Discover Quito, the oldest capital in South America and try and spot giant tortoises in the Galapagos Islands. Discover the ancient Inca civilisation in beautiful Peru. Explore Lima, the gastronomic capital and try its iconic ceviche. Fall in love with the culture and landscape of the Sacred Valley. Visit Cuzco, and take the train to iconic Machu Picchu, a true wonder of the world.
Arrival at UK/Ireland departure airport ready to check in for a flight to Lima, the capital of Peru, situated on the Pacific Coast. Arrive, transfer to the hotel, and depending on the time, spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure. Overnight stay in Lima.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy an informative and interesting city tour of Lima, including its Historic Centre and the Santo Domingo Convent. Start by exploring the districts of Miraflores and San Isidro before heading to the Historic Center. Visit the impressive Convent of Santo Domingo and walk to the Plaza de Armas to admire the exquisite colonial architecture that surrounds it. Finally, stop in the Parque del Amor, from where you can enjoy beautiful views of the Peruvian coastline. Overnight stay in Lima.
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Cuzco. Arrive in Cuzco, the former Inca capital, and transfer to the Sacred Valley, on the way you can make a stop at Awanakancha to take some pictures (does not include a guide). Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, exploring the lively immaculate scenery of this iconic region. Overnight stay in Sacred Valley.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, experience the Essense of the Sacred Valley. Visit Chinchero and the PARWA Centre, to appreciate the colourful traditional textiles. Next, visit the church of Chinchero before heading to the Mirador de Racchi panoramic viewpoint for a fantastic view across the valley. Lunch. Explore Ollantaytambo and its Inca fortress and visit the impressive Moray archaeological site. Gain a fantastic overnight of the history, culture and monuments of this region. Overnight stay in the Sacred Valley.
Breakfast at the hotel. An exciting day at Machu Picchu awaits you this morning as you set off for the train station to board the Voyager or Expedition Train to Aguas Calientes,* admiring the landscape along the way. Arrive and transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu**, declared as one of the New Seven Wonders of the Modern World and the absolute highlight of a trip to Peru. Soak up the historic ambience, spend some time discovering the ruins and enjoy a tour of the different sections of the site, all the while surrounded by the exceptional scenery of the Peruvian highlands. Return to Aguas Calientes and check-in to your hotel. Overnight stay in Aguas Calientes.
* You can choose to upgrade to a different train for this journey in the next step of the booking process.
Note: The baggage policy on board the Voyager train is 1 bag or backpack per person weighing a maximum of max. 5kg / 11lb.
** Backpacks or bags taken into Machu Picchu must not exceed 40x35x20cms or have a capacity larger than 20Lts and must not contain single-use plastic bottles or bags. Backpacks or bags that exceed the indicated measurements can be left in storage for approx. $2 per bag.
Breakfast at the hotel. The morning is free for you to return for a second time to Machu Picchu (optional) if you wish, taking in the sights and views at your own pace and perhaps taking some impressive photos. Afterwards, return to Aguas Calientes to catch the afternoon train back to Cuzco. Arrive in Cuzco and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in Cuzco.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the morning relaxing at your leisure. In the afternoon, enjoy a Half-Day Cuzco City Tour: Begin your tour in the Plaza de Armas, and visit the Cathedral. From here, walk to the Koricancha Temple, an impressive ancient Inca palace, in honour of the Sun God. Today, a Dominican church stands on the site. Finally, visit the lively San Blas neighbourhood, known for its artists, shops and artisan workshops. Overnight stay in Cuzco.
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Quito. Arrive in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, a city famed for its high vantage point in the Andean mountains, and its ancient Incan significance. Transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure, exploring the relaxed culture of the Ecuadorian Sierra. Overnight stay in Quito.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the historical parts of the city. Soak up the history of this ancient Andean capital and visit a traditional market to taste a variety of locals fruits. In the afternoon you can explore Quito at your own pace. Overnight stay in Quito.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today transfer to the airport to take your flight to the Galapagos Islands. Arrive at Baltra airport, in the Galapagos Islands and transfer to the island of Santa Cruz. Cross the Itabaca Channel on a ferry and then continue by car, making a stop in the highlands of Santa Cruz to visit a private ranch for lunch. Walk among the trees and look for the giant tortoises that can be found near the small lagoons. Also visit the lava tubes, which form when the surface of a lava stream solidifies but the interior remains liquid and flows like a river. Continue your transfer to your hotel in Santa Cruz. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring at your leisure. Overnight stay in Santa Cruz.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, or we recommend taking an excursion to explore one of the nearby uninhabited islands, to see more of the Galapagos wildlife. Overnight in Santa Cruz.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy the morning by exploring the beautiful island of Santa Cruz at your leisure. In the afternoon take the public speedboat to the island of San Cristobal, passing the island of Santa Fe on the way and taking approximately 2-3 hours. Arrive on the island of San Cristobal, transfer to the hotel and overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, or we recommend taking an excursion to explore one of the nearby uninhabited islands, to see more of the Galapagos wildlife. Overnight in San Cristobal.
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Guayaquil. Arrive, transfer to the hotel and spend the remainder of the day exploring at your leisure. Overnight stay in Guayaquil.
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the UK/Ireland. Night on board.
Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip.
16 days trip including flights*
15 days and 14 nights in destination
LON - LIM
Puerto Ayora - Isla Santa Cruz
Puerto Ayora - Isla Santa Cruz
GYE - LON
GYE - LON
*In case the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative hotels with the same quality: Arawi Miraflores Express, Arte Hotel Lima, Ayenda Andesmar.
Drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
Transit control card (TCC)* (US$ 20) and entrance to the Galapagos National Park * (US$ 100).
* More information can be found in Offer Conditions.
From July 1st 2021, all passengers over 2 years old must fulfill one of the following requirements in order to travel to the Galapagos Islands:
- Proof of negative antigen or PCR test, performed no more than 72 hours before boarding the flight to Galapagos
- Full COVID-19 vaccination card/certificate showing final vaccine was received at least 14 days before boarding the flight to Galapagos.
If your destination is in the USA or Canada, or if your selected flights to a different destination have connections in the USA or Canada, it is mandatory to have an ESTA (for USA) or an eTA (for Canada) before travelling.
You can process your ESTA here: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/
You can process your eTA here: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/eta.html
* Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 14 days before your trip or delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.
** You can choose to upgrade to a different train for this journey in the next step of the booking process.
Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.
Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category.
The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.
In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.
Galapagos transit control card (TCC) is mandatory and is checked at the airport in both Quito and Guayaquil before travel to the Galapagos Islands. Cost US$20 per person (subject to change) and made by cash payment.
At the airport Galapagos passengers must present their transit control card (TCC) with their passport and pay the entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park. Cost: US$100 per person.
If you book a triple room with a child, you will be required to share one bed.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
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