For those who wish the comfort of a luxury ship, we now present the new Amazon Clipper Premium, a vessel unique in style that offers « simply the best » small-ship cruising in the Amazon. Large enough to offer spacious cabins with lower beds and inviting public spaces, but small enough to dock at remote spots and cruise to hidden locations due to the shallow draft of only 3 feet, the Amazon Clipper Premium is the perfect size for a comfortable cruise on the Amazon rivers.
Amazon Clipper Cruises now puts at your disposal its complete support infrastructure to offer an on-board experience that is second to none – and in addition we will take you to places few other cruise passengers ever see. It is possible because the cruise groups are small and personal, and the knowledge of the destination is complete. You will experience trips with the outboard powered canoes in smaller creeks to see life on the flooded plains, rubber trees, lakes with giant water lilies, watch the birds, visit the local inhabitants and walk in the forest, always accompanied by the expedition guides.
Your adventure will follow with fishing for piranhas, night trips to see nocturnal animals, views of the floating docks, market and houses on stilts.
Unique on the Amazon Clipper Premium is a spacious observation and sun deck with a fantastic 360° panoramic view. The window-lined dining room seats all passengers leisurely at one single seating. The onboard restaurant offers excellent meals, up to international standards, prepared with utmost care by the experienced kitchen staff. Served as buffet you can help yourself from a great variety of fresh foods including daily specials or choice vegetarian meals. At 32m (106 feet) long, with a beam of 9m (30 feet), the Amazon Clipper Premium hosts only 32 guests in 16 spacious all-outside cabins, with lower beds, private bathroom facilities with hot shower, individual air-conditioning and safety box.
The Amazon Clipper Premium Cruises have regular departures on Mondays and Wednesdays. For those who are satisfied with a little less comfort, we present the Amazon Clipper Cruises, click here for a description and prices of these cruises.
Day 1 – Wednesday
Meet the staff of the ship in the lobby of the Hotel Tropical at 2:30 PM. A short walk takes you to the river and the embarkation pier – the ships staff will take care of getting your luggage to the ship. Briefing to meet the ships staff and go over the route, facilities and rainforest etiquette. Navigation via the « Meeting of the Waters », Xiborena and Careiro region to Curari. Late afternoon canoe trip in the smaller creeks to see life on the flood plains, flood plain forest and lakes, returning to the ship around sunset. During dinner navigation up the Rio Solimoes to Lake Janauary. (D)
Day 2 – Thursday
Up early for canoe trip for bird-watching – sunrise is an active time in the rainforest as it comes to life. There are good chances to see Hoatzins, Egrets and Cormorants. Return to the ship for breakfast and then visit some of the inhabitants of the lake who live from manioc plantations, fishing, diverse fruit trees, rubber, Brazil-nut plantations, wood and other extractive products. You will also get to walk in the forest to explore its teeming life. Late afternoon brings an opportunity for piranha fishing and after dinner you will take a silent canoe trip to look for nocturnal animals, including night-hawks, snakes, toro-rats, sloths and frogs. Downstream navigation during the evening. (B,L,D)
Day 3 – Friday
Another early morning birdwatching expedition in the Janauary Ecological Park or one of the other nearby waterways. Breakfast back on board as you cruise past the port of Manaus where you will have excellent views of the floating docks, market, old custom house and houses on stilts. You will arrive back to the Hotel Tropical pier around 11:30 in the morning, pick-up embarking passengers and then depart around 2:30 PM. Afternoon navigation to the Ariau river, a tributary of the Rio Negro. In the late afternoon you will enjoy your first foray into this fascinating world, exploring by silent canoe. Since you will return to the ship after dark, you may have a chance to see nocturnal animals such as the caiman. During dinner the ship will begin navigating to Acu Creek or other nearby tributary. (B,L,D)
Day 4 – Saturday
After breakfast, you will take a walk in the forest with your guide to explore the flora and fauna. You will visit a « caboclo » family for a chance to see the local way of life, preparation of manioc flour (the staple foodstuff of the Amazon) and to learn about the health and education systems. Return to the ship for lunch and then begin navigation through the Anavilhanas Archipelago, the worlds largest fresh water archipelago, more than 1000 miles from the ocean. Visit the village of Novoo Airao, where the Clipper was built, with a burgeoning boat yard, sawmill and a bustling market. After dinner you will take a trip by silent canoe to search for caimans by flashlight and to look for nocturnal animals such as the sloth, snakes, frogs and other species, depending on the season. (B,L,D)
Day 5 – Friday
Morning navigation to Praia Grande or other white sand beach where you will have an opportunity to take a swim and explore the vegetation of sandy areas. You will take a canoe trip on Lake Acajatuba or other adjacent lake to see the typical flora, such as rubber trees, Brazil Nut trees and useful palm trees and have a chance to fish for piranhas, those ferocious little fish with the razor sharp teeth. After lunch stop at the Paricatuba community to see the old abandoned rubber-boom buildings, now overgrown with straggler fig trees. During dinner begin navigation to Lake Janauary. (B,L,D)
Day 6 – Saturday
Sunrise canoe trip for birdwatching – keep an eye out for the pre-historic looking Hoatzin. Return to the ship for breakfast and navigation back to Manaus, cruising past the bustling floating port and with excellent views to the waterfront, customs house, market and houses on stilts. Arrive back at the Hotel Tropical pier around 11:30 AM. (B)
Including in the packages mentioned above:
– Overnights in double hut with air conditioning and private bathroom;
– Meals as mentioned in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch & D=Dinner, excl. drinks))
– All activities as mentioned in the program
– Permanent assistance of an expert bilingual guide;
– Prices valid untill 28/12/2008. – Children < 12 yrs – 50% sharing cabin with 2 parents. – Price for a single hut on request!
What to bring:
Although the climate is considered hot and damp all year round (about 25 to 30 degrees Celsius), it can be surprisingly cool at night in the jungle or on the river. Most of the time, passengers will find themselves wearing light clothing such as T-shirts, shorts, bathing suit and sandals, but for the hikes in the forest they should also have a long sleeved shirt, long trousers, light coat, good closed footwear such as high tennis shoes or hiking boots, small flashlight and binoculars.
NOTE: ALL PACKAGES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED ACCORDING TO YOUR WISHES.
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