Duration
9 Days Itinerary
From
USD $2,995 Dates/Prices
Visiting

Peru

Transportation

Coach, Plane, Train

Immerse yourself in fascinating Inca history on this journey through marvellous Peru. There is potentially no greater symbol of Incan ingenuity than Machu Picchu, and it truly is a sight to behold! Explore ancient ruins through the Sacred Valley and Cusco, discover remote mountain villages, and have plenty of opportunities to mix with the locals and taste unique Peruvian delights.    

Tour highlights

With impressive mountain peaks as a backdrop, the ancient capital of the Incan Empire, Cusco, is an eclectic mix of ageless ruins, cobblestone streets, and colonial architecture.

As one of the Seven Wonders of the New World, Machu Picchu is likely the best-known site in Peru. Built and abandoned within a hundred years, Machu Picchu holds many mysteries yet to be discovered.

High in the Andean Mountains, the Sacred Valley stretches for forty miles and includes charming villages that are relatively isolated from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. Beguiling archaeological ruins leave you wondering what life must have been like centuries ago.

Itinerary (9 Days)

Curated destinations, lifetime memories.

Day
Day 1
1

Lima: Welcome Drink at Hotel

Welcome to Lima, the capital city of Peru! Founded in 1535, Lima was designed to be a showcase of Spanish colonial architecture in a conquered territory. Today, the patchwork of Lima’s vibrant city life and neighbourhoods combine with a plethora of museums and churches to offer visitors a wonderful opportunity to discover its fascinating heritage.

Our small group tour of Peru begins this evening with a welcome drink at the hotel.

Day 2
2

Lima: Exploring the City of Kings

Today we set off to explore the opulent, colonial architecture of Lima. Our first stop is the Plaza de Armas, where we see the Government Palace, the Cathedral of Lima and the stunning City Hall buildings. We take a stroll through the Cathedral of Lima and learn the religious history of Peru. Our walking tour continues to the San Francisco Convent to view both its stunning 17th century cloister murals and its ‘catacombs’, the ancient, underground cemetery of Lima.

Special Experience

This afternoon we enjoy lunch at the Larco Museum. The museum houses one of the most impressive collections of Incan artefacts and gives a fascinating insight into ancient Peru. We enjoy a tour of the museum with a Curator after lunch.

Special Experience

This evening we enjoy a group welcome dinner in Lima’s Miraflores district amidst the ruins of Huaca Pucllana.      

[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]

Day 3
3

Sacred Valley: Alpacas and Empanadas

Deep within the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley, Cusco, and Machu Pichu form the heart of the ancient Incan Empire. After our morning flight to Cusco, we journey into the Sacred Valley toward the small farm of Awanacancha where we learn about the various types of animals called the camelids. These include alpacas, vicuñas, llamas, and guanacos which all live in the Andes region.

We then continue on to the small village of Pisac, renowned for its lively artisan market. Here we have time to explore this quaint town and have an opportunity to taste the famous ‘empanadas’, baked pastries filled with a variety of delicious ingredients.   

We arrive back at our hotel late in the afternoon and enjoy some time at leisure before a group dinner.

Note

High elevations up in the Andes Mountains can cause some people to have issues with altitude sickness. We suggest you speak to your doctor before traveling to Peru for any preventative measures available. Also, drinking lots of water and getting enough rest will help with the effects of altitude sickness.

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 4
4

Sacred Valley: Ancient Sites, Salt Pans and Pachamama

This morning we visit the Salt Pans of Maras. The views of this fully operating salt mine will amaze you with the view of the stark-white steeply descending salt pans against the lush green of the surrounding mountain slopes.  It is jaw-dropping. We follow on to the archaeological site of Moray. It is believed that this was used as an agricultural testing ground and stands as a testament to the level of advancement achieved by the Incas who excelled at building masterful construction in harmony with nature.

We then continue on to Ollantaytambo, one of the only continuously inhabited settlements since Inca times. The ruins form a fortress that can only be entered by a steep stone staircase. The entire town still has its original Inca-built stone walls, narrow streets, and water system flowing down a central channel cut in every street. In Ollantaytambo, you get a good look at the Inca's best-known skill—dry masonry. Their astounding craftsmanship was able to fit the huge blocks of stone together so precisely that even after centuries of earthquakes, a knife cannot be slipped into the seams.

Special Experience

Here we visit with a local family and learn about their daily life. We also pay a visit to a local ‘chicheria’, or pub, where we can sample the locally made chicha, and possibly eat a local delicacy, guinea pigs.

Before our dinner, we enjoy a ‘Pachamama’ (Mother Earth) ceremony. Ancient rituals revolve around the idea of ‘giving back’ to nature, in order to satisfy the spirits and to ensure a healthy harvest in the months to come. 

