Peruvian Legends Tour Including Machu Picchu
Immerse yourself in one of the oldest civilisations in the world on a 13-night Peruvian Legends tour. Journey to the Colca Canyon, home to the incredible Andean condor, explore Lake Titicaca to see the iconic Uros Islands, take the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu, discover the ancient wonders of Cuzco and amazing sites of Lima. Includes plush accommodation, select meals, two internal flights, English-speaking guide and more for only $4,399 per person (twin share), valued up to $5,706.
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Uncover the treasures of Peru with an enchanting 13-night Peruvian Legends tour featuring Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon, Cuzco and Lima, with plush accommodation, two internal flights, select meals and more. Only $4,399 per person (twin share), valued up to $5,706.
Your journey will take you through the incredibly diverse and unique country of Peru. Starting in Lima, explore the spectacular sites of this ancient city before travelling on to Arequipa where you'll discover the Andean condor – one of the largest flying birds in the world – of the Colca Canyon and Sillustani Tombs on the shores of Lake Umayo. Travel onwards to Lake Titicaca and see the Uros Islands, before taking the famous Vistadome train to the spectacular wonder of Machu Picchu, and then spend some time in Cuzco before finishing your tour back in Lima.
Enjoy the convenience of a planned getaway to give you the most insightful view into the culture, history and natural beauty of Peru in style and comfort all along the way.
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Start your tour in Peru's capital, Lima, where you'll visit the magnificent Larco Herrera Museum with its pre-Columbian masterpieces and stunning exhibition of gold and priceless jewels. You'll also visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Plaza Mayor, Palace of the Archbishop, Government Palace and 16th-century Cathedral of Lima.
Fly to Arequipa, a remarkable colonial city in the desert mountains of the Andes surrounded by three volcanoes. From Arequipa, travel through the Andean Hills to Colca where you'll visit the incredible Colca Canyon, home to the extraordinary Andean condor - one of the world's largest flying birds.
The next part of the tour will take you through the Andes mountain ranges to the Siullustani Tombs and Puno on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca. Here, you'll see the famous Floating Uros Islands created entirely from the buoyant totora reeds that grow abundantly in the shallows of the lake, and enjoy a specially prepared farm lunch with by a local Aymara family.
Depart for Raqchi to discover the 15th-century ruins of the Temple of Wiracocha, then travel onwards to Chinchero and Ollantaytambo. Stand in awe of the impressive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, the last stand of the Incas in their defence against the Spanish Conquistadors.
Board the Vistadome Train to travel through the misty peaks of Peru to the unbelievable site of Machu Picchu before heading to Cuzco. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire and the oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere. While in Cuzco, you're invited to enjoy a home-cooked Peruvian dinner with a traditional Peruvian family in their home.
The tour ends back in Lima, where you can enjoy some time at your leisure before meeting at a renowned Lima restaurant for a farewell dinner.
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Accommodation in centrally located hotels, including three nights at Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores in Lima, one night at Libertador Arequipa close to the main tourist attractions, two nights at Colca Lodge S.A on the banks of the River Colca, two nights at Libertador Lago Titicaca in Puno, two nights at Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley and three nights at Palacio Del Inka, A Luxury Collection Hotel in the heart of Cuzco.
Sensational meals and regional delicacies throughout your journey including 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 8 dinners, with a lunch with an Aymara farming family and dinner with a traditional Peruvian family.
A Vistadome train to Machu Picchu that will connect you to the spectacular scenery along the way through panoramic windows.
Comfortable and convenient transportation via air-conditioned coach and two internal flights.
Experienced and knowledgeable English-speaking guides to help make the most of your experience.
All sightseeing admission fees for the duration of the tour (as per the itinerary) plus all taxes, fuel surcharges and tips.
Travelling by yourself? Single traveller options are also available to guarantee your own room (see the 'Fine Print' tab for details).
Departure dates available from 22 June 2017 – 7 December 2017.
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Valid for select departure dates in 2017:
Please note: departure dates mark the first day of the tour. Guests must make their own travel arrangements to ensure they are in Lima on their chosen departure date.
Important: All bookings must be made before 14 April 2017.
Instant Booking: To confirm your dates of stay at purchase, select 'Instant Booking' and select your preferred package. Use the calendar to browse and select available dates. Blackout dates – dates that are not available for stay – cannot be selected. Dates with a surcharge are identified.
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Booking Changes including but not limited to name changes, ticket transfers or changes to departure or return dates will incur a surcharge before the air ticket has been issued and is subject to airline availability. Members may make a maximum of one change, please contact the tour provider directly for more information.
The package is valid for ONE PERSON (twin share). Adults and children (minimum 12 years) must purchase a full package.
Twin share package: Valid for ONE PERSON (twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES.
Single traveller package: If travelling alone, a single traveller surcharge of AU$1,050 (approx. NZ$1,153) applies, payable directly to the tour company after booking. Please contact the tour company directly after booking your dates.
Tour Group Capacity: Tours operate with a minimum of ten people and a maximum of 22 people.
Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity is two adults.
Connecting rooms are not available.
All surcharges are payable directly to the tour company.
All accommodation is subject to availability. If a hotel is not available, alternative accommodation of a similar standard will be provided. Connecting rooms are not available.
Tours cannot be rescheduled after the tour provider issues air ticket.
Dining benefits do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated). Menus are subject to change without notice.
Optional tours are available, payable directly to the tour company:
Cultural Cuzco with lunch AU$150 (approx. NZ$165) per person.
Altitude Illness: Altitude illness occurs when there is a lack of oxygen in the air at high altitudes, including Cuzco (11,000 feet) and Puno (12,600 feet). Altitude illness will affect some travelers, with no apparent regard to age, gender or physical condition. Symptoms may include headache, loss of appetite, dizziness and trouble sleeping. For some it will pass within a few hours, however for many the condition if gone untreated may last for several days. Please speak to your health care provider before your trip.
Travellers with Disabilities: Please note, disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this before making your booking. Hotels may not have ramps, wide entryways or elevators to accommodate disabled passengers or devices such as wheelchairs, walkers and motorised scooters. Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs, walking frames and motorised scooters may not be taken aboard motor coaches.
All excursions and activities are subject to availability and depend on the itinerary.
Please note that scheduled shore during the tour and activities are subject to change without prior notice based on weather, traffic conditions and other unforeseen occurrences. In this instance, alternative arrangements will be made.
Travel insurance is strongly recommended. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.
Strictly no refunds for this package for amendments and change of date – fees are at the tour company's discretion/policy.
Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.
Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.
Booking confirmation must be presented at check-in.
The package cannot be split.
Offer only available for consecutive nightly stays.
Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) flights are not included with this package.
Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.
A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa.
The value and comparative savings have been determined based on the tour operator's published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving.
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DAY 1 - Depart for Peru
Arrive in Peru. The rest of the day is at leisure with time to rest, relax and acquaint yourself with Peru’s vibrant capital, founded in 1535 by the conquistador Francisco Pizarro
DAY 2 - Lima City Tour
Welcome to Peru, a country of incredible contrasts and astounding treasures. Start your experience by visiting the magnificent Larco Herrera Museum, considered the best museum in Lima, housed in a restored 18th-century mansion. Founded in 1926 by the Peruvian archaeologist, Rafael Larco Herrera, the museum holds one of the world's greatest collections of pre-Columbian masterpieces and a stunning exhibition of gold and priceless jewels. Continue to the colonial center of Lima, with its historic buildings surrounding the splendid Plaza Mayor, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. View the impressive Palace of the Archbishop with its fine carved balcony, the opulent Government Palace, official residence of the President, and the 16th-century Cathedral of Lima whose first stone was laid by the conquistador Francisco Pizarro. This afternoon there will be a briefing with your Tour Manager on the fascinating journey of Peru that awaits you. Tonight, a festive Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers celebrates your arrival in Peru
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3 - Fly to Arequipa
