Wednesday, 12 September 2012

An exploration of Peru and Brazil including a seven night cruise along the Amazon with Noble Caledonia on Seadream II. Fourteen nights from £7,595

Experience the wonders of Peru, on this amazing journey of discovery. Fly to the capital, Lima and enjoy the stunning sights of Cusco and Machu Picchu before your cruise. Then fly to Iquitos where the luxurious SeaDream II awaits, combining both expedition and luxury style cruising with the very best service on offer.

 It would be hard to find a more diverse country than Peru. It is a land of 28 million people, many speaking Spanish, many also speaking the native language of Quechua. The mix of cultures has created a unique and diverse mix of cuisine, music, art and folk traditions. The luxurious and comprehensive programme takes you to the bustling, modern capital of Lima, along the majestic Amazon River, surrounded by walls of green and not forgetting Cuzco and the towering Inca ruins of Machu Picchu from the great Inca Empire, the largest state in pre-Columbian America.

There are great benefits to travelling to the Amazon at this time of year. Perhaps most important, the Amazon Basin’s rivers and streams are about 23 feet higher than they are during the low water season, meaning that every river, creek and lake is navigable. You are able to explore on your excursions by skiff, more of the waterways of Amazonia and will have access to areas with more plant life and wildlife than would be possible during the low water season. The flooded waterways put travellers much closer to the jungle canopy, where monkeys play and beautiful birds roost.

SeaDream II is very different from big ship cruising. With only 112 guests and an award-winning crew of 95, the level of attention and service makes cruising aboard SeaDream II feel as if you are on your own private yacht. Be as active or as relaxed as you like and take in the ultimate in luxury, privacy and pampering.

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