Splendors of India & Ganges River
Duration
12
NIGHTS
Departure
Sep 30
2019
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New Delhi, Kolkata, Jaipur, and Agra

Brand g Vacations India & Ganges River Cruise TourGanges Voyager

The Ganges Voyager embodies the grace and style of the British colonial era, incorporating modern conveniences and luxuries that rival the finest hotels of Asia.

Spacious, well-appointed suites include daily housekeeping and turndown service, fine bed linens, premium mattresses and duvets, your choice of pillows, flat-screen televisions with on-demand movies, international newspapers, individual climate control, as well as spa quality robes, slippers, and bath amenities.

In the kitchen of the ship's elegant East India Dining Room, the Executive Chef oversees a team of experts that use fresh local produce to cater for a stunning range of specialty dining experiences. While each meal presents the chance to dine on exotic local cuisine, western-style favorites are always available should you desire a taste of home.

Onboard Amenities:
  • All-Natural Spa-Quality Bath Products
  • High Quality Linens with Duvet
  • Bottled Water Replenished Daily
  • Complimentary Wireless Internet (where available)
  • Multi-Configuration Plugs
  • Flat Screen LCD Television with Movie System
  • Shore excursion programs including all admissions
  • Shoe cleaning after excursions
  • Complimentary coffee, water, tea soft drinks, select free-flow house wines for dinner, and locally produced spirits and beer

Brand g Vacations India & Ganges River Cruise Join Brand g Vacations on an all-inclusive, all-LGBT journey, exploring the splendors of India and cruising the Lower Ganges River.

On your tour, you'll explore the capital territory of New Delhi. Fly to exotic West Bengal for an unforgettable cruise along the lower Ganges River with powerful visits to Bandel, Kalna, Murshidabad, Chandernagore, and the stunning new temple complex at Mayapur.

Back in Kolkata, the journey continues to Rajasthan and India's Golden Triangle, with astounding visits to the fabled pink city of Jaipur, the 11th century Agra Fort, and the legendary Taj Mahal.

During the river cruise, you'll return home each night to a soothing atmosphere of relaxation aboard the elegant, all-suite Ganges Voyager.

With just 28 custom-designed suites, space is limited, so contact us soon if you'd like to be a part of this spectacular journey.

Early Booking Rate available until May 31, 2018.

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12 Night Splendors of India & Ganges River

