Spirit of the Ganges 2021

7 Day River Cruise Kolkata to Kolkata

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Enter a world of color, culture, and cherished spiritual tradition on this India river cruise vacation. The 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 you’ll get a glimpse of life away from India’s big cities. See muslin weaving in Kalna and sweet making in Matiari. Stop in Murshidabad for an excursion to Azimganj and Jiaganj—to tour a historic mansion and see a gold and silver making demonstration. Explore the fascinating Hare Krishna headquarters in Mayapur, and visit Mother Teresa’s former home upon your return to Kolkata.

All of this and more await you on this once-in-a-lifetime Ganges River cruise.


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Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Kolkata, India (Embarkation):Welcome receptionDay 2 Kalna:Sightseeing by rickshaw; visit a temple complex to receive blessings from a priest and visit a muslin-weaver’s homeDay 3 Matiari:Walking tour of village to interact with brass craftsmen and see traditional sweets being madeDay 4 Murshidabad. Excursion to Azimganj & Jiaganj:Travel by electric rickshaw to see saree weaving in Jiaganj; Guided Walk through Azimganj to see the local crafts market, visit Bari Kothi; silver and gold making demonstrationDay 5 Mayapur–Guptipara:Morning visit to the ISKCON temple in Mayapur; rickshaw ride through Guptipara to see pottery-making and a farmer’s homeDay 6 Kolkata:Guided walk through the flower market; visit Mother Teresa’s Home, a home for orphaned children, and the Victoria Memorial Museum; farewell dance performanceDay 7 Kolkata:End of vacation

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Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind—offering expansive views, wider perspectives, and more cruising. That's why we've designed an intimate cruise experience, with a maximum of 36 guests, that's just a bit different. Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet’s unique ships.

Throughout the Ship
Suites
Avalon Choice®
Dining

Throughout the Ship:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in the lounges (when signal available)
  • Large windows throughout
  • Locally inspired design & décor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Air-conditioned indoor lounge
  • Covered outdoor lounge
  • Bar serving premium spirits, wine & complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, and local beer/spirits throughout the day

Suites:

  • Premium mattresses
  • Large French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Comfortable sitting area with & chairs
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with rain shower head
  • Premium bath products
  • Spacious closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Complimentary water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • And, much more

Avalon Choice®:

Avalon has designed included excursions and onboard activities for a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the included tours, adventures, and events that interest you most, so you can enjoy your cruise your way.

  • Classic: Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
  • Discovery: We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities designed to speak to your interests—from cooking classes to blessing ceremonies—making it easy to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
  • Active: Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go—with guided walking through scenic locales.

Dining

  • Spacious, open-seating dining room
  • Delectable regional & Western cuisine with all onboard meals
  • Seasonal recipes featuring the freshest local ingredients
  • Vegetarian options available with all meals
  • Daily early-riser coffee & tea
  • Daily à la carte breakfast
  • Daily à la carte lunch showcasing local specialties severed by our Head Chef
  • Four-course à la carte dinners with choice of salads, soups, entrées, dessert or cheese
  • Complimentary wine, local beer/spirits, soft drinks, coffee & tea at lunch & dinner

Day-By-Day Itinerary

(B) = Breakfast   (L) = Lunch   (D) = Dinner

Day 1

(D)

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

Day 2

(B, L, D)

KALNA

Rituals, Rickshaws, and a Weaver’s Wares

Discovery
Ride on cycle rickshaws during your Guided Exploration of Kalna. Along the way visit the historic terracotta temple complex and receive blessings from the temple priest. Also visit a muslin-weaver’s home.

Enjoy a free afternoon on board your ship.

AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO MATIARI

Day 3

(B, L, D)

MATIARI

Sweet Shops and Shining Brass

Discovery
Join a Guided Walk through the village of Matiari where fascinating scenes of everyday life unfold in front of you. Stop to see how traditional sweets are made and explore the local produce market. The village is best known for brass-making and you’ll see how scrap metal is recycled to make figurines and functional items such as tea sets and vases. For the final step, watch a talented craftsman delicately hand-hammer intricate patterns into the brass.

Enjoy a free afternoon onboard your ship.

AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO MURSHIDABAD

Day 4

(B, L, D)

MURSHIDABAD. EXCURSION TO AZIMGANJ & JIAGANJ

A Land of Silver, Gold, and Silk Sarees

Discovery
Guided Sightseeing brings you to two towns on opposite sides of the river. In Jiaganj, travel by electric rickshaw to see the art of Baluchari saree weaving. In Azimganj, walk through the local crafts market and visit Bari Kothi, a former residence that has been restored to its former grandeur after being abandoned for over half a century. Tour several rooms for a glimpse into the past, then settle in for a silver- and gold-making demonstration in the garden.

