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Land of the Incas

13 days with Trafalgar   Rating: First Class

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Arrive Lima (2 Nights)
The Capital of the New World extends a warm welcome on your epic voyage through the iconic and unexpected highlights of Peru. Meet your local host on arrival and transfer to your hotel in the fashionable barrio of Miraflores. This evening, you'll join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception at 6 p.m.

Day 2 Lima Sightseeing
Ease in to Lima life with a leisurely morning to enjoy the city. Next, you'll connect with the colonial heritage of Francisco Pizzaro's "City of Kings", joining your Local Specialist for a city tour that reveals Lima's colonial splendour. Admire the UNESCO-listed Historic Centre and see the Church of San Francisco, delving into its hidden catacombs, religious art museum and extensive library. Later, you'll embark on a scenic walk through Miraflores with your Travel Director and soak up the local sights and sounds. (Breakfast)

Day 3 Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley (2 Nights)
We'll fly to Cusco this morning, the gateway to Peru's treasured Sacred Valley, where you will enjoy a local Peruvian lunch with sweeping views of the Sacred Valley. Then we'll 'Dive into Culture', meeting a Shaman who will perform a special ceremony to welcome us to Peru. Tonight, you'll stay in a hotel along the banks of the Vilcanota River, on the grounds of an old 17th-century colonial hacienda. It is great for morning birders and afternoon walks in the gardens. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 4 Sacred Valley
'Connect with Locals' over a 'Be My Guest' lunch, learn about the culture surrounding the production of Giant White Corn. Our hosts will demonstrate the differences between traditional farming techniques and the newer technologies used today. Revel in the romance of the local Marinera dance and admire the showmanship of the Peruvian Paso horses. This evening, meet 'Local Specialist', Peter Frost, a writer, photographer and independent scholar who has explored the Andes and Amazon for 47 years, locating and investigating the previously unknown Inca and pre-Inca site of Qoriwayrachina. He currently resides in Peru and works as an accompanying expert for National Geographic Expeditions. (Breakfast)

Day 5 Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu
Visit the mystical Incan stronghold of Ollantaytambo, en route to Machu Picchu, a village in the Sacred Valley, set on the Urubamba River amid snow-capped mountains. It's known for the Ollantaytambo ruins, a massive Inca fortress with large stone terraces on a hillside. Then, ascend to the Lost City in the Clouds aboard the Vistadome train (light snack included). Here you will delve into the mysteries of this once-great civilisation, joining your 'Local Specialist' for an exploration of the temples, palaces and terraces whose construction defy imagination. Visit the iconic great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved Intihuatana, most likely used as a sundial centuries ago. We return to our hotel where we'll dine tonight. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 6 Machu Picchu – Cusco (2 Nights)
The ruins of Machu Picchu beckon yet again and we enjoy one final opportunity to reconnect with its story, spending some time on our own to explore the hill-top fortress. Next, we'll journey back to the Sacred Valley by train, stopping en route to Cusco to 'Dive into Culture' and learn about the natural dyeing techniques used by native weavers. Visit the Pisac handicraft market followed by sampling the sweet flavours of chicha as we 'Dive into Culture' yet again, savouring the favourite drink of the Andes. Then we 'Our 'Stay with a Story' tonight is a centuries-old mansion located in the historic centre of Cusco. (Breakfast)

Day 7 Cusco Sightseeing
Begin your day at the ruins of the UNESCO-listed Sacsayhuaman fortress overlooking Cusco. Your Local Specialist will guide you through Cusco's colonial centre. The afternoon is free. (Breakfast)

Day 8 Cusco Sightseeing – Juliaca – Puno (2 Nights)
Fly to Juliaca and meet a Local Specialist to learn about daily life on the Peruvian altiplano. After an included lunch, we'll visit Sillustani, a pre-Incan burial ground on the shores of Lake Umayo. Explore the towering chullpas (above ground tombs) before travelling to Puno along the shores of Lake Titicaca, the birthplace of the sun. (Breakfast)

Day 9 Lake Titicaca Excursion
Cruise the deep blue waters of Lake Titicaca with a 'Local Specialist', passing floating islands constructed by the Uros Indians. In the midst of South America's largest lake lies Taquile Island, where we'll embark on a private tour to gain insights into the tradition of knitting and weaving for which the local villagers-men and women-are renowned. Enjoy a lunch here and learn more about the islanders' unique way of life upon islets make of totora reeds, which grow in the lake, and are attached to sticks driven into the bottom of the lake. Tonight, we indulge in a Trafalgar highlight-a Regional Dinner at our favourite local restaurant in Puno. (Breakfast)

