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Published on May 1st, 2013 | by Ann Rickard


Amazon adventure

Avalon Waterways will operate its first itinerary on the mighty Amazon next year with an 11-day Peruvian adventure. Joining Avalon’s program in 2014 is the 45m Amazon explorer Aria, a contemporary 16-suite ship designed for cruising South America’s greatest river in style.

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It features floor-to-ceiling windows, an outdoor jacuzzi, an exercise room, indoor and outdoor lounges, a bar, a boutique, an elegant dining room and an open-air sun deck.

From February, the Aria will offer three-night cruises as part of an 11-day itinerary from Lima, priced from $6099 per person twin share (earlybird offer). Venture deep into the Amazon jungle in search of wildlife as well as visiting indigenous communities and the remote Pacaya Samiria Reserve under the guidance of a local naturalist.

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Other highlights include the ancient Andean city of Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the extraordinary mountain-top ruins of Machu Picchu. An optional two-day extension provides a chance to see the mysterious Nazca Lines.

Meanwhile, in Europe, Avalon will expand its successful Suite Ship concept with the introduction of three new vessels next year –

Avalon Impression, Avalon Poetry II and Avalon Illumination. The newcomers will give Avalon eight Suite Ships, making up more than half its European fleet of 13 ships.

Visit Avalon Waterways

or phone 1300 230 234.

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About the Author

is a Noosa (Australia) local and author of six successful books, all humorous travel narratives. In 2005 Ann won the prestigious ASTW’s Australian Travel Writer of the Year and in 2007 she won the ASTW Travel Book of the Year. Ann takes a culinary tour to the South of France in June every year . Ann writes travel, dining and columns for the Sunshine Coast Daily and is the Life editor of the Noosa News. Ann also maintains a well read and popular blog site. Ann’s travels have seen her explore cuisines all over the world.

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