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13 Day Colorful India & the Ganges – USD

From alluring street food & bountiful bazaars, to spellbinding ancient temples & spiritual traditions!
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13 Day Colorful India & the Ganges – USD

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Delhi to Kolkata

February 27, 2019

Avalon Waterways Ganges Voyager

Enter a world of color, culture, and cherished spiritual tradition of India. Your guided tour of India and Ganges River cruise begins in the bustling city of Delhi. You’ll tour the city with your expert local guide, and take a rickshaw ride through the Chandni Chowk bazaar—brimming with everything from silver and spices to saris of every color. You’ll visit Qutub Minar—the world’s largest brick minaret, and see Delhi’s largest Sikh gurudwara (house of worship), before traveling to Agra—site of the legendary Taj Mahal.

What we are Including

  • 2 nights accommodations in New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur
  • 7-day river cruise
  • Intra tour transportation & flight
  • All meals onboard, and breakfast at hotels (additional meals may be included)
  • Complimentary wine, local beer/spirits, soft drinks coffee & tea at lunch & dinner onboard
  • Included sightseeing accompanied by a Certified Local Guide
  • Headsets and bottled water for all guided shore excursions
  • Fresh fruit & refreshing drinks after all ship excursions
  • Prepaid gratuities
  • Taxes & more
  • Book now savings of $500 per person
  • CruisePlus Exclusive $450 per person onboard credit
Deluxe Suite
From $7200pp
All pricing is per person, based on double occupancy and in USD

Itinerary

Delhi to Kolkata

Day 1 Delhi
Welcome to India’s capital city! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Day 2 Delhi
Today’s Guided Sightseeing starts with an orientation to see the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate, and the Presidential Palace. Afterward, take a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk, a captivating local bazaar—with its ancient alleyways lined with quaint shops offering everything from silver and saris to spices and electronics.
After lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy a bit of leisure time. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a lavish welcome dinner at your hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 3 Delhi - Agra
This morning, take a Guided Excursion to visit Qutub Minar, the world’s tallest brick minaret, dating back to the 11th century. Next, visit Humayun’s Tomb and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Delhi’s largest and most prominent Sikh gurudwara (house of worship).
After lunch, drive to Agra and settle in at your hotel overlooking the Taj Mahal. (B,L)
Day 4 Agra
Start your day with a Sunrise Excursion to the incomparable Taj Mahal—Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan’s memorial to his beloved wife—more than 20 years in the making.
Later, take a Guided Tour to Agra Fort, built by the Moghul Emperor Akbar. This formidable fortress of red sandstone conceals the imperial city of the Moghul rulers and its many palaces.
For those interested, an excursion to the Taj at sunset is included. (B,D)
Day 5 Agra - Jaipur
Travel to Jaipur—the “Pink City” that was painted pink for the Prince of Wales’ 1876 visit.
This afternoon, take a Guided Tour of the City Palace and the adjoining museum, which houses a collection of rare manuscripts. Also, stop at Jantar Mantar and the famous Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). (B, L)
The evening is at your leisure.
Day 6 Jaipur
Today, join a Guided Excursion to Jaipur’s spectacular Amber Fort, built entirely of white marble and red sandstone, and featuring intricate mosaics, carvings, paintings, and mirror works. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, and enjoy a festive dinner with a Cultural Performance. (B,D)
Day 7 Jaipur - Kolkata (Embarkation)
Welcome to West Bengal. Your Ship Awaits. Fly to Kolkata this morning to transfer to your ship. This afternoon, get acquainted with the ship prior to your welcome reception. AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO KALNA
Day 8 Kalna
Ride on cycle rickshaws during your Guided Tour of Kalna. Along the way visit the historic terracotta temple complex and receive blessings from the temple priest. Also visit a muslin-weaver’s home.Enjoy a free afternoon on board your ship. AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO MATIARI
Day 9 Matiari
Join a Morning Walk in the brass-making village of Matiari to see and interact with the craftsmen there. You’ll also see traditional sweets being made.Enjoy a free afternoon free onboard your ship. AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO MURSHIDABAD
Day 10 Murshidabad - Excursion to Azimgaj & Jianganj
Enjoy a short Guided Walk through Azhimganj to see the local gold and silversmith workshops. You’ll also visit a local landlord’s mansion for authentic Indian tea, then travel by electric rickshaw in Jiaganj to see the art of Baluchari saree weaving.
Day 11 Mayapur - Guptipara
Join a Morning Walk through the pilgrim's bazaar and visit the ISKCON temple, and meet and interact with a Krishna leader. You’ll also visit a goshala (rescue shelter for cows).
This afternoon, take a Rickshaw (Toto) Ride and explore the village of Guptipara to see pottery and idol-making. You’ll also take an Escorted Visit to a farmer’s home and interact with the family there.
AFTERNOON/EVENING SAILING TO KOLKATA
Day 12 Kolkata
This morning, take a Guided Walk through the colorful flower market. Afterward, stop to see Mother Teresa’s former home and the Calcutta rescue.
After lunch, join a Guided Visit to the Victoria Memorial Museum. Built to commemorate Queen Victoria, the museum houses a beautiful collection of paintings, textiles, weapons, and other artifacts from the Victorian era.
Tonight, a farewell Dance Performance is presented on the ship.
Day 13 Kolkata (Disembarkation)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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  • Open-Air Balconies in suites that offer unprecedented views with wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows that open to the world
  • Suites that are 30% larger than the average stateroom
  • Undefinable yet ever present luxury
  • Exquisite dining that features local ingredients prepared by world class master chefs
  • A variety of dining options that includes special events tailored to your itinerary, a la carte meals and multiple venues aboard the ship
  • Incredible itineraries to exciting and exotic locales that will leave you virtually speechless yearning to return for more

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