A luxury holiday taking in the historic highlights of Peru and the natural wonders of Ecuador’s Galapagos
City | Exploration cruise | History & culture | Natural world | Wildlife
Since the discovery of the lost Incan city of Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham in 1911, Peru has welcomed visitors from around the world, attracted by the country's myriad of historical marvels set amidst the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Andes. This two-week tailor-made holiday combines the very best of historic Peru with the incredible nature of Ecuador's Galapagos Islands, a remote archipelago located 1,000 kilometres west of Ecuador in the azure waters of the Pacific Ocean. Here you'll enjoy unforgettable wildlife encounters as you come face to face with sea lions, turtles, penguins, iguanas and more, aboard a four-night expedition cruise. Your holiday ends in Quito, Ecuador's historic capital set beneath the towering Pichincha Volcano.
Day by day itinerary
After relaxing with your included airport lounge access, followed by a daytime flight to Lima, you'll arrive in Peru's capital for a transfer to your chosen. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, either relaxing or exploring the city at your own pace.
Lima to Cusco
Spend this morning exploring downtown Lima on a half-day city tour, taking in the city's main square, the Presidential Palace, the cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace and the Metropolitan City Hall. You'll then head to Santo Domingo Church and Monastery before heading to the modern district of San Isidro. Your tour ends at the fascinating Larco Museum, where you'll see an impressive collection of treasures from throughout Peru's history.
This evening you'll transfer to the airport and board a flight to Cusco. Check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
After breakfast you'll embark on a half-day tour of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cusco, beginning at Koricancha Temple, an old Incan temple and centre of worship of the sun god Inti, which now sits beneath the church of Santo Domingo. From there you'll head to the city's main square before continuing to the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, which is a wonderful example of Inca stonework. You'll then visit three important archaeological sites - Qenko, Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay - before finishing your tour at Inkas Expression, a workshop which for local Andean artists specialising in traditional painting and silverwork.
Spend today exploring the Sacred Valley, beginning in the religious and agricultural centre of Ollantaytambo, which was at one time an important Incan military base. After a tour of the town's archaeological sites you'll continue to the town of Pisac, famed for its captivating market, which sells all manner of traditional Andean handicrafts. You'll spend tonight at the wonderful Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa, set on the banks of the Urubamba River.
Meals: B L
Today will be one of the highlights of your holiday as you take the Vistadome Train through the Andes to Aguas Calientes. From there a bus takes you to the entrance of Machu Picchu, one of the world's most iconic archaeological marvels. Your expert guide will paint a picture of life in this extraordinary Incan city on a guided tour, before you enjoy some free time to explore the ruins at your leisure. Return to Aguas Calientes for lunch and spend the rest of the day relaxing at your hotel, the superb Inkaterra Machu Picchu.
Meals: B L D
Return to Cusco, check in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring the city at your own pace.
Depart your hotel and transfer to Cusco Airport in time for your flight to Guayaquil, a city of pretty parks, historic squares and colourful neighbourhoods set on the banks of the Guayas River. Check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Stay: Wyndham Guayaquil (Superior) or Hilton Colon Guayaquil (Deluxe)
Fly from Guayaquil to the Galapagos Islands, located 1,000 kilometres from mainland Ecuador, in the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean. Arrive on Baltra Island and board the MV Santa Cruz II for a four-night adventure cruise taking in the unique sights and sounds of this incredible destination. Throughout your cruise you'll experience the best of the Galapagos, visiting lagoons, coves and beaches where you'll encounter some of the region's amazing wildlife, including turtles, sea lions, sharks, dolphins, iguanas and an abundance of bird life including the ubiquitous blue footed booby, one of the Galapagos' most famed residents.
Meals: B L D
Fly from the Galapagos to Quito, Ecuador's capital set in the shadow of Pichincha Volcano, and transfer to your hotel in the city centre. Spend two days strolling through the picturesque streets of Quito's UNESCO World Heritage-listed colonial centre, explored on an included city tour, and spend time sampling the city's many museums, galleries, bars, cafes and restaurants. Or, if you'd prefer to escape the city, head into the surrounding countryside where you'll find nature reserves, thermal baths and pretty villages dotted amongst spectacular Andean landscapes. We've also included a tour to the equator, just 16 kilometres north of the city. Here, the fascinating Ethnographic Museum will introduce you to the country's unique Native American cultures and a souvenir certificate will accompany your brief overland adventure into the Northern Hemisphere.
Stay: Quito Hilton Colon (Superior) or Casa Gangotena (Deluxe)
Check out of your hotel and transfer to Quito's international airport in time for your overnight flight back to the UK.
Arrive back in the UK after your overnight flight and continue your onward journey home.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
from £6,990 pp. incl. flights
from £7,225 pp. incl. flights
- Complimentary UK airport lounge access
- Return flights from London to Lima and Quito to London
- Flight between Lima and Guayaquil
- Domestic flights between Lima and Cusco, Guayaquil and Galapagos and Galapagos and Quito
- Private transfers in Peru, private airport departure transfer in Quito
- 9 nights accommodation in 4* (Superior) hotels on a B&B basis
- 4 nights accommodation aboard Santa Cruz II in a Horizon Deck Explorer Cabin on a full-board basis including shared airport transfers in Galapagos and Quito
- Private touring in Peru including half day Lima City tour, half day Cusco city & ruins tour, full day Sacred Valley tour and full day Machu Picchu tour by Vistadome train
- Shared daily land and sea excursions in the Galapagos Islands and tourist control card fee
- Private Quito city and center of the world tour
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Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.
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