$2,995 per person** (based on 2 people sharing)
Travel to two of the best modern world wonders in South America, with this combination Galapagos Machu Picchu tour. Visit the heartland of the Inca Empire, with tours of Cusco, The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, before flying to Ecuador and taking a luxury four day cruise in the fabulous Galapagos Islands.
We are passionate about Peru and South America, our team of professional travel advisors have lived and worked in Peru for many years, and are ready to help you create the Machu Picchu Galapagos tour. Contact us to day to start planning!
Day 1 – Arrive Lima
Today your international flight will arrive into Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima (most flights arrive in the evening). You will spend the night in the Costa del Sol Ramada Jarvis Hotel, conveniently located near to the main airport terminal building. Using this hotel will avoid two lengthy transfers into central Lima, and allow you the maximum time for a good nights sleep after your international flight.
Day 2 – Fly to Cusco, Guided Tour Cusco
In the morning you will fly to Cusco in the heartland of the Inca Empire. You will have the morning to relax and settle in before we collect you for an afternoon tour of Cusco and surrounding attractions. The Cusco city tour includes attractions not only within the city, but those of Saqsayhuman, Q’enco and Tambomachay located on the outskirts of Cusco. Within the city the tour gives you the opportunity to visit Cusco’s Cathedral and Korikancha – The Inca Temple of the Sun.
Day 3 – Guided Tour of the Sacred Valley
Today you will take a full day tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where you will visit the market town of Pisac and the small village of Ollantaytambo. In Pisac you will visit the beautiful mountain top ruins which include a small Inca village and a well preserved royal temple, before heading along the valley and lunching in Urubamba. In the afternoon you will climb the hillside fortress at Ollantaytambo, where the Incas fought one of their last battles against the Spanish Conquistadores. On your return to Cusco there is the opportunity to visit the small yet stunning church of Chinchero.
Day 4 – Guided Tour of Machu Picchu
Today you will catch an early train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu. After your transfer from Cusco to Ollantaytambo, you will take a scenic two hour train ride along the beautiful Sacred Valley before arriving to Machu Picchu. You will take a two hour guided tour of Machu Picchu, including stops at the Caretakers Hut, the Temple of the Sun, the Royal Tomb, the Three Windowed Temple and Intihuatana (the Solar Clock). You will stay overnight near Machu Picchu in the small village of Aguas Calientes.
Day 5 – Machu Picchu
A sunrise return to Machu Picchu awaits you today, and the option of an extended guided tour to some of the citadels hidden secrets. You can discuss with your guide what suits you best, but many visitors choose to hike to the Sun Gate (Intipunku) high above Machu Picchu or alternatively a leisurely climb up Huayna Picchu, the ubiquitous mountain overlooking the citadel. In the afternoon you will return to Cusco.
Day 6 – Lima City Tour
In the morning you will fly from Cusco to Lima, on arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon we will collect you for an afternoon colonial tour of Lima. The tour includes Lima’s Plaza de Armas, Lima Cathedral, The Church and Convent of San Francisco and The Museum of Religious Art.
Day 7 – Fly to Quito
After a leisurely breakfast you will take mid-morning flights from Lima to Quito. Built on the ashes of the northern Inca capital following the 1533 Spanish conquest, Ecuador’s capital city brims with colonial riches. Although set in the north-central part of the country, it makes a convenient launching point for travel to anywhere in Ecuador, including the Galápagos Islands.
Day 8 – Quito City and Center of the World Tour
Today after breakfast our English speaking guide and driver will collect you from your hotel for a full day tour of Quito, declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site in 1978. The tour includes a visit to Plaza de la Independencia, home of the tomb of Sucre, a visit to the Parque Alameda that houses the oldest astronomical observatory in South America, a visit to the amazing church of San Francisco where every inch of wall and ceiling is paved with gold, and finally we will travel a few miles out of Quito to the equator, where you can have your photo taken with one foot in each hemisphere of the world!
Day 9 – Four Days / Three Nights Galapagos Cruise
Today you will fly form Quito to the Galapagos Islands, located 500 miles west of mainland Ecuador. On arrival you will meet your luxury Galapagos cruise ship for the start of your 4 days / 3 nights cruise. All meals are included.
Straddling the equator, islands in the Galapagos chain are located in both the northern and southern hemisphere with Volcano Wolf and Volcano Ecuador on Isla Isabela being directly on the equator line. Espanola the southernmost island and Darwin the northernmost island are spread out over a distance of 220 km (137 miles).
The sheer number and variety of life forms both on land and in the water in the Galapagos is quite awe-inspiring. Nearly 9,000 species call the islands and their surrounding waters home. The isolation of the Galapagos has resulted in some of the highest levels of endemism in the world. Endemic species found nowhere else in the world are common throughout the islands, and many are nearly unchanged since prehistoric times.
During the four day cruise, your naturalist guides will take you on a mix of daily excursions to the best points of interest throughout the Islands. Typical destinations include visits to North Seymour, Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz, Cormorant Point, Floreana Island and the famous Charles Darwin Station.
Talk to one of our travel professionals for information on different cruise itineraries.
Day 12 – Fly Home
Today is the last day of your tour, you will return to the airport in the Galapagos for you morning flights to mainland Ecuador. You have the option to either return to Guayaquil or Quito where you can connect to your onward flights home.
Recommended 3 star accommodations
Guided tour of Cusco (including full Cusco tourist ticket)
Guided tour of The Sacred Valley, including buffet lunch
Two days guided tour of Machu Picchu
Guided tour of Lima
Guided tour of Quito and Middle of the World
4 days/ 3 Nights Luxury Galapagos Cruise
What’s Not Included
Domestic or international flights
**Prices quoted in US Dollars. Prices are based on two people or more sharing, using our recommended 3 star hotels, low season rates and travelling in our standard group tour (max 16 people). Alternative hotels and itineraries are available for this tour; contact one of our travel advisors for pricing information. Surcharges may be applicable to certain credit cards used for payment. Our Terms and Conditions apply to all purchases.