DAY 1: ARRIVE RIO DE JANEIRO
Arrive at Rio de Janeiro airport, where you will bet met and transferred to your hotel in the Santa Teresa district of the city. The rest of the day is free for you to relax. The neighbourhood of Santa Teresa is known for its old colonial buildings, cobbled streets and lanes. There are many shops and galleries displaying local arts and crafts, as well as numerous bars and restaurants.
DAY 2: RIO DE JANEIRO TOUR
Today you have a full day city tour, taking in such highlights as the Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountain, from both of which you will see stunning views of the city and its 37 beaches. You will also get an overview of colonial, imperial and republican Rio taking in buildings and monuments from all eras. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.
DAY 3: IN RIO DE JANEIRO
A free to explore this exciting city. You can continue the sightseeing from yesterday, or perhaps visit the beach, for many visitors one of the highlights, and Ipanema and Leblon are two of the most attractive. Alternatively, take it easy, maybe sample some of the local cuisine at one of the many cafes or restaurants, or do some shopping. You could spend time at the hotel, which has an inviting outdoor terrace, with chairs, tables and parasols and lush gardens.
DAY 4: TO MANAUS
Today you take a flight to Manaus, gateway to the Brazilian Amazon. Check in to your city hotel on the banks of the Rio Negro. The rest of the day is at leisure. Relax by the pool, sample a drink from the aquatic bar, or, if feeling more energetic try your hand at some of the sports on offer which include tennis, volleyball and basketball or have a go at the adventure circuit which includes rope bridges and climbing walls. When hunger strikes you have a choice of cafes, bars and restaurants on site.
DAY 5: MANAUS TOUR
You have a morning city tour, which is sure to include a visit to the opulent Baroque opera house (Teatro Amazonas) completed in 1896 at the height of the rubber boom. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy the hotel's facilities which include a large pool complex comprising a wave pool, an infinity pool with sundeck and aquatic bar. If you want to explore further afield you can hire a bicycle or follow a walking trail through the lush grounds leading to the banks of the Rio Negro. Afterwards you can ease any aching muscles with a spell in the sauna.
DAY 6: ON BOARD THE TUCANO
Today you leave Manaus and board the Motor Yacht Tucano, your base for the next 8 days. Depart upstream on the Rio Negro, cruising through the world's largest river island system, the Anavilhanas Archipelago. Tucano is an elegant Amazon riverboat with 3 decks and ample space for guests both inside and out. The main salon is surrounded by large picture windows and a large balcony. The observation deck has an open sun deck plus a canopy area providing shade.
DAY 7: ON THE TUCANO
Continue the cruise upstream exploring the Rio Negro and its tributaries. This cruise is informative and active, with several excursions off the boat every day. Each morning you walk in the forest in small groups. Excursions are led by Tucano's resident naturalists and can be easy walks or moderately strenuous hikes. Of course, you are more than welcome to remain on the yacht and enjoy the onboard facilities and air conditioned comforts whenever you wish.
DAY 8: ON THE TUCANO
The cruise continues its progress upstream, with further opportunities for forest walks. On board, you will enjoy delicious food served in the salon. As well as watching the ever-changing scenery, there is a chance to go for a swim in the river from the main deck or to browse through the Amazon wildlife reference books in the wood-panelled salon.
DAY 9: ON THE TUCANO
Continue upstream to the Rio Jauaperi. Here you will see a kind of forest known as the varzea and have the chance to scout along the shoreline for some of the wildlife found only in this unique environment.
DAY 10: ON THE TUCANO
Begin travelling downstream and explore different Rio Negro habitats. In the daytime you'll continue to venture out in the launches and walk in the forest, and at night, weather permitting, there may be a chance to search for nocturnal wildlife. Activities are interspersed with fine meals and time to unwind on board, enjoying views from the balconies or decks and chatting with other passengers.
DAY 11: ON THE TUCANO
Explore the west side of the Rio Negro including the boat building village of Novo Airão. Tonight the Tucano goes downstream to arrive near the confluence with the Amazon River by morning as you sleep peacefully in your cabin.
DAY 12: ON THE TUCANO
This morning you have time to explore January Ecological Lake, an area usually very good for observing wildlife. Later you travel to the 'Meeting of the Waters', a 6km stretch of water where two of the world's largest rivers, the Amazon and the Negro, join in a turbulent maelstrom, the dark water of the Negro running beside the opaque brown water of the Amazon. This phenomenon is caused by the differences in speed, water density and temperatures of the two rivers and is a striking sight.
DAY 13: TO MANAUS AIRPORT
Disembark from the MY Tucano after breakfast and transfer to Manaus airport for onward connections, where the holiday ends.