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Inca Civilisation, Mountain Landscapes and Enchanted Islands
16 Night Itinerary from £7,297
Cruise the Galapagos Islands for close encounters with friendly wildlife and be inspired by Andean landscapes, colonial heritage and the ancient Inca civilisation at Machu Picchu.
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- Lima - 2 Nights
- Lake Titicaca - 1 Night
- Cusco - 3 Nights
- Machu Picchu - 1 Night
- Return to Cusco - 1 Night
- Quito - 1 Night
- Galapagos Cruise - 7 Nights
- Combine Inca Culture, Andean mountain landscapes and the friendly wildlife of the Galapagos
- Tour Peru's vibrant capital Lima, home to some of the world's best restaurants
- Venture onto majestic Lake Titicaca to discover local life on its traditional islands
- Explore the Inca capital Cusco and enjoy a day trip to the Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Marvel at Machu Picchu, the lost citadel of the Incas, hidden in dramatic cloud forest
- Embark on an unforgettable seven night Galapagos Islands cruise in the company of experts, with daily walks and snorkelling taking you up close to the bizarre and fearless reptiles, birds and marine life
This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.
Lima - 2 Nights
Day 1 - Fly from the UK to Lima
Day 2 - Guided tour of Lima
- Full Description
Saturday, 30 September 2023
Fly from the UK to Lima
Depart on a daytime flight to Lima. On arrival at Lima airport, you will be met by our representative who will take you to your hotel for two nights.
Sunday, 01 October 2023
Guided tour of Lima
Included today is a half day tour with your local guide to discover both colonial and modern districts of Lima. Following an earthquake in 1746, the city was elaborately rebuilt, and today wide streets, vast plazas and old houses with ornately carved balconies are a legacy of this period. Visit the Museo Arqueologico Rafael Larco Herrera in the suburb of Pueblo Libre. Founded in 1926 by the Peruvian archaeologist Rafael Larco Hoyle, the Larco Museum showcases remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 3,000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Featuring the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru and to the famous erotic archaeological collection, this museum is one of the most visited Peruvian tourist attractions.
Lima - Tourist Hotel
This small contemporary hotel is located in the heart of Miraflores, with plenty of access to local conveniences such as restaurants and shops. The rooms are comfortable, spacious and modern although simple in character, and all with modern amenities such as WiFi, air conditioning and private facilities. The hotel has a bar and restaurant serving international dishes.
Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis.
Lima - First Hotel
The stylish Casa Andina Private Collection is located in the heart of Miraflores, close to many excellent restaurants. The 148 rooms are furnished in the modern European style, with modern amenities and private facilities. There is a lounge, swimming pool, bar, restaurant, and adjoining sandwich cafe for light snacks.
Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis.
Lima - Deluxe Hotel
The Belmond Miraflores Park is a deluxe oceanfront boutique hotel surrounded by a lush gardens, located in Miraflores, one of Limas most exclusive residential districts.
A modern exterior hides a touch of finesse throughout the hotel, whose 81 rooms and suites are luxuriously decorated with marble and granite bathrooms and king size beds. The observatory Restaurant on the 11th floor offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, while the more formal Traguluz restaurant is the jewel of crown in Lima's dining scene. The Belo Bar is a favourite place to relax and afternoon tea is now available in the lounge. The hotel also has a fitness centre, squash court, sauna, massage centre and business centre.
Accommodation is based on room and breakfast.
Lake Titicaca - 1 Night
Day 3 - Fly to Lake Titicaca and the Uros Islands
- Full Description
Monday, 02 October 2023
Fly to Lake Titicaca
Transfer to Lima airport for your morning flight to Juliaca, where you will be met by our local guide and taken to your hotel in Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
This afternoon we venture onto Lake Titicaca to visit Uros Islands. Although the Uros Indians of the floating islands have intermarried with Aymara Indians and no pure-blooded Uros exist, many of the inhabitants of the islands still practice the old traditions of fishing, trapping birds and living on the lake plants. The totora reeds which grow abundantly in the shallows of the lake are used for their boats, houses and islands. The Indians began living on the reed islands over 500 years ago when the Uros built the islands in an effort to isolate themselves from the Collas and the Incas.
