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Highlights of Peru

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8 Days from $2,040 per person
Machu Picchu with tourists

Countries Visited

Peru ...more Peru

Locations Visited

Lima, Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes, Cuzco ...more Lima, Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes, Cuzco
  1. Day 1 Arrive Lima (2 Nights)

    Welcome to the Capital of the New World - the launch pad to our effortlessly delivered encounter with the iconic and unexpected highlights of Peru. On arrival in Lima, you'll be transferred to your hotel in the exclusive bairrio of San Isidro where you'll enjoy a Welcome Reception this evening to meet your Travel Director and travel companions.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Novotel Lima
  2. Day 2 Lima Sightseeing

    Connect with the colonial heritage of Francisco Pizzaro's "City of Kings", admiring the colonial splendour of Lima's UNESCO-listed Historic Centre. Stand in the birthplace of this ancient, yet modern city, surrounded by the Baroque façades of Cathedral of Lima and Palace of the Union. See the Church of the San Francisco and discover its hidden catacombs. Celebrate Lima's status as the culinary capital of South America and 'Connect with Locals' when you meet Ignacio Barrios, who has worked alongside many of Peru's most award-winning chefs. We visit a local market where Ignacio will explain how Peruvian fruits, vegetables, seafood and meats are the basis of Peruvian cooking. Then, continue to Chef Ignacio's cooking school where we'll enjoy a demonstration on how to prepare some of Peru's most popular dishes and have an opportunity to sample some at a 'Be My Guest' lunch before spending the rest of the day at leisure.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
  3. Day 3 Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley

    Board a morning flight to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. 'Visit the Pisac market displaying Quechua arts and crafts, then continue to a former 18th century colonial-style monastery in the Sacred Valley, our hotel for the night. 'Dive into Culture' and meet Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a master Quechua weaver, and the first person from her village to attend university. She been an ambassador for Andean traditions since she began learning ancient pre-Columbian weaving techniques as a young girl in the 1960s. 'Make a Difference' as your visit helps to preserve and promote traditional pre-Columbian weaving techniques in the 21st century.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay
  4. Day 4 Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

    The mystical empire of the Incas takes centre stage today. We visit the famous Sacred Valley stronghold of Ollantaytambo, before boarding the Vistadome train (light snack included) for our epic journey to Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Delve into the mysteries of this once-great civilisation, admiring the 15th century stone ruins of temples, palaces and terraces perched high amidst the clouds. Join your 'Local Specialist' for an exploration of the iconic great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the Intihuatana, an intricately carved rock most likely used as a sundial centuries ago. We return to our hotel where we dine tonight.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel El Mapi by Inkaterra
  5. Day 5 Machu Picchu – Cusco (2 Nights)

    The ancient ruins of Machu Picchu beckon again and we have an opportunity to re-connect with this ancient wonder. If you're feeling adventurous, hike up to the Gate of the Sun for stunning views over the fortress. We board a train to the Sacred Valley, then head to the colonial city of Cusco, stopping en route at a local chicheria. 'Dive into Culture' and enjoy the sweet flavours of chica as you learn how this Peruvian corn beer is brewed by the local women.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Novotel Cusco
  6. Day 6 Cusco Sightseeing

    Embark on a sightseeing tour of the sacred city of Cusco this morning, admiring the 16th century Spanish colonial buildings that stand on the foundations of former Inca temples and palaces. See the baroque Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and 17th century Church of Santo Domingo. Visit the ruins of the Sacsayhuaman fortress and see nearby warehouses where the Incas once stored their grain. The afternoon is free to explore on your terms. This evening, gather for a Regional Dinner at a local restaurant, enjoying Cusquenian dishes and ancestral dance performances.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
  7. Day 7 Cusco – Lima

    A leisurely start to our day sees us return to Lima this afternoon. Meet a Local Specialist and curator at the Larco Museum, which houses the largest private collection of pre-Columbian art in the world. This evening we join our travel companions for a Farewell Dinner in the museum's garden restaurant.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Novotel Lima
  8. Day 8 Depart Lima

    Our discovery of an ancient civilisation has come to an end. We transfer to the airport for your onward flight or perhaps extend your stay at the Novotel Lima.

    meals Breakfast
Highlights of Peru
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 5 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • A Trafalgar Bonus - All Intra-Air Flights: Lima to Cusco and Cusco to Lima, including porter service at all airports.
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in Lima, Cusco
  • VISIT the outdoor market at Pisac, the ruins at Ollantaytambo, two visits to the 15th century fortress of Machu Picchu, historic Sacsayhuaman, the Larco Museum in Lima
  • SCENIC DRIVE through the Sacred Valley, in Peru's Andean highlands
  • ICONIC TRAIN journey aboard the Vistadome train

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Extensions

PERUVIAN AMAZON

Please note:  This extension cannot be booked online. For more information and to book, please call GET.

