India's Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges

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To travel through India is to encounter a country more complex and beguiling than perhaps any other—profoundly mysterious, gloriously exotic, seemingly infinite, and absolutely unforgettable. Your adventure begins in Delhi, India’s stately capital and third-largest city, a compelling blend of different historical eras and religious influences. Marvel at the...

Overview

Trip type
River Cruise
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Flexible schedule

Highlights

    • Visit Humayun’s Tomb
    • Explore Majesty and Grace— Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal
    • Discover romantic Pink City of Jaipur
    • Visit the UNESCO-designated Jantar Mantar
    • Visit Mother Teresa’s former home
    • Explore the colorful village of Mayapur
    • Discover Chandannagar

What's this trip about?

    To travel through India is to encounter a country more complex and beguiling than perhaps any other—profoundly mysterious, gloriously exotic, seemingly infinite, and absolutely unforgettable. Your adventure begins in Delhi, India’s stately capital and third-largest city, a compelling blend of different historical eras and religious influences. Marvel at the exquisite Taj Mahal in Agra—justifiably considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World—and hear the tragic love story that inspired its 17-year-long construction. Wander amongst the imposing fortresses and dusky-hued palaces of Rajasthan’s gateway city, the regal Pink City of Jaipur. Explore the atmospheric, centuries-old bazaars that make Jaipur such a magical place. With labyrinthine lanes lined with a plethora of tempting treasures, you’ll find them a delightful and dizzying spectacle for all five senses.

Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityDelhi
End CityKolkata

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Small Ship Cruise

Destinations

  • Asia
  • India

Attractions

  • Agra
  • Agra Fort
  • Delhi
  • Hawa Mahal
  • Jaipur
  • Rajasthan
  • Red Fort
  • Taj Mahal

Activities

  • Culture
  • Historic sightseeing
  • Nature

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Itinerary

Travel Map
Day 1: New Delhi
A Uniworld representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to The Oberoi Gurgaon, an award-winning hotel conveniently located just thirty minutes from Central Delhi.

Day 2: New Delhi
FEATURED EXCURSION: India’s Capital City, Old and New India’s seat of power for nearly a thousand years, Delhi bridges two distinctly different worlds—Old Delhi, the former capital, with its narrow lanes and splendid mosques; and New Delhi, established by the British, ...
Day 3: New Delhi, transfer to Agra
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Majesty and Grace— Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal Transfer to Agra via a newly built expressway, and check in and enjoy lunch at the spectacular Oberoi Amarvilas. Later, visit one of India’s most majestic forts—Agra Fort—a palatial walled city contain...
Day 4: Agra, transfer to Jaipur
FEATURED EXCURSION: Sunrise at the Taj Mahal Venture back to the Taj Mahal at sunrise, when the pristine white marble monument is aglow with the soft pink lustre of dawn. Seen in the magical first light of day, the graceful, dream-like Taj will forever linger in your m...
Day 5: Jaipur
FEATURED EXCURSION: Jaipur—Rajasthan’s Princely City Your tour of the romantic Pink City of Jaipur includes the residence of the former royal family—City Palace—a sprawling complex with lovely courtyards and gardens. You will also visit the UNESCO-designated Jantar Man...
Day 6: Jaipur, fly to Kolkata (embark)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Mother Teresa’s Home and Tomb Transfer to the Jaipur Airport and fly to Kolkata, India’s second-largest city, a clamorous yet captivating metropolis situated on the Lower Ganges. Before boarding your elegant all-suite ship, you will visit Mother Ter...
Day 7: Kolkata, Bandel
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: The Enduring Legacy of the British Raj The former capital of the Raj, Kolkata offers intriguing glimpses of the “old India” of the British colonial period, including grand architecture such as the Writers’ Building, High Court, and General Post Off...
Day 8: Kalna
FEATURED EXCURSION: India’s “Temple City” There is no better way to see the sights of Kalna than via an exhilarating trishaw ride through the heart of the city. Kalna’s Rajbari complex has the region’s densest concentration of temples, including 108 intricately carved, slope-roofed structures devoted to Shiva, the Hindu god. Walk back to the ship, perhaps stopping at the bustling local market on the way.

