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Land of the Incas 2014

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Plaza de Armas in Cusco, PeruLima, PeruMachu Picchu, Peru
Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru
Lima, Peru
Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Duration: 12 Days
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: This journey through Peru 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. Stand in awe as you take in beautiful Sacred Valley, charming Lake Titicaca and cruise the natural wonders of the tranquil Ballestas Islands. you can customise your trip with one of the following itinerary extensions: Galapagos Island Cruises, Easter Island, Peruvian Amazon.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE LIMA (2 NIGHTS)

    Bienvenidos a Lima, founded in 1535 by conquistador Francisco Pizarro who dubbed it the "City of Kings". Upon arrival, you'll be met by a local host and taken to your luxury hotel in upscale 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 city and Historic Centre, 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 drive to the Sacred Valley. Visit Awanakancha with a Local Expert to see native alpacas, llamas and vicuñas as well as artisan weavers crafting Andean textiles, a Local Speciality. Enjoy a box picnic lunch before exploring the vibrant handicraft market of Pisac. Visit a local chicheria to taste and learn about chicha, a Local Speciality and favourite drink of the Andes. Arrive at your mountain retreat in the heart of the Andes this afternoon.


    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

    Board the Vistadome train and enjoy panoramic views of the valley and mountains as you climb toward Machu Picchu (light snack included). Here, explore the stunning ruins of this once-great fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site 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)

    Return to Machu Picchu and continue your exploration on your own. Perhaps hike up to the Gate of the Sun for stunning views. Then travel back to the Sacred Valley and visit the Inca stronghold of Ollantaytambo, with a Local Expert, before arriving at your charming hotel, an Authentic Accommodation, and beautifully renovated 18th century manor house just three blocks 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

    This morning, explore the city with a Local Expert and visit the Cathedral, a stunning example of colonial architecture and splendour. Visit San Blas, a unique area with a variety of Inca walls and cobble stone streets, before heading to Sacsayhuaman, an impressive ruin site towering over Cusco. 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. Later, learn about the Inca settlements nearby with Local Expert, Peter Frost, who uncovered the Inca settlement southwest of Machu Picchu.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 7

    CUSCO SIGHTSEEING – JULIACA – PUNO (2 NIGHTS)

    In the morning, meet a Local Expert for a walking visit of nearby Temple of Korikancha, the most important temple in the Inca Empire. After, sample the local cuisine with lunch at a local restaurant in Cusco. Fly to Juliaca where you will meet your Local Expert and transfer to Puno along the shores of the great Lake Titicaca. Enjoy breathtaking views of the lake at sunset.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Lunch)

    Hotel: Libertador Lake Titicaca (SF)

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  • Day 8

    LAKE TITICACA EXCURSION

    Cruise beautiful Lake Titicaca with a Local Expert. Discover the floating islands constructed out of reeds by the Uros Indians. Next is Taquile Island for a private tour to meet the local Quechua-speaking villagers, renowned for their knitting and weaving techniques. Learn more about the culture of the people living on the Island and enjoy a typical lunch before heading back to Puno.


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

  • Day 9

    PUNO – LIMA – PARACAS (2 NIGHTS)

    Fly back to Lima and travel south to the Paracas Peninsula, arriving at your resort on beautiful Paracas Beach. Box lunch included today.


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

    Hotel: DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Paracas (SF)

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  • Day 10

    ICA – NAZCA LINES FLIGHT & FREE TIME

    Explore the Regional Museum of Ica with its superb examples of Paracas weavings and textiles, well-preserved mummies and scale model of the Nazca Lines. Then take to the skies for an unforgettable experience as you soar high over the coastal desert to see the enigmatic Nazca Lines, gigantic geometric designs and pictures of animals created between 400 and 650 AD, viewable only from the air. Marvel at their stylized lines and wonder about the civilisation that created them. Then visit Bodega El Catador to learn about and taste the finest Pisco in the country, a Local Speciality. The rest of the day is yours at the resort.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 11

    PARACAS – BALLESTAS ISLANDS – LIMA

    Visit the uninhabited Ballestas Islands, a “mini-Galapagos” teeming with wildlife including fur seals, sea lions, dolphins, penguins and thousands of birds, including the elusive blue-footed booby. See another mysterious design in the earth—the majestic Candelabra. Back on dry land, travel back to Lima. Upon arrival, freshen up and join your travel companions for a visit to Larco Museum to learn about ancient Peruvian cultures, before enjoying a festive Farewell Dinner with wine in the garden restaurant of the museum.


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

    Hotel: Hilton Miraflores (MD)

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  • Day 12

    DEPART LIMA

    Say hasta luego to Peru and transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your holiday in Lima 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 Speciality Visit a Pisco distillery and learn about and sample Peru's national drink.
  • Local Expert In Cusco, meet Peter Frost, a British explorer and author who spent 30 years investigating Inca archaeology.
  • Local Expert For included sightseeing in Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Cusco, Korikancha, Lake Titicaca 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.
  • IcaExplore Ica's Regional Museum and its mummies.
  • NazcaSoar above the enigmatic Nazca Lines on a sightseeing flight.
  • ParacasCruise to the Ballestas Islands, the “Little Galapagos Islands."

Dining

  • 11 breakfasts:
    • 9 full breakfasts
    • 2 continental breakfasts
  • 6 lunches:
    • Be My Guest Peruvian lunch with wine in Lima
    • 3 lunches
    • 2 box lunches
  • 6 evening meals:
    • 5 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
  • 11 nights first class accommodation
  • A Trafalgar bonus – All Intra-Air Flights: Lima to Cusco, Cusco to Juliaca and Juliaca to 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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