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Luxury Amazon Cruise & Mountains of the Incas

14 Night Itinerary from  £9,716

Aria Amazon Cruise and Machu Picchu Tour

From the comfort of a river boat, we explore the pristine rainforest of the Amazon, combined with Ancient Civilisations of the Andes.

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Tour Route

Travel Highlights

  • A tour of ancient Peru with a luxury River Cruise in the Amazon Rainforest
  • From the comfort of our river boat, explore primary Amazon rainforest in the vast Pacaya-Samiria Reserve
  • All transfers, meals, drinks and guided excursions included on the river cruise
  • Continue to the Andes to visit the Inca capital of Cusco
  • Explore the nearby Sacred Valley with mountain landscapes, markets and ancient ruins
  • Magnificent train journey to the legendary archaeological site of Machu Picchu.
  • Discover historic Lima, its fascinating museums and excellent fusion cuisine

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

Plaza de Armas, Lima

Lima - 3 Nights

Day 1 - Fly to Lima

Day 2 - Arrival in Lima

Day 3 - Tour of Lima

Day 4 - At leisure in Lima

 

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Thursday, 25 April 2024

Fly to Lima

Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Lima.


Friday, 26 April 2024

Arrival in Lima

Arrive in Lima in the morning. On arrival, you will be met by our guide and transferred to your chosen hotel for a 3-night stay including breakfast. The rest of the day is at leisure.


Saturday, 27 April 2024

Tour of Lima

This morning enjoy a tour of Lima including the historic centre. Visit the Presidential Palace, Plaza San Martín and the Larco Herrera Museum, with a fabulous collection of ancient artefacts from all over Peru. 


Sunday, 28 April 2024

At leisure in Lima

Today is free to explore Lima at your leisure. Our included suggestions of restaurants will help you discover the city's famous fusion cuisine. 

Hotel "B"

Lima - Deluxe Hotel

A superbly renovated family house in the bohemian area Barranco, Arts Hotel "B" is a fusion of high-ceiling historical elegance and modern cultural sophistication. The rooms are spacious and elegant with modern amenties, some with balconies overlooking the boulevard or the square. The restaurant offers excellent modern Peruvian cuisine, providing the highest levels of service.

Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis.

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Amazon Cruise - 4 Nights

Day 5 - Fly to Iquitos and embark Aria Amazon

Day 6 - Yanallpa and Dorado Rivers 

Day 7 - Pacaya, Ucayali and Tapiche Rivers 

Day 8 - Explore the Amazon

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Monday, 29 April 2024

Fly to Iquitos and embark the Aria Amazon

Transfer to Lima airport and fly to Iquitos. From here journey together by air-conditioned vehicle through the Peruvian countryside to arrive at our Nauta Lounge in time for lunch, or we will serve a box lunch en route depending on the flight arrival time. In the afternoon, we will set off on your first skiff excursion to visit the birthplace of the Amazon. At 6:00pm, we will board the ARIA AMAZON. Settle into your generously proportioned suite as you begin one of life’s greatest adventures. Following a routine safety drill and introduction to our naturalist guides, we gather for innovative Amazonian cuisine created by our Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Malabar, is the one of Lima’s top ranked dining experiences.


Tuesday, 30 April 2024

Yanallpa and Dorado Rivers 

Today explore by skiff, we explore the black waters of the Yanallpa River, disembarking to walk deep into the Amazonian rain forest. Later, we board the skiffs again to cruise along the El Dorado River for a dusk excursion in search of exotic nocturnal wildlife and with extraordinary stargazing.


Wednesday, 01 May 2024

Pacaya, Ucayali and Tapiche Rivers

The rewards of our early start today are plentiful, including a breakfast picnic accompanied by jungle symphony and fishing along the black waters of the Pacaya River. After lunch, we venture out by skiffs on the Ucayali River alongside the banana boats transporting their jungle products to the port of Requena, keeping an eye out for pink river dolphins. Focus our hi-tech telescope on the night sky to identify the planets and constellations.


Thursday, 02 May 2024

Explore the Amazon

Choose to go jungle walking, canoeing, kayaking or swimming on the black water Yarapa or Clavero River in the morning. Visit a remote Amazonia village in the afternoon. This evening before dinner, you will gather to introduce you to some of the crew members whom you may not have met, working "behind the scenes" to ensure your countless exceptional experiences aboard the Aria Amazon.

Aria Amazon

Iquitos Amazon Cruises - Deluxe Amazon Riverboat

Built in 2011 and fully renovated in 2015, the Aria Amazon exceeds the expectations of today’s most sophisticated travellers. Extremely generous dining and lounging areas include an outdoor river facing jacuzzi, bar and dining room. Floor-to-ceiling windows give amazing views over the river from all of the 16 air-conditioned suites, each measuring 250 square feet and with a sitting area and en-suite bathroom. Beds can be made up as twins or double. Four of the cabins have interconnecting doors for families. The ship also has a boutique, observation deck and exercise and massage room. The 27 crew include a paramedic and four English speaking naturalist guides. One of the highlights of a cruise on Aria is the cuisine, expertly prepared by Peru’s top chefs. Dishes include ingredients that grow only in the Amazon jungle. The Aria has six double kayaks and ten bicycles

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Discover a landscape scattered with Inca ruins

Sacred Valley - 3 Nights

Day 9 - Fly to Cusco and the Sacred Valley

Day 10 - Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour

Day 11 - Exploring the Sacred Valley 

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Friday, 03 May 2024

Fly to Cusco and the Sacred Valley

Disembark the Aria Amazon after breakfast and visit the Manatee Rescue Centre on the way to Iquitos Airport for your flight to Cusco. On arrival in Cusco, transfer to your chosen hotel for a 3-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.


