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The Galapagos Islands & Machu Picchu 2014-2015

14 days with Collette Vacations   Rating: Deluxe

877-828-4774 877-828-4774 Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1: Quito, Ecuador - Tour Begins
Begin in Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage site and Ecuador’s stunning capital city.

Day 2: Quito
Tour Quito’s colonial center, including the Presidential Palace and 17th-century church of La Compañía Meet your fellow travelers at a welcome lunch overlooking the Pululahua volcanic crater Cross between hemispheres at the Equatorial Line Monument and Museum at the “Middle of the World” Try some “helado de paila,” a local ice cream specialty Spend the rest of the day at leisure.. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 3: Quito - San Cristóbal Island, Galapagos - Embark Ship
Fly to beautiful San Cristóbal Island, gateway to your Galapagos adventure Enjoy lunch aboard the m/v Galapagos Legend At Port Baquerizo Moreno, visit the San Cristóbal Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve After exploring the island, stargaze from the deck of your ship and toast the wonders of the Galapagos with tropical cocktails. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4: Española Island (Gardner Bay and Suarez Point)
Board your panga to visit Gardner Bay Guarded by a colony of sea lions, the beach is home to Galapagos hawks and endemic finches Swim and snorkel with the marine life, including manta rays and white-tipped sharks Continue to the volcanic terrain of Suarez Point During a nature walk, watch for hooded mocking birds, lava lizards, Sally Lightfoot crabs and blue-footed boobies Count Waved Albatross at the world’s largest colony Finally, visit the Soplador blowhole where water shoots 75 feet into the air. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5: Floreana Island (Post Office Bay and Cormorant Point)
Land at storied Post Office Bay, named for a barrel left in 1793 by Captain James Colnett as a “post office” for passing sailors Continue the tradition and leave a letter Snorkel if you choose with green sea turtles or search for Darwin’s finches and yellow warblers Sail to Cormorant Point and its olivine green sand beach Spot sting rays and reef sharks in the emerald waters Learn about the ecosystem’s unusual plants You may also observe graceful flamingos or spot a small colony of penguins Enjoy another chance to snorkel and swim near the playful sea lions! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Santa Cruz Island (Charles Darwin Research Station and Highlands)
Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station See the giant tortoises from the station’s breeding program Trek through the Santa Cruz highlands to Cerro Chato and find more giant tortoises Savor some organic Galapagos coffee Walk inside dormant lava tubes to gain insight on how these islands formed Enjoy time to explore Port Ayora town. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7: Daphne Island - Disembark Ship - Baltra Island - Guayaquil
Garner panoramic views as you circumnavigate Daphne Island Look for marine iguanas, fur seals and crabs teetering along the rocky shore Bid farewell to the Galapagos and fly to Guayaquil Tour this community known as the “Pearl of the Pacific” Visit the Malecón 2000 waterfront area and the 19th-century neighborhood of Las Peñas with its Spanish-style houses From Santa Ana Hill, look out over the city and the Guayas River. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 8: Guayaquil - Lima, Peru
Fly to Lima, Peru’s “City of Kings” Spend an afternoon shopping or visiting Lima’s many fine museums Perhaps you’ll experience an optional Peruvian Paso horse exhibition, dinner and folklore show. (Breakfast)

Day 9: Lima - Cuzco - Sacred Valley of the Incas
Fly to Cuzco Descend through the Andes to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, once the agricultural center of a great empire Visit Awana Kancha, a living museum of the Peruvian Andes Explore centuries-old methods of spinning, dyeing and weaving textiles Stop in Pisac village to browse the handicraft market Visit Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio Marvel at this internationally-renowned artist's techniques and designs, inspired by ancient Peruvian cultures Settle into your hotel nestled in the Sacred Valley. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 10: Ollantaytambo - Sacred Valley of the Incas
Glimpse daily activities at a nearby village and connect with another culture Visit the Ollantaytambo ruins, a spectacular example of Inca architecture Do as the locals do and enjoy a tasting of “chicha,” a regional drink made from maize, at a local pub. (Breakfast)

Day 11: Sacred Valley of the Incas - Machu Picchu
Embark on a train ride through the Andes from Ollantaytambo to mysterious Machu Picchu Hidden for centuries, the “Lost City of the Incas” is the most spectacular sight in South America Spend the day exploring the fabled ruins Overnight at the base of Machu Picchu Soak up the mystical atmosphere and enjoy an exclusive culinary demonstration before dinner.(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 12: Aguas Calientes - Cuzco
Take advantage of your leisure time this morning and return to Machu Picchu on your own or explore the local markets Return by train to the Sacred Valley and continue to Cuzco, a city that blends Inca and Spanish colonial influences En route to Cuzco, meet Peruvian children at an orphanage supported by the Collette Foundation In Cuzco, relax and become acclimated to the altitude. (Breakfast)

