Explore the sights and sounds of the sacred Ganges from the comfort of a cruise ship on our custom India river cruise vacation
India is a kaleidoscope of colors, a multi-layered land of contrasts. Its exotic cuisine and cultural traditions envelop our senses. India is the newest river cruise destination, an opportunity to travel in comfort and style on a river cruise while enjoying sights from the water as well as ashore.
Many of India's former provincial or imperial capitals are on the banks of its rivers: Kanauji, Kara, Varanasi, Patna, Munger, Bhagalpur, Mushidabad, Baharampur and Kolkota. Visits may vary depending on itinerary and can include hotel stays in important cities before or after the cruise, like Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, Varanasi. The Ganges river cruise provides the rare opportunity to visit smaller villages along the Ganges River, not readily accessible by road or on the typical tourist circuit.
Elsewhere, there are cruises on India's Brahmaputra River in the northern corner of the country. In the province of Assam, surrounded by Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh, this itinerary offers more wildlife viewing, and includes Kaziranga National Park, which has the highest density of tigers. a luxury river boat is scheduled in 2017.
There are various ships cruising the Ganges, with more to come no doubt. Some of these are not up to standards most American travelers prefer; some don't have windows that open, bathrooms with fewer amenities, or provide a level of cuisine that's expected by western travelers. The most luxurious river ship is the new, all-suite Ganges Voyager II and operated by Uniworld River Cruises. Their itinerary includes a 7-day river cruise plus 5-night hotel program staying at Oberoi hotels, with small group excursions and pampering throughout.
Whether you prefer an ocean cruise ship that calls on ports in India, or a more boutique Ganges River cruise, you can search offers above, or contact our travel experts to plan your India cruise vacation.