- Machu Picchu
Visit Machu Picchu hidden among the peaks of the Andes.
- Authentic Latin America
Immerse yourself in the colours and contrasts of this culturally-rich land.
- Lake Titicaca
Meet the Uros community who live on floating islands made of reeds.
- Soar point
Head to the lookout at Condor Cross to witness the majesty of the world’s largest bird, the Andean Condor
- VIP door to door
- Small group 30 or less
- All breakfasts and more
Discover authentic Latin America...
Allow the rich culture of one of the most historic countries on earth to stimulate your senses. Experience the traditions, indulge in the cuisine, savour the aromas and immerse yourself in the stunning natural scenery of Peru on an epic journey that promises to take you back in time more than 1,000 years. Visit breathtaking ruins, seek out rare wildlife and wander colonial cities including Lima and Cuzco…
11 nights in hotels and 2 in flight
22 meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK Branch and additional cancellation rights on overseas holidays for over 50s, or a price reduction if not required (cover is subject to medical questions)
- Return flights and transfers
- Welcome dinner
- Farewell dinner
- Bottled water during excursions
- Saga tour manager
- Porterage at all hotels
Excursions and visits
- Sacred Valley tour including visit to Pisaq Market and the Ollantaytambo ruins
- Vistadome train to Machu Picchu
- Dinner show in Cuzco
- Visit the Church of St Peter the Apostle in Andahuaylillas and the Incan remains of the Temple of Viracocha
- Lake Titicaca by boat, visiting the islands of Uros and Taquile
- Andean condor spotting in Colca Canyon
- Arequipa city tour with visit to Santa Catalina
Day 1 UK-Bogota
After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, depart in the evening for your overnight flight to South America.
Day 2 Bogota-Cuzco-Sacred Valley
Arrive in Colombia then take an onward flight to Cuzco this morning. Take an approximately two-hour transfer to the locally rated 4-star Sonesta Posada del Inca in the Sacred Valley for a two-night stay. An early check-in has been arranged. Tonight you can look forward to an included welcome dinner at the hotel where you can meet your fellow travellers. D
Day 3 Sacred Valley
Look forward to an included full-day excursion to admire the union of colonial and Inca architecture in the town of Pisaq, where you can peruse the market in search of colourful textiles and ceramics. Then head to Ollantaytambo, an awe-inspiring Incan town now largely in ruins, but with many surviving structures, including lengthy walls, terraces and towers. Even the streets are intact! B, L
Day 4 Sacred Valley-Macchu Picchu
A long day of adventure begins with a train ride through the Sacred Valley and up into the mountains, where the lofty ruins of Machu Picchu hide among the peaks. Tour this mysterious ancient site before enjoying an included lunch at a local hotel restaurant. Later you will make the short bus ride to Aguas Calientes where you will spend the night in the locally rated 3-star plus Tierra Viva Hotel. B, L, D
Day 5 Macchu Picchu-Cuzco
Enjoy a day at leisure which you might opt to spend returning to the atmospheric ruins. This afternoon you will return to the valley and transfer to Cuzco, where you spend the next two nights at the locally rated 3-star Jose Antonio Cuzco with breakfasts included. B
Day 6 Cuzco
Today is at leisure, giving you the chance to adapt to the increased altitude in Cuzco, which was the imperial capital of the Inca Empire. You can choose to join one of two optional tours today to see some remnants of that era, including a temple dedicated to the sun god, as well as the elegant Spanish colonial additions to the city. The tour also visits nearby ruins, including the incredible fortress of Sacsayhuaman, built using stones of mind-boggling scale, some weighing more than 120 tonnes. An alternative optional tour visits the sight and allows you to walk down from Sacsayhuaman to Cuzco´s main plaza. Tonight enjoy an included dinner show at a local restaurant. B, D
Day 7 Cuzco-Puno
The coach journey to Puno is long but promises to be very rewarding, punctuated by a visit to Andahuaylillas to see the Church of St Peter the Apostle and its flamboyant interior. En route you’ll also visit the Incan remains of Raqchi, home to the monumental walls of the Temple of Viracocha, and enjoy an included lunch. Arrive at Puno for a two-night stay at the locally rated 4-star Jose Antonio Puno on a bed-and-breakfast basis.
