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Exceptional Luxury Galapagos Islands Cruise and Machu Picchu Vacation

9 Days and 8 Nights Exceptional Luxury

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No Hidden Fees / Luxury Machu Picchu & Galapagos Holidays

These are Private Vacations with Guaranteed Departures Every Day! Everything you would expect is Included:

  • All Private Tours with Qualified English Speaking Guides.
  • All Private Transfers.
  • All Hotels.
  • All Entrance Tickets.
  • All Breakfasts / Other Meals as Specified: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)
  • All Internal Flights.
  • No Hidden Fees for Paying with Visa.
  • Book & Pay by Visa, Mastercard, Diners Club or American Express
  • Low $1,500pp Deposits. Balance Due 75 Days before Travel.
  • Large Discounts for Groups of 4 or more. (Invite your Friends & Family!)

Enjoy a 4 or 5 Day Luxury Galapagos Cruise through the Galapagos Islands aboard the Coral or Legend Yacht.  This cruise brings you to one of the most isolated places in the world to encounter an abundant variety of wildlife that are incredibly unique and found nowhere else on earth.

After your Luxury Galapagos Cruise, you will fly to Lima and head to Cusco to visit the Inca and Colonial Highlights including Machu Picchu.  You will enjoy Private Guided Tours and stay in the finest Hotel in Peru, the 5* Palacio Nazarenas, the No.5 Hotel IN THE WORLD on Tripadvisor (July 2015).

Round off your Luxury Galapagos Cruise adventure by taking the Luxury Orient Express Hiram Bingham Train to & from Machu Picchu where you will spend two days exploring one of the Wonders of the World and staying in Belmond’s Exclusive 5* Sanctuary Lodge, adjacent to Machu Picchu.

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Exceptional Luxury Galapagos Islands Cruise and Machu Picchu Vacation 9 Days and 8 Nights

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Standard Plus $8,250pp
Junior Cabin $8,500pp
Legend Suite $8,750pp
Legend Balcony Suite $8,995pp
Legend Balcony Suite Plus $9,250pp
Groups of 4 + Traveling Together Big Discounts Available!
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Deposit would be $1,500.00pp
Balance due 75 Days before travel.
We accept Visa, Mastercard, Diners Club or American Express.

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What is Included:

  • All Private Tours with Qualified English-speaking guides
  • All Private Transfers
  • All Entrance Fees
  • 4 Nights in Exceptional Luxury 5* Hotels inc. Breakfasts
  • 1 Night in the Superior 4* Ramada Airport Hotel – Lima
  • 3 Nights on board a Luxury Galapagos Yacht
  • 8 x Breakfast, 4 x Lunch, 4 x Dinner, 1 x Brunch (B,L,D,Br)
  • Luxury Hiram Bingham Train – Cusco / Machu Picchu / Cusco
  • Flights within Peru & Ecuador – Quito / Baltra,
  • Baltra / Guayaquil / Lima, Lima / Cusco & Cusco / Lima

What is not Included:

  • International airfare to Ecuador or Peru and Taxes
  • National Departure Taxes at airports
  • Other Meals unless specifically stated in the Itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as telephone bills, laundry expenses, beverages, etc.
  • Baggage porterage and other extras not specified.

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Exceptional Luxury Galapagos Islands Cruise and Machu Picchu Vacation 9 Days and 8 Nights

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Day of trip B L D Hotel
1st Day Arrive Quito – Private Transfer to Hotel Casa Gangotena Hotel Quito 
2nd Day Fly Galapagos Islands & Begin Galapagos Cruise B L D
3rd Day Continue Galapagos Cruise B L D
4th Day Continue Galapagos Cruise B L D
5th Day Depart Galapagos – Fly Lima B Ramada Airport Hotel
6th Day Fly Cusco – Private Cusco City Tour B Palacio Nazarenas Luxury Hotel – Cusco 
7th Day Luxury Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu B Br D Belmond Luxury Sanctuary Lodge 
8th Day Revisit Machu Picchu & Hiram Bingham Train to Cusco B L D Palacio Nazarenas Luxury Hotel – Cusco 
9th Day Free Day in Cusco – Fly Lima & Home B

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Exceptional Luxury Galapagos Islands Cruise and Machu Picchu Vacation 9 Days and 8 Nights

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  • 1st Day Arrive Quito – Private Transfer to Hotel
  • 2nd Day Fly Galapagos Islands & Begin Galapagos Cruise (B, L, D)
  • 3th Day Continue Galapagos Cruise (B, L, D)
  • 4th Day Continue Galapagos Cruise (B, L, D)
  • 5th Day Depart Galapagos – Fly Lima (B)
  • 6th Day Fly Cusco – Private Cusco City Tour (B)
  • 7th Day Luxury Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu (B, Br, D)
  • 8th Day Revisit Machu Picchu & Hiram Bingham Train to Cusco (B, L, D)
  • 9th Day Free Day in Cusco – Fly Lima & Home (B)

