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Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands

Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands

Peru, Ecuador & Galapagos

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Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin

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.


Hands shakingIncluded travel insurance

Bed8 nights in hotels, 3 aboard MV Galapagos Legend and 2 in flight

Dinner plate23 meals: 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 5 dinners

PersonSaga tour managers

CocktailWelcome drink reception

Plus all this...

  • Porterage at all hotels
  • Return flights and transfers

MapExcursions and visits

  • A tour of Ollantaytambo village
  • Rail journey through the Sacred Valley
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Cuzco city tour and Sacsayhuaman Fortress
  • Quito city tour
  • Otavalo Indian market
  • Highlands Tortoise Reserve on Santa Cruz island
  • Wildlife viewing on Sante Fe island

HeadphonesUse of audio headsets on guided tours

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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


Arrive in the morning and transfer to the locally rated 3-star plus José Antonio Lima (3Q).

Day 3 Lima to Sacred Valley

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. After lunch visit the charming village of Ollantaytambo.

Stay overnight at the locally rated 4-star Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay Hotel (3Q). B, L

Day 4 Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Embark on an included narrow-gauge railway journey along the Sacred Valley. Then catch a bus to the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu which remained hidden in the Andean mountain-tops until 1911 when it was ‘rediscovered’ by Hiram Bingham. Stay overnight at the locally rated 4-star Tierra Viva (3Q) Machu Picchu, with dinner at a local restaurant tonight. B, L, D

Please note: due to luggage restrictions on board the train, you'll be required to take an overnight bag for your stay tonight at the Terra Viva Hotel. You'll then be reunited with your main luggage tomorrow when you arrive at the Hotel José Antonio (3Q) in Cuzco.

Ollantaytambo Peru South America Machu Picchu Machupicchu Town

Day 5 Machu Picchu to Cuzco

Morning at leisure to explore the 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 locally rated 3-star plus José Antonio Cuzco (3Q). B

Optional excursions

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.

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu Machupicchu Town Peru South America

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

Sacasayhuman Cuzco Peru South America

Day 7 Cuzco to Lima to Quito


Fly to Quito via Lima. Choice of optional excursions to the Equatorial Line Monument or the Teleferiqo cable car ride.

Transfer to the locally rated 4-star Hotel Colon (4Q) for two nights. B

Day 8 Quito

Otavalo Indian Market

Visit the Otavalo Indian Market today with lunch at a local restaurant. B, L

Optional excursions

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.

Equatorial Line Monument
Equatorial Line Monument Quito Ecuador South America

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.

Teleferiqo Cable Car
Telerfiqo cable car Quito Ecuador South America

Day 9 Quito to Galapagos Islands: Embark MV Galapagos Legend

Mv Galapagos

MV Galapagos Legend

Fly to the Galapagos Islands and board MV Galapagos Legend (3⚓) 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 Santa Cruz Island and visit the Pit Craters, and the Highlands – home to lush forests and giant tortoises. B, L, D

Santa Cruz Santa Cruz Galapagos Ecuador South America Weser

Day 10 Genovesa Island

Red footed boobies

Visit Prince Philip’s Steps and marvel at the sea and bird life that call the island’s lava cliffs home — and keep an eye out for seals. In the afternoon visit Darwin Bay and follow a scenic trail to see a host of rare bird species, including famous Red-footed Boobies. B, L, D

Genovesa Island Genovesa Island Galapagos Ecuador South America Santiago Island Santiago Island

Day 11 Santa Cruz island and Santa Fe Island

North Seymour, home to the blue footed boobies

Visit Dragon Hill with its population of Galapagos land iguanas. Afterwards visit Santa Fe Island with white sand beaches, sea lion colonies and a cactus forest, home to the largest iguanas in the islands. B, L, D

North Seymour North Seymour Galapagos Ecuador South America

Day 12 Santa Cruz Island to Quito

Flamingos feeding in Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz Island

Visit Bachas, and beaches on the north of the island which are home to flamingos and the main nesting sites for sea turtles. Disembark your cruise and fly to Quito to overnight at the Hilton Hotel (4Q). B D

Day 13 Quito-UK

Quito architecture

Enjoy an included guided city tour of Quito’s Spanish colonial buildings. Transfer to the airport in Quito for your overnight flight to the UK, via Bogota. B, L, D

Day 14 UK

Arrive in the afternoon for your included UK door-to-door travel service.

See the Galapagos archipelago in luxury aboard the expedition ship MV Galapagos Legend (3⚓). Graced with the amenities of a cruise ship, but small enough to cruise to the magical secret spots of the Galapagos, the MV Galapagos Legend is the best way to explore one of the most important and notorious ecosystems on the planet.

Discover the giant tortoises of the Santa Cruz highlands, after whom the archipelago is named; see yellow-crowned night heron and colonies of fur seals frolicking in the clear waters of the Pacific and perhaps even swim with Galapagos Penguins, sea turtles and whitetip reef sharks. As you cruise between islands enjoy panoramic views through picture windows, learn about this unique ecosphere from your onboard Naturalist guides or relax in the pool and boutique. There is no better way to discover the islands that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

Junior suite upgrades are available from £299 per person, please call for details.

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.

Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands

Peru, Ecuador & Galapagos