Jamieson Travel & Tours
Itinerary At A Glance:
Day 1 Arrive Quito, Ecuador
Day 2 Quito Highlights Tour
Day 3 San Cristóbal Island, Galapagos - embark on Galapagod Cruise
Day 4 Española Island, Galapagos
Day 5 Floreana Island (Post Office Bay and Cormorant Point), Galapagos
Day 6 Santa Cruz Island (Charles Darwin Research Station), Galapagos
Day 7 Daphne Island & Guayaquil
Day 8 Lima, Peru
Day 9 Cuzco & Sacred Valley of the Incas
Day 10 Ollantaytambo
Day 11 Machu Picchu
Day 12 Aguas Calientes - Cuzco
Day 13 Cuzco
Day 14 Overnight flight home
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Cancellation Waiver and Medical Insurance flat rate of $400 per person (regardless of age). Cancellation Waiver only of $330 per person (regardless of age). Insurance must be purchased at the time of booking.
To reserve, please call our office at 1-888-582-7011 (local 613-582-7011). A deposit of $250 per person plus insurance (if purchasing) must be provided by July 14, 2016. Bookings made after this date are subject to availability and change in price. Balances are due
October 17, 2016.
Travel Day - Quito, Ecuador - Tour Begins. Begin in Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage site and Ecuador’s stunning capital city.
Tour Quito’s colonial , including the Presidential Palace and 17th-century church of La Compañía. Meet your fellow travellers at a welcome lunch overlooking the Pululahua volcanic crater. Cross between hemispheres at the Equatorial Line Monument and Museum at the “Middle of the World”. Try some “helado de paila,” a local ice cream specialty. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Today, breakfast and lunch will be included.
Quito - San Cristóbal Island, Galapagos - Embark Ship. Fly to beautiful San Cristóbal Island, gateway to your Galapagos adventure. Enjoy lunch aboard the m/v Galapagos Legend. At Port Baquerizo Moreno, visit the San Cristóbal Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve. After exploring the island, stargaze from the deck of your ship and toast the wonders of the Galapagos with tropical cocktails. Today, all meals will be included.
Española, Island (Gardner Bay and Suarez Point). Board your panga to visit Gardner Bay • Guarded by a colony of sea lions, the beach is home to Galapagos hawks and endemic finches. Swim and snorkel with the marine life, including manta rays and white-tipped sharks. Continue to the volcanic terrain of Suarez Point. During a nature walk, watch for hooded mocking birds, lava lizards, Sally Lightfoot crabs and blue-footed boobies. Count Waved Albatross at the world’s largest colony. Finally, visit the Soplador blowhole where water shoots 75 feet into the air. Today, all meals will be included.
Floreana Island (Post Office Bay and Cormorant Point). Land at storied Post Office Bay, named for a barrel left in 1793 by Captain James Colnett as a “post office” for passing sailors. Continue the tradition and leave a letter. Snorkel if you choose with green sea turtles or search for Darwin’s finches and yellow warblers. Sail to Cormorant Point and its olivine green sand beach. Spot sting rays and reef sharks in the emerald waters. Learn about the ecosystem’s unusual plants. You may also observe graceful flamingos or spot a small colony of penguins. Enjoy another chance to snorkel and swim near the playful sea lions! Today, all meals will be included.
Santa Cruz Island (Charles Darwin Research Station and Highlands). Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. See the giant tortoises from the station’s breeding program. Trek through the Santa Cruz highlands to Cerro Chato and find more giant tortoises. Savour some organic Galapagos coffee. Walk inside dormant lava tubes to gain insight on how these islands formed. Enjoy time to explore Port Ayora town. Today, all meals will be included.
Daphne Island - Disembark Ship - Baltra Island - Guayaquil. Garner panoramic views as you circumnavigate Daphne Island. Look for marine iguanas, fur seals and crabs teetering along the rocky shore. Bid farewell to the Galapagos and fly to Guayaquil. Tour this community known as the “Pearl of the Pacific”. Visit the Malecón 2000 waterfront area and the 19th-century of Las Peñas with its Spanish-style houses. From Santa Ana Hill, look out over the city and the Guayas River. Today, breakfast and dinner will be included.
