Multi-Day Tour

Amazonas River Cruises: Aqua (5 days)

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Aqua To Iquitos, Peru

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Dec 2018

Amazonas River Cruises: Aqua (5 days)

Day 1

Aqua

Day 2

Ucayali, Yanallpa, Dorado Rivers

Day 3

Puinahua River, Hatum Posa Lake, Pacaya River

Day 4

Puinahua and Pacaya Rivers, Carocurahuayte Lake

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Aqua
Centrally Located Hotel In Aqua Dinner
Arrival from Lima, a 1 hour 25 minute journey to the heart of the Peruvian Amazon. Your Aqua Expedition's guides await you at Iquitos International Airport. Claim your luggage, which our porters deliver to your suite, then board our air-conditioned bus for the ride to the river. Enjoy a scenic one-and-a-half hour drive through the Peruvian countryside to the small village of Nauta. You will be traveling on the only road out of town to the end of the line, as it only goes as far as Nauta. The Aqua Amazon, your home for the next four nights, awaits you. Welcome to the low key luxury of the Aqua Amazon. Settle into your well appointed river facing suite as the vessel begins to move and thus begins one of life's great adventures. Ascend to the Observation Deck if you wish to take in the view, as the Aqua Amazon leaves Iquitos behind. Over the next four days, the Aqua Amazon sails along the largest tributaries of the Amazon River, as well as on the mighty Amazon itself, towards remote destinations visited by only a few of even the world's most experienced travelers. Toast your journey and your dinner companions as you gather for a first-night welcome dinner, with fine South American wines accompanying fresh local seafood, fruit and vegetables.
Day 2
Ucayali, Yanallpa, Dorado Rivers
Centrally Located Hotel In Aqua Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Enjoy your gourmet buffet breakfast before boarding our comfortable excursion skiffs for your first adventure. Life jackets, ponchos, rubber boots, and plenty of cold potable water are always available for you on board the skiffs. Within the vast Amazon flooded forest, cruise along an amazing black water stream, as your guides tell you about the rainforest. We explore what scientists call a gallery forest, because of its narrow vegetation that creates a tunnel of leaves. As we float through this tunnel, our naturalist guides help you to spot parrots, macaws, and fluffy monk saki monkeys in the trees along the riverbanks. Return to the Aqua Amazon at 11:00 followed by lunch, Peruvian-inspired midday fare in our air-conditioned dining room. At 3pm, enjoy a lecture about the Taricayas Turtles in our air-conditioned Indoor Lounge. Our naturalist guides recount the history of these adorable creatures along the Amazon, their near extinction and the recent efforts supported by Aqua Expeditions that are successfully growing the turtle population in the Pacaya-Samiria Nature Reserve. Take a magical journey aboard the skiffs through the Mirrored Forest to see towering trees reflected in the black water river, while on the lookout for enchanting parrots, blue-yellow macaws, as well as the great variety of primates and sloths unperturbed by our presence. As we make our way back to the Aqua, our guides point out caimans and frogs in the water, and fishing bats overhead. Return to the Aqua Amazon and Dinner at 8pm.
Day 3
Puinahua River, Hatum Posa Lake, Pacaya River
Centrally Located Hotel In Aqua Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hatum Posa Lake Expedition. Rise early to cruise this magnificent ox-bow lake. We follow its shoreline, sure to surprise the many species of monkeys and birds, including terns, neo-tropic cormorants, egrets, herons, hawks, and our favorite horned screamers. From here we continue by skiff into other black water lakes linked to this huge lake in the flooded forest. Return to the Aqua Amazon for breakfast followed by a Jungle Walk Near Hatum Posa or a Village Visit. Walk into the jungle to meet native Amazonia people. With our guides as your interpreters, ask about subsistence farming in Amazonia and they will tell you how to cultivate these wild plants and trees. Here, deep in the primary rainforest, your guides identify for you the fruit trees and medicinal plants that comprise Amazonia's natural pharmacy. Return to the Aqua Amazon for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a lecture about the fish of the