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Cruising in West Bengal

12 days from £4,970pp

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Itinerary highlights

  • Explore Calcutta on an unusual walking tour.

  • Watch the world go by from the comfort of a river cruiser.

  • Discover the colonial French and Dutch settlements dotted along the riverbank.

  • Travel by boat, cycle rickshaw and train, avoiding the chaos of Indian roads.

Price includes

Scheduled international flights
In-destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Calcutta.

Day 2 Calcutta


Arrive into Calcutta and spend the remainder of the day exploring or relaxing. Your hotel is right in the heart of the city so you might like to visit some of the nearby markets or local restaurants.

Day 3 Calcutta


Choose either a traditional or more unusual route for your walking tour through Calcutta today - your guide will advise and recommend ideas. Calcutta has a fascinating Colonial history as well as a vibrant Chinatown and flower market.

Day 4 On-board ship (Calcutta)

On-board ship

Board your cruise boat this morning and start sailing north on the River Hugli, visiting Serampore and Barackpore en route.

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Day 5 On-board ship (Calcutta)

On-board ship

Sail onwards to Chandernagore, a French possession until 1950, before continuing to a mooring near Kalna. You will begin to see the scenery becoming more rural and rugged.

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Day 6 On-board ship (Calcutta)

On-board ship

Explore Kalna by cycle rickshaw this morning to see some of Bengal’s most attractive terracotta temples. On-board the boat you can enjoy time on the open-top deck, watching the scenery pass by.

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Day 7 On-board ship (Calcutta)

On-board ship

Visit Matiari and the battlefield of Plassey today as you travel further north into West Bengal. After the day's explorations, you might like to try the boat's small spa.

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Day 8 On-board ship (Calcutta)

On-board ship

Wander around the great Hazarduari Palace today in Murshidabad. The Katra mosque is also fascinating and usually very peaceful.

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Day 9 On-board ship (Calcutta)

On-board ship

Moor at sleepy Baranagar to see temples as well as the Indian countryside littered with mustard fields and mango orchards.

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Day 10 On-board ship (Calcutta)

On-board ship

Cruise to Farakka and spend the day visiting Gaur, once one of India's greatest cities before spending your last night on board.

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Day 11 Calcutta


Disembark your boat after breakfast and transfer to the railway station to travel by train back to Calcutta. On arrival you will be met and driven to a nearby hotel before flying onwards tomorrow.

Day 12 International return flight

Calcutta , International return flight

Transfer to the airport for your international flight. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

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