On board MS BREMEN from Iquitos to Belem

Amazon Expedition: pure adventure - the legend of the Amazon

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For generations, the Amazon has fuelled the imaginations of researchers and explorers. Great scientists made for its shores to explore a fantastic and hard-to-reach natural paradise. Follow in their footsteps, board the Zodiacs and navigate narrow, winding waterways to discover the power and magic of a gigantic river that sets the rhythm of South America.

from Iquitos to Belem

Cruise dates:from 24.04.2018 to 12.05.2018 (18 days)
Your ship: MS BREMEN
Cruise number: BRE1807

16 days cruise only from € 7,923 per person
incl. travel packages to / from departure / arrival point from € 9,783 per person

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This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.


Tue, 24.04.2018

Scheduled flight from Frankfurt to Lima
Overnight stay with breakfast

Wed, 25.04.2018

Charter flight to Iquitos/Peru, departure 18.00 hrs

Natural spectacles in the Garden of Eden
The Amazon’s legendary reputation precedes it as one of our planet’s last, yet threatened, paradises. Its wonderful diversity, which must be protected, is far more overwhelming than any description can convey. How far will your impressive expedition take you? To be exact, 4,000 km (2,485 mi.) – from Iquitos in Peru to the mouth of the river at the Atlantic. The small BREMEN is perfect for exploring this incomparable ecosystem. Its shallow draught allows you to explore even the upper reaches of the Amazon, which could not be more diverse: over 40,000 identified plant species flourish in the Amazon and form the planet’s largest rainforest – we can only guess at the number of species yet to be discovered.

Thu, 26.04.2018
- Tue, 01.05.2018

Downstream on the Amazon with Zodiac landings (including Libertad, Leticia, Panelas, Rio Jutai, Cuxiu Muni)

Depending on the weather conditions and currents, the Zodiacs will be in use over and over again, taking you down beautiful side branches to discover pristine natural beauty and hidden villages. Pay a visit to Libertad and the Yagua natives to gain fascinating insights while surrounded by manioc and pepper trees. The markets of Leticia also show life in harmony with nature – the scents and colours of spices and tropical fruits enchant the senses. Away from the hustle and bustle, some people are still said to live in complete isolation. Much more visible is the diverse animal kingdom, for example, in Panelas. Whether from the deck or from a Zodiac – this cruise constantly presents you with marvellous sights, for example, on the Rio Jutai. Here, the cries of parrots echo over the water from the orchid-covered jungle trees, providing musical accompaniment to the dance of countless butterfly species. On a night-time Zodiac ride through the rainforest of Cuxiu Muni, the flitting fireflies seem almost like stars fallen from the tropical night sky. The bright eyes of the caimans, which you might be lucky enough to spot in the darkness, provide another very special natural spectacle.

Wed, 02.05.2018
- Thu, 03.05.2018

Manaus/Brazil ( departure at midday)

An Eldorado of fascinating contradictions
The jungle metropolis of Manaus will show you the close relationship between nature and culture on the shores of the Amazon. This is where the past and present meet. The city’s history and opera house* bear witness to the time when this former centre of rubber made its fortune. On an aerial tour above Manaus*, these impressions will intensify as the jungle and city merge.

Thu, 03.05.2018
- Sat, 05.05.2018

Ride and Zodiac landings on the Rio Negro

The famous Meeting of the Waters is a natural paintbox: the clay-yellow Rio Solimoes mixes with the “black” Rio Negro – water level permitting, the BREMEN will explore its riverbanks in particular detail. In this designated conservation area, you will ride out in the Zodiacs to get up-close to the wealth of flora and fauna. This continues in Pagodao, where the wildlife chorus heralds natural diversity.

Sun, 06.05.2018
- Wed, 09.05.2018

Further downstream on the Amazon with Zodiac landings (including Canacari, Parintins, Alter do Chao, Guajara)

Canacari will take your natural experiences to a very special level. With the Zodiacs, you will travel through floating water grass and past the world’s largest water lilies with leaves 3 m (10 ft) in diameter. At the middle point of the Amazon, Parintins is the epitome of flourishing city life. During the “Bumba-meu-boi”, dancers in colourful costumes are accompanied by intoxicating music as they tell the legend of the resurrection of a bull. Wonders of creation
Around every bend, the Amazon seems to have something to surpass your previous experiences: for example, swim and bathe as though in the Caribbean on the fine white beach of Alter do Chao. Spend a few hours here doing absolutely nothing, and look forward to the diversity yet to be discovered. Exotic mammals call the Amazon home – including sloths, giant otters and water buffalo. One example is the pink dolphins, which might pop up around the Zodiac when you reach Guajara. Toucans, hummingbirds, macaws and hoatzins are just some of the bird species that will cause a real sensation.

Thu, 10.05.2018

Day trip through the Breves Channels

Your on-board experts will be happy to tell you which of the over 3,000 different species of fish live in the Breves Channels. They will draw your attention to the wonders of the nearby shores on this impressive daytime passage – from the art of the stilt buildings in the hidden settlements to the natural discoveries of Alexander von Humboldt. 

Fri, 11.05.2018

Belem/Brazil, arrival 8.00 hrs (subject to the tides)
Scheduled flight from Belem to Frankfurt

You will reach Belem wishing this cruise would never end. And even if this is where you disembark, your memories of this paradise will stay with you forever.

Sat, 12.05.2018

Arrival in Frankfurt

A change in itinerary may be required on this expedition. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on local conditions.

* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.
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Price specials

Extend and save

Take advantage of our attractive special rate to extend your cruise, and round off your rainforest adventure with our Atlantic crossing. After your Amazon Expedition (BRE1807), simply stay on board in Belem and remain in the cabin you have already booked. Then relax and enjoy a further nine days of comfort and service on the BREMEN. A magical ocean experience from Brazil to the Canaries.

  • Enjoy your return journey to Europe in comfort on board the BREMEN – saving yourself the long transatlantic flight. (Travel package from Tenerife bookable separately.)
  • Stay in the cabin you booked and benefit from the exclusive savings for combination travellers. (Valid for twin and single cabins)
  • Only € 990 per person (extension price for the sea cruise BRE1808)

Book the extension offer and subsequent Atlantic crossing (BRE1808) now.

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Please note that this cruise is conducted in German.

You will find more information, especially with regards to vaccination and visa requirements, in the General Information section.

Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.

Following programmes we offer in German:


A geographer in a team of experts

Ole Stapelfeld combined his passion for landscapes, languages and cultures by studying geography, Portuguese philology and urban development. You can look forward to meeting a globetrotter who likes to discover the world away from well-worn paths.

A geographer in a team of experts

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