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Colorful India & The Ganges River

Feb 2, 2020 - Feb 14, 2020



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13 Days from Delhi to Kolkata | February 2 - 14, 2020

Join Maritime Travel Manger and Tour Escort Isabella Beane on a Trip of a Lifetime to a World of Color, Culture and Cherished Spiritual Traditions on this 13 day tour through India including a 7 day Ganges River cruise aboard the Avalon Waterways Ganges Voyager.


Your guided tour of India and Ganges River cruise begins in the bustling city of Delhi. You’ll tour the city with your expert local guide, and take a rickshaw ride through the Chandni Chowk bazaar—brimming with everything from silver and spices to saris of every color. You’ll visit Qutub Minar—the world’s largest brick minaret, and see Delhi’s largest Sikh gurudwara (house of worship), before traveling to Agra—site of the legendary Taj Mahal.

Join a sunrise excursion to the Taj Mahal—the iconic memorial build by Moghul emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife. More than 20 years in the making, the Taj Mahal stands as the pinnacle of love’s devotion, and is also yours to experience at sunset if you wish.

You’ll enjoy the city of Jaipur, with its famous Palace of the Winds, and spectacular Amber Fort, before flying to Kolkata to board your Ganges river cruise. The holy river of Hinduism, the Ganges, slowly courses through one of the world’s most fertile and populated areas. Along its banks, human life is connected to its waters and you’ll get a glimpse of life away from India’s big cities. See muslin weaving in Kalna and candy making in Matiari. Stop in Murshidabad for an excursion to Azimganj and Jiaganj—to savor authentic Indian tea, as well as stunning gold and silversmith workshops. You’ll meet saree weavers, goldsmiths, and pottery makers. Explore the fascinating Hare Krishna headquarters in Mayapur, and visit Saint Mother Teresa’s former home upon your return to Kolkata.

All of this and more await you on this once-in-a-lifetime guided tour of India and a Ganges River cruise.


/_uploads/images/branch_tours/Port-Moody-India-ganges-river-savings-230.pngRATES:
$8,554 CAD per person
Category B - Deluxe Suite, Main Deck

$9,084 CAD per person
Category A - Deluxe Suite, Upper Deck


Prices are per person, land / cruise only, based on double occupancy and reflect the early booking savings. Prices include intra-vacation air, taxes, port charges, gratuities and transfers.
International flights, visas, and travel insurance are extra.
  
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SPACE IS LIMITED!


FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE ITINERARY, INCLUSIONS AND PRICING OR TO BOOK, PLEASE CONTACT:


 

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Isabella Beane, Branch Manager
MARITIME TRAVEL PORT MOODY
212 Newport Drive, Port Moody, B.C.
Call: (604) 933-2200 | (800) 776-2621
Email: ibeane@maritimetravel.ca



Itinerary



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FEBRUARY 2, 2020 | DAY 1: DELHI, INDIA
Welcome to India’s capital city! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
2 Nights: The Oberoi, New Delhi—an iconic luxury hotel in the heart of New Delhi. The freshly updated interiors are a contemporary interpretation of Sir Edwin Lutyens. The hotel has 220 rooms, with authentic furnishings and handpicked artwork. Dining options include international cuisine, authentic Indian, and Chinese. There is also a rooftop bar, one of the most sophisticated and fashionable destinations in New Delhi.

DAY 2: DELHI
Saris, Spices, and Silver

CLASSIC: Today’s Guided Sightseeing starts with an orientation to see the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate, and the Presidential Palace. Afterward, take a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk, a captivating local bazaar—with its ancient alleyways lined with quaint shops offering everything from silver and saris to spices and electronics. After lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy a bit of leisure time. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a lavish welcome dinner at your hotel. (B, L, D)

DAY 3: DELHI–AGRA
Monuments of Worship and Remembrance

CLASSIC: This morning, take a Guided Excursion to visit Qutub Minar, the world’s tallest brick minaret, dating back to the 11th century. Next, visit Humayun’s Tomb and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Delhi’s largest and most prominent Sikh gurudwara (house of worship). After lunch, drive to Agra and settle in at your hotel overlooking the Taj Mahal. (B, L)
2 Nights: Oberoi Amarvilas—offers an unrivalled location just 600 metres from the iconic Taj Mahal. Unwind with a cocktail in the only bar in the world with views of the ancient monument, or relax in the outdoor pool surrounded by beautiful gardens.

DAY 4: AGRA
Love’s Crowning Achievement

CLASSIC: Start your day with a Sunrise Excursion to the incomparable Taj Mahal— Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan’s memorial to his beloved wife—more than 20 years in the making.
CLASSIC: Later, take a Guided Tour to Agra Fort, built by the Moghul Emperor Akbar. This formidable fortress of red sandstone conceals the imperial city of the Moghul rulers and its many palaces. For those interested, an excursion to the Taj at sunset is included. (B, D)

DAY 5: AGRA–JAIPUR
Palaces and Rare Printings in the Pink City

Travel to Jaipur—the “Pink City” that was painted pink for the Prince of Wales’ 1876 visit. CLASSIC: This afternoon, take a Guided Tour of the City Palace and the adjoining museum, which houses a collection of rare manuscripts. Also, stop at Jantar Mantar and the famous Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). The evening is at your leisure. (B, L)
2 Nights: Jai Mahal Palace—set amidst 18 acres of beautifully landscaped Moghul gardens, this incomparable Palace dates back to 1745. A masterpiece in the Indo Saracenic style of architecture, it blends spotlight grabbing opulence with tantalizing comforts that transport guests to a world of Rajasthan magnificence. It is located downtown, close to the main shopping center and historical monuments.