Saturday, 04 May 2024

Sacred Valley of the Incas tour

Enjoy our extensive, special full day tour of the Sacred Valley. Begin by visiting the market at Chinchero, where locals come to barter and sell local produce and handicrafts. Also visit a local weaving collective, to learn the traditions of weaving by hand on a back-strap loom. Next you will proceed to Moray, thought to have been an open-air crop laboratory of the Incas, followed by the pre-Inca salt pans of Maras. After lunch, visit the stunning fortress town and ruins of Ollantaytambo. This large archaeological complex is believed to have been a significant agricultural, administrative, social, religious and military centre. The town itself is geometrically perfect; with straight streets, trapezoidal doors, and Inca drainage systems. Finally we travel to the colonial town of Pisac, built on the ruins of an Inca citadel and located at the entrance to the immensely fertile Urubamba "Sacred" Valley. Here you can see the bustling market, and watch the sunset over the mountains from the ruins. 


Sunday, 05 May 2024

Exploring the Sacred Valley

Today you are free to explore the Sacred Valley at your leisure, depending on your interests. Your chosen hotel has many activities, including hiking, horse riding, local markets and ancient Inca sites. 

Sol Y Luna

Sacred Valley of the Incas - Luxury Hotel

Located in Huicho in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the Sol y Luna has a stunning setting between the snow-capped mountain ranges of the Cordillera del Vilcanota and the Cordillera del Vilcabamba.

The hotel is a series of adobe bungalows, each with private facilities and a terrace, decorated in a rustic style and set in beautifully landscaped gardens. Each detail has been carefully chosen to reflect the ambience of the Andean culture in the Sacred Valley.

Public areas include a restaurant, spa and swimming pool.

The hotel also offers a unique combination of eco-tourism, adventure, sport and culture in a variety of outdoor activities. As well as hikes and treks in the surrounding areas, you can also choose from horseback riding, mountain biking and paragliding. You can also get involved with the hotel's charitable work, where they support local people through education at a dedicated Sol Y Luna School.

Accommodation includes room and breakfast.

Sol y Luna - Relais & Chateaux
Llamas at Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu - 1 Night

Day 12 - Train Journey to Machu Picchu & Guided Tour

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Monday, 06 May 2024

Machu Picchu tour

Board Peru Rail's 'Vistadome' train at Ollantaytambo for the journey to Machu Picchu. This is a spectacular journey through a dramatic and changing landscape with some fantastic views. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will be met by your guide and check-into your chosen hotel for a 1-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. After lunch, you will have a private guided tour of the extensive archaeological site to learn about the history and culture of the Incas. 

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Machu Picchu - First Hotel

Conveniently located next to the train station in Aguas Calientes, all cabanas have spacious rooms with en-suete bathrooms and are set amongst dense vegetation with gardens spread through the grounds, linked by winding paths. there is a restaurant & bar, a spa, walks and an orchid trail, that combined with the lush vegetation of the grounds, create a sense of tranquility & relaxation.

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Cusco - 3 Nights

Day 13 - Machu Picchu and return to Cusco

Day 14 - Cusco, optional excursions

Day 15 - At leisure in Cusco

Day 16 - Travel back to the UK

Day 17 - Arrive in the UK

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Tuesday, 07 May 2024

Machu Picchu and return to Cusco

The morning is free to explore. You may wish to climb Huayna Picchu, a steep climb but well worth it for the fantastic views of the valley and a different perspective of Machu Picchu. Alternatively, there is a gentle climb, back along the Inca Trail, to Intipunku: the Gate of the Sun, and the first sight one has of the complex if walking the Inca Trail. In the afternoon, take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes and the train back to Ollantaytambo Station and on to Cusco where you stay for 3-nights on a bed and breakfast basis. 


Wednesday, 08 May 2024

Cusco, optional excursions

Today is at leisure on Cusco. Our local guide is on hand to take you on an optional tour of this impressive colonial city or a range of other activities.


Thursday, 09 May 2024

At leisure in Cusco

Your last day in Cusco, soaking up the delightful ambiance of one of Latin America's most popular places to visit.


Friday, 10 May 2024

Travel back to the UK

Fly to Lima and connect with an overnight flight back to the UK.


Saturday, 11 May 2024

Arrive in the UK

Arrive in the UK in the morning.

La Casona

Cusco - Luxury Hotel

Enjoy superb cuisine, elegant furnishings, attentive service and spacious rooms in the first luxury boutique hotel in Cusco, with a unique mix of culture and tradition. Carefully restored from its former life as a 16th century mansion, La Casona presents modern luxury without sacrificing authenticity. Eleven spacious suites surround a sumptuous courtyard. Contemporary amenities create the ambience of comfort and exclusivity enjoyed by residents in centuries past.

The hotel has a restaurant, bar, spa and free Wi-Fi. The air-conditioned rooms have private bathroom, TV, minibar and a seating area. Each room features dark wood sculpted panels, elegant furniture, deep burgundy sofas and rich rugs and fabrics.

The rates include daily buffet breakfast with regional products. 

Luxury Hotel in Converted Colonial House

Price Guidelines

Season Low Season
Travel Dates Year round
Room Arrangement Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £9,716
Single Traveller - Own Room £14,895

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


What's Included

  • 17 days/14 nights
  • International flights (2 overnight)
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast everyday and meals as described on the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Exclusive list of restaurant suggestions
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request

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