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Expedition Into the Amazon Cruise + Iguassu Falls + 6 Night Cruise (2019 Itinerary)

10 days

Never more than 16 guests OR Travel Privately

Two Amazing Natural Wonders on One Amazing Tour

+ With its shallow draft, our intimate vessel the m/y Tucano takes you deeper into pristine Amazon regions where other ships don’t go!
+ With its unique open-air design, the Tucano immerses you in all the sights and sounds of the jungle for a more authentic Amazon experience.
+ With our expert naturalists blazing fresh jungle trails, you'll explore remote reaches of the Rio Negro and Amazon River on up to four excursions each day.
+ Stay inside Iguassu National Park at our luxury Belmond hotel… You’ll have exclusive access to the Park at anytime – even when the gates are closed to other visitors!
+ Includes 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Day
1

On arrival at the airport, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to Villa Amazonia. In the heart of Manaus, our charming boutique hotel is set in a finely restored mansion that traces its history to the days of the Rubber Barons.

Day
2

Step aboard the m/y Tucano

M/Y Tucano

After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll be escorted to the pier to board the m/y Tucano, an intimate and stylish river vessel with 9 air-conditioned outside staterooms - all with large windows and private en suite bath. After settling in to your cabin, join fellow guests on the spacious Observation Deck to observe the passing scenery as the Tucano begins her voyage along the Rio Negro and through the 400 islands of Anavilhanas, the world’s largest freshwater archipelago. Later, board the ship’s launches to scout close to shore along the heavily forested river banks.

Enjoy lunch in the inviting wood-paneled Salon as our ship continues beyond frontier settlements and into the true wilderness area of the Amazon rainforest. This section of the river is an excellent place to spot pink river dolphins and a large variety of exotic bird species. In the late afternoon, join your naturalist guides for a river safari to observe more jungle wildlife. Every evening, your ship’s naturalists will offer informative talks about the myriad plants, animals and eco-systems encountered on your river voyage and forest walks. Meals B+ L+D

Day
3

Exploring the Rainforest

M/Y Tucano

The Tucano is equipped with launches that allow for deeper exploration into the dense foliage of the Amazon jungle. This morning’s excursion in these launches explores the unique eco-system at river’s edge; the early hour is a good time to spot Howler monkeys and hear the morning call of the famous long-beaked bird of the tropics, the iconic Toucan. Our adventurous travelers might choose to explore the area on a guided kayak excursion. After breakfast onboard, return to shore for a forest walk as our naturalist guide broadens your understanding of rainforest ecology.

Enjoy lunch and a relaxing afternoon onboard as your ship continues its river voyage. A late-day excursion into the forest is accompanied by the sunset chorus of birds and frogs.  Meals B+L+D

Day
4

Deeper into the Amazon

M/Y Tucano

Join our expert naturalists early this morning to explore the tall dense rainforests of the Anavilhanas Archipelago. Here you’ll find the Igap√≥, an unusual flooded eco-system of dense forests rising directly from the dark waters of the Rio Negro. Later, a hike through a high Amazon forest reveals a very different environment, home to its own unique flora and fauna. As weather and water-level conditions permit, you will enjoy additional late afternoon and evening excursions, a great time to spot sloths scrambling high in the limbs of the jungle.  Meals B+L+D

Day
5

Into the Varzea

M/Y Tucano

Depending upon river conditions, this morning’s excursions might include a visit to a remote settler’s home carved out of the forest or a guided nature walk to learn more about the Amazon’s flora and fauna. In the early afternoon, the Tucano navigates close to the Rio Jauaperi – another tributary of the Rio Negro. Known as the Varzea (a Portuguese word meaning “flooded forest”), the water levels here in this sector of the Amazon can fluctuate by as much as 20 to 40 feet over the course of a year. These constant processes of flooding-and-receding have created a unique and ever-changing environment. Your guided exploration along these shorelines will reveal amazing flora and fauna not found anywhere else. Weather permitting, a night safari with our naturalists is a chance to observe rare nocturnal creatures. Meals  B+L+D

Day
6

The Western Banks of the Rio Negro

M/Y Tucano

Another day deep in the Brazilian Amazon unfolds as we explore new rainforest habitats along the swift-flowing Rio Negro. Focusing on the western banks of the river, the shallow draft of our vessel and its launches will allow you to venture into remote areas rarely visited by other travelers. Back on board, the m/y Tucano will continue downstream. Water level permitting, we might be able to navigate up a small tributary on the Rio Negro’s eastern side. This would be an ideal location for another guided night safari!
 
