Fantastic treasures await you on this cruise to Peru and the Galápagos Islands. Enjoy a walking tour of Lima; guided sightseeing in Quito, where you can have your photo taken at the “Center of the World,” and also in Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire; and an excursion to Otavalo’s famous Indian market, where you can shop for beautiful textiles, artwork and other unique souvenirs. Also, visit the fascinating Inca constructions of ancient Puca Pucara, which translates to “Red Fortress,” the magnificent Temple of Sacsayhuaman, which overlooks the city of Cusco, the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, and mystical Machu Picchu. 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 travellers 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!
Multiple itineraries are available:
Day 1 UK - Lima, Peru
Welcome to Lima - Cosmopolitan, Colonial and Pre-Columbian culture.
Enjoy free time today before your Peruvian Andes and Galápagos adventure begins. Explore the fascinating Peruvian capital - where high-rises tower above ancient temples and colourful colonial architecture.
Day 2 Lima
Peruvian treasures, presidential palaces and Pizarro’s conquests.
Take a guided walking tour of Lima - to see the colonial Old Quarter, Plaza de Armas, the presidential Government Palace and the ornate Cathedral - founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro. Visit the San Francisco Monastery and see its famous catacombs.
We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
This evening, join a guided tour of Lima’s Larco Herrera Museum - on the site of a 7th-century pre-Columbian pyramid. With the world’s largest private collection of pre-Columbian Peruvian art, see 5,000 years of art, artifacts and archaeological treasures. Enjoy a welcome dinner in the beautiful Peruvian café here.
Day 3 Cusco - Sacred Valley
Alpacas, llamas and ancient Andes Villages.
Fly to the ancient Andean city of Cusco - former capital of the Inca Empire - on your way to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Take a guided tour of Awanakancha to encounter llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos and learn about their vital role in Peruvian culture. Continue to the old mountain village of Pisac to browse the local market and colourful stalls for alpaca sweaters, woven blankets and handmade jewellery.
This evening, enjoy dining on Andean and Western dishes with wine.
Note: The ship's itinerary may vary according to the Galápagos National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions and seasonal changes.
Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are three types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:
Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
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