Delve into the expanses of the Amazon, gliding through rainforests in search of mythical tribes and meet a myriad of enchanting creatures. This trip shares a glimpse into million-year-old jungle worlds of biodiversity. 

This locally hosted pre-itinerary extension is only available in conjunction with Highlights of Peru, In the Footsteps of the Incas, Land of the Incas, and Icons of South America.  

Day 1: Arrive Lima
On arrival in Lima, you'll be escorted to your airport hotel and enjoy the day exploring the sights of this colonial capital on your terms. 
Hotel: Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport

Day 2: Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Corto Maltes Amazonia (3 Nights)
This morning, we fly to Puerto Maldonado (internal flight included) and embark on a journey on the Madre de Rios River to our jungle lodge. Join an expert guide for insights into the forest, then keep a keen eye out for shy caiman during a pre-dinner boat expedition.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Corto Maltes Amazonia

Day 3: Amazon Exploration
A short boat ride takes us into the Tambopata Candamo National Reserve where we'll hike through the thick jungle. Arrive at Sandoval Lake, where you may spot a wide variety of birds, monkeys, giant river otters, black caimans, and the elusive anaconda.  
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Amazon Exploration
Immerse yourself in local culture with members of the Machiguenga tribe and visit a local farm. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Corto Maltes Amazonia - Puerto Maldonado - Lima
This morning, embark on an excursion to a popular feeding area for multi-colored parrots. After breakfast, your Amazon experience comes to an end as we head back to Puerto Maldonado for our flight to Lima (internal flight included) where we'll join our guided vacation on Day 1.
Meals: Breakfast

2020 Pricing 

From $1325 Per Person twin-share
$295 Single Supplement 

Land and Intra Air: Above prices include economy air and air-related charges for the flights from Lima to Puerto Maldonado and Puerto Maldonado to Lima. Please note: No linking flights are required on this extension program.

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this extension.  

GALAPAGOS CRUISE EAST

Please note:  This extension cannot be booked online. For more information and to book, please call GET.

Immerse yourself in the natural splendor of Darwin's Galapagos. Walk among giant tortoises and swim with turtles, sea lions and manta rays—discovering another world in ways you could never imagine. 

This locally hosted post-itinerary cruise is only available in conjunction with Highlights of Peru, Land of the Incas, or South America Revealed

Day 1: Lima - Quito (2 Nights)
Enjoy a warm welcome in Quito where you will be greeted at the airport and taken to your hotel.
Hotel: Hilton Colon Quito

Day 2: Quito Sightseeing and Free Time
Visit the Equator and the historical center of Quito, the first place in the world to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
Meal: Breakfast

Day 3: Arrive Baltra Island - Board Expedition Vessel (3 Nights)
On arrival at Baltra Airport, transfer to the M/V Galapagos Legend. Sail to Bartolomé Island, hiking to its summit for soul-stirring views, then snorkel in the midst of Galapagos penguins.
M/V Galapagos Legend
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: South Plaza Islet - North Seymour Island
Our first destination today is South Plaza Island, home to the famed Galapagos sea lions. Next is North Seymour Island, where resident sea lions and marine iguanas sun themselves. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: San Cristobal Island
Journey to Pitt Point this morning, ascending to a high point on the steep volcanic tuff hill. See Cerro Brujo's coral sand beach, where we connect with the resident sea lions or snorkel in the shadow of Witch's Hill. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Depart San Cristobal Island
Enjoy a first-hand encounter with the giant tortoises of La Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, a tortoise reserve. Transfer to San Cristobal Airport for your flight to Quito.
Airport arrival time in Quito will be at 7 pm. Please be aware when booking your flights.
Meals: Breakfast

2020 Pricing

From $3,995 Per Person twin-share
From $2,695 Single Supplement

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Price Includes: Galapagos National Park Fee, Galapagos Transit Control Card, and all taxes and gratuities to shipboard personnel and cruise guides. 

Land and Intra Air: These prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights from Quito to Galapagos and Galapagos to Quito, require the purchase of Highlights of Peru, Land of the Incas or South America Revealed vacation. Prices are accurate as of May 1, 2019. Call for up-to-date information.

Linking air is not included in the prices listed. Please call to inquire about flight arrangements to and from Quito.

GALAPAGOS CRUISE NORTH CENTRAL

Please note:  This extension cannot be booked online. For more information and to book, please call GET.

Immerse yourself in the natural splendor of Darwin's Galapagos. Walk among giant tortoises and swim with turtles, sea lions and manta rays—discovering another world in ways you could never imagine. 

