Luxury Delfin III Amazon Cruise & Mountains of the Incas
14 Night Itinerary from £5,311
Pacaya Deluxe Cruise Tour
From the comfort of the luxury Delfin III Amazon riverboat discover the pristine rainforest of the Amazon, combined with an exploration of the ancient civilisations of the Andes
Select your preferred departure date
- Lima - 3 Nights
- Delfin III luxury Amazon Cruise - 4 Nights
- The Sacred Valley - 3 Nights
- Machu Picchu - 1 Night
- Cusco - 3 Nights
- Return home via Lima - 0 Nights
- Enjoy a 4-night Deluxe Amazon River Cruise and discover the ancient world of the Incas
- Explore primary Amazon rainforest in the vast Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve
- Encounter jungle wildlife, local communities and magnificent landscapes
- Continue to the Inca capital of Cusco, where Spanish and Inca heritage blend
- Explore the nearby Sacred Valley with mountain landscapes and ancient ruins
- Enjoy a magnificent train journey to the legendary archaeological site of Machu Picchu
- Discover historic Lima with 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 - Guided tour of Lima
Day 3 - Lima at leisure
- Full Description
Arrival in Lima
Take a BA direct flight to Lima on a Friday, arriving the same evening. Transfer to your hotel for a 3-night stay.
Guided tour of Lima
This afternoon enjoy an included guided tour of the city 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.
Lima at leisure
A day at leisure to enjoy the art galleries, parks and excellent local restaurants. Lima is known for its excellent fusion cuisine; our guide will recommend the best places to eat.
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.
Lima - First Hotel
The 4* Casa Andina Select Miraflores Hotel is located near the Kennedy Park and a few minutes away from the main shopping centres and restaurants of Miraflores. It’s a hotel that combines a contemporary Andean design.
The air-conditioned superior rooms are well-appointed with private bathroom, hair dryer, coffee making facilities, safe, iron and other facilities. The hotel also offers room service, FREE Wi-Fi, sauna, Jacuzzi, lounge, bar and gym. The La Plaza & Grill restaurant offers a breakfast buffet and also a variety of dishes.
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.
Delfin III luxury Amazon Cruise - 4 Nights
Day 4 - Embark the luxury Delfin III Amazon riverboat
Day 5 - Yarapa River
Day 6 - Pacaya and Ucayali Rivers
Day 7 - Yarapa River and Amazonia Village
- Full Description
Embark the luxury Delfin III Amazon riverboat
Fly to Iquitos this morning. You will be met at Iquitos Airport and transferred to the Delfin III (the Delfin ships are the only Amazon River Cruises to be recognised by the prestigious Relais & Chateaux organistation) at the riverside town of Nauta, on the banks of the Marañon River. After setting sail, enjoy panoramic views from the observation area and an exotic cocktail made with regional fruits and pisco. Then, your naturalist guide will give you an overview of your journey’s schedule, activities, route, highlights, wildlife and vegetation to keep your eye out for, geographical and historical background, and other useful details.
Jungle walk & Yanayacu and Pucate Rivers
This morning we walk on the Fundo Casual jungle trail deep into the rainforest on “Terra Firma” (non-flooded forest) where your guide will point out the dynamic creatures and vegetation of the Amazon.
We then cruise through the Yanayacu and Pucate Rivers, peeking into different creeks and lagoons. This is one of the best preserved and protected zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Your guide will use his expert eye to pinpoint all the biodiversity of this region. You will even have the opportunity to swim in the jungle river along with the famous pink dolphins!
Samiria River, Nauta Cano Creek & night safari
This morning we travel by skiff on the Samiria River and its tributaries, where an abundance of wildlife hides in the deep rainforest, such as blue and yellow macaws, scarlet macaws, toucans, umbrella birds, monkeys, river otters, capybaras and more. Your naturalist guide will use his expert eye to pinpoint all the biodiversity of this region. This is also a popular dolphin feeding spot.
After lunch, we will visit Nauta Caño Creek where we fish for the famous piranha, a delightful and challenging experience you won’t forget! As night approaches, your guide will take you on a night safari in search of caiman alligators and night birds.
Village visit & the Marayali River
Morning visit to the community of San Francisco including a short skiff ride and jungle walk to meet local villagers who have called Amazonia their home for generations. Here we will visit a market featuring amazing arts and crafts from the local women. Following this visit will be a jungle walk with our guides to search for creatures of the rainforest.
After lunch, we explore the Marayali River by skiff where we visit our first location populated by sloths, iguanas and a new favourite location for anteaters. Birdwatchers are likely to check off their bucket list, the yellow-rumped caciques and very elegant egrets.
Iquitos Amazon Cruises - Luxury Amazon Riverboat
Launched in 2015, the luxury 22 suite Delfin III was custom-designed to explore the Peruvian Amazon. Choose from a 3 or 4 night itinerary exploring the flora, fauna and wildlife of this remote region in the company of expert naturalist guides. Talk early morning walks into the forest, travel by skiff or kayak, swim with dolphins and experience the amazing sounds of a jungle night safari.