Depart Lima this morning by flight to Arequipa, the remarkable colonial city in the desert mountains of the Andes, surrounded by three imposing volcanoes. The city's remote location has allowed its Spanish-based culture to thrive with little outside influence. Superb examples of Spanish colonial architecture can be found throughout the center of the city with some of the ancient houses now completely refurbished, serving as living museums. Spend the rest of the day discovering this delightful city on your own. This evening, a delectable dinner together at the hotel restaurant
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 4 - Explore Arequipa & Drive through the Andean Hills to Colca
Awake this morning in this city glowing with sillar, a white volcanic rock used in the construction of most of the buildings. The shimmering stone lends a bright air to the streets, earning the city its nickname of "La Ciudad Blanca," (the White City). You'll visit 16th-century structures in the historic Plaza de Armas including La Iglesia de la Compañía, known for its beautiful wooden altarpieces covered in gold leaf, and the huge Santa Catalina Monastery, beloved for its vividly painted facades, once housing the largest convent in the world. The sight of this gigantic cathedral with its dramatic walls, coupled with the ethereal image of the El Misti volcano rising behind it is indeed a spectacular sight. Walk the lanes of the bustling San Camilo Market, whose stalls overflow with colorful produce, vibrant textiles and unusual local crafts. Have a "taste of Peru" and mingle with farmers who cart in their harvest from the Andean countryside. In the late afternoon, drive to Colca. Tonight, enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5 - Discover Colca Canyon
Unforgettable sights lie ahead today! This morning, you will see the dramatic Colca Canyon, reportedly the deepest in the world, thought to be twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. The Colca River has carved this geologic wonder over millennia and some of the terraced hillsides are known to pre-date Incan civilization. The Canyon is also home to the extraordinary Andean condor. Although the population of condors is dwindling in South America, at the Colca Canyon you'll have the rare opportunity to see them soaring gracefully overhead on the rising thermals. The Colca Valley has been known by many different names including The Valley of Wonders, The Valley of Fire and The Territory of the Condor - and now it is acclaimed as one of the "Seven Natural Wonders of the World". Journey past tiny villages with terraced farmlands on the picturesque drive to the town of Colca and may even glimpse shepherds tending to their alpaca, some descended from indigenous tribes such as the Collagua and Cabana. Upon arrival, settle into your comfortable accommodations at the Colca Lodge. There'll be time to enjoy the lovely amenities of the lodge and luxuriate in thermo-medicinal baths fed by hot springs. Tonight, turn your gaze upward to a spectacular blanket of stars
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6 - Visit Sillustani Tombs & Puno
Experience another day surrounded by Andean beauty. The journey takes you past tranquil Lake Lagunillas, home to a variety of birdlife, llama, sheep, and vicuña. Later on the scenic drive to Puno, you stop for a fascinating visit to the pre-Incan burial ground of Sillustani on the shores of Lake Umayo. The tombs on this site are built above ground in tower-like stone structures, which house the remains of nobles and complete family groups. These chullpas, sometimes more than 35 feet tall, are the vestiges of the Colla people, conquered by the Incas in the 15th century. As you arrive in Puno, your first spectacular view is of pristine Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake, sitting majestically at 12,500 feet above sea level, backed by the snowcapped peaks of Bolivia's Cordillera Real range. At the hotel, enjoy the vistas of the lake from your water view room. Tonight, dinner together at the hotel, after an exhilarating day
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7 - Explore Lake Titicaca Villages & Uros Islands
This morning, take time to explore the villages and culture around the shores, to gain a greater understanding of day-to-day life in rural Peru on your visit to the nearby village of Luquina. You'll meet a humble Aymara family and learn about their farming methods, local customs, daily struggles and share a specially prepared farm lunch with the family. Afterwards, in the afternoon a boat excursion transports you to the fascinating floating Uros Islands where the indigenous people of the area - the Uros - live on tiny islands that dot the lake. The Uros live very much the same as their ancestors did and still follow the ancient customs and traditions. These islands are completely man-made structures, using totora reeds from the lake to build the islands and houses. Return to Puno; the remainder of the day is at leisure
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 8 - Visit Raqchi
In the morning, depart Puno and travel to the ruins of the 15th-century Temple of Wiracocha in the archaeological complex at Raqchi. This is the largest Inca temple ever discovered, with external adobe walls of over 39 feet, considered one of the holiest sites in the Inca Empire. This temple complex lured worshipers in the thousands and was also used as a fortress and storage facility for weapons. Many compare this enormous site to an Inca version of the Colosseum in Rome. Today, the quiet town of Raqchi remains home to many farmers, ranchers and artisans. At the end of the day, arrive at your beautiful chalet-style mountain retreat in the Sacred Valley of the Incas for dinner and overnight
