Machu Picchu to the Galápagos

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JUN. 16-30, 2015 From $7,995
Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Quito, Galápagos Islands
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Machu Picchu to the Galápagos

JUN. 16-30, 2015
Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Quito, Galápagos Islands
Aboard M/Y Coral II

Embark on an exhilarating 15-day discovery of lost worlds. Enjoy lunch in the home of a Cuzco family and visit the Sacred Valley. Absorb the beauty and mystery of Machu Picchu on several guided tours and spend a night at the acclaimed on-site Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge. Cruise aboard the privately chartered M/Y Coral II in the Galápagos. Swim, snorkel or take guided nature walks to observe the astonishing wildlife hidden on the islands including giant Galápagos tortoises, blue-footed boobies, sea lions, iguanas and abundant bird life.

Cost: From $7,995
Odysseys Unlimited, Inc.
Activity Level: Active
Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (14.8 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • UCLA Alumni Travel continues to be a wonderful value, and the people are always warm and friendly."
    Joan Wood ’62, Traveler
  • The Galápagos Islands trip was wonderful! It was a trip of a lifetime!"
    Jim Dyer ’57, M.S. ’60, Ph.D. ’65, Traveler
  • Machu Picchu and the Galápagos were amazing places to visit as well as traveling with a congenial group of UCLA Bruins and wonderful local tour guides."
    Zina Mirksy ’72, Traveler

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DAY 1 | June 16. Depart for Lima, Peru

DAY 2 | June 17. Lima
This morning we tour the Larco Herrera Museum, whose ceramics collection includes a renowned set of erotic pre-Columbian figures. This afternoon we take a city tour of the Peruvian capital followed by a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

DAY 3 | June 18. Lima/Cuzco/Sacred Valley
Today we fly to Cuzco, where we travel to the beautiful Sacred Valley, a region of Inca sites and indigenous villages. After visiting the Indian market at Pisac, we reach our hotel mid-afternoon. Before dinner we attend a native Offering to the Earth ceremony. (B, L, D)

DAY 4 | June 19. Sacred Valley
Today we visit the Incan farming town of Chinchero, where residents live much as their ancestors did. Then we explore Ollantaytambo, a living town and site of massive Incan ruins that continue to inspire wonder. We return to our hotel late this afternoon and dine there tonight.(B, L, D)

DAY 5 | June 20. Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu
Early this morning we travel by train for the 1½-hour journey to Aguas Calientes, where we board a bus for Machu Picchu. Our first guided visit of the stunning “Lost City of the Incas” begins late this morning. Thanks to its small size, our group will move nimbly through the ruins and have the leisure to absorb the beauty and mystery of this site, whose original purpose has been lost to time. Following our tour, we check in at the 31-room Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, just steps from the entrance to the ruins. While most visitors see Machu Picchu on a day trip, we have the rare privilege of spending the night and seeing the ruins after all the tourists have left. (B, L, D)

DAY 6 | June 21. Machu Picchu/Cuzco
Today before the day trippers arrive we take our second guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Then we return to Aguas Calientes for lunch and free time before our mid-afternoon train to Cuzco. (B, L)

DAY 7 | June 22. Cuzco
This morning we tour Cuzco, the archaeological hub of the Americas, the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city and a UNESCO World Heritage site. We stop at the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, an Incan masterpiece, then enjoy lunch in the home of a gracious Cuzco family. (B, L)

DAY 8 | June 23. Cuzco/Quito
Early today we fly via Lima to Quito, arriving late afternoon. This evening we have a briefing and dinner at our hotel. (B, D)

DAY 9-12 | June 24-27. Galapagos Cruising
Our Galapagos adventure begins with an early departure on Day 9 for the flight to Baltra or San Cristóbal, where we board the privately chartered M/Y Coral II, our home for the next four nights. While exact cruise itineraries are subject to the dictates of Galapagos National Park authorities, each cruise features expert Galapagos naturalist guides and the opportunity to see giant Galapagos tortoises, Blue-footed Boobies, sea lions, iguanas and abundant bird life. On all cruises we also will enjoy opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, panga boat rides and nature walks. (B, L, D)

DAY 13 | June 28. Galapagos/Quito
Today we fly from Baltra or San Cristóbal to Quito (via Guayaquil), Ecuador’s capital. Quito was the first city to be named a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Americas. (B)

DAY 14 | June 29. Quito
Nestled in a valley surrounded by staggering Andes peaks, Quito boasts a large historic center which we discover on today’s tour. We also visit Middle of the World Monument, where we can straddle two hemispheres. We celebrate our adventure at tonight’s farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B, L, D)

DAY 15 | June 30. Depart for U.S.
We transfer to the airport this morning for our return flights to the U.S. (B)

Accommodations
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Westin Lima Hotel
Located in Lima’s vibrant financial and shopping district, the hotel is just 15 kilometers from Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM) and minutes from a dazzling selection of restaurants, galleries, and parks, as well as banks and corporate headquarters.

Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel
This hotel is built on a seventeenth century colonial hacienda by the Vilcanota River, just one hour away from the city of Cusco and 30 minutes from Ollantaytambo train station; on the route to Machu Picchu. The hotel offers rooms decorated in colonial style as well as other modern minimalist decor.

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Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
Find yourself in the only hotel located adjacent to the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. It offers its guests exceptionally easy access from early morning to late afternoon, when most of the day visitors and buses have left. Sit out on a terrace and savour Peruvian cuisine based on produce grown on the Lodge’s own plot: this delightful hideaway is the perfect place to relax and unwind in the shadow of the Lost City.

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Belmond Hotel Monasterio
Right beside the lively Cusco central square is Belmond Hotel Monasterio, a former monastery and national monument dating from 1592. This delightful retreat combines centuries-old charm with luxury hotel service, inspired restaurants and boutique rooms and suites—all clustered around a tranquil central courtyard. The ideal hotel from which to discover the delights of Cusco, its doors open to a vibrant scene of old and modern architecture, markets, galleries and restaurants serving ‘new Andean’ cuisine.

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Swissotel Quito
One of the city’s top five-star luxury hotel, conveniently located in the Floresta neighbourhood of Quito – both a commercial and residential area,only at 25 minutes of Mariscal Sucre International Airport. Each of Swissotel Quito’s elegant guest rooms are air-conditioned and feature modern design. Luxurious amenities include state-of-the-art technology and a free internet connection.

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M/Y Coral II
Our privately chartered ship is an eco-friendly vessel built specifically for Galapagos cruising. Cabins are small but comfortable, each with private facilities.

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Pricing

Tour departs on June 16, 2015 from:

  • Miami | $7,993
  • Orlando, Tampa | $8,293
  • Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Houston, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC | $8,393
  • Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland (OR), San Francisco, Seattle | $8,493
  • Land Only (transfers not included) $7,995

Tour is limited to 20 alumni and friends. Prices include international airfare and all taxes, surcharges and fees.

Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (14.8 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • UCLA Alumni Travel continues to be a wonderful value, and the people are always warm and friendly."
    Joan Wood ’62, Traveler
  • The Galápagos Islands trip was wonderful! It was a trip of a lifetime!"
    Jim Dyer ’57, M.S. ’60, Ph.D. ’65, Traveler
  • Machu Picchu and the Galápagos were amazing places to visit as well as traveling with a congenial group of UCLA Bruins and wonderful local tour guides."
    Zina Mirksy ’72, Traveler

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STEP 1
Download the tour Reservation Form here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

STEP 2
Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $500 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

STEP 3
Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:
UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.

Terms & Conditions

Written cancellations from time of booking up to 90 days prior to departure will be assessed a minimum administrative fee of approximately $250; within 90 days of departure, refunds vary according to the policies of each tour operator. Please read the cancellation clauses contained within the brochure for this tour carefully.

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Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance to cover the possibility of trip cancellation or interruption, emergency medical evacuation, medical expenses and baggage loss incurred while traveling. All confirmed passengers will receive travel insurance information in your confirmation packet. It’s one of our many membership benefits! For information about travel insurance, visit alumni.ucla.edu/travel-insurance. Coverage for pre-existing medical conditions, terrorist incidents and travel supplier financial insolvencies will be provided if the insurance is purchased within 15 days of your trip deposit. Please read the insurance brochure carefully.

Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (14.8 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • UCLA Alumni Travel continues to be a wonderful value, and the people are always warm and friendly."
    Joan Wood ’62, Traveler
  • The Galápagos Islands trip was wonderful! It was a trip of a lifetime!"
    Jim Dyer ’57, M.S. ’60, Ph.D. ’65, Traveler
  • Machu Picchu and the Galápagos were amazing places to visit as well as traveling with a congenial group of UCLA Bruins and wonderful local tour guides."
    Zina Mirksy ’72, Traveler