Multi-Day Tour

Cruising The Galápagos On Board The Santa Cruz Ii With Peru & Peru's Amazon (17 days)

Monograms - a division of Globus Family of Brands

Quito, Ecuador To Lima, Peru

Valid for Departures: 18 Aug 2018 - 08 Dec 2018

Cruising The Galápagos On Board The Santa Cruz Ii With Peru & Peru's Amazon (17 days)

Day 7

San Cristobal (Disembarkation) – Baltra – Quito – Lima, Peru

Day 9

Lima – Cusco

Day 10

Cusco – Sacred Valley

Day 11

Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

Day 12

Machu Picchu – Sacred Valley – Cusco

Day 13

Cusco – Puerto Maldonado

Day 14

Peru's Amazon

Day 15

Peru's Amazon

Day 16

Puerto Maldonado – Lima

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Quito, Ecuador
None None
ARRIVE QUITO, ECUADOR. Arrive in Quito, where you will be met by your Local Host.
Day 2
Quito, Ecuador
None Breakfast
QUITO. Your included PRIVATE CITY TOUR showcases the rich legacy left by the Incas and, later, the Spaniards. See Independence Square, dominated by its formidable Cathedral, San Francisco Plaza Church, and the Basilica with its marvelous stained-glass windows. (B)
Day 3
Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
QUITO–BALTRA (EMBARKATION)–GALÁPAGOS CRUISING: SANTA CRUZ ISLAND. Fly to the Galápagos Islands and board the Santa Cruz II. Visit Las Bachas on SANTA CRUZ ISLAND, an important nesting area for the East Pacific green sea turtle. See brackish lagoons just steps away from the sea, a feeding ground for various wading birds—from stilts to flamingos. (B,L,D)
Day 4
Santiago Island, Ecuador
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
CRUISING: SANTIAGO ISLAND. Arrive at Buccaneer Cove on SANTIAGO ISLAND to explore the dramatic coastline inhabited by a large number of marine birds, sea lions, and inter-tidal organisms. You will also have the opportunity to snorkel and take a ride on the panga or the glass-bottom boat. Later, at Puerto Egas, known for its black-sand beach, tuff-stone layers and lava flows, see land and marine birds, as well as a colony of fur sea lions, marine iguanas, and marine turtles. (B,L,D)
Day 5
Rabida Island, Ecuador
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
CRUISING: RÁBIDA & BARTOLOMÉ ISLANDS. On RÁBIDA ISLAND with its red-colored beach, caused by the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material, your Naturalist points out large colonies of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers, and several species of Darwin’s finches. Very close to the beach, a salt pond occasionally hosts American flamingos. Snorkel from the beach to see the unique combination of underwater species and submarine landscapes. At BARTOLOMÉ ISLAND, hike to the summit for a stunning view of Pinnacle Rock. Take a snorkel or a ride on the glass-bottom boat and possibly see Galápagos penguins in tropical waters! (B,L,D)
Day 6
Genovesa Island, Ecuador
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
CRUISING: GENOVESA ISLAND. On GENOVESA ISLAND, take a walk up Prince Phillip’s Steps as your Naturalist reveals large colonies of masked boobies, blue and red-footed boobies, frigatebirds, storm petrels, and short-eared owls. In the afternoon, disembark on a beautiful beach at Darwin Bay to observe frigatebirds, red-footed and masked boobies, herons, finches, and mockingbirds. Return to the beach for snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming. (B,L,D)
Day 7
TBD
None Breakfast
CRUISING: SAN CRISTOBAL (DISEMBARKATION) – BALTRA – QUITO – LIMA, PERU. Disembark at the north shore of Santa Cruz Island for a visit to a TORTOISE RESERVE in the highlands. Here you will see and learn about the Giant Galápagos Tortoises living in the wild and what is been done to help preserve these ancient creatures. Later, fly to Lima, Peru. (B)
Day 8
Lima, Peru
None Breakfast
LIMA. Your included city TOUR focuses on Lima’s rich colonial history as well as the modern city. Lima was the bastion of Spanish South America from its founding in 1535 until the independence of the South American republics in the early 19th century. See the Cathedral, where the remains of Francisco Pizarro are sealed in a wooden coffin and with its eerie burial crypts. (B)
Day 9
Lima – Cusco
None Breakfast
LIMA–CUSCO. Fly to Cusco, high in the Andes. Your guided TOUR visits the Santo Domingo MONASTERY, previously the Koricancha Temple, one of the most important temples devoted to worship of the sun. It is said it was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. In the Plaza de Armas, see the Cathedral before taking a short drive outside the city to the ruins of SACSAYHUAMAN with its intricate stone walls, amphitheater of KENKO, and the Red Fortress of PUCA PUCARA. (B)
Day 10
Cusco – Sacred Valley
None Breakfast, Lunch
CUSCO–SACRED VALLEY. Today, a short drive into the Sacred Valley of the Incas brings you to AWANAKANCHA to learn about the importance of the alpaca (llama) for Inca cultures, as well as the ancient weaving techniques. Continue, to the market town of PISAC, where you can buy handmade rugs, alpaca sweaters, and jewelry at bargain prices. Later, visit OLLANTAYTAMBO and see some of the finest examples of Inca masonry. (B,L)
Day 11
Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
SACRED VALLEY–MACHU PICCHU. Board a TRAIN bound for MACHU PICCHU and cut a path through the Sacred Valley to this “Lost City of the Incas,” discovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. On a guided TOUR, explore this intact fortress with its temple remains, holy houses, and mile-long aqueduct. For hikers, a brisk one-hour walk leads to the Sun Gate, the ancient entrance used by the Incas. (B,L,D)
Day 12
Machu Picchu – Sacred Valley – Cusco
None Breakfast
MACHU PICCHU–SACRED VALLEY–CUSCO. A morning at leisure allows you to wake up early to see the sunrise over MACHU PICCHU with your second included entrance to the ruins. Return to Cusco, where your Local Host will recommend options for your free time. Perhaps visit the Inca Museum or wander through the artisan district of San Blas. (B)
Day 13
Cusco – Puerto Maldonado
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
CUSCO–PUERTO MALDONADO. At Hacienda Concepción: Fly to Puerto Maldonado, capital of Madre de Dios and the entry to Peru’s Amazon Jungle. Embark on a MOTORBOAT for a journey up the Tambopata River to view the exotic wildlife. Arrive at your Amazon Jungle lodge and meet your Naturalist. After settling in, head out with your Naturalist for a WALK along nature trails to learn about primary and secondary rainforest. At dusk, take a CANOE RIDE to learn about the Amazonia river ecosystems, nocturnal animals’ behavior, and the southern constellations. (B,L,D)

