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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.
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Arrive in Kolkata (Calcutta) and transfer to the Oberoi Grand for 1 night. (N)
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)
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)
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)
Morning rickshaw ride through Kalna to the Rajbari complex, home to the highest concentration of temples in the region. (B, L, D)
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)
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)
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)
Following breakfast, disembark the vessel and transfer back to the Oberoi Grand. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
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