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+44 1756 706500

Discover the Galapagos and Peru

Fantastic treasures await you on this cruise vacation to Peru and the Galápagos Islands

Fly Cruise
14 nights from £7634pp

Luxury Expedition Holiday
  • Blue-Footed Boobies
  • Galapagos Land Iguana
  • Galapagos Sea View
  • Giant Tortoise on Santa Cruz Island
  • Sealions on Santa Fe
  • Galapagos Islands

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Fantastic treasures await you on this cruise vacation to Peru and the Galápagos Islands.

Enjoy a walking tour of Lima; guided sightseeing in Quito, where you can have your photo taken at the “Center of the World,” and also in Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire; and an excursion to Otavalo’s famous Indian market, where you can shop for beautiful textiles, artwork, and other unique souvenirs. Also, visit the fascinating Inca constructions of ancient Puca Pucara, which translates to “Red Fortress,” the magnificent Temple of Sacsayhuaman, which overlooks the city of Cusco, the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, and mystical Machu Picchu.

Then, fly to San Cristobal Island for a fantastic 4-night Galápagos Islands cruise onboard the recently refurbished Treasure of Galápagos. In the company of a local Naturalist, you’ll encounter indigenous plants and animals found only in the Galápagos Islands, such as giant tortoises, Galápagos fur sea lions, and marine iguanas—just to name a few. Also, enjoy an amazing opportunity to snorkel in the turquoise waters and see the colorful fish, sea lions, and perhaps a penguin or shark! For travelers who want to see ancient ruins, learn about new cultures, and be awed at the amazing natural world, this cruise adventure is not to be missed!

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Discover the Galápagos & Peru

Day 1 - UK - Lima (Peru)

Fly from the UK to Lima. Enjoy free time today before your Peruvian Andes and Galápagos adventure begins. Explore the fascinating Peruvian capital—where high-rises tower above ancient temples and colorful colonial architecture.

Day 2 - Lima

Take a Guided Walking Tour of Lima—to see the colonial Old Quarter, Plaza de Armas, the presidential Government Palace, and the ornate Cathedral—founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro. Visit the San Francisco Monastery and see its famous catacombs. This evening, join a Guided Tour of Lima’s Larco Herrera Museum—on the site of a 7th-century pre-Columbian pyramid. With the world’s largest private collection of pre-Columbian Peruvian art, see 5,000 years of art, artifacts, and archaeological treasures. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner in the beautiful Peruvian café here. (B,D)

Day 3 - Cusco - Sacred Valley

Fly to the ancient Andean city of Cusco—former capital of the Inca Empire—on your way to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Take a Guided Tour of Awanakancha to encounter llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and guanacos and learn about their vital role in Peruvian culture. Continue to the old mountain village of Pisac to browse the local market and colorful stalls for alpaca sweaters, woven blankets, and handmade jewellery. This evening, enjoy dining on Andean and Western dishes with wine. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

Join a Guided Tour of the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo to visit the ruins including the Sun Temple and Princess Baths fountain. Join an Escorted Visit to a native Incan home in the village of Ollantaytambo to experience the way of life enduring since the 13th century. All aboard the 360° train to Aguas Calientes enjoying spectacular views of the lush countryside of Urubamba Valley along the way from the panoramic windows or the open-air carriage. From Aguas Calientes, take the winding road to Machu Picchu. Take a Guided Walk of Machu Picchu to explore the “Lost City of the Incas” high atop the Andes. 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. Enjoy your overnight stay at the foot of the mountain with a gourmet dinner including wine.(B,D)

Day 5 - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Take a second included Guided Excursion to Machu Picchu. Set out early to see the sunrise over the ruins, and wander through perfectly assembled stone walls and terraces amid the natural landscape as a hidden sanctuary. After lunch, return to the Sacred Valley by train and continue to Cusco. (B,L)

Day 6 - Cusco

A Guided Walking Tour of Cusco reveals more on the struggle between the Incas and the invading Spaniards. Visit the imposing Cathedral and the Santo Domingo Monastery. Next, see the semi-circular Kenko Amphitheater with its stone altars and labyrinth of passages and 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 inspired by Peru’s eclectic mix of cultures. (B,D)

