CRUISE TO THE HEART OF THE AMAZON

7 days departing MANAUS from

Style: Cruising
Destination: Brazil
Tour Code: PHA

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Trip Overview

This cruise deep into the Amazon rainforest conjures up connotations of early explorers travelling into the unknown. Travelling on board your boat, you'll catch a rare glimpse into the beauty of the Rio Negro Amazon River and rainforest, as well as an ecosystem teeming with wildlife. You have ample opportunity to disembark the boat into smaller launches to discover the tributaries of the Rio Negro Amazon and explore the rainforest on foot, revealing a side most travellers will never see. Cayman, Pink Dolphins and toucan pave the way on your cruise down the mighty Amazon which carries more water than any other river in the world and is responsible for roughly 20% of the fresh water flowing into the world's oceans.

Included Highlights
  • Launch excursions to explore the Amazon in closer detail
  • Walks into the Amazon rainforest
  • Visit to the Lago Janauari Ecological Park
  • Endless wildlife viewing opportunities
  • Cruises deep into the Amazon rainforest
  • Spot Cayman, Pink River Dolphins and toucans
  • Kayaking excursions
Guaranteed departures

All departures of this tour are guaranteed, so once you've booked you can be sure you're going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.

Tour Facts and Features
Accommodation: 6 cabin nights on board the Rio Negro cruise boat with twin beds (upper and lower berth). For your own cabin request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab).
Transport: Small group adventure cruise boat
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners. Plus water, tea and coffee
Guided: Services of a professional bilingual tour leader
Group size: Maximum 18
Age range: 8+

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Trip Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.


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Optional Activities (paid locally)

Our optional activities offer the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip which can be arranged once you are on tour via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.

  • All activities stated are included in the price of the tour


Day 1: Manaus

Meet at 07:00 hrs in the hotel lobby. Following a brief walk to the port you board your home for your seven day expedition down the mighty Amazon River; cruising the world's largest river island system, the Anavilhanas Archipelago. The view from the custom built observation deck reveals the intricate series of tangled vegetation by the water's edge. By mid-afternoon you travel beyond civilisation and enter the Amazon wilderness area with lush dense rainforest on both sides. It's commonplace to see the stunning fins of the Pink River Dolphins and a multitude of colourful birds communicating through song as you sail deeper into the Amazon. We ensure you are treated to magnificent vistas of virgin forest and vegetation, taller and broader than you have seen anywhere else in the world. Departing the boat in the afternoon you board smaller launches in search of Amazonian wildlife and, weather permitting, the opportunity to swim in some of the worlds cleanest and most refreshing water.
Meals: Lunch and dinner included

Day 2: Lago Turia

This morning you'll have the opportunity to explore deep into the forest on a guided kayak expedition. You'll glide silently along remote small streams shaded by a riot of tropical plants and serenaded by exotic bird song. This helps bring your Amazon experience to life and offers a greater understanding and appreciation of your trip. Around midday you begin sailing again with the possibility of a swim in the afternoon. Boarding the launches again, you head out exploring and listening to a sunset chorus of birds and frogs. The launches offer more than just the chance to leave the confines of the ship, it's a chance for you to get up close and personal to the beauty of the Amazon which helps put the grand scale of the rainforest into perspective, a view that you may not appreciate from the boat. This could well be one of your favourite experiences on the trip. Tonight you will take a launch to search for nocturnal wildlife.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 3: Lago Buriti

In the early hours of the morning you explore the rainforest on a river launch. As it changes from night to day, this is when the wildlife is at its most active and you should be able to see monkeys, birds and more. You return for breakfast followed by a walk in the forest. You travel during the middle of the day in the Motor Yacht Tucano which is the perfect time to sit back with a drink and admire the lush surrounds and enjoy wildlife spotting, a favourite past time of many Amazonian explorers. In the afternoon you stop for an excursion. You may travel into the night which for stargazers and astronomers, reveals a blanket of dotted holes in the sky, just don't forget your mosquito repellent!
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 4: Rio Jaueperi

