From The Inca Empire To The Peruvian Amazon With Galápagos Cruise

08/17/2019 through 03/04/2021
08/17/2019 through 03/24/2021
Avalon Waterways

Experience the archaeological treasures and scenic beauty of Peru with the fascinating untamed rainforest of the Amazon and the stunning marine life and tropical waters of the Galápagos Islands. This amazing river cruise vacation offers a little something for everyone!

Begin in the cosmopolitan city of Lima with a guided sightseeing tour, a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum, and a special welcome dinner in an ornate family-owned mansion. Fly to Cusco and descend into the Sacred Valley of the Incas for guided tours of the ceremonial site of Kenko, where ancient rituals were performed, and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman. Of course, no vacation to Peru is complete without visiting astonishing Machu Picchu, built around 1450, and sitting majestically above the Sacred Valley. Stand in awe as you witness one of the most majestic images in South America, if not the entire world! Next, you’ll embark on a journey to one of the world’s vastly unexplored regions where biodiversity is at its greatest—the mighty Amazon. Board one of the world’s most luxurious small ships, the Delfin III, and enjoy fine wine, famous Peruvian cuisine, and all-inclusive comfort while venturing deep into the Amazon jungle in search of elusive wildlife. Take naturalist-guided panga rides through the river tributaries, swim with pink dolphins, and visit native communities—all while returning to your plush five-star yacht.

Before this cruise adventure is complete, you’ll get a chance to explore the beautiful Galápagos Islands onboard the 16-passenger Treasure of Galápagos! Have your camera ready as your Naturalist points out colonies of sea lions, pelicans, albatross, marine iguanas, flamingos, blue-footed boobies, short-eared owls, and other birds. You’ll also have a chance to snorkel in the tropical waters and perhaps get a look at sea turtles, sharks, and rays. A perfect ending to this trip of a lifetime!

Included Features:

Day 1 Arrive Lima, Peru: Welcome to Lima

Day 2 Lima: Walking tour, visit San Francisco Monastery and Larco Herrera Museum; welcome dinner at Casa Garcia Alvarado

Day 3 Lima—Cusco—Sacred Valley: Visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Kenko, visit Awanakancha to see various camelids from the region, and explore Pisac Market

Day 4 Sacred Valley—Machu Picchu: Visit the Ollantaytambo ruins; take the 360°Train to Machu Picchu; walking tour of Machu Picchu

Day 5 Machu Picchu—Cusco: Enjoy a second included entrance to Machu Picchu; return on the 360°Train to the Sacred Valley and continue to Cusco

Day 6 Cusco: Walking tour of Cusco, visit Santo Domingo Monastery and the Cathedral

Day 7 Cusco—Lima—Iquitos—Nauta (Embarkation)—Cruising Peruvian Amazon: Fly to Iquitos via Lima; Iquitos orientation tour; board the Delfin III; onboard welcome reception; wildlife viewing excursions during the afternoon and evening

Day 8 Cruising Peruvian Amazon: Wildlife viewing excursions during the morning and afternoon; cooking demonstration and Pisco Sour-making lesson

Day 9 Cruising Peruvian Amazon: Wildlife viewing excursions during the morning, afternoon, and evening; visit Pacaya Samiria National Reserve; endemic fruit presentation; kayaking; piranha fishing; special farewell dinner

Day 10 Cruising Peruvian Amazon—Nauta (Disembarkation)—Iquitos—Lima: Disembark the Delfin III; visit the Manatee Rescue Center; fly to Lima

Day 11 Lima—Quito: Welcome to Quito

Day 12 Quito: Walking tour, visit San Francisco Monastery, La Compania Church, La Ronda Street, a Chocolate factory, and the Equatorial Monument; welcome dinner

Day 13 Quito—Baltra—Galápagos Islands (Embarkation)—Santa Cruz Island: Fly to the Galápagos Islands; embark Treasure of Galápagos; visit Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island

Day 14 Galápagos Islands Cruising: Santiago & Bartolomé Islands: Naturalist-guided walks on each island; snorkeling

Day 15 Galápagos Islands Cruising: North Seymour Island & Mosquera Islet: Naturalist-guided walks on each island; snorkeling

Day 16 Galápagos Islands Cruising: South Plaza & San Cristobal Islands: Naturalist-guided walks on each island; snorkeling

Day 17 Galápagos Islands (Disembarkation)—San Cristobal Island—Quito: Disembark Treasure of Galápagos; visit San Cristobal Interpretation Center; fly to Quito

Day 18 Quito: Your vacation ends this morning

Itinerary

Day 1 Lima, Peru
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Day 2 Lima
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Day 3 Sacred Valley
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Day 4 Sacred Valley
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Day 5 Machu Picchu
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Day 6 Cusco
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Day 7 Iquitos
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Day 8 Peruvian Amazon
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Day 9 Peruvian Amazon
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Day 10 Iquitos (Disembarkation)
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Day 11 Lima – Quito
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Day 12 Quito
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Day 13 Baltra-galápagos Islands (Embarkation)-santa Cruz Island
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Day 14 Santiago Island
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Day 15 North Seymour Island
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Day 16 South Plaza Island
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Day 17 Galápagos Islands (Disembarkation) – San Cristobal – Quito
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Day 18 Quito
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