Land of the Incas (Galapagos North and Central Cruise)

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Explore Incan history like an insider on this epic Peru Tour, visiting Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, and Sacsayhuaman, UNESCO-listed Taquile Island and the Lines and Geoglyphs of Nazca. On a guided visit to the Ballestas Islands, you’ll marvel at penguins and blue-footed boobies, and on the Galápagos Islands, walk among giant tortoises and swim with manta rays.
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Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

What's this trip about?

    Explore Incan history like an insider on this epic Peru Tour, visiting Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, and Sacsayhuaman, UNESCO-listed Taquile Island and the Lines and Geoglyphs of Nazca. On a guided visit to the Ballestas Islands, you’ll marvel at penguins and blue-footed boobies, and on the Galápagos Islands, walk among giant tortoises and swim with manta rays.

Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeGroup - max of 40 people
Age range6 years and up
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityLima
End CityQuito

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural
  • Education / Learning
  • Local Immersion & Homestays

Destinations

  • South America
  • Ecuador
  • Peru

Activities

  • Culture
  • Historic sightseeing
  • Homestays & Cultural Immersion

Trip includes

    • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
    • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
    • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
    • A Trafalgar bonus all Intra-Air Flights: Lima to Cusco, Cusco to Juliaca and Juliaca to Lima, including porter service at all airports.
    • Tickets for a ride aboard the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu
    • Optional Experiences and free time
    • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1: Arrive Lima

The Capital of the New World extends a warm welcome on your epic voyage through the iconic and unexpected highlights of Peru. Meet your local host on arrival and transfer to your hotel in the upscale shopping district of Miraflores. This evening, you’ll join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception at 6 p.m.

Iberostar Hotel Lima

Welcome Reception

Day 2: Lima Sightseeing

Start your city tour taking in of the highlights of Lima. Visit Casona San Marcos, where you’ll enjoy a snack from a local vendor learn more about the fascinating history of this ancient building from Local Specialists. During a short workshop, learn to play the “cajó...

Day 3: Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley Dive Into Culture Stays With Stories

We'll fly to Cusco this morning, the gateway to Peru's treasured Sacred Valley, where you will enjoy a local Peruvian lunch with sweeping views of the Sacred Valley. Then we'll Dive Into Culture, meeting a Shaman who will perform a special ceremony to welcome us to Pe...

Day 4: Sacred Valley Connect with Locals

Connect With Locals over a Be My Guest experience lunch, learn about the culture surrounding the production of Giant White Corn. Our hosts will demonstrate the differences between traditional farming techniques and the newer technologies used today. Revel in the roman...

Day 5: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

Visit the mystical Incan stronghold of Ollantaytambo, en route to Machu Picchu, a village in the Sacred Valley, set on the Urubamba River amid majestic mountains. It's known for the Ollantaytambo ruins, a massive Inca fortress with large stone terraces on a hillside. ...

Day 6: Machu Picchu – Cusco Dive Into Culture Stays With Stories

The ruins of Machu Picchu beckon yet again and we enjoy one final opportunity to reconnect with its story, spending some time on our own to explore the hill-top fortress. Next, we’ll journey back to the Sacred Valley by train, stopping en route to Cusco to MAKE TRAVEL...

Day 7: Cusco Sightseeing

Begin your day at the ruins of the UNESCO-listed Incan Sacsayhuaman fortress overlooking Cusco. Admire the massive, sacred stonework before your Local Specialist guides you through Cusco’s colonial center. During your city tour, visit the shop of the social project Ma...

Day 8: Cusco – Juliaca – Lake Titicaca

Fly to Juliaca and meet a Local Specialist to learn about daily life on the Peruvian altiplano. After an included al fresco lunch, visit Sillustani, a pre-Incan burial ground on the shores of Lake Umayo where striking chullpas (stone tombs) are scattered across the la...

Day 9: Lake Titicaca Excursion Connect with Locals Dive Into Culture

Connect With Locals as you cruise the deep blue waters of Lake Titicaca, passing floating islands constructed by the Uros people. Next, in the midst of South America’s largest lake lies Taquile Island, where we’ll Make Travel Matter and embark on a private tour to gai...

Day 10: Lake Titicaca – Juliaca – Lima – Paracas

Return to Lima this morning, then continue your journey to the coastal playground of Paracas. Discover what life is like in Peru’s rural countryside before arriving to Paracas for dinner at your seaside hotel and an evening at leisure. Perhaps there’s even time for a stroll along the Malecon.

Spa Hotel Aranwa

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Paracas – Nazca Lines Flight Dive Into Culture

Take to the skies, soaring above the coastal desert to see the enigmatic Nazca Lines, gigantic geometric designs viewable only from the air. Next, stop this afternoon at our Dive Into Culture, the Regional Museum of Ica, where we’ll explore the centuries-old cultures ...

Day 12: Paracas – Ballestas Islands – Lima

This morning, connect with nature with a Local Specialist, cruising around the uninhabited Ballestas Islands, a 'mini-Galapagos' teeming with wildlife. See the mysterious Candelabra in Pisco Bay, then return to Lima where this evening, we’ll visit the Larco Museum wit...

Day 13: Voyage to Quito

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Ecuador (flight not included in holiday price). Enjoy a warm welcome in Quito where you will be greeted at the airport and taken to your hotel.

Sheraton

Breakfast

Day 14: Uncover Historical Quito

Visit the historical center of Quito, which was the first place in the world to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and travel to the 'Middle of the World' to stand on the Equator. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Sheraton

Breakfast

Day 15: Tortoises and Santa Cruz Island

Cruise north to south through the islands and islets of the remote Galápagos. On arrival at Baltra Island Airport, transfer to the M/V Galápagos Legend, which will ferry you to the Highlands Tortoise Reserve on Santa Cruz Island, where you’ll walk amongst the world’s largest tortoises in the wild.

M/V Galápagos Legend

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Wander Genovesa Island

Visit to Genovesa Island today, climbing up the rocky Prince Phillip's Steps in search of Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies and Darwin’s famed finches. Walk to expansive lava field over which Wedge-rumped storm petrels swarm, then continue to Darwin Bay.

M/V Galápagos Legend

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: The Wildlife of South Plaza and Santa Fé Island

The marine iguanas of South Plaza Island view our arrival with indifference as we embark on our walk from the small lava dock. We’ll see the shallow lake where flamingos come to feed, then continue inland in search of land iguanas. Arriving Santa Fé island later, we’l...

Day 18: Depart Santa Cruz Island

The serene landscape of Bachas Beach is our final stop on our Galápagos expedition. Bachas is a great place to swim, walk along the shore or visit the lagoon. Our journey at its end, we transfer to Baltra Airport for our return flight to Quito. Airport arrival time in Quito will be at 5 p.m.; please be aware when booking your flights.

Breakfast

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Dates & Availability

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Last Updated: 6/7/2024
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Meals Included
  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)
  • 17 Breakfast (B)
  • 8 Lunch (L)
  • 5 Dinner (D)
  • 1 Regional Dinner (RD)
  • 1 Farewell Dinner (FD)
Age Requirements
6 years and up
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