Luxury Peru( 8 Days / 7 Nights )
This is a luxury itinerary with a mix of adventurous and culinary activities. This program combines comfort and authenticity in one of the most unique places in the world. This journey will take you into the heart of the Inca Empire, exploring the impressive sites of Sacsayhuaman and other sites around the city of Cusco, such as Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, before reaching Machu Picchu. This itinerary also includes amazing culinary activities and optional special activities to choose depending on your interests. Enjoy this marvelous country in style!
Day 1: Arrival to Lima + Overnight in Lima
Day 2: Lima City Tour + Shopping Tour - Choose your shopping experience - art galleries, platerias, gamara, shopping groceries + Gourmet Dinner + Overnight in Lima (B,L,D)
Day 3: Trip to Cusco + Transfer to Sacred Valley + Awanakancha & Pisac Market Tour + Overnight in the Sacred Valley (Tambo del Inca Hotel for families or Rio Sagrado Hotel for couples)
Day 4: Hike the Salt Mines of Maras + Cusquenian Cooking Class in the Sacred Valley + Overnight in the Sacred Valley
Day 5: Ollantaytambo Tour + Afternoon Train to Aguas Caliente + Overnight in Aguas Calientes (Inkaterra Hotel)
Day 6: Huaynapicchu Hike + Machu Picchu Tour + Back to Cusco in Hiram Bingham + Overnight in Cusco (Monasterio Hotel, Casona o Palacios Nazarenas)
Day 7: Cusco Partial City Tour + Shopping Tour in San Blas + Free Afternoon + Overnight in Cusco
Day 8: Flight to Lima + Flight Back Home
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY Luxury Peru
Day 1: Arrival to Lima & Overnight in Lima
Upon you arrival to Lima you will be met and transferred to the Westin hotel, where you will spend a well-deserved overnight stay.
Day 2: Lima City Tour, Shopping Tour, Gourmet Dinner & Overnight in Lima (B, L, D)
After breakfast you will be picked-up from your Hotel and you will star a tour of the Peruvian capital. During the City Tour, we will visit Lima’s main square, get a snapshot of the most important sites, and visit a world-class museum to learn about pre-Inca cultures. Sites to be visited are: the Main Square, the Cathedral, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the San Francisco Monastery (including catacombs), old streets with colonial houses, and a great driving tour through the beautiful San Isidro and Miraflores districts. At the end of the tour you will have a delicious typical Peruvian lunch at one of the best restaurants in Lima. After lunch you will continue with a funny shopping tour, that we can customize on your requirements (groceries, art crafts, silversmith’s shops, art galleries, clothes shops). At the conclusion of your shopping tour, you will have a chance to rest and relax before dinner. You will be picked up at your hotel again and taken to one of Lima’s finest restaurants: Costanera 700, where you will dine in an exquisite setting and enjoy some of the highest caliber of food available in Peru. You will have an eye opening dinner at the restaurant of the chef who was the first to merge the Japanese and Peru food cultures. This fusion is called “Nikkei”. The result was a wonderful Cuisine that takes the best of both worlds. You will try the Ceviche Costanera: a Japanese version of the traditional Ceviche prepared with Soy Sauce and Japanese spices, and other Nikkei dishes that will blow your mind. You will experience the Japanese and Asian influence in the Peruvian Cuisine. At the conclusion of your dinner, you will be taken back to your hotel in Lima where you will have the rest of the evening to relax. *Special Dinner can be changed to any other of our culinary dining experiences from our taste-of-peru.com site.
Day 3: Trip to Cusco, Transfer to Sacred Valley, Awanakancha and Pisac Market Tour & Overnight in Tambo del Inca (for families) or Rio Sagrado Hotel (for couples) (B, L)
You will be transferred to the airport for the short domestic flight to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas located at 11,100 feet above sea level. You will be met upon arrival by one of our representatives and directly transferred to the Sacred Valley. You will check in at your hotel and have some time to rest and allow your body to adjust to the altitude. It is best to take it easy this day; some find a cup of hot coca tea a real help in adjusting to the high elevation and that is what the locals traditionally use coca for. You will then visit Awanacancha, where you can meet native weavers and see South American camelid species, including llamas, alpacas, guanacos and vicuñas. You will then continue to the Pisac Market, which has a wide variety of artisan arts & crafts and you have the chance to see the many different products that the Sacred Valley produces. At the conclusion of your Pisac market tour, you will go back to your Hotel in the Sacred Valley to rest and enjoy your dinner. Dinner is on your own this day as there are so many choices available either in, or near your hotel. *Depending on which domestic flight you choose you will have more or less time to rest.
Day 4: Hike Maras and Moray Hike, Cusquenian Cooking Class & Overnight in the Sacred Valley (B, L)
After breakfast at your hotel in the Sacred Valley you will head to Maras for a quick tour of this colonial city. Then, we will take you by bu to the top of the salt mines where we will begin our hike down through the salt mines. This is a unique 2 ½ hour hike, full of beautiful scenery and not overly challenging, it is good for kids. In order to ensure that your energy levels never drop, you will be provided with a delicious and nutritious snack before your hike. At the conclusion of your hike, you will take part in a Cusquenian demonstration cooking class. This class will give you the overview of a typical cusquenian lunch and you will learn to cook dishes that includes basic Andean ingredients and uses old techniques. At the conclusion of your day you will be brought back to your hotel in the Sacred Valley for the evening.
