Q – We’ve done Uniworld and loved it. Their Rhine program was really well planned and we love the beautiful decor and, what we felt, was excellent food. We’ve traveled throughout Europe since my retirement on cruises, river boats, and both Insight and Collette Tours in Europe. Our son keeps telling us that we’re not well-traveled unless we see some of India. The other day we received a mailing from Uniworld that offered some special rates, I suppose if we book it through them, on a 13-Day itinerary called India’s Golden Triangle and the Sacred Ganges. We’re really tempted but we need you guys to sign off on it. We’re both retired execs in Tempe, great physical shape, early sixties, prefer Colbert (so far) to Fallon.
A – Don;t stop – Go. This is a lovely program that starts in Dehli, takes in the Taj Mahal in Agra, explores the pink city of Jaipur and see the wonder of the Ganges including Mother Theresa’s home in Kolkata and Vedic temples built by Hare Kirishnas (no not the ones from the airport).
Yes, you will experience heat, pollution, some stench, and beggars. You will likely get some stomach issues during the trip. But the river, the mountains in the background, the colors, the sounds, and the humanity, make this a trip that is high on our list. Most visitors to India find the destination’s challenges to be well worth the effort. And we love the interior design of the new Voyager 11. As usual, Uniworld has done some interior design work that surpasses the minimalist design on so many river boat look-a-likes. We enthusiastically vote with your son. If, by the way, you are into photographer, this can be the most rewarding journey you’ve taken in recent years.