Golden Triangle, Varanasi, Lucknow & Cruising on Ganges

Tour Type:
Small Group Journeys
18 Days
Guaranteed Departure Min Pax: 02

Starting From

NZ$ 5706

Offering an inspiring introduction to the Subcontinent, this journey combines Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Varanasi and Lucknow’s cultural and natural wonders. Delving into centuries of history, the tour uncovers ornate temples, magnificent Islamic architecture and marble palaces. Explore the Old and New Delhi highlights; visit the ultimate symbol of love, the Taj Mahal in Agra, Varanasi which is considered the oldest living city in the world. Experience the spiritual aspect of India’s age-old beliefs and enjoy a unique culinary experience in the metropolis of Nawab known as Lucknow. Exploring India through its river gives the opportunity to witness untouched and yet to be explored rural India and its true culture. Setting sail from Kolkata-downstream/Farrkha-upstream along the intimate Ganges sidestream, the River Hooghly, which flows from Farakka on the main river down to Kolkata. Experience French, British and Dutch influence and explore deeper into the rich and diverse history of the region, Murshidabad, the capital of the Nawabs, the battlefield of Plassey, little known Bengali Terracotta temples and monuments of the medieval Islamic capital of Gaur.

Starts Ends Twin Price (NZ$) Solo Price (NZ$) Status
12-Sep 29-Sep 10065 13653 Available
31-Oct 17-Nov 12775 17655 Available
12-Dec 29-Dec 12775 17655 Available
26-Dec 12-Jan 13876 19290 Available
13-Jan 30-Jan 13394 18623 Available
28-Aug 14-Sep 10620 14487 Available
18-Sep 05-Oct 10620 14487 Available
27-Oct 13-Nov 13635 18955 Available
20-Nov 07-Dec 13635 18955 Available
04-Dec 21-Dec 11538 15886 Available
29-Dec 15-Jan 11778 16221 Available
22-Jan 08-Feb 13635 18955 Available
25-Feb 14-Mar 13635 18955 Available


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On arrival at the airport meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay in Delhi.


Mesmerise yourself in a splendid sightseeing tour of New and Old Delhi. Visit Qutb Minar, Jama Masjid, the Gandhi Memorial and the India Gate. Explore Chandni Chowk Bazaar by Rickshaw and witness the legacy of the past that survives in the many monuments left behind by the regents.


After breakfast, we board the morning flight to Varanasi. Later in the afternoon visit a silk weaving village to witness the unique art of weaving silk and shop for souvenirs. In the evening witness a grand prayer ceremony at the Ghats. Stay two nights in Varanasi.


Early morning start with a heritage walk and sunrise boat ride on the river Ganges. Witness the perpetual movement of the pilgrims on the steps, the vivid colours of their clothes against the pale gold water. After breakfast enjoy a city tour and afternoon excursion to Sarnath where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon after his enlightenment.


Early morning transfer to the railway station to board the train to Lucknow. Lucknow is also known as ’The City of Nawabs’ and is an intriguing blend of old-world charm, beautiful architecture, warm hospitality, and rich heritage. The city has carved a niche by offering it’s Awadhi Cuisine. This is the place that has a full colony of chefs called, ‘Bawarchi Tola’ and also the full street, where one can find the best from Lucknow’s very own traditional kitchens. In the evening enjoy a walking food tour which allows you to hop-in, hop-out of the world-famous roadside eateries.


Enjoy a city sightseeing tour and visit Bada Imambara, a famous monument of Lucknow, Government Museum. In the afternoon visit a chikan workshop that will mesmerise you as you watch skilled workers working on very light cotton cloths. Also, take a leisure walk in Hazrat Ganj and Aminabad local bazaar.


After breakfast travel to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. The city is still associated with the Mughals who were great builders and you will witness this as you pass the architectural buildings. Stay two nights in Agra.


Visit the Taj Mahal, the world’s greatest monument of love and devotion with its superb craftsmanship of semiprecious stones inlaid into the marble in beautiful patterns. Later visit the impressive 16th century Agra Fort, Itimad-ud-daulah is known as Baby Taj, and a marble workshop to witness remaining artisans at work.


After breakfast travel to Jaipur. Enroute visit abandoned city of Mughals, Fatehpur Sikri. Evening free to explore the markets. Stay two nights at Jaipur.

DAY 10

Start full-day sightseeing tour with a visit to Amber Fort, the Maharaja’s City Palace, the Observatory and photo stop at the Hawa Mahal as we drive past the old part of the magnificent Pink City.

DAY 11

After a leisurely breakfast, the morning is free until midday later checkout in time to be transferred to the railway station to board the express train to Farakka followed by transfer to the ship. Stay seven nights on board.

DAY 12

This morning cruise along a straight canal section to Jangipur, here we enjoy a full-day tour of Gaur. 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 14- 16th century.

DAY 13

This morning moor at the delightful sleepy village of Baranagar with three gorgeous miniature terracotta temples. After lunch continues to Murshidabad where the Nawab’s great Hazarduari Palace built-in 1837 dominates the waterfront and later great Katra Mosque and Nashipara Palace before driving out to see the Katgola Palace.

DAY 14

Sail downstream a short distance then walk to the silk weaving village and Khushbagh, a peaceful Mughul-style garden enclosing the tombs of Siraj-Ud-Daulah. Continue downstream past the old British cantonment of Berhampur to the battlefield of Plassey. You can walk through the fields to the commemorative obelisk and narrow bustling bazaars.

DAY 15

Visit the brassworking village of Matiari where you can see the whole primitive process of beating out brass water pots and other vessels. Continue through the countryside to Mayapur to visit the vast new ISKCON temple which dominates the skyline.

DAY 16

Continue down to the country town of Kalna. Take rickshaws to explore the culture and see the unique Shiva temple with concentric rings made up of 108 shrinelets and later visit the imposing Imambara at Hooghly for an opportunity to step back in time and relive a slice of Islamic history in Bengal.

DAY 17

Sail downstream – past fine waterfront buildings and the old Dutch settlement at Chinsura – to land at Chandernagore, a French possession until 1950. Visit the 18thcentury church and Dupleix’s House, the erstwhile Governor-General of French India, before continuing down to Barrackpore.

DAY 18

Early this morning, cruise under the Howrah Bridge to central Kolkata and disembark after breakfast. Tour finish with direct transfer to the airport by afternoon.


10 nights luxury accommodation

07 nights on board ship

Group assistance and transfers

Sightseeing as specified

Meals as specified

THO Tour Manager Delhi-Jaipur (minimum 06 people)


THO Tour Manager while onboard ship

Local English-speaking guide

Entry fees and monument charges

Jeep ride in Jaipur

Walking food tour in Lucknow

Economy class airfare Delhi-Varanasi, Jaipur-Kolkata

Express train ride

Cultural show

Rickshaw ride in Delhi

Bottled water while travelling

All current collectable taxes


Any International Airfare

Airport taxes and Visa fee

Early check-in or late check out 

Meals other than specified above

Tips & Gratuities

Travel & Medical Insurance

Camera and video permits

Expenses incurred due to flight / train cancellation or delay

Any expense of a personal nature, like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, mini bar, etc

Any optional excursion or tour

Any other expense not mentioned in the prices include column