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Celebrity Xperience

Southern Loop cruise with Machu Picchu, Peru

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Itinerary

Day 1

Thursday

Quito Arrival

On the first day of your journey, you’ll be greeted at the airport by a Celebrity Cruises® representative and transferred to the JW Marriott hotel. Enjoy free time to relax and settle in.

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Day 2

Friday

Quito

Breakfast is served at the hotel. During your guided tour of the capital of Ecuador, situated at an altitude of 9,350 feet, you’ll stand on the equatorial line at the Middle of the World Park and Museum, and marvel at the monastery of San Francisco and la Compañia Church. Your Tour Director will escort you throughout your Quito stay, and serve as your personal concierge. Lunch with a spectacular view of the city, and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local gourmet restaurant.

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Day 3

Saturday - AM

Quito - Flight to Baltra Island - Embarkation

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Baltra, Galapagos. During World War II, Baltra served as a U.S. military base protecting the Panama Canal from enemy attack. Now the cactus-strewn landscapes of Baltra are home to the region’s main airport and where you will meet the ship. From the airport, it is just a short bus and zodiac ride to the ship for embarkation.

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Day 3

Saturday - AM

North Seymour Island

North Seymour is a small island just north of Baltra. It is home to the largest colony of frigatebirds in the Galapagos. While keeping an eye out for male frigatebirds trying to impress potential mates with an inflated red neck pouch, you may see blue-footed boobies dancing in a timeless courtship ritual. Sea lions and large land iguanas also roam about this rocky terrain. Excursion options: Walk and deep-water snorkel.

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Day 4

Sunday - AM

South Plaza, Santa Cruz Island

One of two islands off Santa Cruz, South Plaza was born of upheaval, uplifted during a geologic event. This small, but beautiful rocky island is strewn with tall prickly pear cactus and roaming land iguanas, marine iguanas, along with a colony of sea lions. Numerous seabirds nest in and soar over the cliff on the high side of the island. Excursion options: Walk.

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Day 4

Sunday - PM

Santa Fe Island

Begin with a wet landing on the small beach in Barrington Bay. Large numbers of sea lions are found on the beaches and can often be seen surfing in the waves. Some of the island’s endemic species include massive Santa Fe Opuntia cactus, the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos Snake, rice rats, finches, and the Galapagos Mockingbird. Hike past saltbush where Galapagos hawks and Santa Fe land iguanas tend to roam. Keep an eye out for sea lions and the occasional sea turtles or ray. Excursion options: Walk, swim, kayak, zodiac.

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Day 5

Monday - AM

Punta Pitt, San Cristobal Island

After disembarking onto the small green sand beach, hike up to a plateau, where the view and landscape are so spectacular it is well worth the effort. A steep gully leads up the cliff to a breeding ground for all three varieties of boobies: Red-footed, Blue-footed and Nazca. It’s the only place in the Galapagos where you can see all three species nesting together. Excursions options: Hike, kayak, snorkel, zodiac.

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Day 5

Monday - PM

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Santa Cruz

Visit the small waterfront town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the administrative capital of the islands. Excursion options: a tour of a local interpretation center and time for shopping or a fast-paced long walk to view scenic vistas, followed by a visit to the interpretation center.

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Day 6

Tuesday - AM

Post Office Bay, Floreana Island

Rich in history, this site is home to the post office barrel established in about 1793, where pirates, buccaneers, whalers, and others could leave their mail to be picked up by outbound ships. The tradition continues today, as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through mail left behind to deliver at home.

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Day 6

Tuesday - PM

Cormorant Point, Floreana Island

Floreana was the first capital of the Galapagos, and where Charles Darwin met the islands’ Governor. Its small brackish lagoon is often home to flamingos, stilts, and white-cheeked pintail ducks, and one of its beaches is a popular nesting site for sea turtles. Check out the green-hued sand where you land! Excursion options: Walk and swim.

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Day 7

Wednesday - AM

Elizabeth Bay, Isabela Island

Elizabeth Bay is one of the furthest points in the Galapagos visited on our cruise. Enter a sheltered cove accessible only by zodiac. It is a wonderful and secluded mangrove ecosystem that is a refuge, resting, and feeding site for sea turtles, rays, blue-footed boobies, flightless cormorants, penguins, pelicans, lava herons, and more. Excursion options: Zodiac.

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Day 7

Wednesday - PM

Moreno Point, Isabela Island

Along this beautiful rocky shore, a field of hardened black lava flows is pockmarked by shallow pools, which are home to shorebirds and flamingos. On the zodiac ride keep your eyes peeled for Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants, brown pelicans and blue-footed boobies.  Excursion options: Walk, zodiac.

