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In the Footsteps of the Incas

Operated by: Trafalgar

11 Days from $3,545 per person
Sacred Valley, Peru

Countries Visited

Peru ...more Peru

Locations Visited

Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Puno, Paracas ...more Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Puno, Paracas
  1. Day 1 Arrive Lima (2 Nights)

    Bienvenidos a Lima, where we'll kick-start our effortlessly delivered journey to the iconic and unexpected sights and sounds of Peru. On arrival, transfer to your luxury hotel in fashionable Miraflores, where this evening you'll meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Hilton Miraflores
  2. Day 2 Lima Sightseeing

    Take your time this morning and embrace the warm welcome of the "City of Kings". We'll meet a 'Local Specialist' who will reveal the city's highlights including Lima's UNESCO-listed Historic Centre and the baroque-style Church of San Francisco. Descend into the city's underground catacombs and admire the religious paintings, sculptures and books on display in its religious art museum and extensive library. Later, we'll join our Travel Director for a guided walk through the bairro of Miraflores, also known as the Heroic City.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley (2 Nights)

    We board a morning flight to Cusco, the gateway to Peru's treasured Sacred Valley, where you'll enjoy a Peruvian lunch with sweeping views of the Sacred Valley. Then we'll 'Dive into Culture' and meet a Shaman who will perform a special ceremony welcoming you to Peru. Tonight, you'll stay in a hotel along the banks of the Vilcanota River, on the grounds of an old 17th-century colonial hacienda. It is great for morning birders and afternoon walks in the gardens.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel and Wellness
  4. Day 4 Sacred Valley

    'Connect with Locals' over a 'Be My Guest' lunch, learn about the culture surrounding the production of Giant White Corn. Our hosts will demonstrate the differences between traditional farming techniques and the newer technologies used today. Revel in the romance of the local Marinera dance and admire the showmanship of the Peruvian Paso horses. This evening, meet 'Local Specialist', Peter Frost, a writer, photographer and independent scholar who has explored the Andes and Amazon for 47 years, locating and investigating the previously unknown Inca and pre-Inca site of Qoriwayrachina. He currently resides in Peru and works as an accompanying expert for National Geographic Expeditions.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Sumaq Machu Picchu
  5. Day 5 Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

    Visit the mystical Incan stronghold of Ollantaytambo en route to Machu Picchu, ascending to the Lost City in the Clouds aboard the Vistadome train (light snack included). Here you will delve into the mysteries of this once-great civilisation, joining your Local Specialist for an exploration of the temples, palaces and terraces whose construction defy imagination. Visit the iconic great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved Intihuatana, most likely used as a sundial centuries ago. We return to our hotel where we'll dine tonight.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Sumaq Machu Picchu
  6. Day 6 Machu Picchu – Cusco (2 Nights)

    The ruins of Machu Picchu beckon for your second visit as you enjoy one final opportunity to reconnect with its story, spending some time on our own to explore the hill-top fortress. Next, we'll journey back to the Sacred Valley by train, stopping en route to Cusco to 'Dive into Culture' and learn about the natural dyeing techniques used by native weavers. Visit the Pisac handicraft market followed by sampling the sweet flavours of chicha as we 'Dive into Culture' yet again, savouring the favourite drink of the Andes. Our 'Stay with a Story' tonight is a centuries-old mansion located in the historic centre of Cusco.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Palacio del Inka, a Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel
  7. Day 7 Cusco Sightseeing

    Begin your day at the ruins of the UNESCO-listed Sacsayhuaman fortress overlooking Cusco. Your Local Specialist will guide you through Cusco's colonial centre, including the nearby 13th century Incan settlement of Qoriwayrachina. The afternoon is free.

    meals Breakfast
  8. Day 8 Cusco – Juliaca – Puno (2 Nights)

    Fly to Juliaca where you'll meet a Local Specialist to learn about daily life on the Peruvian altiplano. Visit Sillustani, a pre-Incan burial ground and explore its towering chullpas (above ground tombs) before travelling to Lake Titicaca, the birthplace of the sun.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Libertador Lake Titicaca
  9. Day 9 Lake Titicaca Excursion

    We cruise the deep blue waters of Lake Titicaca with a Local Specialist, discovering its floating islands constructed from reeds by the Uros Indians. In the midst of South America's largest lake, we arrive at Taquile Island, where we'll embark on a private tour to gain insights into the tradition of knitting and weaving for which the local villagers-men and women-are renowned. Learn more about the culture of the people living on the island and enjoy a lunch. Tonight, we enjoy a Trafalgar highlight-dinner at our favourite local restaurant in Puno.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Regional Dinner
  10. Day 10 Puno – Juliaca – Lima

    This morning we return to Lima, enjoying an afternoon at leisure after our flight. We'll join a Local Specialist this evening, visiting one of Lima's most renowned museums after dark - the Larco Museum. Admire the pre-Columbian artefacts that reveal insights into the cultures of ancient Peru. Then, sit down to a gourmet Farewell Dinner filled with Peruvian flavours as you overlook the museum's beautiful gardens.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Hilton Miraflores
  11. Day 11 Depart Lima

    For now it's time to say a fond hasta luego to Lima and transfer to the airport for your flight home, or consider extending your stay at the Hilton Miraflores.

    meals Breakfast
In the Footsteps of the Incas
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 10 breakfasts
  • 4 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, Cusco to Juliaca and Juliaca 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 and Cusco
  • VISIT the outdoor market at Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman ruins, the Uros Islands
  • CRUISE Lake Titicaca
  • SCENIC DRIVE through the Sacred Valley
  • ICONIC TRAIN journey aboard the Vistadome train

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Tour Extensions

EASTER ISLAND

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

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

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

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

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

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

2020 Pricing 

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

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

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

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this extension. 

PERUVIAN AMAZON

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2020 Pricing 

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

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

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this extension.  

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Nancy Noel
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Service
Travel specialist was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. I would book another trip and refer others.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate the recommendations, thank you!
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Vacation
I saw everything I wanted and more. Guides were tremendous. The knowledge they shared was wonderful.
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