‘Natural History’s Greatest Voyage’ cruising Peru’s remote upper reaches of the mighty Amazon River
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Day 1 - Lima
Day 2 - Iquitos
Day 3 - Yarapa River
Day 4 - Yanallpa Creek
Day 5 - Pacaya River/Yahuarcocha Lake
Day 6 - Supay Creek
Day 7 - Nauta City/Pucate River
Day 8 - Yanayacu River
Day 9 - Lima
Day 10 - Return Flight
The voyage of the RV Amazon Star takes us through the remote rainforest of the Peruvian jungle combining the comfort and elegance of a first class river vessel with the experience of an expeditionary cruise of discovery. In one of the most culturally and environmentally diverse countries on earth, you will discover one of these last great unexplored regions of the world, the Peruvian Amazon. Travel deep into the protected Pacaya-Samiria Reserve getting unrivalled access to the Peruvian rainforest’s most pristine areas and the opportunity to experience the abundant wildlife and natural beauty of Amazonia, learning about her ecosystems, botany, wildlife habitats and cultural tradition.
Here in the secluded waters, beyond the confluence of the Ucayali and Maranon Rivers, the greatest recorded number of primate species in the ‘New World’ are to be found, together with thousands of colourful birds, the pink and grey dolphins and an exotic profusion of lush tropical flora and fauna.
Wildlife & Natural Wonders
Small Ship Sailing
Free Cabin Selection
No Single Supplement
Group Size: 2 – 20
Day 1 Fly from Gatwick to Lima. Transfer to the Casa Andina for a one night stay.
Day 2 Take a morning flight to Iquitos, gateway to the Peruvian Amazon. City tour on arrival to include; the Museum of Indigenous Cultures, Casa Morey and CREA Manatee Rescue Centre. Continue to the RV Amazon Star for embarkation. Sail upstream along the Amazon River. (B, D)
Day 3 There is the opportunity for birding from the Bar Deck for early risers and after breakfast our exploration of the Amazon River begins. Board the motor launches for exploration on the Yarapa River (Black water tributary of the Ucayali River). (B, L, D)
Day 4 Look for wildlife from the Bar Deck followed by a river exploration of Yanallpa Creek by motor launch, before breakfast. Visit a local village and school with the possibility of local handicraft shopping. Afternoon lecture on Pacaya Samiria National Reserve by the on-board Naturalist. Evening excursion on Dorado Creek. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Exploration of the Pacaya River in search of red howler monkeys and other species of primate. Afternoon lecture: Source of the Amazon. Travel by launch to explore the Yahuarcocha Lake and see Giant Water Lilies. (B, L, D)
Day 6 After breakfast explore the market at Nauta City and a local market. On board lecture, exploration along the Pawachiro Creek, on the Marañón River inside the Pacaya Samirira. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Explore the market at Nauta City before breakfast . Take a nature walk on Terra Firma Forest at Casual. An opportunity for swimming in the Pucate River at the National Reserve. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Enjoy an exploration of the Yanayacu River, including a picnic breakfast and wildlife observation. In the afternoon you can participate in a cooking class on-board before our last boat ride on the Amazon and a sundowner. (B, L, D)
Day 9 Disembarkation at Iquitos, transfer for your flight to Lima and overnight at the Casa Adina. (B)
Day 10 Full day at leisure for independent exploration. Transfer to the airport for the evening flight to London. (B)
Day 11 Arrive London Gatwick.
Excursions are by motor launch or on foot,they will be over uneven ground and with some incline, a reasonable level of mobility is required.
Groups will be divided for sightseeing. The cruise vessel takes a maximum of 31 passengers.
The 164 ft. RV Amazon Star, 31-passenger, river vessel was built in 2013 and belongs to the Peruvian Amazon cruise fleet. It has 15 cabins, 6 Lower Deck doubles, 5 Upper Deck doubles, 2 suites and 1 single cabin (Lower Deck). The vessel is air-conditioned, has the Amazon’s largest bar/observation deck at 1000 sq. ft. Facilities include a lecture room and small library, fitness room and panoramic dining room. The RV Amazon Star offers modern facilities including on-board WiFi (limited), yet still retains its expedition charm, having been classically designed and built using locally-sourced, sustainable woods and furnished to a high standard. All cabins have private facilities, hairdryer, safe and private balcony. Her 8-day cruise itinerary was voted one of the “25 Greatest Adventures in the World” by National Geographic Adventure Magazine. Single cabin (172 sq. ft.) – Lower Deck Double cabin (215 sq. ft.) – Lower Deck and Upper Deck
Cuzco and Machu Pichu Pre-Tour Extension
Spend five nights in Peru visiting Cuzco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
Day 1 Fly to Lima transfer to Casa Adina
Day 2 Fly to Cuzco and stay at the 4-star Sonesta. Afternoon tour of Cuzco. (B)
Day 3 Drive to the Sacred Valley. Stay two nights at the 3-star Sonesta. (B)
Day 4 Visit Chinchero and the remains of the hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupan. (B)
Day 5 Join the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes, ascend by road to Machu Picchu. Tour the ruins. Overnight at 3-star El Mapi in Aguas Calientes. (B, D)
Day 6 Morning at leisure, time to ascend to the site once more for independent exploration. Return by rail and road to Cuzco. Overnight at the Sonesta. (B)
Day 7 Travel via Lima to Iquitos to join your Amazon Cruise. (B)
Modern 4-star hotel in the Miraflores area, close to Kennedy Park. Restaurant, bar, spa, sauna and WiFi (free). 155 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
A contemporary 4-star hotel close to Plaza de Armas and 4 blocks from the main square. Restaurant, Bar, WiFi (free) and 127 rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
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per person in a twin Lower Deck cabin
British Airways from London Gatwick
Save up to £800
Supplements per person
NO SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT
Limited availability, all dates
Twin/Double cabin for sole use £1895
Upper Deck £250
Single supplement £1895
British Airways World Traveller Plus from £755
British Airways Business Class from £2365
Pre-tour Extension - Cuzco and Machu Pichu
6 nights £1295
Single supplement £350
Arrival transfer add £30
Departure transfer add £30
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, 2 nights' hotel, 7-night cruise, breakfast daily, full board/drinks with meals on cruise, expert naturalists, local guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, visa procurement, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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