Cusco - 3 Nights
Day 4 - Train journey to Cusco
Day 5 - Sacred Valley of the Incas
Day 6 - Guided tour of Cusco & nearby Inca Ruins
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Tuesday, 03 October 2023
Train journey to Cusco
Crossing the Andes on the Puno – Cusco route is an unforgettable experience all on its own. But doing it aboard the PeruRail Titicaca Train will make this a truly once-in-a-lifetime adventure. The PeruRail Titicaca Train was created to provide passengers with all the luxuries they could want in a trip, while offering them a chance to forge a mystical connection with nature. The PeruRail Titicaca Train features an open-air observatory car, allowing you to take in the majestic views while enjoying the typical music and dances of the Peruvian highlands.
During your trip, you will have the chance to take panoramic pictures of some of the quintessential Andean landscapes. The route covered by the PeruRail Titicaca Train is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world, with a trip that lasts ten and a half hours. At the start of the journey, passengers are welcomed at the Wanchaq Station (Cusco) or the Puno Station, where local musicians will provide background music as you board the train. Once aboard, you can enjoy the two dining cars decorated in the style of the Pullman cars of the 1920s. Also, during the trip, you will enjoy a personalized service and have the finest in gourmet food. When you arrive in Cusco, our guide will meet you and take you to your hotel. Lunch is included today.
Wednesday, 04 October 2023
Sacred Valley of the Incas
An early start today for a full day tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Our first stop is at Chinchero to visit the local colourful and authentic market where indigenous people from the surrounding communities congregate to trade their goods, not only trading in money, but in goods as well. The Chinchero Market is also well-known for its woven handcrafts typical of the region. You will also visit a workshop where you can see the artisans of the region working in their place. From here we drive to the Moray ruins, used by the Incas as a type of open-air crop laboratory.
Our next stop is Maras pre-Inca salt mines located on a wide-open hill above the Urubamba Valley. From here we will continue down to the Urubamba River and stop to admire the beautiful views of the valley. Lunch. We cross a small bridge and arrive at a beautiful Spanish Hacienda, overlooking the Urubamba River.
We visit the huge fortress of Ollantaytambo, the archaeological complex believed to have been a gigantic agricultural, administrative, social, religious and military centre. The town itself is geometrically perfect; with straight streets, trapezoidal doors, and Inca drainage systems.
We continue to Pisac a small colonial village built by Viceroy Francisco de Toledo on the ruins of an Inca citadel, standing at the entrance to the immensely fertile Urubamba River valley which was called the "Sacred Valley of the Incas" for the agricultural produce and wealth it brought as the base of the Inca Empire. There is a tourist market with numerous shops full of handicrafts and weaving and also a food market for local people, particularly on Sunday when some women and children dress in their traditional costumes. We drive up the mountain above the town for a short to visit to the Pisac ruins. Entrance fees and lunch are included. Lunch is included today.
Thursday, 05 October 2023
Guided tour of Cusco & nearby Inca Ruins
Today enjoy a guided tour of Cusco. We visit the Cathedral in the main square of Cusco and the Koricancha, the Spanish church built on Inca stone foundations. The Cathedral, believed to be built on the foundations of the Palace of Viracocha, stands proudly in the main square and houses an interesting picture of the last supper where Jesus and his disciples are about to tuck into a guinea pig, a Peruvian delicacy.
We drive to the mountains above Cusco to visit the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman and Kenko. The largest complex and most famous of the ruins surrounding Cusco is Sacsayhuaman, a mighty fortress, built using massive stones some of which weigh over 100 tons, and somehow fitted together so neatly that even now, after so many years and earthquakes, one can still not slip a knife blade between the pieces of this huge jigsaw puzzle.
We also explore Tambomachay ruins, which may have served as a military outpost or a spa resort for the Incan political elite; as well as the Puca Pucara site, a red granite huge fortress. On the return we stop at a vantage point above Cusco for a superb view of the city and the surrounding mountains, before returning to your hotel. Entrance fees are included.
Cusco - Tourist Hotel
Situated in the heart of the Incan empire, only a few steps away from the main plaza, the Maytaq Wasin Hotel is contemporary in design, boasts high ceiling and plenty of natural light. There is a shaded terrace with views of the hills and chic common areas with modern decor. The hotel is only 150 metres from the Inca Museum and steps away from the main Plaza de Armas.
Public areas include an open rooftop terrace, lounge, restaurant and bar. Free Wi-Fi is available.
The well-appointed rooms have twin/double beds, cable TV and private bathoom with shower.
The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.
Cusco - First Hotel
The Costa Del Sol Picoaga Hotel occupies an original Colonial mansion built for a Spanish nobleman, shown in its stonework arches and large courtyard. Located just 2 minutes from the main square, the hotel is an ideal base from which to explore the city. The 70 rooms are well decorated, comfortable and modern, all with private facilities.
