India's Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges

India's Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges

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India's Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges

13 Days Starting and ending in Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Visiting: Kolkata (ex Calcutta), Kalna, Matiari, Murshidabad, Mayapur, Ganges

Ship Name:
Ganges Voyager II
Ship Capacity:

56

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

4-99

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Luxury, River Cruise

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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$7807
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Tour Overview

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. 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 and experience our new Wellness Program, centered around the destination’s ancient tradition and practice of yoga.

Highlights

  • Wondrous sights rich in romance and intrigue come alive in the “Golden Triangle”—Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra.

  • Once onboard, travel to villages lining the Ganges River that only a few people get to see each year

  • Experience our new Wellness Program, centered around the destination’s ancient tradition and practice of yoga.

Itinerary

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Day 6 : Kolkata (Ex Calcutta)
Location: Kolkata (ex Calcutta)

Settle into your beautifully appointed suite aboard the Ganges Voyager II in Kolkata.

Day 7 : Kalna
Location: Kalna

Kalna, once an important trade port on the river, is best known today for the magnificent Hindu temples built by the maharajas of Bardhaman— which you’ll experience today. After marveling at the astonishing Rajbari temple complex, you may opt to walk with your guide through the colorful local market.

Day 8 : Matiari
Location: Matiari

Your ship serves as a time machine today, transporting you hundreds of years into the past, as we travel to the authentic artisan village of Matiari.

Day 9 : Murshidabad
Location: Murshidabad

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.

Day 10 : Kolkata (Ex Calcutta)
Location: Kolkata (ex Calcutta)

One of the world’s most sacred bodies of water, the Ganges River flows through a myriad of small villages and highly populated cities throughout India and Bangladesh. Take in the remarkable scenery as you sail and be on the lookout for a rare sighting of the endangered Ganges river dolphin. Also today, watch as a skilled practitioner of mehndi demonstrates how the intricate henna patterns are created, and discover the meanings of the traditional motifs.

Day 11 : Mayapur
Location: Mayapur

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 as well. You’ll visit this former French outpost today.

Day 12 : Kolkata (Ex Calcutta)
Location: Kolkata (ex Calcutta)

The city of Kolkata is synonymous with the enduring legacies of Mother Teresa and the colonial-era British Raj, both of which you will get better acquainted with today.

Day 13 : Kolkata (Ex Calcutta)
Location: Kolkata (ex Calcutta)

Your incredible Indian adventure ends early this morning, as you disembark and transfer to the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport for your flight home or extend your journey with an optional extension to Varanasi.

Ship Details

Ganges Voyager II

Image Of Ship

The ship's spacious suites are a serene sanctuary, with beautiful hand-painted murals and all the comforts of a five-star hotel. All suites have a cozy sitting area and a French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. A bed dressed in soft linens, with a choice of pillows. Your roomy bathroom has a rain shower, comfy robes and slippers, and spa-quality bath products. Other high-end amenities include a generous amount of closet space, under-bed storage, a flat-screen television with a wide selection of on-demand movies, individual climate control, glass bottled water replenished daily, fresh fruit and flowers upon arrival, makeup mirrors and universal electrical plugs.

Ship Name:

Ganges Voyager II

Adults Only Areas:

adults only

Ship Children Facilities:

none

Ship Nursery:

none

Smoking Areas:

some

Ship Size:

boutique

Ship Style:

luxury

Ship Type:

river

Ship Currency:

USD

Ship Language:

en

Ship Capacity:

56

Ship Crew Count:

36

Number of Decks:

3

Number of Cabins:

28

Number of Large Cabins:

0

Number of Wheelchair-Friendy Cabins:

0

Ship Launch Year:

2016

Ship Gross Tonnage:

1000

Ship Length (Meters):

56 M

Ship Width (Meters):

12.5 M

Ship Speed (Knots):

9 Kn

Main Deck

East India RestaurantReceptionSignature Suite

Sun Deck

Observation DeckGovernors LoungeBarVoyager SpaFitness Centre

Upper Deck

Maharaja SuiteHeritage SuiteViceroy SuiteColonial Suite

The ship's spacious suites are a serene sanctuary, with beautiful hand-painted murals and all the comforts of a five-star hotel. All suites have a cozy sitting area and a French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. A bed dressed in soft linens, with a choice of pillows. Your roomy bathroom has a rain shower, comfy robes and slippers, and spa-quality bath products. Other high-end amenities include a generous amount of closet space, under-bed storage, a flat-screen television with a wide selection of on-demand movies, individual climate control, glass bottled water replenished daily, fresh fruit and flowers upon arrival, makeup mirrors and universal electrical plugs.

