Experience one of the greatest voyages in natural history as you navigate more than 500 miles of the Amazon and its tributaries aboard the exceptional 28-guest Amazon Star.

Starting at: $5,295 Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542

Amazon River Cruise

Round-trip from Lima Aboard the 28-guest Amazon Star

10 days from $5,295

Experience one of the greatest voyages in natural history as you navigate more than 500 miles of the Amazon and its tributaries aboard the exceptional 28-guest Amazon Star.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

TOUR BROCHURE

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

This trip was exactly what we were looking for - a good introduction to the nature, history and culture of the Amazon Basin in Peru. It served to whet our appetite for more explorations into the vibrant, colorful watery jungles of the Amazon. 

- Barbara T.

We loved the naturalists, the crew, the local food, and are convinced the boat was the best on the Amazon. Truly an unforgettable experience!

- Carol M.

Our trip to the Amazon River was far greater than we expected! Not only did we get to learn a lot about wildlife and Peruvian culture, but also enjoyed delicious fresh food and an exceptional service!

- Arianna B.

The trip exceeded my expectations. I chose Smithsonian because my friend and travelling companion had been with them on a trip down the Nile, but I had no idea how wonderful this trip would be.

- Smithsonian Journeys Traveler

The staff on the trip are the best I have ever encountered, and I have been to Antarctica, Galapagos, Alaska, in the Mediterranean.

- Joan S. & Peter T.

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Extensions

Lima Pre-Program Option — 3 Days, 2 Nights

Day 1 — Arrive in Lima

Arrive in Lima, Peru, where you are met and transferred to the Swissôtel Lima. 

Day 2 — Colonial Lima

Tour historic Lima, visiting Casa Aliaga, a private home dating back to the Conquistadors. See the Cathedral, where Francisco Pizarro is entombed, and Plaza de Armas. Before lunch, tour the monastery and vast catacombs of the Iglesia de San Francisco. Enjoy lunch at Restaurant Huaca Pucllana, which is nestled within the compound of a 1,500 year old adobe pyramid. (B,L)

Day 3 — Lima

Browse at the Indian Market. Later, enjoy a guided visit to the Larco Herrera Museum, where we can view 3,000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Dinner is at the Café del Museo in the museum. (B,L,D)

Machu Picchu Post-Program Option — 6 Days, 5 Nights 

Day 1 — Disembark / Iquitos / Cusco / Urubamba *Starts on Day 9 of the main program

After disembarking Amazon Star, board connecting flights to Cusco. Drive into the historic Urubamba Valley. The valley is dotted with picturesque Andean markets, impressive churches and Inca ruins. Stop at Sacsayhuamán — a huge fortress of massive stones which zigzags across the side of the mountain. The stones forming Sacsayhuamán are cut so precisely that a piece of paper will still not fit between them. After browsing at Pisac Market, check into our home for the next two nights, the Sonesta Posada Yucay. (L,D) 

Day 2 — Urubamba / Machu Picchu / Urubamba

Board the train to Machu Picchu, where we spend the day exploring the ruins with our guide. The citadel lies between two peaks — Huayna Picchu (Young Peak) and Machu Picchu (Old Peak). The steep terrain is part of the reason that less than half of the ancient site has been examined. Catch the evening train back to the Sacred Valley. (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Urubamba / Cusco 

Enjoy early morning birding in the Andean forests and meadows of Abra Malaga, home to endemic Inca wren, creamy-crested spinetail, white antpita and a variety of other birdlife. Explore the mighty archaeological wonder of Ollantaytambo, where ancient temples and fortresses were built to protect the Sacred Valley. After a Paso Fino horse show at Wayra Ranch, continue across the valley toward Cusco. Spend the next two nights at the Costa del Sol Cusco Hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Cusco 

Stroll the streets of Cusco, exploring the Koricancha — also known as Santo Domingo, Santa Catalina Convent and the Cathedral. After lunch, the afternoon is free to explore on your own before a farewell dinner featuring Andean fare. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Cusco / Lima / En Route 

After breakfast, fly back across the Andes to Lima. Enjoy a superb lunch of local delicacies before an afternoon at leisure. Dayrooms are available at the Costa del Sol Wyndam Airport Hotel until you transfer to the airport for your independent flights home. (B,L)

Day 6 — Arrive Home

Connect with your flight home. (Meals Aloft)

