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Avalon Waterways From the Inca Empire to the Peruvian Amazon with Galápagos Cruise (WAME)

18 days from Lima to Quito 
Experience the archaeological treasures and scenic beauty of Peru with the fascinating untamed rainforest of the Amazon and the stunning marine life and tropical waters of the Galápagos Islands. This amazing river cruise vacation offers a little something for everyone!

Begin in the cosmopolitan city of Lima with a guided sightseeing tour, a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum, and a special welcome dinner in an ornate family-owned mansion. Fly to Cusco and descend into the Sacred Valley of the Incas for guided tours of the ceremonial site of Kenko, where ancient rituals were performed, and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman. Of course, no vacation to Peru is complete without visiting astonishing Machu Picchu, built around 1450, and sitting majestically above the Sacred Valley. Stand in awe as you witness one of the most majestic images in South America, if not the entire world! Next, you’ll embark on a journey to one of the world’s vastly unexplored regions where biodiversity is at its greatest—the mighty Amazon. Board one of the world’s most luxurious small ships, the Delfin III, and enjoy fine wine, famous Peruvian cuisine, and all-inclusive comfort while venturing deep into the Amazon jungle in search of elusive wildlife. Take naturalist-guided panga rides through the river tributaries, swim with pink dolphins, and visit native communities—all while returning to your plush five-star yacht.

Before this cruise adventure is complete, you’ll get a chance to explore the beautiful Galápagos Islands onboard the 16-passenger Treasure of Galápagos! Have your camera ready as your Naturalist points out colonies of sea lions, pelicans, albatross, marine iguanas, flamingos, blue-footed boobies, short-eared owls, and other birds. You’ll also have a chance to snorkel in the tropical waters and perhaps get a look at sea turtles, sharks, and rays. A perfect ending to this trip of a lifetime!

Ships: Delfin III & Treasure of Galap
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Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Arrive Lima, Peru: welcome to Lima

Day 2 Lima:
walking tour, visit San Francisco Monastery and Larco Herrera Museum; welcome dinner at Casa Garcia Alvarado

Day 3 Lima–Cusco–Sacred Valley:
visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Kenko, 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 and the Cathedral

Day 7 Cusco–Lima–Iquitos–Nauta (Embarkation)–Cruising Peruvian Amazon: fly to Iquitos via Lima; Iquitos orientation tour; board the Delfin III; onboard welcome reception; wildlife viewing excursions during the afternoon and evening

Day 8 Cruising Peruvian Amazon:
wildlife viewing excursions during the morning and afternoon; cooking demonstration and Pisco Sour-making lesson

Day 9 Cruising Peruvian Amazon:
wildlife viewing excursions during the morning, afternoon, and evening; visit Pacaya Samiria National Reserve; endemic fruit presentation; kayaking; piranha fishing; special farewell dinner

Day 10 Cruising Peruvian Amazon–Nauta (Disembarkation)–Iquitos–Lima: disembark the Delfin III; visit the Manatee Rescue Center; fly to Lima

Day 11 Lima-Quito: welcome to Quito

Day 12 Quito: walking tour, visit San Francisco Monastery, La Compania Church, La Ronda Street, a Chocolate factory, and the Equatorial Monument; welcome dinner

Day 13 Quito–Baltra–Galápagos Islands (Embarkation)–Santa Cruz Island: fly to the Galápagos Islands; embark Treasure of Galápagos; visit Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island

Day 14 Galápagos Islands Cruising: Santiago & Bartolomé Islands: Naturalist-guided walks on each island; snorkeling

Day 15 Galápagos Islands Cruising: North Seymour Island & Mosquera Islet: Naturalist-guided walks on each island; snorkeling

Day 16 Galápagos Islands Cruising: South Plaza & San Cristobal Islands: Naturalist-guided walks on each island; snorkeling

Day 17 Galápagos Islands (Disembarkation)–San Cristobal Island–Quito: disembark Treasure of Galápagos; visit San Cristobal Interpretation Center; fly to Quito

Day 18 Quito: your vacation ends this morning

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Itinerary (2018)

