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Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls & Amazon River Cruise

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Travel Style: Array Relaxed
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
10 days
From: $ 4,187 $ 419 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Tour to Corcovado & Sugarloaf Mountain (full-day)
  • Iguassu Falls Tour (Brazilian Side) (3.5 hours)

Short Description

Running through Guyana, Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia and Peru, the Amazon River is a source of endless fascination and discovery. Experience the greatest river in the world on this 9-night adventure in Brazil! 

Begin your trip in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's vibrant second-largest city. Spread your arms out wide like Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain and take a cable car to Sugarloaf Mountain on an included full-day tour. Then spend your time in Rio at your leisure, either laying out on Copacabana Beach or dancing the night away in a samba club.

From Rio, fly to Iguassu Falls and experience this astonishing natural wonder. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, millions of visitors flock to the semicircle Iguassu Falls to witness the 275 gushing waterfalls that are nearly twice the size of Niagra. 

End your vacation in Brazil's unrivaled part of the Amazon. Arrive in Manaus - known as the gateway to the Amazon - and transfer to your small-ship cruise. Spend 3 nights cruising the river, admiring the unique flora and fauna of the rainforest. Watch out for piranhas and anacondas!

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Style Small ship cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport
Start City Rio de Janeiro
End City Brazil

Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Rio de Janeiro!

Arrive in Rio de Janeiro, also known as the "Marvelous City." The second biggest city in Brazil, Rio is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Guanabara Bay and blessed with endless natural beauty.

Ease your way into this sprawling city with a stroll through the historic center filled with architectural gems. The Theatro Municipal, built in 1909, was modeled after the Opera Garnier in Paris!

Day 2 Rio de Janeiro

Today you will embark on a full-day tour of Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountains! Both of these imposing mountains make up the iconic skyline of Rio. Admire the views from both summits before touring downtown Rio. 

Day 3 Rio de Janeiro

Rio is perhaps most famous for its beach life, and two beaches in particular: Copacabana and Ipanema. Rio residents (known as cariocas) can be seen playing soccer, sunbathing, and swimming all along the 2.5-mile stretch of Copacabana Beach. Among its trademarks is the Atlântica Avenue boardwalk, with mosaic waves of stones designed by landscape architect Burle Marx.

More upscale than Copacabana, the area around Ipanema Beach is considered the “little Paris” of Rio for its avant-garde galleries, bookstores and movie theaters.

Day 4 Rio de Janeiro - Iguassu Falls

Say goodbye to Rio as you transfer to the airport for your flight to Iguassu Falls. 

Located close to the point where the Iguassu River empties its waters into the Parana River, Iguassu Falls is the world’s widest waterfall and a natural wonder. On the border of Brazil and Argentina, the city of Foz do Iguassu is a busy town thanks to the many visitors that come to see the falls and Brazilian shoppers who come to purchase imported goods in Ciudad Del Este, the Paraguayan tax-free city right across the border.

Day 5 Iguassu Falls

Today, enjoy a tour of Iguassu Falls. Made up of a system of 275 waterfalls, Iguassu Falls is nearly twice as tall as Niagara Falls and rivaled only by Victoria Falls in Africa. 

Day 6 Iguassu Falls - Manaus

Leave Iguassu Falls today and transfer to the airport for your flight to Manaus, the capital of Amazonas State. Manaus is the hub of the whole Amazon Region and is located four miles from the point where Rio Negro meets the Solimoes River to form the Brazilian Amazon River. 

Check into your accommodation and get settled before starting your river cruise in the morning.

Day 7 Amazon River Cruise

Your 3-night Amazon River Cruise begins today! Board the Amazon Clipper and cruise toward the Amazon River while you enjoy a welcome drink and listen to information about the route and ship facilities. Explore the ship's nooks and crannies and enjoy a caipirinha, the national drink of Brazil.

After dinner, explore the river's edge with powerful searchlights and get the chance to see the region's unique wildlife including caimans (close relatives of the crocodile), nighthawks, snakes, brush-tailed rats, sloths and frogs.

*Please note: Amazon Clipper Cruises reserve the right to change itineraries without consulting participants, depending on prevailing natural conditions. In case of any changes on arrival or departure times due to force majeure, Amazon Clipper Cruise is not responsible for missed flights or extra expenses.

Day 8 Amazon River Cruise

In the early morning, explore the river surroundings by canoe where you will find a colorful array of fruit-eating birds like parrots and toucans. After breakfast, depart for a jungle walk and discover the rainforest's lush flora and fauna. Return to the boat around 12pm with time for swimming before lunch.

In the afternoon, you will trek through Anavilhanas National Park, one of the world's largest fresh water archipelagos and a labyrinth of waterways. Later on, board a canoe and learn more about this wonderful nature park.

