Manaus, the “Paris of the Jungle,” is the capital of Brazil’s state of Amazonas. The former river village rests along the left bank of the Rio Negro, which merges with the mighty Amazon. Carved from the dense jungle by rubber barons in the 19th century, Manaus has become an ideal starting or ending point for visitors to the mid-Amazon region. Riverboats can be taken through the myriad of tributaries, estuaries and small creeks, where the richest wildlife can be seen. Attractions include the stunning Renaissance-style Opera House and the Customs House, prefabricated in Liverpool England complete with clock tower and known as “Little Big Ben.”

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Manaus (Amazon River)

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 18 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 18 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 4 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 18 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 8 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 8 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Meeting of the Waters Cruise

    Begin with a scenic riverboat cruise on the Rio Negro toward a small cluster of islands. At a convenient landing stage, you will switch to motorized canoes and cruise the narrow channels in the tropical forest, affording a closer look at this equatorial forest land.

    Cruise through Lake January and admire the giant water lilies, Victoria Regia, if the river's level permits. An English naturalist named them after Queen Victoria. These plants have huge leaves, measuring as much as six feet across. After returning to the landing, you will re-board your riverboat and proceed down river for an opportunity to view the Meeting of the Waters. This natural phenomenon occurs when the dark, clear waters of the Rio Negro and the muddy, yellow waters of the Solimões River flow side by side for several miles before merging. Where these two rivers meet is the official starting point of the Amazon.

    Please note: There is minimal walking on this tour but guests must be able to enter and exit the riverboat (by gangplank) and motorized canoes with limited assistance. If not able to board the motorized canoe, you may be asked to remain on the main riverboat. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscree; insect repellant and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. There is no guarantee you will see the Water Lilies.

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  • Highlights of Manaus

    Carved out of the heart of the Amazonian wilderness at the confluence of the Rio Negro and the Solimões River, Manaus' enormous wealth came from the export of rubber in the late 1800s. Today the center of a rapidly developing region, the city still boasts its old-world mansions and monuments, now set amongst modern high rise buildings.

    Your scenic drive takes you past many interesting buildings including the yellow-colored Alfandega, the Customs House built by the British in 1902. The city's finest residential district is lined with turn of the century mansions, which represent the great wealth of the people during the rubber boom. The finest example of architecture from the Golden Era of Manaus is the Teatro Amazonas. Newly renovated, the theater is the city's opera house in its entire belle époque splendor. Next, visit The Indian Museum which houses an exhibit of artifacts, costumes, and weapons of the region's principal Indian tribes. Just outside the city is the Military Zoo, where Amazonian wildlife can be seen.

    Please note: There are some steep steps during the visit to the Opera House & Indian Museum. The ambient temperature is always high, please dress accordingly and carry water with you at all times. Comfortable walking close shoes are recommended. This tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those guests with mobility concerns. In the event the zoo is closed, it will be substituted with the INPA Science Institute.

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  • Pink Dolphin Encounter

    Cruise the Rio Negro to a jungle village where you can swim in a nearby lake with pink dolphins, a highly intelligent and naturally curious freshwater species that is only distantly related to ocean dolphins.

    After boarding a boat at the pier, you will commence an 80 minute cruise up the wide, slow-moving Rio Negro, which joins the Solimoes River in Manaus. The river’s jet-black color comes from the decomposition of organic matter in the water. Although the Rio Negro looks murky, it doesn’t contain much sediment and is one of the world’s cleanest rivers.

    As you cruise upstream, you should see an abundance of wildlife, especially tropical birds such as macaws, toucans and parakeets. You might even spot sloths and howler monkeys in the trees. Still, it’s the pink dolphins, known locally as “botos,” that capture everyone’s hearts.

    They are frequently seen in the river and in the lake near the village of Acajatuba, where you will disembark. During free time at the lake, you will have the opportunity to interact with and even feed or swim with the dolphins, which are quite friendly and accustomed to human contact.

    Their color varies with age and ranges from soft pink to almost shocking pink. The reason for their pink color is the blood vessels which run beneath their skin, which is thinner than that of ocean dolphins. Interestingly, when they become happy or nervous, their color can change, similar to when a human blushes. These dolphins are highly intelligent with brain capacities thought to be larger than that of humans. As with the more common varieties of dolphins, they communicate by making clicking sounds. According to local legend, at night the dolphins often transform into handsome men to hypnotize and seduce women.

