This very special luxury tour in Peru is 13 days long and includes the main highlights of Peru; Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
Get memorable experiences for a lifetime on this truly amazing tour where you enjoy the best private service for transfers, excursions and other luxury activities, and spend your nights on some of the best 5 star hotels in Peru. Spoil yourself by the best Peru can offer!
After breakfast you are picked up for a guided tour of the colonial and modern Lima which includes the cathedral built in 1654 where the remains of the Spanish conqueror of the Inca Empire, Francisco Pizarro, rest, the Main Square with a bronze fountain from 1650 and some unique wooden colonial balconies around the main square (Plaza de Armas), the San Francisco monastery with the famous catacombs and the modern areas of Miraflores and San Isidro. Lima is also known as “The city of the kings”, and was founded 1535 by Francisco Pizarro and 1991 it was declared a world heritage by UNESCO. After lunch you will visit the Gold Museum, a unique private collection of amazing gold artifacts from the Inca Empire and other ancient Peruvian cultures.
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Arequipa (The white city), maybe the most beautiful city in Peru, where we will meet you at the airport for a transfer to your 5 star hotel. Rest and relax in the morning to get used to the altitude. In the afternoon we pick you up for a city tour of Arequipa where you will visit the Chilina valley and the old San Lorenzo district. You will get a nice view of the city and you will visit the Main Square and the Cathedral as well as the extraordinary Santa Catalina Monastery which is built of volcanic lava and dated back to the 16th century. You will end the day with a visit to Juanita, the best preserved mummy in the whole Americas, which was found in 1995 during an expedition high up in the mountains.
(In Arequipa you may also enjoy yourself with river rafting, mountain biking, trekking, and other adventure activities. Let us know if you want to add a day or two).
After breakfast you are picked up at the hotel for your 2 days Colca Canyon tour. You will pass the hot springs in Yura and then ascend to the Pampa de Cañahuas National Reserve where you will see groups of Llamas and Alpacas. After a few more hours the descent to the Colca Valley begins and you arrive to Chivay, the most important village in the Valley. You are transferred to your hotel, the Hotel Colca Lodge, and you can then enjoy a free afternoon in the Colca Valley which can be used to visit the hot springs.
Early in the morning we go further into the Valley towards the deepest part of the Canyon called Cruz del Condor. The scenery from this point is spectacular and hopefully you will see the great condor flying by just above your heads. The condors are most likely to be seen April-October but they are also seen during other periods of the year. After a short walk along the Canyon it is time to go back to Chivay and then you continue to Puno in a private transport. Arrival to Puno and the Libertador Hotel in the afternoon.
After breakfast, transfer to the port for the Lake Titicaca tour with your private guide. The first stop is the islands of Uros, made entirely of reeds and inhabited by the Aymara Uros people. The people of this community live in huts built on platforms of reeds, not more than 30-40 cm thick. A native will show you how they build the platforms and then you will take a short trip in their typical reed boats. Then the trip continues to the island of Taquile. People from this Aymara community will welcome you in their colourful costumes and will show you around the island. Taquile is also famous for its fine decorative weavings. You will get a great insight in life on the island by walking around and the view over Lake Titicaca is spectacular. Lunch is served on the island before you return to Puno and your hotel.
Transfer to the train station for the beautiful trans-altiplano Andean Explorer train to Cusco. Lunch on-board the train. There will be plenty of opportunities to see alpacas and vicuñas along the route in the magnificent scenery. A stop at the highest point, La Raya (altitude: 4319m) will be made. (The Andean Explorer train only leaves on mondays, wednesdays and saturdays, on other days you have to go by bus or flight). Arrival to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas. Reception at the train station and transfer to your hotel, the deluxe 5 star Monasterio Hotel. VIP check-in by the chapel to your Deluxe room. A fruit basket, fresh flowers and chocolate will be waiting for you. The room is oxygenated to help you avoid getting problems with the high altitude.
Enjoy a morning to sleep a little longer or explore Cusco on your own. After lunch you will be picked up for a guided tour in Cusco and its surroundings, with visits to the four famous Inca ruins which lies in the outskirts of Cusco; the water temple of Tambo Machay, the Puca Pucara fortress, the oracle place Quengo and the impressive fortress and temple of Sacsayhuamán. Three enormous boulders, each one weighs 120 tons, are making three perfect zig-zag walls and the view of Cusco from this place is wonderful. You will finish the day with a walking tour in the centre of Cusco with visits to the Cathedral, the Main Square and the Sun Temple of Korikancha.
A full day excursion to Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You will visit the village Pisac that was founded during colonial times and that is located at the foot of some impressive Inca ruins. Visit the Pisac market on the Main Square where the Indians sell their products and handicrafts. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays are the busiest days, but the market is always open. After lunch at a restaurant in the valley you will visit Ollantaytambo, the only Inca village that the Spaniards never conquered, and explore the ruins located above the village. Return to Cusco in the afternoon.
Transfer to Poroy. Board the luxurious Hiram Bingham train to Aguas Calientes. This is the most exclusive way to go to Machu Picchu and it includes a 4 course lunch onboard the train. Guides will also be available to answer your questions. When arriving to Aguas Calientes you will be assisted with the luggage and to board the bus for the short ride up to Machu Picchu. Your hotel, the Sanctuary Lodge, is located at the very entrance to Machu Picchu. You get a VIP check-in to your room from where you have an amazing view over the surrounding mountains. A welcome drink and a fruit basket will be waiting for you.
Now it is time for the highlight of the trip, Machu Picchu! You will get a fully private tour of the ruins where you learn everything there is to know about this magical wonder. Machu Picchu is made of stone blocks fitted with masterful precision and it harmoniously blends into the mountain landscape. There are many theories about the origin of Machu Picchu and your guide will tell you all about this.
Dinner at your hotel, the Sanctuary Lodge.
Today you have the opportunity to return to Machu Picchu to enjoy the beautiful sunrise over the ruins. There will be plenty of time for you to discover the site. Many people choose to trek up Huayna Picchu from where you will have a breathtaking view of Machu Picchu and the surrounding mountains.
Return to your hotel for lunch before going back down to Aguas Calientes by bus. Take some time to visit this colorful town before boarding the Hiram Bingham train for the return trip to Cusco. Onboard the train you will enjoy cocktails followed by a four course dinner and a show. Reception and transfer to the luxury 5 star Monasterio Hotel.
Price per person based on two people: 8200 USD
Price does not include:
Note 1: Because of the nature of hotels and the travel industry, it is not always possible to secure the hotels and lodges listed in the itinerary. Tailor Made Peru will endeavour to secure the hotels listed in your itinerary. However, Tailor Made Peru reserves the right to secure the next best available option or an upgrade in the event that the original hotels are not available or overbooked.
Note 2: Please ensure that your passport expiration date is good for at least 6 months past the end of your tour.
Note 3: Please make sure to inform Tailor Made Peru of any health or dietary restrictions.
Note 4: Tailor Made Peru strongly recommends that all clients purchase travel insurance after booking your tour to cover your investment.
Destinations: Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lake titicaca, Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
Time: 13 days / 12 nights
Price: From 8200 USD
Included in the tour: