Take your own 'Great Canal Journey' with Saga

Monday 26 June 2017

Follow in the footsteps of Timothy West & Prunella Scales and sail along the mighty Brahmaputra

Visit Majuli Island, Kaziranga National Park, watch the art of silk weaving, participate in a tea tasting and much much more ….

Last nights episode of the popular Channel 4 series ‘Great Canal Journeys’ saw Timothy West & Prunella Scales explore the fascinating waterways and vibrant culture of the mysterious and mighty Brahmaputra river.

Saga’s 11 night escorted tour ‘Passage through Assam’ takes guests on this same amazing journey with 2 nights in Kolkata to explore the city before embarking the comfortable air-conditioned MV Mahabaahu ship, in Jorhat, North East India,  for a 7 night off the beaten track adventure along this important river.

The sailing along this wonderfully fascinating waterway, includes all the highlights of the show and more, including a visit to Peacock Island, the smallest island on the Brahmaputra and the opportunity to join Yoga classes on the banks of the river each morning.

Known for its exotic silks and lush tea gardens, Saga guests will learn about the importance of each industry in Assam, with the chance to participate in a traditional tea tasting and a visit to a Mishing Village, where the women continue the traditional craft of weaving cotton and silk on hand looms.

Saga’s adventure also includes the highlights of the show and takes guests on included excursions to both Majuli Island and Kaziranga National Park.

The largest river island in the world and cultural heart of Assam, Majuli Island is  largely untouched by the modern world, but is at the mercy of the Brahmaputra and under the current rate of erosion the mighty river may have swallowed this fascinating island is less than 20 years time. Like Tim & Pru, Saga guests are treated here to a special performance of the Satriya dance performance by the Vaishnavite priests.

Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site is reputed to be one of the world’s finest wildlife reserves and home to 500 different species of mammals and birds, with the rich and fertile river making this possible. Also home to two-thirds of the world population of the endangered one-horned rhino, a jeep safari gives guests the chance to spot this rare and beautiful animal.

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For details call free on 0800 414 383 or visit saga.co.uk/assam

Eleven nights from £2,519 departing on October 12, 2017. Departures available Oct 2017 - Nov 2018.  Price includes VIP door-to-door travel service, 2 nights in hotels, 7 aboard ship, and 2 in flight, 26 meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners, Return flights and transfers, Local expert guide, Porterage at all hotels, excursions Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required, Tourist visa for UK citizens.

Included excursions and visits - Sightseeing in colonial Kolkata, See Mother Teresa's home, Explore Majuli island and see Satriya dancers, Visit Ahom temples and palaces at Sivasagar, Taste the tea in an Assam plantation, See the stilted houses of the Mishing tribe, Take a boat safari to the confluence of the Dhansiri and Brahmaputra, Visit Bishwanath Ghat to see the local weavers, Join a jeep safari in Kaziranga National Park, Look for Golden Langur on Peacock Island, Daily orientation talks for your next stop.

Contact PR officer Jessica Myers email jessica.myers@saga.co.uk or call 01303 776113

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