AMAZONAS RIVER CRUISE - The Journey
Land Tours Included In Your All-Inclusive River Cruise Holiday!
DEPARTURE FROM MANAUS – RIO NEGRO
*Pre-Night – Sunday
For those arriving the night before your pre-tour includes all transfers (airport-hotel-ship), hotel, all Glatt kosher meals, and a pre-boarding 3-hour guided tour of Manaus including the, Palace and Opera House.
Day 1 – Monday
Afternoon check-in (15:30) at Port of Manaus, Capital City of the Amazonas State in Brazil. Sailing down Rio Negro, one of the effluents of the Rio Amazonas, and the world’s largest black water river, with all its vast exotic species. Sunset on the top deck with classical music. Welcome cocktail offered by the Captain with safety presentation of equipment on board and safety procedures in Salão Lua.
Day 2 – Tuesday
Hike and boat tour around Jaraqui’s Igarapés, which means ‘narrow water courses’. The tall trees that make up the region’s flora are vital for the locals: they use them to produce medicine or to build houses. An array of flowers and fruits can be seen depending on the season. Boat navigation around Três Bocas islands, within the world’s second largest freshwater-river archipelago. This region is ideal for those who like taking photos, because the vegetation is reflected in the dark waters, creating a unique and mystic scenario. Some species to see on the channels’ banks are: orchids, bromeliads, toucans and the macaws. Evening night boat ride to spot Caymans and listen to the nocturnal sounds of the rainforest.
IGARAPÉ TRENCH AND NOVO AIRÃO
Day 3 – Wednesday
Hike in Igarapé Trench and visit to the pink dolphins in Novo Airão. Here, as in Jaraqui, the different flora is essential to the inhabitants, that use their trunks for house-building and their hulls and leaves to make medicine. The fruits and the flowers vary according to the season. Visit to an indigenous community in Rio Cuieiras. The guests will be taken to their school, clinic, cassava flour mill, dwellings and cultivated plants. Local crafts available for purchasing.
Day 4 – Thursday
Awakening in the Amazon with morning boat ride around Rio Ariaú. The beautiful colors of the birds that live there mixed with the landscape lit by the sunrise make up an enchanting view. Boat ride through the Igarapés and Rio Ariaú, with its clear waters and rich fauna. The animals to see here include: monkeys, sloths and birds such as the collared hawk and the kingfisher. Piranha fishing at Rio Ariaú. Boat ride around the Tupé region, where during the times of drought the formation of white sand beaches takes place.
ENCONTRO DAS ÁGUAS AND RETURN TO MANAUS
Day 5 – Friday
Encontrado das Águas (waters meeting) is a confluence between Rio Negro and Rio Solimões. The dark Rio Negro’s waters and the sandy-colored Rio Solimões’s waters run side by side without merging, creating a fantastic view. Morning boat launches for wildlife viewing and rainforest trekking for the more adventurous. Afternoon arrival at Port of Manaus where we will dock for Shabbat. Evening Shabbat Programming.
SHABBAT IN MANAUS
Day 6 – Shabbat
Morning Shabbat programming, afternoon guided market walking tour. Evening departure from Manaus to Rio Solimoes.
MANACAPURÚ & MANAQUIRI
Day 7 – Sunday
Early morning trip around the region of Manacapurú, ideal place and time for birdwatching and enjoying the moving sunrise-lit landscape. Boat ride in the narrow streams and flooded forest, known in the region as Igarapés and Igapós in Manacapurú, where local people carry on their daily lives, especially fishing. Jungle Trek in Manacapurú and visit to the shores on a floater with local crafts available for purchasing.
Afternoon visit to a Caboclo (local people that have both Indigenous and European heritage) home to get to know their lifestyle, customs and culture. Piranha fishing in Manaquiri area. Night boat ride to spot Caymans and listen to the nocturnal sounds of the rainforest.
ENCONTRO DAS ÁGUAS AND RETURN TO MANAUS
Day 8 Monday
Encontrado das Águas (waters meeting) is a confluence between Rio Negro and Rio Solimões. The dark Rio Negro’s waters and the sandy-colored Rio Solimões’s waters run side by side without merging, creating a fantastic view. Late morning arrival at Port of Manaus.
*Post tour – 1 Night Monday
For those guests with late night flights or departing early the next day (Jan 29) you have the option of purchasing our post-night program. Program includes hotel, all Glatt kosher meals and transfers (ship-hotel-airport). Pre-tour guests are free to explore the city on their own or ground agents will be available to offer local tours for purchase.
Day 9 Tuesday: Departure
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