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Peru: Ancient Land of Mysteries

Starting at 12,500 Vacation Club Points
10 Days | 15 Meals

Fantastic archeological treasures set amidst the soaring Andean peaks – this can only be Peru. Discover Lima’s colonial heritage and see why the “City of Kings” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore Andean art forms and the local way of life from ancient times through present day during your stay in the Sacred Valley. Participate in workshops that teach you traditional agricultural methods and learn about local music and dance. Savor an authentic Pachamanca dinner, a unique process where food is placed on hot stones and buried in the ground to cook. Travel to Machu Picchu aboard the famed Vistadome train. Spend a night at the base of this “Lost City of the Incas” in a luxury hotel and enjoy an exclusive culinary demonstration. Immerse yourself in Cuzco, a city that blends Inca and Spanish colonial influences. Meet the indigenous Uros people of the floating islands on Lake Titicaca. Discover the exquisite cuisine of Peru, which has been awarded the top food travel destination in the world four years in a row.

Tour Highlights

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    Learn centuries-old Andean textile methods at a living museum.
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    Explore the colorful markets of Peru, including the famous Pisac village market.
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    Discover the artist’s techniques and designs at Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio.
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    Meet the indigenous Uros people of the floating islands on Lake Titicaca.

Itinerary

12,500 Vacation Club Points | 10 Days | 15 Meals

Day 1: Lima, Peru - Tour Begins

Welcome to Peru, one of the treasures of South America. The enduring cultures and breathtaking beauty of the Andes await. Travel through this intriguing land visiting some of the world’s most legendary sites, including Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas." Arrive late this evening in Lima, the "City of Kings."

Day 2: Lima

Discover Lima’s fascinating history during a tour through the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the artwork at San Francisco Monastery and enter the catacombs. View the Government Center, the elegant Cathedral at Plaza de Armas, an abundance of colonial architecture, and the fashionable suburbs of San Isidro and Miraflores for insight into the daily life of the Limeños. Then it’s on to your exclusive visit in the Archbishop’s Palace to witness the changing of the guard. This evening, get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner with a tasting menu of artfully crafted Peruvian dishes and drinks; you will quickly discover why Peru has been named the world’s top food travel destination four years in a row.

Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 3: Lima - Cuzco - Sacred Valley of the Incas

Fly to Cuzco, in the heart of the Inca civilization. Journey through the Andes to the majestic Sacred Valley of the Incas, the agricultural center of their grand empire. Learn the centuries-old methods of spinning, dyeing and weaving traditional textiles during a visit to Awana Kancha, a living museum of the Peruvian Andes. After a short lesson on the local language, stop in Pisac village to browse the colorful handicraft market. Settle in this evening at your hotel nestled in the heart of the Sacred Valley. The rest of the evening is yours…perhaps you’ll take this opportunity to discover your hotel’s planetarium to gaze at the stars.

Today breakfast will be included.

Day 4: Sacred Valley of the Incas - Ollantaytambo -Sacred Valley of the Incas

This morning, visit the spectacular Ollantaytambo ruins, the only Incan settlement that has been continually inhabited since its inception. A uniquely terraced complex topped with carved stone panels, these ruins reflect ancient Incan architecture and heritage. Then, head to the Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio where you’ll get first-hand knowledge of this internationally renowned artist's techniques and designs, inspired by ancient Peruvian cultures. By noon you will experience the lifestyle of the modern Andean people and delve into their culture when you travel to a nearby community and interact with the locals. You’ll get a true taste of their daily life when participating in small group workshops that teach you traditional methods of growing, harvesting and weaving. Celebrate their culture as you learn their dances and listen to their musical instruments. Tonight, savor an authentic Pachamanca dinner, a unique process where food is placed on hot stones and buried in the ground to cook.

Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 5: Sacred Valley of the Incas - Machu Picchu

Climb aboard the Machu Picchu Vistadome train for breathtaking views through domed windows as you ride through the Andes to the “Lost City of the Incas.” Hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungle, Machu Picchu is considered the most spectacular sight in South America. Spend the afternoon with your guide uncovering the mysteries of these majestic ruins. Tonight, stay at the base of Machu Picchu for a chance to further soak up its atmosphere. Enjoy an exclusive culinary demonstration before enjoying an award-winning tasting menu at your resort.

Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 6: Machu Picchu - Cuzco

With leisure time this morning you may return to Machu Picchu on your own or explore the local markets. Return by Vistadome train to the Sacred Valley. Before continuing to Cuzco, a city that blends Inca and Spanish colonial influences, stop at the Sacred Valley Brewing Company. This nonprofit brewery was created to support a local orphanage. Taste these Andean-inspired beers and learn about their drive to support their community.

Today breakfast will be included.

Day 7: Cuzco

The morning is yours to relax and acclimate to the altitude. Perhaps you’ll choose the “Cuzco through the Senses” optional tour where you’ll get hands-on experience with the owner and artist of a local pottery studio, followed by interactive tastings of world-renowned Peruvian coffee and chocolate. This afternoon, the choice is yours on how you will explore Cuzco, the former capital of the Incan Empire. You may choose to follow a local guide on a walking tour of the city from your hotel. Or, perhaps you would prefer to board your coach for a comprehensive tour of the city’s main sites. Both tours will take you on a journey through this colonial city where you’ll experience the architectural legacy visible in the Cathedral, Santo Domingo and Plaza de Armas, as well as a visit to the central market. Later, gather together and travel above the city to discover the important sacred Incan ruins of Sacsayhuaman Fortress. Enjoy a toast at sunset while overlooking the city before returning to the heart of Cuzco where you are treated to an authentic dinner highlighting local flavors.

Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 8: Cuzco - Puno

This morning, fly to Puno, hugging the shores of Lake Titicaca. Known as the birthplace of the Inca Empire, ancient legends say that life began here. Have time to meet the locals and discover the history of this region as you explore the village center before checking into your lakeside hotel. Tonight, enjoy an evening at leisure.

Today breakfast will be included.

Day 9: Uros Floating Islands - Las Chullpas de Sillustani - Lake Titicaca

The Titicaca area, steeped in tradition and folklore, is the center of Incan legends. Enjoy a morning cruise to the floating islands of the Uros people of Lake Titicaca. Experience walking on the spongy surface made from compacted beds of tortora reeds and meet the locals, learning about their history and lifestyle. Later, mingle with some local residents during an authentic home-hosted lunch where you’ll taste regional specialties and engage in lively conversation. In the afternoon, visit the mystical Chullpas de Sillustani – an archaeological area boasting 13th-century funerary monuments. Participate in a local home visit to gain insight into daily life.

Today breakfast and lunch will be included.

Day 10: Puno - Lima - Tour Ends

As your tour comes to a close, spend the morning relaxing on the shores of Lake Titicaca before flying to Lima. Upon arrival we head to the Larco Museum, a former mansion built on the site of a pre-Columbian temple. The museum offers a collection of over 3,000 years of ceramic, textile, and precious metal artifacts. After this incredible trip through history, your tour concludes with a sumptuous farewell dinner on the grounds of the museum. Then we depart for Lima’s airport and your connecting flight home.

Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Tour Options (USD)

Machu Picchu Sunrise $125

City: Lima

Ascend to Machu Picchu in the early hours of the morning. Be one of the first to reenter the sanctuary just as the sun rises over the high mountains encircling it. Spend time exploring the grounds at your leisure or merely pick a spot to sit and enjoy the morning serenity of this magical place.

Transportation is not included

Please Note a minimum of 6 is required.

Duration: approximately 5 hour(s).

