India's Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges

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Cruise Overview

  • Duration 12 nights
  • Departs 07 Dec 2019
  • Sails from New Delhi, India
  • Ship Ganges Voyager II
  • Flights and transfersYes
  • Cruise code ‍1316467‍

Your Itinerary

New Delhi, India

New Delhi, India Sat 07 Dec 2019

New Delhi, India

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel, the beautiful Oberoi New Delhi Hotel for your two night stay. Its sophisticated comfort will offer you the perfect launching pad for your exploration of the city.

New Delhi, India

New Delhi, India Sun 08 Dec 2019

New Delhi, India

India’s sprawling capital city is colorful, confounding and completely captivating, an exhilarating mixture of ancient and modern, sacred and secular. Your perfectly paced, expertly-led city tour provides a soft landing, an ideal first foray into this fascinating land. The capital of modern India, New Delhi is not one city but many. Sprawling, home to 17 million people, inhabited for at least 2,500 years, New Delhi has been built and destroyed and rebuilt numerous times, and all of its conquerors have left traces. Your panoramic tour today will show you some of its most remarkable landmarks. (B,D)

★Featured Excursion - India's capital city

Agra, India

New Delhi - Agra, India Mon 09 Dec 2019

Agra, India

To gaze upon the Taj Mahal is a moment at the top of countless travel bucket lists, as well it should be. Widely considered one of the most beautiful monuments ever created, this “elegy in marble” is guaranteed not to disappoint—especially when viewed at the magical hour of sunset, as you are fortunate enough to see it today. This morning you will check out of your New Delhi hotel and head south via motorcoach to Agra. Once known as Akbarabad, Agra was the capital of the Mughal Empire for 100 years, until Shah Jahan moved the government back to Delhi—but Agra was the site of his best-known building project, the exquisite Taj Mahal, which draws visitors from all over the world. Tonight you will be staying at the Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra for one night. (B,L)

★Featured Excursion - Majesty and Grace, the Taj Mahal at sundown

Agra - Jaipur, India Tue 10 Dec 2019

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. You will be staying at the 5★ Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, for two nights. (B,L,D)

★Featured Excursion - Early morning at the Taj Mahal

Jaipur, India Wed 11 Dec 2019

Pink is the color of hospitality in Rajasthan, which gives you an idea of what to expect in the “Pink City” of Jaipur. You’ll see some marvelous things here, including the Amber Palace and Jantar Mantar, an ancient observatory still used by local astrologers to determine the position of the stars. What do the stars reveal about your destiny? You can find out today. (B)

★Featured Excursion - Jaipur: Rajasthan's princely city and Amber Fort

 

Kolkata

Jaipur - Kolkata, India - Embark the Ganges Voyager II Thu 12 Dec 2019

Kolkata

Fly to Kolkata and settle into your beautifully appointed suite aboard the Ganges Voyager II in Kolkata (the city formerly known as Calcutta), the gateway to your journey along the world’s holiest river. You leave Jaipur early today and fly to Kolkata, India’s second-largest city, the longtime capital of the British Raj, and the city many Indians consider their nation’s intellectual capital. Like Jaipur, it is young compared to the millennia-long history of the subcontinent; it was founded by the East India Company late in the 17th century. You’ll board the Ganges Voyager II, your supremely comfortable traveling hotel for the next seven nights, and settle into your suite. (B,L,D)

Enjoy a Welcome dinner and a cultural performance to cap your day. 

Kalna

Kalna, India Fri 13 Dec 2019

Kalna

As incredible as it sounds, India is the birthplace of four of the world’s major religions (including Buddhism and Hinduism), and Kalna—India’s “Temple City”—has some of the most magnificent examples of Hindu temples on the entire subcontinent. 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. They are your destination today. (B,L,D)

★Featured Excursion - India's "Temple City"

Matiari

Kalna - Matiari, India Sat 14 Dec 2019

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. 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 will see in action today. (B,L,D)

★ Featured Excursion - Matiari master craftsmen with an introduction to brass

Murshidabad, India

Matiari - Murshidabad - Baranagar, India Sun 15 Dec 2019

Murshidabad, India

Curiosities abound in India, and that includes the country’s eclectic architectural styles. But a palace with a thousand doors? Such a thing does indeed exist, as you’ll see for yourself today, along with some famous terra-cotta carvings, the ruins of a mosque and yet another cultural curiosity—the game of cricket, India’s beloved (and rather complex) national sport. Today’s adventures take you to a duo of Bengali towns - Murshidabad and Baranagar - each one boasting surprising and beautiful architectural monuments closely linked to the ruling families of the area. (B,L,D)

★Featured Excursion - Visit to Murshidabad City, ride by buggy to Katra Mosque and visit to Baranagar village

This evening, following dinner onboard, take in a lively and fun-filled Bollywood-style show, complete with music and dancing.

Mayapur

Mayapur, India Mon 16 Dec 2019

Mayapur

Today the ship heads back toward Kolkata, cruising past lush fields of rice, sugarcane, tomatoes and eggplant, among many other crops, but your river adventure is not over. You still have some fascinating locations to visit; they lie on the opposite bank of the river from your upstream ports of call. Your stop is in Mayapur, sometimes called the spiritual capital of the world. (B,L,D)

Mayapur

Murshidabad - Mayapur - Kolkata, India Mon 16 Dec 2019

Mayapur

Today the ship heads back toward Kolkata, cruising past lush fields of rice, sugarcane, tomatoes and eggplant, among many other crops, but your river adventure is not over. You still have some fascinating locations to visit; they lie on the opposite bank of the river from your upstream ports of call. Your stop is in Mayapur, sometimes called the spiritual capital of the world. (B,L,D)

Bandel

Mayapur - Bandel - Chandannagar - Kolkata, India Tue 17 Dec 2019

Bandel

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. 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. You’ll continue to cruise toward Kolkata today, stopping en route in Bandel and Chandannagar, a little piece of France that survived in India for a couple hundred years. (B,L,D)

★Featured Excursions - Hare Krishna complex and Temple of the Vedic Planetarium & India’s French colonial heritage

Kolkata

Kolkata, India Wed 18 Dec 2019

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. (B,L,D)

★ Featured Excursion - Kolkata city tour—visit the Flower Market, colonial sites and Kumartulli

Choice of: NGO's Kolkata Rescue visit OR Mother Teresa’s home and tomb

Enjoy a Farewell dinner tonight.

Kolkata

Kolkata, India - Disembark the ship Thu 19 Dec 2019

Kolkata

Your incredible Indian adventure ends early this morning, as you disembark or extend your journey with an optional extension in Varanasi. (B)

What's included *

  • Elegantly appointed riverview staterooms and suites with luxurious amenities from Hermes and L’Occitane en Provence
  • In-suite butler service on all ships in Europe (not available in Russia & Portugal)
  • Stays at luxurious and centrally located five-star hotels where applicable
  • All gratuities on board and ashore including local guides and bus drivers (gratuities included vary in Russia and Asia)
  • All transportation throughout the trip
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • Unlimited beverages on board including local wines, sparkling wines and champagne, craft beer and premium spirits (inclusions vary for Russia and Asia)
  • A variety of on board dining experiences with open seating and a casual-elegant dress code
  • Local entertainment & insightful lectures on board
  • Ship-wide Wi-Fi access (excludes Russia & Asia)
  • Fully escorted excursions with English-speaking local guides
  • Services of a dedicated Uniworld Cruise/Tour Manager
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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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