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15 Day Peru with 4 Day Galapagos Cruise


Part-Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Miami-Lima-Guayaquil-Miami
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flights Lima-Cuzco, Juliaca-Lima, Guayaquil-Baltra & San Cristobal-Guayaquil
  • 14 nights First Class accommodations
    • 3 nights Lima
    • 3 nights Cuzco
    • 2 nights Puno
    • 2 nights Guayaquil
    • 4 nights Galapagos Cruise on Galapagos Explorer II, Classic Suite outside cabin with 2 lower berths
  • Cruise porterage
  • All transfers
  • 25 Meals: 14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Beverages and gratuities onboard Galapagos Explorer II
  • 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
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Galapagos National Park Fee of $100
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card fee of $10

Special Features

  • City Tours of Lima & Cuzco
  • Full Day Tour to Machu Picchu via train
  • Excursion to the Uros Islands
  • Galapagos Islands

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

DAY 1, Thursday - 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, Friday - 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, Saturday - 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. This evening, enjoy dinner and music at a local restaurant
Overnight: Cuzco ▲
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday - Full Day Machu Picchu
Early this morning, transfer to the Sacred Valley's Ollanta Station and board the train* for Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site virtually unknown to the western world until Hiram Bingham III's "re" discovery in 1911. Spend the afternoon viewing the ancient citadel before boarding the train for your return to the Sacred Valley's Ollanta Station in the evening. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in Cuzco
*Plan B passengers will ride on the Expedition Train and Plan A passengers will ride on the Vistadome Train
Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Monday - 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 Koricancha, 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)
Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Tuesday - 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. If time permits there may be a visit to a local school en route to Puno. Arrive to Puno in the evening and check into your hotel
Overnight: Puno
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Wednesday - 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, Thursday - Fly to Lima
This morning transfer to the airport in Juliaca for your flight back to Lima. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with local Peruvian specialties and say goodbye to your travel companions and Tour Manager
Overnight: Lima
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Fly to Guayaquil
This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Guayaquil
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Saturday - Sail to Dragon Hill
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Baltra Island. Upon arrival, travel to the pier and board the Galapagos Explorer II. After settling in, visit Dragon Hill (wet landing), appropriately named due to the large population of land iguanas. You may see Flamingos, Pintail ducks, and a variety of other island birds feeding at the nearby saltwater lakes. Perhaps climb up the hill for an excellent viewpoint of the surrounding scenery. You can also stroll along the beach, where you are likely to see marine iguanas, sea lions, and a small colony of blue-footed boobies
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday - Sail to Genovesa Island
In the morning, arrive at Genovesa Island and spend the morning at El Barranco (wet landing). Also known as Prince Philip's Steps, you will be able to climb to a plateau overlooking Darwin Bay. Here you may find Masked and Red-Footed boobies, Frigate Birds, Short-eared Owls, as well as Storm and Galapagos Petrels nesting in cavities formed in the hardened lava. In the afternoon, explore Darwin Bay (wet landing), created by the sunken caldera of the volcano that formed the island. Walk along the beach and admire the abundance of sea birds, frequently including the Red-Footed Booby, Nazca Booby, Yellow Crowned Night Heron, and Frigate Birds
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Monday - Sail to North Seymour Island and Santa Cruz Island
Spend the morning at North Seymour Island (dry landing), a bird-lover's paradise. On this small, uplifted island, you can see basking land and marine iguanas, as well as a vast variety of endemic tropical birds, including blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, lava gulls, and the largest frigate bird colony in the Galapagos. In the afternoon, sail to Santa Cruz Island (dry landing) to explore the Highlands, where nearly 40 giant tortoises thrive in the wild. The more adventurous may hike to the nearby tunnels formed by cooling lava
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Tuesday - Sail to San Cristóbal Island
This morning visit Punta Pitt (wet landing) on San Cristóbal Island, which is the easternmost point in the Galapagos. A colony of sea lions and all three varieties of booby can usually be found here. A hike to the top of the point offers excellent views. In the afternoon, explore El Junco lake (dry landing). El Junco is the largest freshwater lake in the archipelago, located within a large crater in the highlands
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Wednesday - Interpretation Center/Flight to Guayaquil
This morning visit the Interpretation Center on San Cristóbal. Here you will learn about the natural history of the islands, including the arrival and establishment of different species, the human history of the islands, and the conservation efforts being made today. In the afternoon, you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Guayquil. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Guayaquil
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Thursday - 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.

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

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    Additional Information:
    Plan B: The Apr 18 departure will be accommodated at the El Tambo Hotel in Lima.

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

    Gratuities for crew and naturalist guides on Galapagos Explorer II are included.

    Beverage package onboard Galapagos Explorer II includes selected wines, spirits, cocktails, beers, bottled water, juices and soft drinks at all bars and lounges.

    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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