Legacy Of The Incas With Galapagos Cruise

Day 1 - Arrive in Lima, Peru. Arrive in Lima, where you will be met by your Tour Director.
Day 2 - Lima. This afternoon, 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. From here, stroll to the venerable SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY with its splendid 17th-century cloister murals. For a special treat, stop at a [LF] LOCAL PERUVIAN FOOD MARKET to get a real taste of the lives of the local people. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow traveling companions at one of Lima's finest historic homes, CASA GARCIA ALVARADO. (B,D)
Day 3 - Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley. Fly to Cusco, the impressive Andean city that was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Head into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where you will experience an [LF] El Pago a la Tierra, or MOTHER EARTH CEREMONY, performed by a local shaman. These ceremonies thanking Mother Earth and asking for good health and safe travels have been practiced in Peru since before the arrival of the Incas. Next, stop at the semi-circular KENKO Temple with its stone altars and labyrinth of passages. See the ancient site of Puca Pucara before continuing to PISAC, an old mountain village where you will have free time to shop for local wares such as alpaca sweaters and blankets, jewelry, or hand-painted ornamental dishes and vases. Stay in the Sacred Valley tonight, and enjoy a special dinner outing with a PERUVIAN PASO HORSE SHOW. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu. This morning, visit the Inca Fortress of OLLANTAYTAMBO, followed by the opportunity to visit a [LF] HOME, meet some of the locals, and experience their way of life. Next, board the Vistadome TRAIN for a short journey through the lush Urubamba Valley. Then, transfer to a motorcoach for the ascent to legendary MACHU PICCHU, the "Lost City of the Incas," high above the steep valley overlaid with dense tropical jungle. 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. Tonight, learn how to mix the perfect Pisco Sour, Peru's national drink, before dinner at the hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Machu Picchu - Cusco. Your entrance to MACHU PICCHU is included for a second day. Enjoy the tranquility of the morning, with free time to wander the ruins at your own pace and experience the magic that is Machu Picchu. After lunch, return to the Sacred Valley by TRAIN and continue on to Cusco. (B,L)
Day 6 - Cusco. This morning, learn more about the Incas and their struggle against invading Spaniards on your Cusco city TOUR, with visits to the imposing CATHEDRAL and the SANTO DOMINGO MONASTERY. Also visit 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. The remainder of your day is free to explore at your leisure. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 7 - Cusco - Juliaca - Puno (Lake Titicaca). Board a flight to Juliaca, where you will continue to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. (B,D)
Day 8 - Puno. Excursion to Lake Titicaca. Today, take a motorboat trip to some of the more unique islands of LAKE TITICACA. Start with TAQUILE ISLAND, which was once part of the Inca Empire and was one of the last areas of Peru to be conquered by Spain in the 16th century. The Spanish banned traditional dress on the island, which is why the Spanish peasant dress can still be found today. Next, travel to the fascinating UROS ISLANDS, home to the Uros Indians, who were forced to live on the lake as the Inca Indians pushed farther into their territory. These islands are completely made by reeds and are continually added to as they disintegrate to the bottom of the lake. (B,L,D)
Day 9 - Puno - Sillustani - Juliaca - Lima. Depart for Juliaca this morning, visiting the ruins of SILLUSTANI en route. At this pre-Incan burial ground, see where the ancient Aymaras buried their high priests in chullpas"above-ground, cylinder-shaped tombs dating back to the 1400s. While here, [LF] spend some time with the locals, see their HOMES, learn how they work, what they eat, and gain a better understanding of their lives. Fly from Juliaca to Lima this afternoon. (B)
Day 10 - Lima - Paracas. Ballestas Islands Cruise & Nazca Lines. Enjoy a scenic drive south along the Pan-American Highway to the Bay of Paracas. CRUISE out to the Ballestas Islands, which are inhabited by a wide variety of sea mammals and exotic birds, including boobies, sea lions, and Humboldt penguins. The huge Candelabro, a candelabra-shaped etching on the Paracas cliffside, can also be seen as you cruise back to shore. Continue to the town of Pisco, the wine capital of Peru. Have your camera handy today as you board your aircraft for a FLIGHT over the Nazca plains, which can only be appreciated by air. Your pilot will point out the mysterious markings known as the NAZCA LINES, a series of drawings of animals and geometric figures etched into the parched soil"some up to 1,000 feet long! Theories vary, but the most accepted belongs to German mathematician Maria Reiche, who dubbed the land the "astronomical calendar" of the ancient Peruvians. Enjoy dinner this evening at your hotel. (B,D)
Day 11 - Paracas - Lima. After some free time in Paracas, return to Lima today. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a memorable farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 12 - Lima - Quito, Ecuador. Fly to Quito, capital of Ecuador. (B).
Day 13 - Quito. On an included city tour, see INDEPENDENCE SQUARE with its CATHEDRAL and SAN FRANCISCO PLAZA CHURCH, and the BASILICA. (B)
Day 14 - Quito - San cristobal (Embarkation) - Cruising. Fly to San Cristobal and embark the Santa Cruz II for a 4-night CRUISE. This afternoon, arrive at PUNTA PITT, the easternmost point in the islands. A somewhat difficult trail leads you to the only place in the archipelago where all three types of booby exist, nesting next to both types of frigates. (B,L,D)
Day 15 - Cruising: Santa Fe & South Plaza Islands. Wake up at SANTA FÉ Island, where you are met by sea lion harems and the endemic land iguana. The beach offers great snorkeling. At SOUTH PLAZA, wildlife includes sea lions, land iguanas, and hybrid iguanas, which are the result of a cross between male marine iguanas and female land iguanas. This is also a bird-watcher's paradise, where you will see nesting swallow-tailed gulls, masked and blue-footed boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, frigatebirds, pelicans, and Audubon's shearwaters. (B,L,D)
Day 16 - Cruising: Santa Cruz Island. Today begins with a visit to the CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION, established to help conserve the famous giant tortoises. Next up: the highlands of SANTA CRUZ, marked by extinct volcanoes and astonishing plants. Here you are likely to see Galapagos rails, cattle egrets, and flycatchers. (B,L,D)
Day 17 - Cruising: Espanola Island. Today, join your Naturalist for excursions to Gardner Bay and Punta Suarez on ESPAÑOLA 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 (April-December), Nazca and blue-footed boobies, and Darwin's finches. (B,L,D)
Day 18 - Cruising: Baltra (Disembarkation) - Guayaquil. After breakfast, disembark and fly to Guayaquil. (B)
Day 19 - Guayaquil. Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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  Tour Name   Legacy Of The Incas With Galapagos Cruise
  Tour Code  
SPE
  Tour Duration    19 Days
  Start City:   Lima
  End City:   Guayaquil
  Price From   USD $7,589.00   See in Cart
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2017-12-03 USD $7,589.00 See in Cart
    Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
    Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Globus, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments, starting at $1,990 (based on Miami, departure in March, 2016); or (2) intra-vacation air segments only. Required intra-vacation air segments: Lima/Cusco; Cusco/Juliaca; Juliaca/Lima; Lima/Quito; Quito/Glapagos; Galapagos/Guayaquil. Air prices were effective on July 15, 2015 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.

