From Machu Picchu to the Galápagos Islands

Price from $16,583
$13,715

Departure Dates
32 departures between Jan 2023 and Mar 2024
Duration
11 days

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

Join us on an expedition to the historic sanctuary of Machu 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

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. 

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 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 and 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