At Refugio Amazonas: Fly to Puerto Maldonado, capital of Madre de Dios and the entry to Peru’s Amazon Jungle. Embark on a MOTORBOAT for a journey up the Tambopata River to view turtles, caimans, monkeys, and river birdlife such as capped herons, black skimmers, and kingfishers. Arrive at your unique Amazon Jungle Lodge where you will meet with your expert Naturalist who will help tailor your time in the Amazon with various included activities. (B,L,D)
Day 14
TBD
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
PERU'S AMAZON. At Hacienda Concepción Day 14: Walk into the TAMBOPATA NATIONAL RESERVE with your Naturalist, then navigate by dugout canoe around LAKE SANDOVAL, a beautiful oxbow lake. Learn about the reserve’s conservation efforts and the animals that inhabit this lake, such as the endangered giant river otters, blue and yellow macaws, red howler monkeys, and black caimans. This afternoon, the CANOPY WALKWAY shows you a different perspective 100 feet above ground. After night falls, your Naturalist introduces you to the nocturnal animals of the Amazon. (B,L,D)

At Hacienda Concepción Day 15: A short boat ride brings you to a NATIVE FARM where farmers use ancient methods to grow crops. Learn about local cultivation techniques and taste some of the produce. This afternoon, visit a CLAY LICK to observe wildlife from a blind to observe the normal routine of the fauna without disrupting the environment. (B,L,D)

