- Magical Machu Picchu
Footsteps of the Incas
- VIP door to door
From Lima to Lake Titicaca and mountain-top Machu Picchu
In Peru, archaeological treasures are weaved seamlessly among sweeping, unspoiled valleys and the mountain scenery of the Andes. Add into the mix a host of vibrant and friendly locals, and you’ll soon realise there’s much more to discover here than just llamas and knitted chullo.
On our Peru tours, you’ll explore coastal capital Lima and look for condors soaring over vast Colca Canyon, before gliding through the tranquil waters of Lake Titicaca and travelling to mountaintop Machu Picchu, discovering Peruvian history and legend along the way.
12 nights in hotels and 2 in flight
19 meals: 12 breakfasts (days 3-14) 5 lunches (days 6, 8-9 and 11-12) 2 dinners (days 6 and 8)
Local tour manager
- International and internal flights as detailed†
- Travel in destination by coach
Excursions and visits
- Tours of Lima, Arequipa and Cuzco
- Entrance to Larco Museum and Santa Catalina Monastery
- Visits to Colca Canyon and Cruz del Condor; Sillustani tombs; Sacred Valley; village of Pisac and fortress of Ollantaytambo
- Puno-Cuzco train journey
- Excursions to Lake Titicaca and Machu Picchu
†Prices are based on return flights with LATAM from London Heathrow via Sao Paulo. Supplements may apply from other airports
Portable audio headset system on excursions in Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cuzco
- Day 1 UK to Lima
- Day 2 - 3 Lima
- Day 4 Lima to Arequipa
- Day 5 Arequipa
- Day 6 Colca Canyon
- Day 7 Colca Canyon to Puno
- Day 8 Lake Titicaca
- Day 10 Cuzco
- Day 11 Cuzco to Sacred Valley
- Day 12 Machu Picchu
- Day 13 Sacred Valley to Cuzco to Lima
- Day 14 Lima to UK
- Day 15 UK
Mercure Ariosto Lima
Casa Andina Select Arequipa
Casa Andina Classic Colca
Sonesta Posadas Del Inca Puno
Xima Cusco Hotel
Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay
Mercure Ariosto Lima
Day 1 UK to Lima
Our VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Lima.
Day 2 - 3 Lima
Upon arrival, you have today and tomorrow free to explore or relax.
Day 4 Lima to Arequipa
This morning we take a tour of the old ‘City of Kings’ (Lima’s original name). The city’s walls are laced with incredible history of political, cultural and economic importance, having played the role of capital of the Spanish dominions in South America from 1535 until the 18th century.
We’ll explore the Old Town’s remarkable colonial architecture, Government Palace and the city’s historic squares. And we’ll stop at the cathedral and Larco Herrera Museum, where gold and silver from ancient Peru are displayed.
This afternoon, we transfer to the airport for our flight to Arequipa. You stay at Casa Andina Select Arequipa (3*) or Casa Andina Premium Arequipa (5*).
Day 5 Arequipa
You can enjoy scenic views at every turn in Arequipa thanks to the three snow-capped towering volcanoes - Chachani, Misti and Pichu Pichu - that guard the UNESCO-listed city.
This morning we embark on a tour - the city’s architecture is utterly remarkable and many buildings are made from locally sourced white volcanic sillar rock.
Explore the fine old quarter of San Lazaro and the spectacular Monastery of Santa Catalina, Peru’s most important religious building and home to a delightful gallery of paintings and sculptures.
Spend the afternoon at leisure, or take an optional excursion of your choice.
Day 6 Colca Canyon
Today we travel into the Colca Canyon, marvelling at the colourful Andean Valley as we journey to Chivay.
This charming small town in the southern Colca Canyon region has a cultural main square with views of terraced hillsides and snow-capped peaks.
You stay at Casa Andina Classic Colca (3*) or Hotel El Refugio (3.5*).
Day 7 Colca Canyon to Puno
At Colca Canyon’s Cruz del Condor, Andean Condors can be seen soaring gracefully on thermals rising from the stunning canyon.
The scale of the canyon is truly breathtaking, with the summit of the nearby Ampato volcano over 5km higher than the canyon’s lowest point.
Later, we travel to Puno.
Day 8 Lake Titicaca
A full-day excursion to Lake Titicaca reveals an area of unbelievable beauty and legend. Believed by the Incas to be the birthplace of the sun, Titicaca is South America’s largest lake.
We’ll see the Uros villages, whose inhabitants live on floating totora-reed islands, and Taquile Island, inhabited by Quechua-speaking natives. Here, we see a demonstration of traditional hand-weaving techniques - a snapshot of the remarkable lifestyle and culture of these Peruvian natives.
Returning to Puno, we visit the Sillustani archaeological site with its chullpa burial towers. The Colla people imprinted detailed carvings into the tombs, the tallest constructed towers stands at 40 feet on one of the hills.
Day 10 Cuzco
Cuzco was the once fabled capital of the Inca Empire, situated in the Peruvian Andes. Enjoy a captivating tour of the ‘Archaeological Capital of South America’, visiting the beautiful Plaza de Armas, Cuzco Cathedral with star-shaped ceilings and a lavish collection of famous paintings including Marcos Zapata’s impeccable ‘The Last Supper’.
We also see the semi-circular Temple of the Sun and the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, the massive Inca fortress overlooking the city.
Day 11 Cuzco to Sacred Valley
We travel to the Sacred Valley, stopping in the charming village of Pisac where Quechua people from the beautiful surrounding highlands come to sell their stock and purchase supplies in the lively market; with jewellery, ponchos, Andean instruments and ceramics it’s a shopper’s delight!
Head to Ollantaytambo, where the aged remains include a series of steps and niches carved out of the cliff. Since the 13th century, this beautiful area has been a delightful place to leisurely wander through narrow, cobblestone streets making you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time.
You stay at Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay (3*) or Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado Hotel & Villas (5*).
Day 12 Machu Picchu
Today is a real highlight as we travel by train to the magnificent lost Inca city of Machu Picchu. Tours here reveal the sheer scale of this historic, archaeological masterpiece, once buried in the jungle.
The complex is considered to have been constructed at the height of the Inca Empire between the 15th and 16th centuries, and abandoned at the end of the latter. The group of approximately 200 structures were rediscovered in 1911, and declared one of the New7Wonders of the World in 2007.
The ruins of temples, palaces, towers and fountains set against a dramatic backdrop of dark green forested mountains remain a symbol of the Inca Empire’s time in power.
Day 13 Sacred Valley to Cuzco to Lima
Today we fly to Lima for an overnight stay.
Day 14 Lima to UK
Transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight to the UK.
Day 15 UK
Upon arrival, your vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
This tour includes areas of high altitude and customers who may be concerned are recommended to consult their doctor.
Accommodation is locally rated and may change, but will always be of a similar standard.