This locally hosted post-itinerary cruise is only available in conjunction with Highlights of Peru, Land of the Incas, or South America Revealed

Day 1: Lima - Quito (2 Nights)
Enjoy a warm welcome in Quito where you will be greeted at the airport and taken to your hotel.
Hotel: Hilton Colon Quito

Day 2: Quito Sightseeing and Free Time
Visit the historical center of Quito, the first place in the world to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and stand on the Equator. 
Meal: Breakfast

Day 3: Arrive Baltra Island - Board Expedition Vessel (3 Nights)
On arrival at Baltra Island Airport, transfer to the M/V Galapagos Legend, which will ferry you to the Highlands Tortoise Reserve on Santa Cruz Island where you'll see the world's largest tortoises.
M/V Galapagos Legend
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: El Barranco - Prince Philip's Steps
Visit Genovese Island today, climbing up the rocky Prince Philip Steps in search of wildlife, walk to the expansive lava field, then continue to Darwin Bay. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Santa Cruz Island - Santa Fe Island
The marine iguanas of Santa Cruz view our arrival with indifference as we walk from the small lava dock. See the shallow lake where flamingos come to feed, then continue inland in search of land iguanas. Arriving on Santa Fe Island later, enjoy a snorkel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Depart Santa Cruz Island
Our final stop is Bachas Beach, a great place to swim, walk along the shore or visit the lagoon. Transfer to Baltra Airport for our return flight to Quito.
Airport arrival time in Quito will be at 4 pm. Please be aware when booking your flights.
Meal: Breakfast

2020 Pricing

From $3,995 Per Person twin-share
From $2,695 Single Supplement

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Price Includes: Galapagos National Park Fee, Galapagos Transit Control Card, and all taxes and gratuities to shipboard personnel and cruise guides. 

Land and Intra Air: These prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights from Quito to Galapagos and Galapagos to Quito, require the purchase of Highlights of Peru, Land of the Incas or South America Revealed vacation. Prices are accurate as of May 1, 2019. Call for up-to-date information.

Linking air is not included in the prices listed. Please call to inquire about flight arrangements to and from Quito.

EASTER ISLAND

Please note:  This extension cannot be booked online. For more information and to book, please call GET.

Surrender to the magnetic allure of the imposing Moai statues that stand watch over Easter Island and are a testament to the mysterious Rapa Nui people, who called this remote, tempestuous Pacific island home.

This locally hosted post-itinerary extension is available in conjunction with Highlights of Peru, In the Footsteps of the Incas, Land of the IncasSouth America Revealed, and Wonders of Patagonia.

Day 1: Arrive Easter Island (2 Nights)
Connect with the legend and lore of one of the world's most remote and remarkable islands, delving into the ancient culture of the Rapa Nui who once prospered on this land. Our first stop on this mystical adventure is Ahu Akivi, where we'll enjoy a private guided excursion to view its seven Moai statues, facing the ocean. Learn about their astronomically precise location and how they were placed there to use their mana to protect the inhabitants of the nearby village. Continue to ancient Ahu Hanga Poukura to see the tumbled Moai statues that stand as a testament to ancient battles. Then, visit the Puna Pau quarry with its red scoria stone.
Hotel: Taha Tai

Day 2: Easter Island Sightseeing 
Embark on a privately guided excursion to the southern coast and witness the perfectly preserved ceremonial Ahu Vaihu in the bay of Hanga Te'e. Set out with your boxed picnic lunch and proceed to Rano Raraku, a quarry of almost 900 stone statues—397 of them still located at the slopes of the Rano Kau volcano. Visit Ahu Tongariki, the largest ahu on the island, then continue to the eastern coast and visit Ahu Te Pito Kura with its Paro Maoi, the largest maoi statue ever erected. Afterward, visit scenic Anakena beach, where the king first set foot on the island. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Easter Island Sightseeing - Depart Easter Island
Journey to the UNESCO-listed Rapa Nui National Park, joining a private excursion up the extinct Rano Kau volcano. Admire magnificent views of the island from its slopes, then drive to the ceremonial village of Orongo, where you'll see spectacular petroglyphs revealing the local culture. Later, we'll catch a glimpse of the three islets of Motu Nui, Motu Iti and Motu Kao Kao on the
opposite coast. Then it's on to Ahu Vinapu for further evidence of the pre-Incan architectural influence in present-day Easter Island. Our final stop is at the Ana Kai Tangata to view the ornate cave paintings from its mouth. Return to your hotel before being transferred to the airport this afternoon.
Note: Airport arrival is at 12 noon. Please be aware when booking your flights. 
Meals: Breakfast

2020 Pricing 

From $1,095 Per Person twin-share 
From $825 Single Supplement
Triple Room Discount: $75

Please Note: Due to flight schedule, an additional complimentary overnight in Santiago for this post extension is required and is included in your trip. The hotel in Santiago will be the Holiday Inn Santiago Airport.

Linking air is not included in the prices listed. Please call to inquire about flight arrangements to and from Easter Island. 

