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Sail in luxury through the Amazon and Andes on this immersive tour, with five-star hotel stays and a luxurious all-suite river cruise with all food and drink included

Visit one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and spot awe-inspiring wildlife on this 16-day adventure through the Peruvian Amazon and Andes.

Starting with a deep dive into Lima and ending with a trip to the astounding Inkan sites of Machu Picchu and Sacsayhuamán, this immersive adventure will show you the cultural treasures of Peru and the fertile rivers of the Amazon rainforest.

After two days in Lima at a five-star hotel you'll fly to Iquitos, the gateway to the northern Amazon. Here, you'll board the luxurious Aria Amazon, a beautifully-appointed river ship with opulent suites which will be your home for the next seven nights.

You'll sail deep into the Amazon Rainforest, boarding river skiffs to explore the Ucayali and Marañón Rivers and admire the exceptional flora and fauna in the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. Keep your eyes peeled for pink dolphins and Taricaya turtles in the verdant waters and sloths, egrets, and brightly coloured parrots in the trees overhead.

fter seven unforgettable nights in the Amazon, it's time to fly to Cusco, perched high in the Andes and once the centre of the Inkan Empire. From here, you'll travel by bus to Machu Picchu, the awe-inspiring Inkan citadel, a true highlight of the trip. Your guide will share stories about the Inka civilization, the site's discovery, and all the theories surrounding this spectacular monument.

Jaw-dropping nature, incredible history, and luxurious comfort, this tour is the perfect way to get to know the wonders of Peru.

Various departure dates in 2024 and 2025 are available, please call for more information
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Price includes

  • Group transfers on arrival and departure days
  • Return flights from London
  • Flights included between Lima and Iquitos, Iquitos and Cusco, and Cusco and Lima
  • Eight nights' hotel accommodation
  • 14 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Seven-night cruise in a riverview suite on the luxurious Aria Amazon in a riverview suite
  • Meals on board prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • Five-star cuisine with menu by top chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino
  • Complimentary house wine and beer, spirits, soft drinks, tea, and coffee*
  • 13 days of excursions, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts and naturalist guides
  • Services of an experienced Cruise Manager
  • Gratuities for onboard and onshore personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager, local experts, drivers)

Availability

From
Wed, Wed, Oct 16, 2024
To
Sun, Sun, Nov 30, 2025
Duration
16 days
Price per person
£10,099*

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing a cabin, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement applies. Deposit required. Other departure dates are available, please call for more information. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. *Complimentary house wine and beer, spirits, soft drinks, tea, and coffee will be served on the Aria Amazon, between 6am and 11pm throughout the cruise. Onboard lunches and dinner include complimentary house wine and beer, soft drinks, coffee and tea. Onshore lunches and dinners include complimentary soft drinks, coffee and tea. **£64 pre-purchase. Offers are not valid in conjunction with any other offers or promotions. Travel insurance is not included and should be taken out at time of booking. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Uniworld River Cruises Limited.

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Arrive in Lima
    Lima, Peru

    Today you'll arrive at Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima, where a Uniworld representative will be on hand to greet you and show you to the wonderful Country Club Lima Hotel, your home for the next two nights. This hotel, with its blend of architectural charm, history, and modern comfort, is the perfect base for exploring the city.

  2. Day
    2
    Lima
    Lima, Peru

    Today you'll get to explore Lima. Known as the 'City of Kings,' Lima was founded in 1535 and is now a melting pot of cultures, flavours, and history. This buzzing metropolis has something for everyone, and today you'll get to discover it all.

    You'll enjoy a panoramic drive along the coastline of Lima in Miraflores and stroll around the Plaza San Martín and Plaza de Armas, the main square. Your guide will then take you to the San Francisco Monastery, where a maze of intriguing tunnels and catacombs await.

    Later on, you'll visit Casa Aliaga. Built in 1535, this colonial mansion is one of Lima's oldest buildings. Built for the Aliaga family, it has been passed down the family for 17 generations. You'll get to meet a family member who'll give you a fascinating tour and show you artefacts and art from centuries past, before you enjoy a delicious lunch at the mansion.

  3. Day
    3
    Fly to Iquitos
    Iquitos, Peru

    This morning you'll be picked up at your hotel and taken to the airport for your flight to Iquitos. You'll be greeted on your arrival at Iquitos Airport by a representative who'll escort you to the Aria Amazon, your luxurious home for the next seven nights.

    Before heading to the ship, a local guide will take you on a captivating tour through the Belen market. This vibrant market is a unique place, and this tour gives you the chance to explore its lively atmosphere and meet some of the local traders. You'll also head to the Nanay Bridge for breathtaking views of the Nanay River, soaking in the natural beauty of the Amazon region.

    In the evening, look forward to a welcome reception dinner created by Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. Famous for his innovative take on Amazonian cuisine, this dinner will be bursting in flavours from the Peruvian Amazon.

