SMALL SHIP CRUISE
The Upper Ganges River
WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY
- 4 National Parks
- More wildlife
- Less driving on bad roads
- 3 Small plane flights
- The most beautiful drives are included
- Window seats guaranteed during drives
- The best lodging available
- Gorilla, Chimpanzees and Golden Monkeys
- Close contact with local culture
- Multiple private boat excursions
- The best naturalist guides
- NPE Senior Leader with you
- Rwanda Extension with Gorillas and Golden Monkeys
- The best pricing in the market
The beauty of the Galapagos can’t be explained. Only experienced.
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Itinerary in Brief
Transfer from the meeting point in Kolkata to embark on your Pandaw ship. Set sail down the Hooghly River, an important distributory of the Ganga to Chandernagore, a French possession until 1950. Stroll along the riverside promenade, visit the 18th century church and Dupleix’s House, the erstwhile Governor-General of French India. Return to the ship and continue upstream past the old Dutch settlement of Chinsura and the Portuguese settlement of Bandel.
Land at the country town of Kalna and take rickshaws to see a group of some of Bengal’s most attractive terracotta temples, as well as the unique Shiva temple with concentric rings made up of 108 lesser shrines. On the way back to the ship explore the colourful local market full of fruit sellers and fish mongers. Continue sailing towards Mayapur to explore the vast new ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) temple which dominates the skyline. As the headquarters of ISKCON or the Hare Krishna movement, the temple receives over a million singing and dancing devotees a year from around the world.
Monday: Cape Kri & Yangeffo Island
Rise in the morning to birdsong for an early tender tour of the magnificent karsts around Kabui Bay. Enjoy breakfast while cruising to Cape Kri. Snorkel or dive at Cape Kri – a dive site that holds the world record for most species spotted in a single 90- minute dive. Arrival at Yangeffo Island, with an exhilarating afternoon dive excursion at the Mayhem reef or a sunset cocktail tender tour of the mangroves. Dine underneath the stars back onboard.
Tuesday: Aljui Bay & Wofoh Island
Early departure to Aljui Bay and an eye-opening visit to a pearl farm before cruising to Wofoh Island for diving, snorkeling, and water sports in the afternoon. Lay back and enjoy Aqua Blu’s Beach Club on a private beach, sipping on bespoke cocktails and frolicking family fun as the sun sets.
Wednesday: Wayag Island
Watch the magnificence of Wayag Island’s limestone islets and lagoons unveil before your eyes as the sun rises. Jump in for a refreshing early morning swim and listen to the sound of the surrounding nature. Attempt to spot rare birds of paradise before a hearty breakfast back onboard and diving at Figure Eight Rock or snorkeling at the Ranger station to spot blacktip reef sharks. Spend the afternoon exploring hidden lagoons aboard kayaks from “Castaway” beach.
Thursday: Dayang Island & Birie Island
Early arrival at Dayang Island, known for its plethora of marine life, especially Reef Manta Rays and occasionally Oceanic Manta Rays. Both snorkelers and divers alike will revel in the close presence of such majestic creatures at the Manta Cleaning Station. Cruise to Birie Island to indulge in a cultural excursion at the Papuan village of Yensawai for traditional dancing. Return onboard to dine beneath the stars.
Friday: Mayalibit Bay
Rise before the sun to embark on a spectacular nature excursion on tender, local canoe, and a hike to spot the rare birds of paradise on the island of Waigeo. Test your sense of adventure before a refreshing swim down the shimmering blue Kali Biru river. The afternoon brings a relaxed snorkel excursion at Friwinbonda Island, before departing for Sorong for your last night.
Saturday: Sorong Harbour
Enjoy a healthy breakfast onboard in Sorong before your outbound flight.
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Oct – Dic 2022
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