Land of the Incas

Baroque Cathedral, Cusco
12 Days from $4,137 per person

Peru's classic Incan sights and cities meet experiences like sailing to Ballestas Islands, known as the mini-Galapagos, home to unique and elusive wildlife.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… flying over the prehistoric Nazca Lines—enigmatic geometric designs etched in the coastal desert sand, over such a vast distance that they can only be seen from the air.

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  1. Bienvenidos a Lima. You will be met by a local host upon arrival and taken to your hotel in fashionable Miraflores.
    hotel:Hilton Miraflores
  2. Late this morning, a memorable experience is waiting to welcome you to beautiful Peru. Meet Ignacio Barrios, a young chef who has worked alongside many of Peru's award-winning chefs. Visit a local market where Ignacio will explain how Peruvian fruits, vegetables, seafood and meat are the bases of Peruvian cooking. Afterward, visit Ignacio's cooking school where you will see a demonstration on how to prepare some of Peru's most popular foods. Then enjoy a Be My Guest Welcome Reception lunch of typical Peruvian dishes, created just for you by Ignacio and his sous chefs. After lunch, meet your Local Specialist for a city tour of Lima's highlights. View Lima's ancient districts and visit the Church of San Francisco, the most notable group of colonial buildings in the city. Explore the impressive underground catacombs along with a religious art museum and extensive library. The evening is yours to enjoy.
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  3. Fly to Cusco this morning. On the drive to the Sacred Valley, stop to meet a Shaman who will perform a Pago a la Tierra (Payment to Mother Earth) ceremony, an ancient Andean, and Cultural Insight, to welcome you to Cusco. Afterward, stop to visit an animal rescue sanctuary, a Cultural Insight, in Cochahuasi where native animals are being protected and rehabilitated. You will also learn about the natural dyeing techniques used by native weavers from different areas and see various weaving styles and ways of dress, a Cultural Insight. Enjoy a picnic box lunch before exploring the vibrant handicraft market of Pisac. Visit a local chicheria to learn about chicha, a Cultural Insight and favorite drink of the Andes. Arrive at your valley retreat in the heart of the Andes this afternoon.
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    hotel:Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel and Wellness
  4. Visit the Inca stronghold of Ollantaytambo before heading toward Machu Picchu aboard the Vistadome train (light snack included). Panoramic views of the valley and mountains are sure to delight. Once you arrive at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, explore the stunning ruins of this once-great fortress with a Local Specialist. Visit the great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved Intihuatana. Later, if you're interested, a cooking class will be offered by the hotel's head chef where you can learn how to prepare Peruvian ceviche and mix the perfect pisco sour. Dinner is at the hotel this evening.
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    hotel:Sumaq Machu Picchu
  5. Return to Machu Picchu and continue exploring on your own. Travel back to the Sacred Valley by train where your evening is free to explore Cusco or simply relax.
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    hotel:Palacio del Inka, a Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel Authentic Accommodations
  6. Meet a Local Specialist and begin the day with a visit to Sacsayhuaman, an impressive site of ruins towering over Cusco and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then visit the Cathedral, a stunning example of colonial architecture. Also visit bohemian San Blas, a unique neighborhood with artisan shops and craft workshops. Learn more about the nearby 13th century Incan settlement of Qoriwayrachina with a Local Specialist like Peter Frost who discovered this hidden site back in 1999. The afternoon is free before a your choice dining experience, giving you the choice of several local restaurants to dine at.
    meal(s):FB, YC
  7. In the morning, fly to Juliaca where you will meet your Local Specialist to learn about daily life on the Peruvian Altiplano. After an included lunch, visit Sillustani, a lakeside pre-Incan burial ground to explore its chullpas (above ground tombs) before arriving in Puno along the shores of magnificent Lake Titicaca. Enjoy breathtaking views of the lake at sunset.
    meal(s):FB, L
    hotel:Libertador Lake Titicaca
  8. Cruise beautiful Lake Titicaca with a Local Specialist. Discover the floating islands constructed out of reeds by the Uros Indians. Visit Taquile Island for a private tour to meet local Quechua-speaking villagers, renowned for their knitting and weaving techniques. Learn more about the culture of the people living on the island and enjoy a Regional Meal lunch. Tonight, dinner is at a favorite local restaurant in Puno.
    meal(s):FB, RM, D
  9. Fly back to Lima this morning and travel south along the Pan American Highway to Paracas for a closer look at rural life in Peru (box lunch included). Dinner is at your lovely seaside hotel.
    meal(s):FB, L, D
    hotel:Aranwa Paracas Resort and Spa
  10. Explore the Regional Museum of Ica with its superb examples of Paracas weavings and textiles, well-preserved mummies and scale model of the Nazca Lines. Take to the skies for an unforgettable experience as you soar high over the coastal desert to see the enigmatic Nazca Lines, gigantic geometric designs viewable only from the air. Marvel at their stylized lines and wonder about the civilization that created them. Then visit Bodega El Catador to learn about and taste the finest pisco in the country, a Cultural Insight. The rest of the day is free.
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  11. Cruise around the uninhabited Ballestas Islands, a "mini-Galapagos" teeming with wildlife. See another mysterious design in the earth—the majestic Candelabra. Back on dry land, travel back to Lima. Upon arrival, freshen up and join your travel companions for a visit to the Larco Museum with a Local Specialist to learn about ancient Peruvian cultures, before enjoying a festive Farewell Dinner at the garden restaurant of the museum.
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    hotel:Hilton Miraflores
  12. Say hasta luego to Peru and transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your vacation in Lima at the Hilton Miraflores.
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Meal Summary

11 nights' accommodations, 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners.