Amazon River in our air-conditioned Indoor Lounge. Learn about the 28 species of piranha swimming in the black waters of the Amazon and its tributaries, as well as the catfish, paiche fish that grow up to 12 feet long in these waters, and about how Aqua Expeditions provides fishing equipment and technical advice to Amazonia fishermen. In the late afternoon, our skiffs skim the Pacaya River, journeying from Ranger Station No. 1 toward Yanayacu Lake, where an abundance of wildlife hides in the deep rainforest. This time of day gives you the best chance to see the most activity among rainforest animals, including fluffy monk saki monkeys, capuchin monkeys, and the howler monkeys. As the sun sets, listen for the loud, ferocious-sounding warning signals made by howler monkeys, marking their territories. When night falls, you listen for the second movement of the Amazon rainforest symphony, as nocturnal animals send their piercing calls across the tree canopy. As we take the skiffs back to the Aqua Amazon, special spotlight torches help our naturalist guides to locate caimans, owls and capybara. Return to the Aqua for a sumptuous dinner.
Day 4
Puinahua and Pacaya Rivers, Carocurahuayte Lake
Centrally Located Hotel In Aqua Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Pacaya Exploration and Breakfast Aboard the Skiffs. We take to the river as the sun rises to see and hear a treasure trove of wildlife, including parrots, macaws, toucans, and many kinds of monkeys - as well as some surprise species that you may never have seen before. We pack a luxurious bag breakfast for you, of homemade baked goods, light sandwiches, freshly squeezed juices and hot Peruvian coffee. This is also a popular dolphin feeding spot, so we won't be the only ones enjoying our happy meal here. Return to the Aqua Amazon and at this turning point, the Aqua Amazon begins sailing down river, toward Iquitos. Lunch followed by a lecture about endangered Amazon wildlife in the air-conditioned lounge. One of our naturalist guides will introduce the major threats to this magnificent but precarious eco-system we are exploring and describe some successful initiatives supported by Aqua Expeditions including camu camu tree planting and wildlife education for local youth. Carocurahuayte Lake/Fishing Trip: Travel by skiff to this splendid hot spot lake, where catching some of the more than 3,000 species of tropical fish that live in the Amazon Basin is assured. Guides know all the best tricks to lure piranhas, those small, mostly carnivorous fish with a big reputation for their vicious bite. Return to the Aqua Amazon. Once we are back on board, the ship continues downstream, sailing toward Iquitos through the night. Evening briefing in the Indoor Lounge. A Recap of Your Itinerary and Sightings including review of your Wildlife Checklist with our naturalist guides followed by dinner.
Day 5
Iquitos, Peru
Centrally Located Hotel In Aqua Breakfast, Lunch
Breakfast followed by a morning excursion. Dependent on the level of the river and weather and time permitting, we set off on this last opportunity to see how people live along the Amazon by visiting the lively riverside community of Belen, in Iquitos, by skiff. Here, where the houses and shops actually float on the river during some months, visit the bustling food market that supports the entire Peruvian Amazon, where all the inhabitants of Amazonia sell and purchase their goods. Return to the Aqua Amazon for an early lunch at 11:40. Share a last lunch with fellow passengers, before your onward journey. En route to Iquitos airport, your naturalist guides bring you to visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where biologists and volunteers care for endangered Amazon manatees that conservation authorities have rescued. Learn about this highly successful project, supported by Aqua Expeditions since its inception, and efforts to help these endearing mammals. See how the manatees are cared for, and prepared for re-introduction into their natural habitat. Check-in at Iquitos International Airport at 4:30. Your guides will help you with check-in, and will stay with you until its time to board for your flight back to Lima. Note: All itineraries are subject to change, due to weather and other conditions. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change. A yellow fever vaccination may be required for travel to the Amazon region Airfare is extra. Call for our lowest prices.

