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Wild Galápagos & Peru Escape

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Islander II
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Discover two iconic world wonders in ten action-packed days aboard the 48-guest National Geographic Islander, a beautiful all-suite vessel that introduces a new level of style and comfort to the Galápagos. Enter Peru's Sacred Valley, the gateway to the famed Machu Picchu and Cusco, the Inca Empire's imperial capital. Then journey to the world's most fascinating islands, where you can discover diverse species and scenery both on land and underwater. Each voyage is designed to showcase the region's diversity.
Visit a llama farm in the Sacred Valley during your Peru tourTravelers in a Zodiak watch a Blue-Footed Boobie and a Sea Lion in the GalapagosGetting close to a TortoiseMachu Picchu Up close to the Blue Footed Boobie
Highlights
  • Soak in the scenery and culture of the Sacred Valley of the Inca.
  • See the famous blue-footed boobies in the Galápagos, among other wildlife.
  • See Machu Picchu, plus tour the Sacred Valley of the Inca.
  • Journey between Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu by Inca Rail.
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Lima, Peru

Arrive in Lima, Peru’s thriving capital, and transfer to the convenient Wyndham Costa del Sol, connected to the airport. Most international flights arrive in the late evening. Opt to arrive early for a Lima pre-voyage extension staying at the iconic Country Club Lima Hotel. The extension adds just a day to the expedition and gives you a chance to rest, relax, and see this UNESCO World Heritage-designated city.

Day 2: Lima | Cusco | Sacred Valley

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Fly to Cusco this morning. Drive through the Sacred Valley to Chinchero, a typical Andean village where National Geographic Grantee Nilda Callañaupa joins for lunch and a demonstration of Inca weaving traditions. Continue to Tambo del Inka, and stay two nights. Dinner tonight is at the hotel. 

Day 3: Machu Picchu

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Drive to Ollantaytambo, and board the train to Machu Picchu. Perched at nearly 8,000 feet in the “eyebrow of the jungle,” the sanctuary is surrounded by tropical mountain forests with diverse birds and orchids. Linger after daytime visitors have departed, returning to Machu Picchu Pueblo for the train ride back to the Sacred Valley and Tambo del Inka this evening. Dinner is served aboard the first-class train.

Day 4: Sacred Valley | Cusco

After breakfast this morning, depart for Cusco with a full day to explore. Tour the ornate 17th-century cathedral and Plaza de Armas, the sacred Inca Temple of the Sun, and other treasures of this burgeoning cultural capital and center of the Inca universe, where colonial buildings stand atop Inca foundations. Check-in at Palacio del Inka in the historic center. Dinner is on your own tonight to explore nearby celebrated restaurants or rest and relax at the hotel.

Day 5: Cusco | Lima | Guayaquil

Bid farewell to Peru and continue to Ecuador for the second part of your expedition with flights from Cusco via Lima to Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city. Overnight at Hotel del Parque.

Day 6-9: Guayaquil | Baltra | Embark | Galápagos

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Fly on Day 6 to Galápagos. Each day here, hike, swim, snorkel, or explore by kayak or Zodiac—all the while witnessing incredible interactions between animals in their natural habitat. Start exploring Isla Santa Cruz with a trip over the highlands of Santa Cruz upon arrival. Over these few days, walk in a cactus forest with endemic land iguanas on Santa Fé. Wander among sea lions and admire soaring sea birds on Plaza Sur. Search for penguins on stark black lava at Sullivan Bay on Santiago. Snorkel in crystal-clear water at Sombrero Chino. And sail across the Equator and into the flooded caldera at Genovesa, a seabird paradise, and bid farewell to Darwin’s Islands.

Day 10: Disembark | Baltra | Guayaquil

  • 1 Breakfast
Fly to Guayaquil and transfer to the Hotel del Parque. You may be able to take advantage of overnight flights. Guests may also opt for a post-cruise extension to Quito & Otavalo. Ask your Expedition Specialist for details.

Day 11: Guayaquil | Depart

Stay and relax or take an early flight home today.

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National Geographic Islander II

Lima - Hotels

Cusco - Hotels

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280 sq. ft. with two large windows, seating area with sofa, lounge chair.
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515 sq. ft. with four windows, dining area, separate living room with sofa, two chairs, large bath with rain shower and tub.
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280 sq. ft. with two large windows, seating area with sofa, lounge chair.
Included
  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 9 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Park and site entrance fees, special access permits, and port taxes
  • Excursions, hotels, and airport transfers, as indicated in the itinerary 
  • Selection of exploration tools curated to your destination, such as Zodiacs and glass-bottom boats, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, snorkeling equipment (including wetsuits, masks, and fins), and other state-of-the-art gear
  • Guidance and company of leading expedition staff
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary, both aboard and onshore. Meals are inspired by regional cuisine and locally sourced where possible
  • Hors d’oeuvres inspired by regional cuisine and locally sourced where possible
  • 24-hour access to snacks, premium coffees and teas, non-alcoholic beverages, and filtered water
  • Presentations on your destination by expedition staff and expert guest speakers
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to fill at onboard water refill stations
  • The services of a physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, or paramedic  where available
  • Morning stretch classes and 24-hour access to exercise equipment where available
  • 24-hour access to lounges, observation decks, library stocked with regionally relevant literature, and other shared spaces 
  • Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic certified photo instructor
  • Hotels Ashore as Indicated in the Itinerary
  • Presentations and Guest Speakers in the Lounge
  • Assistance by the onboard National Geographic Photography Expert
  • Beer, wine, cocktails, and spirits aboard the ship. We are also pleased to offer a selection of super premium wines and liquors that are available for purchase.
  • Complimentary Starlink-enabled Wi-Fi internet is available to all guests aboard Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet, enabling email, messaging, and social media.
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $200 per adult, $100 per child under 12 (fees of $100 per adult and $50 per child valid on arrivals through Aug 1, 2024). Payable upon arrival to the Galapagos, only in cash dollars. Subject to increase by Galapagos Park Service.
  • Laundry, spa treatments, scuba diving, Wi-Fi and phone services (except when indicated as included)
  • We strongly recommend our guests to take Travel Protection Plan. A Plan with comprehensive coverage to protect you from cancellation fees, costs incurred due to trip delays/interruption, damaged or lost baggage, medical assistance, and evacuation during your travels
  • Airfare (except flights when indicated as included), pre- and post-expedition extensions, additional hotel nights, and private transfers (except when indicated as included)
  • Travel protection plans and passport, visa, and immigration fees 
  • Enhanced and premium Wi-Fi plans, which may enable video chat, web browsing, and streaming (connectivity permitting)
  • Scuba Diving
  • Crew gratuities

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