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Cultural Insight

  • Meet a local Shaman, visit an animal rescue sanctuary, watch Andean weavers and discover chicha and pisco.

Be My Guest

  • Enjoy lunch at a local cooking school.

Authentic Accommodations

  • Stay at the Palacio del Inka in Cusco.

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Lima, Machu Picchu, Cusco, 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 and the Uros Islands
  • Cruise around the Ballestas Islands
  • Scenic drive through the Sacred Valley
  • Iconic train journey aboard the Vistadome train
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price AvailabilityPrice
10 Jan 17 21 Jan 17 checkmark $4,516pp
$4,516 pp
14 Feb 17 25 Feb 17 checkmark $4,516$4,137pp
$4,516 $4,137 pp
7 Mar 17 18 Mar 17 $4,516$4,137pp
$4,516 $4,137 pp
28 Mar 17 8 Apr 17 checkmark $4,516$4,137pp
$4,516 $4,137 pp
25 Apr 17 6 May 17 $4,516$4,137pp
$4,516 $4,137 pp
16 May 17 27 May 17 checkmark $4,516$4,137pp
$4,516 $4,137 pp
23 May 17 3 Jun 17 $4,516$4,137pp
$4,516 $4,137 pp
13 Jun 17 24 Jun 17 $4,516$4,137pp
$4,516 $4,137 pp
11 Jul 17 22 Jul 17 checkmark $4,516$4,137pp
$4,516 $4,137 pp
19 Sep 17 30 Sep 17 checkmark $4,516$4,137pp
$4,516 $4,137 pp
26 Sep 17 7 Oct 17 $4,516$4,137pp
$4,516 $4,137 pp
3 Oct 17 14 Oct 17 checkmark $4,516$4,137pp
$4,516 $4,137 pp
17 Oct 17 28 Oct 17 $4,516$4,137pp
$4,516 $4,137 pp
14 Nov 17 25 Nov 17 checkmark $4,516$4,137pp
$4,516 $4,137 pp
5 Dec 17 16 Dec 17 $4,516$4,137pp
$4,516 $4,137 pp

Crossovers: These departures will operate as per the 2016 itinerary; hotels and inclusions may vary.

undefinedFestival Departures: A Christmas celebration is arranged for this departure.

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 $1,375.

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $124 per person.

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.

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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 48 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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Extend your vacation with a post-itinerary 7 day Galapagos Islands package, including a 4 night cruise.

Prices for the extension start at $4,337* per person twin share (single supplement from $3,425).

Prices include internal flights, Galapagos National Park fees, Galapagos Transit Control Card, and all taxes and gratuities on board the cruise. Please note that guaranteed room share is not available on this extension. 

DAY 1 - 11 Operate per Land of the Incas Itinerary

DAY 12 LIMA - QUITO (2 NIGHTS)
Fly to Quito where you will be greeted at the airport and taken to your hotel.
(FB) Hilton Colon, Quito

DAY 13 QUITO SIGHTSEEING
Visit the historic center of the city, which was the first place in the world designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then travel to the "Middle of the World" to stand on the Equator.  
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DAY 14 QUITO - GALAPAGOS CRUISE - SANTA CRUZ ISLAND (4 NIGHTS)
Fly to Baltra Island and transfer by ferry to Santa Cruz Island. Visit Las Bachas and its salt water lagoons. These lagoons are the feeding grounds for many different types of wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. Board your ship and enjoy a Welcome Drink before dinner. 
(FB,L,D)

DAY 15 SANTIAGO ISLAND
Explore the coastline along the imposing cliffs of Buccaneer Cove. Enjoy the fantastic natural formations such as the Elephant Rock, The Bishop, and an impressive natural cave.  Depart for Santiago Island and Puerto Egas where you might catch a glimpse of some marine birds amidst the lava flows and tuff-stone layers. 
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DAY 16 RABIDA ISLAND - BARTOLOME ISLAND
Land near a red colored beach on Rabida Island, where sea lions and marine iguanas laze on the rocks. With your choice of sightseeing, either get up close and personal with vibrant undersea colonies on a snorkel excursion, or view them from a glass bottom or panga boat. Visit Bartolome Island with its stunning landscapes. Hike to the island summit for impressive views. The island is also home to the Galapagos Penguin, the only penguin species to live near the Equator. 
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DAY 17 GENOVESA
The morning begins with a climb to a flat, rocky plateau. Along the way, you might have the chance to observe large colonies of Nazca, red-footed boobies, and great frigate birds. Or perhaps enjoy a panga boat ride along the cliffs (weather permitting). In the afternoon, land at Darwin Bay to enjoy some swimming and snorkeling. Later enjoy a leisurely stroll to observe more of the native wildlife. 
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DAY 18 SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND - GUAYAQUIL
Transfer to Guayaquil Airport for your flight home. Airport arrival will be at 4.30pm - please be aware when booking your flights to the USA (not included in the extension price). Should you choose to extend your stay, you will be transferred to the Guayaquil hotel.
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*Prices are accurate as of 17 October 2016.