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Float in luxury down the the previously unexplored upper Amazon River in Peru, on a small ship that will get you up close to exotic wildlife and the natural beauty of Amazonia. Sail the Amazon's largest tributary, as well as three other rivers, as Aqua's English-speaking naturalists point out the pink dolphins, Tarcaya turtles, speckled caimans and other exotic animals and birds.

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By: Not provided


Reviewed on: 12 Jun 2014

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Reviewed on: 30 Jun 2014

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Reviewed on: 03 Dec 2014

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Reviewed on: 01 Jan 2015

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Reviewed on: 10 Feb 2015

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Reviewed on: 08 Jul 2015

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Reviewed on: 03 Aug 2015

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Reviewed on: 09 Sep 2015

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Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2015

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Reviewed on: 02 Nov 2015

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Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2015

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Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2016

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Reviewed on: 24 Jun 2016

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Reviewed on: 11 Aug 2016

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Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2016

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Barcelona tour was great!

By: TGlide


Reviewed on: 19 Sep 2016

Our Avanti Barcelona Sightseeing Tour with Lunch was exciting. This tour was full of all things Barcelona! We definitely feel like we got the best highlights of this wonderful city. Our tour was actually divided into 2 tours with lunch in between the tours. Nothing on our voucher indicated this and it would have been nice to know so we would have known more how our day was structured. Our first tour guide Amalia, was very knowledgeable, bubbly and charasmatic! She was concerned about everyone on the tour and wanted us to have an enjoyable tour. We even went on a tram ride with a view overlooking Barcelona, an unexpected surprise. The afternoon tour guide was not as personable but was sufficient. Our tours consisted of bus transportation and walking tours. The main negative on this tour was that it ended in the middle of a busy street in Barcelona and we were not transported back to our Wamos tour location that we left from. We were all just left to find our way in a Foreign city!
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By: JKB


Reviewed on: 21 Sep 2016

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By: Anon


Reviewed on: 18 Apr 2017

The package that was put together for us was wonderful. We experienced everything that we wanted to and definitely got every penny out of our trip. We stayed in 2 5-Star and 1 4-Star hotel/resort for much less than we would have expected and they were all in very beautiful and convenient locations. Our taxi/ferry/travel schedule was put together very well and easy to understand. The tours that we had were great experiences, really fun and helped us immerse ourselves more into the local culture and history. The only downside was that we were told that we would have a gift in the room included in the last hotel and that gift was not there - and the hotel did not know anything about it. Considering that was the only thing that was wrong with the trip though, it was pretty easy to overlook. It was still a very wonderful trip and we would definitely recommend Avanti Destinations to other travelers.
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Reviewed on: 31 Oct 2016

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Reviewed on: 11 Nov 2016

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Reviewed on: 24 Jan 2017

Our experience with Avanti was good. thank you!
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Reviewed on: 20 Feb 2017

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Reviewed on: 09 Mar 2017

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By: JimJim & Bebe


Reviewed on: 24 Mar 2017

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By: Asia 2017


Reviewed on: 16 Apr 2017

This is our second trip that our Advisor, Izumi Ogawa, used Avanti Destinations. And just like the last time, Avanti used top notch partners to execute their well thought out plans. And it doesn't seem to matter what part of the world they are focusing on. Our first experience with them was a trip to Europe and this time, on the opposite side of the globe, Indochina. From Italy, Switzerland, and France the first time to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos this time. It didn't faze them even a little bit. They only seem to have one speed...maximum performance! Even in a remote area like Luang Prabang, they provided a well spoken and knowledgeable guide to usher us for a full day on two wonderful tours...Tham Pak Ou Cave and Kuang Si Waterfalls. In the past we have been subjected to tour guides that were supposedly speaking English, but we weren't entirely sure. Not with the partners that work with Avanti. Not only very understandable but also personable and just plain nice. Great job Avanti.
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Reviewed on: 14 May 2017

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By: AB1234


Reviewed on: 20 May 2017

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Reviewed on: 20 May 2017

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Avanti Tours

By: Robert and Nancy


Reviewed on: 04 Jun 2017

As a whole the tours were fine. Well planned and very professional. I would however NEVER recommend the hop on/ hop off bus in London. London is so crowded we basically just sat in traffic 1/2 of our first of two days with a hop on/off pass. The narration of the "City Tours" bus left much to be desired. They just basically said "here is Buckingham Palace" no details or history etc. We finally decided to take the subway ourself and saw much more of London. People would be much better served by just buying an oyster pass and traveling on their own. The hop on/off tour in Edinbrugh was much better as that is not a crowded city and the tour was much more organized.

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Reviewed on: 30 Jun 2017

We had a great experience with Avanti Destinations. We had no issues throughout our trip.

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By: jay w


Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2017

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Review of Avanti Destinations 6-17

By: Bryan


Reviewed on: 12 Jun 2017

My dealings were with Tammy Jones-Deem, but to the extent that she relied upon Avanti (for vouchers and reservations), the service was excellent. There was an interim mistake regarding a voucher for a transfer from the hotel in Barcelona to the airport, but that was quickly corrected. The information I received regarding the bookings were clear and timely.
Travel Advisor:  Tammy Jones-Deem

Italian Honeymoon

By: Andy


Reviewed on: 14 Jun 2017

Avanti had lots of great options for us to choose from while we were planning and once we got to Italy everything we did was incredible. Their tours and excursions were amazing and I would gladly use them again.
Travel Advisor:  Sandy Walt

Peru-Argentina Trip

By: Anne


Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2017

All arrangements were fine. Tour guides were particularly good.
Travel Advisor:  Patricia Klippel

Europe Summer Trip 2017

By: Eurotravelet


Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2017

The drivers were prompt, spoke English very well. The driver from our Rome hotel to the port for our cruise was especially good. He pointed out many things for us to observe on the way out of the city. The driver from the airport in London to our hotel was very good as well.
Travel Advisor:  Rachelle Sherman

Croatia Island Hopping.

