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Highlights of Peru

8 Days from $2,068 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Active

Inca treasures, wild landscapes and ancient legends are brought to life in the Sacred Valley, centuries-old ruins of Machu Picchu and the charismatic capital streets of Lima.

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Inca treasures, wild landscapes and ancient legends are brought to life in the Sacred Valley, centuries-old ruins of Machu Picchu and the charismatic capital streets of Lima.

  1. 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.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Novotel Lima
  2. Connect with the colonial heritage of Francisco Pizzaro's "City of Kings," admiring the colonial splendor of Lima's UNESCO-listed Historic Center. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  3. We leave the coastal capital behind and board a morning flight to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Dive into culture at Awanakancha and learn how your visit makes a difference to this living museum, which provides sanctuary to llamas, alpacas and vicuñas and preserves traditional weaving techniques. Enjoy a picnic lunch before visiting the Pisac market where local Quechua people come to sell their produce and handicrafts. Stroll past the colorful stalls, sip a cup of coca tea to acclimate to the altitude and keep your ears open for roving bands playing the traditional music of the Andes. Later this afternoon, we arrive at a former 18th-century colonial-style monastery in the heart of the Sacred Valley, our hotel for the night. Dive into culture and meet Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, who will share centuries-old Andean weaving techniques. Tonight, we dine at our hotel.

    meal(s):Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel:Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay
  4. The mystical empire of the Incas takes center 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 civilization, 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:El Mapi by Inkaterra
  5. 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 flavors of chica as you learn how this Peruvian corn beer is brewed by the local women.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Novotel Cusco
  6. 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 Meal at a local restaurant, enjoying Cusquenian dishes and ancestral dance performances.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
  7. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel:Novotel Lima
  8. Our discovery of an ancient civilization has come to an end. We transfer to the airport for your onward flight or perhaps extend your stay at the Novotel Lima.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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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 $525.

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $85 per person.

Please note: In some locations you will be required to walk on uneven terrain and climb stairs without handrails. You should be in good health and be able to walk without assistance. This trip also experiences high elevations so we recommend guests with preexisting medical conditions talk with a doctor prior to travel.

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.

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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals

Meal Summary

7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners.

Included Highlights

Connect with Locals

  • Visit a local market with a young chef and enjoy a special lunch at his cooking school.

Dive into Culture

  • Visit Awakancha to see where the delicate alpaca, llama and vicuña wool is sourced from and learn about the age-old tradition of weaving from a fascinating Quechua scholar.
  • Visit a local chicheria for some traditional chicha tasting.

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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Reviews

