of South America's natural wonders and indigenous cultural history.
offices in Lima, Cusco and Quito
welcome dinner at the Larco Herrera Museum
in all vehicles in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, and oxygenated rooms at
the Hotel Monasterio
with a presentation by a regional expert in the history of ancient
instruments and music
artisan who demonstrates traditional weaving techniques
dinners and lunches where available
at the Swissôtel Quito, with access to the Club lounge
lounges at the Lima and the Galapagos airports
travel insurance; any airfares; airport departure taxes; excess baggage
fees; cost of obtaining passports or visas; gratuities to your guide;
expenses such as meals, beverages or sightseeing not included in the
communication charges; laundry.
Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
1: USA or Canada/Lima, Peru
Lima, the "City of Kings," one of colonial splendor and unexpected
Park Hotel / JW Marriott Hotel
this afternoon, beginning at the historic Plaza Mayor. Continue to the
16th-century cathedral and the Presidential Palace, an ideal place to
for a photo of the soldiers who guard it. Gather with fellow travellers
this evening for a private visit and dinner at Casa Aliaga, Lima's
colonial mansion. Built in 1535 by the illustrious Spanish conquistador
Jerónimo de Aliaga, co-founder of Lima and of the oldest
in the Americas, this incredible relic of colonial splendor has been
to 17 generations of his descendants ever since.
Park Hotel / JW Marriott Hotel B D
and tour colonial and Incan archaeological sites this afternoon: the
on the Plaza de Armas and the Santo Domingo Temple - a Dominican church
and convent built on the foundations of the Koricancha or "place of
Regional expert Kike Pinto entertains you with an Andean music
during dinner this evening.
B L D
Sacred Valley of the Incas with a stop at the Chincheros market town,
its Sunday fair draws country folk from all corners of the valley to
their products. Meet local Andean weaver Nilda Callañaupa
before a traditional pachamanca (an Andean feast) lunch and a Peruvian
Paso horse demonstration. Later this afternoon observe a local ritual
pays homage to Pachamama, the "Earth Mother."
B L D
deluxe Orient-Express Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu, where a late
morning arrival gives you time to begin exploring this breathtaking
citadel. Your guide is Machu Picchu's resident archaeologist, an expert
who has participated in more than 20 excavations and research projects
to date. Join him in exploring the city's ruins and feel the pulse of
civilization that once thrived here. Skeletons, artifacts and woolen
have been found here, but no written records, leaving the fate of the
inhabitants a mystery.
Sanctuary Lodge B L D
Machu Picchu in the misty morning to explore the ruins before the
arrive. Then join your guide for a hike to the Inti Punku (Sun Gate),
entry to Machu Picchu from the Inca Trail, or go up Huayna Picchu, a
that is part of the citadel.
B L D
DAY-CUSCO: Design Your Day options fill your morning: Explore
a testimonial to the Inca's architectural skills; or discover the
an Incan shrine dedicated to the "Earth Mother"; or visit the fortress
of Puka Pukara. Alternatively, visit the artist colony of San Blas.
at Quinta Colcampata, built on ancient Inca grounds.
8-9: Cusco/Lima/Quito, Ecuador
via Lima. Visit the Equatorial Monument and enjoy a tour of Quito,
you view the city's ornate churches and architecture. Tonight gather
dinner at one of the finest restaurants in town.
B (L D Day 9 only)
10-14: Quito/The Galápagos
Galápagos archipelago and board 'Eclipse,' your home for your
adventure. Explore rocky beaches and eerie volcanic landscapes on
to the main islands and their landmarks, including Pinnacle Rock on
Island, Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island, Gardner Bay and Punta
on Española, the volcanoes of Isabela Island and the Charles
Research Station on Santa Cruz Island. Embark from 'Eclipse' in pangas
(rubber boats) to see sunbathing sea lion playing tag between surf and
sand; watch Sally Lightfoot crab scuttle across the beach; meet one of
the island's ancient tortoises; and savor an incredible diversity of
including penguin, finch, pelican, frigate bird, tern and booby.
B L D
15: The Galápagos/Quito
Baltra for your flight back to Quito. Tonight, gather for a farewell
16: Quito/USA or Canada
contains some active elements and a minimum level of fitness is
- The Best Ship in the Galapagos Islands
enough to travel the Pacific in comfort and safety, small enough to
at remote ports and negotiate inter-island landings with agility,
is the perfect size for an expeditionary cruise to the Galapagos.
long, with a beam of 41 feet, most Galapagos ships the size of
would, and do, carry an average of 80-100 passengers. 'Eclipse,'
hosts just 48 guests in 27 spacious cabins, all with outside sea views,
private facilities and air conditioning throughout.
passenger complement, and a naturalist-guide for every 12-16 guests
and we believe she's "simply the best" travel choice in the islands
offers accommodation in three cabin categories, all charmingly
and equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, and ocean-view
windows or portholes. Deluxe outside doubles, on the lower deck average
165 square feet, while her suites and deluxe staterooms are among the
of any ship now sailing the Galapagos Islands. Staterooms, about 176
feet in size, include a large closet and either queen or twin bed
Suites offer an average of 207 square feet each, complete with a queen
bed plus a sofa bed and bathtub.
atmosphere and inviting public spaces
appreciate the "non-cruise" atmosphere aboard 'Eclipse,' informal,
and with a warm sense of camaraderie. While you might like to change
of your beach clothes for dinner, you won't need a wardrobe any
than "smart casual" wear. Meals are served in a single open seating so
everyone can eat together; the lounge offers a bar with plenty of
seating, the perfect place for an informal recap of the day's events
your naturalist-guide; and the "best seats in the house" for outdoor
and star-gazing are found topside on the Observation Deck.
also include an air-renewal system; a shaded al fresco dining area and
outdoor bar; hot tub; sun deck; gift desk; library/video room; an
with a medical doctor on board at all times; and an open-bridge policy.
Guests are welcome to visit the Captain and his officers for a lesson
navigation or marine engineering whenever the ship is anchored.
equipment is available on board at no extra charge and a limited number
of wet-suits are available for rent at a nominal cost.
carries her passengers in comfort, but she never forgets they're on
to explore one of the world's most exciting wildlife environments. She
sails with a fleet of hard-bottom, inflatable pangas (rubber boats)
to launch, stable to ride and ready to land almost anywhere. Each seats
a maximum of 12 passengers with its own naturalist-guide.
operates under two equally important guidelines: to ensure the comfort
and safety of our passengers at all times, and to do all that is
to protect the integrity of the fragile Galapagos environment.
with the Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Research center
to provide conservation education, 'Eclipse' complies with all current
SOLAS (Safety of Life At Sea) and ISM (International Safety Management)
is in USD. Price is per person, based on double occupancy, and does not
include international or internal air. †† - Family departures: Includes
special children's activities onboard 'Eclipse'
are limited to 24 passengers. Minimum age requirement: 5 years. Prices
for hotel room upgrades and single cabins are available upon request.
in Suites (for a child under 21) are available - ask for details.
connects to a Family departure of Wonders of the Galapagos.
cruise arrangements): Deluxe Stateroom Suite
airport departure taxes
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more than 24 travellers and often limited to 18 or 20. You'll stay in
best available hotel and most meals are included, as are airport
regardless of the flights you choose. Although there are opportunities
to explore on your own, you'll spend much of your sightseeing time with
your guide, on excursions designed to present a full and balanced
of your destination.
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industry is filled with companies who own only their brochures and a
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has its own network of offices (48 and counting) across the globe,
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on the knowledge, humor and creativity of an incredible team of staff
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or give you and the children your own tropical island for a day.
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For more than forty
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the first name in luxury travel. Born in 1962 as a safari company in
Kenya, A&K's unparalleled travel and tour operations now extend
the far and exotic reaches of the globe. A&K takes its travelers on
extraordinary journeys-in extraordinary style-to more than one hundred
countries on all seven continents. The company's tours and safaris span
the globe from Africa to the Middle East, India and Nepal; from the
to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific; and from Europe to
and South America and Antarctica. Forty-five destination management
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impressive and enticingly
varied list of luxury and adventure holidays combine active days with
luxuriant nights. Small group escorted
allow guests to confidently travel to places they might otherwise
to go on their own, with a choice of itineraries at varying levels of
holidays are tailored to the interests, attention spans and
abilities of all ages, with comfortable hotels and comforting meals,
most importantly, a friendly guide who understands children. Tailor
made private travel offers independent travellers meticulous
attention to detail, safety and customer service. These
programs are one reason why A&K was honored at the World Travel
as “World’s Leading Luxury Specialist Tour Operator.”
Geoffrey Kent, who
along with Jorie
Butler Kent owns and operates A&K, was born-most fittingly-while
British parents were on safari in Zambia. Indeed, he spent much of his
childhood on the African continent. In 1962, Geofrey Kent, along with
parent's Colonel John and Valerie Kent, formed Abercrombie & Kent.
In the 1970s,
Geoffrey Kent, who
by then had long been the Managing Director of the company, entered
a partnership with Jorie Ford Butler of Oak Brook, Illinois, to run
They continue to travel the world in search of adventures that will
and thrill their guests. Under their passionate and visionary
Kent serves as Chairman and CEO, Jorie Butler Kent as Executive Vice
- Abercrombie & Kent represents the uncompromising best at every
in the road.
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that is governed
in equal parts by the Kents' unswerving commitment to conservation and
their mission to provide "memories of a lifetime," A&K goes to
limitless lengths to design tours that offer privileged
access and special insight.
Further distinguishing A&K is the fact that the company owns luxury
safari lodges in pristine wilderness areas, including Chief's Camp and
Chobe Chilwero in Botswana; exclusive rights to camps with some of
finest game-viewing; a fleet of comfortable, well-maintained ground
vehicles; and the Sun Boats on the Nile. A&K also creates unique
experiences built around the luxury trains of Venice
and the Royal Scotsman; the Road to Mandalay river cruiser and 29 canal
and river cruisers in Europe; and the legendary Sea Cloud, the world's
most beautiful sailing ship.
are in Oak Brook, Illinois. Forty-seven offices worldwide, employing
than 1,700 travel professionals, offer unrivaled attention to detail,
issues and service standards.
concern for the natural
world infuses each and every A&K trip: Geoffrey Kent and Jorie
Kent believe passionately in "high-yield, low-impact" tourism-adventure
that respects the natural environment and benefits indigenous peoples.
They are the founders of Friends of Conservation and the Abercrombie
Kent Global Foundation, established to address global environmental and
conservation concerns. Among its achievements have been significant
to the preservation of Kenya's famed Masai Mara Game Reserve, as well
to anti-poaching and environmental education projects on all seven
& Kent is proud to have received
East Tour Operator”
- December 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000 Men’s Journal
“10 Great Companies
to Work For”
- November 2004 Forbes
“Best of the Web” -
2003, 2002, 2001 Elite Traveler
“Wonders of the
World: Machu Picchu”,
Juan Lazo, Best Guide - January 2004 World Travel
Leading Luxury Specialist
Tour Operator” - 2003
Leading Villa Operator”
- 2003 Travel
+ Leisure Magazine
Operator and Safari
Outfitter” - 2004 (#12), 2003 (#5), 2002 (#2), 2001 (#1), 2000 (#2),
(#1), 1998 (#1), 1997 (#1), 1996 (#1)
“Top Guides in
Africa” – Joseph
Ndunguru, Gavin Ford - 2001 Conde Nast
Awards: Top 15
African Safari Camps”
Camp - 2004
Camp - 2003
“The World’s Best
Places to Stay,”
Camp - January
Chilwero - 2003
“The Greatest Travel
Pros on Earth”
“A&K has access
to places and
people that other operators in China don’t – including some of the top
English speaking guides. Hatherly is a cultural encyclopedia, Chen a
with logistics.” - 2003
Top 20 Small-Ship
Cruise Lines" - 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997
Gavin Ford, “15 Best
Ecotourism Award –
- 1996 Conde Nast
"World's Best Tour
Operator” - 2004
(#3), 2003 (#5), 2001 (#2), 2000 (#1), 1999 (#1) Andrew
Harper’s Hideaway Report
Resorts of the
Past 25 Years”, Chief’s Camp - 2004
Olonana, Chief’s Camp - 2004
Hotels with Drop-Dead Views”, Chief’s Camp - 2003
“Top 20 Hideaway
Best Hotels, Resorts & Hideaways, Chief’s Camp - 2002
“Leaders in Luxury,”
- 2002 World Travel
& Tourism Council
Green Award for
Leadership in Travel & Tourism - 2002 Town &
Gavin Ford, “Top
Guides in Africa”
- 2001 Queen’s
Award for Enterprise
(A&K Europe) -
2001, 2000 Chevron
Jorie Butler Kent -
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