14 DAYS ●
Encompassing two of the world’s most incredible destinations, the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu, this tour delves into colonial cities, the roots of the Incan Empire and spends four nights on the Galapagos, allowing you to experience the culture, history and nature of Ecuador and Peru.
Explore Ecuador's capital, a UNESCO-listed colonial old town
Meet the unique wildlife of this mesmerizing archipelago
Visit the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas
Stand in the midst of the lost city of Machu Picchu
Our Islands & Incas itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly overnight to Quito, the dramatically situated and colonially charming capital of Ecuador. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Surrounded by mountain peaks, Quito is the world’s highest official capital. The colonial old town is the city’s pride and joy, and it is here that you’ll start your tour. Explore the Plaza de la Independencia, flanked by the magnificent Government and Bishop’s Palaces. Marvel at the city cathedral and its museum, before heading to San Francisco Square to see the church, stopping en route at the intricate and ornate La Compania Church. Continue on to the Equatorial Line Monument where you can straddle the equator, standing with one foot in the northern hemisphere and one in the southern hemisphere.
Fly to Santa Cruz where you will spend the next four nights. In an isolated spot 620 miles off of the mainland, the Galapagos are best known for nudging Charles Darwin towards his theory of Natural Selection. On arrival, stop in Santa Cruz’s remote highlands to see a forest of endemic Scalesia trees and the Twin Craters. Continue to your hotel in Puerto Ayora. Later, visit the Charles Darwin Research Centre to learn about the research and conservation work carried out and to meet the giant tortoises involved in the captive breeding programme.
You will spend the next two days exploring the unique and incredible nature of these enigmatic islands. Whilst out on tour you may see sea lions, marine iguanas, frigate bird colonies, blue-footed and Nazca boobies, lava lizards and a variety of endemic flora. You may also be able to snorkel the crystal clear waters, spotting green turtles, eagle rays and other marine life.
Today is free to spend as you wish, giving you time to explore Puerto Ayora and the surrounding area for yourself. There are also some beautiful beaches to relax on, or snorkel off.
Fly to Peru’s historical capital Lima, a city founded in 1535 by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizzaro and the seat of Spanish rule for 300 years. Tonight, enjoy your first taste of Peruvian cuisine at a local restaurant.
This morning, enjoy a city tour of Lima, starting in the charming colonial centre with visits the Plaza des Armas to admire the cathedral, Archbishop’s Palace and City Hall. Explore the San Francisco Monastery, including the catacombs, before heading into the more modern part of the city. Head to the districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, finishing at 'Parque de los Enamorados', where there are great ocean views. Finally admire the exhibits of the Larco Herrera Museum, a trove of pre-Columbian treasures.
Fly from Lima to Cusco. Home to an incredible Incan legacy, Cusco has some of the richest heritage in South America and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour will include visits to the Plaza de Armas, once the heart of the Incan capital of Huacaypata; and Qoricancha, the temple of the sun. Stroll down the Inca street of Loreto and marvel at the old Inca walls. Head just out of town to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, from where you can get fantastic views back over the city.
The Sacred Valley, also the Urubamba Valley, is home to colonial towns, Incan citadels and beautiful scenery. Beginning in the charming town of Pisac, visit the excellent market to both mingle with the locals and to browse the plentiful Peruvian handicrafts. You''ll also see the fascinating terracing techniques at the Pisac ruins. This afternoon, meet a typical Inca community at Ollantaytambo. Above the town is an old Incan fortress. Whilst there, explore an area of wonderfully preserved houses. Travel back to Cusco.
Transfer to Ollantaytambo to board the train that will take you through the mountainous landscapes to the small town of Aguas Calientes. From here you will ascend to the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu. Stumbled upon by Hiram Bingham in 1911 after it had been long abandoned, it is considered by many to be a wonder of the world. A guided tour will give you some insight into the Inca Empire. Return to Ollantaytambo by train and transfer back to Cusco.
Fly to the UK, arriving home the following day.
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
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