1st
Day

Arrive Quito – Private Transfer to Hotel

Arrive Quito We’ll be waiting for you with a sign with your and our names on it.
Transfer to your Hotel Approx. One hour transfer to your Hotel in Quito.
5* Casa Gangotena Hotel Quito Luxury Rooms

5* Casa Gangotena Hotel – Quito

(Rated #1 Hotel in Ecuador by TripAdvisor – 2016)

Situated in the heart of Quito, Casa Gangotena is within walking distance of San Francisco Church, Quito Cathedral, and Independence Square.

Hotel Features:

  • This luxury hotel offers a restaurant and a bar/lounge.
  • Guests are served a complimentary breakfast each morning.
  • Complimentary wireless and wired high-speed Internet access is available in public areas.
  • Business amenities including a business center and limo/town car service.

Luxury Rooms

Casa Gangotena’s Luxury rooms invite guests to relax in style, enjoying the peace created by the luxurious upholstery, plush carpets, fine linen and rich furnishings which adorn each room.

They either have views on to the bustle of Calle Cuenca to the west, on to the garden, or, in the case of the third floor, beautiful prospects to the south and the Virgin of Quito.

2nd
Day

Fly Galapagos Islands & Begin Galapagos Cruise (B, L, D)

Transfer to Airport We will pick ytou up from your Hotel Foyer in the morning for a Transfer to the Airport.
Fly Galapagos Islands Morning Departure.
Transfer to your yacht Approx. ten minute transfer to your yacht.
M/Y Coral I & II or M/V Galapagos Legend Choose your Cabin. (See Appendix I)
Daily meals Breakfast and lunch buffet, served dinner and snacks.
Galapagos Tour Begins As described below.
  • M/Y Coral I 36 passengers
  • M/Y Coral II 20 passengers
  • M/V Legend 100 passengers

These unique luxury yachts are a perfect combination of classic beauty and exquisite style. The materials used in their decoration convey a pleasing sensation of warmth and comfort that will transport you automatically into a marine environment. You will be a part of nature thanks to the ample panoramic windows. Every single detail has been taken into consideration to make your stay on board unique and unforgettable. The Jacuzzi, sun and shadow decks will give you a perfect space to relax. The social areas and the bar will be a place to enjoy.

Relax

To relax in the sun or even bathe in the whirlpool, head to the M/Y Coral I outside decks, where the natural wonders of the Galapagos will be enjoyed from a completely different perspective, whether by the handrail of their decks, the comfort of a sun-lounger or from the balcony at the bow. There is a space for everyone on these deceptively large yachts.

Enjoy

Enjoy the various activities ship, nights are magical, full of bright stars and countless constellations.

Learn

The Galapagos National Park certifies all of our highly qualified multi-lingual naturalist guides. On visits to the islands, they will accompany you every step of the way, taking time to explain the highlights as you wonder through this new and magical land. Every evening, these same guides will give you a lecture illustrated with multimedia presentation, imparting and sharing with you their knowledge of geology, history, evolution, flora and fauna of the islands.

Junior Cabins

  • 8 on Coral I and 6 on Coral II.
  • Located on the Earth and Sky Decks.
  • 3 interconnected cabins.
  • Average area: 12 m2 / 128 ft2.
  • Panoramic windows.
  • Low twin beds or a queen-sized bed.
  • Air conditioning with remote control.
  • Phone service for internal, local and international calls.
  • Video system with LCD TV, music, activities, itineraries and consumption on board.
  • Safe-deposit box.
  • Private bathroom.

Day 1 of the Cruise:  AM – Baltra airport

Departure from Quito to Baltra (2 ½ hours flight). Passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten-minute bus ride to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend or M/Y Coral I or Coral II.

PM – Highlands – Pit Craters (Santa Cruz)

Dry landing. A 45-minute bus ride will take us to the Santa Cruz highlands, located to the northwest of Puerto Ayora, where we will find a natural reserve with giant tortoises. These enormous and slow-moving reptiles are responsible for the island’s name and therefore approaching them in their humid and forested abode is always an inspiring adventure.  They can weigh between 250 and 300 kg and can live up to 150-200 years. Additionally, travelers can walk inside surprising lava tubes; we also visit Pit Craters created from the collapse of surface materials into chamber fissures underground.  It’s a great place spot to spot Vermilion Flycatcher as we walk inside an endemic Scalesia forest.

