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Discover the Galápagos & Peru 2016

15 Day Cruise from Lima to Quito

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Fantastic treasures await on this vacation to Peru and the Galápagos 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 Galápagos Islands cruise. In the company of a local Naturalist, you’ll encounter indigenous plants and animals found only in the Galápagos 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!


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Highlights & Sightseeing

Cruise: 4-night cruise in an outside stateroom cruising the Galápagos National Park aboard the Isabela II; Charles Darwin Research Station; guided sightseeing each day with a local Naturalist

Lima: sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the cathedral, San Francisco Monastery and Larco Herrera Museum; welcome dinner

Sacred Valley: guided visit of Awanakancha, Kenko, Puca Pucara, the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, and the market town of Pisac; visit Ollantaytambo ruins

Machu Picchu: guided visit of the Machu Picchu ruins with Local Guide, and two entrances to the ruins

Cusco:
sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Santo Domingo Monastery and the Cathedral

Quito: sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit San Francisco Monastery, La Compania Church, Workshop & Museum of Oswaldo Guayasamin, and Equatorial Monument

Otavalo:
guided sightseeing of Otavalo; visit an ancient Indian market; home-hosted lunch

Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by local chefs, entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.

Visit an Andean Weaving Center and get up close to Alpacas and Llamas in the Sacred Valley.

Meals

  • American breakfast daily
  • 8 lunches
  • 9 three-course dinners including a welcome dinner in Lima and a farewell dinner in Quito
  • Complimentary wine with all dinners on board
  • Complimentary coffee, tea, water on board throughout the day

NOTE: Maximum elevation on tour: 11,200 ft.

Day-By-Day Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Lima

Welcome to Lima. This “City of Kings” was once the capital of Spain’s South American empire.

Day 2Lima

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 3Lima–Cusco–Sacred Valley

Fly to Cusco, the impressive Andean city that was once capital of the Inca Empire. Continue into the Sacred Valley to AWANAKANCHA, a local favorite, and learn the importance of the alpaca (llama) for Inca cultures as well as the ancient weaving techniques still in use today. 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. Continue to visit the Inca fortress of OLLANTAYTAMBO, followed by a Local Favorite visit to a LOCAL HOME to meet some native Incans and experience their way of life. Enjoy a relaxing dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4Sacred Valley–Machu Picchu

This morning, board the Vistadome 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. Return to your deluxe hotel in Aguas Calientes at the base of the mountain where Machu Picchu is found for dinner full of impressive culinary delights. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5Machu 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 6Cusco

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. Next, 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. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 7Cusco–Quito, Ecuador

Fly to Quito, capital of Ecuador and a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, and begin the Ecuadorian portion of your vacation. Enjoy an included dinner upon arrival tonight. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 8Quito

Your Local Guide 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, a Local Favorite! Be sure to have your photo taken in front of the EQUATORIAL MONUMENT, the “Center of the World.” (Breakfast)

Day 9Quito. 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 and Local Favorite before returning to Quito. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 10Quito–Baltra–Galápagos Islands (Embarkation)–Cruising: Santa Cruz Island

Take a morning flight to Baltra, one of the remote Galápagos Islands. Upon arrival, board the sleek Isabela II and enjoy five days of CRUISING among various Galápagos 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, Galápagos 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 the CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION, where you will see and learn about the rearing and conservation of the endemic giant tortoises. After time exploring Puerto Ayora, embark your ship and settle in with a briefing on the next day’s adventure, followed by a Captain’s welcome cocktail and dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
NOTE:The ship’s itinerary may vary according to Galápagos National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, and seasonal changes to create the perfect cross-section of sites visited.

Day 11Galápagos Islands Cruising: Floreana Island

After breakfast, disembark at FLOREANA ISLAND to visit historic Post Office Bay, which has been serving as a post office for over two centuries. The “post office” is just a barrel where letters are left in hope that other visitors returning home will take letters if the addressee is not far from their own and deliver them or drop them at a normal post office. Next, explore the island’s channels by panga or take your first swim with the playful sea lions. This afternoon, join your Naturalist at CORMORANT POINT on Floreana Island in search of greater flamingos, blue-footed boobies, and sea turtles. There is another opportunity for snorkeling or riding in the glass-bottom boat to view reef fish, turtles, and even sharks! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12Galápagos Islands Cruising: Española Island

