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Ganges River Cruise

January 31 - February 6, 2023

River Cruise

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.

 

Signature Moments

  • Travel the Ganges in luxury
  • Taste the amazing flavors of India
  • Watch talented crasftsmen produce beautiful wares
  • Ride in a rickshaw
  • Receive blessings from a temple priest
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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 6 Nights Elegant River Cruise Accommodations
  • Included excursions with Certified Local Guides.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
  • 24-hour self-serve beverage station.
  • Premium coffees, cappuccinos & lattes.
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • All meals
  • Complimentary bottled water daily.
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Pre-paid gratuities*
  • Women's Travel Club Tour Host

**Gratuities of $149 per person are included as long as our group reaches minimum of 8 travelers.

Itinerary

 

Day 1
Women's Travel Club Ganges River Cruise - Avalon Ganges Voyager
Welcome to India!

On arrival to Kolkata tranfer to your waiting suite ship. If you prefer to stay one night in Kolkata prior to the cruise let us know and the Women's Travel Club can arrange a night at the hotel for you. Get acquainted with the ship prior to your welcome reception this evening.
Accommodations: Ganges Voyager

Day 2
Women's Travel Club Ganges River Cruise - Temple
Kalna

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.
Accommodations: Ganges Voyager

Day 3
Women's Travel Club Ganges River Cruise - Brass Buddhas
Matiari

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.
Accommodations: Ganges Voyager

Day 4
Women's Travel Club Ganges River Cruise - Market
Murchidabad

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.
Accommodations: Ganges Voyager

Day 5
Women's Travel Club Ganges River Cruise - Hare Krishna
Mayapur - Guptipara

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.
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.
Accommodations: Ganges Voyager

Day 6
Women's Travel Club Ganges River Cruise - Victoria Memorial Museum
Kolkata

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.
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.
Accommodations: Ganges Voyager

Day 7
Women's Travel Club Ganges River Cruise - Ganges River
Kolkata - Depart

It is time to say good-bye to this beautiful country and fabulous new friends. Transfer to the aiport for your flight home. If you are continuing your Indian journey with our India Cultural tour transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi.

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

 

Important Details & Pricing
Rates

Category B Deluxe Suite (Main Deck)
Double Occupancy - $5560 CAD per person (sharing a cabin) - approx. $4400 USD
Single Occupancy - $8897 CAD per person (your own cabin) - approx. $7000 USD

Category A Deluxe Suite (Upper Deck)
Double Occupancy - $6100 CAD per person (sharing a cabin) - approx. $4800 USD
Single Occupancy - $9977 CAD per person (your own cabin) - approx. $7900 USD

Heritage Suite
Double Occupancy - $6630 CAD per person (sharing a cabin) - approx. $5300 USD
Single Occupancy - $11,037 CAD per person (your own cabin) - approx. $8700 USD

Dates, itinerary and supplements (i.e., tips, port charges, singles) subject to change until the official 2023 brochure launch. If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy may be limited. CAD = Canadian dollars. USD = United States of America dollars. Conversion to USD is approximated by current exchange rates and subject to change. You will be charged in CAD and your bank may charge a slightly different rate or fees.

Deposit of $250 per person at time of booking.
Final Payment due - October 23, 2022

*Any payments are non-refundable if you cancel after their date due, we strongly recommend travel insurance. Please see full terms and conditions. Prices are subject to change and availability.

 

Activity Level

Moderate Activity
There are a few walking tours at a relaxed pace.

 

Group Size

Minimum - 8 ladies

 

Exclusions
  • International Airfare
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Personal gratuities
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Gratuities of $149 pp if minimum travelers not met
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel

 

Tour Leader

Kirsten Ness
Kirsten is a veterinarian and owns a small animal practice. When she isn't busy looking after adored family pets she loves to explore the world. Kirsten is a fun and very knowledgeable tour leader.

 

Flight Information

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to info@womens-travel-club.com.
Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed.

Arrive to Kolkata (CCU)
Depart from Kolkata (CCU)

Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
Use this link to request an insurance quote.

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Accommodations
Ganges Voyager

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.

Women's Travel Club Ganges River Cruise
Category A & B

Approximately 260 sq. ft. in size, these cabins have a seating area and a large french balcony with floor to ceiling glass doors. Your ensuite bathroom features a full shower with rain head and glass doors, a hairdryer and premium bath amenities. Category B cabins are located on the main deck and category B cabins are on the upper deck.

Women's Travel Club Ganges RC
Heritage Suite

Approximately 280 sq. ft. in size, these cabins hav e comfortable seating area with two chairs and a large french balcony with floor to ceiling glass doors. Your ensuite bathroom features a full shower with rain head and glass doors, a hairdryer and premium bath amenities. Heritage suites are located on the upper deck.