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Highlights of Peru

8 Days 1 Country 3 Cities

Experience the history and allure of Peru, you'll meet llamas, explore the Plaza de Armas in Cusco and more.

"Local specialties were fabulous"

Judy

About this trip

Our most popular holiday in Peru, the ancient allure of Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley meet the buzz and bustle of Lima and Cusco with time spent with Insiders who share personal tales of their beloved country.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… learning to weave in the Sacred Valley, watching centuries-old dyeing techniques, passed from mother to daughter, as the weavers keep their Andean traditions alive. Meeting the curator of the world's largest private collection of pre-Columbian art at the Larco Museum in Lima. And you hear tales of Dr. Diez Canseco's illustrious ancestors, as you tour his mansion, a traditional country house, and settle down to a home-cooked Peruvian meal with him.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: LHPA

7 Nights

accommodation

13 Meals
  • 7 breakfasts.

  • 2 lunches (including Be My Guest).

  • 4 dinners.

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Highlights of Peru

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Lima (2 nights)

Bienvenidos a Lima, founded in 1535 by conquistador Francisco Pizarro who dubbed it the “City of Kings.” A local host will greet you and take you to your hotel in San Isidro, one of Lima's exclusive neighbourhoods bustling with shops and restaurants (check in time 3 p.m.).

Hotel
Novotel Lima

2. Lima Free Time and Sightseeing

Kick back, relax and enjoy your morning at the hotel, or perhaps venture out to do some exploring of your own. At lunchtime, meet your Travel Director and head to Casa Diez Canseco, the private home of an illustrious Lima family, and meet the friendly owner for a Welcome Reception and Be My Guest lunch. Learn about the history of your host's ancestors and tour his historic home before celebrating your arrival in Peru with a sumptuous home-cooked meal of traditional Peruvian delicacies. After lunch, bid farewell to your host and spend the afternoon exploring Peru's capital with your Local Specialist. Immerse yourself in the colonial splendour of Lima's Historic Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the expansive Plaza de Armas with its impressive cathedral and the stately government palace. Then see the Church of San Francisco and discover its hidden catacombs and splendid architecture. The evening is yours—why not try one of Lima's renowned seafood restaurants?

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining

3. Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley

Take a morning flight to Cusco and head for the Sacred Valley. Stop at Awanakancha, a living museum of the Peruvian Andes, where you can see and interact with llamas, alpacas and vicuñas. Enjoy a picnic box lunch before visiting the vibrant market of Pisac where local Quechua people come to sell their produce and handicrafts. Spend some time browsing the stalls, sip a cup of coca tea to help you acclimate to the altitude and keep your ears open for roving bands playing the traditional music of the Andes. Later this afternoon, arrive at your lovely hotel, a former 18th century colonial-style monastery, surrounded by beautiful gardens in the heart of the Sacred Valley. Learn about Peruvian weaving as you observe centuries-old methods of spinning, dyeing and weaving Andean traditional textiles, a Cultural Insight. This evening, enjoy a convivial dinner with your travelling companions at the hotel.

Meal(s)
Continental Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Hotel
Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay

4. Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

After breakfast, head to Ollantaytambo to visit this famous Inca stronghold built from immense blocks of stone. Learn about Inca history as you tour the ruins of the hilltop fortress. Next, board the Vistadome train for the journey to the great citadel of the Incas (light snack included). Panoramic windows allow you to appreciate the incredible scenery as you follow the Rio Vilcanota to the town of Aquas Calientes. Upon arrival, take a short ride up to the entrance gate and begin your exploration of one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Visit the ruins of this once-great fortress built in the 15th century and abandoned nearly 100 years later with the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. See the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site – the great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the Intihuatana, an intricately carved rock most likely used as a sundial by the ancient Incas. Dinner is served at the hotel.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
El Mapi by Inkaterra

5. Machu Picchu – Cusco (2 nights)

Return to Machu Picchu to continue exploring on your own. If you're feeling adventurous, hike up to the Gate of the Sun for stunning views over the fortress and the valley below. Or view the incredible stonework and the amazing feats of engineering required to transport the huge blocks of stone to the top of this isolated mountain. In the early afternoon, board the train to the Sacred Valley. Then head toward the great colonial city of Cusco by coach. On the way, stop at a local chicheria for a taste of chicha, a Cultural Insight, and learn how this Peruvian corn beer is made only by women.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Hotel
Novotel Cusco