Return to ship for Caipirinha Night… Sample this traditional Brazilian cocktail and join your fellow passengers for some Samba dancing on the Top Deck.  Meals B+L+D

Day
7

The Meeting of the Waters

M/Y Tucano

Arise early this morning for a guided excursion as the rainforest’s inhabitants awake to begin another day. It’s a lively time in the jungle and an ideal time to spot indigenous mammals and exotic birds. Return to the Tucano for a hearty breakfast and then rejoin our expert naturalists for another morning activity. Later this afternoon, you’ll want to be on deck as our vessel navigates along the Encontra das Aguas, where the brown waters of the Amazon and the darker waters of the Rio Negro flow side-by-side for miles without mixing. Pink and grey river dolphins can often be observed cavorting along this stark line of contrasting currents.
 
Later in the afternoon, a final guided excursion finds you once again in one of our maneuverable launches exploring along one of the region’s many hidden streams. As the sun sets and the jungle begins to darken, we’ll return upstream and begin our journey back to Manaus where we’ll find a quiet anchorage along the bustling waterfront. This evening’s farewell dinner is an opportunity to share reflections on this unforgettable adventure.  Meals B+L+D

Day
8

Tour Manaus + Fly to Iguassu Falls

Belmond Das Cataratas Iguassu, Brazil

After a final breakfast onboard, bid farewell to our staff and crew as you disembark the Tucano in Manaus. Enjoy a guided tour of this vibrant river port – including the ornate Manaus Opera House; also known as the Amazon Theater, this iconic landmark was built more than a century ago by wealthy rubber barons. Then transfer to the airport for your included flight to Iguassu. On arrival, you’ll be escorted to the 5-star Belmond Das Cataratas, the only hotel located inside Brazil’s Iguassu National Park. Meals B

Day
9

The Majesty of Iguassu from the Argentine Side

Belmond Das Cataratas Iguassu, Brazil

Extensive full-day exploration with our expert naturalists takes you to all the best vantage points on the Argentine side of Iguassu Falls. At the famed Devil’s Throat Cataract, the towering spray often acts like a prism – creating thousands of rainbows suspended in the air. This evening, you can continue to take advantage of our hotel’s privileged location to explore the National Park after it’s been closed to other visitors!  Meals B

Day
10

The Brazilian Side of the Falls + Departure

Enjoy breakfast and a leisurely morning here at our 5-star hotel within the National Park. Then join our guide for a tour of the breathtaking vantage points on the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls. Along with yesterday’s guided touring, our comprehensive approach promises a complete and more enriching experience of this amazing World Heritage Site. After sightseeing, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your onward journey.  Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Explore Peru...

6-Day Post-Tour Extension from $3,499

This deluxe Post-Trip extension includes 2 nights in Lima and 2 nights in Cuzco with in-depth sightseeing, guided overnight visit to Machu Picchu, 7 meals, and your flight from Iguassu Falls to Peru.

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Day
1

Welcome to Lima

Upon arrival in the Peruvian capital, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the JW Marriott Hotel, a striking 5-star hotel overlooking the Pacific in Lima’s vibrant Miraflores district.