By: MVM


Reviewed on: 19 Jul 2017

Avanti employed some truly fine personnel who picked us up on time and delivered us to our destination efficiently. They were very welcoming.
Travel Advisor:  Bette Prochaska

Avanti

By: Me


Reviewed on: 01 Jul 2017

Everything on our trip went very smoothly. Transfers were there waiting and cordial. Excellent!!
Travel Advisor:  Linda Voelker

South America Adventure

By: Larry


Reviewed on: 02 Jul 2017

An outstanding trip that met and exceeded all expectations. Great job!
Travel Advisor:  Janelle Olinger

Costa Rica

By: Dave and Cheryl


Reviewed on: 01 Jul 2017

Very good. Meet expectations
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Hollo

What more could you ask for?

By: independent traveler


Reviewed on: 05 Jul 2017

For the most part, we would recommend Avanti Destinations again for other travelers. We have used this company for travel before and by its reputation chose them for this trip. We had to work with them because our party consisted of two adults and a teen. Finding family accommodations was a bit more difficult. We suggest that this company secure more hotels that are geared toward travelling families. One hotel in Cordoba was particularly difficult to find as we were driving. The hotel, however, sent a young man to a location we could find, and directed my husband to the hotel. Outstanding!!!
Travel Advisor:  George Nagy

Italy

By: Heidi


Reviewed on: 10 Jul 2017

The arrangements were all wonderful. The guided tours were all great! We would recommend their services to our friends.
Travel Advisor:  Faye Nemoir

Europe

By: Anonymous


Reviewed on: 08 Aug 2017

Very good. We had a minor issue with a reservation, but it was resolved.
Travel Advisor:  Andrea Keiderling Fehl

Frendly faces in a far away place

By: Mr & Mrs Strimple


Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2017

When we arrived in our destination city it was a little scary not to know the language. We found our Avanti driver and spent the whole taxi ride to the hotel in conversation. He taught us a few common phrases, and showed us some landmarks as we passed them by. Avanti Destinations was with us every step of the way, we never felt lost or unprepared. The whole week was a blast.
Travel Advisor:  Andrea Keiderling Fehl

Avanti

By: HOLD


Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2017

I really do not know actually, never heard from or talked to anyone with them. There were a few issues with the train tickets etc. but we just figured it out. Would not pay for first class again on trains as we were unable to get our first class seats first because train was late and missed the second train and just had to jump on another and second because there was no indication of which train on the way to Pisa and apparently there were 2 within 15 mins, we got on first one which had no first class and stopped in every town - major pain - and did not know until too late. The second one apparently would have had our seats and been faster but it was very unclear. Also we LOVED the villa, but half way through our time there the Padrone showed up and was loud and rude and the wonderful caretaker disappeared when he was there and we had no recourse. ruined 2 days. had no way to get any assistance.
Travel Advisor:  Rene Maillard

Had a great time

By: Mickie


Reviewed on: 19 Jul 2017

The hotels booked were as described. Ramon's Village was in need of renovations, with no TV in the rooms and noticeable wear. But the ability to book snorkeling and other tours made up for it. Roberts Grove in Placencia was our favorite, with the most friendly, accommodating staff. And the tour we took of the Monkey River was great. But mostly it was the people. The San Ignacio Hotel was the most luxurious, and was a beautiful setting. In addition, the tours from there were the best. They went off without a single hitch, and Fidelio, who was our guide on two tours was so very knowledgeable about the Mayans, and about the native plants and history.
Travel Advisor:  Kathie Stallard

Ireland & British Isles

By: Reviewer


Reviewed on: 31 Jul 2017

Very good - wonderful hotels and service
Travel Advisor:  Deanna Byrd

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By: Vicki


Reviewed on: 31 Jul 2017

Hotel was fabulous.
Travel Advisor:  Joan Umbel

Self Guided Tour In Scotland-"The Outlander Tour".

