Ancient Peru and Andean Landscapes
10 Night Itinerary from £2,496
Our essential tour of Peru, including the most important sites of Cusco, Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Lake Titicaca
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- Lima - 1 Night
- Lake Titicaca - 2 Nights
- Sacred Valley of the Incas - 3 Nights
- Machu Picchu - 1 Night
- Cusco - 3 Nights
- Return via Lima - 0 Nights
- Our essential tour of Peru, a country steeped in ancient history and culture.
- Discover historic Lima, its fascinating museums and excellent fusion cuisine
- Head to Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake, to discover the ancient peoples who still live on its islands.
- Stunning train journey along the Andes from Lake Titicaca to Cusco
- Explore Cusco, capital of the Inca Empire, and the Urubamba Valley, "Sacred Valley of the Incas", to find stunning landscapes, rural villages and ancient ruins.
- Spectacular train journey to Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas
This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.
Lima - 1 Night
Day 1 - Fly to Lima
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Fly to Lima
Depart on a BA direct flight arriving in Lima in the evening. You will be met at the airport by our guide and taken to your chosen hotel for a 1 night stay. Your guide will be able to show you the local area and answer any questions you may have.
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.
Lake Titicaca - 2 Nights
Day 2 - Travel to Lake Titicaca
Day 3 - Visit the Uros & Taquile Islands
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Travel to Lake Titicaca
This morning take a morning domestic flight to Juliaca and transfer to Puno, which stands on the edge of Lake Titicaca. Transfer to your chosen hotel for a 2 night stay. Afternoon to rest at your hotel and acclimatise to the altitude.
Visit the Uros & Taquile Islands
Enjoy an included full day excursion by boat exploring Lake Titicaca, beginning with the floating reed islands of Uros. Although the Uros Indians of these islands have intermarried with Aymaras and no pure-blooded Uros exist, many of the inhabitants of the islands still practice the old traditions of fishing, trapping birds and living on the lake plants. The totora reeds which grow abundantly in the shallows of the lake are used to build and maintain their floating islands, their boats and their houses.
We continue by boat to the beautiful island of Taquile, 3 hours from the mainland. The island is rocky and requires a steep climb to the town. It is famous for its fine weavings (knitted by men!), the traditional dress of the inhabitants and spectacular views over the lake.
Puno & Lake Titicaca - Deluxe Lodge
Experience Lake Titicaca on a secluded private peninsula. Titilaka, a luxury refuge features sumptuous lake view suites, intimate fireside dining, wraparound terraces, heated outdoor pool. A serene setting, surrounded by incomparably blue waters, graced with dramatic dawns and spectacular sunsets. This all-inclusive 18-suite exploration lodge includes private transport to & from the airport in Juliaca and from Puno train station, full board, bar and a choice of two, three or four day programmes with a-la-carte excursions in Land Rover or boat. Rooms are facing the lake and all have private bathrooms with heated floors. Daily activities include nature and archeology adventures, visiting living cultures, bike excursions, colonial churches, islands like Taquile and the nearby man-made floating islands of the Uros people.
Puno & Lake Titicaca - First Hotel
The Casa Andina Premium, Puno is a few minutes’ walk outside of Puno city centre, including Lima Street which is very popular amongst tourists and locals alike.
The hotel lobby boasts a stone fireplace, ideal for warming up after being out in cold weather. It has 53 rooms, all with TV, FREE Wi-Fi, telephone, en-suite bathroom and mini-bar. The restaurant serves typical Andean cuisine.
Puno & Lake Titicaca - First Hotel
Located on the shores of Lake Titicaca, in the surroundings of Puno city, the Casa Andina Private Collection Puno sits at 3,800 meters above sea level. Each of the 46 rooms includes a cable TV, heating, telephone, safe deposit box and a large private bathroom with hairdryer. The hotel features an excellent restaurant with stunning views of the lake and Puno city, which serves delicious Peruvian food as well as international dishes.
