You can choose from four options of boats and cruise ships, to cruise the Amazon. The smaller and more rustic ClipperBoats will take you deeper into the narrow waterways where you can observe flora and fauna as you sail along the way. The larger Clipper Premium, provides a nice balance between being close to nature while enjoying the comforts of spacious cabins and public rooms. Both types of Clipper boat cruises include powered canoe expeditions. The purpose built Iberostar Grand Amazon is the best cruise ship in the Amazon and offers first class cruising amenities with expeditions by power boat into the jungle. The M/V Desafio classical schooner boat, is a well restored ‘ old world’ sailing vessel, with casual elegance and an intimate atmosphere.
About this Tour & Cruise
Grand Amazon Iberostar Cruise & Manaus
11 Days / 9 Nights Manaus (2 nts ) / Negro River & Amazon Cruise (7 nts)
Weekly Departures on Fridays.
CRUISES AVAILABLE Negro River Cruise
5 Days / 4 Nights
Weekly Departures on Sundays. Amazon River Cruise
4 Days / 3 Nights
Weekly Departures on Thursdays. Negro River & Amazon Cruise
8 Days / 7 Nights
Weekly Departures on Sundays.
SHORT CRUISES Cruises of 3 or 4 nights, can be booked separately, in a package combining Manaus and/or other destinations in Brazil.
Minimum package duration is 6 nights.
Tour / Package Extensions, Local Sightseeing Tours, Car Rental and/or other services can be arranged, subject to availability and price alteration.
ESCORTED & HOSTED
Discover the mighty Amazon rainforest, the largest in the world, which provides one quarter of the world’s water supply and where one third of the world’s species are sheltered. The Iberostar Grand Amazon is the most luxurious ship cruising the Brazilian Amazon. Built to cruise the Amazon River, the Grand Amazon offers comfort and service for discerning travelers who want to explore the Amazon in style. The ship’s amenities include a fitness center, swimming pools and a Jacuzi. All cabins have balconies.
Daily expeditions by power boats, include trips in lagoons, narrow channels, creeks and flooded forest. The daily activities include jungle treks, piranha fishing and alligator spotting. Also there will be the opportunity to see the native river communities, with friendly and hospitable people living close to nature. Theme parties onboard include presentations by expert naturalist guides.
Day 1 (Fri): USA / Manaus
Evening departure on a direct flight from Miami to Manaus, arriving at about midnight. Dinner will be served on board.
Day 2 (Sat): Manaus
Arrival transfer to your hotel in Manaus, for a restful night. Day free to relax by the pool and enjoy the panoramic views of Rio Negro. There is a variety of bars and restaurants with esplanades, just outside the hotel.
Day 3 (Sun): Manaus / Rio Negro (Amazon)
Morning free. Afternoon transfer to the Manaus harbor, where you will board the Iberostar Grand Amazon for an early evening departure on the Rio Negro river cruise. At the Captain’s welcome cocktail you will be introduced to the officers and informed about safety procedures. The welcome dinner will be followed by live music and open bar at the top deck, where you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow passengers.
Day 4 (Mon): Rio Negro (Amazon) Arriving in Novo Ariao, with ‘Sunrise Lovers’ breakfast served in the top deck and for those who prefer to get-up later, there is breakfast in the main dinning room. Morning excursion on the tender boats to go trekking through the Igarapes and see the pink dolphins at Novo Airao. Theme lecture on the way to Lago Aracari, where after lunch you will go on a photo safari and piranha fishing. After dinner at Kuarup restaurant, enjoy the sunset from the upper deck followed by Alligator spotting on the way
to Rio Puduari.
Day 5 (Thur): Rio Negro (Amazon)
After a ‘Sunrise Lovers’ breakfast on the top deck, enjoy bird watching in Rio Puduari. The tender boats will take you deeper in the jungle, where your will go trekking off Rio Puduari. There will be a theme lecture on the way to Ilha de Jacare (Alligator Island) and after lunch a tender cruise to Igarape Atuaria for a photo safari. Enjoy the sunset from the top deck on the way to Rio Cuieiras. Dinner at the Kuarup restaurant will be followed by music and open bar on the Sol deck.
Day 6 (Wed): Rio Negro (Amazon)
Arrival in Rio Cuieiras for a photo safari and a visit to the native Cambedas Community, then continue to Praia Grande. After lunch, a tender cruise through Igarape del Pato and free time at the beach in Praia Grande. Music in the upper deck and open bar in the Sol deck. Dinner in the Kuarup restaurant and folklore in the party room.
Day 7 (Thur): Rio Negro / Manaus / Solimoes
This morning you see the ‘Meeting of the Waters’, where the dark Rio Negro merges with the muddy Solimoes river to form the Amazon River. Due to the different density, the waters of the two rivers don’t mix for miles and provide a spectacular view of this natural phenomena. Late morning arrival in Manaus, where optional local tours available include a city tour with a visit to the Opera House. In the evening, board the ship for the second leg of the cruise to Solimoes and Amazon rivers. New passengers will be joining this second leg of the cruise and you will have the opportunity to make new friends. As you pass Ponta Negra, you can watch the sunset while listening to classical music on the upper deck . At the Captain’s welcome cocktail new passengers will be introduced to the officers and informed about safety procedures. The dinner welcoming the new passengers will be accompanied by live music.
Day 8 (Fri): Amazon RiverArriving in Manacapuru harbor, sunrise lovers breakfast will be served on the upper deck and if you prefer to wake-up later, breakfast will also be served in the main restaurant. Today’s activities include trekking and photo safari of the Manacapuru region, followed by a boat ride to Igarapes and Igapos, on the way to ‘Lago do Jacare’ where you can go piranha fishing. After bird watching at Lago do Rei you can watch the sunset on the upper deck, before dinner at the Kuarup restaurant. At night you can go Alligator spotting and return in time to enjoy a drink at the open bar.
Day 9 (Sat): Solimoes / Amazon River Sunrise lovers breakfast at the upper deck as you arrive in Janauaca, for a photo safari and bird watching at Lago Janauaca. After trekking through the jungle, embark for departure to Igarape do Rei in the Amazon river, with a theme lecture followed by lunch on board. In the afternoon a boat excursions through Igarape do Rei, including bird watching and Alligator spotting, followed by music and sunset at the upper deck. Farewell dinner party, with folklore and open bar.
Day 10 (Sun): Amazon River / Manaus / USA
This morning returning to Manus you will see the ‘Meeting of the Waters’ again. Afternoon departure transfer for your return flight home.
Cruise Ship Featured
Iberostar Grand Amazon * * * * * Modern ship built to cruise the Brazilian Amazon with a touch of luxury. Extensive amenities and attentive service from the crew. Amenities: Restaurant; bar; swimming pools; jacuzzi; fitness center; laundry service: valet; paramedics; drugstore; internet. Technical: Size 1500 Ton; speed 12 knots; electricity 110V. Cabins (72): Private bathroom; balcony; A/C; telephone; TV; radio; hairdryer.
• Round trip Airfare.
•Accommodation for 9 nights (7nts Cruise / 2nts Hotel).
• Buffet breakfast daily and full board on the cruise.
• Round trip airport transfers with assistance.
• Hotel and Cruise Taxes and service charges.
• Services of the local Skyline Representatives.