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Natural Wonders of the Amazon

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Board your ship in the city of Cayenne in Guyana. After first calling at the Salvation Islands, leave the Atlantic Ocean for the Amazon River’s earth-colored waters. Sail up the river from east to west and discover the many treasures it conceals: dense and varied vegetation, tropical fruit, a host of animal species, hamlets, stilt houses, and local boats. This ecosystem – the only one of its kind in the world – remains the cradle of a protected tropical life, which you are fortunate to witness. Stop in the beautiful city of Belém and be captivated by the huge open-air market and the walls of Forte do Presépio. Perhaps spot some extraordinary pink river dolphins (also called botos). Disembark in the city of Manaus, a surprising city of almost 2 million people, at the confluence of the Amazon and the Rio Negro.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Cayenne, French Guiana | Embark
Day 2 : Iles Du Salut
Day 3 : At Sea
Days 4-5 : Belem
Day 6 : Abacate, Strait of Breves | Ilha Ituquara
Day 7 : Guajara
Day 8 : Curua-una
Day 9 : Santarem | Alter Do Chao | Jari
Day 10 : Balaio | Parintins
Day 11 : Parintins | Botos
Day 12 : Silves
Day 13 : Manaus | Disembark | Fly to Miami

Highlights

  • Discover the mighty Amazon, the river that holds all world records
  • Admire a rich variety of wildlife: toucans, monkeys, river dolphins & more
  • Visit Alter do Chao and its beautiful white-sand beach, ideal for swimming
  • Cross the Equator Line between Cayenne and Bélem

Ship

Le Champlain

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

River in the Amazon Rainforest Saki Monkey in the Amazon Accommodations in the Amazon Portrait of an Indigenous Brazilian in the Amazon Pink Dolphins swimming in the Amazon River

Day 1 Cayenne, French Guiana | Embark

Capital of French Guyana located more than 7,000 km from the French mainland, Cayenne offers a harmonious ensemble of monuments, beaches, and old Creole houses on the eastern side of the South American continent. Between history and modernity, the city is marked by the presence of the former prisons, the vestiges of which can be seen on the Salvation Islands. This port of call gives you the opportunity to visit two museums, the Musée local de la Guyana and the Musée des cultures guyanaises, and learn more about the historic and cultural interests of the region. The Place des Palmistes, with its three soaring Guisanbourg palm trees, is the main square in Cayenne and provides the setting for a variety of events throughout the year.

Day 2 Iles Du Salut

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 3 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 4-5 Belem

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The historical city of Belém stretches along the Bay of Guajar on the Amazon Delta, at the northernmost tip of Brazil. Its lively waterfront is home to the century-old Ver-o-Peso market and its iconic turreted iron structure, the Mercado de Ferro. Nearby, mango tree-shaded streets lead to the neoclassic Da Paz Theatre, the Baroque cathedral of Sé, and Presépio Fort, whose battlements look out over the old town and the bay. The Bosque Rodrigues-Alves Botanical Garden is a fascinating mini Amazonian forest in the middle of the city that was established in the 19th century.

Optional Excursion: 

Discovering Belem - length: 3h30m. Begin your visit to Belém at Ver-o-Peso, a vast open market whose distinctive steeples and sky-blue color make it a landmark feature and certainly the largest market in Brazil. Hundreds of stalls offer a whole range of goods from African-influenced food, to pottery, arts and crafts, handmade clothes, charms, medicinal plants for body and soul, and tropical fruit and vegetables. Having walked through the market, your tour takes you to the Feliz Luzitania complex and Castelo Fort area. There is a photo-stop on route at Batista Campos Square, inspired by the Bois de Boulogne with its ponds, bridges, and music kiosques dating back to the early 20th century. You continue your visit as far as the Basilica of Our Lady of Nazareth, built in the image of the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome. 

Day 6 Abacate, Strait of Breves | Ilha Ituquara

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Through the “green corridor” of the Strait of Breves, discover the banks of the Amazon. Sailing via Guajara Bay, discover Santarem, a very lively city with a strong traditional style. A unique sight appears before you: the dark waters of the Amazon brushes those of the Rio Tapajos without actually mixing, like two strokes of paint. A little further on, Alter do Chao reveals its immaculate beaches.

Day 7 Guajara

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 8 Curua-una

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 9 Santarem | Alter Do Chao | Jari

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Optional Excursion at Santarem:

From Santarem to Alter Do Chao - length: 4h30m. Leaving Santarém port, you can stop in the city center to visit Nossa Senhora da Conceição cathedral, the oldest building in Santarém (1761), followed by Praca do Pescador Square. Then leave the city for Alter do Chão, stopping en route to visit a factory that makes cassava flour. There is a short walk into the rainforest to visit a family, to see how they prepare cassava flour, which is a staple food in the region. Continue into the Brazilian countryside heading to Alter do Chão and one of Brazil's top five beaches - Alter do Chão is a beautiful riverside resort on the Amazon, at the entrance to a huge lagoon in a bay bathed by the Tapajós River. The village lies between two rolling green hills, one of which is shaped like a church altar, hence the name. You can relax and explore this delightful village with its white sandy beaches and crystal-clear water. 

Day 10 Balaio | Parintins

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Optional Excursion:

Boi Bumba Folkshow - length: 1h30m. The Boi Bumba is one of the greatest folk festivals in Brazil. Held every year at the end of June, it is a world full of magic, bright colors, music, dance and folklore – a feast for the senses. The luxurious costumes and floats, not unlike those seen in Rio’s Carnival, are a spectacle in themselves. Nevertheless, at the “Bumba Bull” festivities, the Samba is replaced by milder melodies, and props and allegories are usually crafted with local raw materials, such as tree bark, seeds and peacock feathers.

Day 11 Parintins | Botos

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 12 Silves

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 13 Manaus | Disembark | Fly to Miami

  • 1 Breakfast
Say farewell to your fellow passengers and the crew and start your journey to Miami (flight included in cruise fare).

Le Champlain

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Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
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Deluxe Suite
Area: 27 m². 6m² private balcony with sliding bay window. King-size bed or twin beds, and shower. Up to 3 passengers per cabin.
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Prestige Suite Deck 5
Area: 38 m². 8m² private balcony with sliding bay window. King-size bed or twin beds, and shower.
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Prestige Suite Deck 6
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Privilege Suite
Area: 32 m². 8m² private balcony with sliding bay window. King-size bed or twin beds, and shower. Up to 4 passengers per cabin.
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Grand Deluxe Suite
Area: 45 m². 30m² private balcony with sliding bay windows. King-size bed or twin beds, and shower + bathtub.
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Owner's Suite
Area: 45 m². 30m² private balcony with hot tub and sliding bay windows. King-size or twin beds and shower + bathtub.

Notes

Please Note:
Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h room service (special selection)
  • English-speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Complimentary boot rental on select cruises
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).​​​
     
 Cruise, Flights & Transfers program rates are per person and also include:
  • Flight on disembarkation day from Manaus to Miami in economy class. For the reverse itinerary from Manaus to Cayenne, the flight from Miami to Manaus on embarkation day is included.
  • Meet and Greet by representatives at the destination airport
  • Transfer to the ship and other services before and after the cruise according to detailed programs available upon request 10 months prior departure
* Flights are being studied and are subject to change until the flight plan is confirmed and this up to 3 months prior to each cruise

Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned in each “Cruise, Flights & Transfers” package and for which details are available upon request
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
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