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Machu Picchu & the Galapagos Islands featuring a 3-Night Cruise & 1-Night Island Stay 2021-2022

14 days with Collette Vacations   Rating: Deluxe

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Lima, Peru - Tour Begins
Touch down in Lima, the “City of Kings.” Across ancient lands and earthly legends, experience the mysticism of the Peruvian Andes.

Day 2 Lima
Become fascinated by Lima’s history on a tour through the historic center, a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, where the elegant Cathedral at Plaza de Armas stands out among the colonial architecture. Visit the former home of a conquistador and feel the surge of colonial and republican life. Get to know new friends over a menu of artful Peruvian dishes at a welcome dinner. (B,D)

Day 3 Lima - Cuzco - Sacred Valley of the Incas
Fly over the Andes on your way to Cuzco – the heart of the Inca civilization. Follow the trails of this Andean paradise with a local guide to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Learn about centuries-old methods of traditional textiles at Awana Kancha – known as the "palace of weaving." Stop in Pisac village and browse a handicraft market full of vibrant colors. Discover why Peru has consistently been named the world’s top food travel destination during a fun-filled interactive cooking class where you will learn how to master ceviche and pisco sours. Settle in to your hotel nestled in the heart of the Sacred Valley and relax in the calming surround of the Andes. (B,D)

Day 4 Sacred Valley of the Incas-Ollantaytambo-Sacred Valley of the Incas
Visit the terraced ruins of Ollantaytambo, the only Incan settlement that has remained continually inhabited since its inception. At the ceramic studio of artist Pablo Seminario, see how he utilizes the intricate techniques inspired by ancient Peruvian cultures. Mix with a nearby community and delve deep into the cultures of modern Andean people. Learn traditional methods of growing, harvesting and weaving, listen to their music and learn their dances before enjoying a farm-to-table meal of local specialties. (B,L)

Day 5 Sacred Valley of the Incas - Machu Picchu
Hop aboard the Machu Picchu Vistadome train, where views of the Andes astound through domed windows as you climb toward the “Lost City of the Incas.” Uncover the mysteries of this “Lost City” at the meeting point between the Peruvian Andes and the Amazon Basin. Wrapped inside a semi-tropical jungle and hidden by mountains, Machu Picchu or La Ciudadela, (the Citadel), is one of the world’s most spectacular archaeological sites. (B)

Day 6 Machu Picchu - Cuzco
Enjoy some leisure time this morning. You may choose an optional excursion to Machu Picchu at sunrise, or maybe you’ll explore the local markets before boarding the Vistadome back to the Sacred Valley. Continue to Cuzco and feel the local culture at a special community dining experience. (B,D)

Day 7 Cuzco
Start your morning with a local guide on your tour of Cuzco, visiting the San Pedro Market, the Koricancha Temple, the central Plaza de Armas, and the Cuzco Cathedral. Later, it’s your choice! Travel above the city to discover the Incan ruins of Sacsayhuaman Fortress -OR- embark on a walking tour of San Blas, the traditional old quarter of Cuzco, lined with restaurants and artisan shops. The rest of the afternoon is yours. This evening, it’s Diner’s Choice! Choose from restaurants featuring the local flavors of Cuzco. (B,D)

Day 8 Cuzco - Quito, Ecuador
This morning, fly to Ecuador’s stunning capital city – Quito, your home for the next two nights***. An intersection of mountains and colonial architecture, this city is a UNESCO World Heritage site full of lively culture and vibrant history. (B)

Day 9 Quito
Visit the Children International community center, supported by the Collette Foundation.* Meet some of the children who are thriving here, thanks to the center’s healthy cooking and nutrition education. In Quito’s colonial center, tour the Presidential Palace. After lunch, stand at the “Middle of the World,” situated between two hemispheres, at the Equatorial Line Monument and Museum. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. (B,L)

Day 10 Quito - Santa Cruz, Galápagos - Embark Ship
Fly to the gateway of the Galápagos, Santa Cruz. Make your way through the lush vegetation of the Highlands and spend time at a ranch to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Launch your eco-adventure aboard the M/Y Passion**, an exclusive 14-person yacht that serves as your home for the next three nights. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, where you’ll get another chance to see the islands’ tortoises and gain insight into their life cycles. Enjoy free time in Puerto Ayora to explore on your own before returning to the yacht. (B,L,D)

Day 11 South Plaza - Santa Fe Island
Dock at colorful Plaza Sur – one of the oldest ports on the islands. Keep your eyes peeled for orange iguanas darting between the prickly pear cacti. In addition to scampering critters, you might also find various birds nesting or diving in and out of the waves. Continue on to the white beach of Santa Fe, where sea lions like to sunbathe along the shore. (B,L,D)

Day 12 Española Island - Gardner Bay - Punta Suarez
Say good morning to Española Island, where sea lions, iguanas, and mockingbirds frequent the beaches of Gardner Bay. Islets dot the ocean around Española, creating a perfect natural haven for all forms of sea life. Grab your snorkel and jump into the water, floating around playful sea lions. After a relaxing lunch, head to Punta Suarez, one of the most visited points of the Galápagos. Walk among blue-footed boobies strolling on the rocks and waved albatrosses soaring overhead. Your path ends at El Soplador, the island’s famous blowhole that shoots water 75 feet into the sky. (B,L,D)

Day 13 Tortuga Bay - Disembark Ship - Santa Cruz Island
Disembark the yacht in Puerto Ayora and make your way to Tortuga Bay. Perhaps you will take a swim in the calm waters or continue your search for wildlife – blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas and white-tip reef sharks call the bay home – before returning to Puerto Ayora for lunch. Check into your hotel and relax before dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 14 Santa Cruz Island - Quito - Tour Ends
Spend the morning at leisure, then bid the Galápagos goodbye and return to Quito, where a day room will be available close to the airport before your flight home. (B)
All This Included
Journey from the Land of the Incas to the Galápagos archipelago, enjoying a 3-night cruise aboard a personal yacht. Delve deep into ancient cultures at Machu Picchu – the fabled lost city. Explore UNESCO-designated Spanish colonial cities and stand between two hemispheres at the Equatorial Line. Experience the best of the Galápagos archipelago, where an abundance of natural wildlife recalls Darwin’s theories in a pristine world that’s virtually unspoiled. You’ll encounter hidden wonders in Peru, the “Middle of the World” in Ecuador, and see ethereal wildlife on cruise through these Eden-like islands.
  • 27 meals
  • 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)
Highlights
  • Discover centuries-old Andean textile methods in the Peruvian Andes.
  • Wind through the Andes to Machu Picchu in a domed train.
  • Stand tall in the “Middle of the World” at the Equatorial Line Monument and Museum.
Accommodations
Lima: Casa Andina Premium Miraflores
Yucay: Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley 
Aguas Calientes: Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu 
Cuzco: Casa Andina Premium
Quito: Mercure Hotel Alameda 
Galapagos Islands: M/Y Passion 
Santa Cruz, Galapagos: Acacia Boutique Hotel 
Pre and Post Add-ons
Pre Tour Extension:
  • Peruvian Amazon Extension ( Land Only )
Pre Night Hotel:
  • Casa Andina Premium Miraflores
Notes
  • To truly experience the program and destination, you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing. Some of the touring days may be longer, with select included activities occurring later in the evening.
  • 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.