Spirit of the Ganges 2020/21

7 day River Cruise Kolkata to Kolkata

Cruise WDK

From 

£2,483  pp

Cruise only

Departing 22 September 2020

From 

£3,310  pp

Cruise with flights & transfers

From London Heathrow

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 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 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 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 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.

Save up to £1,500 per couple

Book your 2020 river cruise by 30 Apr and you could save up to £1,500 per couple.

About this offer

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

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.

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 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

Day 3

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Shining Brass and Sweet Shops

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 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 onboard your ship.

AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO MURSHIDABAD

Day 4

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Silversmiths, Tea Service, 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.

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 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.

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

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, 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

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, stop to see Mother Teresa’s former home and the Calcutta rescue.

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 I

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.

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

Stateroom categories

  • Maharaja Suite
  • Upper Deck Forward
  • Viceroy Suite
  • Upper Deck
  • Heritage Suite
  • Upper Deck
  • Cat A Deluxe Suite
  • Upper Deck
  • Cat B Deluxe Suite
  • Main Deck

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