River Cruise Itinerary
NOTE: The following information is from the 2021 tour season and is subject to change once the 2022 tour season information becomes available.
Day 1 DELHI, INDIA
Welcome to India’s capital city! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Day 2 DELHI
Saris, Spices, and Silver
CLASSIC 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
Monuments of Worship and Remembrance
CLASSIC 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. (B,L)
Day 4 AGRA
Love’s Crowning Achievement
CLASSIC 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.
CLASSIC 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 Mahal at sunset is included. (B,D)
Day 5 AGRA–JAIPUR
Welcome to the Pink City
Travel to Jaipur—the “Pink City” that was painted pink for the Prince of Wales’ 1876 visit.
After lunch, enjoy the afternoon and evening at your leisure. (B,L)
Day 6 JAIPUR
A Maharaja’s Marble Palace and Gateway to the Stars
CLASSIC 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.
CLASSIC 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, a fascinating astronomical observatory built in the early 18th century. (B,D)
Day 7 JAIPUR–KOLKATA (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to West Bengal. Your Ship Awaits.
Fly to Kolkata this morning to transfer to your ship. Get acquainted with the ship prior to your welcome reception this evening.
AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO KALNA (B,L,D)
Day 8 KALNA
Rituals, Rickshaws, and Muslin Weavers
DISCOVERY 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 (B,L,D)
Day 9 MATIARI
Sweet Shops and Shiny Brass
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 (B,L,D)
Day 10 MURSHIDABAD. EXCURSION TO AZIMGANJ & JIAGANJ
Silversmiths, Tea Service, and Silk Sarees
DISCOVERY 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 explore Bari Kothi, a former residence that has been restored to its former grandeur after being abandoned for over half a century. You’ll also witness a silver- and gold-making demonstration.
Relax this afternoon onboard your ship.
AFTERNOON/EVENING SAILING TO MAYAPUR (B,L,D)
Day 11 MAYAPUR–GUPTIPARA
A Holy Pilgrimage on the Ganges
CLASSIC 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 This afternoon, climb aboard a Rickshaw (Toto) 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 (B,L,D)
Day 12 KOLKATA
Flowers, Faith, and Victorian Art
CLASSIC 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 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. (B,L,D)
Day 13 KOLKATA–KATHMANDU, NEPAL
Today, fly to Nepal. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Day 14 KATHMANDU
Today, your Guided Sightseeing starts with a visit to Hanuman Dhoka, the historic seat of royalty. Then, visit the Temple of Kumari, residence of the Living Goddess and said to be constructed from the wood of a single tree. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in Kathmandu. (B,L)
Day 15 KATHMANDU
Start your Sightseeing Tour at Bouddahanath, one of the largest stupas in the world and a focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Then, continue to Patan, formerly known as Lalitpur (“City of Beauty”). Here, stop in Durbar Square, the city’s center of business and home to several Buddhist and Hindu sites. The remainder of the day is free. (B,L)
Day 16 KATHMANDU
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
River Cruise Highlights
Day 1 Delhi, India: Welcome to India
Day 2 Delhi: See Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate, and the Presidential Palace; rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk bazaar
Day 3 Delhi–Agra: Sightseeing including visits to Qutab Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib; drive to Agra
Day 4 Agra: Sunrise visit to Taj Mahal; Agra Fort; sunset visit to Taj Mahal
Day 5 Agra–Jaipur: Drive to Jaipur; time at leisure
Day 6 Jaipur: Morning Excursion to Amber Fort; afternoon sightseeing including visits to the City Palace and Jantar Mantar
Day 7 Jaipur–Kolkata (Embarkation): Fly to Kolkata; onboard welcome reception
Day 8 Kalna: Sightseeing by rickshaw; visit a temple complex to receive blessings from a priest and visit a muslin-weaver’s home
Day 9 Matiari: Walking tour of village to interact with brass craftsmen and see traditional sweets being made
Day 10 Murshidabad. Excursion to Azimganj & Jiaganj: Travel by electric rickshaw to see saree weaving in Jiaganj; Guided Walk through Azimganj to see the local crafts market, visit Bari Kothi; silver and gold making demonstration
Day 11 Mayapur–Guptipara: Morning visit to the ISKCON temple in Mayapur; rickshaw ride through Guptipara to see pottery-making and a farmer’s home
Day 12 Kolkata: Guided walk through the flower market; visit Mother Teresa’s Home, a home for orphaned children, and the Victoria Memorial Museum; farewell dance performance
Day 13 Kolkata–Kathmandu, Nepal: Fly to Nepal
Day 14 Kathmandu: Sightseeing with visits to Hanuman Dhoka and the Temple of Kumari
Day 15 Kathmandu: Visit Bouddahanath; excursion to Patan
Day 16 Kathmandu: End of vacation
All This Included
Enter a world of color, culture, and cherished spiritual tradition of India and Nepal. Your guided tour of India, Nepal, 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.
Join a sunrise excursion to the Taj Mahal—the iconic memorial build by Moghul emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife. More than 20 years in the making, the Taj Mahal stands as the pinnacle of love’s devotion, and is also yours to experience at sunset if you wish.
You’ll enjoy the city of Jaipur, with its famous Palace of the Winds, and spectacular Amber Fort, before flying to Kolkata to board your Ganges river cruise. 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 candy making in Matiari. Stop in Murshidabad for an excursion to Azimganj and Jiaganj—to tour a historic manions and see a gold and silver making demonstration. Explore the fascinating Hare Krishna headquarters in Mayapur, and visit Saint Mother Teresa’s former home upon your return to Kolkata.
In Kathmandu, sightseeing is spread over two leisurely days. Visits include Hanuman Dhoka, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Temple of Kumari, residence of the Living Goddess, a child thought to be the reincarnation of a Hindu goddess. You’ll also journey to Patan and Bouddhanath, Nepal’s largest stupa.
All of this and more await you on this once-in-a-lifetime guided tour of India and Nepal with a Ganges River cruise.
Air-conditioned indoor lounge
Outdoor lounge with shade system & lounge chairs
Spacious, open-seating Panorama Dining Room
Bar serving premium spirits, wine & complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, and local beer/spirits throughout the day
Complimentary Wi-Fi access in the lounges (where signal is available)
Spa treatment room
Library and games
Non-smoking staterooms & ship interior
Spacious, open-seating Panorama Dining Room
Chef-prepared onboard meals with regional cuisine and familiar favorites
Seasonal recipes featuring the freshest local ingredients
Vegetarian options available with all meals
Daily early-riser coffee & tea
Full breakfast buffet with live cooking station
Lunch buffet with live cooking station showcasing local specialties served by our Head Chef
Four-course à la carte dinners with choice of salads, soups, entrées, dessert or cheese
Complimentary wine, local beer/spirits, soft drinks, coffee & tea at lunch & dinner
Accommodations on this Tour
New Delhi: Taj Palace
Agra: Taj Hotel & Convention Centre
Jaipur: Jai Mahal Palace
Cruising:Cabin onboard Ganges Voyager
Cabin upgrades are available.
Dates and Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Avalon Waterways, not included in pricing: intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $481. Required intra-vacation air segment: Jaipur/Kolkata; Kolkata/Kathmandu. Air prices were effective on April 7, 2020 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.
Port charges: $93
Gratuities to Local Guides & drivers are included. (excludes extensions which are to be paid locally).
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.