Travel to Peru is a bucket list destination for many people.
Its beguiling mix of natural beauty and ancient Incan culture is irresistible.
Why we love Peru
Peru is extremely beautiful… diverse landscapes from The Andean mountains, the Rainforest to the long coastline and of course the diverse cultural attractions such as the Inca ruins, beautifully coloured fabrics and the deep rooted artisan.
- Explore the Inca city of Machu Picchu, Peru’s ancient wonder.
- Walk to the iconic Sun Gate.
- Discover history-rich Cusco and the Sacred Valley.
- Visit Lake Titicaca’s floating reed islands.
- Watch breath-taking views from the observation car of the Vistadome train.
- Hotel with private train station direct to the Sacred Valley.
Land in Lima, Peru’s spotlight capital city, where you are chauffeured straight to your hotel in the exclusive Miraflores district. You may just want to relax and order room service tonight.
Enjoy your first taste of Peru’s capital with a visit to the Plaza Mayor, which is the birthplace of the city of Lima, and contains the beautiful cathedral and government palaces. Then head to Larco Museum. Its flower-filled gardens alone are worth a visit, not to mention its thousands of pre-Columbian artefacts, pottery, and Incan relics. Over the years, Lima has become a serious dining destination for foodies from all over the world. Sit down to a welcome lunch with your fellow guests at Café del Museo restaurant before spending the afternoon at leisure.
Today, fly to Cusco where you are met and transferred to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Colonial architecture, including the 16th-century cathedral, and Incan remains are dotted across this historic city. En route to your hotel you have a chance to meet the locals in the form of llamas and alpacas at Awana Kancha, and to learn about their valuable fleeces. Lunch is served at Hacienda Sarapampa. Here, you can see how the Incas developed a unique corn variety which helped to boost their economy.
After a hearty breakfast, begin exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas with a visit to a remote village, frozen in time. Here there is the opportunity to mingle with the Andean community and learn about the agricultural methods they have used for centuries to support themselves in this challenging mountain environment. Before lunch, visit the archaeological site of Moray. With concentric terraces carved into a huge earthen bowl, the deep amphitheatre-like terracing creates a fascinating landscape. It also offers magnificent views right across the Sacred Valley.
Today, travel by train to Machu Picchu. En route to the station, visit Ollantaytambo to look around its imposing fortress. Arrive at Aguas Calientes, from where a bus takes you to the last citadel built by a pre-Columbian civilisation. Overlooking the Urubamba River and discovered in a tangle of trees atop a mountain, nothing can prepare you for the sight of Machu Picchu’s wide avenues, cascading terraces, and intricate stonework. All this cradled by steamy forest and sky-piercing mountains. After a guided tour, head to your hotel for dinner.
Return to Machu Picchu for a second look. You may want to linger here or walk to the iconic Sun Gate. Those intrepid enough can hike up the neighbouring Huayna Picchu mountain – at 2,693 metres, it has staggering bird’s-eye views. In the early afternoon take the Vistadome train back to Ollantaytambo from where you are driven to Cusco to transfer to your hotel.
It’s time to explore history-rich Cusco. Once the Incan capital, before the Spanish crushed their civilisation, today you can witness both colonial architecture and Incan remains on just about every corner. This afternoon, Design your Day® – giving you the freedom to choose the experience that is best suited to you. Select from the following options:
- Option 1: Museum and market
- Option 2: Meet the artisans
- Option 3: Photographic tour
After an early morning breakfast, leave the hotel for your transfer to the station and take the train to Puno. Today, set your sights on the magical journey to Lake Titicaca’s waterside city. Sit back in a Pullman-style carriage and watch the Peruvian landscape unfold before you, from vast plains to lush, emerald mountain slopes. There’s an observation car where you can take in the views with a pisco sour. You can also enjoy a three-course lunch. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.
Mirror-like, Lake Titicaca is considered the highest navigable lake in the world. At a surface elevation of nearly 4,000 metres, its waters are home to indigenous communities where life is conducted as it has been for centuries. Take a boat to the Floating Island of Uros, cleverly made of tightly woven reeds. Learn how its people build their homes and live a traditional way of life. Then visit Taquile Island, where a hike will reward you with views over the blue waters. Enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel, sharing memories of the trip with new-found friends.
Bid a fond farewell before transferring to Puno airport for your flight home.
- Design your Day® on Day 7
- Luxury accommodation
- Resident tour director & English-speaking expert local guides
- Airport meet & greet, & return private transfers
- Entrance fees, taxes & tips, & excursions as stated
- Domestic flights
- Welcome lunch & farewell dinner
- 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 3 dinners
- Wifi in accommodation