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Highlights of Peru

Operated by: Trafalgar

11 Days
JAN - DEC 2023 WITH EASTER ISLAND
Peru Machu Picchu Two Women Posing At The Top

Countries Visited

Peru, Chile ...more Peru, Chile

Locations Visited

Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Santiago, Easter Island ...more Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Santiago, Easter Island
  1. Day 1 Arrive Lima

    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 barrio 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 San Isidro
  2. Day 2 Experience the Sights and Flavours of Lima Connect with Locals

    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 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 experience lunch before spending the rest of the day at leisure.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Novotel Lima San Isidro
  3. Day 3 Journey to the Sacred Valley Dive Into Culture Connect with Locals Make Travel Matter Stays With Stories

    Board a morning flight to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Dive Into Culture when you 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. Connect With Locals and meet Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a master Quechua weaver, and the first person from her village to attend university. She has been an ambassador for Andean traditions since she began learning ancient pre-Columbian weaving techniques as a young girl in the 1960s. MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience 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 Explore iconic Machu Picchu

    The mystical empire of the Incas takes centre stage today. We visit the famous Sacred Valley stronghold of Ollantaytambo with a Local Specialist, 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
  5. Day 5 The sites of Machu Picchu and Cusco Dive Into Culture

    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 chicha as you learn how this Peruvian corn beer is brewed by the local women.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Novotel Cusco
  6. Day 6 Step Back in Time in Cusco Dive Into Culture

    Embark on a sightseeing tour of the sacred city of Cusco this morning with your Local Specialist, 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, Dive Into Culture and gather for a Regional Dinner at a local restaurant, enjoying Cusquenian dishes and ancestral dance performances.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    hotel Hotel Novotel Cusco
  7. Day 7 Delve into Pre-Columbian Art in Lima Dive Into Culture

    A leisurely start to our day sees us return to Lima this afternoon. Meet a Local Specialist and Dive Into Culture 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 San Isidro
  8. Day 8 Fly to Santiago

    It’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your trip comes to an end. Head to Lima and fly to Santiago International Airport (flight not included in holiday price). Stay the night in Chile's vibrant capital of Santiago before heading on to your Easter Island extension tomorrow.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Holiday Inn Santiago Airport
  9. Day 9 Voyage to Easter Island

    Fly to Easter Island (flight not included in holiday price) and 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 with our Local Specialist 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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Taha Tai Hotel
  10. Day 10 The Maoi of Easter Island

    Embark on a privately guided excursion with our Local Specialist 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
  11. Day 11 On the Slopes of Rano Kau

    Journey to the UNESCO-listed Rapa Nui National Park. Join a private excursion with our Local Specialist up the extinct Rano Kau volcano. Admire views of the island from its slopes, then drive to the village of Orongo, where you’ll view petroglyphs revealing the local culture. Later, catch a glimpse 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. Our final stop is at the Ana Kai Tangata to view the ornate cave paintings from its mouth. Return to your hotel this afternoon before being transferred to the airport. Airport arrival is at 12 p.m., please be aware when booking your flights.

    meals Breakfast
Highlights Peru Easter Island Guided Tour Map
Price Includes

Whats Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi 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.
  • Tickets for a ride aboard the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Choice Highlights

Must-see Highlights

  • : Explore Lima and Cusco with a Local Specialist
  • : Visit the outdoor market at Pisac, the ruins at Ollantaytambo, two visits to the 15th century fortress of Machu Picchu, historic Sacsayhuaman and the Larco Museum in Lima
  • : Scenic Drive through the Sacred Valley and in Peru's Andean highlands
  • : Scenic Train Ride to Machu Picchu aboard the Vistadome train

Be My Guest

  • Lima: Visit a local market with Chef Ignacio and enjoy a special lunch at his cooking school.

Dive Into Culture

  • Cusco: Enjoy cusquenian dishes and a folkloric dance perfomance.
  • Lima: Guided visit to the Larco Museum, which houses the largest private collection of pre-Columbian art in the world.

Dates & Prices

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Trusted Customer
Saturday, February 29, 2020
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The people that I talked to were always pleasant and helpful!
Vacation
The trip was very interesting.
Albert Barabe
Saturday, February 8, 2020
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Very helpful staff
Vacation
More awesome than I expected
Jian-Ping Huang
Sunday, September 29, 2019
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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