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The Galapagos Islands, Cloud Forest and Legendary Machu Picchu

Join us on this unique 17-night luxury guided holiday, including 7-night all-inclusive Galapagos cruise, 4-night Cloud Forest experience and 5-night discovery of Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu, with guided tours, exclusive accommodation, all flights and overseas transfers included

Fly Cruise
17 nights

Cruise and Land Tour Holiday
  • Machu Picchu
  • Sea Turtle underwater
  • Sea Lion colony at Gardner Bay
  • Galapagos
  • Penguins with Iguana
  • Blue Footed Boobies

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Exclusive Blue Water Package! 7-night cruise complete with private transfers, return flights from the UK, a 4-night pre cruise and 5-night post-cruise extension.

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The Galápagos Islands possess a unique allure. It is impossible not to be drawn by an innate sense of curiosity, as you journey through millennia-old landscapes. You may arrive with a sense of wonder, but you’ll leave with a new appreciation for the act of discovery. Darwin’s Theory of Evolution is a testament to the beauty of these lands and their endemic inhabitants.

Discover the huge colonies of seabirds of Genovesa: one of the world’s largest Red-footed Booby nesting colonies, Nazca Boobies and Great Frigatebirds. Kayak around the flooded caldera of Darwin Bay and admire the island’s craggy landscape. Take a walk through the spectacular landscape of Sullivan Bay and admire Galápagos sea lions snooze in the sand, Blue-footed Boobies perform their courtship dance or go snorkeling to admire the diverse underwater wonderland.

Explore Isabela, the largest island in the Galápagos, pierced by five majestic shield volcanoes including the active and imposing Volćan Sierra Negra, the second largest caldera in the world. Take a walk and admire the largest marine iguanas of the archipelago basking on the rocks, flightless cormorants and Galápagos penguins diving for food. Swim or snorkel in Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal or relax on one of the most beautiful white sand beaches of the Galápagos. The beach offers numerous occasions of encounters with sea lions, sally light-footed crabs, blue-footed Bobbies.

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The Galapagos Islands, Cloud Forest and Legendary Machu Picchu Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Quito (Ecuador)

Upon arrival in Quito from the UK you are met and transferred from the airport to your hotel. After check-in, the remainder of the day and evening are at your leisure. Dinner is on your own. Overnight at the Casa Gangotena.

Day 2 - Quito - Mashpi

After breakfast at the hotel, drive into an almost surreal scenery where lush mountain ranges and rushing rivers meet the vast coffee plantations below. Visit the Café Frajares plantation and take part in the grinding and roasting of the local coffee beans. Enjoy a light snack at the Café before continuing on to the Mashpi Lodge, a short drive away from Quito and a hideaway located within the Ecuadorian Rainforest. The rapid change in altitude allows you to discover the wanders of the Andean landscape. Upon your arrival, enjoy lunch in the Lodge’s two-story high dining room. After been comfortably settled in your room you will be greeted by one of our naturalists who will give you an introductory talk about the cloud forest and its conservation, the activities during your stay and some helpful tips about what to wear and what to bring to the excursions. In the afternoon your tour will start with a stop at the Napa Trail, which offers great scenic beauty and plenty of opportunities to both learn about the ecological succession processes as well as the importance of forest conservation for the Chocó region. Enjoy an evening lecture at the lodge from a local naturalist or resident biologist before dinner is provided at the lodge. Overnight at the Mashpi Lodge.

Day 3 - Mashpi Lodge

After breakfast at the lodge depart for the Sky Bike and Observation Tower. Pedal on the Sky Bike across a vast gorge and witness the flowing river and incomparable sight of the forest canopy from above. For those interested in more adventure, guests can climb the 162 steps to Mashpi’s observation tower. Over 30 meters high, this is an ideal place for nature lovers to enjoy the peaceful serenity of the forest or for wildlife lovers. Species spotted from here include toucans, woodpeckers, barbets, tanagers and parrots, as well as birds of prey. Being perched above the ground isn’t for everyone, which is why the lodge also offers treks on the ground for all activity levels. Visit the nearby waterfalls from both the Oxibelis or Limones trails. Return to the lodge where a refreshing natural juice and clean towels will be waiting for you before lunch is provided. In the afternoon set out with your naturalist guide to spot the elusive Howler Monkey and make your way to the Life Center where guests can disconnect while they admire the scenery from the comfort of a chaise longue on the handsome wooden deck. This is a great place to spot birds, hear the roar of mantled howler monkeys, or learn about the 300 species of moths and butterflies which calls the Cloud Forest home. The forest is transformed completely during the night, the sounds and smells are intensified and other senses are awakened. On this “night safari”, unlike others, our guests find the beauty in the small details, the croaking of frogs or the hum of insects. And if you turn off your flashlight you can observe the sparkling of fireflies in the woods, or listening to the flutter of bats and if you look carefully to the ground the faint glow of bioluminescent fungi (foxfire or fairy fire) surrounding you. As we continue our way you can hear the call of owls and night birds or the rustling of the branches above you when the kinkajous (Potos flavus), an arboreal mammal relative to the raccoons, open their road through the treetops. No doubt, this is an overwhelming experience. At the end of the day, relax back at the lodge where a delicious dinner is provided. Overnight at the Mashpi Lodge.