Accommodation is on a room and breakfast basis.
Cusco - Luxury Hotel
Built 300 years ago atop Inca foundations, the building was originally the Seminary of San Antonio Abad. In 1995, the seminary was tastefully converted into a luxury hotel while still preserving its original architecture of arched galleries surrounding two elegant colonial style courtyards. The Belmond Monasterio de Cusco is Cuzco's premier hotel, providing its guests with a museum setting of Inca and Spanish traditions. The hotel is conveniently situated very close to the city's central square, the Plaza de Armas, where the Cathedral and museums are located.
All of the 122 air-conditioned rooms have en-suite bathrooms, telephone, mini-bar and cable TV and many of them are oxygen-enriched. The hotel also has a lobby bar, two restaurants and deli/café.
Several activities are available including art tours, cooking classes and pisco lessons.
The rooms and on a bed and breakfast basis.
Machu Picchu - 1 Night
Day 7 - Machu Picchu by Vistadome Train
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Friday, 06 October 2023
Machu Picchu by Vistadome Train
Today we set off by Vistadome train from Cusco along the course of the Urubamba River to Aguas Calientes. This is a spectacular journey through a dramatic and changing landscape with some fantastic views. From Aguas Calientes, you will be met by your guide and take a bus up the steep mountain side to the magnificent citadel of Machu Picchu, which silently awaits. You will have a private guided tour of the ruins to learn about the Inca culture and history of the site. After you have checked into your hotel, the rest of the afternoon is free. Lunch is included today.
Machu Picchu - Tourist Hotel
Located by train station, the hotel is modern, functional but bland, useful for an overnight stay. The standard rooms have no windows but others look out over the station or behind to the Urubamba river.
Machu Picchu - First Lodge
The brand new Sumaq hotel is located in Aguas Calientes, owned by a Peruvian family that have made reality their dream of building a luxury hotel close to the most emblematic archaeological site in Peru: Machu Picchu. The hotel provides guests with the highest levels of comfort in an appropriatel magnificent setting, and the design and decoration of the hotel have benefited from a continuous research and recreate many aspects of Inca culture.
Machu Picchu - First Hotel
Conveniently located next to the train station in Aguas Calientes, all cabanas have spacious rooms with en-suete bathrooms and are set amongst dense vegetation with gardens spread through the grounds, linked by winding paths. there is a restaurant & bar, a spa, walks and an orchid trail, that combined with the lush vegetation of the grounds, create a sense of tranquility & relaxation.
Return to Cusco - 1 Night
Day 8 - Return to Cusco
- Full Description
Saturday, 07 October 2023
Return to Cusco
Early mornings offer an excellent opportunity for a quiet stroll around Machu Picchu, a walk along the Inca Trail to Intipunku (Sun Gate), or a strenuous climb to Huayna Picchu, the rocky escarpment overlooking the ruins. In the afternoon Vistadome train back to Cusco, where we stay for 1 night.
Quito - 1 Night
Day 9 - Fly to Quito
- Full Description
Sunday, 08 October 2023
Fly to Quito
Transfer to Cusco Airport for an early morning flight to Quito (via Lima). Situated between two ranges of the snow-capped Andes, the old town in Quito is a a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the city enjoys a beautiful setting and temperate climate. You will be met by our local guide and taken to your hotel for a 1-night stay on a bed and breakfast.
Quito - Tourist Hotel
The Hotel Plaza Sucre is located at the very heart of Ecuador's capital, in the historical downtown named by UNESCO as a Human Heritage site in 1978, because of its architectural beauty and cultural richness. The sober and colonial atmosphere of the hotel makes you feel being transported to the republican era. The hotel offers 25 comfortable guestrooms equipped with private facilities, TV cable, internet, Wifi, and modern facilities. Breakfasts are served in a wonderful rooftop patio with great views of "El Panecillo" statue which towers over the city.
Quito - First Boutique
This delightful 22 room hotel has been converted from an original Colonial townhouse, and is located on the pedestrian La Ronda street, close to many bars and restaurants. The rooms are comfortable and traditionally styled, decorated with fabricsand patterns from local communities. The hotel alos has a small lounge and fireplace, and serves local cuisine and Ecudorean wines.