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Day 8

Thursday

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

The main population center of the islands, Puerto Ayora is home to the National Park Service tortoise-breeding center and the Charles Darwin Research Station. You will have the opportunity to take a bus ride to the highlands to observe giant tortoises in the wild and walk through a lava tunnel. Optional time for shopping will be available. Excursion options: Tortoise-breeding Center/Charles Darwin Center, Highlands.

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Day 9

Friday - AM

Gardner Bay, Española Island

The beach at Gardner Bay, with its sparkling white sand, offers one of the best places to relax and swim in the Galapagos. It is home to one of the most important colonies of sea lions in the archipelago, and is also a nesting site for sea turtles. Three species of Darwin’s finches and Española Mockingbirds may also be seen here. Excursion options: Swim, snorkel, and kayak.

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Day 9

Friday - PM

Suarez Point, Española Island

Española is the oldest island in the Galapagos and home to an abundance of wildlife. At this site, visitors can expect to see sea lions, Galapagos Hawks, marine iguanas, and both blue-footed and Nazca boobies. Excursion options include a long, rocky walk to look for Waved Albatrosses (May to December), and observing an impressive blowhole that spews water like a towering geyser. A short walk is also available.

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Day 10

Saturday

Baltra Disembarkation / Transfer to Puerto Ayora

Baltra is home to the region’s main airport and where you will fly out after a zodiac and bus ride to the airport.

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Day 11

Sunday - AM

Lima, Peru

In the morning, take the opportunity to sleep in, enjoy a massage* in the hotel’s fabulous spa or go for a swim in the indoor pool—the choice is yours. At noon, your guide takes you on a culinary tour. Begin at Surquillo, the local food market, then enjoy lunch at one of Lima’s gourmet restaurants, and visit the bohemian district of Barranco. Breakfast and dinner, as well as overnight accommodations are provided at the Westin Lima Hotel.

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Day 12

Monday

Lima / Cuzco-Sacred Valley, Peru

After breakfast at the hotel, your guide will pick you up and transfer you to the airport for your flight to Cuzco. Lunch is served at Casa Hacienda Orihuela in The Sacred Valley, where the Orihuelas, a family of great art collectors, will be your hosts. Dinner and overnight at the Tambo del Inca Luxury Collection hotel in The Sacred Valley.

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Day 13

Tuesday

The Sacred Valley

Experience the Urubamba Valley, The Sacred Valley of the Incas. Explore the impressive ruins, featuring hillside terraces and a crowning temple designed for worship and astronomical observation. You’ll tour Ollantaytambo and the Pablo Seminario workshop, then lunch at Wayra Ranch- a feast led by the prominent Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino and Nacho Solis. During your meal, delight in stunning equestrian Peruvian Paso horse entertainment and marinera music. Dine and overnight at Tambo del Inca Luxury Collection.

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Day 14

Wednesday

Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu

After breakfast at the hotel, depart for Machu Picchu on the Vistadome train. Lunch will be served at the Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu. Tour the exceptionally preserved buildings and mysterious passageways underlying the city. Then, enjoy welcoming aperitifs, dinner, and an excellent selection of wines while relaxing on the Belmond Hiram Bingham back to Cuzco for an evening of local music, dancing, and Pisco sours. Overnight at Hotel Monasterio in Cuzco.

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Day 15

Thursday

Cuzco, Peru

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a scenic tour at the Coricancha, also known as the “Temple of the Sun,” before touring the Sacsayhuamán fortress and the Cathedral, one of the most splendid Spanish colonial churches in America, housing about 400 works of art. Lunch is served at Limo Restaurant, with dinner being served at the hotel Monasterio.

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Day 16

Friday

Cuzco / Lima, Peru

Upon your return flight to Lima, enjoy a scenic tour of the city, visiting the Larco Herrera Museum, a colonial mansion built in the eighteenth century. Lunch at the Café del Museo restaurant before proceeding on to the Historic Center of Lima and the convent of San Francisco, a masterpiece of colonial architecture. Dine and overnight or day room at Westin Lima Hotel.

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Day 17

Saturday

Lima Departure

Departure is determined based on your return flight schedule.

Celebrity Xperience

Step aboard this stylish 48-passenger vessel to experience a vacation where absolutely nothing is middle-of-the-road, and luxury exploration is the norm. The Celebrity Xperience features luxury ocean view staterooms and detailed extras that make a big difference. Enjoy room service, premium linens, an expert and attentive staff and an onboard certified naturalist from the Galapagos National Park. Intimate yet generously spacious, you’ll find it easy to unwind and get to know your fellow travelers as you explore the Galapagos Islands.

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