Discover the Galapagos & Peru (WGG)
15 days from Lima to Quito
Fantastic treasures await on this vacation to Peru and the Galapagos Islands. Enjoy a walking tour of Lima; guided sightseeing in Quito and Cusco, former capital of the Inca Empire; and an excursion to Otavalo's famous Indian market. Also visit ancient Puca Pucara, the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, and mystical Machu Picchu. Then, fly to Baltra Island for a fantastic 4-night Galapagos Islands cruise. In the company of a local Naturalist, you'll encounter indigenous plants and animals found only in the Galapagos Islands. For travelers who want to see ancient ruins, learn about new cultures, and be awed at the amazing natural world, this trip is not to be missed!
Highlights & Sightseeing
4-night cruise in the Galapagos in an outside stateroom
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the cathedral, San Francisco Monastery and Larco Herrera Museum; welcome dinner
Visit Awanakancha, Kenko, Puca Pucara, and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman; visit the Ollantaytambo ruins and the market town of Pisac
Take a scenic train ride through Urubamba Valley; guided visit to the Inca ruins and a second entrance to the ruins on your second day in Machu Picchu
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the cathedral and the Santo Domingo Monastery; enjoy dinner with Andean music
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Legislative Palace, San Francisco Monastery, La Compania Church, Workshop & Museum of Oswaldo Guayasamin, and Equatorial Monument; farewell dinner
Visit an ancient Indian market; home-hosted lunch
Four nights cruising the Galapagos National Park aboard the Santa Cruz; Galapaguera; guided sightseeing each day with a local Naturalist
B: American breakfast daily L: 8 lunches D: 10 three-course dinners including a welcome dinner in Lima and a farewell dinner in Quito
Lima Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores (MD), Sacred Valley Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley (SF), Machu Picchu Sumaq Hotel (MD), Cusco Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco (SF), Quito Swissotel Quito (SF), Galapagos Cruise Santa Cruz
? Maximum elevation on tour: 12,000 ft.
It's about you. You are the reason we've used our 80-plus years of travel expertise to design the very best small-ship cruising experience. Inspired by you, we've taken everything special about small-ship cruising and made it even better. Here are some of the features and amenities you'll experience with Avalon. Luxurious standards in elegant atmosphere. Expedition team of multilingual Naturalists. Daily multi-media natural history lectures. A lounge serving premium spirit cocktails. Observation area to watch sea creatures. Well-stocked library/reading room. Unwind in the heated Jacuzzi. Air-conditioning throughout. Open seating for all meals. International cuisine & Ecuadorian entrees. Access to a resident physician. Equipment like wetsuits, snorkeling gear & kayaks available. Glass-bottom expedition boat for marine life viewing. Stargazing Program. Maintain your routine in the fitness center. Complimentary regional wines at dinner. Remarkable service. English-speaking crew. Email, radio, telephone, and Fax communications. Included shore excursions with Local Guide. And, much more.
Day 1 Arrive in Lima
Welcome to Lima. This "City of Kings" was once the capital of the Spanish South American Empire.
Day 2 Lima
Today, your Local Guide focuses on the city's colonial heritage during a walking tour. Start at the Plaza de Armas to see the Government Palace and the CATHEDRAL, where the remains of Francisco Pizarro, founder of Lima, are housed. From here, stroll to the venerable SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY with its splendid 17th-century cloister murals. Also visit the LARCO HERRERA MUSEUM, housing an impressive collection of Peruvian pre-Columbian artifacts. This evening, meet your Tour Director and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant with your fellow traveling companions. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 3 Lima-Cusco-Sacred Valley
Fly to Cusco, the impressive Andean city that was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Continue into the Sacred Valley to AWANAKANCHA and learn the importance of the alpaca (llama) for Inca cultures as well as the ancient weaving techniques still in use today. Visit the semi-circular KENKO Amphitheater with its stone altars and labyrinth of passages, and see the ancient site of PUCA PUCARA before reaching the TEMPLE OF SACSAYHUAMAN, perched on a hillside overlooking Cusco. It remains unfathomable how and when this fortress of gigantic stones-with some blocks weighing more than 350 tons-was built. Next, visit PISAC, an old mountain village where you enjoy free time in the town center to browse the colorful stalls where vendors sell their handicrafts, ranging from fine alpaca sweaters and blankets to hand-painted ornamental dishes and vases. Enjoy a relaxing dinner at your hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Sacred Valley-Machu Picchu
Begin the morning with a visit to the Inca fortress of OLLANTAYTAMBO, followed by a visit to a home to meet some locals and experience their way of life. Next, board your TRAIN for a short journey through the lush Urubamba Valley, then ascend to legendary MACHU PICCHU, the "Lost City of the Incas," discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. Your Local Guide will bring you closer to the lives and mysteries still hidden in these amazing structures built by the pre-Columbian masters of this sacred land. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Machu Picchu-Cusco
Your entrance to Machu Picchu is included for a second day. Enjoy the tranquility of the morning while wandering the ruins at your own pace and experiencing the magic that is Machu Picchu. After lunch, return to Ollantaytambo by train and continue to Cusco. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 6 Cusco
Today, learn more about the Incas and their struggle against the invading Spaniards. Visit the imposing CATHEDRAL and the SANTO DOMINGO MONASTERY on your guided tour. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant accompanied by ANDEAN FOLKLORIC MUSIC. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 7 Cusco-Quito, Ecuador
Today, fly to Quito, the capital of Ecuador and aWorld Cultural Heritage Site, and begin the Ecuadorian portion of your vacation. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant tonight. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 8 Quito
Your local host introduces this city on an included sightseeing tour that showcases its treasures: the historic stone murals of the LEGISLATIVE PALACE, Independence Plaza and the 16th-century SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY, the Jesuit's LA COMPANIA CHURCH with its stunning golden altars, and the impressive paintings at the WORKSHOP & MUSEUM of Oswaldo Guayasamin. Be sure to have your photo taken in front of the EQUATORIAL MONUMENT, the "Center of the World." (Breakfast)
