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Cusco and Machu Picchu

7 days from £1595pp plus international flights.

Cusco, the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley including Pisac and Ollantaytambo ... these are the higlights you can see on this excellent short trip. 

All of these extraordinary places will give you a real taste for this stunning area of Peru which is known throughout the world for its unmissable sights. Cusco is a colonial city built on Incan foundations. Take time to explore the friendly city itself, as well as outlying ruins. Then the more low-lying Sacred Valley is worth your time. Here the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo offer markets and more Inca ruins. But of course the highlight for most people is the world famous Machu Picchu. One of the new Seven Wonders of the World, it is unmissable and breathtaking. 

You have a guide for the times we feel this will add to your experience, for example looking round historical sites such as Machu Picchu, but at other times you are left to explore on your own. All your transfers and transport arrangements are sorted, so the whole trip will be very easy, leaving you to simply enjoy the wonderful places you've come to see.

If you want longer in Peru, that is not a problem, just talk to us about what you'd like to add to this experience and we'll put it all together for you. 

Lima hotel


Most flights from Europe arrive in Lima in the evening. ​On arrival in Lima Airport we will collect you and take you to a hotel for the night. You will heading for the airport again in the morning, so we feel that a nearby airport hotel is the most convenient option and saves longer transfers into town. 
Cusco town


Today you'll walk the short distance from the hotel to the airport, arriving in time for your morning flight to Cusco. It takes under an hour to get to Cusco. Here you will again be met and transferred to your Cusco hotel. Cusco is quite high (3300m) so you might initially feel the effects of altitude. For this reason we advise an easy day with no particular plans.  Saunter around the town, stop in cafes and drink coca tea, do a bit of people watching, have a light lunch and dinner, and generally take it easy and catch your breath. Breakfast.
Inca ruins near Cusco


Today a guide will pick you up after breakfast and take you on a private tour of Cusco and also nearby Sacsayhuaman. This will be a long half-day tour full of fascinating insights into Peruvian culture, and Incan and colonial history. Breakfast.
Pisac market


Today your guide will take you on a full day guided tour through the Sacred Valley. Pisac village will certainly be on your tour, and this quaint village not only has a great market on certain days but also an impressive set of Inca ruins. You stay overnight in the valley in Ollantaytambo village. Breakfast, lunch. 
In the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu


Today we take the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu Village (formerly known as Aguas Calientes). From here it is a 20 minute zigzag bus ride up to the top of a steep hill where we find the citadel of Machu Picchu. You can enjoy a fascinating private guided tour of the ruins, and we have arranged for you to have lunch at the luxury Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel next to Machu Picchu. When you have had your fill of the ruins for one day, head back down the mountain to your hotel. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. 
Machu Picchu in the mist


Today you can enjoy another day in the citadel, this time by yourself so you can simply wander around and soak up the magical atmosphere of the place.  Your afternoon train will get you back to Cusco by early evening, where you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. Breakfast.


We transfer you to Cusco Airport in time for your flight to Lima. Flight connections are such that you will have time for a short tour of Lima before we need to get you back to the airport for your flight home. Breakfast.
Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £1595 (ex. international flights)

Price notes: 2019 guide price pp based on 2 sharing: £1595


Meet and greet at Lima Airport; airport and rail station transfers; accommodation in twin share; meals as specified; guided tours of Cusco and Sacsayhuaman, Pisac and Ollantaytambo, and Machu Picchu; entrance fees; minibus and second entrance fee to Machu Picchu on day 6; Vistadome train to Cusco.


International flights and taxes; domestic flights (to be bought as add-ons with international flights); vaccinations; meals not shown; drinks; visa; tips; personal expenses.

Getting there: 

To get to Peru you need to fly into Lima. From here a domestic flight takes you to Cusco. From Europe Iberia Airlines or KLM are most frequently used for this route. There is no direct flight from the UK to Lima. A return flight will cost from about £900.

Departure dates: This is a private tailor-made holiday which you can take at any time to suit you.  

places you will see

places you will see

This famous city was the capital of the Inca empire for three centuries. It is the gateway to the Sacred Valley and to Machu Picchu, and there is much to explore and enjoy in the city itself, including magnificent colonial and Inca architecture, great restaurants, shopping and culture.
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
The famous 'Lost City of the Incas’. An unmissable highlight of Peru, reached by walking the challenging Inca Trail, or catching the train to a nearby village.
For most people Lima is just an arrival city, but there are good museums and colonial architecture, and in recent years Lima has reinvented itself, with boutique hotels springing up and, in particular, Lima has become the focus of Peru's burgeoning worldwide reputation as a foodie destination.
The Sacred Valley
The Sacred Valley
This beautiful, lush valley, once sacred to the Incas, is the gateway to iconic Machu Picchu. Visit local villages such as Pisac and Ollantaytambo for Inca ruins and to see modern rural life. Plus enjoy horse riding, mountain biking and rafting, great food and gentle hiking.

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Time: GMT-5hrs

Flight time: Both KLM and Iberia have flights to Lima via Europe, leaving the UK early in the morning to arrive in Lima in the evening. The flight time is about 14 hours. It is also possible to fly to Lima via America.

Language: Spanish and Quechua are the official languages.

Visas: Not required for British travellers (up to 90 days). EC nationals can ask us for further advice.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if visiting the rainforest. Malaria prophylactics are also recommended in the rainforest.


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