Go on an exploration of Brazil's mighty Solimoes River from Manaus, in the heightened comfort of Iberostar's Grand Amazon cruise.
This three-night itinerary is the perfect long weekend.
The itinerary below is dependent on the river water level, weather conditions, wildlife behavior, and accessibility to locations, so may vary.
Day 1: FRIDAY
We embark the Grand Amazon in the Port of Manaus in the late afternoon and then, after settling into our luxurious cabins, we can watch the sunset from the Top Deck as the boat begins sailing on the Amazon.
Tonight, the crew welcomes you aboard with a cocktail, followed by a delicious dinner. This is your first opportunity to take advantage of the ship's open bar policy!
Day 2: SATURDAY
Rio Manacapuru & Lake Jacare
As the sun rises, the Grand Amazon enters the Manacapuru River. If you are up early, there is a Sunrise Lovers' breakfast on the Upper Deck, where you can enjoy the early morning atmosphere. Otherwise, you can enjoy the buffet spread in the Kuarup Restaurant.
After breakfast, we board the expedition skiffs for a photo safari through the narrow waterways of the region, where the vegetation overhangs the water.
After lunch and a rest, we head to Lake Jacare, where we have the chance to fish for piranha, or some of the other (smaller!) species of Amazon fish. We wait until dusk before returning to the cruise boat as it is a great time to spot numerous species - especially birds - in large quantities.
We are welcomed back on board with live music on the upper deck. And then, after dinner, we can go caiman spotting along the river banks, using spotlights.
Day 3: SUNDAY
Lake Janauacá & Igarapé do Rei
We wake up at Janauacá Lake and, for the early risers, there is a chance to go birding in the skiffs, as the sun rises over the beautiful jungle.
After breakfast, we make an exploration by skiff and along marked trails of the rainforest, keeping our eyes open for jungle birds and Pink River Dolphins.There should be countless photo opportunities.
We also stop at the home of a local inhabitant, to gain insight into human life in the Amazon, and perhaps purchase some of the traditional handicrafts.
In the afternoon, we continue to Rei Creek, for an excursion by skiff though the closed-in streams. It is another chance for bird-watching and caiman-spotting.
This evening there is a farewell dinner, in the Kuarup Restaurant, as we celebrate the sights we have seen and friends we have made over the course of the last few days.
Day 4: MONDAY
Manaus: Meeting of the Waters & Disembarkation
We wake up early in order to see the fascinating phenomenon known as the Meeting of the Waters at sunrise. This is the point where the black water of the Rio Negro and brown water of the Solimoes meet - but don't mix. Don't worry, breakfast will be available!
We then continue to the port of Manaus, for disembarkation.
- Please note that all cruise itineraries are subject to change due to seasonal weather conditions (and resultant variations in river and tributary water levels) affecting accessibility to locations. Thus navigation routes, times and excursions may need to be modified at the cruise captain’s discretion.
- Passengers should also be aware that animal sightings cannot be guaranteed due to the unpredictability of wildlife behavior.