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Ganges River Cruises

Experience India's colorful culture and exotic treasures on a Ganges River cruise. Flowing from the Himalayas down to the Bay of Bengal, the sacred river is revered as a goddess among Hindus and serves as a lifeline to the millions of Indians who live along its course.

Cruises on the Ganges River typically are part of a longer itinerary that includes hotel stays and sightseeing in India's Golden Triangle. Discover bustling Delhi, India's capital and third-largest city; Agra, home to the magnificent Taj Mahal; and the Pink City of Jaipur, Rajasthan's capital filled with lively bazaars, fortresses and palaces.

You might stop in British colonial Kolkata, or Calcutta, and see Mother Teresa's home and tomb or view the enormous Vedic temple built by Hare Krishnas in Mayapur. Kalna is home to more than 100 temples devoted to the Hindu god of Shiva, while Hazarduari Palace is famous for its 1,000 doors and fine collection of antiques. And as you sail along the Ganges, you may be treated to surprising wildlife encounters with freshwater dolphins, parrots and more.

India is one of the world's oldest civilizations. You'll gain a deeper understanding of the country's complex history as guides in each destination share their expert knowledge and point out important sights. These vacations are easy to budget, too, as so much is included in the upfront price -- riverboat accommodations, hotel stays, many meals and activities ashore.


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  • Save 15% off select Uniworld departures. Expires December 31. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Past passengers of African Travel, Brendan, Contiki, Insight, Trafalgar and Uniworld save an additional 5% on Uniworld cruises. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Abercrombie & Kent Marco Polo Club members save 5% when you book a trip within nine months of your last Abercrombie & Kent tour. Click here for eligible departures.

    River cruises are rated according to the quality of the vessel and its accommodations, the number of included amenities and activities both on and off the ship, the class of hotels used for land portions of itineraries, and the level of service delivered. The river cruises below are categorized according to the industry rating scale (budget, first class and deluxe). Click any cruise name for the itinerary, dates and prices.

    Itinerary Name Days Starts In Ends In Company Quality* From**
    India's Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges 2018   13   Delhi, India   Kolkata, India   Uniworld   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    India: the Taj Mahal and a Ganges River Cruise   14   Delhi, India   Delhi, India   A & K   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Explore North India & the Ganges (National Geographic Journey)   16   Delhi, India   Kolkata, India   G Adventure   Budget   Dates and Prices
    Ganges River Cruise Experience   9   Kolkata, India   Kolkata, India   G Adventure   Budget   Dates and Prices
    Cruise the Ganges (National Geographic Journey)   12   Kolkata, India   Varanasi, India   G Adventure   Budget   Dates and Prices
    India River Cruise – Ganges Adventure   8   Patna, India   Kolkata, India   G Adventure   Budget   Dates and Prices

    * Key to Quality Ratings

    Tours are classified according to the quality of amenities and accommodations.

    Budget = River cruises typically range from $100 to $200 per person, per day, plus airfare.
    First Class = River cruises typically range from $150 to $350 per person, per day, plus airfare.
    Deluxe = River cruises typically range from $250 to $650 per person, per day, plus airfare.

    ** The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.


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