    Whether you believe that or not, the experience of interacting with the dolphins will be unforgettable. Later, you may browse the village before retracing your route back downstream to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 hour of easy to moderate walking/standing over mostly flat terrain, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. Travel time in the boat is just over 2 1/2 hours. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and my not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability as participants must be agile enough to enter and exit the tour boat with limited assistance. Weather appropriate light-weight clothing to include a waterproof outer layer as this is the rainy season; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Those who wish to swim should wear a swimsuit under their clothes and bring a towel from the ship. While your guide will do his/her best to speak English, please keep in mind that the limited tourism infrastructure of Manaus is part of the city’s charm, and we kindly ask for your patience with any language difficulties you may encounter. Participants are encouraged to eat a hearty breakfast or bring an energy/granola bar along, as this tour includes no meal. Those who participate in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.

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  • The Best of Manaus

    See both ends of the cultural spectrum by observing wildlife at jungle research center and zoo and then browsing one of the world’s grandest opera houses.

    After departing from the pier, you will soon pass several Manaus landmarks, including the more than 100-year-old prefabricated Customs House and the palatial home of an early 20th-century rubber baron. Upon entering the jungle surrounding Manaus, you will follow the inky waters of the Rio Negro and continue on to the open-air museum and Amazonian research station Bosque da Ciencia.

    Here you will observe endangered manatee, caimans in ponds, otters and electric eels, all of which live in the waters of the Amazon River and its countless tributaries. There is also a botanical garden full of exotic orchids at the research center and jungle animals such as squirrel monkeys and sloths living on the grounds.

    Continuing on, you will drive to the Military Zoo where you will see more wildlife. The zoo is maintained by the Brazilian army in an effort to protect endangered species. Opened in 1969, the zoo serves as a safe haven for animals such as jaguars, tapirs and pied tamarins that have been rescued from hunters and animal traffickers.

    Next, enjoy a tasty buffet lunch at a local barbeque restaurant before resuming your tour with a visit to Manaus’ most iconic landmark, the lavish Teatro Amazonas opera house. Built in 1896 during the rubber boom, this ornate Renaissance-style theater was constructed with materials from all over Europe, including Carrara marble, French roof tiles and Murano chandeliers. It’s an architectural gem and the acoustics are still perfect. Performances here range from single guitar concerts to entire ballet companies and philharmonic orchestras.

    Following your visit, you will have some time to take photos in the adjacent square before transferring back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of moderate walking/standing that includes some uneven surfaces and steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate light-weight clothing to include a waterproof outer layer as this is the rainy season; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant; and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. While your guide will do his/her best to speak English, please keep in mind that the limited tourism infrastructure of Manaus is part of the city’s charm, and we kindly ask for your patience with any language difficulties you may encounter.

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  • River, Rubber, Museum and Native Village

    Enjoy a leisurely cruise up the Rio Negro to watch tribal rituals in a jungle village and then learn about Brazil’s early 20th-century rubber boom at a nearby rubber plantation.

    After boarding your river boat at the pier, you will cruise up the wide, slow-moving Rio Negro, a river whose jet-black color comes from the decomposition of organic matter in the water. Although the Rio Negro looks murky, it is one of the world’s cleanest rivers.

    As you cruise upstream, you should see an abundance of wildlife, especially tropical birds such as macaws, toucans and parakeets. You might even spot sloths and howler monkeys on the way to the small tribal village of Tupé in the Amazon rainforest.

    Upon arriving, you will watch several rituals that the village shaman and members of the Dessana tribe will perform. Chances are, they will be wearing headdresses, body paint and garlands made from leaves as they show you around the village and describe their traditional way of life.

    From Tupé, you’ll continue by boat to visit the Seringal Felicidade, located on the left bank of the Tarumã Mirim Creek part of the river. Your guide will offer a brief introduction to the rubber industry here; then, you’ll have time to walk the trails and learn firsthand the history of the rubber boom, which took place around the turn of the 20th century. Discover how the Golden Era began and hear about the incredible money made at the expense of the seringueiros, or rubber tappers, who lived and worked in appalling conditions and faced very real danger from snakes and other predators. You will also learn about the simple economic principles that eventually brought the Brazilian rubber industry to its knees.

