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From the Inca Empire to the Peruvian Amazon with the Nazca Lines 2025

Lima, Peru Round-trip
Length: 13 Days - Departs: Fri, Jan 31, 2025
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Jan 31, 2025
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Feb 12, 2025

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River Cruise Itinerary

Experience the fascinating Nazca Lines, archaeological treasures, and gastronomic delights of Peru, with the untamed rainforest of the Amazon, on this thrilling river cruise adventure that offers a little something for everyone!Begin in the cosmopolitan city of Lima with a guided sightseeing tour, a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum, and a special welcome dinner in an ornate family-owned mansion. Fly to Cusco and descend into the Sacred Valley of the Incas for guided tours of the ceremonial site of Kenko, where ancient rituals were performed, and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman. Of course, no vacation to Peru is complete without visiting astonishing Machu Picchu, built around 1450, and sitting majestically above the Sacred Valley. Stand in awe as you witness one of the most majestic images in South America, if not the entire world! Next, you’ll embark on a journey to one of the world’s vastly unexplored regions where biodiversity is at its greatest—the mighty Amazon. Board one of the world’s most luxurious small ships, the Delfin III, and enjoy fine wine, famous Peruvian cuisine, and all-inclusive comfort while venturing deep into the Amazon jungle in search of elusive wildlife. Take naturalist-guided panga rides through the river tributaries, swim with pink dolphins, and visit native communities—all while returning to your plush five-star yacht.Your unforgettable trip to Peru is not complete without seeing the Nazca Lines. When seen from the air, the lines form precise geometric shapes that number in the hundreds, as well as 70 figures, which include a monkey, whale, hummingbird, shark, spiders, and plants. Archaeologists remain puzzled about why the ancient Nazca people, who thrived here from 200 BC to 500 AD, created illustrations that could only be seen from far above the earth. Wonderful scenery, historical treasures, learning opportunities, and so much more—all are available on this thrilling river cruise vacation to Peru and the Amazon!