Saturday, November 3, 2018
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Service rating : 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.
Saturday, September 29, 2018
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Service rating : 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.
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Frances Rainey
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Service rating : 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.
Saturday, August 18, 2018
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Service rating : 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.
Saturday, August 18, 2018
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Service rating : 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.
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Jim Boyd
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Service rating : 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
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Maureen Hernandez
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Service rating : 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
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Nathan Mackler
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Service rating : Service was very good from the time Iwas picked up at the air port until I was ready to travel back home. The tour director was the best!!!
Vacation : The hotels were all 5 stars, 2 of the restaurants were only only fair.
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Candice Gillespie
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Service rating : This was the 5th trip that I booked with GET. It's wonderful to know that I can go to them and they will handle all the details for a perfect trip! I have and will continue to recommend Grand European Travel.
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Thank you so much! We appreciate the vote of confidence and your repeat business.  Wonderful picture!
Monday, April 2, 2018
Vacation : Exceptional value for the quality of services!
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Brian Faust
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Service rating : All travel arrangements were handled first class with a very knowledgeable tour director who took a sincere interest in the safety and satisfaction of each tour member. He was more than knowledgeable about local information.
Vacation : Best value for the money/cost of the trip.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your review and continued business. We're glad you enjoyed your trip to Peru and hope to see you again soon!
Monday, November 6, 2017
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Alana
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Service rating : The tour guide(s) were great & they really did a great job of dealing with 45 people with diverse personalities. The only concern I had was my return flight from Lima @ 1am. I was fearful I would be alone in that airport @ that time in the AM. It would have been easier on my nerves if I (traveling alone) knew ahead of time that I was not alone. I asked everyone in the group if they were leaving @ 1am & I found oa couple on the last day. Boy what a relief...but I had to ask almost everyone because that information was not available to me. I had many sleepless nights worrying I'd get lost & not make my flight home,
Vacation : I didn't purchase only a few items because I ran out of luggage space.
Monday, September 4, 2017
Daisy Monsalve
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Service rating : Very efficient and professional. At the same time friendly. I loved to plan my trip with you .
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We're please to hear you like working with us! Looking forward to helping plan your next trip.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Vacation : It was a dream trip. Everything was very organized and the travel director, Daniel, is excellent.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Joseph Rinaldi
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Service rating : a very interesting tour rich with history.Our tour guide Danny was so very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and he made every possible attempt to make everyone feel safe and comfortable.The accommodation were excellent and local food was extremely enjoyable.Despite an unfortunate situation with protest in Peru we made the best of it and enjoyed the trip.
Vacation : a single supplement adds a bit more to the expense
Sunday, July 2, 2017
David Aharony
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Service rating : I'm a repeat customer and will use their service again in the future. They are that good! Professionals efficient and very courteous agents who also come through when trouble arises, such as missed flight or loss luggage. I'l recomm md them wholeheartedly to any family members or friends who plan to travel.
Vacation : Great value great experience!
Saturday, June 24, 2017
James Terlizzi
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Service rating : Everything was well organized from info. before the trip, movement during the trip and corrections if there was a cancelled flight.
Vacation : Well organized all the way
Saturday, June 10, 2017
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Service rating : Everything taken care of and we had nothing that we had to worry about except showing up.
Vacation : Loved the Peruvian Amazon extension. You should make it it's own trip with animal and bird watching being its focus.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Shirley Rexroth
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Service rating : t was Trafalgar, and was great. The tour guide was ecellent, one of the best we have recently
Vacation : Meant to say five star, sorry
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Monday, May 1, 2017
Saturday, November 19, 2016
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Service rating : None
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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
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.
Friday, October 21, 2016
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Service rating : too much flying
Vacation : guide was fantastic
Sunday, July 31, 2016
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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.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
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Service rating : Our tour guide, Barbara Ferstl as our Tour Director was a superb choice. She was always making sure things were as they should be. The accommodations also lovely and comfortable. The modes of transportation were comfortable and always manned by competent staff.
Vacation : Machu Picchu was the main reason for trip, but all the sites we visited were exciting, historical, and timed very well. We liked the Machu Picchu afternoon visit, followed by the next morning visit instead of one full day. A break was perfect. Aguas Calientes was a charming place. Loved Cusco, and were there at a very historical time, Celebration of Corpus Christie. We were very fortunate the weather was ideal for us.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
