Adventure Associates

Adventure Associates is delighted to have this one off Amazon Adventure on the classical riverboat Amazon Dream. 

There’s no better way to explore the essence of the Amazon River than being on board this cosy expedition riverboat, Amazon Dream. Our captain and his team, help us discover hidden treasures within the rainforest’s ‘green walls’. Our flexible schedule allows us to make the most effective use of the river conditions and cooler times of the day. After dark, spotlighting from the canoes reveals caimans, pottos (a bird related to the nightjar) and other nocturnal creatures. New delight’s and challenges greet us at every turn as we thread our way through extensive rainforest. Come, float with us under the canopy of some of the world’s tallest trees or take a hike deep into the mysterious forest or, just enjoy relaxing on board, lying in your deck chair watching amazing scenery drift by!

Join us on this exploratory voyage to the heart of the Amazon River!

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Visit the famous Manaus Opera House 
  • Cruise one of the planet’s last great wilderness’s
  • Amazon river dolphin, known as the Boto
  • Experience “The Wedding of Waters” a confluence of the dark Rio Negro with the sandy coloured upper Amazon River
  • Learn about the people of the Amazon, their customs and traditions
  • See an immense number of bird species. Over 1,300 of these species account for one-third of all bird species in the world.
  • The sloth – a crowd favourite and one of the most interesting animals that you may ever see.
  • The giant Amazon water lily (Victoria amazonica)
  • Embrace the Amazons hothouse of the world’s most exotic plants, birds, fish, reptiles & animals

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Manaus – Brazil
DEPARTURE DATES

20 March 2025 – 3 April 2025  

A One & Only Departure

DURATION 15 days/14 nights
PRICES per person

Standard Double or Twin on Main Deck US$6,950 

Main deck Single cabin US$10,425

Superior Double with balcony on Upper deck US$7,995 

Upper deck Single cabin with balcony US$11,990

Superior on Sun Deck US$7,995

GROUP SIZE 10 – 16 Guests
INCLUDED
Airport transfers as per the itinerary day 1 and day 15
1 night at Villa Amazonia Hotel in Manaus including breakfast 
Dinner on day 1 at the famous Juma Opera Restaurant
1⁄2 day city tour Manaus and visit to the “Teatro Amazonico” Opera House
3 meals a day during the voyage 
Unlimited water, coffee, tea, soft drinks during the voyage 
Bar drinks, wines, beer and alcoholic beverages (limited consumption)
All excursions as described in the program
On board Naturalists guide
Gratuities for ships crew 
Flight from Santarem back to Manaus on day 15
NOT INCLUDED
International airfares and taxes
Meals or sightseeing not specified in the itinerary
Personal travel insurance
Visa & Vaccination costs
Personal expenses

Additional information

DestinationAmazon River
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Day 1

Join Manaus, Brazil

Welcome to Manaus! On arrival you will be met by a representative of Adventure Associates and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day will be at your leisure.

Manaus is located in the heart of the Amazon rainforest along the banks of the Rio Negro – it is the capital of the vast state of Amazonas and is a major departure point for the surrounding area. Access to the city is primarily by aeroplane or boat and it is this isolation that has helped preserve both the surrounding natural environment and the culture of Manaus.

In the evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner at the famous Juma Opera Restaurant. D

 
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Day 2

Embark Manaus

This morning we’ll be taken on a city tour visiting its most important landmarks. The opulent pink Opera House – more than 120 years old and representing the city’s heyday during the rubber boom. It was chosen by Vogue magazine as one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world!

Fossick through the delights of the famous fresh food market, then admire The Cathedral of Our Lady of Conception, that was officially opened in 1878 and elevated to cathedral status in 1946.

After the tour we will be welcomed aboard our cosy floating home Amazon Dream by the Captain and his crew. After settling into our cabins, we will enjoy commanding views of our departure from Manaus as we head upstream to visit the Rubber Museum.

