Join Rose Gray as she explores the profoundly mysterious and gloriously exotic land that is India.
Complex and beguiling, India is a country unlike any other. Wondrous sights rich in romance and intrigue come alive in the “Golden Triangle”—Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Delhi’s immense red sandstone marble tomb, commissioned by Emperor Humayun’s grief-stricken wife, will capture your heart, while Raj Ghat, a black granite memorial to the “Father of the Nation,” Mahatma Gandhi, will stir your soul. Jaipur’s Pink City and Agra’s Taj Mahal, a grand tribute to love, will leave you forever mesmerized.
This adventure by land and river will touch all of your senses, from Kolkata, where Mother Teresa’s humble home and tomb provide a place of pilgrimage, to the Rajbari Temples devoted to the Hindu god Shiva. Your Ganges voyage delves deeply into India’s fascinating historical and religious heritage, working its charm in myriad ways and leaving you with memories that will forever endure.
Start your trip with five luxurious nights at three different award-winning Oberoi hotels. Enjoy a rare opportunity to see the Taj Mahal two times—once at sunrise and once at sunset. Once onboard, travel to villages lining the Ganges River that only a few people get to see each year.
Your journey begins aboard a motorcoach transfer from select cities to Chicago O’Hare, where you will board your overnight flight to Doha and on to New Delhi.
Welcome to New Dehli. Arrive at New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport. Upon arrival we will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to your hotel, the beautiful Oberoi New Delhi Hotel. Its sophisticated comfort will offer you the perfect launching pad for your exploration of the city. Due to your early morning flight, early check in at your hotel has been confirmed.
Hotel: Oberoi New Delhi Hotel (or similar)
India’s sprawling capital city is colorful, confounding and completely captivating, an exhilarating mixture of ancient and modern, sacred and secular. Your perfectly paced, expertly led city tour provides a soft landing, an ideal first foray into this fascinating land. The capital of modern India, New Delhi is not one city but many. Sprawling, home to 17 million people, inhabited for at least 2,500 years, New Delhi has been built and destroyed and rebuilt numerous times, and all of its conquerors have left traces. Your panoramic tour today will show you some of its most remarkable landmarks. Featured Excursion: India’s capital city
Hotel: Oberoi New Delhi Hotel (or similar)
To gaze upon the Taj Mahal is a moment at the top of countless travel bucket lists, as well it should be. Widely considered one of the most beautiful monuments ever created, this “elegy in marble” is guaranteed not to disappoint—especially when viewed at the magical hour of sunset, as you are fortunate enough to see it today. This morning you will check out of your New Delhi hotel and head south via motorcoach to Agra. Once known as Akbarabad, Agra was the capital of the Mughal Empire for 100 years, until Shah Jahan moved the government back to Delhi—but Agra was the site of his best-known building project, the exquisite Taj Mahal, which draws visitors from all over the world. Featured Excursion: Majesty and Grace: the Taj Mahal at sundown
Hotel: Oberoi Amarvilas Hotel (or similar)
Is the Taj Mahal best seen at sunset or sunrise? It’s an impossible question to answer, so Uniworld guests have the rare pleasure of experiencing both. Wake up early this morning for a second visit to this unforgettable site, so you can see the white marble monument aglow with the rosy tinge of dawn. Featured Excursion: Early morning at the Taj Mahal
Hotel: Oberoi Rajvilas Hotel (or similar)
Pink is the color of hospitality in Rajasthan, which gives you an idea of what to expect in the “Pink City” of Jaipur. You’ll see some marvelous things here, including the Amber Palace and Jantar Mantar, an ancient observatory still used by local astrologers to determine the position of the stars. What do the stars reveal about your destiny? You can find out today. Featured Excursion: Jaipur: Rajasthan’s princely city and Amber Fort
Hotel: Oberoi Rajvilas Hotel (or similar)
Settle into your beautifully appointed suite aboard the Ganges Voyager II in Kolkata (the city formerly known as Calcutta), the gateway to your journey along the world’s holiest river. You leave Jaipur early today and fly to Kolkata, India’s second-largest city, the longtime capital of the British Raj, and the city many Indians consider their nation’s intellectual capital. Like Jaipur, it is young compared to the millennia-long history of the subcontinent; it was founded by the East India Company late in the 17th century. You’ll board the Ganges Voyager II, your supremely comfortable traveling hotel for the next seven nights and settle into your suite. Enjoy a Welcome dinner and a cultural performance to cap your day.