Guayaquil - Lima, Peru. Fly to Lima, Peru’s “City of Kings”. Spend an afternoon shopping or visiting Lima’s many fine museums. Perhaps you’ll experience an optional Peruvian Paso horse exhibition, dinner and folklore show. Today, breakfast will be included.
Lima - Cuzco - Sacred Valley of the Incas. Fly to Cuzco. Descend through the Andes to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, once the agricultural of a great empire. Visit Awana Kancha, a living museum of the Peruvian Andes. Explore centuries-old methods of spinning, dyeing and weaving textiles. Stop in Pisac village to browse the handicraft market. Visit Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio. Marvel at this internationally-renowned artist's techniques and designs, inspired by ancient Peruvian cultures. Settle into your hotel nestled in the Sacred Valley. Today, breakfast and dinner will be included.
Ollantaytambo - Sacred Valley of the Incas. Glimpse daily activities at a nearby village and connect with another culture. Visit the Ollantaytambo ruins, a spectacular example of Inca architecture. Do as the locals do and enjoy a tasting of “chicha,” a regional drink made from maize, at a local pub. Today, breakfast will be included.
Sacred Valley of the Incas - Machu Picchu. Embark on a train ride through the Andes from Ollantaytambo to mysterious Machu Picchu. Hidden for centuries, the “Lost City of the Incas” is the most spectacular sight in South America. Spend the day exploring the fabled ruins. Overnight at the base of Machu Picchu. Soak up the mystical atmosphere and enjoy an exclusive culinary demonstration before dinner. Today, breakfast and dinner will be included.
Aguas Calientes - Cuzco. Take advantage of your leisure time this morning and return to Machu Picchu on your own or explore the local markets. Return by train to the Sacred Valley and continue to Cuzco, a city that blends Inca and Spanish colonial influences. En route to Cuzco, meet Peruvian children at an orphanage supported by the Collette Foundation. In Cuzco, relax and become acclimated to the altitude. Today, breakfast will be included.
Cuzco. Explore the former capital of the Inca Empire. Cuzco means “ of the World” in the ancient Quechua language. On a city tour, experience the Spanish architectural legacy visible in the Cathedral, Santo Domingo and the Plaza de Armas. Discover the sacred Incan ruin of Sacsayhuaman Fortress. Spend some time browsing the local markets. See the San Blas artisans quartre or visit one of the impressive museums. Enjoy dinner and a traditional Andean folkloric performance. Today, breakfast and dinner will be included.
Cuzco - Lima - Tour Ends. Return to Lima and tour its historical , a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the artwork at San Francisco Monastery and enter the catacombs. View the Government , the Plaza de Armas’ Cathedral and the fashionable suburbs for insight into the life of Limeños. Before transferring to the airport, complete your day with a farewell dinner at the Larco Museum, housed in an 18th-century mansion. Today, breakfast and dinner will be included.
*Book by July 14 and save $200 per person*
Double (2 per room) - $11, 859; $11,659 per person
Single (1 per room) - $14,799; $14,599 per person
*all prices are in Canadian $ and are based on Double Occupancy
The past comes alive. Travel from the Galapagos Archipelago to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. More than a holiday, this Explorations tour offers a look into mankind’s collective history. Cruise the Galapagos Islands, made famous by Charles Darwin. Set foot in two hemispheres at the Equatorial Line Monument. Connect with one of a kind wildlife and delve into ancient cultures. Overnight at the base of Machu Picchu and take advantage of the chance to explore this “Lost City” twice in two days. Visit the UNESCO Spanish colonial cities of Lima, Quito and Cuzco. Throughout Ecuador and Peru, look toward the future and reflect on days gone by.
Highlights Include: Quito, 5-Day Galapagos Cruise, Guayaquil, Lima, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Larco Museum, Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio, Awana Kanch, San Cristóbal Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve.