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The Libertador Tour

17 Night Itinerary from £ 7,997 8,297 $ 10,196

Landmark Mulit-country Tour

Cruise the Galapagos Islands for close encounters with friendly wildlife and be inspired by Andean landscapes, colonial heritage and ancient Inca civilisation

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Inca Civilisation, Andean Mountain Landscapes and the Enchanted Islands

Cruise the Galapagos Islands for close encounters with friendly wildlife and be inspired by Andean landscapes, colonial heritage and ancient Inca civilisation

Travel Highlights

  • 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

 

Journey Breakdown

The Libertador Tour
Travel Itinerary

Lima Days 1 - 2

Day 1  - Fly from the UK to Lima

Day 2 - Guided tour of Lima 

Itinerary Description

Day 1  - 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.

Day 2 - 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. (B)

 

Allpa

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.

Casa Andina Private Collection

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.

Miraflores Park Plaza

Lima - Deluxe Hotel

The Belmond Miraflores Park Plaza 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 Days 3 - 4

Day 3 - Fly to Lake Titicaca

Day 4 - Island communities of Lake Titicaca

Itinerary Description

Day 3 - 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. Rest of the day at leisure to acclimatise as Lake Titicaca is the highest altitude lake in the world (B)

Day 4 - Island communities of Lake Titicaca

Today we venture onto Lake Titicaca to visit Uros and Taquile 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. Continue to the beautiful island of Taquile, approximately 3 hours from the mainland. The island is famous for its fine weavings made by the local men who still wear their traditional dress - coded so that one knows who is married or single! (B,L)

 

Cusco Days 5 - 7

Day 5 - Train journey to Cusco

Day 6 - Sacred Valley of the Incas

Day 7 - Guided tour of Cusco & nearby Inca Ruins 

Itinerary Description

Day 5 - 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. (B,L)

Day 6 - 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. (B,L)

Day 7 - 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. (B)

Maytaq Wasin

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. Rooms have cable TV, modern private bathooms with shower.

Accommodation is on a room and breakfast basis.

 

Costa Del Sol Picoaga

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.

 

Monasterio de Cusco

Cusco - Deluxe Hotel

Built 300 years ago atop Inca foundations, this building was originally the Seminary of San Antonio Abad. In 1995, the seminary was tastefully converted into a hotel while still preserving its original architecture of arched galleries surrounding two elegant colonial style courtyards. It has now become 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 124 rooms have en-suite bathrooms, telephone, mini-bar and cable TV and many of them are oxygen-enriched. The hotel also has a bar, restaurant and café.

Machu Picchu Days 8 - 9

Day 8 - Machu Picchu by Vistadome Train

Day 9 - At leisure in Machu Picchu 

Day 10 - Cusco

Itinerary Description

Day 8 - 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. (B,L)

Day 9 - At leisure in Machu Picchu 

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 one night. (B)

Day 10 - Cusco

A day at leisure in Cusco. Simply relax and enjoy the colonial elegance, cuisine, shop, engage with friendly locals or take an optional excursion bookable locally from our guide. (B)

Casa Andina Classic

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.

Sumaq Machu Picchu

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.

Inkaterra Pueblo

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.

Quito Day 11

Day 11 - Fly to Quito

Itinerary Description

Day 11 - 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. (B)

Plaza Sucre

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.

Casona de La Ronda

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.

Casa Gangotena

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 eyecatching 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.

Galapagos Cruise Days 12 - 19

Days 12-18 - Cruise the Galapagos Islands

Day 19 - Departure back to the UK

Day 20 - Arrive in the UK

Itinerary Description

Days 12-18 - Cruise the Galapagos Islands

Transfer to Quito airport for flight to the Galapagos Islands. On arrival, your local guide will transfer you to your selected Galapagos Cruise yacht to cruise 7 nights on a full board basis and including daily morning and afternoon guided excursions. Enjoy a week of extra-ordinary wildlife discoveries, with many species endemic to each island. Basking marine and land iguanas, red and blue footed boobies, frigate birds, giant tortoises, and friendly sea lions abound. A cruise in the Galapagos Islands is simply unfortgettable; like Darwin you will be inspired and humbled by the joys of nature. (B,L,D)

Day 19 - Departure

Disembark, transfer to the airport and flight to Guayaquil to connect with your overnight flight home. Or extend your stay in the Galapagos Islands at the Finch Bay Hotel on Santa Cruz Island. (B)

Day 20 - Arrive in the UK

Arrive in the UK in the morning.

Samba

Galapagos Islands - Tourist Motor Yacht

The Samba offers a small yacht, intimate experience exploring the Enchanted Islands. With its carefully designed itineraries and activities, Samba makes the most of your time to witness how the islands and wildlife differ within the archipelago.

The Samba has only 7 classic cabins for a maximum of 14 guests plus crew. Nevertheless you have a sun deck and comfortable designed lounge areas that allow you to enjoy every aspect of your cruise experience. Enjoy the top decks, sunbathe, and gaze at the star in the night sky.

For more information visit http://galapagosamba.net

Eric & Letty Motor Yachts

Galapagos Islands - First Motor Yacht

The first class motor-yachts Eric & Letty are sister ships specially designed for cruising the Galapagos, each with a 20 passenger capacity.

Each yacht has 10 cabins over three decks, some with twin lower berths and some with double beds; 2 cabins are also available as triples, with twin lower berths and an upper berth. The cabins all fully air-conditioned and have private facilities with hot showers and hair dryer, as well as fresh towels.

Interiors are of polished teak wood with a dining room, bar and lounge area with TV, VCR and book/video library. There is also a sun deck on top of the yacht with seating and both shaded and unshaded areas. Each boat has a crew of 9 plus 2 expert naturalist guides.

Click here for more detailed information and images : www.galapagosconnection.com

La Pinta

Galapagos Islands - Deluxe Cruise Vessel

La Pinta offers a relaxed yet lavish expedition atmosphere for your cruise in the Galapagos Islands; with plush outside cabins, the highest standards of service, international cuisine plus celebrated Ecuadorian dishes, and all the amenities that make the Galapagos Expedition a trip of a lifetime.

Four multilingual naturalist guides, lead explorers through the wonders of the Galapagos Islands.  Their knowledge,  years of experience and passion for nature and conservation help guests understand the ecosystems present in the Galapagos Islands. Naturalists are the leaders of expeditions; their expertise matches their contagious enthusiasm, whether discussing geology or bird watching, snorkeling or stargazing, evolution or sports.

Travel Details
Libertador

Price Breakdown

Prices are per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates Rest of the Year 19 July - 15 Aug, 14 Dec - 23 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room - £7,997 - - £8,290 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - + £3,305 - - + £3,189 -
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -
Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates Rest of the Year 19 July - 15 Aug, 14 Dec - 23 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room - €8,296 - - €10,606 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - + €3,801 - - + €1,695 -
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -
Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates Rest of the Year 19 July - 15 Aug, 14 Dec - 23 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room - $10,195 - - $10,606 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - + $4,628 - - + $4,465 -
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -

Booking Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • 20 Days / 18 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
  • 18 Nights
  • 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
  • 18 Nights
  • 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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