Wednesday, 7 August 2019

A Christmas holiday with a difference

Adventurous vacationers might want to consider spending their Christmas break looking at rhinos, tigers, dolphins and elephants from on board a river cruise along India’s sacred Brahmaputra River. 

Departing December 22, 2019, the river cruise is offered by Adventure Resorts and Cruises (ARC) and as an added gesture of Christmas cheer, solo travellers will pay no single supplement on the Christmas sailing.


The cruise will pass ancient palaces, temples, tribal villages, tea plantations, jungles and the towering Himalayan mountains.

The seven-night cruise is one of the few river cruises to sail through a national park - Kaziranga National Park - which is home to wild buffaloes, elephants, Bengal tigers, freshwater dolphins, over 400 species of bird and two-thirds of the world’s great one-horned rhinoceros. 

The cruise begins in Guwahati and ends at Jorhat with other highlights including views of the 7000-metre-high Himalayas, visiting the birthplace of English Breakfast Tea and the opportunity to light bonfires on deserted river islands at night. 

The cruise will also feature a special Christmas Eve gala evening complete with live music. 

ARC’s boutique, 46-guest river ship, MV Mahabaahu boasts a swimming pool, spa, bars, lounge, restaurant and sun deck.

Available until sold out, a 25% reduction means fares are available from US$1975 per person, twin-share, for the seven-night cruise, including all shipboard main meals, transfers and daily shore excursions. Flights from Australia are extra. 

“A cruise on the Brahmaputra River offers Australians an exclusive and exotic new adventure far off the beaten tourist trail,” said ARC chairman Sanjay Basu. 

“Accommodation in Assam is also very limited so a journey aboard the MV Mahabaahu offers the best, easiest and most secure way to explore the region.”

To book a Brahmaputra River cruise with ARC, see a travel agent or visit: www.adventurerivercruises.com

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