Ganges River Adventure Cruise

002506 - W17

Imagine the cruise of a lifetime along India’s Ganges River. Unpack once and let the riverboat move you from place to life-changing place for eight incredible days.

Not Included
Tour Notes
  • Discover picturesque temples
  • Explore ancient palaces and historical sights
  • Savour Indian cuisine on board
  • Enjoy a rickshaw ride to view Mughal ruins
Group Size: 24
2018 Dates:
January: 11

2018 Prices:
CA$2,689 – twin or single share
CA$4,840 – single

Prices are shown in CA$ per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin, single traveller willing to share with another single traveller or one person in a single use cabin. Prices are set in CA$ and US$ prices are not available.

Varuna info sheet.

Tour Code:
002506 - W17

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Day 1: Patna

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2: Patna

Enjoy a free day to explore Patna before a 4pm embarkation.
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3: Patna/Bārh

Enjoy a morning tour of Patna, visiting the extraordinary 18th-century Golghar granary, the great Sikh temple, and the State Museum. Continue on, passing near the old East India Company opium warehouses and cruise down to moor for the evening at Barh.
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4: Bārh/Mokāma

Enjoy an excursion to the excavated Buddhist monastery and stupa at Nalanda, with a visit to the adjoining museum. After, visit the Pawapuri Jain temple, situated in the middle of a lake. Return to the vessel and continue to the bridge at Mokama, where earlier the famous naturalist Jim Corbett spent his working life overseeing the ferry crossing.
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5: Mokāma/Sultānganj

Sail down to Munger. Take a rickshaw ride through the town to view the remnants of a Mughal fort and the East India Company cemetery. Visit the bazaars with the locals before exploring Pirpahar Hill and Sitakund Hot Springs. Continuing walking through the village and fields before getting back on board. Continue on to anchor near Jehangira Island at Sultanganj, a pilgrimage spot with early Hindu carvings in the rock.
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6: Sultānganj/Bhāgalpur

Spend the morning sailing a stretch of the river where South Asian river dolphins may be seen to Bhagalpur, a centre of silk production. Visit a mansion and silk-weaving village. Continue on close to the island shrine at Colganj, boasting Hindu and Buddhist cave temples. Visit Bateshwar Temple with 6th-century Hindu carvings, and the nearby ruins of an 8th-century Buddhist stupa and monastery at Vikramshila. Anchor for the night near the confluence with the Kosi River coming down from Nepal.
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7: Bhāgalpur/Farakka Barrage

Sail downstream to Rajmahal, a village offering both points of interest and fantastic local atmosphere. Shah Jehan, builder of the Taj Mahal, spent much of his youth here. Explore the remains of palaces, forts, and mosques submerged in vegetation before continuing on down to the Farakka Barrage.
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8: Farakka Barrage/Kolkata

Disembark early morning to catch the train (6hrs) to Kolkata. Arrive in the afternoon. Tour ends on arrival.
Meals included: Breakfast

  • Arrival transfer, Patna airport to ship
  • Patna city tour
  • Buddhist monastery and stupa visit (Nalanda)
  • Pawapuri Jain temple visit
  • Rickshaw ride to a Mughal Fort and the East India Company cemetery (Munger)
  • Pirpahar Hill and Sitakund Hot Springs visit
  • Sultanganj visit
  • Mansion and silk-weaving village visit (Bhagalpur)
  • Bateshwar Temple visit
  • 8th-century Buddhist stupa ruins and monastery visit (Vikramshila)
  • Rajmahal visit
  • Train to Kolkata
  • All meals on board Varuna
  • All transport to/from included activities and between destinations
  • Pre-trip packing list and practical information
  • Full documents package
Not Included
  • Flights to Patna and from Kolkata
  • Meals not specified
  • Optional hotel stays pre and post cruise, as required
  • Gratuities to on board staff
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
Tour Notes

Explore palace ruins at Rajmahal, trace 6th-century rock carvings with your own fingers, and photograph to your heart’s content the picturesque Pawapuri Jain temple in the middle of a lake. Experience India in a way you haven’t yet imagined.

While it is the intention of the tour operator to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary. On occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Additionally, some modifications to the itinerary are occasionally needed if water levels become very low. If changes need to be made, they may involve docking the boat just before a scheduled port and using overland transportation to reach the destination.

International flights:  If arranging your transportation your own, such as flights, please take into consideration the below time restrictions for joining and departing from your group. These times have taken into account travel time to/from the airport in the given destination and required time for check-in or baggage collection/immigration.
Your flight must arrive by or before: Arrive at any time.
Your flight must depart no earlier than: 08:00 p.m.

Local notes:  
Alcohol – due to laws in the sate of Bihar that have banned the sale and consumption of alcohol, you will be unable to purchase alcoholic drinks on this cruise.

Dress code – dress on board the boat is informal. Bring comfortable, casual, light weight clothing that can be worn in layers. In India, as most of Asia, the dress standard is more conservative than in North America. It is requested that you dress respectfully for the local Indian cultures and avoid very short shorts and skirts, singlets and tank tops, especially when visiting temples, mosques or other holy sites.

Disclaimer: We do our utmost to ensure that information posted on our website is correct at the time of publication, however trip details are subject to change without notice by the suppliers and operators involved. We update the information as soon as possible when changes are advised to us, however, we cannot assume responsibility for such changes made by the suppliers and operators.