The ultimate experience visiting the best that Peru and Ecuador have to offer: the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Quito, Cusco and Machu Picchu, as well as a cruise in the Galapagos.

Machu Picchu and Galapagos Map

Departures: Fortnightly on Wednesdays (the Galapagos cruise departs every second Friday).

Length: 15 days / 14 nights

Destinations: Lima / Cusco / Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu / Quito / Galapagos Islands (Central and Eastern islands of San Cristobal, Espanola, Floreana, Santiago, Bartolome and Santa Cruz) / Guayaquil

San Jose Cruise YachtCruise: 5 days / 4 nights on board the San Jose Yacht, an excellent Mid-range yacht operating in the Galapagos. The San Jose Yacht operates a range of different itineraries in the Galapagos, and a range of alternative cruise ships are available, contact us for further information.

Highlights: In Peru surround yourself in the history of the Inca Empire with tours of Cusco and the Sacred Valley, then take the scenic train to visit Machu Picchu. Explore the cobbled streets and colonial architecture of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Quito. Cruise the Galapagos, snorkel with sea lions at Gardner Bay, explore volcanic landscapes at Santiago Island, watch flamingos at Cormorant Point and spot blue-footed boobies at Punta Suarez.

Price: from £4280 per person

Single Person Supplement: £POA

Price Information: Based on 2 people travelling and sharing a double or twin room in our selected standard-class hotel accommodation. See our Peru hotel guide, Ecuador hotel guide and our Galapagos San Jose Cruise Yacht guide for more information on our accommodation. For a quote based on superior or luxury accommodation, or to tailor this holiday itinerary with a range of options including alternative cruise itineraries and cruise vessels, please Contact Us.

Holiday Itinerary

Arrive in Lima to start your holiday at any time. We will meet you at the airport and will escort you to your hotel in the heart of the Miraflores district. The remainder of the day will be free time for you to adjust to your new surroundings and relax following your long flight to South America.

Meals: None

Overnight: Hotel in Miraflores, Lima

Peru's capital city is a vibrant blend of historic colonial architecture and pre-Inca pyramid ruins. Today you will enjoy a free day in Lima to relax and provide a free day after your Galapagos cruise and before further travel into the Peruvian Andes. Your hotel is in the district of Miraflores, a popular and modern area of Lima with cliff-top parks overlooking the Pacific ocean within walking distance of your hotel, as well as the 2500 year-old ancient pyramid of Huaca Pucllana nearby. Lima is also an excellent place to taste some fine cuisine with some of South America's top restaurants located in Miraflores and nearby San Isidro, we can assist with recommendations or reservations if needed.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: Hotel in Miraflores, Lima

Lima Free Day - Pacific Coast
Lima Free Day - Huaca Pucllana

Today you will travel on a domestic flight from Lima to Cusco and can choose from a morning, afternoon or evening flight (depending on availability). At the appropriate time we will meet you at your hotel and will escort you to Lima airport for your flight to the colonial city of Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire. On arrival in Cusco we will escort you to your central hotel where the remainder of the day will be free so you can explore this beautiful city and to allow time to acclimatise.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: Central hotel in Cusco

Cusco Free Day - Cusco Locals
Cusco Free Day - Cusco Streets
Cusco Free Day - View of Korikancha

Cusco city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and today you will tour the city visiting some of the Inca sites, colonial plazas, and major cultural places of significance that are among the hundreds of Inca ruins, important colonial buildings, churches, markets and other sights in this fantastic place. The tour includes visits to Cusco cathedral with its historic architecture and incredible interior, the Inca ruin of Qoricancha (also spelled Korikancha) known as the Temple of the Sun which was formerly an Inca temple that was adapted and transformed by the Spanish during the colonial period, and the large and important Inca ruins of Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman on the outskirts of the city.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: Central hotel in Cusco

Cusco City Tour - Korikancha
Cusco City Tour - Sacsayhuaman
Cusco City Tour - Sacsayhuaman

