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In the Footsteps of the Incas

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $3,770 per person
Sacred Valley, Peru

Countries Visited

Peru

Locations Visited

Machu Picchu, Cusco, Puno, Lima
  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 travelers 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 Center 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 Buffet Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley

    We board a morning flight to Cusco and the Sacred Valley, stopping to meet a Shaman who will perform a Pago a la Tierra (Payment to Mother Earth) ceremony. Dive into culture and participate in this ancient Andean ritual to bless your trip. We connect with locals next, indulging in a farm-to-table Be My Guest lunch to gain insights into the production of Giant White Corn in the Sacred Valley. Your hosts will demonstrate the difference between age-old farming techniques and the newer technologies now used. Our cultural encounter continues as we watch the graceful romance of the Marinera dance and experience the showmanship of a Peruvian Paso horse. Later, explore the vibrant Pisac market, where local Quechua people come to sell their produce and handicrafts.

    meals Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel and Wellness
  4. Day 4 Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

    Immerse yourself in the mystique and intrigue of the ancient Inca empire today. Our first visit is to the Inca stronghold of Ollantaytambo, before boarding the Vistadome train (light snack included) for our epic journey to the Lost City in the Clouds, Machu Picchu. Explore one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, delving into the mysteries of this once-great civilization as you stroll through the UNESCO-listed ruins with a Local Specialist. Before returning to our hotel for dinner, we'll visit the great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved Intihuatana.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Sumaq Machu Picchu
  5. Day 5 Machu Picchu – Cusco (2 Nights)

    Re-connect with the story of this majestic hill-top fortress this morning and spend some time exploring on your own terms. We return to the Sacred Valley by train, stopping en route to dive into culture and learn about the natural dyeing techniques used by native weavers, who display their weaving styles and ways of dress. Visit a local chicheria for yet another opportunity to dive into culture and learn about chicha, the favorite drink of the Andes. Our hotel tonight is a centuries-old mansion located in the historic center of Cusco.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Palacio del Inka, a Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel
  6. Day 6 Cusco Sightseeing

    Cusco's rich colonial heritage built on the foundations of an ancient Incan past are revealed today during a sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Visit the UNESCO-listed Sacsayhuaman ruins that tower over the city and the baroque Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas. We'll stroll through the artists' retreat of San Blas, then meet a Local Specialist anthropologist from the National University of Antonio Abad for insights into Peru's history, geography and culture. This evening, enjoy a 'your choice' dining experience, giving you the option to dine at one of several local restaurants.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Your Choice
  7. Day 7 Cusco Sightseeing – Juliaca – Puno (2 Nights)

    This morning, fly to Juliaca where you will meet a Local Specialist to learn about daily life on the Peruvian altiplano. After lunch, we'll visit Sillustani, a pre-Incan burial ground on the shores of Lake Umayo and view the towering chullpas (above ground tombs). We journey to Puno along the shores of Lake Titicaca, the birthplace of the sun.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Libertador Lake Titicaca
  8. Day 8 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 weaving and knitting 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 Regional Meal lunch. Tonight, we enjoy a special highlight—dinner at our favorite local restaurant in Puno.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal, Dinner
  9. Day 9 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 artifacts that reveal insights into the cultures of ancient Peru. Then, sit down to a gourmet Farewell Dinner filled with Peruvian flavors as you overlook the museum's beautiful gardens.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Hilton Miraflores
  10. Day 10 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 Buffet Breakfast
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Meal Summary

9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners.

Included Highlights

Connect with Locals

  • Visit Hacienda Sarapampa, a Quecha word meaning corn field, and savor Peruvian farm-totable cuisine based around this important crop.

Stays with Stories

  • Spend two nights in a Cusco mansion that dates back over 500 years.

Dive into Culture

  • Meet a Shaman who will perform a Pago a la Tierra ceremony, an ancient ritual of the Andean culture.
  • Learn about the natural dyeing techniques used by native weavers. Visit a local chicheria for some traditional chicha tasting.

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Lima, at Machu Picchu, Cusco, with an anthropologist from the National University of Antonio Abad, on the Peruvian altiplano, Lake Titicaca and at the Larco Museum

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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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. 

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.  

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Nancy Noel
Travel date: 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.
Barbara Hamernik
Travel date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018
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Everything, the trip was great, the hotels were fab, the food was good and Rudy was fantastic
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you very much for your review. Peru is a wonderful destination and we are so glad to hear that you enjoyed our tour, Land of the Incas.
Friday, March 16, 2018
Vacation
It was our bucket list we really enjoyed everything
Robert Hamernik
Travel date: Saturday, March 3, 2018
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They did everything well. We definitely will consider using them again.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your feedback. We appreciate your business and hope to see you again very soon.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
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Full coverage and everything was delivered as promised!
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