Classic Peru

  • Cusco
  • Lima
  • Lake Titicaca
  • Machu Picchu
Classic Peru Classic Peru
£ 4084

A land of rare physical beauty and cultural diversity, this itinerary will take you through Peru’s stunning mountain landscapes to uncover the extraordinary relics of the Inca Empire.

The most notable of which is the legendary citadel of Machu Picchu, whose mountain-top ruins are spectacularly framed by the jagged peaks of the Andes. You’ll also find yourself delving into the Inca heritage of the Sacred Valley, browsing the artisan market of Pisac and meeting the locals of floating reed islands in Lake Titicaca.

Not forgetting visits to Cusco and Lima, two alluring cities whose superbly-preserved colonial architecture boast World Heritage status. Here you’ll stay in hotels that have been created from, or stand at the centre of, original historic buildings.

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Day 1-2

London – Lima

Arrive in Lima, the City of Kings, in the early…

London – Lima

Arrive in Lima, the City of Kings, in the early evening. You’ll be met and taken to your hotel, an original colonial-style building, at the heart of Lima’s most happening district – so you’ll be able to throw yourself into the city’s energetic nightlife as well as its cultural and artistic scene.

Take a half day city tour and you’ll discover a splendid collection of baroque churches, impressive colonial architecture and internationally renowned museums. Your tour includes the Church of San Francisco as well as Casa Aliaga – an exquisitely preserved colonial mansion occupied by the same family for six centuries.

Stay: Two nights in an Alcoba room at the B Arts Boutique – bed & breakfast

Day 3-5

Sacred Valley

 

Time to explore the heartland of the Inca Empire. Lined…

Time to explore the heartland of the Inca Empire. Lined by the vertical slopes of the Andes, and criss-crossed by the lazy waters of the Urubamba River, the Sacred Valley was a region of great importance to the Incas and many of their structures still stand today.

Expert guides will take you on full day private tours of the region, giving you a superb insight into the natural history of the Andean region, as well as the civilisation of the Incas. You’ll visit the colourful market towns of Pisac and Chinchero, the salt pans of Maras, the mighty fortress of Ollantaytambo and the huge agricultural terraces of Moray – used by the Inca’s as a botanical laboratory.

Stay: Three nights in a superior room at Sol y Luna – bed & breakfast

Day 6

Machu Picchu

 

Today you’ll take the Vistadome train to the most magnificent…

Today you’ll take the Vistadome train to the most magnificent Inca site of all. Hidden away in the jungle, the mighty Machu Picchu is one of the few Inca sites to have escaped 400 years of looting and destruction. Many of the old stairways, tiered terraces, temples and water features have remained wonderfully intact, and are a joy to explore both on your own or with an expert guide.

Stay: One night in a superior room at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel – half board

Day 7-9

Cusco

 

Today you’ll travel – via Vistadome train – to Cusco…

Today you’ll travel – via Vistadome train – to Cusco to experience the life and heritage of this ancient city. You’ll be staying in a boutique hotel set in a 16th century mansion, the perfect base for guided tours of sites like the Colonial Santo Domingo Convent – built over the original Inca Koricancha Temple – as well as the Plaza de Armas and the monumental cathedral.

You’ll also be taken on a tour of the fabulous Inca ruins that stand beyond Cusco; including the atmospheric temple and amphitheatre of Kenko, the magnificent Red Fortress of Puca Pucara and the ancient cultural centre of Sacsayhuman.

Stay: Two nights in a patio suite at the Inkaterra La Casona – bed & breakfast

Day 10-11

Lake Titicaca

 

On day nine of your holiday you will board the…

On day nine of your holiday you will board the train to Lake Titicaca, a long but scenic journey filled with picturesque landscapes. Relax in the open-air observatory car and watch as lush green fields, winding rivers and remote villages roll by. You will disembark in the city of Puno, which sprawls along the banks of the lake, and be taken to your hotel.

Straddling Peru’s southern border with Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world. The region is home to the Aymara and Quechua Indians who pre-date the Incas by over 1,000 years. During your stay you can take birdwatching tours, go on trekking expeditions and try horse riding. Don’t miss the remarkable Inca funeral towers of Sillustani, or boat excursions to the lake’s enchanting floating islands.

Stay: Two nights in a superior lake view room at Casa Andina Private Collection – bed & breakfast

Day 12-13

Juliaca – Lima – London

From your hotel you’ll be taken to Juliaca airport for…

From your hotel you’ll be taken to Juliaca airport for your afternoon flight to Lima, arriving early evening. From Lima you’ll catch your flight home.

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