Spirit of the Ganges

Taj Mahal, India

7 Days – KOLKATA to KOLKATA 

Valid for set departure: 24 February 2020

From only R 31 490 pps

Included
Return International flights from Johannesburg
Airport taxes
6 Nights Luxury 5* AVALON WATERWAYS RIVER CRUISE
Breakfast, lunch and dinner and selected drinks
Guided sightseeing as per the itinerary
Compulsory Port charges
Onboard gratuities

Excluded
Transfers not specified
Meals and beverages not specified
Items of a personal nature
Travel and medical insurance
Visa services – Visa required for South African passport holders

Your Itinerary:

DAY 1:   KOLKATA (EMBARKATION)

Welcome to West Bengal. Your Ship Awaits. Get acquainted with the ship prior to your welcome reception this evening. AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO KALNA (D)

DAY 2:   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)

DAY 3:   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)

DAY 4:   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)

DAY 5:   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)

DAY 6:   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)

DAY 7:   KOLKATA (DISEMBARKATION)

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Conditions:
Other departure dates are available, please enquire for more details
Prices are from a starting price per person sharing, subject to change, airfare increase, currency fluctuations and availability.
Taxes are estimated and based on the current exchange rate and are subject to change.
Advance purchase, peak season surcharges, block out periods and minimum stay conditions may apply.
Please note that airport taxes, fuel levies & surcharges are approximate and subject to change, the exact amount will be confirmed at time of booking.
Valid for dates as specified. Group rates available on request.

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