By: Ken B


Reviewed on: 11 Sep 2017

We were very pleased with Avanti and the tour planned for us on the "Outlander" trip to Scotland. We started in Edinburgh and immediately began using the passes that were provided including the Bus Tour, Edinburgh Castle, the awesome Tea Room, and the Edinburgh Museum. I really thought both were great and the Heritage Pass was a great "bang for the buck" since we were able to use it in many places that were on the tour. The hotel accommodations were quite good for the most part. We were a bit let down with the hotel in Edinburgh but I believe that it would be very difficult to find an affordable hotel so close to the tourist sites there so I personally found the hotel OK especially with the nice breakfast. All the other places we visited and hotels were great and really put us in the mood to be in Scotland, seeing the amazing Scottish Highlands while also experiencing the remarkable history including the story of the Jacobites and the feeling of the Outlander movie. I am out of space
Travel Advisor:  Stephanie Chappelle

Italy

By: beverly


Reviewed on: 10 Aug 2017

They did a good job on everything - drivers were where they were supposed to be. And they were happy to make an extra stop when half of our party got off at the wrong train stop in Cinque Terre. It was all very nicely done -
Travel Advisor:  Willo Falk

Best Europe trip yet.

By: B


Reviewed on: 11 Aug 2017

Fine. Based on the response to our changes, Avanti was accommodating and timely and met expectations.
Travel Advisor:  Diane Stickney Scholl

Dream Italian Honeymoon!

By: Greg & Jessi


Reviewed on: 31 Aug 2017

Everything Jen coordinated was perfect!! The physical documents provided by Avanti after everything was sorted out were incredibly helpful and we're very glad for the assistance!
Travel Advisor:  Jennifer Polito Waigand

Norway

By: Matt S.


Reviewed on: 29 Sep 2017

They coordinated all of our activities seamlessly and allowed my wife and I to maximize our time having fun instead of waiting around for something to do.

Trains

By: Brownie


Reviewed on: 23 Aug 2017

Perfect, all the places we had to travel was with ease thanks to Tammy setting this up with this company.
Travel Advisor:  Tammy Jones-Deem

Always on time

By: Jerry


Reviewed on: 16 Sep 2017

Drivers were very helpful and informative about our trip to Athens
Travel Advisor:  Connie Frenzel

Italy

By: Tom


Reviewed on: 30 Sep 2017

Everything went smooth and the trip was awesome!

Iceland 2017

By: Toni


Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2017

Absolutely perfect. No unpleasant surprises. All questions were answered clearly and concisely. Avanti knows what they are doing and I would not hesitate to use their services again.
Travel Advisor:  Annie Humble - Gougler

Smooth trip

By: Beth


Reviewed on: 28 Sep 2017

Everything worked out fine. We had all necessary documents and vouchers and all communication was clear. We did not need to call for any special assistance fortunately!
Travel Advisor:  Tina Posila

Camino

By: Biz


Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2017

Overall our accommodations and travel worked out well, but we did have 2 glitches that we wanted to share with you. The first was when we got to PortoMarin the first day of hiking. When we arrived at the Hotel Villajardin we were told that we had no reservation there and our luggage was not there. The man at the desk made a phone call and then said I know where your reservation and luggage are. They were at the Hotel Ferramentierro- across town! After a very long day of hiking, we were not happy to have to hike across the city to a different hotel. The hotel was fine as we were the accommodations and restaurant. Something shady was definitely going on their end with the reservation...The other was the cancellation of our trip home from Madrid due to "no crew", but we were eventually put on a different flight.
Travel Advisor:  Trisha Iannazzi

Avanti Was Fine

By: Quilter Girl


Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2017

I questioned whether all the hotels had hair blow dryers, and Avanti contacted all the hotels to confirm, and I had an answer the same day. That is great service!
Travel Advisor:  Laurie Valdez

camino

By: pattycakes


Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2017

good experience
Travel Advisor:  Debra Stern

Guides

By: Sally


Reviewed on: 27 Oct 2017

The guides that were provided were extremely knowledgeable and adaptable to the change of plans.
Travel Advisor:  Aline Coleman

Venice

By: Carol


Reviewed on: 02 Nov 2017

Fabulous! Great location and charming hotel!
Travel Advisor:  Russ Dunlap

Always on time.

