A Journey on the Ganges: RV Bengal Ganga

13 days from only £3,389pp

Experience more with so much included

  • Seven-nights aboard the four-star RV Bengal Ganga in your choice of stateroom
  • Visit the major sights of Old and New Delhi 
  • See the breath-taking Taj Mahal bathed in soft morning light 
  • Stay in Varanasi, visit its colourful bathing ghats and enjoy a rickshaw ride through its teeming streets 
  • Be astounded at Kolkata’s (Calcutta) imposing colonial architecture
  • Visit small towns and villages with fascinating ancient temples, markets and palaces
  • Full touring programme, full board and selected drinks included whilst cruising, 
  • Return scheduled flights from London Heathrow 
  • Stay in hand-picked four and five-star hotels with breakfast 
  • The services of our experienced tour manager

Departing February to April 2019

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At a Glance
7 nights on a 4-star ship
3 to 5-star hotel accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
Full board cruise, B&B hotels
Complimentary on board tea, coffee & bottled water
Expert tour manager
Checked Luggage


At the break of dawn, as mist gently settles above the waters, the horizon fuses with an azure-blue sky above. In the distance, you’ll see people performing their morning ablutions; ladies washing clothes as they have for centuries, their saris draped on rocks to dry. In many respects, daily life along this great waterway remains unchanged for centuries. 

This is the Ganges, a name redolent of Indian exoticism and spirituality, a river all of us know but very few have actually discovered – until now. Our ship, the RV Bengal Ganga is based on a traditional 19th-century design, blending beautifully with the timeless landscape. Recent navigational improvements coupled with 21st-century technology enable us to explore this extraordinary river on a truly unforgettable small-group journey. 

On board, your every need is attended to by a charming crew who represent the best of Indian hospitality. Our cruise explores the lower Ganges, known as the Hooghly River, which very few ships can access. We will pass regions fought over for generations, occupied by French, Dutch, Portuguese and even Danish outposts, until 1757 when Britain finally cemented its hold over Bengal and the entire Indian sub-continent. 

Our cruise and subsequent land tour includes four sublime cities: Delhi, Agra, Varanasi and Calcutta. Witness the jewel in the crown, the Taj Mahal, in the rosy glow of the early morning at its most astonishing. See the grand monuments of the British Raj in Delhi and Calcutta, as well as India’s holiest city, Varanasi, spectacularly located on the Ganges.

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room/cabin. Four nights in four and five-star hotels with breakfast on the 'land' portion of this tour, seven nights on full board, including local bottled mineral water & all-day tea/coffee on the RV Bengal Ganga, all flights as mentioned including two domestic flights within India, all transfers & porterage of one item of luggage per person, guided tours of New and Old Delhi, Agra and the Taj Mahal, Kolkata, rickshaw and boat tour in Varanasi, all shore excursions as mentioned on the RV Bengal Ganga; gratuities for ship's crew (excluding local guides) and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager.

Please note: Cruise itinerary subject to change according to weather conditions, changes in navigation channels and water levels. Luggage allowance for internal flights is limited to one bag per person weighing no more that 20kg.

Not included: Indian visa - see visa and health information.

Useful Information

Indian visa

All British passport holders require a visa for India. Please ensure that you have at least two empty pages in your passport and that your passport is valid for a minimum of 190 days from the time of submitting your visa application. At the time of departure you will be able to travel as long as both the passport and the visa are valid.

Personal applications: To apply for an Indian visa please visit http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk where you can apply, pay online and schedule an appointment to submit your application in person at your nearest centre, dependent on your home address.

Online applications: British passport holders are now eligible to apply for an e-visa online, you must ensure your passport is machine readable and has a biometric chip (without this you may be denied entry into India). The cost of a single entry tourist e-visa is US$75.00 and will be converted into pounds by your bank. The website to apply for the e-visa is: indianvisaonline.gov.in. Here you will find all the information to assist you with the completion of your application.

Postal applications: You must either apply and pay online, print off the completed application form, payment confirmation and submit by post; or alternatively, you must apply online, print off the completed application and submit along with payment by postal order. Personal cheques are NOT accepted. In both cases you must submit your passport along with a self-addressed stamped envelope and two, 2x2” passport photos to: 

India Visa Application Centre (West London),
The Vista Centre,
First Floor – Part A
Block 50
Salisbury Road,

Full details of costs, application form and addresses can be found on http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk, email: [email protected] or tel: 0905 7570045 (calls cost 95p per minute).

Visa fees are subject to change without notice and non-refundable. 

Whilst care has been taken to ensure that the information provided relating to visa requirements is true and correct at the time of publication, changes in requirements after this time of publication may impact on the accuracy of this information. therefore, whilst we strive to provide the most up-to-date information, we strongly suggest that you re-confirm requirements with the relevant embassy prior to travel.

Clothing in Temples

You may need to be covered when visiting Hindu temples. Long sleeved shirts and long trousers are ideal. No shoes or socks should be worn in the temples.


We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitabilty of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.


Whilst the travelling schedule shall pose no problems for people of any age in normal physical health, we would point out that in visiting a number of historical sites, paths may be uneven and uphill and we often enjoy walking tours of the main sights. Therefore, this holiday may not be suitable for clients of greatly impaired mobility.

In the tropics temperatures and humidity levels will also be quite high for most of the year. Please consult your GP regarding the appropriate inoculations required for India at least a month before departure.

It is advisable to take plently of mosquito spray and indegestion tablets.

Fact File

  • Currency: Indian Rupee
  • Deposit: £500 per person
  • Flight Time: Approx. 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Language: Hindi
  • Time Zone: GMT+5.5
  • Country: India

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Arrival airport Ship location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure airport Transfer time
Kolkata - Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport Kolkata 1 hr Delhi Delhi - Indira Gandhi International Airport 1 hr

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