Galápagos + Land of the Inca (NG Endeavour II)
Embark on a sweeping adventure that encapsulates all the wildness of Galápagos balanced with cultural and historic experiences of Machu Picchu & the Land of the Inca. You’ll journey to contemporary Lima, and historic Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Plus, overnight at Machu Picchu and watch the sunrise over this fabled city.
Encounter abundant wildlife in Galápagos
Blue-footed boobies. Flightless cormorants. Darwin’s finches. Pink flamingos. Sea lions on beaches or gamboling underwater. Giant tortoises grazing in the highlands. The wildlife of Galápagos is legendary for its uniqueness and lack of fear, allowing you the rare experience of being treated as an equal in the wild world. Each island contains endemic species, and you’ll have the opportunity to see a panoply of Galápagos’ creatures in their native habitats—on land and in the sea.
See day break of Machu Picchu, plus experience Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Inca
Walk amongst 3000-year-old cities built by the Incan empire and explore the most stunning archaeological sites in the Peru. This week-long exploration is carefully planned to allow you to acclimate on the trip from sea level to the peaks of Machu Picchu. Your expedition team of local experts and historians will also open you to the colonial and contemporary Peru that lies alongside the Incan wonders. You’ll visit the massive Inca stone fortress of Ollantaytambo before relaxing in the luxurious 31-room Orient Express Sanctuary Lodge. Before sunrise, you’ll hike to the Sun Gate, the ancient final checkpoint to Machu Picchu. See dawn break over the quiet ruins and then descend into this fabled city with only a handful of visitors.
Explore with an exceptional team
Explore Galápagos under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, four handpicked naturalists, including a National Geographic certified photo instructor and an undersea specialist, plus a wellness specialist. In Peru you’ll explore with a veteran Peruvian tour plus several veteran local guides that join us along the way in the Sacred Valley of the Inca, Machu Picchu, and Cusco. Your team’s knowledge and passion for the region is the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Galápagos + Land of the Inca (NG Endeavour II) itinerary:
Galápagos + Land of the Inca (NG Endeavour II) reverse itinerary:
National Geographic Endeavour II
Vessel Type: Expedition Ship
Length: 73 metres
Passenger Capacity: 96 guests (in 53 outside cabins)
Built: 2005; Refurbished: 2016
National Geographic Endeavour II is a purpose-built expedition ship that first sailed in 2005. After undergoing extensive renovation this year, she will redeploy to Galápagos. She is exceptionally nimble and maneuverable, with great viewing from all public spaces, large windows in cabins and suites, state-of-the-art tools for exploration, and a fast, seamless twin Zodiac loading platform.
Public Areas: Ship is fully air-conditioned. Covered deck with chairs and tables; doctor’s office; fitness centre; LEXspa; global gallery; library; lounge with full-service bar and facilities for viewing and presentations; and sun deck. Our Ecuadorian captain welcomes guests to the bridge in accordance with our ‘open bridge’ policy.
Cabins: All cabins face outside with windows. Each has private facilities and climate controls.
Expedition Equipment: Kayaks, glass-bottom Zodiac, snorkeling gear, underwater video camera, video microscope, wet suits, and Zodiac landing craft.
Special Features: Guest internet access, laundry service, and wellness program. Ship’s doctor and video chronicler are also on board.
• Experience the Galápagos undersea, too
• Benefit from our 40+ years of experience and relationships in Galápagos to see all you came for and more.
• See daybreak over the ruins at Machu Picchu from the fabled Sun Gate, with only a handful of visitors
• Discover Cusco’s array of cultural influences and explore the Sacred Valley of the Inca
• Explore the massive stone Inca stone fortress of Ollantaytambo