6. Cusco Sightseeing and Free Time

This morning, embark on a tour of Cusco, the “Imperial City,” and the capital of the Incas during their reign. This lively city, rich in history, bears marks of both the Inca and Spanish who came after them. Enjoy an introduction to the highlights of the city, including the incredible baroque Cathedral on the main Plaza de Armas at the heart of the city. Delve deeper into the history of this ancient place at the 17th century Church of Santo Domingo, which was built atop the foundations of the Inca Temple of the Sun, often referred to as Korikancha. Just outside of town, visit the ruins of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, perched on a hill overlooking Cusco, and see nearby warehouses where the Incas stored their grain. Spend the rest of the afternoon on your own. This evening, gather for a Regional Meal at a local restaurant, enjoying delicious Cusquenian dishes and ancestral dance performances.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Regional Meal

7. Cusco – Lima

Fly back to Lima late this morning and enjoy an afternoon on your own to do some more exploring, pick up souvenirs or just relax. Later, meet a Local Specialist and curator at the Larco Museum, which houses the largest private collection of pre-Columbian art in the world, and learn about the evolution and cultures of Ancient Peru societies. Then gather with your travelling companions for a Farewell Dinner in the museum's garden restaurant.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Farewell Dinner
Hotel
Novotel Lima

8. Depart Lima

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight or extend your stay at the Novotel Lima.

Meal(s)
Continental Breakfast
Full Breakfast

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    Centre for Traditional Textiles of Cusco: You’ll discover the meaning behind ancient Inka textile designs and help support the centre’s quest to preserve and promote Andean weaving traditions.

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    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Be My Guest
    Join Dr. Francisco Diez Canseco for a Peruvian lunch at his beautiful estate.

  • Cultural Insights
    with Andean weavers and at a local chicheria.

  • Local Specialists
    in Lima and at the Larco Museum.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tours of Lima and Cusco

    • Visitthe outdoor market at Pisac, the ruins at Ollantaytambo, 15thcentury fortress of Machu Picchu, historic Sacsayhuaman and the Larco Museum in Lima

    • Scenic drive through the Sacred Valley

    • Iconic train journey aboard the Vistadome train


What's Included

Dining

    • 7 breakfasts.

    • 2 lunches
      (including Be My Guest).

    • 4 dinners.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

    • VIP entry to many sights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • 7 nights First Class accommodation

    • A Trafalgar Bonus – All Intra-Air Flights: Lima to Cusco and Cusco to Lima, including porter service at all airports


    Airport Transfers

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    We thought our accomodations and food was VERY good. Rudy and Daniel were ourstanding...patient, kind, and most knowledgable.Larry and Elouise Benner

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    Service rating : The tour director was exceptional. He was polite, helpful and knowledgeable.Product : Our only criticism is that there were too many VERY early wake-ups.It would be far better, in our opinion, if a more leisurely program was available, particularly if one is over 70 years.

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    Service rating : Appreciated not having to worry about a thing or lift a finger. Everything was taken care of of which removes the stressers of travel.Product : Beautiful trip with lots of culture and activity.

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    • Crossovers: All 2016 departures operate per the 2016 brochure. Hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at time of booking.
    • Land and Intra Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Lima-Cusco and Cusco-Lima and require purchase of round-trip air travel on LATAM between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities (ticket number required). If flying with another airline between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities, the prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of 1 May 2016.
    • Please note: In some locations you will be required to walk on uneven terrain and climb stairs without handrails. You should be in good health and be able to walk without assistance.
    • Note: On the train to Machu Picchu, only hand luggage (overnight bag) can be taken. Your primary suitcase will be securely stored and returned to you in Cusco.
    • Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
    • Trafalgar offers a selection of optional Itinerary Extensions to customize your vacation in South America. Please note, you cannot book these extensions online. To book and for more information, please contact your local Travel Agent or Trafalgar directly. For more information about the optional extensions offered on this program, please go to www.trafalgar.com/extensions
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