Machu Picchu, the Citadel of the Incas
6 Night Itinerary from £1,998
A week in Peru exploring Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
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- Explore Lima and enjoy a guided visit to the Larco Herrera Museum.
- Travel to Cusco with several days of excursions to the nearby ruined fortresses and archaeological sites of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
- Spectacular train journey to Machu Picchu, high on the mountainside, surrounded by jungle and the deep canyon of the Urubamba River.
- We see the descendants of the Incas going about their daily lives, while our expert guides take you "behind the scenes" to become acquainted with their rich ancestry.
- Stay in excellent 4* Casa Andina Hotels.
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Lima - 2 Nights
Day 1 - Fly to Lima
Day 2 - Lima City Tour & Larco Herrera Museum
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Monday, 12 April 2021
Fly to Lima
Departure flight from the UK to Lima, arriving the same day in the evening. Your guide will meet you at the airport and transfer to your chosen hotel for a 1 night stay. Your guide will also provide a short orientation tour to help familiarise you with your local area.
Tuesday, 13 April 2021
City tour & Larco Herrera Museum
Today enjoy a guided tour to experience the capital of Peru through a diverse tour including the old centre of Lima with the beautiful decorated squares surrounded by architecture from the colonial age.
As Peru is one of the oldest civilisations in the world, the visit to the museum will make you appreciate the Andean and pre-Colombian art even more. Located in an 18th century vice-royal mansion, built on a pre-columbian pyramid of the 17th century, its new galleries display the best and most complete collection of gold and silver of Peru. This Museum showcases remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 3000 years of development of Peruvian pre-columbian history. It features the finest gold and silver collection from ancient Peru and the famous erotic archaeological collection, one of the most visited Peruvian tourist attractions.
Lima - First Hotel
The 4* Casa Andina Select Miraflores Hotel is located near the Kennedy Park and a few minutes away from the main shopping centres and restaurants of Miraflores. It’s a hotel that combines a contemporary Andean design.
The air-conditioned superior rooms are well-appointed with private bathroom, hair dryer, coffee making facilities, safe, iron and other facilities. The hotel also offers room service, FREE Wi-Fi, sauna, Jacuzzi, lounge, bar and gym. The La Plaza & Grill restaurant offers a breakfast buffet and also a variety of dishes.
Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu - 4 Nights
Day 3 - Travel to Cusco
Day 4 - Sacred Valley Full Day Tour
Day 5 - Train to Machu Picchu
Day 6 - Cusco City tour
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Wednesday, 14 April 2021
Travel to Cusco
Morning flight to Cusco with stunning views of the Andes, staying for 4 nights in the 4* Casa Andina Hotel, Cusco with four full days exploring the Inca and colonial heritage. Afternoon free today to relax and acclimatise to the altitude.
Thursday, 15 April 2021
Sacred Valley Full Day Tour
The Sacred Valley, located between Cusco and Machu Picchu, was unquestionably an important area for the Incas. Its agreeable climate and fertile plains create the perfect conditions for growing crops. For the Incas, this region was also on the route to the jungle and had therefore a key role in trading fruits and plants of the tropical lowlands. Today, the Sacred Valley remains a lush agricultural region supplying the city of Cusco with many agricultural products.
Spend the day exploring with your guide ancient sites, such as Pisac, and authentic local markets.
Enjoy an appetising selection of cold and warm drinks, prepared using fruit juices and Andean herbs, and our delicious gourmet and organic delights made with products from the Sacred Valley.
Friday, 16 April 2021
Train to Machu Picchu
Depart Cusco with your private guide and board the 360° Machu Picchu train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. Experience a unique way to travel to Machu Picchu, exploring the Andean landscape like never before with wider and taller panoramic windows and an observation outdoor carriage including a bar. The only train in Peru with an entertainment app on board which will allow you to learn more about the train journey and the Inca civilisation.
On arrival, enjoy a 3-hour guided visit to Machu Picchu. The lost city was only re-discovered in 1911 by the explorer Hiram Bingham, this citadel is considered to be one of the most extraordinary examples of landscapes architecture in the world. Located in an enclave on the saddle of a mountain overlooking the deep canyon of the Urubamba River, in an area of lush tropical forest, it served as a place of worship, a site for star-gazing and a private hacienda of the family of the Inca Pachacutec. It consists of two main areas one agricultural, formed mainly by mountains and food stores, and the other urban, which is noted for its sacred zone with its temples, squares and royal tombs. The stairways and canals carved out of stone are recurrent throughout this remarkable archaeological site. Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. In 2007, Machu Picchu was chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
We return to Cusco by train and private car later - a truly memorable day.
Saturday, 17 April 2021
Cusco City Tour
Time to explore magical Cusco! This beautiful city has an interesting history, both from Inca and colonial times. You start the half-day tour at Cusco’s main square, which was called Huacaypata (Warriors Square) by the Incas. While the guide tells you more about the history of this special place, you can admire the city’s cathedral that was built between 1560 and 1664 with the red granite stones from the Inca Fortress of Sacsayhuaman. The cathedral is without doubt one of the most impressive buildings in Cusco, and not only from the outside: the historical buildings hosts one of the most significant collections of gold and silver work of the colonial period. Continue to Koricancha and the Convent of Santo Domingo. The convent was built on top of the most important Inca temple dedicated to the worship of the sun, with walls covered with gold leaf. Wandering through the streets of what once was the capital of the Inca Empire, you feel like you are traveling through time.
After exploring Cusco, you head to the nearby ruins, such as the Sacsayhuaman Fortress with its immense temple walls made out of huge stones constructed in a zigzag pattern; the red fort Puca Pucara; the Qenko Amphitheater, and Tambomachay, the Inca baths.
Cusco - First Hotel
This beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house, just 4 blocks from Cusco’s main square – Plaza de Armas, is complete with authentic colonial character. It offers the intimacy of a boutique hotel but the comforts and services of a much larger property.
The hotel has 93 air-conditioned rooms offering private bathroom, safe, minibar, safe, TV, kettle and FREE Wi-fi. The Alma Restaurant & Bar offers an enjoyable breakfast buffet and a varied menu.
Lima & Fly Home - 0 Nights
Day 7 - At leisure in Cusco and flight home
Day 8 - Arrive in UK
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Sunday, 18 April 2021
At leisure in Lima and flight home
At leisure in Lima. Late afternoon transfer to the airport for the overnight flight home.
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 Antigua Miraflores Hotel is located in the district if Miraflores, just a few blocks from the central park, close to the ocean front and numerous fine restaurants and shops.
The hotel has the character of a turn of an early 1900's hotel now with all today's comforts making an elegant and comfortable place to stay. All rooms contain hand crafted colonial furniture, original art and antiques as well as private bathroom facilities, cable TV, air-conditioning, mini-bar and direct dial telephones.
The charming restaurant and lounge are the perfect places to relax and serve international and Peruvian dishes.
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.
|Travel Dates||October 2020 - April 2021|
|Multiple Travellers - Twin Room||£1,998|
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- 8 Days / 6 Nights
- International flights (1 overnight)
- Internal flights Lima/Cusco/Lima
- Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
- 6 breakfasts
- Transfers to and from airports
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