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.
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, 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.
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 the yacht and enjoy the on-board 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)
Price notes: 2019 guide price pp sharing: Double cabin from £3,460. Yellow cabin from £4660.
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.
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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.