Manaus and 5 Day Iberostar Grand Amazon Cruise

7 Days/6 Nights

From $1,849 pp

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Overview

Travel to the Brazilian Amazon for this fascinating five day Rio Negro cruise aboard the Iberostar Grand Amazon. Explore the Igarapés (narrow waterways) of Jaraqui and the islands of the Três Bocas region by speedboat. Hike along the trails of the Igarapé Trench, observe Pink Dolphins in Novo Airão, and visit an indigenous community to learn about their culture and lifestyle. The last part of the cruise takes you to the Meeting of the Waters, where the Rio Negro and Rio Solimões flow side-by-side for miles before joining to form the Amazon River.

Lodging and Meals: This tour includes accommodations for 6 nights (2 nights in Manaus and 4 nights aboard the Iberostar Grand Amazon, and 14 meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 4 dinners).

Best Time to Go: October-April.

Destinations: South America, Brazil, & Amazon.

Interests: Adventure, Culture & History, Expedition Cruising, Luxury, 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.

On this tour you will visit the Municipal Market, built at the beginning of the 20th century. Inside the impressive building, you will find a variety of regional products including fish, fruits and herbs. Afterwards, you will pass by the Government Palace and view the nearby creek with its typical houses built on stilts. Then, you will visit the Floating Dock in Manaus, which is deeply connected to the cycle of rubber and, in recent years has undergone great changes, in order to make it competitive and suited to the demands of globalization. The final destination is the Amazon Opera House, the primary symbol from the golden age of the rubber boom, built in 1896. With the help of a recent restoration, the building has maintained the splendor of that epic period. After the tour, you will be returned to your hotel. Overnight in Manaus. (B)

Note: The Amazon Theatre is 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 to your final destination. (B)

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Prices & Dates

Price per Person

Category Single Double Triple
Mandi Cabin $2,549 $1,849 n/a
Tambaqui Cabin $2,839 $2,069 n/a
Acara Cabin $3,269 $2,399 n/a
Royal Suite $4,309 $3,199 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. Children must be at least 10 years old to travel on the ship.
  3. Triple accommodations are not available on the ship.
  4. Room/cabin upgrades and additional nights in each destination are available upon request.
  5. 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.
  • Hotel accommodations including taxes and service charges.
  • Accommodations aboard the Iberostar Grand Amazon.
  • Tourism taxes ($5/night).
  • Port tax ($30).
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages during the cruise.
  • 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).
  • Gfts, 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.

Accommodations

Additional Details

Group Private: All transfers are private, and all other services are operated on a group basis.

Elevations: N/a.

Passport/Visa: 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.

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.