Celebrity Cruises’ Galapágos Islands Inner Loop & Machu Picchu on Celebrity Flora

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Your vacation starts in the Quito, the capital and heart of Ecuador, followed by a week-long, all-inclusive experience aboard Celebrity Flora as you explore the Galápagos Islands.  Afterward, you will head to Peru, where you will have a full day to explore Lima with a twist and then the Sacred Valley via its gateway, Cuzco. Fly along the tracks in a dome train car to share in the mysteries of Machu Picchu before learning more about the Inca and Spanish history, sights, and tastes of Cuzco and Lima.

ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Quito, Ecuador

You will be greeted at the Quito airport by a Celebrity Cruises representative after passing through Customs and Immigration. They will take care of transferring you to our hotel, Marriott Hotel Quito. Your day is free to rest and adjust to the altitude in Ecuador’s capital.

 

Day 2: Quito

Your tour director will escort you on a guided tour that includes the monasteries of San Francisco and Santo Domingo and allows you to get a great social media photo and memory of standing on the Equatorial line at the Half of the World Park and Museum.

 

Day 3: Quito / Baltra Island, Galápagos

You’ll be transferred back to the Quito Airport to board your charter flight to Baltra, Galápagos which served as a U.S. military base protecting the Panama Canal during WWII.  This will be your first experience with the naturalist guides who will transfer you to Celebrity Flora.

 

Daphne Major - cruising

Celebrity Flora will be cruising by the small volcanic cone north of Santa Cruz Island known for research of its finches’ population.

 

Day 4: Egas Port, Santiago Island

This beautiful island offers the natural beauty of its black sand beach, blue water grottoes, and coastal tidal pools with an equally impressive array of wildlife, including sea lions, a large population of marine iguanas, Galpágos Hawks, Galapágos fur seals, sea lions, and sea turtles.

 

Rabida Island

Rabida is a small island with red sand that has a nesting colony of pelicans as well as sea lions and sea birds.

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Day 5: Elizabeth Bay

A scenic zodiac ride within Elizabeth Bay’s sheltered inlet opens a wide variety of wildlife and a fantastic mangrove ecosystem for you to see.

 

Tagus Cove, Isabela Island

From this cove once popular with pirates and whalers, you will enjoy a breathtaking view of Isabela Island’s volcanoes and impressive Darwin Lake. You’ will find seabirds, penguins, sea lions, sea turtles as well as nesting flightless cormorants along the shore.

 

 

Day 6: Sullivan Bay, Santiago Island

Today will be a big reminder that the Galápagos is as much about the land as it is about flora and fauna. Take an early morning walk along lava trails through hardened fields from an early 1900’s volcanic eruption giving you a feel of walking a path on another planet. You are walking through an ecosystem that is both very old, but also very “young” due to the volcano wiping out the previous existence that started over again a hundred years ago.

 

Bartolome Island

Bartolome Island is the recipient of the region’s most photographed landscaped views due to the many landscapes created by a volcano.  This island offers a terrific opportunity for snorkeling and to see Galápagos penguins.

 

 

Day 7: Las Bachas, Santa Cruz Island

This beautiful white sand beach on the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island is often covered in Sally Lightfoot crabs and is one of the largest nesting areas of the Pacific Green Sea Turtle in the Galápagos.  A short beach walk brings you to a pond to look for flamingos and other shorebirds. Enjoy some downtime for beaching, swimming or snorkeling.

 

North Seymour Island

This small rocky terrain island is home to the largest colony of frigate birds in the Galápagos. Watch for male frigates attempting to impress potential mates with an inflated red neck pouch and for the famed blue-footed boobies doing a dancing courtship ritual. Also, keep an eye out for sea lions and large land iguanas also roam about this rocky terrain. Excursion options include a guided long, rocky walk, zodiac ride, and short easy walk, or simply just a scenic zodiac tour along the coast to view wildlife and the geology of the area.

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Day 8: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island

Visit the small waterfront town of Puerto Baquerizo, where sea lions rule the waterfront. Excursion options include touring a local interpretation center and time for shopping or a fast-paced long walk to view scenic vistas, followed by a visit to the interpretation center.

 

Punta Pitt, San Cristobal Island

After disembarking onto the small greensand beach, you'll hike up to a plateau, where the view and landscape are so spectacular, they are considered worth the effort.  A steep gully leads up the cliff to a breeding ground that is one of the few places in the Galapágos where you can see all three booby species (red-footed, blue-footed and Nazca boobies) nesting together.  

 

 

Day 9: Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

A highlight of this stop is the Charles Darwin Research Station where scientists, researchers, and educators are committed to studying and preserving the ecosystem of the Galápagos Islands.  Exhibits and pathways are popular with visitors wanting to learn more about aspects of the region. There is a strong tortoise conservation program nurturing hatchlings and young tortoises until they can be released and caring for older tortoises needing attention and for breeding programs to strengthen numbers of some species. You will be able to get close to tortoises in their set-up natural habitats.

