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Inca Highlights and Galapagos Islands

Explore the remarkable Galapagos Islands and sail the west coast of South America to see the mysterious Nazca Lines and discover the historic cities of Quito and Lima on this unique cruise holiday. Includes hotel stays in Quito, Santa Cruz Island and Lima, with two days exploring the Galapagos Islands

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Enjoy a hotel stay in Ecuador's fascinating capital, Quito, before exploring the unique Galapagos Islands then board your expedition ship to sail along the west coast of South America.

Discover spectacular Quito in Ecuador, the world's very first UNESCO Heritage site, with a 2-night hotel stay in the city then head to the Galapagos Islands, home to Darwin’s theory of evolution and one of the most remarkable places on Earth. Spot the finches, witness the famous Galapagos land tortoises in their natural habitat, hike through incredible lava tunnels and enjoy an insightful trip to the Charles Darwin Research Station. Spend two full days touring the islands before flying to Lima for an overnight stay, where a half day excursion features the superb architecture in the historic centre.

Embark Fram in Callao and sail along the coast of Peru. Travel to the ancient and mysterious Nazca lines and geoglyphs then uncover the historic sites of Antofagasta, one of the prettiest cities in Chile, before ending this unique journey in the colourful city of Valparaiso.

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Inca Highlights and Galapagos Islands Itinerary

Day 1 - Quito (Ecuador)

Enjoy a 2-night hotel stay in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Quito.

Day 2 - Quito

This morning, drive North to the Equator and enjoy a visit to the Inti Ñan Museum before ascending the Teleférico for spectacular views of the city. Return to the city centre for a delicious lunch in the lovely charming quarter and spend the afternoon exploring Quito's historical landmarks.

Day 3 - Quito - Baltra Island (Galapagos) - Santa Cruz Island

This morning, fly from Quito Airport to Baltra Island via Guayaquil then transfer to Santa Cruz Island. Look out for finches which are famous for being the basis of Darwin's theory of evolution and see the famous Galapagos land tortoises in their natural environment. After lunch in the highlands join a spectacular half hour hike through one of the fascinating Lava Tunnels formed by lava from the volcanoes. After settling into your Puerto Ayora hotel for a 3-night stay, walk to the nearby Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about the history and development of the Galapagos Islands and observe the giant land tortoises. Spend the afternoon at leisure.

Day 4-5 - Galapagos Islands

Spend two full days touring two of the nearby uninhabited islands by boat. Please note only one island will be visited per day, these may include Bartolomé Island, famous for Pinnacle Rock and Galápagos penguins; South Plaza Island, home to a colony of land iguanas; Santa Fe Island, known for having the islands´ most sea beautiful coves; or North Seymour Island, considered a microcosm of the entire archipelago. The visits are regulated by the Galápagos National Park and we are notified of permission 30 days prior to the visit.

Day 6 - Baltra Island - Lima (Peru)

After breakfast transfer to Baltra airport for the flight to Lima via Guayaquil. En-route to the airport stop to admire The Twins - impressive volcanic depressions in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. In Lima transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 7 - Lima - Callao

After breakfast enjoy a half day tour of Lima's highights, including a visit to the historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See Casa Aliaga, an almost 500-year old mansion built for one of Pizarro’s lieutenants, and the well-preserved Santo Domingo Convent before embarking Fram to continue your expedition at sea.

Day 8 - Puerto General San Martin

Puerto General San Martin is the gateway to the enigmatic Nazca Lines and geoglyphs which were etched into the ground between 500 B.C. and 500 A.D., and are several kilometres long. These ancient creations illustrate living creatures, stylised plants, imaginary beings and geometric figures.

Days 9-10 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on relaxing days at sea.

Day 11 - Antofagasta (Chile)

Antofagasta is one of the oldest and prettiest cities in northern Chile; a contrast between the dry desert and the blue sea. Perhaps join an optional excursion to see La Portada rocky arch formation at sea, visit one of the small fishing towns nearby or explore Antofagasta´s historic sites at your leisure.

Day 12 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 13 - Valparaiso

Disembark Fram in Valparaiso.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 6-night voyage in cabin grade of your choice
  • 2-night pre-cruise overnight hotel stay in Quito
  • 3-night post-cruise hotel stay in Santa Cruz Island (Galápagos)
  • Overnight pre-cruise hotel stay in Lima
  • Flight from Quito to Baltra and Baltra to Lima (via Guayaquil)
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking expedition team giving lectures onboard
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on board
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuities

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