The Enchanting Galapagos Islands and Peru’s Machu Picchu

14 Days from £5136 per adult. Prices based on flight fares at the time of costing & may vary. Please ask for a definitive quote
14 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Snorkelling and Diving
Culture and Archaeology
Country Combo
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In this itinerary we have succeeded in designing an unforgettable holiday by combining the top two ‘must-see’ destinations in South America: the magnificent Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru and the wildlife-rich Galapagos Islands, far off the coast of Ecuador.

You begin with the majestic Andean scenery and fascinating ancient history found in and around the ancient Inca city of Cusco, before experiencing the breath-taking Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Then enjoy a sensational seven- night voyage around the unique Galapagos Islands for dramatic volcanic landscapes, fascinating human culture and a plethora of specially adapted wildlife on land and underwater.

If you only have one chance to travel to South America, this could well be your ideal trip.

Itinerary

Price from £5136 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart UK

Includes Breakfast.

Day 2 - Cusco

Early morning arrival into Lima and connect with flight to Cusco. Met on arrival and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Staying at Tierra Viva Cusco Plaza. Includes No Meals.

Day 3 - Cusco

Guided tour of Cusco visiting sites such as the Plaza de Armas, Cathedral and Qorikancha, as well as surrounding Inca sites including Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay. Afternoon at leisure.

Staying at Tierra Viva Cusco Plaza. Includes No Meals.

Day 4 - Machu Picchu

Transfer to Poroy station and travel by train to Aguas Calientes. Transfer by bus uphill to the magnificent Inca citadel of Machu Picchu for a guided tour. Your guide will relate the rise and fall of the ancient civilisations of the Andes, the tragic end of the Incas and the unresolved mystery of that ‘lost city’. Lunch at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, by the ruins. Return to Cusco.

Staying at Tierra Viva Cusco Plaza. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 5 - Guayaquil

Transfer to airport, fly to Lima and connect with flight to Guayaquil. Met on arrival and transfer to hotel.

Staying at Oro Verde Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 6 - Galapagos Islands

Transfer to airport and fly to the Galapagos Islands. Begin a 7 nights Galapagos Islands cruise on board a tourist ship. Superior or luxury ships are also available.

Staying at Cachalote. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Galapagos Islands

For the next 7 days, you will explore the Galapagos Islands above and below the water on guided excursions. The dramatic volcanic landscapes of the Galapagos Islands offer some of the most unusual wildlife watching in the world. Above water there are plants and semi-tame animals whose geographical isolation and adaptation to the harsh conditions have led to the evolution of many unique natural histories, including marine iguanas, giant tortoises and the famous Darwin finches. Under the water, cool currents have introduced otherwise cold water species to these tropical seas: penguins, orcas and fur seals happily rub along with parrot fish, turtles and manta rays.

Staying at Cachalote. Includes All Meals.

Day 13 - Guayaquil

Return to airport and fly to Guayaquil. Fly overnight back to the UK.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 14 - Arrive in the UK

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Fly from London to Lima and return from Guayaquil on Iberia or Lan via Madrid or Air France via Paris or KLM via Amsterdam.

Area Specialist

John Melton
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The dry season in the Peruvian Highlands is from May to November. The Galapagos Islands are cooler from May to November too.

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

[Your representatives] were extremely efficient, everything done perfectly. [Guides] were extremely knowledgeable and provided me with excellent opportunities to see birds. Helpful and attentive. Hotels everywhere were very friendly and well run. All the people I met were very good and helpful. BIRDS! – great range of species seen and habitats visited. Very enjoyable, it worked well. Very high quality guides. Apparently good quality tourist infrastructure. Beautiful country and friendly people.

Mr P G - Surrey

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Oro Verde Hotel: -2.188681, -79.891411
Tierra Viva Cusco Plaza : -13.512854, -71.982999