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01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Amazon to the West Indies and Azores

This incredible 42-night no-fly cruise from London Tilbury on Magellan showcases the mighty Amazon, the most diverse ecosystem on earth, plus the idyllic islands of the West Indies and Azores

No Fly Cruise
42 nights from £2999pp

Mid size Ship Holiday
  • Toucan in the Amazon
  • Oporto
  • Funchal, Madeira
  • Botanical Gardens, Funchal
  • Mindelo, Cape Verde
  • Santarem, Amazon
  • Manaus, Amazon
  • Fort George, Tobago
  • Barbados
  • Pitons, St Lucia
  • St John's, Antigua

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This once-in-a-lifetime voyage takes in the diverse Amazon with its abundant flora and fauna, as well as the sun-kissed islands of the West Indies, Cape Verde archipelago and Azores.

Join Magellan in London Tilbury and cruise to Rotterdam, renowned for its eclectic mix of architecture, and on to Leixoes, gateway to Oporto on the banks of the River Douro. As Magellan approaches Funchal, the delightful capital of Madeira, admire the whitewashed buildings with red tiled roofs tumbling down the verdant mountain. The cable car soars above the city to Monte and offers panoramic views.

Mindelo is Cape Verde's answer to the Riviera and the last port of call before heading towards the mighty Amazon. Santarem is located at the confluence of the Tapajos and Amazon rivers, while Boca Da Valeria is a remote village inhabited by descendants of the Portuguese settlers. From Manaus, there is the opportunity to visit an ecological park, home to parrots and toucans, as well as flora including giant water lilies.

Enjoy an exciting Boi Bumba show in Parintins, a carnival of music and dance complete with flamboyant costumes. Continue to the beautiful fishing village of Alter do Chao where it's possible to swim in the stunning blue lagoon or explore the jungle, before spending a couple of days cruising the Amazon River, taking in the incredible scenery. Magellan then heads to the colourful islands of the West Indies and Azores, with highlights including Tobago, known as 'Robinson Crusoe Island', lively Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, and pretty Ponta Delgada, surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

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Amazon to the West Indies and Azores Itinerary

Day 1 - London Tilbury (UK)

Embark Magellan in London Tilbury.

Day 2 - Rotterdam (Netherlands)

Rotterdam's architecture is an intriguing mix of old and new. The city was founded in 1328 and today modern glass skyscrapers stand side-by-side with buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Days 3-4 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship’s facilities on a relaxing days at sea.

Day 5 - Leixoes (Portugal)

Leixoes is the gateway to Oporto, a colourful city with soaring bell towers, baroque churches and medieval relics. Optional excursions include a boat trip on the River Douro for a different view of the city’s labyrinthine streets or why not relax in the gorgeous botanical gardens, with fountains, sculptures, giant magnolias, olive trees and stunning views of the city and Douro River.

Day 6 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship’s facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 7 - Funchal (Madeira)

Funchal is the capital of Madeira and set in a spectacular natural ampitheatre. As Magellan approaches, admire the whitewashed buildings with red tiled roofs tumbling down the mountain. A cable car runs above the city to Monte, the start of the wicker toboggan ride. Popular souvenirs include wicker baskets and the famous Madeira wine.

Days 8-9 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship’s facilities on a relaxing days at sea.

Day 10 - Mindelo (Cape Verde)

Cape Verde is an archipelago made up of ten islands and eight islets. It is a remote, mountainous and unspoilt location 400 miles off the west coast of Senegal. In the days of sailing ships the wind pattern made it probable that ships sailing between Europe and the Americas or the East would find themselves passing nearby to these islands and they would call in for repairs and provisions. Surrounded by mountains, Mindelo, on Sao Vicente (St Vincent) is the largest port where you will find beautiful Portuguese colonial buildings.

Days 11-14 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship’s facilities on a relaxing days at sea.

Day 15 - Fazendinha Pilot Station (Brazil)

Cruise ships entering the Amazon River must head to the Fazendinha Pilot Station. This is a technical call so independent passengers may not go ashore.

