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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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Reviews
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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.
Barbara Hamernik
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Service
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
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Service
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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