At Refugio Amazonas: During your time in the Amazon, you can choose from over 20 different, included excursions designed to satisfy your personal preferences. Some examples include taking a canoe ride to Oxbow Lake to search for the resident giant river otters, howler monkeys, macaws, and other fauna. Take a walk to the Canopy Tower to observe the forest and river and its inhabitants. Visit a local farm to meet local farmers and learn about the Amazon’s crops. You can also learn about the biodiverse flora found here and their medicinal uses on an Ethnobotanical tour. Perhaps, visit clay licks where you can watch from a blind as mammals, parrots and macaws perch to eat clay. At night, be sure to venture out with your expert guide who will help you discover the many nocturnal jungle creatures. Plus many other included options! (B,L,D daily)
Day 15
TBD
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
PERU'S AMAZON. At Hacienda Concepción Day 14: Walk into the TAMBOPATA NATIONAL RESERVE with your Naturalist, then navigate by dugout canoe around LAKE SANDOVAL, a beautiful oxbow lake. Learn about the reserve’s conservation efforts and the animals that inhabit this lake, such as the endangered giant river otters, blue and yellow macaws, red howler monkeys, and black caimans. This afternoon, the CANOPY WALKWAY shows you a different perspective 100 feet above ground. After night falls, your Naturalist introduces you to the nocturnal animals of the Amazon. (B,L,D)

At Hacienda Concepción Day 15: A short boat ride brings you to a NATIVE FARM where farmers use ancient methods to grow crops. Learn about local cultivation techniques and taste some of the produce. This afternoon, visit a CLAY LICK to observe wildlife from a blind to observe the normal routine of the fauna without disrupting the environment. (B,L,D)

At Refugio Amazonas: During your time in the Amazon, you can choose from over 20 different, included excursions designed to satisfy your personal preferences. Some examples include taking a canoe ride to Oxbow Lake to search for the resident giant river otters, howler monkeys, macaws, and other fauna. Take a walk to the Canopy Tower to observe the forest and river and its inhabitants. Visit a local farm to meet local farmers and learn about the Amazon’s crops. You can also learn about the biodiverse flora found here and their medicinal uses on an Ethnobotanical tour. Perhaps, visit clay licks where you can watch from a blind as mammals, parrots and macaws perch to eat clay. At night, be sure to venture out with your expert guide who will help you discover the many nocturnal jungle creatures. Plus many other included options! (B,L,D daily)
Day 16
Puerto Maldonado – Lima
None Breakfast
PUERTO MALDONADO–LIMA. Fly to Lima, where the remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day 17
Lima, Peru
None Breakfast
LIMA. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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17 Days, featuring: Lima

About Us

There are good ways and not-so-good ways to see and experience the world. At Monograms, we’re focused on the “good ways.” Our team is dedicated to making travel simple, so you’re free to enjoy the sights and wonders that make your vacation memorable and carefree. Imagine traveling to Paris. While others will be stuck, staring at maps and train schedules, you will be staring at the Eiffel Tower, because you bought an all-in-one vacation package from Monograms. Our travel experts will choose great hotels for you, in the heart of your destination. We’ll arrange transportation for you from the airport, to your hotel and in between cities. Also, we’ll introduce you to an on-site Local Host, who will help arrange special outings, provide recommendations or steer you off the beaten path. Monograms will help you make the most of your journey. Plus, we’ll give you a half-day sightseeing tour to help you get more familiar with your destination. And we’ll get you to the front-of-lines with VIP access to must-see sights and landmarks, so you have more time venturing out and getting lost in the City of Light. Meanwhile, someone else will just be getting lost and wishing they had booked with Monograms. Monograms takes care of the hassles when you travel so all you have to do is enjoy - the culture, the people, the place. Because vacations themselves don’t make you happy. How you vacation does. That’s the Monograms difference.

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Excellent service

By: Ace of diamonds


Reviewed on: 04 Apr 2014

Our trip was extremely enjoyable, our local host was the bomb! Thank you Stephane!  Paris would not have made as much sence with out him. If I was forced to find somthing that needed to improve, it was that American Airlines needed to update their old transcontinental aircraft.