Day 1Arrive In Lima, Peru.
 Welcome to the cosmopolitan city of Lima, where you will be met by your Tour Director. Get ready to discover age-old cultures, rich traditions, the legendary Inca Empire, and the mighty Amazon Basin!
Day 2Lima.
 This morning, join your Local Guide on a WALKING TOUR that focuses on Lima’s colonial heritage in the old quarter of the city. Start at the Plaza de Armas, boasting the city’s original colonial architecture from over four centuries ago. See the Government Palace, where Peru’s president resides, as well as the Renaissance/Baroque-style cathedral. From here, stroll to the venerable SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY with its splendid 17th-century cloister murals. For a special treat, visit the LARCO HERRERA MUSEUM, which houses the largest private collection of pre-Columbian Peruvian art in the world. This evening, enjoy a special Local Favorite and welcome dinner at one of Lima’s finest historic mansions, CASA GARCIA ALVARADO. Hosted by the home’s owner and your Tour Director, toast the exciting start of your vacation with your fellow traveling companions and enjoy some typical Peruvian food. (B,D)
Day 3Lima–Cusco–Sacred Valley.
 Fly to Cusco, the ancient Andean city that was once capital of the Inca Empire. Spend the day in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, starting with a visit to the TEMPLE OF SACSAYHUAMAN, perched on a hillside overlooking Cusco. With its massive stones weighing up to 300 tons, this 15th-century fortress is one of the best displays of the Incas’ impressive stonework. While most believe it was a religious temple, Sacsayhuaman was also site of one of the most violent battles between the Spanish and the Cusqueños. The Spanish were ultimately victorious in 1536, disassembling part of the site to build homes in Cusco and leaving behind the ruins we find today. Next, stop at the ceremonial site of KENKO, where ancient rituals were performed—perhaps, even sacrifices. Nearby, see Puca Pucara, thought to be a rest stop, weapons storage, or guard post used by the Incas and their soldiers. At AWANAKANCHA, encounter llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and guanacos and learn the difference between these South American camels and their importance in Peruvian culture. Continue to the old mountain village of PISAC, home to a huge Indian market, where you will have free time to shop for local wares, such as alpaca sweaters, blankets, and handmade jewelry. This evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel featuring Andean and Western dishes as well as wine. (B,L,D)
Day 4Sacred Valley–Machu Picchu.
 In the small village of OLLANTAYTAMBO this morning, visit the Inca fortress followed by the opportunity to visit a native Inca’s HOME and experience their way of life. Next, board the Vistadome TRAIN for a short journey through the lush Urubamba Valley to Aguas Calientes. From here, take the winding road up to legendary MACHU PICCHU, known as the “Lost City of the Incas,” hidden so well that the invading Spaniards never found it. High above the steep valley overlaid with dense tropical jungle, a Local Guide will bring you closer to the lives and mysteries still hidden in these amazing structures built by the pre-Columbian masters of this sacred land. Tonight, stay at the foot of the mountain where Machu Picchu is found and enjoy an exquisite dinner prepared from regional Peruvian ingredients. (B,L,D)
Day 5Machu Picchu–Cusco.
 If you choose, rise early today and using your second included entrance to MACHU PICCHU, see the sunrise over the ruins. Enjoy the tranquility of the morning as you wander the ruins at your own pace and experience the magic that is Machu Picchu. Explore the terraces or perhaps venture up to see the Sun Gate, once used as the ancient entrance to the Sanctuary. After lunch, return to the Sacred Valley by TRAIN and continue on to Cusco. (B,L)
Day 6Cusco.
 Set out on a guided Cusco walking tour with a Local Guide to learn more about the Incas and their struggle against invading Spaniards. Visit the SANTO DOMINGO MONASTERY, originally called Koricancha and built by the Incas as a Temple of the Sun. Today, you can still see the impressive Inca masonry that provided a foundation to the Baroque church the Spanish built on top of the Inca temple. Continue to Cusco’s Plaza de Armas to visit the imposing colonial CATHEDRAL before enjoying the remainder of the day at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a special dinner at one of Cusco’s most elegant restaurants, featuring wine and food inspired by Peru’s eclectic mix of cultures. (B,D)
Day 7Cusco–Lima–Iquitos–Nauta (Embarkation)–Cruising: Peruvian Amazon.
 Fly to Lima, where you board a flight north to Iquitos. Upon arrival, enjoy an Iquitos orientation tour. Explore the areas of this bustling river city that flourished during the “rubber boom” in the early 19th century. See some of the ornate homes of the rubber barons, including the Iron House, which was designed by Gustave Eiffel. Next, transfer to Nauta where you embark the Delfin III, your luxurious, floating home for the next three nights. On board, settle in to your spacious suite before meeting your onboard Naturalist and Cruise Director. Your first excursion is this afternoon and takes you to MARAYALI where you have the chance to see sloths, iguanas, monkeys, and maybe even an anteater. Return to the boat for a WELCOME COCKTAIL while your Naturalist provides an overview of your cruise. Learn about the animals you’ll encounter, the native villagers you’ll meet, and the astonishing plant life you’ll see—like the giant water lily, with flowers the size of soccer balls and leaves that can grow up to eight feet in diameter and support the weight of a human! Before dinner, you will have the chance to see the confluence of two powerful tributaries, the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers, which gives birth to the mighty Amazon in Peru! Also, take an evening JUNGLE WALK in search of nocturnal wildlife followed by a visit to a LOCAL VILLAGE, where you will sit by the campfire and learn about ancient Amazon legends. Later, enjoy an unforgettable dinner featuring Peruvian cuisine with the freshest local ingredients. (B,L,D)

