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In the Footsteps of the Incas

10 Days 1 Country 8 Cities

See and taste the best of Peru on this Country Explorer adventure, take in Lima, Machu Picchu and more.

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    • All 2017 departures will operate as per the 2017 brochure. Itineraries, durations, hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.
    • Land and Intra Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Lima-Cusco, Cusco-Juliaca and Juliaca-Lima and require purchase of round-trip air travel on LATAM airline 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 2017.
    • Note: On the train to Machu Picchu, only hand luggage (overnight bag) can be taken. Your suitcase will be securely stored and returned to you in Cusco.
    • Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
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    • 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. This trip also experiences high elevations so we recommend guests with preexisting medical conditions talk with a doctor prior to travel.
    • 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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      • All 2017 departures will operate as per the 2017 brochure. Itineraries, durations, hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.
      • Land and Intra Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Lima-Cusco, Cusco-Juliaca and Juliaca-Lima and require purchase of round-trip air travel on LATAM airline 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 2017.
      • Note: On the train to Machu Picchu, only hand luggage (overnight bag) can be taken. Your suitcase will be securely stored and returned to you in Cusco.
      • Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
      • Passport: Guest passport information for flights is required at time of final payment.
      • 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. This trip also experiences high elevations so we recommend guests with preexisting medical conditions talk with a doctor prior to travel.
      • 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
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Double-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. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless traveling as part of a family group. 
      • Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

      About this trip

      From the clouds of the Andes to the birthplace of the sun, this trek through Peru's altiplanos and the famous floating Uros Islands traces the rich traditions and ancient past of the Incas and their ancestors-a celebration of chicha toasts, bold colours and hilltop fortresses.


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      9 Nights

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      17 Meals
      • 9 breakfasts

      • 5 dinners

      • 3 lunches (including Be My Guest)

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      Highlights

      What's Included

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        • City tour in Lima and Cusco

        • Cruise Lake Titicaca

        • Scenic drive through the Sacred Valley

        • Iconic train journey aboard the Vistadome train

        • Visit the outdoor market at Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman ruins, the Uros Islands


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 breakfasts

        • 5 dinners

        • 3 lunches
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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

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

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

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and local charges included

        • 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


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

      In the Footsteps of the Incas

      Your Itinerary

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      Arrive Lima (2 Nights)

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      Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley

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      Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

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      Machu Picchu – Cusco (2 Nights)

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      Cusco Sightseeing

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      Cusco Sightseeing – Juliaca – Puno (2 Nights)

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      Lake Titicaca Excursion

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      Puno – Juliaca – Lima

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      Depart Lima

      Day 1

      Arrive Lima (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Lima (2 Nights)

      Bienvenidos a Lima. Upon arrival, you will warmly greeted and taken to your luxury hotel in fashionable Miraflores. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception at 6 p.m.

      Hotel

      Hilton Miraflores

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

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      Hilton Miraflores

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

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      Lima Sightseeing Day 2 - Lima Sightseeing

      Enjoy a leisurely morning before meeting your Local Specialist for a city tour of Lima's highlights. See Lima's ancient districts and visit the Church of San Francisco. Explore the impressive underground catacombs along with a religious art museum and extensive library. Later, join your Travel Director for a guided walk through the Miraflores neighbourhood.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley Day 3 - Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley

      Fly to Cusco this morning. On the way to the Sacred Valley, stop to meet a Shaman who will perform a Pago a la Tierra (Payment to Mother Earth) ceremony, an ancient ritual of the Andean culture and Cultural Insight to bless your trip. Enjoy a farm-to-table Be My Guest lunch where you'll learn about the culture surrounding the production of Giant White Corn in the Sacred Valley. Your hosts will demonstrate the difference between the farming techniques of years past and the newer technologies now used. You'll also have the chance to watch a traditional dance of the Marinera and experience the showmanship of the Peruvian Paso horses. Later, explore the vibrant handicraft market of Pisac.

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      Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel and Wellness

      Meals

      • Continental Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining
      • Dinner

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      Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel and Wellness

      Meals

      • Continental Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining
      • Dinner

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      Day 4

      Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu Day 4 - Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

      This morning, visit the Inca stronghold of Ollantaytambo before heading 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 Specialist. Visit the great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved Intihuatana. Later, if you're interested, a cooking class will be offered by the hotel's head chef where you can learn how how to prepare Peruvian ceviche and mix the perfect pisco sour. Dinner is served at the hotel this evening.

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      Sumaq Machu Picchu

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Sumaq Machu Picchu

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Machu Picchu – Cusco (2 Nights) Day 5 - Machu Picchu – Cusco (2 Nights)

      Return to Machu Picchu and continue exploring on your own. Travel back to the Sacred Valley by train. Learn about the natural dyeing techniques used by native weavers as they show their various weaving styles and ways of dress, a Cultural Insight. Visit a local chicheria to learn about chicha, a Cultural Insight and favourite drink of the Andes. Your evening is free.