  1. Day 1
    ARRIVE IN LIMA, PERU
    Fri, Jan 31, 2025
    Arrive in Lima where you will be met by your Local Guide.LIMA-SAN-FRANCISCO-MONASTERY.jpg
  2. Day 2
    LIMA–PISCO–PARACAS & NAZCA LINES
    Sat, Feb 01, 2025
    Drive south along the scenic Pan-American Highway to Pisco, the wine capital of Peru, and take a guided two-hour flight over the Nazca Lines—a series of drawings of animals and geometric figures etched into the parched soil—some up to 1,000 feet long—believed by some to be the astronomical calendar of the ancient Peruvians. (B,D)NAZCA-LINES.jpg
  3. Day 3
    PARACAS–BALLESTAS ISLAND CRUISE–LIMA
    Sun, Feb 02, 2025
    This morning, head to the Bay of Paracas and take a cruise to the Ballestas Islands—home to a wide variety of sea mammals and exotic birds. See the huge Candelabro, a candelabra-shaped etching on the Paracas cliffside. Later, return to Lima where you will have free time to explore the fascinating Peruvian capital – where high-rises tower above ancient temples and colorful colonial architecture. (B)BALLESTAS-ISLANDS.jpg
  4. Day 4
    LIMA
    Mon, Feb 03, 2025
    Peruvian Treasures, Presidential Palaces, and Pizarro’s ConquestsCLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of Lima to see the colonial Old Quarter, Plaza de Armas, the presidential Government Palace, and the Lima Cathedral. Visit San Francisco Monastery to see the famous catacombs followed by the Larco Herrera Museum—with the world’s largest private collection of pre-Columbian Peruvian art.DISCOVERY Later, enjoy a Culinary Experience with an authentic Peruvian welcome dinner in the exquisite, historic mansion—Casa Garcia Alvarado.(B,D)LIMA-PLAZA-DE-ARMAS.jpg
  5. Day 5
    SACRED VALLEY
    Tue, Feb 04, 2025
    Alpacas, Llamas, and Ancient Rituals of the AndesCLASSIC Fly to Cusco, the ancient Andean city and former capital of the Inca Empire. A Guided Excursion into the Sacred Valley reveals the hillside Temple of Sacsayhuaman. Marvel at the remarkable Inca stonework of this 15th-century fortress that was once the site of the largest battle between the Incas and the Spanish. The Spanish were ultimately victorious in 1536, disassembling part of the site to build homes in Cusco and leaving behind the ruins we find today. You will also see the Inca military post of Puca Pucara and visit the ceremonial site of Kenko where ancient Peruvian rituals and sacrifices were performed.DISCOVERY Take a Guided Tour of Awanakancha to encounter llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and guanacos and learn about their vital role in Peruvian culture. Continue to the old mountain village of Pisac. Take time to shop in Pisac’s large Indian market for treasures such as alpaca sweaters, woven blankets, and handmade jewelry.This evening, enjoy dinner featuring Andean and Western dishes with wine.(B,L,D)SACRED-VALLEY-LLAMA.jpg
  6. Day 6
    SACRED VALLEY
    Wed, Feb 05, 2025
    Stone Temples and Formidable FortressesCLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of the adobe village of Ollantaytambo this morning to visit the ruins of an Inca fortress. See the massive stones and amazing engineering design, including the Sun Temple and Princess Baths fountain.DISCOVERY Join an Escorted Visit to a native Incan home to experience the way of life that has endured since the 13th century.MACHU PICCHU Andean Heights and Hidden Secrets of the Inca’s Lost City CLASSIC Join a Guided Excursion aboard the 360° Machu Picchu Train boasting spectacular panoramic views of the lush countryside of Urubamba Valley from its panoramic windows and an observation outdoor carriage. Travel by rail to Aguas Calientes to take the winding road to legendary Machu Picchu.ACTIVE Take a Guided Walk to explore the “Lost City of the Incas” high atop the Andes once overlaid with dense forest. Learn about the lives and mysteries still hidden in this ancient citadel and the amazing structures built by the pre-Columbian masters of this sacred land.DISCOVERY Enjoy your overnight stay at the foot of the mountain where Machu Picchu is found with a gourmet Peruvian dinner.(B,D)SACRED-VALLEY-OLLANTAYTAMBO.jpg
  7. Day 7
    MACHU PICCHU
    Thu, Feb 06, 2025
    A Miraculous Sanctuary in a Tropical Mountain Cloud Forest CLASSIC Take a second included Guided Excursion to Machu Picchu. Set out early to see the sunrise over the ruins, explore the terraces or perhaps venture up to see the Sun Gate, once used as the ancient entrance to the Sanctuary.After lunch, return to the Sacred Valley by train and then continue on to Cusco. (B,L)MACHU-PICCHU.jpg
  8. Day 8
    CUSCO
    Fri, Feb 07, 2025
    Conquistadors, Churches, and the Colorful Culture of Peru CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of Cusco and learn about the Inca culture and the Spanish invasion that threatened their way of life and very existence. Visit Santo Domingo Monastery, originally called Koricancha and built by the Incas as a Temple of the Sun with extraordinary engineering and masonry design. Continue to the Plaza de Armas to visit the Cusco Cathedral.Enjoy free time this afternoon to explore Cusco’s colorful culture. DISCOVERY Tonight, an elegant dinner includes wine and a menu inspired by Peru’s eclectic mix of cultures.(B,D)CUSCO-PLAZA-DE-ARMAS.jpg
  9. Day 9
    CUSCO–LIMA–IQUITOS–NAUTA–PERUVIAN AMAZON RIVER (EMBARKATION)
    Sat, Feb 08, 2025
    CLASSIC Today, you’ll travel by air to Lima and then on to Iquitos to begin your Amazon journey. Travel to Nauta and embark the luxurious vessel, the Delfin III, to cruise the Peruvian Amazon in comfort and convenience. Settle in to your spacious suite before meeting your onboard Naturalist and Cruise Director.DISCOVERY Attend an onboard Welcome Reception to gain an overview of your upcoming Amazon experience. Your Naturalist Guide will offer information about the animal species of the Amazon ecosystem, the native villagers you’ll meet, and the spectacular plant life that thrives in this astonishing environment. See the two powerful Amazon tributaries—the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers—which converge to create the mighty Peruvian Amazon.Later, on board, enjoy an unforgettable dinner featuring Peruvian cuisine with the freshest local ingredients. (B,L,D)PERUVIAN-AMAZON-RIVER-MACAWS.jpg
  10. Day 10
    PERUVIAN AMAZON
    Sun, Feb 09, 2025
    Spider Monkeys, Pink Dolphins, and Peru’s Favorite Cocktail CLASSIC Rise early this morning for your first glimpse of the majestic Amazon at sunrise to experience the sights and sounds. After breakfast, take a Guided Panga Ride down one of the Amazon’s tributaries in search of the incredible wildlife. Your Naturalist Guide helps to spot capuchin, howler, tamarin, and spider monkeys, as well as iguanas, sloths, freshwater pink dolphins, and a stunning array of birdlife. Watch for the extraordinary giant Amazonian water lily. CLASSIC This afternoon, a Guided Excursion to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve allows you to witness the activity of exotic birds, including trogons, macaws, parrots, falcons, and jacamars.ACTIVE Take a refreshing Swim in this unique area of the Amazon—with the chance to encounter the Amazon’s amazing pink dolphins.DISCOVERY Join in an onboard Cooking Class to learn about native fruits, vegetables, and fish. You’ll learn about local ingredients for delicious recipes. In the evening, enjoy a Mixology Lesson to create Peru’s famous cocktail, the Pisco Sour.(B,L,D)PERUVAIN-AMAZON-PINK-DOLPHINS.jpg
  11. Day 11
    PERUVIAN AMAZON
    Mon, Feb 10, 2025
    Exotic Birds, Night Creatures, and Natural RemediesACTIVE Join a morning Naturalist Guided Walk to explore tropical flora, including epiphytes, orchids, and indigenous jungle vegetation below the rainforest’s canopy.DISCOVERY Attend an onboard Nature Presentation about indigenous and medicinal plants, fruits, and vegetation used in the Amazonian culture for centuries.CLASSIC This afternoon, a Guided Excursion to the Amazon community of San Francisco introduces you to local villagers who have called Amazonia their home for generations.ACTIVE Join a Night Safari Excursion to spot nocturnal creatures, including caiman, frogs, bats, and boa constrictors. You will also have the chance to try fishing for piranhas! DISCOVERY Later tonight, enjoy Live Entertainment by the Delfin III crew of local performers to celebrate your Amazon adventure with music and dance.(B,L,D)PERUVIAN-AMAZON-MONKEY.jpg
  12. Day 12
    IQUITOS (DISEMBARKATION)
    Tue, Feb 11, 2025
    A Manatee Introduction and an Amazon FarewellDISCOVERY This morning, disembark and bid your ship’s crew farewell. On the way to Iquitos, join an Escorted Visit to the Manatee Rescue Center to learn about these endangered Amazon species and the conservation efforts to save these gentle giants before flying to Lima.(B)IQUITOS-MANATEE.jpg
  13. Day 13
    LIMA
    Wed, Feb 12, 2025
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)LIMA-TEXTILES.jpg

