From the Inca Empire to the Peruvian Amazon

From the Inca Empire to the Peruvian Amazon 2014 / 2015

11 Day River Cruise from Lima to Lima

From its amazing archaeological treasures to its gastronomic delights and from its scenic beauty to its melting pot of cultures, Peru offers visitors a wide array of attractions—and on this tour, you’ll experience its highlights. Begin in the cosmopolitan city of Lima with a guided sightseeing tour, a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum, and a special welcome dinner in an ornate family owned mansion in the heart of Lima. Fly to Cusco and descend into the Sacred Valley of the Incas for guided tours of Cusco, Kenko and Sacsayhuaman built in the early 12th century with some stones weighing more than 350 tons. Of course, no vacation to Peru is complete without visiting Machu Picchu. Built around 1450 at the height of the Inca Empire, Machu Picchu is located in a gorgeous mountain setting above the Sacred Valley. Stand in awe as you witness it. It is one of the most majestic images in South America, if not the world! Fly to Iquitos where you will embark on a journey to one of the world’s vastly unexplored regions, the mighty Amazon. Experience the Amazon wilderness where it originates in Peru - where biodiversity is at its greatest and the rainforest is untamed. Board one of the world’s most luxurious small ships—the Aria. Enjoy fine wine, haute cuisine, and all-inclusive comfort while venturing deep into the Amazon jungle in search of elusive wildlife. During your time in the Amazon take naturalist-guided panga rides through the river tributaries, swim with pink dolphins, and visit native communities, all while returning to your plush five-star yacht. Wonderful scenery, historical treasures, learning opportunities, and so much more—all are available on this thrilling trip to Peru!

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Highlights & Sightseeing

Cruise: 3-night cruise in an outside stateroom cruising the Amazon River aboard the Aria; Pacaya Samiria Reserve; guided sightseeing each day with a local Naturalist

Day 1 Lima: welcome to South America

Day 2 Lima: sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit San Francisco Monastery and Larco Herrara Museum; welcome dinner at Casa Garcia Alvarado

Day 3 Lima–Cusco–Sacred Valley: fly to Cusco; visit Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Awanakancha, and Pisac; dinner and Peruvian Paso Horse Show

Day 4 Sacred Valley–Machu Picchu: visit Ollantaytambo and an Incan home, Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes; sightseeing of Machu Picchu with a Local Guide

Day 5 Machu Picchu–Cusco: second included entrance to Machu Picchu; return train trip

Day 6 Cusco: sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Santo Domingo Monastery and the Cathedral

Day 7 Cusco–Lima–Iquitos (Embarkation)–Cruising the Peruvian Amazon: Board the Aria; welcome meeting & dinner

Day 8 Cruising the Peruvian Amazon: Naturalist-guided walks and panga rides in search of wildlife; nocturnal panga cruise

Day 9 Cruising the Peruvian Amazon: Naturalist-guided walks and panga rides in search of wildlife; nocturnal panga cruise

Day 10 Cruising the Peruvian Amazon (Disembarkation)–Iquitos–Lima: Naturalist-guided panga ride; native village visit; visit the Manatee Rescue Center; fly to Lima

Day 11 Lima: your vacation ends this morning

Special experiences by local entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.

Learn from an Amazon Naturalist how Peru is one of only 12 countries that ranks as a biological megadiversity.

Meals

  • Breakfast : American breakfast daily
  • Lunch : 6 lunches including a farewell lunch on board the Aria
  • Dinner : 7 three-course dinners including a welcome dinner in Lima

NOTE:

  • Maximum elevation on tour: 11,200 ft.

It's about you. You are the reason we've used our 85-plus years of travel expertise to design the very best small-ship cruising experience. Inspired by you, we've taken everything special about small-ship cruising and made it even better. Here are some of the features and amenities you'll experience with Avalon.

  • Luxurious standards in elegant atmosphere.
  • Expedition team of multilingual Naturalists.
  • Daily multi-media natural history lectures.
  • A lounge serving premium spirit cocktails.
  • Observation area to watch local fauna.
  • Unwind in the Jacuzzi.
  • Air-conditioning throughout.
  • Open seating for all meals.
  • International, award-winning Peruvian cuisine.
  • Access to a resident paramedic.
  • Eight passenger skiffs forflora and fauna viewing.
  • Stargazing Program.
  • Maintain your routine in the exercise room.
  • Complimentary regional wines at meals.
  • Complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, and local beer/wine throughout the day at the bar.
  • Bottled water on all excursions
  • Remarkable service.
  • English-speaking crew.
  • Radio and satellite communications.
  • Included shore excursions with Local Naturalist.
  • Unique cultural activities & interactions with locals
  • Intimate cruise experience with maximum capacity of 32 people
  • And, much more.

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