From the Inca Empire to the Peruvian Amazon with the Nazca Lines 2019

13 Day River Cruise Lima to Lima

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Experience the fascinating Nazca Lines, archaeological treasures, and gastronomic delights of Peru, with the untamed rainforest of the Amazon, on this thrilling river cruise adventure that offers a little something for everyone!

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. Fly to Cusco and descend into the Sacred Valley of the Incas for guided tours of the ceremonial site of Kenko, where ancient rituals were performed, and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman. Of course, no vacation to Peru is complete without visiting astonishing Machu Picchu, built around 1450, and sitting majestically above the Sacred Valley. Stand in awe as you witness one of the most majestic images in South America, if not the entire world! Next, you’ll embark on a journey to one of the world’s vastly unexplored regions where biodiversity is at its greatest—the mighty Amazon. Board one of the world’s most luxurious small ships, the Delfin III, and enjoy fine wine, famous Peruvian cuisine, and all-inclusive comfort while venturing deep into the Amazon jungle in search of elusive wildlife. 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.

Your unforgettable trip to Peru is not complete without seeing the Nazca Lines. When seen from the air, the lines form precise geometric shapes that number in the hundreds, as well as 70 figures, which include a monkey, whale, hummingbird, shark, spiders, and plants. Archaeologists remain puzzled about why the ancient Nazca people, who thrived here from 200 BC to 500 AD, created illustrations that could only be seen from far above the earth. Wonderful scenery, historical treasures, learning opportunities, and so much more—all are available on this thrilling river cruise vacation to Peru and the Amazon!


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Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Arrive Lima, Peru:Welcome to LimaDay 2 Lima–Paracas:Flight over the Nazca Lines with guaranteed window seatDay 3 Paracas–Lima:Cruise to the Ballestas Islands; return to LimaDay 4 Lima:Walking tour, visit San Francisco Monastery and Larco Herrera Museum; welcome dinner at Casa Garcia AlvaradoDay 5 Lima–Cusco–Sacred Valley:Visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Kenko, visit Awanakancha to see various camelids from the region, and explore Pisac MarketDay 6 Sacred Valley–Machu Picchu:Visit the Ollantaytambo ruins; Take the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu; walking tour of Machu PicchuDay 7 Machu Picchu–Cusco:Enjoy a second included entrance to Machu Picchu; return on the Vistadome train to the Sacred Valley and continue to CuscoDay 8 Cusco:Walking tour of Cusco, visit Santo Domingo Monastery and the CathedralDay 9 Cusco–Lima–Iquitos–Nauta (Embarkation)–Cruising Peruvian Amazon:Fly to Iquitos via Lima; Iquitos orientation tour; board the Delfin III; onboard welcome reception; wildlife viewing excursions during the afternoon and eveningDay 10 Cruising Peruvian Amazon:Wildlife viewing excursions during the morning and afternoon; cooking demonstration and Pisco Sour making lessonDay 11 Cruising Peruvian Amazon:Wildlife viewing excursions during the morning, afternoon, and evening; visit Pacaya Samiria National Reserve; endemic fruit presentation; kayaking; piranha fishing; special farewell dinnerDay 12 Cruising Peruvian Amazon–Nauta (Disembarkation)–Iquitos–Lima:Disembark the Delfin III; visit the Manatee Rescue Center; fly to LimaDay 13 Lima:Your vacation ends this morning

Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind—offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different. Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet’s unique ships.

Throughout the Ship
Suites & Staterooms
Avalon Choice® Shore Excursions
Dining

Throughout the Ship:

  • Luxurious standards in elegant atmosphere
  • Expedition team of multilingual Naturalists
  • Daily multi-media natural history lectures
  • Observation area to watch local fauna
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew and Cruise Director
  • Floor to ceiling panoramic windows
  • Air-conditioning throughout
  • Access to resident paramedic
  • Refreshing plunge pool on the open-air deck
  • Radio and satellite communications
  • Included shore excursions with Local Naturalist
  • Deluxe excursion skiffs with cold towel service, fresh fruit, and refreshments
  • Series of cultural performances, educational talks, and cooking classes
  • Small gym
  • Rainforest Spa

Suites & Staterooms:

  • Deluxe beds with fine linens & European-style duvets
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Premium bath amenities
  • Internal communication system
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Daily maid service
  • Luxury honeycomb spa robes and slippers
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Seating area
  • Pillow Menu

Avalon Choice® Shore Excursions:

Selection of 3 types of included shore excursions on every cruise:

  • Classic: must-see sights with a Certified Local Guide
  • Discovery: inspiring and interactive activities designed to spark your interest
  • Active: energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go
  • Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP

Dining

  • Innovative menu of traditional Peruvian specialties as well as Western favorites
  • Complimentary regional wines at dinner
  • Complimentary water, coffee, tea, select soft drinks, local beer, and Pisco-based cocktails
  • throughout the day at the bar
  • Open seating for all meals
  • A lounge serving premium spirit cocktails

Day-By-Day Itinerary

(B) = Breakfast   (L) = Lunch   (D) = Dinner

Day 1

ARRIVE IN LIMA, PERU

Arrive in Lima where you will be met by your Local Guide.

Day 2

(B, D)

LIMA – PISCO – PARACAS. NAZCA LINES

Drive south along the scenic Pan-American Highway to Pisco, the wine capital of Peru, and take a guided two-hour flight over the Nazca Lines—a series of drawings of animals and geometric figures etched into the parched soil—some up to 1,000 feet long—believed by some to be the astronomical calendar of the ancient Peruvians.

Day 3

(B)

PARACAS – BALLESTAS ISLAND CRUISE – LIMA

This morning, head to the Bay of Paracas and take a cruise to the Ballestas Islands—home to a wide variety of sea mammals and exotic birds. See the huge Candelabro, a candelabra-shaped etching on the Paracas cliffside. Later, return to Lima where you will have free time to explore the fascinating Peruvian capital – where high rises tower above ancient temples and colorful colonial architecture.

Day 4

(B, D)

LIMA

Peruvian Treasures, Presidential Palaces, and Pizarro’s Conquests

Classic
Take a Guided Walking Tour of Lima to see the colonial Old Quarter, Plaza de Armas, the presidential Government Palace, and the Lima Cathedral. Visit San Francisco Monastery to see the famous catacombs followed by the Larco Herrera Museum—with the world’s largest private collection of pre-Columbian Peruvian art.
Discovery
Later, enjoy a Culinary Experience with an authentic Peruvian welcome dinner in the exquisite, historic mansion—Casa Garcia Alvarado.

Day 5

(B, L, D)

SACRED VALLEY

Alpacas, Llamas, and Ancient Rituals of the Andes

Classic
Fly to Cusco, the ancient Andean city and former capital of the Inca Empire. A Guided Excursion into the Sacred Valley reveals the hillside Temple of Sacsayhuaman. Marvel at the remarkable inca stonework of this 15th-century fortress that was once the site of the largest battle between the Incas and the Spanish. The Spanish were ultimately victorious in 1536, disassembling part of the site to build homes in Cusco and leaving behind the ruins we find today. You will also see the Inca military post of Puca Pucara and visit the ceremonial site of Kenko where ancient Peruvian rituals and sacrifices were performed.
Discovery
Take a Guided Tour of Awanakancha to encounter llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and guanacos and learn about their vital role in Peruvian culture. Continue to the old mountain village of Pisac. Take time to shop in Pisac’s large Indian market for treasures such as alpaca sweaters, woven blankets, and handmade jewelry.

This evening, enjoy dinner featuring Andean and Western dishes with wine.

Day 6

(B, L, D)

SACRED VALLEY

Stone Temples and Formidable Fortresses

Classic
Join a Guided Tour of the adobe village of Ollantaytambo this morning to visit the ruins of an Inca fortress. See the massive stones and amazing engineering design, including the Sun Temple and Princess Baths fountain.
Discovery
Join an Escorted Visit to a native Incan home to experience the way of life that has endured since the 13th century.
MACHU PICCHU

Andean Heights and Hidden Secrets of the Inca’s Lost City

Classic
Join a Guided Excursion aboard a Vistadome train with spectacular panoramic views of the lush countryside of Urubamba Valley. Travel by rail to Aguas Calientes to take the winding road to legendary Machu Picchu.
Active
Take a Guided Walk to explore the “Lost City of the Incas” high atop the Andes once overlaid with dense forest. Learn about the lives and mysteries still hidden in this ancient citadel and the amazing structures built by the pre-Columbian masters of this sacred land.
Discovery
Enjoy your overnight stay at the foot of the mountain where Machu Picchu is found with a gourmet Peruvian dinner.