As incredible as it sounds, India is the birthplace of four of the world’s major religions (including Buddhism and Hinduism), and Kalna—India’s “Temple City”—has some of the most magnificent examples of Hindu temples on the entire subcontinent. Kalna, once an important trade port on the river, is best known today for the magnificent Hindu temples built by the maharajas of Bardhaman in the late 18th and 19th centuries. They are your destination today.
Featured Excursion: India’s “Temple City”
Your ship serves as a time machine today, transporting you hundreds of years into the past, as we travel to an artisan village where craftsmen use materials and techniques that have remained unchanged for centuries. Matiari, a West Bengal village nestled above the banks of the river and surrounded by farms, is also home to a thriving metal-working tradition that you will see in action today. Featured Excursion: Matiari master craftsmen with an introduction to brass
Curiosities abound in India, and that includes the country’s eclectic architectural styles. But a palace with a thousand doors? Such a thing does indeed exist, as you’ll see for yourself today, along with some famous terra-cotta carvings, the ruins of a mosque and yet another cultural curiosity—the game of cricket, India’s beloved (and rather complex) national sport. Today’s adventures take you to a duo of Bengali towns - Murshidabad and Baranagar - each one boasting surprising and beautiful architectural monuments closely linked to the ruling families of the area.
Featured Excursion: Visit to Murshidabad City, ride by buggy to Katra Mosque and visit to Baranagar village
This evening, following dinner onboard, take in a lively and fun-filled Bollywood-style show, complete with music and dancing.
Today the ship heads back toward Kolkata, cruising past lush fields of rice, sugarcane, tomatoes and eggplant, among many other crops, but your river adventure is not over. You still have some fascinating locations to visit; they lie on the opposite bank of the river from your upstream ports of call. Your stop is in Mayapur, sometimes called the spiritual capital of the world.
Few places of worship exist on such a head-spinning scale as what you will witness today in Mayapur, the center of the international Hare Krishna movement and home to the new Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, still under construction. Most students of history know a thing or two about the British colonial powers in India, but few are aware that the French had colonies here, including one that existed as late as the 1950s. You’ll visit this former French outpost today, as well as a famous Shia pilgrimage center. You’ll continue to cruise toward Kolkata today, stopping en route in Bandel and Chandannagar, a little piece of France that survived in India for a couple hundred years. Featured Excursions: Hare Krishna complex and Temple of the Vedic Planetarium India’s French colonial heritage.
The city of Kolkata is virtually synonymous with the enduring legacies of Mother Teresa— recently canonized as a Catholic saint—and the colonial-era British Raj, both of which you will get better acquainted with today.
Featured Excursion: Kolkata city tour—visit the Flower Market, colonial sites and Kumartulli. Choice of NGO's Kolkata Rescue visit or Mother Teresa’s home and tomb
Enjoy a Farewell dinner tonight.
Your incredible Indian adventure ends early this morning, as you disembark and transfer to the The Oberoi Grand Kolkata (or similar) where a private room for each guest has been arranged until airport transfer time. Late this evening you will be transferred to the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport for your flight home.
Your flight departure from Kolkata takes place early March 6. Upon arrival in Chicago you will be transferred by motorcoach back to your original pick up location.
Note: The itineraries presented are subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise/tour.
