2017 : Discover the Galapagos & Peru (WGG) - Isabela II
15 Day Cruise from Lima to Quito
Fantastic treasures await on this vacation to Peru and the Galapagos Islands. Enjoy a walking tour of Lima; guided sightseeing in Quito and Cusco, former capital of the Inca Empire; and an excursion to Otavalo's famous Indian market. Also visit ancient Puca Pucara, the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, and mystical Machu Picchu. Then, fly to Baltra Island for a fantastic 4-night Galapagos Islands cruise. In the company of a local Naturalist, You'll encounter indigenous plants and animals found only in the Galapagos Islands. For travelers who want to see ancient ruins, learn about new cultures, and be awed at the amazing natural world, this trip is not to be missed!
It's about you. You are the reason we've used our 85-plus years of travel expertise to design the very best small-ship cruising experience. Inspired by you, we've taken everything special about small-ship cruising and made it even better. Here are some of the features and amenities you'll experience with Avalon.Luxurious standards in elegant atmosphere. Expedition team of multilingual Naturalists. Daily multi-media natural history lectures. A lounge serving premium spirit cocktails. Observation area to watch sea creatures. Well-stocked library/reading room. Unwind in the heated Jacuzzi. Air-conditioning throughout. Open seating for all meals. International cuisine & Ecuadorian entrees. Access to a resident physician. Equipment like wetsuits, snorkeling gear & kayaks available. Glass-bottom expedition boat for marine life viewing. Stargazing Program.
Maintain your routine in the fitness center. Complimentary regional wines at dinner. Remarkable service. English-speaking crew. Email, radio, telephone, and Fax communications. Included shore excursions with Local Guide. And, much more.
Highlights & Sightseeing
Galapagos Islands Cruise:
4-night cruise in an outside stateroom cruising the Galapagos National Park aboard the Isabela II; Charles Darwin Research Station; guided sightseeing each day with a local Naturalist; snorkeling and kayaking, expedition lectures on board; panga rides in the archipelago; special onboard and onshore experiences presented by local chefs, entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise
sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the cathedral, San Francisco Monastery and Larco Herrera Museum; welcome dinner
guided visit of Awanakancha and get up close to Alpacas and Llamas, Kenko, Puca Pucara, the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, and the market town of Pisac; visit Ollantaytambo ruins
guided visit of the Machu Picchu ruins with Local Guide, and two entrances to the ruins
sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Santo Domingo Monastery and the Cathedral
sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit San Francisco Monastery, La Compania Church, Workshop & Museum of Oswaldo Guayasamin, and Equatorial Monument
guided sightseeing of Otavalo; visit an ancient Indian market; home-hosted lunch
Meals American breakfast daily8 lunches 9 three-course dinners including a welcome dinner in Lima and a farewell dinner in Quito Complimentary wine with all dinners on board Complimentary coffee, tea, water on board throughout the day
NOTE: Maximum elevation on tour: 11,200 ft.
Arrive in Lima
Welcome to Lima. This "City of Kings" was once the capital of Spain's South American empire.
Today your Local Guide focuses on the city's colonial heritage during a walking TOUR. Start at the Plaza de Armas to see the Government Palace and the CATHEDRAL, where the remains of Francisco Pizarro, founder of Lima, are housed. From here, stroll to the venerable SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY with its splendid 17th-century cloister murals. Also visit the LARCO HERRERA MUSEUM, housing an impressive collection of Peruvian pre-Columbian artifacts. This evening, meet your Tour Director and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant with your fellow traveling companions. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Fly to Cusco, the impressive Andean city that was once capital of the Inca Empire. Continue into the Sacred Valley to AWANAKANCHA, a local favorite, and learn the importance of the alpaca (llama) for Inca cultures as well as the ancient weaving techniques still in use today. Next, visit PISAC, an old mountain village where you enjoy free time in the town center to browse the colorful stalls where vendors sell their handicrafts, ranging from fine alpaca sweaters and blankets to hand-painted ornamental dishes and vases. Continue to visit the Inca fortress of OLLANTAYTAMBO, followed by a Local Favorite visit to a LOCAL HOME to meet some native Incans and experience their way of life. Enjoy a relaxing dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Sacred Valley-Machu Picchu
This morning, board the Vistadome TRAIN for a short journey through the lush Urubamba Valley, then ascend to legendary MACHU PICCHU, the "Lost City of the Incas," discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. 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. Return to your deluxe hotel in Aguas Calientes at the base of the mountain where Machu Picchu is found for dinner full of impressive culinary delights. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Your entrance to Machu Picchu is included for a second day. Enjoy the tranquility of the morning while wandering the ruins at your own pace and experiencing the magic that is Machu Picchu. After lunch, return to Ollantaytambo by train and continue to Cusco. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today, learn more about the Incas and their struggle against the invading Spaniards. Visit the imposing CATHEDRAL and the SANTO DOMINGO MONASTERY on your guided tour. Next, visit the semi-circular KENKO Amphitheater with its stone altars and labyrinth of passages, and see 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. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Fly to Quito, capital of Ecuador and a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, and begin the Ecuadorian portion of your vacation. Enjoy an included dinner upon arrival tonight. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Your Local Guide introduces this city on an included sightseeing tour that showcases its treasures: the historic stone murals of the Legislative Palace, Independence Plaza and the 16th-century SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY, the Jesuit's LA COMPANIA CHURCH with its stunning golden altars, and the impressive paintings at the WORKSHOP & MUSEUM of Oswaldo Guayasamin, a Local Favorite! Be sure to have your photo taken in front of the EQUATORIAL MONUMENT, the "Center of the World." (Breakfast)