Day 4 - Mashpi - Quito

After breakfast, start your day with a visit to the Copal waterfall. This hike takes 2 hours and the land-scape is breathtaking with moss-cover trees, bromeliads and orchids everywhere. This trail ends in a spectacular waterfall over 50mt high. Head back to the lodge where you will then be transferred to Quito. Enjoy for lunch at a local restaurant and a beer tasting. Overnight at Casa Gangotena.

Day 5 - Galapagos

Breakfast is provided this morning at the hotel. A Silversea representative will give you your Galapagos Migration Card and assign your bus for the transfer to the airport. Upon arrival in San Cristobal you will be transferred to the dock to begin your Silversea cruise.

Day 6 - Prince Phillip's Steps, Genovesa - Darwin's Bay, Genovesa

Genovesa is one of the northernmost islands of the archipelago. Genovesa’s southern side of the shield volcano’s crater collapsed and a protected bay known as Darwin Bay was formed. The island is often referred to as the “Bird Island” as the numbers and species of land and seabirds on Genovesa are quite extraordinary. There are two visitor sites, and Prince Philip’s Steps give access to the flat plateau above the bay. Named after Prince Philip who visited the Galapagos on two occasions, the “steps” are mostly natural. The steep cliffs are home to Red-billed Tropicbirds, while Magnificent Frigatebirds, Nazca and Red-footed Boobies prefer the top. The plateau above Prince Philip’s Steps has a palo santo forest and an extensive lava field. This is an area where one of the Galapagos’ top predators, the Short-eared Owl, is hunting storm petrels. The Short-eared Owls are extremely well camouflaged and are not always easy to spot in between the rocks. Hiking and deep water snorkelling excursions available. At Genovesa Island the ship tucks into Darwin Bay, an ancient volcanic crater now flooded by the sea. Zodiacs land on a picturesque sandy beach where Galapagos sea lions often rest on the fine, white sand. Explorations along the shore may reveal marine iguanas looking like prehistoric dinosaurs in miniature. By heading inland a short distance visitors could encounter seabirds of all shapes and sizes nesting in the vegetation. Scores of immature Red-footed Boobies perch on branches within an arm’s reach of the path. In addition, watch for Great Frigatebirds and Yellow-crowned Night Herons along the walk. There is also fantastic snorkeling in the waters of Darwin Bay with the opportunity to see large schools of reef fish and brightly coloured sea stars. Hiking and snorkelling excursions available.

Day 7 - North Seymour - Sullivan Bay, Santiago

The landing at North Seymour Island is onto black lava rock. After a short climb, visitors arrive on the island’s flat plateau where a number of sea lions nurse pups and frigatebirds nest. The island is dry, and so the predominant tree is the prickly pear cactus favored by the Galapagos land iguanas that live here in number. The undulating terrain is littered with red-brown volcanic boulders and large male Magnificent Frigatebirds can be seen inflating their vivid red gular sacs in hopes of impressing females flying overhead. At certain times of the year, pairs of Blue-footed Boobies dance here in a ritualized mating dance that reinforces their pair bond and shows off their vivid blue feet. The snorkeling here is well-known for schools of colorful creole wrasses and parrot fish. Zodiac Cruise, hiking, and deep water snorkelling excursions available. The lava fields of Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island will inevitably remind visitors of the surface of the moon. As brilliant red Sally Lightfoot crabs scuttle along the black volcanic shores, learn about the formation of the islands through geological forces from your guides. The lava flows here are just over one hundred years old and date back to 1897. The lava took on a rope-like appearance and geologists have adopted a Hawaiian word, pahoehoe, as the technical name for this kind of volcanic rock. Hiking and snorkelling excursions available.