      Hotel

      Palacio del Inka, a Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Palacio del Inka, a Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Cusco Sightseeing Day 6 - Cusco Sightseeing

      Meet a Local Specialist and begin the day with a visit to Sacsayhuaman, an impressive site of ruins towering over Cusco and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Cathedral, a stunning example of colonial architecture that was completed in 1694 after over 100 years of construction. Also visit bohemian San Blas, a unique neighbourhood with artisan shops and craft workshops. Stroll the cobblestone streets and admire the Incan Walls. Meet an anthropologist, your Local Specialist, from the renowned National University of Antonio Abad in Cusco and gain insight into Peru's history, geography and culture. Tonight, enjoy a your choice dining experience, giving you the option to dine at one of several local restaurants.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Your Choice Dining

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Your Choice Dining

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      Cusco Sightseeing – Juliaca – Puno (2 Nights) Day 7 - Cusco Sightseeing – Juliaca – Puno (2 Nights)

      In the morning, fly to Juliaca where you will meet your Local Specialist to learn about daily life on the Peruvian Altiplano. After an included lunch, visit Sillustani, a lakeside pre-Incan burial ground. Explore its chullpas (above ground tombs) before arriving in Puno along the shores of magnificent Lake Titicaca. Enjoy breathtaking views of the lake at sunset.

      Hotel

      Libertador Lake Titicaca

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Hotel

      Libertador Lake Titicaca

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch

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      Day 8

      Lake Titicaca Excursion Day 8 - Lake Titicaca Excursion

      Cruise beautiful Lake Titicaca with a Local Specialist. Discover the floating islands constructed out of reeds by the Uros Indians. Set out for Taquile Island and a private tour where you'll meet local Quechua-speaking villagers, known for their knitting and weaving techniques. Learn more about the culture of the people living on the island and enjoy a Regional Meal luncheon. Tonight, dinner is at a favourite local restaurant in Puno.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal
      • Dinner

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      Day 9

      Puno – Juliaca – Lima Day 9 - Puno – Juliaca – Lima

      This morning, your journey continues with a flight to Lima. Take advantage of some free time this afternoon. Tonight, experience one of Lima's most renowned museums after dark. Join a Local Specialist on a visit to 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, as you overlook the museum's beautiful gardens; a night of great food and culture celebrating your Peruvian holiday.

      Hotel

      Hilton Miraflores

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

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      Hilton Miraflores

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

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      Day 10

      Depart Lima 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.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Authentic Accommodations
        Palacio del Inka, a Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel, Cusco, Peru A mansion dating back nearly five centuries, this elegant Authentic Accommodation is an iconic representation of old world Cusco surrounded by the historic city centre.

      • Be My Guest
        Visit Hacienda "Sarapampa", a Quecha word meaning corn field, and savour Peruvian farm-to-table cuisine based around this important crop

      • Cultural Insights
        Meet a Shaman who will perform a Pago a la Tierra ceremony, an ancient ritual of the Andean culture. Visit a local chicheria for some traditional chicha tasting. Learn about the natural dyeing techniques used by native weavers

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialists
        For included sightseeing in Lima, at Machu Picchu, Cusco, with an anthropologist from the National University of Antonio Abad, on the Peruvian altiplano, Lake Titicaca and at the Larco Museum

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        • City tour in Lima and Cusco

        • Cruise Lake Titicaca

        • Scenic drive through the Sacred Valley

        • Iconic train journey aboard the Vistadome train

        • Visit the outdoor market at Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman ruins, the Uros Islands


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      Dining

        • 9 breakfasts

        • 5 dinners

        • 3 lunches
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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

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

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

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and local charges included

        • 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


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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        Service rating : The whole trip. It was tough on our 75 year old bodies particularly when you called for 4.30 am starts. We are no longer backpackers Hygeine was poorly executed and as a consequence my wife and I got Delhi Belly. Altitude Sickness was overcome through medication. Please ensure

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        Service rating : Although I didn't mention my birthday, our tour director did notice and a beautiful cake was waiting at the end of the day. Also, when both my husband and I were ill he was responsive and sent medications to our room which helped us recover and continue with the tour. The tour

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        Service rating : I thought the travel director did particularly well with a large and diverse group. The subject specialists were excellent and the drivers were very competent. I did think the group was too large for a trip of this type. The hotels were well chosen and generally in excellent

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        Our tour director Barbara Ferstl is so amazing. She is very organized, very efficient, very knowledgeable in what she does. She coordinated everything very smoothly. Despite the rally, there were not much set backs as she tried to find alternatives. You are very lucky to have her in your company.

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        Service rating : I'm rating the chosen hotels 5 star,excellent food and service. Perfect itinerary .Our tour director is pleasant and friendly and very knowledgeable ,and also our local tour guide they work hand in hand to make this tour memorable for us.Product : Everything has been

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