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Exploring Galapagos + Peru's Land of the Incas

16 Day Sample Cruise aboard Islander
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After 9 days in the Galapagos Islands taking a cruise on the National Geographic Islander amid wildlife and natural wonders, head to Peru to experience the marvels of Machu Picchu and the Inca empire. Trace the Inca lineage from Cusco and the Sacred Valley of ancient times to modern city of Lima in all its sophisticated vitality. This 16-day sample tour of Galapagos and Peru can be the inspiration for your own, totally customized trip that fits your particular interests, schedule and budget. Contact us about personalizing this trip.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador / Overnight Hotel.
Day 2 : Fly to Baltra / Embark the Islander
Days 3-8 : Explore the Galapagos Islands
Day 9 : Disembark in the Galapagos / Fly to Lima, Peru
Day 10 : Fly to Cusco / Sacred Valley
Day 11 : Sacred Valley of the Inca
Day 12 : Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu
Day 13 : Machu Picchu / Cusco
Day 14 : Cusco
Day 15 : Cusco / Lima
Day 16 : Lima / Return Home

Ship

Islander

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • Peru
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Cusco
  • Fernandina
  • Floreana
  • Guayaquil
  • Hotel Monasterio
  • Isabela
  • Lima
  • Machu Picchu
  • Miraflores Park Hotel
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Sacred Valley
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A Giant Tortoise munches on some local foliage. Kayaking through the beautiful tropical waters. Iguana found during a Galapagos wildlife cruise Plaza in Lima Exploring Machu Picchu during a Peru trip

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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 3-8 Explore the Galapagos Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The following is a representative sample of the islands you may visit during your week on board:

Bartholome
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
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.

Isabela
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.

Fernandina
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.

Floreana
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

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 14 Cusco

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

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

Islander

Costa del Sol

Guayaquil - Hotels

Hotel Monasterio

Miraflores Park Hotel

Sacred Valley - Hotels

Sanctuary Lodge

Per person starting at
$12,480
Islander's Standard Cabin, Category 1 -3.
Category 1
$12,480
Main Deck #201, 202. Cabins feature two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed, and a window.
Islander's Standard Cabin, Category 1 -3.
Category 1 Single
$17,370
Main Deck #201, 202. Cabins feature two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed, and a window.
Islander's Standard Cabin, Category 1 -3.
Category 2
$13,380
Main Deck #203-210 (*Sole Occupancy: All). Centrally located, cabins feature two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed, and a window.
Islander's Standard Cabin, Category 1 -3.
Category 2 Single
$18,720
Main Deck #203-210 (*Sole Occupancy: All). Centrally located, cabins feature two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed, and a window.
Islander's Standard Cabin, Category 1 -3.
Category 3
$14,270
Bridge Deck #303-306 (*Sole Occupancy: #301, 302). Conveniently located, cabins feature two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed, and a window. Note: #305 & 306 can accommodate a third person.
Islander's Category 4 and 5 Cabin.
Category 4
$14,780
Upper Deck #403-408. Spacious cabins feature two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed or a double bed. All cabins feature a window and outside glassed-in terraces with seating. Note: The single beds in cabins 403 & 404 convert to double beds
Islander's Category 4 and 5 Cabin.
Category 5
$16,780
Upper Deck #401, 402. These are the largest cabins onboard. They feature two lower single beds which can convert ot a queen bed, and wrap-around windows. Both have a desk, chairs, and table. They also feature outside glassed-in terraces with seating.

Notes

*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

Included

  • 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

Excluded

  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $595
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $540

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