Owner and Celebrity Chef Hosted Itineraries with Aqua Expeditions

Guests will be invited to join Aqua Expeditions CEO and founder Francesco Galli Zugaro and celebrated chefs David Thompson and Pedro Miguel Schiaffino on a series of Mekong and Amazon River cruises in 2016.

These hosted voyages will provide guests with an insight into the entrepreneurial vision, local inspiration and design details that have combined to create exceptional luxury small ship cruising, incredible travel adventures, absolute comfort and wonderful dining experiences at a relaxed and easy pace on two of the world's most fascinating waterways.

With the creation of Aqua Expeditions and building of three beautiful cruisers - Aqua Mekong, Aqua Amazon and Aria Amazon - Francesco Galli Zugaro, a modern-day adventure seeker, realised his dream of bringing the world to remote and untouched locations and providing an opportunity to interact with beautiful people - young and old. At the same time, guests are able to delve into the culture and history of local communities along the rivers' paths and see amazing animal, bird, fish and plant life across breathtaking landscapes.

Francesco Galli Zugaro will host a seven-night itinerary from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam to Siem Reap, Cambodia aboard the Aqua Mekong departing August 26, 2016 and aboard the Aqua Amazon
November 19 from Nauta (Iquitos), Peru to Nauta.

David Thompson, who has been consulting executive chef on Aqua Mekong since the vessel's inaugural cruise in October 2014, is well known in Australian-circles having run the acclaimed restaurants, Darley Street Thai and Sailor's Thai in Sydney before moving onto open the Michelin-starred Nahm London then Nahm Bangkok. David has recently returned to Australia to open his newest restaurant, Long Chim in Perth. He will travel on seven-night itineraries from Saigon to Phnom Penh on April 22, and Phnom Penh to Saigon on May 13, 2016.

Pedro Miguel Schiaffino (pictured) is consulting executive chef on Aqua Amazon and Aria Amazon. He is also Chef/Owner of Malabar, one of Lima's most cutting edge and innovative restaurants, and founder of catering company, SchiaffinoGastronomika. Pedro has been listed in San Pellegrino World's 100 Best Restaurants.

On the hosted departures, David and Pedro will take guests on market tours to discover the locally grown and harvested ingredients so essential to the freshness of the dishes they serve on each of the vessels.  Guests will also join an on-board Master Class where David and Pedro will share their secrets of recipe planning, preparation and delivery and discuss the way in which the dynamic international food scene is transforming the way they design their latest visions of culinary creativity.

Pedro Miguel Schiaffino will travel aboard the Aqua Amazon on a four-night itinerary departing Nauta on March 29 and a seven-night journey departing November 26, 2016.

The hosted cruises in 2016 are priced from US$3660 on Aqua Mekong and US#3330 on Aqua Amazon per person twin share for three nights.

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