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

18 Day Guided Tour & River Cruise from Cochin to Kolkata with Avalon

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

     
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Guided Tour & River Cruise Starts In
Starts In
Cochin
Guided Tour & River Cruise Ends In
Ends In
Kolkata
Trip Budget
Budget
Premium
Guided Tour
Trip Style
Guided Tour
River Cruise
Trip Style
River Cruise
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
India
Trip Operated By:
Avalon
Avalon
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Trip Code:
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Itinerary

2019 Season (To Nov 2019)2020 Season (From Jan 2020)

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1 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.
2 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)
3 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)
4 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)
5 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)
6 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)
7 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)
8 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)
9 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)
10 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)
11 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)
12 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)
13 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)
14 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)
15 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)
16 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)
17 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)
18 Kolkata (Disembarkation)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
1 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.
2 Cochin
Your Guided Tour starts with the Chinese Fishing Nets that are the livelihood of many fishermen in the area, followed by 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)
3 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)
4 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)
5 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)
6 Varanasi - Delhi
Around dawn, board a Boat Excursion 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)
7 Delhi
Saris, Spices, and Silver Classic - Today's Guided Sightseeing starts with an orientation tour 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)
8 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)
9 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 Mahal at sunset is included. (B/D)
10 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)
11 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)
12 Jaipur - Kolkata (Embarkation)
Welcome to West Bengal. Your Ship Awaits. Fly to Kolkata this morning to transfer to your ship. Get acquainted with the ship prior to your welcome reception this evening. AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO KALNA (B/L/D)
13 Kalna
Rituals, Rickshaws, and Muslin Weavers 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 muslinweaver's home. Enjoy a free afternoon on board your ship. AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO MATIARI (B/L/D)
14 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 on board your ship. AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO MURSHIDABAD (B/L/D)
15 Murshidabad. Excursion To Azimganj & Jiaganj
Silversmiths, Tea Service, and Silk Sarees Discovery - Enjoy a short Guided Walk through Azimganj 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 rickshaw in Jiaganj to see the art of Baluchari saree weaving. Relax this afternoon on board your ship. AFTERNOON/EVENING SAILING TO MAYAPUR (B/L/D)
16 Mayapur - Guptipara
A Holy Pilgrimage on the Ganges Classic - Join a Morning Walk through the pilgrim'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)
17 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)
18 Kolkata (Disembarkation)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Deck Plans

Sun Deck (Level 3)

Cabin Types

Category B & A Deluxe Suite
Category B & A Deluxe Suite  Category B & A Deluxe Suite Layout  
  • 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

Deck Plans

Sun Deck (Level 3)

Cabin Types

Category B & A Deluxe Suite
Category B & A Deluxe Suite  Category B & A Deluxe Suite Layout  
  • 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

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Tuesday 03 Sep 2019 Friday 20 Sep 2019 10,991 per person 2,314 per person 8,677 per person Enquire
Sunday 29 Sep 2019 Wednesday 16 Oct 2019 12,301 per person 1,070 per person 11,231 per person Enquire
Friday 18 Oct 2019 Monday 04 Nov 2019 12,511 per person 1,079 per person 11,432 per person Enquire
Saturday 26 Oct 2019 Tuesday 12 Nov 2019 12,511 per person 3,047 per person 9,464 per person Enquire
Friday 22 Nov 2019 Monday 09 Dec 2019 12,511 per person 3,047 per person 9,464 per person Enquire
Tuesday 03 Sep 2019 Friday 20 Sep 2019 16,119 per person 2,519 solo traveller 13,600 solo traveller Enquire
Sunday 29 Sep 2019 Wednesday 16 Oct 2019 18,644 per person 1,324 solo traveller 17,320 solo traveller Enquire
Friday 18 Oct 2019 Monday 04 Nov 2019 19,058 per person 1,341 solo traveller 17,717 solo traveller Enquire
Saturday 26 Oct 2019 Tuesday 12 Nov 2019 19,058 per person 3,309 solo traveller 15,749 solo traveller Enquire
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Sunday 19 Jan 2020 Wednesday 05 Feb 2020 13,085 per person 1,870 per person 11,215 per person Enquire
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Tuesday 17 Nov 2020 Friday 04 Dec 2020 13,085 per person 1,870 per person 11,215 per person Enquire
Sunday 19 Jan 2020 Wednesday 05 Feb 2020 19,921 per person 2,144 solo traveller 17,777 solo traveller Enquire
Tuesday 28 Jan 2020 Friday 14 Feb 2020 19,921 per person 2,144 solo traveller 17,777 solo traveller Enquire
Friday 14 Feb 2020 Monday 02 Mar 2020 19,921 per person 2,144 solo traveller 17,777 solo traveller Enquire
Saturday 22 Feb 2020 Tuesday 10 Mar 2020 19,486 per person 2,127 solo traveller 17,359 solo traveller Enquire
Friday 11 Sep 2020 Monday 28 Sep 2020 16,636 per person 2,013 solo traveller 14,623 solo traveller Enquire
Sunday 27 Sep 2020 Wednesday 14 Oct 2020 19,486 per person 2,127 solo traveller 17,359 solo traveller Enquire
Tuesday 06 Oct 2020 Friday 23 Oct 2020 19,921 per person 2,144 solo traveller 17,777 solo traveller Enquire
Wednesday 14 Oct 2020 Saturday 31 Oct 2020 19,921 per person 2,144 solo traveller 17,777 solo traveller Enquire
Saturday 31 Oct 2020 Tuesday 17 Nov 2020 19,921 per person 2,144 solo traveller 17,777 solo traveller Enquire
Tuesday 17 Nov 2020 Friday 04 Dec 2020 19,921 per person 2,144 solo traveller 17,777 solo traveller Enquire
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Cabin Upgrades

Optional cabin upgrades. Upgrades priced per person.

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Deluxe Suite (B) $ 0
Deluxe Suite (A) $ 530
Heritage Suite $ 1,060
Viceroy Suite $ 1,590
Maharaja Suite $ 2,110

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Deluxe Suite (B) $ 0
Deluxe Suite (A) $ 550
Heritage Suite $ 1,100
Viceroy Suite $ 1,650
Maharaja Suite $ 2,200

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