Bengal Memories Lower Ganges Cruise

7 Day – River cruise and private tour with air-conditioned car and driver
Price guide: £1665
ABTA and ATOL protected holidays

This Lower Ganges Cruise features the highlights of Kolkata and a short river cruise which has been specially designed to give you a taste of Bengal’s rich heritage.

The cruise includes a visit to the imposing Imambara that overlooks the river, the new ISKCON temple of Mayapur, a vast complex of worship that receives over a million Krishna devotees annually, the intricately carved terracotta Hindu temples of Kalna, and Chandernagore, a charming riverside town that was a French territory until 1950.

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 Bengal Memories Lower Ganges Cruise

Vidyasagar Setu Bridge, Kolkata, West Bengal
  • Sighseeing tour of Kolkata
  • Boat ride on the Hooghly River
  • 4 day luxury River Cruise with entertainment on board ship
  • Visit to the imposing Imambara at Hooghly
  • Kalna rickshaw ride and a visit to the teraccotta temples
  • Mayapur ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) Temple
  • Visit a saree weaving village
  • Meet and greet service at airport and private air conditioned car and driver when not on board ship

Bengal Memories Lower Ganges Cruise Itinerary

Bengal Memories Lower Ganges 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 collected from your hotel to embark the ship by 11 am. Sail upstream past the old Dutch settlement of Chinsura before landing to visit the imposing Imambara at Hooghly. With verses from the Koran written on its walls, the Imambara is an opportunity to step back in time and relive a slice of Islamic history in Bengal. After the visit, reboard your cruise and start sailing, leaving urban sprawl behind.

Accommodation:  Cruise ship, ABN Sukapha
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

After breakfast, you can disembark at the country town of Kalna for a rickshaw ride. Your tour of Kalna includes exploring some of Bengal’s most attractive terracotta temples, the unique Shiva temple with concentric rings made up of 108 shrinelets and a visit to a muslin-weaving centre.

Later the tour continues through the countryside to Mayapur to visit the vast new ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) temple which dominates the skyline. As the headquarters of ISKCON or the Hare Krishna movement, the temple receives over a million singing and dancing devotees a year from around the world.

Back on board the your ship journeys through the night to a mooring near Matiari.

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

This morning, the cruise sails downstream to visit a saree-weaving village where you will have a chance to buy some souveniers.

Later there is a visit to Chandernagore and the chance to see the 18th century church and Dupleix’s House, now home to a collection of rare French antiques.

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

After breakfast it’s time to leave your cruise.

You will be transferred to your luxury hotel in Kolkata. The rest of the day is free to explore the city, pick up some souveniers or enjoy some tempting local delicacies.

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 Bengal Memories Lower Ganges Cruise

Heritage Tram, Kolkata, West Bengal
Hand Pulled Rickshaws, Kolkata, West Bengal
Dhakai Paratha Market Stall, Kolkata
Riverside from Howrah Bridge, Kolkata
Victoria Memorial, Kolkata
Vidyasagar Setu Bridge, Kolkata, West Bengal
Flower Market, Kolkata, West Bengal
Clay Idol of Goddess Durga, Kolkata, West Bengal
The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata, West Bengal
Brahmaputra River
ABN Charaidew II, Brahmaputra River Cruise, Tezpur, Assam
Brahmaputra River
ABN Charaidew II, Brahmaputra River Cruise 1, Tezpur, Assam
Traditional Handloom for Weaving
Terracotta Art Works,Lalji Temple, Kalna, West Bengal
Shiva Temples of Kalna, West Bengal
Lalji Temple, Kalna, West Bengal
Hindu Ritual Prayer, Mayapur, West Bengal
Hare Krishna Followers, Mayapur, West Bengal
ISKCON Temple, Mayapur, West Bengal
Public Library, Chanderngore, West Bengal

Heritage Tram, Kolkata, West Bengal

Hand Pulled Rickshaws, Kolkata, West Bengal

Ambassador Taxi, Kolkata

Dhakai Paratha Market Stall, Kolkata

Riverside from Howrah Bridge, Kolkata

Victoria Memorial, Kolkata

Vidyasagar Setu Bridge at Sunset, Kolkata

Flower Market, Kolkata, West Bengal

Clay Idol of Goddess Durga, Kolkata, West Bengal

The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata, West Bengal

Brahmaputra River

Brahmaputra River Cruise

Brahmaputra River

Brahmaputra River Cruise,

Traditional Handloom for Weaving

Terracotta Art Works,Lalji Temple, Kalna, West Bengal

Shiva Temples of Kalna, West Bengal

Lalji Temple, Kalna, West Bengal

Hindu Ritual Prayer, Mayapur, West Bengal

Hare Krishna Followers, Mayapur, West Bengal

ISKCON Temple, Mayapur, West Bengal

Public Library, Chanderngore, West Bengal

Bengal Memories Lower Ganges Cruise Hotels

Pricing and Inclusions

The Price guide for this 7 Day Bengal Memories Lower Ganges Cruise is £1665 per person.

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 August to April.

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.
  • Accommodation for 6 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.