|Purpose:||Adventure, Culture, History, Archeology, Wildlife, Ecotourism|
|No. of days:||12 days - 11 nights|
|First & Last Cities:||Lima, Guayaquil|
|Other cities:||Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Quito, Galapagos|
Your Tour includes:
Tour does not include:
Hotels in your Tour:
|Location||Hotel Name||Room Type||Tripadvisor|
|Lima||Allpa Hotel||Standard room||4|
|Sacred Valley||Hotel La Casona Yucay||Standard room||4.5|
|Cusco||Hotel Eco inn||Standard room||4|
|Quito||Hotel Mercure||Standard Plus Cabin||4|
|Galapagos Cruise||M/Y Coral or M/V Legend||Standard room||5|
|Guayaquil||Hotel Oro Verde||Standard room||4.5|
|Lima||Marriott Courtyard||Superior room||4.5|
|Sacred Valley||Aranwa Valley||Superior room||4.5|
|Cusco||Aranwa Cusco||Superior room||4.5|
|Galapagos Cruise||M/Y Coral or M/V Legend||St Plus Cabin||5|
|Guayaquil||Hilton Colon||Deluxe room||4|
All hotels and cruise are subject to confirmation at the time of booking
Day 1: Lima
Welcome to Lima. Arrival and transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure to explore the city on your own.
Day 2: Lima
Today you will discover the history of Lima from the Pre-Columbian era to the present, starting in the historic downtown district. Your guide will take you to beautiful Plaza Mayor ("Main Square"), which is surrounded by the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, and City Hall. While strolling the old streets lined with colonial mansions and Moorish balconies, you will also visit a convent that is an icon of colonial architecture. Then head to the modern districts of San Isidro and Miraflores. San Isidro is an upscale residential and commercial neighborhood, which houses the Huaca Huallamarca a pyramid shaped pre-Hispanic sacred structure. Next visit trendy Miraflores with its chic shops, restaurants and casinos, and lovely boardwalk. At the end of the tour, return to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure to explore Lima on own. [B)]
Day 3: Lima, Cusco (Archaeological Ruins)
At agreed time, transfer to the airport to board your flight to Cusco. Arrival and transfer to your hotel. [B]
Get ready to explore Cusco a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Start at the Koricancha temple, an ancient Incan palace and a place of worship for the Sun God, which in the past was fully covered in gold. Over its ruins, the Dominicans built a beautiful church that remains intact. Your next stop is the Plaza de Armas. Here you find the Catholic Cathedral and the picturesque Church of the Society of Jesus, among other colonial buildings. Continue your journey to the colonial church of San Cristóbal, a picture perfect site with panoramic views of the city. Proceed to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, an Incan building known for its 30-foot tall walls made of hewn stone. This fortress that was built atop of a hill offers a scenic view of Cusco. Finish your tour with a visit to the archaeological complexes of Qenko, with its stone labyrinth and sacrificial alter, and Puca Pucara, a site of military ruins, an architectural marvel of rooms, waterways and aqueducts. [B]
Day 4: Cusco, Sacred Valley (Chinchero, Mayra & Ollantaytambo)
Start today’s tour visiting the Inca's Balcony, a beautiful terrace with an impressive view of Chinchero, a lovely little town in the Sacred Valley that, according to the Incas, was the birthplace of the rainbow. A small community of indigenous people will greet you. Here you will learn the ancestral technique of dyeing wool to obtain the vivid colors you find throughout Peru. Afterwards visit Moray, an archeological site built on a series of terraces that is believed to be used by the Incas as an agricultural laboratory. The last attraction of your tour is Ollantaytambo: one of the most monumental architectural complexes of the ancient Inca Empire. Ollantaytambo is an Incan military, religious, and agricultural center that rests on a mountain peak. From this imposing site, one can look down and appreciate the amazingly narrow streets and canals that have remained untouched since the Incan times. [B/L]
Day 5: Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco
Your day starts with an early transfer to Ollanta train station where you board the train to the small city of Aguas Calientes, gateway to the Citadel of Machu Picchu. Disembark and board a bus headed for the amazing Machu Picchu archaeological site. Go back 500 years in time and immerse yourself in the history of the Incan civilization, provided by your expert guide. Learn why Machu Picchu was designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and voted one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Afterwards, you have free time to explore the site on your own; relax, or meditate. Later descend to Aguas Calientes and board your train back to Cusco or Sacred Valley where you be picked up and transferred to your hotel. [B/L]
Day 6: Cusco, Lima, Quito
At agreed time transfer to the airport to board your flight to Lima with connection to Quito.