Today, join your Naturalist for excursions to Gardner Bay and Punta Suárez on ESPAÑOLA ISLAND, one of the oldest islands in the archipelago. Here you will see the famous blowhole, as well as unique sea bird colonies, including the waved albatrosses (Apr.-Dec.), Nazca and blue-footed boobies, and Darwin’s finches. Also look for red, green, and black marine iguanas and a rookery of sea lions right at the landing site. This afternoon’s site is prime for snorkeling or kayaking to look for rays, parrot fish, reef sharks, and other colorful marine species. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13Galápagos Islands Cruising: San Cristobal Island

Wake up at PUNTA PITT, the easternmost point in the islands. Your Naturalist leads you from the beach to the top of a volcanic tuff to the only place in the archipelago where all three species of booby exist, nesting next to both types of frigates. This is also an excellent area for panga or kayak rides and snorkeling. At CERRO BRUJO this afternoon, walk the same beach that Charles Darwin first walked in September 1835 in search for migratory bird species, including sandpipers, stilts, pelicans, and flycatchers. 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 Galápagos. Return to your ship for a captain’s farewell cocktail party and dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14Galápagos Islands (Disembarkation) San Cristobal–Quito

After breakfast, disembark in SAN CRISTOBAL and head to the airport for your return flight to Quito. (Breakfast)

Day 15Quito

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Ship Details

Isabela II

Isabela II

Seeing the Galápagos Islands on board the 21-stateroom Isabela II goes beyond traditional cruising. It's an expeditionary approach that allows you to authentically discover and explore the natural wonders of this region. The Isabela II is built to luxurious standards and features an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere, allowing guests to enjoy all that the Galápagos is famous for intimate contact with the wildlife! Delve into this unique world with the Isabela II's crew and expert Naturalists, who share their passion for nature and conservation of this mysterious part of the world. The Isabela II features a Jacuzzi, exercise room, outdoor lounge, and an observation platform for dolphin and whale watching on the top deck. The ship's dining room, lounge, and bar are elegantly appointed, as is the well-stocked library/reading room. All staterooms are outside and feature air-conditioning, private bathrooms, hairdryers, and safety deposit boxes.

Included Amenities

  • Friendly, English-speaking crew
  • Multilingual Naturalists
  • Stargazing program
  • Bar/Lounge and Sun Deck Bar
  • Reading Room & Natural History Library
  • Jacuzzi
  • Glass-bottom boat
  • Hydrophone and "splashcam" for exploring the underwater world
  • Resident physician
  • Cruise Director
  • Multimedia natural history lectures
  • Observation lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Business center with Wi-Fi access
  • Snorkeling equipment including wetsuits (used June to December)
  • Sea Kayaks
  • Air-conditioned throughout
  • Cultural highlights on board

Staterooms & Suites

Classic Cabin - 139 sq. ft.
Features
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle
  • Individual climate control
  • Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Internal communication system
  • In-room safe
  • Large mirror in bathroom
DECK PLANS

Hotels

Lima
Sacred Valley
Machu Picchu
Cusco
Quito

Lima

Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores

Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores Ave la Paz 463, Lima, LIM Peru Ave la Paz 463
Lima, LIM Peru

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate Deluxe

With its stylish contemporary design, cutting-edge technology and ideal location, the flagship Casa Andina Private Collection - Miraflores hotel is the top of its class in every aspect. Amenities include a restaurant, bar, coffee shop, beauty salon, spa, pool, gym, business center, gift shops, and laundry service.

Hotel Amenities

Restaurant On-Site
Gift Shop
Elevator
Spa Services
Beauty Salon
Currency Exchange
Fitness Room
Parking/Valet
Business Center
Concierge desk
Pool
Luggage Storage
Bar/Lounge
Dry Cleaning
ATM
Room Amenities

In-Room Safe
Climate Control
Coffee Maker
Internet Access
Alarm Clock
Desk
Cable/Satellite
Daily Housekeeping
Room Service
Phone
Mini-bar
Complimentary Newspaper
Hair Dryer
Complimentary Toiletries
Air Conditioning
Television

Sacred Valley

Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley

Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley 5to Paradero Yanahuara, Urubamba Valley,  Peru 5to Paradero Yanahuara
Urubamba Valley, Peru

Free WifiFree Wifi

Hotel as shown or similar

The Casa Andina Private Collection hotel in the Sacred Valley is a luxurious and satisfying retreat. Combining fine food, comfortable rooms, and personalized attention, it is the Valley's most complete hotel. In additon to a spa, a fitness center, and romantic dining, this hotel is best known for providing panoramic views of the Andes in every room. This charming mountain chalet-style hotel adds style and comfort to the already stunning atmosphere of Peru's Sacred Valley.

