Explore Machu Picchu & Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands aboard the Xavier III with Singles Travel Club


 

Highlights

This eight-day Peruvian cultural and historical adventure is the ideal introduction to Machu Picchu – one of the world’s most spectacular travel destinations. Take a scenic train to the famous site and enjoy free time to explore its corners. Roam the Sacred Valley, which is surrounded by incredible views of the Andes. As the leading operator in the region, be assured we'll leave no stone unturned.

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend seven nights exploring the incredible wildlife of the Galápagos archipelago in the company of an expert Naturalist Guide. In the evenings, return to the Xavier to reflect on the day’s adventures. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms. As one of the region’s largest operators, we understand the importance of controlling the onboard experience – that’s why you'll never end up on another operator's ship.                 

Travel Style Galapagos: Marine

Small-ship adventures on the world’s great seas, rivers, and other places only accessible by boat.

Service Level Galapagos: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character and private transportation.

Travel Style Peru: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level Peru: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities

Physical Demands Level 3: (Average) - Trips may include activities like hiking.


ITINERARY

 

Day 1 Lima – September 10, 2017

Vancouver to Lima. Arrival transfer included. 

Day 2 Lima – September 11, 2017

Free day in Lima to explore.  You will meet your CEO this evening at the welcome meeting.

Day 3 Lima/Urubamba – September 12, 2017

Board an early flight to Cusco then on to the Sacred Valley to visit the Ccaccaccollo community and Planeterra-sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op. Explore the Pisac ruins and visit the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 4 Urubamba – September 13, 2017

Explore the pre-Inca salt pans of Las Salineras and tour the Ollantaytambo and Moray ruins. Visit a small community who specialize in ceramic- and adobe-making. Meet local artists and enjoy a demonstration of these traditional arts. Enjoy a traditional pachamanca-style meal of local specialities.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 5 Urubamba/Aguas Calientes – September 14, 2017

Catch an early transfer to Ollantaytambo station and board the scenic train to Aguas Calientes with option to visit the market.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 Aguas Calientes/Cusco – September 15, 2017

Enjoy a guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins. Free time to explore on your own or take an optional visit to the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco by train.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 Cusco – September 16, 2017

Explore historic Cusco with options to visit museums or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking. This evening, look to the night sky for a different view at the Cusco Planetarium. Enjoy a presentation on the southern sky, contemporary astronomy, and the ancient Inca relationship with the cosmos. Check out the on-site museum and use the telescopes to admire the stars.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 Cusco/Lima – September 17, 2017

Fly back to Lima and spend an afternoon in Peru's bustling capital.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 Lima/Quito – September 18, 2017

Fly to Quito mid day.  Enjoy the afternoon in Quito.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 Quito – September 19, 2017

Free day to enjoy Quito.

Day 11 Quito/Puerto Ayora – September 20, 2017

Early flight to Baltra. Meet the guide and transfer across Santa Cruz Island to Puerto Ayora to board the boat.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 12 Rábida Island/Bachas Beach – September 21, 2017

Land at Rábida Island for a visit to a saltwater lagoon and sea lion colony. Afternoon excursion to Bachas Beach for walks to observe the bird and wildlife as well as free time for swimming and snorkelling.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 13 Floreana Island – September 22, 2017

Land at Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island. Guided walks to observe the bird and wildlife and learn about the natural history. Visit Post Office Bay in the afternoon. Snorkelling excursion at Champion Islet.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 14 Punta Suárez/Bahía Gardner – September 23, 2017

Visit Punta Suárez and Gardner Bay on Española Island. Enjoy guided walks to observe wildlife and free time for swimming or snorkelling.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 15 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno – September 24, 2017

Visit the Interpretation Centre on San Cristóbal Island and enjoy free time to explore the port town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Afternoon excursion to El Junco lagoon and the tortoise breeding centre.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 16 Punta Pitt/Kicker Rock – September 25, 2017

Visit Punta Pitt and look for three types of boobies as well as frigatebirds. After, visit Cerro Brujo on San Cristóbal Island to observe sea lions, marine iguanas, and seabirds along the beach. Continue to the dramatic Kicker Rock in the afternoon for a snorkelling excursion.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 17 Santiago Island – September 26, 2017

Morning excursion to Playa Espumilla, one of the most idyllic beaches in the Galápagos Islands and home to thick mangroves and flamingo and sea turtle nesting sites. Continue to Buccaneer Cove to witness the towering cliff wall rock formations before going to Puerto Egas to see the salt crater as well as a dark-sand beach and tidal pools.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 18 Puerto Ayora/Quito – September 27, 2017

Disembark in Puerto Ayora and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant Galápagos tortoises. Fly back to Quito.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 19 Quito – September 28, 2017

Transfer back to the airport and fly to Vancouver.

Meals included: Breakfast

Inclusions:

 - Arrival transfer
 - Two-day Sacred Valley tour including Ollantaytambo, Moray, and Pisac ruins and pre-Incan salt pans
 - Visit the Women's Weaving Co-op
​ - Lunch at Sacred Valley Community Restaurant
​ - Adobe- and ceramic-making demonstration
​ - Traditional pachamanca-style lunch
​ - Scenic train and guided tour of Machu Picchu
​ - Visit the Cusco Planetarium​
​ - Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Xavier (7 nts)
​ - All meals aboard the Xavier
​ - Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide
​ - Highlands and wild tortoise excursion (Santa Cruz Island)
​ - Visit to Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)
​ - Snorkelling at Champion Islet and Kicker Rock
​ - Visit to a wildlife interpretation centre (San Cristóbal Island)
​ - Visit to giant tortoise breeding centre (San Cristóbal Island)
​ - Visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
​ - All landings and excursions
​ - Onboard snorkelling equipment and wetsuits
​ - Internal flights
​ - All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
​ - Hotels (11 nts), aboard the Xavier in twin-share cabins (7 nts).
 - CEO/Naturalist Guide while in the Galápagos Islands (certified by the Galápagos National Park Authority), local G Adventures Rep in Quito.   - Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout Peru, local guides.
​ - 18 breakfasts, 8 lunchs, 8 dinners (Allow USD335-440 for meals not included.)
 - Minibus/van, train, plane, walking, ​Motorized yacht (Xavier), panga.

Exclusions

  • Entrance fees not listed
  • Applicable tourist visas
  • Incidentals
  • Insurance
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips or gratuities
  • Beverages
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Optional tours or optional admissions

Contact Details

Val Liddle > Travel Specialist Lloyds Travel
342 West 8th Avenue Vancouver, BC V5Y 3X2
p. 604.529.1552 | 1.888.552.1552
f. 604.674 8717
singlestravelclub@lloydstravel.com
www.singlestravelclub.ca