Day 7

(B, L)

MACHU PICCHU

A Miraculous Sanctuary in a Tropical Mountain Cloud Forest

Classic
Take a second included Guided Excursion to Machu Picchu. Set out early to see the sunrise over the ruins, explore the terraces or perhaps venture up to see the Sun Gate, once used as the ancient entrance to the Sanctuary.

After lunch, return to the Sacred Valley by train and then continue on to Cusco.

Day 8

(B, D)

CUSCO

Conquistadors, Churches, and the Colorful Culture of Peru

Classic
Take a Guided Walking Tour of Cusco and learn about the Inca culture and the Spanish invasion that threatened their way of life and very existence. Visit Santo Domingo Monastery, originally called Koricancha and built by the Incas as a Temple of the Sun with extraordinary engineering and masonry design. Continue to the Plaza de Armas to visit the Cusco Cathedral.

Enjoy free time this afternoon to explore Cusco’s colorful culture.

Discovery
Tonight, an elegant dinner includes wine and a menu inspired by Peru’s eclectic mix of cultures.

Day 9

(B, L, D)

IQUITOS

Turn-of-the-Century Barons and the House that Eiffel Built

Classic
Today, you’ll travel by air to Lima and then onto Iquitos where you take a Guided Orientation of this 19th-century boom town with ornate homes built by the “rubber barons” of the day, such as La Casa de Fierro (The Iron House) designed by architect Gustave Eiffel.
NAUTA—PERUVIAN AMAZON RIVER (EMBARKATION)

Travel to Nauta and embark the luxurious vessel, the Delfin III, to cruise the Peruvian Amazon in comfort and convenience. Settle in to your spacious suite before meeting your onboard Naturalist and Cruise Director.

Discovery
Attend an onboard Welcome Reception to gain an overview of your upcoming Amazon experience. Your Naturalist Guide will offer information about the animal species of the Amazon ecosystem, the native villagers you’ll meet, and the spectacular plant life that thrives in this astonishing environment. See the two powerful Amazon tributaries—the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers—which converge to create the mighty Peruvian Amazon.

Later, on board, enjoy an unforgettable dinner featuring Peruvian cuisine with the freshest local ingredients.

Day 10

(B, L, D)

PERUVIAN AMAZON

Spider Monkeys, Pink Dolphins, and Peru’s Favorite Cocktail

Classic
Rise early this morning for your first glimpse of the majestic Amazon at sunrise to experience the sights and sounds. After breakfast, take a Guided Panga Ride down one of the Amazon’s tributaries in search of the incredible wildlife. Your Naturalist Guide helps to spot capuchin, howler, tamarin, and spider monkeys, as well as iguanas, sloths, freshwater pink dolphins, and a stunning array of birdlife. Watch for the extraordinary giant Amazonian water lily.
Classic
This afternoon, a Guided Excursion to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve allows you to witness the activity of exotic birds, including trogons, macaws, parrots, falcons, and jacamars.
Active
Take a refreshing Swim in this unique area of the Amazon—with the chance to encounter the Amazon’s amazing pink dolphins.
Discovery
Join in an onboard Cooking Class to learn about native fruits, vegetables, and fish. You’ll learn about local ingredients for delicious recipes. In the evening, enjoy a Mixology Lesson to create Peru’s famous cocktail, the Pisco Sour.

Day 11

(B, L, D)

PERUVIAN AMAZON

Exotic Birds, Night Creatures, and Natural Remedies

Active
Join a morning Naturalist Guided Walk to explore tropical flora, including epiphytes, orchids, and indigenous jungle vegetation below the rainforest’s canopy.
Discovery
Attend an onboard Nature Presentation about indigenous and medicinal plants, fruits, and vegetation used in the Amazonian culture for centuries.
Classic
This afternoon, a Guided Excursion to the Amazon community of San Francisco introduces you local villagers who have called Amazonia their home for generations.
Active
Join a Night Safari Excursion to spot nocturnal creatures, including caiman, frogs, bats, and boa constrictors. You will also have the chance to try fishing for piranhas!
Discovery
Later tonight, enjoy Live Entertainment by the Delfin III crew of local performers to celebrate your Amazon adventure with music and dance.

