A Voyage to the Galapagos Islands & Machu Picchu
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A Voyage to the Galapagos Islands & Machu Picchu

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On this 12-night itinerary, you'll explore the vast and varied wonders of Peru and Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Walk in the footsteps of the Incas in The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, witness the collision of centuries in the striking architectural marvels of Cusco, visit one of the best-preserved historical centres in the continent in Quito and encounter rare, endemic wildlife on a 4-night cruise throughout the remote Galapagos Islands. 

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Itinerary includes:
  • International & domestic flights
  • Private transfers between accommodation and airports
  • All tours and activities where mentioned
  • Vistadome rail tour
  • 1 night stay at the 4.5-star Wyndham Costa del Sol
  • 1 night stay at the 5-star Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
  • 1 night stay at the 5-star Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel
  • 2 nights stay at the 5-star Palacio del Inka
  • 2 nights stay at the 4.5-star Swissotel Quito
  • 4 nights stay at the 5-star Royal Galapagos Infinity Cruise Yacht
  • 1 night stay at the 4.5-star Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil
Day 1
Fly from UK to Lima

Your journey begins in Lima, Peru's capital city, where you'll spend the night before beginning your adventure through Peru and Ecuador.

Day 1-2
1 night stay at Wyndham Costa del Sol

Located a walking distance from the airport, the Wyndham Costa del Sol is the first stop on your itinerary. Providing everything you may need to feel reinvigorated after your long flight, you can spend the afternoon freshening up with a dip in the indoor pool before enjoying a delicious dinner at Paprika, the on-site restaurant serving authentic Peruvian dishes. 

Day 2
Fly from Lima to Cusco

The following day, you'll make your way back to the nearby airport and depart to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, you'll be transferred 20 miles outside of the city for a guided tour of the enigmatic Sacred Valley. 

Day 2-3
1 night stay at Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

Situated between Cusco and Machu Picchu, Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba is a hacienda-style property residing amidst a sublime verdant mountain range. During your time at the hotel, you'll enjoy regional cuisine at the on-site restaurant, as well as access to a selection of traditionally-inspired healing treatments at the Mayu Spa, a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the unique cultural attributes of the region.  

Day 2-3
The Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo & Hacienda Sarapampa

One of Peru's most distinctive ancient sites, the valley is teeming with remnants of the country's Inca past. Explore the ruins of Pisac, a small village nestled among rolling valleys and towering peaks, before ascending to a higher section of the valley for a closer look at the intriguing stone structures while taking in the breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Following an afternoon of exploration, you'll enjoy a three-course lunch at Hacienda Sarapampa, a family-owned hacienda serving locally sourced, authentic regional cuisine. Named after the region's staple crop, Hacienda Sarampampa utilises the Giant White Corn throughout many of its dishes, a fantastic opportunity to taste the distinctive flavours of the region.

The next day, you'll be picked up by your driver and driven to Ollantaytambo, an Inca fortress and temple located east of the Sacred Valley. Your tour will begin with a climb up the ancient steps that run along the mountainside where the fortress is located, all the way to the peak, where you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Temple of the Sun and the ruins on Pinkuylluna hill.

Day 3
Vistadome Rail Journey to Aguas Calientes

After touring the Sacred Valley, it's time to visit the most recognisable Inca structure of all, Machu Picchu! You'll be taken from Ollantaytambo to the local train station, where you'll board a train to Aguas Calientes, a town near the site. The train ride, which features panoramic windows, is an excellent opportunity to take in the majestic Andean scenery.

Day 3-4
1 night stay at Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Overlooking a tranquil stream amidst verdant mountains, Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is a quaint luxury hotel occupying a prime location at the foot of Machu Picchu. Boasting spacious accommodation adorned with Peruvian decor, as well as a restaurant and spa, the hotel is the perfect base to relax and rejuvenate after a day of adventure.

Day 4
Machu Picchu

A monument like no other, the mystical beauty of Machu Picchu has rightfully earned this former Inca citadel status as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Surrounded by a soaring mountain range, this ancient complex is simply fascinating, offering spectacular views across the Andes. Your driver will collect you from your hotel for a three-hour private tour of the grounds, taking you through various structures including the Caretaker's Hut, Temple of the Sun, the Royal Tomb, Three Windowed Temple, the Intihuatana and the quarry.

Day 4
Road transfer from Machu Picchu to Cusco

Now that you've explored one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in South America, it's time to move on to your next destination! From Machu Picchu, you'll board a shuttle bus to Aguas Clientes before enjoying another immersive transfer through the Andes on the Vistadome to Cusco. 

Day 4-6
2 nights stay at Palacio del Inka, A Luxury Collection Hotel

Palacio del Inka, A Luxury Collection Hotel, located in the heart of Cusco, is an opulent luxury hotel housed within a 17th-century property with elegant, traditional-style interiors. The stylish hotel is ideally located in close proximity to many of Cusco's most notable cultural sites, making it the ideal base from which to explore the city.

Day 5

The former capital of the ancient Inca empire and an integral location of the Spanish colonisation, Cusco's enduring history and dense concentration of historical monuments have established the city as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On a guided tour, you'll have the opportunity to see the eclectic variety of historic structures, beginning in the vibrant San Pedro Market and continuing to view more Inca sites, such as the Coricancha Temple, Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, and Q'enqo archaeological site. Your tour will conclude in Plaza de Armas, a central square next to an exquisite grand cathedral.

