2019 : Discover the Galapagos & Peru with the Amazon (WGGE) - Treasure of Galapagos
20 Day Cruise Lima to Quito
Fantastic treasures await you on this river cruise vacation to Peru and the Galapagos 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 Galapagos Islands cruise onboard the recently refurbished Treasure of Galapagos. In the company of a local Naturalist, you'll encounter indigenous plants and animals found only in the Galapagos Islands, such as giant tortoises, Galapagos 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!
Next, fly to Coca, where you'll travel by canoe to your lodge in the Amazon Jungle. Spend three nights here and enjoy a rainforest canopy walk, guided night tour to see the wildlife that comes out at night, cruises through the flooded forest, and spend time with the natives on a visit to a local village and school. Ancient ruins, spectacular scenery, an amazing variety of animals in their natural environment, and historic buildings-this cruise vacation has it all!
Day 1 Arrive Lima, Peru: Welcome to Lima
Day 2 Lima: Walking tour; visit San Francisco Monastery; Larco Herrera Museum and welcome dinner
Day 3 Lima-Cusco-Sacred Valley: Visit Awanakancha to see various camelids from the region, and explore Pisac Market
Day 4 Sacred Valley-Machu Picchu: Visit the Ollantaytambo ruins; Take the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu; walking tour of Machu Picchu
Day 5 Machu Picchu-Cusco: Enjoy a second included entrance to Machu Picchu; return on the Vistadome train to the Sacred Valley and continue to Cusco
Day 6 Cusco: Walking tour of Cusco, visit Santo Domingo Monastery, the Cathedral, and the ruins of Sacsayhuaman
Day 7 Cusco-Quito, Ecuador: Fly to Quito via Lima
Day 8 Quito: Excursion to Otavalo's Indian market and Peguche; Hacienda lunch
Day 9 Quito: Walking tour, visit San Francisco Monastery, La Compania Church, La Ronda Street, a Chocolate factory, and the Equatorial Monument
Day 10 Quito-San Cristobal-Galapagos Islands (Embarkation): Fly to the Galapagos Islands; embark Treasure of Galapagos; visit Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve on San Cristobal Island
Day 11 Galapagos Islands Cruising: Española Island: Naturalist-guided walks; snorkeling
Day 12 Galapagos Islands Cruising: Floreana Island: Naturalist-guided walks; snorkeling
Day 13 Galapagos Islands Cruising: Santa Fe & Santa Cruz Islands: Naturalist-guided walks on each island; snorkeling
Day 14 Galapagos Islands (Disembarkation)-Santa Cruz Island-Quito:Disembark Treasure of Galapagos; visit EL Chato Tortoise Reserve; fly to Quito
Day 15 Quito: Full day at leisure
Day16 Quito-Coca-Amazon: Fly to Coca; travel by boat and dugout canoe to your Amazon lodge
Day 17 Amazon: Visit a parrot clay lick; guided walk through the jungle; night walk or canoe ride
Day 18 Amazon: Cruise on the Napo through the flooded forest; visit a local community, school, and village; piranha fishing
Day 19 Amazon-Coca-Quito: Return to Coca; fly to Quito
Day 20 Quito: Your vacation ends this morning
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Avalon Choice® Shore Excursions:
Selection of 3 types of included shore excursions on every cruise:
(B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
Welcome to Lima-Cosmopolitan, Colonial, and Pre-Columbian Culture Enjoy free time today before your Peruvian Andes and Galapagos adventure begins. Explore the fascinating Peruvian capital-where high-rises tower above ancient temples and colorful colonial architecture.
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 cafe here.
(B, L, D)
Alpacas, Llamas, and Ancient Andes VillagesFly 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 colorful stalls for alpaca sweaters, woven blankets, and handmade jewelry. This evening, enjoy dining on Andean and Western dishes with wine.
(B, L, D)
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.
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.
Conquistadors, Churches, and the Colorful 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 Amphitheater 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.
¡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 vacation. Discovery Tonight, enjoy dinner with delicious regional cuisine.
QUITO. EXCURSION TO OTAVALO
Traditions Woven through Generations in the Andean Highlands Classic Join a Guided Excursion to Otavalo's Indian market-brimming with colorful 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.