Relax this afternoon onboard your ship.

AFTERNOON/EVENING SAILING TO MAYAPUR

Day 5

(B, L, D)

MAYAPUR–GUPTIPARA

A Holy Pilgrimage on the Ganges

Classic
Your Morning Excursion brings you to the fascinating ISKCON campus at Mayapur, the worldwide headquarters of the Hare Krishna movement. A Krishna leader will guide you throughout your visit to introduce you to their philosophy and life on campus, Along the way, you’ll tour the main temple and have time for questions.
Discovery
This afternoon, climb aboard a Rickshaw (Toto) Ride for your visit to the small riverside village of Guptipara. Along the way see pottery and idol making. You’ll also visit a farmer’s home to interact with the family.
AFTERNOON/EVENING SAILING TO KOLKATA

Day 6

(B, L, D)

KOLKATA

Flowers, Faith, and Victorian Art

Classic
This morning, take a Guided Walk through the colorful flower market. Afterward, focus on the life and work of Mother Teresa who dedicated her life to helping the city’s poor. Stop at her former home prior to visiting Nirmala Shishu Bhavan, a home for orphaned children run by Missionaries of Charity which she founded in 1950.
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.

Day 7

(B)

KOLKATA (DISEMBARKATION)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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Ship Details

Ganges Voyager

Ganges Voyager

Cruise in comfort and elegance on the pioneering Ganges Voyager, carrying just 56 guests for 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. Retire 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.

Included Amenities

Ship 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

Dining Amenities

  • Spacious, open-seating dining room
  • Delectable regional & Western cuisine with all onboard meals
  • Seasonal recipes featuring the freshest local ingredients
  • Vegetarian options available with all meals
  • Daily early-riser coffee & tea
  • Full breakfast buffet with live cooking station
  • Lunch buffet with live cooking station showcasing local specialties served by our Head Chef
  • Four-course à la carte dinners with choice of salads, soups, entrées, dessert or cheese
  • Complimentary wine, local beer/spirits, soft drinks, coffee & tea at lunch & dinner

Staterooms & Suites

Deluxe Suite - 260 sq. ft.
Features
  • Premium mattresses
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Large French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with rain shower head & glass door, hairdryer & premium bath amenities
  • Luggage rack
  • Writing desk/vanity with mirror & comfortable chair
  • In-room safe
  • In-house telephone
  • Fine linens & duvets
  • Choice of bed configuration (two twins or one king)
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Comfortable sitting area with two chairs
  • Spacious closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen television with selection of on-demand movies
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Individual climate control
  • Mini-bar with complimentary local beer, soft drinks & bottled water
Heritage Suite - 280 sq. ft.
Features
  • Premium mattresses
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Comfortable sitting area with two chairs
  • Spacious closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen television with selection of on-demand movies
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Individual climate control
  • Mini-bar with complimentary local beer, soft drinks & bottled water
  • Fine linens & duvets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Large French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with rain shower head & glass door, hairdryer & premium bath amenities
  • Luggage rack
  • Writing desk/vanity with mirror & comfortable chair
  • In-room safe
  • In-house telephone
Maharaja Suite - 400 sq. ft.
Features
  • Premium mattresses
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Comfortable sitting area with two chairs
  • Spacious closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen television with selection of on-demand movies
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Individual climate control
  • Mini-bar with complimentary local beer, soft drinks & bottled water
  • Fine linens & duvets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Large French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with rain shower head & glass door, hairdryer & premium bath amenities
  • Luggage rack
  • Writing desk/vanity with mirror & comfortable chair
  • In-room safe
  • In-house telephone
Viceroy Suite - 360 sq. ft.
Features
  • Premium mattresses
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Comfortable sitting area with two chairs
  • Spacious closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen television with selection of on-demand movies
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Individual climate control
  • Mini-bar with complimentary local beer, soft drinks & bottled water
  • Fine linens & duvets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Large French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with rain shower head & glass door, hairdryer & premium bath amenities
  • Luggage rack
  • Writing desk/vanity with mirror & comfortable chair
  • In-room safe
  • In-house telephone
DECK PLANS

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyAvalon site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

No Excursions are available at this time.

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