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15 Day Peru with 4 Day Galapagos Cruise

Part-Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Miami-Lima-Quito, Quito-Miami
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flights
  • 14 nights accommodations in your choice of hotels
  • All transfers
  • 23 Meals: 14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager (Day 1-8)
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Services of English-speaking naturalist guides in the Galapagos
  • Shore Excursions
  • Galapagos National Park Fee of $100
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card fee of $10

Special Features

  • City Tours of Lima & Cuzco
  • Excursion to the Uros Islands
  • Galapagos Islands

This 15 day “on-the-go” program features the highlights of Peru and Ecuador in an active itinerary which includes several walking tours as well as some early starts and long days.

DAY 1, Sunday - Depart the USA, Arrive in Lima
Depart the USA for Peru. Upon arrival in Lima, transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Lima

DAY 2, Monday - Lima City Tour
This morning meet with your guide for an orientation. Afterwards, depart for a tour of Lima. Enjoy the sights of Peru's capital city with 2000 years of indigenous and colonial heritage before stopping at the San Francisco Monastery, famous for its 17th century architecture and world-renowned library. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure in the "Gastronomical Capital of the Americas" by exploring Lima's nightlife or sampling some of its many restaurants
Optional: Half Day Larco Herrera Museum & Pueblo Libre (PM)
Optional: Dinner & Show in Lima
Overnight: Lima
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Tuesday - Fly to Cuzco
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore on your own
Overnight: Cuzco ▲
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Wednesday - Full Day in Cuzco
Spend today at leisure in "The Imperial City". Take time to sightsee or shop independently. Cuzco is declared the Historical Capital by the Constitution of Peru and hosts nearly 1 million visitors every year. Visit some of the numerous Inca monuments or investigate the culinary secrets of Andean cuisine
Optional: Full Day Machu Picchu (choose Expedition Train, Vistadome Train, or Hiram Bingham Train)
Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Thursday - Cuzco City Tour
Enjoy this morning at leisure in Cuzco. In the afternoon, depart for a tour of Cuzco, view the impressive Colonial Cathedral in Cuzco, which contains over 400 paintings from the Cusqueña School in addition to colonial art. Continue on to visit the Korikancha, the Temple of the Sun, whose walls and floors were allegedly once covered by sheets of solid gold. This temple was once the most important religious site of the Incas
Optional: Half Day Cuzco Behind the Scenes (AM)
Optional: Cuzco by Night (PM)
Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Friday - Raqchi & Puno
This will be a long and rewarding touring day. The regions you will pass through will provide a view of local Peruvian life in the agricultural fields. You will leave Cuzco early in the morning and travel through the Andes Mountain Range to Puno, located on the banks of Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake at 12,421 feet above sea level. En route stop at the Incan archaeological site of Raqchi, site of the Temple of Wiracocha, where you will see the temple complex, living quarters, storehouses, fairgrounds, and ceremonial baths. A box lunch will be served on the coach. Arrive to Puno in the evening and check into your hotel
Overnight: Puno
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Saturday - Excursion to Uros Islands
Today begins with a boat trip to the Uros Islands. These islands are completely man-made structures, and their inhabitants, the Uros, continue to maintain them as they have since pre-Columbian times, using totora reeds from the lake to build not only the islands, but also their houses. Return to your hotel later in the day and enjoy the balance at leisure
Optional: Half Day Sillustani Tombs (PM)
Overnight: Puno
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Sunday - Fly to Lima
This morning transfer to the airport in Juliaca for your flight back to Lima. Spend the remainder of the evening at leisure. This evening, it is time to say goodbye to your Peru tour manager
Overnight: Lima
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Monday - Flight to Quito
This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Quito. Balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Quito
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Tuesday - Sail to Cerro Brujo
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to San Cristobal Island. Upon arrival, proceed to board your ship, the Galapagos Explorer II. After settling in, you are whisked away to visit Cerro Brujo (Wizard's Hill), one of the first sites Charles Darwin visited in the Galapagos. Today, it has become renowned for its stunning white-sand beach where an abundance of wildlife can be found, including brown pelicans, blue footed boobies, marine iguanas, and, most notably, sea lion colonies
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Wednesday - Sail to Española Island
In the morning, arrive at Española island and spend the morning relaxing or enjoying one of the several optional activities around Gardner Bay. Although the water may be chilly, travelers are encouraged to go swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters to view the varied species beneath the surface. In the afternoon, visit Punta Suarez with a chance to see sea lions surfing the waves and marine iguanas basking in the sun
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Thursday - Sail to Whale Bay/ Rabida Island
This morning, travel to Whale Bay off the coast of Santa Cruz Island, one of the oldest whaling camps in the Galapagos. The beaches here are tinted green because of the presence of olivine crystals in high concentrations. The Galapagos only natural predatory animal, the Galapagos Hawk, can frequently be seen here as well. In the afternoon, journey to the small island of Rabida (wet landing), located to the south of Santiago, and home to a central volcano with some of largest and most varied types of lava in the island chain. Famous for its red sand beaches, a small saltwater lagoon provides occasional sights of Flamingos feeding on pink shrimp larva while the beach is home to a large sea lion colony. Additionally, there is a short walk to the top of the trail where you will have opportunities to photograph the striking volcanic peaks
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Friday - Sail to Santa Cruz Island
Today, arrive at Santa Cruz Island (dry landing). Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, a specialized breeding and rearing center for the endangered Galapagos Giant Tortoise. The Darwin Station is a working branch of the international, non-profit Charles Darwin foundation which works to protect and maintain the Galapagos' precious ecosystems. Afterward, walk through Puerto Ayora, the largest town on the islands, and visit the local shops for unique souvenirs. This afternoon continue to Plazas Island, which was formed from lava leaking out of the ocean floor. It houses one of the largest Land Iguana populations in the Galapagos and is famous for its beautiful flora, which includes prickly pear cactus trees and the Sesuvium ground vegetation, which changes color from green in the rainy season to orange and purple in the dry seasons
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Saturday - Sail to Baltra Island/Flight to Quito
Dock in Baltra Island and transfer back to the airport, where a plane will take you back to Quito on the mainland. Upon Arrival, transfer back to your hotel and enjoy the balance of your day at leisure
Overnight: Quito
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Sunday - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

▲ Due to the high elevation, travel in the Peruvian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

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      Additional Information:
      When selecting flights, it is recommended to select flight Lima - Quito departing midday and arriving to Quito before 7 pm. Please note your Quito - Galapagos flight on Day 10 may depart early in the morning.

      Plans A & B: The Nov 4, Dec 2 & Dec 16 departures will be accommodated at The Hotel Qalasaya and the Nov 18 departure will be accommodated at The Royal Inn Puno in Puno.

      Passport numbers for all passengers must be submitted before documents can be issued.

      An upgrade to a Deluxe cabin is available on the Galapagos Explorer II

      We strongly recommend passengers planning to visit Machu Picchu reserve this optional tour in advance as availability cannot be guaranteed when purchasing locally.

      The route and program may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration patterns. Wildlife and visits listed in the itinerary are based upon optimal conditions and therefore subject to change.

      Dry landing: Passengers step from the dinghy onto rocks or a dock.

      Wet landing: As the dinghy edges onto a sandy beach, passengers step into knee-deep water and wade ashore.

      Sturdy shoes are recommended for this program.

      Entry Requirements:
      Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

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