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Deluxe Peru with Belmond Hiram Bingham

8 days fr £3,821pp

Lima • Sacred Valley • Machu Picchu • Cusco

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TOUR DETAILS
Accommodation:
  • Deluxe fr £3,821pp
Validity (selected dates between):
  • 01/07/2019 - 22/12/2019
Also included:
  • 7 Nights Accommodation
  • Private transfers & tours as per itinerary
  • English Speaking guide
  • 7 Breakfasts & 2 lunches 1 dinner
  • Entrance Fees
  • Hiram Bingham Train Return
Not included:
  • International Flights (unless otherwise stated)
  • International & domestic flights
Overview
Take in the breathtaking beauty and iconic sights of Peru in ultimate style with this sensational trip which combines a journey on the luxurious Hiram Bingham Train (previously Orient Express) and 6 nights in exquisite Belmond hotels. This unforgettable trip begins in lively Lima where you'll have plenty of time to explore before moving to Cusco. Enjoy the services of a local guide through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visit the impressive Pisac ruins and the colourful artisan market before heading to the main attraction, Machu Picchu by luxury train. This iconic rail journey winds through the spectacular Urubamba Valley to the end of the line: the village of Aguas Calientes
Day 1
Lima
On arrival at the International airport in Lima you will be welcomed by one of our tour representatives and escorted to your hotel, where you will be briefed on all of your travels during your stay in Peru. The more affluent districts of Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro, which are on the coast, offer good nightlife and cafes all within walking distance. Limenos (Lima's residents) are friendly, and the city is filled with excellent restaurants - seafood lovers in particular should be sure to try a ceviche, for which Lima is well known.
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Day 2
Lima
After breakfast at your hotel you will enjoy a half day guided sightseeing tour to the most attractive and important sites in Lima, the "City of Kings". Visit Lima's Historical Center, passing by Plaza San Martin, Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and its Religious Art Museum as well as San Francisco Monastery and its famous underground crypts known as the Catacombs. Your visit continues with a stop at the Larco Museum, for an excellent overview of Peru's ancient past as it holds the best private collection of pre-Columbian art in the country. You will have the chance to tour through this old Hacienda House in the Pueblo Libre district, which was built upon a pre-Incan sacred site (huaca), housing the private collection of a great Peruvian scholar: Don Rafael Larco Hoyle. After the visit you will be driven back to your hotel.
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Day 3
Lima- Cusco - Sacred Valley
After breakfast you will be picked up at your hotel and taken back to Lima airport for your domestic flight over the Andes to Cusco. On arrival you will be met and taken to your hotel in the Sacred Valley. You will have the remainder of the day at your leisure to rest and allow your body to acclimatise to the high altitude. Later go out and explore on your own and try one of the colourful local restaurants.
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Day 4
Through the Sacred Valley of the Inca
Today you 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 finishes in the picturesque village of Ollantaytambo, site of another large Inca ruin. The town and fortress here are strategically situated overlooking the beautiful Urubamba River Valley. This major ruin site is the best surviving example of Inca urban planning and engineering. It is admired for its huge steep terraces guarding the fortress and for being one of the few places where the Spanish lost a major battle during the conquest. Spend the night in the Sacred Valley, before heading out next day to Machu Picchu.
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Day 5
Encounter the majesty of Machu Picchu
Early transfer to Ollanta train Station to board the Belmond Hiram Bingham train that will take you to the town of Aguas Calientes. During the journey you will enjoy brunch and marvel at the changing landscape as you travel from Andean highlands to the beginnings of the jungle before finally arriving at the town of Aguas Calientes. From here you will board the bus that will take you to the citadel of Machu Picchu, or Lost City of the Incas, which sits upon the summit bearing the same name, and is one of the most representative and recognized examples of Incan architecture. Upon arrival you will have a guided tour of the Inca Citadel which is provided by Belmond & will be with others that came with you on the Belmond Hiram Bingham train. Brunch on board will be included. Walk through the different areas of the city: the agriculture and urban zone, featuring temples and dwellings; and the Intihuatana, or sun dial, finely carved out of stone. When you finish exploring you will have an afternoon tea at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge & check in
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Day 6
Train back to Cusco
Rise early today to take advantage of viewing Machu Picchu in the early morning light. This is the best time to see the 'Lost City of the Incas'. If you don't mind the uphill hike, you can climb to Wayna Picchu, which requires approximately four hours to complete, and allows for spectacular views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding areas from above. In the afternoon you take the Spectacular Hiram Bingham train to Cusco... pre-dinner cocktails will be served in the bar accompanied by live entertainment, and afterwards a 4-course a la carte dinner will be presented in the dining cars. You will then be transferred back to your hotel in Cusco
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Day 7
Cusco City and surroundings
This morning will allow us to enjoy and appreciate the mestizo characteristics of the city through a visit to its beautiful and most representative buildings, such as Koricancha, or Temple of the Sun; the Incan street of Loreto, where you can admire the famous 12-sided stone; Ahuajpinta street, along which sit the remains of impressive Incan palaces and old colonial buildings such as the Cathedral; and the Museum of Colonial Art. Later, we will head to the City’s nearby ruins: the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, a magnificent example of Incan military power; Qenqo, a ritualistic site with subterranean galleries that form an underground maze; Puca Pucara, the red fortress; and finally Tambomachay, also known as the Incan Baths. After the tour you will be driven back to your hotel
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Day 8
Departure or Extension
After breakfast today you will be picked up at your hotel in Cusco and taken to the airport for your flight back over the Andes to Lima. A guide will be waiting for you at Lima airport to assist you with your connecting flight or to take you back into the city where you can extend your stay or take one of many other tours, perhaps spending a night or two in the Amazon rainforest. This short highlights tour is a great introduction to Peru and will leave you with a lifetime of memories.
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