Route: Kolkata - Bandel - Kalna - Matiari - Khushbagh - Baranagar - Murshidabad - Mayapur - Chandernagore - Kolkata
Day 1: Arrive Kolkata, Embarkation
Morning embark the ship at the Jetty in Kolkata and enjoy lunch on board.
This afternoon, visit Mother Teresa’s home and tomb (closed on Thursdays). Mother Teresa started the Missionary of Charity in 1952, then lived and worked here until her death in 1997. Visit her personal room, learn her life story and see her charity that is still active.
Optional: Continue by foot a short distance to her orphanage, Sishu Bhawan (Children's Home), where one of the sisters will lead you on a tour.
Return to the ship. Enjoy a cultural performance by Baul musicians, whose music represents a long heritage of preaching mysticism through songs in Bengal. The Baul tradition has been included in the list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
Day 2: Kolkata - Bandel - Kalna
Breakfast. Go on an early-morning city tour, featuring a Panoramic Tour of the well-preserved British colonial buildings in Kolkata. Visit St. John's Church, the oldest Anglican Church in Kolkata, built in 1756. It houses the oldest functioning pipe organ in India and several tombs of British Generals who died during the Siege of Kolkata in 1756. Visit the imposing Victoria Memorial Museum, which houses the largest collection of British colonial historical artifacts in India.
Sail upstream to Bandel, founded by Portuguese settlers who built the Church and a Monastery around 1660. Afternoon, visit the Hooghly Imambara, one of the famous Shia pilgrimage centres built in 1841 by Haji Mohammad Mahasin. The structure contains a Victorian-era clock with a winding key weighing 20kg. Large Persian chandeliers and lamps light the Imambara's stunning hallways and passages. Sail to Kalna.
Overnight on board.
Day 3: Kalna - Matiari
Breakfast. This morning enjoy a rickshaw ride to visit the enchanting Rajbari Temple Complex, which has the highest concentration of temples in the region. Visit the Nabakailas Temple, which contains 108 eight slope-roofed shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. Other temples in the complex feature diverse architecture and terra cotta plaques depicting themes of Hindu epics, mythical life of Sri Chaitanya, images of Durga, and more. Also visit a local weaver’s home to see the traditional weaving of fine Muslin cloth.
Return to the ship walking through the local market and sail on to arrive at the shore-side village of Matiari.
Day 4: Matiari - Khushbagh
Breakfast. Early this morning enjoy a walk in the village to see craftsmen manufacturing beautiful, handcrafted brass items, utilizing traditional methods passed down for generations.
Sail to the village of Plassey, site of the famous battlefield, where Robert Clive of British East India Company defeated the Mogul Nawab Siraj-ud-Daula 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.
Early evening, visit Khushbagh, a charming riverside village surrounded by scenic fields. Walk through farmland to visit the peaceful Khush Bagh, the Moghul-style Garden built by Nawab Ali-Wardi-Khan. The complex houses his family's private mosque and the tomb of the last Nawab of Bengal Siraj-ud-Daula.
Overnight on board.
Day 5: Khushbagh – Baranagar – Murshidabad
Breakfast. Sail to the sleepy village of Baranagar and take a walk to experience rural India at its most idyllic. This village is home to several temples dating from the 18th century. The Char Bangla temple here is among the best examples of Bengal terra cotta art.
Once you're back on board, unwind as the ship glides along the Lower Ganges to arrive at Murshidabad, a hidden architectural gem with dramatic white washed colonial era structures. Visit the Hazarduari Palace (closed on Fridays), on the waterfront, built by an English architect, McLeod Duncan, in the Greek “Doric” style. 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. Opposite, is a vast Imambara built by the Nawab for worship. Ride the local buggy (horse cart) to the Katra mosque built by the first Nawab of Murshidabad – Murshid Quli Khan in the 1724-25.
Day 6: Murshidabad – Mayapur
Breakfast. After a restful morning, stop in Mayapur village, known as the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486) and considered an incarnation of Lord Krishna. Mayapur is also the headquarters of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) movement with a new temple comparable in size to the Vatican and largely funded by Alfred B. Ford, the great grandson of car maker Henry Ford. Meet Krishna followers and walk through the pilgrim’s bazaar.
Day 7: Mayapur – Chandernagore – Kolkata
Breakfast. Morning sail to Chandernagore, established as a French colony in 1673 which became a permanent French settlement in 1688. Explore the French colonial buildings along the promenade, including the former French governor's residence, now converted into the Dupleix Museum (closed on Thursdays & Saturdays) exhibiting items that depict life during this period.
Also visit the Sacred Heart Church, designed by French Architect Jacques Duchatz and inaugurated in 1884. It stands for over two centuries to mark the beauty of French architecture. Return to the ship and continue downstream to Kolkata.
Overnight on board.
Day 8: Kolkata Disembark
Following breakfast, disembark the ship and transfer for your onward journey.
|Year of Sailing 2023
|Year of Sailing 2024
|Year of Sailing 2025
Cruise Price Per Person:
|Waterways/Jetty Passenger service Fee
- Accommodation for 7 nights onboard.
- Luxury honeycomb spa robes with slippers.
- All-natural spa-quality bath amenities.
- In-room electronic safe & individual climate control.
- High quality linens with duvet and premium mattresses.
- Bottled water replenished daily.
- Welcome flower arrangement & fresh fruit upon arrival.
- Complimentary wireless internet in all public areas.
- Make-up mirror & hair dryer.
- Alarm clock & multi-configuration plugs.
- Generous closet space and under-bed storage.
- Flat screen LCD television with movie system.
- Mini Bar.
- Tea/Coffee Maker in premium suites Heritage, Viceroy and Maharaja.
Additional Amenities for Maharaja & Viceroy Suite Guests:
Butler Service to Include:
- Nightly turndown service.
- Assistance with pillow menu selection.
- Presentation of spa-quality bath amenities.
- Entertainment system assistance.
- Ensures accommodations are immaculate.
- Polish and condition shoes upon request.
- Refreshes ice bucket.
- Prepare and pack luggage upon request.
Complimentary Excursion Amenities:
- Transfers to/from Jetty for embarkation/disembarkation.
- Shore excursion program series including all admissions.
- Shoe cleaning after excursions.
- Welcome drink and cold towel service following excursions.
- Individual VOX listening devices throughout cruise shore excursion program.
- Maximum 20-24 guests per guide on all excursions.
- Private motor coach on all excursions where applicable.
Included Dining & Entertainment:
- Expertly trained culinary team providing buffet breakfast, buffet lunch & seated multiple course dinner.
- Special meal requests like vegan, gluten/lactose free etc. can be arranged with advance information.
- Complimentary Indian brand mineral water, tea, coffee, fruit juices & soft drinks.
- Series of cultural performances, educational talks, cooking classes, movie shows and ship tour.
- Welcome & Farewell receptions.
- Spacious air-conditioned lounge.
- Indoor board games and books to read in the lounge.
- Gym facilities.
- Taxes GST, subject to revision.
- Waterways/Jetty passenger service fees.
- Airfare to/from destination.
- Specialty coffees, wines, beer & spirits.
- Shipboard gratuities.
- All incidentals.
- Please check with us for the definite operation of all the above cruises 90 days prior to scheduled departure date.
- The itinerary maybe readjusted due to local conditions and days of the week, to avoid closure of monuments/museums. Last minute sailing adjustments may also occur. The schedule may shift due to the weather or to take advantage of unexpected opportunities. The exact time for each activity will be announced or posted by the onboard tour staff.
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