5 Day Iberostar Grand Amazon Cruise, Rio de Janeiro, and Iguazu Falls

12 Days/11 Nights

From $3,249 pp

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Overview

Travel in style aboard the luxurious Iberostar Grand Amazon on this journey along the Rio Negro in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon. Spot caiman, monkeys, and pink river dolphins, and visit an indigenous village to learn about the culture and lifestyle of its residents. In Rio de Janeiro, enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the base of Christ the Redeemer Statue, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, and in Iguazu, witness the impressive falls from the Brazilian and Argentine sides.

Lodging and Meals: This tour includes accommodations for 11 nights (2 nights in Manaus, 4 nights aboard the Iberostar Grand Amazon, 3 nights in Rio de Janeiro, and 2 nights in Puerto Iguazu), and 20 meals (11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 5 dinners).

Best Time to Go: October-April.

Destinations: South America, Brazil, Amazon, & Argentina.

Interests: Adventure, Culture & History, Expedition Cruising, Luxury, Sun & Beach, and Wildlife Viewing.

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Depart to Manaus. After passing through immigration and customs, proceed to the reception area, where our inbound services representative will be holding a sign with your name on it. You will be greeted and then transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Manaus.

The city tour begins with an 11 mile river front drive along Ponta Negra road to the floating port of Manaus. We will stop at the Rio Negro Palace, the old official residence of the governor and a beautiful example of architecture of the golden age of rubber production. Next we will visit the Indian Museum and the Salesiana Congregation to understand the traditions, habits and behavior of indigenous people. See Justice Palace and finish the city tour with “Teatro Amazonas.” This fantastic theater opened in 1896 and is considered the highlight of Manaus. It is an extraordinary symbol of the wealth and greatness of the golden age of rubber production. The tour ends at approximately 11:30 AM. After the tour, you will be returned to your hotel. Overnight in Manaus. (B)

Note: The Museums and Amazon Theatre are closed on Sundays and Holidays.

Check-in begins at 3:00 pm in the Port of Manaus, with departure scheduled for 6:00 pm. Sailing down Rio Negro, enjoy the sunset on the top deck with classical music. Afterwards, a welcome cocktail is offered by the Captain with a presentation of equipment on board and safety procedures in Salão Lua. Welcome dinner at Kuarup Restaurant. Overnight aboard the ship. (B,D)

Morning activity is hiking on trails in the Igarapés of Jaraqui, with palm trees and tall trees that are very important to local villages; some of them are used in the manufacture of houses and their trunks and leaves have great medicinal value. You can observe flowers and fruits depending on the season. Another option is a boat tour through the same region.

Late afternoon, you will tour by boat among the islands of the Três Bocas region; these islands are part of the second largest river archipelago in the world. The vegetation of the islands is reflected in the dark waters, producing a surreal and charming environmental scenario, ideal for fantastic photos. On the banks of the channels, orchids, bromeliads, toucans and macaws can be seen.

After dinner, spot alligators by boat, and listen to the night sounds in the Três Bocas region. Overnight aboard the ship. (B,L,D)

After breakfast, hike along the trails of the Igarapé Trench and observe Pink Dolphins in Novo Airão. These trails with vines, palm trees, and large trees are very important to the way of life of the local people; some of them are used to build their homes, and the hulls and leaves are used for medicinal purposes. You can see flowers and fruits depending on the season. Another option offered is a boat tour through this same region.

Late afternoon, you will visit an indigenous community in Rio Cuieiras to get to know the school, the clinic, the flour mill (where cassava flour is produced), dwellings and cultivated plants of this population. Opportunity to purchase local crafts. Overnight aboard the ship. (B,L,D)

Amazon Awakening. Early morning boat ride in the Rio Ariaú Region, where birds can be seen as well as a beautiful landscape lit by sunrise.

After breakfast, more boat rides through the Igarapés and lakes of the region. The waters are clear and the fauna is rich; you can see monkeys, sloths and birds (like collared hawk and kingfisher). Another option during this time is piranha fishing.

Afternoon boat rides in the Tupé Region, a very beautiful area where in low water season, you can observe the formation of beaches with fine white sand. There will also be tours with stops for diving in Rio Negro. Overnight aboard the ship. (B,L,D)

On the way to Manaus, you will observe the Meeting of the Waters, where the dark water of the Rio Negro and the sandy colored water of the Rio Solimões flow side-by-side for miles before joining to form the Amazon River. 8:00 am arrival at the Port of Manaus and disembarkation. You will be transferred to the airport in Manaus for your flight to Rio de Janeiro. Overnight in Rio de Janeiro. (B)

This is a free day to enjoy Rio de Janeiro. In the evening, you will have dinner at one of Rio’s liveliest barbecue houses followed by a real Samba show with ‘mulatas’ and ‘batuqueiros’ showing you Brazilian rhythms, folklore and fancy carnival costumes. Overnight in Rio de Janeiro. (B,D)

This tour begins with a panoramic city tour of downtown Rio de Janeiro, passing by the Sambodrome and the pyramid-shaped Metropolitan Cathedral. You will pass Cinelandia square, and historical buildings such as the Municipal Theatre, the National Library, and the National Museum of Fine Arts. Then, you will go to the Cosme Velho train station. The cog wheel train will climb up through the Tijuca Rainforest and bring you to the steps of the Christ the Redeemer Statue (Corcovado). At 2,300 ft. above sea level, you will have a breathtaking view of the City of Rio de Janeiro, the Guanabara Bay, Sugar Loaf Mountain, the nine mile Rio-Niteroi Bridge, the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, and the Atlantic Ocean. Barbeque lunch.

