Luxury Peru

9 Nights/10 Days

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With over 60 years of Travel organising Experience

When it comes to Peru we like to think of ourselves as the real Experts.

From the companies origins as pioneers of travel up until the modern day, our focus is quite simple - it's all about people!  We focus on our team so that they can focus fully on your holiday experience.  Sure we have won lots of Awards, but the real reward for us, is making your holiday the best it can possibly be.

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Trip highlights

  • Puno

  • Cusco

  • Sacred Valley

  • Machu Picchu

  • Lima

  • Hiram Bingham Luxury Train

  • Ollantaytambo

  • Andean Explorer Train

Day 1

Arrive (Peru)- transfer from Lima Airport

 

Welcome to Peru!

 

You will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Lima. Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures and provide you with a detailed itinerary, vouchers covering all the services included in your tour and additional information on the organisation of your Peru trip.

 

You will also receive a contact information sheet with all the hotel details and a 24-hour emergency number.

Overnight in Lima :

Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel

Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

Lima

Today we will first go to the Colonial part of Lima, visiting the Archbishop’s Palace, then continue onto "Casa De Aliaga".  After this lunch will be served at the Huaca Pucllana Archaeological Center. 

In the afternoon, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the quieter side of Lima, the picturesque district of Barranco, known as the bohemian heart of the city.

 

Overnight in Lima :

Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel

B&B and lunch

Details

 

Lima

AM: Half day Aristocratic Lima (private)

 

Today we will go to the Colonial part of Lima, visiting the Archbishop’s Palace, situated directly on the Plaza de Armas, Lima's main square, next to the Cathedral. This important place whose construction, together with the Cathedral, started shortly after the foundation of Lima in 1535 is in the middle of town reflecting the immense power the church had in Colonial Lima.

 

The palace was built using only the finest materials shipped in from the old world, like cedar wood and mahogany, tiles from Seville, bronze and marble. In 1924 the Archbishop’s Palace was completely reconstructed and renovated.  Since 2009 the palace is open to the public.

 

Continue with the visit of "Casa de Aliaga", the oldest Colonial mansion in Lima, maybe even in South America.  The house has been owned and lived in by the Aliaga family and their descendants since Francisco Pizarro granted the land to Jerónimo de Aliaga in 1535.

 

Absolutely amazing inside: the inner patio is extraordinary and an imposing wooden staircase leads up to the elegant salons that are richly decorated with Colonial furniture.   

 

After the tour you will be driven to the Huaca Pucllana Restaurant to enjoy lunch in a restaurant located in the same area of ​​the Huaca Pucllana Archaeological Center.  This is a renowned restaurant that offers a sample of the best international Peruvian food.

 

PM: Half day Bohemian District of Barranco and Pallas Store (private)

 

Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the quieter side of Lima, the picturesque district of Barranco, known as the bohemian heart of the city.

 

Filled with nightlife and restaurants, it has nevertheless kept its essence and charm in the form of old houses painted in bright colonial colors.  The most emblematic symbol of this neighborhood is its wooden Puente de los Suspiros or “bridge of sighs”.

 

Your visit continues with a stop at Las Pallas Peruvian Folk Art Boutique (closed on Sundays), located in the bohemian district of Barranco, is an Aladdin’s cave packed with treasures sourced by Mari Solari herself from all over Peru.

She stocks folk art from the coast, Andes and Amazon regions of Peru showcasing the highest quality pieces which are all hand-selected personally by Mari Solari. You might have already seen similar items on display during your travels around Peru but the focus here is on exquisite craftsmanship so the quality of each piece is second to none and the artisans are all paid fairly and directly for their work unlike in many of the markets around Peru.

 

After the visit you will be driven to your hotel.

Overnight in Lima :

Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel

B&B and lunch

Day 3

Lima / Cusco / sacred Valley

Early start today with a transfer to Lima airport to catch your pre arranged flight to Cusco.

 

Upon arrival - met with transfer to the hotel

 

 

Once the formalities of check in are finished we head off for a days exploration.

Firstly a visit to a local textiles centre, followed the Pisac markets.

For lunch a sumptuous feast at the Hacienda Sarapampa where we can learn about the old and new traditions.

Rest of the day at leisure

 

Overnight in Sacred Valley :

Belmond Rio Sagrado Hotel

B&B and Lunch

Details

 

Lima / Cusco / Sacred Valley

Transfer Hotel / Lima Airport (private)

 

Our representative will meet you at the hotel lobby and transfer you to Lima Airport. Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures and all departure formalities.

 

Transfer Cusco Airport / Sacred Valley Hotel including en-route Awanacancha Textile Center & Pisac Market (private)

Upon your arrival in Cusco, you will be met by our guide who will assist you with your luggage and drive you to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

 

Today you will have the opportunity to visit Awanacancha, an Andean textile center whose key objective is to maintain the wealth of Incan textile art and keep their traditions alive.   Awanacancha means “the palace of weaving” and as its name announces, it is all about textile production. Here we will learn about the dyeing techniques and instruments used for hundreds of years in the weaving of these famous textiles.

 

Continue to the Pisac Markets. Originally held only on Sundays, but due to the increase of tourism in the area during the XXth century it became increasingly popular to the point that now it is held daily. 

 

Farm Chic Lunch (private)

Further into the Sacred Valley, reach working Hacienda Sarapampa, a vivid expression of the culture of corn farming from its beginnings in ancient Peru until today.

In Hacienda Sarapampa, learn how corn influenced the Andeans and those who followed during colonial and recent times.  Visit the Giant White Corn fields and learn more about this unique crop, the stages in the process of cultivating corn (fallow, sowing, hilling, harvest) and its importance in the economy of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and its farmers.

 

Then, enjoy a countryside five-course gourmet lunch hosted by the landowners of the Hacienda, full of anecdotes about the hacienda life, the culture of corn and the legends that surround the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

 

After lunch you will be transferred to your hotel and rest of the day at leisure.

 

Overnight in Sacred Valley :

Belmond Rio Sagrado Hotel

B&B and Lunch

Day 4

Sacred Valley

Full Day today  - Chinchero Village, Maras Saltpans & Ollantaytambo Fortress plus Sacred Valley Lunch at Wayra Restaurant with a Peruvian Paso Horse demonstration.

Overnight in Sacred Valley:

Belmond Rio Sagrado Hotel

B&B and Lunch

Details

 

Sacred Valley

Today you will set off to the Sacred Valley and the town of Chinchero, an authentic Andean village with lots of character, where we will find the colonial church that houses a large collection of painting from the Cusqueñan School of Art.

 

Next, continue your journey through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, to the salt fields of Maras and its seemingly never-ending terraces, where salt extracted from springs is stored.  Although these waters have been used for centuries, even before the time of the Incas, Maras was founded by the Spanish in 1556.  It supplied salt to the southern highlands during the viceroyalty, so it was an important town.  The use of Maras Salt dates back thousands of years and is inherited from generation to generation and managed communally.  

 

It is produced naturally in about 5,000 pools of approximately 5 square meters each forming different levels of terraces, nourished by salty water from a creek that permeates the pools and then evaporated by the intense sun, forming thick crystals. They are extracted once a month, as soon as they have reached a height of 10 cm.  It is impressive to see the variety of colors created by the reflection of the sun’s rays in this field of salt deposits, and to learn about the Incas striking ability to generate resources.

Sacred Valley Lunch at Wayra Restaurant with Peruvian Paso Horse demonstration

Lunch will be served at a local ranch including a Peruvian Paso Horses demonstration; with their elegance and noble spirit, the Peruvian Paso Horse symbolizes a centuries-old tradition of cultural fusion and folklore that defines and enriches Peru. In this presentation, Paso horses from the ranch stables demonstrate their flowing gait and graceful motion to the rhythm of ‘la marinera’.