By: Jeka


Reviewed on: 08 Nov 2017

Always on time, professionals, clean tour cars, friendly, easy to understand. Being a woman, I prefer the female guides because they know the things I am most interested in and they give excellent tips. The younger males are not the smoothest drivers and they do not seem to be enthusiastic about their jobs. They seem to be distracted and quoting a memorized history brochure.
Travel Advisor:  Kristen Meckem

Europe

By: Nolan Chandler


Reviewed on: 28 May 2018

Avanti Destinations had connecting taxis and guides for us when we were departing or arriving to a particular country/city. The guides/taxis were always promptly there to meet us to pick us up. The connections and hotels were efficient and elegant. I would recommend Avanti Destinations.
Travel Advisor:  Bob Romano

Italy trip

By: SantaNCH


Reviewed on: 05 Jun 2018

Professional & enjoyable experience.
Travel Advisor:  Landa Mauriello-Vernon

Avanti Destinations

By: KNH


Reviewed on: 11 Nov 2017

Avanti planned our recent trip’s hotels, transfers & tours in Paris, Venice & Rome. We were very happy with the folks who took care of our transfers from the airport, train, hotels & tours. They were all very professional & personable. The hotels were all very clean, the staff all very helpful & professional as well. The 1st 2 hotel rooms were a little on the small size but manageable. The 2nd 2 hotel room had a little more “elbow room” & felt a bit more comfortable. We enjoyed the breakfasts at the 2nd 2 hotels the most as they included eggs, sausage & bacon ...not just breads, cakes/cookies, yogurt, cold cereal & a little fruit. All our tours were small group tours with English speaking guides. In the case of the Louvre tour...it ended up being a personal tour for us...fabulous! All guides were very professional, well versed in their topics & cared to be sure you got your questions answered, photos taken & safely walked the tours together! Definitely recommend them!
Travel Advisor:  Cindy Cain

Well done

By: MDM


Reviewed on: 27 Nov 2017

The best part about Avanti tours were the pick ups at the train station and airport. With the exception of our driver in Bologna, all of our drivers were exceptional. So nice to have our train tickets done by Avanti as well. Highly recommend the aforementioned features.
Travel Advisor:  Kristen Meckem

Trip to Guatemala

By: kitty


Reviewed on: 22 Feb 2018

Very accomodating
Travel Advisor:  Kip Abbott

Chilean vacation

By: AT


Reviewed on: 12 Apr 2018

The tour operator did a wonderful job with my Chilean vacation. I had two wonderful guides: Paula in San Pedro and Hete in Rapa Nui. Both knew the area very well and were very friendly. I wish I had two more days in Atacama desert--so many more things to see and do and I spent way too much time traveling to get there. Four nights in Rapa Nui was perfect for me. Lovely island and Hete was also the perfect guide. He gave me fantastic recommendations of things to see and do on my own and great places to eat. He also pointed me to the church so I could attend Easter service and hear the signing in the Rapa Nui language which was wonderful. Had an extra special treat of a troupe from Tahiti visiting and the young people sang as well.
Travel Advisor:  Lori Thornton

Holland snd Poland

By: Linda


Reviewed on: 06 May 2018

Good. Difficult to find hop on, hop off buses and canal boats bc we didn’t know the company’s name & there are several companies.
Travel Advisor:  Kim Johnson

Two part review

By: traveler


Reviewed on: 21 May 2018

We used Avanti through our travel agent to supplement cruise with Lindblad/National Geographic. Ecuador & Galapagos arrangements were mostly handled by Lindblad and were excellent. Avanti also arranged Panama excursions - a "tack-on" to the trip and these arrangements were of inconsistent quality. Hotel -- Crowne Plaza in Panama City - was a tired and well-worn property but its location was good. Private tours - arranged with Gambia Tours, local operator - were inconsistent although reliable and most of the guides knowledgeable and friendly.

Portugal

By: Jim


Reviewed on: 15 May 2018

Excellent. Great hotels and tour selections.
Travel Advisor:  Mary Ann Tiemeier

Iceland

By: Madison


Reviewed on: 26 May 2018

The tour met our needs. Everything went as planned.
Travel Advisor:  Molly Reidel

Italy

By: Shelly


Reviewed on: 07 Jun 2018

We were very happy with the tours we booked. The guides and drivers were all very polite and helpful and made each tour a wonderful experience. Except for our scheduled tour to the Amalfi Coast, every guide and/or driver were prompt and everything went very smoothly. We especially enjoyed our driver that took us into Tuscany and our guide in Rome that took us to the Vatican, Colosseum, and Forum. Exceptional!
Travel Advisor:  Diana Weishaar