Heritage Suite (Grade HERITGST )

Guests staying in the Heritage Suites will receive daily butler service, laundry service, one-hour spa treatment (one per person, per suite), bottle of wine upon embarkation, and evening canapés. All Heritage suites have a cosy sitting area and a Juliette balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. A bed dressed in soft linens, with a choice of pillows. Your roomy bathroom has a rain shower, comfy robes and slippers, and spa-quality Molten Brown bath products. Other high-end amenities include a generous amount of closet space, under-bed storage, a flat-screen television with a wide selection of on-demand movies, individual climate control, bottled water replenished daily, fresh fruit and flowers upon arrival, an iPhone docking station with alarm clock, makeup mirrors, and universal electrical plugs

Colonial Suite (Grade COLONLST )

All Colonial Suites have a cosy sitting area and a French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. A bed dressed in soft linens, with a choice of pillows. Your roomy bathroom has a rain shower, comfy robes and slippers, and spa-quality Molten Brown bath products. Other high-end amenities include a generous amount of closet space, under-bed storage, a flat-screen television with a wide selection of on-demand movies, individual climate control, bottled water replenished daily, fresh fruit and flowers upon arrival, an iPhone docking station with alarm clock, makeup mirrors, and universal electrical plugs

Signature Suites (Grade SIGNTRST )

All Signature Suites have a cosy sitting area and a French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Twin Beds or one Queen Bed awaits, dressed in soft linens, with a choice of pillows. Your roomy bathroom has a rain shower, comfy robes and slippers, and spa-quality Molten Brown bath products. Other high-end amenities include a generous amount of closet space, under-bed storage, a flat-screen television with a wide selection of on-demand movies, individual climate control, bottled water replenished daily, fresh fruit and flowers upon arrival, an iPhone docking station with alarm clock, makeup mirrors, and universal electrical plugs

Viceroy Suite (Grade VICERYST )

Guests staying in the Viceroy Suites will receive daily butler service, laundry service, one-hour spa treatment (one per person, per suite), bottle of wine upon embarkation, and evening canapés. All suites have a cosy sitting area and a French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. A bed dressed in soft linens, with a choice of pillows. Your roomy bathroom has a rain shower, comfy robes and slippers, and spa-quality Molten Brown bath products. Other high-end amenities include a generous amount of closet space, under-bed storage, a flat-screen television with a wide selection of on-demand movies, individual climate control, bottled water replenished daily, fresh fruit and flowers upon arrival, an iPhone docking station with alarm clock, makeup mirrors, and universal electrical plugs

Maharaja Suite (Grade MAHARJST )

Guests staying in the Maharaja Suites will receive daily butler service, laundry service, one-hour spa treatment (one per person, per suite), bottle of wine upon embarkation, and evening canapés. As well as this, guests will be pampered with a deep soaker tub with lattice-screened window, in-suite dining, and a scented bath.All suites have a cosy sitting area and a French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. A bed dressed in soft linens, with a choice of pillows. Your roomy bathroom has a rain shower, comfy robes and slippers, and spa-quality Molten Brown bath products. Other high-end amenities include a generous amount of closet space, under-bed storage, a flat-screen television with a wide selection of on-demand movies, individual climate control, bottled water replenished daily, fresh fruit and flowers upon arrival, an iPhone docking station with alarm clock, makeup mirrors, and universal electrical plugs.