Note

For our trip to Machu Picchu tomorrow you will need to pack an overnight bag weighing no more than 5 kilograms Due to limited space on the trains there is no room for our big suitcases, and they will be transferred and waiting for us at our hotel in Cusco.

[Breakfast, Brunch and Dinner]

Day 5
5

The Lost City of Machu Picchu

Make sure your cameras are fully charged for today as the mystical lost city of the Incas--Machu Picchu--awaits us. First, we journey by Vistadome train through the mountains to the charming village of Aguas Calientes while enjoying the spectacular vistas of snow-capped peaks, small villages, and farming terraces. A bus takes us to the entrance of Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the New World. Its architectural beauty, incredible natural landscape, position on the mountain, and energy held within its enigmatic structures will take your breath away! Believed to have been built by the Incas around 1450 and abandoned less than a hundred years later, Machu Picchu straddles the spine of a ridge 550 metres above the rushing Urubamba River. Hiram Bingham, a Yale University graduate and former US senator, discovered this lost city in 1911. Here, we have a guided tour and time to explore this magical citadel on our own.  

Note

During our visit to Machu Picchu, we suggest you bring a raincoat or umbrella as the weather at such high altitude can be somewhat unpredictable. We also suggest wearing long pants and a long sleeve shirt to keep away the tropical insects.

[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]

Day 6
6

Machu Picchu to Cusco

Another wonderful chance awaits as we awake and explore the very spiritual ruins of Machu Picchu before the day crowds arrive. Soak up the peace and tranquillity just as the sun peaks out over the mountains and take advantage of the incredible photo opportunities to be had!

We enjoy an early lunch before our return train journey through the mountains to Cusco.  On the way we stop at Chinchero for a traditional weaving demonstration.

[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]

Day 7
7

Cusco: City Sights and Inca Ruins

Today is all about exploring the wonders of Cusco. We begin with a visit to the magnificent fortress of Sacsayhuaman which is believed to have been built during the 1400s. The enormous limestone blocks used in the construction of this colossal structure were carved and fitted with such precision that there was no need for mortar. We continue on to Qengo, the religious centre and have a panoramic view of Puca-Pucara, the Red Fortress. We then arrive at Tambomachay and its thermal water fountains and pools.  These are believed to have been a ‘spa’ for the Incan elite.

Our tour continues with a stroll through the main square of Cusco, visiting the Cathedral with its exquisite vestibules and priceless paintings. We also visit Qoricancha, a temple dedicated to worship of the Sun God and whose interior walls are said to be once covered in gold.

Special Experience

Later in the afternoon we have some fun exploring and shopping for our dinner in the San Pedro Market. Once we have our supplies we head up to the 11th floor Rooftop Kitchen to begin our cooking lesson and enjoy the breathtaking views of the city below.

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 8
8

Cusco: A day to explore

Enjoy a full day at leisure exploring picturesque Cusco. We recommend visiting the San Blas neighbourhood with its silver jewellery shops, artisan restaurants and unique local art.

[Breakfast]

Day 9
9

Depart Cusco

This morning we return to Peru’s beautiful capital city, Lima. We say goodbye to new friends and the incredible country of Peru as we board our return flights home.

Note

You need to be at the airport three hours prior to your scheduled flight departure due to Peru’s security screenings.

[Breakfast]

Inclusions

No last minute surprises, these are all part of your trip.

Travel

  • Travel in a small group of 4 to 18 passengers
  • All touring conducted in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Internal return flights between Lima and Cusco
  • Ride the Vistadome Train to Machu Picchu
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour

Stays

  • 8 nights in superior accommodation
  • Hotel highlight: Machu Picchu. Spend the night in the incredible Inkaterra Pueblo. This 5-star property offers luxurious suites and first-class spa treatments

Meals

  • 18 meals, including 8 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 3 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Food highlight: Lima. Be treated to a decadent 3-course dinner in Lima’s famous Huaca Pucllana restaurant as you gaze over the historic ruins
  • Food highlight:  Sacred Valley. Sample chicha and guinea pig with the locals in Ollantaytambo
  • Food highlight: Cusco. Explore the San Pedro markets shopping for ingredients to be used in our cooking lesson on the 11th floor Rooftop Kitchen

Guides

  • A small group tour leader accompanies the group on the entire tour
  • Specialist local guides join the small group tour in selected locations

Special Experiences

  • Enjoy dinner with a view at the Huaca Pucllana Restaurant
  • Experience a local Chicheria while tasting local delicacies: chicha and guinea pig
  • Discover the fascinating history of ancient Peru with a Curator-led tour of the Larco Museum
  • Create an edible masterpiece while taking in spectacular views of Cusco during a rooftop cooking class