Hotel Amenities

Business Center
Spa Services
ATM
Parking/Valet
Restaurant On-Site
Luggage Storage
Currency Exchange
Dry Cleaning
Free WiFi
Fitness Room
Bar/Lounge
Room Amenities

Room Service
Coffee Maker
Internet Access
In-Room Safe
Phone
Hair Dryer
Daily Housekeeping
Complimentary Newspaper
Desk
Clock Radio
Television
Window Opens
Cable/Satellite

Machu Picchu

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel Av Hermanos Ayar Mz 1 Lote 3, Machu Picchu,   Peru Av Hermanos Ayar Mz 1 Lote 3
Machu Picchu, Peru

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate Deluxe

The Sumaq Hotel is located at the foot of the Machu Picchu ruins and boasts an Andean health spa, bar, restaurant, gift shop, and business center.

Hotel Amenities

Concierge desk
Spa Services
Currency Exchange
Bar/Lounge
Business Center
Gift Shop
Luggage Storage
Restaurant On-Site
Dry Cleaning
Elevator
Room Amenities

Desk
Window Opens
Cable/Satellite
Voicemail
Mini-bar
Room Service
In-Room Safe
Television
Daily Housekeeping
Internet Access
Iron/Ironing Board
Complimentary Newspaper
Hair Dryer
Phone

Cusco

Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco

Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco Plazaleta Limacpampa Chico 473, Cusco, CUS Peru Plazaleta Limacpampa Chico 473
Cusco, CUS Peru

Free WifiFree Wifi

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class

A beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house is located 3 blocks from Cusco's Plaza de Armas. The hotel is distinguished by its 3 interior patios with wooden balconies. The principal patio, featuring a gurgling stone fountain, is one of Cusco's emblematic colonial courtyards. Amenities include a gourmet restaurant, bar, reading room, room service, gift shop, and laundry service.

Hotel Amenities

ATM
Luggage Storage
Gift Shop
Currency Exchange
Restaurant On-Site
Dry Cleaning
Business Center
Free WiFi
Spa Services
Room Amenities

Wake-Up Calls
Phone
In-Room Safe
Desk
Television
Daily Housekeeping
Non-smoking Rooms
Alarm Clock
Iron/Ironing Board
Internet Access
Mini-bar
Cable/Satellite
Hair Dryer
Complimentary Toiletries
Coffee Maker

Quito

Swissotel

Swissotel 12 de Octubre 1820 y Luis Cordero, Quito,  Ecuador 12 de Octubre 1820 y Luis Cordero
Quito, Ecuador

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate Deluxe

This contemporary hotel is located in the commercial district of Quito, minutes away from historical Old Town. The hotel offers a wide variety of dining with six restaurants and two bars. Other features include a luxury spa, indoor and outdoor pool, fitness center, tennis and racquetball courts, beauty salon, gift shop, and business center.

Hotel Amenities

Gift Shop
ATM
Elevator
Parking/Valet
Dry Cleaning
Restaurant On-Site
Concierge desk
Spa Services
Currency Exchange
Pool
Bar/Lounge
Business Center
Shoe Shine
Beauty Salon
Fitness Room
Luggage Storage
Room Amenities

Mini-bar
Iron/Ironing Board
Air Conditioning
Television
Internet Access
Pay Movies
In-Room Safe
Complimentary Toiletries
Voicemail
Desk
Hair Dryer
Cable/Satellite
Daily Housekeeping
Phone
Room Service
Climate Control
Coffee Maker
Complimentary Newspaper

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

We know that many times travelers celebrate special occasions on vacation and you can now pre-purchase celebration packages before your cruise departure. We offer special birthday, anniversary and wedding vow packages. These packages include all the elements you need to celebrate with family & friends.

Availability of optional excursions is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).

Once you have booked your vacation, Avalon Waterways provides the ability to pre-purchase excursions and packages, register for your cruise and provide emergency contact information online.

Quito

Quito

Panoramic Quito by Night with Dinner (Private Excursion Only)
Panoramic Quito by Night with Dinner (Private Excursion Only)

Panoramic Quito by Night with Dinner (Private Excursion Only)

Drive into the old Colonial city for views of the romantic plazas and the impressive public and religious buildings. Quito is particularly splendid in the evening when illumination adds a special drama and mystery to its baroque architecture. Then, to one of the hills surrounding the city for a panorama of twinkling lights covering the valley below. Enjoy a leisurely dinner at one of the finest selected restaurants of the city.

Approximate value: $140 USD per person

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