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Inca treasures & Andean majesty

Join us to explore one of South America’s most fascinating, colourful and cosmopolitan countries, and marvel at the treasures of the Inca.

Enjoy the company of a small group of like-minded travellers as you begin your tour in Peru's cultural, culinary and colourfully modern capital, Lima. Let the 'white city' of Arequipa and its surrounding volcanoes and canyons dazzle you, and stay on the shore of Lake Titicaca. Turning north, you'll head across the Peruvian altiplano to Cuzco, the capital of the Inca civilisation, and crown an unforgettable trip with a visit to the astonishing 'lost city' of Machu Picchu.

What does this price include?

  • 11 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at hotels in Lima (2 nights), Arequipa (1), Colca (1), Puno (2), Cuzco (3), the Sacred Valley (1) and Aguas Calientes (1), plus one night on the aircraft
  • Seven lunches and two dinners (including a special farewell dinner)
  • Guided tours of Lima, Arequipa, Cuzco and the Sacred Valley
  • A boat trip on Lake Titicaca
  • Visits to the Inca sites at Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu
  • Return flights to Lima via Amsterdam
  • Internal flights from Lima to Arequipa, and from Cuzco to Lima
  • Coach and rail travel and transfers throughout
  • The services of a friendly, experienced tour manager

Your Itinerary

  • Fly to Lima, via Amsterdam. Upon arrival, meet your tour manager, and transfer to the hotel for your first, relaxed evening in the capital of Peru.

  • A guided sightseeing tour of Lima, brings to life the UNESCO-listed Peruvian capital. See the vast Plaza Mayor (also known as the Plaza de Armas) with its grand Presidential Palace and stunning Baroque cathedral.

    This evening, choose from a vast selection of dining opportunities: Lima is renowned as one of South America's liveliest culinary centres.

  • This morning we'll fly to the beautiful city of Arequipa. Set beside the Chile River beneath three snow-capped volcanoes, Arequipa is known as the White City because of its buildings of pearly volcanic rock. Visit the Monasterio Santa Catalina to discover the convent's fascinating religious art and architecture, and a guided tour of the city, with its elegant Plaza de Armas and great cathedral.

  • Early this morning we'll journey up through the startling, scenic landscape of the Aguada Blanca National Reserve, past herds of vicunas and alpaca, and the Inca farming terraces that are still worked today, into the giant chasm of the Colca Canyon, where you will stay overnight.

  • We'll have an early start today, as we drive to the viewpoint at Cruz del Condor. Here, with luck, you'll catch sight of the enormous, majestic condors that make the Colca Canyon their home gliding on the swirling winds and thermals.

    Leaving the Colca Canyon behind, we'll head through the altiplano landscape to the Peruvian border town of Puno, on the shore of Lake Titicaca, where you'll stay for the next two nights.

  • Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world, and the birthplace, in myth, of the Inca civilisation. Explore its waters as you travel by boat to the floating-island homes of the Uros people, stepping aboard their man-made islands, built with tightly bound reeds, to learn how they maintain their traditions and way of life. Cruise to Taquile Island, where a fairly strenuous walk will be rewarded time to explore some local craft shops, enjoy a traditional Taquile lunch and learn about the local cultures.

  • Re-board your coach and relax as you take a scenic trip through the Andean highlands and across the altiplano plateau to Cuzco, for a two-night stay in the archaeological capital of South America.

  • This morning, we'll discover how the varied and fascinating activities of guinea-pig breeding, beekeeping, ceramics, coffee-growing and handmade chocolate production have developed to support local communities where agriculture and livestock are the main sources of income. Try your hand at the different activities with the guidance of local workers, before we return to Cuzco.

    The Incas called Cuzco the 'Navel of the World', and its citadel (reputedly shaped like a puma) was an intricate maze of palaces and gilded temples upon which the conquering Spanish built their colonial city. This afternoon, a guided tour will reveal Cuzco's fascinating history and most important landmarks, including the Santo Domingo monastery, built on the site of the Inca Temple of the Sun, and the magnificent Cathedral and the elegant Plaza de Armas.

  • Today sees you travel into the terraces and rocky gorges of the Sacred Valley. We'll visit the Awanacancha textile centre, which preserves Inca art and fabric-dyeing techniques, and the village and Inca ruins at Pisac, and explore the incredible fortress at Ollantaytambo. Once a key Inca stronghold.

    You'll spend the night in the Valley, in preparation for tomorrow's extraordinary day.

  • Whatever has gone before, today is sure to be the pinnacle of your holiday as you travel by narrow-gauge railway to the spa town of Aguas Calientes, then on by bus to Machu Picchu, the breath-taking Lost City of the Incas.

    This extraordinary mountaintop citadel is an absolutely unforgettable place. During your visit, your guide will explain the citadel's layout and the supposed significance of buildings such as the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Three Windows and the Sunken Plaza, all magnificently set in the heart of the Andes.

    Afterwards we'll head back to Aguas Calientes, where you'll stay overnight.

  • Rise early, this morning, for the chance to see the unforgettable sight of sunrise over Machu Picchu and to explore the site before the bulk of visitors arrive. Afterwards we'll return to Cuzco by train.

    This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with your travelling companions at the end of your unforgettable tour of Peru.

  • Today we'll fly back to Lima where you'll check in for your overnight flight home via Amsterdam.

  • Arrive home, today, after an extraordinary Peruvian adventure.

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Hotels

Peru Touring Hotels

You will be staying in a series of comfortable hotels that are conveniently located for your tour itinerary.

Tour Extensions

(1 Available)

Peru - Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu with Amazon Extension
A day at Machu Picchu, with a train ride up to the site - Spend a day in awe-inspiring Colca Canyon - Three nights in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest
  • 16 days from: £4085pp

Further Information

  • The transfer time from the airport to your first hotel is approximately one hour.
  • British citizens require passports when travelling overseas and this must be valid for six months beyond the date you return. If you are not a British citizen, you may need a visa for the country/countries you are visiting (please contact the respective embassies to check and to apply).
  • Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
  • All outbound flights leave in the morning and land at your destination later the same day. All return flights travel overnight and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outbound flights, and dinner and breakfast on the flight home. Drinks are complimentary.
  • You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg. Please take an overnight bag, though, as luggage is limited to 5kgs for night seven while staying in Aguas Calientes.
  • We strongly advise you to book optional excursions at the same time as your holiday, as availability cannot always be guaranteed later. Once in South America, prices for excursions are subject to increase.
  • If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
  • The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made. In many developing countries access is sometimes not as easy as at home. Should you have walking difficulties, getting around monuments and attractions may be harder and, in some cases, impossible. Should you have any concerns whatsoever please do contact us prior to travel.
  • In developing countries road networks are continually being improved and expanded, which can mean that, from time to time, roadworks and rough road surfaces can extend journey times. Some journeys are made on winding mountain roads and passes, which may also make for slow travelling - although the scenery is usually worth it! Many roads do not have separate pavements or safety barriers, and great care should be taken when crossing or walking alongside roads.
  • Requirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures.
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