Uniworld’s India & the Sacred Ganges

Starting at $6599

Starting at

$6599

India & the Sacred Ganges River

Aboard the 5-Star Ganges Voyager II

November 23 - December 5, 2017

SAVE APPROX. $2000 PER CABIN OFF RETAIL!

Sailing the world's only Holy River

India—profoundly mysterious and gloriously exotic.

Complex and beguiling, India is a country unlike any other. Wondrous sights rich in romance and intrigue come alive in the “Golden Triangle”—Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Delhi’s immense red sandstone marble tomb, commissioned by Emperor Humayun’s grief-stricken wife, will capture your heart, while Raj Ghat, a black granite memorial to the “Father of the Nation,” Mahatma Gandhi, will stir your soul. Jaipur’s Pink City and Agra’s Taj Mahal, a grand tribute to love, will leave you forever mesmerized.

This adventure by land and river will touch all of your senses, from Kolkata, where Mother Teresa’s humble home and tomb provide a place of pilgrimage, to the Rajbari Temples devoted to the Hindu god Shiva. Your Ganges voyage delves deeply into India’s fascinating historical and religious heritage, working its charm in myriad ways and leaving you with memories that will forever endure.

Cruise Pricing

(Prices are per person based on double occupancy)

  • 5 nights hotel accommodations In Oberoi Hotels & Resorts
  • Breakfasts in hotels, all services charges, taxes & porterage
  • 7 nights cruise
  • Tips for local experts and drivers
  • All transportation throughout your trip including intra-India flight
  • between Jaipur & Kolkata
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches & 9 dinners
  • Welcome & farewell dinners
  • Afternoon coffee, teas, snacks in Governor’s Lounge
  • Complimentary local beers & soft drinks throughout cruise
  • Onboard/onshore dinners include complimentary house wine, local beers & soft drinks
  • Fully escorted excursions with English speaking guides
  • Services of a Tour Manager throughout trip
  • Portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Flowers & fruit plate upon arrival
  • Onboard cultural enrichment performances
  • Flights from DFW (available Jan 2017)
  • Airline baggage fees
  • India Visas – Check out our Travel Resources Page for Visa Ricing & Application
  • Applicable departure taxes
  • Gratuities to onboard personnel

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Itinerary

Day 1 – New Delhi

A Uniworld representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to The Oberoi Gurgaon, an award-winning hotel conveniently located just thirty minutes from Central Delhi.

Day 2 – New Delhi

FEATURED EXCURSION: India’s Capital City, Old and New

India’s seat of power for nearly a thousand years, Delhi bridges two distinctly different worlds—Old Delhi, the former capital, with its narrow lanes and splendid mosques; and New Delhi, established by the British, with wide tree-lined boulevards and handsome buildings. Spend your first full day in India getting a panoramic overview of the city’s top sights, including the two-toned sandstone and marble Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb—inspiration for the UNESCO-designated Taj Mahal—and Raj Ghat, a black granite memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, India’s beloved father of independence. Your initial encounters with the local residents will be equally compelling—proud and dignified, generous and quick to smile, the Indian people will rank amongst your favorite memories of this enchanting country.

Day 3 – New Delhi, transfer to Agra

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Majesty and Grace— Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal at sundown

Check in and enjoy lunch at the spectacular Oberoi Amarvilas, which offers stunning views of the Taj mahal from every room.  Agra Fort, the palatial walled city where Shah Jahan lived, is your first destination, followed by the Taj Mahal, India’s most awe-inspiring and iconic monument, which was commissioned by the broken-hearted Emperor Shah Jahan after his beloved wife died in childbirth. Your first glimpse of the Taj Mahal at sundown will literally take your breath away.

