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Luxury Amazon Cruise & Mountains of the Incas

14 Night Itinerary from  £7,976

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 - Arrival in Lima

Day 2 - Tour of Lima

Day 3 - At leisure in Lima

 

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Monday, 08 August 2022

Arrival in Lima

Depart the UK on a daytime flight to Lima. On arrival, you will be met by our guide and transferred to your chosen hotel for a 3-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.


Tuesday, 09 August 2022

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. 


Wednesday, 10 August 2022

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. 

Antigua Miraflores Hotel

Lima - First Hotel

The Antigua Miraflores Hotel is located in the district if Miraflores, just a few blocks from the central park, close to the ocean front and numerous fine restaurants and shops.

The hotel has the character of a turn of an early 1900's hotel now with all today's comforts making an elegant and comfortable place to stay. All rooms contain hand crafted colonial furniture, original art and antiques as well as private bathroom facilities, cable TV, air-conditioning, mini-bar and direct dial telephones.

The charming restaurant and lounge are the perfect places to relax and serve international and Peruvian dishes.

Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis.

Antigua Miraflores Hotel

Casa Andina Private Collection

Lima - First Hotel

The stylish Casa Andina Private Collection is located in the heart of Miraflores, close to many excellent restaurants. The 148 rooms are furnished in the modern European style, with modern amenities and private facilities. There is a lounge, swimming pool, bar, restaurant, and adjoining sandwich cafe for light snacks.

Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis.

Casa Andina Private Collection

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.

Hotel "B"

Miraflores Park Plaza

Lima - Deluxe Hotel

The Belmond Miraflores Park Plaza is a deluxe oceanfront boutique hotel surrounded by a lush gardens, located in Miraflores, one of Limas most exclusive residential districts.

A modern exterior hides a touch of finesse throughout the hotel, whose 81 rooms and suites are luxuriously decorated with marble and granite bathrooms and king size beds. The observatory Restaurant on the 11th floor offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, while the more formal Traguluz restaurant is the jewel of crown in Lima's dining scene. The Belo Bar is a favourite place to relax and afternoon tea is now available in the lounge. The hotel also has a fitness centre, squash court, sauna, massage centre and business centre.

Accommodation is based on room and breakfast.

Miraflores Park Plaza
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Amazon Cruise - 4 Nights

Day 4 - Fly to Iquitos and embark Aria Amazon

Day 5 - Yanallpa and Dorado Rivers 

Day 6 - Pacaya, Ucayali and Tapiche Rivers 

Day 7 - Explore the Amazon

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Thursday, 11 August 2022

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.


Friday, 12 August 2022

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.


Saturday, 13 August 2022

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.


Sunday, 14 August 2022

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 8 - Fly to Cusco and the Sacred Valley

Day 9 - Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour

Day 10 - Exploring the Sacred Valley 

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Monday, 15 August 2022

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.


Tuesday, 16 August 2022

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. 


Wednesday, 17 August 2022

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. 

Pakaritampu

Sacred Valley of the Incas - Tourist Hotel

The Pakaritampu Hotel is located in Ollantaytambo in the heart of the Sacred Valley; ideally situated for exploring the Sacred Valley, starting the Inca Trail, and taking the train to Aguas Calientes. The hotel has large gardens hosting a variety of local plants and flowers and is a series of four separate buildings, built according to the architectural style of Cuzco. From the hotel you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Ollantaytambo ruins. Each of the 37 rooms features its own private bathroom facilities and telephone. The hotel has a cosy living room with open fire, a reading room, restaurant and bar. There is also internet access and laundry service.

Accommodation includes room and breakfast.

Pakaritampu

Casa Andina Private Collection

Sacred Valley of the Incas - First Hotel

Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley is located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, just 10 km from Ollantaytambo train station. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful gardens and offers an Andean spa and a Gym, restaurant, bar, room service, telescope to view the night sky and business centre with internet access. From the hotel River Rafting, Trekking, Mountain Biking and Horseback Riding can be arranged. Each of the 85 rooms is equipped with Cable TV, heating, bathtub or Jacuzzi, hairdryer and safe deposit box.