Being a larger vessel, the Delfin III has more facilities than other smaller riverboats, such as indoor and outdoor top deck lounges, a swimming pool, full bar, massage services, exercise room and a boutique.
The dining on board is superb, with varied menus of popular Peruvian gastronomy presented in the utmost style, quality and originality. The innovative chef will surprise you with the most exotic culinary delights, always freshly prepared in the school of Peruvian gourmet gastronomy infused with touches and inspirations from the rainforest around you. Delfin III can accommodate any special diets and restrictions with timely prior notice. The dress code is casual for all excursions and meals.
The Sacred Valley - 3 Nights
Day 8 - Disembark and fly to Cusco
Day 9 - Exploring the Sacred Valley
Day 10 - Moray and Maras
- Full Description
Disembark and fly to Cusco
Disembark the Delfin III after breakfast and visit the fascinating Manatee Rescue Centre, then continue to the airport for your flight to Cusco via Lima. Transfer to your hotel in the Sacred Valley where we stay for 3 nights.
Exploring the Sacred Valley
Today we explore the sacred valley of the Incas with a visit the Inca village of Ollantaytambo with its hillside fortress. After an included lunch, we continue to Pisac where we explore the ancient ruins and visit the colourful market where local farmers trade their produce and shops offer local weavings in soft alpaca wool.
Moray and Maras
Today we visit the local market and weavers collective at Chinchero, admire the concentric circular Inca crop laboratory at Moray and explore the ancient salt pans at Maras, with a leisurely walk down into the valley. Lunch is included today.
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.
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.
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.
Machu Picchu - 1 Night
Day 11 - Machu Picchu
- Full Description
Depart on a spectacular train journey on the Vistadome train along bank of the Urubamba River, leading to Machu Picchu, dubbed the Lost City of the Incas when it was re-discovered in 1911. We take a guided tour of the archaeological site, a city of aqueducts with crystal clear waters, of liturgical fountains and of walkways once home to priests, craftsmen, peasants and servants. Afternoon to explore. Overnight in your chosen hotel near Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu - Tourist Hotel
Located by train station, the hotel is modern, functional but bland, useful for an overnight stay. The standard rooms have no windows but others look out over the station or behind to the Urubamba river.
Machu Picchu - First Lodge
The brand new Sumaq hotel is located in Aguas Calientes, owned by a Peruvian family that have made reality their dream of building a luxury hotel close to the most emblematic archaeological site in Peru: Machu Picchu. The hotel provides guests with the highest levels of comfort in an appropriatel magnificent setting, and the design and decoration of the hotel have benefited from a continuous research and recreate many aspects of Inca culture.
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.
Cusco - 3 Nights
Day 12 - Machu Picchu and Cusco
Day 13 - Cusco's Inca and colonial heritage
Day 14 - Free time in Cusco
- Full Description
Machu Picchu and 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, we take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes and return on the Vistadome train to Cusco, staying for 3 nights.
Cusco's Inca and colonial heritage
The former Inca capital Cusco is a treasure trove of ancient history, where Inca and colonial heritage converge to create a unique city. We visit the Spanish-era Cathedral, and Qorikancha (Temple of the Sun), once the most important temple in the whole Inca empire, it was then symbolically built over by the Conquistadors, with only a small part of the original structure remaining. Continue to the nearby Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, where huge pieces of stone fit together with such precision that no cement is required.
Free time in Cusco
Today you have some free time to wander around Cusco and perhaps visit some wonderful museums.
Cusco - Tourist Hotel
Situated in the heart of the Incan empire, only a few steps away from the main plaza, the Maytaq Wasin Hotel is contemporary in design, boasts high ceiling and plenty of natural light. There is a shaded terrace with views of the hills and chic common areas with modern decor. The hotel is only 150 metres from the Inca Museum and steps away from the main Plaza de Armas.
Public areas include an open rooftop terrace, lounge, restaurant and bar. Free Wi-Fi is available.
The well-appointed rooms have twin/double beds, cable TV and private bathoom with shower.
The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.
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.
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.
Return home via Lima - 0 Nights
Day 15 - Return home via Lima
Day 16 - Arrive in the UK
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Return home via Lima
Arrive in the UK
|Season||Low Season||High Season|
|Travel Dates||25 Dec-21 Jun, 17 Aug-12 Dec||22 Jun-16 Aug, 13-24 Dec|
|Multiple Travellers - Twin Room||£5,311||£5,587||£5,498||£5,774|
|Multiple Travellers - Own Room||£6,939||£7,458||£7,126||£7,645|
|Single Traveller - Own Room||£7,452||£8,023||£7,623||£8,210|
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- 14 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 4 dinners
- 4-night Amazon cruise on the luxury Delfin III
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