Assam Bengal Navigation Taster India River Cruise

8 Day – Private tour with air-conditioned car and driver
Price guide: £2450
ABTA and ATOL protected holidays

Enjoy a magical India River Cruise and discover local village life as you drift along the Brahmaputra River on board your boutique ship. With a wide ranging itinerary and an exciting programme of tours there’s plenty to see and do, as well relaxing and enjoying the facilities on-board either the ABN Charaidew II or ABN Sukapha

You’ll explore Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary by jeep safari looking out for magnificent wildlife including the one horned rhinoceros, discover how Assam silk is produced, learn more about the culture with visits to local villages and historic monuments and enjoy the magic of Kolkata on this wonderful Assam Bengal Navigation Taster Cruise.

Please remember all our private tours are designed to meet your exact requirements, and this tour is just an example to help inspire you. If you would like we can also arrange your flights for a fully ATOL protected holiday. Contact the team for more information on 01792 315499 or email info@aitholidays.com

Highlights of the Assam Bengal Navigation Taster India River Cruise

Vidyasagar Setu Bridge, Kolkata, West Bengal
  • Full day sightseeing tour of Kolkata
  • Luxury 4 night cruise along the Brahmaputra River
  • Boat ride on the Hooghly River
  • Walking tour through Sualkuchi to learn about Assam silk production
  • Jeep Safari in Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Tour of the city of Guwahati
  • Tour of riverside village
  • Cookery demonstration
  • Visits to various historic monuments and temples
  • Luxury accommodation
  • Airport meet and greet service. Chauffeur driven air-conditioned car when not on ship

 

Assam Bengal Navigation Taster India River Cruise Itinerary

Assam Bengal Navigation Taster India River Cruise

Upon arrival at Kolkata International Airport, you will be welcomed by your Authentic India Tours representatives who will transfer you to your hotel for a 2 night stay.

The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the wonderful facilities of your luxury hotel or explore the local area. Just a short walk away is the new Kolkata market.

Accommodation: The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
Meals included: Breakfast

Today is an opportunity to discover this charming metropolis with a full days sightseeing tour. It’s an early start to visit the colourful flower market, followed by a boat ride on the Hooghly River.

The afternoon’s sightseeing includes the Victoria Memorial, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Indian Museum, one the largest museums in India.

Accommodation: The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning you will be transferred to Kolkata Airport for the flight to Guwahati.

At the airport, you will be met by your driver and taken to your ship close to the great Saraighat Bridge for the start of your cruise. As the afternoon progresses you will cruise downstream to visit the riverside village of Vijaynagar and get the chance to meet some local people.

Accommodation: Cruise Ship, ABN Charaidew II or ABN Sukapha
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

This morning your cruise continues upstream to the bustling little town of Sualkuchi. Established as the centre of Assamese silk production, your walking tour of the town will include a visit to the weaving workshops. Here you will witness the whole process of silk manufacture, from cocoon and spinning to dyeing and finally hand-weaving into exquisite mekhela chadars, a two-piece sari, the traditional attire of an Assamese woman.

Later you visit Hajo, a place sacred to Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists. The tour starts with a hilltop Muslim shrine with far-reaching views over the surrounding rural landscape, followed by, a simple Hindu temple with its frieze of elephants and a sacred Buddhist tank full of great carp, catfish and turtles.

The cruise then continues with an overnight stop near the Saraighat Bridge.

Accommodation: Cruise Ship, ABN Charaidew II or ABN Sukapha
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

This morning your journey upstream takes you to Pandu Docks to go on a short sightseeing tour of Guwahati City.

Later, the day continues with a drive to Nilachal Hill to see the holy Kamakhya Temple. With its tantric rites and animal sacrifice, the more squeamish may prefer to just enjoy the exteriors. This is followed by a stop at the poignant commonwealth war graves cemetery

You will then cross by country boat to the mid-stream peacock island with its population of Golden Langurs before reboarding the ship and cruising pass Kurua on the north bank.

Accommodation: Cruise Ship, ABN Charaidew II or ABN Sukapha
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Today your cruise takes you past jungle covered hills and along the Mayong River. From here it is a short ride on a country boat to the roadhead for the drive to Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary.

This small park has a dense population of the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros. As you venture through the park on a jeep safari there is an excellent chance of sighting some of these magnificent beasts.

Later you will return to the ship to cruise to a riverside village, which you can explore on foot and learn more about local life.

