David Gies, Commonwealth Professor of Spanish

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Starting at $8,495 per person, double occupancy, land only, based on accommodation selection.

$8,695 per person, double occupancy with economy-class roundtrip airfare from Washington, DC, plus $698 airline taxes and fees.

$8,845 per person, double occupancy with economy-class roundtrip airfare from Charlottesville, VA, plus $698 airline taxes and fees.

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Our 16-day tour begins in Lima with a visit to the Mali Art Museum and a city tour. Spend two nights in the magnificent Sacred Valley touring important Inca sites and indigenous villages. Travel by train to Machu Picchu, the stunning “Lost City of the Incas,” staying overnight at the on-site Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge. Return to historic Cuzco to explore this archaeological hub of the Americas, and enjoy lunch in the home of a gracious Cuzco family. Fly via Quito to the Galapagos Islands, where you’ll enjoy a four-night stay on Santa Cruz Island. Learn about Darwin’s “living laboratory” up close as you observe the giant Galapagos tortoises, Blue-footed Boobies, sea lions, iguanas, and abundant birdlife during ship-based and land-based excursions. Return to Quito for the final night of your journey. Discover the Amazon’s amazing flora, fauna, and even villages on an optional 4-day/4-night pre-tour excursion including a guided Canopy Walkway tour and visit with ribereños (Amazon river people).

Program Highlights

  • Explore Historic Cuzco and stunning Sacred Valley
  • Spend one night at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, adjacent to Machu Picchu
  • Two guided tours of the Machu Picchu ruins
  • Four-night island-based adventure on Santa Cruz Island
  • Spend time with an expert Galapagos naturalist guide


David Gies, Commonwealth Professor of Spanish

David with Medal of the Order of Isabelle the Catholic
David with Medal of the Order of Isabelle the Catholic

David T. Gies is Commonwealth Professor of Spanish and former Chairman of the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese at the University of Virginia. An expert on the literature of Enlightenment and Romantic Spain, and contemporary Spanish film, Gies has published 12 books and critical editions of Spanish literature. He has authored more than 80 articles and 100 book reviews, and has lectured at universities in the US, Canada, England, Italy, Germany, France, Argentina and Spain. He edits Dieciocho, a journal dedicated to the study of the Spanish Enlightenment, and been awarded numerous grants from agencies such as the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society and the Spanish Ministry of Culture. In 1992 he won the University of Virginia Outstanding Teaching Award. In 1999-2000 he served as Chair of the Faculty Senate, and in October 2000 he was awarded the highest recognition presented to a member of the University of Virginia community, the Thomas Jefferson Award. David also served as the Academic Dean of Semester at Sea.


Day 1 - September 19

Depart U.S. for Lima, Peru

We depart today for the Peruvian capital. Upon arrival tonight we transfer directly to our hotel.
Westin Lima Hotel

Day 2 - September 20


This morning we visit a prominent art museum in Lima. Then we encounter colonial Lima on an afternoon tour, followed by a welcome dinner at our hotel.
Westin Lima Hotel
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Day 3 - September 21

Lima/Cuzco/Sacred Valley

Arriving in Cuzco today, we stop at the important Incan site of Koricancha, dedicated to the Sun God. Then we continue on to Sacred Valley, a region of Inca sites and indigenous villages. We visit the colorful Indian market at Pisac before reaching our hotel late afternoon.
Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel
B, L, D

Day 4 - September 22

Sacred Valley

Today we explore Ollantaytambo, both a living town and site of massive Incan ruins that still inspire wonder. Then we visit the Incan farming town of Chinchero, where residents live much as their ancestors did and where we see a traditional weaving demonstration. Before dinner at our hotel tonight, we attend a native Offering to the Earth ceremony.
Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel
B, L, D

Day 5 - September 23

Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu

Early this morning we board a train for the 1½-hour journey to Aguas Calientes, where we transfer by shuttle bus to the ruins at Machu Picchu for our first guided visit of the stunning “Lost City of the Incas.” Thanks to the small size of our group, we will be able to move nimbly through the ruins and have the leisure to absorb both the beauty and the mystery of this impressive site. With an afternoon at leisure and an overnight stay here, we have the rare privilege of seeing the ruins after the tourists have departed.
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
B, L, D

Day 6 - September 24

Machu Picchu/Cuzco

This morning before the day trippers arrive, we enjoy our second guided tour of this UNESCO site. Following lunch at our lodge, we return to Aguas Calientes with some free time before our mid-afternoon train to Cuzco.
Belmond Hotel Monasterio

Day 7 - September 25


Known for its Incan and Spanish Colonial heritage, Cuzco is the archaeological “hub” of the Americas and the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city. This morning we tour this UNESCO site then stop at the ruins of Sacsayhuaman fortress, a masterpiece of Incan architecture. We enjoy lunch today in the home of a gracious Cuzco family.
Belmond Hotel Monasterio

