18 Day Colourful India & the Ganges River (Southern India & Varansasi Extension)

Avalon Tour & River Cruise starting in Cochin and finishing in Kolkata

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Avalon's 18 Day Colourful India & the Ganges River (Southern India & Varansasi Extension). Enter a world of color, culture, and cherished spiritual tradition of India. Your guided tour of India and Ganges River cruise begins in the Southern India city of Cochin, where you'll take...read more
Overview
Operator: Avalon
Type: Tour & River Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 18 Days
From: Cochin to Kolkata
Tour Code: WDKQ
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: India
Our Price From:
$ 9,589
Per Person ($AU)
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$ 1,463
Per Person ($AU)
Day By Day
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Arrive In Cochin, India
Welcome to Cochin, the "Gateway to Kerala." Located on the Arabian Sea in Kerala, India's southernmost state, Cochin is the perfect starting point to explore the region's natural beauty. Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.
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Cochin
Your Guided Tour starts with the Chinese Fishing Nets that are the livelihood of many fishermen in the area and a walk through the Jewish quarter. Next, visit the Kerala Folklore Museum which aims to preserve and educate people about the unique culture and heritage of South India. This afternoon, enjoy an unforgettable Cruise on the backwaters of Kerala. Explore and witness local life along these serene waterways surrounded by lush palm trees and paddy fields. (B/L)
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Cochin - Mumbai
Today, fly to Mumbai, a multicultural metropolis with a colourful history. This vibrant city is now India's premier seaport, centre of culture and industry, and home to the "Bollywood" movie industry. (B)
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Mumbai
Your Guided Tour starts at the Gateway of India, Mumbai's most famous monument commemorating the visit of Queen Mary. Then, drive along Marine Drive, a seafront promenade, and see a traditional Dhobi Ghat (open-air laundromat). You will also visit the Hanging Gardens, Mumbai Museum, and Mani Bhavan, the former residence of Mahatma Gandhi. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B/L)
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Mumbai - Varanasi
Fly to Varanasi, the holiest of Hindu pilgrim cities, situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges River. Early this evening, witness the Ganga Aarti (spiritual worship) on the ghats (steps) leading down to the Ganges. (B/D)
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Varanasi - Delhi
Around dawn, board a Boat and watch a striking religious ritual-the Hindus' devotional bathing in the Ganges. You'll observe hundreds of pilgrims gathered at the river's edge, some practicing yoga, others meditating, and still others bathing fully clothed. Return to your hotel for breakfast. Afterwards, a Guided Excursion takes you to nearby Sarnath, the "Cradle of Buddhism," where Buddha first spoke of his philosophy. Later fly to Delhi. (B/L)
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Delhi
Saris, Spices, and Silver. Classic - Today's Guided Sightseeing starts with an orientation to see the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate, and the Presidential Palace. Afterward, take a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk, a captivating local bazaar- with its ancient alleyways lined with quaint shops offering everything from silver and saris to spices and electronics. After lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy a bit of leisure time. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a lavish welcome dinner at your hotel. (B/L/D)
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Delhi - Agra
Monuments of Worship and Remembrance. Classic - This morning, take a Guided Excursion to visit Qutub Minar, the world's tallest brick minaret, dating back to the 11th century. Next, visit Humayun's Tomb and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Delhi's largest and most prominent Sikh gurudwara (house of worship). After lunch, drive to Agra and settle in at your hotel overlooking the Taj Mahal. (B/L)
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Agra
Love's Crowning Achievement. Classic - Start your day with a Sunrise Excursion to the incomparable Taj Mahal-Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan's memorial to his beloved wife-more than 20 years in the making. Classic - Later, take a Guided Tour to Agra Fort, built by the Moghul Emperor Akbar. This formidable fortress of red sandstone conceals the imperial city of the Moghul rulers and its many palaces. For those interested, an excursion to the Taj at sunset is included. (B/D)
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Agra - Jaipur
Palaces and Rare Printings in the Pink City. Travel to Jaipur-the "Pink City" that was painted pink for the Prince of Wales' 1876 visit. Classic - This afternoon, take a Guided Tour of the City Palace and the adjoining museum, which houses a collection of rare manuscripts. Also, stop at Jantar Mantar and the famous Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). The evening is at your leisure. (B/L)
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Jaipur
A Maharaja's Marble Palace. Classic - Today, join a Guided Excursion to Jaipur's spectacular Amber Fort, built entirely of white marble and red sandstone, and featuring intricate mosaics, carvings, paintings, and mirror works. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Discovery - Tonight, enjoy a festive dinner with a Cultural Performance. (B/D)
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Jaipur - Kolkata (Embarkation)
Welcome to West Bengal. Your Ship Awaits. Fly to Kolkata this morning to transfer to your ship. This afternoon, get acquainted with the ship prior to your welcome reception. AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO KALNA (B/L/D)
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Kalna
Rituals, Rickshaws, and a Weaver's Wares. Discovery - Ride on cycle rickshaws during your Guided Tour of Kalna. Along the way visit the historic terracotta temple complex and receive blessings from the temple priest. Also visit a muslin-weaver's home. Enjoy a free afternoon on board your ship. AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO MATIARI (B/L/D)
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Matiari
Shining Brass and Sweet Shops. Discovery - Join a Morning Walk in the brass-making village of Matiari to see and interact with the craftsmen there. You'll also see traditional sweets being made. Enjoy a free afternoon free onboard your ship. AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO MURSHIDABAD (B/L/D)
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Murshidabad Excursion To Azimganj & Jiaganj
Silversmiths, Tea Service, and Saree Weaving. Discovery - Enjoy a short Guided Walk through Azhimganj to see the local gold and silversmith workshops. You'll also visit a local landlord's mansion for authentic Indian tea, then travel by electric richshaw in Jiaganj to see the art of Baluchari saree weaving. Relax this afternoon free onboard your ship. AFTERNOON/EVENING SAILING TO MAYAPUR (B/L/D)
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Mayapur - Guptipara
A Holy Pilgrimage on the Ganges. Classic - Join a Morning Walk through the pilgirm's bazaar and visit the ISKCON temple, and meet and interact with a Krishna leader. You'll also visit a goshala (rescue shelter for cows). Discovery - This afternoon, take a Rickshaw (Toto) Ride, and explore the village of Guptipara to see pottery and idol-making. You'll also take an Escorted Visit to a farmer's home and interact with the family there. AFTERNOON/EVENING SAILING TO KOLKATA (B/L/D)
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Kolkata
Flowers, Faith, and Victorian Art. Classic - This morning, take a Guided Walk through the colourful flower market. Afterward, stop to see Mother Teresa's former home and the Calcutta rescue. Classic - After lunch, join a Guided Visit to the Victoria Memorial Museum. Built to commemorate Queen Victoria, the museum houses a beautiful collection of paintings, textiles, weapons, and other artifacts from the Victorian era. Tonight, a farewell Dance Performance is presented on the ship. (B/L/D)
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Kolkata (Disembarkation)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Avalon Inclusions
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Trip Inclusions
  • Spacious outside suite with Comfort Collection Beds.
  • Large private bathrooms with hairdryer, premium bath amenities & full shower with glass door.
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage & in-room safe.
  • Minibar with complimentary local beer, soft drinks & bottled water.
  • MEALS: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on board daily indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) on the itinerary, including daily four-course a la carte dinners with choice of appetisers, soups, salads, mains and desserts.
  • Complimentary wine, local beer/spirits, soft drinks, coffee, and tea at lunch & dinner.
  • Bar serving premium spirits, wine & complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, and local beer/spirits throughout the day.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in lounge areas (where signal is available).
  • Professional Cruise Director to help throughout your cruise.
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew.
  • Bottled water on all excursions.
  • Fresh fruit & refreshing drink after all ship excursions.
Included Meals
  • 17 Breakfasts
  • 12 Lunches
  • 10 Dinners
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.
Avalon
Avalon Reviews: (413)
River Cruises on Sale: 108
Gratuities: Gratuities Included
Airport Transfers: Available, Not Included
Balconies: French & Private Balcony
Shore Excursions: Included
Drinks: Wine & Beer Included with Meals
Destinations: Asia & Europe
RV Ganges Voyager Deck Plans
Category B
Deluxe Suite
Category A
Deluxe Suite
Heritage Suite
Viceroy Suite
Maharaja Suite
Ship Profile
RV Ganges Voyager Cabin Types
Category B & A Deluxe Suite
Category B & A Deluxe Suite  Category B & A Deluxe Suite Layout  

