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Cruise & Rail: The Sacred Ganges & the Maharajas' Express

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 Trip Length
16 Days
 Trip Starts
Kolkata
 Trip Finishes
Mumbai
16 Day Cruise & Rail: The Sacred Ganges & the Maharajas' Express Itinerary (Uniworld)
Countries Explored: India
Trip Operator:
Budget
Premium
Ship Type
River Ship
Trip Code
UNISGME

Overview

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Uniworld's 16 Day Cruise & Rail: The Sacred Ganges & the Maharajas' Express. Start your journey onboard the luxurious riverboat, the Ganges Voyager II. Travel to villages lining the Ganges River that only a few people get to see each year and experience our Wellness Program, centered around the destination’s ancient tradition and practice of yoga. From the awe-inspiring Hindu temple complexes of Kalna to the colorful flower markets of Kolkata, your Ganges voyage delves deeply into the myriad charms of India’s culture.

Then your travels continue...read more onshore to explore India’s star cities by the Maharajas’ Express. This glamorous train will take you to Agra for the Taj Mahal, the Pink City of Jaipur and the Blue City of Jodhpur, the romantic “Venice of the East” and Mumbai, home to India’s famous Bollywood film industry. All this and more await on a once-in-a-lifetime voyage through India.

Itinerary

Arrive at Kolkata Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the Ganges Voyager II.

Kalna, once an important trade port on the river, is best known today for the magnificent Hindu temples built by the maharajas of Bardhaman— which you'll experience today. After marveling at the astonishing Rajbari temple complex, you may opt to walk with your guide through the colorful local market. (B/L/D)

Featured Excursion: India's “Temple City”

Your ship serves as a time machine today, transporting you hundreds of years into the past, as we travel to the authentic artisan village of Matiari. (B/L/D)

Featured Excursion: Matiari master craftsmen with an introduction to brass

Today's adventures take you to a duo of Bengali towns—Murshidabad and Baranagar—each one boasting surprising and beautiful architectural monuments closely linked to the ruling families of the area. (B/L/D)

Featured Excursion: Visit to Murshidabad City, ride by buggy to Katra Mosque and visit to Baranagar village

Note: This evening, following dinner onboard, take in a lively Bollywood-style show, complete with music and dancing.

One of the world's most sacred bodies of water, the Ganges River flows through a myriad of small villages and highly populated cities throughout India and Bangladesh. Take in the remarkable scenery as you sail and be on the lookout for a rare sighting of the endangered Ganges river dolphin. (B/L/D)

Featured Excursion: Khusbagh Walk

Note: Wellness: You may choose to relax and unwind with a body massage or treatment onboard at the soothing Voyager Spa.

Few places of worship exist on such a head-spinning scale as what you will witness today in Mayapur, the center of the international Hare Krishna movement and home to the new Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, still under construction. Most students of history know a thing or two about the British colonial powers in India, but few are aware that the French had colonies here as well. You'll visit this former French outpost today. (B/L/D)

Featured Excursions: Choice of Hare Krishna complex and Temple of the Vedic Planetarium OR India's French colonial heritage

The city of Kolkata is synonymous with the enduring legacies of Mother Teresa and the colonial-era British Raj, both of which you will get better acquainted with today. (B/L/FD)

Featured Excursions: Choice of Kolkata city tour—visit the Flower Market, colonial sites and Kumartuli (Potter's Colony) OR NGO "Calcutta Rescue" visit OR Mother Teresa's home and tomb

Note: Enjoy a Farewell dinner tonight.

Disembark the ship for your flight to New Delhi. Take the afternoon at leisure to rest at your hotel, The Oberoi New Delhi, or join us on a panoramic tour of the city that includes a visit to Humayun's Tomb.

Featured Excursion: Panoramic Tour with Humayun's Tomb Visit

Settle into your cabin onboard The Maharajas' Express, the most luxurious train in India, and make your way to Agra, a bustling city most famous for hosting one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Featured Excursion: The Taj Mahal

Start the day early with a morning visit to the Agra Fort, then return to the train for breakfast as you head towards Ranthambore, home to a national park known for its large population of Bengal tigers.

Featured Excursions: Choice of Agra Fort Visit OR Game Drive at Ranthambore National Park

Pink is the color of hospitality in northwestern India, which gives you an idea of what to expect in the “Pink City” of Jaipur. Spend the morning visiting the city's famous Amber Fort, and the evening enjoying dinner out at an exclusive venue.

