2023 Amazon Cruise & Machu Picchu Discovery / All-Inclusive Peruvian Adventure Including An LGBT+, Guaranteed Full Ship Charter Amazon River Cruise And Culminating With A Comprehensive Machu Picchu Experience / www.brandgvacations.com / Exclusive News / Janbolat Khanat / Almaty Tourism News Office
All-inclusive Peruvian adventure including an LGBT+, guaranteed full ship charter Amazon River cruise and culminating with a comprehensive Machu Picchu experience.
As the face of travel continues to evolve, so should the nature and value of enriching travel programs being offered. Peru is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world offering a unique combination of nature, wildlife, archaeology and cultural heritage.
Brand g Vacations is pleased to introduce our popular Amazon and Machu Picchu program again in 2023. The cruise portion is operated aboard the luxurious Delfin III, which offers some of the most spacious accommodations along the Amazon River. This smartly designed, 44-passenger, colonial-style vessel, provides the ultimate in comfort, with five-star amenities.
Our custom designed land program provides authentic, educational, and culturally-enriching encounters daily. Few trips offer as rich an experience of Peru’s diverse natural and cultural treasures.
Begin in the cosmopolitan city of Lima, known for its vibrant food scene. Fly to Iquitos where you will embark a luxury riverboat that takes you deep into the rain forest within the Amazon Basin. Home to a staggering array of wildlife, the Peruvian Amazon boasts nearly a thousand species of birds alone.
Enjoy fine wine and famous Peruvian cuisine while enjoying the company of your fellow LGBT + travelers. After disembarkation, we will continue on to the Sacred Valley near the Inca capitol of Cusco. From here, we board the Sacred Valley train for a scenic journey to Machu Picchu, the mystical stone city built by the Incas in the 15th century.
Afterwards return to Cusco, where you’ll enjoy two luxurious nights at the centrally- located Palacio del Inka hotel and guided tours of the most significant Inca sites before departing for your flight home.
It’s the perfect combination of inspiring places and rich history in the comfort of an all-gay environment.
Luxury Level: ***** Five Star Activity Level: Moderate to High Guest Count: 44
Lima: sightseeing with a local guide; visit Archbishop’s Palace, Government Palace, San Francisco Monastery and Larco Herrara Museum.
Iquitos: visit the Manatee Rescue Center.
Cruise: 4 night cruise in a deluxe, outside suite cruising the Peruvian Amazon River aboard the Delphin III. Welcome cocktail & dinner; guided sightseeing each day with a local naturalist by skiff boats during the day and evening; native village visit.
Sacred Valley: visit Ollantaytambo with its huge Incan fortress rising from the edge of town.
Machu Picchu: board the train for the scenic journey to Aguas Calientes; sightseeing of the ruins with a local guide.
Cusco: sightseeing with visits to Santo Domingo Cathedral, Sacsayhuaman fortress and the Pre-Columbian Art Museum.
2 nights hotel accommodations in Lima including welcome reception and daily breakfast.
Guided tour of Lima including welcome lunch.
Domestic flight from Lima to Iquitos, the gateway to the Amazon.
4 night Amazon cruise including all meals. (Guaranteed all-LGBT+ charter.)
Cruise includes local pisco-based cocktails, local beers, and local sodas with lunch and dinner as well as house wine with dinner.
All excursions during cruise.
Domestic flights from Iquitos to Cusco.
Transfer to Sacred Valley.
3 nights hotel accommodations in the Sacred Valley including daily breakfast, one lunch and one dinner. Guided tours in the Sacred Valley.
Peru Rail Vista Dome Train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu with lunch upon arrival to Machu Picchu Village.
2 visits to Machu Picchu.
One night hotel accommodation in Machu Picchu village including breakfast and dinner.
Peru Rail Vista Dome train from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo and motor coach to Cusco including gourmet packed lunch.
2 nights hotel accommodation in Cusco, including breakfast, one dinner and one lunch.
Half day city tour of Cusco and half day tour of the the Sacsayhuaman fortress.
Lunches and dinners on land include: two glasses of local beer, house wine or soft drinks.
MARCH 31, 2023
Following breakfast at the hotel, we visit the Sacsayhuaman fortress, one of the emblematic Inca constructions, built by Inca Pachacútec in the 15th century. It is a huge fortress made of very large stones, and the manner in which they were transported and cut is still a mystery.
Our next stop is Qenqo, one of the largest huacas (holy places) in the Cusco Region. Many huacas were based on naturally occurring rock formations. It was believed to be a place where sacrifices and mummification took place.
Following our morning tour, we’ll have a special farewell lunch before your transfer to the Cusco airport for your departure flight. For your departure from Cusco schedule flights at 5pm or later (most flights connect via Lima). (B/L)
MARCH 19, 2023
Arrive in Lima at the Jorge Chavez International Airport, where you will be greeted by a Brand g Vacations representative and transferred to the centrally located Hilton Miraflores. A welcome reception will be held for Brand g Vacations guests at the hotel.
MARCH 20, 2023
After breakfast, depart to the historic center of Lima, a UNESCO world heritage site, where you will see the Cathedral, the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, and City Hall. Visit the Church and Convent of the San Francisco Monastery, the most significant religious site in Lima, which provides insight into life during Spanish colonial times, and the catacombs, which served as a burial ground until 1808.
Continue to the Cathedral which houses the remains of Francisco Pizarro, the founder of Lima. Afterwards, we will head to Pueblo Libre District to visit the Larco Museum, housed in a former mansion, itself built on the site of a pre-Columbian temple, and the museum offers a varied collection of 3,000 years of ceramic, textile and precious metal artifacts.
There are also mummies that show off the different way’s ancient cultures, including the Incas, preserved their dead. Lunch is included at Café del Museo. Finally, return to your hotel, in route enjoy a panoramic drive through Miraflores and San Isidro and to see the sites of “Parque de los Enamorados” (Lover’s Park), and enjoy a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. The evening is yours to enjoy at leisure. (B/L)
Lima/Iquitos/Embark Ship/Ucayali River
MARCH 21, 2023
After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly from Lima to Iquitos. Upon arrival in Iquitos, you’ll be greeted by a member of the Delfin III team. We will start off with a lunchbox as we travel over paved road to the city of Nauta, 95 kilometers away. Nauta is literally the “end of the road” where you will embark on the Delfin III.
Along the way, you will see vibrant “terra firma” (non-flooded forest) and various aspects of daily jungle life. Nauta is a small riverside town on the banks of the Marañon River and was the first city founded in the department of Loreto. Once we reach Nauta, you will enjoy a VIP greeting at Delfin’s private port along the shores of the Marañon River where the vessel awaits you.
Aboard the Delfin III, the qualified staff will introduce you to your exquisite and cozy suite, specially equipped with all the amenities necessary for the experienced traveler.
Along the Ucayali River you will have the opportunity to spend some time in search of birds and playful monkeys. As your naturalist guide spots various creatures for you, the landscape adorned by the usual colors of the sun’s reflections is a great photo opportunity as you witness your first Amazon Rainforest Sunset. Later we gather for cocktails and a celebratory welcome dinner as we make our way out of port and into the Amazon River. (B/L/D)
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