Day 8 - September 26


Early today we fly via Lima to the Ecuadorian capital of Quito, arriving late afternoon. We attend a briefing about our Galapagos adventure then dinner at our hotel.
Swissotel Quito

Day 9 - September 27


Nestled in Andes foothills, Quito boasts a well-preserved historic center, as we see on today’s city tour that includes the Intiñan Museum and the Middle of the World Monument.
Swissotel Quito

Day 10 - September 28

Quito/Baltra/Santa Cruz Island

Today we fly to the island of Baltra then transfer to Santa Cruz, our island-based home for our Galapagos exploration. We reach our beautiful hotel set on 370 lush, unspoiled, and secluded acres in the highlands adjacent to Galapagos National Park in time for lunch. Then we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see and learn about the giant Galapagos tortoises.
Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos
B, L, D

Day 11 - September 29

North Seymour Island/Bachas Beach

This morning we embark on our first excursion aboard the Santa Fe, our privately chartered yacht. We set out for North Seymour, a flat, low-lying island with ample opportunities for close encounters with the magnificent frigate bird, land iguanas, and lava lizards on our naturalist-led walk. After lunch, we head back to Santa Cruz island, weighing anchor in the calm waters off Bachas Beach. Highlights of our nature walk here include flamingos, nesting sea turtles, and both aquatic and migratory birds.
Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos
B, L, D

Day 12 - September 30

South Plaza Island/Punta Carrion

South Plaza Island/Punta Carrion
Today’s destination is the small in size but rich in flora and fauna island of South Plaza. Boasting abundant wildlife and colorful flora, and surrounded by turquoise waters, South Plaza ranks as one of the most popular (and colorful) of the Galapagos islands. During our nature walk, we are on the lookout for such local residents as land and marine iguanas, bright orange sally lightfoot crabs, red-billed tropic birds, Nazca and blue-footed boobies, and a male colony of sea lions (“the bachelors”). Then we cruise to Punta Carrion, where we have the opportunity to snorkel in the calm waters of a shallow cove.
Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos
B, L, D

Day 13 - October 1

Santa Cruz Island

Today we explore Santa Cruz itself, the second largest of the Galapagos islands. We see the giant Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat; Los Gamelos, the huge twin craters formed by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago; and Garrapatero, a secluded white-sand beach where we see an abundance of marine and terrestrial wildlife. Finally, we have a chance to explore the “lava tunnels” at our hotel: to literally walk through the naturally formed tube through which lava flowed eons ago.
Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos
B, L, D

Day 14 - October 2

Santa Cruz Island/Baltra/Quito

This morning we transfer to Baltra for the flight to Quito, arriving mid-afternoon. Tonight we celebrate our adventure at a farewell dinner in a local restaurant.
Swissotel Quito
B, D

Day 15 - October 3

Depart for U.S.

This morning we visit Quito’s Botanical Gardens, featuring an orchidarium with more than 1,200 species of orchids;an Inaquito Market, a colorful riot of fresh produce and spices. Then we return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure before tonight’s transfer to the airport for our flights to the U.S.

Day 16 - October 4, 2017

Arrive in the U.S.A.

Pre-trip Extension:
AMAZON RAINFOREST (4 days/4 nights) includes round-trip airfare Lima/Iquitos; 4 nights’
accommodations: 3 nights in the jungle at Ceiba Tops (Superior First Class) and 1 night in Lima
at the Costa Del Sol Hotel (First Class); 10 meals (4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners); Extensive
sightseeing, including guided Canopy Walkway tour and visit with ribereños (Amazon river
people); Fully escorted by an Amazon-born naturalist guide as your Odysseys Unlimited
representative; Private vehicle transportation; Gratuities for dining room servers, airport and hotel
porters, and all drivers.

Extension Price: $1,195
Single Supplement: $235
Land Only Cost: $100 additional cost

Notes: Prices are per person based on double occupancy in a Casita at the Royal Palm Hotel.
Each room category has limited availability.
Prices from all U.S. cities available upon request.
Pre-tour extension for representative not included.


• Westin Lima Hotel – Lima
• Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel – Sacred Valley
• Belmond Sanctuary Lodge – Machu Picchu
• Belmond Hotel Monasterio – Cuzco
• Swissotel Quito – Quito
• Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos – Galapagos


34 meals: 14 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners

Program Fees

$8,495 per person, double occupancy, land only, in a Casita at the Royal Palm Hotel

$8,695 per person, double occupancy in a Casita at the Royal Palm Hotel with economy-class roundtrip airfare from Washington, DC, plus $698 airline taxes and fees

$8,845 per person, double occupancy in a Casita at the Royal Palm Hotel with economy-class roundtrip airfare from Charlottesville, VA, plus $698 airline taxes and fees.

A limited number of Casitas are available at the Royal Palm Hotel. Upgrade to the Highland Villa at the Royal Palm Hotel: $295 per person ($495 single). (see below.)

