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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- Lima - 3 Nights
- Amazon Cruise - 4 Nights
- Sacred Valley - 3 Nights
- Machu Picchu - 1 Night
- Cusco - 3 Nights
- 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.
Lima - 3 Nights
Day 1 - Arrival in Lima
Day 2 - Tour of Lima
Day 3 - At leisure in Lima
- Full Description
Saturday, 30 September 2023
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.
Sunday, 01 October 2023
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.
Monday, 02 October 2023
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.
Lima - Deluxe Hotel
The Belmond Miraflores Park 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.
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
- Full Description
Tuesday, 03 October 2023
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.
Wednesday, 04 October 2023
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.
Thursday, 05 October 2023
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.
Friday, 06 October 2023
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.
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
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
- Full Description
Saturday, 07 October 2023
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.
Sunday, 08 October 2023
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.
Monday, 09 October 2023
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.
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. 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.
Machu Picchu - 1 Night
Day 11 - Train Journey to Machu Picchu & Guided Tour
- Full Description
Tuesday, 10 October 2023
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.
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.
Cusco - 3 Nights
Day 12 - Machu Picchu and return to Cusco
Day 13 - Cusco, optional excursions
Day 14 - At leisure in Cusco
Day 15 - Travel back to the UK
Day 16 - Arrive in the UK
- Full Description
Wednesday, 11 October 2023
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.
Thursday, 12 October 2023
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.
Friday, 13 October 2023
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.
Saturday, 14 October 2023
Travel back to the UK
Fly to Lima and connect with an overnight flight back to the UK.
Sunday, 15 October 2023
Arrive in the UK
Arrive in the UK in the morning.
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.
|Travel Dates||Year round|
|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.
- 16 days/ 14 nights
- International flights (1 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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