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Machu Picchu
Tour Style: First Class
8 Days from $2,181 per person

Our most popular Peru vacation, the ancient allure of Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley meet the buzz and bustle of Lima and Cusco in time spent with Insiders who share personal tales of their beloved country.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… learning to weave in the Sacred Valley, watching centuries-old dyeing techniques, passed from mother to daughter, as the weavers keep their Andean traditions alive. Meeting the curator of the world's largest private collection of pre-Columbian art at the Larco Museum in Lima. And hearing tales of Dr. Diez Canseco's illustrious ancestors, as you tour his mansion, a traditional country house, and settle down to a home-cooked Peruvian meal with him.

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  1. Bienvenidos a Lima, founded in 1535 by conquistador Francisco Pizarro who dubbed it the “City of Kings.” A local host will greet you and take you to your hotel in San Isidro, one of Lima's exclusive neighborhoods, bustling with shops and restaurants.
    hotel:Novotel Lima
  2. Kick back, relax and enjoy your morning at the hotel, or perhaps venture out to do some exploring of your own. At lunch time, meet your Travel Director and head to Casa Diez Canseco, the private home of an illustrious Lima family, and meet the friendly owner for a Welcome Reception and Be My Guest lunch. Learn about the history of your host's ancestors and tour his historic home before celebrating your arrival in Peru with a home cooked meal of traditional Peruvian delicacies. After lunch, bid farewell and spend the afternoon exploring Peru's capital with your Local Specialist. Immerse yourself in the colonial splendor of Lima's Historic Center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the expansive Plaza de Armas with its impressive cathedral and the stately government palace. See the Church of San Francisco and discover its hidden catacombs and splendid architecture. The evening is yours to enjoy.
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  3. Take a morning flight to Cusco and head for the Sacred Valley. Stop at Awanakancha, a Cultural Insight and living museum of the Peruvian Andes, where you can see and interact with llamas, alpacas and vicuñas. Enjoy a picnic box lunch before visiting the vibrant market of Pisac where local Quechua people come to sell their produce and handicrafts. Spend some time browsing the stalls, sip a cup of coca tea to help you acclimate to the altitude and keep your ears open for roving bands playing the traditional music of the Andes. Later this afternoon, arrive at your lovely hotel, a former 18th century colonial-style monastery, surrounded by beautiful gardens in the heart of the Sacred Valley. Learn about Peruvian weaving as you observe the centuries-old methods used for spinning, dyeing and weaving Andean traditional textiles. Discover this Cultural Insight with Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a Quechua scholar and recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant. This evening, enjoy a convivial dinner at the hotel.
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    hotel:Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay
  4. After breakfast, head to Ollantaytambo to visit this famous Inca stronghold built from immense blocks of stone. Learn about Inca history as you tour the ruins of the hilltop fortress. Next, board the Vistadome train for the journey to the great citadel of the Incas (light snack included). Panoramic windows allow you to appreciate the incredible scenery as you follow the Rio Vilcanota to the town of Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, take a short ride up to the entrance gate and begin your exploration of one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Visit the ruins of this once-great fortress built in the 15th century and abandoned nearly 100 years later with the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. See the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site with a Local Specialist—the 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 by the ancient Incas. Dinner is served at the hotel.

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    hotel:El Mapi by Inkaterra
  5. Return to Machu Picchu to continue exploring on your own. If you're feeling adventurous, hike up to the Gate of the Sun for stunning views over the fortress and the valley below. Or view the incredible stonework and amazing feats of engineering required to transport the huge blocks of stone to the top of this isolated mountain. In the early afternoon, board the train to the Sacred Valley. Head toward the great colonial city of Cusco by coach. On the way, stop at a local chicheria for a taste of chicha, a Cultural Insight, and learn how this Peruvian corn beer is made by local women.
    hotel:Novotel Cusco
  6. This morning, embark on a tour of Cusco, the "Imperial City", and the capital of the Incas during their reign. This lively city, rich in history, bears marks of both the Incas and Spanish who came after them. Enjoy an introduction to the highlights of the city, including the incredible baroque Cathedral on the main Plaza de Armas in the heart of the city. Delve deeper into the history of this ancient place at the 17th century Church of Santo Domingo, which was built atop the foundation of the Inca Temple of the Sun, often referred to as Korikancha. Just outside of town, visit the ruins of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, perched on a hill overlooking Cusco, and see nearby warehouses where the Incas stored their grain. Spend the rest of the afternoon on your own. This evening, gather for a Regional Meal at a local restaurant, enjoying Cusquenian dishes and ancestral dance performances.
    meal(s):FB, RM
  7. Fly back to Lima late this morning and enjoy an afternoon on your own to do some more exploring, pick up souvenirs or just relax. Later, meet a Local Specialist and curator at the Larco Museum, which houses the largest private collection of pre-Columbian art in the world, and learn about the evolution and cultures of ancient Peruvian societies. Later, gather with your traveling companions for a Farewell Dinner in the museum's garden restaurant.
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    hotel:Novotel Lima
  8. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight or perhaps extend your stay at the Novotel Lima.

