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The Galapagos Islands & Machu Picchu



From $10,869* pp | 14 Days •  27 Meals  *Rate is per person, land only, double occupancy. 

Travel from the Galapagos Islands to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and see how the past comes to life on a tour that is more than just a holiday.

  • Embark on a five-day cruise of the Galapagos Islands with a naturalist guide – see blue-footed boobies, sea lions, iguanas and more!
  • Admire the giant tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station and learn about conservation projects.
  • Climb from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu aboard one of the world’s most famed train rides.
  • Enjoy dinner at the Larco Museum in Lima, housed in an 18th-century mansion surrounded by lush gardens.

Two Incredible Adventures in One

The past comes alive. Travel from the Galapagos Archipelago to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. More than a holiday, this Explorations tour offers a look into mankind’s collective history. Cruise the Galapagos Islands, made famous by Charles Darwin. Set foot in two hemispheres at the Equatorial Line Monument. Connect with one of a kind wildlife and delve into ancient cultures. Overnight at the base of Machu Picchu and take advantage of the chance to explore this “Lost City” twice in two days. Visit the UNESCO Spanish colonial cities of Lima, Quito and Cuzco. Throughout Ecuador and Peru, look towards the future and reflect on days gone by.


Day 1. Quito, Ecuador – Tour Begins
Your tour opens in Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage site and Ecuador’s stunning capital city.
icons_therma  High 20 Low 9    icons_hotel  Mercure Grand Hotel Alameda Quito


Day 2. Quito

At the start of your city tour, enjoy a special visit to a Children International Community Centre, supported by the Collette Foundation.* Meet some of the children benefiting from the nutritional support and healthy cooking education that is the focus of this group’s mission. Learn about Quito’s colonial centre on a tour featuring the Presidential Palace and 17th-century Church of La Compañía. Get to know your fellow travellers during a welcome lunch overlooking the Pululahua volcanic crater. On a one-of-a-kind experience, cross between hemispheres at the Equatorial Line Monument and Museum at the “Middle of the World.” Spend the rest of the day at leisure discovering Quito’s way of life.

icons_food  Breakfast & Lunch   icons_therma  High  20  Low  9   icons_hotel  Mercure Grand Hotel Alameda Quito


Day 3. Quito – San Cristóbal Island, Galapagos – Embark Ship

Fly to beautiful San Cristóbal Island, gateway to your Galapagos eco-adventure. After enjoying lunch aboard the m/v Galapagos Legend, arrive at the Port Baquerizo Moreno for an up-close look at the endangered tortoises that call the San Cristóbal Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve home. After exploring the island, stargaze from the deck of your ship and toast the wonders of the Galapagos with tropical cocktails.

icons_food  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner   icons_therma  High  20  Low  9   icons_hotel  Kleintours


Day 4. Española Island (Gardner Bay and Suarez Point)

Board your panga to visit Gardner Bay. Guarded by a colony of sea lions, the beach is home to Galapagos hawks and endemic finches. Swim and snorkel with the marine life, including manta rays and white-tipped sharks. Continue on and meander through the volcanic terrain of Suarez Point. During your nature walk, watch for hooded mocking birds, lava lizards, Sally Lightfoot crabs and blue-footed boobies. Venture to count Waved Albatross at the world’s largest colony. Finally, visit the spectacular Soplador blowhole where water shoots 75 feet into the air.

icons_food  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner   icons_therma  High  20  Low  9   icons_hotel  Kleintours


Day 5. Floreana Island (Post Office Bay and Cormorant Point)

Land at storied Post Office Bay, named for a barrel left in 1793 by Captain James Colnett as a “post office” for passing sailors. Continue the tradition and leave a letter for a loved one. Snorkel, if you choose, with green sea turtles or set out to search for Darwin’s finches and yellow warblers. Sail to Cormorant Point and its olivine green sand beach. Try to spot stingrays and reef sharks in the emerald waters. Learn about the ecosystem’s unusual plants. You may also observe graceful flamingos or spot a small colony of penguins. Seize another chance to snorkel and swim near playful sea lions!

icons_food  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner  icons_therma  High  19  Low  9   icons_hotel  Kleintours


Day 6. Santa Cruz Island (Charles Darwin Research Station & Highlands)

Eisit the famous Charles Darwin Research Station and see the giant tortoises from the station’s breeding programme. Trek through the Santa Cruz highlands to Cerro Chato and find more giant tortoises. Take a break to savour some organic Galapagos coffee before we embark on a walk inside dormant lava tubes to gain insight on how these pristine islands formed. Enjoy time to explore Port Ayora town.

icons_food  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner   icons_therma  High  19  Low  9   icons_hotel  Kleintours


Day 7. Daphne Island – Disembark Ship – Baltra Island – Guayaquil

Garner panoramic views as you circumnavigate Daphne Island. Keep an eye out for marine iguanas, fur seals and crabs teetering along the rocky shore. Bid farewell to the Galapagos and fly to the lively city of Guayaquil. Get familiar with this community known as the “Pearl of the Pacific” on a city tour featuring a visit to the Malecón 2000 waterfront area and the 19th-century neighbourhood of Las Peñas with its Spanish-style houses. From Santa Ana Hill, look out over the city and the Guayas River.

icons_food  Breakfast & Dinner  icons_therma High  29  Low  21   icons_hotel  Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil


Day 8. Guayaquil – Lima, Peru

Fly to Lima, Peru’s “City of Kings.” Spend the afternoon as you choose. Perhaps you will do some shopping, visit Lima’s many fine museums or you’ll choose to experience an optional Peruvian Paso horse exhibition, dinner and folklore show.

icons_food  Breakfast   icons_therma  High  21  Low  16    icons_hotel   Dazzler Lima Hotel


Day 9. Lima – Cuzco – Sacred Valley of the Incas

Fly to Cuzco. Descend through the Andes to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, once the agricultural centre of a great empire. Visit Awana Kancha, a living museum of the Peruvian Andes. Explore centuries-old methods of spinning, dyeing and weaving textiles. Stop in Pisac village to browse the handicraft market. Discover an ancient Peruvian art form at Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio. Marvel at this internationally-renowned artist’s techniques and designs, inspired by ancient Peruvian cultures. Settle into your hotel nestled in the Sacred Valley. Tonight, savour an authentic Pachamanca dinner, a unique process where food is placed on hot stones and buried in the ground to cook.

icons_food  Breakfast & Dinner  icons_therma  High  21 Low  6   icons_hotel  Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley


Day 10. Ollantaytambo – Sacred Valley of the Incas

Glimpse daily activities at a nearby village and connect with another culture. Visit the Ollantaytambo ruins, a spectacular example of Inca architecture. Do as the locals do and enjoy a tasting of “chicha,” a regional drink made from maize, at a local pub. Later, it’s off to a local brewery to discover their unique brews and to learn about their support of a local orphanage.

icons_food  Breakfast   icons_therma  High 21  Low  6   icons_hotel  Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley


Day 11. Sacred Valley of the Incas – Machu Picchu

Embark on a train ride through the Andes from Ollantaytambo to mysterious Machu Picchu. Hidden for centuries, the “Lost City of the Incas” is the most spectacular sight in South America. Spend the day exploring the fabled ruins before overnighting at the base of Machu Picchu. Soak up the mystical atmosphere and enjoy an exclusive culinary demonstration at dinner.

icons_food  Breakfast & Dinner  icons_therma  High 20  Low  7   icons_hotel  Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel


Day 12. Aguas Calientes – Cuzco

Take advantage of your leisure time this morning and perhaps return to Machu Picchu on your own or explore the local markets. Return by train to the Sacred Valley and continue to Cuzco, a city that blends Inca and Spanish colonial influences. In Cuzco, relax and become acclimated to the altitude.

icons_food  Breakfast   icons_therma  High 20  Low  7   icons_hotel  Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco


Day 13. Cuzco

Explore the former capital of the Inca Empire, Cuzco, which means “Centre of the World” in the ancient Quechua language. On a city tour, experience the Spanish architectural legacy visible in the Cathedral, Santo Domingo and the Plaza de Armas. Discover the sacred Incan ruin of Sacsayhuaman Fortress. Interact with the locals during a visit to the central market and have a chance to try an authentic tamale. Take some time to explore independently…browse the local markets, see the San Blas artisans quarter or visit one of the impressive museums. Tonight, enjoy dinner in a local restaurant located in the fabulous Plaza de Armas.

icons_food  Breakfast & Dinner  icons_therma  High 20  Low  7   icons_hotel  Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco


Day 14. Cuzco – Lima – Tour Ends

Fly to Lima and tour its historical centre, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the artwork at the San Francisco Monastery and enter the catacombs, view the Government Centre, the Plaza de Armas’ Cathedral and the fashionable suburbs for insight into the life of Limeños. Before transferring to the airport, complete your day with a farewell dinner at the Larco Museum, housed in an 18th-century mansion.

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Please note: Accommodation is subject to change.


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  • Ecuador is on EST, and Peru and Galapagos are one hour behind.
  • The highest elevation included on tour 11,200 feet above sea level, in Cuzco
  • The currency in Ecuador is the US Dollar and in Peru is the nuevo sol.
  • Ecuador is on 110/120 volts, on-board ship, the cabins feature 110 volt, and Peru is on 220 volt.
  • Why not consider a pre and post tour extension. Start and end your holiday rested.

To truly experience the programme and destination, you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing. Some of the touring days may be longer, with select included activities occurring later in the evening.

March 2016.

Mar 3  – Mar 13.                $3,079

Mar 10  – Mar 20.              $2,829

Mar 17 – Mar 27.               $2,829

April 2016.

Apr 7 – Apr 17.                   $2,949

Apr 14 – Apr 24.                 $2,949

Apr 21 – May 1.                  $2,949

June 2016.

Jun 6 – Jun 26.                    $3,979

Jun 20 – Jul 1.                      $3,979

July 2016.

Jul 18 – Jul 29.                      $3,979

August 2016. 

Aug 8 – Aug 19.                   $4,299

Aug 15 – Aug 26.                 $4,299

September 2016. 

Sep 5 – Sep 16.                    $3,979

Sep 12 – Sep 23.                  $3,979

Sep 26 – Oct 7.                     $3,979

October 2016.

Oct 10 – Oct 21.                   $3,979

November 2016.

Nov 7 – Nov 18.                    $3,469

March 2017.

Mar 13 – Mar 24.                   $3,469

Mar 27 – Apr 7.                      $3,599

April 2017.

Apr 3 – Apr 14.                       $3,729

Apr 24 – May 5.                      $3,729

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