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South America

Nature and Culture: Ecuador, Galapagos and Peru

14 NIGHTS FROM £11,995 per person

South America offers boundless opportunities for once-in-a-lifetime experiences. From the incredible islands of the Galapagos to the ancient wonders of the mysterious Incan cities, explore the eternally fascinating countries of Peru and Ecuador on this tailor-made tour with Silversea Cruises and Belmond Hotels.

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Explore the bustling capital city of Lima, a vibrant city with rich culture, colonial architecture and high-rise buildings

Ride the classic Belmond Hiram Bingham Train to Cuzco, decorated in the style of 1920’s Pullman carriages

Explore the barren landscapes and wondrous wildlife of the Galapagos Islands

Visit Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world

Authentic Experience

Take a seven-night cruise around the fascinating Galapagos Islands aboard the Silversea Galapagos, following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin. Making your way around this alluring volcanic archipelago, learn from the onboard experts, and come face-toface with curious creatures such as the blue-footed boobie, the endemic flightless cormorant, the largest colony of marine iguanas and the world-famous giant tortoises.

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TOUR DETAILS

    DAY DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

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    DAY 1-2 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    Stay at Casa Gangotena to experience Quito Old Town on your doorstep. Ranked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978, the Old Town is packed full of colonial monuments and architectural treasures. In addition to touring historically significant buildings, explore shops selling traditional hats and chocolates, and pause on street corners to taste the snacks that Quiteños have enjoyed for generations.

    TRANSFERS

    Take a private car transfer to Quito Airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. From here, take a private car transfer to the port, where you will board Silver Galapagos.

    Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel & Spakeyboard_arrow_right
    • Type: Boutique Hotel
    • Summary: Charamastic colonial house within Cuzco’s historic centre
    • Feature: Relax at the Qoya Spa after a day of exploring Peru
    • Rooms: 15 suites
    • Location: Cuzco, Peru
    MEAL BASIS

    Room Only

    DAY 2-9 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    Spend seven days cruising the otherworldly realm of the Galapagos Islands, and follow the footpath of Charles Darwin, who was inspired by the undisturbed nature of its inhabitants. The barren landscapes and rugged volcanic terrain are home to a number of animal species, including the famous giant tortoises, marine iguanas and the Galapagos penguin. With few natural predators and minimal human interactions, many of the animals are playful and curious.

    TRANSFERS

    Disembark and take a private car transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima, via Quito. From here, take a private car transfer to Belmond Miraflores Park.

    Silver Galapagos
    • Summary: Silversea's most intimate expedition vessel
    • Feature: Experience off-shore exploration by Zodiac
    • Rooms: 50 suites
    DAY 9-11 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    Explore the sites of fascinating Peru on the second part of your journey. Take an eighthour tour of Lima led by a specialist guide, who will reveal the city’s secrets, from the colonial architecture shadowed by modern high rises, to remnants of the country’s pre- Hispanic heritage and ancient history.

    TRANSFERS

    Take a private transfer to Jorge Chávez International Airport for your flight to Cuzco. From here, take a private car transfer to Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado, Sacred Valley.

    Belmond Miraflores Parkkeyboard_arrow_right
    • Type: Luxury Hotel
    • Summary: A stylish Belmond hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean
    • Feature: The rooftop pool and restaurant offer formidable ocean views
    • Rooms: 82 rooms & suites
    • Location: Lima, Peru
    MEAL BASIS

    Breakfast

    DAY 11-12 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    After spending the night in the luxurious Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado, enjoy a guided visit to Ollantaytambo Town and Fortress. This ancient preserved Incan archaeological site is still inhabited by people living in traditional dwellings. It continues to be a remarkable spectacle, and is one of the lesser crowded, must-see areas of the Sacred Valley.

    TRANSFERS

    Take the Vistadome Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. From here, take a bus to Machu Picchu.

