Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has announced plans to expand to South America for the first time in 2020. That year the river cruise line will offer two new itineraries on the Peruvian Amazon onboard the Aria Amazon, which is set to debut in September 2020.
The new itineraries include the 15-day Peruvian Amazon & Machu Picchu Exploration that starts off with a land portion in Lima staying at a five-star hotel, followed by a seven-night cruise through the Amazon rainforest. The trip ends in the heartland of the Inca Empire with visits to the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco.
The 11-day Peruvian Rivers & Rainforest Discovery itinerary, meanwhile, gives guests the chance to explore the capital of Lima and the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, as well as sail the Amazon River roundtrip from Iquitos.
On all sailings, guests are joined by native born-and-raised naturalist guides that assist in getting up close to native wildlife and meeting village locals. Prices start at $11,999 per person, and inaugural voyages will depart on September 23, 2020.
The Aria Amazon is a 16-suite ship with floor-to-ceiling windows, giving guests panoramic views of the rainforest. The top deck has a jacuzzi, indoor lounge and bar and an outdoor observation deck. Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino will be responsible for the ship’s cuisine. The sailings include unlimited choice of spirits and wines; meals; scheduled airport transfers; all gratuities onboard and ashore; curated excursions expressly for guests of Uniworld; and onboard entertainment and enrichment.