COLORFUL INDIA & GANGES RIVER CRUISE 2019

CREDIT UNION SURVIVE & THRIVE FORUM

October 23 - November 4th, 2019

Avalon Waterways River Cruises – ‘Ganges Voyager’

Dehli, India to Kolkata, India

EXPLORE THOSE INCREDIBLE CHANGES, THAT WILL IMPACT THE FUTURE OF YOUR CREDIT UNION

The speed of change is both exciting and frightening. Credit Unions can’t continue to do “business as usual”, but must become flexible and quick. To be able to do this, credit union volunteers must have a good grasp on what changes are blowing their way. Participants in this credit union cruise/conference will be given a better understanding of what changes are coming, how to prepare for fast paced change, and how to use change to better serve the current and future members.

Enter a world of color, culture, and cherished spiritual tradition of India. Your guided tour of India and Ganges River cruise begins in the bustling city of Delhi. You’ll tour the city with your expert local guide and take a rickshaw ride through the Chandni Chowk bazaar—brimming with everything from silver and spices to saris of every color. You’ll visit Qutub Minar—the world’s largest brick minaret, and see Delhi’s largest Sikh gurudwara (house of worship), before traveling to Agra—site of the legendary Taj Mahal. Join a sunrise excursion to the Taj Mahal—the iconic memorial build by Moghul emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife. More than 20 years in the making, the Taj Mahal stands as the pinnacle of love’s devotion, and is also yours to experience at sunset if you wish.

You’ll enjoy the city of Jaipur, with its famous Palace of the Winds, and spectacular Amber Fort, before flying to Kolkata to board your Ganges river cruise. The holy river of Hinduism, the Ganges, slowly courses through one of the world’s most fertile and populated areas. Along its banks, human life is connected to its waters and you’ll get a glimpse of life away from India’s big cities. See muslin weaving in Kalna and candy making in Matiari. Stop in Murshidabad for an excursion to Azimganj and Jiaganj—to savor authentic Indian tea, as well as stunning gold and silversmith workshops. You’ll meet saree weavers, goldsmiths, and pottery makers. Explore the fascinating Hare Krishna headquarters in Mayapur, and visit Saint Mother Teresa’s former home upon your return to Kolkata.  All of this and more await you on this incredible Credit Union Conference and once-in-a-lifetime guided tour of India and a Ganges River cruise.

Credit Union Topics We Will Navigate

• Environmental Overview to Better Understand the Future Financial Landscape
• Surviving and Thriving in a Technical World
• Identifying Your Credit Unions Competitive Advantages & Strategic Initiatives
• Prioritizing Key Strategic Growth Strategies
• Becoming A More Member Centric Credit Union
• Developing A Tactical, Strategic Action Plan
• Monitoring Your CU’s Plan and Communicating Progress
• Leading Today’s Multi-Gen Credit Union Workforce For High Performance
• Going From Good To Great: Competencies For New Age Directors
• Characteristics Of High Performing Credit Union Boards

***All Sessions are very interactive. Questions, discussion, and exchange of ideas are highly encouraged. Plenty of networking opportunities throughout this educational journey

Landing Big Benefits For Your Credit Union

*Receive Free Consultation with our on-board industry leaders
*Participate in several networking opportunities
*Discuss leadership concepts and techniques that can make a difference
*Discover how an effective Board/Management Team equals future success
*Hear about other Credit Union's success strategies
*Discover how your credit union can thrive in times of fast paced change
*Create a game-plan for future regulatory and economic change
*Compared to most other credit union educational cruises, you'll return home with more ideas
*Find solutions to problems your CU is facing today, and will soon be encountering
*Share with other CU Volunteers and Senior Executive Leadership

Speaker for the Course

JOHN VARDALLAS is founder of The AmericanBoomer, an international Credit Union business consulting organization. He conducts and facilitates leadership, management development, marketing and strategic planning seminar training for credit union staff and volunteer leaders.
John is one of the most requested speakers in the credit union industry and has spoken before thousands of credit union volunteers and management teams during his 20-year career. John has facilitated countless credit union strategic planning sessions across America, and has presented at credit union conferences and programs around the world.
An international trend watcher, John also helps leaders synthesize credit union industry trends into strategic organizational directions. He is the author of ‘Leadership Thoughts for Prospering in the 21st Century’.

About the Ship

The pioneering Ganges Voyager (Avalon Waterways) carries just 56 guests and offers a warm and relaxed experience. The ship takes you back in time with the grace and style of the colonial era with wood furniture and hand-stenciled murals. 

