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Machu Picchu & The Galapagos Islands

14 nights from $8,499 per person

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  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
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Overview

This is the chance of a lifetime to explore two of the most diverse, unique and breath-taking regions in the planet. Spanning over 14 nights, this adventurous and exciting guided tour offers plentiful opportunity to delve into the rich culture, fascinating heritage and incredible landscapes of Peru, particularly the sprawling Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, and the enchanting Galapagos Islands, home to phenomenal untouched scenery and prehistoric wildlife found nowhere else in the world.

Your adventure begins with two nights in Lima, Peru’s sophisticated and historic capital. Enjoy a full city tour around the colonial facades, stylish suburbs and significant sights before journeying to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where you’ll discover isolated weaving villages, bustling markets and glorious Inca citadels, and immerse in a selection of traditional cultural workshops and demonstrations. The undoubtable highlight of Peru, and perhaps even the most famous archaeological site on the continent, is the awe-inspiring, ancient city of Machu Picchu. You’ll spend a night at the base of this spectacular site, with two opportunities to soak up its glorious sights and captivating atmosphere.

You’ll then enjoy a couple of nights in the UNESCO-Listed cities of Quito and Cusco, before embarking on a Galapagos eco-cruise adventure, starting in the stunning San Cristobal Island. This isolated group of volcanic islands and its fragile ecosystem offers a mythological status, showcasing a spectacular array of biodiversity and rare, unique fauna. Throughout your time here, you’ll have the chance to swim and snorkel with the breath-taking marine life, from manta rays and sharks to playful sea lions and majestic turtles, and explore magnificent landscapes of dormant lava tubes and luscious highlands; you will also trace Darwin’s discoveries as you observe graceful flamingos, blue-footed boobies and penguin colonies, even visiting the famous Charles Darwin Research Station to see giant, prehistoric tortoises up-close (CL).

Highlights

  • Soak up the beautiful colonial architecture and historic sites from the UNESCO World Heritage-Listed cities of Lima, Quito and Cusco
  • Spend a night at the base of the enchanting Machu Picchu site, and take advantage of exploring this world-famous ‘Lost Incan City’ twice
  • Discover the Sacred Valley of the Incas, one of Peru’s most significant historic and cultural regions
  • Delve into the ancient culture and traditions of Peru with small-group workshops, cultural demonstrations and divine, home cooked farm-to-table meals with the locals
  • Visit the spectacular sacred ruins of Ollantaytambo and the Sacsayhuaman Fortress
  • Set foot on two hemispheres at the Equatorial Line Monument
  • Connect with incredible wildlife as you cruise the stunning Galapagos Islands on an eco-adventure, visiting San Cristobal Island, Espanola Island, Floreana Island, Santa Cruz Island and Baltra Island
  • Encounter a wonderful array of rare, native Galapagos wildlife, including rare giant turtles, sea lions, manta rays, white-tipped and hammerhead sharks, lava lizards, blue-footed boobies, crabs and tropical birds

Details

Day 1

Lima, Peru

Arrive in Lima late this evening, transfer to your hotel for check-in and spend some time at leisure soaking up your surroundings.

Overnight: Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores

Day 2

Lima

Discover Lima’s fascinating history with a guided tour through the UNESCO World Heritage-Listed city centre. Admire the artwork and enter the catacombs at the San Francisco Monastery, view the Government Centre, the elegant Plaza de Armas Cathedral, an abundance of colonial architecture and the fashionable suburbs of San Isidro and Miraflores. Afterwards, you will visit the former house of the conquistador Jeronimo de Aliaga y Ramirez. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers during a welcome dinner and a tasting menu of wonderful Peruvian cuisine; you will quickly discover why Peru has been named the world’s top food travel destination four years in a row.

Breakfast and Dinner included.

Overnight: Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores

Day 3

Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley

Today you will fly to Cusco, and then journey through the Andes to the majestic Sacred Valley of the Incas. Learn the centuries-old methods of spinning, dyeing and weaving traditional textiles during a visit to Awana Kancha, a living museum of the Peruvian Andes. Make a visit to Pisac Village to browse the colourful handicraft market before settling into your hotel in the heart of Sacred Valley. The rest of the evening can be spent at leisure, perhaps take this time to discover the hotel’s planetarium to enjoy some stargazing.

Breakfast included.

Overnight: Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley

Day 4

Sacred Valley – Ollantaytambo

You’ll visit the spectacular Ollantaytambo archaeological site this morning, a uniquely terraced Incan settlement which reflects the ancient heritage and architecture from the Inca period. Then you’ll head to the Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio, where you’ll get first-hand knowledge on this internationally-renowned artist’s techniques and designs inspired by ancient Peruvian cultures. By noon, you will experience the lifestyle of the modern Andean people, and delve into their culture when you travel to a nearby community and interact with the locals; get a true taste of their daily life by participating in small group workshops, which teach traditional methods of growing, harvesting and weaving. Celebrate the culture as you learn their dances and listen to traditional musical instruments before enjoying a home-made farm-to-table lunch created with local specialities. Tonight, savour an authentic Pachamanca dinner, a unique process where food is placed on hot stones and buries in the ground to cook.

Breakfast and Lunch included.

