From the Inca Empire to the Peruvian Amazon

From the Inca Empire to the Peruvian Amazon 2016 / 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 Amazon Discovery. Enjoy fine wine, famous Peruvian 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 suite cruising the Peruvian Amazon River aboard the Amazon Discovery. Enjoy 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 Andean weaving center, 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 Amazon Discovery; welcome cocktail & dinner; wildlife viewing excursions by panga during the day and evening; native village visit; visit a shamanic healing clinic; cooking lesson; visit the Manatee Rescue Center; Iquitos city tour

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

Visit a local shamanic healing clinic, where a native shaman introduces you to the world of Amazonian hallucinogenic and medicinal plants.

Meals

  • American breakfast daily
  • 6 lunches including a farewell lunch in the Amazon
  • 7 three-course dinners including a welcome dinner in Lima
  • Complimentary wine with dinners on board
  • Complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, local spirits 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.
  • Refreshing plunge pool on the open-air deck.
  • Air-conditioning throughout.
  • Open seating for all meals.
  • Innovative menu of traditional Peruvian specialties as well as Western favorites.
  • Access to a resident paramedic.
  • Deluxe skiffs (excursion) boats with cold towel service, fresh fruit, and refreshments.
  • Series of cultural performances, educational talks, cooking classes and ship tour.
  • Maintain your routine in the exercise room.
  • Relax onboard at the Rainforest Spa.
  • Complimentary regional wines at meals.
  • Complimentary water, coffee, tea, soft drinks, and local beer/spirits 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 44 guests.
  • And, much more.

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