Aqlla Spa Package $130

City: Machu Picchu

“What is good for the body is good for the soul.” A well-deserved spa visit provides a complete treatment experience to replenish your mind, body and soul. Indulge in supreme pampering and relaxation with a choice of one of several different, exhilarating spa service packages. Each package includes several spa treatments from exfoliation to massages. Certified therapists will guide you to a state of complete relaxation as you enjoy unforgettable therapeutic body treatments. Your choice of packages include: “Pamper Your Feet” - Foot massage with cleansing and exfoliation (50 minutes massage, 40 minutes cleaning). “Complete Relaxation” – Full body massage with body exfoliation (50 minutes massage, 40 minutes cleaning). “Hot Stone Treatment” – Relaxing sauna and stones massage (30 minutes sauna and 60 minutes massage).

Transportation is not included

Please Note a minimum of 1 is required.

Duration: approximately 1.5 hour(s).

Cuzco Through the Senses $100

City: Cuzco

Come to know the colors and flavors that bring Peruvian culture to life on an adventure that is sure to dazzle your senses. Begin by discovering the pottery techniques inspired by Andean and Colonial period artwork at a local pottery studio. Roll up your sleeves and try your hand at molding or painting your own piece of art to take with you. Continue on to Café del Museo where you’ll meet an expert who will share with you the intricacies of Peruvian coffee. Savor the unique aromas and flavors of the various blends and roasts popular in Peru’s coffee culture. Finally, it’s off to the Choco Museo to learn the secrets of Peru’s world-famous chocolate. See how cacao is harvested and learn the process all the way to creating a chocolate bar. Your expert guide will share with you the history of the first hot chocolate, and why Peru, along with its neighbor Ecuador, is said to have the purest form of chocolate in the world. Then, it is time for what you’ve been waiting for – sample the rich, smooth chocolate for yourself.

Your transportation is included

Please Note a minimum of 5 is required.

Duration: approximately 5 hour(s).

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Tour Upgrades

Order Type Description No of Nights Price (USD)
Pre Hotel Hotel: Hilton Lima Miraflores 0 $190
Post Hotel Hotel: Hilton Lima Miraflores 0 $190
Post Extension Extension: Peruvian Amazon Extension Land Portion 4 $649
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Know Before You Go

Passport & Visa Information

Certain countries require a minimum of 6 months passport validity. You are strongly urged to contact the appropriate consulate for details.

IMPORTANT

We recommend that our clients travelling abroad take a photocopy of their passport and applicable visas. It should be packed separately from your actual passport and visa. We also recommend leaving a copy at home with your emergency contact.

Destination Facts & Stats

Elevation

The highest elevation encountered on this tour is 12,500 feet above sea level, in Puno. Several days of this tour are spent at approximately 11,000 feet above sea level. If you have particular health concerns, we recommend you check with your doctor before departure for recommendations on how to alleviate the possible effects of altitude sickness.

Please Note

Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.

Wheelchairs and walkers cannot be accommodated on this tour. Some of the most unique sightseeing can mean accessing locations that restrict motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend bringing good walking shoes.

In general, hotels outside of Lima are small with one or two levels and do not have elevators, which may require you to climb 10-15 steps to get to/from the room.

To complete your tour, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing our airfare with your tour. If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times.

Highest elevation is approximately 12,500 feet (Puno).

Each guest is responsible for proper documentation and inoculations that may be required and/or recommended to participate on this tour. Please contact your local travel clinic or personal physician for specific details on the destinations you are traveling to and from.

In order not to miss any tour inclusions on Day 10, departure flights should be booked for very late evening that same day or the early morning hours of Day 11.

Please be advised many airlines do not provide advance seat assignments until check-in at the airport. Advance seating will be subject to the airline's terms and conditions.

The internal flights on this program are not included in the land price of your tour. These flights need to be arranged and purchased separately if you arrange your own air. Internal flights are included with the air portion of your tour if you purchase air through us.

Pace

To truly experience the program and destination, you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing. Some of the touring days may be longer, with select included activities occurring later in the evening.