Colorful India and The Ganges River With Southern India and Varanasi (18 Days)

Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
Kochi, India to Kolkata, India
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
Kochi, India

Welcome to Cochin, the "Gateway to Kerala". Located on the Arabian Sea in Kerala, India's southernmost state, Cochin is the perfect starting point to explore the region's natural beauty. Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Kochi, India

Your Guided Tour starts with the Chinese Fishing Nets that are the livelihood of many fishermen in the area and a walk through the Jewish quarter. Next, visit the Kerala Folklore Museum which aims to preserve and educate people about the unique culture and heritage of South India. This afternoon, enjoy an unforgettable cruise on the backwaters of Kerala. Explore and witness local life along these serene waterways surrounded by lush palm trees and paddy fields.

Kochi, India
Air travel
Mumbai, India

Today, fly to Mumbai, a multicultural metropolis with a colorful history. This vibrant city is now India's premier seaport, center of culture and industry, and home to the "Bollywood" movie industry. (Breakfast)

Mumbai, India

Your Guided Tour starts at the Gateway of India, Mumbai's most famous monument commemorating the visit of Queen Mary. Then, drive along Marine Drive, a seafront promenade, and see a traditional Dhobi Ghat (open-air laundromat). You will also visit the Hanging Gardens, Mumbai Museum, and Mani Bhavan, the former residence of Mahatma Gandhi. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Mumbai, India
Air travel
Varanasi, India

Fly to Varanasi, the holiest of Hindu pilgrim cities, situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges River. Early this evening, witness the Ganga aarti (spiritual worship) on the ghats (steps) leading down to the Ganges. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Varanasi, India
Sarnath, India
Varanasi, India
Air travel
Delhi, India

Around dawn, board a boat and watch a striking religious ritual—the Hindus' devotional bathing in the Ganges. You'll observe hundreds of pilgrims gathered at the river's edge, some practicing yoga, others meditating, and still others bathing fully clothed. Return to your hotel for breakfast. Afterwards, a Guided Excursion takes you to nearby Sarnath, the "Cradle of Buddhism", where Buddha first spoke of his philosophy. Later fly to Delhi. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Delhi, India

Saris, Spices, and Silver. After lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy a bit of leisure time. Tonight, your tour director hosts a lavish welcome dinner at your hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Agra, India
Delhi, India

Monuments of Worship and Remembrance. After lunch, drive to Agra and settle in at your hotel overlooking the Taj Mahal. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Agra, India

Love's Crowning Achievement. For those interested, an excursion to the Taj at sunset is included. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 10
Agra, India
Jaipur, India

Palaces and Rare Printings in the Pink City. Travel to Jaipur—the "Pink City" that was painted pink for the Prince of Wales' 1876 visit. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 11
Jaipur, India

A Maharaja's Marble Palace. Spend the afternoon at leisure. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 12
Jaipur, India
Air travel
Kolkata, India

Welcome to West Bengal. Your Ship Awaits. Fly to Kolkata this morning to transfer to your ship. This afternoon, get acquainted with the ship prior to your welcome reception. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 13
Kalna, India

Rituals, Rickshaws, and a Weaver's Wares. Enjoy a free afternoon onboard your ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 14
Matiari, India

Shining Brass and Sweet Shops. Enjoy a free afternoon free onboard your ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 15
Murshidabad, India
Azimganj, India, India
Jiaganj, India, India
Murshidabad, India

Silversmiths, Tea Service, and Saree Weaving. Relax this afternoon free onboard your ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 16
Mayapur, India
Guptipara, India, India

A Holy Pilgrimage on the Ganges. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 17
Kolkata, India

Flowers, Faith, and Victorian Art. Tonight, a farewell Dance Performance is presented on the ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 18
Kolkata, India

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Colorful India and The Ganges River With Southern India and Varanasi map

About the Ship

Avalon Suite Ship
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.

What's Included


  • Air-conditioned indoor lounge

  • Outdoor lounge with shade system

  • Spacious, open dining room

  • Bar serving premium spirits, wine, coffee, tea, soft drinks, local beer/spirits

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access*

Not Included

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About Us

When designing its new ships, Avalon Waterways started with the traveler instead of the ship. This is a river cruise company that invites innovation, imagination and a relentless desire to create a smart use of space be its guide. The result? More space. Bigger views. More comfort … All thanks to one-of-a-kind Panorama SuitesSM on the industry’s only Suite Ships®. The Suite Ships of Avalon are revolutionizing the river cruise industry. For instance, on these signature vessels, Avalon brings an unprecedented level of thoughtfulness and attention to detail to every aspect of the Panorama Suites, providing travelers an oasis to escape to, not escape from. Even better? Avalon doesn’t offer travelers just a few Panorama Suites on each ship. Instead, 80 percent of the guest rooms on Suite Ships are Panorama Suite (they’re 30 percent larger than the average river cruise room). In designing its ships, Avalon has refused to see space as a barrier. That fact couldn’t be truer when looking at the company’s inspired indoor/outdoor space. For instance, Avalon’s Open-Air Balconies®, a completely new concept, make full use of the intended balcony experience – in any weather condition, in any season – without compromising room space. How? Giant wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows with a 7-foot opening. Avalon has considered every detail of the cruise experience. But perhaps it’s what the company hasn’t done that makes it so unique. It hasn’t filled ships to capacity with people. In fact, because the river cruise line made its rooms so spacious, there’s more room for less people. Simply put, Avalon Waterways is built differently

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