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Peru

Description

Peru officially the Republic of Peru is a country in western South America. It is bordered in the north by Ecuador and Colombia, in the east by Brazil, in the south east by Bolivia, in the south by Chile, and in the west by the Pacific Ocean. Peru is a mixture of cultural traditions resulting in a wide diversity of expressions in fields such as art, cuisine, literature, and music.
During this tour you will visit Lima the capital of Peru with its old mansions and impressive churches museums and busy nightlife. Visit the world famous Larco Museum the lovely Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, San Francisco Church and the exquisite Torre Tagle Palace & drive along the exclusive residential areas of Miraflores and San Isidro. Fly over the spectacular Andes to Cusco and visit the Cusco’s Cathedral, Plaza de Armas and Koricancha “The Temple of the Sun,” the nearby ruins of Kenko, Puca-Pucara, Tambomachay as well as the Sacsayhuaman Fortress. In the Sacred Valley, visit the Pisac Indian Market and the Ollantaytambo Fortress.
Take a train ride through the sacred valley of Urubamba to the “Lost City of the Incas,” Machu Picchu 8,200 feet above the valley and enjoy one of the most incredible sights on earth, the sanctuary of Machu Picchu!

Highlights

1)    Lima, the “City of Kings” – Lima
2)    Spanish Colonial architecture, extraordinary museums and cuisine – Lima
3)    “Gastronomic Capital of the Americas” – Lima
4)    Tour of Modern and Colonial Lima – Lima
5)    Visit the world famous Larco Museum – Lima
6)    Visit the lovely Plaza Mayor – Lima
7)    A panoramic view of Torre Tagle Palace modern day seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. – Lima
8)    Drive along the exclusive residential areas of Miraflores and San Isidro – Lima
9)    Spectacular flight over the snow-capped Andes – Lima to Cusco
10)   Oldest inhabited city in the hemisphere & ancient capital of the Inca – Cusco
11)   Full Day Excursion to the Pisac Indian Market – Cusco
12)   The great Ollantaytambo Fortress – Cusco
13)   Lunch is at a beautiful country estate on the shores of the Urubamba River- Cusco
14)   Train ride to Machu Picchu – 8200 feet above the valley – Machu Picchu
15)   15. The incredible sanctuary of Machu Picchu – Machu Picchu

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    LIMA

    Arrive in Lima, the “City of Kings” famous for its Spanish Colonial architecture, extraordinary museums and cuisine. Lima is internationally recognized as the “Gastronomic Capital of the Americas”, and its cuisine is considered among the most diverse and exquisite in the world on par with French cuisine. Upon arrival a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel and help you in registering.
    Overnight at the hotel. BLIMA


    Day 2

    LIMA

    Tour of Modern and Colonial Lima including the world famous Larco Museum – This half-day tour visits both the colonial and modern sections of Lima. Colonial sites include the lovely Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, San Francisco Church and enjoy a panoramic view of the exquisite Torre Tagle Palace modern day seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In modern Lima, drive along the exclusive residential areas of Miraflores and San Isidro.
    Continue to the Larco Museum, founded in 1926, it displays remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 3000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Located in a unique vice-royal mansion of the 18th century built over a 7th century pre-Columbian pyramid is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The Larco Museum also features the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru and the famous erotic archaeological collection, one of the most visited Peruvian tourist attractions.
    Overnight at the hotel. B


    Day 3

    LIMA/CUSCO

    Early morning transfer to the airport for a short but spectacular flight over the snowcapped Andes to the oldest inhabited city in the hemisphere, Cusco, at an elevation of 11,440 feet.
    Upon arrival a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel and in registering.
    Tour of Cusco and Nearby Ruins – Visitors are caught up in the excitement of touring the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, a delightful combination of Inca and colonial architecture. The tour visits important landmarks such us Cusco’s Cathedral, Plaza de Armas and Koricancha “The Temple of the Sun”. This tour of the oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere also includes the nearby ruins of Kenko, Puca-Pucara, Tambomachay as well as the Sacsayhuaman fortress, an imposing example of Inca military architecture.
    Overnight at the hotel. B


    Day 4

    CUSCO/SACRED VALLEY/CUSCO

    Full Day Excursion to the Pisac Indian Market and the Ollantaytambo Fortress – Morning departure for a drive through the fertile countryside of the Urubamba Valley to the colonial village of Pisac where an Indian Market takes place Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Other days you will tour the religious nucleus and archaeological site of Pisac. During your visit to the bustling marketplace you will have the opportunity to bargain with the natives for many different types of Peruvian handicrafts and jewelry.
    Continue to the Ollantaytambo archaeological complex, the Incas built it as a fort that included a temple, agricultural terraces, and an urban area. There are two distinct sectors: The religious and worship zone, and the residential area. Ollantaytambo was an important administrative center with probable military functions if one considers the walls and towers. There are also traces of ancient roads and aqueducts. The town of Ollantaytambo is called a “Living Inca Town” since the inhabitants maintain very old practices and customs. Lunch is at a beautiful country estate on the shores of the Urubamba River.
    Overnight at the hotel. B /L


    Day 5

    CUSCO/MACHU PICCHU

    Morning train ride through the sacred valley of Urubamba to the “Lost City of the Incas,” Machu Picchu. Perched 8,200 feet above the valley, it was hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungles for 400 years until discovered by Hiram Bingham of Yale University in 1911. Archaeologists believe that the Inca “Virgins of the Sun” took refuge from the Spanish Conquistadors here. Guided tour of the ruins upon arrival. Lunch is at the Orient Express’ Sanctuary Lodge located just a few steps from the Inca citadel.
    Overnight at the hotel. B /L/D


    Day 6

    MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO

    Free morning to enjoy one of the most incredible sights on earth, the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Take as much time as you need to study these magnificent ruins, optional hike the steep stone-paved trail of Huayna Picchu, the pyramid-shape mountain above Machu Picchu for a breathtaking view of the site, or stroll to the Inca Bridge a secret entrance used by the Inca’s army or walk toward the Inca Trail to find the historic Intipunku or Sun Gate. Afternoon return train ride.
    Overnight at the hotel. B


    Day 7

    CUSCO/LIMA/DEPART LIMA

    Transfer from Cusco to Lima and depart Lima. B

  • 1)    All in the “Hightlights Included” list
    2)    6 night’s accommodation on twin sharing basis
    3)    All transfers and tours as in the itinerary
    4)    English speaking guides
    5)    Deluxe hotels
    6)    6 nights’ accommodation in deluxe hotels
    7)    Meals as per itinerary
    8)    Entrance fees to sightseeing/excursions as per above itinerary

  • 1)    Visa Fees where applicable
    2)    International and Domestic air fare
    3)    Meals not mentioned in ‘inclusions’
    4)    Beverages
    5)    Camera Fees
    6)    Tips and gratuities
    7)    Items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls etc.
    8)    Early/late check-in at the hotels
    9)    Items not mentioned as being included