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Galapagos Outer Loop & Machu Picchu – Celebrity Cruises

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16 Nights • From BALTRA (GALAPAGOS) • CELEBRITY FLORA

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Itinerary

Day 1

Quito, Ecuador

On the first day of your journey, you'll be greeted at the airport by a Celebrity Cruises representative and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy free time to relax and settle in.

Day 2

Quito, Ecuador

During a guided tour of the capital of Ecuador, situated at an altitude of 9,350 feet, you'll stand on the equatorial line at the Half of the World Park and Museum, and marvel at the monasteries of San Francisco and Santo Domingo. Your tour director will escort you throughout your Quito stay and serve as your personal concierge. Lunch with a spectacular view of the city, and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local gourmet restaurant.

Day 3

Quito to Baltra Embarkation

You will be transferred to the Quito, Ecuador airport to board the flight to Baltra, Galapagos, where naturalist guides will be waiting to transfer you to the ship.

During World War II, Baltra served as a U.S. military base protecting the Panama Canal from enemy attack. Now the cactus-strewn landscapes of Baltra are home to the region's main airport.

Daphne is a satellite volcanic cone located north of Santa Cruz Island. This island is famous for the scientific investigation led by Peter and Rosemary Grant on the finches’ population, one of the most important studies in the field that supports Charles Darwin’s Theory.

Day 3

Baltra Island (Galapagos)

During World War II, Baltra served as a U.S. military base protecting the Panama Canal from enemy attack. Now the cactus-strewn landscapes of Baltra are home to the region's main airport.

Day 3

Daphne Major

Daphne is a satellite volcanic cone located north of Santa Cruz Island. The crater floor is an important breeding site for blue-footed boobies. The cliff shore of the island is home for sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, and tropical birds which can be observed during the circumnavigation of the island.

Day 4

Egas Port, Santiago Island

With its black sand beach, coastal tide pools, andblue-water grottoes, this stop offers a wonderful tasteof the Galapagos and the opportunity to see shore birds,Galapagos Hawks, sea lions, marine iguanas, andGalapagos fur seals. Sea lions, colorful tropical fish,and sea turtles are often seen while snorkeling.

Day 5

Elizabeth Bay

Elizabeth Bay is one of the westernmost points in theGalapagos. A scenic zodiac ride within this shelteredinlet offers viewing of a wide variety of wildlife and awonderful mangrove ecosystem.

Day 5

Tagus Cove, Isabela Island

Historically an anchorage for pirates and whalers, this site offers a breathtaking view of Isabela, its volcanoes and spectacular Darwin Lake. Along the shore, seabirds, penguins, sea lions, sea turtles, and nesting flightless cormorants can often be found.

Day 6

Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island)

During a volcanic eruption in the early 1900’s, this area of Santiago was covered with flowing lava. Today, the hardened fields of black rock create a geologic wonderland. We will take advantage of the cool of early morning for awalk to view strange twisting hardened lava flows, collapse craters, and everyone’s favorite, the hornitos orlava ovens. Tall red scoria cones and pioneer plants also dot this unusual and very young landscape.

Day 6

Bartolome Island

Bartolome Island hosts one of the region's most often-photographed views and a spectacular geologic setting. Its barren moon-like volcanic landscapes, spatter cones, and pinnacle rock make for a unique stop. It is also home to the endemic Galapagos penguin and provides an excellent opportunity for snorkeling.

Day 6

Bartolome Island

Bartolome Island hosts one of the region's most often-photographed views and a spectacular geologic setting. Its barren moon-like volcanic landscapes, spatter cones, and pinnacle rock make for a unique stop. It is also home to the endemic Galapagos penguin and provides an excellent opportunity for snorkeling.

Day 7

Las Bachas, Santa Cruz Island

A beautiful white sand beach on the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island. The name “Las Bachas” comes from the mispronunciation of the word "barges" by the local population during the 1950s when WWII barges broke their moorings and ran aground on the beach. This is also one of the largest nesting areas of the Pacific Green Sea Turtle in the Galapagos. A short beach walk brings you to a pond to look for flamingos and other shorebirds. Afterwards, this is a fantastic beach to relax, go for a walk, swim, and maybe practice snorkeling.Bartolome Island hosts one of the region's most often-photographed views and a spectacular geologic setting. Its barren moon-like volcanic landscapes, spatter cones, and pinnacle rock make for a unique stop. It is also home to the endemic Galapagos penguin and provides an excellent opportunity for snorkeling.

