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ME to WE & The Sacred Ganges

Operated by: Uniworld River Cruises

12 Days from $5,099 per person

Countries Visited

India

Locations Visited

New Delhi, Araveli, Kolkata, Chandannagar, bandel, Kalna, Baranagar, Mayapu… more New Delhi, Araveli, Kolkata, Chandannagar, bandel, Kalna, Baranagar, Mayapur, Matiari, Murshidabad
  1. Day 1 New Delhi

    Begin ME to WE Program

    Arrive at New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport. If your cruise/tour package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to The Oberoi Guragon.

    hotel The Oberoi Guragon
  2. Day 2 New Delhi, Udaipur, Araveli

    This morning, you’ll transfer from your hotel to your commercial flight to Udaipur, where you’ll then make your way to your home for two nights, the bespoke Araveli Cottages and Tented Camp, in Rajasthan. After a brief introduction and orientation about your time with ME to WE, you’ll prepare for your interactions with locals with a lesson in basic Hindi phrases. Then, it’s off to the local village to mingle with community members. To mark the beginning of your time in Rajasthan, you’ll partake in a Hindu tradition, a Poja, a Hindu prayer ceremony that marks the beginning of an auspicious event. The blessing ensures the success and prosperity of the work being undertaken.

    Featured Excursion:
    A little Hindi lesson and community welcome

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Araveli Cottages and Tented Camp
  3. Day 3 Araveli

    After a blissful night’s sleep in your private cottage or luxury tent, choose to wake up to a sunrise yoga session overlooking the pink-hued Aravalli Mountain Range. Spend the rest of your morning with women in the community and learn what daily life in rural India is like. Enjoy a savory meal and cup of chai as you take in the beautiful surroundings and a traditional jhapki (Hindi for “siesta”). Then, meet a local farmer before venturing to the project site of your sustainable development project. Cap your first full day with a colorful performance showcasing local folk dance traditions.

    Featured Excursions:
    Day in the life
    Local farmer with project building

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4 Araveli, Udaipur, Kolkata

    End Me to We Program

    Your time with ME to WE is coming to a close this afternoon, but not before a slew of authentic Indian experiences in nearby Udaipur, often nicknamed “Venice of the East.” Explore Udaipur’s splendor with stops at the world-renowned architectural marvels, City Palace and Taj Lake Palace, followed by lunch on the shores of beautiful Lake Pichola. The majestic City Palace was built nearly five centuries ago and sits on a hill overlooking the city below, while the opulent Taj Lake Palace appears to float over the water—it can only be reached by boat. The Palace also makes a guest appearance in a 1983 James Bond film. Visit a lively Indian market, teeming with shops, motorcycles, rickshaws, and cows before checking into The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata.

    Featured Excursion:
    Sightseeing in Udaipur and lunch on the shore of Lake Pichola with market shopping

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel The Oberoi Grand
  5. Day 5 Kolkata (Embark), Kalna

    Settle into your beautifully appointed suite aboard the Ganges Voyager II in Kolkata (a city formerly known as Calcutta), the gateway to your journey along the world’s holiest river, the sacred Ganges. This evening, delight in a Captain’s reception dinner and welcome on board.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Welcome Dinner
  6. Day 6 Kalna

    Kalna, once an important trade port on the river, is best known today for the magnificent Hindu temples built by the maharajas of Bardhaman in the late 18th and 19th centuries–which you’ll experience today. After marveling at the astonishing Rajbari temple complex, you may opt to walk with your guide through the colorful local market or return to the ship.

    Featured Excursion:
    India’s “Temple City”

    India’s “Temple City”
    You’ve seen them jostling through the busy streets of New Delhi and Kolkata; today’s your chance to try riding in one yourself. Board a trishaw—a pedal-powered three-wheeled rickshaw—for a view of the streets of Kalna as you head to the Rajbari temple complex. The Pratapeshwar Temple, built in 1849, is embellished with exceptional terra-cotta carvings depicting myths and rituals, as well as scenes of everyday life (see if you can spot the girl in typical Victorian dress with a violin among the hundreds of figures). Lalji, the oldest temple in the complex, dates to 1739; the three-storied structure is topped with 25 distinctive pinnacles. Next to it is Krishna Chandra, built in a similar style. Across the street you’ll find the amazing Naba Kailash, two concentric circles of intricately carved temples dedicated to Shiva. The inner circle is made up of 34 white temples symbolizing pure thought; the outer circle contains 74 temples symbolizing the everyday world.