Accommodation includes room and breakfast. 

Casa Andina Premium

Sol Y Luna

Sacred Valley of the Incas - First 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. 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. Accommodation includes room and breakfast.

Sol y Luna - Relais & Chateaux

Explora Valle Sagrado

Sacred Valley of the Incas - Deluxe Hotel

Part of the Explora group of lodges the Valle Sagrado lodge offers all you would expect of a luxury hotel with a design inspired by the local environment and culture. Located in a secluded hacienda and ancient corn plantation, amidst the mountains that were once the centre of the Inca Empire, it includes all meals, drinks and a complete program of in-depth walks and excursions to explore the whole area. 

Explora Valle Sagrado

Rio Sagrado

Sacred Valley of the Incas - Deluxe Hotel

North of Cuzco City, along the shoreline of the Urubamba River, lays the region properly baptized as the Sacred Valley of the Incas, lands where mysterious mountains seem to still guard ancient and lost temples built for the Inca sun god Wiraqocha. Centrally located 3.2 kilometers from the Town of Urubamba, 15 minutes away from the gateway to the eternal citadel of Machu Picchu (Ollantaytambo Train Station) and along a sensuous curvature of the Urubamba River shoreline, Rio Sagrado Hotel, Villas & Spa stands united with the mystique of the holy valley.

This luxury hotel offers 13 Deluxe Suites, 8 Junior Suites equipped with queen or king size beds, direct dial and international telephone, large dresser, hair dryer, steam shower, private exterior terrace and heated wooden floors. Although accommodation in the hotel includes room and breakfast you will want to dine at a choice of two restaurants, one overlooking the Urubamba River.

Rio Sagrado also offers two-story riverfront villas which have accomplished refined functionality and comfort for up to eight guests. Envisioned as a getaway dream home, the villas have been conditioned with all necessary home amenities, services and comforts. Each villa comes with a personal housekeeper fit to treat guests with freshly prepared native breakfasts, afternoon snacks or homemade specialty dinners, as wells as grocery shopping, bartending and translation service while travelling.

 

Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado
Llamas at Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu - 1 Night

Day 11 - Train Journey to Machu Picchu & Guided Tour

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Thursday, 18 August 2022

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. 

Sanctuary Lodge, Belmond Hotels

Machu Picchu - Deluxe Lodge

Set in its own gardens and the only hotel in such close proximity to the magical ruins, the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge offers twenty-nine well-appointed rooms and two suites. Also located just outside the gates to the Lost city of the Incas, this beautiful hotel is the only one to command views of the site. An Orient Express owned hotel, the service is impeccable and the food is excellent. Accommodation includes room, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

In nearby Aguas Calientes hot springs you can enjoy a soothing bath at the end of a long day of exploring. Enjoy lunch in the cafeteria overlooking the citadel of Machu Picchu, where you can choose from a wide variety of dishes and enjoy a spectacular view. There is also an indoor dining room where a delicious breakfast buffet and international cuisineare available.

The Lodge has 31 rooms and one suite, bar, restaurant, self service autlet and a cliffhanging snack bar, with one of tha best views of the Sacred Mountain. All rooms have Television, laundry service, mini bar, Idd telephone.

 

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Inkaterra 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 12 - Machu Picchu and return to Cusco

Day 13 - Cusco, optional excursions

Day 14 - At leisure in Cusco

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Friday, 19 August 2022

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. 


Saturday, 20 August 2022

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.


Sunday, 21 August 2022

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.

