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GANGES RIVER & ANDAMAN ISLANDS

14 NIGHTS FROM US$6,712

The Ganges wends its way through the lush countryside of West Bengal with its culturally significant towns down to Kolkata. Combining this with the numerous beaches, uninhabited Islands and untouched forest of the Andaman Islands.

Please note: This expedition requires a sufficient level of fitness and agility to climb in and out of tenders from the ship and at shore. Launching and boarding inflatable and rigid tenders can be challenging. Please be aware that the Andaman Explorer has a steep gangway and a good level of fitness is essential to ensure guest safety. There may be rough water which can challenge those with limited mobility. Launching and excursions are dependent on safe weather conditions as deemed by the Master of the Andaman Explorer and sea conditions.

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PRE CRUISE EXTENSIONS

Exploring Kolkata 2 Nights Pre Tour

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India's Golden Triangle 6 Nights Pre Tour

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Delhi & Taj Mahal & Kolkata 4 Nights Pre Tour

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Ancient Kingdom of Bhutan & Kolkata Pre Tour 6 Nights

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POST CRUISE EXTENSIONS

Delhi City & Taj Mahal 3 Night Post Tour

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The Golden Triangle 6 Night Post Tour

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OPTIONAL PACKAGE ADDONS

Pre-Bookable House Wine Package (India)

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Free Flow Drinks

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Free Flow Drinks & Wine Package (India)

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ITINERARY

DAY 1 KOLKATA - FARAKKA

Journey approximately four hours by train journey from Kolkata to Farakka and then a short road transfer to the ship. This quiet, deserted place was once one of India’s great cities, first under the Hindus in the 12th century, then as the muslim capital of Eastern India from the 14th to the 16th century. There are plentiful remain of mosques, palaces and gateways.

DAY 2 BARANAGAR

This morning, set sail down the Lower Ganges, a charming waterway twisting and turning between banks lined with mustard fields and mango orchards. Moor at the delightful sleepy village of Baranagar with three gorgeous miniature terracotta temples to which you walk through the fields.

DAY 3 MURSHIDABAD

Continue on down past Azimganj, boasting some fine riverside mansions, to Murshidabad where the Nawab’s great Hazarduari Palace dominates the waterfront. Built by an English architect in 1837, the palace hosts an extensive collection of pictures, china, weapons and other objects. Carry on to visit the great Katra Mosque and Nashipara Palace before driving out to see the Katgola Palace. Built in classical Georgian style by rich local merchants, Katgola Palace represents the other side of the coin of the 'White Mughal' period when English and Indian cultures came close to fusion. Moor overnight on the riverbank across from town.

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DAY 4 KHUSHBAGH - KATWA

Sail downstream a short distance then walk to the Khushbagh, a peaceful Mughul-style garden enclosing the tombs of Siraj-ud-Daulah – the last independent Nawab of Bengal – and his family. Return to the ship and continue downstream past the old British cantonment of Berhampur to a rural mooring close to the battlefield of Plassey where, in 1757, Robert Clive, the Commander-in-Chief of British India, defeated Siraj-ud-Daulah, to change the course of Indian history. You can walk through the fields to the commemorative obelisk. Cruise on to a mooring near Katwa, a market town with narrow bustling bazaars.

DAY 5 MATIARI - MAYAPUR

Visit the brassworking village of Matiari where you can see the whole primitive process of beating out brass water pots and other vessels. Continue on through the countryside to Mayapur to visit the vast new ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) temple which dominates the skyline. As the headquarters of ISKCON or the Hare Krishna movement, the temple receives over a million singing and dancing devotees a year from around the world.

DAY 6 KALNA - KOLKATA

Continue on down to the country town of Kalna. Take cycle rickshaws to see a group of some of Bengal’s most attractive terracotta temples, as well as the unique Shiva temple with concentric rings made up of 108 shrinelets. Sail on, leaving fields behind and arrive at the outskirts of Kolkata. Land near Bandel to visit the imposing Imambara at Hooghly. With verses from the Koran written on its walls, the Imambara is an opportunity to step back in time and relive a slice of Islamic history in Bengal.

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DAY 7 CHANDERNAGORE - BARRACKPORE

Sail downstream – past fine waterfront buildings and the old Dutch settlement at Chinsura – to land at Chandernagore, a French possession until 1950. Visit the 18th century church and Dupleix’s House, the erstwhile Governor-General of French India, before continuing down to Barrackpore. Land and take a walk through the cantonment – past the Semaphore Tower, Government House, the Temple of Fame and Flagstaff House – to get a better understanding of India's journey to independence.

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DAY 8 KOLKATA - PORT BLAIR

Early this morning, cruise under the Howrah Bridge to central Kolkata to disembark. Transfer to the airport to take a flight to Port Blair where you will start your next cruise

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DAY 9 SOUTH ANDAMAN ISLAND

We travel inland to visit unspoiled forest areas with concentrations of epiphytic vegetation, being ferns and orchids.

DAY 10 HAVELOCK AND LAWRENCE ISLANDS

Named after Sir Henry Havelock and the Lawrence brothers, great pillars of the Victorian Raj, with great beaches for swimming and coral reefs for snorkelling. The crescent shaped Radhanger beach is great for a long walk and elephants can be encountered.

DAY 11 DIGLIPUR

Cruise through the archipelago to reach the Northern Andaman Island; visit villages and local communities and see folk dancing and local workshops.

DAY 12 MAYABUNDER

This is the centre of the Karen population of over 3,000 people, brought over from Burma by the British in the 1920s and left behind after independence. Visit the market, church and a flourishing Karen cultural life.

DAY 13 RANGAT BAY AND LONG ISLAND

Virgin beaches, coral and walks ashore.

DAY 14 PORT BLAIR

Second call for port formalities and further explorations of Port Blair and area.

DAY 15 DISEMBARK

Transfer to airport for onward flights to Delhi, Madras or Kolkotta.

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WHATS INCLUDED

Cruise Price Includes: Transfers between cruises, all excursions as stated, entrance fees, guide services (English language), main meals, local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes, crew gratuities, kayaks & snorkelling equipment.

Cruise Price Excludes: International flights, port dues usd 195 per person, laundry, all visa costs, fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions), all beverages except local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes and tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

Please note: There is no credit card machine available on the Andaman Explorer due to connectivity issues. Please bring USD cash to settle your on board bill at the end of the cruise.

Please note: Thai citizens enter Burma visa-free but need a pre-arranged visa when visiting Mergui.

Please note: This expedition requires a sufficient level of fitness and agility to climb in and out of tenders from the ship and at shore. There may be rough water which can challenge those with limited mobility.

TRANSFERS & JOINING

DAY 1 KOLKATA - FARAKKA

Transfer from the Oberoi Grand in Kolkata to the train station.

Registration Details
Oberoi Grand Kolkata
Registration is at 12.00
15, Jawaharlal Nehru Road
Kolkata - 700 013
India
Tel: +91 33 2249 2323
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Please arrive at meeting point no later than 12.00noon. Transfer to the train station will depart 12.45.

Shatabdi Express from Kolkata Howrah Station 15.15 to Farakka 18.27 (train times are subject to change).

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