Quito - Deluxe Hotel
Situated in a newly-restored historic mansion overlooking Plaza San Francisco in the heart of the Old Town, the three-story Casa Gangotena has 31 luxury rooms: a showcase of eye catching style, contemporary design, antiques, furnishings, fine dining, modern technologies and quintessential comforts. Beautifully and eclectically appointed, the hotel invites its guests to explore and to relax, whether in the dining room, glassed-in patio, garden redolent with the perfume of native flowers, wood-panelled library, or else atop its panoramic third-floor terrace. Sophisticated and eclectic, historic yet contemporary, at Casa Gangotena style, passion and service blend seamlessly and delightfully.
The hotel includes several 'experiences' for its guests at no extra cost, including San Francisco’s courtyards & Brewery, Museo del Carmen Alto, San Fransisco Choir & Bell Tower and Chocolate Quiteno tasting.
Rates are on a room and breakfast basis.
Galapagos Cruise - 7 Nights
Days 10-16 - Cruise the Galapagos Islands
Day 17 - Departure back to the UK
Day 18 - Arrive in the UK
- Full Description
Monday, 09 October 2023
Fly to the Galapagos for your 7-night cruise
Take a domestic flight to the Galapagos and transfer to your chosen yacht for your 7-night cruise on a full board basis. Your Galapagos cruise includes daily morning and afternoon guided excursions to admire the tame wildlife endemic to each island. To follow is a typical 7-night itinerary on the first class Beluga.
In the afternoon, visit the Charles Darwin Station is a research facility and National Park Information centre. The Charles Darwin Station has a giant tortoise and land iguana breeding program and interpretation centre.
Tuesday, 10 October 2023
Sombrero Chino & Rabida
In the morning visit Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat), a small volcanic island just off the southeast tip of Santiago. The name of the island describes the shape of the island. Fauna includes Sea lions, marine iguanas and the Galapagos penguin.
After lunch, explore Rábida, a small island with a dark red coral sand beach. Highlights include the lagoon with flamingoes, pelican nesting site, sea lion bachelor colony, and a snorkelling site at the end of the beach.
Wednesday, 11 October 2023
Isabela Island & Sierra Negra
Morning visit to Isabela Island - the largest of the Galapagos Islands formed by five active volcanoes fused together. Wolf Volcano is the highest point in the entire Galapagos at 1707m. We also visit Puerto Villamil, a charming small town on a white sand beach. Highlights include the Tortoise Breeding Station and the flamingo lagoon. Other visits (depending on conditions) are the Tintoreras or Los Humedales.
In the afternoon continue to the Sierra Negra Volcano with a caldera with a diameter of 10km. View recent lava flows, moist highland vegetation, and parasitic cones.
Thursday, 12 October 2023
Punta Moreno & Elizabeth Bay
After breakfast, visit Punta Moreno, located in the central southwestern coast of Isabela Island. The site has spectacular views of volcanoes Alcedo, Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul. Some highlights include impressive lava flows, desolate and pristine landscape, varied and unusual arid zone vegetation.
After lunch, explore Elizabeth Bay by dinghy. It is possible to see penguins on the small islets in the bay. The end of the bay is long and narrow surrounded by three species of mangroves. Galapagos Sea Turtles and rays can usually be seen in the water.
Friday, 13 October 2023
Isabela Island & Tagus Cove
This morning we explore Urbina Bay, located at the central-west coast of Isabela Island at the foothills of Alcedo and Darwin volcanoes. Highlights include the colourful land iguanas, Galapagos Giant tortoises and the coral uplifting from 1954.
Continue to Tagus Cove, natural harbour where centuries ago whalers and pirates left their ship's names painted or carved on the rocks. A walk uphill to Darwin's Crater salt-water lake will provide an excellent view.
Saturday, 14 October 2023
Punta Espinoza & Punta Vicente Roca
Morning exploration of Punta Espinoza, famous for its large colonies of marine iguanas and unique species like the flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguin, Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, and many others. After lunch, continue to Punta Vicente Roca and explore by dinghy along the cliffs or the partially sunken cave at the water's edge. Nasca boobies, blue-footed boobies and flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline.
Sunday, 15 October 2023
Santiago Island & Buccaneers Cove
This morning visit Santiago Island offering a wide variety of seabirds, marine iguanas and fur seals. We continue to Playa Espumilla, a beautiful contrast between the golden beach and the green mangroves. It is also a great site to see flamingos, pintail ducks, green sea turtle nests and the Galapagos Hawk. It is also a good site to go for a cool off swim or a snorkel.
After lunch, explore Buccaneers Cove. This site was Charles Darwin’s home for 9 days. As well as a resting site for many whalers and pirates. With this rich history Buccaneers Cove is a must see. Enjoy a panga ride or snorkel looking for Galapagos Fur Seals, Brown Noodies, Pelicans, and Swallow-tailed Gulls.
