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Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Cusco Heritage

7 Night Itinerary from  £2,292

Sanctuary Tour

A week in Peru exploring cosmopolitan Lima, the history of Cusco, life in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu.

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Tour Route

Travel Highlights

  • Explore Lima and enjoy a guided visit of the historic city & Larco Herrera Inca Museum.
  • Stay in the Urubamba Valley "Sacred Valley of the Incas" for walks in the villages, countryside, ancient terraces & ancient Inca sites.
  • Spectacular train journey to Machu Picchu, high on the mountainside, surrounded by jungle and the deep canyon of the Urubamba River.
  • Travel to Cusco to visit the city and nearby ruined fortresses and archaeological sites
  • We see the descendants of the Incas going about their daily lives, while our expert guides take you "behind the scenes" to discover their rich ancestry

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.

Tour Itinerary

Admire Lima's colonial architecture

Lima - 2 Nights

Day 1 - Fly to Lima 

Day 2 - Tour of Lima history & Larco Herrera Inca Museum

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Friday, 03 February 2023

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. 


Saturday, 04 February 2023

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.

 

Allpa

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.

Allpa Hotel

Casa Andina Select Miraflores

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.

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Miraflores Park Plaza

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.

Miraflores Park Plaza
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Sacred Valley - 2 Nights

Day 3 - The Sacred Valley

Day 4 - Tour to Chinchero, Maras & Ollantaytambo

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Sunday, 05 February 2023

The Sacred Valley

Morning flight to Cusco with stunning views of the Andes. On arrival, transfer to your chosen hotel in the Sacred Valley for a 2-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. The rest of the day is at leisure.


Monday, 06 February 2023

Sacred Valley Sightseeing

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.

Pakaritampu

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.

Pakaritampu

Casa Andina Private Collection

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. 

Casa Andina Premium

Sol Y Luna

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.

Sol y Luna - Relais & Chateaux
Man in traditional dress

Machu Picchu - 1 Night

Day 5 - Train to Machu Picchu

 

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Tuesday, 07 February 2023

Train to Machu Picchu

Depart from your hotel in the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo railway station and board the 360° Machu Picchu train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes station. 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.

Stay overnight At Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes in the valley below, at your chosen hotel

Morning free to explore or return to Machu Picchu, possibly yo climb up Huayna Picchu rocky mountain (the one overlooking Machu Picchu on all the pictures!) or trek to Sun Gate. In the afternoon we return to Cusco by train and private car later - a truly memorable day.

 

 

 

Casa Andina Classic

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.

Casa Andina Standard

El Mapi

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.

El Mapi by Inkaterra

Sanctuary Lodge, Belmond Hotels

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.

 

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
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Cusco - 2 Nights

Day 6 - Train to Cusco 

Day 7 - Tour of Cusco including Sacsayhuaman

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Wednesday, 08 February 2023

Train to Cusco

Today we take an incredibly scenic train journey back to Cusco. On arrival, transfer to your chosen hotel for a 2-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. The rest of the day is at leisure.


Thursday, 09 February 2023

Tour of Cusco including Sacsayhuaman

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. 

Casa San Blas

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.

Casa San Blas Boutique

Casa Andina Premium

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. 

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Belmond Monasterio de Cusco

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.

Belmond Monasterio
Lima

Lima & Fly Home - 0 Nights

Day 8 - Morning at leisure in Cusco and flight home.

Day 9 - Arrive in UK

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Friday, 10 February 2023

At leisure in Cusco and flight home 

Morning at leisure in Cusco. Late afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima to connect with the overnight flight home.


Saturday, 11 February 2023

Arrive in the UK

Arrive back in the UK in the morning.

Price Guidelines

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Travel Dates May - June & September - November October - April & July - August
Room Arrangement Tourist Deluxe First
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £2,292 £3,273 £2,747

Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.


What's Included

  • 9 Days / 7 Nights
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • Internal flights Lima-Cusco-Lima
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • 7 breakfasts  
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Exclusive list of restaurant suggestions
  • Entrance fees
  • Prices are per person. Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request

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