Signature Suite (Grade SIGNTRST )

All Signature Suites have a cosy sitting area and a French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Twin Beds or one Queen Bed awaits, dressed in soft linens, with a choice of pillows. Your roomy bathroom has a rain shower, comfy robes and slippers, and spa-quality Molten Brown bath products. Other high-end amenities include a generous amount of closet space, under-bed storage, a flat-screen television with a wide selection of on-demand movies, individual climate control, bottled water replenished daily, fresh fruit and flowers upon arrival, an iPhone docking station with alarm clock, makeup mirrors, and universal electrical plugs

It’s been said that to fully understand another culture, you must understand its cuisine. That’s a philosophy Uniworld fully embraces onboard every ship in our worldwide fleet. They take great pride in giving their guests a delicious taste of the world’s most desirable travel destinations, and have recently been recognised as the “Best Culinary Cruise Line” by the readers of SAVEUR magazine.

East India Dining Room

A tribute to the incredibly flavourful cuisine of India, the East India Dining Room delivers one sumptuous meal after another, throughout your journey. Deliciously complex, Indian food can be meat-based or vegetarian, subtle or spicy, savoury or sweet, and everything imaginable in between.With beautiful murals and floor-to-ceiling windows surrounding the open seating area, guests will enjoy breakfast and lunch buffets and served dinners in elegance and comfort, watching the world around the Ganges passing by.From Farm to ShipFarm-to-table isn’t just a trendy culinary buzzword around here. It’s a governing philosophy and commitment to serving you the very best local dishes created by our master chefs. When in Italy, dinner may consist of Prosciutto di Parma pizza and Osso Buco Milanese, prepared to your liking, with meats and vegetables sourced from just miles away. After a day immersed in Indian culture, your taste buds may do some immersing of their own with Gajar Shorba and Tandoori Chicken Tikka for lunch. Live brilliantly. Dine locally. That’s our story and we’re sticking to it.Creative Culinary OptionsFor those interested in healthier dining options, our Traveling Lite menu features all of the flavor of our traditional menu, but with fewer calories. We also offer a variety of vegetarian and vegan options, prepared just for you. If you have a specific meal preference, just ask. Our chefs will be happy to accommodate.We learned from the bestMrs. Beatrice Tollman’s culinary vision lives on with her many Signature Dishes you can enjoy onboard. Mrs. Tollman’s memoir, A Life in Food, chronicles her gastronomic prowess and joy of being able to share her life’s passion with thousands of guests. You’ll discover many of the recipes Mrs. Tollman published on our menu, including Bea’s Chicken Soup, Sesame Fried Chicken and Honeycomb Ice Cream. If the all-inclusive amenities and luxurious accommodations weren’t enough to put you in a state of comfortable bliss, the homegrown cooking will.

Sip a glass of wine while you cruise past beautiful landscapes and world-famous landmarks on your way to your next destination...

Governors Lounge

The Governor’s Lounge offers a comfortable and inviting venue to gather with new friends at the end of each day to share stores and compare photos of your days on “Mother Ganga.” While recounting the day’s activities, guests may enjoy handcrafted cocktails, fine wines, and an array of non-alcoholic beverages. On-board entertainment is presented in the Lounge to enhance guests’ knowledge and enjoyment of the cruise.

Observation Deck

The Observation Deck on the Ganges Voyager is the perfect place to awaken with a fresh cup of coffee, relax with a good book, or watch the sun set with an evening cocktail. This area of the Sun Deck offers chaise lounges and comfortable, shaded, seating areas, where staff are always available to offer a cool beverage.

Outdoor Lounge

The Outdoor Lounge can be found on the Sun Deck.

Curated Services

Guests looking to treat themselves and their loved ones to a private, extraordinary experience can arrange a Curated Service. These experiences can be booked onboard, are often accompanied with a private car and/or guide, are fully customizable, and provide guests with an opportunity to create an exceptionally special moment just for them.

Included Excursions

VILLAGE DAYGet an in-depth look into the quaint destinations we visit and the local people who bring them to life.LET’S GOThese active excursions feature walking, hiking, cycling, kayaking and golfing activities.DO AS THE LOCALS DOExperience life like a local, from riding the subway to stopping into a café for a local treat.NIGHTS OUTPrivate after-hours tours of popular attractions and fun local nightlife experiences.

Masterpiece Collection

Tasting cheese with a cheese affineur in Rüdesheim or cruising through the streets of Bordeaux in a retro sidecar–if going above and beyond is what you’re after, you’ll be sure to enjoy our selection of Masterpiece Collection optional experiences, available for an additional cost.

