|Purpose:||Ecotourism, Discovery, Relaxation, Nature|
|No. of days:||5 days - 4 nights|
|First & Last Cities:||Manaus|
|Other cities:||Lake Janauacá, Manaquiri, Rio Manacapuru, Lake Janauari|
Your Cruise includes:
Tours does not include:
* Only served at bars and restaurants
Hotels in your Tour:
|On Cruise||IberoStar Grand Amazon||5|
Hotel in Manaus will be confirmed at time of booking
Day 1 – Thu: Manaus
After arrival at Manaus airport you’ll be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for overnight.
Situated on the banks of the Negro river, the capital of the state of Amazon, Manaus is an important center for ecological tourism. One of its most popular attractions is the Ponta Negra beach, where, when the river is low, the sands are exposed right down to the river bed, forming a beautiful contrast with the dark waters of the river itself. In the early years of the XX century, the city became very wealthy and the most important cultural center in the North region of Brazil. The old rubber barons dreamed of transforming it into an European style city and called it "the Paris of the Tropics". The architecture of the famous Opera House and the Municipal Market are examples of the luxury of this exuberant city. Manaus is a major tourist destination and the main starting point for trips into the Brazilian Amazon forest.
Day 2 - Fri: Manaus
After breakfast start your private tour of Manus including a visit of the Municipal Market, built at the beginning of the 20th century. Inside the impressive building, we will find a variety of regional products including fish, fruits and herbs. Afterward, we will pass by the Government Palace and view the nearby creek with its typical houses built on stilts. We will then visit the Floating Dock in Manaus, which is deeply connected to the cycle of rubber and, in recent years has undergone great changes, in order to make it competitive and suited to the demands of globalization. Our final destination is the Amazon Opera House, the primary symbol from the golden age of the rubber boom, built in 1896. With the help of a recent restoration, the building has maintained the splendor of that epic period. Drop off at the pier to board your Iberostar Grand Amazon cruise, settle into a luxurious cabin and watch the sunset from the Top Deck as the boat begins sailing on the Amazon. Tonight, the crew welcomes you aboard with a cocktail, followed by a delicious dinner. This is your first opportunity to take advantage of the ship's open bar policy! [AI]
Day 3 – Sat: Lake Janauacá & Manaquiri
We wake up at Janauacá Lake. If you are up early, there is a Sunrise Lovers' continental breakfast on the Upper Deck, where you can enjoy the early morning atmosphere. Otherwise, you can enjoy the buffet spread in the Kuarup Restaurant. After breakfast, we make an exploration by skiff and along marked trails of the rainforest, keeping our eyes open for jungle birds and Pink River Dolphins. There should be countless photo opportunities. We also stop at the home of a local Caboclo, to gain insight into human life in the Amazon, and perhaps purchase some of the traditional handicrafts. Later back on board there will be a lecture on Amazon Fruits in the Lua Salon. In the afternoon, we continue to the Manaquiri Region, for an excursion by skiff though the closed-in streams. It is a great opportunity for spotting some of the flora and fauna of the Amazon and a chance to try your skills fishing for piranha! We are welcomed back on board with live music on the upper deck. And then, after dinner, we can go on a night tour potting caiman along the river banks, using spotlights and listen to the night sounds of the jungle. [AI]
Day 4 – Sun: Rio Manacapuru & Lake Janauari
This morning the Grand Amazon enters the Manacapuru River and, for the early risers, there is a chance to go birding in the skiffs, as the sun rises over the beautiful jungle. After breakfast, we board the expedition skiffs for a photo safari through the narrow waterways of the region, where the vegetation overhangs the water, or alternatively head out on a jungle walk adventure. Upon returning to the boat we can enjoy a lecture on Amazon People and Culture. After lunch and a rest, we head to Lake Janauari, where we have the chance to visit a regional houseboat, get to know the local crafts and take a short walking tour of the region. We wait until dusk before returning to the cruise boat as it is a great time to spot numerous species - especially birds - in large quantities. This evening there is a farewell dinner, in the Kuarup Restaurant, and a Folklore Show in the Lua Salon as we celebrate the sights we have seen and friends we have made over the course of the last few days. [AI]
Day 5 – Mon: Manaus, Meeting of the Waters, USA
We wake up early in order to see the fascinating phenomenon known as the Meeting of the Waters at sunrise. This is the point where the black water of the Negro River and brown water of the Amazon River meet - but don't mix. Don't worry, breakfast will be available! We then continue to the port of Manaus, for disembarkation. At the pier you’ll be met by our representative and transferred to the airport to board your flight back home. [B]
[B] = Breakfast | [AI] = All Included (all meals, snacks and drinks)
Prices are per person and may change without notice
Prices are valid through December 31 2018
Additional taxes and Fees:
|Tourism Tax $20||$25|
|Harbor Tax $35||$35|
|Christmas Dinner Dec 24||$25|
|New Year's Eve - Dec 31||$90|
These costs are per person
Visa is required for US Citizens traveling to Brazil.
You may obtain an electronic visa through the Brazilian Consulate services in the US.
Tour Code: BR11MAO18IS