Casa San Blas

Cusco - First Boutique

The Boutique Hotel Casa San Blas provides a service based on personalised attention within the context of a friendly, home-like atmosphere. The hotel is located in the historic artisans quarter of San Blas, just two and a half blocks from Cusco's main plaza. The rooms are decorated with a select collection of weavings designed to provide guests with an insight into the history and meaning of the mystical symbolism of the Andes. The hotel has been designed to harmonise with the colonial architecture of the San Blas neighbourhood, based upon the restoration of a historic mansion while incorporating all the benefits of the modern world, warmth, comfort - in a perfect blend of old and new.

Accommodation includes room and breakfast.

Casa San Blas Boutique

Casa Andina Premium

Cusco - First Hotel

This beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house, just 4 blocks from Cusco’s main square – Plaza de Armas, is complete with authentic colonial character. It offers the intimacy of a boutique hotel but the comforts and services of a much larger property.

The hotel has 93 air-conditioned rooms offering private bathroom, safe, minibar, safe, TV, kettle and FREE Wi-fi. The Alma Restaurant & Bar offers an enjoyable breakfast buffet and a varied menu. 

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Belmond Monasterio de Cusco

Cusco - Luxury Hotel

Built 300 years ago atop Inca foundations, the building was originally the Seminary of San Antonio Abad. In 1995, the seminary was tastefully converted into a luxury hotel while still preserving its original architecture of arched galleries surrounding two elegant colonial style courtyards. The Belmond Monasterio de Cusco is  Cuzco's premier hotel, providing its guests with a museum setting of Inca and Spanish traditions. The hotel is conveniently situated very close to the city's central square, the Plaza de Armas, where the Cathedral and museums are located.

All of the 122 air-conditioned rooms have en-suite bathrooms, telephone, mini-bar and cable TV and many of them are oxygen-enriched. The hotel also has a lobby bar, two restaurants and deli/café.

Several activities are available including art tours, cooking classes and pisco lessons.

The rooms and on a bed and breakfast basis.

Belmond Monasterio

La Casona

Cusco - Luxury Hotel

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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
Plaza de Armas, Lima

Return via Lima - 0 Nights

Day 15 - Travel back to UK

Day 16 - Arrive in the UK

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Monday, 22 August 2022

Travel back to the UK

Transfer to Cusco airport for a domestic flight to Lima, to connect with an overnight international flight back to the UK.


Tuesday, 23 August 2022

Arrive in the UK

Arrive back in the UK in the morning.

Allpa

Lima - Tourist Hotel

This small contemporary hotel is located in the heart of Miraflores, with plenty of access to local conveniences such as restaurants and shops. The rooms are comfortable, spacious and modern although simple in character, and all with modern amenities such as WiFi, air conditioning and private facilities. The hotel has a bar and restaurant serving international dishes.

Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis.

Allpa Hotel

Casa Andina Private Collection

Lima - First Hotel

The stylish Casa Andina Private Collection is located in the heart of Miraflores, close to many excellent restaurants. The 148 rooms are furnished in the modern European style, with modern amenities and private facilities. There is a lounge, swimming pool, bar, restaurant, and adjoining sandwich cafe for light snacks.

Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis.

Casa Andina Private Collection

Country Club

Lima - Deluxe Hotel

Located just 7 miles from the international airport in the exclusive residential area of San Isidro with a pleasant view overlooking Lima Golf Club. 

Opened in 1927 and declared a Peruvian Cultural Monument, the historic Country Club offers luxurious and lavish accommodation in single or double air conditioned rooms equipped with cable TV, minibar and internet access. Each room is adorned with traditional Andean textiles. Dine in the award-winning hotel restaurant or enjoy a cold drink at the bar. For something light try the hotel snack bar. Work out in the hotel gym or take a leisurely swim in the pool. Guests interested in golf can gain access to Lima Golf Club.

Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis.

Country Club

Price Guidelines

Season Low Season
Travel Dates Year round
Room Arrangement Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £7,976
Single Traveller - Own Room £9,856

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


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  • 16 days/ 14 nights
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • Internal flights
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  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
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