Highlights & Inclusions
Air-Inclusive Package Transportation
- Group motorcoach transfer to and from Chicago O’Hare from select pick-up points
- Round trip flights from Chicago O’Hare to New Delhi, India and returning from Kolkata, India
- Motorcoach transfers between the airport, hotel and ship when purchasing our air inclusive package
Hotel & Cruise Accommodations
- Two nights’, three days hotel accommodations including breakfast at the Oberoi New Delhi Hotel (or similar) including early hotel check in on date of arrival
- One-night hotel accommodation including breakfast at the Agra’s Oberoi Amarvilas (or similar)
- Two nights’ hotel accommodations including breakfast at the Jaipur’s Oberoi Rajvilas (or similar)
- Airline flight from Jaipur to Kolkata
- One day hotel accommodation at the Grand Kolkata Oberoi (or similar) on departure day, March 6
- Deluxe 7-night French Balcony Suite accommodations on the beautiful Uniworld Ganges Voyager II
- Complimentary pre-paid gratuities to your onshore and shipboard staff, local guides and coach drivers
- Luxuriously appointed river view staterooms with hotel beds, hair dryer, safe and flat-screen TV with satellite for complimentary movie and entertainment options
- All meals onboard the ship with world-class cuisine made from fresh ingredients, locally sourced:
- Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
- Daily lunch buffet
- Daily ala carte dinner dining with multiple options nightly
- Complimentary house wine, local spirits and beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee will be served throughout the cruise
Included Tour Guides/Materials
- Experienced Fox World Travel Tour Manager to accompany the group*
- Shore excursions, fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
- Remarkable service from your English-speaking crew and on-board tour director
- Customized informative travel documents containing all trip details and helpful packing and planning information
*A minimum number of passengers are required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to accompany this group. If the minimum is not met, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination.
Land and Cruise Only
*Without air and motorcoach to Chicago
Single Occupancy: Single occupancy rates available
Deposit: $700 per person. Deposits are non-refundable
Final Payment: Due no later than October 14, 2019
*Included: Above pricing is per person based on double occupancy and subject to availability. Pricing includes current air taxes and fees of $127.00 per person and are subject to change.
*Not Included: Airline flights on land-only packages, air-imposed baggage fees, gratuities for airport porters, meals (other than those included in the package); optional excursions that may be offered, and any items of a personal nature. Travel insurance protection is not included. Ask your travel consultant about our reasonable options.
*A valid US passport is necessary with a minimum validity of 6 months from date of return and a visa is required for entry into India.
Uniworld Pay In Full Discount – Promotion Expires 6/30/19
$710.00 – Signature Suite – Double Occupancy (Pay in Full at Time of Reservation)
$780.00 – Colonial Suite – Double Occupancy (Pay in Full at Time of Reservation)
$1,090.00 – Signature Suite – Single Occupancy (Pay in Full at Time of Reservation)
$1,190.00 – Colonial Suite – Single Occupancy (Pay in Full at Time of Reservation)
Note: Must pay in full at time of booking to receive discount.
Uniworld Past Passenger Discount
Past passengers of Uniworld and sister companies receive an additional discount per person.
Please contact us for details.
Note: Past Passenger Discounts apply if clients have traveled with Brendan Vacations, Contiki, Insight Vacations, Trafalgar, or Red Carnation Hotels within the last five years. All passenger discounts are subject to change.
Round-trip Airfare from Chicago O’Hare
Departure flight from Chicago O’Hare (February 20)
Qatar Airways Chicago O’Hare – Doha 6:10 PM – 4:25 PM (arrives February 21)
Qatar Airways Doha – Delhi 7:45 PM – 2:05 AM (arrives February 22)
Return flight from Kolkata (March 6)
Qatar Airways Kolkata – Doha 3:15 AM – 6:45 AM
Qatar Airways Doha – Chicago O’Hare 7:45 AM – 1:30 PM
Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference. Additional restrictions may apply. Flight schedules are subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight or equipment changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations.
Meet Your Host
About Rose Gray
Rose Gray is the Manager of Business Development for Vacation Sales at Fox World Travel. She is also the host of the Fox World Travel Show heard on WTMJ on Saturday mornings from 9-10 a.m. Rose has a bachelor’s degree from Lakeland College and has completed the C T C program, a two-year management course offered by the Institute of Certified Travel Consultants. During her 30 years in the travel industry she has traveled as far north as Reykjavik, Iceland, as far south as Porto Montt, Chile, as far west as Vanuatu, and as far east as Singapore. And although she loves traveling the globe, her favorite vacation is Arizona in March for Brewers’ Spring Training. Rose is a blast to travel with and our clients LOVE traveling with her escorted tours and river cruises to new destinations, most recently Alaska, Hawaii, Europe, Vietnam and Cambodia . Will you be next to join Rose?
- From date of deposit to October 14, 2019 – Initial deposit of $700.00 per person
- October 15 – November 22, 2019 – 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
- November 23 – December 23, 2019 – 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
- December 24, 2019 to 0 days prior to travel – No refund
Air is non-refundable once ticketed.
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