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Cruising the Lower Ganges

Private Travel | Cruises 11 Days & 9 Nights Lead-in price: £2955

Cruise the sacred Ganges river for 7 nights on the luxury Ganges Voyager. Discover remote towns, timeless villages and ancient temples on the water's edge, with time at leisure on board the ship to take in the passing landscapes. The all-suite Ganges Voyager exudes the elegance and style of the British colonial era while also providing all the comforts of a first-rate hotel. Suites are spacious, some with French balconies, and facilities include a spa and gym, a dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows, a sun deck and lounge.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Visit Mother Teresa's Missionary of Charity
  • Travel to the Rajbari temple complex by rickshaw
  • Observe Indian life along the river banks in rural India
  • Stay in 4- & 5- star accommodation
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Kolkata (N) Day 2: Kolkata

Arrive in Kolkata (Calcutta) and transfer to the Oberoi Grand for 1 night. (N)

Day 3: Kolkata

Transfer to the Ganges Voyager or the Bengal Ganga for a 7-night cruise. After a leisurely lunch, explore Kolkata’s 18th-century botanical garden, with its 250-year-old banyan tree. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Kolkata

Early morning tour of Kolkata including visits to many of the city’s colonial buildings. After lunch, begin your journey upstream, passing under the Bally Bridge and mooring for the night on the northern outskirts of Kolkata. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Bandel

Continue your journey upstream, stopping at the Portuguese-founded town of Bandel. Visit the Basilica of the Holy Rosary, one of the oldest Christian churches in West Bengal. Later, stop at the Hooghly Imambara, a Shia pilgrimage site built in 1841. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Kalna

Morning rickshaw ride through Kalna to the Rajbari complex, home to the highest concentration of temples in the region. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Mayapur

After a morning observing local life along the riverbanks, stop in the village of Mayapur, known as the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486) considered to be the incarnation of Lord Krishna. Experience the fascinating culture of Krishna followers and learn about the 65,000-sq-metre temple that has been recently constructed. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Guptipara

Sail downstream to the Guptipara, a rural riverbank town. Visit the temple complex, which features fine terracotta work and intricate carvings of the Hindu epics. In the afternoon, visit a weaving village before mooring for the night. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Chandernagore

Begin the day in Chandernagore, established as a French colony in 1673. Explore the colonial buildings along the promenade, including the former French governor’s residence. Later, visit the Sacred Heart Church of Chandernagore before returning to the ship and continuing downstream to Kolkata. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Kolkata

Following breakfast, disembark the vessel and transfer back to the Oberoi Grand. (B)

Day 11: Fly back to London (B) Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Oberoi Grand
    Oberoi Grand

    The Oberoi Grand is a classic and stylish hotel located in the heart of the city, near the principal monuments and New Market. The hotel has two restaurants and offers some of the best dining experiences in the city, including an authentic Thai restaurant. The swimming pool and central courtyard offer a great place to relax, away from the bustling city while the stylish bar has a pool table and often features live music, including jazz and blues. Features: 209 rooms, Wi-Fi, swimming pool, spa, gym, beauty salon, 2 restaurants, bar. Room amenities: Television, writing desk, safe, minibar, tea & coffee facilities, en suite bathroom.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £2955 per person

High season from £2955 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

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