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India's Golden Triangle and the Sacred Ganges

UNIWORLD Boutique River Cruises Ganges Voyager II
Date 11th Nov 21
Nights 12 Nights
1
New Delhi, India
Fly from your selected UK airport to New Delhi. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for your two night pre-stay.
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New Delhi, India
After breakfast; you can join a guided sightseeing tour of New Delhi. Travel down the broad boulevards of New Delhi; designed by British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, this area continues to house India’s government. Once the capital of the Mughal Empire for centuries, it hosts spectacular examples of Mughal architecture. Your panoramic tour includes a look at the enormous fort where the emperors lived and a visit to Humayun’s Tomb, the first Mughal garden tomb in India. Visit the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the founder of modern India this morning. You have some free time after your tour to explore this exciting city on your own — you’ll find goods from all over India in bustling Connaught Place, while the National Museum displays 5,000 years of India’s arts and artefacts. You may opt for the optional tour to Qutab Minar and the Jagannath Hindu Temple. To cap your day taking in the sights of scenic New Delhi, relax this evening over a delicious buffet dinner at the Oberoi.
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New Delhi, India
This morning you'll check out of your New Delhi hotel and head south by coach to Agra, the site of Shah Jahan’s best-known building project, the exquisite Taj Mahal. Arrive this afternoon at the luxurious Oberoi Amarvilas; relax over lunch there and then check into your room, where you'll be delighted to discover that your room — indeed, every room — has a view of the Taj Mahal. You’ll visit the Taj Mahal this afternoon and stay for sunset. The most famous building in India; the Taj Mahal's white domes and minarets float serenely above the reflecting pools. This is a monument to a love story between a great ruler, Shah Jahan, and his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. After she died giving birth to their 14th child, he gathered some 20,000 craftsmen to build her mausoleum; richly-adorned with marble carvings inlaid with precious and semi-precious stones. Step through the gate and into the symmetrical gardens, and experience one of the most beautiful places on earth!
4
Agra to Jaipur
Is the Taj Mahal best seen at sunset or sunrise? It’s an impossible question to answer, so Uniworld guests have the rare pleasure of experiencing both. Wake up early this morning for a second visit to this unforgettable site, so you can see the white marble monument aglow with the rosy tinge of dawn. The gates open as the sun starts to rise and you enter the exquisite precincts to explore at your leisure. You’ll return to your hotel for lunch before you head by coach to the third city in the Golden Triangle, Jaipur. Massive palaces dot the landscape of this capital of the state of Rajasthan. Check into the romantic and luxurious Oberoi Rajvilas for the next two nights; spend the afternoon relaxing or enjoying the extensive, bird-filled gardens.
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Jaipur, India
Pink is the colour of hospitality in Rajasthan, which gives you an idea of what to expect in the 'Pink City' of Jaipur. Today you'll tour the Amber Palace, followed by a visit to the UNESCO-listed Jantar Mantar devoted to astronomy - each of the curious yantras enabled court astronomers to study the heavens, measure celestial phenomena like eclipses, the position of stars, or the time of day. Spend the afternoon exploring on your own: shuttles will be available to carry you to and from the hotel to the major shopping district. Jaipur’s bazaars are famous for their traditional and colourful Rajasthani crafts — jewellery, pottery, hand-printed textiles, and carpets.
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Cruising the Ganges River
You’ll leave Jaipur early today and fly to Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta); India’s second-largest city and long-time capital of the British Raj. You’ll board the Ganges Voyager II for your seven-night cruise along the world's holiest river, the Ganges. Make yourself at home in your suite and later take your seat for a multi-course dinner.
7
Kalna, India
Kalna is best-known for the magnificent Hindu temples built by the maharajas of Bardhaman - which you’ll experience today. 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. Admire Pratapeshwar Temple embellished with terracotta carvings depicting myths and rituals, Lalji is a three-storied structure topped with 25 distinctive pinnacles, and next to it is Krishna Chandra built in a similar style. Across the street the amazing Naba Kailash comprises two concentric circles of intricately-carved temples - the inner circle is made up of 34 white temples and the outer circle contains 74 temples. Later you may opt to walk with your guide through the colourful local market.
8
Matiari, India
Your ship serves as a time machine today, transporting you hundreds of years into the past, as you travel to an artisan village where craftsmen use materials and techniques that have remained unchanged for centuries. Matiari, a West Bengal village nestled above the banks of the river and surrounded by farms, is also home to a thriving metal-working tradition that you'll see in action today. Matiari's artisans have been making ornamental brass vases, lamps, figurines, and platters for more than a century. The sound of hammer on brass will fill the air as you stroll from workshop to workshop to see each step of the fascinating brass-working process. Back onboard, watch as a skilled practitioner of mehndi demonstrates how the intricate henna patterns are created, and discover the meanings of the traditional motifs.
9
Murshidabad to Baranagar
Today you’ll experience two Bengali towns, Murshidabad and Baranagar, each one boasting surprising and beautiful architectural monuments closely linked to the ruling families of the area. Approaching Murshidabad, the massive Hazarduari Palace comes into view; famous for its thousand doors, both real and false, and its fine collection of antiques and British colonial artwork. Climb aboard a horse-drawn buggy for a lively ride to Katra Mosque, a remarkable sight to behold. Return to the ship for lunch, and then cruise to the town of Baranagar where Rani Bhabani built beautiful brick temples in the 18th century, considered to be some of the finest examples of Bengal terracotta art. After your tour, you can learn a bit about one of the Raj’s enduring legacies in India: a passion for that most British of all games, cricket. The game is played in schools, in fields, even on village streets; watch it in action and discover the meaning of terms like 'long leg', 'fast bowler', and 'run-out'.
10
The Ganges, India
One of the world’s most sacred bodies of water, the Ganges River flows through a myriad of small villages and highly-populated cities throughout India and Bangladesh. Take in the remarkable scenery as you sail and keep your eyes peeled for a rare sighting of the endangered Ganges river dolphin. You may also choose to relax and unwind with a body massage or treatment onboard at the soothing Voyager Spa.
11
Mayapur to Chandannagar to Kolkata
Mayapur, the centre of the international Hare Krishna movement and home to the new Temple of the Vedic Planetarium is today’s port of call. You’ll tour the existing temple complex, get a look at the planetarium, and learn something about the beliefs of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness. Bandel offers a typically Indian mix of religious monuments; it’s the site of the oldest Christian church in India, the location of Hindu festivals, and home to a famous Shia pilgrimage centre, the Hooghly Imambara. You’ll board a country boat to reach the shore and the imambara which offers shelter for pilgrims, a mosque, and a school. Step into the long colonnaded courtyard to view the twin towers and the 19th-century clock, and climb the stairs of the clock tower for a fabulous river and countryside vistas. 'Liberté, Egalité, et Fraternité'; the famous slogan of the French Revolution, is inscribed on the gateposts of Chandannagar, a once French outpost in West Bengal. Chandannagar became part of India in 1952, so you'll find a mixture of French Colonial and Indian architecture ashore. The Strand promenade showcases stylish French buildings, including the Dupleix Palace and the 19th-century Church of the Sacred Heart.
12
Kolkata, India
The city of Kolkata is synonymous with the enduring legacies of Mother Teresa and the colonial-era British Raj, both of which you will get better acquainted with today. Set out on a panoramic tour of Kolkata’s city centre; take in the colourful Flower Market adjacent to the Howrah Bridge and witness local wrestlers practicing along the riverbank. The city's colonial buildings offer a blend of baroque and neoclassical styles; admire the red-and-white façade of the Calcutta High Court building, the stately Palladian dome of Government House, the classical white columns of Town Hall, the red-brick Writers’ Building, and the enormous General Post Office. Pay a visit to St John’s and the Victoria Memorial Museum then on to Kumartuli, a traditional potters’ neighbourhood that makes intricate clay idols. Alternatively, experience the life of Mother Teresa at her room and tomb at the Mother House of the Missionaries of Charity or this afternoon, you can visit the local NGO Calcutta Rescue, which serves the area’s underprivileged children - you’ll hear about the impact Calcutta Rescue has made over the last 30 years and get some insight on some of their current projects. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner aboard tonight.
13
Kolkata, India
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
Hays Extras
Hays Extras
  • As seen on Channel 5's 'Cruising with Jane McDonald'
  • Return flights from the UK with FREE One-Way Business Class upgrade
  • Overseas transfers
  • WAS £7499pp Hays Travel Exclusive Price NOW £5999pp

