Exclusive cruises along India’s iconic Brahmaputra river including Kaziranga National Park, home of the one-horned Rhino, Majuli island of monasteries and old Calcutta
Day 1 - Flight
Days 2 & 3 - Kolkata
Day 4 - Guwahati/Steemer Ghat
Day 5 - Kaziranga NP/Vishnath
Day 6 - Cruising the Brahmaputra
Day 7 - Kaziranga NP
Day 8 - Cruising the Brahmaputra
Day 9 - Majuli Island
Day 10 - Sibsagar
Day 11 - Dibrugarh/Delhi
Day 12 - Return Flight
From its origins in south-western Tibet, the Brahmaputra breaks through the Himalayas in great gorges before flowing for some 1,800 miles through Assam and Bangladesh.
The river was a vital artery for the East India Company and daily passenger services continued until the 1950s with paddle steamers playing a vital role in bringing troops and evacuating casualties during the battles of Imphal and Kohima in 1944.
Venture deep into rural Assam, where the river is broad and mighty. Sail past temples, tea plantations, alongside wildlife sanctuaries and historical monuments and meeting gentle, tribal peoples whose exposure to tourism has been minimal.
Also discover the vibrant former colonial capital of Calcutta (Kolkata), still known for its colonial-era avenues, grand Victoria Memorial and cricket ground.
You may be inspired by the 2017 visit by the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge to the national park of Kaziranga - this cruise allows visits to this unique home for the one-horned rhinoceros, as well as elephants, deer, buffalo and outstanding birdlife.
Wildlife & Riverscapes
Small Ship Sailing
Free Cabin Selection
Jules Verne Sightseeing
UNESCO: Kaziranga NP
Group Size: 2 – 32
Day 1 Fly overnight from your chosen airport to Kolkata via Dubai.
Day 2 Transfer to the 5-star Oberoi Grand for two nights. Welcome dinner. (D)
Day 3 Visit the flower market and take a cruise on the Hoogly River. Visit Victoria Memorial, Dalhousie Square, St. John’s Church and a panoramic drive around colonial Calcutta. Then, visit the book market and Jain temple. (B)
Day 4 Fly to Guwahati. Transfer to Steemer Ghat (4 hrs) close to Kaziranga National Park to board the RV Charaidew II for a seven-night cruise. Traditional Assamese dance performance on board. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Early morning jeep safari in Kaziranga’s Central Range, home to the world’s largest population of the Indian One-horned Rhinoceros. Cruise upstream along the park border, looking out for wildlife. Arrive at Vishnath for a walking tour and visit its Shiva temple. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Full-day sailing up the Brahmaputra, opportunity to sight Gangetic dolphins while passing remote villages. Evening arrival at Dhansiri Mukh. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Jeep safari in Kaziranga’s Eastern Range, a grassland favoured by rhinoceros. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Sail upstream calling at a small village for an insight into rural India. (B, L, D)
Day 9 Arrive at Majuli Island, known for its Hindu monasteries and dance-drama performance. Visit a monastery at Auniati with an eclectic museum. Dance performance at Kamalbari Monastery. Sail to Neamati Ghat on the opposite bank. (B, L, D)
Day 10 Visit a tea estate. Drive to Sibsagar, capital of the kings of Assam until the 1820’s. Their culture and architecture is a delightful amalgam of Indian and Asian influence. Visit the temples with stupa-like profiles and palaces. (B, L, D)
Day 11 Disembark. Transfer to Dibrugarh airport (5 hrs) passing through the colonial town and major base for American flights to China in WWII. Fly via Guwahati to Delhi for overnight at the 5-star ITC Maurya. (B)
Day 12 Return flight via Dubai. (B)
Embarkation is sometimes at simple landing stages.
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.
A 5-star heritage hotel with a fusion of classical Victorian and traditional Indian style architecture. 209 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Restaurants, bar, indoor pool, gym and WiFi (free).
A 5-star hotel named after the famous 'Mauryan' dynasty. Restaurants, bar, gym, pool, spa and WiFi (chargeable). 438 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite and tea/coffee making facilities.
Operated by Assam Bengal Navigation the RV Charaidew II launched in early 2019, is 147 ft. long and powered by two engines with an extra shallow draft and lower profile to allow faster cruising. The crew are mainly Indian, the currency the Indian Rupee (Pounds, Euro and U.S. Dollar, Visa/Master cards accepted), the language English and WiFi (free/limited).
The décor is stylish with a touch of colonial elegance and traditional Indian-inspired designs. A comfortable saloon and bar, dining room, open sun deck, spa and gym.
Food is a mixture of Assamese (milder than most Indian cuisine) and continental. Wines, beer and spirits are available. Tea, coffee and water are complimentary.
Cold towel service, welcome drink and shoe cleaning are offered after each excursion.
18 air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and French balconies. 12 standard twin/double cabins (240 sq. ft.) and two Luxury front cabins (350 sq. ft.) on the Upper Deck. Two double cabins and two single cabins (all 170 sq. ft.) on the Main Deck.
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.
We recommend the Indian Wildlife Extension
Indian Wildlife Extension
Discover more of India’s wildlife within Kanha National Park and Bandhavgarh National Park, including four game drives and a chance to see tigers, Indian bison, dholes, swamp deer, leopards, bears and birdlife.
Note: The national parks are closed from July to 15th October.
From Delhi £1095
Single supplement £295
Day 1 Fly to Jabalpur. Drive to Kanha National Park (5 hrs).Two nights at Chitvan Jungle Lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 2 Two game drives. (B, L, D)
Day 3 Drive to Bandhavgarh NP (7 hrs) for two nights at Bandhav Vilas. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Two game drives. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Travel to Jabalpur (5 hrs) and fly to Delhi. Overnight at the 4-star Novotel AeroCity. (B, L)
Day 6 Return flight. (B)
Chitvan Jungle Lodge is located on 6 hectares of land and shares its boundry with the Kanha Tiger Reserve of Madhya Pradesh. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym and spa. 18 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-fridge and tea/coffee making facilities.
Located 3kms from the Bandhavgarh National Park. Restaurants, bar, pool and spa. 20 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
A 4-star airport hotel with a restaurant, bar, gym and WiFi (free). 400 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
per person in a twin/double room Main Deck cabin
Emirates from Heathrow or Gatwick
per person in a twin/double room Main Deck cabin
Emirates from Heathrow or Gatwick
Supplements per person
Double for sole use £995 (16 Apr £795)
Upper Deck (twin or double) £295
Upper Deck double for sole use £1295 (16 Apr £1095)
Upper Deck Luxury cabin £795
Emirates from Manchester or Birmingham - nil
British Airways from Heathrow – nil
Emirates Business Class from £2095
Extension - India Wildlife
5 nights from £1095
We offer a wide variety of pre- and post-tour extensions, click here for more information.
Pre/post tour extra nights and transfers are available.
Arrival transfer add £24
Departure transfer add £24
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 7-night cruise, 3 nights’ at 5-star hotels, 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.
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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