From a deep dive into Lima—the “City of Kings”—to the legendary Machu Picchu, this 15-day luxury expedition is an all-encompassing adventure into the marvels of Peru and the Amazon rainforest.
Starting your journey in Lima, the nation’s capital, where guests will be treated to two-night stay at one of the city’s leading five-star resorts. Once acclimatized, you will enjoy the best of the Peruvian capital, a melting pot of cultures, flavours, and history with an included local city tour.
Following Lima’s appetizer, the journey continues to its true culinary masterpiece with a once in a lifetime seven-night cruise deep into the Amazon Rainforest. From Lima, guests will be flown to the heart of the Peruvian Rainforest and the town of Iquitos to begin the adventure.
Home for the next seven nights is the elegant and exclusive Aria Amazon. Designed to explore the Peruvian Amazon in absolute luxury and comfort, the Aria Amazon is an all-suite ship with only 16 cabins featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, giving a full view of the majestic rivers and rainforest from its panoramic screenings. The top deck also features a jacuzzi, indoor lounge and bar plus a spacious outdoor observation deck for relaxation and close-up observation of the Amazonian scenery and wildlife.
During this incredible cruise guests will be treated to all-inclusive amenities and five-star cuisine by top chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. Pedro is not just any chef, he is also a conservationist, researcher, and international culinary personality. Known for being the first chef in his country to put Amazonian cuisine on the map, Pedro acts as an ambassador for an extraordinarily biodiverse and culture-rich region that remains mainly unexplored to this day.
Onboard Aria Amazon, he oversees the entire culinary experience, having created an innovative menu focused on fresh and locally-sourced produce – 70% percent of all ingredients used onboard are sourced within the Amazon.
Explorations during the seven-night stay include expeditions on river skiffs to explore the Ucayali and Marañón Rivers, plus the chance to admire the diverse flora and fauna in the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. Further highlights include a visit to an enchanted lake for a unique star grazing experience along with wildlife searches for pink dolphins and the elusive three toed sloths camouflaged within the rainforest’s canopy.
Once the river cruise voyage ends, guests will partake of the second half of this journey exploring the heartland of the Inca Empire, known as the Sacred Valley. All land explorations are fully guided, including visits to both Ollantaytambo and Moray, two hugely historical sights of significant importance.
Of course, no trip to Peru could truly be complete without a visit to the world-famous Machu Picchu. A must-see, this spectacular piece of history has fascinated both historians and archaeologists alike. An included rail journey from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes features plus a delightful one-night stay at a luxurious Machu Picchu hotel situated at the foot of the historic sanctuary close to the beautiful Vilcanota River.
The final leg of the journey discovers the ancient city of Cusco, the former heartland of the Inca Empire. Here guests will be given the chance to explore all the wonders of this city from cobblestone streets to colourful textiles and art galleries. Cusco is a true delight with a perfect blend of ancient Andean cultures combined with Spanish colonial splendour. Your final night is spent here in a superbly luxurious 16th century former monastery, just a stone’s throw from the Plaza de Armas.
This journey is, without doubt, a true wish list experience: a journey to captivate, a journey which will open your eyes to truly untouched and breath-taking landscapes, whilst travelling in ultimate style and comfort.
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