This visit will give us a better understanding about the golden age of rubber in the Amazon. White gold was the heyday of Manaus. The museum is a complete and faithful reproduction of a rubber plantation at the beginning of the 20th century. 

At dusk we will be treated to a presentation of indigenous rituals at the village of Domingos. B, L, D

 
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Day 3

Rio Cuieras & Anavilhanas Archipelago

We plan to take an early morning birding tour along the small river of Pagodao where we will experience a true sense of being deep in an Amazonian jungle. Here we hope to catch glimpses of exotic birds in the canopy. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for the pink (Boto) and the grey (Tucuxi) river dolphins. The pink is the largest of the river dolphins with males reaching a maximum length of around 2.55 metres (8.4ft). The grey estuarine dolphin is about half the length with a smaller head and shorter beak.

Later we will take a walk on terra firma (never flooded land). Our guide will explain the resources offered by the forest and how the caboclo indigenous populations used them, like wood and palm trees for housing construction and medicinal plants.

We will then sail to “Tres Bocas”, the three entrances to the Anavilhanas National Park that encompasses one of the largest fluvial archipelagos in the world and is part of a World Heritage Site. The area is known for its abundance of birdlife such as toucans, parrots and macaws.

Later in the afternoon we will head out to observe these wonders of the forest and the stunning landscapes on the “Lago da Pescada.

Back on board we will enjoy the sunset and as night falls the constellations of the southern hemisphere will light the sky as we sail towards the Madada caves. B, L, D

 
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Day 4

Madada Caves & Nova Airao

This morning we will take a walk for about an hour through the forest to the Madada Caves.  This is a mysterious place which served as a refuge for certain indigenous tribes more than 3000 years ago and is seldom visited by tourists.

Our course is set towards Novo Airao a small town on the banks of the Rio Negro where traditional Amazon riverboats are built and where we will visit the Almerinda Malaquias Foundation. We will be welcomed warmly by the locals who produce delicate native handicrafts and teach environmental education.

Later in the day we will travel towards Tiririca Village. B, L, D

 
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Day 5

Tiririca Village & Lake Acajatuba

Tiririca Village is a small community located on the right bank of the Rio Negro and is a lovely example of symbiosis between human beings and nature. Birds like the macaw and the buzzard are easily observed around the village. We will also learn how to make cassava flour, a staple food for the majority of the local populations. There will be free time to stroll around the village and observe the nature that lives in harmony with the river inhabitants.

Back on board we will head towards the entrance of Lake Acajatuba. It’s time to observe all the different shades of forest greens along the banks, and hopefully see the dolphins’ ballet of large circles in the shimmering water as our boat passes by.

Arriving in the middle of the afternoon, we’ll disembark for a moment of relaxation on the Jacaré beach to enjoy a cooling swim in the black waters of the Rio Negro. We will anchor here overnight and enjoy a specially arranged BBQ. B, L, D

 
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Day 6

Acajatuba & Ariau Canal

This morning we will visit the small village of Acajatuba. It is a collection of small, colourful wooden houses built on stilts. There is also a possibility of swimming with pink (Boto) dolphins.

Afterwards we will head off to Ariau. This is a natural canal which joins the Amazon River and the Rio Negro. A magnificent area for seeing wildlife and in particular the “mao amarella” monkeys.

We’ll spend the night at anchor in an arm of the Rio Negro not far from Manaus. B, L, D

 
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Day 7

Wedding of the Waters

Today we will approach the wedding of the waters!

The “Wedding of the Waters” is where the tea-coloured waters of the Rio Negro share the same channel with the brownish waters of the Rio Solimoes. This meeting is due to the different speed, temperature and density of the two tributaries as they run side by side without mixing for more than 6 kilometres, forming the main Amazon River.

We will continue up Rio Solimoes (the white river) towards Lago Janauaca, keeping our eyes peeled for caiman, which is a crocodilian reptile endemic to South America. B, L, D

 
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Day 8

Lago Janauaca

Another early morning start to explore Lago Janauaca. At this time, the birds are looking for food, dolphins are hunting in the muddy waters and the fishermen are out in their canoes hard at work. The people who live around this lake are divided between cassava farming, fishing and livestock activities. This region of “Varzea” is particularly fertile thanks to the nutrient deposits during seasonal flooding.

