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This extension is the perfect way to see a little more of South America. Visit Machu Picchu, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World as well as the Colonial City of Cusco, built on the foundation of Incan Palaces.
Depart London on your scheduled flight to Quito, via Bogota.
On arrival in Quito, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Take in the breath-taking mountain backdrop of the highest capital city in the world as you enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
In the morning enjoy a half day walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the historic old town awaits. Visiting Independence Square, stop at the Cathedral and Presidential Palace before passing the church of La Compania and San Francisco. Finishing at El Panecillo Hill, here you will have panoramic views over the capital city whilst enjoying a well-deserved lunch. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure or take an optional trip to the equator monument.
Fly to the Galapagos Islands for 4 nights of yachting around this archipelago, known for its unrivalled number of endemic animal species. An afternoon excursion takes you to the Galapagos Interpretation Centre, where you will learn more about the islands' history. A walk up nearby Tijeretas Hill offers magnificent views. Return to the yacht for the night.
Visit the white coral beaches of Espanola Island and watch the sea lions, marine iguanas and birds on the shore. Swim or snorkel in these warm waters for the chance to spot manta rays, reef sharks and other marine life. In the afternoon, spot endemic wildlife on a hike to Suarez Point and 'Soplador', a seaward blowhole. Return to the yacht for the night.
Visit Floreana Island, where a wooden barrel installed in the 1700s serves as an informal post office. Drop off a postcard in the hopes that some other traveller will deliver it to its destination, then enjoy a morning of swimming and snorkelling on the beach. This afternoon, hike to a flamingo-filled lagoon and a large sea turtle nesting site. Return to the beach for some swimming and snorkelling before boarding the yacht again.
Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn more about its giant tortoise breeding program then wander the town of Puerto Ayora and shop for souvenirs. A drive through the surrounding highlands takes you from the coast to dense, humid forests, giving you ample opportunity to spot wildlife and birds. Later, visit the stunning sand cove of Ballena Bay for time to relax on the beach.
Enjoy a morning of swimming and snorkelling in the crystalline waters off Santa Cruz Island before your transfer to the airport and flight to the city of Guayaquil.
Tour the picturesque port city of Guayaquil, strolling along the Malecon 2000, an impressive boardwalk overlooking the Guayas River. You will then visit the colourful hillside neighbourhood of Las Penas. Continue on to Parque Bolivar, known locally as Iguana Park for the many iguanas that bask on its lawns. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure or take an optional excursion to Parque Historico, a thematic open-air park.
Enjoy a free morning before you are transferred to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
After a day at leisure in Guayaquil, take an evening flight to Lima. Your guide will meet you on arrival and accompany you to your hotel.
This morning you will fly to Cusco. In the afternoon your guide will commence your half day tour, taking you around all the most important sites.
Today is the highpoint of this extension - a visit to the world renowned Machu Picchu. Board the Vistadome train to climb up through the Andes, then a bus to the summit of the archaeological site. Constructed on a saddle between the two Andean peaks, Machu Picchu was one of the greates achievements of South American civilisation.
After breakfast at your hotel the rest of the day is free for you to relax and explore Cusco.
After breakfast return to the UK via Lima and Madrid.
A visa is not required for entry into Peru for UK passport holders. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check with your destinations? Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding required passport validity.
You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Direct is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:
|Age in Years||Up to 64||65 - 74||75 - 85|
|Up to 17 days cover||£39||£75||£129|
If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.
All flights are operated by LAN TAM airlines. Each passenger is entitled to 23kgs of hold luggage and hand luggage not exceeding 55cm x 40cm x 20cm in size. Flight times are for guidance only and subject to change.
We recommend that you consult your local GP for advice on vaccinations and travel health before departure.
This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility.
There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.
This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival and will have a guide with you throughout the duration of your trip, ensuring you have first-hand knowledge at all times.
The currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol, the symbol is S/. We recommend you exchange your currency before you leave the UK. US Dollars are widely accepted in Peru should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you. Cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.
You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any lunches and dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £200-£300 should be sufficient.
|Depart UK||Arrive UK||Extension Price||Tour Price||Total Price|
|09 Apr 2018||22 Apr 2018||€1236pp||€3629pp||€4865pp|
|07 May 2018||20 May 2018||€1236pp||€3794pp||€5030pp|
|04 Jun 2018||17 Jun 2018||€1236pp||€3849pp||€5085pp|
|24 Sep 2018||07 Oct 2018||€1196pp||€3299pp||€4495pp|
|22 Oct 2018||04 Nov 2018||€1236pp||€3629pp||€4865pp|
|19 Nov 2018||02 Dec 2018||€1236pp||€3629pp||€4865pp|
|03 Dec 2018||16 Dec 2018||€1236pp||€3794pp||€5030pp|
Please note that Breakfast and Lunch is not included on the last day of the main tour as your flight departs Guayaquil in the early hours of the morning on Day 10.
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