Private Experiences

From visiting a museum without the crowds to an after-hours tour of a famous landmark, these included, once-in-a-lifetime experiences are arranged privately for Uniworld guests.

Please note: there are no specific amenities or activities provided for kids and teens.

The Voyager Spa is an oasis where relaxation and pampering are offered. 

Voyager Spa and Fitness Centre

The Voyager Spa is an oasis where relaxation and pampering are offered. Guests may enjoy regional Indian, as well as Western spa treatments. The Voyager Spa only uses all-natural products.The fitness centre on board the RV Ganges Voyager II offers modern exercise equipment to guests who wish to work off the scrumptious desserts from last night’s dinner.

Gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour.

Age Restriction

In our experience, most young children—especially those under 4—are simply not yet old enough to enjoy river cruising. We make no special arrangements for little ones and offer few kid-friendly activities onboard or onshore. Please note: Our Generations program departures include programs and services designed for families traveling with children. Adults accompanying children are responsible for their safety and behavior onboard and onshore.Europe, Asia, India, and Egypt: Guests should be 4 years of age or older. Guests who are less than 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and booked in a cabin with someone who is 21 years of age or older.Peru: Guests must be 7 years of age or older. Guests under 21 must be booked in a cabin with someone who is 25 years of age or older, or traveling with a parent or guardian who is booked in a connecting suite. Some excursions may not be suitable for young children.

Disabled Facilities

Uniworld strives to provide a safe, enjoyable, and memorable travel experience for all passengers. The Company welcomes passengers with special needs or disabilities. However, please note the following:Passengers are required to advise the Company, in advance, of any physical, medical, or other special needs that require accommodation.All guests must ensure they are medically and physically fit for travel. The Company may impose safety requirements necessary for the safe operation of the tour. The Company may also exclude an individual from participating in a tour or an activity if that individual’s participation poses a direct threat to health or safety. The Company does not provide personal devices (such as wheelchairs, hearing aids or prescription eye glasses) or services of a personal nature (such as pushing a wheelchair or assistance in eating, toileting or dressing). A companion capable of providing such assistance must accompany any passenger who requires services of a personal nature. The Company does not employ medical personnel. Any necessary medical attention will be provided by a local facility at the passenger’s expense. The Company is not responsible or liable for any losses or costs incurred as a result of medical services obtained while on tour, or for the quality of the care or services received. Passengers should be aware some tours include rough terrain, extensive walking over cobblestone streets, uneven pavement, steps and locations which may not be easily accessible or accessible by wheelchair. During the tour, the Company may make arrangements with carriers, hotels and other independent suppliers to provide travel services. These parties are independent entities over which the Company has no control. Accommodations on international tours may differ from those in the united kingdom. The Company cannot guarantee disability access or accommodations for passengers travelling on international tours. The Company may, in its sole discretion, decline the booking of any passenger or remove any passenger who cannot comply or refuses to comply with the Company’s terms and conditions. The Company is not responsible for any costs incurred in the event a passenger is removed from a tour. Passengers agree not to hold the Company or any of its related entities liable for any actions taken under these terms and conditions.

Dress Code

It’s best to pack for a range of weather conditions, depending on the season and regions visited. Wearing layers will allow you to easily adjust to temperature changes. Limiting your wardrobe to a simple mix-and-match color scheme will keep your bags to a minimum.We recommend wearing comfortable, smart-casual clothing both onshore and onboard. We also suggest sturdy walking shoes, as you will do a significant amount of walking on shore excursions, often over cobblestones or uneven terrain. A sun hat, rain gear, and a coat or wrap for chilly evenings are useful items to have. For dining ashore, concerts, special events onboard, etc., men may want to bring a sports jacket and women a cocktail dress or pantsuit. Neckties are optional. Please note that shorts are not allowed at dinner aboard the ship.

Laundry

Most ships have either a self-serve laundrette (with ironing board) or laundry service for an additional fee. Please contact info@uniworld.com to find out what services your ship offers. No dry cleaning services are available on any ship.

Smoking Policy

For the comfort of all our guests, smoking is only permitted on the sun decks of our ships. Smoking is not permitted on motorcoaches. This policy applies to all forms of smoking materials including vapor e-cigarettes.We also ask guests to refrain from smoking on shore excursions/tours, especially since many historical sites and other tourist attractions are now smoke-free as well.

