7 Nights Kolkata to Kolkata Roundtrip

September to March


The colonial décor of the RV Ganges Voyager is the perfect cruise ship to experience the colonial heritage of Bengal. On the banks of the Lower Ganges, the French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese and English made settlements to trade, preach and farm while local rulers, saints, agriculturalists, musicians and writers created new ways of living as they encountered European commerce, tastes and power. Learn, observe, relax and enjoy on this remarkable tour while staying in luxury and enjoy the care and hospitality of the Ganges Voyager and its crew!

Day 1: Embark at Kolkata

Arrive onboard. Afternoon visit to Mother Theresa’s home memorial and the Missionaries of Charity orphanage she founded. Enjoy a cultural performance in the evening.

Day 2: Kolkata, Bandel and Kalna

Drive on an early-morning city tour, featuring a panoramic view of the well-preserved British colonial buildings in Kolkata and visit Victoria Memorial Museum. Sail upstream through European East India companies settlements of the 17th through 19th centuries and visit Bandel’s Imambara, a colonial era Islamic school and pilgrim rest house on the riverbank.

Day 3: Kalna and Matiari

Enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride to the Rajbari temples in Kalna built in the 19th century and covered with intricate terracotta reliefs of the gods and humans.

Day 4: Matiari and Khushbagh

Enjoy an early morning walk in the shoreside village of Matiari, famous for its handcrafted brass and copperware.

Day 5: Khushbagh, Baranagar and Murshidabad

Visit Khushbagh a tomb complex set in scenic fields built by a local ruler and the village of Baranagar with its beautiful terracotta temples built by a rich woman who made her wealth in the colonial trade. Walk through local villages and sail to Murshidabad and walk to the vast Neo-Classical Hazarduari Palace built in the 19th cen. by a British architect and see a museum of objects amassed by a local ruler who reigned during the height of the European East India trade. Take a scenic buggy ride to the elegant 18th cen. brick mosque at Katra. Enjoy a local cultural performance on-board.

Day 6: Mayapur

After sailing in the morning, a stop in the village of Mayapur, the headquarters of the ISKCON movement with a new temple comparable in size to the Vatican and largely funded by Alfred B. Ford, the great grandson of car maker Henry Ford. Meet Krishna followers and walk through the pilgrims’ bazaar.

Day 7: Chanderagore And Kolkata

Visit Chandernagore, once a French colony and explore the French colonial buildings along the promenade. Return to the ship and continue our journey downstream to Kolkata.

Day 8: Disembark Kolkata

Following breakfast, disembark and transfer to the Kolkata airport or hotel.

Contact Information


Heritage River Journeys Pvt. Ltd.
Office No. 7, Second Floor, Local Shopping Centre
Vasant Arcade, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi 110 070
Telephone +91.11.2612.4069 or 4070