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India's Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges

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Cloth Market, Delhi
Tour Style: Boutique River Cruises
14 Days from $7,999 per person

When India paints a picture, she uses all possible colors on the palette.

This adventure by land and river will touch all of your senses, from Kolkata, where Mother Teresa’s humble home and tomb provide a place of pilgrimage, to the Rajbari Temples devoted to the Hindu god Shiva. Your Ganges voyage delves deeply into India’s fascinating historical and religious heritage, working its charm in myriad ways and leaving you with memories that will forever endure.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to India (not included).

  2. Be greeted by a Uniworld representative at the airport and transfer to the beautiful Oberoi New Delhi hotel and resort, a luxurious retreat tucked away in the heart of India’s cosmopolitan capital.

  3. FEATURED EXCURSION: India’s Capital City
    India’s seat of power for nearly a thousand years, Delhi bridges two distinctly different worlds—Old Delhi, the former capital, with its narrow lanes and splendid mosques; and New Delhi, established by the British, with wide tree-lined boulevards and handsome buildings. Spend your fi rst full day in India getting a panoramic overview of the city’s top sights, including Humayun’s Tomb—inspiration for the UNESCO-designated Taj Mahal—and birla house.
    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  4. FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Majesty and Grace— Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal at sundown
    This morning’s destination is Agra Fort, the palatial walled city where Shah Jahan once lived, followed by lunch at the spectacular Oberoi Amarvilas. Check-in and enjoy a leisurely afternoon on the resort property, where every room offers stunning a view of the Taj Mahal. As the sun sets, you’ll have your fi rst opportunity to visit India’s most aweinspiring and iconic monument; this “elegy in marble,” commissioned by the broken-hearted Emperor Shah Jahan after his beloved wife died in childbirth, will literally take your breath away.
    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  5. FEATURED EXCURSION: Early morning at the Taj Mahal
    Venture back to the Taj Mahal early in the morning, when the pristine white marble monument is aglow with the soft pink luster of dawn, and learn more about the mausoleum’s fascinating history, perfect proportions, precious building materials and intricate craftsmanship.
    After a scenic drive to Jaipur, the magnifi cent capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan, check in at the regal Oberoi Rajvilas and relax at the hotel.
    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. FEATURED EXCURSION: Jaipur—Rajasthan’s Princely City
    Your tour of romantic Jaipur includes City Palace— a sprawling complex with lovely courtyards and gardens where the former royal family still lives— and the UNESCO-designated Jantar Mantar, a centuries-old observatory housing the world’s largest sundial and a superb collection of astronomical instruments. Relax during the afternoon or take a complimentary shuttle into town to explore the city’s bazaar, which overfl ows with high-quality textiles, jewelry and gemstones.
    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  7. Transfer to Jaipur International Airport and fl y to Kolkata, India’s second-largest city, a clamorous yet captivating metropolis situated on the Lower Ganges. Cap off the day with a cultural performance onboard the Ganges Voyager II.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. FEATURED EXCURSION: Mother Teresa’s home and tomb and the enduring legacy of the British Raj
    The former capital of the Raj, Kolkata offers intriguing glimpses of the British colonial period, including grand architecture such as the Writers’ Building, High Court and General Post Offi ce. Visit Mother Teresa’s former home, where the late Roman Catholic nun established the Missionaries of Charity in 1950, and her tomb, her fi nal resting place.

    Return to the ship for lunch and a scenic cruise that passes a number of former colonial settlements.
    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Welcome Dinner
  9. FEATURED EXCURSION: India’s “Temple City”
    There is no better way to see the sights of Kalna than via an exhilarating trishaw ride through the heart of the city. Kalna’s Rajbari complex has the region’s densest concentration of temples, including 108 intricately carved, slope-roofed structures devoted to Shiva.
    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. FEATURED EXCURSION: Matiari master craftsmen
    Observe master craftsmen at work in Matiari, an artisans’ village revered for its fi nely wrought brassware. There will also be time to shop for village-made goods.

    Back onboard, roll up your sleeves for a mehndi demonstration—intricate henna designs—and learn how to tie a sari and a turban.
    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Today you’ll experience two Bengali towns, Murshidabad and Baranagar, both of which boast architectural monuments closely linked to the ruling families of the area. Approaching Murshidabad, a most unexpected sight unfolds before you—the massive Hazarduari Palace, famous for its thousand doors, both real and false, and its fi ne collection of antiques and British colonial artwork. Climb aboard a horse cart for a lively ride to Katra Mosque, one of the region’s largest and most interesting.

    Return to the ship for lunch, then board a sampan for an excursion to Baranagar. The village’s beautiful 18th-century brick temples are considered some of the fi nest examples of Bengal terracotta art.

    Later, enjoy an exquisite dinner back onboard, followed by the evening’s entertainment.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  12. FEATURED EXCURSION: Hare Krishna complex and Temple of the Vedic Planetarium
    After a scenic morning cruise, the wildly colorful village of Mayapur, birthplace of the founder of the Hare Krishna movement, and its colossal Vedic temple await you. Millions of scholars and devout followers visit here every year. The village is also home to hundreds of second-generation Hare Krishnas born to North Americans and Europeans who relocated to India back in the 1960s.
    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  13. FEATURED EXCURSION: Discovering India’s fascinating dualities
    Travel by sampan to Bandel for a visit to the Hooghly Imambara, one of the most famous pilgrimage centers in West Bengal. The structure was designed to serve two functions—a mosque as well as an Imambara, a congregation hall for special religious ceremonies. Admire the site’s faded grandeur on a stroll around its vast courtyard, or ascend one of the tall twin towers for a marvelous view.

