  
MaharajaUpper Deck400 ft², French Balcony£10499  
Oct 15Ganges Voyager IINew Delhi£7199Cabin Upgrades
SignatureMain Deck261 ft², French balcony£7199  
ColonialUpper Deck261 ft², French balcony£7699  
HeritageUpper Deck280 ft², French Balcony£9199  
ViceroyUpper Deck360 ft², French Balcony£9699  
MaharajaUpper Deck400 ft², French Balcony£10499  
Oct 23Ganges Voyager IINew Delhi£7199Cabin Upgrades
SignatureMain Deck261 ft², French balcony£7199  
ColonialUpper Deck261 ft², French balcony£7699  
HeritageUpper Deck280 ft², French Balcony£9199  
ViceroyUpper Deck360 ft², French Balcony£9699  
MaharajaUpper Deck400 ft², French Balcony£10499  
Oct 31Ganges Voyager IINew Delhi£7199Cabin Upgrades
SignatureMain Deck261 ft², French balcony£7199  
ColonialUpper Deck261 ft², French balcony£7699  
HeritageUpper Deck280 ft², French Balcony£9199  
ViceroyUpper Deck360 ft², French Balcony£9699  
MaharajaUpper Deck400 ft², French Balcony£10499  
Nov 9Ganges Voyager IINew Delhi£6665Cabin Upgrades
SignatureMain Deck261 ft², French balcony£6665  
ColonialUpper Deck261 ft², French balcony£7165  
HeritageUpper Deck280 ft², French Balcony£8665  
ViceroyUpper Deck360 ft², French Balcony£9165  
MaharajaUpper Deck400 ft², French Balcony£9965  
Nov 19Ganges Voyager IINew Delhi£5995Cabin Upgrades
SignatureMain Deck261 ft², French balcony£5995  
ColonialUpper Deck261 ft², French balcony£6495  
HeritageUpper Deck280 ft², French Balcony£7995  
ViceroyUpper Deck360 ft², French Balcony£8495  
MaharajaUpper Deck400 ft², French Balcony£9295  
Nov 27Ganges Voyager IINew Delhi£6665Cabin Upgrades
SignatureMain Deck261 ft², French balcony£6665  
ColonialUpper Deck261 ft², French balcony£7165  
HeritageUpper Deck280 ft², French Balcony£8665  
ViceroyUpper Deck360 ft², French Balcony£9165  
MaharajaUpper Deck400 ft², French Balcony£9965  
Dec 5Ganges Voyager IINew Delhi£5795Cabin Upgrades
SignatureMain Deck261 ft², French balcony£5795  
ColonialUpper Deck261 ft², French balcony£6295  
HeritageUpper Deck280 ft², French Balcony£7795  
ViceroyUpper Deck360 ft², French Balcony£8295  
MaharajaUpper Deck400 ft², French Balcony£9095  


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When to Go

This tour only operates from September through to March, avoiding the really hot and wet summer months.  Any of the available dates would therefore be a good time to go. December and January can be quite cool, so a good time to travel if you want to avoid the heat.  You will need pack some warmer clothes for this time of year.

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