Tailor-made Tour 6 days from £1155 per person

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  Places Visited: Delhi, Varanasi, Sarnath, Delhi

Considered the most luxurious ships in India, Antara operates a fleet of varying sizes, including catamarans, small private cruise ships and some richly appointed triple-deck ships that offer luxurious living and a choice of suites, fine-dining, including Michelin-inspired menus, and excellent service.

While Antara operates a few regular sailing, unlike others, Antara specialises in one-off journeys to celebrate major festivals such as Holi, Diwali, Easter, Christmas and New Year or venture into remote regions and circuits that are otherwise difficult to access by road, rail or air.

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Suggested itinerary

Day 1

You will be met on arrival at Delhi airport and transferred to your hotel, the Taj Mahal, New Delhi, for the night. The remainder of your day will be at leisure.

Delhi, India’s capital, is home to an estimated 20 million people. A compelling hotch-potch of ancient and modern, it holds the vestiges of at least seven great urban centres: Afghan mausolea crumble on traffic roundabouts; millennia-old fort walls stand next to eight-lane expressways; and Sufi shrines huddle beside concrete flyovers.

More amazing still is the fact that so many cultural transmissions from Delhi’s past eras endure. Five-star hotels host recitals by ghazal singers, sarod players and kathak dancers whose arts have been painstakingly preserved since the days of Mughals. Echoes of the British Raj abound, too, from 1930s elegance of the Imperial Hotel to the uniforms of the sentries strutting down Raj Path.

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Day 2
Delhi, Varanasi

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the domestic airport for your flight to Varanasi. You will be met and transferred to your awaiting ship, the RV Bengal Ganga. In the evening ride the country boat to the Dashashwamedh Ghat to see the “Ganga Aarti” performed by a group of priests lined up on the riverbank chanting mantras and performing the prayer ritual with lamps, incense, and traditional instruments to honor the river.

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Day 3
Varanasi, cruising downstream

After breakfast stroll in the Vishwanath Gali (street), and experience the hustle and bustle of devotees and road side vendors. Visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple for “Darshan” and offering prayers to Lord Shiva, the presiding deity of the city. Return to the ship by midday and begin cruising downstream viewing the countryside and enjoying lunch onboard.

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Day 4
Varanasi, cruising upstream

After breakfast we sail upstream towards Varanasi, arriving by midday at Ravidas Ghat. Post lunch, visit Sarnath the seat where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment in Bodhgaya. Visit the local bazaar for shopping the famous “banarasi” silk, muslin, perfumes, and other handicrafts that Varanasi is famous for.

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Day 5
Varanasi, Delhi

Following breakfast, disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Delhi. On arrival, you'll be met by a TransIndus representative and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.

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Day 6
Delhi, UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

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Tailor-made Tour 6 days from £1155 per person

What's included

✓   Arrival and departure transfers 

✓ 5 nights accommodation, including 3 nights on the cruise, and 2 nights in Delhi.

✓   All excursions on board with English-speaking guides

✓   Meal Plan: Full board on the cruise and Bed & Breakfast in Delhi.

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