5 Day Iberostar Grand Amazon Cruise, Rio de Janeiro, and Iguazu Falls
12 Days/11 Nights
From $2,929 per person
(Dbl. Occupancy, Not Incl. Airfare)
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.
Day 1 (Sat): Manaus.
Day 2 (Sun): Manaus-City Tour.
Note: The Museums and Amazon Theatre are closed on Sundays and Holidays.
Day 3 (Mon): Manaus-Iberostar Grand Amazon.
Day 4 (Tue): Iberostar Grand Amazon-Igarapés of Jaraqui-Três Bocas Island.
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)
Day 5 (Wed): Iberostar Grand Amazon-Igarapé Trench-Indigenous Community Visit.
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)
Day 6 (Thu): Iberostar Grand Amazon-Rio Ariaú Region-Tupé Region.
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)
Day 7 (Fri): Iberostar Grand Amazon-Meeting of the Waters-Manaus-Rio de Janeiro.
Day 8 (Sat): Rio de Janeiro-Multicultural Dinner Show.
Day 9 (Sun): Rio de Janeiro-Christ the Redeemer Statue (Corcovado)-Sugarloaf Mountain.
Over a million tourists each year visit the world famous Sugar Loaf Mountain, which has become an iconic symbol of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Rising up from a small peninsula at the entrance of Guanabara Bay, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of a concentrated, refined sugar loaf. The journey to the top is made in glass cable-cars. The first cable-car takes you to the top of Urca Hill, which rises 215 meters above sea level and offers spectacular views of the entire bay and its surrounding islands. From Urca Hill, you continue in a second cable-car to the top of Sugar Loaf which rises 395 meters above sea level and offers a 360 degree view of the entire city including Botafogo and Copacabana Beaches, Corcovado Mountain, and downtown Rio de Janeiro. (Duration: approximately 8 hours. Lunch will be served at Estrela do Sul BBQ). Following the tour, you will be returned to your hotel. Overnight in Rio de Janeiro. (B,L)
Day 10 (Mon): Rio de Janeiro-Iguazu Falls (Brazilian Side).
Day 11 (Tue): Iguazu Falls (Argentinian Side)-Great Adventure Tour.
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)
Day 12 (Wed): Iguazu Falls-Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro.
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
- 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.
- Brazilian visa.
- 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.
Manaus & Amazon
Rio de Janeiro
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 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.
Passport/Visa: For Brazil, U.S., Australian, British, and Canadian citizens require a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry, an onward or return ticket, and proof of sufficient funds to cover their stay. Citizens of other countries are advised to contact the Brazilian embassy in their country before traveling. For Argentina, 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 $800 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.
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