On board MS BREMEN from Iquitos to Belem

Expedition Amazon - Right into the green heart of South America

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The fascination of the world’s greatest river system is surely the way it reveals a new face each and every day. Time and again, you will be entranced by the natural spectacle of the Amazon and its exotic flora and fauna. The BREMEN will take you up-close, while its Zodiacs will bring you into the very heart of this impressive natural habitat just waiting for you to explore.


from Iquitos to Belem

Cruise dates:from 24.04.2016 to 12.05.2016 (18 days)
Your ship: MS BREMEN
Cruise number: BRE1607

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

Sun, 24.04.2016

Scheduled flight Frankfurt – Lima
Overnight stay with breakfast

Mon, 25.04.2016

Charter flight to Iquitos/Peru, departure 18.00 hrs

Tue, 26.04.2016
- Wed, 04.05.2016

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

Where the extraordinary is at home
As soon as you go on board in Iquitos, your adventure sets off on its winding course. The BREMEN can sail deep into this explorer’s paradise – it is as though this small expeditionary vessel was made for the task. The Zodiacs are particularly in their element here and are constantly in use. Depending on the weather conditions and currents, these robust motorised rubber boats will take you on many landings and trips down narrow waterways to discover the overwhelming wonders of nature and give you a close-up view of life in the world’s greatest rainforest. Such as in the settlement of Libertad, where you will meet the welcoming Yagua natives. Formerly nomads who once hunted with poisoned arrows and blowpipes, they now demonstrate their dexterity with works of art, handicrafts and traditional masks. Immerse yourself in the fascinating river life, where children keep iguanas, monkeys and parrots as pets. You will also experience the mouth-watering abundance served up by the lush plant life in Leticia, an important trade centre in the border triangle of Colombia, Peru and Brazil. At the markets on the riverbank, you cannot fail to be impressed by the tropical fruits and vegetables with their enticing colours and fragrances. Only the Zodiacs can go even deeper into the jungle along the many side branches and tributaries such as the Rio Jutai, which you can explore in detail. Going ever deeper into the green heart of South America, you will glide past vine-hung trees and bromeliads with stunning, bright-red flowers. Time and again, your eyes will seek the Amazon parrots and blue-and-yellow macaws perched high up in the tops of the trees. In Cuxiu Muni, too, you can experience the fascinating animal kingdom. Here you will see large-billed terns fishing in the water and saffron finches picking seeds out of the floating water grass. Follow that up with a late-evening Zodiac tour and succumb to the magic of a tropical night watching caimans and bats.

Nature’s colour palette
Be witness to a colourful natural spectacle at the Meeting of the Waters: the “black” Rio Negro flows alongside the yellow Rio Solimoes for kilometres without mixing. Water level permitting, the BREMEN will linger as you explore the riverbanks alongside the Rio Negro, making it all the more likely that you will be able to observe the wide variety of animal species. With the manoeuvrable Zodiacs, you will be able to explore this nature conservation area, where you will visit small hidden settlements.

Thu, 05.05.2016

Manaus (Amazon)/Brazil

The river of life carries you further downstream towards the capital of the Brazilian federal state of Amazonas: Manaus. The city in the middle of the rainforest is home to magnificent treasures such as the Teatro Amazonas, whose splendid interior with crystal chandeliers and marble portals was transported here from Europe. Its construction was made possible by the proceeds from the rubber boom during the 19th century. An excursion to the city’s history and opera house* brings to life the history of the former Portuguese fortress and missionary base. The seventh biggest city in Brazil and the Meeting of the Waters can be seen on from an especially spectacular perspective on an aerial tour above Manaus*.

Fri, 06.05.2016
- Mon, 09.05.2016

Downstream on the Lower Amazon with Zodiac landings
(including Parintins, Alter do Chao, Guajara)

Paradise stretching as far as the eye can see
Accompanied by the screams of howler monkeys, you reach Parintins, where you experience the contagious rhythm of life and joie de vivre of South America. With colourful costumes and their intoxicating music, the dancers tell the ancient legend of the resurrection of a bull. But nature has its moving moments, too: butterflies the size of plates dance through the air and tiny hummingbirds silently flap their wings over the water – all against the background of a many-voiced chorus coming from the jungle. Alter do Chao, the “Caribbean of the Amazon”, greets you with its white-sand beaches. Enjoy a swim in the warm water before diving into the exotic animal kingdom of Guajara, where you will be able to observe many different species of birds and powerful water buffalo.

Tue, 10.05.2016

Day trip through the Breves Channels

When passing through the narrow Breves Channels in the Amazon delta, enjoy the sounds and fragrances of the rainforest once more from so close up that it feels as though you could almost touch it – a fitting finale to your magnificent expedition.

Wed, 11.05.2016

Belem, arrival 5.00 hrs (subject to the tides)
Scheduled flight Belem – Frankfurt

Thu, 12.05.2016

Arrival in Frankfurt

A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition to the Amazon. 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 changes.

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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:

PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: MACHU PICCHU – IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE INCAS


POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: RIO DE JANEIRO – THE FUN-LOVING CITY