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Value World Tour - India - Hooghly Holiday & Taj Mahal Cruise 2015 RATES

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HOOGHLY RIVER CRUISE
15 DAYS - CALCUTTA TO DELHI

2015 Prices are in USD per person
  Start Date Cruise Only Land & Cruise
Rv Sukapha 26 March $2099 $3499
Rv Sukapha 23 April $1399 $2799
Rv Sukapha 05 August $1399 $2799
Rv Sukapha 12 August $1399 $2799
Rv Sukapha 19 August $1399 $3499
Rv Sukapha 26 August $2099 $3499
Rv Sukapha 02 September $2099 $3499
Rv Sukapha 09 September $2099 $3499
Rv Sukapha 16 September $2099 $3499
Rv Sukapha 23 September $2099 $4199
Rv Sukapha 21 October $2799 $4999
Rv Sukapha 28 October $2799 $4999
Rv Sukapha 25 November $2799 $4999
Rv Sukapha 16 December $1399 $3499
Rv Sukapha 23 December $2099 $4299
2016 Prices are in USD per person
  Start Date Cruise Only Land & Cruise
Rv Sukapha 13 January $2099 $4299
Rv Sukapha 20 January $2099 $4299
Rv Sukapha 17 February $2799 $4999
Rv Sukapha 09 March $2199 $4299
Rv Sukapha 16 March $2199 $4299
Rv Sukapha 23 March $2199 $4299
Rv Sukapha 06 April $1399 $2899
Rv Sukapha 13 April $1399 $2899
Category A
Port & Fuel surcharge: $108 / Indian Visa: No visa required for US Citizens
Twin cabin for single occupancy:
75%

Rates, additional charges and conditions are subject to change, and to
currency fluctuation, without notice - Errors and Omissions Excepted

CRUISE INCLUSIONS & HIGHLIGHTS

Explore exciting India by joining the 7-night cruises on the charming and comfortable RV Sukapha. No matter if you book the up or downstream sailing, your land/cruise adventure will start in the bustling city of Calcutta where you will spend one night to acclimatize. After the cruise, the land/cruise program will bring you to the capital Delhi from where you will also visit the famous Taj Mahal! During your cruise, visit places such as Murshidabad, capital of the Nawabs of Bengal, the battlefield of Plassey close by, and the many monuments of the medieval Islamic capital of Gaur.

INCLUDED IN THE LAND PORTION:

  • Arrival and departure transfers, airport-hotel-airport with assistance (if international air fare purchased through us)
  • Total of 7 nights at select deluxe hotels; Calcutta (1 night), New Delhi (3 nights), Agra (1 night), Jaipur (2 nights)
  • Breakfast daily plus one lunch
  • All sightseeing outlined, including transportation and all entrance fees via air conditioned vehicles
  • One domestic economy class flight between Calcutta and Delhi
  • English-speaking guides throughout

INCLUDED IN THE CRUISE PORTION:

  • Total of 7 nights/8 days aboard the R/V SUKAPHA in all outside facing cabins
  • Total of 20 meals (7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners)
  • All sightseeing and shore excursions as outlined (except those listed as "optional")
  • All on board activities, lectures, games and similar
  • Free daily water, coffee, tea
  • Services of an English speaking Cruise manager
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • CHANDERNAGORE: Visit the Dupleix's House, Dutch Cemetery and the Portugese Church
  • KALNA: Bengals terracota temples, Shiva temple and the new ISKCON temple
  • MATIARI: Brassworking village of Matiari and the battlefield of Plassey.
  • KUSHBAGH: Nawab's great Hazarduari Palace, Katra Mosque, the Nashipara Palace and the Katgola Palace
  • BARANAGAR: Village of Baranagar with three gorgeous miniature terracota temples
  • JANGIPUR: Explore native villages where silk is woven and "bidis" (primitive cigarettes) are rolled
  • NEW DELHI: Sightseeing including the Red Fort, Mahatma Gandhi's Memorial and the Residence of the president of India - Rashtrapati Bhawan
  • AGRA: Visit the famous Taj Mahal and Agra fort
  • JAIPUR: Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal Palace, enjoy the Elephant ride and the "Pink City" of Jaipur

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Day 1 Arrive in Calcutta
Upon your arrival, transfer to your 5 star hotel by private air-conditioned vehicle and English-speaking guide. No activities are planned for today.