We hope to meet some local fishermen and learn about their piranha fishing.

After dinner we will take a nocturnal outing looking for caiman. B, L, D

 
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Day 9

On the Amazon River

We leave Janauaca behind and sail east down the Amazon River towards Parintins.

We will have time relaxing on deck as we go with the flow, taking in the life happening along the shore as we cruise down the almighty Amazon River.

On the way we will make outings at some interesting sites in search of birds and exotic plant life. Like the Victoria Amazonica – Giant waterlily. It’s one of the largest of all waterlilies, with enormous leaves that can reach up to three metres wide and support the weight of a small child. B, L, D

 
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Day 10

Parintins

We will be on board all day making it a perfect opportunity to reminisce about our voyage so far; taking time to sort out the hundreds of photos, do some reading, writing or even painting as we enjoy the sights floating by.

We arrive at Parintins late in the day. Parintins is the town where the Boi Bumba Folk Festival is held each year in June since 1965 when 16,000 souls descend to enjoy the music and festivities. It’s 420km from Manaus and we will be taken on “a behind the scenes” tour of the festival before anchoring for the night near Parintins. B, L, D

 
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Day 11

Obidos

Today is an exciting day! After a morning outing to check out the flora and fauna on a nearby island we will visit one of the oldest cities on the Amazon River, founded in 1697 and named after the Portuguese city of Obidos. It is located at the narrowest part of the river being only 1,890 metres wide.

In the evening we will come to anchor in Rio Tapajos near the Jari Canal – a beautiful place to observe sloths. B, L, D

 
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Day 12

Discovery of the Tapajos River

Breakfast in the sunshine on the Tapajos River, before heading on an expedition down the Jari River. This small tributary is bursting with dolphins, birds, and caiman…

Later we will head towards Maguari village which is on the edge of the Tapajos National Forest. The Tapajos River is 20 kilometres wide and mostly black water.

Imagine a different ecosystem with new rivers and cruising into another part of the mighty Amazon basin, with white sandy beaches and lakes creating a magnificent setting!  We will anchor overnight here so we can get up early for a morning hike into the primeval forest. B, L, D

 
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Day 13

Maguari – Jamaraqua & The National Forest of Tapajos

Our local guides from the communities of Maguari and Jamaraqua will be waiting to lead us deep into the forest looking for gigantic trees. Wildlife is a possibility too – from birds to blue butterflies, and maybe glimpses of agile monkeys and sloths.

After the long walk we can take a swim in the clear water before lunch.

The afternoon finds us sailing down the right bank of the river for a couple of hours to Lake Marai. The plan is to learn more about the Langsdorff Expedition who reached Santarem on 1 July 1828, after enormous difficulties and suffering. The expedition made large collections of scientific specimens which ended up in St Petersburg. Langsdorff’s descendants anxious to preserve his traditions; have set up a place to receive visitors under ecotourism programs.

Later in the day we will visit Braganca Lake for more bird watching at sunset.

This evening we hope to be treated to a ritual dance by the Munduruku Indians. B, L, D

 
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Day 14

Braganca Lake & Alter Do Chao

Today we will spend time in the vicinity of Barganca Lake, moving about on the lake in small canoes accompanied by local guides.

We will then head for Alter do Chao to spend our last night in the magical heart of the Amazonian Forest.

This evening, weather permitting there will be traditional dances and music on one of the beaches near Alter do Chao.

After dinner, Amazon Dream will sail toward Santarem where we will spend the night at anchor in the cove of Mapiri. B, L, D

 
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Day 15

Santarem to Manaus, expedition concludes

After a good breakfast we disembark our cosy vessel Amazon Dream, saying goodbye to our wonderful Captain and crew.

There is an option to visit the fish market, if it is open. Lunch will be provided either on board Amazon Dream or at one of the local restaurants, before transferring to the airport for the flight back to Manaus.

