Itinerary Overview

The wildness of Galápagos, plus iconic Machu Picchu

Experience the best of Galápagos, and Machu Picchu too, in nine action-packed days. Starting in Lima on a Saturday night, stay two nights in the Sacred Valley, enjoy fabled Machu Picchu and see Cusco, imperial capital of the Inca. Journey to Galápagos for a five-day voyage, with multiple adventures every day on land and undersea—walks and hikes, kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkeling—returning home on Sunday. Available on select dates aboard the yacht-like, 48-guest National Geographic Islander, you’ll experience Galápagos and Peru in true Lindblad-National Geographic style, but in half the time. As in our classic, 16-day Galápagos + Machu Picchu & Peru’s Land of the Inca, available weekly year-round on two ships, each voyage is crafted to offer you a diverse sample of experiences.

  • Soak in the scenery and culture of the Sacred Valley of the Inca.
  • Journey between Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu by Inca Rail.
  • Remain into the late afternoon for sunset at fabled Machu Picchu.
  • Voyage aboard the 48-guest National Geographic Islander with a team of naturalists.
  • Maximize your time in Galápagos with options every day.
  • Arrive early in Lima or stay on in Ecuador after—with a 2-night Quito extension.  

Encounter abundant wildlife in Galápagos 
Blue-footed boobies. Flightless cormorants. Darwin’s finches. Pink flamingos. Sea lions on beaches or gamboling underwater. Giant tortoises grazing in the highlands. The wildlife of Galápagos is legendary for its uniqueness and lack of fear, allowing you the rare experience of being treated as an equal in the wild world. Each island contains endemic species, and you’ll have the opportunity to see a panoply of Galápagos’ creatures in their native habitats—on land and in the sea.

See Machu Picchu, plus experience the Sacred Valley of the Inca
Walk amongst 3000-year-old cities built by the Incan empire and explore the most stunning archaeological sites in the Peru. Your expedition team of local experts and historians will also open you to the colonial and contemporary Peru that lies alongside the Incan wonders. 

Hotel del Parque - A guest exclusive
New for 2018! Set along the banks of the Río Daule, Hotel del Parque is housed in a lovingly restored 19th-century building nestled within the secluded haven of Parque Histórico’s lush botanical gardens. Intimate and welcoming with a gracious, golden-age aura, this elegant boutique hotel—the first in the city—makes a fitting bookend to your expedition aboard the yacht-scaled National Geographic IslanderClick here to learn more.

Explore with an exceptional team
Explore Galápagos under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, three handpicked naturalists, including a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and an undersea specialist, plus a wellness specialist.  In Peru you’ll explore with a veteran Peruvian tour plus several veteran local guides that join us along the way in the Sacred Valley of the Inca and Machu Picchu. Your team’s knowledge and passion for the region is the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience. Meet the team.

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