Europe on the Ganges
A weekend cruise to experience the terracotta and textile wonders of Bengal and in insight into the Ramakrishna Mission.
pre & post cruise extensions
Enrich your voyage with a curated Antara Hotel Program or Extended Land Experience. Stay in premier hotels or add a unique journey to the beginning or end of your cruise.
the golden triangle
4 Nights 3 days | pre cruise extension
Complete your journey with our three-night program featuring the fabled pink city of Jaipur and visits to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, musts when exploring India. In Jaipur, revel in the imposing City Palace and Observatory and spend one night in the deluxe Oberoi Rajvilas hotel. Enjoy a scenic train ride to Agra Fort for a visit of this imposing structure turned palace. Transfer to the luxurious Oberoi Amarvilas hotel for one night, the closest hotel to the Taj Mahal. In the morning, witness the sunrise on the stunning Taj Mahal, a mesmerizing experience. Travel to New Delhi for one night before heading back home. Airport transfers, portage, all applicable taxes and breakfast daily are included. Internal flight from Kolkata to Jaipur is additional.
4 Nights 3 days | post cruise extension
A swirl of color and ritual and oddities galore, Varanasi may very well be the most ethereal and exotic place you will ever visit. Considered the holiest spot on India’s holiest river, it is also one of the world’s oldest cities—as ancient as Babylon and Thebes. It is the goal of every devout Hindu to come here at least once to purify body and soul in the sacred waters of the Ganges. Your visit includes a fascinating tour of this otherworldly and intoxicating city, followed by a private boat ride to observe a Ganga Aarti ceremony. Led by a Hindu priest at sunset, this spellbinding devotional ritual is performed in honor of the goddess of the river, a spectacle you’ll remember the rest of your days. You will also have an opportunity to take a boat ride along the river at sunrise, when hundreds of sari- and dhoti-clad Hindus can be observed bathing, washing laundry, performing yoga asanas, and making respectful offerings to Mother Ganga along the broad stone ghats lining the Ganges. Magical and mystical, surreal and deeply spiritual, Varanasi is a city that is truly unlike any other.