Special Dietary Requirements

Kindly inform us in advance if you have specific dietary requests (e.g., low-fat, low-calorie, gluten-free, sugar-free, vegetarian, etc.). This information can be provided to us when completing your Passenger Information Form. We have a “Travelling Lite” menu for guests seeking more health-conscious options, as well as light lunches, vegetarian options, and generous buffets that offer something for everyone. We will do our very best to accommodate your needs given the resources available to us.

The Most All-Inclusive Amenities

There’s all-inclusive, and then there’s the unmatched level of inclusive luxurious amenities that only we provide. To ensure truly carefree and effortless travel, we’ve gone ahead and included it all–so the only thing you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy your vacation.UNLIMITED premium spirits and winesDelicious, FIVE-STAR, farm-to-table cuisineYour choice of CAREFULLY CURATED EXCURSIONSALL GRATUITIES onboardOnboard FITNESS CENTER and WELLNESS CLASSES with a certified wellness instructorAll scheduled AIRPORT TRANSFERSBICYCLES and NORDIC WALKING STICKS for onshore useShipwide INTERNET and WI-FI accessOnboard ENTERTAINMENT and ENRICHMENT

Uniworld Cares

Travel has provided us the chance to give back and lift up others, and we strive to do so whenever possible. We focus on making a positive impact and advocating for environmental, social and economic responsibility with the help of our not-for-profit TreadRight Foundation. Founded in 2008 by our parent company, The Travel Corporation, our collective mission is to safeguard people, wildlife and the planet for generations to come and to #MakeTravelMatter.PeopleWe work with local artisans and small business everywhere we travel, so we can bring you authentic local experiences while also supporting the livelihoods of the people who make these communities special.PlanetEvery year, we find more ways to cut back on our carbon footprint, from committing to eliminate more than 60 types of single-use plastics to becoming carbon neutral by 2030 or sooner and ensuring that at least 50% of our electricity is renewable by 2025.WildlifePartnering with leading wildlife organizations, we work to protect and rehabilitate elephant, rhino and big cat populations around the world, while also educating our guests on ethical wildlife experiences.We're Committed to Carbon Neutrality by 2030 or SoonerOur five-point plan starts with Measuring our emissions in order to Reduce and Offset our carbon footprint, supports third-party efforts to Remove the existing carbon in the atmosphere and forms critical partnerships so that we continue to Evolve. We’re also ensuring that at least 50% of our electricity is renewable by 2025.You can get involved too! With our leading carbon offset provider, South Pole, you can purchase carbon offsets to cancel out the emissions produced by your travel. They have 700+ high quality and verifiable offset projects to choose from around the world.Make Travel Matter® experiencesOn our cruises and trips across our TTC family of brands, we offer a selection of included MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences. They are chosen for the positive environmental or social impact they have on the guests who experience them, and the people and places they visit, and they support one or more of the United Nation’s Global Goals.Make Travel Matter® pledgeWe’ve partnered with TreadRight and The Travel Corporation to launch the MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Pledge. Uniworld employees, alongside our 10,000 colleagues across 42 travel brands worldwide, have been asked to take this pledge to make travel matter and help protect people, the planet and wildlife. As travellers, travel providers and members of the global travel industry, this pledge serves as the next step in our long-standing commitment to sustainable tourism and conscious travel.Say Goodbye to Single-Use PlasticsIt is estimated that an additional eight million tons of plastic pour into our oceans every year. According to a report by the World Economic Forum, if nothing is done to push back against the deluge of plastics currently overwhelming our oceans there could be more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050.Under the guidance of The Travel Corporation and TreadRight, we will ban more than 60 types of single-use plastics across all operations—including straws, water bottles and plastic bags—by 2022. It's all part of our commitment to ensure the environment remains vibrant for generations to come.