  • Difficulty level: easy
  • Type of terrain: flat & muddy sometimes (depending on season)
  • Duration: 45 minutes drive / 1h30 walk

3th
Day

Continue Galapagos Cruise (B, L, D)

Galapagos Tours Continue Two daily excursions to the islands, activities on board, English/Spanish speaking guide, transfers. As described below.
Daily meals Breakfast and lunch buffet, served dinner and snacks.

Day 2 of the Cruise:  Egas Port / Salt Mines (Santiago)

Wet landing on a beach of black volcanic sand, visited by Darwin in 1835. The first section of the trail is comprised of volcanic ash (eroded tuff) and the other half of partially uneven terrain is comprised of volcanic basaltic rock lounging the shoreline.

The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago’s shores is home to a variety of resident and migrant birds, including the bizarre Yellow- crowned Night Heron and astounding array of marine wildlife including lobster, starfish and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally Light-foot Crabs. Colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water pools formed by volcanic rocks are also a highlight.

Snorkeling here offers rarities such as octopus and squid. We organize optional visits to the Salt Mines where you can observe the two species of sea lions:  fur and Galapagos sea lions.

  • Difficulty level: intermediate
  • Type of terrain: the first part flat and then semi rocky.
  • Duration: 1h 30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling If Salt Mines is chosen
  • Duration: 2h 30 walk / 30 minutes snorkeling

4th
Day

Continue Galapagos Cruise (B, L, D)

Galapagos Tours Continue Two daily excursions to the islands, activities on board, English/Spanish speaking guide, transfers. As described below.
Daily meals Breakfast and lunch buffet, served dinner and snacks.

Day 3 of the Cruise:  Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz)

Dry landing. We walk by a brackish lagoon where feeding flamingos can be occasionally found. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation up to Dragon Hill, an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchorage and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, Yellow Warblers and Galapagos Doves.

  • Difficulty level: intermediate
  • Type of terrain: rocky
  • Duration: 2 hours walk

PM – North Seymour

Dry landing. This is perhaps one of the busiest tourist destinations on the archipelago. Off Baltra Island (where the airport is located) and not far from Santa Cruz, North Seymour is the most accessible for day trips out of Santa Cruz’s main port, Puerto Ayora. An approximately two hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent and great frigatebirds, and swallow-tailed gulls for an in depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles and as well as sea lions. You will also encounter sea lions, land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across a Galapagos Snake.

  • Difficulty level: intermediate
  • Type of terrain: rocky
  • Duration: 2 hours walk

5th
Day

Depart Galapagos – Fly Lima (B)

Depart Galapagos Approx. Ten minute transfer to the Baltra airport for your flight to Guayaquil.
Fly Guayaquil Departs Baltra airport at approx. 12:00 and Arrives to Guayaquil at approx. 15:00.
Fly Lima Flights leave at 18:30 and arrive to Lima at 20:20.
Check-in to your Hotel The Hotel is attached to the airport by a footbridge. Simply walk across to the Hotel and check-in.
4* Ramada Airport Hotel Superior Room

4* Ramada Airport Hotel

Strategically located in the heart of Jorge Chavez International Airport, few miles away from all cultural and historical wonders Lima has to offer, Costa del Sol Wyndham Lima Airport Hotel is the first hotel that provides the necessary services to meet your expectations during your stay. Perfect for those on transit, perceptive traveler will enjoy our services and amenities with the tranquility of walking to or from your flight in a few minutes. Indoor pool and free Wi-Fi.

6th
Day

Fly Cusco – Private Cusco City Tour (B)

Fly Cusco The Hotel is attached to the airport by a footbridge. Simply walk across to the Hotel and check-in. Flights depart at 10:00 and arrive to Cusco at 11:20.
Private Transfer in Cusco We will be waiting for you outside of Cusco Airport Arrival Hall with a sign with our and your names on it. An approx. 15 minute Private Transfer to your Hotel in Cusco.
Belmond 5* Palacio Nazarenas Luxury Hotel – Cusco Junior Suites
Afternoon Private Cusco City Tour Pick up in your Hotel Foyer at approx. 13:45. Returns at approx. 18:00.

Luxury 5 * Palacio Nazarenas

(Rated #1 Hotel in South America & #11 Hotel IN THE WORLD by TripAdvisor – 2016)

Set in a tranquil plaza behind Cusco’s main square, this former palace and convent emerged from years of restoration to become one of the city’s most exclusive hotels.

