Wild Galápagos & Peru Escape

Wild Galápagos & Peru Escape

From AUD $8,490


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 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.

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 Islander.

Explore with an exceptional team
Explore Galápagos under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, three handpicked naturalists, including a 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.

Trip Name
Wild Galápagos & Peru Escape
Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition Length: 49 metres Passenger Capacity: 48 guests (in 24 cabins) Built: 1982 The National Geographic Islander is a versatile 164-foot twin-hulled vessel with 24 spacious cabins comfortably accommodating 48 guests. She is a sturdy expedition ship, designed for year-round discovery and active exploration of the Galápagos and can reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to its small size. Accessibility means freedom. Our captains have decades of sailing experience in the regions we explore. They know when and where to navigate so that you feel the places we visit are all ours. Thanks to our sturdy fleet of Zodiacs and virtually untippable kayaks, you can be off the ship and out exploring within a moment’s notice. Public Areas: Ship is fully air-conditioned. Covered deck with hammocks, chairs and tables; Doctor's Office; Fitness Center; Global Market; LEXspa; Library; Lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations; and Sky Deck. Our Ecuadorian Captain and Officers welcome guests to the Bridge in accordance with our "Open Bridge" policy. Meals: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Menu is international with an Ecuadorian flair. Cabins: All cabins have a window with an outside view, private facilities, and climate controls. Expedition Equipment: Hydrophone, kayaks, snorkeling gear, Splash-Cam, underwater video camera, video microscope, wet suits, and Zodiac landing craft. Special Features: Guest internet access, laundry service, LEXmarket, and Wellness Program. A ship's doctor, Undersea Specialist, and Video Chronicler are also onboard.


Day 1 - DAY 1: Lima / Cusco / Sacred Valley
Fly from Lima to Cusco and explore this Inca imperial city. Continue through the fabled and fertile Urubamba Valley to Tambo del Inka. National Geographic Grantee Nilda Callañaupa, founder of El Centro de Textiles Tradicionales de Cusco, joins us to demonstrate Inca weaving traditions. Dinner tonight is at the hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 2 - DAY 2: Machu Picchu
Drive to Ollantaytambo, where we board our train to Machu Picchu. Set at less than 8,000 feet in the “eyebrow of the jungle,” the sanctuary is surrounded by tropical mountain forest with diverse birds and orchids. We linger after day-visitors are gone, returning to Machu Picchu Pueblo for the train back to the Sacred Valley and Tambo del Inka this evening. Dinner is served aboard the first-class train. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - DAY 3: Sacred Valley / Guayaquil
Bid farewell to Peru and continue to Ecuador for part two of our expedition with flights from Cusco via Lima to Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city. Overnight at Hotel del Parque. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - DAY 4-7: Guayaquil / Galápagos
Fly on Day 4 to Galápagos. Each day we join our naturalists on interpretive walks, swim, snorkel, or explore by kayak or Zodiac—all the while witnessing incredible interactions between animals in their natural habitat.Start exploring on Isla Santa Cruz with a trip over the highlands of Santa Cruz. We search for penguins on stark black lava at Sullivan Bay on Santiago, swim in a secluded cove on Santa Fe, snorkel in crystal-clear water at Sombrero Chino, sail across the Equator into the flooded caldera at Genovesa, a seabird paradise, and wander among sea lions and land iguanas on Plaza Sur. (B,L,D Daily)
Day 5 - DAY 8: Disembark / Baltra / Guayaquil
Fly to Guayaquil, where dayrooms are reserved at the Hotel del Parque. Spend the night and return home on Day 10 at no additional cost—or continue to Quito. Ask your Expedition Specialist. (B)
Day 6 - Please note:
Our expeditions begin and end at Baltra, and include visits to Isla Santa Cruz and a careful selection of diverse islands. Each of our itineraries offers an optimal balance of wildlife, landscapes and experiences. All ship itineraries are subject to Galápagos National Park regulations.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
07-08-202115-08-2021AUD $8,490Category 1
07-08-202115-08-2021AUD $9,320Category 2
07-08-202115-08-2021AUD $9,970Category 3
07-08-202115-08-2021AUD $10,440Category 4
07-08-202115-08-2021AUD $11,840Category 1 Solo
07-08-202115-08-2021AUD $12,070Category 5
07-08-202115-08-2021AUD $13,070Category 2 Solo
21-08-202129-08-2021AUD $10,440Category 4
21-08-202129-08-2021AUD $11,840Category 1 Solo
21-08-202129-08-2021AUD $12,070Category 5
21-08-202129-08-2021AUD $13,070Category 2 Solo
21-08-202129-08-2021AUD $8,490Category 1
21-08-202129-08-2021AUD $9,320Category 2
21-08-202129-08-2021AUD $9,970Category 3
04-09-202112-09-2021AUD $8,490Category 1
04-09-202112-09-2021AUD $9,320Category 2
04-09-202112-09-2021AUD $9,970Category 3
04-09-202112-09-2021AUD $10,440Category 4
04-09-202112-09-2021AUD $11,840Category 1 Solo
04-09-202112-09-2021AUD $12,070Category 5
04-09-202112-09-2021AUD $13,070Category 2 Solo
18-09-202126-09-2021AUD $8,490Category 1
18-09-202126-09-2021AUD $9,320Category 2
18-09-202126-09-2021AUD $9,970Category 3
18-09-202126-09-2021AUD $10,440Category 4
18-09-202126-09-2021AUD $11,840Category 1 Solo
18-09-202126-09-2021AUD $12,070Category 5
18-09-202126-09-2021AUD $13,070Category 2 Solo
13-11-202121-11-2021AUD $8,490Category 1
13-11-202121-11-2021AUD $9,320Category 2
13-11-202121-11-2021AUD $9,970Category 3
13-11-202121-11-2021AUD $10,440Category 4
13-11-202121-11-2021AUD $11,840Category 1 Solo
13-11-202121-11-2021AUD $12,070Category 5
13-11-202121-11-2021AUD $13,070Category 2 Solo
27-11-202105-12-2021AUD $8,490Category 1
27-11-202105-12-2021AUD $9,320Category 2
27-11-202105-12-2021AUD $9,970Category 3
27-11-202105-12-2021AUD $10,440Category 4
27-11-202105-12-2021AUD $11,840Category 1 Solo
27-11-202105-12-2021AUD $12,070Category 5
27-11-202105-12-2021AUD $13,070Category 2 Solo
11-12-202119-12-2021AUD $8,490Category 1
11-12-202119-12-2021AUD $9,320Category 2
11-12-202119-12-2021AUD $9,970Category 3
11-12-202119-12-2021AUD $10,440Category 4
11-12-202119-12-2021AUD $11,840Category 1 Solo
11-12-202119-12-2021AUD $12,070Category 5
11-12-202119-12-2021AUD $13,070Category 2 Solo
25-12-202102-01-2022AUD $9,320Category 1
25-12-202102-01-2022AUD $10,480Category 2
25-12-202102-01-2022AUD $11,220Category 3
25-12-202102-01-2022AUD $11,690Category 4
25-12-202102-01-2022AUD $13,370Category 1 Solo
25-12-202102-01-2022AUD $13,490Category 5
25-12-202102-01-2022AUD $14,690Category 2 Solo


    • 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.