From the Inca Empire to the Peruvian Amazon

From the Inca Empire to the Peruvian Amazon 2015 / 2016

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 a deluxe, outside stateroom cruising the Peruvian Amazon River aboard the Aria; Pacaya Samiria Reserve; guided sightseeing each day with a local Naturalist

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

Sacred Valley: visit Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Awanakancha, and Pisac’s market; dinner and Peruvian Paso Horse Show; visit Ollantaytambo and an Incan home

Machu Picchu: sightseeing of the ruins with a Local Guide, and two entrances to the ruins

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

Iquitos: board the Aria; welcome meeting & dinner; wildlife viewing excursions by panga; native village visit; cooking lesson; visit the Manatee Rescue Center

Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by local chefs, entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.

Visit the Manatee Rescue Center and get up close to these beautiful marine mammals and learn about the efforts being made to help this endangered species.

Meals

  • American breakfast daily
  • 6 lunches including a farewell lunch on board the Aria
  • 7 three-course dinners including a welcome dinner in Lima
  • Complimentary wine with all lunches and dinners on board
  • Complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, wine and beer on board throughout the day

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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