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 finest 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.
(B, L, D)
SAN CRISTOBAL-GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS (EMBARKATION)
Protected Giant Tortoises and Highly Adaptable Birds This morning, fly to the remote Galapagos island of San Cristobal where you'll embark on a five-day cruise on the Treasure of Galapagos. 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, Galapagos large-billed flycatchers, and the Chatham mockingbird (unique to this island), that put Darwin on track of his evolution theory. Enjoy a Captain's welcome dinner on board this evening.NOTE: The ship's itinerary may vary according to Galapagos National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, and seasonal changes to create the perfect cross-section of sites visited.
(B, L, D)
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 Galapagos sea lions, marine iguanas, seabirds, and hawks. Watch for three species of Darwin finches-a hallmark of his research. Discovery Enjoy a prime snorkeling spot in Gardner Bay's pristine waters to spot a kaleidoscope of multi-colored reef fish, reef sharks, and the amazing Pacific green turtles. Active This afternoon, your Naturalist Guide takes you to the sheer cliffs of Punta Suarez 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.
(B, L, D)
Pink Flamingos, Gliding Rays, and a Message in a Barrel Classic Join a Naturalist Led Excursion to Floreana's Post Office Bay-with its historic 18th-century whalers' postal service-consisting of a barrel-to drop mail with the hopes that future travelers 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 flamingos, blue-footed boobies, and sea turtles, or take another opportunity to snorkel with reef fish, turtles, and rays gliding through the crystal shallows.
(B, L, D)
SANTA FÉ 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 Galapagos, 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 Fe Island. Keep an eye out for other species exclusive to the island, including the Galapagos hawk, snake, and mockingbird. Take time to enjoy the inviting waters off Barrington Bay to snorkel with sea lions and vibrantly colored 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 Pacific green turtle, marine iguanas, and the giant Galapagos tortoise. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner served especially for your final night on board.
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 Galapagos 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.
Enjoy a free day to explore Quito.
(B, L, D)
Fly to Coca and travel by boat down the Napo River. Then, take a dug-out canoe to your Amazon lodge. Floating along the narrow river, discover the Ecuadorian Amazon, the world's largest remaining tropical rainforest, where more life hums, buzzes, chatters, and bubbles than anywhere else on the planet.
(B, L, D)
Follow your Naturalist Guide to see parrots, macaws, and parakeets. Walk through the jungle to learn of the medicinal plants and natural biodiversity of the Amazon. Join your guide on a night walk or canoe ride to observe nocturnal creatures.
(B, L, D)
Take a Napo River cruise through flooded forest. Watch for indigenous squirrel, capuchin, and howler monkeys, and 3-toed sloths. Next, visit a village community and school to to learn about the native culture and way of life. Later, fish for piranha or even taking a refreshing swim in the same waters-the less brave can send their guide in first.
Depart by canoe to search for wildlife, including monkeys, giant otters, and rare birds on your return to Coca for your flight to Quito.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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- Cruise Line
- Avalon Waterways
- Offer valid through 3/31/2019
- 20 Days
- Cruise Ship
- Treasure of Galapagos
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|Day 3||Sacred Valley|
|Day 4||Machu Picchu|
|Day 10||Galapagos Islands (Embarkation)|
|Day 11||Galapagos Islands Cruising|
|Day 12||Galapagos Islands Cruising|
|Day 13||Galapagos Islands Cruising|
Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Avalon Waterways, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway, starting at $2,062, (based on Miami, departure in February, 2019) and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only. Required intra-vacation air segments are: Lima/Cusco; Cusco/Quito; Quito/Galapagos; Galapagos/Quito; Quito/Coca; Coca/Quito. Air prices were effective on February 7, 2018 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.
Land/Cruise price includes the Galapagos National Park entrance fee and transit card ($120 value).
Gratuities for Local Guides & drivers are included.
Triples not available.
All prices are per person based on double room occupancy. Prices shown above include cruise in an ocean-view junior suite with private balcony. To upgrade to the master suite, add $560 per person in double occupancy or $1120 in single occupancy.
Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
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