Peru & Bolivia Holidays
17 Night Itinerary from £4,490
Multi-country Landmark Tour
The buildings and traditions of the Incas blend with a fascinating colonial history, in a setting of scenic mountain landscapes and the riches of Potosi
Select your preferred departure date
- Lima - 2 Nights
- La Paz - 3 Nights
- Sucre - 4 Nights
- Lake Titicaca - 2 Nights
- Sacred Valley - 2 Nights
- Machu Picchu - 2 Nights
- Cusco - 2 Nights
- Experience the rich cultural heritage and mountain landscapes of Peru and Bolivia
- Travel from Inca times to modern day life, via the glorious yet turbulent colonial age
- Explore coastal Lima and bustling La Paz, sat in a canyon high in the Andes
- Visit mysterious pre-Inca ruins and a colourful indigenous market in Bolivia
- Visit the 'White City' of Sucre and learn the poignant story of Potosi's Cerro Rico mine
- Observe traditional Andean life on the isolated islands of beguiling Lake Titicaca
- Finish in Peru's Inca heartland; admire the ancient Inca ruins of the Sacred Valley, gaze at the legendary Machu Picchu and delve into the historic city of Cusco
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.
Fly to Lima
Take a direct daytime flight on Saturdays to Lima, arriving in the evening. You will be met at the airport by our representative who will take you to your hotel for 2 nights, providing an introduction to the area and your programme.
Guided tour of Lima
This morning your local guide will take you on a tour of the City, including the grand colonial squares in the centre, the Presidential Palace, Plaza San Martín and the Larco Herrera Museum, with a fabulous collection of ancient artefacts from all over Peru.
Lima - Tourist Hotel
This small contemporary hotel is located in the heart of Miraflores, with plenty of access to local conveniences such as restaurants and shops. The rooms are comfortable, spacious and modern although simple in character, and all with modern amenities such as WiFi, air conditioning and private facilities. The hotel has a bar and restaurant serving international dishes.
Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis.
Lima - First Hotel
The stylish Casa Andina Private Collection is located in the heart of Miraflores, close to many excellent restaurants. The 148 rooms are furnished in the modern European style, with modern amenities and private facilities. There is a lounge, swimming pool, bar, restaurant, and adjoining sandwich cafe for light snacks.
Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis.
Lima - Deluxe Hotel
The Belmond Miraflores Park Plaza is a deluxe oceanfront boutique hotel surrounded by a lush gardens, located in Miraflores, one of Limas most exclusive residential districts.
A modern exterior hides a touch of finesse throughout the hotel, whose 81 rooms and suites are luxuriously decorated with marble and granite bathrooms and king size beds. The observatory Restaurant on the 11th floor offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, while the more formal Traguluz restaurant is the jewel of crown in Lima's dining scene. The Belo Bar is a favourite place to relax and afternoon tea is now available in the lounge. The hotel also has a fitness centre, squash court, sauna, massage centre and business centre.
Accommodation is based on room and breakfast.
La Paz - 3 Nights
Day 3 - Fly to La Paz
Day 4 - Guided to of La Paz
Day 5 - Ruins at Tiahuanaco
Fly to La Paz
We take a morning flight to La Paz, where we stay for 2 nights. Spend the afternoon relaxing and acclimatising to the altitude.
Guided tour of La Paz
Our local Veloso guide will take you of a tour of La Paz through a maze of streets and alleyways to visit colonial squares, churches and streets lined with little shops selling wonderful weavings, traditional musical instruments and jewellery. We also explore the witches' market, where charismatic ladies sell a range of herbs, bottled potions and amulets to cure all ills. We continue to the Moon Valley, an area of sandstone, sculpted by wind and rain to create a surreal lunar landscape.
Ruins at Tiahuanaco
Today we travel to the magnificent pre-Inca ruins at Tiahuanaco to visit the ornate stonework and hear all about the myths and mysteries of this lost civilisation from our local guide.
Sucre - 4 Nights
Day 6 - Fly to Sucre
Day 7 - Guided tour of Sucre
Day 8 - Potosí
Day 9 - Tarabuco Sunday Market
Fly to Sucre
Fly to Sucre, Bolivia's official capital and a UNESCO World Heritage site, where we will transfer to your chosen hotel for a 4 night stay. Its importance in the history of Bolivia has left a rich legacy of colonial buildings, many of which still preserve the traditional white façades, imparting an atmosphere of gentle calm.
Guided tour of Sucre
Today we explore this small, yet elegant city. We visit shady plazas with white colonial buildings, quiet parks and lively local markets and see religious paintings, sculptures and period furniture in the colonial churches and museums.
Early departure for the best light on the road climbing through mountains and valleys to the famous mining town of Potosí (4070m). Towering over the city, the Cerro Rico is an imposing, colourful mountain whose stores of silver and other precious metals, although seriously depleted since the Spanish Conquest, are still being mined. We will visit the central square, the convent and the old Spanish Mint before returning to Sucre. Lunch is included today.