All inclusive, all lgbt, journey, exploring the splendors of India and cruising the Lower Ganges River. Departing from New Delhi with overnights in New Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra, and featuring a 7-night Ganges River cruise.
Date (2019)DayDestinationNotes
Sep 30Mon1Delhi, IndiaArrive at the Delhi airport where you will be met by a Brand g representative and transferred to your hotel for two nights in an Imperial room, at the deluxe Imperial Hotel in New Delhi. Meet your fellow travelers at an evening welcome reception at the hotel.
Oct 1Tue2Delhi, IndiaArrive at the Delhi airport where you will be met by a Brand g representative and transferred to your hotel for two nights in an Imperial room, at the deluxe Imperial Hotel in New Delhi. Meet your fellow travelers at an evening welcome reception at the hotel.
Oct 2Wed3KolkataEnjoy breakfast at the hotel before transferring to the airport for your short flight to Kolkata where upon arrival we transfer to the ship. After settling into your suite aboard the Ganges Voyager, we'll gather for a welcome reception and dinner, followed by a musical performance featuring songs of the Bengal region. (B/D)
Oct 3Thu4Kolkata / Bandell / KalnaToday, we go ashore to explore the legacy of Kolkata's British colonial era, touring many of its buildings as well as visit Dalhousie Square. We'll visit St. John's Church, which was built in 1756 by Lt. Colonel James Agg and houses India's oldest functioning pipe organ. Afterwards, we'll visit the Victoria Memorial Museum before returning to the Ganges Voyager for lunch and the start of our journey upstream. Arriving in Bandel, we'll board excursion boats and go ashore. Our visit includes a tour of the Hooghly Imambara, an important Shia pilgrimage center with a clock tower lookout that boasts views of the Ganges. After our visit, we'll return to the ship for dinner. (B/L/D)
Oct 4Fri5Kalna / MatiariThis morning we enjoy a rickshaw ride through the city center of Kalna en route to the enchanting Rajbari complex, with the highest concentration of temples in the region. Built in 1809 by the Bardhaman Maharaja, the complex contains 108 eight slope-roofed temples, 74 in the outer circle and another 34 making an inner circle. Terra cotta plaques depict themes of Hindu epics, mythical life of Sree Chaitanya, images of Durga, and various aspects of daytoday life in the region. Other temples on the site include Lalji Temple, the oldest in the complex (1739), and Krishnachandra Temple (1751). (B/L/D)
Oct 5Sat6Matiari / KhushbaghThis morning you may enjoy a shore side bazaar. Matiari is known for manufacturing beautiful handcrafted brass items, utilizing traditional methods passed down for generations. Master craftsmen use recycled copper to create exquisite pots, platters and more from their workshops in the village. We then continue our journey upstream. We sail past the battlefield of Plassey, where Robert Clive of British East India Company defeated the Mogul Nawabs in 1757. The rulers of Bengal and their French allies established the company rule in India, which spread through much of South Asia for the next 190 years. (B/L/D)
Oct 6Sun7Khusbagh /Baranagar / MurshidabadThis morning we visit the charming village of Khushbagh. Then, after a morning sail, we visit the village of Baranagar. An example of life in rural India, this village is home to several temples dating from the 18th century. The brick temples are considered to be among the best examples of Bengal terra cotta art. We then return to the ship for lunch and sail downstream to Murshidabad, a hidden architectural gem along the Ganges with dramatic whitewashed colonial era structures. We visit the Hazarduari Palace, built during the reign of Nawab Nazim Humayun Jah (1824-1838 AD) by English architect, McLeod Duncan. The palace has more than a thousand real and false doors in the vast corridors, and is filled with colonial era antiques, artwork and manuscripts. We then take a scenic ride by local buggy to the Katra mosque. Built by the first Nawab of Murshidabad, this mosque has distinctive minarets from which the muezzin calls the faithful to Friday prayers. This evening we return for dinner and a local cultural performance onboard. (B/L/D)
Oct 7Mon8Murshidabad / Mayapur / ChandernagoreAfter a restful morning, we stop in the village of Mayapur. Known as the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486) and considered an incarnation of Lord Krishna, this is the home of the Krishna Consciousness Movement also called ISKON. Guests can experience the fascinating culture of these followers and their ornate, colorful decorated statues of Krishna. Additionally, we will learn from Krishna followers leading the construction of the new temple located on the complex, completed in 2016. The new temple can be compared to the Vatican, and contains a 700,000 squarefoot temple, measuring 340 feet high with a 75 foot domed planetarium. American Alfred B. Ford, the great grandson of Henry Ford, has funded more than 50% of the project. (B/L/D)
Oct 8Tue9Chanderagore / KolkataWe begin the day in Chandernagore, established as a French colony in 1673. We will explore the French colonial buildings along the promenade, including the former French governor's residence, now converted to a museum. We then visit the Sacred Heart Church of Chandernagore. We then return to the ship and continue our journey downstream to Kolkata. (B/L/Farewell Dinner)
Oct 9Wed10Kolkata / JaipurFollowing breakfast we disembark the vessel with packed lunch and transfer to the Kolkata Airport, visiting Mother Teresa's House and Orphanage en route. We continue by foot a short distance to her orphanage, Sishu Bhawan (Children's Home), where one of the sisters will lead us on a tour. Afterwards, we transfer to the airport for our short flight to the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur. Upon arrival we transfer to the Rambagh Palace Hotel where you'll check into your Palace Room for an evening of relaxation, including dinner in the hotel's opulent ballroom. (B/L/D)
Oct 10Thu11JaipurAfter breakfast at the hotel, join today's tour of the "Pink City" featuring an optional elephant back ride up the hill to the Amber Fort, the former seat of the Rajput rulers of Jaipur. Visit the UNESCO-designated site of the Jantar Mantar Observatory and the residence of the former royal family City Palace, a complex of lovely courtyards and gardens. Dinner is on your own tonight. (B/L)
Oct 11Fri12AgraToday's scenic ride takes you to the city of Agra, located on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Check in to your Mughal Chambers room at the ITC Mughal for one night. This afternoon, we visit the massive and impressive Agra Fort, a red sandstone stone walled complex of palatial buildings. Afterwards we transfer to Mehtab Bagh park for an unforgettable sunset view of the Taj Mahal from across the Yamuna River. (B/L/D)
Oct 12Sat13Delhi, IndiaEarly risers may join the sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal for an inside visit of the UNESCO site. Enjoy breakfast and some time at leisure at your beautiful hotel this morning, or take the opportunity to shop for keepsakes. After lunch, a scenic ride takes you to New Delhi. Enjoy a day room use in a Superior room at the deluxe Radisson Blu Plaza (until 10pm), refresh and relax before your transfer to the airport for your late evening or early morning international flight. Or, spend the night and join the post trip add on to Varanasi the next morning. (B/L)

Early Booking Rate available until May 31, 2018.