Day 5: Ollantaytambo Tour , Train to Aguas Calientes & Overnight in Aguas Calientes
After breakfast we set out into the Urubamba Valley, also known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will start our visit at Pisac Ruins, one of the most beautiful archeological site that combines a beautiful architectural structure with a stunning landscape. Pisac site is located on the highest hill of the city, on a dry and rocky surface. Then we will have some time to have lunch and recover energies to continue with the tour. Finally, we head deeper into the Sacred Valley and visit the Inca town of Ollantaytambo. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to the Ollanta train station to catch the train to the town of Aguas Calientes. According to Peru rail regulations you can only bring a 5 kilos-backpack on the train, so the rest of your luggage will be taken to your Hotel in Cusco. A hotel staff member will be waiting for you at the train station. *Please let us know if you like us to add additional activities and meals.
Day 6: Huaynapicchu Hike, MachuPicchu Tour, Back to Cusco in Hiram Bingham & Overnight in Cusco (B, D)
After breakfast at your hotel in Aguas Calientes we catch a short 20-minute bus ride up to the citadel of Machu Picchu. You will have the option to take the first bus available in Aguas Calientes to see the sunrise from the citadel. This day you will enjoy a full tour of the lost city and have lunch on your own after the tour. In the afternoon we say farewell to Machu Picchu as we set out by Hiram Bingham, the luxury train, heading to Cusco. On board you will also have tea time and dinner before arriving to your Hotel in Cusco at night. Our Hotel suggestions in Cusco are: Monasterio Hotel, Palacios Nazarenas or Inkaterra La Casona Hotel.
Day 7: Cusco Partial City Tour, Shopping Tour in San Blas, Free Afternoon & Overnight in Cusco (B)
After breakfast you will set out on a partial tour of Cusco, the former capital of the once vast Incan Empire. We walk Cusco’s impressive Plaza de Armas and visit both the Spanish cathedral and Inca temple of the sun, Qoricancha. Next we set out to visit the ruins above the city that were considered an essential part of the ancient capital. We start from Sacsayhuaman, where Inti Raymi the Festival of the Sun, is held during the Summer Solstice. After this tour you will set out on an exquisite shopping tour around the traditional areas of Cusco such as the San Blas Neighborhood, which is perhaps the biggest of the typical local artisan markets. You will see the extensive variety of native, hand-made, artisan products, as well as designer boutiques for alpaca sweaters, bags, jewelry, etc. At the conclusion of your shopping tour, you will be escorted back to your hotel in Cusco. You will have the afternoon free to visit the city or rest. *An extra day in Cusco can be added upon request. Please let us know if you like us to add other activities and meals.
Day 8: Flight to Lima & Flight Back Home (B)
Your journey to Peru comes to an end as you will be transferred to the Cusco airport to catch your flight back to Lima. Flight time will depend on the time of your international flight back home. * Please let us know if you would like to add extra activities or a day-use in a hotel if your flight is late at night.
Based on double occupancy, Private Tours with private transfers, Hiram Bingham train and 5-star Superior Hotels.
*Group tours, other accommodations and train options available upon request.
As price depends on each passenger choices, please contact us to send you an updated price based on your specific request. Please send us the following information and we will respond within 24 hours with your updated price.
- Number of people in your party
- Level of accommodation (3 Superior,4,5*). Please see options
- Private or Group Tour
- Train choice. Please see options
- Adding options: if you like to add day tours, extra days, meals, etc
- Need domestic or international flights?
- Have a special request (ie: special diet, wheelchair, children, senior, etc)
About Machu Picchu Entrance Tickets
As the popularity of Machu Picchu has increased in the last few years, and in order to preserve the ancient paths of Machu Picchu, the Peruvian Culture Ministry has restricted the number of people that could enter Machu Picchu to a maximum number of 3,267 people per day. This means that, once all the tickets are sold out, no further entrance tickets will be available. Also, please note that to avoid a secondary market for these tickets, all tickets are issued with the name of the passenger, his/her passport number, nationality and date of birth. Therefore, tickets are non refundable and non transferable. Also the tour to Llaqta or Inka city of Machupicchu should last up to 4 hours, visitors will be divided into 2 turns: from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. pursuant to Art. 16 of the Regulations.
About Huayna Picchu Tickets
Entrance tickets to Huayna Picchu are no longer free. They are now US$12.00 per person. There are two scheduled visits per day, with a limit of 200 people per visit (total of 400 per day). If you are interested in hiking Huayna Picchu, we will need you to let us know at the same time you book your trip since Huayna Picchu tickets need to be purchased in conjunction with Machu Picchu tickets.
- Vistadome & Hiram Bingham Train. Other train options available upon request: Expedition or Hiram Bingham Train.