A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $2,495 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

Price includes: 14 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels; Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees; Galapagos National Park fee of $100; Services of local Odysseys Unlimited Tour Directors, plus experienced naturalist guides while in the Galapagos; Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip; Luggage handling for one bag per person; Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

Does not include:
Costs of passports and visas (if required); Personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, room service, and meals not specified in the itinerary; Excess baggage fees; Gratuities to the Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director; Optional Travel Insurance; Optional sightseeing; Airport transfers if purchasing a land only package

In addition to the inclusions noted in the land-only pricing, air-inclusive price includes: Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; flight within itinerary

Air-inclusive price does not include: Airport taxes and fees, which will be listed as separate items on guest invoices and are subject to change until the booking is paid in full

Upgrade to a Highland Villa at the Royal Palm Hotel in the Galapagos (Sold Out)
$295 per person ($495 single)
Size – 914 sq. ft.

Highland Villas at the Royal Palm.
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Highland Villas has a bedroom, a large bathroom, a separate Jacuzzi room and a living/dining room. They all feature open fireplaces and enjoy views out across the estate from the large windows. There is a choice of villas with either king beds or 2 queen beds.

General Terms & Conditions

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Please read this information carefully, as a payment of a $500 deposit per person represents your acceptance of the following Terms and Conditions.

Payment Schedule: A deposit of $500 per person confirms your reservation. The balance of your invoice is due 95 days (June 26, 2017) before departure. All FINAL PAYMENTS are required to be made by check or wire transfer.

Cancellation and Refunds: If you must cancel your trip, the effective date of cancellation will be upon our receipt of your written notification. Refunds for cancellations are subject to the following per person charges: Cancel 95 days or more before departure: $200 charge; Cancel 94-65 days before departure: 50% of tour price; Cancel 64-30 days before departure: 75% of tour price; Cancel 29-0 days before departure: No refund. If a guest makes any changes between 94 and 30 days prior to departure, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. will apply a $100 per person administrative fee, in addition to any fees or penalties imposed by third parties. Changes are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed. If your reservation changes from double occupancy to single occupancy for any reason, you will be charged the single supplement. No changes are allowed within 30 days of departure.

Upon reservation you must provide your full legal name as it appears on your passport, your date of birth and gender. In the event an airline ticket is issued with incorrect information you have provided, you will be responsible for charges associated with the ticket’s reissue.

Responsibility: The liability of the University of Virginia, as sponsor, and Odysseys Unlimited, Inc., as tour operator, is strictly limited. The University of Virginia and Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. purchase transportation, hotel accommodations, restaurant and other services from independent suppliers not under our control. We serve only as agents for these suppliers in securing tour arrangements, and therefore will not accept responsibility for wrongful, negligent, or arbitrary acts or omissions of these independent contractors, their employees, agents, servants or representatives. The University of Virginia and Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. are not liable for injury, damage, loss, accident, or delay that may be caused by events not within our control, including without limitation, acts of terrorism, war, strikes, the defect of any vehicle, or the negligence or default of any third party. All coupons, receipts, and tickets issued are subject to the terms and conditions specified by the air carriers, cruise line, and other independent suppliers. We will make every effort to operate our tours as planned, but we reserve the right to make itinerary changes as necessary. If unforeseen circumstances require us to change a hotel, we will select alternative accommodations of the same or better quality.

Health and Medical Issues: We request that you be in fairly good health to participate in an Odysseys Unlimited tour. There is a considerable amount of walking, and you must be able to get on and off motorcoaches and ships on your own. If you require the use of a wheelchair or have other personal needs, you must be accompanied by a companion who will assist you. We reserve the right to remove anyone whose physical or mental condition, in our opinion, compromises the operation of the tour or detracts from the enjoyment or safety of the other passengers. In that event, Odysseys Unlimited and the University of Virginia assume no financial responsibility for any unused portion of the tour.

Air Transportation – Important Information: Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. includes in its tour price round-trip economy air from designated gateway cities and contracts with those airlines they feel provide the level of service, routings, and value necessary for your entire trip. While another airline may offer a more direct connection, it may be at a price unavailable at the lower group rates. You will receive your preliminary air scheduled approximately 2 ½ months prior to departure. Please note that seat assignments on your international flight are usually done at airport check-in. Odysseys Unlimited is unable to guarantee any seat assignments. Due to the nature of tour operator tickets, other restrictions apply, including but not limited to, frequent flyer mileage accrual, stopovers, alternate travel dates, upgrades, and airline taxes and departure fees. If you prefer to make your own travel arrangements, land only is available on most tours. Since international and domestic air schedules are subject to change at any time, we recommend that if you choose to make your own airline reservation, you do not purchase non-refundable tickets or those with high penalties for changes. If you choose to make your own air arrangements, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. shall not have any liability for any loss resulting from cancellation of this tour or changes in this tour.