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Meal Summary

7 nights' accommodations, 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners.

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Cultural Insight

  • Visit Awakancha, meet Andean weavers and taste chica at a local chiceria.

Be My Guest

  • Join Dr. Francisco Diez Canseco for a Peruvian lunch at his beautiful estate.

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Lima, Machu Picchu and at the Larco Museum.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Lima and Cusco
  • Visit the outdoor market at Pisac, the ruins at Ollantaytambo, 15th century fortress of Machu Picchu, historic Sacsayhuaman and the Larco Museum in Lima
  • Scenic drive through the Sacred Valley
  • Iconic train journey aboard the Vistadome train
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Crossovers: These departures will operate as per the 2016 itinerary; hotels and inclusions may vary.

undefinedFestival Departures: Christmas or New Year's Eve celebrations are arranged for these departures.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $550.

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $80 per person.

Land and Intra Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Lima-Cusco and Cusco-Lima and require purchase of round-trip air travel on LATAM airline between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities (ticket number required). If flying with another airline between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher.

Note: On the train to Machu Picchu, only hand luggage (overnight bag) can be taken. Your suitcase will be securely stored and returned to you in Cusco.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Peru must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Peru.

  • The currency in Peru is the Peruvian Sol. You can use your debit or credit card to pay in most places and will usually find a better exchange rate in Peru.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine.  Peruvian food is a colorful mix of cultural influences and flavorful ingredients. Sample popular specialties including seafood ceviche – the country’s national dish –stir fried beef, potatoes with spicy cheese sauce, and stuffed peppers. And there’s nothing quite like a South American pisco sour cocktail prepared with lemon juice, egg white, and pisco liqueur.

    The hot and spicy nature of Peruvian food, created by ají and ajo (hot pepper and garlic), has become celebrated at home and abroad. Peruvians enjoy a wide variety of vegetables, with over 2000 kinds of indigenous and cultivated potatoes alone. Tropical fruits are abundant. And the seafood is incredible. Try ceviche and the local seabass, prepared in a variety of ways. Typical dishes made with scallops (conchitas), mussels (choros), octopus (pulpo) and shrimp (camarones) are plentiful and delicious. Try the popular specialties sopa criolla (spicy soup with beef and noodles) and ají de gallina (shredded chicken in a piquant cream sauce).  Rice and potatoes accompany virtually every dish here. Alfajores (wafer-thin spirals of shortbread dusted with icing sugar) are Peru’s most popular dessert. 

    You’ll also encounter a variety of interesting beverages.  Peru’s most famous drink is the pisco sour cocktail, made from a potent grape brandy. Chicha de jora (fermented red or yellow corn juice) and chicha morada (non-alcoholic purple corn juice) are popular drinks dating from Inca times. Peruvian beers and national wines are also good.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of comfortable, lightweight clothing that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress in Peru’s various regions. Sturdy walking shoes are important. Insect repellant and sunscreen may come in handy, as well as a light jacket and reusable water bottle. A more formal outfit will serve you if you plan on dining out in nicer restaurants.  Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • There is no hard and fast rule about tipping when dining out in Peru. Some restaurants will add a service charge to the bill in which case there is no need to leave an additional tip. In upscale restaurants it is appropriate to leave 10 percent gratuity.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend the equivalent of $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


Saturday, November 19, 2016
Service rating : None
Vacation : We got food poisoning at a restaurant in Cusco on the tour. No one contacted us to see if we were OK. We were on our own.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're so sorry to hear about this. Certainly the Travel Director should have checked on you to see how you were feeling. We apologize for this oversight and hope it did not spoil the rest of your trip.

Grand European Travel
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016
Service rating : too much flying
Vacation : guide was fantastic
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Service rating : This was one of the best trips we have taken. Grand European had everything organized and partnered with Trafalgar Tours to insure the entire trip went smoothly.
Vacation : The itinerary was excellent. Our Tour Director, Freddie Avalos kept us well informed and prepared us for every activity. He provided us with a lot of local information, Freddie along with Alex our local tour guide, both provided us with considerable Inca history as well as Insight into the local culture. All of the hotels and sites we visited were excellent. Meals that were included were outstanding. Visiting Machu Picchu was our primary reason for this trip and it was far better than we expected. All in all it was one of the best vacations we have ever had.

