Day 1 : Arrive Patna by road, rail or air (transfer from airport or railway station to ship is included in the cruise cost). En route to the riverside stop to visit the extraordinary 18th century Gola Ghar granary. Embark on your cruise ship from 4pm onwards, and enjoy dinner on board while sailing upstream.
Day 2 : This morning cruise upstream during breakfast before landing to visit a spectacular small Moghul tomb at Maner. Reboard and continue past the confluence with the River Sone to the busy river port of Doriganj. Cruise on to an overnight stop near the confluence with the River Goghra.
Day 3 : Continue up past Ballia to Buxar, famous for the battle fought here in 1764, which, together with Plassey, laid the foundations of the British raj. Visit the memorial on the battlefield and take cycle rickshaws to visit the old East India Company cemetery.
Day 4 : Sail upstream today past Chausa to Ghazipur, still a centre for (official) opium production. Visit the imposing tomb of Lord Cornwallis, the general responsible for the British defeat at Yorktown.
Day 5 : Sail on to the little riverside town of Zamania, and see nearby the mysterious ancient monolithic column topped with lions.
Day 6 : AM sail to Varanasi. PM visit the Buddhist site at Sarnath and the Deer Park where the Buddha preached his first sermon.
Day 7 : Sail on beyond Varanasi to Chunar to visit the great Moghul fort and the old British cemetery, then sail downstream again to Ramnagar to visit the Maharaja’s Palace and museum. Then cruising down past the bathing ghats, disembark and join the evening Ganga Arti ceremony.
Day 8 : Take rowing boats at dawn past the busy and colourful bathing ghats. After breakfast disembark and transfer to airport or railway station
Itinerary subject to river conditions.