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Cuba, Peru & the Galapagos

4 countries
10 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
2 character accommodation properties
Take a truly unique adventure through the incredible marvels of South America and Cuba. Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin in the amazing Galapagos Islands and step back in time in the heritage-listed towns of Cuba. Discover the magic of Peru's Sacred Valley, and the spectacular Incan city of Machu Picchu.Walk in the footsteps of DarwinDiscover the amazing archipelago of the Galapagos Islands! See a remarkable array of wildlife, from sea lions, and iguanas to fragata birds and exotic fish. Enjoy lunch among the giant tortoises and experience the beautiful lagoons, beaches and turquoise seas.Colourful CubaSpanish, Caribbean, native Indian and African cultures all blend together to create the Cuban way of life, full of dance and colour! Visit the beautiful Vinales valley, home to unique limestone hills and tobacco fields, then discover the 'Pearl of the South' - the spectacular natural bay of Cienfuegos and the beautiful El Nicho waterfalls. Continue to the charming UNESCO World Heritage-listed site of Trinidad, Cuba's best preserved colonial city. Quirky and colourful Havana will beguile you with its charm. Explore the city by classic car and foot, discovering the murals and sculptures in the streets of Jaimanitas, Casa Fuster and Callejon de Hamel. Incan AntiquitiesTravel into the heart of the Sacred Valley, visit the lively market at Pisac and see the archaeological ruins of Ollantaytambo and the elliptical terraces of Moray. No tour of South America would be complete without seeing Peru's spectacular Incan city of Machu Picchu! Board the vistadome train for a scenic journey to this breathtaking wonder of the world.
Note: Cuban CharmA trip to Cuba is a unique and rewarding experience, a country largely untouched until now. This means that hotels, transport and facilities sometimes lack creature comforts. Accommodation may be of varying standards as tourism demands are surpassing current infrastructure and it is possible there can be unexpected changes. As such, travel in Cuba requires an adventurous spirit, flexibility and an open mind.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to South America. Taxes included
  • 9 economy-class flights within the Americas
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $365pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 23 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 2 nights in Casa homestay in Trinidad
  • 1 night stay at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Eco Retreat (4 star)
  • 26 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 6 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director (based on min. of 8 passengers)
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

Welcome to Peru

  • Discover the sights of Lima on a city tour and visit the famous Larco Museum, containing priceless Incan artefacts.

Follow in the footsteps of Darwin on the Galapagos Islands

  • Spend four magical nights discovering the wildlife of the incredible Galapagos Islands. Enjoy lunch among the giant tortoises, visit uninhabited islands and witness the unique animals and birds that call this archipelago home - blue-footed boobys, frigate birds, iguanas, sea lions and brilliant coloured crabs!

Step back in time in colonial Cuba

  • Discover the history and charm of Old Havana on a walking tour.
  • Tour the sights of 'New Havana' including Hamel Island, Fusterland & Fort of Havana.
  • Visit a tobacco field and drying house at the Hector Luis Prito Cigar Farm, and observe famous Cuban cigars being rolled.
  • Experience lunch Cuban-style at Finca Agrologic, a typical 'Paladar', with a local Cuban family.
  • Enjoy the panoramic views over the Vi ales valley from the Los Jazmines lookout point en route to Las Terrazas.
  • Stop at the infamous Bay of Pigs, where the failed US Military invasion of 1961 was undertaken and explore the museum.
  • Enjoy a city tour of charming Cienfuegos, the 'Pearl of the South'. See the historic town-centre, Teatro Tomas Terry, the Main Square, Malecon and Prado.
  • Cruise to the end of Cienfuegos Bay and visit Jagua Fotress, erected by King Philip V of Spain to protect the bay from pirates.
  • Stop at picturesque El Nicho Waterfalls, take a guided walk to Salto El Nicho and enjoy some free time for swimming.
  • Experience Cuban life at a traditional Casa homestay in Trinidad.
  • Get a taste for the Cuban spirit and spend an evening at famous 'Casa de la Trova' in Trinidad.
  • Take a city tour of Trinidad, one of Cuba's most enchanting cities, including the Museum of Romance and a visit to the Canchanchara bar to try its namesake cocktail.
  • Drive through the rows of sugarcane fields in the Valle de los Ingenios and visit the Manaca Iznaga tower for amazing views over the valley.
  • Visit the Mausoleum of Che Guevara, the monument of the blinded train and the historic centre in Santa Clara.
  • Tour timeless Havana by classic car including Malecon and Plaza de la Revolucion.