Day 10 Puno – Juliaca – Lima – Paracas (2 Nights)
Return to Lima this morning, then continue your journey to the coastal playground of Paracas. Discover what life is like in Peru's rural countryside before arriving to Paracas for dinner at your seaside hotel and an evening at leisure. Perhaps there's even time for a stroll along the Malecon? (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 11 Paracas – Nazca Lines Flight
Take to the skies, soaring above the coastal desert to see the enigmatic Nazca Lines, gigantic geometric designs viewable only from the air. Next, stop this afternoon at the Regional Museum of Ica where we'll explore the centuries-old cultures of the Paracas and Nazca. 'Dive into Culture' during a visit to Bodega El Catador to learn about and taste the finest pisco in the country. The rest of the day is free. (Breakfast)

Day 12 Paracas – Ballestas Islands – Lima
This morning, connect with nature, cruising around the uninhabited Ballestas Islands, a "mini-Galapagos" teeming with wildlife. See the mysterious Candelabra in Pisco Bay, then return to Lima where this evening, we'll visit the Larco Museum with a Local Specialist. Our journey almost at its end, we'll indulge in a festive Farewell Dinner in the museum's garden restaurant. (Breakfast)

Day 13 Depart Lima
Say hasta luego to Peru and its ancient treasures, and take transfer to the airport for your flight home or consider extending your holiday in Lima at the Hilton Miraflores. (Breakfast)

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All This Included
Explore the vastness of Peru-traced from its Pacific edge to the mountain fortresses of the Incas and the shimmering blue of South America's largest lake, the birthplace of the sun.

Dining Highlights

  • 12 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • 6 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • A Trafalgar bonus - All Intra-Air Flights: Lima to Cusco, Cusco to Juliaca and Juliaca to Lima, including porter service at all airports.
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights

Included in the price

  • Intra Trip Air Land of the Incas
  • Intra Trip Surcharges Land of the Incas
Highlights

The Trafalgar Difference

  • CONNECT WITH LOCALS Visit Hacienda "Sarapampa", a Quecha word meaning corn field, and savour Peruvian farm-to-table cuisine. Your lively hosts will acquaint you with the production process for what's known as Giant White Corn and you'll have a chance to watch a Marinera performance that showcases traditional dance alongside Peruvian Paso horse showmanship. (Day 4)
  • DIVE INTO CULTURE Meet a Shaman who will perform a Pago a la Tierra ceremony, an ancient ritual of the Andean culture. Visit a local chicheria for a traditional chicha tasting. Learn about the natural dyeing techniques used by native weavers and visit Bodega El Catador to learn about and taste the finest pisco in the country. (Days 3, 6, 11)
  • LOCAL SPECIALIST For included sightseeing in Lima, Machu Picchu, Cusco, at Qoriwayrachina, the Peruvian altiplano, Lake Titicaca and at the Larco Museum. (Days 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12)
  • STAYS WITH STORIES Stay at the centuries-old Palacio del Inka in the historic heart of Cusco. (Day 6)

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in Lima, Cusco
  • VISIT the outdoor market at Pisac, Ollantaytambo, two visits to Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman, the Uros Islands, Lake Titicaca
  • SEE the other-wordly Nazca Lines from the air
  • CRUISE around Lake Titicaca, the Ballestas Islands
  • SCENIC DRIVE through the Sacred Valley
  • ICONIC TRAIN journey aboard the Vistadome train
Accommodations
Lima: Hilton Miraflores
Sacred Valley: Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel and Wellness
Machu Picchu: Sumaq Machu Picchu
Cusco: Palacio del Inka, a Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel
Puno: Libertador Lake Titicaca
Paracas: Aranwa Paracas Resort and Spa
Notes
  • A valid passport with at least six months validity after your return date from Peru is required to enter the country.
  • Brochure price includes economy air and related charges for internal flights within South America only. Round-trip air from your gateway city to the itinerary's start/end city must be purchased on LATAM airlines with TTC to receive the brochured price.
  • International Inbound and Outbound flight information is due at the time of final payment in order to qualify for airport transfers.
  • Intra - Air Ticketing requires guests to provide passport details including full legal name as appears on passport, passport number, expiration date, country of issue, gender and date of birth.
  • The highest overnight elevation point for this guided vacation is 12,500 ft. / 3,810 m, at Lake Titicaca, Puno.
  • Guests are allowed to bring one 11 lbs./5 kg piece of hand luggage per person on the train journey to/from Machu Picchu. Your primary luggage will be securely stored and returned to you on arrival in Cusco.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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