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Peru Cultural Package Tour

LIGHTS OF THE EMPIRE

 

Tour Code: CS-

Highlights: Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Cusco

Departure Location: Lima airport

Duration: 8 Days 7 Nights

Departure Dates: Daily from January 1 to December 20, 2017

Tour Price: From US$ 1050 per person in double occupancy

 

DAY 1 LIMA – Peru Cultural Package Tour

On arrival in Lima, you receive assistance at the airport and are transferred to your selected hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure to get to know the city.

DAY 2 City Tour: Cathedral, CASA Aliaga and Larco Museum

Explore Lima old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site packed with fascinating historic buildings. Start with a scenic tour in the colonial downtown, which radiates from the Main Square, where you can appreciate the grandiose architecture of the Spanish Empire. Stroll over to the Cathedral, which was begun in the 16th century and took 80 years to build. Then visit the Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion granted in 1535 by chief conquistador Francisco Pizarro to Jerónimo de Aliaga, one of his captains. This is the only house from that time that still belongs to the same family after all these centuries. Continue to the Larco Museum, located in the traditional Pueblo Libre district, which is housed in a beautifully restored viceregal mansion built on a seventh-century a pre-Columbian pyramid. The museum boasts the most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver artifacts, as well as pieces of erotic art. Finally, head to the ‘Love Park’ in the upscale coastal district of Miraflores, where you can admire the cliffs and a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. The tour may end at the Larcomar Shopping Mall, at the Peru pa’ti food market or at the hotel.

DAY 3 LIMA / CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY

Pick-up after breakfast and transfer from your hotel to Lima Airport to catch a flight to Cusco. A meet and greet service on arrival is followed by transfer to your selected hotel in the Sacred Valley.

DAY 4 SACRED VALLEY – PISAC – Ollantaytambo – SACRED VALLEY

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing for the Urubamba River valley, which is popularly known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The first stop is Pisac, a historic town on the valley floor, to wander through its market. Break for lunch is a local diner before continuing to late Inca period Ollantaytambo fortress, which controlled access to the Sacred Valley. The site is a huge archaeological complex which, although it is known as a ‘fortress’, was actually a tambo, a leisure city used to accommodate delegations that traveled long distances. Return to and drop off at your hotel.

DAY 5 SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU

Enjoy breakfast before heading to Ollantaytambo Station to board the train to Aguas Calientes, the nearest town to Machu Picchu. Following a scenic three-and-a-half-hour journey through dramatic Andean landscapes, arrive at the station in Aguas Calientes. Here you board a coach for a 25-minute ride to Machu Picchu itself. The ‘Lost City of the Incas’ had lain abandoned in the heavens for four centuries until American explorer Hiram Bingham happened upon it in 1911. Machu Picchu is believed to have been built in the 1450s by Inca emperor Pachacutec as a holiday retreat yet within a century the city would be abandoned following the Spanish conquest. The Spaniards never found it so it was spared the destruction they wrought on other Inca sites. Instead, it was slowly swallowed up by the jungle and hidden from harm. A guided tour explains the origins behind this awe-inspiring citadel and the most prominent landmarks among the 200 or so buildings such as the monumental Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial and the Burial Grounds. Return to Aguas Calientes for lunch at the famous Café Inkaterra, a beautiful thatched-roof restaurant hemmed in between the railway and a mountain.

DAY 6 MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

Breakfast at the hotel is followed by a free morning. We strongly recommend that you wake early today and make your way to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu. This is a genuine once-in-a-lifetime experience. The best views are from Huayna Picchu, which is about 360 meters above Machu Picchu and boasts an underground temple complex, and Inti Punku, which offers even better views from some 390 meters above the citadel. Another option is the Inca Bridge, a secret military trail, which controlled access to the citadel. In the afternoon, return by train to Cusco.

DAY 7 CUSCO – CITY TOUR AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES

Morning free at leisure after breakfast at the hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of this charming city, which was the capital of the Inca Empire. The tour starts with a visit to Santo Domingo Convent, a large Renaissance-baroque complex, which was built over the Inca Qoricancha temple. It was one of the most important temples dedicated to the worship of the sun and its foundations are still prominent at the base of the convent. Ancient chronicles say the temple was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. Continue to the Plaza de Armas to visit the cathedral. It features an elaborate Renaissance façade and, like other important monuments in the city, was built over a demolished Inca temple. Head to the hills above Cusco to visit the remains of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, whose imposing ramparts offer a stunning panoramic view of Cusco, the ruins of temple and amphitheater of Qenqo, where it is believed the Incas practiced agricultural rituals. Finally, visit Puka Pukara (‘Red fortress’ in Quechua) an Inca military complex located on a prominent hill. Its dwellings squares, bathrooms, aqueducts, walls and towers can still be appreciated. Return to and drop off at your hotel.