Day 8 - Punta Mangle, Fernandina - Punta Moreno, Isabela

Among the impressive new lava fields of Fernandina Island hides a cove surrounded by mangroves. A rewarding place for bird-watching as the bay is the point where the land meets the sea, joining the two environments, with sea birds, shorebirds and land birds all in the same place. The different species of mangroves: Red, White and Black, have formed a root system that serves as a nursery for many species of fish, including juveniles’ sharks and green sea turtles. Snorkeling is as rewarding with some unique sightings as Marine Iguanas feeding on algae, or flightless cormorants diving for their prey. Zodiac Cruise and deep water snorkelling excursions available. Impressive Pahoehoe lava field that lies between two active volcanoes, Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul, on the south coast of Isabela Island. The rich waters of Cromwell Current wash the shores, and as a result, you can see the largest marine iguanas of the archipelago basking on the rocks, Flightless Cormorants and Galapagos Penguins diving for food. During the walk you will experience, as an oasis in a desert of lava, some coastal lagoons in the middle of the field, here you can find shorebirds such as White-cheeked Pintail Ducks, Black-necked Stilts and even sometimes Flamingos. Zodiac Cruise and hiking excursions available.

Day 9 - Santa Cruz Highlands - Isla Santa Fé

Santa Cruz Island reaches a maximum altitude of 864 meters (2,835 ft) above sea level; at high altitudes, weather changes creating microclimates. The species of flora and fauna found near the shoreline are extremely different from those on the highlands. Life in the highlands is much easier due to the presence of fresh water, from the constant drizzle that happens during the dry season to heavy rains that occur during the wet season. Local people take advantage of this climate to cultivate a large number of crops and giant tortoises love this ideal weather to mate, feed and rest before their next long migration to the shorelines. Hiking excursion available. This island is home to a reptile that exists nowhere else in the world: The Santa Fe Land Iguana. A beach covered by sea lions is the beginning of our adventure where sea lions’ pups welcome the visitors with their naive curiosity. Then a rocky terrain will guide us to explore the island and the view from the cliff becomes a reward by itself. View some of the tallest and the widest prickly pear cactus of the islands. Also know for beautiful snorkelling and kayaking. Zodiac Cruise, hiking, kayaking, and deep water snorkelling excursions available.

Day 10 - Gardner Bay, Española - Punta Suarez, Española

Located on the northern coast of Española, the turquoise colour water and white sandy beach stand out from far away. This beach is made out of pulverised shells and corals offers a sandy patch of up to 1 kilometre in length. Española is considered one of the oldest in the Galapagos and has thus developed species that are endemic. Along the coast of Gardner a subspecies of colourful Marine iguanas are living among Hood Mockingbirds. The apex predators Galapagos Hawks commonly visit the coastline and a couple of times a Giant tortoise has been seen here. Hiking, kayaking, snorkelling, deep water snorkelling, and expedition activities excursions available. Punta Suárez lies at the western point of Española, the oldest island in the Galápagos. Sheer cliffs provide superb thermals for seabirds and you may spot Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies and Blue-footed Boobies on the breeze. The largest seabird to nest in the Galapagos Islands is the Waved Albatross. These ocean wanderers can be seen seasonally here from April through December, when pairs reunite on Española, going through an elaborate pair-bonding display. Mockingbirds, doves, and occasional Galápagos Hawks can also be seen on the point, along with sea lions and colorful marine iguanas. Hiking excursion available.

Day 11 - San Cristóbal - Cerro Brujo, San Cristóbal

Like so many of the islands in the Galapagos, San Cristobal is formed by dormant volcanoes. It lies to the east of the archipelago and is one of the oldest islands in the group. Approximately 8,000 people live on the island, making their living from tourism, fishing, in government offices, or off the rich volcanic soils with some limited farming existing in the highlands. Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on the southwestern tip of the island is the capital city of the Galapagos Islands. A statue of Charles Darwin graces the harbor, marking one of the first places he likely stepped ashore in the 1830s. Hiking and expedition activities excursions available. An impressive tuff cone has been carved by erosion into an outstanding natural sculpture, being a resting place for marine birds such as blue-footed bobbies and brown pelicans. One of the most beautiful white sand beaches of the Galapagos (swim or snorkel). View sea lions, sally light footed crabs, blue-footed bobbies. Behind the dunes, you find a coastal lagoon, which was visited in the past by the locals to extract salt, today it is home to some shorebirds such as stilts and plovers. Hiking and expedition activities excursions available.

Day 12 - San Cristóbal

Like so many of the islands in the Galapagos, San Cristobal is formed by dormant volcanoes. It lies to the east of the archipelago and is one of the oldest islands in the group. Approximately 8,000 people live on the island, making their living from tourism, fishing, in government offices, or off the rich volcanic soils with some limited farming existing in the highlands. Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on the southwestern tip of the island is the capital city of the Galapagos Islands. A statue of Charles Darwin graces the harbor, marking one of the first places he likely stepped ashore in the 1830s.