NOTE:
The ship’s itinerary may vary according to water levels, National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, and seasonal changes to create the perfect cross-section of sites visited.
Day 8Cruising: Peruvian Amazon.
 If you’re an early riser, your first glimpse of the majestic Amazon as the sun creeps up over the horizon will be truly breathtaking. The sights and the sounds will stay with you forever. After breakfast, board pangas that will take you down one of the Amazon’s tributaries in search of the region’s wildlife, including the freshwater pink dolphins, capuchin, howler, tamarin, and spider monkeys, as well as iguanas, sloths, and a wide variety of birdlife. You will also have the opportunity to see the giant Amazonian water lily, Victoria regia, a beautiful aquatic plant that grows in small lagoons. This afternoon, back on board, a special treat is in store when the ship’s chef invites you to a hands-on cooking demonstration to learn about native fruits, vegetables, and fish. After lunch, head out with your Naturalist in search of the Amazonian wildlife on terra firme, the non-flooded forest. You will also learn about the tropical flora found in the Amazon as you walk along the shores with your Naturalist, who points out epiphytes, orchids, and indigenous jungle vegetation. This evening, learn how to make Peru’s most famous cocktail, the Pisco Sour, before dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 9Cruising: Peruvian Amazon.
 This morning, wake up under the serenade of early morning birdsong in PACAYA SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE for an early morning outing that allows you to witness the activity of exotic birds like trogons, macaws, parrots, falcons, and jacamars, to name a few. While here, you even have the opportunity to take a refreshing swim in this unique area of the Amazon and, if you are lucky, you will see the pink dolphins! Before lunch, join your Naturalist for a presentation on endemic fruits and medical plants that have been used in this region for centuries. This afternoon’s excursion allows you to try KAYAKING and PIRANHA FISHING before embarking on a NIGHT SAFARI in search of caiman, frogs, bats, boas, and a variety of nocturnal wildlife. Later tonight, local entertainers from the ship’s crew will light up the night with music and dance! (B,L,D)
Day 10Cruising (Disembarkation)–Iquitos–Lima.
 This morning, say goodbye to the Delfin III and return to Iquitos. En route, stop at the MANATEE RESCUE CENTER, where your visit will teach you about the endangered Amazon manatees and conservationists’ efforts to save them. During this visit, you will even be able to bottle feed these gentle giants! Continue to the airport for your flight to Lima. (B)
Day 11Lima–Quito.
 Fly from Lima to Quito. (B)
Day 12Quito.
 Included sightseeing showcases Quito’s colonial history and treasures including the historic stone murals of the Legislative Palace, Independence Plaza and the 16th-century SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY, and the Jesuit’s LA COMPANIA CHURCH with its stunning golden altars. Next, take a walk down one of Quito’s oldest streets, La Ronda, which is home to many artist’s workshops and galleries. Here, you will have the chance to meet some of the local artists and talk with them about their work before visiting a CHOCOLATE FACTORY to learn why Ecuador is considered one of the finest chocolate producers in the world. After seeing the chocolate-making process, a tasting is a must! Top off your day with a photo in front of the EQUATORIAL MONUMENT in the “Middle of the World.” Stand in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres simultaneously and test the effects of the earth’s rotation through different experiments like balancing an egg on a nail. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner. (B,D)
Day 13Quito–Baltra–Galápagos Islands (Embarkation)–Cruising: Santa Cruz Island.
 Take a morning flight to Baltra, one of the remote Galápagos Islands. Upon arrival, embark the Treasure of Galápagos for five days of CRUISING among various Galápagos Islands. Each day, travel ashore to the remote islands with your expert Naturalist, who introduces you to the unique fauna living free and fearless of man. After lunch, join your Naturalist for a visit to the CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION, established to help conserve the Galápagos’ natural habitat and protect the famous giant tortoises. While here, learn about the tortoise-rearing program and see many of the various islands’ tortoises. Later, on board the ship, join a briefing on the next day’s adventure, followed by a Captain’s welcome cocktail and dinner. (B,L,D)

