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LUXURY AMAZON RIVER CRUISES

Aboard the Aria Amazon

Go deep into Peru's Amazon wilderness to see amazing wildlife, flora, and communities only a fortunate few ever see.

THE JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME

ONBOARD EXPERIENCE

First class accommodations, dining and service

YOUR SHIP

Aria Amazon is Aqua Expedition's 147-foot flagship. Its 16 luxury guest suites, designed by an internationally renowned Peruvian interior designer, measure a generous 240 square feet, and feature large, outward facing panoramic windows and en suite sitting areas. All suites are air conditioned, and four are interconnected, to cater to families. Guests can socialize in the dining room, bar, on the observation deck with outdoor jacuzzi and at the lounge. There is also a small boutique and an exercise room.

 

You'll be served by a crew of 24, including a cruise director, paramedic and four skilled naturalist guides. This makes for a crew to passenger ratio of 1:1, so you can be sure the Aria crew will take good care of you.

 

THE CULINARY JOURNEY

Hailed by the Wall Street Journal as one of “Peru’s top chefs” and recognized in The New York Times for his “rare” cooking talent, Aqua Expeditions Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino has also attracted the attention of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants at both his Malabar and Amaz restaurants, as well as on board the Aria Amazon.

Though Peruvian cuisine has made its way around the world, many of Schiaffino’s delectable ingredients grow only in the Amazon jungle, inspiring his novel dishes like hearts of palm soufflé, plantain and yucca gnocchi, and grilled paiche with huatia potatoes. Menus on board also stay true to local traditions like Peruvian ceviche, with its succulent ranches of just caught river fish, juicy onions, cilantro, coriander and corn kernels the size of South Sea pearls.

You’ll also enjoy organic wines from Argentina and Chile, private labeled exclusively for Aqua. If you have a special dietary requirement, just let us know so that the ship can make sure you have delicious meals to enjoy.

EXPLORING THE AMAZON DAILY

Flora, fauna and indigenous communities

Guests may choose three-, four-, or seven-night itineraries. Each day will bring amazing new wonders, as guests set out with guides in Aqua’s fleet of four skiffs (8 passengers each) to float toward the source of the mighty Amazon.

Each day, you will explore the small inlets and various winding river systems that make up the flooded forest. Pacaya Samiria Reserve, located on the headwaters of the Amazon basin, spans more than five million acres. Twice the size of Yellowstone Park, it teems with wildlife and aquatic life. Visitors will have the opportunity to see hundreds of species, including the endangered pink Amazon dolphin, black caiman, and three toed sloth.

All morning and afternoon excursions are included, and both kayaks and bicycles are available for guests’ use.

ITINERARIES FOR EVERYONE

CHOOSE A 3, 4 OR 7 NIGHT SAILING

SEASONS

Aqua Expeditions operates year-round, and every voyage is uniquely appealing, based on the changing seasons. During the high water season, the river and estuaries grow, allowing launch boats to venture deeper into the flooded forest. During the low water season, the river recedes and beautiful sandy river beaches form.

LOCATION

Amazon River voyages depart from the port city of Iquitos, Peru. Iquitos is served by numerous daily flights from Lima, Peru’s capital. The flights take one hour and twenty five minutes. Your Almaz Journeys destination specialist can assist you in planning flights coordinated with included transfers, as well as help you extend your trip to visit other parts of Peru.

DEPARTURES

  • Departures almost every Friday year-round for the 3- and 7-night itineraries
  • Departures almost every Monday year-round for the 4-night itineraries
  • Please contact Almaz Journeys to check availability for your desired departure date(s).

CHOOSING YOUR ITINERARY

There are 3-, 4- and 7-night itineraries to fit every schedule. The 7-night is obviously the most complete experience, and it essentially combines the itineraries of the 3- and 4-night itineraries. You will see amazing nature and wildlife on every itinerary, so the main difference really is duration - the more time you spend, the more you will see!

 

2019 PRICING

  • 7 night itinerary: $9,450 per person, double occupancy
  • 4 night itinerary: $5,400 per person, double occupancy
  • 3 night itinerary: $4,050 per person, double occupancy
  • Supplement for 2nd Deck Design Suites ranges $150-350 per person (Double) according to number of nights
  • Single supplement: 25% in addition to the adult rate

Child / Extra Guest policy

  • No children under 7 years of age
  • Children under 12 years old receive a 20% discount
  • Third person sleeping on sofa bed receives a 20% discount
  • Third person being a child under 12 years old sleeping on sofa bed pays $500 per night

INCLUDED IN ALL ITINERARIES

  • All meals onboard
  • All excursions
  • Beverages (non-alcoholic, select premium wines, sparkling wine and national beer
  • Bike use
  • Shared transfers to/from vessel when arriving/departing on recommended flights to/from Iquitos
  • Pacaya Samiria entrance fee

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Air travel
  • Guide and crew gratuities
  • Boutique purchases
  • Private transfers to/from the vessel
  • Spa services
  • Visas, if applicable

SPECIAL HOSTED DEPARTURES

ENHANCE YOUR JOURNEY WITH A SPECIAL HOST

FOUNDER HOSTED DEPARTURE WITH FRANCESCO GALLI ZUGARO

Francesco Galli Zugaro, Founder and CEO of Aqua Expeditions, will share his creative vision for launching Aqua Expeditions, as you explore his favorite excursions together. These limited-edition departures offer guests an abundance of unique opportunities.

In 2019, there will be just 2 of these special sailings, February 25-March 1 and October 7-11. Contact Almaz Journeys to check availability today.

CHEF-HOSTED DEPARTURE WITH PEDRO MIGUEL SCHIAFFINO

Pedro Schiaffino is chef/owner of Malabar, one of Lima’s most cutting edge and innovative restaurants.

Schiaffino’s cuisine fuses Peruvian ingredients with traditional techniques – he is particularly known for his interest in local ingredients and their source, beginning with the cultivation and preservation of native ingredients through to the creation of the dishes that are offered in all his restaurants.

Unique features of these chef-hosted culinary departures include:

  • Customized market tour to learn about locally grown and harvested ingredients.
  • Master cooking classes
  • Interactive Q&A with the Chef onboard

There are two, 4-night sailings in 2019 on March 18 and November 18! Contact Almaz Journeys to secure your spot today.

 

Tailoring Your Journey

If you've never been to Peru before, Almaz Journeys can help you plan the perfect extension to explore:

  • The international culinary hotspot, Lima
  • Incan ruins of the Sacred Valley, including of course Machu Picchu
  • Visit the former Incan capital at Cusco
  • See Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake straddling the border between Peru and Bolivia in the Andes mountains
  • Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest and a habit of the giant Andean condor
  • Colonial-era Arequipa and its gorgeous all-white stone structures of the historic center

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