Please note: You can opt to make the scenic journey from Cuzco to Puno by train for an additional charge, though you will not visit Andahuaylillas and the Temple of Viracocha. B, L
Day 8 Lake Titicaca
You’re in for a treat on today’s included excursion, which promises to immerse you in the customs and traditions of authentic Latin American life. Head out onto the waters of Lake Titicaca – the highest in the world – to visit the Uros community, who make their homes on artificial floating islands made of reeds. Then visit Taquile Island, where the inhabitants have used the typical Incan terraces to cultivate crops and colourful flowers. Enjoy lunch at a local home on the island. Please note: The islands have several steps to climb. B, L
Day 9 Puno-Colca
This morning enjoy a scenic drive to Chivay in the stunning Colca Valley, traversing the dramatic mountain pass of Patapampa en route. Look forward to making several stops en route, keep an eye out for Andean flamingos in the Lagunillas and perhaps take the chance to drink some traditional mate to help combat altitude sickness. Travel past the source of the Amazon River at Pata Pampa before an included lunch at a local restaurant. Later visit a natural hot springs where you might wish to take a relaxing dip (entrance and towels not included) before heading to spend the night at the locally rated 3-star Casa Andina Classic Colca, where dinner is included tonight. B, L, D
Day 10 Colca-Arequipa
Early this morning scale the slopes of Colca Canyon to the Condor’s Cross, where you can hope to spot majestic Andean condors – the world’s largest flying bird – soaring overhead. On the way back, pass through the villages of Pinchollo, Achoma and visit the towns of Maca, at the base of the volcano Sabancaya and then Yanque, which boasts a delightful colonial church with a baroque façade. After an included lunch, transfer to Arequipa for two nights at the locally rated 4-star Casa Andina Select Arequipa. B, L
Day 11 Arequipa
Arequipa has a lower altitude and is flanked by three volcanic peaks. An included half-day city tour also takes in Santa Catalina, a huge monastery with brightly painted walls, originally built in 1579 and enlarged in the following century to more than 20,000 square metres. Some 20 nuns still reside in the northern corner of the complex. B
Day 12 Arequipa-Lima
Transfer to the airport this morning and fly to the Peruvian capital. Check in to the locally rated 3-star-plus Jose Antonio Lima for an overnight stay with breakfast included. After an afternoon at leisure to get your bearings you can look forward to a memorable farewell dinner this evening at the Huaca Pucliana Restaurant. Adjacent to the ruins of the same name – a vast pyramid built on seven levels using millions of clay bricks – is a restaurant with spectacular views of its illuminated surroundings after dark. The pre-Inca site, which is believed to be around 1,500 years old and among the oldest in the city, once served as an important ceremonial site dedicated to the God Pachacamac in the Lima Culture. B, D
Day 13 Lima
This morning, a choice of two optional tours of the city reveal its colonial elegance, from the vast cathedral to the 17th-century San Francisco Convent. One excursion participants can also visit the Larco Museum. Housed within a huge Spanish mansion and covering 3,000 years of pre-Columbian history – it also features some diverting examples of erotic ceramic art! This afternoon, transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight to the UK. B
Day 14 UK
Arrive in the UK for your included door-to-door travel service home.
Post-holiday extension - Including 3 breakfasts
Enjoy an additional three nights at the locally rated 4-star Alfiz in Colombia and enjoy an included city tour and a boat ride to Rosario Islands for a day on the beach.
Post-holiday extension - including 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
Enjoy a night at the Jose Antonio or Novotel in Cuzco with breakfast included before transferring to spend three nights in the Amazon with a full-board stay at the Hacienda Conception.
Post-holiday extension - Including 3 breakfasts
Enjoy an additional three nights at the locally rated 4-star Hacienda Paracas on Peru’s west coast, renowned for its beaches. Enjoy an included trip to the uninhabited Ballestas Islands, home to sea lions, pelicans and Humboldt penguins and take the option to fly over the famous Nazca Lines.