  4. Day
    4
    The Ucayali and Yarapa River
    Ucayali River,

    Your day starts with a wildlife-spotting adventure along the Ucayali River. Parrots, egrets, hawks, and monkeys are some of the Amazonian wildlife who call this verdant river home.

    This afternoon, you'll have a choice of activities to pick from. Maybe you'll want to kayak, canoe, or swim through the black waters of Clavero Lake. Alternatively, take the unique opportunity to meet some of the native ribereños, which roughly translates to 'river people.' These Amazonian villagers live on the banks of the rivers will teach you about their culture.

    At dusk, head out on an excursion with an expert naturalist guide in search of the nocturnal Amazonian wildlife. While cruising the Yarapa River in search of these intriguing creatures, don't forget to turn your gaze upwards for a crystal-clear view of the constellations in the clear skies.

  5. Day
    5
    Into the Amazon
    Puerto Prado, Peru

    Today you'll spend some more time exploring the vibrant wildlife and lush greenery thriving deep in the Amazon. Explore with the expert guidance of a naturalist guide, who'll teach you all about the forest's diverse and unique wildlife.

    There's also the chance to explore the Tahuayo River, a black water tributary of the Amazon River and learn about the river through the stories shared by your guide.

    After lunch onboard Aria Amazon, you'll venture out on a jungle walk through the forest to explore the Amazonian flora and the fauna of Puerto Prado.

  6. Day
    6
    Nauta
    Nauta, Peru, Peru
  7. Day
    7
    Marañón River and Yanayacu Pucate river
    Marañón River, Peru, Peru

    Today brings the chance to see more of the bustling Amazon river life as you sail along the Marañón River, searching for Taricaya turtles and other wildlife.

    One of the most important water sources in Peru, and a main Amazon tributary, the Marañón River is abundant in animal and plant life. Be on the lookout for one of the 64 rare bird species native to the area.

    You'll also explore the black waters of the Yanayacu Pucate River, where you'll want to keep an eye out for sloths, egrets, parrots, and the Taricaya turtles. Afterwards, visit an Amazon village to witness a demonstration of Aguaje palm harvesting.

    After lunch, embark on a top bucket-list adventure for your Amazonian trip, piranha fishing. Your guide will show you how to safely hunt for the notorious fish from the safety of our comfortable river skiffs.

    Once the sun sets, you'll set out once again with your naturalist guide in search of the exotic nocturnal wildlife of the Amazon.

  8. Day
    8
    Samiria River
    Ucayali River,

    It's an early start today, but it won't be in vain. Look forward to a picnic lunch under the Amazonian shade, and enjoy eating your food to the sound of the vibrant jungle symphony of bird calls and monkey howls.

    You'll then get the chance to go fishing with an expert guide along the black waters of Samiria River and go on a jungle walk, canoe, kayak, or swim inside the lush Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.

    At sunset, you'll take a cruise along the Ucayali River enjoying unforgettable views as the sun goes down over this majestic river - keep your eyes peeled for fabulous pink river dolphins breaching the waters.

  9. Day
    9
    Puerto Prado Forest
    Marañón River, Peru, Peru

    This morning you'll have another chance to explore the jungle by walking, canoeing, kayaking, or swimming, before a visit to Puerto Prado Forest.

    Today, you'll be exploring the rainforest by skiff as you cruise the Marañón River. If you're lucky, you may spot some of the pink river dolphins who call these waters home.

    You'll also get a chance to see the giant water lilies that grow here. These lily pads are known to grow up to 10 ft in diameter and have been recorded being able to hold hundreds of pounds without sinking under the water.

    Today you'll also have the opportunity to visit an indigenous village to learn about local life in the Amazon.

  10. Day
    10
    Nauta
    Nauta, Peru, Peru

    Take a morning walk through the town of Nauta before disembarking the Aria Amazon. Your guide will take you on a few final excursions as you make your way to Iquitos airport for your flight to Cusco. Once you've landed in Cusco, you'll transfer to the Tambo del Inka hotel in the Sacred Valley.

    Founded in 1930, Nauta is a central gathering place for Amazonian villagers to buy and trade their local harvests, and your guide will show you around the town and give you an insight into the daily life of the local people.

    There's also the chance to visit a manatee rescue centre today. Manatees in the Amazon face multiple threats, from habitat destruction to hunting. The Amazon Rescue Center takes in orphaned baby manatees, rehabilitates them, and releases them back into the wild. During this visit, you'll have a chance to see these majestic creatures up close.

  11. Day
    11
    Urubamba
    Urubamba, Peru

    You'll have a day at leisure today, so you can make the most out of your stay at the wonderful Tambo del Inka.

    Perhaps you'll treat yourself to a relaxing service at their Kallpa Spa, considered one of the best in the country, take a dip in the heated pool, or savour delicious Andean cuisine in the excellent restaurant.

    Situated in the heart of the Sacred Valley, the Tambo del Inka is also the perfect location from which to head out on your own to explore the incredible nature, cities, and historical sites available nearby.

