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Colorful India & the Ganges River 2019 (Cruise Only)

7 days with Avalon Waterways   Rating: Deluxe

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  • Fly from $699 per person from from select gateways. This deal is combinable with select promotions. Expires December 18. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Pay no single supplement in certain cabin categories on select 2019 river cruises. Expires December 18. Click here for eligible departures.
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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 KOLKATA, INDIA (EMBARKATION)
Get acquainted with the ship prior to your welcome reception. (L,D)

Day 2 KALNA
Rituals, Rickshaws, and a Weaver’s Wares

DISCOVERY Ride on cycle rickshaws during your Guided Tour 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 3 MATIARI
Shining Brass and Sweet Shops

DISCOVERY Join a Morning Walk in the brass-making village of Matiari to see and interact with the craftsmen there. You’ll also see traditional sweets being made.

Enjoy a free afternoon free onboard your ship.

AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO MURSHIDABAD (B,L,D)

Day 4 MURSHIDABAD. EXCURSION TO AZIMGANJ & JIAGANJ
Silversmiths, Tea Service, and Saree Weaving

DISCOVERY Enjoy a short Guided Walk through Azhimganj to see the local gold and silversmith workshops. You’ll also visit a local landlord’s mansion for authentic Indian tea, then travel by electric richshaw in Jiaganj to see the art of Baluchari saree weaving.

Relax this afternoon free onboard your ship.

AFTERNOON/EVENING SAILING TO MAYAPUR (B,L,D)

Day 5 MAYAPUR–GUPTIPARA
A Holy Pilgrimage on the Ganges

CLASSIC Join a Morning Walk through the pilgirm’s bazaar and visit the ISKCON temple, and meet and interact with a Krishna leader. You’ll also visit a goshala (rescue shelter for cows).

DISCOVERY This afternoon, take a Rickshaw (Toto) Ride, and explore the village of Guptipara to see pottery and idol-making. You’ll also take an Escorted Visit to a farmer’s home and interact with the family there.

AFTERNOON/EVENING SAILING TO KOLKATA (B,L,D)

Day 6 KOLKATA
Flowers, Faith, and Victorian Art

CLASSIC This morning, take a Guided Walk through the colorful flower market. Afterward, stop to see Mother Teresa’s former home and the Calcutta rescue.

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 7 KOLKATA (DISEMBARKATION)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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All This Included
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 savor authentic Indian tea, as well as stunning gold and silversmith workshops. You’ll meet saree weavers, goldsmiths, and pottery makers. Explore the fascinating Hare Krishna headquarters in Mayapur, and visit Saint Mother Teresa’s former home upon your return to Kolkata.
Highlights
  • Kolkata, India (Embarkation): Welcome reception
  • Kalna: Sightseeing by rickshaw; visit a temple complex to receive blessings from a priest and visit a muslin-weaver’s home
  • Matiari: Walking tour of village to interact with brass craftsmen and see traditional sweets being made
  • Murshidabad. Excursion to Azimganj & Jiaganj: Walking tour of Azimganj to see gold and silversmith workshops; sample tea in a local home; travel by electric rickshaw to see saree weaving in Jiaganj
  • Mayapur–Guptipara: Morning visit to the ISKCON temple in Mayapur; rickshaw ride through Guptipara to see pottery-making and a farmer’s home
  • Kolkata: Guided walk through the flower market; visit Mother Teresa’s Home, the Calcutta Rescue, and the Victoria Memorial Museum; farewell dance performance
  • Kolkata: End of vacation
Accommodations
Cruising: Cabin onboard Ganges Voyager
Notes
  • Port charges: $84
  • Gratuities to Local Guides & drivers are included. (excludes extensions which are to be paid locally).
  • Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability). Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
  • All prices are per person based on double room occupancy. Cruise price based on Category B in a Deluxe Suite on Main Deck. Cabin upgrades are available. 
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* 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.