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Service rating : GET are brokers and they will not do anything more for you than what is in the catalogue or their website. They represent four providers and really do not care much if at all how the provider treats you and what benefits the provider does not extend to GET clients.. Example? The travelers who booked directly with the provider, in this case Trafalgar, were treated differently, with a "thank-you" memento than the ones who traveled as GET. May not be a big deal but one does feel a little out of place then..
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry to see that you were disappointed in our service. We do out best to provide as much detail as possible prior to your vacation, however there are times when the itinerary or programs must be altered so we cannot guarantee time frames for sightseeing or included dinners. The thank you momentos you mentioned are for past guests of Trafalgar and had nothing to do with you booking with GET. According to our records, this was you first trip with Trafalgar, so that is why you were not included in the gifts. We do hope that despite these issues you were able to enjoy Peru. Grand European Travel
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Vacation : We had an excellent local guy who knew his itinerary and was paid by the Tour. But the Travel Director was quiet but when his turn came he surely made sure the travelers knew what tip he expected. Tips are not compulsory, they are rewards for the work, and if tips are a part of his/her salary the travelers should know. Reminders were annoying.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
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Service rating : GET's agents are not well informed. When asked a question their reply is just a half way story. We had to ask for follow-up / clarification. The agents do not know much beyond the catalogue and really cannot give advice. This is not the first time experience. We used GET one year ago and had similar experiences..
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry to see that you were disappointed in our service. we cannot be held responsible for any activities outside of our published program which can be subject to change due to a number of local conditions. Neither GET or Trafalgar are affiliated with Viator so that must have been something you booked on your own. We apologize that you were not able to utilize this side trip. Grand European Travel
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Vacation : OK, but again GET does not really know what they offer outside the catalogue. They gave recommendation as " we use Viator" just for us to find out that Viator is another broker and does not provide services on site. Viator outsources to another company in this case Viejos Pacifico which in turn also outsources to another party. That in our case resulted in changed itinerary (outside the catalogue ) and cancellation of our prepaid and confirmed local tour. Now we are in process of getting refund, from Viator, a pain which could have been avoided had we knew from GET how Viator operates. Our "good rating" is based on the wonderful weather and outing to Machu Picchu though..
Sunday, April 17, 2016
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Service rating : We travel with "Grand European Travel and Travelgar and enjoyed every minute of it. Harry and Mary Tuerpe
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Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We couldn't be happier to see that you enjoyed Peru and our expert Travel Directors. Grand European Travel
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Vacation : We very much enjoyed "Highlights of Peru" and our travel guides Freddy and Alvin are some of the best Travelgar has. Harry and Mary Tuerpe
Thursday, February 18, 2016
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Service rating : A good experience with Grand European Travel. Personnel were easy to work with and anxious to answer questions and respond to problems.
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Thank you for your comments and suggestions. We will be sure to share this with our ground team in Peru. We're happy you enjoyed the trip overall. Grand European Travel
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Vacation : I think two days with a guide at Machu Picchu would improve the trip. You cannot possibly see everything in one afternoon and seeing it without a guide would not be very satisfactory.
Monday, October 12, 2015
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Service rating : The two guides we had, Jose and Rudy, were excellent.
Vacation : Overall very pleased with it.
Saturday, August 15, 2015
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Service rating : Hotels, tours, and overall experience excellent!
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Thank you so much for writing. We are so pleased to see that you enjoyed your trip. Grand European Travel
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Vacation : Tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. Would highly recommend this tour!
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
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Service rating : After careful research I picked GET and they gave me the trip of my dreams and lifetime. They were totally professional/efficient and met all my preferences.With a serious airline snag, they rose to the occasion and straightened everything out both in and our of the U.S. I'll only go to them first for any and all future travel.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Welcome home and thank you for your wonderful feedback from your Peru trip. We couldn't be happier to have helped make your dream vacation become a reality. Grand European Travel
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Vacation : I'd waited close to 30 years to take this trip and it fully satisfied every aspect. The Trafalgar hookup, guides,travel director etc exceeded my expectations in every way. They gave me total satisfaction and comfort and made me always feel completely secure while traveling. Thank you Grad European Travel AND Trafalgar.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
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Service rating : Excellent trip. Angel was an awesome guide'
Vacation : The history of the Incas was made alive as we saw the archeology sites. Machu Picchu was a real delight.
Thursday, July 9, 2015
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Service rating : Staff at the Oregon office were very helpful in ensuring we were prepared for the trip.
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Thank you so much for your kind words. We are very proud of our staff and it's great to see them get some recognition. Very happy that you enjoyed Peru. We hope to see you on another trip very soon. Grand European Travel
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Vacation : It was a wonderful trip. Just too short.
Thursday, July 9, 2015
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Service rating : The travel agent Barbara was very helpful and assured me that being a solo traveler was safe. She was correct. I was comfortable and safe throughout the trip.
