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Discover South America - Amazon Cruise

(30 days, Quito - Rio de Janeiro, 2017)
Your Price Includes
  • The services of an Evergreen Tour Director †
  • The services of expert Local Guides
  • All tipping and gratuities included
  • Return airport transfers
  • Premium First Class hotels including all service charges and porterage
  • Four night Galápagos Islands cruise on board the MY Isabela II or MV Santa Cruz II
  • Three night Amazon Cruise
  • All intra-tour flights - as specified in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing by modern air-conditioned coaches
  • Discover colonial Quito on a city tour
  • Visit the Middle of the World and put your feet on both sides of the equator
  • Cruise through landscapes and have up close experiences with wildlife in Galápagos
  • Explore the Amazon, spot unique wildlife and learn about traditional cultures
  • City Tour of colonial and modern Lima
  • Tour the Sacred Valley visiting the colourful market town of Pisac and a llama farm
  • Guided tour of the famous Inca City of Machu Picchu
  • In Cuzco marvel at the Incan, Spanish and modern architecture on a walking tour
  • Tour the floating Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca
  • Buenos Aires city sights tour of the famed “Paris of the Americas”
  • Undertake a guided walking tour of the Brazilian Falls and Argentinian Falls in Iguazú
  • Rio de Janeiro city sights tour including Corcovado Mountain, and cable car up Sugar Loaf Mountain
You’re Invited
  • Learn of Inca and pre Inca cultures followed by a dinner at the Larco Museum in Lima
  • Interact with and learn from students at a local school in the Sacred Valley
  • Experience gaucho life in rural Argentina with an estancia stay
  • Tango show and dinner in Buenos Aires
  • Enjoy the Rio carnival spirit and try on some parade costumes at the Sambadrome#
Quality Dining
  • 53 superb meals including:28 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 Continental Breakfast (CB), 6 Lunches (L), 1 Highlight Lunch (HL), 14 Dinners (D) & 3 Highlight Dinners (HD)
Day 1: Quito, Ecuador

Bienvenido! Welcome to Quito, the capital of Ecuador. You will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Two Night Stay: Quito

Day 2: Quito (B,D)

Take a walking tour of the colonial centre of Quito. Make our way to the middle of the world to put one foot in both the northern and southern hemisphere, then visit the Intiñan Museum.

Day 3: Quito - Galápagos Islands (B,L,D)

Fly to the Galápagos Islands for a cruise through one of the world’s most unique environments. Journey to volcanic islands and sandy beaches, and provide up close encounters with friendly wildlife. Sailing schedule varies depending on your vessel and local conditions.
Four Night Cruise: MY Isabela II or MV Santa Cruz II

Day 4: Galápagos Islands (B,L,D)

Your cruise will visit various islands, beaches, bays and inlets to reveal the bounty of wonders in Galápagos. Each day you will be taken on guided walks, excursions and glass bottom boat tours to discover the unique landscapes and wildlife. You will have the opportunity to see the giant Galápagos tortoise, sea lion colonies, green sea turtles, land and marine iguanas, and a variety of bird life including the famous blue footed booby. Note: Daily Cruise schedule is subject to change.

Day 5: Galápagos Islands (B,L,D)

Your cruise will visit various islands, beaches, bays and inlets to reveal the bounty of wonders in Galápagos. Each day you will be taken on guided walks, excursions and glass bottom boat tours to discover the unique landscapes and wildlife.

Day 6: Galápagos Islands (B,L,D)

Your cruise will visit various islands, beaches, bays and inlets to reveal the bounty of wonders in Galápagos. Each day you will be taken on guided walks, excursions and glass bottom boat tours to discover the unique landscapes and wildlife.