    The Rubber Museum opened in 2002 in the middle of the jungle, and is a replica rubber estate inspired by Portuguese writer Ferreira de Castro’s best-selling book The Jungle. The facility has been used as background scenery for many wide- and small-screen productions depicting the boom era in rubber. The plantation also features some Brazil nut trees and is decorated with articles and equipment used in the rubber industry heyday.

    Following this enlightening jungle adventure, you will cruise back down the Rio Negro and return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes just over 2 hours of moderate to strenuous walking/standing over some uneven and sandy terrain. Boarding the river boat requires negotiating a gangplank and some steps with limited assistance. Travel time in the boat is approximately 2 1/2 hours. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition. Weather appropriate light-weight clothing to include a waterproof outer layer as this is the rainy season; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant; and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. There are no restroom facilities available on the riverboat; however, there are restrooms at the Rubber Museum. The tour is not available to anyone under 12 years of age. While your guide will do his/her best to speak English, please keep in mind that the limited tourism infrastructure of Manaus is part of the city’s charm, and we kindly ask for your patience with any language difficulties you may encounter. Participants are encouraged to eat a hearty breakfast or bring an energy/granola bar along, as this tour includes no meal.

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  • Manaus Jungle Trek

    Begin with a scenic cruise on the Rio Negro to Guedes Lake. Upon reaching the pier here, you will meet your guide, who has vast experience in jungle survival and trained at the Center for Intensive Guerrilla Warfare in the Rainforest, for a talk about the rainforest and what you may see along the trail. Your guide will lead you along a jungle trail for a close-up look at the wonderful surroundings. During your walk, there will be several stops where the guide will explain survival techniques such as how to construct a shelter or find a climbing plant containing drinking water. Following your jungle trek, you will re-board your boat for the return journey to the floating pier in Manaus.

    Please note: This is a strenuous tour with a substantial amount of walking through the Jungle and approx.45 wooden steps to climb, therefore participants should be in good health. Long pants, long-sleeved shirt & comfortable walking closed-toe shoes or boots are recommended. This tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those guests with mobility concerns.

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  • Rubber Museum & Indian Community

    Trace the history of the Amazonian rubber boom by visiting a rubber museum in the heart of the jungle, followed by a tour of an Indian Village that includes an exhibition of a traditional ritual.

    Boarding a regional speedboat at the pier, you will soon find yourself cruising up the inky waters of the Rio Negro, taking in the spectacular Amazonian scenery. After approximately ninety minutes, you will reach a museum devoted entirely to natural rubber, a product gathered and processed in the surrounding jungle that brought immense wealth to the area.

    The Rubber Museum accurately depicts a 19th-century rubber plantation, from the opulent estate house to the rubber tappers’ lowly shacks. During the tour, you will follow a trail into the jungle to see how the trees were tapped and then how the collected latex was processed in a smoke house. The conditions were harsh, the work punishing, and the resulting wealth for the rubber barons was beyond the imagination.

    Next, re-board your boat for a ride to an Indian village located on the left bank of the Rio Negro. The indigenous tribe is a mix of the ethnicities Dessanos, Tucano, Tuyuca, Uanano and Tatuya. They are traditional people of the Amazon and remnants of its indigenous culture. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to the main hut where you will be treated to an exhibition of a traditional celebration ritual. Afterwards, you will return by boat to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate to strenuous walking/standing. The trail at the rubber museum travels over uneven and natural surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Light-weight clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; insect repellant; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Caiman Spotting

    Begin with a moonlit riverboat cruise into the dense jungle backwaters, where you'll cross a short gangplank to a small motorized canoe. Under the expert direction of your native guide, you'll glide silently into the flooded forest and its countless overgrown tributaries. Armed only with a flashlight, your guide will attempt to locate caimans by startling them with the light, making their eyes look like rubies in the night! While the caiman is hypnotized by the bright light, you will slowly approach it until your guide is close enough to attempt to catch the caiman with his bare hands and actually lift it out of the water for all to see. When you have taken photographs, the young caiman will be returned, unharmed, to the water. After the thrill of this incredible hunt, you will transfer back to the riverboat for the return to the Manaus floating pier.

    Please note: Although there is very little walking involved in this tour, guests must be able to get on to and off the riverboat (by a gangplank) and to a motorized canoe, otherwise they may be asked to remain on the main river boat. Comfortable walking closed-toe shoes are recommended.

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