Day
2

Discover Lima

Enjoy a leisurely morning and then set out this afternoon with your personal guide for a private tour of Lima’s highlights, beginning with the splendid Colonial architecture of Plaza Mayor and the historic city center. Then tour the extensive pre-Columbian collection of the renowned Larco Herrera Museum before returning to your hotel.  Meals B

Day
3

Fly to Cuzco

This morning, you’ll be chauffeured to the airport for your flight to Cuzco, where you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the JW Marriott Hotel, where an oxygenated room has been reserved for you. After time to relax and acclimate to the altitude, your private afternoon tour includes the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun. Continue by private car into the mountains outside of town to visit the Incan site of Sacsayhuaman, known for its impressive masonry and great views over the city. At the Almudena Cemetery and bustling San Pedro Market, your guide will offer unique insight into all that you encounter, including ancient Andean traditions which still endure in the daily lives of Cuzco’s residents. Meals B

Day
4

Through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

Your in-depth visit to Machu Picchu begins from Cuzco aboard the Vistadome Train. Travel through the captivating landscapes of the Sacred Valley, a region of timeless villages, terraced fields and snow-capped Andean peaks. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, continue by motorcoach up the winding road to Machu Picchu and explore this ancient citadel as your expert guide illuminates the history and culture of the once-great Inca Empire. Return to town for a peaceful overnight at the Inkaterra El Pueblo, a charming deluxe resort nestled in an Andean cloud forest along the banks of the Urubamba River. Meals B,L,D

Day
5

Machu Picchu and back to Cuzco

Behold the grandeur and majesty of Machu Picchu as the sun breaks across the mountain peaks to cast its first golden rays upon the ancient stones of this fabled Lost City. We’ve included your transportation and a second entry ticket so you can experience Machu Picchu at sunrise at your own pace…. in the quiet morning light before the day visitors arrive! But please exercise caution as morning dew can make the stones and paths of Machu Picchu slippery. An afternoon train returns you to Cuzco where you’ll be escorted back to the JW Marriott Hotel. Meals B

Day
6

Fly Back to Lima

We’ve also included your flight to Lima where you can connect to your homeward flight.  Meals B

Continue to Rio de Janeiro

4-Day Post-Tour Extension from $1199

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Day
1

Welcome to Rio de Janeiro

Upon arrival at the airport, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted by private car to your choice of hotel.  The balance of your day is at leisure. (The Iguassu to Rio flight is not included.)  Meals B

Day
2

Discover Rio de Janeiro

Your private city tour includes the Sambodromo where Brazil’s famed Samba schools compete during Carnival and the landmark Metropolitan Cathedral, with its standing-room capacity of 20,000 people. A 2-stage cable car ascent up Sugar Loaf Mountain is rewarded with amazing views over the city and sea! Meals B

Day
3

A day in Rio

You have this entire day free to explore and enjoy at your own pace.  Meals B

Day
4

Depart Rio De Janeiro

You’ll be escorted to the airport today for your onward flight.  Meals B

Private Tour Add-Ons

Mendoza

Enhance your trip to South America with this Colonial-era town nestled against the foothills of the Andes. Choose from our city-center hotels, enjoy a private tour of Mendoza’s historic highlights, and visit two of the region’s esteemed wineries for a sampling of Argentina’s finest wines!

Salta ~ The Beautiful Northwest

Experience the captivating diversity of Argentina’s remote northern province, a land of lovely vineyards, handsome Colonial towns and rugged desert landscapes. We include a choice of fine hotels, a full-day excursion to Cafayate with lunch and wine tasting, and a private city tour of Salta’s Colonial landmarks.

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Upper + Lower berths$5,999Available
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Upper + Lower berths$5,999Available
Two Lower berths$7,499Available
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Extra nights are available before or after your tour.

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Available for Economy Class travel when you pay in full at booking by Nov 30, 2019 for any 2020-2021 departure. If you prefer Economy Plus or Business Class, take $1,000 off your companion’s airfare. Solo travelers enjoy $500 savings on air! Applies to new bookings made between Oct 1 and Nov 30, 2019 and cannot be combined with our ongoing pay-in-full discount. Any airline charges for advance seat assignments are not included. Cancellation penalties and other requirements and conditions may apply.

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