Overview

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

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Assam & the Brahmaputra

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

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.

Key Features

Wildlife & Riverscapes
Exclusive
Small Ship Sailing
Free Cabin Selection
Jules Verne Sightseeing
UNESCO: Kaziranga NP
Guaranteed Departure
Group Size: 2 – 34

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)

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

Notes

Embarkation is sometimes at simple landing stages.

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.

2019

Wednesdays
per person in a twin/double room Main Deck cabin
Emirates from Heathrow or Gatwick

Date Price
October 30 £2990

2020

Wednesdays
per person in a twin/double room Main Deck cabin
Emirates from Heathrow or Gatwick

Date Price
March 18 £2695
November 4 £2695

2021

Wednesdays
per person in a twin/double room Main Deck cabin
Emirates from Heathrow or Gatwick

Date Price
March 24 £2595
April 21 £2495

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Double for sole use £995 (Mar 18 £895)

Cabin Upgrades

Upper Deck (twin or double) £295 (Oct 30 nil) 
Upper Deck double for sole use £1295 (Oct 30 £895; Mar 18 £1195) 
Upper Deck Luxury cabin £795

Flight Options

Emirates from Manchester or Birmingham nil
London-Kolkata/Delhi-London
Emirates Business Class from £2095

Extension Options

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.

Independent Arrival

Save £650
Arrival transfer add £22
Departure transfer add £22

Price Includes
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.

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

Notes
*Oct 30 is based on Upper Deck as Main Deck is sold out.

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