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Machu Picchu to the Galapagos

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Tour membership limited to 12-20 guests
15 days from $7,593 total price from Miami

($6,895 air, land & cruise inclusive plus $698 airline taxes
and departure fees)

They rank as two of South America’s greatest treasures, and a small group tour is the natural selection for both: the enigmatic ruins at Machu Picchu, where we spend the night at an intimate on-site hotel, and the fascinating Galapagos Islands, Darwin’s “living laboratory,” where we cruise aboard an intimate privately chartered ship.

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Lima, Peru We depart today for the Peruvian capital. Upon arrival tonight we transfer directly to our hotel.

Day 2: Lima This morning we tour the Larco Herrera Museum, whose ceramics collection includes a renowned set of erotic pre-Columbian figures. This afternoon we take a city tour of the Peruvian capital followed by a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. B,D

Day 3: Lima/Cuzco/Sacred Valley Today we fly to Cuzco, where we travel to the beautiful Sacred Valley, a region of Inca sites and indigenous villages. After visiting the Indian market at Pisac, we reach our hotel mid-afternoon. Before dinner we attend a native Offering to the Earth ceremony. B,L,D

Day 4: Sacred Valley Today we visit the Incan farming town of Chinchero, where residents live much as their ancestors did. Then we explore Ollantaytambo, a living town and site of massive Incan ruins that continue to inspire wonder. We return to our hotel late this afternoon and dine there tonight. B,L,D

Day 5: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu Early this morning we travel by train for the 1½-hour journey to Aguas Calientes, where we board a bus for Machu Picchu. Our first guided visit of the stunning “Lost City of the Incas” begins late this morning. Thanks to its small size, our group will move nimbly through the ruins and have the leisure to absorb the beauty and mystery of this impressive site. Following our tour, we check in at the 31-room Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, just steps from the entrance to the ruins. While most visitors see Machu Picchu on a day trip, we have the rare privilege of spending the night and seeing the ruins after all the tourists have left. B,L,D

Day 6: Machu Picchu/Cuzco Today before the day trippers arrive we begin our second guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Then we return to Aguas Calientes for lunch and free time before our mid-afternoon train to Cuzco. B,L

Day 7: Cuzco This morning we tour the archaeological hub of the Americas, the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city, and UNESCO World Heritage site. We stop at the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, an Incan masterpiece, then enjoy lunch in the home of a gracious Cuzco family. B,L

Day 8: Cuzco/Quito Early today we fly via Lima to Quito, arriving late afternoon. This evening we have a briefing and dinner at our hotel. B,D

Days 9–12: Galapagos Cruising Our Galapagos adventure begins with an early departure on Day 9 for the flight to Baltra or San Cristobal, where we board the privately chartered M/Y Coral II, our home for the next three or four nights (depending on tour departure date). While exact cruise itineraries are subject to the dictates of Galapagos National Park authorities, each cruise features expert Galapagos naturalist guides and the opportunity to see giant Galapagos tortoises, Blue-footed Boobies, sea lions, iguanas, and abundant bird life. On all cruises we also will enjoy opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, panga boat rides, and nature walks. B,L,D daily

Following is a representative sampling of the islands we may visit on our cruise:

Daphne: Prime birdwatching: Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Red-billed Tropicbirds, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Brown Noddies.

Española: A rich diversity of species at Suarez Point: Nazca Boobies, Blue-footed Boobies, Waved Albatross, sea lions, colorful marine iguanas. Excellent snorkeling at Gardner Bay.

Fernandina: From Tagus Cove we hike to Darwin Lake for deep-water snorkeling with sea turtles and penguins, and a panga ride to observe sea birds. Beautiful volcanic landscape.

Floreana: We find flamingos, migratory birds, and a green-sand beach at Cormorant Point. Behind the flamingo lagoon, we may see nesting sea turtles.

Isabela: The largest island in the chain features as many as 20 species of migratory birds at Humedales, the westernmost port of the Galapagos.

Rabida: Here we stroll a red-sand beach with a large sea lion colony; see some (or all) of the nine species of Darwin’s finches found only here; and catch beautiful views from the island’s highest point.

San Cristóbal: At Pitt Point we see all three species of boobies together: Blue-footed, Red-footed, and Nazca, as well as Magnificent and Great frigate birds and a sea lion colony. We can snorkel and enjoy a panga ride amid the diversity of sea birds.

