If you’re after a different kind of honeymoon, this is the itinerary for you! You’ll spend the first week in mystical Peru visiting Machu Picchu and staying a few days either side in cosmopolitan Lima and culture-rich Cusco. You’ll take a cycling trip through Lima, tasting Peru’s best dishes and learning about one of the world’s finest gastronomic destinations. In Cusco, you’ll make your own coffee and chocolate, as well as sampling different kinds of pisco, Peru’s most famous tipple. You’ll then spend a couple of days in Quito, a jewel of colonial heritage, before flying the Galapagos Islands, one of the world’s top wildlife hotspots. You’ll explore these enchanting islands aboard a luxury yacht for 4 nights, before spending the final evening of your honeymoon in Guayaquil. If you’re looking for something epic, this Machu Picchu and Galapagos honeymoon will tick all the boxes and more.
This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.
Depart the UK from your chosen airport.
Upon your arrival in Lima, you will be met by your guide and driven to your hotel in the Miraflores district. The Peruvian capital is a modern metropolis full of history, colour and delicious cuisine. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring the city at your own leisure.
This cycling trip is a brilliant way to discover Lima. Along the way, you’ll stop to delight your taste buds with sampling menus in three different restaurants. You’ll start in Miraflores, riding along the seafront with spectacular views of the Bay of Lima. You will first taste a delicious marine menu and then continue to your second restaurant, where you’ll taste one of Peru’s main dishes, the Causa Peruana. In the third restaurant, you will try lomo saltado, another traditional Peruvian meal. At the end of the tour, you can either choose from an artisanal ice cream or picarones (Peruvian doughnuts) made of sweet potato, pumpkin, cloves and cinnamon - all accompanied by craft Peruvian beers.
Today, you’ll be driven to the airport for your flight to Cusco, where you’ll be collected and taken to your hotel in the city. In the afternoon, you’ll set off on a guided tour of the city’s main sights, including the Santo Domingo convent and the majestic cathedral dominating Plaza de Armas square. You’ll also visit a couple of archaeological sites just outside Cusco: Qenqo and the Sacsayhuaman complex, where the famous Inti Raymi Festival takes place every year in June.
Besides Machu Picchu, Peru is famous for three things: coffee, chocolate and pisco! Today, you’ll visit the Coffee Museum where you will prepare and taste coffee using the local Peruvian different methods. Next, in the ChocoMuseo, you’ll learn about the cultivation and harvesting of the renowned cacao found in the Peruvian jungle. You’ll also help to roast, peel and grind the beans, create a cacao drink and a bar of chocolate in a mould of your choice. Finally, you’ll head to the Republica del Pisco for an introduction to some potent Peruvian brandy. The tour would not be complete without a tasting of pisco so, accompanied by a specialist, you will try and enjoy piscos with different aromas, accompanied by local dishes packed with Peruvian flavour!
Today, you’ll take a scenic journey through the mountains to the archaeological sites of Moray and Maras. The former consists of mysterious concentric circular platforms of different levels thought to have been an agricultural research centre during the Incan Empire. The latter is an impressive salt mine complex composed of large salt deposits that were used for trade with products from other regions of the empire. After the tour, you’ll stop for lunch at a local restaurant and visit a local market before being taken to your hotel in the stunning Sacred Valley.
An early morning transfer will take you to Ollantaytambo train station where you’ll board the train to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. When you arrive, you’ll be met by a local guide and take a 20- minute bus ride to the site. Your guide will take you on a tour of these incredible ruins, and you’ll also have plenty of time to explore on your own. At the end of the visit, you’ll return to Aguas Calientes where a delicious meal (and warming pisco) awaits you at luxury hotel Sumaq. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy some free time in the village before catching the train back to Cusco in the late afternoon. When you arrive, your driver will be waiting to transfer you to the hotel.
This morning, you’ll be taken to the airport to catch a flight to Quito. When you arrive in the Ecuadorian capital, you will be greeted and driven to your hotel.
Quito is one of the most beautifully preserved colonial cities in South America and, to make the most of your stay, we have included a full-day private tour of its historical centre and to the Equator Monument. The tour will finish in the early afternoon, giving you plenty of free time to explore the city at your own pace.
Today, you’ll be transferred to Quito airport for your flight to Baltra in the Galapagos Islands. You will arrive around 10:00 am and be met by your guide. Next, you’ll be transferred to the yacht and embark on your very first Galapagos wildlife encounter!
Your Galapagos cruise will include two daily land excursions and a snorkelling trip. You’ll rise early in the morning and the days will be filled with extraordinary animal encounters! Depending on your departure date, you will visit either the Western or Eastern islands. It doesn’t matter which itinerary you follow, as you all of the islands in the archipelago are rich in amazing landscapes and creatures. If you are keen to visit a particular island, speak to one of our consultants and we’ll be sure to suggest the right itinerary for you. The crew will look after you every step of the way, while the onboard chef will treat you to three delicious meals per day. A highly knowledgeable naturalist guide will accompany throughout the trip, unveiling the secrets of these islands.
This morning, you’ll say goodbye to the crew and the islands. You’ll be driven to Baltra airport and board your flight back to Ecuador’s mainland. Once you’ve landed in Guayaquil, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel in the city. The rest of the day is at leisure. We suggest taking a stroll along the scenic malecón and riding La Perla (the city’s panoramic wheel).
Today, you’ll be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight back home.
You can visit Peru all year round, although Machu Picchu gets very busy during the summer months of July and August. You’ll find fewer crowds and good weather during the shoulder months of May, June and September.
There isn’t a bad time to visit the Galapagos but there are two distinct seasons. The dry season runs from June to December, bringing clearer skies but colder waters. The wet season stretches from January to May, with higher chances of rain and cloudier skies but much warmer waters for snorkelling.
If you'd like to get a feel for this trip, read our blog post, Discovering the Galapagos aboard the tall ship Mary Anne, written by one of our consultants who's been there.
This itinerary is purely a suggestion, and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.
9 nights in 4* hotels standard accommodation and 4 nights in a lower deck cabin aboard the Tip Top III yacht.
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