Single and double occupancy fees exclude airfare and park fees

  • In-Country Airfare: (Lima, Iquitos, Lima) = $399
  • Park Fees: $185 

Pre- and Post-Program Options and Optional Excursions are available at additional cost. Details will be included with your reservation confirmation.​

Accommodations

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Swissôtel Lima

Lima, Peru

An elegant and modern luxury hotel with 244 finely appointed and spacious guests rooms featuring comfortable down bedding, flat screen televisions, coffee makers and marble baths. There are three restaurants, a café and deli on site. The hotel is located in the heart of San Isidro, an attractive business, residential and cultural district of Lima. Close to shopping and the central commercial district, the hotel is within easy reach of Lima's historic city center. 

Number of nights: 3

Costa Del Sol Wyndham Airport

Lima, Peru

The Costa Del Sol offers guests easy access to all of Lima's cultural and historic wonders as well as the Jorge Chavez International Airport. 

Number of nights: 2

Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel

Sacred Valley, Peru

The Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel is located on a 17th-century colonial hacienda in the heart of the Sacred Valley, a short drive from Ollantaytambo train station en route to Machu Picchu. A colonial-style lodging, the 115-room hotel’s amenities include two restaurants, bar, and sushi bar; fitness center; spa with hyperbaric chamber and massage treatments; complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access; beauty salon; boutiques; museum; art gallery; movie theater; library; and laundry service. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with Jacuzzi tub and hair dryer, in-room safe, ironing facilities, mini-bar, TV, and phone. 

Number of nights: 1

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Machu Picchu, Peru

The Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is surrounded by twelve acres of beautiful cloud forest, yet conveniently located just minutes from the train station. It features tile-roofed casitas (bungalows), a tea plantation, more than 100 species of birds and 250 species of butterflies. The hotel has eighty-five large, comfortable, air-conditioned rooms—many with a fireplace and a balcony or terrace. Other highlights include an outdoor pool, hot tub, spa, jogging track, business center, and high-speed internet access. 

Number of nights: 2



Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel

Cusco, Peru

The Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel is the essence of luxury and comfort in the heart of the Inca city. Built in a colonial mansion of the XVI century, it displays several paintings of the Cuzco school, colonial sculptures and carvings that transport us to the greatness of the time. Its elegant rooms, equipped with intelligent oxygen system and gardens are complemented by friendly service. It is located two blocks from the Main Square. 

Number of nights: 2

Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay

Urubamba, Peru

Located in the middle of the Sacred Valley, this former monastery maintains its traditional colonial style surrounded by beautiful gardens. Hotel features include a restaurant, private museum, spa with gym, sauna, and outdoor jacuzzi. Guest rooms have private bath (hair dryer upon request), in-room safe, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 2

Costa del Sol Cusco Hotel

Cusco, Peru

Located in a colonial-era mansion that is considered part of the cultural heritage of the city of Cusco, this property offers all the comforts of modern accommodations. Amenities include cable television, air conditioning, international direct dial telephone, internet access, mini bar, and hairdryer.

Number of nights: 2

Ship

Amazon Star (formally La Estrella Amazonica)

Journey into the Amazon wilderness aboard the new custom-built Amazon Star, a riverboat featuring gracious, 21st-century comfort. All airy cabins are air-conditioned with private balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows so you are constantly surrounded by rainforest vistas. Generous cabins are approximately 220 sq. ft. and are decorated with textiles and art from local communities. Amazon Star boasts the unrivaled public spaces, including the Amazon’s largest open-air observation deck, a modern lecture room and even a fitness room.

Amazon Star (formally La Estrella Amazonica)

Journey into the Amazon wilderness aboard the new custom-built Amazon Star, a riverboat featuring gracious, 21st-century comfort. All airy cabins are air-conditioned with private balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows so you are constantly surrounded by rainforest vistas. Generous cabins are approximately 220 sq. ft. and are decorated with textiles and art from local communities. Amazon Star boasts the unrivaled public spaces, including the Amazon’s largest open-air observation deck, a modern lecture room and even a fitness room.

Testimonials

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

This trip was exactly what we were looking for - a good introduction to the nature, history and culture of the Amazon Basin in Peru. It served to whet our appetite for more explorations into the vibrant, colorful watery jungles of the Amazon. 

- Barbara T.

We loved the naturalists, the crew, the local food, and are convinced the boat was the best on the Amazon. Truly an unforgettable experience!

- Carol M.

