From Machu Picchu to the Galápagos Islands

Price from
£9,167

Departure Dates
29 departures between Feb 2023 and Mar 2024
Duration
12 days

Join us on an expedition including the historic sanctuary of Macchu Picchu and the natural wonders of the Galápagos Islands.

Peruvian historical gems 

Peru’s natural and cultural treasures need no introduction. Lima’s historic centre is packed with the immaculately preserved architecture you’d expect from a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll go back in time in Cusco as you wander its cobbled streets and take in Inca engineering and Spanish-era architecture. Travelling up the Sacred Valley, you’ll discover the enigmatic Inca citadel Machu Picchu before heading to Ecuador to visit an active volcano. 

In Darwin’s footsteps 

Charles Darwin’s visit to the Galápagos Islands aboard H.M.S. Beagle led to his seminal work On the Origin of Species. On your expedition cruise, you’ll follow in Darwin’s footsteps, learn about his discoveries and make a few of your own. 

Your Galápagos expedition features handpicked landings where you’ll see wildlife in a wide variety of island ecosystems. See sea lions basking in the sun on Mosquera Islet and giant tortoises on San Cristóbal and Santa Cruz. Gaze at the famous land iguanas of Santa Fé and South Plaza and discover the colourful bird colonies of Española, Edén Islet, and North Seymour. 

Your expedition ship – MS Santa Cruz II 

MS Santa Cruz II’s crafted itineraries give you some of the best island coverage and wildlife viewing opportunities in the Galápagos. Many excursions take place at exclusive visitor sites, meaning we’ll often have entire areas to ourselves. Having multiple naturalist guides aboard Santa Cruz II also means you’ll be able to choose from a wider range of activities each day.  

Your ship is also one of the few vessels operating in Galápagos that comes equipped with a full range of exploration tools, including dinghies, kayaks, snorkelling gear and paddleboards. There's even a glass-bottom boat. Of course, safety and sustainability are paramount throughout your cruise, and there’s a 24-hour Medical Officer onboard at all times.

What's included

Take a look at what you can look forward to on this 11-day expedition cruise.

Flights

  • 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.

Hotel

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

Transfers

  • Transfers in Lima from the hotel to the airport and Quito between hotel and airport. 
  • Transfers between Baltra Airport and ship. 

Excursion

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

Extras

  • 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

  • International flights

  • Travel insurance

  • Luggage handling

Route overview

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

Arrival to Lima

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

Cotopaxi Volcano

Day 5

Your cruise begins

Day 6

Visiting the giants

Day 7

Blissful beauty & evolving iguanas

Day 8

Giant turtles & island activities

Day 9

A conservation success story

Day 10

A small slice of Edén

Day 11

End of the expedition

Day 12

Ships on this expedition

Take a closer look at our ships typically used on this expedition