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Superior Group Tour
In Machu Picchu, Peru has perhaps the most breathtaking archaeological site in the world. Yet it also offers a wealth of other magnificent sights: ancient, colonial and scenic. Staying in good hotels of great character, with some free time to relax, this tour reveals Peru's many wonders, including Cuzco and Arequipa, the Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca and of course Machu Picchu.
- International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
- UK departure and overseas airport taxes
- Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described
- Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
- Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
- Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
- Direct flights with British Airways
- Stay overnight at Machu Picchu
- Visit the oldest private colonial mansion in Lima
- Spot majestic condors at Colca Canyon
- Scenic train journey
- Inti Raymi, Easter and Christmas departures
- Small group size - maximum 26 people
Day 1 – To Lima
Fly from London (regional connections available) to Lima with British Airways and transfer to the Casa Andina Premium Miraflores for 2 nights.
Day 2 – Lima
Morning tour of colonial and modern Lima, including Casa Aliaga, the oldest colonial mansion in Lima, and the architectural masterpiece of San Francisco monastery.
Day 3 – To Arequipa
Fly over the Andes to Arequipa, a city of white buildings and colonnaded plazas, surrounded by the dramatic landscape of ice-capped volcanoes.
Day 4 – Arequipa
Full-day city tour, including the beautiful Santa Catalina convent, which dates from the 16th century, and the Juanita Mummy Museum.
Day 5– To the Colca Canyon
Drive into the Andes towards Colca Canyon (approx 4 hours, partly on unpaved roads, with stops en route). The scenery is breathtaking, with the terraces of the Colca valley and herds of llamas scattered around.
Day 6 – Colca Canyon
Early morning excursion to Condor’s Cross, where magnificent condors can be seen flying over the canyon. Visit the town of Maca, famed for its pre-Columbian textiles, and continue by road to Puno and Lake Titicaca (approx 6 hours).
Day 7 – To Lake Titicaca
Full-day tour of the floating Uros reed islands and Taquile island, with a home-cooked lunch prepared by a local family.
Day 8 – Luxury train to Cuzco
Take the new, stylish Belmond Andean Explorer train to Cuzco. Relax over lunch or with a pisco sour in the observation car as you pass through gentle rolling Andean plains where vicuñas and alpacas may be seen.
Day 9: Chinchero • Sacred Valley
Disembark the train and travel by road to the indigenous village of Chinchero to see its Inca terraces and a traditional weaving demonstration. Continue to the Sacred Valley and stay 2 nights at Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley.
Day 10 – Sacred Valley
Half-day visit to the Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo, an astounding feat of construction and ingenuity. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 11 – Machu Picchu
Drive to Ollanta and take the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. Tour the spectacular ruins and stay overnight at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel.
Day 12 – Cuzco
Morning at leisure or further explore Machu Picchu (purchase ticket at time of booking).
Day 13 – Cuzco
Morning tour of Cuzco, including the San Blas district, the cathedral and the extraordinary Temple of the Sun at Koricancha. Afternoon at leisure in the Inca capital.
Day 14: Cuzco
Day at leisure or take an optional excursion to the Pre-Columbian Art museum, Awanacancha llama farm or the ruins of Sacsayhuaman
Days 15-16: Fly to London via Lima
Fly to London via Lima with British Airways, arriving the next day.
Aranwa Colca, Colca Canyon
The Aranwa Colca is situated on the banks of the Colca river, 10 minutes from the village of Chivay. The hotel is built and decorated in a contemporary Andean style and has 41 rooms, suites and chalets, all with views towards the mountains. The restaurant and bar overlook the river and offer cuisine using Andean flavours and some locally grown ingredients. Amid the grounds are waterfalls, a watermill and trout pools.
Belmond Andean Explorer Train, Cuzco
The latest edition to the Belmond collection in Peru is the only luxury sleeper train in South America, travelling along one of the world's highest rail routes between Cuzco, Lake Titicaca and Arequipa. The 24 stylish en suite cabins combine modern sophistication and period features with traditional Peruvian textures. The cabins range from snug bunk or twin-bedded rooms to luxurious suites with full double beds. Guests can enjoy afternoon tea and three-course gourmet meals created with local ingredients in one of the two dining carriages or sip refreshing cocktails in the elegant piano lounge car.
