Feb 29, 2020
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International and domestic airfares
Accommodation as listed in the itinerary
Shared transfers and excursions as mentioned in the itinerary unless specified otherwise,
Lima City Tour
Sacred Valley tour
Return train to Machu Picchu
Visit to Machu Picchu
English speaking guide
Meals as per Itinerary
Items of a personal nature
This small group set departure will see you joined by other travelers from around the world. Maximum group size 30.
Private tours also available upon request.
About this Trip
Guaranteed set departures, the "Explore" series of tours offer the best that each country has. Including all tours, transfers, transportation and accommodation these tours are great value.
This 9-day Peru vacation starts in Lima, one of South America’s oldest colonial cities. Then discover life before the Conquistadores, visiting the Sacred Valley, Cusco, and Machu Picchu.
Often unfairly dismissed as a mere entry and exit point for Peru, Lima offers much more to any visitor willing to explore its historic streets. You’ll visit Miraflores, a popular tourist area, plus the Historical Centre, Main Square, the Palaces of the government and Archbishop, and Huaca Huallamarca, a pyramid that even predates the Incas. You’ll also visit the Santo Domingo Convent, and tour the Archbishop’s Palace, which is filled with art works dating back as far as the 1500’s.
Fly to Cusco and transfer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After some time to acclimatise to the altitude, take a full day to explore Chincheros and Ollantaytambo. In Chincheros, immerse yourself in local culture, admiring Inca ruins, Andean village houses, and the colourful local market. Visiting the citadel of Ollantaytambo, let your imagination take you back to the Inca’s only known victory against a Spanish siege.
Time to visit the centrepiece of your trip, majestic Machu Picchu. This Inca city lay abandoned and unseen by outsiders for centuries, until its rediscovery in the early 20th century. Today, it is one of the world’s ‘must-see’ attractions, but this has diminished none of its mystery or wonder. The scenic Vistadome Train takes you Aguas Calientes, where you’ll transfer to a shuttle bus to visit the main site. Your tour takes you through the ruins in detail, uncovering their original functions and stories – at least, the ones we know so far. There are still many questions surrounding Machu Picchu, and you’ll have plenty of time to contemplate them before returning to Cusco.
Take a day at leisure in Cusco, the former capital of the Inca world and one of South America’s great cultural destinations, before returning to Lima for your departing flight.
Discover Peru and Machu Picchu
Day 1: Lima
Day 2: Lima
Day 3: Lima to Cusco and Sacred Valley
Day 4: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes
Continuing down the valley and ever so slightly lower in altitude you head to the impressive archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo is a massive citadel located 50 kilometers from Machu Picchu. The citadel served as both a temple and a fortress and the only battle at which the Incas held off the Spanish. You will then be transferred to the train station for train ride into Aguas Calientes near the ruins of Machu Picchu.
Day 5: Machu Picchu and return to Cusco
After breakfast you board a bus that takes you to the actual Machu Picchu archaeological site. You will definitely have an experience you will never forget. The tour includes every nook and cranny of this New Seven Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. You then return to Aguas Calientes for lunch at a local restaurant and, later on, board the train for the return trip to Cusco; you will stop at the Ollantaytambo Station and be picked up and driven to your hotel.
Day 6: Cusco
Day 7: Onward Travel
You will be assisted with check-in for your flight back to Lima. On arrival into Lima you are assisted with you international connections home. Most flights will leave late on the night of day 8
Inquire about this Trip
Listed dates are day 1 of the small group tour departure from Lima. Flights from North America to meet the listed dates, can overnight and depart the day before or arrive early morning of day 1. Land tour is guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 2 people. Rates include international and any domestic or regional flights. Prices based on availability and subject to change. Other dates available on request. Different airlines may require a different departure date. Listed flights may include stops en-route and on return. Direct flights may be available at a higher cost. Airlines will vary based on gateways. Listed rates include all airline and airport taxes and subject to change and availability.