Overview

Day 1 - Flight
Days 2 & 3 - Kolkata
Day 4 - Patna/Start of Cruise
Day 5 - Maner/Goghra
Day 6 - Buxar
Day 7 - Ghazipur
Day 8 - Varanasi/Sarnath
Day 9 - Chunar/Ramnagar
Day 10 - Varanasi
Day 11 - Delhi
Day 12 - Return Flight

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The Holy Ganges

A pioneering small ship cruise between Varanasi and Patna on India’s sacred river, combined with a visit to the colonial capital of Calcutta staying at 5-star hotels

Travellers familiar with India will know that cruising is the perfect way to enjoy this magical country. Far away from the frenetic roads, life on board offers a grandeur of scenery and a tranquillity that is unique. So, a cruise on India’s most famous river presents an opportunity not to be missed, viewing this great river from the water.

At holy Varanasi visit the various Ghats where the living seek purification and the dead salvation. Lining the Ganges with a collision of colours and an assault on the senses, this is one of the seven Hindu holy cities with temples jostling for space in its tangle of ancient streets. Sailing between here and Patna is a journey through history and Hinduism. From Mughal tombs and a Maharaja’s palace, to bathing ghats and relics of the British Raj, it is exotic and chaotic, in fairly equal measure.

Our cruising partner, Assam Bengal Navigation, has now successfully pioneered this cruise between Varanasi and Patna, quiet and remote parts of the river contrasting with hectic Varanasi. Cruises operate only during August and September when water levels are at their best for cruising.

Key Features

Culture & Riverscapes
Free Cabin Selection
Small Ship Sailing
Excursions Included
No Single Supplement
Guaranteed Departure
Group Size: 2 – 24

 

Day 1 Fly overnight from your chosen airport to Kolkata.

Day 2 Transfer to the 5-star Oberoi Grand for two nights. Welcome drink and dinner. (D)

Day 3 Cruise on the Hoogly River. Visit the flower and book market, Jain temple, Victoria Memorial, St. John’s Church and a panoramic drive around colonial Calcutta. (B)

Day 4 Fly to Patna and embark on the RV Rajmahal for a seven-night cruise. (B, D)

Day 5 Cruise upstream to Maner to visit a small Moghul tomb. Pass the confluence with the River Sone to the busy port of Doriganj. Moor overnight near the River Goghra. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Sail past Ballia towards Buxar, famous for the battle in 1764, which together with Plassey, laid the foundations of the British Raj. Visit the memorial on the battlefield and the old East India Company cemetery. Rickshaw ride to the ghats of Buxar. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Cruise past Chausa to Ghazipur, centre for legal opium production. Visit the tomb of Lord Cornwallis, responsible for the British defeat at Yorktown. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Set sail for Varanasi. Boisterous, flamboyant, frenetic and many more adjectives are used to catch the essence of Varanasi. Visit Sarnath, where Buddha preached and the archaeological museum with the ‘Ashokan Lion’, inspiration for the Indian flag. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Sail to Chunar to visit the old British cemetery, Mughal fort and tombs. Enjoy carpet weaving and Chunar pottery demonstrations, before calling at Ramnagar to visit the Maharaja’s palace, museum and Durbar Hall. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Morning boat ride on the Ganges to see the colourful bathing ghats. Walking tour of Varanasi. Evening Aarti ceremony on the Ganges. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Disembark and fly to Delhi for overnight at the 5-star ITC Maurya. (B)

Day 12 Return flight. (B)

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

Notes

Alcohol is not available between Patna and Buxar due to local state regulations.

Extensions are available pre or post tour from Delhi including Udaipur, Indian Wildlife, Shimla, Darjeeling, Cochin & Kerala Backwaters, Tigers & Ganges, Goa, Amritsar and Nepal.

Pre/post tour extra nights and transfers are available.

Click here for India extension options.

2019

Tuesdays
per person in a twin room/Main Deck cabin

Emirates from Heathrow or Gatwick

Date Price
August 13 £2395
September 10 £2595

2020

Tuesdays
per person in a twin room/Main Deck cabin

Emirates from Heathrow or Gatwick

Date Price
August 18 £2495
September 1 £2795
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Main Deck Single Cabin, limited availability on these dates:
2019: Aug 13
2020: Aug 18 & Sep 1

Main Deck double for sole use £445
(Sep 2019 £645; Sep 2020 £695)

Cabin Upgrades

Upper Deck £295
Upper Deck double for sole use £695
(Sep 2019 £895; Sep 2020 £945)

Flight Options

Emirates from Manchester, Birmingham or Glasgow nil
Emirates Business Class from £2095

Extension Options

Extensions are available pre or post tour from Delhi including Udaipur, Indian Wildlife, Shimla, Darjeeling, Cochin & Kerala Backwaters, Tigers & Ganges, Goa, Amritsar and Nepal.

Pre/post tour extra nights and transfers are available.

Click here for India extension options.

Independent Arrival

Save £700
Arrival transfer add £22
Departure transfer add £22

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 7-night cruise, 3 nights’ hotel, breakfast daily, full board on cruise, local expert 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.

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