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In the Footsteps of the Incas

10 Days from $3,437 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Comfortable

From the clouds of the Andes to the birthplace of the sun, this trek through Peru's Altiplanos and the famous floating Uros Islands traces the ancient past of the Incas.

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From the clouds of the Andes to the birthplace of the sun, this trek through Peru's Altiplanos and the famous floating Uros Islands traces the ancient past of the Incas.

  1. 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.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Hilton Miraflores
  2. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  3. 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.

    meal(s):Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel:Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel and Wellness
  4. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Sumaq Machu Picchu
  5. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Palacio del Inka, a Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel
  6. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Your Choice
  7. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel:Libertador Lake Titicaca
  8. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal, Dinner
  9. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel:Hilton Miraflores
  10. 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.

    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 $1,050.

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $108 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, Cusco-Juliaca and Juliaca-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.

Note: On the train to Machu Picchu, only hand luggage (overnight bag) can be taken. Your suitcase will be securely stored and returned to you in Cusco.

Passport: Guest passport information for flights is required at time of final payment.

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

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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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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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.

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Reviews

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Barbara Hamernik
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : 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
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Robert Hamernik
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Service rating : They did everything well. We definitely will consider using them again.
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Vacation : Full coverage and everything was delivered as promised!
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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 repellent 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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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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    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.

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