Highlights of Peru with Galápagos Legend North and Central Cruise

Highlights of Peru with Galápagos Legend North and Central Cruise

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Highlights of Peru with Galápagos Legend North and Central Cruise

13 Days Starting in Lima and ending in Quito

Visiting: Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Quito, Santa Cruz Island, Genovesa Island

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Tour Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the iconic and unexpected highlights of Peru and the Galápagos Islands on the "Highlights of Peru with Galápagos Legend North and Central Cruise." This extraordinary adventure begins in the historic cities of Lima and Cusco, where you'll explore ancient ruins, including two visits to the majestic Machu Picchu, and enjoy a scenic train ride aboard the Vistadome. Delight in a cooking demonstration of Peruvian cuisine and visit the Larco Museum, showcasing pre-Columbian art. The journey continues with a scenic drive through Peru's Sacred Valley and a visit to the Manos de la Comunidad Weaving Center. The adventure culminates with a luxurious cruise through the Galápagos Islands, where you'll come face-to-face with unique wildlife and pristine landscapes. Accompanied by expert guides and staying in cherry-picked hotels, this tour promises a blend of cultural immersion, historical exploration, and natural wonders.


  • Explore Lima and Cusco with a Local Specialist and try Peruvian food during a cooking demonstration

  • Visit the ruins at Ollantaytambo

  • two visits to the 15th century fortress of Machu Picchu

  • historic Sacsayhuaman

  • the Larco Museum in Lima

  • Manos de la Comunidad Weaving Center and experience a traditional 'lindaje'

  • Scenic Drive through the Sacred Valley and in Peru's Andean highlands

  • Scenic Train Ride to Machu Picchu aboard the Vistadome train


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Day 1 : Arrive Lima

Location: Lima

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Iberostar Hotel Lima

Meals Included: Welcome Reception

The Capital of the New World extends a warm welcome on your epic voyage through the iconic and unexpected highlights of Peru. Meet your local host on arrival and transfer to your hotel in the upscale shopping district of Miraflores. This evening, you’ll join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception at 6 p.m.

Day 2 : Experience The Sights And Flavors Of Lima

Location: Lima

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Iberostar Hotel Lima

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Connect with the colonial heritage of Francisco Pizzaro’s 'City of Kings', admiring the colonial splendor of Lima’s UNESCO-listed Historic Center. Stand in the birthplace of this ancient, yet modern city, surrounded by the Baroque façades of Cathedral of Lima and Palace of the Union. See the Church of San Francisco and discover its hidden catacombs. Celebrate Lima’s status as the culinary capital of South America and Connect With Locals when you meet Ignacio Barrios, who has worked alongside many of Peru's most award-winning chefs. We visit a local market where Ignacio will explain how Peruvian fruits, vegetables, seafood and meats are the basis of Peruvian cooking. Then, continue to Chef Ignacio's cooking school where we’ll enjoy a demonstration on how to prepare some of Peru's most popular dishes and have an opportunity to sample some at a Be My Guest experience lunch before spending the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 3 : Journey To The Sacred Valley

Location: Sacred Valley

Accommodation Name: Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay, Sacred Valley

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Board a morning flight to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Dive Into Culture when you visit Manos de la Comunidad, a Weaving Center where you’ll uncover the traditions of the Sacred Valley, called “lindaje.” Then continue to a former 18th century colonial-style monastery, our hotel for the night. Connect With Locals and learn more about the artisan traditions meeting Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a master Quechua weaver and the first person from her village to attend university. She has been an ambassador for Andean traditions since she began learning ancient pre-Columbian weaving techniques as a young girl in the 1960s. MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as your visit helps to preserve and promote traditional pre-Columbian weaving techniques in the 21st century.

Day 4 : Explore Iconic Machu Picchu

Location: Machu Picchu

Accommodation Name: El MaPi, Machu Picchu

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

The mystical empire of the Incas takes center stage today. We visit the famous Sacred Valley stronghold of Ollantaytambo with a Local Specialist, before boarding the Vistadome train (light snack included) for our epic journey to Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Delve into the mysteries of this once-great civilization, admiring the 15th century stone ruins of temples, palaces and terraces perched high amidst the clouds. Join your Local Specialist for an exploration of the iconic great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the Intihuatana, an intricately carved rock most likely used as a sundial centuries ago. We return to our hotel where we dine tonight.