  • Air-conditioned indoor lounge
  • Outdoor lounge with shade system & lounge chairs
  • Spacious, open-seating dining room
  • Bar serving premium spirits, wine & complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, and local beer/spirits throughout the day
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in the lounges (where signal is available)
  • Spa treatment room
  • Fitness Room
  • Library and games
  • Non-smoking staterooms & ship interior

  • Spacious, open-seating dining room
  • Chef-prepared onboard meals with regional cuisine and familiar favorites
  • Seasonal recipes featuring the freshest local ingredients
  • Vegetarian options available with all meals
  • Daily early-riser coffee & tea
  • Full breakfast buffet with live cooking station
  • Lunch buffet with live cooking station showcasing local specialties served by our Head Chef
  • Four-course à la carte dinners with choice of salads, soups, entrées, dessert or cheese
  • Complimentary wine, local beer/spirits, soft drinks, coffee & tea at lunch & dinner

From the air-conditioned indoor lounge to the outdoor lounge, you’ll find plenty of seating and spots to relax. You’ll never feel cramped or crowded. Plus, the indoor lounge features large windows, so no matter where you sit, you’ll always have a great view.

Throughout the land and river portions of this journey, local entertainers are showcased. Experience colorful, ancient songs and dance by local artists

Schedule

DAYPORT/CITYABOUT EACH PORT
Day 1: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2019DEHLI Welcome to India’s capital city! Arrive at your hotel for the next two nights. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Day 2: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2019DEHLI ~ Saris, Spices, and SilverToday’s Guided Sightseeing starts with an orientation to see the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate, and the Presidential Palace. Afterward, take a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk, a captivating local bazaar—with its ancient alleyways lined with quaint shops offering everything from silver and saris to spices and electronics.

After lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy a bit of leisure time. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a lavish welcome dinner at your hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2019
DELHI–AGRA ~ Monuments of Worship and RemembranceThis morning take a Guided Excursion to visit Qutub Minar, the world’s tallest brick minaret, dating back to the 11th century. Next, visit Humayun’s Tomb and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Delhi’s largest and most prominent Sikh gurudwara (house of worship). After lunch, drive to Agra and settle in at your hotel overlooking the Taj Mahal. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 4: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2019AGRA ~ Love’s Crowning Achievement
Start your day with a Sunrise Excursion to the incomparable Taj Mahal—Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan’s memorial to his beloved wife—more than 20 years in the making.

Later, take a Guided Tour to Agra Fort, built by the Moghul Emperor Akbar. This formidable fortress of red sandstone conceals the imperial city of the Moghul rulers and its many palaces.
For those interested, an excursion to the Taj at sunset is included. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 5: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2019AGRA–JAIPUR ~ Palaces and Rare Printings in the Pink City
Travel to Jaipur—the “Pink City” that was painted pink for the Prince of Wales’ 1876 visit.

This afternoon take a Guided Tour of the City Palace and the adjoining museum, which houses a collection of rare manuscripts. Also, stop at Jantar Mantar and the famous Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds).
The evening is at your leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 6: MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2019JAIPUR ~ A Maharaja’s Marble Palace Today, join a Guided Excursion to Jaipur’s spectacular Amber Fort, built entirely of white marble and red sandstone, and featuring intricate mosaics, carvings, paintings, and mirror works. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a festive dinner with a Cultural Performance. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 7: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2019JAIPUR–KOLKATA (EMBARKATION)Welcome to West Bengal. Your Ship Awaits.
Fly to Kolkata this morning to transfer to your ship. This afternoon get acquainted with the ship prior to your welcome reception. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO KALNA
Day 8: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2019KALNA ~ Rituals, Rickshaws, and a Weaver’s Wares

Ride on cycle rickshaws during your Guided Tour of Kalna. Along the way visit the historic terracotta temple complex and receive blessings from the temple priest. Also visit a muslin-weaver’s home. Enjoy a free afternoon on board your ship.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO MATIARI
Day 9: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2019MATIARI ~ Shining Brass and Sweet ShopsJoin a Morning Walk in the brass-making village of Matiari to see and interact with the craftsmen there. You’ll also see traditional sweets being made. Enjoy a free afternoon free onboard your ship.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO MURSHIDABAD
Day 10: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2019MURSHIDABAD. EXCURSION TO AZIMGANJ & JIAGANJ ~ Silversmiths, Tea Service, and Saree WeavingEnjoy a short Guided Walk through Azhimganj to see the local gold and silversmith workshops. You’ll also visit a local landlord’s mansion for authentic Indian tea, then travel by electric rickshaw in Jiaganj to see the art of Baluchari saree weaving. Relax this afternoon free onboard your ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
AFTERNOON/EVENING SAILING TO MAYAPUR
Day 11: SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2, 2019MAYAPUR–GUPTIPARA ~ A Holy Pilgrimage on the GangesJoin a Morning Walk through the pilgrim’s bazaar and visit the ISKCON temple and meet and interact with a Krishna leader. You’ll also visit a goshala (rescue shelter for cows).

