FROM THE INCA EMPIRE TO THE PERUVIAN AMAZON WITH THE NAZCA LINES
Experience the fascinating Nazca Lines, archaeological treasures, and gastronomic delights of Peru, with the untamed rainforest of the Amazon, on this thrilling river cruise adventure that offers a little something for everyone!
Begin in the cosmopolitan city of Lima with a guided sightseeing tour, a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum, and a special welcome dinner in an ornate family-owned mansion. Fly to Cusco and descend into the Sacred Valley of the Incas for guided tours of the ceremonial site of Kenko, where ancient rituals were performed, and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman. Of course, no vacation to Peru is complete without visiting astonishing Machu Picchu, built around 1450, and sitting majestically above the Sacred Valley. Stand in awe as you witness one of the most majestic images in South America, if not the entire world! Next, you’ll embark on a journey to one of the world’s vastly unexplored regions where biodiversity is at its greatest—the mighty Amazon. Board one of the world’s most luxurious small ships, the Delfin III, and enjoy fine wine, famous Peruvian cuisine, and all-inclusive comfort while venturing deep into the Amazon jungle in search of elusive wildlife. Take naturalist-guided panga rides through the river tributaries, swim with pink dolphins, and visit native communities—all while returning to your plush five-star yacht.
Your unforgettable trip to Peru is not complete without seeing the Nazca Lines. When seen from the air, the lines form precise geometric shapes that number in the hundreds, as well as 70 figures, which include a monkey, whale, hummingbird, shark, spiders, and plants. Archaeologists remain puzzled about why the ancient Nazca people, who thrived here from 200 BC to 500 AD, created illustrations that could only be seen from far above the earth. Wonderful scenery, historical treasures, learning opportunities, and so much more—all are available on this thrilling river cruise vacation to Peru and the Amazon!
Day 1 Arrive Lima, Peru:Welcome to Lima
Day 2 Lima–Paracas:Cruise to the Ballestas Islands; Flight over the Nazca Lines with guaranteed window seat
Day 3 Paracas–Lima:Return to Lima
Day 4 Lima:Walking tour, visit San Francisco Monastery and Larco Herrera Museum; welcome dinner at Casa Garcia Alvarado
Day 5 Lima–Cusco–Sacred Valley:Visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Kenko, visit Awanakancha to see various camelids from the region, and explore Pisac Market
Day 6 Sacred Valley–Machu Picchu:Visit the Ollantaytambo ruins; Take the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu; walking tour of Machu Picchu
Day 7 Machu Picchu–Cusco:Enjoy a second included entrance to Machu Picchu; return on the Vistadome train to the Sacred Valley and continue to Cusco
Day 8 Cusco:Walking tour of Cusco, visit Santo Domingo Monastery and the Cathedral
Day 9 Cusco–Lima–Iquitos–Nauta (Embarkation)–Cruising Peruvian Amazon:Fly to Iquitos via Lima; Iquitos orientation tour; board the Delfin III; onboard welcome reception; wildlife viewing excursions during the afternoon and evening
Day 10 Cruising Peruvian Amazon:Wildlife viewing excursions during the morning and afternoon; cooking demonstration and Pisco Sour making lesson
Day 11 Cruising Peruvian Amazon:Wildlife viewing excursions during the morning, afternoon, and evening; visit Pacaya Samiria National Reserve; endemic fruit presentation; kayaking; piranha fishing; special farewell dinner
Day 12 Cruising Peruvian Amazon–Nauta (Disembarkation)–Iquitos–Lima:Disembark the Delfin III; visit the Manatee Rescue Center; fly to Lima
Day 13 Lima:Your vacation ends this morning
The 169-foot-long, Delfin III (formerly known as the Amazon Discovery) has been tailor made to suit its environment, while maintaining its integrity as a true luxury river cruise ship. The Delfin III offers an extraordinary level of comfort and style. The ship can accommodate a maximum of 44 cruise ship guests in 4 different styles of suites featuring floor to ceiling panoramic picture-windows. Cruise along the Amazon enjoying views of the vast rainforest full of wildlife and natural beauty from the comfort of your air-conditioned suite. This luxury river cruise ship is the perfect size to sail along the Amazon River, providing an extremely comfortable indoor and outdoor lounge, outdoor plunge pool, exercise room, spa, dining room, and sleeping accommodations.
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