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Peru Explorer

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7 Days from $1,495 per person
JAN - DEC 2024
Peruvian weaver, Cusco, Peru

Countries Visited

Peru ...more Peru

Locations Visited

Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu ...more Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
  1. Day 1 Arrive Lima (2 Nights)

    Welcome to the Peruvian capital and ‘City of the Kings’, Lima. Rising above a long coastline of crumbling cliffs this city has a real sense of faded yet romantic grandeur, with historical sights a plenty and a culinary scene that is revered the world over. Settle in to your hotel and meet up with your Travel Director this afternoon, then the rest of the day is free to explore. Head to Parque del Amor to admire the Gaudí style architecture with beautiful views over Lima Bay, or take a wander around popular and bustling Miraflores. Tonight, in celebration of your first night in Peru, join an optional dinner experience at La Dama Juana Restaurant. Combining typical Peruvian food with traditional folkloric dancing, enjoy your food buffet-style in clay pots and watch the energetic dancers perform colonial and Inca ceremonial dances.

    hotel Hilton Garden Inn Lima
  2. Day 2 Lima sightseeing and free time

    Today, discover the famous Plaza Mayor and Cathedral. See the Government Palace, Archbishop’s Palace and City Hall. Visit the San Francisco Monastery, an interesting museum featuring mysterious catacombs. Your afternoon is free. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers as you dive deep into the essence of Peruvian food. Feast on an authentic meal at Asnapa.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Hilton Garden Inn Lima
  3. Day 3 Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley (2 Nights)

    Flying into Cusco, welcome to the Incan capital of the world! Boasting the richest heritage of any South American city, Cusco is a wealth of archaeological greatness and the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent. It’s also the gateway to Machu Picchu, so throbs day and night with visitors exploring its ancient streets. Take in the ornate temples and Incan ruins as you arrive here. You’ll also have the chance to learn about the local weaving process, a craft that has been kept alive for thousands of years, and browse different products made from the fur of camelids. Also stopping by Pisac Market, the most famous market in the Cusco region where local indigenous communities from all over come to sell their wares and produce, you’ll finally drive the hairpin turned road that will lead you to the Sacred Valley, your stop for tonight.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Ava Valle Sagrado Spot
  4. Day 4 Machu Picchu excursion

    Today’s the day! Up bright and early this morning, you’ll travel to the ancient little town of Ollantaytambo to board the train to Aguas Calientes, the Incan village at the base of Machu Picchu. Slowly chugging your way through the rugged lands of the Sacred Valley, feel the excitement levels build as you pass by village settlements and towering mountains, the landscape changing as you descend. Making the last leg of the journey via shuttle, you’ll finally arrive at the most famous archaeological site of South America and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. Catching a first glimpse of this awe inspiring ancient city above the clouds is a moment you’ll never forget, so be sure to take a few minutes just to soak it all in. Take your time exploring the vast complex of fascinating ruins and let the mind boggle at how it was all built, before descending the mountain and making your way back to the Sacred Valley.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Ava Valle Sagrado Spot
  5. Day 5 Sacred Valley – Cusco (2 Nights)

    Art fans are in for a treat this morning as you pay a visit to the workshop of Pablo Seminario, a respected artist who creates beautiful pottery using techniques, styles and influences reminiscent of ancient cultures from all across Peru. Keeping things local you’ll then pay a visit a family home in Ollantaytambo. On the way to Cusco you will sample a drink favored by the Incas. Made from malted corn and sugar, the taste of Chicha de Jora may be a bit of a crowd splitter but is a little taste of history, so one must try it. Continuing on the road to Cusco you’ll also stop by the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, a UNESCO World Heritage site that dates back to the 13th century, before arriving back into the Incan capital where the rest of the day will then be free.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel San Agustin Plaza
  6. Day 6 Cusco sightseeing and free time

    Kick off the final day of your tour with a sightseeing tour of ancient Cusco. Visit Coricancha, or the ‘Temple of the Sun’, the most important temple in the Incan Empire, before admiring the bounty of colonial art on display in the Cathedral. Walk down Loreto street and admire the handiwork of Incan stone masons before ending up shopping for local handicrafts in San Pedro market. With the rest of the day then free, why not join us for an Optional Experience visiting Moray and Maras to see Incan farming and salt mining techniques at play, head to 17th century Piquillacta to see the pre Incan citadel built by the Wari people, or treat your sweet tooth with a visit to the Choco Museum to learn more about the Peruvian chocolate making process. Tonight, you’ll see out an incredible trip in style with dinner, folklore tales and dancing.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel San Agustin Plaza
  7. Day 7 Depart Cusco

    One New Wonder of the World and an incredible seven days later, your trip will finally come to an end this morning. Leaving with priceless memories, a wealth of new knowledge and a wonderful group of new friends, you’ll make your way to the airport today.