This afternoon take a Rickshaw (Toto) Ride, and explore the village of Guptipara to see pottery and idol-making. You’ll also take an Escorted Visit to a farmer’s home and interact with the family there. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
AFTERNOON/EVENING SAILING TO KOLKATA
Day 12: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2019 KOLKATA ~ Flowers, Faith, and Victorian Art

This morning take a Guided Walk through the colorful flower market. Afterward, stop to see Mother Teresa’s former home and the Calcutta rescue.

After lunch, join a Guided Visit to the Victoria Memorial Museum. Built to commemorate Queen Victoria, the museum houses a beautiful collection of paintings, textiles, weapons, and other artifacts from the Victorian era.
Tonight, a farewell Dance Performance is presented on the ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 13: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2019KOLKATA (DISEMBARKATION)Your Credit Union cruise & conference ends with breakfast this morning.
(NOTE) - Daily Itinerary is subject to change. In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter route.

Room Choices:

PRICING :  Double Cabin

  • Category B Cabin:   $7,324.00 per person, double occupancy   (Deluxe Suites – French Balcony/Main Deck)
  • Category A Cabin:   $7,724.00 per person, double occupancy   (Deluxe Suites – French Balcony/Upper Deck)
  • Category S Cabin:    $8,124.00 per person, double occupancy   (Heritage Suite – French Balcony)

Single Pricing : Call Fox World Travel for Availability & Rates

*Call Fox World Travel for Availability & Rates for all other size cabins.

 

 

Rates

Package Inclusions: 

River Cruise and Land Tour Package with Avalon onboard the Ganges Voyager includes:

  • 2-Nights Delhi; 2-Nights Agra; 2-Nights Jaipur in Superior First Class and Deluxe hotels including breakfast daily, and all service charges, taxes, and porterage.
  • 6-night Ganges River cruise in a river-view stateroom onboard the Ganges Voyager
  • Air flight from Jaipur to Kolkata
  • River cruise taxes   
  • All meals onboard the ship with chef-inspired regional recipes to include:
  • Daily early-riser coffee & tea
  • Full breakfast buffet with live cooking station
  • Lunch buffet with live cooking station showcasing local specialties served by our Head Chef
  • Four-course à la carte dinners with choice of salads, soups, entrées, dessert or cheese
  • Complimentary wine, local beer/spirits, soft drinks, coffee & tea at lunch & dinner
  • Complimentary gratuities to shipboard staff, tour guides and motor-coach drivers
  • Daily shore excursions, hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Luxuriously appointed river view staterooms with premium beds and linens; Mini-bar with complimentary local beer, soft drinks & bottled water, hair dryer, in room safe, flat-screen TV with complimentary movies, and complimentary bottled water daily
  • Remarkable service from your English-speaking crew and on-board Cruise Director
  • Customized, informative travel documents containing all trip details and helpful planning information

Deposit:   $400.00 per person at time of booking – non refundable

Final payment date: July 15, 2019

Cancel Penalties:

Date of Booking to July 15, 2019:     Deposit amount $400.00 per person

July 16 to August 22, 2019:       50% of trip cost

August 23 to September 20, 2019:     75% of trip cost

September 21, 2019 to departure date:     No refund

 

Airline Tickets: If airline tickets are purchased through Fox World Travel, once purchased, they may be non-refundable.

Requirements: A valid Visa, and a Passport are required with a validity of at least six months beyond the return date of the trip.

Not Included:  Air unless noted; meals, unless noted; medical services; airline imposed baggage fees; airport gratuities to baggage handlers, or any other items of a personal nature. A Visa and valid passport are required. Travel insurance protection is not included. Transfers. Ask your travel consultant about our reasonable options.  

 

OTHER COSTS:  

  • $1,900.00 registration fee for the Conference attendee
  • Pre Trip packages – Additional Nights in Delhi thru Avalon: $235.00 per person double occupancy

What Your Rate Includes:

Rates are based on double occupancy, except when noted. Cabin categories and cabin rates are subject to availability. Rates do not include transfers. Ask us to quote transfer rates and to book your transfers.

To attend conference and/or to take advantage of these low group rates, all cabin reservations must be booked through “FOX World Travel”, our travel affiliate.  Both the cabin deposit and Conference Registration Fee are immediately payable upon first booking this cruise/conference. Cruise Rates are subject to change by Avalon Waterways.

Contact Information

Contact our NEW 2019 Travel Team:

FOX World Travel

educruises@foxworldtravel.com

Toll Free: 1-888-367-2571