Vacation : Not enough time to sleep. Many restrooms not equipped for a large group, one place we had to use a bucket to flush toilet bowl. Traveling long distances then walking around because we couldn't book into hotel until 6pm was a little exhausting. Museum time at the end of the trip was very quick, not enough time to view or take photos. Otherwise, Travel Director Danny was very helpful and accommodating.
Friday, June 12, 2015
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Service rating : Grand European made reservations for Highlights of Peru Vacation. Tour was conducted by sister agency - Trafalgar.
Vacation : Wow, what a trip! Best ever. Travel director was native of Cusco, Peru and he was simply outstanding. Extremely knowledgeable; helped all the guests on trip; shared local traditions and customs which we experienced including eating guinea pig! Which is pretty good by the way. Lots of great shopping. Weather marvelous. Plan to take another trip to South America next year in 2016.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
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Service rating : Well-planned and comprehensive. There were many pleasant surprises. Great tour director (Angel Cardenas.)
Vacation : I learned so much about Peru, both in history and current life. The country is beautiful.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
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Service rating : Good price, excellent service, excellent selection of tours.
Vacation : Macho Piccchu was inspirational, the country was interesting and enjoyable, and the tour director was fantastic. His knowledge of the country and culture made the trip much more educational.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
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Service rating : Excellent tour director, knowledgeable and caring.
Vacation : Well planned and organized.
Friday, June 5, 2015
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Service rating : Service of GET is always excellent
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Sunday, June 7, 2015
Vacation : Excellent. Tour director very good
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
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Service rating : Some of us were sick and needed access to a pharmacy. It was a three block walk from the hotel Novitel in Cusco. I fopund it, but there was no access to medicine at the hotel. I had run out of Aspirin and had a bad headache. The concierge gave me oxygen, but it did not help. I had Airborne to take.
Response from Grand European Travel:
So sorry to hear that you were ill during your vacation. Each hotel is unique on this trip and they all have different amenities available. I apologize that this particular hotel did not have medicine for sale, but I'm glad you were able to find a pharmacy near by. Thank you for taking time to provide your feedback. Dee-Grand European Travel
Monday, March 30, 2015
Vacation : Excellent
Sunday, March 22, 2015
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Service rating : The tour was excellently organized with all plans having great backups! Peru is a land of stairs, so be ready for a workout! Food was fun, and hotels were clean and classy.
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Thank you for your comments and suggestions and for taking the time to discuss the issue further with me on the telephone. As promised, I shared your experience with the management at Trafalgar and they are going to review the matter in greater detail. Dee-Grand European Travel
Monday, March 30, 2015
Vacation : My trip to Peru was amazing! The art and ancient ruins staggered my imagination even though I thought I knew the culture. I only wish the tour guide could have had the authority to separate my travelling companion from me and the group (I had met her at your sales presentation and had no idea she had the lack of integrity to know she was sick, not bring the prescribed medication, and not inform me!) She gave me her malady... possibly pneumonia and a hacking cough. I will know soon about the pneumonia as the doctor wants to see me next week to see if I still have this wheezing cough. I require antibiotics presently, and my symptoms are the same symptoms that she kept me up with for the hours between 10:00PM and 3:30am on the trip, so I had no sleep at all that night. I then strongly suggested she see a doctor. This is when she said she already had, but hadn't brought the medicine. She endangered everyone's health. This is unconscionable! The trip was wonderful, but your tour guide is probably sick! I am very sick, and I am sure others caught the hacking pneumonia-like symptoms. You need a policy for isolating people who bring illness into your tour group intentionally... and it was intentionally. She said, 'I'm not going to miss my trip because I'm sick.' You need to give authority to the tour leader to strongly suggest a doctor to the hacking, coughing person on the bus that everyone is moving away from while pretending they aren't noticing the hacking and spitting noises. I have already missed my volunteer work because I am sick, and don't want to give anyone pneumonia or a cough that resembles it. Your tour leader could have protected us all if he had the authority to give her a separate room and encourage a doctor to diagnose what she had. We have carried political correctness too far!
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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Service rating : We were very please with our trip to Peru. Rudy, our tour director, was excellent and very versed on the the history of Peru. Great trip!
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Thank you for your feedback and kind words about your Travel Director and driver. We are very lucky to have them as part of our team and will pass on your comments to them both. Dee-Grand European Travel
Friday, March 20, 2015
Vacation : Machu Picchu was fantastic. We enjoyed Cusco and Lima. The churches were splendid. Our tour guide Rudy, his drivers and his assistants did a wonderful job. We also enjoyed the restaurants we visited.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Service rating : GET was so professional, from my first phone contact onward. The overall value of this trip will bring me back to GET when I plan another trip, at home or abroad.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your kind words and we are all so happy that you enjoyed your Highlights of Peru vacation. Hope to see you again soon! Dee-Grand European Travel
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Vacation : The pace of the trip, although brisk in some places, was manageable for the entire group, which ranged in age from 5 to 70+. Would have been nice to spend more time in some spots, but better to see more and keep moving in the allotted time we had than to miss some of the very special highlights we were privileged to see. Very organized, amiable and knowledgeable guide. This trip is an excellent value for the money, given all the travel accommodations within Peru, the meals and the quality of the hotels.
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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 24 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.

