Uniworld Boutique River Cruises has unveiled the newest addition to its collection of boutique river cruises and tours – “India’s Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges” from New Delhi to Kolkata – set to debut in January 2016.
The 12-night itinerary includes seven nights onboard the new all-suite Ganges Voyager II. For the five-night land portion of the itinerary, accommodations are provided at the award-winning Oberoi Hotels and Resorts Collection, including The Oberoi, New Delhi; The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra; and The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur.
“India is one of the world’s most complex, colourful, and exotic destinations,” said Uniworld president Guy Young. “To experience a 5,000-year-old civilization first-hand and to explore its spiritual heartland, all while staying at some of the world’s most spectacular hotels and sailing onboard our new all-suite ship, is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our well-travelled guests.”
The new Ganges Voyager II has a maximum capacity of 56 passenger. The all-suite ship features the one-of-a-kind Maharaja Suite (400 sq. ft.), two Viceroy Suites (360 sq. ft.), two Heritage Suites (280 sq. ft.), and 20 Standard Suites (261 sq. ft.). Comforts and convenience include French balconies, cozy sitting areas and flat-screen televisions. Bathrooms have rain showers, robes, slippers, and Molton Brown bath products. Clients staying in the Viceroy Suites will enjoy daily butler service, laundry service and one complimentary spa treatment per person.
Uniworld’s new itinerary presents a broad spectrum of enticing travel experiences: Delhi, India’s capital and third largest city; the Taj Mahal, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; the bazaars, fortresses and palaces of Rajasthan’s Pink City of Jaipur; Mother Teresa’s tomb and former home in Kolkata; an enormous Vedic temple in Mayapur; garden-tombs and mosques, colonial-era buildings, and monuments; and fully hosted excursions to five UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Delhi’s Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb, Agra’s Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, and Jaipur’s Jantar Mantar. While sailing the Ganges, clients will be treated to villages inaccessible by road, as well as to surprising encounters with a variety of wildlife, including freshwater dolphins, parrots, and many other colourful species.
“This itinerary is ideal for travellers seeking exotic new horizons, something completely unlike anything else they’ve ever experienced,” said Young. “India is an amazing, unforgettable place. It’s a journey our guests will rave about the rest of their lives.”
Uniworld will offer an optional extension to Varanasi, revered as the holiest spot on India’s holiest river, as well as one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. The two-night extension includes a city tour, a scenic boat ride to observe a Ganga Aarti fire ceremony at sunset, and a private boat ride along the river at sunrise.
Uniworld’s new India program will be open to book on Oct. 15.