15-Day Galapagos Land & Cruise Trip
15 Day Cruise Lima to Quito
Then, fly to San Cristobal Island for a fantastic 4-night Galápagos Islands cruise onboard the recently refurbished Treasure of Galápagos. In the company of a local Naturalist, you’ll encounter indigenous plants and animals found only in the Galápagos Islands, such as giant tortoises, Galápagos fur sea lions, and marine iguanas—just to name a few. Also, enjoy an amazing opportunity to snorkel in the turquoise waters and see the colorful fish, sea lions, and perhaps a penguin or shark! For travelers who want to see ancient ruins, learn about new cultures, and be awed at the amazing natural world, this cruise adventure is not to be missed!
|Ship:||Treasure of Galapagos|
|Cruise Line:||Avalon Waterways|
|Sail Date:||March 17, 2019 (other dates available!)|
|From/To:||Lima to Quito|
Day 1 Arrive Lima, Peru: welcome to Lima
Day 2 Lima: walking tour; visit San Francisco Monastery; Larco Herrera Museum and welcome dinner
Day 3 Lima–Cusco–Sacred Valley: 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 Vistadome 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 Vistadome train to the Sacred Valley and continue to Cusco
Day 6 Cusco: walking tour of Cusco, visit Santo Domingo Monastery, the Cathedral, and the ruins of Sacsayhuaman
Day 7 Cusco–Quito, Ecuador: fly to Quito via Lima
Day 8 Quito: excursion to Otavalo’s Indian market and Peguche; Hacienda lunch
Day 9 Quito: walking tour, visit San Francisco Monastery, La Compania Church, La Ronda Street, a Chocolate factory, and the Equatorial Monument
Day 10 Quito–San Cristobal–Galápagos Islands (Embarkation): fly to the Galápagos Islands; embark Treasure of Galápagos; visit Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve on San Cristobal Island
Day 11 Galápagos Islands Cruising: Española Island: Naturalist-guided walks; snorkeling
Day 12 Galápagos Islands Cruising: Floreana Island: Naturalist-guided walks; snorkeling
Day 13 Galápagos Islands Cruising: Santa Fé & Santa Cruz Islands: Naturalist-guided walks on each island; snorkeling
Day 14 Galápagos Islands (Disembarkation)–Santa Cruz Island–Quito: disembark Treasure of Galápagos; visit EL Chato Tortoise Reserve; fly to Quito
Day 15 Quito: your vacation ends this morning
|3||Cusco, Sacred Valley|
|5||Machu Picchu – Cusco|
|8||Quito, Excursion to Otavalo|
|10||San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands|
|13||Santa Fe Island|
|14||Santa Cruz Island|
Seeing the Galápagos Islands on board the 9-suite Treasure of Galápagos goes beyond traditional cruising and allows you a truly intimate experience with a maximum of 16 guests. Chartered exclusively for Avalon guests, the Treasure of Galápagos features spacious suites with balconies and takes you around the archipelago to explore the natural wonders of the region in privacy and comfort. Completely refurbished in October 2017, the Treasure of Galápagos is built to luxurious standards and features an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere, allowing guests to enjoy all that the Galápagos is famous for intimate contact with the wildlife! Delve into this unique world with the Treasure of Galápagos’ crew and expert Naturalist, who shares their passion for nature and conservation of this mysterious part of the world.
The Treasure of Galápagos’ non-smoking interior features elegantly appointed common areas including an indoor lounge & bar, dining area, shaded outdoor lounge, sun deck with Jacuzzi, and an observation area for whale or dolphin watching. Each of the seven outside suites offers a private balcony, which is rare in the Galápagos, air-conditioning, private bathroom, hairdryer, and safe. In addition, the 430 square-foot Master Suite boasts two private balconies as well as a private living area.
With Avalon, every dining experience brings your destination to life. Savor fresh, quality ingredients…and delectable recipes that are crafted by culinary experts. Onboard chefs prepare International-style cuisine with a great focus on Ecuadorian flavors, recipes and traditional food, all of which enhance cultural values. The breakfast buffet offers a wide variety of dishes to ensure you start your day off right. The lunch buffet offers a great selection of main courses as well as fresh salads and homemade soups. Dinner is served at your table with a choice of entrees and complimentary wine. Also, occasional “al fresco” dining can be enjoyed on the outdoor deck (based on current weather conditions).
On land your day starts with breakfast at your hotel. Included lunches and dinners may be in your hotel or at local restaurants. You will experience exquisite regional cuisine throughout your vacation at all of our specially selected restaurants.
Every Avalon hotel has been carefully selected by our regional experts. With high-quality service, desirable amenities, spacious guestrooms, and central locations, each is sure to exceed your expectations. View a cruise itinerary for a full list of hotels, amenities and photos.