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15 Days | 14 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Jacqueline from Lebanon, NH Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/31/15 - 11/14/15
This was an absolutely amazing trip. The itinerary is very challenging and educational. We had a wonderful time!

Linda from Madison, OH Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/19/15 - 10/03/15
If visiting Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands are on your bucket list, THIS is the trip to take!

Robert from Madison, OH Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/19/15 - 10/03/15
The combined program of Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands provides an excellent overview of two truly fascinating places in South America for a traveler who wants to see both in one trip in a cost effective way. Highly recommend. Robert J.

Yvonne from Evansville, IN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/21/15 - 04/04/15
Really enjoyed this "Bucket List" trip. We learned so much about the Inca empire and developed a deep appreciation of the work ethic of the people. The sights and sounds are amazing. The train trip to Machu Picchu was very enjoyable. While in the Galapagos, we were treated with great service on LaPinta and the local tour guides were excellent. Road Scholar did a great job of tailoring activities to each individual's physical ability. People should note there isn't a lot of down time scheduled. However, once you get to the Galapagos you have the ability to participate in activities as you like. It should be noted also that some of the "wet" landings can involve getting wetter than expected. Care should be taken to protect cameras, etc. All in all, an excellent adventure well managed by Road Scholar. So glad we went!

Sandra from Winnipeg, MB Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 03/21/15 - 04/04/15
Could i give this program 10 stars ?? It was an adventure of a lifetime and I highly recommend it. You will never forget the sights and experiences of either Galapagos or the Incan ruins in Peru. Road Scholar makes sure every logistical detail is seamlessly handled and we considered it extraordinarily good value for money.

Joan from Englewood, FL Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 11/30/14 - 12/14/14
Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands need to be seen in order to fully appreciate their extraordinary history and place in our world. The nature guides on the ship were superb. The ship provides actively levels for the very energetic and average energetic person. The trip is arduous in terms of keeping track of which items you need to take with you for each outing. The layover times between some flights are really unfortunate but probably cannot be helped and leaving at midnight or at 6 am is not fun but is the price you pay for traveling to such exotic and rarefied places. Overall, it was an exceptionally wonderful experience.

Pamela from Gainesville, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/02/14 - 11/16/14
Such an outstanding experience! The trip went beyond expectations. Staff, accommodations, and activities were fun and informative. We are staying in touch with some of those in our group and hope to plan another trip together.

Rosalyn from Delray Beach, FL Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 11/02/14 - 11/16/14

Judith from Tucson, AZ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/02/14 - 11/16/14
Such a fantastic excursion! Everything about it was exceptional...the well thought out details and implementation of those details by Victor, our program director, my 14 travel companions (of course we were joined by more once we arrived on the Endeavor), the accommodations and food, one really could go on and on. This was my first Road Scholar trip and first venture to South America and I am fairly confident that it will not be my last! Machu Picchu and the Galapagos were great places to begin!

Walt from Gainesville, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/02/14 - 11/16/14
This was our first Road Scholar tour and we enjoyed it immensely! It was our first South American venture and both Machu Picchu and the Galapogas Islands have been "bucket list" destinations for many years. We found the trip fun, educational, affordable and truly a memorable experience. Tour leaders Victor and Miluska and the NG Endeavor Expedition Leader and staff were exceptional. Victor was with us cor the entire 2 week adventure and made our trip a wonderfully well organized trip. It was an exceptional experience and I highly recommend Road Scholar and this tour.

Marilyn from Haddon Heights, NJ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/02/14 - 11/16/14
Best trip I have ever been on - hands down. Not only were we taken care of by Victor C. every step of the way with the details to help make the program run smoothly, but he also shared his love for his country with us. In addition, our tour guide, Miluska, in Peru had the ability to make Inca history come alive. The trip on the National Geographic Endeavor was so informative with the naturalists that took the time to share the life of the islands with us - no question was left unanswered. The ship's programs and day-to-day activities were fantastic. Victor C. continued to make the Road Scholar participants be a "family" group while allowing us to branch off interacting with the National Geographic participants to make this trip well worth it! I will certainly entertain going again with Road Scholar.

Marilyn from Los Angeles, CA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 10/05/14
I was thrilled at how well we were taken care of every step of the way through 2 countries and the Galapagos, which has their own restrictions. Everyone - from the tour guide, the bus drivers, the hotel personnel, the ship staff, to the naturalists and local guides - were wonderful to us, helping us in every way needed. Traveling as a single, I felt secure and safe, as well as part of a well organized tour group. Kudos to Road Scholar for designing the trip and providing the right people to guide us! I have no qualms about traveling to other far flung destinations with Road Scholar.

Sandra from Scottsdale, AZ Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 10/05/14
Five enthusiastic stars. The program was better than I ever thought. The Galapagos part exceeded even my expectations and I would recommend it to anyone thinking of going there. The ship was perfect. Beautiful ship, beautiful and helpful staff and beautiful equipment to study the environment. I was totally satisfied.

Judith from Chesterfield, MI Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 01/12/14 - 01/26/14
This was a thoroughly exciting adventure that we would highly encourage everyone to try. We learned so much and saw so many new things. We love Road Scholar trips for the great educational value we get every time.

Valerie from Cochrane, AB Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 12/01/13 - 12/15/13
This turned out to be the most incredible trip I had ever been on. I knew I wanted to go to both Machu Picchu and the Galapagos before I died, and I was ecstatic to see both offered on this Road Scholar tour. I was a single lady travelling on my own and was a bit worried about that, but as it turned out, there were six of us single ladies on this tour. Everyone on the tour was friendly and inclusive. The tour guides were wonderful and knowledgeable. The sites I saw in Peru were breathtaking and I won't forget the closeness of the wildlife in the Galapagos. Seven days on the National Geographic Endeavour was an experience I will never forget - great staff, great food, great ambiance.

Susan from Highlands Ranch, CO Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 12/01/13 - 12/15/13
Everything and more, absolutely wonderful. I can't say enough good thins about Oscar our Road Scholar rep, he was perfect, anticipated every need. Trip was perfect and worth every penny

Terry from Richardson, TX Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 12/01/13 - 12/15/13
It was a wonderful trip, not one to take if you wish to relax. You are on the go constantly even on the cruise portion. The animals in the Galapagos were so fascinating. The Inca ruins were interesting.

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