Our trip to the Amazon River was far greater than we expected! Not only did we get to learn a lot about wildlife and Peruvian culture, but also enjoyed delicious fresh food and an exceptional service!

- Arianna B.

The trip exceeded my expectations. I chose Smithsonian because my friend and travelling companion had been with them on a trip down the Nile, but I had no idea how wonderful this trip would be.

- Smithsonian Journeys Traveler

The staff on the trip are the best I have ever encountered, and I have been to Antarctica, Galapagos, Alaska, in the Mediterranean.

- Joan S. & Peter T.
Reading List

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Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Smithsonian Journeys includes an on-tour Provided Insurance Plan through Travel Guard with the price of your tour. This travel insurance plan includes on-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance. You will receive details on this included insurance with your Tour Confirmation and Tour Bulletins after you book a tour (U.S. Residents only).

In addition, you may want to consider purchasing travel insurance to protect your investment from unforeseen events, such as missed flight connections, lost luggage, and cancelled plans. There are many plans you can consider. For your convenience, you may visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1.800.208.6142 to learn more.

Terms and conditions

Our Mission

Smithsonian Journeys engages travelers in the wide-ranging mission of the Smithsonian. Like the Institution, our tours enrich our guests’ lives and satisfy their curiosity about the world around them. Your participation benefits the work of Smithsonian's 19 museums, national zoo, and nine research centers, helping to preserve our national treasures and shape the future through science, research, and exhibitions.

What Is Included in the Tour Cost

  • Expertise of a Smithsonian Journeys Expert, Tour Manager, and local guides throughout the tour.
  • All accommodations (based on double occupancy).
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary (B-breakfast; L-lunch; R-reception; D-dinner).
  • All sightseeing and visits as noted in the itinerary.
  • Pre-tour information, including a reading list.
  • Baggage handling for one bag plus one carry-on bag per person while on tour.
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers.
  • Port charges.
  • All on-tour transportation, unless otherwise noted.
  • On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only).

What Is Not Included in the Tour Cost

  • International and in-country airfare and departure taxes.
  • Passport fees, visas, and visa photos as required.
  • Gratuities to ship’s crew.
  • Transfers to and from airports for individuals not using or meeting group flights.
  • Personal items such as wines, liquors, a-la-carte orders, meals other than specified.
  • Expenses incurred by our tour operators in making travel arrangements in conjunction with the tour.
  • Other items not specifically mentioned as included.
  • Optional Travelers’ Protection Plan: Unexpected events before or during a trip may leave you with cancelled plans, lost luggage, or unforeseen medical expenses. This optional plan offers an affordable package of benefits and services that can provide coverage and assistance for the unexpected. Visit TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys to learn more.

Registration

Space is reserved in the order of receipt of phone or web reservations.

To submit a request for a reservation, please order using our secure online process, or call 855-330-1542 to speak with a Reservations Specialist, Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

Submitting an online request does not guarantee space on a tour. You will be notified of your status when your request has been received and processed. Please note: No new registrations can be accepted within 30 days of most tours. Some tours are more restrictive; please see individual tour pages for these exceptions.

To complete your request, the following is necessary:

Required Information
For all international departures, passport information including the following, in accordance with the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Secure Flight program as well as by our international travel partners: your full name as it appears on your passport, date of birth, and gender (for further information, please visit www.tsa.gov). In the event an airline ticket is issued with incorrect information you have provided, or if you use a different passport than originally cited, you will be responsible for charges associated with the ticket’s reissue.

Payments
Deposit of $1,000 for main program, and $1,000 for Machu Picchu extension only, per person, per tour, payable by check to the tour operator or by major credit card, is required to reserve a space on a tour program. Deposits are applied to payment of the program price.

Balance due upon invoicing, 95 days prior to the program. If full payment is not received by the final payment due date, your place cannot be guaranteed on the tour.

Late Registration
Any registration received within 95 days of departure is considered a “late registration” and must be subject to special confirmation. Payment in full must be made immediately by credit card or by check and sent by overnight mail to the tour operator before confirmation is possible.

Once confirmed, cancellation penalties apply as set forth below. If confirmation is not possible, all payments made will be refunded in full.

Late registration confirmation procedures apply to any participant who is transferred from the wait list to the program within the designated late registration period for that program. 

