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India’s Golden Triangle & The Sacred Ganges

Uncover layers of Asian history on a fascinating journey by land and river into India’s cultural and religious heritage. Enjoy five-star hotel accommodation and luxury cruise time on the iconic Ganges River.

Explore the ‘Golden Triangle’ of Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra with imposing architecture and religious temples and witness the colonial influence of the British Raj. Enjoy two opportunities to see the Taj Mahal and visit local communities that line the Ganges River.

Enjoy five nights at three award-winning Oberoi hotels and seven nights on the luxury Ganges Voyager II. With only 56 passengers, experience space and service with elegant suites, authentic Asian cuisine, and even a yoga Wellness Programme.

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  • Cruise Line: Uniworld
  • Ship: Ganges Voyager II
  • Duration: 12 Nights
  • Departure: Sep – Nov 2024, Jan – Mar & Sep – Nov 2025
£6,199pp
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India’s Golden Triangle & The Sacred Ganges Cruise Itinerary

Experience the unmistakable power of India with a visit to the Golden Triangle, plus relax during time on board a luxury cruiser on one of the world’s most famous rivers. Visit iconic sites, including the Taj Mahal and the home and tomb of Mahatma Gandhi, and discover local communities on Uniworld’s unique ‘Make Travel Matter’ experiences. Savour delicious Asian cuisine on a boutique-hotel-style river ship.

Day 1

New Delhi

Arrive at New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport, where a Uniworld representative will meet you. Transfer to the Oberoi New Delhi Hotel.

Day 2

New Delhi

Explore India’s first city with an expert-led city tour of New Delhi designed by Lutyens and laid out by the British in the 20th century when the capital of the Raj moved from Kolkata. See the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi and enjoy a rickshaw ride to Old Delhi.

Day 3

New Delhi, Transfer to Agra

Head south from New Delhi to Agra, home of the iconic Taj Mahal. Check into the sumptuous Oberoi Amarvilas, where every room has a view of this renowned landmark. Visit possibly the world’s most famous building and verdant gardens at sunset.

Day 4

Agra, Transfer to Jaipur

Visit the Taj Mahal through the rosy glow of the emerging dawn before returning to your luxury hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, head by coach to Jaipur, part of the Golden Triangle and a UNESCO World Heritage site filled with exotic palaces.

Day 5

Jaipur

Spend time in the so-called ‘Pink City’ and tour the Amber Palace, followed by a visit to the Jantar Mantar, a UNESCO World Heritage site devoted to astronomy. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore with shuttles available to take you to Jaipur’s famous bazaars.

Day 6

Jaipur, Fly to Kolkata (Embark), Cruising the Ganges River

Fly to Kolkata and transfer to your luxury river ship, the Ganges Voyager II. Settle into a beautifully appointed suite.

Day 7

Kalna

Famous for its Hindu temples built by the maharajas of Bardhaman, Kalna, or ‘Temple City,’ has a significant river history with a colourful local market. This tour is a Uniworld ‘Make Travel Matter’ Experience with a positive impact on local communities.

Day 8

Matiari

Matiari is a small, rustic town located in the verdant landscapes of West Bengal. Unspoiled and off the beaten track, artisans in Matiari have been making objects out of brass for more than one hundred years, and guests enjoy a fascinating insight into this local craft.

Day 9

Murshidabad, Baranagar

Today, visit two Bengali towns. Ride in a horse-drawn buggy in Murshidabad, the old capital of Bengal, to the magnificent Katra Mosque, built in 1723, and the Hazarduari Palace. After lunch, on board the ship, cruise to Barangar, with beautiful 18th-century temples.

Day 10

The Ganges, Khusbagh, Mayapur

Enjoy the beautiful river scenery as the Ganges flows through small villages and local communities. Take a walk through Khusbagh, the resting place of several historic rulers. There is also a mehndi demonstration, the art of creating patterns with henna.

Day 11

Mayapur, Chandannagar

Mayapur is the centre of the international Hare Krishna movement and home to the new Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, still under construction. Tour the temple complex or visit French colonial Chandannagar. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Dinner.

Day 12

Kolkata

Explore Kolkata city centre on a guided tour which includes a visit to the famous Flower Market. Guests can choose to see Mother Theresa’s home and tomb or visit the NGO Calcutta Rescue, a Uniworld ‘Make Travel Matter’ experience.

Day 13

Kolkata

Disembark the ship in Kolkata and transfer to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport for return flights to the UK.

Day 1

Kolkata

Arrive at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, where a Uniworld representative will meet you.

Day 2

Kolkata

Explore Kolkata city centre on a guided tour which includes a visit to the famous Flower Market. Guests can choose to see Mother Theresa’s home and tomb or visit the NGO Calcutta Rescue, a Uniworld ‘Make Travel Matter’ experience.