Sightseeing

  • Lima City tour
  • Larco Museum
  • Awanacancha Textile Centre
  • Ollantaytambo Ruins
  • Maras salt mines
  • Moray Ruins
  • Visit a local Chicheria
  • Pachamama offering to Earth ceremony
  • Return trip on the Vistadome train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • 2 entries to Machu Picchu with a guided tour
  • Sacsayhuaman & Tambomachay Ruins
  • Walking tour of Cusco including the 17th century Cathedral & Qoricancha
  • San Pedro Market
  • Rooftop cooking class in Cusco

Accommodation

Accommodation, a superior and safe retreat.

Peru flag Lima Peru

Innside by Melia Miraflores

4-star

Ideally located in Lima’s Miraflores district, and just a short distance from the city sights, Innside by Melia is the perfect home base for a stay in Lima. Each room is equipped with modern styling, free wifi, air-conditioning, a coffee maker and more. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool and rooftop bar, a fitness centre and a restaurant.

Peru flag Sacred Valley Peru

Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley

5-star

The Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado Hotel and Villas is a luxurious mountain escape, with views of the Andes from every room. The hotel provides a tranquil Sacred Valley experience with a spa and sauna, restaurant, bar, and large landscaped gardens. All rooms feature heating, free wifi, a safe deposit box and coffee maker.

Peru flag Aguas Calientes Peru

Inkaterra Pueblo

5-star

The Inkaterra Pueblo hotel is situated on 12 acres of natural paradise and just a short drive away from the iconic Machu Picchu. A member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, the hotel is pure luxury. From its first-class restaurant and first-class spa to the terraced hills and waterfalls, the Inkaterra Pueblo is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate after exploring Machu Picchu. Rooms are decorated with local crafts and feature a heater, Andean slippers, and a safe deposit box.

Peru flag Cusco Peru

Novotel Cusco

4-star

Centrally located and housed in a 16th century building, the Novotel Cusco hotel features impressive architecture and modern facilities. The hotel’s inviting terrace and live music in the lobby contributes to the hotel’s lively atmosphere. All rooms feature free wifi, 24-hour room service, and cable TV.

Information

Details for your small group tour.

01

Currency

Peru

The official currency in Peru is the Sol, although the recommended currency to take on your tour is the US Dollar. When you arrive in Peru you will be able to change your US Dollars into the Sol. Ensure you change a small amount into small denominations.

Small change is also useful for paying for toilets while on tour which is customary in many destinations.

Currency
The Peruvian Sol (PEN)
02

Fitness Level

South America

To get the most out of your Small Group Touring Co. tour, you will need a good level of fitness. Our South America tours require you to be able to walk at least 2-3 hours on uneven ground and climb several flights of stairs. It’s not every day that you come face to face with South America’s famous sights, some of which are located at high altitude. We want you to be able to soak up every moment of your tour and create lasting, fond memories of your time in South America. Please ensure you come prepared to cope with the effects high altitude can bring upon people. We strongly recommend consulting with your doctor before travel.

Walking Ability
2-3hrs
03

Arrival Time

Peru - Arrival Time

We don’t want you to miss out on any aspect of your Small Group Touring Co. tour. To ensure that you don’t, we recommend you arrive at your starting destination by 19.30h.

Dates and Prices

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*Prices shown are in USD.

Start Date   End Date Tour Price Offer Price Savings Status  
29 Feb 20
08 Mar 20
$2,995
$2,995
Guaranteed Departure
04 Apr 20
12 Apr 20
$2,995
$2,995
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02 May 20
10 May 20
$2,995
$2,995
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23 May 20
31 May 20
$2,995
$2,995
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13 Jun 20
21 Jun 20
$2,995
$2,995
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04 Jul 20
12 Jul 20
$2,995
$2,995
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25 Jul 20
02 Aug 20
$2,995
$2,995
Available
15 Aug 20
23 Aug 20
$2,995
$2,995
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05 Sep 20
13 Sep 20
$2,995
$2,995
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26 Sep 20
04 Oct 20
$2,995
$2,995
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17 Oct 20
25 Oct 20
$2,995
$2,995
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07 Nov 20
15 Nov 20
$2,995
$2,995
Available
28 Nov 20
06 Dec 20
$2,995
$2,995
Available

Additional Info

Single Supplement

The above pricing is based on twin share per person. If you are interested in single pricing please contact one of our tour consultants and they would be glad to assist in providing a detailed proposal including pricing.

Tipping

Tipping has been included in your tour price for drivers, porters, waiters, any specialist local guides and your small group tour leader.

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