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Galápagos Islands – Nine of the Best Isles Plus Machu Picchu


Departure Dates
40 departures between Aug 2024 and Mar 2026
15 days
Multiple Offers

Cruise Overview

Galápagos Islands | Nine of the Best Isles Plus Machu Picchu Cruise | Hurtigruten Expeditions

Visit magnificent Machu Picchu and nine of the most alluring Galápagos Islands on this land and sea adventure combination.

See the unique wildlife of Galápagos, from giant tortoises to marine iguanas as you visit the islands of Baltra, Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, Floreana, Santiago, Rábida, Bartolomé and Genovesa.

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

South America land adventure 

The first part of our adventure takes place on land. Setting off from Lima, Peru’s vibrant capital, we’ll fly to Cusco, the ancient centre of the Inca empire, and discover its many 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 and then flying to charming Quito – the ‘City of Eternal Spring’. 

Awe inspiring Galápagos Islands 

After exploring Quito´s historic centre on a guided tour, we’ll head to the Galápagos Islands for an unforgettable sea adventure. This itinerary calls at nine incredible islands – Baltra, Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, Floreana, Santiago, Rábida, Bartolomé and Genovesa. Here, you’ll visit picturesque landscapes showcasing a range of ecosystems and see many of the species which made these islands so famous. On this active cruise, and with an onboard Expedition Team of local guides, you'll get closer to the many natural wonders in our small panga boats, kayaks and glass-bottom boat. 

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Your land adventure begins

Day 1

Discover the city of Lima 

Day 2

City of the Incas and a cultural gem

Day 3

Back in time to a lost world 

Day 4

Quito – city of eternal spring 

Day 5

Visit historic Quito  

Day 6

Your cruise begins 

Day 7

Wildlife-rich Isabela and Fernandina 

Day 8

Darwin’s Santa Cruz 

Day 9

Picturesque Floreana 

Day 10

Relax in Baltra 

Day 11

Pristine Santiago Island 

Day 12

Stunning Rábida & Bartolomé 

Day 13

Genovesa, a bird paradise 

Day 14

One last adventure 

Day 15

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, and Baltra and Guayaquil, including all taxes  


  • Two nights in Lima, two nights in Cusco, and two nights in Quito before the expedition cruise, including breakfast. Dinner on Day 3-6. 


  • 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  


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


  • Galápagos Islands National Park admission fee   
  • Transit Control Card for the Galápagos Islands  
  • Access to the airport lounge at the Guayaquil (or Quito) 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 on hand to assist you


  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions 
  • Your flight from Baltra will be to Guayaquil. If you wish to end your expedition in Quito, please advise your booking agent
  • The land programme in Peru and Quito, Ecuador, takes place at high altitudes. At 11,100 ft and 9,350 ft above sea level, respectively, you might experience mild altitude sickness.
  • The land-based tour in Peru involves long stretches of active travel and walking over uneven terrain. Be prepared for a climate that varies from high altitude to tropical weather
  • 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

  • International flights 

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

  • Travel insurance 

  • Luggage handling 

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

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