Step past walls of Inca stones and into a cloistered courtyard with an ancient fountain at its heart. Then be surprised as contemporary Cusco comes to the fore: a fabulous spa, the city’s first outdoor pool and stylish restaurants serving cutting-edge local cuisine.

This intimate urban retreat has just 55 suites, each enriched with oxygen and with its own private bar where guests can create drinks accented with fresh ingredients grown at and around the hotel.

Junior Suites

Junior Suites are located in both the ancient part of the hotel and the new section – close to the pool.

A choice of bedding includes one king or two twin poster beds.  Suite amenities include complimentary full buffet breakfast or are room only – depending on the rate plan selected.

Also included are complimentary wireless Internet access, butler service, widescreen LED satellite TV with premium channels, CD and DVD players, iPhone and iPad for guest use, iPod dock, personal safe large enough for a notebook PC and a well-stocked mini-bar.

The sumptuous marble bathroom is equipped with a separate bath and shower, dual washbasins and luxurious bath amenities.

Other Suites Available:

Suites – Our Suites provide the utmost comfort while reflecting the authentic charm of Belmond Palacio Nazarenas.

Grand Master Suites – Our grand Master Suites offer guests two luxurious Master Suites. Each has a spacious bathroom with underfloor heating and Peruvian travertine marble décor.

Palacio Suite – This beautiful Suite is located in the ancient part of the hotel.

It is ideal for longer stays in Cusco or for those who enjoy the luxury of space.

Nazarenas Suite – This elegant master suite boasts an original, handcrafted ceiling, whose colours have inspired the entire palette of the hotel. The authentic charm and exclusivity of the Suite make for an irresistible combination.

**** All Suites are enriched with oxygen to help combat altitude sickness. You may also choose to have your room delicately scented with healing essential aromas of Andean flowers and herbs.

Private Afternoon Cusco City Tour

The Private Half Day Cusco City Tour Visits all of the Principal Inca & Colonial Attractions in Cusco

Tambomachay – This was an Inca sanctuary dedicated to the cult of water, a place reserved for Inca Royalty.

Puca Pucara – This is an Inca archaeological site located again on the peak of a hill and is thought to be a military position and an administrative centre.

Qenko – A sanctuary dedicated to the adoration of animals, and consists of ruins formed by a rocky site with stairs in a zigzag, and a main building similar to a circular amphitheatre where 19 window sills are located as a way of seats.

Sacsayhuamán – Its construction took over seven decades and required the work of approximately 20,000 men, both for the foundations and hewn stone works, the transportation of materials, carving and stones setting. Many say it is as impressive as Machu Picchu itself!

Cusco Cathedral – One of the finest Colonial Cathedrals in the Americas.

Coricancha – Originally named Inti Qancha (‘ Temple of the Sun’) was the most important temple in the Inca Empire, dedicated primarily to Inti, the Sun God.

7th
Day

Luxury Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu (B, Br, D)

Private Transfer out Cusco and Luxury Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu Pick Up in your Hotel Foyer at 08:00 for the thirty minute private transfer to Poroy train station. Catch the 09:05 Luxury Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu, arriving at 12:20. A Three Course Gourmet Brunch & Show on board.
Private Machu Picchu Tour Superior Rooms2-3 Hours with plenty of time to ask questions.
Belmond Luxury 5* Sanctuary Lodge (All-Inclusive) Superior Mountain View Rooms with Terraces. Gourmet Dinner is included in the Hotel.

Luxury Hiram Bingham Train

To & From Machu Picchu

The Hiram Bingham is an exclusive Luxury Orient Express service operated by Peru Rail, all service inclusive where you will enjoy a full day of unforgettable experiences.

The Service Includes:

  • Champagne Reception
  • Brunch and dinner on board.
  • Exclusive Bus return to the citadel of Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • Guided tour in the citadel.
  • Gourmet Dinner & Small Show included on the return journey

Observation Car: At the back of the Hiram Bingham is the Observation car, offering a space in which to truly appreciate the stunning Peruvian landscape. Observations cars are a great addition to any train and this one is furnished with dark wood, polished brass and large cushioned seats, thus making it the perfect place to sit, relax and watch the unfolding Peruvian landscape.

Carriages: The carriages are luxurious with elegant decoration in the style of the 1920′s Pullman trains. Each of the four carriages has been furnished in polished wood and brass, with large chairs and plenty of space.

Luxury 5* Sanctuary Lodge Hotel

All Inclusive | A la Carte Full Board |Beverages & Minibar

Superior Mountain View Room with Terrace

Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge is the only hotel located adjacent to this ancient Inca citadel. It offers its guests exceptionally easy access from early morning to late afternoon, when most of the day visitors and buses have left.