Extend your vacation with a post-itinerary 7 day Galapagos Islands package, including a 4 night cruise.

Prices for the extension start at $4,337 per person twin share (single supplement from $3,425).

Prices include internal flights, Galapagos National Park fees, Galapagos Transit Control Card, and all taxes and gratuities on board the cruise. Please note that guaranteed room share is not available on this extension. 

DAY 1 - 7 Operate per Highlights of Peru Itinerary

Fly to Quito where you will be greeted at the airport and taken to your hotel.
(FB) Hilton Colon, Quito

Visit the historic center of the city, which was the first place in the world designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then travel to the "Middle of the World" to stand on the Equator.  

Fly to Baltra Island and transfer by ferry to Santa Cruz Island. Visit Las Bachas and its salt water lagoons. These lagoons are the feeding grounds for many different types of wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. Board your ship and enjoy a Welcome Drink before dinner. 

Explore the coastline along the imposing cliffs of Buccaneer Cove. Enjoy the fantastic natural formations such as the Elephant Rock, The Bishop, and an impressive natural cave.  Depart for Santiago Island and Puerto Egas where you might catch a glimpse of some marine birds amidst the lava flows and tuff-stone layers. 

Land near a red colored beach on Rabida Island, where sea lions and marine iguanas laze on the rocks. With your choice of sightseeing, either get up close and personal with vibrant undersea colonies on a snorkel excursion, or view them from a glass bottom or panga boat. Visit Bartolome Island with its stunning landscapes. Hike to the island summit for impressive views. The island is also home to the Galapagos Penguin, the only penguin species to live near the Equator. 

The morning begins with a climb to a flat, rocky plateau. Along the way, you might have the chance to observe large colonies of Nazca, red-footed boobies, and great frigate birds. Or perhaps enjoy a panga boat ride along the cliffs (weather permitting). In the afternoon, land at Darwin Bay to enjoy some swimming and snorkeling. Later enjoy a leisurely stroll to observe more of the native wildlife. 

Transfer to Guayaquil Airport for your flight home. Airport arrival will be at 4.30pm - please be aware when booking your flights to the USA (not included in the extension price). Should you choose to extend your stay, you will be transferred to the Guayaquil hotel.

Extend your vacation with a pre-itinerary 5 day Peruvian Amazon package, including 3 nights in a jungle lodge. 

Prices for the extension start at $1,269* per person twin share (single supplement $250).

Prices include internal flights. Please note that guaranteed room share is not available on this extension. 

Fly to Lima, Peru (international flights not included). Upon arrival in Lima, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free.
Wyndham Costa del Sol, Lima Airport

This morning fly to remote Puerto Maldonado, then enjoy a journey on the Madre de Rios river to your jungle lodge. Get your first taste of the rainforest as your expert guide introduces you to the trees, medicinal plants, insects and animals that call the jungle home. Before dinner take a short caiman-spotting expedition aboard a small boat. 
(FB,L,D) Corto Maltes Amazonia

Enjoy breakfast then watch monkeys cavorting through the trees of Monkey Island. A short boat ride takes you to the Tambopata Candamo National Reserve. Disembark and hike through the jungle, admiring towering green walls of vegetation, the cacophony of birds, and the light filtering through the forest canopy. Arrive at Sandoval Lake where you might spot a wide variety of birds, monkeys, giant river otters, black caimans, or even the elusive anaconda. Enjoy a sunset over the lake before returning to the lodge for dinner.

Enjoy the morning at leisure to stroll the lodge grounds or take a swim. Later immerse yourself in local culture with member of the Ese'eja tribe and visit a local farm to learn about traditional agriculture. This evening relish your last dinner in the rainforest and watch the stars come out. 

Enjoy a dawn excursion this morning to a popular feeding grounds for parrots. After breakfast bid farewell to the Amazon and head back to Puerto Maldonado for your flight to Lima. In Lima, join the rest of your tour group for Day 1 of Highlights of Peru.

Extend your vacation with a 3 day post-itinerary extension package to Easter Island.

Prices for the extension start at $975 per person twin share (single supplement $350).

Please note that the guaranteed room share is not available on this extension. Prices do not include airfare to Easter Island from Peru. Please ask your Grand European Travel Specialist about flight arrangements.  Due to the flight schedules to Easter Island, an additional night in Santiago is required and is included in the cost of this extension.

DAY 1 – 8 will operate per Highlights of Peru itinerary.