Santiago: Espumilla Beach features a sea turtle nesting site, mangrove forests, deep-water snorkeling, and beautiful views from the island’s highest point. At Egas Port we search for birds on a guided walk.

Day 13: Galapagos/Quito Today we fly from Baltra or San Cristobal to Quito (via Guayaquil). After checking in at our hotel, the remainder of the day is at leisure. B

Day 14: Quito/Depart for U.S. Nestled in a valley surrounded by staggering Andes peaks, the Ecuadorian capital of Quito boasts a large historic center which we discover on today’s tour. We also visit Middle of the World Monument, where we can straddle two hemispheres. We celebrate our adventure at tonight’s farewell dinner at a local restaurant. B,L,D

Day 15: Depart for U.S. We transfer to the airport this morning for our return flights to the U.S. B

Please note: This trip involves considerable walking on uneven terrain. Also, there are both wet and dry landings in the Galapagos. You should be in good physical condition to enjoy the tour to the fullest. In addition, Cuzco’s high altitude (11,150 feet) could pose problems for travelers with certain health conditions. Please consult your physician if you have concerns.

Included

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
  • 13 nights’ accommodations: 4 nights aboard privately chartered Superior First Class boat M/Y Coral II; 9 nights in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels
  • 34 meals: 14 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees; Galapagos National Park fee of $100
  • Services of local Odysseys Unlimited Tour Directors; experienced naturalists aboard M/Y Coral II
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)

 

Dates & Prices

2015 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

  Feb 17
Mar 10
Nov 3
Nov 10
Dec 8
May 16*
Jul 18*
Aug 8*
Oct 10*
Apr 21, 28
May 26
Jun 23, 30
Jul 28
Aug 18
Sep 8, 22
Oct 13
Miami $7,593 $7,693 $7,893 $7,993
Orlando, Tampa $7,893 $7,993 $8,193 $8,293
Atlanta, Balt, Bos, Char,
Chicago, Cinc, Cleve,
Hou, Minn, New York,
Philadelphia, Wash, DC
$7,993 $8,093 $8,293 $8,393
Dallas, Denver, Detroit,
Los Ang, Phoe, Port (OR),
San Francisco, Seattle
$8,093 $8,193 $8,393 $8,493

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy in an outside cabin on Sea Deck with porthole and include airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees of $698, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

Single travelers please add $3,195. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days before departure. All 2015 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees) are guaranteed.

Upgrade to Earth Deck with window: $395 ($595 single); upgrade to Sky Deck with window: $495 ($795 single)

*3-night cruise; one additional night in Quito

 

Accommodations

  • Westin Lima Hotel, Lima / Days 1-2 / Superior First Class

    Located in San Isidro, Lima’s vibrant financial, cultural, and shopping district, the 301-room Westin Lima Hotel stands in close proximity to a wide variety of restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries. Hotel facilities include two restaurants, bar, and lounge; fitness center; indoor pool; spa with massage treatments, sauna, and Jacuzzi; Wi-Fi internet access (charges apply); boutiques; and laundry and dry cleaning services. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

  • Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel, Sacred Valley / Days 3-4 / Superior First Class

    The Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel is located on a 17th-century colonial hacienda in the heart of the Sacred Valley, a short drive from Ollantaytambo train station en route to Machu Picchu. A colonial-style lodging, the 115-room hotel’s amenities include two restaurants, bar, and sushi bar; fitness center; spa with hyperbaric chamber and massage treatments; complimentary Wi-Fi internet access; beauty salon; boutiques; museum; art gallery; movie theater; library; and laundry service. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with Jacuzzi tub and hair dryer, in-room safe, ironing facilities, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

  • Belmond Sanctuary Lodge (formerly Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge), Machu Picchu / Day 5 / Superior First Class

    A mere 20 yards from Machu Picchu’s entrance and situated amidst beautiful gardens, the 31-room Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is the only hotel located at the remote Incan ruins. The hotel features such amenities as a restaurant, cafeteria overlooking the ruins, bar, and internet access. It also has a wellness center with massage, and yoga sessions. Though basic, all rooms are clean, comfortable, and equipped with private bath with hair dryer, safe, TV, and phone.

