Machu Picchu & Galapagos Expedition Cruise
A sublime mix of culture and wildlife, history and nature, this 2 week holiday is a succession of highlights and superlatives!
Machu Picchu and Galapagos Expedition Cruise
Prices from: £6,055 pp for 14 nights
Explore the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites of Cusco and Quito with an expert guide showing you the sites, wander among the terraces and temples of Machu Picchu immersed in its magic and mystery, step ashore on the Galapagos Islands dodging iguanas and boobies, slumbering sea lions and scuttling crabs, a ‘living museum’ some 1,000kms from the mainland. All this awaits you. And we’ve chosen some characterful accommodation for you. In Cusco you’ll stay in the former home of a marquis, with a fine open courtyard and 17th century murals.
At Machu Picchu your luxury casita is in 12 acres of tropical gardens frequented by hummingbirds, and in Quito you’ll stay at one of the best addresses in town, opposite the cathedral and Presidential Palace.
That’s hard to top, but Silver Galapagos comes pretty close, an all-suite expedition vessel with the top class facilities you’d expect of a Silverseas cruise ship. This will be two weeks you’ll never forget. You’ll want a diary to record each day’s events, and a camera to capture special moments, but most importantly just enjoy every moment to the full.
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- Lima 1 night
- Cusco 2 nights
- Machu Picchu 1 night
- Cusco 1 night
- Quito 2 nights
- Silver Galapagos 7 nights
Ramada Costa de Sol
This airport hotel offers a full range of services, many available around the clock. The various eateries offer 24-hour service to fit in with your travel plans. There’s free Wi-Fi so you can contact friends and family and catch up with emails whenever you wish. Take advantage of the spa which offers massages, a jacuzzi and steam room, all helping you de-stress before or after your journey. There’s an indoor pool, perfect for refreshing swims, and a hot tub for a relaxing soak. Rooms feature comfy beds, minibars, Wi-Fi and en-suite facilities. If you plump for a top-of-the-range suite you’ll have your very own jacuzzi, too.
You’ll enjoy a warm welcome when you arrive at this former mansion, once home to the Marquis of Picoaga, with its stylish colonial architecture, central courtyard, murals and fountains. You’re just a short walk from the Plaza de Armas, the historic heart of the city, ideal for sightseeing. Rooms are divided between the original building around the courtyard and a newer wing. All provide comfortable accommodation and similar facilities such as flat screen TV, direct dial phone, Wi-Fi, safe and minibar. The older rooms have high ceilings and feature colonial-style furniture while the newer rooms have a crisp, contemporary feel. The restaurant offers a choice of regional and international cuisines at lunch and dinner time. The hotel bar with its open fire is the perfect place to end the day, nursing a nightcap as you talk to other guests before heading to bed.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu
Inkaterra Machu Picchu is set in 12 acres of landscaped gardens filled with pathways and terraced hills. It is perfectly positioned for exploring Machu Picchu citadel. The self-contained casitas (rooms) are scattered throughout the grounds and offer spacious accommodation, each with a sitting area with an open fire for cool evenings, and a spa-style bathroom. All provide peaceful seclusion. The restaurant serves Andean cuisine with a contemporary take creating delicious fusion food. There are terraces for al fresco dining. The hotel has a nature centre and there are walking trails in the gardens waiting to be discovered alone or with one of the resident guides. After a long day sightseeing you can treat yourself to a restorative massage or candlelit Andean sauna at the Una Spa.
Plaza Grande is an elegant five-storey building on the main square and retains many of the original features such as elaborately carved ceilings, glistening crystal chandeliers and fine wood panelling. You’re right in the heart of the city, perfect for sightseeing. This is an all-suite hotel, with modern features like air conditioning, Wi-Fi, cable TV, a minibar and a jacuzzi. Gorgeous gourmet meals based on Ecuadorian cuisine are served in La Belle Epoque, the main restaurant with decor reminiscent of 1940s France. If you want something a little more casual the Cafe Plaza Grande offers a variety of regional dishes. After a busy day sightseeing and shopping you’ll be glad to head back to the comforts of the hotel, to unwind in the lounge, enjoy a drink and maybe relax with a visit to the sauna.
Silver Galapagos is an Italian-built ship accommodating up to 100 passengers in spacious suites. During your cruise you’ll be led on a variety of shore excursions and panga (dinghy) rides, as well as having time to go kayaking and snorkelling, always returning to the comforts of the ship and attentive service of her crew. Suites are located across 5 decks and all are situated on the outside with either portholes or windows. They provide space to sit and relax, as well as comfortable beds, plenty of storage and private bathrooms where you’ll find a selection of toiletries. Amenities include a flat screen TV, safe and minibar stocked with drinks and snacks. There’s an indoor restaurant where the majority of meals are served, and a grill for more casual al fresco dining and cocktails. The large lounge is the setting for talks and briefings from your naturalist guides, while there’s a cosy library for catching up with reading. You’ll enjoy hot and cold drinks in the Piano Bar as you mingle with other passengers. The sundeck has ample seating and includes a jacuzzi for easing any aching muscles or simply relaxing.
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