Day 7

North Seymour Island

North Seymour is a small island just north of Baltra. It is home to the largest colony of frigate birds in the Galapagos. While keeping an eye out for male frigates trying to impress potential mates with an inflated red neck pouch, you may also see blue-footed boobies dancing in a timeless courtship ritual. 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.

Day 8

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island

Here we have the opportunity to visit the small waterfront town of Puerto Baquerizo, the administrative capital of the islands. Excursion options include a tour of 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.

Day 8

Punta Pitt, San Cristobal Island

Pitt Point is located on the northeastern tip of 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 it is well worth the effort. A steep gully leads up the cliff to a breeding ground for all three varieties of boobies: red-footed, blue-footed, and Nazca. It’s one of the few places in the Galapagos where you can see all three species nesting together.

Day 9

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

This is the main population center of the islands, andhome to the National Park Service tortoise-breedingcenter and the Charles Darwin Research Station. Youwill be able to visit the tortoise-breeding center andwalk through the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Day 10

Baltra Island (Galapagos)

During World War II, Baltra served as a U.S. military base protecting the Panama Canal from enemy attack. Now the cactus-strewn landscapes of Baltra are home to the region's main airport.

Day 11

Lima / Peru

This morning you’ll have free time to sleep in, enjoy a massage* in the hotel’s renowned spa, go for a swim in the indoor pool, or explore Lima a bit more. The choice is yours. 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 a trendy Lima spot. We’ll have you back to your hotel late that afternoon, which will give you plenty of time to prepare for your early departure to Cuzco the following morning.

Day 10

Disembark in Baltra; fly to Quito then Lima

Enjoy breakfast on board before disembarking and heading to the Baltra airport for your flight to Quito and then on to Lima. Upon arrival at the Quito airport a Celebrity representative will be on hand to assist you with your Lima flight check in. For your convenience, they’ll provide an entry voucher to the airport VIP lounge in Quito. When you arrive in Lima, after clearing customs and immigration, you’ll be greeted by a Celebrity Cruises representative at the airport. A detailed schedule of events will be provided at that time. You’ll enjoy dinner and at the Westin Lima and be checked into a Grande Deluxe Room there.

Day 11

Lima / Peru

This morning you’ll have free time to sleep in, enjoy a massage* in the hotel’s renowned spa, go for a swim in the indoor pool, or explore Lima a bit more. The choice is yours. 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 a trendy Lima spot. We’ll have you back to your hotel late that afternoon, which will give you plenty of time to prepare for your early departure to Cuzco the following morning.

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

After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, you’ll head to the Urubamba Valley, The Sacred Valley of the Incas. There, you’ll tour the impressive ruins, featuring terraces carved into the hillside and a temple designed for worship and astronomical observation, as well as the fortress of Ollantaytambo. You’ll be served lunch at Wayra Ranch—a feast led by the prominent Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino and Nacho Solis—while you watch a stunning equestrian show, featuring Peruvian Paso horses. After lunch, you’ll 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 have the evening to spend however you like.

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 that will take you on a tour of the almost perfectly preserved buildings and the mysterious passageways beneath the city. Lunch will be served at the Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu. After lunch, time permitting, you’ll have a second opportunity to visit Machu Picchu in the afternoon. Before leaving Machu Picchu, you’ll enjoy tea time at the Sanctuary Lodge. Then, in the late afternoon, you’ll board the world-famous Belmond Hiram Bingham train for your journey 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,” the Sacsayhuamán fortress, and the Cathedral—one of the most splendid Spanish colonial churches in America, housing about 400 colonial paintings from the Cuzco art school, impressive goldsmith, silversmith, and precious stone works. You’ll 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 own way.

Day 17

Depart Lima, Peru

If your flight home leaves on Sunday, after spending the evening in the Westin Lima Hotel, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Day 16

Fly to Lima, Peru/Depart Lima, Peru

After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll be taken to the airport for your morning flight back to Lima. Once in Lima, you’ll visit Lima's historical downtown, where you’ll be served a mouthwatering lunch at a local gourmet restaurant. After lunch, you’ll enjoy a 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. You’ll stop at Saint Francis' Convent, a masterpiece of colonial architecture to visit its beautiful courtyards and catacombs. After your tour, you’ll be taken to the Westin Lima Hotel where you’ll enjoy dinner. If you’re flight home leaves Saturday evening, you’ll be provided 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’ll be provided a room at the hotel to spend the evening.

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