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The Avalon Advantage

A journey with Avalon Waterways along the historic Ganges River, serves as a gateway to untouched villages, ancient cities, and remarkable culture. And because bigger isn’t always better, we focus on intimate experiences with exceptional personalized service on the Ganges Voyager. Carrying a maximum of 56 guests, we bring you closer to the must-see sights and mesmerizing scenes of everyday life along the river. An expert Cruise Director and carefully selected Certified Local Guides accompany you throughout your adventure, ensuring no detail is overlooked.

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The Ganges & Beyond

Victoria Memorial MuseumIndia has a long and colorful history dating back thousands of years. From medieval times and the Mughal Empire to British rule and independence, there are countless stories to tell. In more recent times, the lasting influence of iconic figures like Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa have helped shape modern India.

Today, the country continues to add chapters to the history books. Modern civilization crowds ancient buildings, weaving a unique tapestry. Cars jostle with motorbikes and rickshaws to move masses of people. Remarkable architectural monuments show the wealth of former rulers while “Bollywood” pushes back against conventional traditions. The striking contrasts will fascinate you.

Ganges RiverThe holy river of Hinduism, the Ganges, slowly courses through one of the world’s most fertile and populated areas. Along its banks, human life is connected to its waters and life away from India’s big cities moves at a more relaxed pace. Cruise north from Kolkata and explore small villages and meet with the locals. Interact with goldsmiths, visit pottery makers, and take an electric rickshaw to see saree weaving up close. A highlight is a visit to the fascinating Hare Krishna headquarters in Mayapur, where worshipers from around the world come to study and pray. In Kolkata, visit Mother Teresa’s former home and the Victoria Memorial Museum.

On land, discover the capital city of Delhi with visits to Humayun’s Tomb, Gurudwara Bangla Sahibm, and more. Tour the massive Amber Fort towering over Jaipur and witness a private cultural performance. No visit to India would be complete without a stop at the country’s most iconic site, the Taj Mahal, for stunning views at sunrise and sunset.

All of this and more await you on this gripping voyage through the heart of India.

Included Just for You

We want your experience with us to be as rewarding as possible. That’s why every Avalon cruise includes spacious suites with sitting area and huge French balcony, local beer/spirits and soft drinks throughout the day, unique shore excursions led by Certified Local Guides with audio headsets, and, of course expansive views throughout the ship.

Included for Every Avalon Guest:

  • Spacious outside suite
  • Large closets with shelves for ample storage & in-room safe
  • Premium mattresses
  • Large private bathrooms with hairdryer, premium bath amenities & full shower with glass door
  • Large desk with convenient power outlets
  • Individual climate control
  • Plush bathrobes & slippers
  • Professional Cruise Director and staff to help throughout your cruise
  • Included sightseeing accompanied by a Certified Local Guide
  • Fascinating destination talks and demonstrations by your Cruise Director, Local Guides, and ship’s crew
  • Headsets for all guided shore excursions
  • Bottled water on all excursions
  • Fresh fruit & refreshing drink after all ship excursions
  • Complimentary wine, local beer/spirits, soft drinks, coffee & tea at lunch & dinner
  • Bar serving premium spirits, wine & complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, and local beer/spirits throughout the day
  • Fitness Room

Small Ship, Big Experiences

Ganges Voyager Lounge

The pioneering Ganges Voyager carries just 56 guests and offers a warm and relaxed experience. The ship takes you back in time with the grace and style of the colonial era with wood furniture and hand-stenciled murals.

From the air-conditioned indoor lounge to the outdoor lounge, you’ll find plenty of seating and spots to relax. You’ll never feel cramped or crowded. Plus, the indoor lounge features large windows, so no matter where you sit, you’ll always have a great view.

Ganges Voyager (2015) Features & Amenities:

  • Air-conditioned indoor lounge
  • Outdoor lounge with shade system & lounge chairs
  • Spacious, open-seating dining room
  • Bar serving premium spirits, wine & complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, and local beer/spirits throughout the day
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in the lounges (where signal is available)
  • Spa treatment room
  • Fitness Room
  • Library and games
  • Non-smoking interior and staterooms

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Deluxe Suites

Ganges Voyager Deluxe Suite

Welcome to your private sanctuary, featuring 260 square feet of living space. A comfortable sitting area, highlighted by floor-to-ceiling windows, is the perfect place to watch the passing scenery or relax after a sightseeing excursion. As night falls, reflect on the day’s fascinating local encounters and wake up, in your window-facing bed, eager for what lies ahead. There is simply no better way to experience the Ganges.

Amenities:

  • Premium mattresses
  • Fine linens & duvets
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration (two twins or one king)
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Large French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Comfortable sitting area with two chairs
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with rain shower head & glass door, hairdryer & premium bath amenities
  • Spacious closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Luggage rack
  • Flatscreen television with selection of on-demand movies
  • Writing desk/vanity with mirror & comfortable chair
  • In-house telephone
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Minibar with complimentary local beer, soft drinks & bottled water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control

Taste the Culture

On Board

With Avalon, every dining experience brings your destination to life. We start with fresh, quality ingredients…and delicious recipes that are crafted by our culinary experts. Try authentic cuisine from India—or more familiar Western alternatives. The breakfast buffet offers a wide variety of dishes to ensure you start your day off right. Lunch features a buffet and a live cooking station showcasing local specialties served by our Head Chef. In the evening, a four-course à la carte dinner awaits with choice of salads, soups, entrées, dessert or cheese, and complimentary wine, local beer/spirits, soft drinks, coffee & tea. Vegetarian options are available with all meals.

On Land

Your day starts with breakfast at your hotel. Where we include lunch or dinner, we have selected some of the best local restaurants to further enhance your experience. We even include a private dinner with dance performance in Jaipur.

Superior Hotels

Every Avalon hotel has been carefully selected by our regional experts. With high-quality service, desirable amenities, spacious guestrooms, and central locations, each is sure to exceed your expectations. View a cruise itinerary for a full list of hotels, amenities and photos.

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