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In the Footsteps of the Incas 2014

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Plaza de Armas in Cusco, PeruLake Titicaca, PeruReed boats at Lake Titicaca, PeruSan Francisco Monastery in Lima, PeruMachu Picchu, PeruThe National Flag of Peru
Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru
Lake Titicaca, Peru
Reed boats at Lake Titicaca, Peru
San Francisco Monastery in Lima, Peru
Machu Picchu, Peru
The National Flag of Peru
  • Duration: 10 Days
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  • Brochure: South America 2014
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: This Peruvian holiday encompasses the grand colonial era treasures of Lima and uncovers the ancient Inca archaeological sites of Machu Picchu, Cusco and Plaza de Armas. Explore the quaint local village of Ollantaytambo and visit a new museum in Cusco showcasing many artefacts recently returned to Peru. Stand in awe as you take in beautiful Sacred Valley and charming Lake Titicaca. Why not customise your trip with the following extensions: Easter Island and Peruvian Amazon.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE LIMA (2 NIGHTS)

    Bienvenidos a Lima, dubbed the “City of Kings” by conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535. You will be met by a local host upon arrival and taken to your luxury hotel in fashionable Miraflores (check in time 3 p.m.).

    Hotel: Hilton Miraflores (MD)

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  • Day 2

    LIMA FREE TIME & SIGHTSEEING

    Enjoy the morning on your own. At lunchtime, join your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions to meet Dr. Diez Canseco who takes you on a tour of his beautiful colonial home followed by a Welcome Reception and a delicious Be My Guest home-cooked lunch of Peruvian dishes. Spend the afternoon exploring Peru's capital and Historic Centre, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a Local Expert. Experience the colonial splendour of Lima's Plaza San Martin, home to the Archbishop's Palace and stately Cathedral where you can see Francisco Pizarro's tomb. Visit the Church of San Francisco and its catacombs before spending the evening as you like.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

  • Day 3

    LIMA – CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY

    Fly to Cusco and head to Awanakancha, in the heart of the Sacred Valley. See native alpacas, llamas and vicuñas with a Local Expert as well as view artisan weavers crafting Andean textiles, a Local Speciality. Stop for a box picnic lunch before browsing the delightful handicraft market of Pisac. At a chicheria, taste and learn about chicha, a Local Speciality and favourite drink of the Andes. This evening, arrive at your mountain retreat in the Andes.


    Meal(s): (Continental Breakfast or Full Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Hotel: Casa Andina Private Collection – Valle Sagrado (F)

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  • Day 4

    SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU

    Climb toward Machu Picchu aboard the Vistadome train (light snack included). Panoramic views of the valley and mountains are sure to delight. Once you arrive at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, explore the stunning ruins of this once-great fortress with a Local Expert. Visit the great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved Intihuatana.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel (MD)

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  • Day 5

    MACHU PICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO (2 NIGHTS)

    There is ample time this morning to head back to Machu Picchu for more exploring on your own. The Gate of the Sun offers rewarding views after an upward hike. Back in the Sacred Valley, visit the Inca stronghold of Ollantaytambo, with a Local Expert, and then travel to your Authentic Accommodation, a beautifully renovated 18th century manor house, just a short walk from Cusco's Plaza de Armas.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Casa Andina Private Collection – Cusco (F)

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  • Day 6

    CUSCO SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME

    Explore Cusco this morning with a Local Expert and visit the Cathedral, a stunning example of colonial architecture and splendour. See San Blas, a unique area with a variety of Inca walls and cobble stone streets. Visit La Casa Concha Museum, a Unique Insight, to see archeologist Hiram Bingham's 360 artefacts which were recently sent back to Peru from Yale University. Next, head to Sacsayhuaman, an impressive ruin site towering over Cusco. Later, back at the hotel, meet Local Expert Peter Frost, to learn about the Inca settlements nearby.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 7

    CUSCO SIGHTSEEING – JULIACA – PUNO (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning, see the most important temple in the Inca Empire, the Temple of Korikancha. Enjoy a walking tour with a Local Expert who shares stories about one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the western hemisphere. Afterward, visit a local restaurant in Cusco for a lunch of local cuisine. Fly to Juliaca and meet with a Local Expert, transferring to Puno along the shores of the magnificent Lake Titicaca. Relish the lake at sunset for breathtaking views not soon forgotten.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Lunch)

    Hotel: Libertador Lake Titicaca (SF)

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  • Day 8

    LAKE TITICACA EXCURSION

    Discover the floating Uros Islands on lovely Lake Titicaca aboard a cruise with a Local Expert. The islands are constructed out of reeds by the native Uros Indians. Embark on a private tour of Taquile Island to meet the local Quechua-speaking villagers, renowned for their knitting and weaving techniques. Delight in a local lunch on the Island and discover more about the culture of the people living there.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

  • Day 9

    PUNO – JULIACA – LIMA

    Travel back to Juliaca for your return flight to Lima where you'll have some free time upon arrival. Tonight, experience one of Lima's top museums after dark. Visit the Larco Museum, full of pre-Columbian artefacts such as jewelry, ceramics and pots that offer insight into the cultures of ancient Peru. You'll then sit down to a gourmet Farewell Dinner of Peruvian dishes, enjoying the fare while you overlook the museum's beautiful gardens. A night of great food and culture celebrating your Peruvian holiday.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

    Hotel: Hilton Miraflores (MD)

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  • Day 10

    DEPART LIMA

    Say hasta luego to Peru and transfer to the airport for your flight home, or if you like, extend your stay at the Hilton Miraflores.


    Meal(s): (Continental Breakfast or Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Be My Guest Join your Peruvian host for a Welcome Reception and typical Peruvian lunch; visit the beautiful estate and learn about your host's illustrious family.
  • Local Speciality Visit a weaving centre and see artisan weavers at work.
  • Local Speciality Visit a chicheria and learn about chicha.
  • Local Expert In Cusco, meet Peter Frost, an English archaeologist, author and expert on Inca archaeology.
  • Local Expert For included sightseeing in Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Korikancha and Puno.
  • Unique Insight Explore more than 360 artefacts found at Machu Picchu in 1912 at a new museum in Cusco.
  • Authentic Accommodation Spend the night in an authentic 18th century colonial Hacienda in Cusco.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • LimaDiscover the city's main sights; visit the Church of San Francisco, the catacombs and the Cathedral as well as Larco Museum.
  • Sacred ValleyGet up-close with llamas, alpacas and vicuñas; shop for handicrafts at the Pisac market; visit the fortress of Ollantaytambo.
  • The VistadomeRide the train to Machu Picchu.
  • Machu PicchuExplore this magical site on a guided tour and on your own.
  • CuscoDelve into the city's Inca and colonial past; visit the Cathedral and Korikancha; explore San Blas; discover the Inca site of Sacsayhuaman.
  • PunoCruise Lake Titicaca; visit the floating Uros Islands and the island of Taquile.

Dining

  • 9 breakfasts:
    • 7 full breakfasts
    • 2 continental breakfasts
  • 4 lunches:
    • Be My Guest Peruvian lunch with wine in Lima
    • 3 lunches
  • 5 evening meals:
    • 4 dinners
    • Farewell Dinner with wine in Lima

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • 9 nights first class accommodation
  • A Trafalgar bonus – All Intra-Air Flights: Lima–Cusco, Cusco–Juliaca and Juliaca–Lima, including porter service at all airports

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  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
  • ^Twin-share option not available for trips to South America., Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey.

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