Day 4 – Agra, transfer to Jaipur

FEATURED EXCURSION: Early morning at the Taj Mahal

Venture back to the Taj Mahal early in the morning, when the pristine white marble monument is aglow with the soft pink luster of dawn, and learn more about the mausoleum’s fascinating history, perfect proportions, precious building materials and intricate craftsmanship. After a scenic drive to Jaipur, the magnificent capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan, check in at the regal Oberoi Rajvilas and relax over lunch at the hotel. If you wish, take a complimentary shuttle to the city’s colorful bazaar.

Day 5 – Jaipur

FEATURED EXCURSION: Jaipur—Rajasthan’s Princely City

Your tour of the romantic Pink City of Jaipur includes City Palace—a sprawling complex with lovely courtyards and gardens where the former royal family still lives—
and the UNESCO-designated Jantar Mantar, a centuries-old observatory housing the world’s largest sundial and a superb collection of astronomical instruments. Relax during the afternoon or take a complimentary shuttle into town to explore the city’s bazaars, which overflows with high-quality textiles, jewelry, gemstones. Enjoy dinner at the magnificent Oberoi Rajvilas.

Day 6 – Jaipur, fly to Kolkata (embark)

FEATURED EXCURSION: Mother Teresa’s Home and Tomb; onboard Welcome Dinner

Transfer to the Jaipur International Airport and fly to Kolkata, India’s second-largest city, a clamorous yet captivating metropolis situated on the Lower Ganges. Visit Mother Teresa’s former home, where the late Roman Catholic nun established the Missionaries of Charity in 1950, and her tomb, her final resting place. Cap off the day with a Welcome Dinner, followed by a cultural performance onboard the Ganges Voyager II.

Day 7 – Kolkata, Bandel

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: The enduring legacy of the British Raj

The former capital of the Raj, Kolkata offers intriguing glimpses of the British colonial period, including grand architecture such as the Writers’ Building, High Court, and General Post Office. Return to the ship for lunch and a scenic cruise that passes a number of former colonial settlements. Later, take an excursion to Bandel to visit Hooghly Imambara, a mosque that’s a triumph of Bengali architecture.

Day 8 – Kalna

FEATURED EXCURSION: India’s “Temple City”

There is no better way to see the sights of Kalna than via an exhilarating trishaw ride through the heart of the city. Kalna’s Rajbari complex has the region’s densest concentration of temples, including 108 intricately carved, slope-roofed structures devoted to Shiva, the Hindu god.

Day 9 – Matiari

FEATURED EXCURSION: Matiari master craftsmen

Observe master craftsmen at work in Matiari, an artisans’ village revered for its finely wrought brassware. If time allows, you may also learn some of the nuances of the game of cricket-India’s favorite sport. There will also be time to shop for village-made goods. Back onboard, roll up your sleeves for a mehndi demonstration—intricate henna designs—and learn how to tie a sari and turban.

Day 10 – Khushbagh, Baranagar, Murshidabad

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Bengal’s architectural curiosities

A trio of Bengali towns—Khushbagh, Baranagar and Murshidabad—boast beautiful architectural monuments closely linked to the ruling families of the area. The well-preserved 18th-century tomb and mosque in Khushbagh and beautiful brick temples in Baranagar both stand in quiet rural areas that invite contemplation. Enjoy lunch back onboard the ship as you continue downstream to Murshidabad. As you round the river’s bend, a most unexpected sight unfolds before you—the massive Hazarduari Palace, famous for its thousand doors, both real and false, and its fine collection of antiques and British colonial artwork. Climb aboard a horse cart for a lively ride to Katra Mosque, one of the largest and most interesting in the region. Indulge in a lovely dinner followed by the evening’s entertainment.

Day 11 – Mayapur

FEATURED EXCURSION: Hare Krishna complex and Temple of the Vedic Planetarium

After a scenic morning cruise, the wildly colorful village of Mayapur, birthplace of the founder of the Hare Krishna movement, and its colossal Vedic temple await you. Millions of scholars and devout followers visit here every year. The village is also home to hundreds of second-generation Hare Krishnas born to North Americans and Europeans who relocated to India back in the 1960s.