Day 5 : The Sites Of Machu Picchu And Cusco

Location: Machu Picchu

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Novotel Cusco

Meals Included: Breakfast

The ancient ruins of Machu Picchu beckon again and we have an opportunity to re-connect with this ancient wonder. We board a train to the Sacred Valley, then head to the colonial city of Cusco, stopping en route at a local chicheria. Dive Into Culture and enjoy the sweet flavors of chicha as you learn how this Peruvian corn beer is brewed by the local women.

Day 6 : Step Back In Time In Cusco

Location: Cusco

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Novotel Cusco

Meals Included: Breakfast

Embark on a sightseeing tour of the sacred city of Cusco this morning with your Local Specialist, admiring the 16th century Spanish colonial buildings that stand on the foundations of former Inca temples and palaces. See the baroque Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and 17th century Church of Santo Domingo. Visit the ruins of the Sacsayhuaman fortress and see nearby warehouses where the Incas once stored their grain. The afternoon is free to explore on your terms.

Day 7 : Delve Into Pre-Columbian Art In Lima

Location: Lima

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Iberostar Hotel Lima

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Farewell

A leisurely start to our day sees us return to Lima this afternoon. Meet a Local Specialist at the Larco Museum, which houses the largest private collection of pre-Columbian art in the world. This evening we join our travel companions for a Farewell Dinner in the museum's garden restaurant.

Day 8 : Voyage To Quito

Location: Quito

Accommodation Name: Sheraton Quito

Meals Included: Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Ecuador (flight not included in holiday price). Enjoy a warm welcome in Quito where you will be greeted at the airport and taken to your hotel.

Day 9 : Uncover Historical Quito

Location: Quito

Accommodation Name: Sheraton Quito

Meals Included: Breakfast

Visit the historical center of Quito, which was the first place in the world to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and travel to the 'Middle of the World' to stand on the Equator. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 10 : Tortoises And Santa Cruz Island

Location: Santa Cruz Island

Accommodation Name: M/V Galápagos Legend

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cruise north to south through the islands and islets of the remote Galápagos. On arrival at Baltra Island Airport, transfer to the M/V Galápagos Legend, which will ferry you to the Highlands Tortoise Reserve on Santa Cruz Island, where you’ll walk amongst the world’s largest tortoises in the wild.

Day 11 : Wander Genovesa Island

Location: Genovesa Island

Accommodation Name: M/V Galápagos Legend

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit to Genovesa Island today, climbing up the rocky Prince Phillip's Steps in search of Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies and Darwin’s famed finches. Walk to expansive lava field over which Wedge-rumped storm petrels swarm, then continue to Darwin Bay.

Day 12 : The Wildlife Of Santa Cruz And Santa Fé Island

Location: Santa Cruz Island

Accommodation Name: M/V Galápagos Legend

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The marine iguanas of Santa Cruz view our arrival with indifference as we embark on our walk from the small lava dock. We’ll see the shallow lake where flamingos come to feed, then continue inland in search of land iguanas. Arriving Santa Fé island later, we’ll enjoy a snorkel amongst sea lions, turtles, reef sharks and spotted eagle rays, then walk past a forest of giant Opuntia cacti.

Day 13 : Depart Santa Cruz Island

Location: Santa Cruz Island

Meals Included: Breakfast

The serene landscape of Bachas Beach is our final stop on our Galápagos expedition. Bachas is a great place to swim, walk along the shore or visit the lagoon. Our journey at its end, we transfer to Baltra Airport for our return flight to Quito. Airport arrival time in Quito will be at 5 p.m.; please be aware when booking your flights.

What's Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

  • A Trafalgar Bonus all Intra-Air Flights: Lima to Cusco and Cusco to Lima, including porter service at all airports.

  • Tickets for a ride aboard the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu

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What's Not Included

The flight to Ecuador is not included in the holiday price.

Mode of Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys), including a ride aboard the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu.


Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted. Specific hotels include Iberostar Hotel Lima, Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay, El MaPi, Machu Picchu, Hotel Novotel Cusco, Sheraton Quito, and M/V Galápagos Legend.

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  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?


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