11 days from £2215pp plus international flights.
This is an introduction to the people, history and culture of Peru, with ample time to spend to take it all in. And all in just 11 days. It's too good to miss!
Your adventure begins in Cusco, a lively city with a rich history encompassing Inca and colonial eras. You'll see evidence of both plus the modern-day city. Heading into the Sacred Valley you'll see how some aspects of life have changed little over the centuries. Farmers still tend terraced lands and villagers still speak in the language of the Incas. You'll enjoy a scenic train journey as you head towards the fabled 'lost city of the Incas' - Machu Picchu, which you will visit twice, allowing you time to really explore this fascinating site.
Next there's a change of scene as you head off on the long journey through the Andes Mountains to Lake Titicaca. You'll travel in luxury on the Andean Explorer train, with stylish Pullman carriages, delicious three-course lunch and a glass-walled observation deck. You'll have two days to explore Lake Titicaca, visiting three different islands and staying as guests of a local family.
You'll be accompanied by your own guide, but you'll also have time to spend by yourself. We've chosen some lovely hotels for you to stay in en-route, to make this holiday all the more special. The holiday is available year round so you can travel at any time to suit you.
On arrival at Lima you'll be met and transferred to the Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport hotel; a comfortable and convenient overnight stop. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, indoor swimming pool, fitness centre and spa so you'll be able to have a meal, relax after your flight and enjoy a good night's sleep.
This morning you'll return to the airport for your domestic flight to Cusco. You'll be met at Cusco by our local representative and transferred to the Ramada by Wyndham Costa Del Sol Cusco hotel, which is set in a 17th century mansion with a cloistered courtyard. The rest of the day has been left for you to explore Cusco at your own pace. The hotel is a short walk from the main square so you can set out for some independent exploration of Cusco's sights, restarants and bars. Breakfast
After breakfast at the hotel you'll be collected for your tour of the city and nearby Inca sites. You'll visit the main square, cathedral and the Koricancha, which was the most important temple in Inca times. Heading out of the city you'll visit Sacsayhuaman, the former capital of the Inca empire, a huge complex of carefully constructed stone walls overlooking the modern city. At the end of the tour your guide will take you back to your hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure. Breakfast
Breakfast at the hotel then your guide will meet you for the journey to the Sacred Valley. This fertile valley is still farmed much as it was in Inca times, with picturesque terracing. There are several towns and villages scattered through the valley where you'll see traditional crafts and customs. You'll visit Pisac, known for its colourful, bustling market and for the superb Inca ruins above the town. You'll also see the impressive ruins at Ollantaytambo, an Inca fortress. You'll end the day at Pakaritampu, your hotel in Ollantaytambo. Breakfast, lunch
Today you'll visit the world-famous site of Machu Picchu, traveling in style on a train with large, panoramic windows. From Aguas Calientes it's a short bus ride to the citadel of Machu Picchu. You'll have a comprehensive guided tour of the sanctuary and your guide will give you plenty of background information to really bring the site to life. Lunch is at Sanctuary Lodge, the closest hotel to the site, followed by free time to stroll around the ruins, later heading down the hill to your hotel, El MaPi. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
This morning you have time for a return to Machu Picchu. You can take your time as you wander around the ruins, taking in the views and using your imagination to picture scenes of the busy Inca city in its heyday. In the afternoon you'll take the train back to Cusco. Sit back and enjoy the 3-hour ride and those amazing views. On arrival you'll be transferred to the Ramada by Wyndham Costa Del Sol Cusco. Breakfast
After breakfast your guide will take you to the train station where you'll board the eelgant Titicaca Train for the full day journey through the Andes to Puno. Along the way you'll be able to observe local communities and changing scenery, as you pass villages, mountains and wide plains. A three course lunch is included and is served in an elegant, Pullman-style dining car. The journey ends at Lake Titicaca, where you'll be met and transferred to the Casa Andina Premium Hotel, on the shores of the lake in Puno. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
You'll have breakfast with the family before rejoining your guide and heading back out on the lake. Next stop is Taquile Island where you see a different culture and hear a different language, Quechua. The community here is prosperous and is known for its prowess in weaving. Unusually this craft is practised by the men rather than the women. You'll have lunch in the main village square before travelling back across the lake to Puno, where you will spend the night in the the Casa Andina Premium. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
After breakfast you'll check out of the hotel and set off on the 45-minute drive to Juliaca airport. The flight to Lima takes about an hour and 40 minutes. On arrival your local representative will take you to the Casa Andina Centro Hotel in the popular Miraflores neighbourhood. The rest of the day is free for you to do as you wish. The hotel is a short walk from handicraft markets where you can browse for gifts and souvenirs and there are lots of cafes and restaurants in the area. Breakfast
This morning you'll have a tour of Peru's capital city. You'll see some of the fine architecture including the cathedral and presidential palace. There's a visit to the well-known Larco Museum, with its impressive displays of pre-Columbian art. These include a gold and silver gallery, chronological culture galleries and the famous collection of erotic pottery. After the tour you'll return to the hotel. Later you'll be transferred to the airport to check in for your flight home. Breakfast
Guide price from (pp sharing): £2215 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2019 guide price pp sharing: from £2215
10-nights accommodation in the properties mentioned; private transfers; private sightseeing tours with an English-speaking guide in Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Titicaca and Lima; entrance fees to Cusco, Machu Picchu and Lima; return train ticket to Machu Picchu; train ticket from Cusco to Puno; meals as indicated in the itinerary.
International and domestic flight (we would normally book these for you and add this to the package); visas (not currently required by British passport holders); insurance; Huayna Picchu entrance; meals not mentioned as included; drinks; tips; personal expenses such as laundry.
This holiday starts and ends in Lima. You'll also need flights from Lima to Cusco and Juliaca to Lima. Return flights from the UK plus the 2 domestic flights will cost in the region of £1,000 per person.
Departure dates: This is a private tailor-made holiday which you can take at any time to suit you.
A simple island homestay on Lake Titicaca.
A good value hotel in the popular district of Miraflores.
Casa Andina Premium Puno is located by Lake Titicaca and has great views of the lake.
90 room refurbished 17th Century mansion close to Cusco's main square
El MaPi is a modern hotel in Machu Picchu town offering comfortable contemporary accommodation
37-room hotel located in Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport is a modern hotel located within walking distance of Lima's international airport, offering good accommodation and facilities.
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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.