From Machu Picchu to the Galápagos Islands

Departure date
13 days

Cruise Overview

Machu Picchu to the Galápagos Islands on an expedition cruise

  • Incredible 13-day expedition cruise from Peru to Ecuador, taking in Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Quito and the phenomenal Galápagos Islands.

  • Visit Ollytaytambo and take a scenic train ride to Machu Picchu, and explore the ruins of the Lost City of the Incas, among llamas and local birdlife.

  • Discover the endemic wildlife of UNESCO-protected Galápagos with our expert Expedition Team, from giant tortoises to Darwin's finches and iguanas.

A journey of discovery

Your adventure begins in Lima's UNESCO-listed historic centre before travelling up the Sacred Valley to visit Machu Picchu and its Incan ruins. Explore the vibrant, colourful Ecuadorian city of Quito, and the wondrous birdlife and active volcano in Cotopaxi National Park.

Sustainable exploration

We'll tour the Galápagos Islands in our small, carbon neutral expedition ship MS Santa Cruz II, while learning about Darwin's discoveries with the Expedition Team. Get up close to its natural wonders on hikes, in small glass-bottomed boats or kayaks. See the incredible diversity of animals and marine life on Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Española, Baltra and more.


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

Lima's UNESCO treasures

Day 1

Cusco, City of the Incas

Day 2

Mystical Machu Picchu

Day 3

Vibrant Quito

Day 4

Climb Cotopaxi Volcano

Day 5

Your cruise begins

Day 6

San Cristobal's tortoises

Day 7

Santa Fe and South Plaza

Day 8

Explore Santa Cruz Island

Day 9

Dramatic Española

Day 10

Reef life at Eden Islet

Day 11

Back to Guayaquil

Day 12

Arrival in the UK

Day 13

What's included


  • Return flights in economy class from the UK to Lima and back from Guayaquil including all taxes
  • Flights in economy from Lima to Cusco, and from Cusco via Lima to Quito including all taxes
  • Return flights in economy class between Quito and Baltra, and Baltra and Guayaquil including all taxes


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


  • Transfers in Lima and Quito between hotel and airport
  • Transfers between Baltra airport and ship


  • Tour Package Cuzco and Machu Picchu as described including excursions with lunch, train tickets, entrance fees, transfers within Cusco


  • Galapagos Islands National Park admission fee
  • Transit Control Card for Galapagos Islands
  • Access to airport lounge at Guayaquil airport upon return from Galapagos Islands

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water)
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • German- and English-speaking Expedition Team who guide activities and provide educational information on board and ashore
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails

Onboard Activities

  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has a library, microscopes and samples
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs and gym

Landing Activities

  • Landings, hikes, coastal exploration, and activities including kayaking, snorkeling, and our glass-bottom boat
  • Complimentary wetsuit rental

What's not included

  • Travel insurance

  • Luggage handling

Included Programmes

It's a mixture of adventure activities for individuals of all ages

Excursions & Activities

Learn more about what you can experience when going with us

Pre-post programmes

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