    Galapagos cruise price is based on a Horizon Deck Explorer cabin on the Santa Cruz II. Cabin upgrades are available.

    Galapagos cruise price includes Galapagos National Park entrance fee and transit card ($120 value)

    Prices based on double room occupancy.

    Single Room Supplement:
    $3,775 to $3,985

    Triple Rooms are not available

    Extra Nights per person in Lima:
    in single room $182; in twin room $97.

    Extra Nights per person in Guayaquil:
    in single room $187; in twin room $103

    2017 prices and itineraries are subject to change. Details will be available in July 2016.
 

Features

  • City Highlights
  • LIMA
    Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit San Francisco Monastery and a [LF] local Peruvian food market; welcome dinner at Casa Garcia Alvarado; farewell dinner
    SACRED VALLEY
    Visit the Kenko Amphitheater and Pisac; [LF] Mother Earth Ceremony with a shaman; dinner and Peruvian Paso Horse Show; visit Ollantaytambo and [LF] a local home for a glimpse into rural Peruvian life
    MACHU PICCHU
    Take the Vistadome train through the Urubamba Valley; sightseeing with a Local Guide and a second entrance to the ruins on your second day in Machu Picchu; Pisco Sour mixology lesson
    CUSCO
    Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the cathedral and the Santo Domingo Monastery, and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman
    LAKE TITICACA
    Guided sightseeing to Taquile and the Uros Floating Islands
    SILLUSTANI
    Visit the ruins; [LF] learn about the lives of the local people
    PARACAS
    Fly over the Nazca Lines; cruise to the Ballestas Islands
    GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
    Sightseeing in Quito; 4-night Galapagos Islands cruise
    Headsets throughout the tour
  • Launch Date
  • 07/14/15 8:00pm
  • Meals
  • Breakfast daily, 8 lunches, 12 three-course dinners including a welcome dinner at a historic home and a farewell dinner in Lima
  • Notes
  • NOTE:
    • Participation in this tour requires guest's name exactly as it appears on his/her passport, D.O.B., gender, and nationality at the time of booking.
  • Title
  • Legacy of the Incas with Galapagos Cruise
 
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