Private Full-Day Varanasi Tour with Boat Ride

Duration: 12 hours
Destination: India, Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi

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  • 12 hours
  • Varanasi
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


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.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Varanasi Remembrances, Man Mandir Dashashwmedh D 15/69 Near Shree Cafe, Varanasi 221001 India

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.

Pass By: Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi 221001 India

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.

Pass By: Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005 India

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.

Pass By: Bharat Mata Temple, Vidyapith Road, Varanasi 221001 India

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).

Pass By: Dasaswamedh Ghat Road Bangali Tola, Varanasi 221001 India

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.

  • Bottled water
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Private transportation
  • Local Guide
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Hotel Drop off
  • Boat Ride

  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Monument Fees
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Driver & Guide will wear mask,gloves and regularly sanitized the hands
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
The airport, railway station or your hotel in Varanasi. For airport pick-up, please provide arrival information during booking.


  • Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, CVX4+7Q2, Babatpur, Uttar Pradesh 221006, India

Departure Time

05:00 AM

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


12 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


02 Jun, 2022

I am booked this tour For My Mom & Dad . They Are Old Man . This Tour Perfect For him. Guide was very helpful person . he provide boat ride in ganga river . and arrange Arti ceremony . they was happy on this Tour.


16 May, 2022

what a amazing Time in Varanasi. Thanks to my Guide Dhanush and My Driver Pankaj for Giving such a wonderful tour. Spicily Boat Ride in Holi River Ganga.


17 Apr, 2022

Varanasi famous city temple of lord shiva. We take a boat ride in ganga river. My guide explained history of varanasi. After sightseeing we saw ganga aatri at ganga ghats .this family trip was amezing.


21 Aug, 2020

Very good full day tour from sunrise to sunset with virtually all the essential places of Varanasi and Sarnath: both aarti ceremonies, boat ride, visit to numerous temples and the archaeological site of Sarnath.. Enjoyed boat Ride in Ganga River.

surya n

13 Feb, 2019

I had booked this package for 3 people including myself,my father and mother.My parents are aged people so I was worried how the travel arrangements will be.Will it be as they said in the package and all but I must say they have really exceeded my expectations.Our travel guide Mr.Chandan and our cab driver Mr.Dhanushdhari were immensely co-operative.They were in time for pickup.Mr.Chandan explained the information regarding various places in a very clear way.His planning is also quite good.We could cover many places fastly and in satisfying way with less waiting time in queues.My parents are totally satisfied with the trip. I felt the package price could have been lower,other than that there are no other issues.

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