On this exciting tour you can discover the magnificent ruins of Machu Picchu, believed to have once been home to priests, high functionaries and the mamacunas or virgins who dedicated their lives to the sun god.
The Galapagos Islands are renowned for their unique wildlife, including sea lions and giant tortoises, plus a variety of endemic bird species which you can experience on your magical cruise around the Galapagos Islands.
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Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands
Peru, Ecuador & Galapagos
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Discover the Incan treasures of Peru and explore the magnificent ruins of Machu Picchu
Embark on the trip of a lifetime on this thrilling tour and cruise adventure taking in two of the most famous 'must-visit' destinations in the world – the Lost City of the Incas in Peru and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.
MV Galapagos Legend
Enjoy a full-board cruise aboard MV Galapagos Legend which is designed for cruising around the UNESCO-protected Galapagos Islands. Naturalist guides will accompany you on excursions ashore and give on-board lectures. There are four decks: Moon Deck – with an observatory for stargazing, a sun deck and chill-out area; Sky Deck – with a sun terrace, pool, bar, lounge and barbecue area; Earth Deck – with a spa, jacuzzi, gym, sauna, hammocks and a boutique; Sea Deck – with a medical service and restaurant. The ship carries up to 100 passengers, with Saga guests staying in standard plus cabins, each with a panoramic skylight, television, telephone, safety deposit box and en suite bathroom.
- Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a discount if not required
- VIP door-to-door travel service
- Return flights and transfers
- All breakfasts, seven lunches and five dinners
- Excursions as described
- Saga tour managers
- Porterage at all hotels
Day 1 UK to Lima
After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to Heathrow, fly overnight to Lima.
Day 2 Lima
Transfer to the José Antonio Lima (3Q).
Day 3 Lima to Sacred Valley
Fly from Lima to Cuzco and transfer to the Sacred Valley, then descend into the colourful market town of Pisac for an included lunch. Stay overnight at the Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay Hotel (3Q). B, L
Day 4 Machu Picchu
Visit the charming village of Ollantaytambo then embark on an included narrow-gauge railway journey along the Sacred Valley. Then catch a bus to the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu which remained hidden in the Andean mountain-tops until 1911 when it was ‘rediscovered’ by Hiram Bingham. Stay overnight at the Hotel El Mapi (3Q). B, L, D
Day 5 Machu Picchu to Cuzco
Morning at leisure to explore town or take an optional excursion for a return visit to the magnificent ruins of Machu Picchu. Travel to Cuzco this afternoon for a two-night stay at the José Antonio Cuzco (3Q). B
Enjoy exploring this magnificent site further, independently. Experience the sights and the breathtaking scenery as you wander around the ancient city ruins at your own leisure. Price includes transfers and entrance fee.
Day 6 Cuzco
At 3,400 metres above sea level, Cuzco is one of the highest cities in the world. This morning join an included tour of the city's splendid Spanish colonial architecture and Sacsayhuaman's walls and spend the afternoon at leisure. B
Day 7 Cuzco to Lima to Quito
Fly to Quito today via Lima. Transfer to the Hotel Colon (4Q), for three nights. B
Day 8 Quito
Enjoy an included guided city tour of Quito's Spanish colonial buildings. Optional excursions are available to the Equatorial Line Monument or the Teleferico cable-car ride. B, L
Just 22 km north of Quito stands the monument marking the equatorial line. It's 30 metres high and houses an ethnographic museum about the indigenous people of Ecuador and an observation platform offering great views of the Andes Mountains.
The TelefériQo is one of the world's highest cable car rides, reaching 4,050 metres, and one of Quito's most popular tourist attractions. The 18 gondolas accommodate six people in each, and the journey to the summit of Cruz Loma takes approximately 10 minutes.
Day 9 Quito
Visit the Otavalo Indian market today with lunch at a local restaurant. Dinner is included this evening. B, L, D.
Day 10 Quito to Galapagos Islands: Embark MV Galapagos Legend
MV Galapagos Legend
Fly to the Galapagos Islands and board MV Galapagos Legend for a three-night full-board cruise around the archipelago, staying in a standard plus cabin. These islands' unique flora and fauna inspired Charles Darwin to form his theory on evolution. Cruise to one of the largest islands, Santa Cruz, to visit its lush cloud forest. Stroll beneath the canopy of daisy trees, watch giant tortoises roaming free, albeit slowly. B, L, D
Day 11 Egas Port, Santiago and Bartolomé
Follow a coastal nature trail to the volcanic rock pools and grottoes of Egas Port this morning. Here you can watch such indigenous wildlife as fur seals, sea lions, marine iguanas and quick-footed lava lizards. This afternoon, cruise to the tiny islet of Bartolomé which is famous for its unusual lava landscapes. After a wet landing, hike to its low-lying summit for views of Pinnacle Rock, an eroded lava formation. Throughout the day, you'll also have the opportunity to go snorkelling – you may even be lucky enough to swim with sea turtles, penguins and relatively harmless whitetip reef sharks! B, L, D
Day 12 Dragon Hill Santa Cruz and North Seymour
Dragon Hill is an important nesting site for land iguanas thanks to conservation efforts by the Charles Darwin Research Station and Galapagos National Park Service. You may also see mockingbirds, Darwin's finches and flamingos as you walk through a coastal forest and a giant prickly-pear cactus grove to reach the site. This afternoon, cruise to North Seymour where you can enjoy more up-close wildlife encounters. B, L, D
Day 13 Galapagos Santa Cruz-Baltra Island-Guayaquil-UK
Bachas Beach is one of the main nesting sites for sea turtles and home to a WWll wreck. Later, cruise to Baltra Island where you disembark and travel to the airport for your overnight flight. B
Day 14 UK
Arrive in the afternoon for your included UK door-to-door travel service.
The unique ecosystem of the Galapagos Islands is highly protected by the Directorate of the Galapagos National Park, who constantly monitor and control visitor sites and numbers. As such, this part of the tour is subject to change.