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9 Night Galapagos Islands Cruise and Land Tour

From Lima, (Peru) to Quito, (Ecuador)

MS Santa Cruz II
Hurtigruten Cruise Line
3 Stars
Cruise #: 7693368
Sail Date: Saturday, Jan 18, 2025
Return Date: Monday, Jan 27, 2025
Room Types & Rates:
Oceanview
$9,961
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9 Night Galapagos Islands Cruise and Land Tour

Land Segment of Itinerary

Saturday - Jan 18, 2025
Day
1
Lima, Peru
  • Lima, Peru
Start your adventure in ancient and modern Lima. Welcome to Peru, one of the most fascinating countries in South America! If you have time after your arrival in Lima before settling in at your hotel for an overnight stay, consider wandering historical center, which is packed with elegant Spanish colonial architecture, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or why not walk along the oceanfront boardwalk in the upmarket Miraflores district. Here, you'll find many restaurants and cafes, as well as shops if you need to purchase anything ahead of your adventure. Lima is considered the food capital of Latin America, so be sure to try local dishes like ceviche, which is raw fish marinated in lime juice with onion and chili. ...
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Sunday - Jan 19, 2025
Day
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Lima, Peru
  • Lima, Peru
  • Air Travel
  • Cusco, Peru
Explore the ancient seat of the Inca Empire. In the morning, you'll take a flight to Cusco, the ancient seat of the Inca Empire. A local guide will take you to check into your hotel, before inviting you on a guided tour of this enigmatic city. You'll see impressive Inca structures contrasted with ornate buildings from Spanish colonial times. Visit the 15th-century ceremonial compound of Sacsayhuaman, or admire the architecture of the Spanish Santo Domingo Church, a convent built on the ruins of Coricancha, the Inca Sun Temple. After your tour of the highlights of this cultural and architectural gem, we'll return to the hotel for dinner. ...
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Monday - Jan 20, 2025
Day
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Cusco, Peru
  • Cusco, Peru
  • Bus Travel
  • Ollantaytambo, Peru
  • Train Travel
  • Aguas Calientes, Peru
  • Bus Travel
  • Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Bus Travel
  • Aguas Calientes, Peru
  • Train Travel
  • Ollantaytambo, Peru
  • Bus Travel
  • Cusco, Peru
Discover the lost city of the Incas. An early morning transfer will take you to Ollantaytambo, in the Sacred Valley, from where you'll catch a train along the narrow-gauge line to Machu Picchu, passing through stunning highland scenery along the way. After around two hours, we'll stop at the small town of Aguas Calientes and take the short bus ride to Machu Picchu - the so-called Lost City of the Incas. You'll enjoy a guided tour of this once-hidden settlement, marveling at the stonewalls, terraces and ramps that are carved into the mountain. You'll love the peaceful atmosphere of Machu Picchu as you gaze at the lowland jungle from this city in the clouds. After lunch, we'll return to Cusco where you'll enjoy your final night at the hotel. ...
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Tuesday - Jan 21, 2025
Day
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Cusco, Peru
  • Cusco, Peru
  • Air Travel
  • Lima, Peru
  • Air Travel
  • Quito, Ecuador
Discover the vibrant city of Quito. The day begins with breakfast at your hotel. We'll then drive to the airport in Cusco for the morning flight via Lima to Ecuador. You'll arrive in Quito in the afternoon. Your journey begins on the Equator in the lush Andean foothills. At 9,350 feet, Quito is the second-highest capital city in the world, and its main draw is the exquisite Old Town which was founded on an ancient Inca settlement. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it's packed with well-preserved colonial architecture as evidenced in colorful plazas, magnificent churches, and handsome monuments. Settle into your hotel, then head out to explore. ...
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Wednesday - Jan 22, 2025
Day
5
Quito, Ecuador
  • Quito, Ecuador
Straddle the Equator at the Middle of the World City. Today you'll enjoy a guided tour of Quito's remarkable Old Town - one of the largest and best-preserved colonial-era quarters in South America. Wander through cobblestone streets as you admire the architecture - and sample some delicious chocolate made from finest Ecuadorian cacao along the way. Next, you'll head to the iconic 'Middle of the World City', located around 16 miles north of Quito. After lunch, you'll visit the famous monument that delineates the imaginary line of the Equator. Have your camera ready to capture the moment you stand with one foot in each hemisphere. ...
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Thursday - Jan 23, 2025
Day
6
Quito, Ecuador
  • Quito, Ecuador
  • Air Travel