For additional information, please call a Reservations Specialist at 855-330-1542, Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) or visit www.SmithsonianJourneys.org/Contact.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Per person cancellation fees are based on date of notice to Smithsonian Journeys:

  • Cancellation within 7 days of booking (prior to final payment date): full refund.
  • Cancellation after 7 days of booking: $1,000 or $1,000 for Machu Picchu extension only per person cancellation fee.
  • Cancellation made within 95 days prior to departure: no refund.
  • Day of departure or after tour departs: no refund.
  • Cancellation by the Smithsonian: full refund.
  • No refund for unused portions of the tour, including but not limited to, missed meals, hotel nights, and sightseeing.

Please understand that there will be no exceptions to our cancellation policies.

Air Service

For tour packages that include round-trip international airfare, rates are based on economy class from designated departure cities as shown. Airfares from other cities are available upon request. Airline upgrades at additional cost may be available on request for the international portion of your flight. Since international and domestic air schedules are subject to change at any time, we recommend that if you choose to make your own airline reservations, you do not purchase nonrefundable tickets or those with high penalties for changes. Neither Smithsonian Journeys nor the tour operator has any liability for any loss resulting from tour cancellations or changes in international gateways, travel dates, or airline schedule changes. If an air schedule requires an overnight stay in a gateway city, the cost of the overnight will be at your expense. For tour packages that include round-trip international airfare, we will be happy to help with arrangements. Please note that seat assignment on your international flight is usually done at airport check-in. The tour operator is unable to guarantee any seat assignments.

When planning our tours that include international round-trip airfare, the tour operator contracts with those airlines that they feel provide the level of service, routings, and value necessary for your entire trip. While another airline may offer a more direct connection, it may be at a price unavailable at the lower group rates that enable us to offer you the best possible travel value. Please note that frequent flyer mileage credits are issued at the discretion of the airline(s) and may not be available for the flights on your tour. If you prefer to make your own airline reservations, “land only” pricing is available on most of our tours.

Individual Arrivals and Group Transfers
A designated group flight is not included on most tours. However, transportation from the arrival airport to the ship/hotel is included in your tour cost if you arrive in time to meet the scheduled group transfer. Your first tour bulletin will thoroughly explain the details of the options available for your individual flights.

Air Tickets Purchased Independently of the Tour
We urge you to check airline cancellation penalties before purchasing airline tickets since international departure times and flights can change. Tours also can be canceled due to low enrollments. Neither Smithsonian Institution nor the tour operator accepts liability for cancellation penalties related to domestic or international airline tickets purchased independently in conjunction with a tour.

Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Smithsonian Journeys includes an on-tour Provided Insurance Plan, through Travel Guard, with the price of your tour. On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). It also includes up to $25,000 medical and up to $500 dental expense coverage, and 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance. Please click here to view complete coverage details.

Please visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1-800-208-6142 to learn about additional (optional) coverage.

Travel Documents

For all international departures, a passport valid for at least six months after the completion of your tour, and with at least six blank visa pages, is required for U.S. citizens on all tours in this catalog. If your tour requires a visa or other entry documents, we will send you the appropriate information after you make a reservation. You are responsible for obtaining these documents. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please contact your embassy or consulate to ensure you obtain the proper documentation.

Physical and Medical Considerations

Please note that these tours require that participants be in good physical condition. You must be capable, without assistance, of walking a minimum of two miles over uneven terrain and of climbing stairs that may not have handrails. Participants should have sufficient stamina to keep pace with an active group of travelers on long days of touring. If you have any questions about your ability to participate in a tour, please call us at 855-330-1542. Some tours have additional notes regarding physical and medical considerations, which are noted on the Tour Information link.

Itinerary or Program Modifications

Smithsonian strives to improve tour itineraries and their features. If improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. Every effort will be made to carry out the program as planned but alterations may still occur after the final itinerary is sent. Please note that weather conditions may force changes to the advertised sailing schedule on cruise programs. The ship’s captain has the authority to change the ship’s schedule.

Accommodations

Smithsonian chooses hotels based on a combination of their location, service, atmosphere, and price. On adventure tours and programs in out-of-the-way places, best-available hotels are used. In most cases, hotels have elevators and meeting rooms for Smithsonian lectures. Program prices are based on two persons sharing a room with a bath.