  • Belmond Hotel Monasterio (formerly Hotel Monasterio by Orient-Express), Cuzco / Days 6-7 / Deluxe

    A former monastery dating to 1592 and National Historic Landmark, the intimate Belmond Hotel Monasterio is well located adjacent to Cuzco’s main square. The hotel’s décor features gilded antiques, traditional religious art, Inca masks, hand-carved pillars, beamed ceilings, and floors of cobblestone, brick, and terracotta that enhance its colonial Renaissance style of three levels surrounding a central courtyard. The 126-room Monasterio also houses an 18th-century chapel with gold ornaments, intricate carvings, frescoes, and Inquisition-era paintings. Modern amenities include two restaurants, bar, internet access, and laundry and dry cleaning services. Colorful guest rooms feature Inca-style textiles, private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, safe-deposit box, TV, and phone.

  • Swissotel Quito, Quito / Days 8, 13-14 / Deluxe

    The 275-room Swissotel Quito is located near Quito’s old town, close to shopping, restaurants, and cultural attractions. Hotel facilities include five restaurants; indoor and outdoor swimming pool; fitness center; squash, racquet, and tennis courts; spa with Jacuzzi, sauna, and massage treatments; and laundry and dry cleaning services. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, mini-bar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, ironing facilities, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

  • M/Y Coral II, Baltra or San Cristobal / Days 9-12 / Superior First Class

    Fully equipped and privately chartered for our Galapagos cruise, the M/Y Coral II carries just 20 passengers and a 10-person crew. The small but comfortable cabins have private bath with shower. Ship amenities include three sun decks (one with shade), and a dining room. Please note: a limited amount of snorkeling equipment is available on a complimentary basis. Naturalist-guides lead walking tours during the day then make presentations on an aspect of Galapagos natural history in the evening on board ship. The crew prepares local and international cuisine with fresh native ingredients. Please note that the M/Y Coral II is an eco-friendly vessel built specifically for Galapagos cruising. Though it lacks the deluxe amenities of larger ocean-going ships, it is a sufficiently comfortable home for your three-night cruise, and suitable to the extremely delicate (and protected) environment of the Galapagos. This also means that M/Y Coral II is self-sufficient while at sea: it must treat its own sea water for drinking and cooking, thus there is no laundry service. In addition, toilet paper cannot be flushed (it is placed in waste receptacles which are emptied by the crew). Any inconvenience caused by these necessary procedures will be more than outweighed by the privilege of visiting this unique natural setting.

    Average sky deck cabin size: 109 square feet
    Average sea deck cabin size: 125 square feet
  • Ceiba Tops Lodge & Resort, Iquitos / Extension / Superior First Class

    This secluded 74-room jungle lodge is located 25 miles down the Amazon River from Iquitos. Lodge facilities include swimming pool, wireless Internet access in public areas, bar and patio with hammocks, and an indoor/outdoor dining room offering both local and international cuisines buffet style. All guest units are air-conditioned with private bath with hot water, twin beds, lights, fan, window screens and rainforest or Amazon River view.

  • Costa del Sol Peru, Lima / Extension / First Class

    Opened in 2007 at Lima International Airport, the 130-room Costa del Sol Peru has a restaurant serving both local and international cuisine, bar, Internet access, gift shop, laundry and dry cleaning services, fitness center, spa, hair salon, and indoor pool. Air-conditioned guest rooms offer private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

  • Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.

Extension

Pre-Tour Option

Amazon Rainforest

5 days/4 nights for $1,193 total price
($1,095 air & land inclusive plus $98 airline taxes and departure fees)
Single Supplement: $295

Discover the Amazon’s amazing flora, fauna, and even villages on this exceptional – and comfortable – tour.

Your Tour Price Includes

  • Round-trip air transportation Lima/Iquitos
  • 4 nights’ accommodations: 3 nights in the jungle at Ceiba Tops (Superior First Class); 1 night in Lima at Costa del Sol Hotel (First Class)
  • 10 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing, including guided Canopy Walkway tour and visit with ribereños (Amazon river people)
  • Fully escorted by an Amazon-born naturalist guide as your Odysseys Unlimited representative
  • Private vehicle transportation
  • Gratuities for dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

Land only guests: $1,495 total price per person

Please see the Acommodations tab for hotel information.

Small Group Tour Highlights

  • Historic Cuzco and magnificent Sacred Valley
  • Lunch in the home of a Cuzco family
  • Overnight stay at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, adjacent to the ruins at Machu Picchu
  • Two guided visits to Machu Picchu
  • Three- or four-night Galapagos cruise aboard privately chartered ship
  • Astonishing Galapagos wildlife

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