Day 9: Matiari
FEATURED EXCURSION: Matiari Master Craftsmen Enjoy a walking tour of Matiari, an artisans’ village revered for its finely wrought brassware, and venture inside a local home to observe master craftsmen at work. If time allows, you may also have an opportunity to learn s...
Day 10: Khushbagh, Baranagar, Murshidabad
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Bengal’s Architectural Curiosities Begin the day with an early morning stroll through the farmers’ fields of Khushbagh to a well-preserved complex built by one of the region’s former colonial-era rulers. Return to the ship for breakfast and a brief...
Day 11: Mayapur
FEATURED EXCURSION: Hare Krishna Complex and Temple of the Vedic Planetarium After a scenic morning cruise, visit the welcoming and wildly colorful village of Mayapur, birthplace of the founder of the Hare Krishna movement. One of India’s top pilgrimage sites, Mayapur ...
Day 12: Chandannagar, Kolkata
FEATURED EXCURSION: India’s French Colonial Heritage A French colony for 275 years, from 1678–1950, Chandannagar is a fascinating place to visit because its cultural heritage and character are so very different from the rest of India (most of which fell under British r...
Day 13: Kolkata (disembark), transfer to the airport
Disembark the ship and transfer to the Kolkata Airport for your return flight home, or fly to Varanasi for a 3-day optional extension in the holiest city on India’s holiest river, the sacred Ganges.

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Price From $7,999
Price per day$615
Last Updated: 8/2/2018

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Award-winning Uniworld—the world's ONLY authentic boutique cruise line™—offers itineraries in spectacular destinations throughout Europe, Russia, and Asia. The company’s European fleet features luxurious ships with an average capacity of 130 guests, the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry, enticing shore excursions, world-class gourmet cuisine, impeccable hospitality, and numerous other all-inclusive benefits.

In 2004, Uniworld was acquired by The Travel Corporation (TTC), a highly successful international travel group founded by Stanley Tollman. TTC has more than 30 top brands, including Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, and Contiki, as well as Red Carnation Hotels, a renowned collection of four- and five-star luxury properties.

TTC has made major investments in Uniworld's ships, crew, and staff, with an eye towards providing guests with all the elements of an unforgettable Six-Star Experience: Expertise; Service; Luxurious Ships, Uniquely Designed; Culinary; Choice; and Truly All-Inclusive. Combining the tour planning and hotel management expertise of TTC’s sister companies with Uniworld’s decades of superior nautical experience has created an entirely new category of luxury river cruising.

In partnership with its sister company, Red Carnation Hotels, Uniworld takes pride in its long-lasting relationships with guests, for whom there is “No request too large, no detail too small.” Uniworld employs a professionally trained, dedicated, English-speaking staff, so guests never have to worry about communication.

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Ship & cabin information
Ganges Voyager II
The ship's spacious, high-ceilinged suites are a serene sanctuary, with beautiful hand-painted murals and all the comforts of a five-star hotel. All suites have a cosy sitting area and a French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. A bed dressed in soft linens, with a choice of pillows. Your roomy bathroom has a rain shower, comfy robes and slippers, and spa-quality Molten Brown bath products. Other high-end amenities include a generous amount of closet space, under-bed storage, a flat-screen television with a wide selection of on-demand movies, individual climate control, bottled water replenished daily, fresh fruit and flowers upon arrival, an iPhone docking station with alarm clock, makeup mirrors, and universal electrical plugs.
Rivers: Ganges River Guests: 56 Staff: 36 Suites: 5 (280-400 sq ft) Staterooms: 23 (261 sq ft) Length: 185 ft Width: 41 ft
Cancellation policy
We hope nothing will come between you and your Uniworld vacation. Should you need to cancel your booking or any portion of it, your cancellation must be received in writing. It will be effective on the date of receipt. Cancellation charges, per person and based upon the date of cancellation, are as follows: Below are the Cancellation Notice Received Before Tour Start Date and regarding Cancellation Charges Per Person 90 days or more - $300 nonrefundable deposit 89 – 60 days - 35% of the fare** 59 – 30 days - 50% of the fare** Less than 30 days - 100% of the fare** No Show - 100% of the fare** **Fare is defined as the cost of any cruise, land, or air element purchased from Uniworld. Port charges are fully refundable if they have been paid prior to cancelling your trip.
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Optional Activities
Varanasi Extension | Experience one of the world’s oldest and most intriguing cities A swirl of colour and ritual and oddities galore, Varanasi may very well be the most ethereal and exotic place you will ever visit. Considered the holiest spot on India’s holiest river, it is also one of the world’s oldest cities—as ancient as Babylon and Thebes. It is the goal of every devout Hindu to come here at least once to purify body and soul in the sacred waters of the Ganges. Your visit includes a fascinating tour of this otherworldly and intoxicating city, followed by a private boat ride to observe a Ganga Aarti ceremony. Led by a Hindu priest at sunset, this spellbinding devotional ritual is performed in honor of the goddess of the river, a spectacle you’ll remember the rest of your days. You will also have an opportunity to take a boat ride along the river at sunrise, when hundreds of sari- and dhoti-clad Hindus can be observed bathing, washing laundry, performing yoga asanas, and making respectful offerings to Mother Ganga along the broad stone ghats lining the Ganges. Magical and mystical, surreal and deeply spiritual, Varanasi is a city that is truly unlike any other. Price varies by season: January , February , March , September , October , November , December: $1,299 Single Supplement: $349 Prices and information are subject to change.
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