Day 12 – Chandannagar, Kolkata

FEATURED EXCURSION: India’s French Colonial heritage

A French colony for 275 years, from 1678–1950, Chandannagar is a fascinating place to visit because its cultural heritage and character are so very different from the rest of India (most of which fell under British rule). The city is situated on a crescent-shaped bend of the river, views of which are best admired on a leisurely stroll along the Strand, Chandannagar’s waterfront promenade. The Strand also features many lovely colonial-era buildings that have stood the test of time, such as the former French governor’s residence and the Roman Catholic Sacred Heart Church. Chandannagar’s intriguing dual nature is evident elsewhere in the city, such as the elementary schools that still teach both English and French, generations after the colonial rulers left India for good. Spend your last evening onboard enjoying a Farewell Dinner.

Day 13 – Kolkata (disembark), transfer to the airport

Disembark the ship and transfer to the Kolkata Airport for your return flight home, or fly to Varanasi for a 3-day optional extension in the holiest city on India’s holiest river, the sacred Ganges.

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Watch Uniworld's "India's Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges"

Produced & Directed by our own Casey Carr!

Flights Not Yet Included

Flights will be available starting in mid January, 2017

********A VALID PASSPORT & INDIA VISA ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS TOUR.  PASSPORT MUST BE VALID 6 MONTHS AFTER YOU RETURN************

Payments & Cancellations

DEPOSITS/FINAL PAYMENTS: A deposit of $2300 per person is due with reservation. We will need a copy of the inside of your passport and birthdates for each passenger.   Final payment is due no later than May 15, 2017. All fares are subject to fuel/tax increases. We accept MC, VISA, AX, & DISCOVER.  Prices represent a discount of 5% if paid by check or money order.  If paying by credit card, prices are 5% higher.  An authorized signature form is required by fax.  

CANCELLATION: If cancelled before May 15, 2017, a $1200 per person fee is assessed. If cancelled on or after May 15, 2017, trip is non refundable.   Please understand that vendors are very strict with regard to cancellation.  No exceptions can be made. If you are not an American Citizen, you are responsible to have proper documentation.  Failure to do so may result in being denied boarding.

Legal full names must be given as stated on passports. (No nicknames).  Name changes may be made up to 120 days prior to departure for $200 per namePlease understand that vendors are very strict with regard to cancellation.  No exceptions can be made.              

Fine Print

RESPONSIBILITY:  CBS/ SHARON CARR TRAVEL is not the source or supplier of the travel services included in this package and they act solely as an agent for the actual suppliers of such services and assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, cancellations,vendor bankruptcy, war, insurrection, revolt or other civil uprising, other military actions, strikes or any Act of God occurring in either the country of origin, destination or through passage, or for any reason whatsoever.  The suppliers whose names appear in the information supplied are those who are actually responsible for providing the travel services purchased.  The suppliers reserve the right to make minor adjustments to the itinerary.

CBS/SHARON CARR TRAVEL will not be held responsible should any of these suppliers fail to provide the travel services purchased, whether through default or any other cause. CBS/ SHARON CARR TRAVEL will not accept any responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air schedules or other causes.  All such losses or expenses will be the responsibility of the member of the tour. CBS/ SHARON CARR TRAVEL will not be held responsible for any loss or damage to luggage during the tour.  Also, CBS/ SHARON CARR TRAVEL will not be liable regarding the provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care that may be rendered.  Acceptance of the Tour Contract will serve as a Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk Agreement.  This agreement is binding on your heirs, legal representatives and assigns. If, for some reason, a trip must be rescheduled due to any of the above reasons, participants are bound by the new dates of travel, and can only obtain a refund if insurance has been purchased and insurer is contractually bound.  CBS/SHARON CARR TRAVEL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WEATHER RELATED OR MECHANICAL DELAYS.

Uniworld Cruises  will provide air/land/cruise  arrangements and reserves the right to change either if necessary.

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