19 January 2017
This imaginative tour of Peru's highlights begins and ends in the capital city Lima. On your travels you will explore the golden city of Cusco, travel through the Sacred Valley of the Incas and encounter the never to be forgotten majesty of Machu Picchu, one of the wonders of the natural world. You will be escorted throughout the trip and experienced guides will make sure that you get the most out of this great Latin American adventure. You will also have plenty of time at each destination to appreciate them fully.
You will be met at Lima Airport by one of our tour representatives and taken to your hotel where you will be briefed on all aspects of your travels in Peru. Lima is a friendly city and the rest of the day is yours to explore. Visit the affluent districts of Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro on the coast and sample the good restaurants and nightlife which is within walking distance of your hotel.
After breakfast you leave the capital city for your flight to Cusco. You will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel where there will be a comprehensive briefing about your stay in the area. The rest of the day is at leisure giving you the chance to explore the city and gradually acclimatise to the dramatic change of altitude.
Your guided city tour begins with visits to the impressive Colonial Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun. You will then be taken to the outskirts of the city to see the impressive archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman later visiting the ruins of Puca Pucara. Cusco is a gem of a city and has beautiful squares, cobbled streets and a lively atmosphere.
Today you will travel with a local guide through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit the impressive Pisac ruins and the colourful artisan market. The day trip ends in the picturesque village of Ollantaytambo, site of another big Inca ruin. The town and fortress are situated overlooking the beautiful Urubamba River Valley. Spend the night here.
Today is probably the highlight of the whole tour when you visit the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu. Board the train which winds through the Urubamba Valley to the end of the line at Aquas Calientes beneath Machu Picchu. In the afternoon enjoy a two hour guided tour of the famous Lost City of the Incas then stay until sunset exploring before returning to your hotel at Aquas Calientes.
Rise early for a spectacular dawn visit to Machu Picchu and possibly climb Wayna Picchu for wonderful views over the ruined Inca city.(not included & must be prebooked) End the day in luxury by taking the VistaDome train back to Cusco which allows great views of the Sacred Valley scenery. In Cusco you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Today is free for you to make the most out of this beautiful and lively city. Plenty of opportunities for more souvenir shopping and visits to the archaeological sites and museums and there is also horseback riding, white water rafting on the Urubamba River and mountain biking down to the Sacred Valley options available.
After a leisurely breakfast in Cusco you are taken to the airport for your flight back to Lima where the tour comes to an end. On arrival in Lima you will be met by one of our representatives who will arrange your onward journey or flight home.
Standard fr £954pp
Superior fr £1101pp
Deluxe fr £1880pp
Deluxe + OW Hiram Bingham fr £2116pp
Rates based on twinshare
International flights not included unless otherwise stated