Tarabuco Sunday Market
Today we visit Tarabuco's colourful Sunday market, where local Quechua people, many dressed in their traditional costumes with helmet-like headgear, sit behind pyramids of coca leaves, herbs, grains, fruit and vegetables, whilst others sell their traditional woven goods. A vibrant and authentic display of South America's heritage.
Fly to La Paz from where we drive to the lake shore flanked by snow-capped mountains arriving at the charming village of Copacabana, Bolivia's main pilgrimage centre. In the afternoon we take a boat trip on Lake Titicaca to Sun Island and walk along farmers trails and terraces up to our Ecolodge with panoramic views of the lake. Explore the trails with majestic views or simply relax and admire the lake.
Taquile & Uros Islands
This morning is at leisure to explore Sun Island. We continue our journey crossing the border into Peru and skirting Lake Titicaca to Puno, where we stay at our lakeside hotel. After an included lunch, we return to the our boat and visit the fascinating Uros and Taquile Islands on Lake Titicaca.
Sun Island & Lake Titicaca - First Lodge
An ideal spot destination in one of the most mystic places of the Andean regions that is in harmony with the nature from the Island of the Sun and Lake Titicaca, and which respects and conserves the cultural traditions of the local aymaras.
The use of traditional Andean architecture from the area has been maintained in the design of the Ecolodge by utilizing stone, adobe bricks, thatch roofs and by the preservation of the existing terraces.
Finally, the principles of a sustainable operation support the work and genuine inclusion of the local stakeholders, guarantees permanent income and avoids negative impact on the environment.
Andean Explorer Train
Today we board the luxurious Andean Explorer Train to Cusco and cross the dramatic Andean landscape. You will sit at a table by the window, where the included lunch and afternoon tea will be served, as the route takes you through beautiful panoramic views of the Andes, with snow covered mountains, fields of grazing cattle, hot springs and small villages. The train stops at isolated railway stations where local people await to sell local food and handicrafts. On arrival at Cusco transfer to your chosen hotel in the Sacred Valley for 2 nights.
Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour
A scenic, full day guided trip to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, driving through the beautiful Urubamba valley, visiting Ollantaytambo, with its ancient irrigation system still in good working order. We continue to Pisac ruins to see the remains of some of the finest examples of Inca masonry, small villages in the countryside, the ancient Inca terraces where people still plant Quinoa. After an included lunch, continue to the local Pisac market, a colourful affair where villagers come from miles around to barter and sell food and weavings.
Sacred Valley of the Incas - Tourist Hotel
The Pakaritampu Hotel is located in Ollantaytambo in the heart of the Sacred Valley; ideally situated for exploring the Sacred Valley, starting the Inca Trail, and taking the train to Aguas Calientes. The hotel has large gardens hosting a variety of local plants and flowers and is a series of four separate buildings, built according to the architectural style of Cuzco. From the hotel you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Ollantaytambo ruins. Each of the 37 rooms features its own private bathroom facilities and telephone. The hotel has a cosy living room with open fire, a reading room, restaurant and bar. There is also internet access and laundry service.
Accommodation includes room and breakfast.
Sacred Valley of the Incas - First Hotel
Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley is located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, just 10 km from Ollantaytambo train station. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful gardens and offers an Andean spa and a Gym, restaurant, bar, room service, telescope to view the night sky and business centre with internet access. From the hotel River Rafting, Trekking, Mountain Biking and Horseback Riding can be arranged. Each of the 85 rooms is equipped with Cable TV, heating, bathtub or Jacuzzi, hairdryer and safe deposit box.
Accommodation includes room and breakfast.
Sacred Valley of the Incas - Deluxe Hotel
North of Cuzco City, along the shoreline of the Urubamba River, lays the region properly baptized as the Sacred Valley of the Incas, lands where mysterious mountains seem to still guard ancient and lost temples built for the Inca sun god Wiraqocha. Centrally located 3.2 kilometers from the Town of Urubamba, 15 minutes away from the gateway to the eternal citadel of Machu Picchu (Ollantaytambo Train Station) and along a sensuous curvature of the Urubamba River shoreline, Rio Sagrado Hotel, Villas & Spa stands united with the mystique of the holy valley.
This luxury hotel offers 13 Deluxe Suites, 8 Junior Suites equipped with queen or king size beds, direct dial and international telephone, large dresser, hair dryer, steam shower, private exterior terrace and heated wooden floors. Although accommodation in the hotel includes room and breakfast you will want to dine at a choice of two restaurants, one overlooking the Urubamba River.
Rio Sagrado also offers two-story riverfront villas which have accomplished refined functionality and comfort for up to eight guests. Envisioned as a getaway dream home, the villas have been conditioned with all necessary home amenities, services and comforts. Each villa comes with a personal housekeeper fit to treat guests with freshly prepared native breakfasts, afternoon snacks or homemade specialty dinners, as wells as grocery shopping, bartending and translation service while travelling.
