Galapagos and Peru Discovery

October 25, 2017 to November 9, 2017

10 Night Hotel Accommodations and 4 Night Cruise Aboard the Isabela II

Gal-Peru-MapJoin us on this small group tour of just 20 passengers!

Fantastic treasures await on this vacation to Peru and the Galápagos Islands. Enjoy a walking tour of Lima; guided sightseeing in Quito and Cusco, former capital of the Inca Empire; and an excursion to Otavalo’s famous Indian market. Also visit ancient Puca Pucara, the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, and mystical Machu Picchu.

Then, fly to Baltra Island for a wonderful 4-night Galápagos Islands cruise. In the company of a local Naturalist, you’ll encounter indigenous plants and animals found only in the Galápagos Islands. For travelers who want to see ancient ruins, learn about new cultures, and be awed at the amazing natural world, this trip is not to be missed!

 

 

With our air-inclusive package your adventure begins aboard a motorcoach transfer from select cities to Chicago O’Hare airport, where you will board your flight to Lima. Or take your own flights and meet us there.

Welcome to Lima! This “City of Kings” was once the capital of Spain’s South American empire. Upon arrival at the airport you will be transferred to your hotel.

Hotel: Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores (or similar)

Today your Local Guide focuses on the city’s colonial heritage during a walking TOUR. Start at the Plaza de Armas to see the Government Palace and the CATHEDRAL, where the remains of Francisco Pizarro, founder of Lima, are housed. From here, stroll to the venerable SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY with its splendid 17th-century cloister murals.

Also visit the LARCO HERRERA MUSEUM, housing an impressive collection of Peruvian pre-Columbian artifacts. This evening, meet your Tour Director and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant with your fellow traveling companions.

Hotel: Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly to Cusco, the impressive Andean city that was once capital of the Inca Empire. Continue into the Sacred Valley to AWANAKANCHA, a local favorite, and learn the importance of the alpaca (llama) for Inca cultures as well as the ancient weaving techniques still in use today. Next, visit PISAC, an old mountain village where you enjoy free time in the town center to browse the colorful stalls where vendors sell their handicrafts, ranging from fine alpaca sweaters and blankets to hand-painted ornamental dishes and vases. Continue to visit the Inca fortress of OLLANTAYTAMBO, followed by a Local Favorite visit to a LOCAL HOME to meet some native Incans and experience their way of life. Enjoy a relaxing dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, board the Vistadome TRAIN for a short journey through the lush Urubamba Valley, then ascend to legendary MACHU PICCHU, the “Lost City of the Incas,” discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. Your 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. Return to your deluxe hotel in Aguas Calientes at the base of the mountain where Machu Picchu is found for dinner full of impressive culinary delights.

Hotel: Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your entrance to Machu Picchu is included for a second day. Enjoy the tranquility of the morning while wandering the ruins at your own pace and experiencing the magic that is Machu Picchu. After lunch, return to Ollantaytambo by train and continue to Cusco.

Hotel: Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today, learn more about the Incas and their struggle against the invading Spaniards. Visit the imposing CATHEDRAL and the SANTO DOMINGO MONASTERY on your guided tour. Next, visit the semi-circular KENKO Amphitheater with its stone altars and labyrinth of passages, and see the ancient site of PUCA PUCARA before reaching the TEMPLE OF SACSAYHUAMAN, perched on a hillside overlooking Cusco. It remains unfathomable how and when this fortress of gigantic stones—with some blocks weighing more than 350 tons—was built. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly to Quito, capital of Ecuador and a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, and begin the Ecuadorian portion of your vacation. Enjoy an included dinner upon arrival tonight.

Hotel: Swissotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Your Local Guide introduces this city on an included sightseeing tour that showcases its treasures: the historic stone murals of the Legislative Palace, Independence Plaza and the 16th-century SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY, the Jesuit’s LA COMPANIA CHURCH with its stunning golden altars, and the impressive paintings at the WORKSHOP & MUSEUM of Oswaldo Guayasamin, a Local Favorite! Be sure to have your photo taken in front of the EQUATORIAL MONUMENT, the “Center of the World.”

Hotel: Swissotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

An in-depth experience into the traditional ways of the Otavalo people is in store for you today. First, visit OTAVALO’S famous INDIAN MARKET, full of textiles, clothes, vegetables, and much more. Next, in Peguche, famous for its exquisite weavings, you have the opportunity to visit homes and observe handicrafts being made. Finally, enjoy Andean delicacies prepared the traditional way at a HOME-HOSTED LUNCH and Local Favorite before returning to Quito.

Hotel: Swissotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Take a morning flight to Baltra, one of the remote Galápagos Islands. Upon arrival, board the sleek Isabela II and enjoy 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. Giant tortoises, Galápagos fur sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, frigates, and finches are just some of the many endemic species you will find on land. You will also have the chance to snorkel in the turquoise waters with colorful tropical fish, playful sea lions, and maybe even an equatorial penguin or shark! Visit the CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION, where you will see and learn about the rearing and conservation of the endemic giant tortoises. After time exploring Puerto Ayora, embark your ship and settle in with a briefing on the next day’s adventure, followed by a Captain’s welcome cocktail and dinner.

