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Expedition Into the Amazon Cruise + Iguassu Falls + 6 Night Cruise 2020

11 days with Alexander+Roberts  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 - Welcome to Manaus, Brazil
On arrival in Manaus, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to Villa Amazonia. In the heart of town, our inviting hotel is set in a finely restored landmark building that dates back to the golden age of the Rubber Barons.
 
Day 2 - Embark the Motor Yacht Tucano
Early this morning, you’ll step aboard the M/Y Tucano for your 6-night cruise deep into the wilds of the Amazon. With its unique open-air design and multiple windows in your cabin, you’ll be surrounded by the sights and sounds of the jungle as we set sail up the Rio Negro. This afternoon finds your vessel navigating the vast Anavilhanas Archipelago, the largest collection of riverine islands on the planet. As conditions permit, join our expert naturalists to explore the dense forests – alive with squirrel monkeys, howler monkeys, brightly colored Amazon birds, and an astonishing variety of tropical plants. Return to ship for hors d’oeuvres on the Observation Deck and sit down to a congenial dinner in the dining room. Tonight, weather permitting, you might set out in the Tucano’s launches for a thrilling night safari to search for nocturnal creatures like the crocodilian caiman. (B+L+D)
 
Day 3 – Exploring the Rainforest
The M/Y 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. (B+L+D)
 
Day 4 – Deeper into the Amazon
Join our expert naturalists early this morning to explore the tall dense rainforests of the Anavilhanas Archipelago. Here you’ll find the Igapó, 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. (B+L+D)
 
Day 5 – Into the Varzea
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 M/Y 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. (B+L+D)
 
Day 6 – The Western Banks of the Rio Negro
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. (B+L+D)
 
Day 7 – The Meeting of the Waters
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 M/Y 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 Encontro 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. (B+L+D)
 
Day 8 – Tour Manaus + Fly to São Paulo
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 Teatro Amazonas, this iconic landmark was built more than a century ago by wealthy rubber barons. Then we’ll take you to the airport for your included flight to São Paulo where you’ll be assisted with your transfer to the Marriott Airport Hotel, conveniently located for this overnight stay. (B)
 
Day 9 – Fly to Iguassu
After breakfast, we’ll take you to the terminal for your included flight to Iguassu. On arrival, you’ll be met and escorted to the 5-star Belmond Das Cataratas, the only hotel located inside Brazil’s Iguassu National Park. While the region’s indigenous inhabitants certainly knew of its thundering beauty (Iguassu means “Big Water” in the local Guarani language), the Falls were officially “discovered” in 1541 by the Spanish Conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca. This afternoon, you’ll join our expert guide for an in-depth tour encompassing the breathtaking view points on the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls. With our hotel’s privileged location inside the national park, you can continue exploring on your own even after the Park has closed. (B)
 
Day 10 - Majesty of Iguassu Falls… From the Argentine Side
Extensive full-day exploration with our expert naturalists takes you to all the best vantage points on the Argentine side of Iguassu Falls c. 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! (B)
 
Day 11 - Departure
After a leisurely breakfast, you’ll visit Parque de Aves, where 40 acres of sub-tropical rainforest provide habitat for 150 species of exotic birds including parrots, toucans, eagles and owls. Then we’ll take you to the airport for your onward journey. (B)
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River Cruise Highlights
  • Our intimate vessel the M/Y Tucano has a uniquely shallow draft, allowing us to explore deeper into pristine Amazon regions where other ships can’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!
  • Follow our expert naturalists along freshly-blazed jungle trails to explore remote reaches of the Rio Negro and Amazon River on up to four excursions each day.
  • Hit all the best vantage points on both the Brazilian and Argentine sides of Iguassu Falls.
  • 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!
All This Included
Our intimate expedition vessel is designed to take you deeper into the Amazon to explore remote rainforest regions with our expert naturalists. Then continue to Iguassu, where our expert guide will take you to all the best vantage points on both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of the Falls!
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with never more than 16 guests at Iguassu Falls and in Manaus including all entry fees
  • Our complete Amazon shore expedition program with expert naturalists
  • 22 meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
  • 6-night all-inclusive cruise aboard the m/y Tucano in a comfortable outside cabin
  • 1 night at the enchanting Villa Amazonia Hotel in Manaus
  • 1 night at the conveniently located Marriott Airport Hotel in São Paolo
  • 2 nights at the 5-star Belmond Das Cataratas inside Brazil’s Iguassu National Park
  • All on-tour transportation, airport transfers, and both internal flights
  • All luggage handling, hotel taxes, port charges and fees
  • + All gratuities are included
Accommodations on this Tour
Manaus: Villa Amazonia
Amazon Jungle: Cabin onboard M/Y Tucano
Iguassu Falls: Belmond Das Cataratas
Pre and Post Add-ons
Add Rio de Janeiro
3 Days from $1,199
Finish your trip to Brazil on a high-note in exciting Rio de Janeiro.  We include 2 nights at your choice of outstanding hotels, complete sightseeing with our expert guide, and your flight from Iguassu. From $1199
 
Amazon Lodges of Peru
3-Day Private Tour
Discover the remote and pristine Amazon jungles of Peru! Our private tour includes your choice of eco-lodge deep in the rainforest, roundtrip transportation from Puerto Maldonado and all meals. Then set out with our expert naturalists to explore the unique flora and fauna of the Amazon.
 
Amazon Lodges of Brazil
4-Day Private Tour
Spend the night in colorful Manaus and see the remarkable Meeting of the Waters. Then travel to the Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge where you’ll join other Lodge guests for exciting, guided rainforest expeditions.
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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