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Highlights of Peru

From $5,049
Duration 9 Days
Departures from: May 2023 - Sep 2023
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From $5,049
Duration 9 Days
Departures from: May 2023 - Sep 2023
Tour Overview
Follow in the footsteps of intrepid adventurers in Peru's mountain wilderness. Explore the remains of the Incas' final stronghold in the 'lost city' of Machu Picchu, visit beautiful colonial towns and discover some of the islands of Lake Titicaca on this fascinating trip.
  • Classic Touring
  • All Breakfasts
  • Max Group Size 35

Your Holiday Includes

  • 8 nights in 4-star hotels
  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own
  • 13 meals : 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Specialist Local Guide Welcome drink
  • Overseas transfers & other transportation

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Tour of Lima including the cathedral
  • Visit the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu
  • Cuzco tour including Sacsayhuaman Fortress
  • Lake Titicaca’s Uros Islands

Itinerary

Day 1

Make your own way to the hotel where your Holiday Director will meet you for your welcome meeting that evening. Meals included: D

Day 2 Lima to Sacred Valley

Founded in 1535 by the Spanish Conquistador, Francisco Pizarro, much of Spain's colonial influence can still be seen in Lima. Beautiful squares, fine churches and mansions have changed little since the 17th century. The pre-Inca and Inca artefacts in the city's many museums are also fascinating and you'll have a chance to see them. Later today we will fly to Cuzco. It's important to allow your body time to acclimatise to the high altitude in Peru, so upon arrival in Cuzco we will transfer you to the lower altitude of the Sacred Valley to help do just that. Meals included: B

Day 3 Machu Picchu

The famous ruined city of Machu Picchu was rediscovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham, in 1911. Perched above a steep valley, swathed in dense jungle, and often referred to as the 'Lost City', this is a truly incredible site. We travel to Machu Picchu by narrow gauge railway and take the bus up to mist-shrouded mountain tops and the captivating ruins. A Local Guide will accompany us and be on hand to answer questions. Wandering around the site and exploring the ruins for yourself is one of the greatest ways to experience Machu Picchu. Meals included: B,L

Day 4 Sacred Valley to Cuzco

This morning we will transfer from Sacred Valley to Cuzco. En route, we're going to visit a community centre in Ccaccaccollo to learn how the Planeterra weaving co-operative has impacted the village. Very few communities benefit from tourism and this centre helps maintain a traditional way of life, helping bring back weaving traditions whilst supporting small local communities. Today, more than 55 women are part of the association, constantly learning new methods, whilst also maintaining traditional ones. Women involved the project report that all of their children are now able to study at university, and they are the first generation to be completely literate in Spanish. Learn all about weaving and dyeing techniques used to create traditional garments, and afterwards have the opportunity to purchase them.
Upon arrival in Cuzco, the rest of the day is at leisure. Why not grab a drink in one of the bars and restaurants that surround the Plaza de Armas? Meals included: B

Day 5 Cuzco

Cuzco, the former Inca capital, features a fascinating combination of Inca and colonial architecture in its mansions, churches and cobbled streets. Discover the city on a walking tour today and the surrounding Inca sites, including the mighty ruins of the stone Sacsayhuaman Fortress. This afternoon, we will enjoy a Peruvian cookery and pisco sour making class.

Meals included: B,L

Day 6 Puno

Today we're going to travel to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. We'll travel through magnificent scenery and make several stops en route. First we'll visit Andahuayluillas, where a beautiful 17th century church contains an organ decorated with angels and cherubs. Next we'll call at the ruins of Racchi, and after an included lunch we'll see the archaeological site of Puca-Pucara, before arriving in Puno. Meals included: B,L

Day 7 Lake Titicaca

After an early breakfast, our begin our explorations of Lake Titicaca, which sits at 12,500 feet above sea level, as we set sail for Uros and Taquile. Uros, our first stop, is a group of more than 80 floating reed islands, each inhabited by Uro-Aymara families who build houses out of reed mats. Then, we continue sailing to Taquile. This island is known for its friendly people who still preserve traditional customs and wear traditional dress. Among the highlights are the expertly crafted textiles with symmetric and symbolic patterns, with strong colours that reflect Andean customs and beliefs. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant.
Later, we return to our hotel in Puno and head downtown for dinner. Meals included: B,L,D

Day 8 Puno - Lima

Today, is free for you to enjoy at your own leisure. This afternoon, we will transfer you to the airport for our flight to Lima. Meals included: B

Day 9 Lima

Today it's time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your holiday comes to an end. Meals included: B

Additional Information

Please note: During this tour you will experience altitudes of over 12,000ft and altitude sickness can occur. This should not be a problem, although everyone has to take it easy. If you suffer from high blood pressure or respiratory conditions, or have any other concerns, please consult a doctor before you decide to travel on this holiday.

Accommodation

Innside by Melia Lima Miraflores Hotel

Located in Miraflores downtown, this modern hotel is a perfect base from which to discover a vibrant city such as Lima. Close to restaurants, bars, theatres and touristic attractions, you will find modern and stylish facilities. All rooms have free Wi-Fi, 49” Smart TV, minibar, safe, air conditioning, telephone, hair dryer and radio clock. The 352 Gastrobar offers an international menu with peruvian flavors and the Rooftop Bar presents a varied signature cocktails that you can taste while enjoying panoramic views of the city. The hotel also features a warm reading area with internet access, electric bicycles, a climatized outdoor pool on the top floor and a fitness center open 24 hours a day.

La Casona de Yucay Hotel

Built against a mountainside and located in an 18th-century building, this hotel features cosy modern accommodation set around a colourful courtyard. It is situated in the magical Sacred Valley. Rooms at Hotel La Casona De Yucay feature natural wooden floors and large windows offering panoramic garden and mountain views. They are decorated with traditional Inca fabrics. Room service is available 24/7. Guests are invited to an extensive buffet breakfast in the restaurant which also serves regional and international dishes during the evening. Social moments can be enjoyed in front of the communal fireplace which is located next to La Casona’s bar. The large courtyard offers tables and chairs for guests to relax and admire the scenery. Free Wi-Fi is available.

Hotel Jose Antonio

Jose Antonio Cuzco is located 10 minutes’ walk from the Plaza de Armas, the main square of Cuzco. Enjoy delicious Peruvian food in the hotel's restaurant or the ones close by. Or, enjoy a Pisco sour at El Molino, the hotel’s bar!

Sonesta Posades del Inca

Innside by Melia Lima Miraflores Hotel

Located in Miraflores downtown, this modern hotel is a perfect base from which to discover a vibrant city such as Lima. Close to restaurants, bars, theatres and touristic attractions, you will find modern and stylish facilities. All rooms have free Wi-Fi, 49” Smart TV, minibar, safe, air conditioning, telephone, hair dryer and radio clock. The 352 Gastrobar offers an international menu with peruvian flavors and the Rooftop Bar presents a varied signature cocktails that you can taste while enjoying panoramic views of the city. The hotel also features a warm reading area with internet access, electric bicycles, a climatized outdoor pool on the top floor and a fitness center open 24 hours a day.