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Private Full-Day Varanasi Tour with Ganges River Boat Cruise provided by Pacific Classic Tours India

Private Full-Day Varanasi Tour with Ganges River Boat Cruise

Private Full-Day Varanasi Tour with Ganges River Boat Cruise
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
12–14 hours
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    12–14 hours
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Explore Varanasi on a private full-day tour that includes a sunrise and sunset boat ride on the Ganges River. Visit landmarks in and around Varanasi including Banaras Hindu University (BHU)'s Bharat Kala Bhavan museum, and Dhamekh Stupa in Sarnath — an important Buddhist site. Finally, watch the evening aarti ceremony from the sunset boat cruise.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12-14 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • After early morning pickup at 5:30am from your hotel, take a sunrise boat ride on the sacred Ganges River. Witness morning rituals performed at the riverside. Afterward, follow your guide on a short walking tour of the old city's alleyways and catch sight of the Kashi Vishwanath, one of the holiest Hindu temples. Stop for breakfast (own expense), then head to Banaras Hindu University at 10am. Established in 1916, BHU is the largest university campus in Asia. Tour the campus and see the Bharat Kala Bhavan museum and the new Vishwanath Temple (Birla Temple), which is an exact replica of the original Vishwanath Temple. Continue to Mother India Temple, built in 1918 and housing an unusual marble relief map of the Indian subcontinent. At 12:30pm, learn about the silk weaving traditions of Varanasi, then take a break for lunch (own expense). Afterward, drive about eight miles (13 km) to Sarnath to take in Dhamekh Stupa, known as the place where the Buddha gave his first sermon. You'll also visit the Archaeological Museum, which features treasures that date to the 3rd-century BC (closed  Fridays). At 5pm, take another boat ride on the Ganges to view the cremation grounds, then return to Dashashwamedh Ghat to watch the evening Ganga Aarti ceremony. Your tour ends with return to your hotel around 8pm.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12-14 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • After early morning pickup at 5:30am from your hotel, take a sunrise boat ride on the sacred Ganges River. Witness morning rituals performed at the riverside. Afterward, follow your guide on a short walking tour of the old city's alleyways and catch sight of the Kashi Vishwanath, one of the holiest Hindu temples. Stop for breakfast (own expense), then head to Banaras Hindu University at 10am. Established in 1916, BHU is the largest university campus in Asia. Tour the campus and see the Bharat Kala Bhavan museum and the new Vishwanath Temple (Birla Temple), which is an exact replica of the original Vishwanath Temple. Continue to Mother India Temple, built in 1918 and housing an unusual marble relief map of the Indian subcontinent. At 12:30pm, learn about the silk weaving traditions of Varanasi, then take a break for lunch (own expense). Afterward, drive about eight miles (13 km) to Sarnath to take in Dhamekh Stupa, known as the place where the Buddha gave his first sermon. You'll also visit the Archaeological Museum, which features treasures that date to the 3rd-century BC (closed  Fridays). At 5pm, take another boat ride on the Ganges to view the cremation grounds, then return to Dashashwamedh Ghat to watch the evening Ganga Aarti ceremony. Your tour ends with return to your hotel around 8pm.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 8173P39
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
  • Hotel/airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Professional private local guide
  • Transport by private air-condition vehicle
  • Morning and evening River cruise on Ganges river
  • Bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Bharat Mata Temple
Exclusions
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Anything not mentioned in Inclusions
  • Entry/Admission - Sarnath
Duration
12–14 hours
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Varanasi Airport, Railway Station, Your Hotel or other desired location in Varanasi.  For airport and train pick-up, please provide arrival information during booking.
  • Varanasi, Varanasi, Varanasi District, Uttar Pradesh
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Dress code - Temples is a sacred house of God and a place of daily worship. To preserving its sanctity and spiritual ambiance one must follow the below dress code within temple complex:
  • Upper Wear: Must cover the shoulders, chest, navel, and upper arms Lower Wear: Must be at least below knee-length Remove footwear outside the temple. Socks are fine, you can keep wearing them.
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if this is required (meals are at your own expense)
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved please wear comfortable shoes
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Please note: The Archaeological Museum in Sarnath is closed on Fridays
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • During rainy season (July to September), Boat ride is subject to availability due to Ganges river overflow.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Hotel/airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Professional private local guide
  • Transport by private air-condition vehicle
  • Morning and evening River cruise on Ganges river
  • Bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Bharat Mata Temple
Exclusions
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Anything not mentioned in Inclusions
  • Entry/Admission - Sarnath
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Varanasi Airport, Railway Station, Your Hotel or other desired location in Varanasi.  For airport and train pick-up, please provide arrival information during booking.
