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Luxury Amazon River Cruises

Itinerary Overview

  • The Amazon Rainforest in Peru can be experienced in true luxury aboard the Aqua Expeditions cruise lines. This cruise can be added anywhere in your journey whether it be at the very beginning or after your exploration of the rest of Peru.
  • The Aqua Expeditions cruises offer 3-, 4-, and 7- night cruise options whose itineraries slightly vary based on high and low water seasons. If interested, please contact your Almaz Journeys travel planner to find the cruise that works best for you and your preferences.

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First Class Accommodations, Dining and Service

YOUR SHIP CHOICES

As of 2020, the Aqua Nera is Aqua Expedition’s newest luxury cruise ship. At 205-feet long, it boasts 20 luxury suites at 320 square feet in size with several interconnecting options for families. Each suite has its own daybed and sofa as well as panoramic windows. Outside of the rooms, guests can gather at both indoor and outdoor bars, dining areas, cinemas, or lounges. A library, gym, spa, and outdoor plunge pool are also available to all guests.

The Aria Amazon is Aqua Expedition’s 147-foot flagship. Its 16 luxury guest suites measure a generous 240 square feet, and feature large, outward facing panoramic windows and en suite sitting areas. 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.

Both ships’ suites have been designed by an internationally renowned Peruvian interior designer, and all are air-conditioned with several options for interconnecting suites for families. Both ships also focus on high-touch service and intimacy with a 1:1 crew to passenger ratio, including a paramedic, a cruise director, and 4 English-speaking naturalist guides.

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 both the Aqua Nera and 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.

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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 for more independent exploration.

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Choose a 3-, 4- or 7-Night Itinerary

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

  • Aria Amazon: Departs almost every Friday year-round for the 3- and 7-night itineraries, and almost every Monday year-round for the 4-night itineraries.
  • Aqua Nera: Departs almost every Saturday year-round for the 3- and 7-night itineraries, and almost every Tuesday 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!

Aria Amazon & Aqua Nera

 

2021 PRICING

  • 7 night itinerary: $8,225 per person, double occupancy
  • 4 night itinerary: $4,700 per person, double occupancy
  • 3 night itinerary: $3,525 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

Day Special Hosted DeparturesSpecial Hosted Departures

For an extra special experience

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

Contact Almaz Journeys to check availability starting in 2022 and secure your spot today.

Private Journey PricingPer Person

Pricing Level
From Price Per Person
7 Night Itinerary

$8225

4 Night Itinerary

$4700

3 Night Itinerary

$3525

Included

  • 3, 4, or 7 nights in luxury accommodations aboard either the Aria or Nera cruises.
  • All meals on board.
  • Beverages (non-alcoholic, select premium wines, sparkling wine and national beer.
  • Shared local English-speaking guides for all sightseeing included daily.
  • Shared transfers to/from vessel when arriving/departing on recommended flights to/from Iquitos
  • Entrances for all sights and experiences specifically included in your itinerary.
  • 24-hour local emergency contact
  • Pacaya Samiria entrance fee
  • Full-service tailoring of your itinerary and assistance with restaurant reservations

Not Included

  • Air travel
  • Spa services
  • Guide and crew gratuities
  • Medical or travel insurance
  • Any other items or services not specifically included in the itinerary

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