Your Tour Itinerary - Discover the Galápagos and Peru

Day 1: Lima, Peru

Welcome to Lima—Cosmopolitan, Colonial, and PreColumbian Culture.

Enjoy free time today before your Peruvian Andes and Galápagos adventure begins. Explore the fascinating Peruvian capital—where high-rises tower above ancient temples and colourful colonial architecture.

Day 2: Lima - Peruvian treasures, presidential palaces, and Pizarro’s conquests

  • Classic: Take a Guided Walking Tour of Lima—to see the colonial Old Quarter, Plaza de Armas, the presidential Government Palace, and the ornate Cathedral—founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro. Visit the San Francisco Monastery and see its famous catacombs.
  • Discovery: This evening, join a Guided Tour of Lima’s Larco Herrera Museum—on the site of a 7th-century pre-Columbian pyramid. With the world’s largest private collection of pre-Columbian Peruvian art, see 5,000 years of art, artifacts, and archaeological treasures. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner in the beautiful Peruvian café here. Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Cusco - Sacred Valley - alpacas, llamas, and ancient Andes villages

Fly to the ancient Andean city of Cusco—former capital of the Inca Empire—on your way to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

  • Discovery: Take a Guided Tour of Awanakancha to encounter llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and guanacos and learn about their vital role in Peruvian culture. Continue to the old mountain village of Pisac to browse the local market and colourful stalls for alpaca sweaters, woven blankets, and handmade jewellery.

This evening, enjoy dining on Andean and Western dishes with wine. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Sacred Valley - stone temples and formidable fortresses

  • Classic: Join a Guided Tour of the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo to visit the ruins including the Sun Temple and Princess Baths fountain.
  • Discovery: Join an Escorted Visit to a native Incan home in the village of Ollantaytambo to experience the way of life enduring since the 13th century.

Machu Picchu - Andean heights and hidden secrets of the Inca’s Lost City 

  • Classic: All aboard the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes enjoying spectacular views of the lush countryside of Urubamba Valley along the way. From Aguas Calientes take the winding road to Machu Picchu.
  • Active: Take a Guided Walk of Machu Picchu to explore the “Lost City of the Incas” high atop the Andes. Your Local Guide will bring you closer to the lives and mysteries still hidden in these amazing structures built by the pre-Columbian masters of this sacred land.
  • Discovery: Enjoy your overnight stay at the foot of the mountain with a gourmet dinner including wine. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Machu Picchu - Cusco -a miraculous sanctuary in a tropical mountain forest 

  • Classic: Take a second included Guided Excursion to Machu Picchu. Set out early to see the sunrise over the ruins, and wander through perfectly assembled stone walls and terraces amid the natural landscape as a hidden sanctuary.

After lunch, return to the Sacred Valley by train and continue to Cusco. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6: Cusco - Conquistadors, churches, and the colourful culture of Peru

  • Classic: A Guided Walking Tour of Cusco reveals more on the struggle between the Incas and the invading Spaniards. Visit the imposing Cathedral and the Santo Domingo Monastery. Next, see the semi-circular Kenko Amphitheatre with its stone altars and labyrinth of passages and the ancient site of Puca Pucara before reaching the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, perched on a hillside overlooking Cusco. It remains unfathomable how and when this fortress of gigantic stones— with some blocks weighing more than 350 tons—was built.
  • Discovery: Tonight, enjoy dinner inspired by Peru’s eclectic mix of cultures. Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 Quito, Ecuador - ¡Bienvenido a Ecuador! South America’s most biodiverse country

Fly to Quito, capital of Ecuador and a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, and begin the Ecuadorian portion of your holiday.

  • Discovery: Tonight, enjoy dinner with delicious regional cuisine. Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Quito, Excursion to Octavalo - traditions woven through generations in the Andean Highlands  

  • Classic: Join a Guided Excursion to Otavalo’s Indian market—brimming with colourful woven textiles, traditional Ecuadorean apparel, produce, and craftwork.
  • Discovery: Visit the town of Peguche—famous for its exquisitely handcrafted weavings. Take an Escorted Tour of local homes to observe the handiwork in creating woven blankets and clothing that are so important to life in the Andes highlands.
  • Discovery: Enjoy an authentic Andean Dining Experience with lunch served in a local hacienda. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Quito - a gold altar, artistic avenues, and two hemispheres at one time

