- 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
- Top Performer
- Small Group 25 or less
- VIP door to door
- 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. Travel as part of a small group, enjoying stays in boutique accommodation, as you visit breathtaking ruins, seek out rare wildlife and wander through colonial cities including Lima and Cuzco.
12 nights in hotels and 2 in flight
23 meals:12 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L) and 5 dinners (D)
Saga tour manager
- Return flights and transfers
- Welcome dinner
- Farewell dinner
- Bottled water during excursions
- Porterage at all hotels
Included 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
Use of audio headsets on guided tours
- Day 1 UK-Lima
- Day 2 Lima
- Day 3 Lima-Cuzco-Sacred Valley
- Day 4 Sacred Valley
- Day 5 Sacred Valley-Macchu Picchu
- Day 6 Macchu Picchu-Cuzco
- Day 7 Cuzco
- Day 8 Cuzco-Puno
- Day 9 Lake Titicaca
- Day 10 Puno-Colca
- Day 11 Colca-Arequipa
- Day 12 Arequipa
- Day 13 Arequipa-Lima
- Day 14 Lima-UK
- Day 15 UK
Mercure Ariosto Lima
Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay
El Mapi Hotel
Costa del Sol Cusco Hotel
Sonesta Posada del Inca Puno Hotel
Hampton Arequipa Hotel
Mercure Aristo Miraflores
Day 1 UK-Lima
Depart in the evening for your overnight flight to South America.
Day 2 Lima
Arrive in Lima and transfer to the locally rated 4-star Mercure Ariosto Lima (4Q) where you stay overnight. Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening. D
Day 3 Lima-Cuzco-Sacred Valley
Take an onward flight to Cuzco this morning. Take an approximately two-hour transfer to the locally rated 4-star Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay (4Q) in the Sacred Valley for a two-night stay. An early check-in has been arranged. B
Day 4 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 5 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. Enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant before touring this mysterious ancient site.
Later you will make the short bus ride to Aguas Calientes where you will spend the night in the locally rated 4-star El Mapi Hotel (4Q). B, L, D
Day 6 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 4-star Costa del Sol Cusco Hotel (4Q). B
Day 7 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 8 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 Sonesta Posada del Inca Puno Hotel (4Q).
Please note: You can opt to make the scenic journey from Cuzco to Puno by the Titicaca train for an additional charge, though you will not visit Andahuaylillas and the Temple of Viracocha. B, L
Day 9 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 10 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 Aranwa Hotel (4Q). B, L, D
Day 11 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 Hampton Arequipa Hotel (4Q). B, L
Day 12 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 13 Arequipa-Lima
Transfer to the airport this morning and fly to the Peruvian capital.
Check in to the locally rated 4-star Mercure Aristo Miraflores (4Q) for an overnight stay with breakfast included.
This afternoon perhaps join an optional excursion, with a choice of two optional tours of the city revealing its colonial elegance, from the vast cathedral to the 17th-century San Francisco Convent. On 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 evening 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 14 Lima-UK
This morning transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight to the UK. B
Day 15 UK
Arrive in the UK for your included door-to-door travel service home.
Post-holiday extension - Including 2 breakfasts
Enjoy an additional two nights at the 4-star Hacienda Paracas (4Q) 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 an included flight over the famous Nazca Lines.
The Amazon, Peru
Pre-holiday extension - including 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Enjoy a night at the 4-star Mercure Aristo Miraflores (4Q) in Lima with breakfast included before transferring to spend three nights in the Amazon with a full-board stay at the Hacienda Concepcion (3Q+) and a three day activity programme included.
Instead of travelling from Cuzco to Puno by coach on Day 8 of your holiday, you might opt to take the chance to make the spectacular journey by rail aboard the Titicaca Train.
The train departs from historic Cuzco and climbs gradually into the mountains as it winds its way south to scenic Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
The journey follows the meandering Huatanay and Vilcanota rivers through the countryside, past picturesque villages and eucalyptus groves into deep valleys in the shadow of the might Andes.
After leaving the rolling green hills of Cuzco behind, keep an eye out for alpaca as your train rolls through the Andean Plains. Midway through the journey you will stop at La Raya, a cold and remote town adrift in an ocean of grassland and, at 4,321 metres above sea level, the highest point on your journey. Perhaps stretch your legs and take in the views of the snow-capped peaks around you.
Your train continues on towards Puno, creeping through the bustling market town of Juliaca on the way, and eventually arrives at the sprawling town, founded 350 years ago, which surrounds the Cathedral Basilica of St. Charles Borromeo – a grand cathedral dating back more than 250 years.
Lunch is included while additional food and drink services are available throughout the 10-hour journey at an additional cost.