Extend your vacation with a pre-itinerary 5 day Peruvian Amazon package, including 3 nights in a jungle lodge. 

Prices for the extension start at $1,269* per person twin share (single supplement $250).

Prices include internal flights. Please note that guaranteed room share is not available on this extension. 

DAY 1 ARRIVE LIMA
Fly to Lima, Peru (international flights not included). Upon arrival in Lima, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free.
Wyndham Costa del Sol, Lima Airport

DAY 2 LIMA - PUERTO MALDONADO - CORTO MALTES AMAZONIA (3 NIGHTS)
This morning fly to remote Puerto Maldonado, then enjoy a journey on the Madre de Rios river to your jungle lodge. Get your first taste of the rainforest as your expert guide introduces you to the trees, medicinal plants, insects and animals that call the jungle home. Before dinner take a short caiman-spotting expedition aboard a small boat. 
(FB,L,D) Corto Maltes Amazonia

DAY 3 AMAZON EXPLORATION
Enjoy breakfast then watch monkeys cavorting through the trees of Monkey Island. A short boat ride takes you to the Tambopata Candamo National Reserve. Disembark and hike through the jungle, admiring towering green walls of vegetation, the cacophony of birds, and the light filtering through the forest canopy. Arrive at Sandoval Lake where you might spot a wide variety of birds, monkeys, giant river otters, black caimans, or even the elusive anaconda. Enjoy a sunset over the lake before returning to the lodge for dinner.
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DAY 4 AMAZON EXPLORATION
Enjoy the morning at leisure to stroll the lodge grounds or take a swim. Later immerse yourself in local culture with member of the Ese'eja tribe and visit a local farm to learn about traditional agriculture. This evening relish your last dinner in the rainforest and watch the stars come out. 
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DAY 5 CORTO MALTES AMAZONIA - PUERTO MALDONADO - LIMA
Enjoy a dawn excursion this morning to a popular feeding grounds for parrots. After breakfast bid farewell to the Amazon and head back to Puerto Maldonado for your flight to Lima. In Lima, join the rest of your tour group for Day 1 of Land of the Incas.

 

*Prices are accurate as of 18 October 2016.

 

Extend your vacation with a 3 day post-itinerary extension package to Easter Island.

Prices for the extension start at $975* per person twin share (single supplement $350).

Please note that the guaranteed room share is not available on this extension. Prices do not include airfare to Easter Island from Peru. Please ask your Grand European Travel Specialist about flight arrangements.  Due to the flight schedules to Easter Island, an additional night in Santiago is required and is included in the cost of this extension.

DAY 1 – 12 will operate per Land of the Incas itinerary.

DAY 13 ARRIVE EASTER ISLAND (2 NIGHTS)
Arrive on Easter Island, the cradle of an enigmatic culture that endures to this day. The language, music and traditions remain alive among the island’s people; while the enormous stone carved Moai allude to an ancient past.  Your local host will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. After check-in, enjoy a private guided excursion to Ahu Akivi. Ahus signify the site of a sacred ceremony. The restored site of Ahu Akivi has seven Moai statues representing the seven explorers sent to Raoa Nui by the king Hotu Matua. Continue on to the ancient Ahu Hanga Poukura and visit the Puna Pau red scoria stone quarry.
Tahatai or Otai Rapanui Hotel

DAY 14 EASTER ISLAND SIGHTSEEING
Enjoy a privately guided excursion as you drive along the island’s southern coast and see the perfectly preserved Ahu Vaihu in the Bay of Hanga Te’e. Continue to Rano Raraku, a quarry of almost 900 stone statues, 397 of which are on the slopes of the Rano Kau volcano. Visit Ahu Tongariki, the largest ahu on the island. Continue your drive to the eastern coast and visit Ahu Te Pito Kura and the “Navel of the World”.  Afterwards enjoy a stop at scenic Anakena beach and take in the splendor of the Pacific Ocean.
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DAY 15 SIGHTSEEING AND DEPART EASTER ISLAND
This morning your private excursion will take you to the extinct Rano Kau volcano, where you will enjoy magnificent views of the island. See the island’s distinct geological features including a crater lake. Next, drive to a ceremonial village of Orongo, where you can see remarkable petroglyphs.  Enjoy breathtaking views of the three islets of Motu Nui, Motu Iti and Motu Kao Kao.  Drive down to Ahu Vinapu to see further evidence of pre-Incan architectural influences on Easter Island. Stop at the Ana Kai Tangata to view its ornate paintings. Return to your hotel before you are transferred to the airport for your flights later this afternoon.
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* Prices accurate as of 24 October 2016

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