12 days from £3460pp plus international flights.
From the heights of Rio's Corcovado Mountain to the turbulent waters of the Rio Negro, this holiday offers excitement and exploration, beaches and wildlife - not to be missed!
Spend three days exploring vibrant Rio de Janeiro, including a guided visit of Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain. Leave the beaches behind and head to the jungle city of Manaus, famous for its grand opera house and the famous 'Meeting of the Waters' where the Solimoes and Negro Rivers meet to form the Amazon.
It's now time to explore the Amazon! Board the lovely riverboat, Tucano, to spend 7 days exploring almost 200 miles of the Negro River and its tributaries. You'll have the chance to go out in small motor launches, explore the riverbanks and forest on foot and look for nocturnal wildlife, always with the creature comforts of the Tucano waiting for you on your return.
Arrive at Rio de Janeiro airport, where you will bet met and transferred to your guest house 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.
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.
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, 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 guest house, which has an inviting pool, with chairs, tables and parasols set in established lush gardens.
Today you take a flight to Manaus, gateway to the Brazilian Amazon. Check in to your city hotel in central Manaus, next to the opera house. The rest of the day is at leisure. Relax by the pool, sample a drink from the pool bar, or, if feeling more energetic then head for the gym. When hunger strikes you the bistro is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving both classic and contemproary cuisine, or you could head out the door to one of the many local restaurants and cafes.
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 spend at leisure. If you want to explore further afield you can hire a bicycle or explore Manaus on foot.
Today you leave Manaus and board the Motor Yacht Tucano, your base for the next 7 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.
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 board and enjoy the facilities and air conditioned comforts whenever you wish.
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.
A dawn excursion seeking out wildlife is followed by a full Brazilian breakfast. Later you travel to the 'Meeting of the Waters', a 6 km 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. At sunset the boat will head upstream on the Rio Negro and anchor overnight just north of Manaus. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening and prepare for an early morning departure tomorrow.
Disembark from the MY Tucano after breakfast and transfer to Manaus airport for onward connections, where the holiday ends.
Guide price from (pp sharing): £3460 (ex. international flights)
2019 guide price pp sharing: Double cabin from £3460. Yellow cabin from £4660.
2020 guide price pp sharing: Double cabin from £3695. Yellow cabin from £4995.
Accommodation on a twin share basis; transfers and ground transport; private services with an English speaking guide days 1 to 5; shared guide on the Tucano; meals as specified.
International and domestic flights; departure taxes; visas; travel insurance; meals not specified; drinks; items of a personal nature; tips.
This tour starts in Rio de Janeiro and ends in Manaus. International and domestic (Rio to Manaus, Manaus to Sao Paulo) flights from the UK will start from £1,100 per person. We will be happy to book flights for you.
Departure dates: This Amazon cruise has set departure dates, we can tailor make your Rio stay to coincide with these dates.
A home from home in the historic suburb of Santa Teresa, experience life as the locals do in a genuine Rio neighbourhood.
Take an expedition cruise on the Tucano, a comfortable 9-cabin Amazon river boat which departs from Manaus.
Your stylish bolt hole in central Manaus, Villa Amazonica's rooms, all with private balconies, are arranged around a courtyard garden and pool, and facilities include a gym, bistro and poolside bar.
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Time: GMT -3 hours
Flight time: Most flights go to Sao Paulo but some airlines have direct flights to Rio de Janeiro, and to North-eastern Brazil. British Airways and TAM have direct flights from London and many European carriers also offer flights to Brazil.
Language: Portuguese is the official language. Spanish and English are understood quite widely.
Visas: Not required for British nationals.
Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the rainforest.