Countries Visited

Peru

Rivers Visited

Amazon

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Inclusions

Maximum elevation on tour: 11,200 ft.

For Nazca Lines flights, any guest who weighs more than 220 pounds will need to buy an additional ticket ($285 USD) at the time of the flight.

For your overnight stay in Machu Picchu, you will only be allowed to bring an overnight bag weighing no more than 17 pounds due to luggage restrictions on the train. Your main luggage will be stored at the Cusco hotel where you will return for an overnight the following night.

The ship’s itinerary may vary according to water levels, regional policies and regulations, weather conditions, and seasonal changes to create the perfect cross-section of sites visited.



Accommodation Information

Price is per person based on double room occupancy. Gratuities to Local Guides & drivers are included.

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

Avalon Waterways Tours Customer Reviews

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Value for Money
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Tour guides had years of experience, and were at ease with travelers questions, weather iilnterruptions, etc.

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There were adjustments to the itinerary along the way due to high water levels but the Cruise Director and Captain did a great job of adjusting. Avalon also compensated us for the issues even though they were not within their control.

As a past Viking traveler, with this being my first Avalon trip, I still favor Viking. Both river cruise experiences were comparable but there were some procedural differences that I feel were handled better with Viking. I would travel with either cruise line in the future based on price and/or itinerary.

This was my fifth river cruise with Avalon, and I’ve loved everyone of them. The ship is beautifully designed for travelers; the staff is efficient, enthusiastic, and accommodating; the local guides are knowledgeable; and the food is quite good. I definitely would embark on another cruise with Avalon.

We found Avalon Waterways to be an excellent experience. The rooms were good sized and well appointed. The food was outstanding and the staff went above our expectations to make the trip comfortable and enjoyable.

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This is our third river cruise with Avalon Waterways and they have done an outstanding job on every cruise. Will recommend them without hesitation.

Avalon Waterways goes the extra mile to ensure every passenger is satisfied.

The food was awesome, better than expected.

Avalon Passion had the intimate atmosphere of small ship cruising. By the end of the trip there was a good family atmosphere on the boat. The ship was in great condition, crew and staff were pleasant and attentive and the Tour Director was great. Local guides were all passionate about their destinations, and since we were in four different countries in a week, we got interesting, and sometime startling, perspectives on Balkan history. The weather was very hot, and this made some of the walking tours rather grueling, but the Tour director and guides did their best to adapt tours to the heat, and make sure there was plenty of water, rest and shade. The shore based last three days were fascinating but tiring. All in all, a great experience.

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