14 Night Itinerary from £3,320
Escorted Group Tour
Explore the Inca Empire including the spectacular Colca Canyon. Stay in the "Sacred Valley" taking the train to Machu Picchu and along magnificent Andean landscapes from Lake Titicaca to Cusco
Select your preferred departure date
- Lima - 2 Nights
- Arequipa - 1 Night
- Colca Canyon - 2 Nights
- Lake Titicaca - 2 Nights
- Sacred Valley of the Incas - 3 Nights
- Machu Picchu - 2 Nights
- Cusco - 2 Nights
- Travel with like-minded companions and expert guides on our Peru group tour
- Explore iconic sites, across a region rich in history and Inca culture
- Enjoy a tour of vibrant Lima and sample its world class culinary scene
- Admire the beautiful 'White City' of Arequipa
- See condors close-up at the immense Colca Canyon
- Visit Lake Titicaca, home to small communities preserving their ancient traditions
- Discover the hilltop Inca ruins and see rural Peruvian life in the Sacred Valley
- Be guided around the historic streets of Cusco, former Inca capital
- Marvel at Machu Picchu, the lost citadel of the Incas, hidden in lush cloud forest
This itinerary can be modified and adapted to your preference with a specialst advisor, who can provide a guaranteed price, based on hotels, transport, excursions and flights.
Lima - 2 Nights
Day 1 - Fly to Lima
Day 2 - Guided tour of Lima
Fly to Lima
Depart on the daytime, direct non-stop BA flight to Lima, arriving in the evening. You will be met by your guide and taken to our hotel.
Guided tour of Lima
In the morning your guide will showcase the most fascinating places of interest in and around Lima, including the colonial history, architecture and Larco Herrera Museum.
Arequipa - 1 Night
Day 3 - Discover Arequipa
This morning we fly to Arequipa and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the colonial centre of Arequipa, visiting the church of La Compania and colonial buildings including the Plaza de Armas and the grand Cathedral. We continue to the Santa Catalina Convent, established in 1579 and famed for its colourful maze of alleyways and rooms. These provide a fascinating insight into the way the nuns lived in the past. In fact, there are still some 20 nuns living there today
Colca Canyon - 2 Nights
Day 4 - Scenic drive to Colca Canyon
Day 5 - Observe the Andean Condor
Scenic drive to Colca Canyon
We make an early start today travelling along the Yura highway, which borders the snow-capped Chachani mountain, towards Pampa Canahuas in the Salinas and Aguaga Blanca National Reserve. We arrive at Colca Canyon, the world's deepest canyon and still inhabited by traditional communities who farm on pre-Inca terraces either side of the valley. We explore the local village of Callalli (Callalli's Castle) and Sibayo before arriving in Chivay and transfer to our hotel, where we will stay for 2 nights.
Observe the Andean Condor
Further exploration of the Colca Canyon including an excursion to the Cruz del Condor, where you will have a chance to see the Andean Condor in its natural habitat. Watching this majestic bird of prey, the world's largest flying bird, is simply awe-inspiring.
Lake Titicaca - 2 Nights
Day 6 - Travel to Lake Titicaca
Day 7 - Boat excursion exploring Lake Titicaca
Travel to Lake Titicaca
We continue our journey overland, through the stunning Andean mountains, across the scenic landscapes of the altiplano to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca, where we will stay for 2 nights.
Boat excursion exploring Lake Titicaca
We explore the lake by boat visiting the Uros & Taquile Islands. The Uros natives set-up their home 500 years ago on islands of floating totora reeds which grow abundantly in the shallow waters of the lake. This traditional method is still used to create their boats, houses and islands. Afterwards we visit the beautiful and timeless island of Taquile, renowned for its fine weaving and vibrantly coloured clothes.
Sacred Valley of the Incas - 3 Nights
Day 8 - Inka Express Bus Journey to the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Day 9 - At leisure in the Sacred Valley
Day 10 - Tour the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Inka Express Bus Journey to the Sacred Valley of the Incas
We take a small bus to Cusco, accompanied by your Tour Leader. You will make stops along the way, visiting the Pukara and unusual Raqchi ruins and also the Jesuit church in Andahauylillas. We stop for a buffet lunch in Sicuani. The journey takes approximately 8-10 hours. On arrival in Cusco we will transfer to our hotel in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where we stay for three nights.
At leisure in the Sacred Valley
Today you have the flexibility to pursue your own interests or take an optional excursion.
Tour the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Starting early in the morning we visit the colourful Chinchero market which offers a fabulous insight into the local indigenous people and well-known for their woven handcrafts, and visit a workshop to meet local artisans. From here we drive to the Moray Ruins, an ancient Inca open-air crop laboratory before visiting the pre-Inca salt mines of Maras, located on a wide-open hill above the Urubamba Valley. We visit a beautiful Spanish hacienda and the fortress of Ollantaytamba, intricately designed with geometrically straight streets and Inca drainage system. From here we travel to the colonial town of Pisac, built on the ruins of an Inca citadel and located at the entrance of the Urubamba Valley, before taking a short drive up the mountain to a vantage point with spectacular views of the surrounding landscape.
Machu Picchu - 2 Nights
Day 11 - Guided tour of Machu Picchu
Day 12 - Explore Machu Picchu & travel to Cusco
Guided tour of Machu Picchu
Today we travel by train to Machu Picchu, on the "Vistadome" which offers a spectacular journey through breathtaking natural scenery and landscapes. We will set off early to catch the trail from Ollantaytambo Railway station, to board the train that runs from the Sacred Valley to the Aguas Calientes village located at the foot of Machu Picchu. We then travel by road up the mountain before reaching Machu Picchu, located on a majestic mountain plateau straddling the mountains edge and with steep terraces sloping downwards, it is not surprising this city was lost for 400 years. We have lunch at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge before taking a guided tour of the site to explore these stunning ruins.
Explore Machu Picchu & travel to Cusco
Enjoy the morning at leisure to further explore the site. You have the flexibility of persuing your own interests. You may wish to climb Huayna Picchu, offering fantastic views of the valley and a different perspective of Machu Picchu. Alternatively, a gentler climb is the Inca Trail to the Intipunku also known as "the Gate of the Sun". In the afternoon, we take the Vistadome train back to Ollantaytambo Station from where we continue our journey back to Cusco, and transfer to our hotel where we stay for 3 nights.
Cusco - 2 Nights
Day 13 - Guided tour of Cusco & nearby ruins
Day 14 - At leisure in Cusco
Day 15 - Return flight to the UK
Day 16 - Arrive in the UK
Guided tour of Cusco & nearby ruins
Beginning in the main square of Cusco we visit the cathedral, built by the Spanish on Inca foundations and with an unusually variation of the Last Supper. From the city centre we travel into the mountains above Cusco to visit the archeological sites of Sacsayhuaman and Qenko. The mighty fortress and complex of Sacsayhuaman was built with massive stones, some weighing over 100 tons and placed together like a jigsaw. On the return journey we stop at a fantastic vantage point with a superb view of the city and surrounding mountains.
At leisure in Cusco
A full day at leisure in Cusco to explore the city, relax, take an optional extra excursion, or simply enjoy the surroundings and atmosphere of this magnificent city.
Return flight to the UK
Afternoon flight to Lima, connecting with the British Airways return overnight flight home.
Arrive in the UK
|Multiple Travellers - Twin Room||£3,320|
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