Exploring Galapagos + Peru's Land of the Incas Cruise

Alexandra C. Daley-Clark
A Giant Tortoise munches on some local foliage.
Michael S. Nolan
Kayaking through the beautiful tropical waters.
Brian Morgan
Iguana found during a Galapagos wildlife cruise
Kassandra Miller
Plaza in Lima
DarAnne Dunning
Exploring Machu Picchu during a Peru trip
Stewart Cohen
Enjoy a book in the Islander's library.
Dine with an amazing view
After your relaxing yacht-style adventure in Galápagos amid wildlife and natural wonders, head to Peru to experience the marvels of Machu Picchu, and trace the Inca lineage from Cusco and the Sacred Valley of ancient times to now in the sophisticated vitality of Lima.

Day 1

    Arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador / Overnight Hotel.

    Arrive in Guayaquil by late evening. Meet your fellow travelers at your hotel, the Hilton Colon.

    Day 2

      Fly to Baltra / Embark the Islander

      In the morning, fly from Guayaquil to Baltra, in the Galapagos. After the 1 1⁄2-hour flight, immediately board the ship. Over the course of the week, your exact routing depends on the National Park Service.(B, L, D)

      Days 3-8

        Exploring the Galapagos Islands

        The following is a representative sample of the islands we may visit during your week on board:


        This is an enchanting landscape where lava, mangroves and golden sand converge. Great walks and views abound, with a chance to snorkel with Galápagos penguins.


        Santiago offers close encounters with Galápagos fur seals along with an opportunity to study the inhabitants of the island’s countless tide pools.

        Santa Cruz

        Look for blue-footed boobies, pelicans, sea lions and more. Enjoy walks in the highlands and encounter giant tortoises in the wild.


        A small black sand beach offers wonderful morning swimming. Enjoy a more challenging hike over rugged shoreline and a shorter walk within an iguana colony. Kayaking and deep water snorkeling opportunities are on offer.


        This is the youngest island in the Galápagos and one of the most pristine tropical islands left on earth. Look forward to hikes over relatively recent lava flows, and spot marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, and Sally Lightfoot crabs.


        Snorkel among sea lions in the clear waters off Champion Islet. We may also find flamingos, pintail ducks and various shorebirds. Hike to a pristine white-sand beach, a favorite nesting site for sea turtles.

        Day 9

          Disembark in the Galapagos / Fly to Lima, Peru

          Depart Galápagos this morning and fly to Lima. Overnight at the Ramada Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel.

          Day 10

            Fly to Cusco / Sacred Valley

            This morning fly from Lima to Cusco and drive to Awanacancha, a farm where South American llamas and alpacas are bred. Enjoy an afternoon lecture by Peter Frost. Check into the Sol y Luna Hotel.

            Day 11

              Sacred Valley of the Inca

              Peter Frost joins as you visit the massive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. Then attend a traditional weaving demonstration by National Geographic grantee Nilda Callanaupa. Enjoy an outdoor lunch with a Paso horse demonstration. Visit to a local pottery studio, featuring ceramics made with ancient Peruvian techniques and designs. After dinner, enjoy a folkloric dance performance.

              Day 12

                Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu

                At Machu Picchu, enjoy a guided visit to the site and then spend the night at the 31-room Belmond (formerly Orient-Express) Sanctuary Lodge.

                Day 13

                  Machu Picchu / Cusco

                  Early morning, hike to the Sun Gate, the ancient final checkpoint to Machu Picchu, and watch daybreak over the quiet ruins. The morning is free to explore. After a train and bus ride we arrive in Cusco in the later afternoon for two nights at the Belmond (formerly Orient-Express) Monasterio Hotel. (B,L,D)

                  Day 14


                    Explore the Inca Empire's capital city of Cusco and visit the vast Sacsayhuaman fortress. The afternoon is open to stroll around the city. Relax, shop or visit one of the museums or convents including the magnificent 17th century cathedral and convent of Koricancha. Dinner is on your own. This evening, experience the music of the Andes at a presentation of indigenous instruments.

                    Day 15

                      Cusco / Lima

                      This morning return to Lima and visit the Larco Herrera Museum and stroll the Plaza Mayor. Lunch is traditional Latin American style. Overnight at the Belmond (formerly Orient-Express) Miraflores Park Hotel.

                      Day 16

                        Lima / Return Home

                        This morning fly home – or anywhere else you might have decided to go!

                        All itineraries are subject to change due to weather or changes by the National Park Service or yacht operator.
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                        *Rates include Galapagos National Park Fee.

                        *Hotel nights on Days 1 and 9 are at the Hilton in Guayaquil or Quito. Please inquire for pre and post tour accommodation rates at these hotels.

                        Single Supplement

                        This yacht requires single travelers to pay a supplement for private accommodations unless a roommate can be found.

                        Child Discount

                        Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50


                        • Accommodations on board Islander based on double occupancy
                        • Meals while in the Galapagos
                        • Bilingual Naturalist Guide
                        • Shore Excursions
                        • Swimming and Snorkeling
                        • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
                        • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
                        • Snorkeling Equipment
                        • Wetsuit
                        • Sea Kayaking


                        • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
                        • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
                        • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
                        • $35 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
                        • $45 International Departure Tax
                        • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
                        • Travel Insurance

                        Galapagos Flights

                          Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip

                        • $530 - $590

                          Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip

                        • $475 - $520

                        Optional Hospitality Packages