Today you will journey the length of the Sacred Valley of the Inca on a facinating tour visiting all the important Inca sites along the way. The first stop is a visit to the traditional village of Chinchero where you will learn more about the traditional crafts techniques famous in this region as well as visit the stunning quaint colonial church and the Inca ruins within the village. Next is a tour of the Inca ruins of Moray which consist of giant circular terraced depressions sunk into the ground that were used by the Inca to cultivate different crops at different temperatures. You will also tour the impressive salineras salt pans at Maras which are thought to predate the time of the Inca and are located in a spectacular valley gorge. The final stop on the tour is a visit the Inca town of Ollantaytambo and you will tour the giant Inca ruin that overlooks the town. Spend the night in a hotel in the Sacred Valley, surrounded by the beauty of the Andean landscape.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Hotel in Sacred Valley

Tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas - Moray
Tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas - Maras
Tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas - Ollantaytambo

This morning you awake in the Sacred Valley which not only allows you the chance to experience the tranquil beauty of this region of Peru but also provides easy access to the train station in Ollantaytambo, and very early this morning we will escort you to Ollantaytambo train station from where you will travel on the scenic train through the valleys of the Andes towards Machu Picchu. The train ends at Machu Picchu Pueblo (also known as Aguas Calientes, the small town in the valley below Machu Picchu) and from here we will escort you by bus up the steep valley sides to arrive at Machu Picchu itself for your first view of this unforgettable sight. You will tour the ruin in full learning more about the incredible history of Machu Picchu and its importance to the Inca, and after the tour you will also have some free time to explore the ruin yourselves. Afterwards you will return to Machu Picchu Pueblo by bus for lunch and will have some time to buy some souvenirs in the crafts market before returning to Cusco by train later in the afternoon, arriving in late evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Central hotel in Cusco

Tour of Machu Picchu
Tour of Machu Picchu
Tour of Machu Picchu

Enjoy free time in Cusco. Today provides a break in your holiday as an opportunity to rest and relax following your visit to Machu Picchu. It also offers the chance for further exploration of Cusco so you can visit the countless art galleries, museums, churches, markets, cafes and plazas in this wonderful city.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: Central hotel in Cusco

At the appropriate time we will meet you at your hotel in Cusco and escort you to Cusco airport from where you will embark on an international flight to Quito, the capital of Ecuador. On arrival in Quito we will meet you and escort you to your hotel for the evening.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: Central hotel in Quito

The old-town centre of Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the city is full of beautiful colonial-era architecture and churches, with winding cobbled streets packed full of cafes, shops, art galleries, and a rich historical heritage. Today you will enjoy a free day in this fabulous city. Destinations you may consider visiting, all of which are within walking distance of your hotel, include the Church and Convent of St. Francis, the Compañia de Jesús (Church of the Society of Jesus) with its incredibly ornate and beautiful gold interior, the Presidential Palace and Independence Square which is surrounded by staggering architecture.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: Central hotel in Quito

Quito
Quito
Quito

In the morning we will escort you from your hotel to Quito airport from where you will take a flight to the Galapagos Islands to start your cruise. In the Galapagos your Galapagos guide will meet you in the airport and you will immediately embark on your first excursion visiting the Galapagos Interpretation Center which gives a great introduction to the Galapagos islands. Here you will learn more about the history and human inhabitation in the islands, as well as understand more of the geology and wildlife. After the tour you will transfer to your Galapagos cruise yacht to spend your first night on board your Galapagos cruise ship, with the ship cruising to your next island destination overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Evening Meal

Overnight: Galapagos San Jose Yacht

San Cristobal Interpretation Centre
San Jose Yacht Galapagos Islands

Gardner Bay on Española Island is regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, a beautiful white-sand beach with crystal clear blue waters in a tranquil island setting. This morning you will swim and snorkel in the waters around the bay spotting for sharks, sea lions, and other sea creatures in the rich waters of the Galapagos before making a wet-landing on the beach to walk along the white sands and spot for sleeping sea lions and iguanas in their natural habitat. In the afternoon you will visit Suarez Point, one of the many highlights of a visit to the Galapagos, a place which is home to a wide variety of birds including Nazca boobies, frigate birds, blue-footed boobies and albatross, as well as other species including sea lions and iguanas. You will go on a walk along a trail through this natural spot to admire the wildlife and to a rocky outcrop from where you can observe colonies of seabirds that inhabit this area of the Galapagos.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Meal