Day 2 Barrackpore/Embarkation
You will be picked up from your hotel in the late morning. Embark midday and sail past the old Danish colony of Serampore to Barrackpore, where you take a walk past the Semaphore Tower, Government House, the Temple of Fame, and the Flagstaff House, its garden housing many of the British statues removed from central Calcutta. (B, D)

Day 3 Chandernagore
Sail on to Chandernagore, a French possession until 1950, and visit the 18th century church and Dupleix’s House containing a small museum. Drive on to visit the Dutch cemetery at Chinsura, the Imambara at Hugli and the Portuguese church at Bandel where you reboard your ship and cruise upstream, leaving urban sprawl and cruising through the night to a mooring near Kalna. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Kalna
Dock at the countryside town of Kalna and take cycle rickshaws to see some of Bengal’s most attractive terracotta temples, as well as the unique Shiva temple. Continue through the countryside to Mayapur, its skyline dominated by the vast new ISKCON temple. On the opposite bank, visit the older and humbler temples entwined within a giant banyan tree before sailing on through the night to a mooring near Matiari. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Matiari
This morning visit the brassworking village of Matiari where you can see the entire process of beating out brass water pots. Later cruise past the battlefield of Plassey where in 1757 Clive’s defeat of Siraj-ud-Daulah changed the course of Indian history. Moor at Murshidabad. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Kushbagh
Travel by cycle rickshaw to the Khushbagh, a peaceful Moghul-style garden enclosing the tombs of Siraj-ud-Daulah and his family. Continue a little way upstream to where the Nawab’s great Hazarduari Palace, built by an English architect in 1837, dominates the waterfront. Inside you find a vast collection of pictures, china, weapons and other valuable objects. You will also visit the great Katra Mosque and see two amazing buildings of the late 18th century, the Nashipara Palace and the Katgola Palace. Both were built in classical Georgian style by rich local merchants and represent the other side of the coin of the “White Moghul” period when English and Indian cultures came close to fusion. Overnight on the riverbank across from town. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Baranagar
Moor at the delightful sleepy village of Baranagar with three gorgeous miniature terracotta temples to ehich you walk through the fields. Continue sailing. At dusk, moor at Jangipur.(B, L, D)

Day 8 Jangipur
From Jangipur, near where the Hugli flows out from the Ganges, a morning excursion explores native villages where silk is woven and “bidis” (primitive cigarettes) are rolled. In the afternoon, cruise up a long canal section to the Farakka Barrage. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Disembark cruise/Calcutta/Delhi
Bid farewell to your floating hotel and transfer to Farakka station for a 6 hr train journey to Calcutta. Fly on to Delhi where you spend an overnight in a 5 star hotel. (B)

Day 10 New Delhi
A full day of sightseeing in Delhi includes the 17th century Mughal-built Red Fort with its exquisite palaces and gardens, India’s largest mosque the “Friday Mosque,” and Gandhi’s Memorial. Visit New Delhi in the afternoon with the President’s House, Parliament House, and the 42-meter high, arched war memorial “India Gate.” Overnight in Delhi. (B)

Day 11 Delhi/Agra
Travel in air conditioned comfort, arriving in Agra about noon. The city, rich in medieval monuments, developed as early as 2nd century BC since it is located on major trade routes and waterways. After hotel check-in, tour the famous Taj Mahal. Built as a loving tribute to the Mughal Empress Mumtaz Mahal, the spectacular Taj is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular buildings in the world and rightly one of the new 7 Wonders of the World! Also visit Agra Fort, along the Yamuna River before returning to your hotel. (B)

Day 12 Agra/Jaipur
After breakfast, travel to Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri, a former capital city, was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned 15 years later due to a severe scarcity of water. While Akbar himself was illiterate, he took a keen interest in literature, architecture and the arts. The buildings are a pleasing blend of Islamic and Hindu styles. After lunch at the Laxmi Vilas Palace Hotel in Bharatpur, continue to Jaipur for overnight. (B,L)

Day 13 Jaipur
“ The Pink City,” Jaipur, was given this pink wash in 1853 to welcome Prince Albert to the city. En route to the Amber Fort, see the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), with pink, delicately honeycombed sandstone windows called “jharokhas.” Enjoy a short elephant ride at the Fort, which is a complex of palaces, halls, pavilions, gardens, and temples. Next visit the City Palace, an historic landmark with some of the city’s most magnificent architecture and art. The Palace’s museum contains a collection of Rajasthani dresses and an armory of Mughal and Rajput weapons. Return to your hotel for a second night in Jaipur. (B)

Day 14 Jaipur/Delhi
Enjoy the Indian countryside as you make your way back to Delhi. Upon your afternoon arrival, you are taken to your 5* hotel with the remainder of the day free to explore the delights of Delhi. (B)

Day 15 Delhi
End of Tour

 


 

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