The historic Ganges River is the gateway to India’s untouched villages, ancient cities, and remarkable culture. Known as the holy river of Hinduism, the Ganges slowly courses through one of the world’s most fertile and populated areas. On one of Avalon Waterways new Ganger River cruises, you’ll witness must-see sights and have an intimate glimpse of everyday life along the river.
Startin in 2019, Avalon Waterways will offer four Ganges River cruise itineraries, varying in length from 13 to 21 days and departing from either Delhi or Cochin and arriving in either Kolkata or Kathmandu.
You’ll cruise on the stylish Ganges Voyager, an intimate river ship that carries a maximum of 56 guests. On every cruise, an expert Avalon Cruise Director accompanies you and Certified Local Guides offer their unique perspective on shore excursions.
On the river, you’ll explore small villages, visit goldsmiths and pottery makers, sample local tea, and take an electric rickshaw to see saree weaving up close.
On land, you’ll visit the capital city of Delhi and tour the massive Amber Fort towering over Jaipur, and India’s most iconic site, the Taj Mahal, for stunning views at sunrise and sunset.
Ganges River Cruise Highlights
- City tour of Delhi, rickshaw ride through the Chandni Chowk bazaar, and tour of Humayun’s Tomb
- Sunrise and set tour of Taj Mahal
- Sightseeing in Jaipur including the Palace of the Winds and Amber Fort
- Hare Krishna headquarters visit in Mayapur, where worshipers from around the world come to study and pray
- In Kolkata, excursion to Mother Teresa’s home in Kolkata, former home and the Victoria Memorial Museum
- In Kathmandu, sightseeing visits to Hanuman Dhoka and the Temple of Kumari
Ganges Voyager River Ship
The Ganges Voyager carries just 56 guests and offers a warm and relaxed experience. The air-conditioned indoor lounge features large windows to enjoy the views and the outdoor lounge has plenty of lounge seating and shady spots to relax. Other public areas include a bar, spa treatment room, fitness room, and library. Wi-Fi access is available in the lounges.
Each spacious suite features a large French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors, a comfortable sitting area, and a king bed with premium mattress (can be configured as two twin beds).
The open-seating dining room features chef-prepared meals featuring regional cuisine. The dinner is a four-course à la carte service; breakfast and lunch are buffet style.
Let us know if you’d like to take an Avalon Waterways cruise on the Ganges River – and enter a world of color, culture and the spiritual traditions that define India. We are taking reservations now for cruises starting in January 2019.