Cruise the Amazon in comfort and style, while enjoying exquisite cuisine and daily expeditions, on board this luxury custom-built ship. If you’re planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Amazon then the luxurious Aria Amazon offers the most comfortable way to experience this vast ecosystem. This exclusive ship is the crème de la crème of cruise ships, offering excellent levels of service and comfort, gourmet Peruvian and European cuisine with menus designed by award-winning chefs, and experienced naturalist guides keen to share their expert knowledge and passion.
You have a choice of three, four or seven night cruises so you can choose the cruise that best fits in with your itinerary. Explore both on the water and on land with up to three river-based expeditions a day. These could include waking early to enjoy the sun rise and explore the Tahuayo River and observe a variety of wildlife including tropical birds, monkeys and sloths; having a go at piranha fishing on Charo Lake; hiking deep into the jungle in the Pacaya Samiria Reserve to see the tallest trees in the Amazon basin; and spotting pink freshwater dolphins.
Fly from Lima to Iquitos (approx. 1¾ hours) and transfer to Iquitos’ Main Wharf to board your luxurious ship. Explore the Tahuayo River, observing a variety of wildlife including tropical birds and monkeys. Have a go at piranha fishing on Charo Lake and observe iguanas resting in the treetops on the Yacapana Islands. Hike into the jungle in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, spot howler and capuchin monkeys as well as pink freshwater dolphins and at night look out for the flashing eyes of caimans. Set off on an expedition along the Ucayli River to Yucuruche Lake to enjoy a rare glimpse of Victoria Regia – the world’s largest water lily, and see the birthplace of the Amazon River where the Ucayli and Marañon unite.
Three night cruise
Day 1: PM – Board the Aria Amazon at Iquitos.
Day 2: AM – Iguana Isles and piranha fishing on the Amazon River. PM – Dolphin, Birds and Monkey expedition on the Yarapa River.
Day 3: AM – Magdalena Village or Yanallpa Flooded Forest on the Yanallpa River. PM – Pink dolphins and macaws at sunset on the Ucayali River.
Day 4: AM – Amazon source and village visit. PM – Disembark.
Four night cruise
Day 1: PM - Board the Aria Amazon.
Day 2: AM – Nature excursion on the Marañon River. PM – Jungle walk and a 'Meet the People' excursion on the Choroyacu River.
Day 3: An all-day primary forest excursion or a morning rainforest walk.
Day 4: AM – 'Breakfast with the Pink Dolphins' excursion on Tahuayo River. PM – Caiman expedition on Lake Charo.
Day 5: AM - Fishing trip followed by disembarkation in Iquitos and a visit to the Manatee Rescue Centre.
Seven night cruise
A combination of the three and four night cruise itineraries.
Good to know
• Minimum age 7 years • Guests should be in good physical health as the daily nature excursions may include walking on irregular terrain, and getting in and out of the skiffs occasionally requires some physical effort • High water season (Dec-May) is relatively cooler and wetter but higher water levels mean that you can navigate every river, creek and lake • Low water season ( Jun-Nov) is warmer but can experience heavy rains. During this season you can access jungle trails that get flooded the rest of the year • Excursions take place in small motorised skiffs and at times may include some wet landings.
Drinking & dining
For the duration of your cruise all meals and drinks (non-alcoholic, house wine and beer) on board are included. There is a dining room on board each of the ships.
3-night and 7-night cruises depart every Friday; 4-night cruise departs every Monday.