  • Classic: Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Quito that showcases the colonial city’s historic sites, including the impressive Legislative Palace with its enormous sculpted mural of Ecuadorean history. You’ll also see Independence Plaza and visit the 16th-century San Francisco Monastery, and La Compañía Church—the exquisite Jesuit cathedral with its spectacular Spanish baroque architecture—more than 160 years in the making.
  • Discovery: Take a Guided Walk down Calle La Ronda—one of Quito’s oldest streets—with artist’s workshops and galleries. Later, visit a local chocolate factory to taste for yourself why Ecuador is one of the world’s fi nest chocolate producers.
  • Classic: Join a Guided Excursion to the Ciudad Mitad del Mundo—the “middle of the world.” Stand in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres at the same time at the exact location of the Earth’s Equator. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10: San Cristobal - Galápagos Islands (embarkation) - protected giant tortoises and highly adaptable birds 

This morning, fly to the remote Galápagos island of San Cristobal where you’ll embark on a five-day cruise on the Treasure of Galápagos.

  • Classic: Take a Naturalist Led Excursion to the highlands of San Cristobal to visit the Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve. Learn about the island’s endangered giant tortoise population and the reserve’s conservation efforts.
  • Discovery: Your expert Naturalist Guide will point out other wildlife on the island, including songbirds like the yellow warbler, Galápagos large-billed fl ycatchers, and the Chatham mockingbird (unique to this island), that put Darwin on track of his evolution theory. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a Captain’s welcome dinner on board this evening.

NOTE: The ship’s itinerary may vary according to Galápagos National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, and seasonal changes to create the perfect cross-section of sites visited. (B,L,D)

Day 11: Espanola Island - sky-high ocean spray and diverse life in and out of the water

  • Classic: Take a Guided Excursion with your expert Naturalist to explore the southeastern part of the archipelago. Visit the glistening white coral beaches of Gardner Bay to see Galápagos sea lions, marine iguanas, seabirds, and hawks. Watch for three species of Darwin f nches—a hallmark of his research.
  • Discovery: Enjoy a prime snorkeling spot in Gardner Bay’s pristine waters to spot a kaleidoscope of multicoloured reef fi sh, reef sharks, and the amazing Pacific green turtles.
  • Active: This afternoon, your Naturalist Guide takes you to the sheer cliffs of Punta Suárez to witness the spectacular spray from an ocean blowhole. Watch for the blue-footed and Nazca boobies, and other remarkable bird species, including the waved albatross. Be on the lookout for the male Christmas iguana that turns red and green during mating season. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Floreana Island - pink flamingos, gliding rays, and a message in a barrel

  • Classic: Join a Naturalist Led Excursion to Floreana’s Post O ce Bay—with its historic 18th-century whalers’ postal service—consisting of a barrel— to drop mail with the hopes that future travellers will carry it back to the mainland.
  • Active: Explore the island’s channels by panga boat, or take a swim with playful sea lions. This afternoon, join your Naturalist Guide for an easy hike at Cormorant Point in search of greater fl amingos, blue-footed boobies, and sea turtles, or take another opportunity to snorkel with reef fi sh, turtles, and rays gliding through the crystal shallows. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13:  Santa Fe Island - a prehistoric volcano and prickly cactus forest

  • Active: Take a Naturalist Guided Hike to explore Barrington Bay—home to one of the most ancient volcanoes in the Galápagos, animal species found nowhere else in the world, and a forest of giant prickly pear cacti—mainstay of the land iguana, endemic only to Santa Fé Island. Keep an eye out for other species exclusive to the island, including the Galápagos hawk, snake, and mockingbird.

Take time to enjoy the inviting waters off Barrington Bay to snorkel with sea lions and vibrantly coloured fish, before cruising to Santa Cruz Island.

  • Discovery: You’ll also visit Tortuga Bay for a Naturalist Guided Excursion to Santa Cruz Island—the nesting place of the Pacifi c green turtle, marine iguanas, and the giant Galápagos tortoise.

This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner served especially for your final night on board. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Santa Cruz Island -(disembarkation) - guarding the gentle giants of the highlands

  • Discovery: Take a Naturalist Guided Excursion to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island to visit El Chato Tortoise Reserve. You’ll have the opportunity to observe Galápagos tortoises in the wild and learn how these gentle giants are studied and protected across the archipelago.

