Ganges Cruise - City of Light

8 Days, from AU $2,203

Ganges River, Varanasi

Woman performing traditional washing of the face, Ganges River

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Enjoy 8 days aboard your cruise ship travelling upstream the Ganges river from Patna to Varanasi, the "City of Light". Explore history and stunning nature along the way, and be charmed by the beauty of the Ganges.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Patna

Meet your guide at the airport, you will then be transferred to board the cruise ship.

Day 2: Patna - Ghogra

In the early morning sail towards Doriganj and stop en route at Maner for a visit.

Day 3: Ghogra - Buxar

Sail up to Buxar in the morning and disembark the cruise ship to visit the 1764 battlefield memorial along with the East India Company Cemetry. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through Buxar Ghat before you return back to the cruise ship.

Day 4: Buxar - Ghazipur

Sail up to Ghazipur in the morning and disembark the cruise ship to visit the tomb of Lord Cornwallis. In the afternoon, visit the Ghazipur local market. In the late afternoon, return back to the cruise ship.

Day 5: Ghazipur - Varanasi

Sail up to Varanasi to disembark and visit Sarnath and the archaeological museum. In the afternoon, return to the cruise ship.

Day 6: Varanasi

Disembark in the late morning to take part in an excursion to Chunar and the Ramnagar Fort. Return to the cruise ship for the night.

Day 7: Varanasi

On your third day in Varanasi, enjoy a boat ride in the morning and disembark after breakfast to take a local city tour of the temples and Ghats, in the evening, enjoy an Aarti ceremony before returning to the cruise ship.

Day 8: Varanasi - Airport

Disembark the ship after breakfast for your transfer to the Varanasi Airport for your onward journey.

Travel Styles

All Get About Asia trips have been designed to make sure you have an unforgettable travel experience. We have developed several trip styles to cater for our diverse range of travellers. Read what your ideal Get About Asia experience might look like here.

Standard:from AU $2,203

All GetAboutAsia prices are based on twin share and depend on availability and season. All our itineraries can be customised including international flights and extra nights. For questions or further information, Enquire Now!

Important Information


Accommodation aboard the cruise ship each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us.

  • Full-time services of your English speaking local guide throughout the tour
  • Cruise accommodation based on twin sharing
  • All meals during the cruise
  • All transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary
  • All entry fees as per itinerary
  • Exclusive souvenir and India map

Please note that this itinerary describes the upstream cruise, it is however also possible to do this itinerary in reverse downstream the Ganges river.

Price Dependent:

Availability of accommodation and season.

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"Kolkata was great. A really nice welcome and the local guide was excellent. The transfer to Patna went smoothly and the boat in Ganges exceeded expectations. Only seventeen onboard and my photo was in the paper twice because foreigners visiting the remote destinations was quite a big deal. The itinerary in Varanasi had to be changed because the river was in flood but that was all managed smoothly. India always leaves you wanting more. " — Margaret and Russel, Melbourne, August 2019

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