France-trip of a lifetime

By: Midge Wische


Reviewed on: 06 Jun 2018

I felt so well taken care of as a single traveler. Everything was so well coordinated. Not a single misstep on Avanti's part. Versailles tour was cancelled because of a strike; my money was refunded immediately. When I called to state that pre-arranged Montmartre trip would be too strenuous, money was refunded immediately. Thank you for your professionalism and, graciousness. I hope I have the opportunity to work with you again, via my Virtuoso travel agent Rosie Goldberger, Houston, TX.
Travel Advisor:  Rosie Goldberger

Great service

By: Jill K.


Reviewed on: 02 Jun 2018

We had the most amazing service with all of our transfers and drivers. All were timely and friendly and accommodating making our travel so easy ! Thank you!
Travel Advisor:  Kristen Meckem

Avanti

By: Dave gaddda


Reviewed on: 03 Jun 2018

Invisible. They made it seamless.
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Boren

Ireland

By: ken


Reviewed on: 04 Jun 2018

Great and Tammy Deem is the reason I use Avanti. Thanks to all. Ken
Travel Advisor:  Tammy Jones-Deem

Okay

By: Jean


Reviewed on: 06 Jun 2018

Sorry, I mixed up Travel Bound with this one in my comments! Please use those for this review. My Travel Bound comments would have been: great accommodations and pu service that was friendly and punctual!
Travel Advisor:  Rachelle Sherman

Excellent

By: Deloris Maze


Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2018

Avanti did a perfect job for us in all ways. Enjoyed everything
Travel Advisor:  Tammy Jones-Deem

Very satisfied with trip

By: Denise


Reviewed on: 15 Jun 2018

I recently took a trip to Italy and would recommend Avanti Destinations to other travelers. I find their tours to be really fun, informative, and reasonably priced. A general tip -- I would recommend taking smaller group tours. For example, we took a tour to Cinque Terre that was a bus of over 50 people and looking back it would have been more enjoyable going with a smaller group. Just something to keep in mind!
Travel Advisor:  Tina Posila

Avanti

By: VML


Reviewed on: 20 Jun 2018

Drivers to and from airports and train stations were great, especially the gentleman in Munich. Most of the hotels were very nice. Having to wait 8 hours for our room in Paris, after arriving from USA was problematic
Travel Advisor:  Linda Talboy

Avanti Destinations

By: Patti


Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2018

The hotels Avanti Destinations chose were almost all top notch and in ideal locations. There were only two hotels and locations on this month long trip that we thought could have been better.
Travel Advisor:  Maureen Roemmick

Dream come true south of Italy family vacation

By: cam


Reviewed on: 01 Aug 2018

We were very happy with Vanessa Genger's work. Vanessa organized everything from hotels, air, private tours to ground transportation. Each event was perfectly executed. The private tours and cooking school were outstanding. The tours were staffed with the most knowledgeable and professional tour guides. We also loved each hotel (with our special accommodations) and the locations Vanessa booked for our stays. It has been years since I worked with a travel agent so there was a learning curve during the planning stage.
Travel Advisor:  Vanessa Genger

Italy Trip

By: Sue


Reviewed on: 01 Jul 2018

For the most part we were pleased with Avanti Destinations. We were disappointed with our 3 hour driving tour of Rome. One of the drivers did not speak English. As we drove he did not explain what we were seeing. When we arrived at a destination he did not tell us what we were seeing. We had to ask the other driver if we did not know. It was very frustrating. We were very pleased with all of the other guides that we had. They were knowledgeable and kept the interest of our grandchildren. A big thank you to them. We appreciated the drivers that met us and took us to the airports and train stations. They were very helpful. All in all we would use Avanti Destinations again.
Travel Advisor:  Cindy Turner

Germany/Austria Tour

By: Lisa S


Reviewed on: 28 Jun 2018

Avanti planned a great itinerary for us in Germany and Austria. Enjoyed everything planned.
Travel Advisor:  Anne Bluntzer

Avanti

By: Jenny


Reviewed on: 05 Jul 2018

Trip went well.
Travel Advisor:  Roxanne O'Bryon

Peru 2018

By: Steve


Reviewed on: 06 Jul 2018

Our experience with Avanti Destinations was fabulous. Every member of the Avanti team was professional and courteous, and they went "above and beyond" to make our trip smoothe and memorable. I would use them again!
Travel Advisor:  Judy Miron

tours

By: D.H.