Category B & A (Deluxe Suite)

  • Deluxe suite 260 sq ft/ 24 sq m
  • French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Cozy sitting area, and private bathroom with rain shower
  • Deluxe suites include robes and slippers, spa-quality Molten Brown bath products, pillow menu, a generous amount of closet space, under-bed storage, flat-screen television with on-demand movies, individual climate control, bottled water replenished daily, fresh fruit and flowers upon arrival, iPhone docking station with alarm clock, and makeup mirror
Prices & Dates
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Tuesday
29 Jan 2019
Friday
15 Feb 2019
RV Ganges Voyager

12,511

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1,463

per person

11,048

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Friday
22 Feb 2019
Monday
11 Mar 2019
RV Ganges Voyager

12,511

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1,463

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11,048

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Tuesday
03 Sep 2019
Friday
20 Sep 2019
RV Ganges Voyager

10,991

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1,402

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9,589

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Sunday
29 Sep 2019
Wednesday
16 Oct 2019
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12,301

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1,454

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10,847

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Friday
18 Oct 2019
Monday
04 Nov 2019
RV Ganges Voyager

12,511

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1,079

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11,432

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Saturday
26 Oct 2019
Tuesday
12 Nov 2019
RV Ganges Voyager

12,511

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1,079

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11,432

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Friday
22 Nov 2019
Monday
09 Dec 2019
RV Ganges Voyager

12,511

per person

1,079

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11,432

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Tuesday
29 Jan 2019
Friday
15 Feb 2019
RV Ganges Voyager

19,058

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1,725

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17,333

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Friday
22 Feb 2019
Monday
11 Mar 2019
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19,058

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17,333

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Tuesday
03 Sep 2019
Friday
20 Sep 2019
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16,119

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1,607

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14,512

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Sunday
29 Sep 2019
Wednesday
16 Oct 2019
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18,644

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1,708

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16,936

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Friday
18 Oct 2019
Monday
04 Nov 2019
RV Ganges Voyager

19,058

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1,341

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17,717

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Saturday
26 Oct 2019
Tuesday
12 Nov 2019
RV Ganges Voyager

19,058

per person

1,341

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17,717

solo traveller

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Friday
22 Nov 2019
Monday
09 Dec 2019
RV Ganges Voyager

19,058

per person

1,341

solo traveller

17,717

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Cabin Upgrades
Optional cabin upgrades. Upgrades priced per person.
Deluxe Suite (B) $ 0
Deluxe Suite (A) $ 530
Heritage Suite $ 1,060
Viceroy Suite $ 1,590
Maharaja Suite $ 2,110

Note: Upgrade prices shown are per person. Your Global Journeys Cruise Consultant will confirm and include the upgrade price in your quote.
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