Action-packed Peru & Galapagos

History, Culture & Wildlife In Peru & The Galapagos

Cusco, Galapagos Islands, Lima & The Desert Coast, Quito & Northern Highlands

Duration: 16 nights

Price: From £12,000 per person in low season based on two adults travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation, some meals, private transfers, train transportation, cruise and taxes

There’s no lying on the beach here - this is an action-packed and varied holiday or honeymoon, taking in the historic landmark of Machu Picchu and the exotic wildlife of the Galapagos Islands. In between, see bustling colonial cities and rugged landscapes, and stay in some incredible hotels along the way.
Perfect forCouples looking for a bit of history, culture, wildlife and adventure on an extra-special holiday or honeymoon. This holiday is perfect for celebrating a milestone birthday or anniversary. For more of our favourite ways to celebrate a special occasion, click here.
In the knowExtending your trip to do the world-famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – you won’t regret it (or forget it).

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  • History & Heritage
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  • Cruise
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1 nightLIMA

Start your holiday in style in the heritage town of Lima, where you’ll check into the beautiful Belmond Miraflores Park. Enjoy the views over the ocean and take a dip in the stunning rooftop pool. Meanwhile, shops, markets and museums are all close by.
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Following a flight to Cusco, you’ll transfer straight to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, so you can get used to the high altitude and acclimatise to the conditions. With no TVs or Wi-Fi, you can get away from it all at the explora Valle Sagrado, which offers guided hiking and biking tours, scenic horse rides around the mountains and beside the Urubamba River, and visits to local villages and numerous nearby sites which have their own spectacular Inca ruins - a taster of what’s to come!
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Enjoy a scenic and leisurely journey on the luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham train, where you can relax and enjoy the views from the panoramic windows, you’ll arrive at Machu Picchu and the beautiful Belmond Sanctuary Lodge. Enjoy a private guided tour of this legendary mountaintop Inca city, which retains its unique character despite its fame.

And as well as enjoying stylish rooms and delicious food, Machu Picchu is on your hotel’s doorstep, so you won’t miss out on the views: in the morning, you’ll get to see it at sunrise, which is guaranteed to be one of the highlights of your trip.
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2 nightsCUSCO

Tear yourself away from Machu Picchu and jump back onboard the Belmond Hiram Bingham to make your way to Cusco, the capital of the Incas, to explore this historic and beautiful city and its surrounding temples. Stay at the exquisite Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, a former palace/convent with 21st –century luxury, including elegant, oxygen-enriched rooms to help you acclimatise to the altitude, a stunning pool to cool off in and your very own personal butler.
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2 nightsQUITO

Your next stop is the pretty colonial city of Quito. Recharge the batteries at Casa Gangotena, a characterful renovated mansion in the beautiful old town, where you can relax on the roof terrace overlooking the historic square. Browse the arts and crafts shops and colourful markets for unique souvenirs, visit historic monuments and convents, and have a drink in a charming café as you watch the world go by.
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Finish your holiday in style by flying to the unique Galapagos Islands, to see incredible wildlife, volcanic landscapes, sweeping sandy beaches and marine life-rich seas. Join the stately and luxurious MV Origin yacht for a memorable seven-night cruise: it’s sleek and comfortable, with capacity for just 20 passengers in ten deluxe staterooms, so you’re guaranteed a bespoke small-group experience in the Galapagos, with an onboard concierge to cater to your every need.

Venture onshore for walks with expert naturalist guides, giving you plenty of opportunities to do some wildlife-spotting - look out for everything from giant tortoises to albatrosses. There’s also plenty of time onboard to tuck into gourmet cuisine, and after visiting the islands and snorkelling and kayaking around their shores, relax on deck with a cocktail and enjoy the sunset. You’re never far from the spectacular views - even in your stateroom, you can take in the ever-changing scenery from the panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows.

From here you will fly back to Quito or Guayaquil for your return flights home.
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