Peru 2018 - Itinerary

18 day escorted tour from £5,250pp

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Day 1 - UK to Peru

Our British Airways scheduled service departs from London Gatwick around lunchtime, and is a direct, non-stop flight to Lima. On arrival we transfer to the 5-star Lima Country Club, a stately hotel in a listed historic building, and our home for the next 2 nights. Expect elegant rooms, antiques and original artwork, plus a rather nice welcome dinner! Flights from other UK airports, and connections may be available. 

Accommodation: Lima Country Club

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Day 2 - Lima

After a sumptuous breakfast, an included Lima City Tour. We’ll visit the historic city centre, and see the Presidential Palace, Plaza de Armas, and also the amazing view out to sea. Lima is widely recognised as the gastronomic capital of South America, so we’re heading out to a famous local restaurant this evening.

Accommodation: Lima Country Club

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Day 3 - Lima to Arequipa

A short flight to Arequipa, Peru’s second largest town. It’s known as the white city due to the colour of the volcanic rock used in the construction of the city’s grand buildings. We stay at the luxurious

Libertador Hotel for a 3-night stay.

Accommodation: Libertador Arequipa

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Day 4 - Santa Catalina Convent

We promise not to overdose you on churches or colonial architecture, but the Monasterio de Santa Catalina shouldn’t be missed. It’s almost a citadel within a city - it covers over 20,000 square metres and is one of the most fascinating religious buildings in Peru. A tour with a local guide is included, after which you’ll have free time to explore Arequipa.

Accommodation: Libertador Arequipa

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Day 5 - Mundo Alpaca

This morning we visit a well-known alpaca wool trader and garment producer. Time to learn about the collection, sorting, colouring and weaving processes and, if you are interested, time to meet some

llamas and alpacas too!

Accommodation: Libertador Arequipa

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Day 6 - Sillustani

This morning we fly from Arequipa to Puno. Our first destination is Sillustani, where ancient pre-Inca people built huge cylindrical tombs, called chullpas. Entire families were buried together in one tomb, and some chullpas reach 12m in height. We continue to Puno, to stay at the luxury Lake Titicaca Hotel for three nights. This landmark property sits on its own private island, and all rooms have a lake view.

Accommodation: Lake Titicaca Hotel

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Day 7 - Floating Islands of Uros

Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world, and the surrounding scenery is simply magical. This morning we’ll sail by private boat to visit a local family living on the famous floating islands, which are constructed from totora reeds. We’ll continue to Llachon, a quiet village on the Capachica

Peninsula, for lunch at a farmstead.

Accommodation: Lake Titicaca Hotel

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Day 8 - Puno / Steamship Yavari

A free day to take it easy and enjoy the stunning lake views. If you fancy being more active, join our trip into town. The city centre of Puno is worth a visit, and on route we’ll stop by the Yavari Steamship, which was built in England in the 1860’s, and shipped to Peru in parts.

Accommodation: Lake Titicaca Hotel

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Day 9 - Peruvian Altiplano

A wonderful drive today, from the high plateau to the beautiful valleys of Cusco. After a brief stop at La Raya for the incredible mountain views, we continue to the Inca ruins at Raqchi, and to St Peter’s Church in Andahuaylillas, which boasts magnificent frescoes and has been undergoing restoration work for over 10 years. from here we follow the Urubamba River to Cusco, where our home for 4-nights is the

magnificent Palacio Del Inka.

Accommodation: Palacio Del Inka

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Day 10 - Cusco, Heart of the Inca Empire

Cusco is the capital of the former Inca Empire. Our city walking tour visits the picturesque main square, the cathedral, and Koricancha - the Inca Temple of the Sun. This evening we dine at a highly regarded restaurant in the centre of Cusco.

Accommodation: Palacio Del Inka

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Day 11 - Cusco Free Day

A free day in Cusco. Why not taste some empanadas at San Pedro Market? Or visit the artisan district of San Blas for a more authentic gift or souvenir? There are numerous galleries and museums too, including a hands-on chocolate experience! This evening, we’ll enjoy a local folklore theatre show.

Accommodation: Palacio Del Inka

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Day 12 - Sacsayhuaman

Today we view beautiful Cusco from the hillside location of a fortified complex called Sacsayhuaman. It’s constructed from huge boulders, cut and tightly placed together, without using mortar. The original site was expanded by the Incas from the 13th century.

Accommodation: Palacio Del Inka

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Day 13 - Pisac

Around 30kms northeast of Cusco, we make a stop in the town of Pisac. We’ll visit the hilltop Inca site with its impressive agricultural terracing, and also have time at the famous Pisac craft market. from here we continue along the beautiful Sacred Valley to our deluxe accommodation, Tambo Del Inka, for our 4-night stay.

Accommodation: Tambo Del Inka

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Day 14 - Machu Picchu

All aboard an early train for a spectacular 90-minute ride to Machu Picchu. On arrival we enjoy a guided tour of the citadel, including a visit to the Temple of the Sun, the Sacred Plaza and the residential and

industrial quarters.

Accommodation: Tambo Del Inka

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Day 15 - Moray and Maras

The Sacred Valley is a simply stunning location to relax for a couple of days. You will be able to take things easy and enjoy walks in the beautiful countryside. Alternatively you are welcome to join our private excursion to the circular terracing at Moray, and the salt evaporation ponds at Maras. And we’ll all convene for a fabulous Andean meal with a Paso Horse Show.

Accommodation: Tambo Del Inka

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Day 16 - Ollantaytambo

An optional, but complimentary, excursion this morning to see a vast terraced Inca temple at Ollantaytambo. The tour will also include free time in the village, for lunch and shopping. Alternatively, why not chill out at our luxurious hotel? The swimming pool complex and terrace is certainly appealing! This evening, a tour finale dinner.

Accommodation: Tambo Del Inka

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Day 17 - Cusco / Lima

Mid-morning, we leave the Sacred Valley and drive back to Cusco to catch an internal flight to Lima, to connect with our direct, non-stop flight home to London.

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Day 18 - Arrive UK

Our British Airways flight lands at London Gatwick early afternoon, local UK time.

For our international flights, British Airways offer an enhanced economy and a business class service at extra cost, which is subject to availability. Please enquire for further details. Domestic flights within Peru are economy class only.