Overnight: Galapagos San Jose Yacht

Espanola Island Wet Landing
Espanola Sea Lions
Espanola Island Punta Suarez

This morning you will make a wet-landing at Cormorant Point on Floreana Island (with sea lions waiting on the beach to greet your arrival) before following a short trail to a salt lake to spot the colony of flamingos that live here. The trail continues across the island to another powdery soft beach where you can spot vivid Red Rock crabs and marine iguanas. Later you will tour the islets and bays of Champion Islet by boat, a fantastic place to spot for bird life including penguins, blue-footed boobies, frigate birds and herons. In the afternoon you will travel to Post Office Bay, a historic location in the islands lands where 18th-century whaling ships set up a wooden barrel that was (and still is!) used as a post office to send mail home. From the post office you will walk up to Baroness Lookout to admire the stunning landscape views and hear stories about the early people that tried to colonise this barren but beautiful landscape. The day concludes on a beach below Baroness Lookout where you can snorkel in the waters to spot penguins, rays and beautiful ocean fish before watching the sunset.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Meal

Overnight: Galapagos San Jose Yacht

Floreana Island Cormorant Point
Galapagos Dinghy Boat Excursion
Floreana Island Post Office Bay

Today will start with a dry-landing at Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island, one of the volcanically active islands in the archipelago. You will trek across the volcanic landscape across undulating solidified lava admiring the power of nature and the bizarre and interesting volcanic landscape with lava tunnels and weird rock structures. The walk concludes on a beautiful sandy beach, another location to admire the beauty of the Galapagos and spot for birds including pelicans, boobies and penguins, or go snorkelling in the crystal clear waters. In the afternoon you will cruise to Bartolome Island which is famous as one of the most picturesque and stunning landscape locations in the Galapagos Islands and here you will enjoy the beauty of the waters below Pinnacle Rock at Pinnacle Bay, home to Galapagos penguins and marine turtles. If you wish to appreciate the famous postcard view of Bartolome Island and Pinnacle Bay in the afternoon you can climb the path to the viewpoint at the top of the island for fantastic views over the Galapagos Islands.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Meal

Overnight: Galapagos San Jose Yacht

Santiago Island Sullivan Bay
Bartolome Island
Bartolome Island

On the final day of your Galapagos cruise you will travel to the northern side of Santa Cruz island to visit Black Turtle Cove by small zodiac boat, travelling amongst the reefs, mangroves and rocky islets spotting for a variety of sea-life in the blue crystal clear waters of this secluded lagoon including rays, reef and hammerhead sharks and sea turtles. You also have a final opportunity to spot for bird life including blue-footed boobies and herons. After the lagoon tour you will be escorted back to the airport at Baltra to take a flight to the city of Guayaquil on the Ecuador mainland. Here we will meet you and escort you to your hotel for the evening. Guayaquil is a modern coastal city with a fantastic seafront promenade.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: Central hotel in Guayaquil

Galapagos Boat Excursion
Blue Footed Booby
Galapagos Frigate Bird

At the appropriate time we will escort you from your hotel to Guayaquil airport from where you will be able to check-in for your international flight and start your return journey home.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: N/A

Guayaquil
Guayaquil

Included

  • Two domestic flight within Ecuador (Quito - Galapagos Islands / Galapagos Islands - Guayaquil)
  • One domestic flight within Peru (Lima - Cusco)
  • One international flight (Cusco - Quito via Lima)
  • All excursions
  • English-speaking guides for all excursions
  • INGALA Galapagos Control Card
  • Entry fees to all sites included in the itinerary (with the exception of Galapagos National Park Entry Fee which is payable on arrival in Galapagos)
  • Accommodation
  • All meals detailed
  • Private transfers to / from airports or hotels
  • All transport and travel within South America

Not Included

  • International flights to/from South America. We exclude international flights to give the option to compare flight pricing or use air miles, however we can include and provide international flights as part of your holiday and any international flights booked through us would be ATOL-protected as part of your package with us. Depending on time of year, departure airport and airline preference flight prices start from around £480pp economy for return flights. If you would like us to include international flights or provide a quote just let us know your preferred departure airport when you enquire.
  • Galapagos National Park Entry Fee (payable on arrival in the Galapagos).

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