Day 7: Galápagos Islands - Lima, Peru (B)

Farewell this natural wonderland and fly via Quito or Guayaquil to Lima, Peru, home of ancient civilizations, rich cultures, majestic ruins, snow-capped mountains and fertile jungle.
Overnight Stay: Lima

Day 8: Lima - Iquitos (B,D)

Fly to the city of Iquitos. Board the luxurious MV Zafiro for a three night cruise on the Amazon River.
Three Night Cruise: MV Zafiro

Day 9: Amazon Cruise (B,L,D)

Float down the Yanallpa River and spot wildlife. Move into the Tapiche River where you’ll disembark and take a jungle walk. In the afternoon explore the Dorado River through the “Mirrored Forest” that reflects the surrounding scenery.

Day 10: Amazon Cruise (B,L,D)

Sail along the Yarapa River which is a playground for grey and pink river dolphins and contains a variety of wildlife. This afternoon visit a local home and learn how to cook Amazonian cuisine.

Day 11: Amazon Cruise - Lima (B)

Travel to a Manatee Rescue Centre and see how the manatees are cared for, and prepared for re-introduction into their natural habitat. Return to Iquitos for your flight to Lima.
Two Night Stay: Lima

Day 12: Lima (B,D)

This morning enjoy a tour of Lima, a former city of Conquistadors. Walk the famous Jiron de la Union and visit the main plaza which houses the Presidential & Municipal Palaces. Enter the sanctuary of the 16th century Santo Domingo Church before seeing one of Lima’s famous ancient pyramids in the middle of the city.

You’re Invited: Tonight take a guided tour of the Larco Museum. Housing one of the best collections of Inca and pre Inca artefacts, this is the perfect pre-cursor to your journey ahead. Afterwards enjoy a traditional dinner at the museum (additional expense).

Day 13: Lima - Sacred Valley (B,D)

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire set high in the Andes Mountains. As you transfer to the breath-taking Sacred Valley, stop off at Awana Kancha llama farm and textile centre. Gain an insight into the Andean camelids; llama, alpaca, vicuña and guanaco as well as viewing traditional Andean weaving techniques. This afternoon we head into the colourful town of Pisac with its traditional markets. Continue along the fertile Sacred Valley marvelling at the towering mountains and unique way of life that has remained unchanged for hundreds of years.
Two Night Stay: Sacred Valley

Day 14: Sacred Valley (B)

Enjoy a walking tour of the town of Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied settlement in the Americas. Your tour includes a visit to the incredible Incan fortress that overlooks the town. You’re Invited: We will then visit a local community which will give you the chance to meet the students and teachers at the local school and learn about their lifestyle.

Day 15: Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu (B,D)

Transfer to the train station and board the Vistadome train for the journey to Machu Picchu. The highlight of the day is your visit to the ancient Inca site. Mystery still surrounds these well preserved ruins perched in between sheer cliffs and your visit will allow you to understand why they are one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Your expert local guide will share stories and knowledge to reveal some of the mysteries of this “Lost City of the Incas”.
Overnight Stay: Machu Picchu

Day 16: Machu Picchu - Cuzco (B)

Spend the morning exploring the quaint town of Aguas Calientes or return for a final visit to Machu Picchu before re boarding the Vistadome train back to Ollantaytambo. Return to Cuzco through the beautiful Sacred Valley and across the patchwork fields of the Chinchero plateau.
Three Night Stay: Cuzco

Day 17: Cuzco (B,D)

Be guided on a walking tour of the charming city of Cuzco, a World Heritage listed site that was a former capital of the Incas. Explore the beautiful main plaza and its surrounding cathedrals. Be guided through cobblestone streets and past ancient Inca buildings to Cuzco’s fascinating central market. Finish with a visit to the Inca ruins on the outskirts of the city including the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Tonight dine at a local restaurant that specialises in nouveau Andean cuisine.

Day 18: Cuzco (B)

Today is free to explore the fascinating town of Cuzco.

Discover More: Explore the archaeological site of Moray and the salt pans of Maras, take a markets, museums and ruins tour or visit a Peruvian Paso horse ranch (additional expense).

