Ultra Private Luxury Galapagos Cruise with Exclusive Machu Picchu Adventure
Explore in style and luxury with a completely private cruise around the Galapagos and exclusive tour and accommodation options in Peru
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Private Galapagos cruise
- Services of a personal professional photographer during your cruise
- Private tour options in the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu Cusco, and Quito
- Luxury accommodation throughout
- Meet and greet airport service
- Full support from your Travel Designer and Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
Especially designed for a private group of 10 or so people or for a multi-generational family, this luxurious adventure takes you to explore the Galapagos and Incan Peru in style, affording you the maximum of privacy and personal attention at every step of the way.
Your journey begins with some days to explore the Sacred Valley while staying at Casa Puyuncuy, a luxurious privately-owned estate with a total of five rooms. You’ll then be whisked up to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu on board the luxury train Hiram Bingham. Your time in Peru finishes at the old Incan capital of Cusco where you’ll stay at La Casona, an intimate boutique hotel, and enjoy an exciting city, ruins, market and cooking tours.
Two nights in Quito’s grand Casa Gagontena follows before you embark on the main event: a private cruise around the fascinating Galapagos islands on board luxury vessel the Stella Maris. This opulent ship has been completely reserved for your party, ensuring the maximum of privacy and attention from the crew. Travelling by boat is ideal for a multi-generational family who is looking to get quality time together but also retain their personal space and privacy. During your seven-night cruise, you’ll even have the services of a personal professional photographer on hand to document your trip.
The Galapagos Islands are the idea destination for a multi-generational family trip or for a group because there are numerous activities for everyone’s interests and the perfect blend of relaxation, excitement and exploration.
Example Trip Itinerary
Airport assistance at Lima airport
Flight from Lima to Cusco
Private transfer to your hotel in the Sacred Valley
Accommodation in Sacred Valley
- Main dining room
- Main living room
- Three suite-style bungalows
- Full board
Occupying a secluded corner of the Sacred Valley, this remarkable luxury property is the seldom-used private country estate of a wealthy Peruvian family. Casa Puyuncuy is only offered to guests on a very exclusive basis and is the perfect solution for the discerning traveler looking for tranquility in the midst of the often busy Sacred Valley and bustling Cusco. This luxury hideaway enjoys the most spectacular of settings: the main dining room is perched on a small cliff with views of the mountains. A magnificent main living room, decorated with valuable archaeological pieces and exuding the warmth of a central impressive fireplace, is also at your disposal. Three suite-style bungalows, each with a charming wooden stove and outstanding views, provide a total of five rooms which can accommodate up to 10 guests. Outside in five acres of beautiful, flower-filled gardens, you’ll find a wooden doll house that will enchant children and the estate’s orchard which, along with local produce from the Mollepata market, supplies much of the ingredients for the house’s home-made Peruvian and international dishes. A key feature of this haven is that it’s found at the same altitude as the Sacred Valley, providing guests with an easier acclimatization process that those coming from Cusco, and a great start or end to a journey to Machupicchu.
Spend your days relaxing and exploring the incredible scenery of the Sacred Valley. It's a great place to experience the beautiful scenery and culture of Peru.
Private transfer to Ollanta station
Train to Machu Picchu
Trains to Machu Picchu
- Dining and bar car
- Observation car
- Multiple carriages to relax
- Brunch and dinner served
You cannot traverse the Peruvian landscape to Machu Picchu in more style, luxury, and romantic charm than by the Hiram Bingham train. Named after the man who discovered the Incan hilltop citadel in 1911 and owned by Orient Express, you are driven to Poroy station just outside Cusco to board the exclusive blue and gold painted carriages and for just over three hours you are resplendently transported to Aguacalientes, the town beneath the ruins. Aboard, the 1920s Pullman carriages reflect the opulence of the locomotive era bedecked in polished brass, wood panels and rich, comfy seating. There is also a period observation car at the rear. Brunch on the outward journey and dinner on your return are included. These are taken in the very elegant dining car replete with white-linen tablecloths, clinking crystal, and you are looked after by the smartest team of waiters. Whilst feasting on fine Peruvian cuisine the steamy forest scenery unfolds right in front of you and there is a great bar car that often has live music on the return leg, or you can just simply relax into a snug armchair in one of the carriages. Escorted to the Lost City of the Incas there is a small-group guided tour included, but for those who would like a more exclusive visit we can easily arrange a private one for you.
- Toilet facilities
- Comfortable leather seats
- Snack service
The Vistadome train takes you to the magnificent ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu in superb modern comfort. As per its name, the train has wide glass windows built into the roof and sides of the carriages so you really do get to see the rich Peruvian countryside rushing by. Large leather seats, air conditioning, heating, and good service reflects all the contemporary efficiency and standards of Peru Rail too. If you’re looking immerse in the surroundings this is a unique way to connect with the scenery en-route to Machu Picchu. Traditional snack food is provided on board made using local ingredients for an experience of the Andean cuisine. On the return trip you can also watch live traditional dance performances, inspired from the ancient cultures of this region.
Your private guide will take you on a comprehensive tour of the Machu Picchu citadel, really bringing it to life by detailing the history, significance and myths surrounding it as well as taking you to the hidden corners and best viewpoints. Then after your guided tour, you'll descend to Aguas Calientes for a delicious lunch at the rustically elegant Inkaterra hotel, before an afternoon at your leisure: you can explore the areas around Machu Picchu or carry on exploring the ruins.
Return in the evening to overnight at your chosen hotel in the Machu Picchu area.
Accommodation in Machu Picchu
- 31 rooms
- Two restaurants
The Sanctuary Lodge is certainly one of the best located hotels in the world, being the only accommodation located inside of Machu Picchu. There are stunning views from many of the rooms and the hotel is within walking distance of the Incan ruins. The gorgeous garden is a wonderful place to have breakfast or a cocktail in the evening while relishing in the peace of the surroundings. Given the location, space is at an economy so the standard rooms are not overly spacious. However, this is a small price to pay for such a stunning location. All meals are included in the cost.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu is only steps away from the train ride to the breathtaking views of the Incan citadel. The hotel consists of several whitewashed cottages in an Andean village located in the heart of Agua Calientes, part of the historical Machu Picchu attraction. Tea time and evening nature shows are offered each day, and the hotel has a spa and yoga facility. The spacious rooms all have a fireplace and thick, handmade alpaca wool blankets cover each bed making it a perfect place for simple relaxing before and after your Machu Picchu excursion. Inkaterra is a leader in ecotourism and sustainable development in Peru. They have a commitment to research, and sharing knowledge about biodiversity and culture with the world through authentic travel experiences. Because of this, they have been granted the First International Certificate in Sustainable Tourism given by Control Union Green Choice and the Sustainable Tourism Standard Conservation Award. They are also Rainforest Alliance verified and there is no single-use plastic at the property.
- 60 rooms
An excellent option in the Machu Picchu area, the Sumaq is located outside of the town of Aguas Calientes on a stretch of the Urubamba river. 60 rooms and suites are decorated to a clean modern finish with flourishes and details inspired by the Inca citadel, with views of the river and mountains. One of the real highlights here is the restaurant, by our reckoning one of the best in the Machu Picchu area. Aside from visiting the famous citadel above, you can partake in Peruvian cooking classes, witness traditional ceremonies and shamanic rituals, and head out on hikes through the lush valley in search of unique species of flora and fauna.
Discover the Machu Picchu citadel by climbing up either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. Both scenic sites offer incredible, sweeping views, but vary in route. Huanya Picchu is a steeper route for the confident hiker as you pass sheer drops and takes around two hours. Machu Picchu Mountain is a rewarding three-hour ascending hike taking you away from the larger crowds to enjoy the vistas.
Train from Machu Picchu to Ollanta station
Private transfer to your hotel in Cusco
Accommodation in Cusco
- 11 Suites
- Lounge and dining room
This luxury boutique hotel is located right in the center of Cusco surrounded by cobblestone streets, museums and next door to Plaza Las Nazarenas. This really is the premier property in Cusco and a real delight to stay at. La Casona is a beauitfully and carefully restored colonial manor house from the 16th century with modern luxuries. With only eleven suites surrounding a courtyard, the atmosphere is very private and charming. Each room is furnished with period antiques and has a fireplace and heated floors. Other hotel amenities include a library, restaurant, lounge, spa, butler services and Peruvian cooking classes.
- 55 oxygen-enriched suites
- Outdoor pool
- Poolside bar
Palacio Nazarenas, a beautifully-restored old palace and convent, is Belmond’s latest hotel in Cusco and another triumph on the same par as the nearby Monasterio. The hotel has been conscientiously renovated so that guest bask not only in modern luxury but in the history of Cusco, with cloistered gardens, fountains, walls of Incan stones, lovely terraces and flowered patios to wander amongst. The style is sympathetic to the colonial era in regards to its lavishness but also outfitted to modern demands and designs. For example, all of its rooms are oxygen-enriched to help ease the altitude for visitors, and it boasts the city’s first outdoor pool.
- 16 rooms
- Restaurant and bar
- Spa, sauna and massage rooms
- Hydro massage pool
Casa Cartagena has a uniquely sharp and contemporary look in a town dominated by colonial style hotels. The boutique hotel has a sleek, minimalist concept with clean, white lines and modern furnishings for the interiors, whilst the historical exterior has been renovated beautifully in keeping with the surrounds of the city. Service is attentive and professional and the hotel sits just 200 metres from the main historic square of the city. The sixteen rooms are spacious and airy, and the central courtyard is beautifully lit up by a large luminescent globe.
- 126 Rooms
- Select rooms oxygen enriched
- Two restaurants
- Lobby bar
Cusco’s most famous and prestigious hotel, Monasterio is a beautifully restored monastery in the heart of town just steps away from the main plaza, finest restaurants and best museums. Built around Incan foundations, adorned with antique Spanish design, the hotel is an important historical landmark and is protected by the National Institute of Culture. The 126 unique rooms offer a great mix of elegance and comfort, ranging from cozy quarters to expansive suite. The hotel also goes the extra mile in terms of guests’ comfort with the provision of some oxygen enriched bedrooms to help acclimatize to the high altitude. There are two restaurants – Illariy in the cloisters opening out over the leafy courtyard where you’ll find delicious breakfasts and light lunches, and El Tupay which serves fine international cuisine created from local ingredients, often accompanied by opera. The relaxed lobby bar is the place to sip pisco sours after a day exploring.