Day 6
Fly from Cusco to Quito

It's time to say goodbye to Peru and embark on your next adventure. Once you've checked out of the hotel, you'll be driven to the airport, where you will catch a short connecting flight to Lima before continuing on to Quito. Your driver will meet you at the airport and transport you to your accommodation for the next two nights. 

Day 6-8
2 nights stay at Swissotel Quito

Located in Quito's vibrant Floresta district, Swissotel Quito is a contemporary-style luxury hotel featuring sleek and spacious accommodation, exquisitely designed with a fusion of regional decor with modern touches. Home to three excellent dining venues serving a selection of cuisines and an on-site spa, the hotel provides everything you may need right at your fingertips. 

Day 7

During your stay in Quito, you'll enjoy a guided tour along its enchanting cobble-paved streets, taking you through extravagant plazas, 16th-century churches, striking monasteries, and wonderful museums. You'll begin in the Main Plaza, which houses the Government Palace, the gilded church of La Compaa, and the San Francisco Monastery, before continuing to La Ronda, the city's most famous colonial street. Then you'll head to Quito's Old Town, a bustling district dotted with quaint, pastel-coloured villas that hug the ascending hillside. Your tour will conclude with a chocolate tasting, during which you will learn about the country's historic cocoa practises while indulging in some of the world's finest chocolate.

Day 8
Fly from Quito to Galapagos Islands

Following an enthralling exploration of Ecuador's capital city, it's time to depart for your next destination, the Galapagos Islands! After a relaxing morning at the hotel, you'll be met by your driver and driven to the local airport, from which you'll fly to Baltra Island. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by a Royal Galapagos representative and transferred to the pier to board the yacht.

Day 8-12
4 nights stay at Royal Galapagos Infinity Cruise Yacht

Explore the captivating beauty of the Galapagos Islands in absolute luxury on a 4-night cruise on the Royal Galapagos Infinity Cruise Yacht. When you're not relaxing in a jacuzzi on the sundeck or sipping cocktails on the upper deck, you can take in the breathtaking scenery from the comfort of your sleek and spacious cabin with a gorgeous private balcony.

Day 8-10
Santa Cruz & Floreana

After departing from Baltra Island, the Infinity Cruise Yacht will begin its journey, first travelling through Santa Cruz Island, an established nature reserve renowned for its diversity of unique wildlife. On the second day of your expedition, you'll venture onto the land for a nature walk along the islands hiking trail leading to a secluded lagoon where you'll get a closer look at some of the island's inhabitants, including a colony of pink flamingos and land iguanas. After a delightful lunch, you'll head over to Las Bachas Beach for a relaxing afternoon of swimming. 

The next day, you'll travel south of Santa Cruz to Floreana, the first island to be settled by humans and the first island to be colonised by Ecuador. Floreana is ripe for exploration, with stunning beaches, including the fascinating Green Beach, wondrous wildlife, and evidence of its previous inhabitants. You'll spend the afternoon enjoying a scenic boat ride across the island's crystalline lagoon, and if you please, send a postcard home from the island's 18th-century postbox.

Day 10-12
Espanola & San Cristobal

Next, it's time to head even further down south to the island of Espanola, one of the oldest of the Galapagos Islands, believed to date back four million years. Here, you will embark on a guided hike to Suarez Point, a rocky promontory centred around a blowhole, offering great opportunities to spot rare wildlife such as blue-footed and Nazca boobys, as well as the rare waved albatross. From there, you'll travel to Gardener Bay, situated on the east side of the island, a sprawling beach populated with colonies of Galapagos sea lions. Fringed by rocky shores, the bay is a fantastic diving location, with a plethora of marine life and rich coral reefs making it ideal for snorkelling. 

On the final day of your cruise will see you visit San Cristobal. You'll spend the morning at the Gianni Arismendy Interpretation Centre, a centre dedicated to providing great insight into the complex history of the Galapagos Islands, as well as the unique flora and fauna that thrive here.

Day 12
Fly from Galapagos Islands to Guayaquil

It's time to return to Ecuador after an incredible five days touring the Galapagos Islands. You'll fly from San Cristobal Airport to Guayaquil for one night before beginning your journey home.

Day 12-13
1 night stay at Hotel Oro Verde

Located in the heart of Guayaquil's entertainment district, Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil is the last stop on your itinerary. Boasting warm, contemporary-style accommodation, a relaxing pool and sundeck, as well as exquisite Swiss, Ecuadorian and French gastronomy across three exceptional dining venues, you can choose to spend your night here however you please, whether that be exploring the charming streets of Guayaquil or simply rejuvenating before your flight.

Day 13-14
Fly from Guayaquil to UK

Your journey has finally come to an end after an incredible adventure through Peru and Ecuador. After you've checked out of the hotel, you'll be taken to the local airport, from which you'll fly back to the UK. 


Call us for itinerary price

Itinerary includes:
  • International & domestic flights
  • Private transfers between accommodation and airports
  • All tours and activities where mentioned
  • Vistadome rail tour
  • 1 night stay at the 4.5-star Wyndham Costa del Sol
  • 1 night stay at the 5-star Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
  • 1 night stay at the 5-star Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel
  • 2 nights stay at the 5-star Palacio del Inka
  • 2 nights stay at the 4.5-star Swissotel Quito
  • 4 nights stay at the 5-star Royal Galapagos Infinity Cruise Yacht
  • 1 night stay at the 4.5-star Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil
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