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9 - Discover Chinchero and Ollantaytambo
Today begin the morning by meeting with children at a local school. Afterwards, travel through rugged mountainous region with magnificent panoramas to Chinchero and enjoy a demonstration of the ancient Andean tradition of making textiles from naturally dyed handwoven alpaca wool. Remarkably, the source for the vibrant colors are dyes that come from plants, minerals, and insects. Savor an authentic Peruvian lunch and wander the stone complex in search for local treasures, before restarting the journey. For the last part of your day visit the impressive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, an ancient complex of temples and terraces towering high over the valley, the last stand of the Incas in their defense against the Spanish conquistadors. Marvel at the architecture of the Incas in this well-preserved settlement, considered a living museum of 15th-century life. Tonight, savor the serenity in the mountain setting of your chalet
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 10 - Explore Machu Picchu
Today, discover the crowning achievement of Inca ingenuity. Early morning transfer to the Sacred Valley's Ollanta Station to board the Vistadome train that travels through misty peaks to the astonishing ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas", designated by UNESCO as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Machu Picchu was virtually unknown to the western world until Hiram Bingham's re-discovery in 1911. View the unforgettable wonders of this 15th-century retreat, abandoned nearly 100 years later with the arrival of the conquistadors. See the highlights of the site including the imposing Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved rock likely used as a sundial by the ancient Incas. The images of this glorious monument to a lost civilization will be a lifelong memory. Return to the Sacred Valley in the evening; transfer to your hotel in the heart of Cuzco for overnight
DAY 11 - Tour Cuzco
A leisure morning in the "Imperial City" of Cuzco. Take time to explore some of the city's stunning sights or shop for some of the finest handicrafts and textiles in all of Peru. All of Cuzco is right outside your door! With its narrow cobbled streets and dramatic Andean setting, Cuzco is truly a delight for walkers. In the afternoon, join your group on a tour of Cuzco that takes you to the impressive colonial Cathedral, with its collection of over 400 paintings from the Cusqueña School and to the extraordinary Temple of the Sun at Koricancha, an important religious site of the Incas. This sumptuous temple's walls and floors were allegedly once covered by sheets of solid gold. Tonight, an exclusive evening! You're invited to share dinner together with a traditional Peruvian Family in their home. Sample delectable local home-cooked Peruvian cuisine along with a warm and friendly cultural exchange with the family
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 12 - Full Day in Cuzco
Discover Cuzco independently, or, join the optional Cultural Cuzco tour including lunch. Journey outside the city for a stop at Kenko, a holy place (huaca) where sacrifices were held. While here, you'll gain insight into the workings of a shaman (holy man) and tap your foot to the music and rhythms of a Peruvian panpipe during a private performance. Next, on to the striking hillside fortress of Sacsayhuaman, protected by a trio of colossal walls that zigzag alongside each other for more than 1000 feet. From the air, the complex resembles the head of a puma. Next, understand more about local cuisine during a chef-led cooking class – taste the delectable results of your skills at lunch. Return to the hotel after a visit to the cemetery to learn about local burial traditions and customs. The rest of the day is at leisure for independent activities
Optional: Cultural Cuzco with lunch
DAY 13 - Fly to Lima
Return to Lima by flight on your last day in Peru. The afternoon is yours to re-discover some of Lima's fabulous sights, or shop to your heart's content for handmade silver jewelry, knits and local crafts. Tonight, enjoy a very special Farewell Dinner at a renowned Lima restaurant in the trendy Miraflores district. Share memories, photos and stories of your wonderful journey in Peru with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 14 - Depart Peru
Make your own way to the airport for your flight home.
Condor at Colca Canyon
Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo
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Journey to some of Peru's most enchanting sites as you travel through Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and beyond, experiencing the breathtaking natural beauty of the Andes, long gone but not forgotten Incan citadels, and much more.
Feast on local dishes, marvel at stunning architecture and learn about the rich history of Peru – from the Incas to Spanish Colonialism, see how this rich and storied history has shaped the diverse region.
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