Day 1: New Delhi
Arrive at New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport. If your cruise/ tour package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to The Oberoi, Gurgaon. The Oberoi, Gurgaon is a lavish urban sanctuary spread over nine lush acres, with distinct characteristics including high ceilings, an expansive reflection pool, open spaces and original modern art.
Day 2: New Delhi, Udaipur, Araveli
This morning, you’ll transfer from your hotel to your commercial flight to Udaipur, where you’ll then make your way to your home for two nights, the bespoke Araveli Cottages and Tented Camp in Rajasthan. After a brief introduction and orientation about your time with ME to WE, you’ll prepare for your interactions with locals with a lesson in basic Hindi phrases. Then, it’s off to the local village to mingle with community members. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3: Araveli
After a blissful night’s sleep in your private cottage or luxury tent, wake up to a sunrise yoga session overlooking the pink-hued Aravalli mountain range. Spend the rest of your morning with women in the community and learn what daily life in rural India is like. Enjoy a savory meal and cup of chai as you take in the beautiful surroundings and a traditional jhapki (Hindi for “siesta”). Then, meet a local farmer before venturing to the project site of your sustainable development project. Cap your first full day with a colorful performance showcasing local folk dance traditions. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4: Araveli, Udaipur, Kolkata
Your time with ME to WE is coming to a close this afternoon, but not before a slew of authentic Indian experiences in nearby Udaipur, often nicknamed “Venice of the East.” Explore Udaipur’s splendor with stops at the City Palace and Taj Lake Palace, followed by lunch on shore and a visit to a lively Indian market before checking into The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch)
Day 5: Kolkata (Embark), Kalna
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, the sacred Ganges. This evening, delight in a Captain’s Reception Dinner and Welcome onboard. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Welcome Dinner)
Day 6: Kalna
Kalna, once an important trade port on the river, is best known today for the magnificent Hindu temples built by the maharajas of Bardhaman— which you’ll experience today. After marveling at the astonishing Rajbari temple complex, you may opt to walk with your guide through the colorful local market. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7: Matiari
Your ship serves as a time machine today, transporting you hundreds of years into the past, as we travel to the authentic artisan village of Matiari. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8: Murshidabad, Baranagar
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.
This evening, following dinner onboard, take in a lively Bollywood-style show, complete with music and dancing. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9: The Ganges
One of the world’s most sacred bodies of water, the Ganges River flows through a myriad of small villages and highly populated cities throughout India and Bangladesh. Take in the remarkable scenery as you sail and be on the lookout for a rare sighting of the endangered Ganges river dolphin.
Wellness: You may choose to relax and unwind with a body massage or treatment onboard at the soothing Voyager Spa. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10: Mayapur, Chandannagar, Kolkata
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 as well. You’ll visit this former French outpost today. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11: Kolkata
The city of Kolkata is synonymous with the enduring legacies of Mother Teresa and the colonial-era British Raj, both of which you will get better acquainted with today.
Enjoy a Farewell dinner tonight. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Farewell Dinner)
Day 12: Kolkata (Disembark)
Your incredible Indian adventure ends early this morning, as you disembark and transfer to the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport for your flight home or extend your journey with an optional extension to Varanasi. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch)
Join ME to WE for a one-of-a-kind adventure in India’s countryside for the first four days of our traditional India cruise/tour. ME to WE offers an immersive and transformative experience where you’ll explore India’s vibrant and fascinating culture through unforgettable encounters. In rural Udaipur, you’ll settle into the stunning Araveli Cottages and Tented Camp—luxury accommodations boasting Indian décor with a royal Rajasthani flair. Prepare for your time with ME to WE with a lesson in basic Hindi phrases before venturing out to the local village to mingle with community members. You’ll wake up the next day to a sunrise yoga session overlooking the pink-hued Aravalli Mountain Range prior to spending the rest of your morning with women in the community learning first-hand what life is like in rural India. After savoring traditional Indian cuisine, you’ll meet a local farmer who will lead you to the site of your sustainable development project. Discover the allure of Udaipur, affectionately called the “Venice of the East,” on a sightseeing excursion by boat and foot.
When your time with ME to WE ends, you’ll board the lavish Ganges Voyager II and head to the site of Kalna’s magnificent Hindu temples. Meander through Matiari’s authentic artisan village, Murshidabad’s and Baranagar’s architectural monuments and Mayapur’s captivating Temple of the Vedic Planetarium— the center of the international Hare Krishna movement. Discover why the French planted roots in Kolkata with a visit to the former French outpost before exploring the enduring legacies of Mother Teresa. Visit her home, where she lived and worked for decades and marvel at the museum dedicated to her, where her Nobel Peace Prize sits proudly on display.
Onboard, you’ll also enjoy our new Wellness Program, centered around the destination’s ancient tradition and practice of yoga. Available on every sailing, the complimentary Wellness Program – led by a certified and resident yogi – will celebrate the holistic health benefits of yoga with daily sessions introducing the different types of yoga, group lectures and classes as well as individualized meetings, so that guests at every stage of their practice can participate in this culturally immersive program comfortably. An accompanying “Nutrition and Wellness Food” menu has also been developed especially for this program. Featuring organic items and guidelines for eating healthy, the menu will be available daily during breakfast, lunch and dinner service.
Meals onboard prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners
Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
Complimentary house wine, local spirits and beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee will be served throughout the cruise. Onshore lunches include complimentary soft drinks, coffee, and tea. Onshore dinners include complimentary house wine, local beer, soft drinks, coffee, and tea
8 days of excursions, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the elegant Ganges Voyager II
Lavishly appointed riverview suites with private balconies
1 night in New Delhi at The Oberoi, Gurgaon (or similar)
2 nights in Rajasthan at the Araveli Cottages and Tented Camp (or similar)
1 night in Kolkata at The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata (or similar)
1 country: India
Services of an experienced Uniworld Tour Manager
Complimentary Wellness Program on every sailing
All transfers on arrival and departure days
All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
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.