    Belmond Hotel Rio Sagradokeyboard_arrow_right
    • Type: Luxury Hotel
    • Summary: A peaceful luxury hotel built to resemble an Andean village
    • Feature: An excellent base from which to explore ancient Machu Picchu
    • Rooms: 21 rooms & suites and 2 villas
    • Location: Sacred Valley, Cuzco, Peru
    MEAL BASIS

    Breakfast

    DAY 12-13 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    Stay at the luxurious Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel to sit adjacent to the mist-shrouded Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Located high in the mountains, Machu Picchu is Peru’s greatest attraction, protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. After savouring one of the Seven Wonders of the World, whether taking in the sensational views from afar or hiking the fascinating ruins, you will board the luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham to Cuzco, taking in stunning scenery along the way.

    TRANSFERS

    Disembark at Poroy train station and take a private car transfer to Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Cuzco.

    Belmond Sanctuary Lodgekeyboard_arrow_right
    • Type: Luxury Hotel
    • Summary: The only hotel to be located adjacent to Machu Picchu
    • Feature: Admire breathtaking sunrises from your terrace
    • Rooms: 31 rooms & suites
    • Location: Machu Picchu, Peru
    MEAL BASIS

    Full Board

    DAY 13-15 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    Your thrilling journey finishes with a visit to the high-altitude city of Cuzco. Located in south east Peru, Cuzco has an extraordinary amount to give, from the various markets and incredible sites imbedded with history, to the classical Peruvian cuisine. Having been the capital of the Inca Empire, the history is ever present, and venturing around the city will leave you amazed at every turn.

    TRANSFERS

    Take a private transfer to Cuzco Airport for your flight to the UK, via Lima.

    Belmond Hotel Monasteriokeyboard_arrow_right
    • Type: Luxury Hotel
    • Summary: Centrally located 16th century monastery in Cuzco
    • Feature: Oxygen enrichment helps with the hotel's high altitude
    • Rooms: 126 rooms & suites
    • Location: Cuzco, Peru
    MEAL BASIS

    Full Board

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DAY 1-2ACCOMMODATION
Quito, Ecuador

Stay at Casa Gangotena to experience Quito Old Town on your doorstep. Ranked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978, the Old Town is packed full of colonial monuments and architectural treasures. In addition to touring historically significant buildings, explore shops selling traditional hats and chocolates, and pause on street corners to taste the snacks that Quiteños have enjoyed for generations.

TRANSFERS

Take a private car transfer to Quito Airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. From here, take a private car transfer to the port, where you will board Silver Galapagos.

Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel & Spakeyboard_arrow_right
  • Type: Boutique Hotel
  • Summary: Charamastic colonial house within Cuzco’s historic centre
  • Feature: Relax at the Qoya Spa after a day of exploring Peru
  • Rooms: 15 suites
  • Location: Cuzco, Peru
MEAL BASIS

Room Only

DAY 2-9ACCOMMODATION
Silversea Galapagos Cruise, Galapagos Islands

Spend seven days cruising the otherworldly realm of the Galapagos Islands, and follow the footpath of Charles Darwin, who was inspired by the undisturbed nature of its inhabitants. The barren landscapes and rugged volcanic terrain are home to a number of animal species, including the famous giant tortoises, marine iguanas and the Galapagos penguin. With few natural predators and minimal human interactions, many of the animals are playful and curious.

TRANSFERS

Disembark and take a private car transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima, via Quito. From here, take a private car transfer to Belmond Miraflores Park.

Silver Galapagos
  • Summary: Silversea's most intimate expedition vessel
  • Feature: Experience off-shore exploration by Zodiac
  • Rooms: 50 suites
DAY 9-11ACCOMMODATION
Lima, Peru

Explore the sites of fascinating Peru on the second part of your journey. Take an eighthour tour of Lima led by a specialist guide, who will reveal the city’s secrets, from the colonial architecture shadowed by modern high rises, to remnants of the country’s pre- Hispanic heritage and ancient history.