Day 19: Cuzco - Lake Titicaca (B,D)

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Puno on the banks of the beautiful Lake Titicaca, the birthplace of the Inca Empire. Enjoy an excursion to the unique floating islands of Uros. These islands are made of the hollow totora reeds which allow them to float. Entire communities are built on these fascinating islands and your guide will introduce you to the unique lifestyle of the Uros.
Overnight Stay: Lake Titicaca

Day 20: Puno - Lima (B)

Soak up the surroundings of Lake Titicaca before transferring to the airport for our flight to Lima.
Overnight Stay: Lima

Day 21: Lima - Buenos Aires, Argentina (B)

Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina, a beautiful country with strong European influence, this is a wonderful place to discover.
Three Night Stay: Buenos Aires

Day 22: Buenos Aires (B,D)

Get acquainted with this beautiful city known as the “Paris of the Americas”. Visit the central square, Plaza de Mayo surrounded by the Casa Rosada (Presidential Headquarters) and the Cabildo (Colonial Town Hall). Get to know how the locals live as we drop in to a traditional café. We then travel through the charming streets of San Telmo, the home of Tango and down the colourful roads of La Boca, famous for its multi-coloured houses. Make our way to the famous Recoleta Cemetery, an amazing above ground cemetery lined with mausoleums and statues. You’re Invited: This evening we have a taste of tradition and culture as we soak up the sultry moves of a tango show accompanied by a sumptuous dinner.

Day 23: Buenos Aires (B)

Today is free to explore Buenos Aires at your own pace.

Discover More: Belle Epoque and Colon Theatre tour or take a Culinary tour (additional expense).

Day 24: Argentinian Ranch (B,L,D)

You’re Invited: We transfer to the beautiful countryside outside of Buenos Aires to a magnificent Argentinian ranch or “estancia”. Here you will get under the skin of Argentinian life and learn about their famous cowboys or “gauchos”. Savour a traditional “parilla” or BBQ lunch, then spend the afternoon exploring the estancia and enjoying the surroundings. Take a horseback ride, enjoy cultural shows, or take a walk along one of the many trails.
Overnight Stay: Argentinian Ranch

Day 25: Argentinian Ranch - Iguazú Falls (B)

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the World Heritage listed Iguazú Falls. Iguazú Falls are an incredible sight to behold. Set in a tropical jungle, an enormous river spills over towering cliffs to create a thunderous roar.
Two Night Stay: Iguazú Falls

Day 26: Iguazú Falls (B,D)

Tour the Argentinian side of the falls. Board the ecological train and ride to the ‘Devil’s Throat’ viewpoint. Feel the spray of the water and gaze in awe at one of the most spectacular views that Iguazú has to offer.

Day 27: Iguazú Falls - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (B)

This morning cross the border into Brazil and tour the majestic Brazilian falls. Make your way through the rainforest and along walkways up close to the base of the falls for outstanding views. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro and famous Copacabana Beach. Rio is a city full of life, colour and vibrancy mixed with beautiful tropical coastal scenery and is a delight to visit.
Three Night Stay: Rio de Janeiro

Day 28: Rio de Janeiro (B)

Today we tour the marvellous sights of Rio de Janeiro. Ride the cogwheel railway up Corcovado
Mountain and see the famous ‘Christ the Redeemer’ statue. Ride the cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain for amazing views of the city and landscape. You’re Invited: Have some fun and get to know how the locals party with a visit to the Sambadrome#, the site of the famous Rio Carnival where we try on some elaborate and colourful carnival costumes.

Day 29: Rio de Janeiro (B,D)

Today is free for you to explore Rio at your own pace. This evening feast like a local and get your last taste of South America with a typical Brazilian Churrascaria.

Discover More: Take an eye opening Favela tour, visit the historic retreat of Petropolis or tour Rio’s famous sights of Maracana Stadium and Historical City Tour (additional expense).

Day 30: Depart Rio de Janeiro (B)

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Chau!

 #Sambadrome may be closed due to Rio Carnival period

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