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Luxury Small Group Journeys - Peru: Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley
Best time to go: January to December
8 Nights | from £5,375pp
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Travel on this Luxury Small Group Journey – Peru: Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley on any departure in May and June and select departures in July, August, October, November and December 2017 and receive a £375 discount per person, based on double occupancy only. Must be booked by the 31st August 2017. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
- Travel by Vistadome train and stay at the only hotel on site at Machu Picchu, enjoying extra time to explore this spectacular “Lost City”
- Enjoy a private talk on Machu Picchu with a renowned scholar in Incan history before discovering the magnificent ruins for yourself in the company of a local expert guide
- Mingle with the farmers and children of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and gain an intimate understanding of their centuries-old customs during a private visit to their village
- Visit historic sites in colourful Cusco during your stay at a luxurious hotel that was once a 16th-century monastery
- Savour a Chef's Table experience preparing Peruvian cuisine while in the Sacred Valley
- Sample Peruvian cuisine
- Discover Peru’s rich musical traditions during a captivating private performance by an expert in Andean music
Peru: Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley: Download PDF Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Lima, Peru
Arrive in Lima this evening and transfer to your hotel. Founded in 1535 by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizzaro, this “City of Kings” is a mélange of colonial structures, pre-Columbian sites and modern conveniences.
Belmond Miraflores Park
Day 2 Lima
Explore Peru’s capital, visiting the Plaza Mayor and the beautiful Cathedral, built in the 16th century. Continue with a journey into the past, exploring Casa Aliaga, Lima’s oldest colonial mansion. Spend time exploring the Larco Herrera Museum, one of the city’s best museums for pre-Columbian artifacts. This evening, see the impressive Huaca Pucllana archaeological site before a welcome dinner of contemporary Peruvian cuisine at the on-site restaurant.
Belmond Miraflores Park | Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Day 3 Sacred Valley
This morning, fly to Cusco, located more than 11,000 feet above sea level. Enjoy lunch in the central square before proceeding to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. In this vast green valley that sprawls out far below Machu Picchu, an ancient way of life lives on. En route, visit Awana Kancha, a centre where South American camelids, such as llamas and alpacas, are bred. Next, explore the interactive Inkariy Museum that showcases Peru’s amazing pre-Columbian societies. Then, acclimatise in your relaxing accommodation – a charming Andean-style casita set amid gardens teeming with flowers. Tonight, join the chef of Wayra Restaurant for a Chef’s Table culinary experience, as he demonstrates the preparation of a variety of Peruvian dishes.
Sol y Luna | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4 Sacred Valley
Start to explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas with a visit to a remote village seemingly frozen in time. Experience the ancient agricultural methods they have used for centuries to support themselves in this challenging Andean mountain environment. Delve deeper into local culture with lunch at a local hacienda. This afternoon, prepare for your visit to Machu Picchu with a private, interactive lecture from a renowned scholar on the Incan ruins. When school is in session, visit the Kuychi Center to meet the underprivileged children at Niños del Arco Iris (Children of the Rainbow), a project supported by A&K Philanthropy.
Sol y Luna | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5 Machu Picchu
Today’s exploration begins with a visit to the imposing fortress of Ollantaytambo, the site of the Incas’ greatest victory over the invading Spanish. Next, journey deep into the Andes towards Machu Picchu on board the glass-topped Vistadome train, gazing out at the spectacular Peruvian countryside. Stay at the only hotel located on site at Machu Picchu, exploring the breathtaking Incan city from sunrise to sunset. Overlooking the Urubamba River and discovered in a hidden tangle of trees atop a mountain by American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911, Machu Picchu forever holds the secret of its passing – its Incan inhabitants left no written records of its purpose. Built in the 15th century at the height of the Inca empire, it was most likely the estate of an emperor. Tour the ruins with your expert guide, and then enjoy exploring on your own. You may view the Temple of the Sun or Intihuatana, a ritual stone that may have been an astronomical clock or calendar.
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6 Machu Picchu / Cusco
Rise with the sun to walk through Machu Picchu in the early morning mist before the crowds arrive, for an experience some consider the spiritual highlight of the journey. You may opt for a hike to Inti Punku (Sun Gate), the entry point to the ruins from the Inca Trail, or trek up to Huayna Picchu, the high mountain that forms the backbone of the ruins, to enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding area. After your explorations return to Cusco aboard the Vistadome train, savouring incomparable views of the mountain scenery that surrounds you.
Belmond Monasterio Hotel | Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Day 7 Cusco
Discover Cusco on a city tour that includes the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and the Santo Domingo Temple, a Dominican church built on the foundations of the Koricancha, the Incas’ principal religious building. Later, explore the well-preserved ruins of Sacsayhuaman, a testament to Incan architectural skill where the walls were cut and placed together with incredible precision and without a single drop of mortar to hold them in place. This ancient fortress, which witnessed the greatest battle between the Spanish and the Incas, overlooks the red-tiled roofs of Cusco. Visit San Pedro market, and then spend your afternoon at leisure. This evening, enjoy an Andean music presentation by regional expert Tito Leon, to learn the history and stories of a wide array of handmade musical instruments. Afterwards, enjoy a farewell dinner at the elegant MAP Café.
Belmond Monasterio Hotel | Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8 Lima
Return to Lima by late morning to explore the intriguing Barranco neighbourhood, with its intimate art galleries, eclectic museums and the famous Puente de los Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs). After lunch, return to the lively Miraflores neighbourhood to enjoy the many comforts of your luxurious hotel or perhaps visit a local crafts market.
Belmond Miraflores Park | Meals: Breakfast
Day 9 Depart Lima
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.
Departure Dates & Pricing
|Departure Dates||Per Person from|
|13th, 27th Jan, 5th, 3rd, 10th, 24th,Feb, 03rd, 10th, 24th Mar, 7th, 14th, 21st*, 28th Apr, 5th, 12th May, 2nd*, 16th, 23rd, 30th Jun*, 14th, 21st*, 28th Jul, 11th, 18th, 25th Aug, 01st, 8th**, 15th, 22nd Sep, 6th*, 13th, 20th, 27th Oct, 3rd, 10th Nov, 01st, 12th Dec||£5,375|
The above prices include all accommodation, guiding and meals as specified. Subject to availability. Excludes international flights. Single Supplement on request
This journey contains some active elements.
Minimum age is 10 years
*Days 3-4 at Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba in the Sacred Valley.
**Days 1-2 & 8 at Country Club Lima Hotel in Lima.
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Lima - LAN Airlines, daily via Madrid
GMT -5 hours
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