NOTE:
The ship’s itinerary may vary according to Galápagos National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, and seasonal changes to create the perfect cross-section of sites visited.
Day 14Galápagos Islands Cruising: Santiago & Bartolomé Islands.
 After breakfast, you will find yourself anchored in the western-central part of the archipelago where volcanoes are still active, attributing to the dramatic scenery. Join your Naturalist for an exploration of SULLIVAN BAY on SANTIAGO ISLAND, where you will walk on newly-formed (less than 100 years ago) lava flows reminiscent of the lunar landscape. Keep your eye out for lava lizards, marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs, and even the Galápagos penguin. This afternoon at BARTOLOMÉ ISLAND, hike to the summit for one of the best panorama views of the region with two beautiful bays and fascinating formations of lava flows and spatter cones, including the iconic Pinnacle Rock. End your visit with a chance to snorkel or swim off the beach with the playful sea lions, Pacific green turtles, harmless whitetip reef sharks, and if you are lucky—the Galápagos penguins! (B,L,D)
Day 15Galápagos Islands Cruising: North Seymour Island & Mosquera Islet.
 Disembark at NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND, where your Naturalist will point out colonies of blue-footed boobies, Magnificent and Great Frigate Birds, swallow-tailed gulls, and lava herons. This is one of the few spots where you can compare the Magnificent and the rarer Great Frigate Bird breeding next to each other. The shores teem with sea lions and marine iguanas, and are a good spot for snorkeling. In the afternoon, visit MOSQUERA ISLET, a sandy island with one of the largest concentrations of Galapagos sea lions in the entire archipelago. A walk on the white coral beach reveals shorebirds like the endemic lava gull, waders like the yellow-crowned night heron, and intertidal hunters, such as the striking reddish-orange Sally Lightfoot crabs. (B,L,D)
Day 16Galápagos Islands Cruising: South Plaza & San Cristobal Islands.
 At SOUTH PLAZA ISLAND, wildlife includes sea lions, land iguanas, marine iguanas, and hybrid iguanas (only found on this island and a result of a cross between land and marine iguanas). Also known for its prolific birdlife, you will see blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls, Audubon’s shearwaters, and many other species. This afternoon, visit the first site Charles Darwin visited in the Galápagos, CERRO BRUJO on SAN CRISTOBAL. Admire the stunning views of Kicker Rock before visiting a lagoon home to many migratory birds such as pelicans, black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels, white-cheeked pintails, and the great blue heron. (B,L,D)
Day 17Galápagos Islands (Disembarkation)–San Cristobal–Quito.
 After breakfast, disembark the boat in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno for a visit to the SAN CRISOTBAL INTERPRETATION CENTER. Here, you will learn about the islands’ volcanic genesis, their remoteness, ocean currents, special climate, the arrival of different species, and their establishment. Next, head to the airport for your flight to Quito, where you will have free time this evening to prepare for your return flight home tomorrow. (B)
Day 18Quito.
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Included Avalon Meals

  • American breakfast daily
  • 10 lunches
  • 12 three-course dinners including a welcome dinner in Lima and farewell dinner in the Galápagos
  • Complimentary wine with dinners on board
  • Complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, local beer, and pisco-based cocktails on board throughout the day in the Amazon and complimentary coffee, tea, and water on board throughout the day in the Galápagos

Avalon Pricing Details

Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Avalon Waterways, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway, starting at $2,144 (based on Miami, departure in January, 2018) and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only. Required intra-vacation air segments are: Lima/Cusco; Cusco/Iquitos; Iquitos/Lima; Lima/Quito; Quito/Galápagos; Galápagos/Quito. Air prices were effective on April 5, 2017, and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.

The Galápagos National Park entrance fee and transit card ($120 value) is additional and mandatory. These fees will be added to your Vacation Estimate.

Price is per person, based on double room occupancy.

Gratuities to Local Guides & drivers are included.

Single Room Supplement:
from $4,450 to $4,750

Triple rooms are not available

Extra Nights per person in Lima:
in single room $183; in twin room $98

Extra Nights per person in Quito:
in single room $206; in twin room $108

Prices shown include cruise in Suite. Upgrades to Upper, Corner, or Owner’s Suites are available.

2019 prices and itineraries are subject to change.

Avalon Notes

  • Maximum elevation on tour: 11,200 ft.

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