- Bus to Machu Picchu roundtrip.
- Expert leadership, guides & support personnel for all listed tours
- Accommodations: 2 nights in Lima, 2 nights in the Sacred Valley, 1 night in Aguas Calientes, 2 nights in Cuzco and 4 nights in Aqua Amazon Cruise.
- Meals as noted (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, S = Snack). We can add any meals upon request
- Land excursions as noted including entrance fees (Lima Cathedral, San Francisco Catacombs, Lima Museum, BTG, Cathedral, Qoricancha and MachuPicchu)
- Private Transportation: Lima Airport/Lima Hotel, Lima Hotel/Lima Airport, Cusco Airport/Sacred Valley Hotel, Train Station/Cusco Hotel, Cusco Hotel/Cusco Airport, Lima Airport/Lima Hotel, Lima Hotel/Lima Airport.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
- Airport taxes: Local ($5-6) and International ($31) departure tax of payable in local currency by each passenger at Lima International Airport upon departure (if applicable)
- International and domestic airfares, usually quoted separately
- Excess baggage charges
- Medical immunizations
- Insurance of any kind: mandatory evacuation insurance; suggested cancellation insurance, interruption, baggage loss, damage and delay
- Tipping & Gratuities (Guides $4 per person per day / Drivers $1 per person per day)
- Items of a personal nature (clothing, sodas, liquor, snacks, laundry, etc.)
- Visas. Please be advised that some citizens other than Canadians and US may need visa to travel to Peru. Please advise us of your nationality to help you or check with the Peruvian Consulate
All of our tours are offered in both Group and Private services; however, as we like to maintain control of the quality of our tours, even our group tours include PRIVATE transfers. This is important, as when you get picked up; you will go directly to your hotel without having to drive around the city to drop off other people in their hotels. Transportation is just for you.
Destinations Tours: Private Transfers + Group Cultural Tours
Special Interest Tours: Private Transfers + Private Special Interest Activities + Group Cultural Tours
Destinations Tours: Private Transfers + Private Cultural Tours
Special Interest Tours: Private Transfers + Private Special interest Activities + Private Cultural Tours
We offer all level of accommodations. When creating an itinerary it would be important to know which your preferred level of accommodation is. Please be sure that at all levels our recommended hotels offer great service and nice comfortable rooms. Our team has personally tried all our recommended hotels.
3-star Superior: These are 3-star that should really be considered has 4-star Hotels. Nice location, great rooms and charming decoration. Excellent service, with restaurant, room service, business centre, laundry, etc. Buffet breakfast. Best value. Perect for someone looking for an inexpensive option and still have some superior services.
4-star Hotels: Good location, very nice rooms, great decoration and excellent service. This hotel includes more services such as room service, business center, laundry, spas, more room features, etc. Some have gourmet restaurants. Buffet breakfast. Perfect for someone looking for some luxury and special services and do not need a 5-star option.
4-star Suites: Some 4-star hotels have suites that offer the same room features of a 5-star option. Perfect for someone looking to upgrade from a 4-star standard room and get more space and features.
5-star Hotel: What you usually imagine a 5-star hotel is. Great location, luxury accommodations and excellent service. Gourmet restaurants, spas, room service, business center, etc. Perfect for someone looking for a 5-star service but do not need the 5-star Deluxe option.
5-star Deluxe: These 5-star deluxe hotels offer ultimate luxury with outstanding service, luxurious rooms with deluxe room features and “you ask-you will get” concierge service. Properties have privileged locations or particular history behind it. Gourmet restaurants and spas. Ideal for the luxurious traveler.
Expedition: The least expensive tourist train, recently renovated offers nice seats and good train service.
Vistadome: A higher category of train service, with panoramic roof windows. It offers a snack and fashion show.
Hiram Bingham: Luxury train which offers lunch, tea-time and dinner service.
Andean Explorer: Train service from Cusco to Puno or Puno to Cusco. Departs only on certain days of the week, depending on the season.
Peruvian Airlines: Peruvian owned airline that offer the least expensive prices but has few frequencies. Both Peruvian and Foreigners pay the same.
Star Peru: Peruvian owned airline. It flyes to many destinations and offers good value prices, but has few frequencies. Both Peruvian and Foreigners pay the same.
Taca Airlines: Central American owned airline that offers great service but few frequencies to Cusco. It is moderately expensive. It offers sale prices for Peruvian Residents ONLY that cannot be purchased by tourists.
Latam Peru: Chilean owned airline. It offers great service and many frequencies to Cusco (almost 13 flights per day). Prices are the highest on the market. It offers sale prices for Peruvian Residents ONLY that cannot be purchased by tourists.
Lima/Cusco/Lima: From US $ 350.00 per person. This is an example price, since prices depends on the airline, date and time of booking.
DOMESTIC TICKETS (PARA LOS TOURS DE GALAPAGOS)
Lima/Cusco/Lima: From US $350.00 per person. This is an example price, since prices depend on the airline, date and time of booking.
Quito/Galapagos/Quito: From US $421.00 per person. This is an example price, since prices depend on the airline, date and time of booking.