Travelling to the heart of the United Arab Emirates before sailing India's famed Brahmaputra River, is a memorable holiday experience. On this your you can enjoy an exclusive three-night pre-cruise stay in Dubai, as well as some incredible excursions that include visiting Kaziranga National Park in search of the elusive tiger and enjoying a home-cooked meal at a local village where they will gain an insider’s perspective of life in this fascinating country.
- Pre cruise accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis
- Life enriching tours and excursions
- Buffet breakfast & lunch on board
- A La Carte dinner during the cruise
- All entrance fees
- All pre-cruise tours including Kolkata, St Paul’s Cathedral , Mother Teresa’s House and more
- Local village visits
- Tea Estate visit
- Jute mill tour
- Temple visits
- Dhansari boat safari
- Entrance and tours of Kaziranga National Park
- Complimentary tea, coffee and bottled water during the cruise
- Luxurious air conditioned cabins on board
What's Not Included
- International & domestic air fares.
- Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like delays, political disturbances, taxes, lost luggage, etc.
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video fees, medical expenses, airport departure tax, travel insurance etc.
- Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
- Any further tax levied by the government of India
Welcome to the UAE's most bustling city. Over the next three days, enjoy free time to explore the many sights of this magical city from the historic district of Al Fahidi and the sprawling Dubai Mall to the infamous Burj Khalifa skyscraper, the world's tallest building.
★ HIGHLIGHT: Marvel at Dubai Marina at night★
After breakfast, check-out of the hotel and transfer to the airport to fly to Guwahati, where you will be welcomed on board M.V. Mahabaahu. After check-in and a guest safety briefing, enjoy the Captain's welcome dinner.
Your ship lifts anchor early today and you can enjoy yoga on the deck for an hour before breakfast. Later, visit a village that is occupied predominantly by a Bangla-speaking Muslim community. Returning to the ship for lunch, sail towards Orang Point. Enjoy a talk on ‘The River Brahmaputra and the tribal life’ over a cup of tea and some snacks. Anchor at a deserted island for the evening and enjoy a bonfire to indulge in barbequed snacks.
★ HIGHLIGHT: Morning yoga on the sun deck ★
Take a short drive to Kaliabore Tea Estate to see the women pick tea leaves. Visit the tea factory to understand the process of producing Assam Tea. Returning to the ship, take a look around a nearby Jute Mill where you will see how the Jute material is turned into eco-friendly gunny bags. Later, enjoy a cultural evening on the ship, an early dinner and then retire for the evening.
★ HIGHLIGHT: Try some real Assam Tea at a local Tea Estate ★
Today is an early start as you drive towards the Kaziranga National Park. The park is not only home to the fantastic greater one-horned rhino but as many as 180 more mammals including wild elephants, tiger, deer, buffalo and a rich variety of birds. After breakfast in Kaziranga, drive on to Bagori, the Western Range of the park, and continue your explorations. Later, head to Bishwanath Ghat. We visit the Shiva Dol and watch weaver women helping their community thrive. The evening features a traditional Assamese dinner.
★ HIGHLIGHT: Go Tiger and Rhino spotting ★
This morning, sail towards the eastern range of Kaziranga for a boat safari. The shores are high but you might get to see an array of wildlife. Sightings are always determined by weather conditions. Return for lunch and the evening includes a cooking demonstration by the chef. There’s a talk on Majuli Island before ending the evening on a deserted island with a bonfire.
After yoga and breakfast, sail towards the Mishing Village and on to Majuli, a cosmos of Assamese culture. The Mishings live on the river bank in houses with raised platforms. A short drive takes you to a scenic corner of a Satra for a cultural performance by Satriya singers and dancers. Next, drive to Kamlabari Satra to witness the Vaishnavite priests dancing to the rhythm of cymbals, drums and chanting in the temple premise. Return to the ship and prepare for a traditional Assamese evening.
After an early breakfast, start the day-excursion to Sibsagar, the ancient city and capital of the Tai-speaking Ahoms. ‘Sibsagar’ literally means ‘the ocean of Lord Shiva’. Explore the Shiva Dol, believed to be the tallest Shiva temple in India; the Talatal or Kareng Ghar; the Palace of the Ahom Kings and the Rang Ghar, an amphitheatre which held important meetings for the royals and their guests. After the tour of the town, drive to a tea estate and enjoy a traditional Assamese lunch with a family who have been involved in the tea-making industry for around a century. Return to the ship by sunset and enjoy a relaxed evening before dinner.
After breakfast, leave for the airport to board the flight to your onward destination.