EXPEDITION CRUISE | CRUISETOUR

Galápagos (16 Days)

Cruise Line: Lindblad Expeditions
Guayaquil, Ecuador to Lima, Peru
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PORT
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ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
Air travel
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Depart U.S. and arrive in Guayaquil by late evening. If you choose to take the non-stop group flight from Miami, we depart in the early evening with a flying time of approximately four hours. Upon arrival, it's a short drive to the Hotel Hilton Colón.

DAY 2
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Air travel
Baltra Island, Ecuador

After the 1 1⁄2-hour flight to the Galápagos, we'll immediately board the ship. Over the course of the week, our exact routing depends on the National Park Service. (B,L,D)

DAY 3
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

While our exact routing depends on the National Park Service, we may visit the following islands: - Bartolomé - Santiago - Santa Cruz - Isabela - Fernandina - Floreana - Española. (B,L,D)

DAY 4
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
DAY 5
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
DAY 6
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
DAY 7
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
DAY 8
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
DAY 9
Baltra Island, Ecuador
Air travel
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Lima, Peru

Depart Galápagos this morning and fly to Lima, Peru. Overnight at the conveniently located Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel. (B,L)

DAY 10
Lima, Peru
Air travel
Cusco, Peru
Moray, Peru
Urubamba, Peru

This morning we board our flight over the Andes to Cusco. Upon arrival, drive through the fabled and fertile Urubamba Valley to Moray—a visually stunning Inca site known for its agricultural terraces. After lunch and an opportunity to experience a local market, check- into the Sol y Luna Lodge for two nights. This serene Relais & Châteaux hotel entices with individual adobe casitas set in a verdant garden. (B,L,D)

DAY 11
Urubamba, Peru
Ollantaytambo, Peru
Urubamba, Peru

Spend the day exploring the archaeological sites and culture of the Sacred Valley in the company of National Geographic expert Peter Frost, who has lived and worked in Peru for decades. He (or occasionally a colleague, if he is in the field) joins us for a talk at the hotel and continues with us to Ollantaytambo, where massive stone walls stand sentry over a thriving Inca community. Lunch is nearby at a working family-owned hacienda. Here we are also treated to a show of Peruvian Paso horses, and National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa, the founder of El Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco, joins us to demonstrate Inca weaving traditions. Dinner tonight is at the hotel. (B,L,D)

DAY 12
Urubamba, Peru
Aguas Calientes, Peru
Machu Picchu, Peru

This morning marvel at the tropical Andean scenery and life along the river from the panoramic windows on the train to Machu Picchu—the Inca royal retreat famously introduced to the world by Hiram Bingham in the April 1913 issue of National Geographic magazine. Set at less than 8,000 feet, the sanctuary is set in a tropical mountain forest with diverse birds and orchids. Check into the historic 31-room Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, adjacent to the World Heritage Site, with the leisure to explore over the two days in the company of our hand-picked tour director and local guides. We linger after day-visitors are long gone. Lunch and dinner are at the hotel's private Tampu Restaurant. (B,L,D)

DAY 13
Machu Picchu, Peru
Aguas Calientes, Peru
Cusco, Peru

Awaken this morning at Machu Picchu, where our options include an early hike to the Sun Gate, the ancient final checkpoint to the Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail. After lunch, return through the valley to Cusco, a center of the Inca universe and a burgeoning Andean cultural capital. Check into the Belmond Hotel Monasterio for two nights in the ancient heart of Cusco. Like many colonial-era buildings, our hotel—founded as a monastery in 1592—stands atop a fountain in the Inca-carved stone. (B,L,D)

DAY 14
Cusco, Peru

Explore the magnificently ornate 17th-century cathedral and Plaza de Armas, the sacred Inca Temple of the Sun, and other treasures of Cusco this morning. Visit nearby Sacsayhuamán, where impressive terrace walls, some of the finest stonework we've seen yet, command views over the city. Relax, shop, or visit Cusco's many churches and museums this afternoon. Dinner is on your own tonight. (B,L)

DAY 15
Cusco, Peru
Air travel
Lima, Peru

Return to vibrant coastal Lima this morning, where on a tour we stroll the Plaza Mayor and delight in a private farewell lunch with a special musical presentation at Casa Aliaga—in the same family for 17 generations. After a visit to the extraordinary Larco Museum, dedicated to pre-Columbian art, check into the Belmond Miraflores Park, set along a fashionable seaside promenade. Dinner is on your own. (B,L)

DAY 16
Lima, Peru
Air travel

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights home—or onto Iquitos or Amazon. (B)

Galápagos map

About the Ship

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National Geographic Endeavour II

National Geographic Endeavour II is a purpose-built expedition ship and has a complete refit. She is exceptionally nimble and maneuverable, with a shallow draft to get up close, great viewing from all public spaces, large windows in cabins and suites, state-of-the-art tools for exploration, and a twin Zodiac loading platform.

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  • All meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship.

  • Meals on land where indicated, air transportation where indicated as included, shore excursions.

  • Sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, transfers to and from group flights, use of taxes and service charges, services of our expedition staff.

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All accommodations aboard ship, meals as indicated, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, transfers to and from group flights, use of kayaks and snorkeling equipment, services of Lindblad Expeditions’ Leader, National Geographic photographer, naturalist staff and expert guides, services of a ship physician, all gratuities, and all port charges and service taxes.

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