Ganges Voyager – Standard 7 Nights Kolkata Roundtrip Itinerary
Ganges Voyager – Standard 7 Nights Kolkata Roundtrip Itinerary
Important: In this program last minute sailing adjustments may occur. The schedule may shift due to the weather or to take advantage of unexpected opportunities. The exact time for each activity will be announced or posted by the onboard tour staff.
DAY 01: KOLKATA / EMBARKATION
- Upon arrival in Kolkata, guests will transfer to the ship and enjoy lunch on board.
- The afternoon excursion includes a visit to Mother Teresa’s Home and Tomb (closed on Thursdays). Mother Teresa started the Missionary of Charity in 1952, then lived and worked here until her death in 1997. The permanent exhibition includes a visit to her personal room, we learn her life story, and see her charity that is still active. We continue by foot a short distance to her orphanage, Sishu Bhawan (Children’s Home), where one of the sisters will lead us on a tour. Then we return to the ship for overnight.
- (L/D/Cultural performance)
DAY 02: KOLKATA / BANDEL / KALNA
- Guests embark on an early-morning city tour, featuring a panoramic view of the well-preserved British colonial buildings in Kolkata: Writer’s Building, General Post Office, High Court, Raj Bhawan (Governor’s House), Town Hall, Council House, Treasury Building, Reserve Bank of India and Dalhousie Square.
- The day continues with a visit to St. John’s Church, the oldest Anglican Church in Kolkata, built in 1756. The tour features the oldest functioning pipe organ in India and several tombs of British Generals who died during the Siege of Kolkata by Nawab Siraj-ud-Daula in 1756. Then we visit the recently renovated Victoria Memorial Museum, which houses the largest collection of British colonial historical artifacts in India.
- We then return to the ship for lunch and begin our journey upstream. The river ship sails through areas where various European settlers had established East Indian Companies, leaving many remnants of their settlements from the 17th through 19th Centuries.
- Later in the day, we take an excursion boat to the shore of Bandel. We visit the Hooghly Imambara, one of the famous Shiya pilgrimage centers in West Bengal, built in 1841 by Haji Mohammad Mahasin. The two-story building and surrounding rooms provide housing for pilgrims as well as classrooms, or Madrasa that teach the Koran. The structure contains a Victorian-era clock with a winding key weighing 20kg. Large Persian chandeliers and lamps light the Imambara’s stunning hallways and passages.
DAY 03: KALNA / MATIARI
- This morning we enjoy a rickshaw ride through the city center of Kalna en route to the enchanting Rajbari complex, with the highest concentration of temples in the region. Bengal’s mixture of temple architecture includes the Nabakailas Temples. Built in 1809 by the Bardhaman Maharaja, the complex contains 108 eight slope-roofed temples – 74 in the outer circle here and another 34 making an inner circle.
- Another complex features diverse architecture, including the Pratapeshwar Temple, built in 1849. Terra cotta plaques depict themes of Hindu epics, mythical life of Sree Chaitanya, images of Durga, and various aspects of day-to-day life in the region. Other temples on the site include Lalji Temple, the oldest in the complex (1739), and Krishnachandra Temple (1751).
DAY 04: MATIARI / KHUSHBAGH
- Enjoy an early morning walk to the shore-side village of Matiari, which is known for manufacturing beautiful handcrafted brass items, utilizing traditional methods passed down for generations. These master craftsmen utilize recycled copper to create exquisite pots, platters and more from their workshops in the village.
- We then continue our journey upstream. We sail past the battlefield of Plassey, where Robert Clive of British East India Company defeated the Mogul Nawabs in 1757. The rulers of Bengal and their French allies established the company rule in India, which spread through much of South Asia for the next 190 years.
DAY 05: KHUSHBAGH / BARANAGAR / MURSHIDABAD
- This morning we visit the charming village of Khushbagh, passing through scenic fields to arrive at the well-preserved mosque complex built by Nawab Ali-Wardi-Khan, housing his family’s private mosque. His grandson Siraj-ud-Daula was defeated by the British East India Company at the Battle of Plassey in 1757.
- After an on-board breakfast and morning sail, we visit the village of Baranagar. A lovely example of life in rural India, this village is home to several temples dating from the 18th century (1714 – 1793). Built by Rani (Queen) Bhabani, the landlady of Natore. The brick temples are considered to be among the best examples of Bengal terra cotta art. We then return to the ship for lunch and sail downstream.
- This afternoon we pass by charming countryside villages where locals greet us from the banks. We approach Murshidabad, a hidden architectural gem along the Ganges with dramatic whitewashed colonial era structures. We visit the Hazarduari Palace, built during the reign of Nawab Nazim Humayun Jah (1824 –1838 AD) by an English architect, McLeod Duncan, in the Greek “Doric” style. The palace has more than a thousand real and false doors in the vast corridors, and is filled with colonial era antiques, artwork and manuscripts. Opposite to the Palace is a vast Imambara – built by the Nawab for worship.