DAY 8 CUSCO / LIMA – International departure

Transfer to Cusco Airport for flight to Lima after breakfast at the hotel. Assistance provided at airport

 

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES

  • Operated with bilingual English and Spanish-speaking guide
  • Two nights’ accommodation and breakfast in Lima, two nights’ accommodation and breakfast in the Sacred Valley, one night’s accommodation and breakfast in Aguas Calientes, and two nights’ accommodation and breakfast in Cusco.
  • Daily breakfast at the hotel and lunch on Day 4 at a typical tavern in the Valley and on Day 5 at Café Inkaterra in Aguas Calientes
  • Transfer from / to the hotel, between cities, during the tours and on the train to Machu Picchu
  • All visits mentioned in the program: Casa Aliaga, Cathedral and , Larco Museumin Lima; the Pisac market and Ollantaytambo Fortress in the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu on Day 5, Qoricancha Temple and Monastery of Santo Domingo, Cusco Cathedral; and the Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay  andPuka Pukara archaeological remains in Cusco.
  • Porter at airports, stations, hotels and during transfers

 

TOUR PRICE EXCLUDES

  • Expenses of a personal nature. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages during meals. Meals not stated in the program.
  • International tickets to Peru
  • Domestic air tickets
  • International and domestic airport departure taxes

 

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES 2017 (SEAT IN COACH TOUR PRICES)

Departure Period CATEGORY Per Person in Double Occupancy Single Supplement
 

JANUARY 1 TO DECEMBER 20/ DAILY

Economic $ 1050 $440
Standard $ 1099 $ 505
Comfort $ 1235 $ 630
First Class $ 1295 $ 700
Luxury $ 1830 $ 1150

 

* SEAT IN COACH Rates not applicable for: April 13-16 (Easter Holidays), June 22-28, July 27-31.

PRIVATE TOUR PRICES & DATES

DEPARTURE DATES CATEGORY 2 PAX 3 PAX 4 PAX 5 PAX 6 PAX SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
JANUARY 1 TO DECEMBER 20 / DAILY ECONOMIC $ 1275 $ 1115 $ 1020 $ 970 $ 935 $ 275
STANDARD $ 1355 $ 1150 $ 1080 $ 1020 $ 990 $ 290
COMFORT $ 1465 $ 1295 $ 1205 $ 1275 $ 1125 $ 425
FIRST CLASS $ 1520 $ 1360 $ 1270 $ 1215 $ 1185 $ 490
LUXURY $ 2050 $ 1885 $ 1795 $ 1745 $ 1710 $ 910

 

VALID HOTELS

HOTELS ECONOMIC STANDARD COMFORT FIRST CLASS LUXURY
 

Lima

 

– Britania Miraflores

 

 

– Tambo II

– Casa Andina San Antonio

 

– José Antonio Miraflores

– José Antonio Executive

– San Agustín Exclusive

– Hacienda

 

– Dazzler

– Double Tree Pardo

– Courtyard by Marriott New!

 

– Hilton Miraflores

– Swissotel

– JW Marriott

 

Cusco

 

-Taypikala Hotel

 

– Sueños del Inka  New!

– Maytaq Wasi

– Abittare   New!

Los Portales

 

 

– San Agustín Dorado

– San Agustín Plaza

– Eco Inn

– José Antonio

– Hilton Garden Inn New!

 

 

– Sonesta Cusco

– Costa del Sol

– Novotel

 

– JW Marriott Cusco

Palacio Manco Cápac (Suite)  New!

– Libertador Luxury Collection

 

 

Sacred Valley

 

– Augustos Urubamba

 

 

– Hacienda del Valle

– Mabey Hotel

– Inkallpa

 

– Pakaritampu

– Posada del Inca Yucay

– Albergue Ollantaytambo

 

– Posada del Inca Yucay

– Casa Andina Private Collection Urubamba

 

– Hacienda Urubamba Inkaterra

– Aranwa (Deluxe)

– Sol & Luna

 

Aguas Calientes  Machu Picchu

 

– Waman

 

 

– Hatun Inti Classic

 

 

– Casa Andina

Classic

– El Mapi

 

 

– El Mapi

 

 

– Sumaq

– Inkaterra Machu Picchu

 


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