Cruise Segment of Itinerary

Day 6 - Thursday - Jan 23, 2025
Day
6
Cruise Begins
  • Cruise Begins
  • Baltra, Galapagos, Ecuador
  • Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos, Ecuador
Get ready to explore the spectacular Galapagos Islands. After breakfast, a short flight will take you to Baltra Island in the spectacular Galapagos archipelago. A transfer brings you straight to the port where your comfortable expedition ship MS Santa Cruz II awaits. In the afternoon, we'll begin our exploration of the Galapagos Islands following the north shore of Santa Cruz towards the fascinating landscapes of Cerro Dragon - Dragon Hill - where we'll land. The first part of the walk here passes by a brackish lagoon that's frequented by shorebirds and American flamingos. Further inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago, as well as a chance to get a first look at some land iguanas. ...
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Friday - Jan 24, 2025
Day
7
Punta Vicente Roca, Ecuador
  • Punta Vicente Roca, Ecuador
  • Fernandina Island, Galapagos, Ecuador
Scan the coastline and seas for iconic species. You'll start your day at Punta Vicente Roca, on the north-western tip of Isabela Island. After breakfast, we'll explore the coast by panga boat, learning about the dramatic geology of the area from your naturalist guides. This site is a nesting place for several bird species, so look out for flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins, and boobies. Weather permitting, you'll get to snorkel alongside the cliffs, where you might find green sea turtles, oceanic sun fish, and fur seals. In the afternoon, we'll explore Fernandina, an island with a unique ecology and a big population of marine iguanas. Scan the coast for sea lions, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hawks, and penguins. ...
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Saturday - Jan 25, 2025
Day
8
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos, Ecuador
  • Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos, Ecuador
Meet the famous giant tortoises of Galapagos. Today, you'll explore Santa Cruz Island. In the morning, we'll disembark at Puerto Ayora to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. A giant tortoise breeding center, here you can see recently hatched tortoises and Darwin's famous finches - the birds he used as a basis for his theory of evolution by natural selection. There's also an impressive forest of prickly pear cacti that's home to many land birds. Enjoy a cooler climate over lunch in the lush highlands, where giant tortoises shuffle about munching on grass and wallowing in pools. You'll have time for another activity, including mountain biking or visiting a sugar plantation. ...
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Sunday - Jan 26, 2025
Day
9
Baroness Lookout, Ecuador
  • Baroness Lookout, Ecuador
  • Bahia Post Office, Ecuador
  • Isla Champion, Ecuador
  • Cormorant Point, Floreana Island, Galapagos, Ecuador
Discover Galapagos history and underwater wildlife. After breakfast, you'll enjoy a panga boat ride among the channels on Floreana's north shore, before taking in the incredible views of the island from Baroness Cove. Later on, we'll land at Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has served as a post office in the archipelago for over two centuries. After lunch, you'll explore the wonders around Champion Islet in a panga boat or aboard a glass-bottom boat. Here, you can snorkel in one of the best spots in the archipelago. From there, it's onwards to Cormorant Point, where we'll take a walk from an olivine-crystal beach to a brackish lagoon, where you can commonly see American flamingos, pintail ducks, and more. ...
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Monday - Jan 27, 2025
Day
10
Baltra, Galapagos, Ecuador
  • Baltra, Galapagos, Ecuador
  • Cruise Ends

Land Segment of Itinerary

Day 10 - Monday - Jan 27, 2025
Day
10
  • Air Travel
  • Quito, Ecuador
Your adventure comes to an end. As your expedition cruise comes to a close, it's time to bid farewell to the wildlife and scenery of one of the world's most incredible nature destinations. We'll also say farewell to our wonderful crew and naturalist guides as we disembark at Baltra Island. A transfer will take you to the airport in Baltra for your flight to Quito to connect to your international flight, or if you prefer, continue to Guayaquil for another adventure. Flight to Quito must be requested at the time of booking. To explore more of Ecuador, why not extend your stay and join one of the optional Post-Programs. ...
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