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Highlights of Peru

Operated by: Trafalgar

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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Reviews
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Vacation
Independent Reviews
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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