Day 1 - Flight
Day 2 - Kolkata
Day 3 - Farakka/Cruise Start
Day 4 - Gaur
Day 5 - Barangar/Murshidabad
Day 6 - Khushbagh/Katwa
Day 7 - Matiari/Mayapur
Day 8 - Kalna
Day 9 - Chandernagore/ Barrackpore
Day 10 - Kolkata
Day 11 - Return Flight

Spendology - Widgets

Along the Banks of the Hoogly
Downstream Cruise

A unique, original and exclusive cruise through rural India along the River Hoogly between Calcutta and English Bazaar

Much has been written about the British love affair with India, with books ranging from M.M. Kaye’s ‘The Far Pavilions’ to William Dalrymple’s ‘White Mughals’. This love affair manifests itself in many ways; the rhythm of tranquil days in rural communities, ancient temples and cities, medieval towns and palaces. All these and more can be found in this unique cruise of some 250 miles through rural countryside away from the tourist trail, affording the less common opportunity to observe Indian life from the comfort of a charming small river vessel.

The River Hoogly, once an artery for the jute trade and East India Company between Calcutta and the Ganges, had no long distance passenger vessels since 1850 with the advent of the railway but does reveal nowadays interesting local passenger and cargo vessels and ferries.

Discover monuments from the East India Company, the Mughals and one of India’s most romantic places – the ancient capital of the Nawabs of Bengal, Murshidabad, now a village, its mansions, mosques and tombs surrounded by rice paddies and mango orchards. 

Key Features

Culture & Riverscapes
Exclusive Sailing
Free Cabin Selection
No Single Supplement
Excursions Included
Full Board on Cruise
Guaranteed Departure

Day 1 Fly overnight from your chosen airport to Kolkata via Delhi or Dubai.

Day 2 A busy waterway in Kolkata and India’s only major riverine port; it assumes an almost backwater feel the further it gets from the city, hemmed by rural life and rarely visited ruins. Visit the Jain temple, college street, book market and take a tram ride. Welcome drink, dinner and overnight at the 5-star heritage Oberoi Grand hotel with a fusion of classical Victorian and traditional Indian style architecture. (D)

Day 3 By train to Farakka (6 hrs). Embark on the RV Rajmahal for a seven-night cruise. (B, D)

Day 4 Full-day excursion to Gaur, close to the English Bazaar (now the town of Malda), once one of India’s great cities, which has many mosques and palace remains. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Sail down the Hoogly proper to Baranagar. Continue to Murshidabad to visit the Nawab’s Hazarduari Palace, Katra Mosque and the 18th-century palaces of Nashipara and Katgola. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Walk to Khushbagh, a Moghul-style garden. Cruise to the battlefield of Plassey, where in 1757, Clive of India defeated Siraj-ud-Daulah. Visit the obelisk and moor near Katwa. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Visit the brass-working village of Matiari and the temples of Mayapur. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Sail to Kalna. Travel to the terracotta temples by rickshaws. Visit Imambara on the outskirts of Kolkata. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Sail to Chandernagore and visit its museum and sail past the Dutch settlement of Chinsura. At Barrackpore, walk through the cantonment past the Semaphore Tower, Government House, the Temple of Fame and Flagstaff House. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Sail on under the Howrah Bridge to central Kolkata for overnight. Drive around colonial Calcutta and visit Victoria Memorial, Dalhousie Square and St. John’s Church. (B)

Day 11 Return flight to your chosen airport via Delhi or Dubai. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


The cruise itinerary may vary according to local conditions.
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.
While the vessel carries more, the group size specified refers to transfers and excursions. Excursions will be limited to a maximum of 22 persons per group. The cruise vessel takes 40 guests.

Time to relax or see even more of India!

No one can cover all of India on one tour, so why not make the most of your time in India by choosing further experiences?

We invite you to customise your tour by adding one or more extensions from our great range shown on the following pages. Relax in a resort or discover more of India with our specialist guides.

Also please consider adding extra nights before the tour if you would like to draw breath after the flight to India or stay on to reflect, relax or explore independently. Extra nights can also be added to most extensions. Please talk to one of our knowledgeable Personal Travel Experts to let us know what you are looking for and they will work out the best way. Sometimes extra transfers, internal flights and nights are recommended or needed, and sometimes two extensions can be combined into a more logical sequence.

Click here to view all our pre- and post- India extensions


We recommend the Darjeeling Extension


per person in a twin/double room - Main Deck cabin
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
October 15 £2795


per person in a twin/double room - Main Deck cabin (Feb 14 - Upper Deck Cabin)
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
February 14 £3140
April 11 £2495


Saturday / Tuesday
per person in a twin/double room - 
Main Deck cabin
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
February 17 £2845
April 16 £2595
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

(limited availability)
2022: Oct 15
2023: Apr 11
2024: Feb 17 & Apr 16

Double for sole use £695 (Feb 2023 £990)

Cabin Upgrades

Upper Deck £295 (not available Feb 2023)
Upper Deck (double for sole use) £990 (not available Feb 2023)

Flight Options

British Airways World Traveller Plus - On request
British Airways Club World - On request
Emirates from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham or Glasgow - nil
Emirates Business Class - On request

Extension Options

Darjeeling Extension
3 nights £695
Single supplement £195

Tour Only

Save £600 
Arrival or departure transfer add £24

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 7-night cruise, 2 nights’ hotel, breakfast daily, 1 dinner, full board on cruise, excursions, cruise director, local guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, drinks, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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