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Whats Included

  • All internal air included in trip cost
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Many meals included
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
  • City orientation tours
  • Variety of Optional Experiences

Dining Summary

  • 6 Breakfast (B)
  • 4 Dinner (D)
  • 1 Lunch (L)

Essentials

  • : Explore the "City of the Kings" and see the Cathedral, Government Palace, Archbishop's Palace, City Hall and visit San Francisco Monastery, famous for its catacombs
  • : Journey to the marvelous citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World
  • : Discover Sacsayhuaman, Coricancha and the famous San Pedro market before enjoying a magical evening featuring an entertaining folklore show
  • : Enjoy a regional dinner at Mangos restaurant overlooking Lima's coastline
  • : Visit the famous Pisac Market where local indigenous communities sell their wares and produce. Learn how to prepare the local empanada. Take a train expedition to Machu Picchu. Visit the workshop of local pottery artist Pablo Seminario
  • : Visit Coricancha, or the 'Temple of the Sun', the most important temple in the Incan Empire
  • : Feast on an authentic meal at Asnapa restaurant

Whats Included

  • : All internal air included in trip cost
  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • : Many meals included
  • : Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
  • : City orientation tours
  • : Variety of Optional Experiences

Dates & Prices

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Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Lima

La Dama Juana Restaurant And Folklore Show

La Dama Juana Restaurant combines typical Peruvian food with traditional folkloric dancing. The food is served buffet-style in clay pots. As you dine, watch the energetic dancers perform colonial and Inca ceremonial dances. The costumes are colorful and the music is lively. Gratuity included. Total duration is approximately 3 hours.
Adult Price: $65

Magic Circuit Of The Water

The Magic Circuit of the Water is the world's largest fountain complex of beautiful interactive fountains featuring swaying water, colored lights and lasers dancing with the music. The Magic Fountain forces water to a height of more than 250 feet. This optional experience is available Wednesday to Sunday. Total duration is approximately 2.5 hours.
Adult Price: $27

Cusco

Moray And Moras

Visit Moray, the Inca agricultural greenhouse or laboratory that consists of four platforms that seem to disappear into a crater. At a depth of 500 feet (150 meters), the overlapping concentric circular stone rings widen as they rise. It was an experimental location the Incas used to study the adaptation of plants with agriculture. Next is the village of Maras, renowned for its ancient salt mines and wells. The salt has been used for economic purposes since the time of the Inca. You will meet the villagers who explain ancient salt mining techniques and have a chance to participate. Total duration is approximately 4 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 5 Guests)
Adult Price: $86

Visit and Workshop at Choco Museum

Visit the Choco Museum where you will learn the Peruvian chocolate making process from the cacao bean to the chocolate bar. You will participate in making the chocolate and experience the true feeling of a chocolate maker. Space is limited. Total duration approximately 2.5 to 3 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 4 Guests)
Adult Price: $45

Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Patricia Sanford
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Service
Harvey was our tour guide in Peru and he provided excellent, informative, thorough and humorous commentary throughout our tour. His knowledge of the areas in which we traveled was worthy of a couple of college level credits for all of us on the tour! We have spoken so highly of him and the tour itself that others of our friends are considering the tour WITH HARVEY as the guide. The accommodations, food and transportation were exemplary. We fell in love with the country and the people we met. My husband and I have never been disappointed in the tours we've taken with your company.
Response from Grand European Travel:
That's fantastic to hear. We will be sure to share your feedback with Harvey and the rest of the team.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Vacation
We couldn't have stayed home for what this cost! Joking... but such a bargain because it included planes, a boat and train! If we were to have booked this adventure on our own we couldn't have afforded it!
George Riedl
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Service
The five stars are due to two people. Our tour guide, Harvey Martinez, an independent contractor, who was the best guide we have ever had. He was knowledgeable, kind and fun to be with. The second person, Alyssa Rucker, works in the administrative office of GET. She made arranging our tour and answering our questions and making change a smooth process. Thanks to both of them
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much! We are so pleased to hear about how much you enjoyed Peru and the expertise of Harvey Martinez and Alyssa. We will be sure to share this with both of them.
Monday, March 4, 2019
Vacation
Traveling with our guide Harvey Martinez was like traveling with a good friend.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, March 31, 2018
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Yes, I would probably purchase another trip from GET in the coming years
Vacation
The trip was what I expected
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