Wi-Fi

Select ships offer complimentary Wi-Fi access. Please view your ship’s specific information page on our website or email us at info@uniworld.com to find out if Wi-Fi is available onboard. Service may be briefly interrupted in remote areas, while sailing, or when moving through locks, and the speed will likely be slower than what you are used to back home.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom 2 nights in New Delhi at The Oberoi New Delhi (or similar) 1 night in Agra at The Oberoi Amarvilas (or similar) 2 nights in Jaipur at The Oberoi Rajvilas (or similar)

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    Group Transfers are included on arrival and departure days (please see terms and conditions for transfer guidelines)

  • Fully Guided

  • Meals

    12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners

  • 6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts

  • Captivating onboard local entertainment

  • Cultural enrichment, including Signature Lectures

  • Gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour

What's Not Included

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

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  • Will my itinerary change after I have booked?

    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.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Guests must be 4 years of age or older. Guests who are less than 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and booked in a cabin with someone who is 21 years of age or older.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Group Transfers are included on arrival and departure days (please see terms and conditions for transfer guidelines)

  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    Free Internet and Wi-Fi access

  • Are three people allowed per room?

    Triple bookings are allowed only in some suites onboard the S.S. Catherine, S.S. La Venezia and the S.S. Maria Theresa (excluding the Royal Suite). Note that ships that allow triple booking may change, so we suggest calling Uniworld or your preferred Travel Advisor for the most up-to-date information.

  • What should I wear on my cruise?

    For destinations in EUROPE: It's best to prepare for a variety of weather conditions, depending on your travel season and the regions through which you will be cruising. Layering clothing items is always your best bet, as this allows you to adjust to most temperatures, including artificially maintained temperatures, by adding or removing items throughout the day. Comfortable, sporty, smart-casual daywear is appropriate both onshore and onboard. Everyday slacks, khakis, walking shorts and everyday skirts/dresses are recommended. For warmer temperatures, we suggest lightweight clothing that can be layered, such as a mix of sweaters, lightweight knit shirts, slacks and walking shorts. For early spring and late fall departures, you’ll find sweatshirts, heavier cotton or wool tops and long-sleeved shirts, and corduroy or heavy khaki pants perfectly suitable. Mix and-match color schemes work best to help keep baggage light. You will participate in a significant amount of walking over uneven terrain during your time ashore. We recommend comfortable walking shoes with good ankle support. Sturdy sandals are another good option. For evenings, any resort-type wear is perfectly suitable; however, we do ask that you not wear shorts to dinner. Men may want to bring one sport jacket for dressier restaurant venues and for special events onboard such as the Captain’s Welcome and Farewell festivities. Women may wish to bring a cocktail dress or two for finer dining or entertainment experiences. Don’t forget to pack a lightweight waterproof jacket (preferably hooded) or even a heavier weight wind-breaker for colder temperatures. We recommend wearing comfortable, smart-casual clothing both onshore and onboard. We also suggest sturdy walking shoes, as you will do a significant amount of walking on shore excursions, often over cobblestones or uneven terrain. A sun hat, rain gear, and a coat or wrap for chilly evenings are useful items to have. While there is no formal dress code for dining ashore, concerts, special events onboard, etc., men may want to bring a sports jacket and women a cocktail dress or pantsuit. Neckties are optional. Please note that shorts are not allowed at dinner aboard the ship. For our EXOTICS destinations: These programs are very different from European river programs; attire is more casual due to the region’s warmer temperatures. During the cruise/tour portion of your program, comfortable, lightweight clothing in lighter colors is strongly recommended. We suggest clothing that can be layered, such as a mix of cotton shirts, lightweight knit shirts, sweaters, everyday khakis, slacks, skirts/dresses, walking shorts and sun hats. Prepare for a variety of weather conditions, depending on your travel season and the regions through which you will be cruising. Layering clothing items is always your best bet, as this allows you to adjust to most temperatures, including artificially maintained temperatures, by removing or adding items throughout the day. Mix/match color schemes work best to help keep baggage light. You will participate in a significant amount of walking over uneven terrain during your time ashore. We recommend comfortable walking shoes with good ankle support. Sturdy sandals are another good option. Don’t forget to pack a lightweight waterproof jacket (preferably hooded) or even a heavy weight windbreaker for colder temperatures, especially during early spring, fall and winter departures. PLEASE NOTE: To enter the temples and other holy sites, guests should ensure that their shoulders and knees are covered. Egypt: For evenings, we recommend casual and cool attire; however, we require footwear to be worn at all times in the dining room. Sport jackets and cocktail dresses are not needed at any time during this program. You may wish to pack at least one “smart casual” outfit for the onboard Gala Reception. For those on the Jordan extension, while sleeping quarters will be heated, the winter months can drop below freezing at night. Please pack accordingly for outside weather. India, Vietnam & Cambodia: For evenings, we recommend casual and cool attire; however, we require footwear to be worn at all times in the dining room. Sport jackets and cocktail dresses are not needed at any time during this program. Peru: We recommend comfortable walking shoes, quick drying and lightweight clothing, lightweight long pants and rain gear, long-sleeved tops for jungle excursions, wide-brimmed hat, extra socks, and a bathing suit.