Quito. Excursion to Otavalo
An in-depth experience into the traditional ways of the Otavalo people is in store for you today. First, visit OTAVALO'S famous INDIAN MARKET, full of textiles, clothes, vegetables, and much more. Next, in Peguche, famous for its exquisite weavings, you have the opportunity to visit homes and observe handicrafts being made. Finally, enjoy Andean delicacies prepared the traditional way at a HOME-HOSTED LUNCH and Local Favorite before returning to Quito. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Quito-Baltra-Galapagos Islands (Embarkation)-Cruising: Santa Cruz Island
Take a morning flight to Baltra, one of the remote Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival, board the sleek Isabela II and enjoy five days of CRUISING among various Galapagos Islands. Each day, travel ashore to the remote islands with your expert Naturalist, who introduces you to the unique fauna living free and fearless of man. Giant tortoises, Galapagos fur sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, frigates, and finches are just some of the many endemic species you will find on land. You will also have the chance to snorkel in the turquoise waters with colorful tropical fish, playful sea lions, and maybe even an equatorial penguin or shark! Visit the CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION, where you will see and learn about the rearing and conservation of the endemic giant tortoises. After time exploring Puerto Ayora, embark your ship and settle in with a briefing on the next day's adventure, followed by a Captain's welcome cocktail and dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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.
Galapagos Islands Cruising: Floreana Island
After breakfast, disembark at FLOREANA ISLAND to visit historic Post Office Bay, which has been serving as a post office for over two centuries. The "post office" is just a barrel where letters are left in hope that other visitors returning home will take letters if the address is not far from their own and deliver them or drop them at a normal post office. Next, explore the island's channels by panga or take your first swim with the playful sea lions. This afternoon, join your Naturalist at CORMORANT POINT on Floreana Island in search of greater flamingos, blue-footed boobies, and sea turtles. There is another opportunity for snorkeling or riding in the glass-bottom boat to view reef fish, turtles, and even sharks! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Galapagos Islands Cruising: Espanola Island
Today, join your Naturalist for excursions to Gardner Bay and Punta Suarez on ESPANOLA ISLAND, one of the oldest islands in the archipelago. Here you will see the famous blowhole, as well as unique sea bird colonies, including the waved albatrosses (Apr.-Dec.), Nazca and blue-footed boobies, and Darwin's finches. Also look for red, green, and black marine iguanas and a rookery of sea lions right at the landing site. This afternoon's site is prime for snorkeling or kayaking to look for rays, parrot fish, reef sharks, and other colorful marine species. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Galapagos Islands Cruising: San Cristobal Island
Wake up at PUNTA PITT, the easternmost point in the islands. Your Naturalist leads you from the beach to the top of a volcanic tuff to the only place in the archipelago where all three species of booby exist, nesting next to both types of frigates. This is also an excellent area for panga or kayak rides and snorkeling. At CERRO BRUJO this afternoon, walk the same beach that Charles Darwin first walked in September 1835 in search for migratory bird species, including sandpipers, stilts, pelicans, and flycatchers. While here, watch for the Chatham (San Cristobal) mockingbird and Chatham lava lizard-both species are endemic to this island and seen nowhere else in the Galapagos. Return to your ship for a captain's farewell cocktail party and dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Galapagos Islands (Disembarkation) San Cristobal-Quito
After breakfast, disembark in SAN CRISTOBAL and head to the airport for your return flight to Quito. (Breakfast)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)
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Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
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 $2006, (based on Miami, departure in March, 2017) 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. Air prices were effective on April 6, 2016 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.
The Galapagos National Park entrance fee and transit card ($120 value) is additional and mandatory. These fees will be added to your Vacation Estimate.
Price is per person, based on double room occupancy.
Gratuities to Local Guides & drivers are included.
Single Room Supplement:
Triple rooms are not available.
Cruise pricing is based on Classic cabins. Limited upgrades are available.
Extra Nights per person in Lima:
in single room $182; in twin room $91
Extra Nights per person in Quito:
in single room $237; in twin room $125
2018 prices and itineraries are subject to change.
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