For the last night the ship docks close to the picturesque Aswaklanta Temple on the north bank opposite Guwahati.

Accommodation: Cruise Ship, ABN Charaidew II or ABN Sukapha
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

All too soon the cruise is over and you will disembark after breakfast near Saraighat Bridge.

You will be transferred to Guwahati airport where you will fly to Kolkata. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Accommodation: The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
Meals included: Breakfast

In plenty of time you will be taken to Kolkata Airport to board your return flight.

Alternatively if you have time you could extend your holiday with a beach extension, a tour of South India or a trip to the Himalayas.

Meals included: Breakfast

Sights to enjoy on the Assam Bengal Navigation Taster India River Cruise

Victoria Memorial, Kolkata
Vidyasagar Setu Bridge, Kolkata, West Bengal
Heritage Tram, Kolkata, West Bengal
Hand Pulled Rickshaws, Kolkata, West Bengal
Clay Idol of Goddess Durga, Kolkata, West Bengal
Dhakai Paratha Market Stall, Kolkata
Riverside from Howrah Bridge, Kolkata
The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata, West Bengal
Brahmaputra River
Silk Threads, Sualkuchi
Kamakhya Temple, Guwahati
ABN Charaidew II, Brahmaputra River Cruise, Tezpur, Assam
ABN Charaidew II, Brahmaputra River Cruise 1, Tezpur, Assam
Brahmaputra River

Victoria Memorial, Kolkata

Vidyasagar Setu Bridge at Sunset, Kolkata

Ambassador Taxi, Kolkata

Heritage Tram, Kolkata, West Bengal

Hand Pulled Rickshaws, Kolkata, West Bengal

Clay Idol of Goddess Durga, Kolkata, West Bengal

Dhakai Paratha Market Stall, Kolkata

Riverside from Howrah Bridge, Kolkata

The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata, West Bengal

Brahmaputra River

Silk Threads, Sualkuchi

Kamakhya Temple, Guwahati

Brahmaputra River Cruise

Brahmaputra River Cruise,

Brahmaputra River

Places on the Assam Bengal Navigation Taster India River Cruise

Pricing and Inclusions

The price guide for this 8 day Assam Taster India Cruise is £2450 based on two people travelling.

The prices do not include flights.

Authentic India Tours is a member of ABTA and ATOL. All the holidays on this website are ABTA protected. If you would like us to arrange your holiday including flights we will be happy to provide a quote and your holiday will also be ATOL protected.

This is a private tour with river cruise. The tour element of the holiday can be tailor-made to meet your exact requirements. Prices will vary depending on the number of people, length of tour, accommodation & season. Reductions are normally available for groups of three or more.

River cruises operate from October to May.

Please get in touch with your dates and we will be pleased to provide you with your personal itinerary and accurate quote.

Included with this tour are the following:

  • Meet and greet assistance on all arrivals and departures.
  • All internal road travel by a private chauffeur-driven air-conditioned large car.
  • All scheduled sightseeing expenses including English speaking guides and entrance fees at monuments.
  • Economy class flight tickets for Kolkata – Guwahati – Kolkata travel (Please note the luggage allowance on all domestic flights is only 15 kg per person. You have the option to buy an extra 5 kg or 10 kg as required).
  • Accommodation for 7 nights on double/twin sharing basis.
  • Meal Plan: Full Board on cruise; Bed & Breakfast in Kolkata.
  • Mineral water on all days of travel

Price does not include:

  • International flight tickets
  • Travel insurance and visa
  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, tips, beverages etc
  • Meals other than mentioned in the above meal plan
  • Camera and video fees at national parks, museums & monuments

The prices given above are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room. All prices were valid at the time of publication but they may be subject to change, based on your date of travel and local market fluctuations. You will be informed of any price differences prior to booking.

For further information or a quote based on your exact dates of travel, any alternative accommodation or a change to the itinerary, please call Authentic India Tours on 01792 315499 or email us at info@aitholidays.com

Please remember all our private tours are designed to meet your exact requirements, and this River Cruise India tour is just an example to help inspire you.

For more information please email info@aitholidays.com or call our India specialists on 01792 315499.

ABTA and ATOL Protected Tour Package

Authentic India Tours is a member of ABTA and ATOL. All the holidays on this website are ABTA protected. If you would like us to arrange your holiday including flights we will be happy to provide a quote and your holiday will also be ATOL protected.