This is an excellent escorted group tour offering great value for money. Machu Picchu is perhaps the most breathtaking archaeological site in the world, but Peru offers a wealth of other magnificent ancient, colonial and scenic sights. Staying in good hotels with great character and offering 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.
Day 1: Fly to Lima
Fly from London (regional connections available) to Lima with British Airways and transfer to the Casa Andina Premium Miraflores for 2 nights. (N)
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. (B)
Day 3: Fly 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. Stay at the Libertador for 2 nights. (B)
Day 4: Arequipa
Full-day city tour, including the beautiful Santa Catalina convent, which dates from the 16th century, and the Juanita Mummy Museum. (B, L)
Day 5: 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. Overnight at Aranwa Colca. (B, L)
Day 6: Lake Titicaca
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). Stay 2 nights at the Hotel Libertador on the shores of the lake. (B, L)
Day 7: Lake Titicaca
Full-day tour of the floating Uros reed islands and Taquile island, with a home-cooked lunch prepared by a local family. (B, L)
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. Dinner and overnight on board (bunk bed cabin). Upgrade to a twin-bedded cabin from £60 per person. (B, L, D)
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. (B, L)
Day 10: Sacred Valley
Half-day visit to the Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo, an astounding feat of construction and ingenuity. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
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. (B, L, D)
Day 12: Cuzco
Morning at leisure or further explore Machu Picchu (purchase ticket at time of booking). Return to Cuzco by rail and transfer to the Casa Andina Premium Cuzco for 3 nights. (B)
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. (B)
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. (B)
Days 15-16: Fly to London via Lima
Fly to London via Lima with British Airways, arriving the next day. (B) (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
The order of the itinerary allows gradual adjustment to the altitude, while taking in the major sights of Peru. There are some early morning starts and long drives. Departures between November and April will fly to Peru via Madrid.
On day 11, upgrade to Belmond Sanctuary Lodge from £365, subject to availability.
Private & tailor-made travel
This itinerary can be taken privately, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements.
†Inti Raymi festival
The 13 June 2018 and 12 June 2019 departures coincide with the Inti Raymi festival. The itinerary includes a slightly different order, a stay at the Sonesta Hotel in Cuzco and a full day of ceremonial celebrations in honour of the sun god.
Departure Dates and Cost per person
18 Oct 2017- 02 Nov 2017: £2995
01 Nov- 16 Nov 2017: £2795
13 Dec – 28 Dec 2017: £2996
28 Feb 2018- 15 Mar 2018: £3095
21 Mar 2018- 05 Apr 2018: £3295
04 Apr 2018- 19 Apr 2018: £3195
18 Apr 2018- 03 May 2018: £3195
02 May 2018- 17 May 2018: £3195
16 May 2018- 31 May 2018: £3195
23 May 2018- 07 Jun 2018: £3195
13 Jun 2018- 28 Jun 2018: £3295
27 Jun 2018- 12 Jul 2018: £3195
11 Jul 2018- 26 Jul 2018: £3295
25 Jul 2018- 09 Aug 2018: £3295
08 Aug 2018- 23 Aug 2018: £3295
22 Aug 2018- 06 Sep 2018: £3195
29 Aug 2018- 13 Sep 2018: £3195
05 Sep 2018- 20 Sep 2018:£3195
19 Sep 2018- 04 Oct 2018:£3195
26 Sep 2018- 11 Oct 2018: £3195
03 Oct 2018- 18 Oct 2018: £3095
17 Oct 2018- 01 Nov 2018: £3095
07 Nov 2018- 22 Nov 2018: £2995
19 Dec 2018- 03 Jan 2019: £3395
What is included?
- International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
- UK departure and overseas airport taxes
- Accommodation, itinerary and meal basis as described
- Local transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
- Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
- Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
- ATOL and ABTA protection for your financial security
- RB Collection ‘VIP Experience’ service
- A single person supplement is available from £895
from £2,795 per person.
When I visited Peru I was really impressed by the local guides who had a wealth of information for our group. This tour is a great price, while not compromising on quality, using four- and five-star hotels with a group size between only 12 and 25. It is a busy itinerary but this ensures you get the best value for money from the trip. Highly recommended for those visiting for the first time who want to experience as much as possible in a short time.
Oliver on his visit to Peru
With so many flights, transfers and hotels arranged, it was really impressive that everything went like clockwork. It really was a trip of a lifetime. Thanks to Oliver for putting together the perfect itinerary for us to Peru.