TRANSFERS

Take a private transfer to Jorge Chávez International Airport for your flight to Cuzco. From here, take a private car transfer to Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado, Sacred Valley.

Belmond Miraflores Parkkeyboard_arrow_right
  • Type: Luxury Hotel
  • Summary: A stylish Belmond hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean
  • Feature: The rooftop pool and restaurant offer formidable ocean views
  • Rooms: 82 rooms & suites
  • Location: Lima, Peru
MEAL BASIS

Breakfast

DAY 11-12ACCOMMODATION
Sacred Valley, Peru

After spending the night in the luxurious Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado, enjoy a guided visit to Ollantaytambo Town and Fortress. This ancient preserved Incan archaeological site is still inhabited by people living in traditional dwellings. It continues to be a remarkable spectacle, and is one of the lesser crowded, must-see areas of the Sacred Valley.

TRANSFERS

Take the Vistadome Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. From here, take a bus to Machu Picchu.

Belmond Hotel Rio Sagradokeyboard_arrow_right
  • Type: Luxury Hotel
  • Summary: A peaceful luxury hotel built to resemble an Andean village
  • Feature: An excellent base from which to explore ancient Machu Picchu
  • Rooms: 21 rooms & suites and 2 villas
  • Location: Sacred Valley, Cuzco, Peru
MEAL BASIS

Breakfast

DAY 12-13ACCOMMODATION
Machu Picchu, Peru

Stay at the luxurious Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel to sit adjacent to the mist-shrouded Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Located high in the mountains, Machu Picchu is Peru’s greatest attraction, protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. After savouring one of the Seven Wonders of the World, whether taking in the sensational views from afar or hiking the fascinating ruins, you will board the luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham to Cuzco, taking in stunning scenery along the way.

TRANSFERS

Disembark at Poroy train station and take a private car transfer to Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Cuzco.

Belmond Sanctuary Lodgekeyboard_arrow_right
  • Type: Luxury Hotel
  • Summary: The only hotel to be located adjacent to Machu Picchu
  • Feature: Admire breathtaking sunrises from your terrace
  • Rooms: 31 rooms & suites
  • Location: Machu Picchu, Peru
MEAL BASIS

Full Board

DAY 13-15ACCOMMODATION
Cuzco, Peru

Your thrilling journey finishes with a visit to the high-altitude city of Cuzco. Located in south east Peru, Cuzco has an extraordinary amount to give, from the various markets and incredible sites imbedded with history, to the classical Peruvian cuisine. Having been the capital of the Inca Empire, the history is ever present, and venturing around the city will leave you amazed at every turn.

TRANSFERS

Take a private transfer to Cuzco Airport for your flight to the UK, via Lima.

Belmond Hotel Monasteriokeyboard_arrow_right
  • Type: Luxury Hotel
  • Summary: Centrally located 16th century monastery in Cuzco
  • Feature: Oxygen enrichment helps with the hotel's high altitude
  • Rooms: 126 rooms & suites
  • Location: Cuzco, Peru
MEAL BASIS

Full Board

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TOUR EXCURSIONS

Lima - Into the Past
Guided tour led by a specialist guide

One of the main fascinations of Lima is the concentration of ancient history in the area; not only do the origins of the city pre-date the Spanish foundation of the city by several millennia, its museums are full of the artistic treasures of magnificent pre-Columbian civilizations that flourished throughout the coastal deserts of Peru. Begin to unravel this multifaceted history and discover the complex past of this fascinating city with a visit to the colonial area of Lima - featuring the Cathedral (limited hours on Sunday: 1pm-5pm), the Convent of Santo Domingo, and the Main Square with its beautiful neo-colonial style buildings. You will also have a chance to visit Casa Aliaga, reportedly the oldest home on the continent and still family-owned after 17 generations.