Train to Machu Picchu
We board Peru Rail's Vistadome train today travelling along the course of the Urubamba River to Aguas Calientes. This is a spectacular journey through a dramatic and changing landscape with some fantastic views. From Aguas Calientes, you will be met by your guide and take a bus up the steep mountain side to the magnificent citadel of Machu Picchu, which silently awaits. You will have a private guided tour of the ruins to learn about the Inca culture and history of the site and after an included lunch, the rest of the afternoon is free.
At leisure in Machu Picchu
Early morning offers an excellent opportunity for a quiet stroll around Machu Picchu, a walk along the Inca Trail to Intipunku (Sun Gate), or a strenuous climb to Huayna Picchu, the rocky escarpment overlooking the ruins. In the afternoon bus and train back to Cusco, where we stay for 3 nights.
Machu Picchu - Tourist Hotel
Located by train station, the hotel is modern, functional but bland, useful for an overnight stay. The standard rooms have no windows but others look out over the station or behind to the Urubamba river.
Machu Picchu - First Lodge
The brand new Sumaq hotel is located in Aguas Calientes, owned by a Peruvian family that have made reality their dream of building a luxury hotel close to the most emblematic archaeological site in Peru: Machu Picchu. The hotel provides guests with the highest levels of comfort in an appropriatel magnificent setting, and the design and decoration of the hotel have benefited from a continuous research and recreate many aspects of Inca culture.
Machu Picchu - First Hotel
Conveniently located next to the train station in Aguas Calientes, all cabanas have spacious rooms with en-suete bathrooms and are set amongst dense vegetation with gardens spread through the grounds, linked by winding paths. there is a restaurant & bar, a spa, walks and an orchid trail, that combined with the lush vegetation of the grounds, create a sense of tranquility & relaxation.
Guided tour of Cusco
Morning is free to relax. In the afternoon, we take a fascinating tour with our local guide exploring Cusco and the ruins surrounding the city. Within Cusco the evidence of Inca culture is still visible, despite the destructive tendencies of the conquistadors. The cathedral, churches and numerous other buildings are erected on solid Inca stonework foundations, unchanged over the centuries. Outside the city stands the mighty fortress and religious site of Sacsayhuamán, an astounding megalithic structure, whose massive stones, weighing over 100 tons each, fit together with characteristic Inca precision.
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.
Fly to Lima and connect with your return overnight flight home in the early evening.
Cusco - First Boutique
The Boutique Hotel Casa San Blas provides a service based on personalised attention within the context of a friendly, home-like atmosphere. The hotel is located in the historic artisans quarter of San Blas, just two and a half blocks from Cusco's main plaza. The rooms are decorated with a select collection of weavings designed to provide guests with an insight into the history and meaning of the mystical symbolism of the Andes. The hotel has been designed to harmonise with the colonial architecture of the San Blas neighbourhood, based upon the restoration of a historic mansion while incorporating all the benefits of the modern world, warmth, comfort - in a perfect blend of old and new.
Accommodation includes room and breakfast.
Cusco - First Hotel
The Costa Del Sol Picoaga Hotel occupies an original Colonial mansion built for a Spanish nobleman, shown in its stonework arches and large courtyard. Located just 2 minutes from the main square, the hotel is an ideal base from which to explore the city. The 70 rooms are well decorated, comfortable and modern, all with private facilities.
Accommodation is on a room and breakfast basis.
Cusco - Luxury Hotel
Built 300 years ago atop Inca foundations, the building was originally the Seminary of San Antonio Abad. In 1995, the seminary was tastefully converted into a luxury hotel while still preserving its original architecture of arched galleries surrounding two elegant colonial style courtyards. The Belmond Monasterio de Cusco is Cuzco's premier hotel, providing its guests with a museum setting of Inca and Spanish traditions. The hotel is conveniently situated very close to the city's central square, the Plaza de Armas, where the Cathedral and museums are located.
All of the 122 air-conditioned rooms have en-suite bathrooms, telephone, mini-bar and cable TV and many of them are oxygen-enriched. The hotel also has a lobby bar, two restaurants and deli/café.
Several activities are available including art tours, cooking classes and pisco lessons.
The rooms and on a bed and breakfast basis.
|Season||Low Season||High Season|
|Travel Dates||1 Jan - 30 June, 6 Sept - 15 Dec||1 July - 5 Sept, 16 Dec - 31 Dec|
|Multiple Travellers - Twin Room||£4,490||£4,763||£4,744||£5,017|
|Multiple Travellers - Own Room||£5,005||£5,435||£5,259||£5,689|
|Single Traveller - Own Room||£6,206||£6,701||£6,460||£6,955|
Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.
- 19 Days / 17 Nights
- International flights (1 overnight)
- Internal flights
- Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
- 17 breakfasts and 6 lunches
- Transfers to and from airports
- Transport throughout the itinerary
- Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
- Prices are per person
- Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request
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