    Later, join an excursion to Chandannagar, which was a French colony for about 275 years and thus has a very different cultural heritage and character from the rest of India (most of which fell under British rule). Take a leisurely walk along the Strand, Chandannagar’s waterfront promenade, lined with lovely colonial-era buildings that have stood the test of time—including the former French governor’s residence and the Roman Catholic Sacred Heart Church. Chandannagar’s intriguing dual nature is evident elsewhere in the city, such as the schools that still teach both English and French, generations after the colonial rulers departed.

    Spend your last evening onboard enjoying a Farewell Dinner.
    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner
  14. Disembark the ship and transfer to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport for your return flight home, or fl y to Varanasi for a 3-day optional extension in the holiest city on India’s holiest river, the sacred Ganges.

    meal(s):Continental Breakfast/Buffet, Lunch
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Taste

  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Captain’s Farewell Receptions
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water

India—profoundly mysterious and gloriously exotic.

Complex and beguiling, India is a country unlike any other. Wondrous sights rich in romance and intrigue come alive in the “Golden Triangle”—Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Delhi’s immense red sandstone marble tomb, commissioned by Emperor Humayun’s grief-stricken wife, will capture your heart, while Raj Ghat, a black granite memorial to the “Father of the Nation,” Mahatma Gandhi, will stir your soul. Jaipur’s Pink City and Agra’s Taj Mahal, a grand tribute to love, will leave you forever mesmerized.

This adventure by land and river will touch all of your senses, from Kolkata, where Mother Teresa’s humble home and tomb provide a place of pilgrimage, to the Rajbari Temples devoted to the Hindu god Shiva. Your Ganges voyage delves deeply into India’s fascinating historical and religious heritage, working its charm in myriad ways and leaving you with memories that will forever endure.

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Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.

Price shown is per person based on two people sharing a twin bedded Stateroom and cruise in category 5 Cabin. Single rooms are available at a supplement.  Cabin upgrades available at a supplement. Port charges included on 2017 departures only. 2018 port charges are an additional $140 per person.

Early Booking and Pay in Full Discounts vary based on Stateroom category.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

Frequent Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the price of the vacation.

Special Discounts and Promotions: At times we offer discounted departures. These discounts are valid for new bookings only and are not combinable with any other discounts other than our Frequent Traveler Discount and $100 AARP Member Discount. Other restrictions may apply, please call for details.

Cancellation Penalties: 90-60 days prior to departure: 35%; 59-30 days prior to departure: 50%; 29-1 days prior to departure: 80%; Day of departure: 100%.

Length: 185 ft / Width: 41 ft / Voltage: 220 volts / Guests: 56 / Staff: 36

Maharaja Suite: 1 (400 sq ft) / Viceroy Suites: 2 (360 sq ft) / Heritage Suites: 2 (280 sq ft) / Cat. 1 Colonial Suites: 13 (261 sq ft) / Cat. 2 Signature Suites: 6 (261 sq ft) / Cat. 3 Signature Suites: 4 (261 sq ft)

Rivers: Ganges River

The beautiful design and magnificent decor onboard this ship draw inspiration from the colors and gorgeous scenery throughout India. The high-ceiling-ed suites are mesmerizing, as are their French balconies with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. It's a gorgeous boutique hotel, but this hotel knows how to move.

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Staterooms

Lavishly appointed riverview suites have beautiful hand-painted murals, a cozy sitting area, private balcony, and beds dressed in soft linens and a choice of pillows. Roomy bathrooms have rainfall showers, robes and slippers, and spa-quality Molton Brown bath products.

Maharaja Suite

Maharaja Suite

Viceroy Suite

Heritage Suite

Colonial Suite

Signature Suite

Features & Amenities

This elegant ship features enticing public areas and luxurious amenities, including a lounge with full-service bar, fitness center, restaurant, Voyager Spa, and a Sun Deck where you can relax and take in the ever-changing views. 

Sun Deck

Indoor Lounge

Restaurant

Sun Deck

Outdoor Lounge

Restaurant

  • U.S. citizens traveling to India must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. U.S. passport holders traveling to India will also need an entry visa.  We will send you application forms to complete to obtain your visa prior to departure. Visa costs and entry requirements can change at any time. Please visit travel.state.gov to learn more.

  • The currency in India is the Rupee.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in India. We recommend bringing a combination of credit and debit cards; it is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine. On your trip you’ll discover an abundance of regional dishes and local traditions.  Consumption of beef is considered taboo in India. Staples include lentils, rice, potatoes and flatbread served with spiced vegetables, sauces, and chutneys.

  • We suggest bringing breathable, loose-fitting clothing that can be layered to stay comfortable throughout your trip. Sturdy walking shoes are important for sightseeing excursions; a hat, lightweight jacket, and shawl or scarf could also come in handy. Keep in mind that your shoulders and legs should be covered at religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • It is appropriate to leave 5-10 percent gratuity at restaurants in India.  Restaurants in Dehli and Mumbai will sometimes include a service charge in the bill, in which case there is no need to leave an additional tip.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend the equivalent of $4 per person/per day for your driver and $6 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is the equivalent of 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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