Galápagos Islands – Iconic Wildlife & Sublime Scenery Plus Machu Picchu

Price from $12,830
$10,917

Departure Dates
46 departures between Jun 2023 and Mar 2025
Duration
9 days
Ship

Cruise Overview

7-day Galápagos Islands expedition cruise plus Machu Picchu land adventure

  • Experience magnificent Machu Picchu and the incredible natural wonders of the Galápagos Islands on this land and sea adventure combination 

  • See the unique wildlife of Galápagos, such as giant tortoises and marine iguanas, as you visit the islands of Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina and Floreana 

  • Learn about these incredible islands and Charles Darwin’s research from your expert Expedition Team, comprised of local naturalist guides 

  • Explore the Galápagos Islands by kayak, glass-bottom boat and stand-up paddleboard, and enjoy nature walks, hikes, snorkelling and swimming 

South America land adventure 

The first part of our adventure takes place on land. Setting off from Lima, Peru’s vibrant capital, we’ll fly to Cusco, the ancient centre of the Inca empire, and discover its many cultural and architectural wonders. Next, we travel up the Sacred Valley on a luxury train to the incredible mountain citadel of Machu Picchu before heading back to Cusco and then flying to charming Quito – the ‘City of Eternal Spring’. 

Darwin’s islands of evolution  

After exploring Quito´s historic centre and visiting the Equator, we’ll head to the Galápagos Islands for an unforgettable sea adventure. Your expedition cruise begins after a flight from Quito to Baltra Island in Galápagos for an incredible sea adventure. In the Galápagos Islands, you’ll visit the isles of Isabela, Floreana, Fernandina and Santa Cruz islands, each a unique illustration of evolution in action. Experience an array of ecosystems within picturesque landscapes, and see famed wildlife such as marine iguanas, giant tortoises, Nazca Boobies and Darwin’s iconic finches. Your ship, MS Santa Cruz II, is one of the few vessels operating in Galápagos that comes equipped with a full range of exploration tools, including panga boats, kayaks, snorkelling gear, stand-up paddleboards and even a glass-bottom boat.

Itinerary

We'll help you plan where to go, when to visit and how long to stay

Your land adventure begins

Day 1

City of the Incas and a cultural gem

Day 2

Back in time to a lost world 

Day 3

Quito – city of eternal spring 

Day 4

Visit historic Quito  

Day 5

Your cruise begins 

Day 6

Wildlife-rich Isabela and Fernandina 

Day 7

Darwin’s Santa Cruz 

Day 8

Picturesque Floreana 

Day 9

Back to Baltra 

Day 10

What's included

Take a look at what you can look forward to on this 9-day expedition cruise.

Flights

  • Flights in economy class from Lima to Cusco, and from Cusco to Quito (via Lima), including all taxes 
  • Flights in economy class between Quito and Baltra, and Baltra and Quito, including all taxes  

Hotel

  • One night in Lima, two nights in Cusco, and two nights in Quito before the expedition cruise, including breakfast. Dinner on Day 2-5. 

Transfers

  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel, and the hotel to the airport, in Quito before the expedition cruise 
  • Transfers between the airport and the ship in Baltra  

Excursions

  • Tour package: Cusco and Machu Picchu as described, including excursions with lunch, train tickets, entrance fees, transfers from the hotel to the airport in Lima and within Cusco, before the expedition cruise 
  • Full-day excursion: Historic Quito & Middle of the World, including lunch, before the expedition cruise 

Extras

  • Galápagos Islands National Park admission fee   
  • Transit Control Card for the Galápagos Islands  
  • Access to the airport lounge at the Quito (or Guayaquil) airport upon return from the Galápagos Islands for guests flying internationally on the day of disembarkation 

Expedition Cruise

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages* 
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board† 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included activities 
  • Complimentary wetsuit rental 
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails  

Onboard Activities

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team 
  • Use of our Science Corner with small library and microscope 
  • Citizen Science Programme where you can assist with ongoing scientific research 
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife from our onboard professional photographer 
  • Use of ship's hot tubs and gym 
  • Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings 

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small panga boats 
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities 
  • Expedition photographers on hand to assist you 

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions 
  • Your flight from Baltra will be to Quito. If you wish to end your expedition in Guayaquil, please advise your booking agent 
  • The land programme in Peru and Quito, Ecuador, takes place at high altitudes. At 11,100 ft and 9,350 ft above sea level, respectively, you might experience mild altitude sickness. 
  • The land-based tour in Peru involves long stretches of active travel and walking over uneven terrain. Be prepared for a climate that varies from high altitude to tropical weather. 
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change 
  • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements  
  • No gratuities expected

What's not included

  • International flights 

  • Travel insurance 

  • Luggage handling 

  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team

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