Sacred Valley of the Incas - 3 Nights
Day 4 - Journey to Cusco and the Sacred Valley
Day 5 - Special Veloso tour of the Sacred Valley
Day 6 - At leisure in the Sacred Valley
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Road or train journey to Cusco - and the Sacred Valley
Today is one of the highlights of this tour, with a journey by bus (tourist class) or private vehicle (first class) to Cusco. Or travel by train aboard Peru Rail's scheduled service or upgrade to the luxurious Andean explorer with lunch, high tea and entertainment included. The trains and vehicles will stop at local stations and villages where you will meet the people who make this special part of the world their home. It is quite an unforgettable journey across the Andean altiplano, with dramatic mountain landscapes and gorgeous panoramic vistas. Lunch is included today if you travel by road.
On arrival in Cusco, you will be met by our representative and taken to your hotel in the Sacred Valley, staying for 3 nights.
Special Veloso Tour of the Sacred Valley
Enjoy our extensive, special full day tour of the Sacred Valley. We begin visiting the market at Chinchero, where locals come to barter and sell local produce and handicrafts. Also visit a local weaving collective to learn the traditions of weaving by hand on a back-strap loom. Next, we proceed to Moray, thought to have been an open-air crop laboratory of the Incas, followed by the pre-Inca salt pans of Maras. After an included lunch, visit the stunning fortress town and ruins of Ollantaytambo. This large archaeological complex is believed to have been a significant agricultural, administrative, social, religious and military centre. The town itself is geometrically perfect; with straight streets, trapezoidal doors, and Inca drainage systems. Finally, we travel to the colonial town of Pisac, built on the ruins of an Inca citadel and located at the entrance to the immensely fertile Urubamba "Sacred" Valley. Here you can see the bustling market and admire the beautiful sunset over the mountains from the ruins.
At leisure in the Sacred Valley
A day at leisure in the Sacred Valley to pursue your own interests, relax at your hotel or take an optional excursion.
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
Located in Huicho in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the Sol y Luna has a stunning setting between the snow-capped mountain ranges of the Cordillera del Vilcanota and the Cordillera del Vilcabamba. The hotel is a series of adobe bungalows, each with private facilities and a terrace, decorated in a rustic style and set in beautifully landscaped gardens. Each detail has been carefully chosen to reflect the ambience of the Andean culture in the Sacred Valley. The hotel also offers a unique combination of eco-tourism, adventure, sport and culture in a variety of outdoor activities. As well as hikes and treks in the surrounding areas, you can also choose from horseback riding, mountain biking and paragliding. Accommodation includes room and breakfast.
Sacred Valley of the Incas - Deluxe Hotel
Part of the Explora group of lodges the Valle Sagrado lodge offers all you would expect of a luxury hotel with a design inspired by the local environment and culture. Located in a secluded hacienda and ancient corn plantation, amidst the mountains that were once the centre of the Inca Empire, it includes all meals, drinks and a complete program of in-depth walks and excursions to explore the whole area.
Machu Picchu - 1 Night
Day 7 - Train journey to Machu Picchu
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Train Journey to Machu Picchu
Board Peru Rail's 'Vistadome' train at Ollantaytambo for a scenic journey to Machu Picchu. This is a spectacular journey through a dramatic and changing landscape with some fantastic views. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will be met by your guide and travel via a winding road up the mountain before finally glimpsing Machu Picchu. After an included lunch at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge you will have a private guided tour of the extensive archaeological site to learn about the history and culture of the Incas.
Machu Picchu - Boutique
A smart and contemporary hotel, located in the heart of Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes); the perfect spot to start enjoying a once in lifetime experience to the Citadel of Machu Picchu: the Lost City of the Incas. El Mapi hotel is located just a few steps from the main square and the train station, this hotel of only 48 rooms, offers its guests the opportunity to admire and interact with the picturesque Andean town of Machu Picchu town. The hotel welcomes all of its guests with great service in a friendly and cozy environment. With all the facilities in mind, the rooms are modern equipped with two twins or one king bed, 100% cotton sheets, down duvets covers, 32'' TV and cable, hair dryers and naturally scented toiletries.