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/_uploads/images/branch_tours/Port-Moody-India-ganges-river-jaipur.pngDAY 6: JAIPUR
A Maharaja’s Marble Palace

CLASSIC: Today, join a Guided Excursion to Jaipur’s spectacular Amber Fort, built entirely of white marble and red sandstone, and featuring intricate mosaics, carvings, paintings, and mirror works.
Spend the afternoon at leisure.
DISCOVERY: Tonight, and enjoy a festive dinner with a Cultural Performance. (B, D)

DAY 7: JAIPUR–KOLKATA
(EMBARKATION) Welcome to West Bengal. Your Ship Awaits.

Fly to Kolkata this morning to transfer to your ship. This afternoon, get acquainted with the ship prior to your welcome reception.
> Afternoon/Evening Cruise to Kalna. (B, L, D)

DAY 8: KALNA
Rituals, Rickshaws, and a Weaver’s Wares
DISCOVERY: Ride on cycle rickshaws during your Guided Tour of Kalna. Along the way visit the historic terracotta temple complex and receive blessings from the temple priest. Also visit a muslin-weaver’s home. Enjoy a free afternoon on board your ship.
> Afternoon/Evening Cruise to Matiari. (B, L, D)

DAY 9: MATIARI
Shining Brass and Sweet Shops
DISCOVERY: Join a Morning Walk in the brassmaking village of Matiari to see and interact with the craftsmen there. You’ll also see traditional sweets being made. Enjoy a free afternoon free onboard your ship.
> Afternoon/Evening Cruise to Murshidabad. (B, L, D)

DAY 10: MURSHIDABAD. EXCURSION TO AZIMGANJ & JIAGANJ
Silversmiths, Tea Service, and Saree Weaving

DISCOVERY: Enjoy a short Guided Walk through Azhimganj to see the local gold and silversmith workshops. You’ll also visit a local landlord’s mansion for authentic Indian tea, then travel by electric rickshaw in Jiaganj to see the art of Baluchari saree weaving. Relax this afternoon free onboard your ship.
> Afternoon/Evening Sailing to Mayapur. (B, L, D)

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A Holy Pilgrimage on the Ganges
CLASSIC: Join a Morning Walk through the pilgrim’s bazaar and visit the ISKCON temple, and meet and interact with a Krishna leader. You’ll also visit a goshala (rescue shelter for cows). DISCOVERY: This afternoon, take a Rickshaw (Toto) Ride, and explore the village of Guptipara to see pottery and idol-making. You’ll also take an Escorted Visit to a farmer’s home and interact with the family there.
> Afternoon/Evening Sailing to Kolkata. (B, L, D)

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Flowers, Faith, and Victorian Art
CLASSIC: This morning, take a Guided Walk through the colorful flower market. Afterward, stop to see Mother Teresa’s former home and the Calcutta rescue.
CLASSIC: After lunch, join a Guided Visit to the Victoria Memorial Museum. Built to commemorate Queen Victoria, the museum houses a beautiful collection of paintings, textiles, weapons, and other artifacts from the Victorian era.
Tonight, a farewell Dance Performance is presented on the ship. (B, L, D)

FEBRUARY 14, 2020 | DAY 13: KOLKATA
(DISEMBARKATION)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)


TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $250 CAD per person is required for Maritime Travel Port Moody to reserve space for you.
Final payment is due by November 4, 2019.
Limited single occupancy available only on request, please inquire with Maritime Travel Port Moody for details. Triples not available.
Prices per person, land / cruise only, based on double occupancy. Prices include intra-vacation air, taxes, port charges, gratuities and transfers.
International flights, visas, and travel insurance are extra. Discounted rates include the early-booking and exclusive group and Virtuoso discount.
*Book a select 2020 departure of Colorful India & the Ganges River on Avalon Waterways (WDK, WDKI, WDKQ, WDKE, WDKY) to receive $1200 off per person on the cruise/land price. Booking must be made, under deposit, and discount applied by August 6, 2019 for travel in 2020. Offer reliant on space availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Offer combinable only with the Welcome Back Credit and any applicable air promos. Applies to new 2020 bookings only and will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Full cancellation penalties will apply.
Additional restrictions may apply.
Charges not included in the land vacation price: international airfare to / from the start / end of your vacation; airline baggage fees including checked and / or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal Customs and Immigrations; agricultural tax; GST / HST / PST or other per person taxes imposed by government entities; passports; visas and vaccinations; laundry; telephone; mini-bar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel or restaurant); additional excursions and activities not listed as ‘included’ in the itinerary; porterage at airports; Trip Cancellation and Medical insurance is extra and due at time of booking / deposit; please inquire for a personal quotation (Canadian residents only; excluding Quebec); and all other items of a personal nature. Minimum of 18 passengers required.