Sit out on a terrace and savor Peruvian cuisine based on produce grown on the Lodge’s own plot: This delightful Orient- Express hideaway is the perfect place to relax and unwind in the shadow of the Lost City.

We include for you a Superior Mountain View Room with Private Terrace for your night of Luxury at Machu Picchu.

Private Guided Tour of Machu Picchu (2 – 3 Hours)

The ‘Holy Grail’ for lovers of Inca monuments, the enigmatic lost city of Machu Picchu is the most famous archaeological site in all of South America and possibly the world. The spectacular collection of temples, terraced hills and plazas was the mountain-top citadel of the Inca under Pachacutec and Tupac Yupanqui, until the coming of the Europeans with Pizarro.

It may have the most familiar name, but Machu Picchu has refused to reveal many of its mysteries, including the secrets of its construction, function, and demise. The overgrown ruins were discovered by US historian Hiram Bingham in 1911, and the quality of the stonework hints that it was an extremely important ceremonial site.

The remains are thought to date from around 1450, built at the height of the Inca Empire, and as they escaped being plundered by the Spanish they include semi-intact icons and shrines that were defaced or removed at other sites.

Entering the site, a set of steps leads to the ruined Temple of the Sun and a series of altars and niches.  Highlights include the remains of ceremonial baths, the Sacred Plaza with its tremendous view across the Urubamba River valley, a rare shrine to the sun, and a labyrinth of passageways and cells.

8th
Day

Revisit Machu Picchu & Hiram Bingham Train to Cusco (B, L, D)

Private Machu Picchu Tours There are 4 additional Machu Picchu Tours you may choose from. There are no additional charges, you are only limited by your time and energy.
Lunch Buffet Lunch is included at the 5* Sanctuary Lodge Hotel. (12:00 – 15:00)
Luxury Hiram Bingham Train Catch the 17:50 Hiram Bingham train returning to Poroy Train Station at 21:16. A Four Course Gourmet Dinner & Show on the train.
Private Transfer in Cusco Approx. 30 minutes to your Hotel.
Luxury 5* Palacio Nazarenas Hotel Cusco Junior Suites

Revisit Machu Picchu

Today you will enjoy further Private Guided Tours of Machu Picchu.

You may start at Dawn or as you wish. All tours are included and you are only limited by your time and energy.

The Sun Gate (2 Hours)

Inti Punku the Sun Gate marks the entrance to Machu Picchu.

It is a one hour uphill hike to the southeast of the Sanctuary, climbing more than 300 meters. The hike is on the original Inca trail and is paved with Inca stones. There is a spectacular view from the gate!

Additional Tours Available

Apu Machu Picchu (4 to 5 Hours Roundtrip)

The hike to the summit of Apu Machu Picchu is 2 ½ hours and can be quite steep in places.

This is a breathtaking hike, lot of orchids along the way, birds in the bushy areas, and with every stop the view is gets better and better. The climb is 600 meters uphill, so a reasonable level of fitness is required.

*** Access to Apu Machu Picchu is controlled by special tickets which need to be purchased in advance by us. Access is 07:00 – 11:00.  Please ask to have these tickets included in your tour if desired***

Inka Bridge (Bridge 1 Hour Round Trip)

This hike is to the south west of Machu Picchu, a nice original trail that overlooks the Aobamba valley and the Hydro-electric plant.

This Inca Bridge is a part of a mountain trail that heads west from Machu Picchu. The trail is a stone path, part of which is cut into a cliff face.  A twenty-foot gap was left in this section of the carved cliff face, over a 1,900 feet drop that could be bridged with two tree trunks. When the tree trunks were removed then the trail became impassable to outsiders. The path is narrow and paved with original Inca stones.

Huayna Picchu (3 – 4 Hours)

Huayna Picchu is the mountain you see behind Machu Picchu. Towering above the north end of Machu Picchu this steep mountain is often seen in the backdrop to the classic photos of the ruins.

The mountain is steep, but stone steps are laid along most of the way and where the mountain is steeper you will find steel cables used as handrails. For fit people it is not a difficult climb.

Very Limited Access!

Only 400 people are allowed to hike Huayna Picchu each day.  You have to sign in at the entrance gate. The first 200 tickets are available for the 8:00am hike. The second 200 are available at 10:00am.

***We need to buy these special tickets in advance to be sure you will have space for this hike***

9th
Day

Free Day in Cusco – Fly Lima & Home (B)

Free Day Take the day to enjoy the Historic City Center and buy souvenirs.
Private Transfer to the Airport We will pick you up from your Hotel Foyer at the appropriate time for a 20-minute private Transfer to the Airport.
Fly Lima & Home Have a nice flight Home.
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