The Ganges

Set sail along India's magnificent river and get closer to life on the water.

Discover rural India

The holy river of Hinduism, The Ganges slowly courses through the fertile rural landscapes of India. Along its banks, human life is connected to its waters and life away from India's big cities moves at a more relaxed pace.

Style, space and unforgettable views

Aboard the Ganges Voyager, you’ll experience India in relaxed luxury, each stateroom a private sanctuary of 260 square feet with an open-air balcony and beds that face the view. The ship is furnished throughout with elegant carved-wood furniture and hand-stencilled murals. 

Like all Avalon ships, Ganges Voyager has been designed to make the most of the view, whether you're relaxing in the air-conditioned indoor lounge with its huge windows or sipping a cocktail from a comfy chair on the deck.

Dedicated staff, unrivalled service

Warm and friendly, our crew are dedicated to your experience, from the moment your driver arrives at your front door. Onboard service is intuitive and discreet – nothing is too much trouble. In the dining room, specialist chefs prepare authentic dishes at a live food station, bringing the regional specialities of India to your table alongside Western options.

Highlights of our Ganges river cruises

  • Delhi
    • Discover the iconic Red Fort, Jama Masjid and India Gate on a guided sightseeing tour, then take a rickshaw ride through the ancient alleyways of the colourful Chandni Chowk bazaar.
  • Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
    • See the sunrise as it breaks across the Taj Mahal, a fantasy in white marble, two decades in the making. Then explore Agra Fort, an impenetrable fortress of red sandstone, concealing the imperial city of an ancient Moghul.
  • Kalna
    • Visit the historic terracotta temple complex on a guided rickshaw tour, receive a blessing from a temple priest and visit the home of a muslin weaver.
  • Murshidabad
    • See gold and silver smithing on a guided walk through the local workshops, taste authentic Indian tea at a landlord’s mansion house then travel by electric rickshaw in Jiaganj to witness saris being weaved.
  • Kolkata
    • Visit the former home of Mother Teresa, and see the legacy of British colonial rule in the Victoria Memorial museum. Take a guided walk through the colourful flower market.

Colourful India and the Ganges River

from £5,928 per person

  • 15 days
  • Price based on 07 Sep 19
  • 7 dates available

Enter a world of colour, culture, and cherished spiritual tradition of India. Your guided tour of India 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 colour. 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 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. All of this and more await you on this once-in-a-lifetime guided tour of India and a Ganges River cruise.