Flight G3 1727 departing Santarem at 14:45 arriving into Manaus at 15:05.

On arrival back in Manaus we say our goodbyes and head off in our separate directions, whether it be back home or continuing on another exciting adventure! B, L

 

Please note:

As the above program is an expedition cruise to remote places of the Amazon river, the final itinerary is subject to changes. Possible changes to the above itinerary due to water levels and nautical reasons will be advised aboard on a daily basis.

 

RV Amazon Dream

RV Amazon Dream

A Classic Riverboat in the Heart of the Amazon

The RV Amazon Dream is a traditional Brazilian Amazon riverboat, built in 2006 from Ipe and Itauba woods. This vessel combines modern conveniences with old-world charm. Your time onboard the Amazon Dream will be an authentic Brazilian experience, offering a relaxed atmosphere that allows you to unwind stylishly. There are nine air-conditioned cabins, each designed in a distinctly Amazonian style with either twin or double beds. Every cabin has unique touches, making it feel like your own the moment you step on board. All cabins come with a wardrobe for storage, bedside tables, and a desk with a chair. The private bathrooms are equipped with all the basic amenities. Some cabins offer access to spacious shared balconies, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the beautiful Amazon River views.

Length 28 m / 92 ft
Beam 7 m / 23 ft
Speed 11 knots / 20 km/h / 13 mph
Passengers 18
Crew 9

 

There are 3 decks

  • The sun deck, has the wheelhouse, 1 superior passenger cabin, a covered bar with plenty of deckchairs and a relaxing solarium.
  • The upper deck has 4 superior passenger cabins with balconies, the restaurant and galley.
  • The main deck has 4 standard passenger cabins with access to the outer deck.

 The vessel is equipped with a comfortable motorised boat for daily excursions.

Deck Plan

Amazon Dream deck plan

Cabins & Onboard

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2 14 m² / 150 ft² WINDOWS
This Superior cabin is the only passenger cabin on the Sun deck and is exquisitely furnished with bedside tables, a wardrobe for storage, a desk and chair. The private bathroom is equipped with basic amenities to keep you refreshed. You will find on this deck the wheelhouse, bar and solarium.
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2 12 m² / 130 ft² WINDOWS
There are 4 Superior cabins on the Upper deck with shared balconies 2 forward cabins and 2 aft cabins. The cabins are exquisitely furnished with their own individual style. They have bedside tables, a desk with chair and a wardrobe for storage. A private bathroom is equipped with basic amenities to keep you refreshed. You will find on this deck the restaurant, galley and library.
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2 12-14 m² / 130-150 ft² WINDOWS
These cabins are individually furnished in a classic Amazonian style. They feature a wardrobe for storage, bedside tables, a desk and chair. The private bathrooms come with the basic amenities ensuring you have a relaxing shower. This is the deck we board our motorboat for adventurous excursions.
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How to Book

To ensure your place on this exciting adventure, please contact Sue to reserve a place +61 (0)405 280 358 or , then complete the Adventure Associates Booking Form and return its with your USD 2500 per person deposit. 

Deposit required per person: US$2500 per person
Balance due: 100 days prior to departure
If booking within 99 days of departure: Full payment must be made.

Reservations are established when you receive written confirmation and acceptance of the deposit and Booking Form. 

Travel insurance is strongly recommended at the time of booking.

Cancellations

Cancellations must be advised in writing to Adventure Associates. Cancellation charges are subject to regulations of airlines, coach and tour operators, hotels and other principals involved. If it is necessary to cancel your arrangements, the following non-refundable charges will apply.

More than 150 days prior to departure US $1000 per person
Between 149 and 100 days prior to departure Full loss of deposit per person
On or within 100 days prior to departure No Refund

If the cancellation charge is more than your advance payment you remain liable for the difference. For these and other reasons mentioned above you are strongly recommended to take out Travel Insurance. Once the tour has departed there will be no refund for any unused portions of the trip.

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