    After marveling at these temples you may opt to walk with your guide through the colorful local market or return to the ship.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7 Matiari

    Your ship serves as a time machine today, transporting you hundreds of years into the past, as we travel to an artisan village where craftsmen use materials and techniques that have remained unchanged for centuries.

    Featured Excursion:
    Matiari master craftsmen with an introduction to brass

    Matiari master craftsmen
    Artisans have been making ornamental brass objects— vases, lamps, figurines, platters—in Matiari for more than a century, so it’s no wonder that production is so well-organized and the craftsmen so skillful. Scrap metal is melted in the village foundry and pressed into new sheets of brass, which are then turned into various objects. Each craftsman specializes in a different step of the process, so one artisan might cut the metal, while another shapes it into a wide tray, and yet another etches an intricate pattern onto the surface. The sound of hammer on brass will fill the air as you stroll from workshop to workshop to see each step of the fascinating process.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8 Murshidabad, Baranagar

    Today’s adventures take you to a duo of Bengali towns—Murshidabad and Baranagar—each one boasting beautiful architectural monuments closely linked to the ruling families of the area. This evening, following dinner on board, take in a lively and fun-filled Bollywood-style show, complete with music and dancing.

    Featured Excursion:
    Visit to Murshidabad City
    Choice of Ride by buggy to Katra Mosque or Baranagar village visit

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day 9 Mayapur

    Few places of worship exist on such a head-spinning scale as what you will witness today in Mayapur, the center of the international Hare Krishna movement and home to the new Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, still under construction.

    Featured Excursion:
    Hare Krishna complex and Temple of the Vedic Planetarium

    Hare Krishna complex and Temple of the Vedic Planetarium
    As the ship comes into sight of Mayapur, look for the new Vedic temple currently under construction. Funded in part by Alfred Ford, great-grandson of Henry Ford, the temple is designed to be larger than St. Paul’s Cathedral in London once completed. The new temple construction coincides with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Hare Krishna movement, whose founder was born in Mayapur. Millions of Hare Krishna devotees come from all over the world to this pilgrimage site; as you walk through Mayapur’s bazaar to the temple complex, you may well spot expatriates from America, Canada and Europe. Colorful parades of followers often weave through the streets, adding to the hustle and bustle of the lively, vivid scene. You’ll tour the existing temple complex, get a look at the new Vedic Planetarium and learn something about the beliefs of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day 10 Bandel, Chandannagar, Kolkata

    Most students of history know a thing or two about the British colonial powers in India, but few are aware that the French had colonies here, too—including one that existed as late as the 1950s. You’ll visit this former French outpost today, as well as a famous Shia pilgrimage center.

    Featured Excursions:
    Excursion by boat to the shore of Bandel
    India’s French colonial heritage

    Excursion by boat to the shore of Bandel
    Bandel, founded by Portuguese traders in the 16th century, offers a typically Indian mix of religious monuments: It’s the site of the oldest Christian church in India, the location of Hindu festivals (including one devoted to the goddess Muthumariamman), and home to a famous Shia pilgrimage center, the Hooghly Imambara. You’ll board a country boat—a small boat fitted with benches that ferries passengers to and from your luxurious ship, which cannot always moor on the banks of the river—to reach the shore and the imambara. Completed in 1861 to honor Muhammad Mohsin, a revered Bengali philanthropist, the stately imambara offers shelter for pilgrims, a mosque and a school. Step into the long colonnaded courtyard for a view of the twin towers and the 19th-century clock, and climb the stairs of the clock tower for a fabulous view of the river and surrounding countryside. Visitors are sometimes allowed into the mosque, but all guests must leave before the faithful are called to evening prayers.

    India’s French colonial heritage
    “Liberté, Egalité e Fraternité.” These words, the famous slogan of the French Revolution, are inscribed on the gateposts of Chandannagar, a memento of the centuries the town was a French outpost in West Bengal. In fact, Chandannagar did not officially become part of India until 1952, so when you step ashore here you will find a mixture of French Colonial and Indian architecture. A broad, tree-lined riverfront promenade known as the Strand shows off the handsomest remaining French buildings, including the Dupleix Palace, now a museum, and the 19th-century Church of the Sacred Heart that replaced the 17th-century original.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day 11 Kolkata

    The city of Kolkota is virtually synonymous with the enduring legacies of Mother Teresa— recently canonized as a Catholic saint—and the colonial-era British Raj, both of which you will get better acquainted with today. On this afternoon’s excursion, you’ll visit the Mother House, where Mother Teresa lived and worked for decades. See her simply furnished room and the tiny museum devoted to her, where her Nobel Peace Prize medal is on display, along with informative newspaper clippings and photos. You’ll also be able to pay your respects at her tomb.

    Featured Excursion:
    Kolkata city tour— visit the Flower Market, colonial sites and Kumartulli
    Choice of Mother Teresa’s home and tomb or NGOs Kolkata Rescue visit

    Mother Teresa’s home and tomb
    She came to India in 1929, after growing up in Macedonia and joining a Loreto nunnery in Ireland, and two decades later she founded her own order, the Missionaries of Charity, devoted to the “salvation and sanctification of the poorest of the poor.” Visit the Mother House, where she lived and worked for decades; see her simply furnished room and the tiny museum devoted to her—her Nobel Peace Prize medal is on display, along with informative newspaper clippings and photos—and her tomb. It’s a modest and serene spot devoted to one of the most influential women ever to live in the city.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner
  12. Day 12 Kolkata (Disembark)

    Your incredible Indian adventure ends early this morning, as you disembark and transfer to the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport for your flight home, or extend your journey with an optional extension to Varanasi.

    meals Continental Breakfast/Buffet, Lunch
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Dining

  • All meals included onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Traditional Indian cuisine, compliments of a local chef
  • Complimentary house wine, local spirits and beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee; onshore lunches include complimentary soft drinks, coffee and tea; onshore dinners include complimentary house wine, local beer, soft drinks, coffee and tea

Accommodations

  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the lavishly appointed Ganges Voyager II
  • 2-night stay at the luxurious Araveli Cottages and Tented Camp

Excursions

  • 9 days of excursions fully hosted by English-speaking local experts

Experiences

  • 1 countries: India
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • Gratuities for the local land experts and drivers during excursions are included
  • ME to WE immersive and transformative experience in India's countryside
Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
Cruise Start Date Signature Suite Colonial Suite Heritage Suite Viceroy Suite Maharaja Suite Availability Price
8 Oct 19 $7,599pp $8,299pp $9,999pp $10,599pp $11,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: Ganges Voyager II
New Delhi to Kolkata
26 Oct 19 $7,599pp $8,299pp $9,999pp $10,599pp $11,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: Ganges Voyager II
New Delhi to Kolkata
5 Nov 19 $7,599pp $8,299pp $9,999pp $10,599pp $11,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: Ganges Voyager II
New Delhi to Kolkata
12 Nov 19 $7,499 pp
$5,499 pp
$8,199 pp
$6,199 pp
$9,899 pp
$7,899 pp
$10,499 pp
$8,499 pp
$11,499 pp
$9,499 pp
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SHIP: Ganges Voyager II
New Delhi to Kolkata
22 Nov 19 $7,499 pp
$5,499 pp
$8,199 pp
$6,199 pp
$9,899 pp
$7,899 pp
$10,499 pp
$8,499 pp
$11,499 pp
$9,499 pp
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SHIP: Ganges Voyager II
New Delhi to Kolkata
30 Nov 19 $7,099 pp
$5,099 pp
$7,799 pp
$5,799 pp
$9,499 pp
$7,499 pp
$10,099 pp
$8,099 pp
$11,099 pp
$9,099 pp
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SHIP: Ganges Voyager II
New Delhi to Kolkata
8 Dec 19 $7,099 pp
$5,099 pp
$7,799 pp
$5,799 pp
$9,499 pp
$7,499 pp
$10,099 pp
$8,099 pp
$11,099 pp
$9,099 pp
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SHIP: Ganges Voyager II
New Delhi to Kolkata
Me To We

ME to WE Program

ME to WE is an immersive and transformative experience in India's countryside, where you'l explore India's vibrant and fascinating culture through one-of-a-kind, unforgettable encounters.