Continue to the airport for your return flight to Quito. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 15: Quito, Ecuador 

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Departure dates and prices 2021 - Discover the Galápagos and Peru : 7% discount on all dates

Prices shown exclude flights and transfers, call Avalon to add flights

Avalon brochure price in black from £6864

Travel 55 discount price in red from £6384

Telephone Avalon on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55

Lima to Quito : tour code WGG - cruise price without flights and transfers
Dates Price from Dates Price from
April 25 Suite (Cat. J)
£7264
£6756
June 20 Suite (Cat. J) £6864
£6384
April 25 Master Suite (Cat. M) £7754
£7212
June 20 Master Suite (Cat. M) £7354
£6840
May 9 Suite (Cat. J)
£6864
£6384
November 21 Suite (Cat. J) £6864
£6384
May 23 Suite (Cat. J) £6864
£6384

November 21 Master Suite (Cat. M)
£7354
£6840
May 23 Master Suite (Cat. M) £7354
£6840

Prices include daily excursions, full-board dining and gratuities but exclude flights. Book your flights with us and we'll also include overseas transfers and ATOL protection. All holidays subject to Avalon Waterways Holidays Terms & Conditions. Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

Avalon Waterways
Discover the Galápagos and Peru

15 days including cruise

2021 discount prices from only £6384

Fantastic treasures await you on this cruise vacation to Peru and the Galápagos Islands. Enjoy a walking tour of Lima; guided sightseeing in Quito, where you can have your photo taken at the “Center of the World,” and also in Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire; and an excursion to Otavalo’s famous Indian market, where you can shop for beautiful textiles, artwork, and other unique souvenirs. Also, visit the fascinating Inca constructions of ancient Puca Pucara, which translates to “Red Fortress,” the magnificent Temple of Sacsayhuaman, which overlooks the city of Cusco, the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, and mystical Machu Picchu. Then, fly to San Cristobal Island for a fantastic 4-night Galápagos Islands cruise onboard the recently refurbished Treasure of Galápagos. In the company of a local Naturalist, you’ll encounter indigenous plants and animals found only in the Galápagos Islands, such as giant tortoises, Galápagos fur sea lions, and marine iguanas—just to name a few. Also, enjoy an amazing opportunity to snorkel in the turquoise waters and see the colorful fish, sea lions, and perhaps a penguin or shark! For travelers who want to see ancient ruins, learn about new cultures, and be awed at the amazing natural world, this cruise adventure is not to be missed!

This fabulous 15 day Galápagos and Peru touring holiday comes with a 7% discount when you book direct with Avalon Waterways on 0330 808 5036 and quote the Travel 55 code TR55A.

Travel 55 in association with Avalon Waterways. To book a luxury cruise call direct on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55 you will then receive a 7% discount from the Avalon brochure price. 

Book your cruise with or without flights

Cruise prices are shown without flights included in case you wish to book them separately, or aren't ready to return home when you disembark! Or we can book your flights for you from most UK airports, with overseas transfers and ATOL protection included. The choice is yours!

Ship Details - Treasure of Galapagos

Seeing the Galápagos Islands on board the 9-suite Treasure of Galápagos goes beyond traditional cruising and allows you a truly intimate experience with a maximum of 16 guests. Chartered exclusively for Avalon guests, the Treasure of Galápagos features spacious suites with balconies and takes you around the archipelago to explore the natural wonders of the region in privacy and comfort. Completely refurbished in October 2017, the Treasure of Galápagos is built to luxurious standards and features an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere, allowing guests to enjoy all that the Galápagos is famous for intimate contact with the wildlife! Delve into this unique world with the Treasure of Galápagos' crew and expert Naturalist, who shares their passion for nature and conservation of this mysterious part of the world. The Treasure of Galápagos' non-smoking interior features elegantly appointed common areas including an indoor lounge & bar, dining area, shaded outdoor lounge, sun deck with Jacuzzi, and an observation area for whale or dolphin watching. Each of the seven outside suites offers a private balcony, which is rare in the Galápagos, air-conditioning, private bathroom, hairdryer, and safe. In addition, the 430 square-foot Master Suite boasts two private balconies as well as a private living area.

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Lima Casa Andina Premium Miraflores (D)

Sacred Valley Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley (SF)

Machu Picchu Sumaq Hotel (MD)

Cusco Palacio del Inca, a Luxury Collection Hotel (MD)

Quito Swissotel Quito (MD)

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