  • What is the voltage?

    Europe: Electrical current is 220V, the European standard; however, each stateroom and suite has one 110V outlet. Egypt and Peru: Voltage is 220V/50Hz in all hotels and onboard the ship. To use any electrical product from the U.S. and comparable regions, you will need a 3-pin plug adapter and a voltage converter. India: Voltage is 220V/50Hz in all hotels and onboard the ship. On the ship, outlets that accommodate both 110V and 220V appliances are available in the suites. In the hotels, dual-voltage appliances or a voltage converter will be needed. Vietnam & Cambodia: Voltage is 220V/50Hz in all hotels and onboard the ship. On the ship, outlets that accommodate both 110V and 220V appliances are available in the suites. In the hotels, dual-voltage appliances or a voltage converter will be needed. In addition, you will need a two-round-pin-type plug adaptor in Cambodia, and a three-flat-pin-type plug adaptor in Vietnam. Voltage may vary by ship. Your electrical appliances from home may require an adapter and/or converter. We recommend reviewing the latest Cruise Companion for the region you will be visiting, or call Uniworld or your preferred Travel Advisor for more information.

  • Is there onboard internet access?

    Select ships offer complimentary Wi-Fi access. Please email us at info@uniworld.com to find out if Wi-Fi is available onboard. Service may be briefly interrupted in remote areas, while sailing, or when moving through locks, and the speed will likely be slower than what you are used to back home.

  • What is the food like?

    Our classically trained chefs use fresh, locally-sourced ingredients for all onboard meals, which feature both regionally-inspired and western dishes. See our Culinary Excellence page for more details.

  • Is laundry service available?

    Most ships have either a self-serve laundrette (with ironing board) or laundry service for an additional fee. Please contact info@uniworld.com to find out what services your ship offers. No dry cleaning services are available on any ship.

  • How do I book optional excursions once onboard?

    Optional excursions can be booked with your Cruise Manager and charged to your onboard account. Some optional excursions require a minimum number of participants to operate. There are no refunds for cancellations made within 24 hours of the tour start time or for pre-paid tours. On pre/post-cruise extensions, you may book optional excursions with your Local Host and pay by credit card (cash not accepted). Optional excursions cannot be reserved prior to the cruise. Select Masterpiece Collection excursions may be booked in advance. We recommend calling Uniworld or your preferred Travel Advisor for more information.

  • Can I take children on my cruise?

    In our experience, most young children—especially those under 4—are simply not yet old enough to enjoy river cruising. We make no special arrangements for little ones and offer few kid-friendly activities onboard or onshore. Please note: Our Generations program departures include programs and services designed for families traveling with children. Adults accompanying children are responsible for their safety and behavior onboard and onshore. Europe, Asia, India, and Egypt: Guests must be 4 years of age or older. Guests who are less than 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and booked in a cabin with someone who is 21 years of age or older. Peru: Guests must be 7 years of age or older. Guests under 21 must be booked in a cabin with someone who is 25 years of age or older, or traveling with a parent or guardian who is booked in a connecting suite. Some excursions may not be suitable for young children.

  • Where will the ship dock?

    In many ports, your river ship is small enough to dock within easy walking distance of the historic city center. Elsewhere, the ship may need to dock farther away and a motorcoach transfer will be provided. There may be times when your ship moors next to another ship or between ships, especially in busy ports. Docking locations are determined by the local harbor authorities, not Uniworld or the ship’s captain. For the latest embarkation and disembarkation port location details, please visit our Port Locations page, or call Uniworld or your preferred Travel Advisor for more information.

  • Is smoking allowed?