Casa Andina Premium Cuzco, Cuzco
Occupying an 18th-century mansion, the Casa Andina Premium Cuzco is located in the old, colonial part of Cuzco, beside Limacpampa Square and just a few blocks' walk from the main square. The hotel's guestrooms combine traditional local furnishings with modern comforts and overlook picturesque courtyards.
Casa Andina Premium Miraflores, Lima
The Casa Andina Premium Miraflores (formerly Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores) is located in the heart of the Miraflores district of Lima, close to Kennedy Park. It is a medium-sized hotel with rooms decorated in a contemporary style with local Peruvian textiles and art.
Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley, The Sacred Valley
Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley (formerly Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley) is located near Yanahuara in the Sacred Valley, and is surrounded by Andean peaks. It is part of a small resort offering charming rooms, a restaurant with a local ambience, and a bar with an outside terrace where you can take in the sights and sounds of the Peruvian countryside.
Costa del Sol Wyndham Arequipa, Arequipa
The Costa del Sol Wyndham Arequipa hotel (formerly Libertador) overlooks Selva Alegre, the city's largest park, and has an imposing view of the Misti volcano. Its location is very quiet, yet the historic centre is a short drive or a 20-minute walk away. Built in 1940 in a colonial style, the hotel has a modern infrastructure and excellent facilities including a spa, gym and swimming pool. The restaurant serves typical Arequipena and international food, and guests can relax at the bar on the terrace by the pool and gardens.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Machu Picchu
Inkaterra Machu Picchu is situated in 13 acres of cloud forest garden beside the Urubamba River, a 5-minute walk from the station at Aguas Calientes. The hotel consists of 85 rooms in Andean village-style cottages nestled amidst the gardens and each accommodation offers spacious private bathrooms, phone and large beds. There is a restaurant with views over the river, a cafe & bar and a spa.
Libertador Lake Titicaca, Puno
The Libertador Lake Titicaca is a first-class hotel situated on the peninsula of Isla Esteves, offering spectacular views over Lake Titicaca. There are spacious public areas, modern rooms with lake views, a restaurant serving fine cuisine, a bar and a games room.
Vistadome Train, Cuzco
The Vistadome train travels between Cuzco and Machu Picchu, through the dramatic natural scenery of the Sacred Valley, following the course of the Urubamba River. All carriages feature large panoramic windows, a new suspension system, air conditioning and heating. Large comfortable leather seats with fold away tables allow passengers to relax and enjoy the magnificent scenery along the way.
Buenos Aires & Iguazu Extension to Train to Machu Picchu
Extend your tour with a visit to the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires, known for its seductive culture and excellent cuisine, and a visit to the Iguazú Falls. Please note that entry fees at Iguazú /Iguaçu are not included.
Day 15: Fly to Buenos Aires
Fly to Buenos Aires and transfer to the Intersur Recoleta for 3 nights or optional upgrade to the Brick Hotel (please enquire for prices). (B)
Days 16-17: Buenos Aires
Morning city tour including the colourful port district of La Boca and elegant Recoleta. Take an optional excursion to the Pampas or a boat trip to Colonia in Uruguay. (B)
Day 18: Fly to Iguazú
Fly to Iguazú and visit the Brazilian side of the falls. Stay inside the park for 2 nights at the Sheraton Iguazú Hotel (upgrade to a falls-view room or the luxurious Belmond Hotel das Cataratas from £60 per person). (B)
Day 19: Iguazú
Day at leisure to explore the Argentinian side of the falls from your hotel. (B)
Days 20-21: Fly to London via Rio de Janeiro
Fly to London via Rio with British Airways, arriving on the following day. (B) (N)
Northern Civilisations extension to Train to Machu Picchu
Northern Peru contains a wealth of pre-Inca archaeological sites. This extension ventures off the tourist trail and combines the most important of these with the colonial city of Trujillo.
Days 15-16: Fly to Chiclayo via Lima
Fly to Chiclayo, via Lima. Transfer to Casa Andina Select for 2 nights and visit the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipan to see gold and turquoise pottery and textiles. (B)
Day 17: Trujillo
Transfer by road to Trujillo, via El Brujo pyramid complex and the Lady of Cao Museum. Stay 2 nights at the Libertador Trujillo. (B)
Day 18: Trujillo
Tour the Sun and Moon pyramids and Chan Chan, ancient capital of the Chimu culture. (B, L)
Day 19-20: Fly to London via Lima
Fly to Lima and on to London. (B)
This extension offers an opportunity to explore the natural wonders of the Galapagos islands that helped shape Darwin’s theory of evolution. Experience the unique ecology and wildlife of the islands from the comfort of your chosen boat. Clients taking this extension will fly to Peru with Avianca via Bogotá.