 

 

Day 10: Disembark ship in Baltra; fly to Lima via Quito

Enjoy breakfast on Celebrity Flora before disembarking and transferring to the Baltra airport for your Quito connection to Lima. Upon arrival at the Quito Airport, a Celebrity representative will be available to assist you with your Lima flight check-in. You will receive a voucher to access the airport VIP lounge in Quito.  After clearing Customs and Immigration in Lima, you’ll be greeted by a Celebrity Cruises representative. A detailed schedule of events will be provided at that time. You’ll enjoy dinner and check into a Grande Deluxe Room at the Westin Lima Hotel.

 

Day 11: Lima, Peru

This morning you’ll have free time to sleep in, use the hotel’s amenities or explore Lima.   Around noon, your guide will pick you up to start the afternoon tour with a culinary twist. You’ll visit Surquillo, the local food market, enjoy lunch at one of Lima’s gourmet restaurants, and visit the Bohemian district of Barranco. After lunch, you’ll learn how to make traditional cocktails at a mixology class in one of Lima’s trendy spots. You will be back to your hotel late afternoon.

 

Day 12: Fly from Lima to Cuzco and the Sacred Valley, Peru

Enjoy breakfast in your hotel before leaving for the airport for your flight to Cuzco. Lunch is served at Casa Hacienda Orihuela in The Sacred Valley, where the Orihuelas, a family of great art collectors, will be your hosts. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in a Deluxe Terrace room at the Tambo del Inca Luxury Collection hotel in The Sacred Valley.

 

Day 13: The Sacred Valley, Peru

After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll head to the Urubamba Valley, The Sacred Valley of the Incas. You will tour impressive ruins, featuring terraces carved into the hillside and a temple designed for worship and astronomical observation. You’ll also visit the impressive, well-preserved Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. After a morning of touring, you will be served lunch at Wayra Ranch. Enjoy this feast led by the prominent Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino and Nacho Solis while watching a remarkable equestrian show featuring Peruvian Paso horses. After lunch, you will visit the Pablo Seminario workshop that showcases utilitarian and artistic objects. Back at your hotel, the Tambo del Inca Luxury Collection, you’ll enjoy dinner and a free evening.

 

 

Day 14: Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll be transferred to the Ollantaytambo rail station, where you’ll board the Vistadome train offering panoramic views on your way to Machu Picchu where you will explore the city before eating lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge. Afterward, you will have another opportunity to continue to explore Machu Picchu. Before leaving, enjoy teatime at the Sanctuary Lodge. In the late afternoon, you’ll board the world-famous Belmond Hiram Bingham train for your journey from what seems like a bygone era on your way back to Cuzco. On the train, you’ll enjoy welcome aperitifs, dinner, and a selection of wines as well as live local music, dancing, and Pisco sours. You’ll arrive at the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas in Cuzco where you’ll be checked into a Studio Suite for the evening.

 

 

Day 15: Cuzco, Peru

After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll embark on a scenic tour of the Coricancha, also known as the “Temple of the Sun” and the Sacsayhuamán fortress. You will also visit the Cathedral, one of the most marvelous Spanish colonial churches in America, housing about 400 colonial paintings from the Cuzco art school, impressive goldsmith, silversmith, and precious stone works. You will visit a local gourmet restaurant for a delicious lunch and then return to your hotel, the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, where you’ll enjoy dinner and time to spend your free evening as you wish.  .

 

Day 16: Fly to Lima, Peru

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be taken to the airport for your morning flight back to Lima. Once in Lima, you’ll visit Lima's historic downtown, where you’ll be served a mouthwatering lunch at a local gourmet restaurant. After lunch, you will tour Peru's Capital and its 2,000 years of history and colonial wealth, where you’ll discover the artistic and contemporary traditions of the city’s residents. Visit Saint Francis' Convent, a masterpiece of colonial architecture, to visit its beautiful courtyards and catacombs. After your tour, you will be taken to the Westin Lima Hotel where you’ll enjoy dinner. If your flight home leaves Saturday evening, you’ll be given a day room to relax in until it’s time for you to be taken to the airport. If your flight home leaves on Sunday, you will be provided a room at the Westin Lima Hotel to spend the evening.

 

Day 17: Depart Lima

If your flight home leaves on Sunday, after spending the evening at your hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

 

Note that there is a possibility that experiences, site visits, the order of events are subject to change.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

 
  • 16 nights accommodations (or 15 nights plus a day room)

  • All shipboard meals

  • All shipboard drinks

  • Shipboard Wi-Fi

  • All lectures and briefings

  • Galápagos National Park & Galápagos Tourist Card fees

  • Complimentary use of snorkeling equipment, wetsuits, binoculars and walking sticks

  • Twice daily guided excursions by certified GNP multi-lingual naturalists

  • All mentioned intra-South America transportation

  • 5 Land-based breakfasts

  • 6 Land-based breakfasts

  • Tours in each location visited

  • All entrance fees

  • All gratuities

Passport book valid for a minimum of six months beyond your trip required for this cruise.

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