Enjoy this beautiful city and UNESCO World Heritage site. You'll have our list of recommendations as well as private guides on hand to enjoy the best of this beautiful city. We can arrange a number of private, interest-led tours to booking fine restaurants for you. Your personal travel designer will be able to recommend activities that are most suitable to your interests.
Cusco is a beautiful and vibrant city and you’ll explore its many gems including the cathedral with its magnificently carved woodwork, ornate altar and canvases from the 17th-century Cusco Painting School. The cathedral sits on the Plaza de Armas square, the nerve centre of the city - keep your eyes peeled for the two flags that usually fly here, the red and white Peruvian flag and the rainbow coloured flag that represents the four quarters of the Inca empire. You’ll also visit San Blas with its beautiful colonial church, housing an impressive pulpit and a filigree woodcarving celebrating the fruits of the region.
Your guide will collect you from your hotel to begin your day with a visit to Cusco’s central market, a wonderful way to discover the Andean culture and daily life. This vibrant spot, with its dazzling displays of fresh produce and fascinating local products, could keep you entertained for hours. Next, learn how to turn these fresh ingredients into Peruvian favourites at Limo restaurant.
Head to the ChocoMuseo to learn about the history of cacao and its production but also about the role it plays for the city and Peru. Enjoy of a 30-minute workshop that includes the preparation and taste of your own chocolate. Definitely a fun experience for kids!
Private transfer to Cusco airport
Flight from Cusco to Lima
Flight from Lima to Quito
Private transfer to your hotel in Quito
Accommodation in Quito
- 31 rooms
- Room upgrade will be provided subject to availability
- Box of Pacari chocolates upon arrival
Resembling something you are more likely see on a street corner of some Parisian arrondissement, the white neoclassical façades of the recently renovated Gangotena mansion stands majestically from the south western corner of Quito’s UNESCO-protected Plaza San Francisco. Removed you may think, but the hotel sits quite comfortably in this characteristically Old World part of town, and being conveniently positioned at the colonial and cultural heart of Quito its thirty-one rooms have magnificent views over the square and surrounding monuments. Inside the décor is elegantly traditional, but is kept quite minimal for a contemporary twist. Downstairs is the lobby, complete with marble floors, velvet Chesterfields, and peppered with the odd antique, as is the dining room, bar and conservatory central patio. Then via the spiral stairs (or lift) are the rooms that feature all the contemporary amenities matched to the more modern soft furnishings, but the high ceilings, mouldings, wall murals and marbled bathrooms nod loyally to the mansion’s past and the opulence of a bygone era.
Enjoy Ecuador's capital, the first ever UNESCO World Heritage city. You'll have our list of recommendations as well as private guides on hand to enjoy the best of this historical city and contemporary hub. We can arrange a number of private, interest-led tours to booking fine restaurants for you. Talk to your travel designer about how you would like to spend your time here.
Start the tour seeing the 16th century colonial area of the city. These buildings include Independence Square, San Francisco and La Compañía churches. The tour continues with a visit to Itchimbía Hill from where you can have a wonderful view of downtown Quito and the surrounding mountains.
Private transfer from Quito airport to your hotel
Flight from Quito to the Galapagos Islands (via Guayaquil)
Private transfer and check in to your luxury Galapagos yacht
Luxury Yachts in the Galapagos
- Four staterooms, two VIP staterooms and one Master Suite - all en suite
- Accommodates 12 guests
- Indoor and alfresco dining areas
- Sun deck
Step aboard the Galapagos’ only true luxury yacht for an entirely unique and lavish wildlife cruise. Exclusively available for charter, the Stella Maris is the perfect home and expedition for the discerning traveller. Exuding elegance, rooms are dressed in soft colours and furnishings for complete style. With four guest staterooms, two VIP staterooms and one lavish Master Suite – with private access to an outdoor lounge – your friends or family have bundles of private space to enjoy. Besides panoramic windows, each guestroom also features a private balcony for those spectacular island views. Head up to the bar and sun deck to dine on delicious seafood and barbecues and sink into the Jacuzzi as isles pass you by. Cruises are led by distinguished, hand-picked naturalist guides who boast years of experience and knowledge as Galapagos expedition leaders, promising you simply the best adventure in this special destination.
Spend your time cruising and exploring the Galapagos Islands on your choice of Jacada's selected luxury expedition cruises. The exact itinerary will depend on which you choose, our travel designer will help you choose which suits you best.
There will be a number of varied nature trails with your guides to the different islands on your itinerary to explore both the wildlife up close and the astonishing geology of the islands.
Small group excursions by inflatable 'panga' zodiac boats to snorkel and see the dense marine wildlife.
Flight from the Galapagos Islands to Quito (via Guayaquil)
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