- We then take a scenic ride by local buggy to the Katra mosque. Built by the first Nawab of Murshidabad – Murshid Quli Khan in the 1724 – 25, this mosque has distinctive minarets from which the muezzin calls the faithful to Friday prayers. This evening we return for dinner and local cultural performance on-board.
- (B/L/D/Cultural performance)
DAY 06: MURSHIDABAD / MAYAPUR
- After a restful morning, observing the local life along the riverbanks, we stop in the village of Mayapur. Known as the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486) and considered an incarnation of Lord Krishna. Mayapur is also the headquarters of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) movement with a new temple comparable in size to the Vatican and largely funded by Alfred B. Ford, the great grandson of car maker Henry Ford. Meet Krishna followers and walk through the pilgrim’s bazaar.
DAY 07: MAYAPUR / CHANDERAGORE / KOLKATA
- Morning sail to Chandernagore, established as a French colony in 1673. The French obtained permission from Ibrahim Khan, the then Nawab of Bengal to establish a trading post on the riverbanks of this city, which became a permanent French settlement in 1688.
- Afternoon we will explore the French colonial buildings along the promenade, including the former French governor’s residence (now converted to a museum that features an exhibition of items that depict life during this period). We then will visit the Sacred Heart Church of Chandernagore. We then return to the ship and continue our journey downstream to Kolkata.
- (B/L/Farewell Dinner)
** Pre/post hotel accommodation with transfers and sightseeing tours, an extension/pre or post tour to Northern India or Southern India or Varanasi can be arranged. Please speak to your tour consultant or check our vide range of tours packages available online. You can also club this tour with any of the other tours**
DAY 08: KOLKATA / DISEMBARKATION
- Following breakfast guests will disembark the vessel and transfer to the Kolkata Airport. (B)
- 1 Maharaja Suite with panoramic French Balcony (400 sq.feet/37 sq. meters).
- 2 Viceroy Suites with panoramic French Balcony (360 sq.feet/33.4 sq. meters).
- 2 Heritage Suites with Juliet-style Balcony (280 sq.feet/26 sq. meters).
- 13 Colonial Suites with French Balcony (261 sq.feet/24 sq. meters).
- 10 Signature Suites with French Balcony (261 sq.feet/24 sq. meters).
- Maharaja, Viceroy and Heritage Suites feature a fixed King Bed.
- Colonial and Signature Suites offer two twin-size beds that can be converted to one
- Queen-size bed.
- Luxury Honeycomb Spa Robes with Slippers
- All-Natural Spa-quality Bath Amenities
- In-room Electronic Safe & Individual Climate Control
- High Quality Linens with Duvet and Premium Mattresses
- Bottled Water Replenished Daily
- Welcome Flower Arrangement & Fresh Fruit Upon Arrival
- Complimentary Wireless Internet in All Public Areas
- Make-up Mirror & Hair Dryer
- Alarm Clock & Multi-Configuration Plugs
- Generous Closet Space and Under-Bed Storage
- Flat Screen LCD Television with Movie System
Additional Amenities for Maharaja & Viceroy Suite Guests:
- Butler Service to Include:
- Nightly Turndown Service
- Assistance with Pillow Menu Selection
- Presentation of Spa-quality Bath Amenities Entertainment System Assistance
- Ensures Accommodations are Immaculate Polish and Condition Shoes Upon Request Refreshes Ice Bucket
- Prepare and Pack Luggage Upon Request
- Complimentary Excursion Amenities:
- Shore Excursion Program Series including All Admissions
- Shoe Cleaning after Excursions
- Welcome Drink and Cold Towel Service following Excursions
- Individual VOX Listening Devices Throughout Cruise Shore Excursion Program
- Maximum 20-24 Guests Per Guide on All Excursions
- Private Motor Coach on All Excursions where applicable.
Dining & Entertainment:
- Expertly Trained Culinary Team providing Buffet Breakfast, Buffet Lunch & Seated Multiple Course Dinner.
- Complimentary Indian brand Mineral Water, Tea and Coffee.
- Series of Cultural Performances, Educational Talks, Cooking Classes and Ship Tour.
- Welcome & Farewell Receptions
- Spacious Air-conditioned Lounge.
Services not included in standard package:
- Waterways/Jetty Passenger Service Fees
- Airfare to/from Destination
- Transfers to/from Jetty for embarkation/disembarkation.
- Wines, Beer, Spirits, Juices & Aerated Drinks
- Shipboard Gratuities
- All Incidentals