Highlights of Peru
Experience the history and allure of Peru through the colonial sights of Lima and the Incan heritage of Cusco, Machu Picchu and Plaza de Armas where you'll learn the fascinating history of these ancient archaeological sites.
Peru is famed for its staggering scenery, so enjoy the verdant views of Sacred Valley and the spectacular surroundings of the quaint village of Ollantaytambo.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Iconic train journey aboard the Vistadome train
- Travel by luxury coach with air conditioning or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
- All Intra-Air Flights: Lima to Cusco and Cusco to Lima, including porter service at all airports
- 7 nights' accommodation
- 14 meals including 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 5 dinners
- Join a distinguished Peruvian family for lunch
- See a special weaving presentation in the Sacred Valley and watch artisan weavers at work
- Visit a chicheria and taste the traditional Andean corn beer
- Learn about the Larco Museum's largest private collection of pre-Columbian art in the world
- The services of a professional Travel Director
Day 1 - Arrive Lima
Bienvenidos a Lima, founded in 1535 by conquistador Francisco Pizarro who dubbed it the "City of Kings." Upon arrival in Lima, you will be warmly greeted and taken to you to your hotel in San Isidro, one of Lima's exclusive neighbourhoods, bustling with shops and restaurants. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception. (D)
Day 2 - Lima Sightseeing
Late this morning, a memorable experience is waiting to welcome you to beautiful Peru. Meet Ignacio Barrios, a young chef who has worked alongside many of Peru's most award-winning chefs. Visit a local market where Ignacio will explain how Peruvian fruits, vegetables, seafood and meat are the basis of Peruvian cooking. Visit Ignacio's cooking school where you'll see a demonstration on how to prepare some of Peru's most popular foods before dining on a Be My Guest lunch of typical Peruvian dishes created just for you by Ignacio and his sous chef. After lunch, bid farewell and spend the afternoon exploring Peru's capital at leisure. Immerse yourself in the colonial splendour of Lima's Historic Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the expansive Plaza de Armas with its impressive cathedral and the stately government palace. See the Church of San Francisco and discover its hidden catacombs and splendid architecture. The evening is yours to enjoy. (B, L)
Day 3 - Lima, Cusco & Sacred Valley
Take a morning flight to Cusco and head for the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Stop at Awanakancha, a living museum of the Peruvian Andes, where you can see and pet llamas, alpacas and vicuñas. Enjoy a picnic box lunch before visiting the vibrant market of Pisac where local Quechua people come to sell their produce and handicrafts. Spend some time browsing the stalls, sip a cup of coca tea to help you acclimate to the altitude and keep your ears open for roving bands playing the traditional music of the Andes. Later this afternoon, arrive at your lovely hotel, a former 18th century colonial-style monastery, surrounded by beautiful gardens in the heart of the sacred Urubamba Valley. Learn about the Local Speciality of Peruvian weaving as you observe centuries-old methods of spinning, dyeing and weaving Andean traditional textiles. This evening, enjoy a convivial dinner with your travelling companions at the hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 4 - Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu
After breakfast, head to Ollantaytambo to visit this famous Inca stronghold built from immense blocks of stone. Learn about Inca history as you tour the ruins of the hilltop fortress. Board the Vistadome train for the journey up to the great citadel of the Incas (light snack included). Panoramic windows allow you to appreciate the incredible scenery as you climb toward Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, take a short ride to the entrance gate and begin your exploration of one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Visit the ruins of this once - great fortress built in the 15th century and abandoned nearly 100 years later with the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. See the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site-the great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the Intihuatana, an intricately carved rock most likely used as a sundial by the ancient Incas. Dinner is served at the hotel. (B, D)
Day 5 - Machu Picchu & Cusco
Return to Machu Picchu to continue exploring on your own. If you're feeling adventurous, hike up to the Gate of the Sun for stunning views over the fortress and the valley below. Or view the incredible stonework and amazing feats of engineering required to transport the huge blocks of stone to the top of this isolated mountain. In the early afternoon, board the train to the Sacred Valley. Head toward the great colonial city of Cusco by coach. On the way, stop at a local chicheria for a taste of chicha, a Cultural Insight, and learn how this Peruvian corn beer is made by local women. (B)
Day 6 - Cusco Sightseeing & FreeTime
This morning, embark upon a tour of Cusco, the “Imperial City,” the capital of the Incas during their reign. This lively city, rich in history, bears marks of both the Incas and the Spanish who came after them. Enjoy an introduction to the highlights of the city, including the incredible baroque Cathedral on the main Plaza de Armas at the heart of the city. Delve deeper into the history of this ancient place at the 17th century Church of Santo Domingo, which was built atop the foundations of the Inca Temple of the Sun, or Korikancha. Just outside of town, visit the ruins of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, perched on a hill overlooking Cusco and see nearby shrines and warehouses where the Incas stored their grain. Spend the rest of the afternoon on your own in Cusco before an evening together with your travelling companions for a Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant, enjoying delicious Cuscuenian dishes and ancestral dance performances. (B, D)
Day 7 - Cusco & Lima Free Time
A leisurely start to our day sees us return to Lima this afternoon. Meet a Local Specialist and curator at the Larco Museum, which houses the largest private collection of pre-Columbian art in the world. This evening we join our travel companions for a Farewell Dinner in the museum's garden restaurant. (B, D)
Day 8 - Depart Lima
Extend your stay at the hotel at the Novotel in Lima or say hasta luego this morning and transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Lima is the financial and political capital of Peru. Strategically located in San Isidro, opposite the city's largest business district, the hotel offers a complete package of accommodation, food and drink, events and entertainment. Novotel Lima is a 4 star hotel which has spacious room’s that features a King bed, en suite bath or shower, sofa bed, work area, TV with pay movies and internet access, broadband connection, hair dryer, safe and tea/coffee.
Sonesta Posadas Del Inca
The 4-star hotel Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay is located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, five minutes far from Urubamba , one-hour drive from the ancient Inca capital of Cusco and close to Machu Picchu. The Sonesta Posada Yucay is a former 18th century colonial-style monastery and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. Guests enjoy Sonesta’s signature service and the comfort of in-room amenities that include a television, heater, safe and a direct-dial telephone for domestic and international calls. Equipment for disabled guests is also available upon request.
The Novotel Cusco hotel is located in the historic center, close to the Plaza de Armas and cathedral, and 10 minutes from the airport. The Novotel Cusco is an historic base for discovering the Inca civilization. This 4-star hotel has 99 rooms including 16 Superior Rooms, all inside a 16th century building. We have a restaurant, café and bar. Rooms feature heating, cable TV, wireless internet, a mini bar and safe.
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