Reviewed on: 08 Jul 2018

Great tours, very professional tour guides!
Travel Advisor:  Kristen Meckem

Italy 2018

By: Italy 2018


Reviewed on: 30 Jul 2018

Excellent, Herff & Palenberg were great except as mentioned in our review.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Buck

Don & Nancy Italy

By: Allan


Reviewed on: 10 Jul 2018

Everything went smoothly
Travel Advisor:  Linda Buck

Ireland & Scotland

By: Diana Chandler


Reviewed on: 22 Jul 2018

Our travel agent, Bob Romano of Riverside, CA, and Avanti reallly outdid themselves with making our two-week vacation in Ireland and Scotland a stress-free and fun-filled trip. Every, single aspect from transportation to and from airports/hotels to accommodations that were spectacular and within our budget to setting up tours for us was handled with the utmost professionalism. Our trip went off without a hitch because of their care and attention to detail.
Travel Advisor:  Bob Romano

As promised

By: Robin


Reviewed on: 01 Aug 2018

Set up by my travel agent but recognized by all the folks in Europe
Travel Advisor:  Alan Abelson

European Tour 2018

By: Bobbie


Reviewed on: 18 Aug 2018

This trip came together perfectly. The guides were punctual and professional and moved us from one place to the next right on time and was great for our group of 5. I would recommend this group to anyone traveling Europe for the first time. I have no idea if you will know who they are, but a special acknowledgment to the driver who picked us up at the Romanico Palace Hotel in Rome and delivered us to the train station, he told us how to get to our platform but then as we were regrouping in the lobby, he caught up to us again and explained again exactly where we needed to go. Also, to the lady who picked us up at the Royal San Marco in Venice and took us to the ship port, she was so kind and helpful giving us a history of the island and the festival we were about to miss. Special thanks to both of them.
Travel Advisor:  Georgann Swearingen

Iceland

By: Susan


Reviewed on: 02 Aug 2018

Really enjoyed the Blue Lagoon Convenient that my hotel (Island Hotel)had a restaurant

Costa Rica

By: anita fenix


Reviewed on: 27 Jul 2018

Always a great time .Second time with Avanti, would use them again.
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Boren

Ireland

By: Charlie H


Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2018

Great trip. Great hotels. Especially the Ashford Castle at cong.
Travel Advisor:  Sharon Carr

Fun

By: Heyho


Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2018

Trip was great and hotels were top notch

No hitches

By: ExIowaNewsGuy


Reviewed on: 01 Aug 2018

Avanti delivered really nice hotels in Bruges, Belgium, and Amsterdam; timely transfers, a really first-class trip on a high-speed train between Brussels and Amsterdam, and top-notch tours. Our only misgiving was not knowing that we had to use the Van Gogh tour voucher to make a reservation to enter the museum. Fortunately, we were informed about that early that day and we able to get in with the last group. Missing that would have been a bummer!
Travel Advisor:  Gregg Humble

Avanti

By: shell


Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2018

Would highly recommend Avanti to all my family and friends. We will certainly use them again for our next trip.
Travel Advisor:  Abby Bebout

Europe Trip

By: LD


Reviewed on: 07 Aug 2018

We were very pleased. Cars were waiting for us at airports when we arrived. Hotels were all very nice. They all had our information and we just had to hand them the voucher and Passport and we were checked in promptly. The tours we selected were topnotch.
Travel Advisor:  Gianna (Jenny) Serena

Tour Operator

By: Sandy


Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2018

They did a good job with tours and transfers.
Travel Advisor:  Sarah Overbergen

Scotland and Ireland Trip

By: Pam


Reviewed on: 05 Aug 2018

My only complaint is the strictness of the refund policy. I decided to forgo use of my car in the last leg of my trip and it was only my earlier experience in my trip that led me to this needed decision. There was no possibility of any refund after 10 days prior to the beginning of my trip. I can totally understand having to pay some sort of cancellation fee, even a hefty one, but to have no possibility of any refund felt too strict to me. Other than that the flow of the many moving parts necessary for my trip fit together perfectly.
Travel Advisor:  Shelly Lynch

Island Hop

By: Island Hop


Reviewed on: 09 Aug 2018

We knew where we wanted to go and general what we wanted to do, but Avanti Destinations filled in the blanks. Very memorable trip.
Travel Advisor:  Jeffrey Audley