Spirit of the Ganges

7 Day River Cruise Kolkata to Kolkata

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£3,812pp

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£3,012pp

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Overview

Enter a world of color, culture, and cherished spiritual tradition on this India river cruise vacation. The holy river of Hinduism, the Ganges, slowly courses through one of the world’s most fertile and populated areas. Along its banks, human life is connected to its waters and you’ll get a glimpse of life away from India’s big cities. See muslin weaving in Kalna and sweet making in Matiari. Stop in Murshidabad for an excursion to Azimganj and Jiaganj—to tour a historic mansion and see a gold and silver making demonstration. Explore the fascinating Hare Krishna headquarters in Mayapur, and visit Mother Teresa’s former home upon your return to Kolkata.

All of this and more await you on this once-in-a-lifetime Ganges River cruise.
Enter a world of color, culture, and cherished spiritual tradition on this India river cruise vacation. The holy river of Hinduism, the Ganges, slowly courses through one of the world’s most fertile and populated areas. Along its banks, human life is connected to its waters and you’ll get a glimpse of life away from India’s big cities. See muslin weaving in Kalna and sweet making in Matiari. Stop in Murshidabad for an excursion to Azimganj and Jiaganj—to tour a historic mansion and see a gold and silver making demonstration. Explore the fascinating Hare Krishna headquarters in Mayapur, and visit Mother Teresa’s former home upon your return to Kolkata.

All of this and more await you on this once-in-a-lifetime Ganges River cruise.

Book your cruise with or without flights

Cruise prices are shown without flights included in case you wish to book them separately, or aren't ready to return home when you disembark! Or we can book your flights for you from most UK airports, with overseas transfers and ATOL protection included. The choice is yours!

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Itinerary

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are three types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

Active

Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

Discovery

We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.

Classic
<p>Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.</p>
Active

Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

Discovery

We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.

Day 1 KOLKATA (EMBARKATION)

  • Meals included:
  • Dinner

Welcome to West Bengal. Your Ship Awaits.
Get acquainted with the ship prior to your welcome reception this evening.

AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO KALNA


Day 2 KALNA

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rituals, Rickshaws, and a Weaver’s Wares

Discovery

We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.

Ride on cycle rickshaws during your Guided Exploration 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 3 MATIARI

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Sweet Shops and Shining Brass

Discovery

We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.

Join a Guided Walk through the village of Matiari where fascinating scenes of everyday life unfold in front of you. Stop to see how traditional sweets are made and explore the local produce market. The village is best known for brass-making and you’ll see how scrap metal is recycled to make figurines and functional items such as tea sets and vases. For the final step, watch a talented craftsman delicately hand-hammer intricate patterns into the brass.


Enjoy a free afternoon onboard your ship.

AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO MURSHIDABAD


Day 4 MURSHIDABAD. EXCURSION TO AZIMGANJ & JIAGANJ

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

A Land of Silver, Gold, and Silk Sarees

Discovery

We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.

Guided Sightseeing brings you to two towns on opposite sides of the river. In Jiaganj, travel by electric rickshaw to see the art of Baluchari saree weaving. In Azimganj, walk through the local crafts market and visit Bari Kothi, a former residence that has been restored to its former grandeur after being abandoned for over half a century. Tour several rooms for a glimpse into the past, then settle in for a silver- and gold-making demonstration in the garden.


Relax this afternoon onboard your ship.

AFTERNOON/EVENING SAILING TO MAYAPUR


Day 5 MAYAPUR–GUPTIPARA

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

A Holy Pilgrimage on the Ganges

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

Your Morning Excursion brings you to the fascinating ISKCON campus at Mayapur, the worldwide headquarters of the Hare Krishna movement. A Krishna leader will guide you throughout your visit to introduce you to their philosophy and life on campus, Along the way, you’ll tour the main temple and have time for questions.


Discovery

We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.

This afternoon, climb aboard a Rickshaw (Toto) Ride for your visit to the small riverside village of Guptipara. Along the way see pottery and idol making. You’ll also visit a farmer’s home to interact with the family.


AFTERNOON/EVENING SAILING TO KOLKATA


Day 6 KOLKATA

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Flowers, Faith, and Victorian Art

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

This morning, take a Guided Walk through the colorful flower market. Afterward, focus on the life and work of Mother Teresa who dedicated her life to helping the city’s poor. Stop at her former home prior to visiting Nirmala Shishu Bhavan, a home for orphaned children run by Missionaries of Charity which she founded in 1950.


Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

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 7 KOLKATA (DISEMBARKATION)

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Questions? Our travel specialists can help with any queries, quotes or special requirements.  Request a callback or email us.

Ship details

Ganges Voyager

The pioneering Ganges Voyager carries just 56 guests and offers a warm and relaxed experience. The ship takes you back in time with the grace and style of the colonial era with wood furniture and hand-stenciled murals.

From the air-conditioned indoor lounge to the outdoor lounge, you'll find plenty of seating and spots to relax. You'll never feel cramped or crowded. Plus, the indoor lounge features large windows, so no matter where you sit, you'll always have a great view.

Viceroy Suite (Cat. V)
360 - sq.ft
  • In-house telephone
  • Mini-bar with complimentary local beer, soft drinks & bottled water
  • Premium mattresses
  • Fine linens & duvets
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Large French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Comfortable sitting area with two chairs
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with rain shower head & glass door, hairdryer & premium bath amenities
  • Spacious closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Luggage rack
  • Flatscreen television with selection of on-demand movies
  • Writing desk/vanity with mirror & comfortable chair
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
Maharaja Suite (Cat. M)
400 - sq.ft
  • In-house telephone
  • Mini-bar with complimentary local beer, soft drinks & bottled water
  • Premium mattresses
  • Fine linens & duvets
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Large French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Comfortable sitting area with two chairs
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with rain shower head & glass door, hairdryer & premium bath amenities
  • Spacious closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Luggage rack
  • Flatscreen television with selection of on-demand movies
  • Writing desk/vanity with mirror & comfortable chair
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
Heritage Suite (Cat. H)
280 - sq.ft
  • In-house telephone
  • Mini-bar with complimentary local beer, soft drinks & bottled water
  • Premium mattresses
  • Fine linens & duvets
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Large French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Comfortable sitting area with two chairs
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with rain shower head & glass door, hairdryer & premium bath amenities
  • Spacious closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Luggage rack
  • Flatscreen television with selection of on-demand movies
  • Writing desk/vanity with mirror & comfortable chair
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
Deluxe Suite (Cat. A, B)
260 - sq.ft
  • In-house telephone
  • Mini-bar with complimentary local beer, soft drinks & bottled water
  • Premium mattresses
  • Fine linens & duvets
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration (two twins or one king)
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Large French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Comfortable sitting area with two chairs
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with rain shower head & glass door, hairdryer & premium bath amenities
  • Spacious closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Luggage rack
  • Flatscreen television with selection of on-demand movies
  • Writing desk/vanity with mirror & comfortable chair
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
Deck Plans
Ganges Voyager deck plan