Singles and Roommates
Hotel rooms are always reserved for single travelers; however the number of single rooms available on a tour may be limited. Therefore we recommend that you register early. Please note that a single supplement will apply for a single room. If you are traveling alone and wish to share a room, we will do our best to find someone of the same gender and smoking preference to share with you. If you are matched with a non-smoking roommate, it is mutually agreed that you cannot smoke in your hotel room. When a roommate cannot be found, the single supplement will be charged.

Children

All tours, except family programs, are designed for adults. Some may be suitable for older children. Regardless of age, children must pay full price unless otherwise noted, and a parent or guardian must accompany those under 18.

Special Travel Arrangements
Participants may wish to extend their stay in the group hotel. Please note that the tour operator can assist you in making post-tour arrangements only. We regret that we are unable to help with pre-tour arrangements.

Photography
Participants on tour may be photographed for the educational and promotional purposes of the Smithsonian Institution. Photographs may be printed in publications and posted on websites to promote Smithsonian Journeys. Travelers who prefer that their image not be used must advise the tour manager at the beginning of the tour.

Smoking Policy
For the comfort of all participants, we ask that there be no smoking during all group activities, including excursions and meals. On certain cruises, there is no smoking aboard the ship. Your pre-tour bulletins will provide further information.

Preparing for Your Journey

Prior to departure, you will receive Tour Bulletins containing both general and tour specific information to help you prepare for your travel experience. These bulletins will include:

  • Passport and visa instructions
  • Flight information
  • Weather, clothing, and packing suggestions
  • A suggested reading list
  • General information about the countries you will visit, e.g. the food, customs, medical precautions, and currency.
  • Information about your Smithsonian Journeys Expert and tour staff
  • Baggage tag(s) and name badge(s)
  • Final itinerary
  • Participant list  

RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT AND LIABILITY DISCLAIMER

Read Carefully: Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer
Smithsonian Journeys are managed by professional tour operators hired as independent contractors. The use of tour operators allows the Smithsonian to offer its members a wide array of educational travel opportunities. The tour operator acts only as an agent for the respective suppliers by making arrangements for transportation, accommodations, and other services. Neither the Smithsonian Institution nor the tour operator shall be held liable for personal injury, death, property damage or accident, delay or irregularity arising out of any act or omission of these suppliers. The Smithsonian Institution and the tour operator reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of tour participants.

The Smithsonian Institution and the tour operator also reserve the right, without penalty, to withdraw the tour announced, to decline to accept any person as a participant in a tour, or to require any participant to withdraw from the tour at any time, when such action is determined by tour staff to be in the best interests of the health, safety or general welfare of the tour group or the individual participant, subject only to the requirement that the recoverable portion of the total amount paid that corresponds to the cost of unused services and accommodations be refunded, if any. If your tour does not include airfare, your Tour Bulletins will provide information about when participants are recommended to purchase airline tickets. The Smithsonian Institution and the tour operator accept no liability for the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets to/from the tour departure city if a tour is canceled or otherwise modified subsequent to the participant’s purchase of those tickets. Baggage and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the participant.

Dates, schedules, program details, and costs, although provided in good faith based on information available at the time of publication of the brochure or catalog, are subject to change and revision.

AS A CONDITION OF ACCEPTANCE OF ANY APPLICATION, EACH APPLICANT MUST AGREE TO THE STATEMENT SET FORTH BELOW:

The undersigned has read carefully the Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer set forth above, the schedule of activities for this tour, as well as the terms and conditions of application and participation as set forth in the tour brochure(s), and recognizes and accepts any risk associated with the tour and the conditions, including the refund policy, set forth in the tour brochure(s). The undersigned further acknowledges that there are many risks and uncertainties inherent in any travel tour, including but not limited to the hazards of various modes of transportation, forces of nature, acts or omissions of foreign governments, terrorism, war or insurrection, theft, illness, and damage to person or property due to the negligent acts or omissions of tour staff or others. In consideration of, and as part payment for, the right to participate in the tour, the undersigned, on behalf of himself, his dependents, heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, agrees to release the Smithsonian Institution, its Regents, officers, employees, representatives or agents, the United States, and the tour operator and its officers, employees and agents, from liability for personal injury, death, property damage or loss suffered by any person in connection with this tour, even if caused by the negligence (but not the reckless, willful, or fraudulent conduct) of tour staff or other related persons or entities. In addition, by registering for this tour, the applicant certifies that he or she is mentally and physically capable of full participation in this tour.

By registering for a Smithsonian Journey, the participant agrees to the Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer and the Terms and Conditions herein.