In the afternoon, you will drive along Rio’s famous beaches to the Praia Vermelha cable car station where you will be taken to the Urca Mountain (mid-way station) with its gardens and look-out points. Then, the second part of the ride will take you to the peak of Sugar Loaf Mountain, 1,300 ft. above sea level. Overnight in Rio de Janeiro. (B,L)

Early morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Iguazu Falls. Upon arrival, you will have a 1 and ½ hour tour of the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls. Located in Iguazu National Park, these spectacular falls are comprised of 275 individual cascades, and are more than 1.90 miles wide and 260 ft. high. You will walk along the main trail (one mile) on a catwalk above the lower Iguazu River to the series of falls that comprise the Devil’s Throat. Then you will take an elevator to an observation deck for a spectacular panoramic view of the falls. At the end of this tour, you will be transferred to your hotel on the Argentinian side. Overnight in Puerto Iguazu. (B)

In the morning, you will return to Iguazu Falls to view the falls from the Argentinian side and for the Great Adventure Tour. On the Argentinian side of the falls, you will visit the Interpretation Center to learn about the biodiversity of the jungle and the culture and history of the surrounding area. You can also take the Ecological Forest Train to the Garganta del Diable (Devil’s Throat) Station and the Cataratas Station, which will take you to the upper and lower circuits, and other walking trails.

In the afternoon, you will have the Great Adventure Tour. First, you will ride semi-rigid zodiac boats to reach the bottom of San Martin, Bosetty, Tres Mosqueteros and Canon de Garganta del Diablo falls and down the river rapids up to Puerto Macuco (two miles from the falls). Then, you will ride in an open jeep along the rainforest, observing the local flora and fauna with the aid of specialized guides. Overnight in Puerto Iguazu. (B)

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro and your final destination. (B)

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Prices & Dates

Price per Person

Category Single Double Triple
3 Star $4,809 $3,249 n/a
4 Star $4,829 $3,519 n/a
5 Star $5,639 $3,919 n/a
Deluxe $7,049 $4,809 n/a
** The prices shown above are in U.S. Dollars. See the cost of this tour in your currency here.

Notes:

  1. The above prices are valid until December 15, 2016.
  2. The above prices are based on a Mandi Cabin during the cruise.
  3. Children must be at least 10 years old to travel on the ship.
  4. Triple accommodations are not available on the ship.
  5. Room/cabin upgrades and additional nights in each destination are available upon request.
  6. Christmas Season and other High Season surcharges may apply.

Departure Dates

Saturday departures throughout the year.

What's Included

Price Includes

  • South American Vacations’ expert pre-departure planning services and documentation.
  • Airport/hotel transfers including baggage handling.
  • Accommodations aboard the Iberostar Grand Amazon.
  • Tourism taxes ($5/night).
  • Port tax ($30).
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages during the cruise.
  • Hotel accommodations including taxes and service charges.
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary.
  • Excursions as indicated on the itinerary including all applicable entrance fees.
  • Local, English-speaking tour guides.

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare.
  • Domestic airfare.
  • Meals not indicated on the itinerary.
  • Gratuities during the cruise ($18/night).
  • Gratuities, gifts, and personal items.
  • Travel insurance.

We will be happy to quote the cost of airfare and travel insurance and to make these arrangements for you.

Additional Details

Group Private: In the Amazon, all transfers are private, and the city tour of Manaus is operated on a group basis. In Rio de Janeiro and Iguazu Falls, all airport/hotel transfers are private. In Rio de Janeiro, the Samba Dinner Show (transfers) and the Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountain excursions are group tours for single passengers and 3 Star accommodations, and private for 4 Star, 5 Star, and Deluxe accommodation levels. In Iguazu Falls, the tours of the Brazilian and Argentinian side are group tours for single passengers and 3 Star accommodations and private for 4 Star, 5 Star, and Deluxe accommodations. The Great Adventure Tour is a group tour.

Elevations: N/a.

Passport/Visa: For Brazil, U.S., Australian, and Canadian citizens require a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry, a stamped visa that is valid 90 days from the date of issue, an onward or return ticket, and sufficient funds to cover their stay. The cost of the visa for U.S. citizens is $180 and processing time can take from 45-90 business days. EU Citizens only require a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry, an onward or return ticket, and sufficient funds to cover their stay. Citizens of other countries are advised to contact the Brazilian embassy in their country before traveling. For Argentina, Passport/Visa: U.S., Australian, Canadian, and EU citizens require a valid passport (for the duration of your visit) and return ticket for stays of up to 90 days. Australian and Canadian citizens are required to pay a reciprocity fee of $100 and $75 respectively (subject to change without notice due to currency fluctuations or other reasons) online, and must show proof of payment prior to arrival. The reciprocity fee for U.S. citizens has been suspended until further notice. For citizens of Australia, this fee covers unlimited entries to Argentina for 10 years, while citizens of Canada are charged the fee every time they enter the country (or $150 for multiple visits within five years). The fee can be paid online at ProvinciaNet.com.ar. You will need to register in order to make the payment. Citizens of other countries are advised to contact the embassy of Argentina in their country before traveling.

Travel Insurance: In order to protect your travel investment from unforeseen circumstances that may arise before or during your trip, we strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. We offer Allianz Global Assistance’s Classic Comprehensive and other plans. The Benefits and Coverage Limits are summarized on our Travel Insurance page. Call your travel counselor if you have any questions or to purchase a plan.

To Book This Trip: We require a non-refundable deposit of $500 per person plus the cost of the international airfare (if we make the arrangements for you). The balance of the trip cost is due 60 days prior to departure.