Special Offer – Save up to £200 per person
– 17th May 2017: from £2,995pp
– 24th May 2017: from £2,845pp
– 12th July 2017: from £2,845pp
– 10th May 2017: from £3,395pp
– 7th June 2017: from £3,445pp
There are many other departure dates for this tour, these are just those on special offer, please ask for more details.
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.
- Stay overnight at Machu Picchu
- Visit the oldest private colonial mansion in Lima
- Spot majestic condors at the Colca Canyon
- Scenic Andean Explorer train journey from the Altiplano to Cuzco
- Inti Raymi departure
- Small group size – maximum 26 people
- Luxury departure also available, ask for details
Day one: fly to Lima via Bogotá. Overnight flight from London to Lima, via Bogotá, with Avianca. (N)
Day two: Lima morning arrival. Transfer to the Casa Andina Private Collection / Belmond Miraflores Park* for one night, including immediate occupancy. Day at leisure or optional excursions. (B)
Day three: fly to Arequipa. Morning tour of colonial and modern Lima, including Casa Aliaga, the oldest colonial mansion in Lima, and the architectural masterpiece of San Francisco monastery. Fly over the Andes to Arequipa, an attractive city of beautiful white buildings and colonnaded plazas, surrounded by a dramatic landscape. Stay at the Libertador for two nights. (B)
Day four: 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 five: travel to the Colca Canyon. Drive into the Andes towards the Colca Canyon (taking approximately four hours, partly on unpaved roads, with stops en route). The scenery is breathtaking, with snowy volcanic peaks, the terraces of the Colca valley and herds of llamas scattered around. Stay two nights at Aranwa Colca. (B, L)
Day six: Colca Canyon. 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. Afternoon at leisure to take a walk in the canyon or relax in the natural hot springs. (B)
Day seven: travel to Lake Titicaca. Travel by road to Puno and Lake Titicaca (approximately six hours). Transfer to the Libertador, set on the shores of the lake, for two nights. (B, L)
Day eight: 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 nine: travel to Cuzco. Take the stylish Andean Explorer train to Cuzco (approximately 10 hours). Relax over lunch with a pisco sour and music in the observation car as you pass high Andean peaks, mountain streams and rivers, cultivated terraces and small valley towns. Transfer to the Casa Andina Private Collection for two nights. (B, L)
Day 10: Cuzco morning tour, 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 11: travel to the Sacred Valley. In the morning, travel to the indigenous village of Chinchero to see its Inca terraces and a traditional weaving demonstration. Continue to the Urubamba market (Wednesday only), where locals trade their corn and potatoes. After lunch, visit the Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo, an astounding feat of construction and ingenuity. Stay overnight in the Sacred Valley at Casa Andina Private Collection. (B, L)
Day 12: travel to Machu Picchu. Drive to Ollanta and take the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. Tour the ruins and stay overnight at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel†. (B, L, D)
Day 13: travel to Cuzco. Spend your morning at leisure or take time to further explore Machu Picchu (purchase ticket at time of booking). Return to Cuzco by rail and transfer to your hotel for one night‡. (B)
Day 14: fly to London via Lima & Bogotá. Fly to Lima and on to London, via Bogotá, with Avianca. (B)
Day 15: London afternoon arrival. (N)
Meal basis: as per itinerary – B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner; N: no meals.
- 25th September 2016
- 9th, 23rd October 2016
- 6th November 2016
- 20th December 2016
- 26th February 2017
- 26th March 2017
- 9th, 23rd April 2017
- 3rd, 17th, 24th May 2017
- 14th, 28th June 2017
- 12th, 26th July 2017
- 9th, 23rd, 30th August 2017
- 6th, 20th, 27th September 2017
- 4th, 18th October 2017
- 1st November 2017
- 13th December 2017
Group tour manager: this tour is fully escorted throughout by a local tour manager from arrival in Lima, except for one night at Machu Picchu due to lack of accommodation for guides.
Tour pace: the order of the itinerary is designed to allow gradual adjustment to the altitude, while taking in the major sights of Peru. There are some early morning starts and long drives.
† Optional upgrades: upgrade to Belmond Sanctuary Lodge on the Superior tour. Ask for details.
‡ Extra night: you may wish to spend an additional night in Cuzco. Please advise at the time of booking.
§ 20 Dec 16 departure: New Year’s Eve will be spent at Machu Picchu with obligatory dinner (payable locally).
Private and tailor-made travel: this itinerary can be taken privately, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Ask for details.
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
from £2,745 per person (includes any current special offer reductions)
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.