Luxury/Deluxe Machu Picchu & Galapagos Cruise Options
standard itineraries offer 4 star and boutique accommodations, always
first class places and in some locations they are the finest
properties available. In certain locations, there is the option to
upgrade to 5 star luxury accommodations (often larger, more full
service hotels). If you prefer luxury accommodations and a luxury
cruise on your trip
to Machu Picchu and the Galapagos, we can arrange the itinerary
so that you are in 5 star properties wherever they are available. We
will customize the itinerary to match whatever style of travel you
prefer, and can mix and match hotels as you desire.
hotels that our travelers have used during their Machu Picchu &
Galapagos trip include the Monasterio Hotel in Cusco, the Sanctuary
Lodge at Machu Picchu (though not really as nice a hotel as our
standard Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel located right next to the ruins), and
the Plaza Grande Hotel in Quito.
Islands cruises are generally characterized by the most elegant
and beautiful boats, with the highest quality guides (though it
should be noted that many of the same guides who work on the luxury
vessels also work some of the time on first class vessels; you are
more guaranteed to get one of the very finest guides on a luxury
cruise, but the first class vessels we work with also have excellent
guides). Another aspect of the luxury cruises is that they often
have the best food: they generally dedicate more resources to the
preparation and presentation of the cuisine and hire the top chefs
working in the Galapagos. Again, the food is also of very high
quality on the first class vessels, but this is one area where there
can be a difference between luxury and first class cruises.
yachts include: The
Grace; an historic, 18 passenger vessel that was originally a
wedding present for Princess Grace of Monaco.
Evolution; a larger, 32 passenger motor yacht that offers
additional space in berths, decks and social areas combined with the
friendly atmosphere of a smaller yacht.
Eclipse; a 210 feet small ship that offers plenty of space to its
48 passengers. Each berth is an air-conditioned stateroom with
private bath and view to the ocean. The Eclipse offers some of the
best quality guides, service, and cuisine of any Galapagos cruise
of these vessels and several others have larger deluxe suites
available for those who want to have the most space and the most
luxurious experience possible. Travelers should keep in mind that
these are nature based cruises, and the reality is that the vessels
are not like floating Ritz Carlton hotels. The rooms are not, with
some exceptions, huge, and the emphasis even on the luxury vessels is
more on the nature aspect of the cruise than on amenities and frills.
aspect of luxury travel during this combination trip that you may
wish to consider is the Hiram Bingham train service to Machu
Picchu. This train harkens back to the golden era of train
travel, with silver service brunch and dinner in elegant, finely
upholstered carriages. The Vistadome first class trains that we use
in our standard packages are comfortable and have large panoramic
windows; travelers generally are perfectly happy with the Vistadome,
but the Hiram Bingham is an option if you want to splurge on a
Please see our full list of Machu Picchu and Galapagos Tour Packages here.
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