Departure DatePrice From
September 30, 2019$6,799
CategoryEarly BookingRegular PriceAvailability
Signature Suite - Main Deck - 261 square feet, French Balcony, two twin-sized beds that can be converted to one queen-sized bed.$8,999$9,499
Colonial Suite - Upper Deck - 261 square feet, French Balcony, two twin-sized beds that can be converted to one queen-sized bed.$8,299$8,799
Heritage Suite - Upper Deck - 280 square feet, French Balcony, fixed queen bed$7,799$8,299
Viceroy Suite - Upper Deck - 360 sq ft, French Balcony, Fixed King Bed, Butler Service, Complimentary One-Hour Spa Treatment Per Guest, Laundry Service, Bottle of Wine, Evening Canapes.$7,399$7,899
Maharaja Suite - Upper Deck - 400 sq ft, Panoramic French Balcony, Fixed King Bed, Butler Service, Complimentary One-Hour Spa Treatment Per Guest, Laundry Service, Bottle of Wine, Evening Canapes.$6,799$7,299
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The fares are per person USD, based on double occupancy. Cruise Port Charges of $199 per person and pre-paid Gratuities of $250 per person are additional. International airfare is not included. Single Supplement is $2,500 of twin price, for Signature and Colonial Suites.

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Inclusions

  • Welcome reception in New Delhi.
  • Two nights hotel accommodation in Imperial Room at Imperial Hotel New Delhi including breakfast.
  • One lunch and one dinner in New Delhi.
  • Seven nights deluxe cruise accommodation.
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included during your cruise.
  • Free flowing house wine and local beer with lunch and dinner during cruise.
  • One hour pre dinner cocktails of domestic spirits throughout the cruise.
  • Two nights accommodation in Palace Room at Rambagh Palace, Jaipur including breakfast.
  • One lunch and one dinner in Jaipur.
  • One night accommodation in Mughal Chambers room at ITC Mughal, Agra including breakfast.
  • One lunch and one dinner in Agra.
  • Day room accommodation in Superior room at Radisson Blu Plaza, New Delhi.

Land Accommodations

Imperial New Delhi Hotel, IndiaImperial New Delhi - New Delhi

Chosen as India's best 'Luxury Historical Hotel' by World Luxury Hotel Awards 2015, The Imperial is an iconic property in Delhi's 5 star hotel category and the most distinguished address situated in the heart of the capital. The Hotel is steps away from Connaught Place, the renowned shopping district and is very close to the city's major attractions.

Rambagh Hotel, Jaipur, IndiaRambagh Palace - Jaipur

Chosen as India's best 'Luxury Historical Hotel' by World Luxury Hotel Awards 2015, The Imperial is an iconic property in Delhi's 5 star hotel category and the most distinguished address situated in the heart of the capital. The Hotel is steps away from Connaught Place, the renowned shopping district and is very close to the city's major attractions.

ITC Mughal Hotel, Agra, IndiaITC Mughal - Agra

Sprawled over 35 acres of luxurious gardens, and in close proximity to the Taj Mahal, ITC Mughal, a luxury hotel in Agra is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past. The only Indian hotel to have won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for its excellent representation of Mughal architecture, it now boasts of a brand new Royal Mughal Suites. This luxury hotel in Agra comprises of 233 opulent rooms and suites, recreating a paradise full of splendor and perfection - which was the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty.

Radisson Blu Hotel, New Delhi, IndiaRadisson Blu - New Delhi

As one of the closest luxury hotels to the Delhi airport, the Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi provides a convenient location without compromising comfort. Enjoy the many amenities, Western and Asian dining options and spacious guest rooms during your overnight stay in New Delhi.

Boats on Ganges River, Varanasi, IndiaVaranasi, India

2 Night Post Program Extension October 13-14, 2019

Double occupancy pricing: $1,199 per person
Single occupancy pricing: $1,399

Complete your exciting journey with a visit to captivating Varanasi. Overnight in Delhi on October 12th and transfer to the New Delhi airport for your flight to the holy city of Varanasi and one night in a Business Class room at the Radisson Hotel Varanasi.

Witness the mesmerizing Aarti Ceremony attended by hundreds of worshipers, from your private boat on the Ganges River. The next morning, discover the early, daily rituals performed along the Ganges during an unforgettable private sunrise cruise.

Later, fly to Delhi for some time at leisure and day room use, or overnight in a Superior room at the deluxe Radisson Blu hotel before your late evening or early morning international flight.

Price and hotel properties are subject to change.