Day 9 Amazon River Cruise

Today you will sail to Praia Grande, a municipality in the state of Sao Paulo. Relax on the beach or enjoy a swim before heading on a canoe excursion to the Acajatuba River. Get to know the typical fauna of the river and stop for piranha fishing. You'll then visit Paricatuba, a haunting ghost city in the middle of the jungle.

Explore by canoe and scout for wildlife in the late afternoon, then enjoy dinner on the way toward the Amazon River.

Day 10 Depart Brazil

Early this morning, explore the Lago Janauari Ecological Park. This area is a great place to observe wildlife, especially the “Victoria Regia” giant water lilies (the world's largest aquatic plant). During breakfast your boat will navigate to the "Meeting of Waters," the confluence of the world's two largest rivers, the Amazon and the Rio Negro.

Return to Manaus and observe the floating docks, market, old custom house and the dome of the Opera house. Arrive at the hotel around 11:30am and make use of the day room should your flight be later in the day. At the appropriate time, transfer to Manaus airport for your flight home.

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Honestly this is one of the first times I ever buy a package deal like this one and I was very impressed with how professional and well timed everything was. They had all of our paperwork and tickets ready, I can’t even think of one time where anything went wrong or was wrong, very nice people I will definitely buy another trip soon!
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Too many flight changes, so that was a nightmire. Lost luggage, wrong seats. Couldn't upgrade hotels.
So was adequate, but took away from the enjoyment
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We had an amazing time in Iceland. The excursions with our package were very good. We had one small issue and customer service worked it out. Very happy
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WARNING!

This company seems like the right choice based on price. BEWARE! DO NOT USE! They are not helpful prior to trip. They mislead you when you speak with customer service. We took a trip to Ireland and were told by customer service that the hotel was in Sligo and Cork after asking prior to our trip. When we arrived, the hotels were both over one hour out in very small towns. This is one hour to the city we were told we were going to by customer service and one hour back.

The rental car we got prior to trip with our package, we paid to upgrade to a larger car. Then we paid extra to have an automatic car. When we arrived, we were told that we could have paid much less by just doing it onsite at Dublin airport. The car rental was in shock for how much Great Value charged us for the car rental.

You can save a lot of money if you book this Ireland trip on your own. And save many headaches. The kicker to all of this is when I got home and tried to speak with customer service. The lady told me she could not do anything to help me. I must instead email a supervisor. I did have email communication with GVV and they were quite snappy and rude. They refused to help me in any way. I asked them to change their wording so that the next customer would not be misled like we were. I would NEVER recommend nor use this company. There are too many reputable tour groups out there.

Please don't waste your money on a company that does not care about you.

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In response to the reply that GVV gave to my negative review.

It is pleasing to see how quickly you can reply to a negative review. If only you were so quick to respond to my queries prior to my trip.

To begin, my review is public. However, it is NOT OK to include my name when replying to a review when the name was not included by me in my review of you.

Next, when responding to my review you must be truthful. For you to say: "We are not surprised to receive this review as we did not agree to your request for a cash refund in exchange for you not posting a negative review." is false. In my initial phone call to customer service I was told to tell you what I wanted. Since you never asked, in my email communication toy I stated "I will be happy to complete your survey with my negative concerns and complete multiple reviews on your company if you choose to not correct this grand misleading mistake. I do not want to receive a discount for a future trip. I believe some money back to me is fair due to the amount of gas money and time I lost for travel due to the poor locations of the hotels."

I did not say I was disappointed with the hotels in Cork and Sligo. I said I was angered that I was misled by customer service prior to my trip when they did not inform me the distance to the cities on the tour. I asked if they were centrally located and was told that they were. Again, when I arrived, I discovered that they were over two hours round trip, without traffic. My initial communication to you was to inform that this was misleading. Your company seemed to be defensive of my comments from the start.

I called customer service before the trip because you switched my hotel in Dublin. My original hotel was one 45 minutes away from the city. You switched me to a hotel that was in Dublin after finding the original hotel was unable to host us. The new hotel in the city was centrally located. Great news. But the closest parking garage was 3/4 mile away. Perhaps you could suggest a hotel in the future that has closer parking so that when your flight is at 7am one does not need to walk the streets of Dublin at 5am.

My complaint to you is the absolute disdain and lack of concern that you have for customers after the trip. Even after my trip was booked I was unsuccessful at receiving any positive support.

I do not want this communication to continue. You are trying to prove your point as I am mine. But keep in mind, you should not use the name of the consumer if they did not disclose first themselves. Please check
in house legal for affirmation. Also, please be accurate and truthful when disclosing your side.

Just as you had to get the last word to our email thread by sarcastically stating "dully noted".

Your lack of professionalism speaks volumes. Perhaps this is why you get so many complaints and low stars on your reviews.
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Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport

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Accommodations

  • PortoBay Rio Internacional
  • Recanto Cataratas Thermas Resort & Convention
  • Hotel Villa Amazonia
  • Amazon Clipper Premium

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