Discover the wonders of Peru

  • Stop in the small town of Pisac and explore the impressive ruins and lively market.
  • Tour the town and fortress ruins of Ollantaytambo, then visit a house for a taste of local life.
  • Visit a local chicheria. Learn about and taste the traditional chicha and try some of the local delicacy, guinea pig.
  • Explore the patchwork of salt pans at Maras and the elliptical terraces of Moray before visiting the Seminario pottery workshop in Urubamba.
  • Travel by Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes, gateway to Machu Picchu!
  • Feel the magic of the Lost Incan City of Machu Picchu on an in-depth guided tour and enjoy some time to explore the ruins at your own pace.
  • Spend the night in a nature retreat in Aguas Calientes.
  • Travel by Vistadome train to Ollantaytambo. Continue to Cusco by road, stopping at Chinchero for a traditional weaving demonstration.
  • Explore the San Pedro Market and the ancient Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman in Cusco.
  • Enjoy a walking tour of the 17th century Cathedral in Cuzco and Koricancha (Temple of the Sun)

Contrasts of Santiago

  • Take a city tour of Santiago including La Moneda - the presidential palace, Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Post Office, Palacio de la Real Audiencia and the Casa Colorada - once the Spanish governor's residence.

Not Included

  • Galapagos National Park Fee - $100pp US
  • INGALA Galapagos Visitor Card Fee - $20pp US
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
28
Price From
AUD $18,285
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
08 Mar 201904 Apr 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $16,025
10 May 201906 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $14,135
19 Jul 201915 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $14,135
13 Sep 201910 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $14,135
08 Nov 201905 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $14,535
24 Jan 202020 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $15,035
13 Mar 202009 Apr 2020Guaranteed DepartureAUD $15,235
ItineraryExpand
Cuba, Peru & the Galapagos

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Lima

Bienvenido a Peru and its capital city, Lima!

Day 2. Lima

Our sightseeing in Lima includes the Lima Cathedral, Convento de San Francisco and the Larco Museum, home to priceless Incan artefacts. Tonight we enjoy a group welcome dinner overlooking the ruins of Huaca Pucllana. [B,D]

Day 3. Lima - Guayaquil

Today we fly to Ecuador and the port city of Guayaquil, gateway to the Galapagos. [B]

Day 4. Guayaquil - Galapagos Islands

Special Experience: We fly to the amazing Galapagos Islands, one of the world's best destinations for wildlife viewing. We'll enjoy lunch at a heritage property amongst the giant tortoises once we arrive. [B,L]

Day 5. Galapagos Islands

Today we'll visit one of the uninhabited islands to witness more amazing wildlife. Keep an eye out for penguins, dolphins and plenty of exotic fish. [B,L]

Day 6. Galapagos Islands

We visit beautiful Tortuga Bay on a walking tour, with time to snorkel and enjoy the underwater kaleidoscope. This afternoon we board a speedboat bound for the island of San Crist bal. [B]

Day 7. Galapagos Islands

We'll board a yacht for either Isla Lobos or Kicker Rock, according to the National Park schedule. Both offer amazing snorkelling opportunities. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Why not visit the islands' Interpretation Centre, which provides a wealth of information and exhibits about the Galapagos? [B,L]

Day 8. Galapagos Islands - Lima

Today we fly to Lima via Guayaquil. [B]

Day 9. Lima - Havana

TRAVEL TIP! Cuban Charm: A trip to Cuba is a unique and rewarding experience, a country largely untouched until now. This means that hotels, transport and facilities sometimes lack creature comforts. Accommodation may be of varying standards as tourism demands are surpassing current infrastructure and it is possible there can be unexpected changes. As such, travel in Cuba requires an adventurous spirit, flexibility and an open mind.

We fly to Havana, Cuba's vibrant capital. [B]

Day 10. Havana

Special Experience: Step back in time to the 60s and discover the history and charm of Old Havana on a walking tour this morning.

This afternoon we'll witness the contrasts of 'New' Havana, including the artistic areas of Hamel Island, Fusterland and the Fort of Havana. [B,D]

Day 11. Havana - Vi ales

Today we'll marvel at the incredible valley dotted with limestone hills, known as magotes, as we travel through the beautiful region of Vi ales. [B,L]

Special Experience: Visit a tobacco field and drying house to learn more about the production of cigars before lunch with some locals.

Day 12. Vi ales - Cienfuegos

Today we travel to the busy, colonial-era port of Cienfuegos, the 'Pearl of the South'. Along the way we'll stop at the infamous Bay of Pigs, where the failed US Military invasion of 1961 was undertaken. [B]

Day 13. Cienfuegos

This morning we'll discover beautiful Cienfuegos on a walking tour, visiting the impressive Teatro Tom s Terry and the historic town centre. In the afternoon we'll cruise to the end of the bay to visit Jagua Castle and wander through the village. [B]

Day 14. Cienfuegos - Trinidad

On the way to Trinidad we'll stop to discover El Nicho National Park, home to Cuba's most spectacular waterfalls. Tonight we'll enjoy an evening of music and dancing, Cuban-style, at Casa de la Trova. [B]

Day 15. Trinidad

Wander the cobblestone streets of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Trinidad and discover its colonial past. This perfectly preserved settlement is one of Cuba's most enchanting cities. We'll also stop at the famous Canchanchara Bar. [B]

Day 16. Trinidad - Havana

We return to Havana, visiting the Che Guevara Mausoleum in Santa Clara along the way. [B]

Day 17. Havana

A day at leisure to enjoy charming Havana, before dinner at a local paladar. [B,D]

Special Experience: Cruise through Old Havana's Malecon and Revolution Square districts by classic car.

Day 18. Havana - Lima

Today we fly back to Lima. [B]

Day 19. Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley

We travel into the Sacred Valley to visit the impressive ruins and lively market of Pisac. [B]

Day 20. Sacred Valley

This morning we explore the archaeological ruins of Ollantaytambo. We'll also visit the salt ponds at Maras and terraces of Moray. [B]

Special Experience: Enjoy a traditional chicha and taste some guinea pig (a regional delicacy) at a local chicheria.

Day 21. Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

A magical day as we travel by Vistadome train through the Sacred Valley to the Lost City of the Incas - Machu Picchu, an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru. Its intriguing buildings play on astronomical alignments and offer beautiful panoramic views, though its exact former use still remains a mystery. [B,D]

Day 22. Machu Picchu - Cusco

Why not return to Machu Picchu for an optional second visit this morning? We'll then return to Cusco, stopping in Chinchero for a traditional weaving demonstration. [B]

Day 23. Cusco

Today we explore the ancient Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman and the San Pedro Market. This afternoon we'll discover the 17th century Cathedral of Santo Domingo and Koricancha, the Temple of the Sun. [B]

Day 24. Cusco

Enjoy a day at leisure in Cusco before dinner at a typical Peruvian restaurant. [B,D]

Day 25. Cusco - Lima - Santiago

The morning is free for you to enjoy before our flight to Chile's capital, Santiago. [B]

Day 26. Santiago

This morning we explore historic and modern Santiago. Tonight we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 27. Depart Santiago

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 28. Arrive Australia