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Voyage to the pristine heart of the Amazon aboard a specialist expedition cruise

8 Night Itinerary from  £4,456

Tucano Amazon Voyage Tour

Explore areas of rainforest rarely visited and seek out life in the wilderness on a comfortable expedition cruise.

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Travel Highlights

  • A once in a lifetime expedition cruise deep in the heart of the Amazon
  • Visits some of the best areas to observe the wildlife and culture of the rainforest
  • Walk in towering rainforests and glide along narrow streams deep in the forest
  • Explore flooded grasslands that stretch from horizon to horizon
  • See the extraordinary meeting of the Rivers
  • Enjoy magnificent river sunsets and marvel at the starry night skies
  • Take nocturnal expeditions in search of more creatures
  • Travel with accomplished naturalists and see creatures seldom seen by others
  • Enjoy a cultural tour of Manaus and visit its fruit markets

This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.

Tour Itinerary

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Manaus - 2 Nights

Day 1 - Travel to Manaus, via Lisbon

Day 2 - Tour of cultural and historical Manaus

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Thursday, 25 July 2024

Travel direct Manaus, via Lisbon

Depart London Heathrow Airport on Air Portugal daytime flight direct from Lisbon to Manaus. On arrival, transfer to your chosen hotel for a 2-night stay including breakfast. 

Friday, 26 July 2024

Tour of cultural and historical Manaus

Enjoy a guided tour of Manaus today. First we will make a short stop at the Manaus Zoo. Then we visit the Rio Negro Palace, the house of one of the old rubber barons for an insight into their wealth, tastes and history. We will then walk through Manaus Municipal Market where the produce from the Amazon rainforest is traded, exotic fruits and vegetables as well as the fresh water fish, such as Tucunare and Pirarucu.

Lord Manaus Hotel

Manaus - Tourist Hotel

Located in downtown Manaus this hotel offers recently refurbished rooms, all equipped with air conditioning, TV and mini bar. The hotel has its own restaurant and provides easy access to other restaurants, bars and shops of the commercial district.

3145 Lord Manaus Hotel
The Tucano Amazon expedition cruise

Amazon Expedition Cruise - 6 Nights

Day 3 - Embark the M/V Tucano and cruise the Rio Negro

Day 4 - Monkeys and toucans

Day 5 - Walk in the forest

Day 6 - Settler's home

Day 7 - Explore remote areas by launch

Day 8 - Explore the Lago Janauari Ecological Park

Day 9 - Disembark and return home

Day 10 - Arrive in the UK


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Saturday, 27 July 2024

Rio Negro

Early this morning embark the Motor Yacht Tucano for our 6 night cruise on a full board basis including all excursions. Set sail upstream on the Rio Negro.

Through the morning we will cruise through the world's largest river island system, the Anavilhanas Archipelago. From the observation deck we observe the magnificent tangle of vegetation at the water's edge. By mid-afternoon the vessel has gone beyond the frontier of settlement and entered a wilderness area.

Both shores are covered by dense rainforest. Though we cannot predict what we will see, we have a good chance of spotting pink river dolphins and a large collection of exotic birds. In the late afternoon we embark in the launches and hunt for wildlife. We may also go for a swim in some of the world's most clean and refreshing water. 

Sunday, 28 July 2024

See monkeys and toucans

Early this morning we explore a remote part of this UNESCO protected rainforest along the waters edge in our launches. We should hear and see howler monkeys and a morning serenade of toucans. After breakfast  walk in the forest where we will get a good introduction to Amazon ecology. Around midday we return for lunch and the vessel will get underway, perhaps stopping at a place to swim. In the late afternoon we will again explore the forest in our launches and listen to the sunset chorus of birds and frogs. 

Monday, 29 July 2024

Walk in the forest

This morning there will be an early exploration of the waking forest. We will keep our eyes open for monkeys... on most trips we see them often. We return for breakfast followed by either a walk in the forest or an excursion in the launches. M/Y Tucano will travel during the middle of the day and we stop in the afternoon for an excursion. Tonight the vessel sails gently on the river as we marvel at the night sky crowded with stars. 

Tuesday, 30 July 2024

Settler's home

After our two morning excursions The M/Y Tucano will navigate along the heavily forested shore, scouting for wildlife. We stop for a visit at a settler's home carved out of the forest. In the early afternoon we will be near an extraordinary river called the Rio Jaueperi. Here we will see a kind of forest known as the varzea. We will scout along the shoreline for some of the extraordinary creatures found only in this unique environment. Weather permitting we will have a night excursion to observe nocturnal creatures. 

Wednesday, 31 July 2024

Explore remote areas by launch

Today we will voyage to the west side of the Rio Negro and continue to scout in our launches and walk in the forest. We will explore according to the weather and water depth areas rarely visited by anyone else. Tonight the M/Y Tucano goes downstream to arrive by morning near the confluence with the Amazon River. As we glide through the starry darkness this is a good night to sip the national drink of Brazil, the "Caipirinha" and perhaps try a bit of samba on the top deck. 

Thursday, 01 August 2024

Explore the Lago Janauari Ecological Park

This morning we explore the Lago Janauari Ecological Park where the thick brown water of the Amazon flows swiftly through the forest. This area is usually a very good place to observe wildlife. Around midday the vessel will travel to the "Encontra das Aguas", a stark several mile long line where two of the world's largest rivers, the Amazon and the Negro, join in a turbulent maelstrom. Here the dark water of the Negro runs beside the opaque brown water of the Amazon.

In the afternoon we scout one of the hidden streams in the area to try to see more of the Amazon's beautiful and bizarre creatures. Tonight we will have a farewell dinner and prepare for an early departure in the morning. 

Friday, 02 August 2024

Disembark and return home

Early this morning, after a hearty breakfast, all guests disembark from the M/Y Tucano. You will be collected from the pier and taken to the airport for your journey to London via Lisbon.

Saturday, 03 August 2024

Arrive in the UK

Arrive in the UK in the morning.

Tucano Amazon Riverboat

Tucano Amazon Cruise - First Motor Yacht

Purpose-built to reach seldom-visited parts of the Amazon, the Tucano is our preferred cruise vessel in this part of the world's biggest rainforest. It is styled on the classic steam riverboats of yesteryear and offers guests plenty of space to spread out, with a large observation deck to soak in the rainforest vistas.

All cabins have plenty of large windows, air conditioning and private bathrooms. They are elegantly decorated, with stylish wood panelling, and offer completely comfort and privacy in both single and double rooms. A variety of delicious Brazilian meals are served, with fresh fruit, vegetables and Amazon fruit juices are on offer.

The Tucano's skilled naturalist guides have a wealth of intimate knowledge of the unique habitats and wildlife. It is a love and respect for the environment which both delights their guests and is an immense source of pride for the Tucano. They lead small groups, typically of around eight like-minded explorers, deep into little-visited parts of the jungle wilderness, ensuring guests remain safe and providing an enriching commentary on the plants, trees, birds and animals of the Amazon.

The Tucano Amazon expedition cruise

Price Guidelines

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates Feb-Jun, Sep-Nov Jul-Aug, Dec-Jan
Room Arrangement Tourist First Tourist First
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £4,456 £4,631 £4,657 £4,835

Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.

What's Included

  • 10 Days / 8 Nights
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • Internal flights
  • Excursions with English-speaking guides
  • 6 night Amazon Expedition cruise on the M/V Tucano in a lower deck cabin on a full board basis including all excursions
  • Accommodation and breakfast
  • Transfers to and from accommodation
  • Transport and meals as show
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