Day 15: Fly to Quito via Lima
Fly to Quito, via Lima. Stay for 2 nights at the Hilton Colon/ Casona de la Ronda. (B)
Day 16: Quito
Day at leisure or optional tour of colonial Quito. (B)
Day 17: Fly to the Galapagos
Transfer to the airport and fly to the Galapagos. Board your selected Galapagos vessel for a 3-or 4-night cruise (please see pages 44-45 for details). (B, L, D)
Days 18-19: Galapagos
Explore the islands, including Santa Cruz, Santiago, Genovesa, North Seymour and San Cristóbal. (B, L, D)
Day 20: Fly to London via Guayaquil and Bogotá
Fly to Guayaquil and on to London via Bogotá with Avianca. (B)
Day 21: Arrive in London (N)
Nazca & Paracas
Travel along the coast south of Lima to see the Nazca Lines, mysterious drawings in the desert depicting animals and geometric shapes left by pre-Inca civilisations. Take a boat to the Ballestas islands, home to sea lion colonies, Humbolt penguins and an incredible concentration of sea birds.
Day 15: Fly to Lima • Paracas
Fly to Lima and drive to Paracas (approximately 3.5 hours). Stay at La Hacienda Bahia, set in the bay, for 2 nights. Upgrade to Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort, from £115 per person. (B)
Day 16: Nazca Lines
Transfer to nearby Pisco airport and take a light aircraft to Nazca for a flight over the bizarre desert geoglyphs. (B)
Day 17: Ballestas islands • Fly to London
Morning cruise to the Ballestas islands to observe cormorants, Peruvian boobies, pelicans and noisy sea lions. Transfer to Lima airport and take an overnight flight to London with British Airways (B)
Day 18: Arrive in London (N)
The Peruvian Amazon has remarkable bio-diversity and the area around Puerto Maldonado provides an excellent opportunity to see a great variety of wildlife, birds and flora. Guided walks and boat trips give an insight into the rainforest’s extraordinary ecosystem.
Day 15: Fly to Puerto Maldonado
Fly to Puerto Maldonado and transfer by motorised canoe to the Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion for 2 nights (individual bungalow). Upgrade to the sister property Reserva Amazonica (please see page 17) available from £225 per person (Superior river-view bungalow). Please note that electricity is generally limited in jungle lodges. (B, L, D)
Day 16: The Amazon
Explore the surrounding rainforest, rivers and Sandoval lake, habitats for macaws, black caimans, giant otters and monkeys. The Inkaterra canopy walkway consists of hanging bridges that allow you to observe the incredible rainforest from the treetops. (B, L, D)
Day 17: Fly to London via Lima
Return to Puerto Maldonado. Fly to Lima and on to London with British Airways. (B)
Day 18: Arrive in London (N)
Rio de Janeiro & Iguaçu
Combine your trip to Peru with vibrant Brazil. Visit Rio de Janeiro’s celebrated landmarks and the awe-inspiring Iguaçu Falls, surrounded by dense tropical vegetation. Clients taking this extension will leave a day earlier and not have a day at leisure in Cuzco. Please note that the entry fees at the Iguazú and Iguaçu national parks are not included.
Day 14: Fly to Iguaçu via Lima
Morning flight to Iguaçu via Lima and stay for 2 nights at the Recanto Park Hotel. (B)
Day 15: Iguaçu
Full-day tour of the Argentinian and Brazilian sides of these amazing falls. (B)
Day 16: Fly to Rio
Fly to Rio de Janeiro in the afternoon and transfer to the PortoBay Rio Internacional for 2 nights (Superior partial ocean-view room). (B)
Day 17: Rio
Full-day tour of Rio, including Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf mountain. (B)
Day 18: Fly to London
Day at leisure or take optional excursions. In the evening, transfer to the airport and fly to London with British Airways. (B)
Day 19: Arrive in London (N)
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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