CRUISETOUR

Me to We and The Sacred Ganges (12 Days)

Cruise Line: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Delhi, India to Kolkata, India
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ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
Delhi, India

Arrive at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport. If your cruise/tour package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to The Oberoi, Gurgaon.

DAY 2
Delhi, India
Air travel
Udaipur, India
Araveli Cottages and Tented Camp, India, India

This morning, you'll transfer from your hotel to your commercial flight to Udaipur, where you'll then make your way to your home for two nights, the bespoke Araveli Cottages and Tented Camp, in Rajasthan. After a brief introduction and orientation about your time with ME to WE, you'll prepare for your interactions with locals with a lesson in basic Hindi phrases. Then, it's off to the local village to mingle with community members. To mark the beginning of your time in Rajasthan, you'll partake in a Hindu tradition, pooja, a Hindu prayer ceremony that marks the beginning of an auspicious event. The blessing ensures the success and prosperity of the work being undertaken.

DAY 3
Araveli Cottages and Tented Camp, India, India

After a blissful night's sleep in your private cottage or luxury tent, choose to wake up to a sunrise yoga session overlooking the pink-hued Aravalli Mountain Range. Spend the rest of your morning with women in the community and learn what daily life in rural India is like. Enjoy a savory meal and cup of chai as you take in the beautiful surroundings and a traditional jhapaki (Hindi for "siesta"). Then, meet a local farmer before venturing to the project site of your sustainable development project. Cap your first full day with a colorful performance showcasing local folk dance traditions.

DAY 4
Araveli Cottages and Tented Camp, India, India
Udaipur, India
Air travel
Kolkata, India

Your time with ME to WE is coming to a close this afternoon, but not before a slew of authentic Indian experiences in nearby Udaipur, often nicknamed "Venice of the East". Explore Udaipur's splendor with stops at the world-renowned architectural marvels, City Palace and Taj Lake Palace, followed by lunch on the shores of beautiful Lake Pichola. The majestic City Palace was built nearly five centuries ago and sits on a hill overlooking the city below, while the opulent Taj Lake Palace appears to float over the water—it can only be reached by boat. The Palace also makes a guest appearance in a 1983 James Bond film. Visit a lively Indian market, teeming with shops, motorcycles, rickshaws, and cows before checking into The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata.

DAY 5
Kolkata, India
Kalna, India

Settle into your beautifully appointed suite aboard the Ganges Voyager II in Kolkata (the city formerly known as Calcutta), the gateway to your journey along the world's holiest river, the sacred Ganges. This evening, delight in a captain's reception dinner and welcome onboard.

DAY 6
Kalna, India

As incredible as it sounds, India is the birthplace of four of the world's major religions (including Buddhism and Hinduism), and Kalna—India's "Temple City"—has some of the most magnificent examples of Hindu temples on the entire subcontinent. Kalna, once an important trade port on the river, is best known today for the magnificent Hindu temples built by the maharajas of Bardhaman in the late 18th and 19th centuries. They are your destination today.

DAY 7
Matiari, India

Your ship serves as a time machine today, transporting you hundreds of years into the past, as we travel to an artisan village where craftsmen use materials and techniques that have remained unchanged for centuries. Matiari, a West Bengal village nestled above the banks of the river and surrounded by farms, is also home to a thriving metal-working tradition that you will see in action today.

DAY 8
Murshidabad, India
Badanagar, India

Curiosities abound in India, and that includes the country's eclectic architectural styles. But a palace with a thousand doors? Such a thing does indeed exist, as you'll see for yourself today, along with some famous terra-cotta carvings, the ruins of a mosque and yet another cultural curiosity—the game of cricket, India's beloved (and rather complex) national sport. Today's adventures take you to a duo of Bengali towns — Murshidabad and Baranagar — each one boasting surprising and beautiful architectural monuments closely linked to the ruling families of the area.

DAY 9
Mayapur, India

Today the ship heads back toward Kolkata, cruising past lush fields of rice, sugarcane, tomatoes, and eggplant, among many other crops, but your river adventure is not over. You still have some fascinating locations to visit; they lie on the opposite bank of the river from your upstream ports of call. Your stop is in Mayapur, sometimes called the spiritual capital of the world. Few places of worship exist on such a head-spinning scale as what you will witness today in Mayapur, the center of the international Hare Krishna movement and home to the new Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, still under construction.

DAY 10
Bandel, India
Chandannagar, India
Kolkata, India

Most students of history know a thing or two about the British colonial powers in India, but few are aware that the French had colonies here, too—including one that existed as late as the 1950s. You'll visit this former French outpost today, as well as a famous Shia pilgrimage center. You'll continue to cruise toward Kolkata today, stopping en route in Bandel and Chandannagar, a little piece of France that survived in India for a couple hundred years.

DAY 11
Kolkata, India

The city of Kolkata is virtually synonymous with the enduring legacies of Mother Teresa—recently canonized as a Catholic saint—and the colonial-era British Raj, both of which you will get better acquainted with today.

DAY 12
Kolkata, India

Your incredible Indian adventure ends early this morning, as you disembark and transfer to the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport for your flight home, or extend your journey with an optional extension to Varanasi.

Me to We and The Sacred Ganges map

About the Ship

What's Included

Included

    • 7-night Ganges river cruise in a riverview suite

    • 5 nights in luxurious Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, including daily buffet breakfast and all service charges, taxes, and porterage

    • Tips for local experts and drivers

    • All transportation throughout the trip, including intra-India flight between Jaipur and Kolkata

    • All transfers on arrival and departure days

    • 12 buffet breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners

    • Welcome and Farewell Dinners

    • Afternoon tea in the Governor’s Lounge

    • Complimentary local beers, spirits, and soft drinks throughout the cruise

    • Onboard/onshore dinners include complimentary house wine, local beers, or soft drinks

    • Afternoon coffee, tea, and snacks in the Governor’s Lounge

    • 11 days of captivating, fully escorted excursions with English-speaking local experts

    • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise/Tour Manager throughout the trip

    • State-of-the-art portable audio-headset system on all excursions throughout the trip

    • Flowers and fruit plate upon arrival

    • Onboard cultural enrichment, including traditional sitar music, a Bollywood-style song and dance show, and more

Not Included

  • Items Not Included in the Published Price: These include, but are not limited to, airfares to and from your destination except where specified; airport/departure taxes; cost of passport and visas; taxes; excess baggage charges; laundry; phone calls; all items of a personal nature; items not included on regular menus; expenses for additional sightseeing not specified in the itinerary; premium spirits & premium wine (please refer to complimentary beverage program in Uniworld’s Terms & Conditions), meals not detailed in the itinerary; Gratuities for programs in Russia, Egypt, India, China and Vietnam/Cambodia (please refer to Gratuities section in Uniworld’s Terms & Conditions for details ); and health, accident, baggage, or travel protection plans.

About Us

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