We then continue to Bartolome Island (Bartholomew) where we hike to the highest point on Bartolome for a spectacular view. Sea lions and penguins can be seen around Pinnacle Rock. There is a sandy beach with great swimming and snorkelling.
Monday, 16 October 2023
North Seymour & departure
After breakfast, enjoy your last visit on North Seymour Island. This flat piece of land originated after an uplifting event thousands of years ago. The island is home to endemic Palo Santo trees, colonies of blue-footed boobies, swallow tailed gulls, and magnificent frigate birds.
Later in the morning, transfer to the airport and fly to Quito or Guayaquil to connect with your overnight flight home.
Tuesday, 17 October 2023
Arrive in the UK
Arrive in the UK in the morning.
Galapagos Islands - Tourist Motor Yacht
Enjoy the small ship experience of cruising from island to island, getting close to the shore, feel the breeze and listening to the sea. After the morning and afternoon landings ashore, you can enjoy the spacious sundeck areas, sunbathe and admire the sea lions playing around you.
The Cachalote Explorer accommodates up to 16 passengers in 8 air conditioned double cabins, all with private bathroom facilities. There is a crew of 9 including your Galapagos Naturalist Guide that will take you on daily excursions.
Galapagos Islands - First Motor Yacht
The M/Y Beluga is a spacious and comfortable superior first class motor yacht accommodating up to 16 passengers in 8 double cabins. One of these has an additional berth which becomes a triple room which is ideal for families.
Beluga is fully air-conditioned, has spacious social areas with all the comforts and facilities of a superior first class Galapagos yacht, including panoramic windows in the lounge and dining area and a large sundeck for relaxing, sightseeing or sunbathing.
Enjoy daily excursions ashore led by expert naturalist guides, fascinating evening talks and explorations by dinghy.
Galapagos Islands - Luxury Motor Yacht
Custom-designed for sustainability and comfort, the Origin, Theory and Evolve are the ultimate Galapagos cruises vessels, offering luxurious amenities while minimising environmental impacts. The state of the art design also allows you to spend less time traveling between islands, with more time for actual exploration.
Recognised by Relais and Chateaux, each yacht carries a maximum 20-passenger capacity and a high crew to client ratio meaning you will be well looked after on board and on land.
The 10 deluxe air-conditioned staterooms are all located on the main (Beagle) deck and all have the benefit of views of the sea. Each cabin has fine bed linens, climate control and a choice of memory foam and soft pillows. Two twins can convert to a king size bed. Two cabins have interconnecting doors, and two can accommodate triples. Although not large, there is plenty of space to store your case and clothes. Cabins also have a stool, mirror, TV, safety deposit box, tea and coffee making facilities. Bathrooms have shower, WC, towels, bathrobes, slippers, hair dryer and luxury soaps and shampoos.
You can dine as a group or privately, enjoying excellent gourmet meals. There is a cooking demonstration or BBQ lunch during the cruise.
There is an open bar (including free wine, local beer, cocktails, and spirits). The lounge and elegant dining room are very comfortable and hosts the evening talks and briefings from your guides and naturalists. There is FREE Wi-Fi, a library, fitness centre and shop on all the yachts.
The sundecks have day beds, hammocks, tables and chairs, a shower, BBQ and bar. Every day you will enjoy guided walks, zodiac rides, snorkelling, and kayaking excursions. The two naturalist guides share their knowledge and passion of these most unique places on the planet.
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Ideal for families
The Origin is ideal for families. Children 17 and under get 15% discount.
- All meals
- Transfers from Galapagos Airports to/from the ship
- All excursions as described in the itineraries
- Open bar throughout the cruise including wines, spirits, beer, cocktails, tea, coffee, and soft drinks
- FREE use of the glass bottom boat, snorkelling equipment, wet suits and kayaks
- Nightly lecture programme
|Season||Low Season||High Season|
|Travel Dates||Jan-Jun, 18 Aug-14 Dec||July-17 Aug, 15-31 Dec|
|Multiple Travellers - Twin Room||£7,297||£8,885||£13,733||£7,713||£9,315||£14,184|
Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.
- 18 Days / 16 Nights
- International flights (1 overnight)
- Seven night Galapagos Cruise
- Internal flights
- Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
- 18 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 7 dinners
- Transfers to and from airports
- Transport throughout the itinerary
- Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
- Prices are per person
- Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request
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