Day 3

Mayapur, Chandannagar

Mayapur is the centre of the international Hare Krishna movement and home to the new Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, still under construction. Tour the temple complex or visit French colonial Chandannagar. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Dinner.

Day 4

The Ganges, Khusbagh, Mayapur

Enjoy the beautiful river scenery as the Ganges flows through small villages and local communities. Take a walk through Khusbagh, the resting place of several historic rulers. There is also a mehndi demonstration, the art of creating patterns with henna.

Day 5

Murshidabad, Baranagar

Today, visit two Bengali towns. Ride in a horse-drawn buggy in Murshidabad, the old capital of Bengal, to the magnificent Katra Mosque, built in 1723, and the Hazarduari Palace. After lunch, on board the ship, cruise to Barangar, with beautiful 18th-century temples.

Day 6

Matiari

Matiari is a small, rustic town located in the verdant landscapes of West Bengal. Unspoiled and off the beaten track, artisans in Matiari have been making objects out of brass for more than one hundred years, and guests enjoy a fascinating insight into this local craft.

Day 7

Kalna

Famous for its Hindu temples built by the maharajas of Bardhaman, Kalna, or ‘Temple City,’ has a significant river history with a colourful local market. This tour is a Uniworld ‘Make Travel Matter’ Experience with a positive impact on local communities.

Day 8

Jaipur, Fly to Kolkata (Embark), Cruising the Ganges River

Fly to Kolkata and transfer to your luxury river ship, the Ganges Voyager II. Settle into a beautifully appointed suite.

Day 9

Jaipur

Spend time in the so-called ‘Pink City’ and tour the Amber Palace, followed by a visit to the Jantar Mantar, a UNESCO World Heritage site devoted to astronomy. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore with shuttles available to take you to Jaipur’s famous bazaars.

Day 10

Agra, Transfer to Jaipur

Visit the Taj Mahal through the rosy glow of the emerging dawn before returning to your luxury hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, head by coach to Jaipur, part of the Golden Triangle and a UNESCO World Heritage site filled with exotic palaces.

Day 11

New Delhi, Transfer to Agra

Head south from New Delhi to Agra, home of the iconic Taj Mahal. Check into the sumptuous Oberoi Amarvilas, where every room has a view of this renowned landmark. Visit possibly the world’s most famous building and verdant gardens at sunset.

Day 12

New Delhi

Explore India’s first city with an expert-led city tour of New Delhi designed by Lutyens and laid out by the British in the 20th century when the capital of the Raj moved from Kolkata. See the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi and enjoy a rickshaw ride to Old Delhi.

Day 13

New Delhi

Disembark the ship in New Delhi and transfer to New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport for return flights to the UK.

India’s Golden Triangle & The Sacred Ganges Cruise Ships

Ganges Voyager II

As seen on Jane McDonald India Cruising, this vessel provides a serene sanctuary, easy on the eyes, filled with beautiful hand-painted murals and all the comforts of a five-star hotel. Enjoy roomy suites with high-end amenities, rain showers and spa-quality products.

Max. Capacity of 56 guests
Floor-to-ceiling Glass Doors
Intimate Guest/Staff Ratio

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India’s Golden Triangle & The Sacred Ganges

  • New Delhi
  • New Delhi - Agra
  • Agra - Jaipur
  • Jaipur
  • Jaipur - Kolkata
  • Kolkata (EMBARK)
  • Kalna
  • Matiari
  • Murshidabad / Baranagar
  • Khushbagh / Mayapur
  • Mayapur / Chadannagar
  • Kolkata
£6,199pp Est. Price per person
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  • Ganges

India’s Golden Triangle & The Sacred Ganges Cruise Review

“The Indian Golden Triangle and Ganges boat trip were faultless—organisational excellence. When we arrived on the boat at Kolkata, we realised a pair of shoes were left in the Oberoi Rajvillas in Jaipur. We spoke to the butler, and 30 minutes later, we were told the shoes were found and waiting for us when we returned to Kolkata”.

Janice Luby, Wolverhampton

India’s Golden Triangle & The Sacred Ganges FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

What is the food like on board the Ganges Voyager II?

The onboard menus on the Ganges Voyager II are Asian in origin and inspiration and designed to complement your journey on the river. Meals are tailored to suit the Western palate but hotter, more spicy dishes can be provided on request. There are always plenty of delicious vegetarian options.

Are three people per room allowed on board the ship?

There are no triple accommodation options on board the Ganges Voyager II.

Could my itinerary change for any reason?

Uniworld makes every effort to follow published itineraries but may need to make last minute changes due to circumstances beyond our control and to ensure the safety of our ship and guests. If we can, we will always let you know of any changes before you board the ship.

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