  • Varanasi, Varanasi, Varanasi District, Uttar Pradesh
Duration
12–14 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Dress code - Temples is a sacred house of God and a place of daily worship. To preserving its sanctity and spiritual ambiance one must follow the below dress code within temple complex:
  • Upper Wear: Must cover the shoulders, chest, navel, and upper arms Lower Wear: Must be at least below knee-length Remove footwear outside the temple. Socks are fine, you can keep wearing them.
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if this is required (meals are at your own expense)
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved please wear comfortable shoes
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Please note: The Archaeological Museum in Sarnath is closed on Fridays
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • During rainy season (July to September), Boat ride is subject to availability due to Ganges river overflow.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Varanasi
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Ganges River
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Kashi Vishwanath Temple
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Banaras Hindu University
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Bharat Mata Temple
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 5
    Sarnath
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 6
    Ganges River
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Marcela G
7 contributions
Jan. 2020 • Solo
This trip to Varanasi was amazing.My tour guide and his driver were very friendly, Organized and Punctual. I enjoyed the whole trip , it was very interesting to see the sunset and the cremation traditions . I highly recommend this company to anyone who is visiting Varanasi !!
Written 28 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
shakul_garg
Dear Marcela, Warm greetings from PCTI and thank you for sharing with us and the TripAdvisor community how much you enjoyed your trip with our services. Your feedback is very important to us and encourage us to improvise further in order to provide excellent travel services to our future clients. We wish you lots of luck and happiness and look forward to work with you on your next trip to India. Best of health and good vibrations as well to you my friend and your family. Shakul Garg Call / Whats-app: +91 9837118670
Written 30 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Deepa S
1 contribution
Nov. 2019
The trip started off on a super high note with the morning chants of Om Namah Shivaya and a beautiful sunrise at the Ganges, with the sun rising, hundreds of sea gulls flying all around and meditating in the middle of Ganges was surreal and divine. Followed by a great tour around Saranth and the city of Banaras. The best part of the entire tour was the guide - Mr. Saurabh Shukla who was so knowledgeable on the city and its rich history. He would chant the mantras and the dohas with equal authority and would narrate the stories of each of the temples & monuments we visited with utmost clarity. The driver too - Mr. Guddu was very humble and kind. We altered the tour slightly to include some of the places that we wanted to visit and they were kind enough to accommodate these changes. All in all, it was a very well conducted tour and hassle free.
Written 25 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
shakul_garg
Dear Deepa Warm greetings from PCTI and thank you for sharing with us and the TripAdvisor community how much you enjoyed your trip with our services. Your feedback is very important to us and encourage us to improvise further in order to provide excellent travel services to our future clients. We wish you lots of luck and happiness and look forward to work with you on your next trip to India. Best of health and good vibrations as well to you my friend and your family. Shakul Garg Call / Whats-app: +91 9837118670
Written 25 November 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kate F
Milan, Italy7 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
I visited Varanasi with my boyfriend and we had a full day tour with Mr. Amed in Varanasi who was extremely knowledgeable and overall a very smart guy who understood what we wanted and accommodated our needs (for example, not visiting any stores as we were tried of that after a week in India). I highly recommend this tour, it was a highlight of our trip!
Written 4 May 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Kate, I thank you very much for sharing your wonderful experience you had during your "Private Full-Day Varanasi Tour with Ganges River Boat Cruise" and recommending our company. Iam glad to know that you enjoyed your tour and we succeeded in providing you a memorable travel experience. Your feedback is very important to us and encourage us to improvise more and more in order to provide excellent travel services to our future clients. We wish you lots of luck and happiness and look forward to work with you on your next trip to India. Best of health and good vibrations to you and your family. Shakul Garg Call / Whats-app: +91 9837118670
Written 8 May 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Mark F
Jeonju, South Korea234 contributions
First of all, I would like to say that my guide and driver were very kind. The guide in particular was very friendly and well-informed, and we got on very well together.

However, I think the tour was severely overpriced for what was offered. At the very least breakfast, lunch and entry fees should have been included in the price. Also, Varanasi seems to have very few sites of interest apart from the ghats. For me, as a Buddhist, Sarnath was the main place of interest.

It should be noted that the tour itinerary could be independently arranged at a small fraction of the price of this tour!
Written 22 February 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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