    For the comfort of all our guests, smoking is only permitted on the sun decks of our ships. Smoking is not permitted on motorcoaches. This policy applies to all forms of smoking materials including vapor e-cigarettes. We also ask guests to refrain from smoking on shore excursions/tours, especially since many historical sites and other tourist attractions are now smoke-free as well.

  • What about gratuities?

    Europe: Gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour. Egypt, India, Peru, Vietnam & Cambodia: Gratuities for onboard and onshore personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager or Egyptologist, local experts, drivers) are included both during the cruise/tour as well as on any pre- or post-cruise land extensions.

  • Which cruise itinerary is best for me?

    A good choice for first-time river cruisers is a Danube River cruise, which offers an enjoyable “tasting menu” of many top cultural sites. A Rhine River cruise, with stunning scenery and dozens of castles, is another great option. Second- or third-timers may enjoy visiting Eastern Europe via a cruise along the Lower Danube. More experienced travellers seeking something new might consider the Douro River in Portugal, the Peruvian Amazon in South America, or our Cruise & Rail itineraries.

  • Does each sightseeing group on excursions have its own guide?

    Yes, each group has its own English-speaking guide. Our local experts are considered the best in the industry, and our complimentary QuietVox audio headsets make it easy to hear every word of their insightful commentary.

  • Can I use my credit and debit cards in Europe?

    Most major credit cards are widely accepted throughout Europe. Credit cards and most debit cards can be used for ATM cash withdrawals onshore (there are no ATMs aboard our ships). We recommend bringing at least one credit card plus an ATM card. Try to avoid carrying euro notes larger than €100, as merchants may be hesitant to accept them due to counterfeiting. Limited currency exchange is available onboard (cash only) and all major hotels have exchange facilities. Travellers Checks are not recommended.

  • What if a major tourist site on my itinerary is closed?

    We typically arrange a city tour in these rare situations, or allow extra free time to explore the city’s top sites on your own. In such cases, we will do everything we can to make sure the locations visited and the excursions taken are similar to the ones originally planned.

  • Do I need a visa?

    Obtaining required travel documents including Visas is your sole responsibility. Requirements vary by country you are visiting and by your country of residence, and are subject to change at any time. Please check with the government agencies of the countries you will be visiting for the most recent information.

  • Why do you need a Passenger Information Form?

    Due to immigration and security measures worldwide, passenger information must be fully completed and received by Uniworld by the time of final payment. Final documentation will not be processed without receipt of the Passenger Information Form. Every guest is required to complete this form.

  • Can you accommodate special diets?

    Kindly inform us in advance if you have specific dietary requests (e.g., low-fat, low-calorie, gluten-free, sugar-free, vegetarian, etc.). This information can be provided to us when completing your Passenger Information Form. We have a “Travelling Lite” menu for guests seeking more health-conscious options, as well as light lunches, vegetarian options, and generous buffets that offer something for everyone. We will do our very best to accommodate your needs given the resources available to us.

  • Could my itinerary change for any reason?

    We make every effort to follow our itineraries exactly as promoted, but reserve the right to make any necessary changes to ensure the safety of our guests and ships. There may be times when circumstances beyond our control require us to make certain changes to scheduled activities. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. Time permitting, we will let you know of any known changes before you board the ship.

  • Can I extend or customize my river cruise or land extension?

    You may book an optional pre- or post-cruise land extension on many Uniworld itineraries. If you are traveling with a group of 10 or more guests, the cruise or tour itinerary may be customized to suit the group’s needs. We recommend calling Uniworld or your preferred Travel Advisor for more information.

Reviews of this Operator

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Danube Holiday Markets

17-Dec-2023

The whole staff of the Maria Theresa treated like you were the only one on the cruise. They were great.. The food was delicious! The tours were perfect. This was our second cruise with Uniworld. We will be back.

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Daniel Wilson  

Danube Holiday Markets

18-Dec-2023

Staff was very personable and professional. Our two butlers, Boris and Silva were outstanding. Made sure our room always had a bottle of our favorite wine and they would surprise us with special goodies in the evening.

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Joan Hughes  

Wonderful Trip to India

18-Dec-2023

It was an excellent well organised trip. We travelled in luxury but saw much of rural and urban India as well as the ‘must see’ sights

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