Day 13: Cuzco
Explore the former capital of the Inca Empire Cuzco means “Center of the World” in the ancient Quechua language On a city tour, experience the Spanish architectural legacy visible in the Cathedral, Santo Domingo and the Plaza de Armas Discover the sacred Incan ruin of Sacsayhuaman Fortress Spend some time browsing the local markets See the San Blas artisans quarter or visit one of the impressive museums Enjoy dinner and a traditional Andean folkloric performance. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 14: Cuzco - Lima - Tour Ends
Return to Lima and tour its historical center, a UNESCO World Heritage site Admire the artwork at San Francisco Monastery and enter the catacombs View the Government Center, the Plaza de Armas’ Cathedral and the fashionable suburbs for insight into the life of Limeños Before transferring to the airport, complete your day with a farewell dinner at the Larco Museum, housed in an 18th-century mansion. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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The past comes alive. Travel from the Galapagos Archipelago to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. More than a vacation, this Explorations tour offers a look into mankind’s collective history. Cruise the Galapagos Islands, made famous by Charles Darwin. Set foot in two hemispheres at the Equatorial Line Monument. Connect with one of a kind wildlife and delve into ancient cultures. Overnight at the base of Machu Picchu and take advantage of the chance to explore this “Lost City” twice in two days. Visit the UNESCO Spanish colonial cities of Lima, Quito and Cuzco. Throughout Ecuador and Peru, look toward the future and reflect on days gone by.
  • Accommodations for 13 nights.
  • 31 meals. (Welcome and farewell dinners feature local specialties.)
  • Centrally-located hotels provide a home away from home.
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling.
  • A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip. 
  • Expert local guides provide insightful, personalized tours.
  • Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the "must-sees."
  • Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life.
  • Private climate-controlled motorcoach enhances your tour.
  • Free round trip sedan service that takes you from your home to the airport when you purchase an air-inclusive Collette tour (within 50 miles of nearest airport gateway).
877-828-4774 877-828-4774 Highlights
  • Embark on a five-day cruise of the Galapagos Islands with a naturalist guide – see blue-footed boobies, sea lions, iguanas and more!
  • Admire the giant tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station and learn about conservation projects.
  • Climb from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu aboard one of the world's most famed train rides.
  • Enjoy dinner at the Larco Museum in Lima, housed in an 18th-century mansion surrounded by lush gardens.
877-828-4774 877-828-4774 Accommodations
Quito: Hilton Colon Quito
Cruising: Cabin onboard m/v Galapagos Legend
Guayaquil: Hotel Oro Verde
Lima: Sheraton Hotel
Sacred Valley of the Incas: Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay
Machu Picchu: Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel
Cuzco: Novotel
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Extend your stay with 5 days in the Amazon for an additional fee.
877-828-4774 877-828-4774 Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions.
  • The internal flights on this program are not included in the land price.
  • Taxes or fees to be paid in domestic airports are approx $4 USD. There is an approx. $31 USD aiport departure tax from Guayaquil, payable upon exiting the country. These fees are at your own expense.
  • Note that a cruise ship has a limited quantity of cabins available in each cabin category. We will make every effort to accommodate your cabin category preference at the time of booking. If the cabin category preferred is not available at the time of booking, the next closest category available will be offered and a surcharge may apply.
  • The days and order of sightseeing may change to best utilize your time on tour.
  • The itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions or National Park directives. The captain may deviate from the published itinerary for any reason he deems advisable.
  • The cabins available are Superior Outside cabins, located on the Earth Deck and Sea Deck. Upgrades may be available to Junior Suites (Earth Deck) or Balcony Suites (Moon Deck). Single accommodations are limited and will be confirmed upon request and availability from the cruise line.
  • The normal daily schedule when on board the ship consists of a shore excursion immediately following breakfast, return aboard for lunch, and an afternoon shore excursion. Transfers to/from the boat are by small boats called "pangas," Landings are either "dry" or "wet" and you might have to wade ashore in shallow water. At all times you are accompanied by your naturalist guide. Shore excursions normally last 2 - 2.5 hours each. In some cases, the terrain can be a little strenuous. Passengers should consult their doctor should they have any concerns regarding their physical condition.
  • Complete passport information is required 60 days prior to departure to confirm flight arrangements to the Galapagos Islands. Each client is responsible for proper documentation and medical inoculations that may be required and/or recommended to participate on this tour. Please contact your local travel clinic or physician for specific details on the destinations you are traveling to and from.
  • Children must be 7 years or older. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Children must be younger than 12 for child reduction to apply. Child rate only applies if sharing cabin with 2 adults.
  • Highest elevation: Cuzco, Peru at approximately 11,000 feet.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.