Best of Both

By: Navidad


Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2014

This tour company gave us the best of both worlds.  Group tours AND the freedom of choosing what we wanted to do as well.  We were welcomed by globus at the airports and connected to the places we were going so we were never confused.  The tours they provided in both London & Paris each hit the major highlights of the cities and were very informative  There were globus agents in the lobbies of our hotels so if we wanted to book additional tours or need advise or even a connection to a restaurant or site (without a tour involved) they were able to help. 
Travel Advisor:  Corinne Levine

Highly Recommended

By: Kathleen


Reviewed on: 23 Jun 2014

I recently took a monograms vacation to Peru. I was impressed at every stage of the trip.  Ms. Kim Schneider did a fantastic job finding the right travel Package for me and was readily available  to answer any  questions with her expert travel knowledge.  I was also impressed with the monogram team in  Peru. The guides were friendly and  knowledgable  and the hotels were excellent. I plan to  book future trips with Ms. Schneider using Virtuoso/Monograms. 
Travel Advisor:  Kim Schneider

Awesome Service

By: KC_India2015


Reviewed on: 12 Feb 2015

Our adventure was India and in such a crazy wonderful place it is great to have such personal service. The drivers were just awesome, local hosts and guides friendly and knowledgeable. It was comforting to have on hand when you are in such a place that is just a little out of your comfort zone. We were given great advice on how to maneuver through the crowds and shop keepers.
Travel Advisor:  Sandra Staples

Great service

By: Sunshine


Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2016

Monograms was very organized and always on time to meet me. Excursions were good and informative. Very friendly throughout all the destinations.
Travel Advisor:  Patricia Mankin

Monogram

By: Becky


Reviewed on: 05 May 2017

Monograms was a wonderful source for our trip. Even if they were not part of our guide for a tour, they helped us with where we had to go, what time to be there, etc. went above and beyond the call of duty. Gave us phone numbers to reach them if we needed help.
Travel Advisor:  Hellen Hoffman

London or River cruise?

By: L&K


Reviewed on: 12 May 2017

Monograms for our separate London trip before our Avalon River cruise was OK, but not terrific. We didn't know about all of the London excursions we could have booked through Monograms, and the hotel was not great (rooms were dark, lighting was very confusing, there was a small amount of mold in the shower, and the conversion electric outlet had to be replaced). River cruise was good, but we don't think Monograms had any role in that.
Travel Advisor:  Rob Clabbers

Very good with one reservation

By: Farm girl


Reviewed on: 21 May 2017

The attention paid by the Monograms staff was very good. We enjoyed our tours. Our plane arrived late so our Monograms representative gave us a private tour the next day. We had one problem. When we were bumped off our flight and had to take another one I followed all of the directions that were in the Monograms booklet to alert them to the change and arrange for transport from the airport to the hotel. We were assured that someone would be there to pick us up. When we arrived at the airport no one was there to pick us up. I called the hotel and they contacted the Monograms representative. She had not been informed. We had to take a cab for which we have not been reimbursed. Transport from the airport to our hotel was included in the package. We should not have to pay for it. They need to get a better emergency service.
Travel Advisor:  Kevin Grubb

Monograms Tours

By: Penny


Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2017

I highly recommend Monograms as a travel company. We were met at the airport upon our arrival and transported to our starting point hotel. We were taken to each train station in a timely manner, guided onto the proper train, and met in each city by another Monograms agent. Our local hosts were marvelous, always available to help us along each leg of our trip. The excursions provided by this company were all top notch as well. They were led by professional drivers and local guides, well worth their addition to our trip.
Travel Advisor:  Damien Martin

Highly recommend Monograms

By: Dave & Sue


Reviewed on: 28 Mar 2018

We have taken 2 trips now with Monograms. We especially like the fact that everything is spelled out and lodging is all in very nice hotels with the option to upgrade if desired. They make traveling very easy. Highly recommend Monograms.
Travel Advisor:  Judy Kotkin