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 - Deluxe Lodge
Set in its own gardens and the only hotel in such close proximity to the magical ruins, the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge offers twenty-nine well-appointed rooms and two suites. Also located just outside the gates to the Lost city of the Incas, this beautiful hotel is the only one to command views of the site. An Orient Express owned hotel, the service is impeccable and the food is excellent. Accommodation includes room, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
In nearby Aguas Calientes hot springs you can enjoy a soothing bath at the end of a long day of exploring. Enjoy lunch in the cafeteria overlooking the citadel of Machu Picchu, where you can choose from a wide variety of dishes and enjoy a spectacular view. There is also an indoor dining room where a delicious breakfast buffet and international cuisineare available.
The Lodge has 31 rooms and one suite, bar, restaurant, self service autlet and a cliffhanging snack bar, with one of tha best views of the Sacred Mountain. All rooms have Television, laundry service, mini bar, Idd telephone.
Cusco - 3 Nights
Day 8 - Explore Machu Picchu and return to Cusco
Day 9 - Guided tour of historic Cusco
Day 10 - At leisure in Cusco
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Explore Machu Picchu and return to Cusco
The morning is free to explore. You may wish to climb Huayna Picchu, a steep climb but well worth it for the fantastic views of the valley and a different perspective of Machu Picchu. Alternatively, there is a gentle climb, back along the Inca Trail, to Intipunku: the Gate of the Sun, and the first sight one has of the complex if walking the Inca Trail. In the afternoon, take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes and the train back to Ollantaytambo Station and on to Cusco, where we stay for 3 nights.
Guided tour of historic Cusco
Once the capital of the Incas before the conquistadors pillaged its treasures, Cusco has much to explore including Inca foundations supporting ornate churches and buildings. Our local guide will take you round the attractive historical centre and on to the ruins surrounding Cusco, including the massive Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman.
At leisure in Cusco
Today is at leisure to explore the city and soak up the unique atmosphere.
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
Enjoy superb cuisine, elegant furnishings, attentive service and spacious rooms in the first luxury boutique hotel in Cusco, with a unique mix of culture and tradition. Carefully restored from its former life as a 16th century mansion, La Casona presents modern luxury without sacrificing authenticity. Eleven spacious suites surround a sumptuous courtyard. Contemporary amenities create the ambience of comfort and exclusivity enjoyed by residents in centuries past.
The hotel has a restaurant, bar, spa and free Wi-Fi. The air-conditioned rooms have private bathroom, TV, minibar and a seating area. Each room features dark wood sculpted panels, elegant furniture, deep burgundy sofas and rich rugs and fabrics.
The rates include daily buffet breakfast with regional products.
Return via Lima - 0 Nights
Day 11 - Fly to Lima and back to the UK
Day 12 - Arrive in the UK
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Fly to Lima and back to the UK
In the afternoon, depart on the flight to Lima, and connect with the overnight flight back to the UK.
Arrive in the UK
|Season||Low Season||High Season|
|Travel Dates||25 Dec-21 Jun, 17 Aug - 12 Dec||22 Jun-16 Aug, 13 Dec - 24 Dec|
|Multiple Travellers - Twin Room||£2,496||£2,898||£2,683||£3,433|
|Multiple Travellers - Own Room||£2,815||£3,457||£2,996||£3,928|
|Single Traveller - Own Room||£3,282||£4,022||£3,469||£4,509|
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- 12 Days / 10 Nights
- International flights (1 overnight)
- Internal flights
- Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
- 10 breakfasts and 4 lunches
- Transfers to and from airports
- Transport throughout the itinerary
- Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
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