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In the Footsteps of the Incas 2020

10 days with Trafalgar   Rating: First Class

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Itinerary
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DAY 1. ARRIVE LIMA (2 NIGHTS)
Bienvenidos a Lima, where we'll kick-start our effortlessly delivered journey to the iconic and unexpected sights and sounds of Peru. On arrival, transfer to your luxury hotel in fashionable Miraflores, where this evening you'll meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. (Welcome Reception)
 
DAY 2. LIMA SIGHTSEEING
Take your time this morning and embrace the warm welcome of the "City of Kings". We'll meet a 'Local Specialist' who will reveal the city's highlights including Lima's UNESCO-listed Historic Centre and the baroque-style Church of San Francisco. Descend into the city's underground catacombs and admire the religious paintings, sculptures and books on display in its religious art museum and extensive library. Later, we'll join our Travel Director for a guided walk through the bairro of Miraflores, also known as the Heroic City. (Breakfast)
 
DAY 3. LIMA – CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY (2 NIGHTS)
We board a morning flight to Cusco, the gateway to Peru's treasured Sacred Valley, where you'll enjoy a Peruvian lunch with sweeping views of the Sacred Valley. Then we'll 'Dive into Culture' and meet a Shaman who will perform a special ceremony welcoming you 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, Lunch, 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, Be My Guest)
 
DAY 5. SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU
Visit the mystical Incan stronghold of Ollantaytambo en route to Machu Picchu, ascending 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 for your second visit as you 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. 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, including the nearby 13th century Incan settlement of Qoriwayrachina. The afternoon is free. (Breakfast)
 
DAY 8. CUSCO – JULIACA – PUNO (2 NIGHTS)
Fly to Juliaca where you'll meet a Local Specialist to learn about daily life on the Peruvian altiplano. Visit Sillustani, a pre-Incan burial ground and explore its towering chullpas (above ground tombs) before travelling to Lake Titicaca, the birthplace of the sun. (Breakfast, Lunch)
 
DAY 9. LAKE TITICACA EXCURSION
We cruise the deep blue waters of Lake Titicaca with a Local Specialist, discovering its floating islands constructed from reeds by the Uros Indians. In the midst of South America's largest lake, we arrive at 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. Learn more about the culture of the people living on the island and enjoy a lunch. Tonight, we enjoy a Trafalgar highlight-dinner at our favourite local restaurant in Puno. (Breakfast, Lunch, Regional Dinner)
 
DAY 10. PUNO – JULIACA – LIMA
This morning we return to Lima, enjoying an afternoon at leisure after our flight. We'll join a Local Specialist this evening, visiting one of Lima's most renowned museums after dark - the Larco Museum. Admire the pre-Columbian artefacts that reveal insights into the cultures of ancient Peru. Then, sit down to a gourmet Farewell Dinner filled with Peruvian flavours as you overlook the museum's beautiful gardens. (Breakfast, Farewell Dinner)
 
DAY 11. DEPART LIMA
For now it's time to say a fond hasta luego to Lima and transfer to the airport for your flight home, or consider extending your stay at the Hilton Miraflores. (Breakfast)
Map
All This Included
From the clouds of the Andes to the birthplace of the sun, this trek through Peru's altiplanos and the famous floating Uros Islands traces the ancient past of the Incas.

Dining
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 6 dinners
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
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • 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
Highlights
The Trafalgar Difference
  • CONNECT WITH LOCALS Visit Hacienda Sarapampa, a Quecha word meaning corn field, and savour Peruvian farm-to-table cuisine based around this important crop. (Day 4)
  • DIVE INTO CULTURE Meet a Shaman who will perform a Pago a la Tierra ceremony, an ancient ritual of the Andean culture. Learn about the natural dyeing techniques used by native weavers. Visit a local chicheria for some traditional chicha tasting. (Days 3, 6)
  • LOCAL SPECIALIST For included sightseeing in Lima, at Machu Picchu, Cusco, with an anthropologist from the National University of Antonio Abad, on the Peruvian altiplano, Lake Titicaca and at the Larco Museum. (Days 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  • STAYS WITH STORIES Spend two nights in a Cusco mansion that dates back over 500 years. (Day 6)
Sightseeing Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Lima and Cusco
  • VISIT the outdoor market at Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman ruins, the Uros Islands
  • CRUISE Lake Titicaca
  • 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
Lake Titicaca: Libertador Lake Titicaca
Lima: Hilton Miraflores
Notes
  • Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver, $108 per person.
  • Land and Intra Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for fl ights between Lima-Cusco , Cusco-Juliaca and Juliaca-Lima and require purchase of round-trip air travel on LATAM airline between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities (ticket number required). If fl ying with another airline between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of 1 May 2018.
  • On the train to Machu Picchu, only hand luggage (overnight bag) can be taken. Your suitcase will be securely stored and returned to you in Cusco.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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