* The above sequence of visits is a suggested tour. Depending on your interests, within the specified time of 4 hours, this program can be reorganized to feature the following sites: Huaca Huallamarca, La Casona de Marcos, the Convent of San Francisco and its catacombs, Huaca Pucllana, and the Museo de la Inquisition. It is also possible to organize cocktails at Casa Aliaga, upon request and at an extra cost.

Awanacancha
Charming Hillside Village

En route to the charming hillside village of Pisac, stop for a short visit at Awanacancha, a friendly farm housing an array of camledis that are often found in the Andes, including llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos. Meet, feed and learn more about these cheeky, charming creatures and the differences in how their fur is used. For example, Alpacas have ultra-thick wool commonly used for textiles, while the vicuñas are smaller and have delicate fur that grows much more slowly; as such, it is considered among the finest in the world, often with a large price tag to match.

Pisac Market and Ruins
Guided Tour

This immersive guided tour begins with the sights and sounds of Pisac's famous market, filled with a variety of traditional Peruvian handcrafts and fresh, local produce. From here, you'll continue on to the Pisac ruins; showcasing Inca masonry of incredible quality, the ruins are home to stunning agricultural terraces that artfully follow the contours of the mountain, boasting breathtaking views of the valley below. Explore at your own pace in this marvelous setting, home to fascinating ancient cemeteries, alters, temples and wells.

Ollantaytambo Town and Fortress
Guided Tour

Visit the fabulous town of Ollantaytambo and its two expansive Inca ruins, located in the Sacred Valley of southern Peru, and prepare to feel as though you've stepped back in time. The town is unique in that it still preserves its original Inca plan, with residents living in traditional cancha enclosures, once occupied by the Inca elite. The archaeological compound found here is a remarkable spectacle and a site of great historical significance; it was here that one of the greatest battles of the Spanish Conquest was fought, and one of the few in which the Incas defeated the Spaniards. The region also offers access to some incredibly scenic hiking routes.

Two Days in Machu Picchu
Overnight Stay

The main destination on many travellers’ lists, Machu Picchu - or the ‘lost city of the Incas’ - is a man-made marvel that has become a symbol for the ingenuity and prosperity of one of the most expansive empires in Latin American history. Only a century ago were the incredible ruins uncovered; a two year-excavation led by Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham and the National Geographic Society of Washington DC allowed Machu Picchu to gain the prominence that it deserves. Enjoy a two-to-three hour guided visit of Machu Picchu before spending the remainder of the afternoon exploring the ruins after the majority of visitors have left the site. Then walk a short distance to stay overnight at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, right next to the ruins. The next day, a choice of guided hikes include to the Inca Bridge, the Inti Pinku gateway, up the Huayna Picchu mountain or the more rigorous Machu Picchu mountain.

In and Around Cusco
Four hour tour accompanied by an expert guide

Cusco, standing at 3,400m above sea level, is easily one of the most beautiful towns in Peru. It literally translates to the 'navel' of the earth and was the capital of Tahuantinsuyo (the Inca Empire); an empire that, at its peak, stretched northwards to the south of Colombia, southwards to northern Chile and Argentina, and eastwards across the Andes to the Amazon basin. After being transported from your hotel to the charming city centre, begin your visit in the Plaza de Armas. Make your way around the city as you learn more about the enriching and important historical moments that took place in the streets and buildings around you. Visit the Renaissance-style Cathedral, certainly one of the most imposing structures in the city, and admire the exquisite stonework of Koricancha, or the Inca "Sun Temple." You’ll also get to walk around the bustling, open-air San Pedro market, where you will be mesmerized by the variety of unique fruits, before sojourning to the outskirts of the city to view the important Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman.

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Peru’s dry season falls between May and October, with sunny days and blue skies.The Galapagos Islands are best visited during the warm season (December to June) when the sea is calmer and underwater visibility is better.

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14 NIGHTS FROM £11,995 per person

Price based upon economy flights from London, transfers, UK airport lounge passes and meals and excursions as specified.

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