Follow in the footsteps of great explorers on an adventure tour of Machu Picchu and Galapagos Islands

Tuesday 4 November 2014

Join mv Galapagos Legend for three-night cruise Explore ancient cities and colonial towns Travel in small group of up to 25

Follow in the footsteps of great explorers on an adventure tour of Machu Picchu and Galapagos Islands

In a small group of up to 25 guests embark on a trip of a lifetime combining a tour of the Lost City of the Incas in Peru and a full-board cruise round the Galapagos Islands which teem with wildlife.

The active explorer holiday starts in Lima, where guests stay overnight before transferring to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu by narrow-gauge railway. The ancient citadel remained hidden in the Andean mountains until 1911 before it was ‘rediscovered’ by the American explorer Hiram Bingham.

Travel on to Cuzco, one of the highest cities in the world rising 3,400 metres above sea level. Admire the city's Spanish colonial architecture and the ancient walled complex at Sacsayhuaman before flying to Quito, the capital of Ecuador.

Flanked by the Andes, Quito was one of the first World Cultural Heritage sites recognised by UNESCO. A highlight will be a visit to Otavalo Market, the largest in South America and run by the indigenous people.

Fly to the Galapagos Islands to board the elegant adventure cruiser mv Galapagos Legend which was specially designed to sail in the archipelago. Guests will be accompanied by a wildlife expert who has trained at the islands’ Charles Darwin Research Station.

As well as pointing out species of plants and animals, the guide will give on-board lectures to ensure passengers can learn about wildlife habitats, conservation and naturalist Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.

On Santa Cruz, visit the lush cloud forest and watch giant tortoises before following a coastal trail to the volcanic rock pools of Egas Port to watch for fur seals, sea lions, marine iguanas and lava lizards.

Sail on to the islet of Beartolomé and hike to its low-lying summit for views of Pinnacle Rock. Look out for sea turtles and penguins before snorkelling in the crystal waters where 20th century undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau marvelled at the species and called the archipelago ‘the last wildlife sanctuary’.

At Dragon Hill, a nesting site for land iguanas, there will also be a chance to see mockingbirds, Darwin's finches and flamingos. Take a walk through the coastal forest and giant prickly-pear cactus grove to wonder at nature and listen to the wildlife.

Cruise on to North Seymour for more animal encounters before landing at Bachas Beach, an expanse of white-sand and one of the main sea turtle nesting sites.

13 nights from £4,399, departing London Heathrow from March to July and September to November 2015. Price includes VIP door-to-door chauffeur service, return flights and transfers, accommodation, most meals, porterage, tour manager, tourist visa, travel insurance and cancellation cover.

For details call free on 0800 414 383 or visit saga.co.uk/holidays

Editors: Saga Holidays is winner of nine British Travel Awards including Best Wildlife and Nature Holiday Operator, Central and South America, Singles and Escorted Journeys.

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