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Aqua Expeditions Announces Exclusive Founder And Chef Hosted 2017 Cruises On Amazon And Mekong Rivers

January 20, 2017 River Cruising No Comments Email Email

Aqua Expeditions, one of world’s leading luxury river cruise companies, has announced two new hosted voyages for 2017 after the extraordinary success of the programs in 2016.

Guests will have the exclusive chance of joining company Founder and CEO, Francesco Galli Zugaro, or Consulting Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, on Aria Amazon on the Peruvian Amazon and Aqua Mekong on the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia. Guests on these select departures will participate in special itineraries showcasing the creative innovations and entrepreneurial spirit that make the company’s cruises memorable.

Francesco Galli Zugaro


While exploring on his favourite excursions, Francesco Galli Zugaro will share his vision for creating this acclaimed cruise company. Guests can join Francesco on a biking adventure through the local streets along the Mekong or kayaking on the gentle flows of the Amazon to spot indigenous wildlife. Over cocktails, Francesco will discuss from conceptualisation and design to the construction and launch of each the magnificent cruise vessels.

Aqua Mekong: Four-night departure from 26-30 May 2017 or 25-29 August 2017

Aria Amazon: Four-night departure from 6-10 November 2017

Pedro Miguel Schiaffino


Pedro Miguel Schiaffino—who is the Chef and Owner of Malabar and AmAz—two of Lima’s cutting edge restaurants—invites gastronomes to explore the flavours of the Amazon with him. Guests will take cooking classes with Chef Schiaffino and travel together to the local markets to learn about locally grown and harvested ingredients that are essential to creating his signature dishes on-board, such as the Coconut Tapioca with Mango Sorbet and Causa with Shrimp Escabeche.

Aria Amazon: Four-night departure from 9-13 October 2017

Aria Amazon: Four-night departure from 20-24 November 2017

For more information and bookings on these departures, please visit or contact Aqua Expeditions Australia on 1300 124 204 or

Aqua Expeditions was the first adventure travel company to introduce five-star luxury cruises on the Amazon River in Peru and on the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia.  CEO, Francesco Galli Zugaro, founded Aqua Expeditions to cater to discerning, adventure travellers seeking to explore remote and culturally important destinations for luxury voyages on the world’s greatest rivers. Aqua Expeditions’ 16-suite Aria Amazon vessel entered service in 2011, a creation of Peruvian designer, Jordi Puig and featuring floor to ceiling windows, Jacuzzi, gym, sundeck and the haute Peruvian cuisine of Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. In October 2014, Aqua Expeditions expanded to Indochina with the launch of the Aqua Mekong with 20 design suites, sailing the historic Mekong River between Cambodia and Vietnam.

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