Welcome to Quito!
Situated in a circle of mountainous peaks of the Andes, Quito has one of the most magnificent settings in the world. Its colonial old town was the first location in the world to be designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Altogether the city has to offer 86 churches and monasteries of the 16th and 17th century. Due to its beautiful churches and monasteries, Quito is known as the “Convent of America”. This attractive city is located only 22 km (13,7 mi) away from the “Middle of the World”, the Equatorial Line.
Arrival and transfer to your hotel. [B]
Day 7: Quito (Colonial City & Middle of the World)
Enjoy the eclectic architecture ranging from the modern quarters to varied colonial facades on churches and private residences decorated and balconies built along the last five centuries.
See the gothic Basilica of the Heart of Jesus, the Independence Square developed during the past five centuries and flanked by the Presidential and the Archbishop’s palaces dated back to XVII and XIX centuries. Walk through the charming colonial quarter towards the Metropolitan Cathedral with excellent samples of the Spanish renaissance. Visit the Jesuit temple, a perfect example of baroque art considered the jewel of the crown of the colonial architecture in Quito, then continue to the Plaza of San Francisco, which displays a rich sample of artistic and cultural heritage. Your tour end with a visit the “Middle of the world” monument situated at 0º0’0” latitude. [B]
Days 8-10: Quito, Galapagos (Cruise aboard of M/Y Coral I & II or M/V Galapagos Legend)
Transfer to the airport to board your flight to Baltra or San Cristobal to board your 3 night Galapagos Cruise.
Enjoy a 3-night top quality cruise. Only a special few have the chance to travel through this paradise, sailing on a charming ship, with nautical interior decoration of wood and brass, featuring ample outer decks, sea-view cabins and suites, Jacuzzi, pool, bars and more. See prehistoric iguanas, giant tortoises, exotic birds, and plants, beautiful landscapes of volcanoes, lava cones and magma flows. Swim and snorkel at any time of the year in the warm clear waters among tropical fish, manta rays, sea lions, swordfish, sea turtles and other marine wildlife.
Multilingual naturalist guides lead shore excursions twice a day to a place unlike any other full of wildlife that has no fear of man. Lectures explaining the geology, history, evolution, flora and fauna of the islands are provided in several languages. A fine selection of meals will delight you, from buffet breakfast to gourmet dinners, ice cream festivals, and evening barbecues. [B/L/D]
Day 11: Galapagos, Quito or Guayaquil
Transfer to the airport to board your flight to Quito or Guayaquil. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel [B]
Day 12: Quito or Guayaquil, USA
At agreed time transfer to the airport to board your flight to the USA or to the next destination. [B]
[B] = Breakfast | [B/L] = Breakfast and Lunch | [B/L/D] = Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Rates are per person, valid from January 2nd through December 15, 2017 and may change without notice.
Single price is based on 2 or more pax traveling together staying in a single room/cabin.
Rates do not apply to the following holidays: Inti Raymi (week of June 24), Peru Independence Day celebrations (Week of July 28 and 29), Christmas and New Year’s (December 23 through January 1). Other blackout dates may apply.
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Tour Code: MU04LIM17CTK
Important Cruise notices:
Deposit: Upon confirmation $500 for 3 night cruises
Full payment: 61 days prior to departure
Cancellations and penalties:
Up to 121 days – no penalties apply
120 - 61 days prior to departure, USD $500 per person
60 days – full payment is non refundable
Rather than cancelling services, we suggest rescheduling the cruise date, or changing the name in the same departure, under the following conditions:
Between 120 and 61 days prior to departure, a USD $150 penalty per person per name changed
Between 60 and 31 days prior to departure, a 20% discount will apply for new reservations involving date change with the same names.
Price adjustments apply depending on available date, ship, and cabin(s).
Above conditions do not apply for blackout dates.