    If you want a dose of culture, there's an optional excursion to The Art Gallery, a creative space owned by famous Peruvian artist Pablo Seminario. Here, you can join a workshop on painting, during which you'll make your own tile that will be dried and burned in the oven for you, and later delivered to your hotel in Cusco to take home as a souvenir.**

  12. Day
    12
    Aguas Calientes
    Aguas Calientes, Peru

    Today you will explore the heartland of the Inka Empire, known as the Sacred Valley. Your guide will take you to Moray and Ollantaytambo, two important historic sites.

    A pre-Inkan site, Moray is considered to be a significant Inka agricultural research centre. Your guide will give you a tour of the round, agricultural terraces. Afterward, you will meet with local women who will show you traditional Peruvian weaving techniques.

    Ollantaytambo is an impressive fortress that overlooks one of the oldest villages in Cusco. After your tour of the fortress, you will walk to the 'last living Inka village of Peru,' which sits under Ollantaytambo and see the fascinating way of life in the Sacred Valley during a visit to a village home.

    Afterward, enjoy a picnic as you enjoy the sounds of traditional local Inkan instruments and have a go at making your own panpipe.

    The day ends with a scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes, the small villages nestled at the bottom of Machu Picchu.

  13. Day
    13
    Machu Picchu
    Machu Picchu, Peru

    Today is a real bucketlist travel day, as you make your way to the iconic Machu Picchu.

    A breathtaking historical sight, Machu Picchu is one of the 'must-see' archeological sites in the world. This remarkable Inkan Empire site was never found by the Spaniards and was rediscovered in the 20th century. Today, archeologists continue to excavate Machu Picchu , and many mysterious still surround this historic citadel.

    Your day starts early with a shuttle bus up to the ancient citadel. Your guide will share stories about the Inka civilization, the site's discovery, and all the theories surrounding this spectacular piece of history. Enjoy lunch at the famous Sanctuary Lodge before heading back down to Aguas Calientes.

    Following your busy day at Machu Picchu, you'll take a train to Ollantaytambo and then a coach to the Palacio del Inka hotel in Cusco.

  14. Day
    14
    Cusco
    Cusco, Peru

    Located high in the Andes Mountains, Cusco was the heartland of the Inkan Empire. A blend of ancient Andean cultures with Spanish colonial influence, Cusco is not to be missed.

    Today, you will explore all the wonders of this city on an immersive tour, as you marvel at its cobblestone streets, colourful textiles and wonderful art galleries.

    Start your morning off at Sacsayhuamán, the Inkan ceremonial fortress dedicated to the sun. Indulge your senses at the San Pedro market as you wander through the colourful stands overflowing with fruits, vegetables, spices, and local products.

    Your tour continues after lunch with visits to the renaissance-style Cathedral and Koricancha, the temple dedicated to the sun 'Inti.'

    Your day ends with a memorable dining experience inside the San Francisco Monastery of Cusco before you return to the Palacio del Inka hotel for a restful night's sleep.

  15. Day
    15
    Fly to Lima
    Lima, Peru

    You'll fly back to Lima today where you'll have some time to wander around the vibrant San Blas neighbourhood, which is bursting with beautiful handicrafts and antique stores

    You'll visit the Hilario Mendivil Museum, showcasing the work of Mendivil, an artist famous for statues of saints with notoriously long necks, and wander down small alleys with your guide before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant.

    Later on, you'll head to the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport hotel, where you'll stay overnight before your flight home in the morning.

  16. Day
    16
    Departure
    Lima, Peru

    Your once-in-a-lifetime Peruvian adventure comes to an end this morning. Your guide will walk you from the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport hotel to the Lima International Airport check-in for your flight back to the UK.

Accommodation

Aria Amazon

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Cruise ship

Specially designed to journey through the Peruvian Amazon in style and comfort, the Aria Amazon is a luxurious all-suite ship with floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing you incredible views across the Amazon’s rivers and rainforest. On the top deck you’ll find a jacuzzi, an indoor lounge and bar, and an outdoor observation deck. With all-inclusive amenities and five-star cuisine rustled up by top chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, this luxurious ship is your home-from-home as you explore the beautiful Amazon.

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Availability

From
Wed, Wed, Oct 16, 2024
To
Sun, Sun, Nov 30, 2025
Duration
16 days
Price per person
£10,099*

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing a cabin, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement applies. Deposit required. Other departure dates are available, please call for more information. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. *Complimentary house wine and beer, spirits, soft drinks, tea, and coffee will be served on the Aria Amazon, between 6am and 11pm throughout the cruise. Onboard lunches and dinner include complimentary house wine and beer, soft drinks, coffee and tea. Onshore lunches and dinners include complimentary soft drinks, coffee and tea. **£64 pre-purchase. Offers are not valid in conjunction with any other offers or promotions. Travel insurance is not included and should be taken out at time of booking. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Uniworld River Cruises Limited.

Call now to book 08082394833
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