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this extension. 

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Jian-Ping Huang
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Service
The whole process went smoothly. The tour guide, Daniel, was very knowledgeable and caring.
Vacation
Seeing Machu Picchu in Peru was a dream. This trip realized it. It wasn't difficult as I anticipated. Meeting the follow travelers were good experience.
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Service
The booking agent was punctual at returning emails and providing the information we needed.
Vacation
GET/Trafalgar did not include airfare to Easter Island and also reduced the stay by one day compared to past years. Otherwise, the trip was very good. The guides were excellent.
Barry Smith
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Service
Wonderful tour package. Got to see local and national cultures, artifacts, people, and language. A great tour director.
Vacation
GET did a wonderful job in selecting the hotels, food programs, excursions, and overall travel experience.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Service
Easy to deal with, brochures and website very informative.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like you had an awesome time seeing the Highlights of Peru. We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your trip and that you found our information helpful in your planning. Thank you for taking the time to write, and we hope to work with you again in the future! All the best!!
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Vacation
Great value. Tour Director Freddy was very competent and handled logistics with great precision. Our schedule was always on time I spite of having to manage activities across several towns and cities (Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu) with precise coordination of air and local transportation facilities and local guides. Hotels were very comfortable and well located. Meals were excellent too. This tour is very hectic and one should prepare for this pace before the tour. And read up about altitude sickness which you may experience at Cusco. Bring trekking sticks. Then hope for good weather.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Service
Excellent trip to Machu Picchu, Peru! Rudy was a wonderful guide - he handled everything seamlessly and was able to convey and share the culture and history. It was just the right amount of active time and social time. Enjoyed the excursion to the salt mines and Moray agricultural grounds. Thank you for a memorable trip!
Vacation
So nice to have everything planned out for us - tickets, hotels, meals, transportation, itinerary.
Frances Rainey
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Service
GET service was top notch! The two service reps we worked with were friendly, informative, and very thorough in guiding us through the booking process.
Vacation
The lodging and ground transportation were all first class. The itinerary was perfect to get the feeling of the country and culture. Danny, our travel guide, was the best. Very personable, and knowledgeable. He added insightful historical and societal perspectives of the Incas and the Spanish conquest that went far beyond the usual sightseeing. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip. We recommend it to anyone.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Service
Booking vacation was straight forward. We were pushed to eatly August due to full house in July. Probanly better weather in Peru in August. Only issue was getting our documrnt and itinerary. We had to call after waitng and ask for them. Finally, getting the airline s hedukes and boarding data correct was difficult, requiring several calls to GET, AMER. AIRLINES and LATAM. Only finalized 48 hours before take off. LATAM had no Passport info, from GET or AA. Once entered manually on LATAM website, the bogus BOGATA flight disappeared and everything was resolved. But up to then, no one could answer my question. Very disconcerning! Great trip! High quality with TRAFALGER. Great group.
Vacation
Very informative and deeply insightful thanks to Trafalger's Tour Guide.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Service
Initially I was not particularly interested in a couple of cultural learning experiences based on prior experiences I had on a different tour. However, I was genuinely surprised by the cultural experiences as scheduled. These opportunities were engaging in large part due to the enthusiasm generated by the presenters. Loved each opportunity to interact with community members and learn from their perspectives. Please continue recruiting presenters who are personable and enthusiastic about their communities!
Vacation
Overall the tour was terrific. There were booking issues with our flights which took several phone calls to resolve over a couple of days. Our travel documents were not sent until a short time (8 days) until our departure. I had to call GET to request our travel documents which were then sent electronically.
Jim Boyd
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Service
housing was generally good except the resort near the village from which the trains travel to Machu Picchu and that was world class although not the norm I suspect - food was great and Freddy was a good tour guide although I did not understand everything he said
Vacation
just a good solid group experiencew
Maureen Hernandez
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Service
Could have done a better job of booking airline between Atlanta and Lima We opted supposedly to fly in a day early if we hadn't done that we would have missed welcome reception.Also flying home was not a good experience we had a full day on Friday and the minute we returned from the farewell dinner we had to jump in cab for airport so went 48 hrs without getting into a bed we had hotel room and breakfast it should have been suggested to fly out at 1:00 AM on Sunday rather than 1:00 AM on Saturday I thought that is why a person books through a travel agent to be guided through process I probably will book my own flight next time as i have in the past
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for letting us know about your experience with your flights. We do book the most direct and convenient flights available at the time you book your trip and the schedules to/from Lima are for the most part the same on every airline. Very late arrivals and extremely early departures. We apologize if this was not properly explained to you when you booked. We hope that you were able to enjoy Lima overall.
Monday, July 2, 2018
Vacation
Our guide Rudy was amazing did many extra things to make trip even more memorable
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