Ship: Isabela II
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, disembark at FLOREANA ISLAND to visit historic Post Office Bay, which has been serving as a post office for over two centuries. The “post office” is just a barrel where letters are left in hope that other visitors returning home will take letters if the address is not far from their own and deliver them or drop them at a normal post office. Next, explore the island’s channels by panga or take your first swim with the playful sea lions. This afternoon, join your Naturalist at CORMORANT POINT on Floreana Island in search of greater flamingos, blue-footed boobies, and sea turtles. There is another opportunity for snorkeling or riding in the glass-bottom boat to view reef fish, turtles, and even sharks!

Ship: Isabela II
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, join your Naturalist for excursions to Gardner Bay and Punta Suárez on ESPAÑOLA ISLAND, one of the oldest islands in the archipelago. Here you will see the famous blowhole, as well as unique sea bird colonies, including the waved albatrosses (Apr.-Dec.), Nazca and blue-footed boobies, and Darwin’s finches. Also look for red, green, and black marine iguanas and a rookery of sea lions right at the landing site. This afternoon’s site is prime for snorkeling or kayaking to look for rays, parrot fish, reef sharks, and other colorful marine species.

Ship: Isabela II
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wake up at PUNTA PITT, the easternmost point in the islands. Your Naturalist leads you from the beach to the top of a volcanic tuff to the only place in the archipelago where all three species of booby exist, nesting next to both types of frigates. This is also an excellent area for panga or kayak rides and snorkeling. At CERRO BRUJO this afternoon, walk the same beach that Charles Darwin first walked in September 1835 in search for migratory bird species, including sandpipers, stilts, pelicans, and flycatchers. While here, watch for the Chatham (San Cristobal) mockingbird and Chatham lava lizard—both species are endemic to this island and seen nowhere else in the Galápagos. Return to your ship for a captain’s farewell cocktail party and dinner.

Ship: Isabel II
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, disembark in SAN CRISTOBAL and head to the airport for your return flight to Quito.

Hotel: Swissotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast this morning. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. As flights are pending – the flight may encompass overnight travel to Chicago and arrive on Friday, November 9.

Meal: Breakfast


Air-Inclusive Package Inclusions

  • Round-trip motor coach transportation to Chicago O’Hare airport from select locations
  • Round-trip air from Chicago O’Hare to Lima, Peru and return from Quito, Ecuador including current air taxes and fees
  • Round-trip airport/hotel motorcoach transfers including baggage handling

Tour and Cruise Highlights

  • Intra-vacation air transportation within South America
  • Ten nights accommodations, including:
    • Two nights in Lima, Peru
    • One night in Sacred Valley
    • One night in Machu Picchu
    • Two nights in Cusco
    • Four nights in Quito
  • Four night cruise in an outside stateroom aboard the Isabela II including taxes and fees
  • Daily Breakfast, eight lunches and nine dinners including a welcome dinner in Lima and a farewell dinner in Quito
  • Gratuities to Isabela II shipboard staff
  • Professional local Tour Director
  • Professional driver and guide for transfers and included excursions
  • Tour Manager from Fox World Travel to accompany the group*
  • Customized, informative travel documents containing all trip details and helpful planning information

Not included:  Gratuities for the coach driver, tour director or guides; meals, other than those specifically mentioned; beverages, other than included dinners; airline baggage fees; items of a personal nature such as internet/phone, laundry, passport fees, optional trip insurance, anything not specifically listed as included in the package price.

 

Tour-Only

Call for early booking discounts!
Arrange your own airfare
Based on double occupancy

Air-Inclusive

Call for early booking discounts!
Round-trip airfare from Chicago O'Hare
Based on double occupancy

Single Supplement: $2,430.00
Initial Deposit: $500.00 per person
Final Payment Due:
 No later than July 14, 2017

*Above base pricing is per person based on double occupancy. All air taxes and fees of $153.58 per person are included and subject to change.

Early Booking Discounts Apply

Journey’s Club Discount: Past Passengers of Globus Family of Brands receive an additional $305.00 discount per person.

The flights from Chicago O’Hare included in the Air-Inclusive package are pending and have not yet been announced. The identity of the carrier, which may include the carrier’s code-share partner, will be assigned and disclosed at a later date. Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference. Additional restrictions may apply. Flight schedules are subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight or equipment changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations. A minimum of 10 passengers is needed for the group air. Checked baggage fees may apply.

Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

Optional Insurance

Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Fox World Travel offers several plans with Travel Guard Insurance. Details and rates can be obtained from your travel consultant.

Cancellation Penalties

  • From time of booking to July 14, 2017: Deposit non-refundable
  • July 15 to August 25, 2017: 50% per person penalty plus applicable airline fees
  • August 26 to September 22, 2017: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • September 23, 2017 to Date of Departure: No Refund

Air is non-refundable once ticketed. 

 

*Hotels and tour itinerary are subject to change. 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.

* A minimum number of passengers are required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to accompany this group. If the minimum is not met, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination. Hotels, tour itinerary and tour inclusions are subject to change.

NOTE: Maximum elevation on tour: 11,200 ft

  • This tour includes “wet landings”. You will need to be able to jump into the water, out of the boats/zodiacs and walk a couple of meters to the beaches. Terrain is rocky and uneven.
  • For your overnight stay in Machu Picchu on day 4 you will only be allowed to bring an overnight bag weighing no more than 11 pounds due to luggage restrictions on the train. Your main luggage will be stored at the Cusco hotel where you will return for an overnight on day 5.
  • $100 per person for the Galápagos National Park Fee is included in the tour price, as well as the INGALA Transit Control Card.
  • Passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the conclusion of the trip.
  • Children must be at least 8 years old to travel. There are no child discounts available.