Day 12

(B)

IQUITOS (DISEMBARKATION)

A Manatee Introduction and an Amazon Farewell

Discovery
This morning, disembark and bid your ship’s crew farewell. On the way to Iquitos, join an Escorted Visit to the Manatee Rescue Center to learn about these endangered Amazon species and the conservation efforts to save these gentle giants before flying to Lima.

Day 13

(B)

LIMA

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Notes

  • Maximum elevation on tour: 11,200 ft.

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Ship Details

Delfin III

Delfin III

The 169-foot-long, Delfin III has been tailor made to suit its environment, while maintaining its integrity as a true luxury river cruise ship. The Delfin III offers an extraordinary level of comfort and style. The ship can accommodate a maximum of 44 cruise ship guests in 4 different styles of suites featuring floor to ceiling panoramic picture-windows. Cruise along the Amazon enjoying views of the vast rainforest full of wildlife and natural beauty from the comfort of your air-conditioned suite. This luxury river cruise ship is the perfect size to sail along the Amazon River, providing an extremely comfortable indoor and outdoor lounge, outdoor plunge pool, exercise room, spa, dining room, and sleeping accommodations.

Included Amenities

  • Non-smoking interior and staterooms
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew and Cruise Director
  • Multilingual Naturalists
  • Air-conditioned throughout
  • Spacious, open seating restaurant
  • Floor to Ceiling Panoramic Windows
  • Indoor/outdoor Bar & Lounge
  • Free flow house wine with dinner
  • Rainforest Spa
  • Comprehensive shore excursion program
  • Series of cultural performances, educational talks and cooking class
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Upscale bar serving premium spirits
  • Multimedia natural history lectures
  • Outside viewing deck
  • Air-conditioned indoor lounge with nightly entertainment
  • Small gym
  • Complimentary coffee, tea, mineral water, select soft drinks, local beer, and Pisco-based cocktails throughout
  • Open-air deck with shade system & premium lounge chairs
  • Outdoor Plunge pool on open-air deck
  • Deluxe excursion skiffs with cold towel service, fresh fruit, and refreshments

Staterooms & Suites

Suite - 237 sq. ft.
Features
  • Deluxe beds with fine Peruvian linens
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Premium bath amenities
  • Internal communication system
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Daily maid service
  • Luxury honeycomb spa robes and slippers
  • European-style duvets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Seating area
  • Pillow menu
  • Complimentary filtered water
Upper Suite - 237 sq. ft.
Features
  • Deluxe beds with fine Peruvian linens
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Premium bath amenities
  • Internal communication system
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Daily maid service
  • Luxury honeycomb spa robes and slippers
  • European-style duvets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Seating area
  • Pillow menu
  • Complimentary filtered water
Corner Suite - 253 sq. ft.
Features
  • King size bed
  • European-style duvets
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Premium bath amenities
  • Internal communication system
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Daily maid service
  • Luxury honeycomb spa robes and slippers
  • Stocked mini-bar
  • Complimentary laundry (limited to 10 pieces twice per cruise)
  • Deluxe beds with fine Peruvian linens
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Seating area
  • Pillow menu
  • One complimentary 60-minute spa treatment per guest
  • Scented bath upon request
  • Complimentary filtered water
Owner's Suite - 597 sq. ft.
Features
  • King size bed
  • European-style duvets
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Premium bath amenities
  • Internal communication system
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Daily maid service
  • Luxury honeycomb spa robes and slippers
  • Stocked mini-bar
  • Complimentary laundry (limited to 10 pieces twice per cruise)
  • Deluxe beds with fine Peruvian linens
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Seating area
  • Pillow menu
  • One complimentary 60-minute spa treatment per guest
  • Scented bath upon request
  • Complimentary filtered water
DECK PLANS

Hotels

Paracas
Lima
Sacred Valley
Machu Picchu
Cusco

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyAvalon site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

No Excursions are available at this time.