Day 13 - San Cristóbal - Lima (Peru)

Disembark San Cristobal and transfer to the airport. Upon arrival in Guayaquil, the local Silversea representative is on hand to meet you and provide the tickets for your onward flight to Lima. A boxed lunch is included before your flight. At your arrival to Lima, proceed through immigrations and customs controls and meet your Silversea representative outside the airport's main building, near the parking lot. Transfer to the beautiful Miraflores Park hotel. Dinner is on your own this evening. Overnight at the Miraflores Park Hotel - Lima, Peru.

Day 14 - Lima

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning. Start your day in Lima’s bohemian neighborhood of Barranco. Explore the Peruvian chocolate boom by tasting both winning Peruvians chocolates and new arrivals. Learn about all the components that influence the cocoa flavor and why Peruvian chocolate has received international fame. Enjoy a few pieces of chocolate with some Peruvian specialty coffee. Afterwards, head to Hotel B for an interactive class in making a traditional Pisco Sour. Shake your way into learning how to prepare the Peruvian classic with the hotel’s Bar Manager. Then step out onto the patio for some fresh air and spectacular views with the Chef de Cuisine where you will learn about the history of ceviche. Then, try your hand at making your own ceviche with fresh fish and locally sourced vegetables. After lunch enjoy a delicious ice cream located along Barranco’s picturesque Main Plaza. Dinner will be provided back at the hotel this evening. Overnight at the Miraflores Park Hotel - Lima, Peru.

Day 15 - Lima - Cuzco

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before returning to the airport for the short flight (90 minutes) to Cuzco. Once there, transfer to the hotel. After a quick stop to freshen up, continue on for lunch at a local restaurant. Then, begin a city tour of Cuzco and stop at some main attractions like the Korikancha Temple. Also known as the palace of gold this Dominican church and convent that was built on the foundations of the Korikancha and dedicated to the worship of the sun. Continue on to the beautiful square surrounded by stone arches and a spectacular arcade constructed during colonial times. Visit the Cathedral, whose construction began in 1560 and was consecrated in 1669. This incredible structure exhibits Gothic, Mannerist-Renaissance and Baroque influences. Dinner will be provided back at the hotel this evening. Overnight at the Monasterio Hotel - Cuzco, Peru.

Day 16 - Cuzco - Machu Picchu

A light breakfast is recommended at the hotel this morning. Later, transfer to the train station in the Sacred Valley and board the legendary Hiram Bingham train to Aquas Calientes. Your rail journey celebrates the spirit of expedition and perseverance that is the hallmark of the railways of Peru, taking its name from the explorer Hiram Bingham who discovered the 'Lost City of the Incas'. Brunch will be provided on route. Afterwards, commence a guided tour of the marvelous Citadel- Machu Picchu, then take a stroll through this impressive archaeological site on your own. Explore the famous "Lost City of the Incas" and feel its pulse while visualizing the lives of the priests, craftsmen, and servants who lived in this seemingly incredible site. Excavations have only added to the mystery, revealing the skeletons of 173 people along with artifacts and woolen clothing, though no gold. Afterward, relax with afternoon tea at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel located within the very grounds of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary citadel. Dinner is served at the Lodge. Overnight at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge.

Day 17 - Machu Picchu - Cuzco

After an early-morning breakfast at the lodge, depart for an opportunity to witness an incomparable sight (weather permitting); the sun rising over Machu Picchu. Due to the proximity of the hotel to the site, overnight guests have time in the morning to enjoy the citadel with very few other visitors around. Spend ample time at the ruins this morning exploring on your own. Lunch will be provided back at the hotel before your transfer to Aguas Calientes. Board the Vistadome Train to Ollantaytambo station where your transfer to the hotel awaits. Relax this afternoon at the hotel before dinner is provided at a local restaurant. Overnight at the Monasterio Hotel - Cuzco, Peru.

Day 18 - Cuzco - UK

Your private transfer will take you to the airport where your homeward-bound flight awaits. Arrive in the UK.

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Price Includes

  • 7-night all-inclusive Galapagos cruise
  • 4-night Cloud Forest guided pre-cruise extension
  • 5-night Machu Picchu guided post-cruise extension
  • Return international flights from the UK
  • All overseas flights and transfers
  • Butler service in every suite on board ship
  • Unlimited free Wi-Fi on board ship
  • Choice of restaurants, diverse cuisine, and open-seating dining on board ship
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including selected wines and spirits
  • In-suite dining and room service on board ship
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Onboard gratuities

Departs every fortnight from May to December - From £13995pp 

Prices shown are based on the lead in cabin package price 

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