Featured Excursion: Amber Fort Visit

Gaze out at the countryside while you enjoy breakfast onboard. In the 15th century, what was once a barren desert gave rise to a princely city carved of red sandstone. This city, Bikaner, is the site of your explorations today. Enjoy some free time in the morning to explore on your own or relax onboard before our afternoon explorations. Tonight, a special dinner experience awaits in the deserts outside the city.

Featured Excursions: Choice of Junagarh Fort OR Exclusive Barbeque Evening on the Sand Dunes

Having seen India's “Pink City” already, now it's time for you to visit the “Blue City” of Jodhpur. Swaths of brightly painted blue houses can be found throughout the city's streets. Once an indication that a Brahmin—a member of India's priestly class—inhabited a dwelling, the blue color later became emblematic of the city itself and a popular choice amongst its residents.

Featured Excursion: Mehrangarh Fort and Walking Tour of the Old Clock Tower Market

Note: Later this evening, enjoy dinner off the train at an exclusive venue.

Sprawling across seven lakes and a range of hillsides, Udaipur has earned itself the moniker “the Venice of the East.” It is certainly amongst the most scenic locales in all of India, and a highlight of our adventures in this many splendored country. During your explorations of Udaipur today, sit for lunch at a local spot in town.

Featured Excursions: Choice of City Palace OR Lake Pichola Boat Ride

Disembark the train and transfer to your hotel for the night, The Oberoi Hotel Mumbai, which is situated right on the coast of the Arabian sea.

Check out of your hotel. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Mumbai Airport for your flight home.

Trip Inclusions

  • 1 country: India
  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Tour Manager during the cruise portion of your journey
  • Complimentary Wellness Program on every sailing
  • Cultural enrichment activities onboard
  • Group Transfers are included on arrival and departure days (please see terms and conditions for transfer guidelines)
  • Flight included between Kolkata and New Delhi
  • Gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour

  • 13 days of excursions, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts

  • All meals onboard cruise and train prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 15 dinners
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Complimentary house wine, local spirits and beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee will be served onboard the ship and train. Onshore lunches include complimentary coffee and tea. Onshore dinners include complimentary house wine, local beer, soft drinks, coffee, and tea.

  • 7-night cruise on the elegant Ganges Voyager II
  • Lavishly appointed riverview suites with private French balconies
  • 6 nights onboard the luxury train, The Maharajas' Express
  • 1 night in New Delhi at The Oberoi New Delhi (or similar)
  • 1 night in Mumbai at The Oberoi Mumbai (or similar)

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included
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Deck Plans

Ship Profile
 
Signature Suite
Main Deck (Level 1)
 
Colonial Suite
 
Heritage Suite
 
Viceroy Suite
 
Maharaja Suite
Upper Deck (Level 2)
Sun Deck (Level 3)

Cabins

  • Signature suite 261 sq ft/ 24.2 sq m
  • French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Cozy sitting area, and private bathroom with rain shower
  • Signature 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
  • Heritage Suite 280 sq ft/ 26 sq m
  • French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Cozy sitting area, and private bathroom with rain shower
  • Four posted bed (cannot be split into twin beds)
  • Heritage 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
  • Maharaja Suite 400 sq ft/ 37.1 sq m
  • French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Cozy sitting area, private bathroom with rain shower and deep soaker tub with lattice-screened window.
  • Four posted bed (cannot be split into twin beds)
  • Maharaja 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
  • Daily butler service, free laundry service and one hour complementary spa treatment limited to one guest per suite
  • Signature suite 261 sq ft/ 24.2 sq m
  • French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Cozy sitting area, and private bathroom with rain shower
  • Signature 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
  • Viceroy Suite 360 sq ft/ 33.4 sq m
  • French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Cozy sitting area, and private bathroom with rain shower
  • Four posted bed (cannot be split into twin beds)
  • Viceroy 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
  • Daily butler service, free laundry service and one hour complementary spa treatment limited to one guest per suite

Availability

Saturday 28 Oct 2023
Sunday 12 Nov 2023
Ship Name Ganges Voyager II
From: $29,589 $29,003
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Saturday 28 Oct 2023
Sunday 12 Nov 2023
Ship Name Ganges Voyager II
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Colonial Suite $ 7,500
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