Overnight: Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley

Day 5

Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

Climb aboard the Machu Picchu Vistadome train for breath-taking views through domed windows as you journey through the Andes to the ‘Lost City of the Incas’. Hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungle, Machu Picchu is considered as South America’s most spectacular sight. On arrival, you’ll spend the entire afternoon with your guide, uncovering the mysteries of these majestic, ancient ruins. Your overnight accommodation is set at the base of Machu Picchu, offering further opportunity to soak up its glorious sights and atmosphere. This evening, you’ll attend an exclusive culinary demonstration before enjoying an award-winning tasting menu at your resort.

Breakfast and Dinner included.

Overnight: Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Day 6

Machu Picchu – Cusco

You’ll have some free time this morning, with the option to take a tour of Machu Picchu to witness the magnificent sunrise, or explore the local markets in Aguas Calientes at leisure. Return to Sacred Valley via the Vistadome train, and on arrival, you’ll visit the Sacred Valley Brewing Company, a non-profit brewery created to support a local orphanage. Taste the Andean-inspired craft beers and learn about the brewery’s efforts to support the community. Afterwards, continue to Cusco.

Breakfast included.

Overnight: Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco

Day 7

Cusco

You’ll have a choice of activities to enjoy this morning; you can take a walking tour of the city with a local guide, or you can board a coach for a comprehensive tour of the city’s main sights. Both tours will take you on a journey through this former Incan capital, exploring the Cathedral, San Domingo, Plaza de Armas and the central market. Enjoy the afternoon to explore Cusco at leisure, and gather back together later on to discover the sacred Incan ruins of Sacsayhuaman Fortress; enjoy a toast at sunset whilst enjoying breath-taking views overlooking the city. Return to Cusco for an authentic local dinner along with a traditional folkloric performance.

Breakfast and Dinner included.

Overnight: Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco

Day 8

Cusco – Quito, Ecuador

This morning you’ll fly from Cusco to Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Ecuador’s stunning capital city.

Breakfast included.

Overnight: Mercure Grand Hotel Alameda Quito

Day 9

Quito

Enjoy a full city tour of Quito, and a special visit to a Children International Community Centre. Learn about Quito’s colonial centre and explore the Presidential Palace and 17th Century Church of La Compania. Savour lunch overlooking the Pululahua volcanic crater, and cross hemispheres at the Equatorial Line Monument and Museum at the ‘Middle of the World’. Spend the rest of the day exploring Quito at leisure.

Breakfast and Lunch included.

Overnight: Mercure Grand Hotel Alameda Quito

Day 10

Quito – San Cristobal Island, Galapagos – Embark Ship

Fly to the stunning San Cristobal Island, gateway to your Galapagos eco-adventure. After lunch aboard the cruise ship, arrive at the Port Baquerizo Moreno for an incredible visit to San Cristobal Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve. After exploring the island, spend some time stargazing on the ship’s deck and toast with a tropical cocktail.

Breakfast and Lunch included.

Overnight: Galapagos Legend Cruise Ship

Day 11

Espanola Island

Board your panga to visit Gardner Bay, home to a colony of sea lions, Galapagos hawks and endemic finches that reside on the pristine beach. Swim and snorkel with the breath-taking marine life, including manta rays and white-tipped sharks. Continue to the magnificent volcanic terrain of Suarez Point and enjoy a guided nature walk, watching out for hooded mocking birds, lava lizards, blue-footed boobies and crabs. Your last stop is the spectacular Soplador blowhole, where water shoots 75-feet into the air.

Breakfast and Lunch included.

Overnight: Galapagos Legend Cruise Ship

Day 12

Floreana Island

Land at Post Office Bay and learn about its historic stories before enjoying stunning snorkelling with green turtles, or setting out in search of Darwin’s finches and yellow warblers. Sail to Cormorant Point and its unique green sand beach; try to spot sting rays and reef sharks in the clear, emerald waters. Learn about the ecosystems unusual flora, and observe graceful flamingos or spot a small colony of penguins. Then, seize a second chance to snorkel and swim near playful sealions.

Breakfast and Lunch included.

Overnight: Galapagos Legend Cruise Ship

Day 13

Santa Cruz Island

Visit the famous Charles Darwin Research Station and see the giant tortoises from the station’s breeding programme. Drive through the Santa Cruz highlands to Cerro Chato see more giant tortoises, taking a break to savour some organic Galapagos coffee before embarking on a walk inside the dormant lava tubes. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure exploring Port Ayora.

Breakfast and Lunch included.

Overnight: Galapagos Legend Cruise Ship

Day 14

Carrion Point – Disembark Ship – Baltra Island – Quito

Admire magnificent panoramic views as you circumnavigate Carrion Point, keeping an eye out for marine iguanas, fur seals and crabs along the rocky shoreline. Bid farewell to the Galapagos and fly back to the stunning city of Quito, where you’ll enjoy a night-time panoramic tour around the glowing lights and colonial buildings en-route to your farewell dinner at one of the city’s most historic restaurants.

Breakfast and Dinner included.

Overnight: Mercure Grand Hotel Alameda Quito

Day 15

End of Tour

Your tour will come to an end today as you check-out of your hotel and transfer to the airport in time for your departing flight home.

  • 14 nights of hotel and cruise accommodation
  • 14 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 9 dinners
  • All tours and excursions as per itinerary
  • International flights

What’s Not Included

  • Domestic flights
  • Room upgrades and personal expenses
  • Meals not included in itinerary
  • Any optional tours, excursions, activities or transport

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