Day 7 - Quito (Ecuador)

Fly to Quito, capital of Ecuador and a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, and begin the Ecuadorian portion of your vacation. Tonight, enjoy dinner with delicious regional cuisine. (B,D)

Day 8 - Quito

Join a Guided Excursion to Otavalo’s Indian market—brimming with colorful woven textiles, traditional Ecuadorean apparel, produce, and craftwork. Visit the town of Peguche—famous for its exquisitely handcrafted weavings. Take an Escorted Tour of local homes to observe the handiwork in creating woven blankets and clothing that are so important to life in the Andes highlands. Enjoy an authentic Andean Dining Experience with lunch served in a local hacienda. (B,L)

Day 9 - Quito

Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Quito that showcases the colonial city’s historic sites, including the impressive Legislative Palace with its enormous sculpted mural of Ecuadorean history. You’ll also see Independence Plaza and visit the 16th-century San Francisco Monastery, and La Compañía Church—the exquisite Jesuit cathedral with its spectacular Spanish baroque architecture—more than 160 years in the making. Take a Guided Walk down Calle La Ronda—one of Quito’s oldest streets—with artist’s workshops and galleries. Later, visit a local chocolate factory to taste for yourself why Ecuador is one of the world’s finest chocolate producers. Join a Guided Excursion to the Ciudad Mitad del Mundo—the “middle of the world.” Stand in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres at the same time at the exact location of the Earth’s Equator. (B)

Day 10 - San Cristobal - Galapagos Islands

This morning, fly to the remote Galápagos island of San Cristobal where you’ll embark on a five-day cruise on the Treasure of Galápagos. Take a Naturalist-Led Excursion to the highlands of San Cristobal to visit the Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve. Learn about the island’s endangered giant tortoise population and the reserve’s conservation efforts. Your expert Naturalist Guide will point out other wildlife on the island, including songbirds like the yellow warbler, Galápagos large-billed flycatchers, and the Chatham mockingbird (unique to this island), that put Darwin on track of his evolution theory. Enjoy a Captain’s welcome dinner on board this evening. (B,L,D) 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 11 - Española Island

Take a Guided Excursion with your expert Naturalist to explore the southeastern part of the archipelago. Visit the glistening white coral beaches of Gardner Bay to see Galápagos sea lions, marine iguanas, seabirds, and hawks. Watch for three species of Darwin finches—a hallmark of his research. Enjoy a prime snorkeling spot in Gardner Bay’s pristine waters to spot a kaleidoscope of multi-colored reef fish, reef sharks, and the amazing Pacific green turtles. This afternoon, your Naturalist Guide takes you to the sheer cliffs of Punta Suárez to witness the spectacular spray from an ocean blowhole. Watch for the blue-footed and Nazca boobies, and other remarkable bird species, including the waved albatross. Be on the lookout for the male Christmas iguana that turns red and green during mating season. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - Floreana Island

Join a Naturalist-Led Excursion to Floreana’s Post Office Bay—with its historic 18th-century whalers’ postal service—consisting of a barrel—to drop mail with the hopes that future travelers will carry it back to the mainland. Explore the island’s channels by panga boat, or take a swim with playful sea lions. This afternoon, join your Naturalist Guide for an easy hike at Cormorant Point in search of greater flamingos, blue-footed boobies, and sea turtles, or take another opportunity to snorkel with reef fish, turtles, and rays gliding through the crystal shallows. (B,L,D)

Day 13 - Santa fé Island

Take a Naturalist Guided Hike to explore Barrington Bay—home to one of the most ancient volcanoes in the Galápagos, animal species found nowhere else in the world, and a forest of giant prickly pear cacti—mainstay of the land iguana, endemic only to Santa Fé Island. Keep an eye out for other species exclusive to the island, including the Galápagos hawk, snake, and mockingbird. Take time to enjoy the inviting waters off Barrington Bay to snorkel with sea lions and vibrantly colored fish, before cruising to Santa Cruz Island. You’ll also visit Tortuga Bay for a Naturalist Guided Excursion to Santa Cruz Island—the nesting place of the Pacific green turtle, marine iguanas, and the giant Galápagos tortoise. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner served especially for your final night on board. (B,L,D)

