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Discover the highlights of Peru including the world-famed Machu Picchu before embarking on a wonderful tour of the precious archipelago of the Galapagos. The first week of this incredible itinerary is spent in Peru, beginning in Lima before heading off to the Sacred Valley for an exploration of the Inca Empire. Travel by train to Machu Picchu before a night in the historic city of Cusco. Continue to Ecuador for a night in the capital Quito before the following morning flight to the Galapagos Islands, where you’ll board the Archipel I for an unforgettable 4-day island-hopping voyage of the Galapagos.
Day 1 - Lima
Days 2 & 3 – Sacred Valley
Day 4 – Machu Picchu
Days 5 & 6 – Cusco
Day 7 - Lima
Day 8 – Quito
Days 9 - 11 - Galapagos
Day 12 - Transfer to the airport for your onward flight
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Arrive in Peru’s captivating capital. A guided tour will help capture the imagination and immerse yourself in Peruvian culture, both modern and historic akin. Explore the traditional district of Pueblo Libra, where the Larco Museum is the renowned highlight; appreciate the grandiose architecture of Lima’s main square and visit the imposing 16th century cathedral, amongst many other sites.
Fly to Cusco and transfer to the wonderful region of the Sacred Valley. The valley is widely believed to have been the agricultural heart of the Incan Empire and the next couple of days are spent discovering the secrets of this ancient and fascinating civilization. Visit the town of Chinchero where the local inhabitants preserve Incan artisan traditions through their dress and customs; observe demonstrations of craftwork at the Living Museum of Yucay and visit Ollantaytambo, the valley’s only town that has been continuously occupied since the Inca era.
Meals: B & L
After transferring to Ollanta Station, board a train to Aguas Calientes for a scenic train ride through the dramatic Andean landscapes in the direction of Peru’s most iconic destination – Machu Picchu! The image of the ancient citadel will be familiar to all but it is difficult to comprehend its beauty and spiritual ambience until you stand before it in person. Your guide will be able to demystify some of the secrets of Machu Picchu and present most of its prominent landmarks such as the Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Sacred Sun Dial and the Temple of the Three Windows.
Meals: B & L
After a leisurely morning with further opportunity to explore Machu Picchu, head to Cusco, a charming city and former capital of the Inca Empire. Its cobbled streets are a gold mine for architecturally spectacular landmarks and a guided tour will showcase the most prominent sites. Explore the Renaissance-baroque complex of the Santo Domingo Convent and the imposing cathedral of the historic main square and then head to the hills to visit the remains of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, its beauty elevated by its accompanying panoramic views of the city.
Return to Lima for a final night in the capital.
Fly to Quito, the Ecuadorian capital and your springboard to the Galapagos. Spend the night in Quito before your morning flight the next day.
After a short flight from the mainland, arrive at the Galapagos National Park and board the comfortable catamaran of the Archipel I (other vessels available on request). Over the next four days, embark on a wonderful exploration of the wildlife-rich archipelago, island hopping and coming into close contact with some of the mesmerising species that the islands are world-renowned for. As well as allowing plenty of opportunity to observe the wildlife, a range of activities will also be available to enhance your experience such as hiking, snorkelling and sea-kayaking.
Meals: B, L & D
Fly back to the Ecuadorian mainland for your onward flight.
(2022 departures, based on 2 people sharing a room. 2023 prices from £6,499 pp)
International flights to Peru from the UK start from £589 per person
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8 nights’ hotel accommodation
3 nights’ onboard the Archipel
20 meals; 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners
Services of a guide from days 1 - 6
Bath and beach towels while onboard the Archipel
Transfers and domestic flights as per itinerary
International flights if not added
Meals not indicated in your itinerary
Local departure taxes payable locally
Items of a personal nature such as laundry and drinks etc
Tips for guides and drivers (discretionary)
Camera or video fees at any sites
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