Arrive on Easter Island, the cradle of an enigmatic culture that endures to this day. The language, music and traditions remain alive among the island’s people; while the enormous stone carved Moai allude to an ancient past.  Your local host will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. After check-in, enjoy a private guided excursion to Ahu Akivi. Ahus signify the site of a sacred ceremony. The restored site of Ahu Akivi has seven Moai statues representing the seven explorers sent to Raoa Nui by the king Hotu Matua. Continue on to the ancient Ahu Hanga Poukura and visit the Puna Pau red scoria stone quarry.
Tahatai or Otai Rapanui Hotel

Enjoy a privately guided excursion as you drive along the island’s southern coast and see the perfectly preserved Ahu Vaihu in the Bay of Hanga Te’e. Continue to Rano Raraku, a quarry of almost 900 stone statues, 397 of which are on the slopes of the Rano Kau volcano. Visit Ahu Tongariki, the largest ahu on the island. Continue your drive to the eastern coast and visit Ahu Te Pito Kura and the “Navel of the World”.  Afterwards enjoy a stop at scenic Anakena beach and take in the splendor of the Pacific Ocean.

This morning your private excursion will take you to the extinct Rano Kau volcano, where you will enjoy magnificent views of the island. See the island’s distinct geological features including a crater lake. Next, drive to a ceremonial village of Orongo, where you can see remarkable petroglyphs.  Enjoy breathtaking views of the three islets of Motu Nui, Motu Iti and Motu Kao Kao.  Drive down to Ahu Vinapu to see further evidence of pre-Incan architectural influences on Easter Island. Stop at the Ana Kai Tangata to view its ornate paintings. Return to your hotel before you are transferred to the airport for your flights later this afternoon.

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


La Dama Juana Restaurant And Folklore Show

Adult Price: $64.00 | Child Price: $52.00

La Dama Juana Restaurant combines typical Peruvian food with traditional folkloric dancing. The food is served buffet-style in clay pots. As you dine, watch the energetic dancers perform colonial and Inca ceremonial dances. The costumes are colorful and the music is lively. This optional experience can only be offered to guests that arrive to the hotel by 3pm on Day 1 of your guided vacation or have purchased extra nights. Total duration approximtely about 3 hours. (No Minimum)


Magic Circuit Of The Water

Adult Price: $22.00 | Child Price: $22.00

The Magic Circuit of the Water is the world's largest fountain complex of beautiful interactive fountains featuring swaying water, colored lights and lasers dancing with the music. The Magic Fountain forces water to a height of more than 250 feet (80 meters). This optional experience is available Wednesday to Sunday. Total duration approximately 2 ½ hours. This optional experience can only be offered to guests that arrive to the hotel by 3pm on Day 1 of your guided vacation or have purchased extra nights. (No Minimum)


Moray And Moras

Adult Price: $80.00 | Child Price: $75.00

Visit Moray, the Inca agricultural greenhouse or laboratory that consists of four platforms that seem to disappear into a crater. At a depth of 500 feet (150 meters), the overlapping concentric circular stone rings widen as they rise. It was an experimental location the Incas used to study the adaptation of plants with agriculture. Next is the village of Maras, renowned for its ancient salt mines and wells. The salt has been used for economic purposes since the time of the Inca. You will meet the villagers who explain ancient salt mining techniques and have a chance to participate. Total duration approximately 4 hours. (Minimum 5 Guests)



Adult Price: $35.00 | Child Price: $31.00

Pachacamac is located around 30 km (19 mi) south of Lima and was constructed around 700 A.D. It was the most important ceremonial center on the Peruvian Coast during the pre-Inca and Inca period. The early inhabitants came here to worship and give offerings to their God “Pachacamac”, who was believed to be the creator of the world and all its creatures. The site includes several clay buildings including palaces, plazas and temples. This optional experience can only be offered if you arrive the morning of Day 1 of your guided vacation or if you have purchased extra nights. Total duration approximately 3 hours. Not available on Mondays. (No Minimum)


Piquillacta Ruins & Andahuaylillas Church

Adult Price: $65.00 | Child Price: $55.00

Visit 17th century Piquillacta, a pre-Inca citadel built by the Wari people, featuring an elusive history and bizarre architecture. Afterward, head to Andahuaylillas to see San Pedro Church, a perfect example of Peru’s colonial architecture and often referred to as the Andean Sistine Chapel. Total duration approximately 4 hours. (Minimum 4 Guests)


Visit And Workshop At Choco Museum

Adult Price: $52.00 | Child Price: $52.00

Visit the Choco Museum where you will learn the Peruvian chocolate making process from the cacao bean to the chocolate bar. You will participate in making the chocolate and experience the true feeling of a chocolate maker. Space is limited and total duration approximately 2 ½ to 3 hours. (Minimum 4 Guests)

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