Kolkata, Sikkim & Darjeeling & Downstream Cruise
FRC-205313/204596
14 Nights from
£3,699
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Cruise & land prices are per person in a Superior Cabin (without balcony)

Airfare: Please call for special roundtrip airfares

Internal flights: Additional £349 per person

Single Supplement: please call for further details

Visa: A valid passport and entry visa are required for travel to India. Please consult with your Consulate for more information

To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:
Superior Cabin (with private balcony) – additional £291
Suite (with private balcony) – additional £1039

At A Glance

What's Included

  • 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 Gangtok, Darjeeling, Tiger Hill and more
  • Monastery visits
  • Tea estate visit
  • Local village visits
  • Dhansiri boat safari
  • Jute mill tour
  • Local performances and entertainment
  • 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

  • Gratuities.
  • 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
  • A supplement for the peak period of 20th December, 2017 until 5th January, 2018 will be quoted on request.
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Day 1
Arrive Kolkata

Arrive at Kolkata International Airport where you will be met and escorted to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 2
Kolkata

After breakfast at your hotel, depart for a guided sightseeing tour of Kolkata. You’ll see the colonial buildings of British Kolkata, explore the flower market on the bank of the Hoogly River and visit Kumhartuli - the idol-makers colony where you can see craftsmen making clay idols. After lunch, drive to the Victoria Memorial to see this British era monument from the grounds/gardens surrounding it. The tour also includes visits to St. Paul’s cathedral and Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity. Overnight at hotel. (B)

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Day 3
Fly Kolkata/Bagdogra & drive to Gangtok

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Bagdogra. Upon arrival, you will then be transferred to your hotel. Overnight at hotel. (B & D)

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Day 4
Gangtok

Today you will visit the famous monastery of Rumtek, which was the official seat of the Gyalwa Karmapa, head of the Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism. You will also see the Do Drul Chorten (Stupa), the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, the Institute of Cottage Industry, and the Enchey Monastery. Overnight at hotel (B & D)

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Day 5
Gangtok/Darjeeling

After a leisurely breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Darjeeling. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight at hotel (B & D)

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Day 6
Darjeeling

Get up at sunrise to enjoy the magnificent views over Kanchenjunga and the eastern Himalayan peaks from Tiger Hill. Enjoy a ride on the miniature train to Ghoom Monastery, which enshrines an image of the Maitreya Buddha. Visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and the adjacent Himalayan Zoological Park. The latter is a wildlife park home to several high-altitude animals. Overnight at hotel (B & D)

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Day 7
Jorhat, India

Transfer to the airport and board your flight to Jorhat (flight via Guwahati). On arrival at Jorhat airport, you will be greeted with smiling faces and a packed lunch, before driving to Neamati Ghat to board the MV Mahabaahu. Once you have checked into your cabin, gather for the essential safety briefing and sailaway. During this time, the team on board will encourage you to scan the river for a fleeting sight of the Gangetic Dolphins. As the evening comes, enjoy a welcome dinner and an educational talk about ‘Sibsagar and the Ahom people of Assam’. Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu. (B, packed L, D)

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Day 8
Sibsagar, India

After an early breakfast, start the day-excursion to Sibsagar, the ancient city and capital of the Tai-speaking Ahoms who arrived in the 13th Century from the north-east. ‘Sibsagar’ literally means ‘the ocean of Lord Shiva’ as it is built around a huge man-made water tank ordered by the Ahom Queen. You will 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 also 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 teamaking industry for around a century. Return to the ship by sunset and enjoy a relaxed evening in the Soma lounge before dinner. Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

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Day 9
Majuli Island, India

Start the day with the option of yoga or a walk along the swamps to catch sight of various birds including owls, eagles, storks and kingfishers. During breakfast, sail towards Majuli Island. On arrival, you will enjoy a talk about ‘Majuli’, the largest river island in the world, and an interesting 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. Savour a hot lunch on board and sail towards the nearest Mishing Village. The Mishing People live on the bank of the river in raised houses. Afterwards MV Mahabaahu heads towards Dhansiri Mukh. At this time, there will be a talk on ‘Assam, its geographical location & importance’. The evening will be spent under the stars on a deserted island. Overnight onboard. (B, L D)

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Day 10
Dhansiri Boat Safari

Sail towards the Eastern Range of Kaziranga for a river safari. Enjoy breakfast and a talk about the ‘Brahmaputra and the life that surrounds it’. Whilst exploring in the tender boats, you may be able to spot the deverse wildlife along the water’s edge - this will, of course, be dependent on whether conditions,. Return for lunch and the afternoon brings a cooking demonstration by the chef followed by a talk on ‘Tea, Silk and Jute in Assam.’ Enjoy dinner on board and gather around a bonfire onshore. Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

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Day 11
Weaver’s Village at Bishwanath Ghat/Sail to Silghat.

Attend an interesting talk on ‘Kaziranga and the wild life in India’ this morning, before heading to the shores of Bishwanath Ghat. Enjoy a walk through the village, meeting the local weavers, and see how this suburban village thrives. Afterwards, sail on for the next couple of hours and enjoy a relaxed lunch before you arrive in Silghat. Take a short drive to the Kaliabore tea estate, where you will watch the women pick tea leaves and discover the process behind producing Assam Tea. Returning to the ship, stop at a Jute Mill to understand how the Jute fibre is made into eco-friendly gunny bags. Enjoy a cultural evening on the ship, an early dinner and retire for the evening. Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

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Day 12
Kaziranga National Park, India

It’s an early start today as you drive out 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. You will get the opportunity to experience a once-in-a-lifetime elephant-backed safari as you go in search of these animals. After breakfast in Kaziranga, drive on to Bagori, the Western Range of the park, swap the elephants for a jeep and continue your explorations. Later, return to MV Mahabaahu for a leisurely lunch and a relaxed afternoon. The evening features a talk on ‘Kamakhya, the Occult and Peacock Island’ and is followed by a traditional Assamese dinner. Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

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Day 13
A Village Visit/ Peacock Island

Yoga and breakfast are followed by the ship lifting anchor and heading towards an island that is occupied by a Muslim community who are involved in extensive farming. After visiting the village, return to the ship for lunch and sail towards Peacock Island, home to some golden langurs. Later, sail towards Pandu Port and anchor at a jetty. Get ready for the Farewell Dinner ‘AlvidaBhoj’ and enjoy a relaxed evening. Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

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Day 14
Guwahati, India

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast onboard whilst the crew organises your transport to the Kamakhya Temple - situated on the Nilachal Hill in the western part of Guwahati city in Assam. This Hindu Temple is devoted to the eternal feminine - the goddess of desire whose name is Kama Khya. It is an important pilgrimage destination for general Hindu and especially for Tantric worshipers. Bid farewell to your fellow passengers as you prepare for your onward flight. (B, packed L)

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