Day 9 Quito. Excursion to Otavalo
An in-depth experience into the traditional ways of the Otavalo people is in store for you today. First, visit OTAVALO'S famous INDIAN MARKET full of textiles, clothes, vegetables, and much more. Next, in Peguche, famous for its exquisite weavings, you have the opportunity to visit homes and observe handicrafts being made. Finally, enjoy Andean delicacies prepared the traditional way at a HOME-HOSTED LUNCH before returning to Quito. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 10 Galapagos Islands (Embarkation) Cruising: Santa Cruz Island
Take a morning flight to Baltra, one of the remote Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival, board the sleek Santa Cruz and enjoy five days of CRUISING among various Galapagos Islands. Each day, travel ashore to the remote islands with your expert Naturalist, who introduces you to the unique fauna living free and fearless of man. Giant tortoises, Galapagos fur sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, frigates, and finches are just some of the many endemic species you will find on land. You will also have the chance to snorkel in the turquoise waters with colorful tropical fish, playful sea lions, and maybe even an equatorial penguin or shark! Visit LAS BACHAS on Santa Cruz Island, where abandoned WWII military barges can be found. Today, it is an important nesting area for the East Pacific green sea turtle. You will also see brackish lagoons just steps away from the sea and white-sand beach, which is a feeding ground for various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. Return to the ship for a briefing on the next day's adventure, followed by a Captain's welcome cocktail and dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
The ship's itinerary may vary according to Galapagos National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, and seasonal changes to create the perfect cross-section of sites visited.
Day 11 Galapagos Islands Cruising: James Island
After breakfast, join your Naturalist for a coastal exploration along the impressive cliffs of BUCCANEER COVE on James Island. Learn about the history of the island, its relevance for the whalers, pirates, and early researchers, including Darwin's epic voyage in 1835. The cove is home to a large number of marine birds, sea lions, and inter-tidal organisms, which makes this a great site for snorkeling, too! This afternoon, land at PUERTO EGAS on James Island, known for its black-sand beach and a landscape of tuff-stone layers and lava flows. This is a great opportunity to see land and marine birds, as well as a colony of fur sea lions, marine iguanas, and Sally Lightfoot crabs. You have the chance to snorkel or swim from the beach, or ride on the glass-bottom boat. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 12 Galapagos Islands Cruising: Rabida & Bartolome Islands
Disembark at RABIDA ISLAND on a red-colored beach, formed from the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material. Stroll along the beach of this small island as your Naturalist points out large colonies of sea lions, pelicans, boobies, yellow warblers, and several species of Darwin's finches. Very close to the beach, hidden behind a strip of green saltbush, is a salt pond where, at times, greater flamingos migrate. This is a wonderful place to snorkel from the beach, due to the unique combination of underwater species like the Galapagos dolphin and submarine landscapes. After lunch, en route to our next island, dolphins are often spotted. At BARTOLOME ISLAND, hike to the summit for a stunning view of two beautiful bays and fascinating formations of lava flows and spatter cones, including the iconic Pinnacle Rock. You will also have the chance to snorkel and possibly see Galapagos penguins in tropical waters and even some sharks and rays! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 13 Galapagos Islands Cruising: Tower Island
Upon arrival at TOWER ISLAND, your visit to Prince Philip's Steps begins with a scenic panga ride along the cliffs to see the large number of nesting colonies of Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and shore and seabirds in the cliffs' ledges. Disembark at the base of Prince Philip's Steps and climb up the stairs to a trail where birdlife abounds. A walk with your Naturalist reveals large colonies of masked boobies, blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, storm petrels, and even short-eared owls. In the afternoon, disembark at DARWIN BAY to observe thousands of birds-mainly frigatebirds, red-footed and masked boobies, gulls, herons, finches, and mockingbirds. Return to the beach for swimming and snorkelling at this beautiful natural harbor. The more adventurous can snorkel below the cliffs. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 14 Galapagos Islands (Disembarkation) San Cristobal-Quito
After breakfast, depart for SAN CRISTOBAL, where Charles Darwin first set foot in the Galapagos back in 1835. Visit the GALAPAGUERA at Cerro Colorado to see the breeding program of giant tortoises and learn about this endangered species and its promising recovery. While here, watch for the Chatham (San Cristobal) mockingbird and Chatham lava lizard-both species are endemic to this island and seen nowhere else in the Galapagos. Head to the airport for your return flight to Quito. This evening, gather with your fellow traveling companions as your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner to celebrate an unforgettable experience. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 15 Quito
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)
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|Dates and Prices do not include air travel. |
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Avalon Waterways, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments, starting at $2697 (based on Miami, departure in January 2013); or (2) intra-vacation air segments only. Required intra-vacation air segments: Lima/Cusco; Cusco/Quito; Quito/Galapagos; Galapagos/Quito. Air prices were effective on April 11, 2012 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.
*Land/Cruise price includes the Galapagos National Park entrance fee and transit card ($110 value).
Prices based on double room occupancy.
Single Room Supplement:
Triple rooms are not available.
Extra Nights per person in Lima:
in single room $174; in twin room $92
Extra Nights per person in Quito:
in single room $183; in twin room $98
Cruise pricing is based on Main Deck cabins. Upgrades are available.
2014 prices and itineraries subject to change.
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