 

Finally, visit the Inca fortress and citadel of Ollantaytambo. This site was built just as the Spaniards arrived and evidence of how it was constructed is still visible. Ollantaytambo also features the vestiges of the town built by orders of Inca Pachacutec and thought to be not only a strategic military place to control the Sacred Valley of the Incas, but also for agricultural and religious purposes.

 

The town of Ollantaytambo is referred to as a "Live Inca Town" because inhabitants still live according to customs and traditions inherited from their ancestors.  

 

After the tour you will be transferred to your hotel.   

 

Overnight in Sacred Valley:

Belmond Rio Sagrado Hotel

B&B and Lunch

Day 5

Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu 

 

This morning we ride on the Hiram Bingham train towards Machu Picchu where we shall spend the rest of the day exploring.

Dinner at the hotel

Overnight in Machu Picchu:

Belmond Machu Picchu Sanctuary lodge

Breakfast and Dinner

Details

 

Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu 

 

Morning transfer to the train station for an amazing Hiram Bingham train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, the great mountain-top city abandoned by the Inca Empire, reclaimed by the jungle and lost to humanity until its rediscovery in 1911.  

 

Along the way you will enjoy 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, board the bus that will take you on a 20-minute ride up 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. A guided tour of the Citadel includes the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds.  

 

The legendary 'Lost City' is without a doubt one of the world's most impressive archaeological sites. Built by the Incas on the summit of "Machu Picchu" (old peak), overlooking the deep canyon of the Urubamba river in a semi-tropical area 120 Kms (75 miles) from the city of Cusco at 3,400 m.a.s.l (11,155 f.a.s.l).  

 

It sits on a mountain site of extraordinary beauty, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest; Machu Picchu was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height, with its giant walls, terraces and ramps, which appear as though they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. Machu Picchu is also one of the Inca's best kept secrets, since they did not leave written records and Spanish chronicles make no mention of the citadel, it remains a mystery.   

 

Dinner will be served at the hotel

Overnight in Machu Picchu:

Belmond Machu Picchu Sanctuary lodge

Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6

Machu Picchu / Cusco

AM: 2nd entrance to Machu Picchu & Wayna Picchu (without guide)

 

Excellent opportunity to wake up early and enjoy a beautiful sunrise. Then, you will have time visit the Citadel of Machu Picchu for the second time (2nd entrance fee included).

 

Lunch will be served at the hotel

 

PM: Return to Cusco (private)

In the afternoon, take the shuttle bus to Aguas Calientes and then board your return Hiram Bingham train.  

 

Dinner will be served on board the train

 

Upon arrival at the train station you will be met by our representative and private driver who will transfer you to the hotel.

 

Overnight in Cusco:

Belmond Monasterio Hotel

B&B plus today Lunch & Dinner

Day 7

Cusco

Today we have a half day Cusco City tour including a visit to San Pedro Market (private)

 

Embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Cusco, the Imperial City and archaeological capital of South America, where you will be able to admire the finest examples of Inca history and architecture. Visit the city's most important historical monuments that reveal the influence of different cultures: the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral dating from Spanish viceroyalty times, built with great slabs of red granite renaissance style in contrast with the baroque style silverwork of its interior and, the Santo Domingo church built upon the foundations of the Inca temple Koricancha, dedicated to worship the Sun God.

 

The tour continues with a visit to the San Pedro Market, a popular place for locals to eat a hot meal or fresh juice. They offer almost all the regional produce from fruits, vegetables and meats to hand-woven sweaters other clothes and crafts.

 

After the visit you will be transferred to your hotel.

Afternoon at leisure for activities on your own.

Overnight in Cusco:

Belmond Monasterio Hotel - B&B

Day 8

Cusco / Puno

Transfer Hotel / Cusco train station (private)

 

Our representative will meet you at the hotel lobby and transfer you to Cusco train station to board your train to Puno.  

 

Andean Explorer train – Spirit of the Water 2d/1n Program (shared)

This morning board the Belmond Andean Explorer in Cusco. The Andean Explorer is one the most luxurious and interesting ways of travelling through southern Peru. Opulently decorated, it includes a dining car and a bar with outdoor observatory.

