What makes this trip special?
Our classic and most compact Galapagos and Peru trip designed to include an 8 day cruise in the Galapagos Islands as well as the ultimate highlights of Peru. The Peru portion of the trip focuses on the heart of the Inca Empire – first taking you to the Sacred Valley of the Inca’s before travelling onto the enigmatic mountain fortress of Machu Picchu where you spend the night. From here onto the historic and beautiful city of Cusco, the former Inca capital where you visit with a top local guide as well as having time to explore on your own. It is possible to enjoy this trip either in supreme luxury like at the Sanctuary Lodge just meters away from the ruins at Machu Picchu or with some of our handpicked locally owned characterful boutique hotels. Then onto Galapagos visiting some of the most spectacular visitor sites in the archipelago on board one of our handpicked yachts.
- Experience Galapagos and Peru, two of South Americas top destinations
- 8 days cruising Galapagos on board one of our handpicked selection of yachts
- Expert bilingual Galapagos National Park guide and a private bilingual specialist guide throughout the Peru portion of the trip
- See the sun rise at Machu Picchu
- Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Meander through the cobbled streets of Cusco, the former Incan capital
14 Days from £4273 per person, based on 2 people sharing a room and excluding flights
- Day 1
Arrive Cusco – and drive to Sacred Valley
You will be met at Cusco airport by your bilingual guide, and driven down to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Urubamba. The Urubamba Valley was sacred to the Incas for many reasons; one key one being that it had an agreeable climate and fertile planes, a rare combination in the high Andes. You will spend 2 nights here, giving you chance to acclimbatse to the altitude as well enjoy this magnificent area. Overnight Sacred Valley
- Day 2
Sacred Valley of the Incas – Pisac & Ollantaytambo
This morning your private guide will pick you up and take you to visit Pisac, a village above which lies a majestic Inca fortress overlooking the valley, filled with wonderful examples of Inca stonework and engineering. After lunch at a local restaurant together with your guide you visit the magnificent Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo, a major fortress and the last stronghold of the Incas as they fought off the Spanish invaders. Below the fortress is an exquisite traditional community and a living Inca village that retains the stonework, narrow streets and family courtyards of its original Inca plan. (B,L) Overnight Sacred Valley
- Day 3
This morning your bilingual guide will meet you at the hotel and together you will take the train to Aguas Calientes and from here to Machu Picchu. So well hidden in the jungle covered ramparts of the Cordillera Villcabamba that the Spaniards never knew of it, Machu Picchu affords a glimpse into the Inca world and is one of the most stunning archaeological sites on earth. You will have lunch together at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, we you then have a second entrance for the afternoon to the ruins where you have some time to explore and soak up the ruins once the day crowds have dispersed. Overnight Aguas
- Day 4
Machu Picchu – train to Cusco
Today you will have a third entrance to the ruins for this morning, and if you wish you can take the bus up from Aguas Calientes to go across to Machu Picchu in time for the sunrise and chance to explore more the ruins at our own pace and soak up the amazing setting. In the afternoon you will return to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Ollantaytambo, where you will be met by one of our drivers and taken back to Cusco, your home for the next two nights. (B)
- Day 5
Cusco – with private guide
This morning one of the top local guides will meet you at your hotel and take you on a private tour of the city of Cusco the ceremonial heart of the Inca Empire. Cusco was inhabited by ‘proto-Incas’ as early as the 12th Century AD and was completely rebuilt in the early 15th Century by Pachacuteq, the Inca warrior-King and stood as the heart of the Incan kingdom. Inca walls remain the foundations of many of the city’s colonial buildings. You will also visit Saqsayhuaman, the monolithic Inca fortress overlooking Cusco, and the temple and amphitheatre at Kenko. Saqsayhuaman has some of the most impressive Inca walls in existence, built of hundreds of perfectly fitted stone blocks that weigh up to 130 tonnes each. The site is often called a fortress but more likely it was a sanctuary and temple to the sun. Overnight Cusco (B)
- Day 6
Cusco – Lima – Guayaquil
Today you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the airport for your flight to Lima and connecting flight to Guayaquil on the coast of Ecuador. Upon arrival to Guayaquil you will be met by one of our team of guides and taken to your hotel for the night. Overnight Guayaquil (B)
- Day 7
Guayaquil – Galapagos to start your cruise
This morning you will be picked up from the hotel and taken to the airport for your flight to Galapagos. Upon arrival to the Galapagos Islands you will be met by your bilingual Galapagos National Park guide and will be taken to board your yacht, and begin the cruise. Galapagos Cruise: The following 8 days you will be cruising gently between the Galapagos Islands experiencing some of the most pristine and intimate wildlife encounters on earth.
- Day 14
Galapagos – Guayaquil – onward flights
Today on the last day of your cruise you will have an early visit in Galapagos before being taken to the airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador and onward flights home.