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Classic Peru Inca Highlights - 8 Days

Classic Peru Inca Highlights

Peru · Private Tour · 8 Days
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Private Tour
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culture
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landscape

Go beyond the classic Lima - Cusco - Machu Picchu tour and explore the Sacred Valley in-depth, visiting alpaca weaving centers, indigenous markets, agricultural terraces, and surreal salt ponds. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Lima
Day 2 - Lima City Tour
Day 3 - Cusco → Sacred Valley
Day 4 - Sacred Valley 
Day 5 - Sacred Valley → Machu Picchu
Day 6 - Machu Picchu → Cusco
Day 7 - Cusco City Tour
Day 8 - Cusco

What is included

  • 7 nights accommodation at comfort hotels
  • English speaking local guides
  • Peru Rail train service
  • Mentioned meals
  • Tips for luggage porters at airports and hotels

What is NOT included

  • International airfare
  • Domestic airfare Lima - Cusco
  • Meals not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Tips for guides, bus drivers and waiters
  • Expenses of personal nature
Did you know you can make this trip even better? Customize this tour

day
1
Lima

Upon arriving in the city of Lima, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives, who will give you a brief introduction to the city while en route to the hotel.

You will have the afternoon free. Overnight at the hotel.


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Dazzler Hotel

Classic Room Lima

day
2
Lima City Tour

After breakfast, then at the scheduled time, you will be picked up at the hotel to begin a great tour of the city's main avenues, boulevards, and squares.

The tour will begin with an exploration of Colonial Lima. First, you will stop off at the Plaza de Armas (Main Square). There, you will explore the square by foot and admire the exteriors of the Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace), the Cathedral of Lima, and the Municipalidad (City Hall), all examples of Lima's still-present colonial architectural opulence.

Afterwards, you will visit La Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion that currently holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously inhabited private residence in the Southern Hemisphere. Next, you will make your way to the Convento de Santo Domingo (Santo Domingo Convent), a religious and architectural gem that houses holy paintings, images, and relics of Peruvian saints, as well as written accounts of the endeavors of the Dominican Order across the country.

Lunch at Cafe Del Museo restaurant. The highlight of the tour must be the Larco Herrera Museum. Housed in an elegant, whitewashed mansion with a lovely garden, this museum contains the largest private collection of pre-Columbian pottery in Peru, with several tens of thousands of the finest ceramics from diverse pre-Hispanic cultures.

You will complete your tour of Lima with a visit to the Bohemian neighborhood of Barranco, a neighborhood called home by countless artists, photographers, and authors. Walk along peculiar streets lined with Republican houses, admire the splendid views, and visit the Puente de los Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs), witness to untold numbers of past and present romances, and source of inspiration for one of Peru's great composers, Chabuca Granda.

Remaining of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Dazzler Hotel

Classic Room Lima

day
3
Cusco → Sacred Valley

After breakfast, we will transfer you the the airport for your flight to Cusco. Once you arrive, we will continue or trip toward Sacred Valley, you will soon reach the must-see stop of Awanakancha. Here, you will learn about the various types of camelids (llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and guanacos) that live in the Andes region. Additionally, the local villagers will teach you about the ancestral methods and techniques used to produce their textile art.

Then visit Pisac, a beautiful place where Incan and Colonial influences have reached a perfect balance and created the unique way of life of the local inhabitants. You will get a chance to explore this quaint town, famous for its artisan markets where you can find extraordinarily fine jewellery and ceramic and textile craftwork. You will have the rest of the afternoon free.

Overnight at the hotel.


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Lima → Cusco 1h 20min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa

Casita Superior Room Valle Sagrado

day
4
Sacred Valley 

Early in the morning, you will set out for the district of Chincheros, a place which is famous for the extraordinary beauty and quality of its textiles, and for its Sunday fair, where local people dress in traditional colorful outfits and travel down from their villages to trade their goods.

You will resume your journey by visiting Salinas de Maras(Salt Pans of Maras). Your journey will continue on until you reach the archaeological site of Moray. You will have lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, you will visit one of the last remaining Incan towns, Ollantaytambo, which was once fiercely guarded by a massive fortress. Discover the large archaeological complex of what used to serve as a wayside inn for royal delegations on long journeys.

Surviving structures here include multiple walls and towers that were used to protect the citadel from possible invasions. Time permitting you will get a chance to mingle with the locals at a typical Peruvian Andes establishment, either at a chichería or a bakery with still-functioning traditional ovens.

Overnight at the hotel.


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa

Casita Superior Room Valle Sagrado

day
5
Sacred Valley → Machu Picchu

After breakfast, you will visit the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

Aboard a comfortable train, you will depart for the Aguas Calientes train station, enjoying a spectacular view along the way. Upon arrival, you will transfer to a bus that will take you to the entrance gate of the citadel of Machu Picchu. You will follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incans as you explore this magical citadel along with your guide.

After the tour, you will stop at a local restaurant for lunch. Time permitting you will be able to head back to the site for a second visit.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Ollantaytambo → Machu Picchu 1h 50min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Superior Deluxe Machu Picchu

day
6
Machu Picchu → Cusco

After breakfast, your morning will be free. You will have the option of visiting the citadel again on your own, if you like. If you are feeling adventurous, you can climb Huayna Picchu, where you can visit the Templo de la Luna (Temple of the Moon).

At the scheduled time, you will board the return train at Aguas Calientes Station. Upon your arrival at the station just outside of Cusco, a private transfer service will be waiting to take you at hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.





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Machu Picchu → Ollantaytambo 1h 50min
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Ollantaytambo → Cusco 50min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Novotel Hotel

Contemporary Room Cusco

day
7
Cusco City Tour

After breakfast, spend the morning at leisure.

In the afternoon, you will then visit nearby Fortaleza de Sacsayhuaman, a colossal structure of enormous stones, carved and fitted together with incredible precision. As you return to the lower part of the city, just a few blocks away, you will discover one of the most impressive buildings of Incan Cusco: the Korikancha (the Golden Temple) - a temple dedicated to the worship of the Sun God, whose interior walls were said to have been covered in gold.

You will complete the day with a stroll through the Plaza de Armas (Main Square), where you will visit the Cathedral and admire its exquisite vestibules and priceless paintings from the Cusco School of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Overnight at the hotel.


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Novotel Hotel

Contemporary Room Cusco

day
8
Cusco

After breakfast, at the scheduled departure time, you will be met by the transport service and escorted to the airport or station, as needed.


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Lima
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Dazzler Hotel

Classic Room
Valle Sagrado
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Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa

Casita Superior Room
Machu Picchu
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Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Superior Deluxe
Cusco
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Novotel Hotel

Contemporary Room

Price for comfort experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing
4 pax
Double Sharing
1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018$2437$1965

Photos

Sacsayhuaman Inca Fortress, Cusco
Machu Picchu
Sacred Valley
Plaza de Armas, Lima
Miraflores, Lima
Koricancha Temple, Cusco
Maras & Moray, Cusco
Machu Picchu

Map

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