With ME to WE, you'll participate in a community development project, explore nature within the Aravalli mountain range, connect with community members and experience many of India's age-old traditions in the most soul-stirring ways.

This portion of your itinerary is an alternate start option for the traditional India cruise/tour. After spending your first four days with ME to WE, you'll join the traditional India cruise/tour for the rest of your trip.

Extensions

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Varanasi 

A swirl of color and ritual and oddities galore, Varanasi may very well be the most ethereal and exotic place you will ever visit. Considered the holiest spot on India’s holiest river, it is also one of the world’s oldest cities—as ancient as Babylon and Thebes. It is the goal of every devout Hindu to come here at least once to purify body and soul in the sacred waters of the Ganges. Your visit includes a fascinating tour of this otherworldly and intoxicating city, followed by a private boat ride to observe a Ganga Aarti ceremony. Led by a Hindu priest at sunset, this spellbinding devotional ritual is performed in honor of the goddess of the river, a spectacle you’ll remember the rest of your days. You will also have an opportunity to take a boat ride along the river at sunrise, when hundreds of sari- and dhoti-clad Hindus can be observed bathing, washing laundry, performing yoga asanas, and making respectful offerings to Mother Ganga along the broad stone ghats lining the Ganges. Magical and mystical, surreal and deeply spiritual, Varanasi is a city that is truly unlike any other.

Included in your 3-day stay:

  • 1 night at the Taj Gateway Ganges, Varanasi (or similar)
  • 1 night at the Trident Hotel, Gurgaon (or similar)
  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • Complimentary house wine or local beer during dinner
  • All service charges, taxes and porterage
  • Panoramic city tour of Varanasi
  • Private boat ride to witness a Ganga Aarti ceremony at sunset
  • Private sunrise boat ride along the Ganges
  • English-speaking local expert
  • All transfers, transportation and intra-India flights

Pricing:

$1,199 per person (for 2 guests)

For solo travelers, there is a single supplement of $299.

Additional fees may apply, please call for details. 

Note: This extension is for cruise/tours that end in Kolkata.

THIS FIVE-STAR HOTEL FLOATS THROUGH INDIA

The magnificent design and décor onboard this ship draw inspiration from the colors and gorgeous scenery throughout India. The high-ceilinged 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.

Click HERE to view a pdf of ship facts (and click HERE to download software to open a pdf file).

 

Inaugurated: 2016
Travels on: Ganges River
Guests: 56
Staff: 36

Viceroy Suites: 2 (360 sq ft)
Heritage Suites: 2 (280 sq ft)
Colonial Suites: 13 (261 sq ft)
Signature Balcony: 10 (261 sq ft)

Length: 185 ft
Width: 41 ft
Voltage: 220 volts

VICEROY SUITES

HERITAGE SUITES

COLONIAL SUITES

SIGNATURE BALCONY

 

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. 

The ship's spacious, high-ceilinged suites are a serene sanctuary, with beautiful hand-painted murals and all the comforts of a five-star hotel. All suites have a cozy sitting area and a French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. A bed dressed in soft linens, with a choice of pillows. Your roomy bathroom has a rain shower, comfy robes and slippers, and spa-quality bath products. Other high-end amenities include a generous amount of closet space, under-bed storage, a flat-screen television with a wide selection of on-demand movies, individual climate control, bottled water replenished daily, fresh fruit and flowers upon arrival, an iPhone docking station with alarm clock, makeup mirrors, and universal electrical plugs.

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