 

Board the train at approximately 11:00 hours in Cusco. Relax as you begin your journey southeast through the Andean Altiplano to Puno. Enjoy lunch on board in the refined dining car where Andean specialities are served with a contemporary flair.

 

After lunch stop at the site of Raqchi; once an important Inca settlement, today the archaeological site boasts a number of architectural gems. You will spend about an hour at this site before returning to the train for afternoon tea. Continue the journey stopping at La Raya briefly to soak up the stunning sunset over the La Raya mountain range (this is the highest point of the journey at 4,300ft).

 

After this stop relax over dinner then enjoy a drink in the Lounge car as the train continues to Lake Titicaca where you will spend the night in the station right next to the lake.

 

Overnight on board Belmond Andean Explorer Train. Junior bed cabin.

 

Overnight on board :

Belmond Andean Explorer Train

Meals today - Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 9

Puno

Breakfast on board the train.

Full day tour from Llachon, Capachica peninsula by Kayaks & motor boat to Taquile Town for lunch.

Transfer to catch your flight to Lima

Transfer from Lima Airport to your hotel

Overnight in Lima:

Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel 

B&B  - Plus lunch today

Details

 

Puno

Awake early and enjoy breakfast on board. Catch your first glimpse of Lake Titicaca as you witness the sunrise across the lake.

 

After a wonderful overnight trip disembark the train and continue with your onward arrangements.

 

Full day tour from Llachon, Capachica peninsula by Kayaks, taking around 1 hour along the banks and the coast watching the villages, farms and tutelary hills of the peninsula and nearby islands.

 

We continue our motorboat trip to Taquile Island, inhabited by Quechua-speaking natives who have developed efficient and unique social systems, as well as fine hand weaving techniques, passed down through the generations.  

 

Upon arrival at the Town of Taquile you will take your box lunch.  After lunch, take a walk through the various hills and archaeological sites of this 6km long Island.

 

Return to your hotel in Puno after the visit.

 

Transfer to Juliaca Airport (private)

At the appropriate time, our representative will transfer you to the Juliaca Airport to fly to Lima. Our representative will assist you with the corresponding check-in procedures and all departure formalities.

 

Transfer Lima Airport / Hotel (private)

Upon arrival into Lima International Airport, you will be met by our representative and private driver and will be transferred to your hotel. Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures.  

 

Overnight in Lima:

Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel 

B&B  - Plus lunch today

Day 10

Lima and last day transfer to airport

After breakfast when you are ready your driver will be available to transfer you to the airport.

Departure - We recommend that you arrive at the airport 3 hours prior to your departure flight (or 2 hours if travelling business class). It is recommended that you check in online for your departure flight so that you can avoid long queues at the airport check in counters. On line check in is available for most airlines 24 hours before your flight. Your hotel will be able to help you with this if necessary. We wish you a pleasant journey back home or to your next destination.

International flights home

Trip details

Price from £4995 Per person based on twin share basis, subject to exchange rates.

With all international and domestic  flights  prices from approx 

£5935 per person

**please note this tour example starts on a Monday to match train schedules**

Price includes

  • Transfers as outlined

  • Private excursions with local English speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary, except where otherwise indicated

  • All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary

  • Meals: As indicated in the itinerary

  • 1 Roundtrip train ticket to Machu Picchu via Belmond Hiram Bingham coach per person

  • 2 Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu per person

  • 1 Bus ticket to and from the Machu Picchu ruins per person

  • Accomodation as shown

  • Meals as shown

  • ATOL protection (When taking international flights)

Additional Extra's

  • International and internal/domestic local Flights or taxes.

  • Additional unscheduled excursions

  • Meals not mentioned in the trip information

  • Additional meals & drinks (soft & Alcoholic)

  • Immunisations

  • Visa's

  • Personal travel insurance

  • local gratuaties & Tips