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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.

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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Tour Highlights

  • Culture & Riverscapes
  • Free Cabin Selection
  • Small Ship Sailing
  • Excursions Included
  • Full Board on Cruise

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

Notes:

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

Cruises operate only during August and September when water levels are at their best for cruising.

Accommodation

Oberoi Grand - Kolkata

A 5-star heritage hotel with a fusion of classical Victorian and traditional Indian style architecture. Restaurants, bar, indoor pool, gym and WiFi (free). 209 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.

ITC Maurya - Delhi

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.

Vessels

RV Rajmahal

Operated by Assam Bengal Navigation, the RV Rajmahal was built in Kolkata, is 164 ft. long, powered by three engines, with extra-shallow draught and a lower profile than conventional designs to enable it to cruise further upstream than most vessels. On board the crew are mainly Indian, the currency the Indian Rupee, the language English and WiFi (free/limited).

The décor is stylish and fresh, with touches of colonial elegance, and uses hand-blocked cotton fabrics of traditional Indian-inspired designs. The comfortable saloon, bar and dining room compliment the vast canopied sun deck. A small spa offers a range of treatments.

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.

22 Main and Upper Deck cabins with four Main Deck single cabins, all are air-conditioned with private facilities, hairdryer, safe and French balconies.

Dates & Prices

per person in a twin room/Upper Deck cabin
Emirates from Heathrow or Gatwick

September
September 10 (Tuesday)
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, drinks, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Supplements per person

Upgrades
  • RV Rajmahal - Upper Deck Twin/Double from £500
Flight Options
  • Emirates from Manchester, Birmingham or Glasgow
  • On request, please call
  • Emirates Business Class
  • On request, please call
Tour Only
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  • £800
  • Arrival or departure transfer
  • £49

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