Day 16 - Santarem

Santarem is located at the joining of the Tapajos and Amazon rivers. Formally a village of the indigenous Tapajos Indians, it was later colonised by the Portuguese and today is the second largest town in the state of Para. Just outside the city, the turquoise waters of the Tapajos meet the ochre-coloured waters of the Amazon, which flow alongside each other without mixing. In this area are flooded forests, swamps and savannas.

Day 17 - Boca Da Valeria

This tiny remote village is inhabited by descendants of the Portuguese settlers who inter-married with the native Indians. Perhaps shop for local handicrafts.

Days 18-19 - Manaus

Founded by the Portuguese in 1669, Manaus is located 1,000 miles from the sea on the Negro River near its confluence with the Amazon River. It became one of the world's wealthiest cities at the height of the rubber boom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and some of its former glory lingers in some of the grand buildings dotted about the city.

Day 20 - Parintins

This annual Bois Bumbas festival takes place in Parintins and is reportedly second only to the Rio Carnival. Enjoy a folkloric presentation of some of the elements of the festival during your visit.

Day 21 - Alter do Chao

Traditional stilted houses tower over a blue lagoon in the beautiful fishing village of Alter do Chao. Take the opportunity to swim in the tranquil waters or visit an Indian art museum in the jungle. Don't forget to try a glass of quarana made from caffeine seeds.

Days 22-23 - Cruising the Amazon River (South America)

Enjoy scenic cruising along the mighty Amazon River, taking in the incredible flora and fauna along the way. The Amazon is the most diverse ecosystem on earth.

Day 24 - Icoaraci (Brazil)

Icoaraci is your gateway to Belem, one of the first settlements along the Amazon River. Highlights include the neoclassical-style Theatro da Paz on the Praca da Republica and the lively Ver-o-Peso market.

Day 25 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship’s facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 26 - Iles du Salut

The Iles du Salut are located off the coast of French Guiana. They were used as a penal colony from the 1800s, earning them a reputation for brutality.

Day 27 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship’s facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 28 - Scarborough (Tobago)

Known as ‘Robinson Crusoe’ island, beautiful Tobago is a tranquil destination. You can sample Caribbean cooking at its best in Tobago with the speciality dish being a succulent stew of pork and beef known as pepper pot. Scarborough is dominated by Fort King George, an 18th century fortification named for King George III.

Day 29 - Bridgetown (Barbados)

Barbados is an idyllic island with golden beaches and swaying palm trees as well as crystal clear waters. Its capital, Bridgetown, has a British atmosphere and a statue of Nelson in Trafalgar Square.

Day 30 - Castries (St Lucia)

The island of St Lucia is dominated by two distinctive Pitons. Its lively capital, Castries, has a colourful Creole atmosphere, while further afield lies more dramatic scenery to explore.

Day 31 - St John's (Antigua)

One of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean, Antigua's sandy beaches and breathtaking scenery have given it a reputation as a luxury island. The island has 365 beaches, one for every day of the year, as well as some of the best watersports in the Caribbean. St John’s, the capital, has an abundance of fine food, welcoming locals and great shopping.

Days 32-36 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship’s facilities on relaxing days at sea.

Day 37 - Horta (Azores, Portugal)

Horta is a colourful small port on Faial Island, one of the nine volcanic islands that make up the Azores. Horta's European influence can be seen in the many fine examples of ornate and beautiful churches, the Torre do Relógio Clock Tower and the 16th-century Forte de Santa Cruz.

Day 38 - Ponta Delgada

Magnificent architecture, 16th and 17th century artwork, and an array of fine churches are among the highlights of the pretty island of Ponta Delgada. The Archipelago of the Azores consists of nine volcanic islands situated in the middle of the North Atlantic, the largest being Sao Miguel, with its principal port city of Ponta Delgada.

Days 39-42 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship’s facilities on relaxing days at sea.

Day 43 - London Tilbury

Disembark Magellan in London Tilbury.

Price Includes

  • 42 nights accommodation in cabin grade of your choice
  • Full board with traditional British and international cuisine including afternoon teas and late night snacks
  • Superb programme of daytime and evening entertainment
  • Wide range of onboard leisure facilities
  • Port Taxes
  • UK currency onboard
  • Child-free ship

Price Does Not Include

  • Shore Excursions

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