  • 2 night New Delhi hotel stay (The Oberoi New Delhi -  or similar)
  • 1 night Agra hotel stay (The Oberoi Amarvilas - or similar)
  • 2 night Jaipur hotel stay (The Oberoi Rajvilas  - or similar)

  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the elegant Ganges Voyager II
  • Lavishly appointed riverview suites with private balconies

  • 9 days of excursions, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts 
  • All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
  • Complimentary house wine, local spirits and beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee will be served throughout the cruise. Onshore lunches include complimentary soft drinks, coffee, and tea. Onshore dinners include complimentary house wine, local beer, soft drinks, coffee, and tea
Why Book
Why Book
  • Follow in the footsteps of our very own John and Irene Hays who experienced this trip of a lifetime themselves last year 
  • Visit the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the founder of modern India in New Delhi
  • Admire Pratapeshwar Temple embellished with terracotta carvings depicting myths and rituals in Kalna
  • Take in the remarkable scenery as you sail and keep your eyes peeled for a rare sighting of the endangered Ganges river dolphi

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Background
Ganges Voyager II
Overview
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 cosy 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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Food & Drink

It’s been said that to fully understand another culture, you must understand its cuisine. That’s a philosophy Uniworld fully embraces onboard every ship in our worldwide fleet. They take great pride in giving their guests a delicious taste of the world’s most desirable travel destinations, and have recently been recognised as the “Best Culinary Cruise Line” by the readers of SAVEUR magazine.

Entertainment

Sip a glass of wine while you cruise past beautiful landscapes and world-famous landmarks on your way to your next destination...

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Health & Fitness

The Voyager Spa is an oasis where relaxation and pampering are offered. 

Kids & Teens

Please note: there are no specific amenities or activities provided for kids and teens.

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