After your morning excursion delving into the Amazon forest floor, you navigate the winding watery path along the heavily forested shore, scouting for wildlife. There's the option of stopping at a settler's home carved directly from the forest. In the early afternoon you'll be near an extraordinary river called the Rio Jaueperi. Here you'll see a kind of forest known as the varzea (floodplain). The fertile soils and abundant fish of the varzea have sustained local people for generations, and are vital to the economy of the Amazon region. You scout along the shoreline for some of the extraordinary creatures found only in this unique environment. Weather permitting you'll have a night excursion to observe nocturnal creatures.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 5: West Bank of the Rio Negro

Today you depart the Rio Jaueperi and head downstream on the Rio Negro exploring a new collection of rainforest habitats. In the daytime you walk through the forest and in the evening continue your hunt for nocturnal wildlife, often revealing a very different side to that experienced during the day.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 6: Encontra das Aguas

This morning you explore the Lago Janauari Ecological Park where the thick brown water of the Amazon flows swiftly through the forest. This area is traditionally a superb place to view wildlife. Around midday you travel to the `Encontra das Aguas', an area several miles long where two of the world's largest and mighty rivers converge, the Amazon and the Negro. It's a beautiful sight to see the turbulence of nature's forces joining and you'll clearly see the dark waters of the Negro running beside the opaque brown water of the Amazon. In the afternoon go in search of one of the hidden streams in the area to view more of the Amazon's beautiful and bizarre creatures. Tonight you celebrate and have the opportunity to taste the national cocktail of Brazil, the Caipirinha made from the local spirit Cachaça (sugar cane rum). Sip one of these and perhaps try your samba dancing on the top deck under a starry sky, the perfect end to a truly special adventure.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 7: Manaus

This morning you rise to a hearty breakfast before disembarking the Tucano in Manaus at 08.00 hrs and ending your Amazon expedition.
Meals: Breakfast included

This tour is operated by our local cruise specialist partner

Tour Notes

Please note this itinerary can change from time to time and may alter due to navigational and other scheduling considerations. A good degree of health is necessary. Guests wishing to remain on the Tucano cruise boat without boarding the launches may do so. There is, after all, plenty to see from the observation deck with a higher view.

Amazon Cruise Boat Information
Amazon Motor Yacht

Your cruise boat has the appearance of a traditional riverboat, yet it is still a thoroughly up to date and modern yacht.

Contact us on +44 208 682 8921 for more information or click below for further details.

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No credit card fees
  • A deposit per person is required to confirm your booking.
  • Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure
  • We charge no credit card fees or hidden surcharges
  • ABTA & ATOL licensed operator offering financial security for our tours
  • Prices are land only. Call 0333 999 7965 for a flight inclusive quote (UK)

Solo Sleepers   Optional Solo Sleeper

There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from per person. This will guarantee you your own cabin for every night of the tour. Single cabins on the cruise boats are the smallest cabins available and are very limited so this option is on a request basis only. Please call us to enquire about this.

Important Notes

We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of cabin accommodation.


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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place

Hotels Before and After your trip

Tours begin and end at our designated hotels listed below in the departure and arrival cities. You can book additional hotel nights online or contact our sales team.

Park Suites Hotel Manaus

MANAUS - PARK SUITES HOTEL

Located at the edge of the Rio Negro river, all rooms are air-conditioned and have complementary Wi-Fi. There in an endless swimming pool with a view of the Rio Negro, a fitness center and restaurant with 24 hour room-service.

  • Full room: From  per room per night
      Based on single, twin or double room.


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Our specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our travel destinations.

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We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. We are also ATOL protected and IATA licensed.

Special offers are regularly available, so call us now on +44 208 682 8921 or click below to request a flight quote by email.

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Travel Insurance

At Grand American Adventures we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday.

Travel Insurance

We recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. You MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation. We can offer you a comprehensive travel insurance policy which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed.

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