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Galápagos Islands

Iconic Wildlife and Sublime Scenery Plus Machu Picchu (Western Route)


Departure Dates
41 departures between Aug 2024 and Mar 2026
10 days
Multiple Offers

Cruise Overview

Galápagos Islands Cruise | Iconic Wildlife & Sublime Scenery Plus Machu Picchu

Experience magnificent Machu Picchu and the incredible natural wonders of the Galápagos Islands on this land and sea adventure combination.

See the unique wildlife of Galápagos, such as giant tortoises and marine iguanas, as you visit the islands of Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina and Floreana.

Learn about these incredible islands and Charles Darwin’s research from your expert Expedition Team, comprised of local naturalist guides.

Explore the Galápagos Islands by kayak, glass-bottom boat and stand-up paddleboard, and enjoy nature walks, hikes, snorkeling and swimming.

South America land adventure

The first part of our adventure takes place on land. Setting off from Peru’s vibrant capital, Lima, we’ll fly to Cusco. At the ancient center of the Inca empire, we will discover a range of cultural and architectural wonders. Next, we travel up the Sacred Valley on a luxury train to the incredible mountain citadel of Machu Picchu before heading back to Cusco. We then fly to charming Quito, the ‘City of Eternal Spring’.

Darwin’s islands of evolution

After exploring Quito´s historic center on a guided tour, we’ll head to the Galápagos Islands for an unforgettable sea adventure. Your expedition cruise begins after a flight from Quito to Baltra Island in Galápagos for an incredible sea adventure. In the Galápagos Islands, you’ll visit the isles of Isabela, Floreana, Fernandina and Santa Cruz islands, each a unique illustration of evolution in action. Experience an array of ecosystems within picturesque landscapes, and see famed wildlife such as marine iguanas, giant tortoises, Nazca Boobies and Darwin’s iconic finches. Your ship, MS Santa Cruz II, is one of the few vessels operating in Galápagos that comes equipped with a full range of exploration tools, including panga boats, kayaks, snorkeling gear, stand-up paddleboards and even a glass-bottom boat. 

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Your land adventure begins

Day 1

City of the Incas and a cultural gem

Day 2

Back in time to a lost world 

Day 3

Quito – city of eternal spring 

Day 4

Visit historic Quito  

Day 5

Your cruise begins 

Day 6

Wildlife-rich Isabela and Fernandina 

Day 7

Darwin’s Santa Cruz 

Day 8

Picturesque Floreana 

Day 9

Back to Baltra 

Day 10

What's included


  • Flights in economy class from Lima to Cusco, and from Cusco to Quito (via Lima), including all taxes 
  • Flights in economy class between Quito and Baltra, including all taxes


  • One night in Lima, two nights in Cusco, and two nights in Quito before the expedition cruise, including breakfast. Dinner on Days 2–5.


  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel, and the hotel to the airport, in Quito before the expedition cruise
  • Transfers between the airport and the ship in Baltra


  • Tour package: Cusco and Machu Picchu, as described, including excursions with lunch, train tickets, entrance fees, and transfers from the hotel to the airport in Lima and within Cusco before the expedition cruise
  • Full-day excursion: Historic Quito and Middle of the World, including lunch, before the expedition cruise

Included Extras

  • Galápagos Islands National Park admission fee
  • Transit Control Card for the Galápagos Islands
  • Access to the airport lounge at the Quito (or Guayaquil) airport upon return from the Galápagos Islands for guests flying internationally on the day of disembarkation

Expedition Cruise

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • House wine and beer served with lunch and dinner. From 1 October 2024 departures, wine, beer and spirits (excluding premium alcoholic drinks) available from the bar at any time (subject to Ecuadorean licensing laws)
  • All day coffee, tea and soft drinks
  • A complimentary water bottle to refill on board and take home
  • A backpack or another piece of HX kit
  • Professional photos from your trip taken by our onboard photographer
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi. Please note, streaming is not supported
  • Use of hot tubs, fitness room, lounges and more
  • Gratuities included. Fantastic service is standard at HX – though if you’d like to leave something extra, it’s always appreciated
  • Range of included activities

Onboard activities

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team
  • Full access to the ship’s Science Corner
  • Citizen Science Programme allows guests to assist with ongoing scientific research 
  • Professional onboard photographer gives tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos 
  • Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings

Landing Activities

  • Escorted and guided landings with small panga boats
  • Loan of all equipment for activities
  • Expedition photographers will be on hand to assist you


  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
  • Your flight from Baltra will be to Quito. If you wish to end your expedition in Guayaquil, please advise your booking agent
  • Quito’s altitude is at approximately 9,350 feet above sea level and during your stay, you might experience mild altitude sickness
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • Depending on your flight times, an additional overnight might be needed (not included)

What's not included

  • Additional overnight(s) if required due to international flight timings 

  • International flights

  • Travel protection

  • Baggage handling

Penguins perched on the ice of Cuverville Island, Antarctica. Credit: Espen Mills / HX Hurtigruten Expeditions

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