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    Prices include economy airfare for any intra-trip flights required by this itinerary. For trip specific terms and conditions, please refer to the Dates & Prices tab.

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.

Lima

La Dama Juana Restaurant And Folklore Show

Adult Price: $67.00 | Child Price: $55.00

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. Gratuity included. Total duration is approximately 3 hours.

Lima

Magic Circuit Of The Water

Adult Price: $26.00 | Child Price: $26.00

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 is approximately 2.5 hours

Cusco

Visit and Workshop at Choco Museum

Adult Price: $55.00 | Child Price: $55.00

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. Total duration approximately 2.5 to 3 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 4 Guests)

Cusco

Moray And Moras

Adult Price: $83.00 | Child Price: $78.00

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 is approximately 4 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 5 Guests)

Cusco

Piquillacta Ruins And Andahuaylillas Church

Adult Price: $73.00 | Child Price: $63.00

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 is approximately 4 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 4 Guests)

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PERUVIAN AMAZON

Explore a lush wilderness and the magnificent river that sustains its extraordinary biodiversity. Delve into the depths of Peru's Amazon in search of mythical tribes and a myriad of enchanting creatures—scarlet macaws, howler monkeys, and stealthy jaguars that will offer a glimpse of their million-year-old rainforest home. 

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 to explore 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 and embark on a journey on the Madre de Rios River to your 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: Full 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: Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Amazon Exploration
Immerse yourself in local culture with members of the Ese'eja tribe and visit a local farm to learn about traditional Amazonian agriculture. 
Meals: Full 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, we head back to Puerto Maldonado for our flight to Lima, where we'll join our guided vacation on Day 1.
Meals: Full Breakfast

2019 Pricing 

From $925 Per Person twin-share
$50 Triple Room Discount
$250 Single Supplement 

Land and Intra Air: Above prices include economy air and air-related charges for the flights Lima-Puerto Maldonado and Puerto Maldonado-Lima , require purchase of Highlights of Peru; Land of the Incas; In the Footsteps of the Incas or Icons of South America and require purchase of round-trip air travel on LATAM 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.

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this extension.  

GALAPAGOS CRUISE EAST

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)
Fly to 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. 
Meal: Full 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: Full 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: Full 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: Full 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 that protects the island's tortoise population. Your Galapagos exhibition at its end, transfer to San Cristobal Airport for your flight to Guayaquil.
Airport arrival time in Guayaquil will be at 5 p.m.; please be aware when booking your flights.
Meals: Full Breakfast

2019 Pricing

From $3,850 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 between Lima-Quito, Quito-Galapagos, and Galapagos-Guayaquil, require the purchase of Highlights of Peru, Land of the Incas or South America Revealed vacation and require purchase of round-trip air travel on LATAM 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.

GALAPAGOS CRUISE NORTH CENTRAL

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)
Fly to 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. 
Meal: Full Breakfast

Day 3: Arrive Baltra Island - Board Expedition Vessel (3 Nights)
On arrival at Baltra 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: Full 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: Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Santa Cruz Island - Santa Fe Island
The marine iguanas of Santa Cruz view our arrival with indifference as we arrive. See the shallow lake where flamingos come to feed. Arriving on Santa Fe Island later, enjoy a snorkel among sea lions, turtles, reef sharks and spotted eagle rays.
Meals: Full 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 your flight to Guayaquil.
Airport arrival time in Guayaquil will be at 2 p.m.; please be aware when booking your flights.
Meal: Full Breakfast

2019 Pricing

From $3,850 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 between Lima-Quito, Quito-Galapagos, and Galapagos-Guayaquil, require the purchase of Highlights of Peru, Land of the Incas or South America Revealed vacation and require purchase of round-trip air travel on LATAM 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.

EASTER ISLAND

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 Incas,South America Revealed, and Wonders of Patagonia.

Day 1: Arrive Easter Island (2 Nights)
Delve into the ancient culture of the Rapa Nui during a visit to Ahu Akivi to view its seven Moai statues. Continue to Ahu Hanga Poukura, 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 Ahu Vaihu. Proceed to Rano Raraku, a quarry of almost 900 stone statues. Visit Ahu Tongariki, then continue to the eastern coast to see Paro Moai, the largest moai statue ever erected. Travel to the scenic Anakena beach. 
Meals: Continental Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Easter Island Sightseeing - Depart Easter Island
Join a private excursion up the extinct Rano Kau volcano. Drive to the ceremonial village of Orongo where you'll see spectacular petroglyphs. Later, we'll catch a glimpse of the three islets of Motu Nui, Motu Iti and Motu Kao Kao. Then it's on to Ahu Vinapu for further evidence of the pre-Incan architectural influence. Our final stop is at the Ana Kai Tangata to view the ornate cave paintings. Return to your hotel before being transferred to the airport for your flight later this afternoon.
Note: Airport arrival is at 12 noon; please be aware when booking your flights. 
Meals: Continental Breakfast

2019 Pricing 

Highlights of Peru, In the Footsteps of the Incas, Land of the Incas, South America Revealed, Wonders of Patagonia:
From $925 Per Person twin-share 
From $350 Single Supplement

Please Note: Due to flight schedule, an additional complimentary overnight in Santiago for either pre or post extensions is required and is included in your trip. The hotel in Santiago will be the Holiday Inn Santiago Airport except on the South America Landscapes, the hotel in Santiago will be the InterContinental Santiago.

Please Note: Air is not included in the prices listed. Please contact your Travel Agent to inquire about flight arrangements to and from Easter Island. 

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this extension. 

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