Day 14 - Santa Cruz Island

Take a Naturalist Guided Excursion to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island to visit El Chato Tortoise Reserve. You’ll have the opportunity to observe Galápagos tortoises in the wild and learn how these gentle giants are studied and protected across the archipelago. Continue to the airport for your return flight to Quito. (B)

Day 15 - Quito - UK

After breakfast, fly from Quito back to the UK (B)

The ship's itinerary may vary according to the Galápagos National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions and seasonal changes. Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Price Includes

  • 4-night full board cruise
  • 2-night hotels stay in Lima
  • 2-night hotel stay in Cusco
  • 1-night hotel stay in Sacred Valley
  • 1-night hotel stay in Machu Picchu
  • 3-night hotel stay in Quito
  • 1-night post-cruise stay in Quito
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • Private VIP home pick-up service within 100 miles
  • Guided shore excursions
  • Complimentary wine with dinner
  • Gratuities to the local tour director, guides and drivers (gratuities to the shipboard crew and naturalists cannot be pre-paid and should be paid onboard)
  • Port and airport taxes
  • Services of a professional Tour Director
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee and transit card

Price Does Not Include

  • Gratuities to the shipboard crew and naturalists cannot be pre-paid and should be paid onboard
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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • February
    • Feb 2nd - Lima to Quito - Sailing on: Treasure of Galapagos From: £7646
      Stateroom Suite Twin beds Master Suite King size bed
      Blue Water Price from: £7646 Blue Water Price from: £8107
  • March
    • Mar 1st - Lima to Quito - Sailing on: Treasure of Galapagos From: £7620
      Stateroom Suite Twin beds
      Blue Water Price from: £7620
  • July
    • Jul 19th - Lima to Quito - Sailing on: Treasure of Galapagos From: £8042
      Stateroom Suite Twin beds
      Blue Water Price from: £8042
  • September
    • Sep 13th - Lima to Quito - Sailing on: Treasure of Galapagos From: £7909
      Stateroom Suite Twin beds Master Suite King size bed
      Blue Water Price from: £7909 Blue Water Price from: £8369
    • Sep 27th - Lima to Quito - Sailing on: Treasure of Galapagos From: £7909
      Stateroom Suite Twin beds
      Blue Water Price from: £7909
  • October
    • Oct 11th - Lima to Quito - Sailing on: Treasure of Galapagos From: £7909
      Stateroom Suite Twin beds Master Suite King size bed
      Blue Water Price from: £7909 Blue Water Price from: £8369
    • Oct 25th - Lima to Quito - Sailing on: Treasure of Galapagos From: £7909
      Stateroom Suite Twin beds
      Blue Water Price from: £7909
  • November
    • Nov 8th - Lima to Quito - Sailing on: Treasure of Galapagos From: £7909
      Stateroom Suite Twin beds Master Suite King size bed
      Blue Water Price from: £7909 Blue Water Price from: £8369

2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • January
    • Jan 31st - Lima to Quito - Sailing on: Treasure of Galapagos From: £8067
      Stateroom Suite Twin beds Master Suite King size bed
      Blue Water Price from: £8067 Blue Water Price from: £8531
  • February
    • Feb 28th - Lima to Quito - Sailing on: Treasure of Galapagos From: £8067
      Stateroom Suite Twin beds Master Suite King size bed
      Blue Water Price from: £8067 Blue Water Price from: £8531
  • March
    • Mar 14th - Lima to Quito - Sailing on: Treasure of Galapagos From: £8067
      Stateroom Suite Twin beds Master Suite King size bed
      Blue Water Price from: £8067 Blue Water Price from: £8531

Price Information

  • Please note pricing is fluid so subject to change daily
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