Treasures of the Incas

Delve into the mysterious world of the Inca empire on this luxurious exploration of Peru. Every detail is seamlessly taken care of, as you journey from the pulsating capital of Lima to the mist-cloaked mountains of Machu Picchu and on to the halcyon waters of South America’s largest lake. Along the way, savour flavourful local cuisine and discover the Lost City of the Incas alongside a Local Expert.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Lima, Peru

On arrival at Lima International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your luxurious hotel in Miraflores. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner and an opportunity to meet with your fellow travellers over wine, dinner and seaside views at CALA.
Hotel: JW Marriott Hotel, Lima (Ocean View Rooms).
Meals: Dinner with Wine

Day 2: Lima, City of Kings

Experience Lima through the eyes of a Local Expert as you are introduced to the ‘City of Kings’. Explore the UNESCO-listed Historic Centre of Lima, view the cathedral, and visit the Monastery of San Francisco. Your Highlight Lunch is at Amoramar, in the bohemian district of Barranco, a favourite known only to the locals. Next, visit the workshop of Víctor Delfín, one of Peru’s leading artists. Over a hot chocolate or authentic café pasado, learn about Peruvian coffee with a barista. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner with wine on the terrace of Huaca Pucllana, overlooking the illuminated ruins of a 1500-year-old, pre-Inca pyramid.
Hotel: JW Marriott Hotel, Lima (Ocean View Rooms).
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Day 3: On to the Sacred Valley

Board your flight to Cusco before continuing to Peru’s Sacred Valley. Visit the colourful market in the town of Chinchero. Next, you will meet Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a Quechua scholar, president of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco and a recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Have lunch with Nilda and learn about her mission to preserve traditional weaving techniques. Later, check in to your luxurious resort.
Hotel: Tambo del Inka, Sacred Valley.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Day 4: Explore the Sacred Valley

Enjoy a leisurely start before heading to the town of Maras to meet with a local family and learn about the traditional arts and crafts of the region. View the spectacular terraced salt pans, dating back to Inca times. These have been passed down through families for generations and today are maintained in much the same way as they were long ago. Next, experience a typical Peruvian meal, a caja china lunch of fresh vegetables and slow-roasted meats, all cooked in a wooden box. After lunch, witness a private Pachamama Ceremony, or ‘Payment to the Earth’, as a local shaman performs the centuries-old ritual.
Hotel: Tambo del Inka, Sacred Valley.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Journey to Machu Picchu

Visit the town of Ollantaytambo, a national archeological site. Travel by Vistadome train for your scenic journey to Machu Picchu, before enjoying an included lunch at your resort. A Local Expert will then show you the nature trails of this fascinating cloud forest ecosystem. Discover a working tea plantation and the world’s largest private collection of indigenous orchids. In the evening, learn how to blend the perfect pisco sour before enjoying dinner with wine at the hotel.
Hotel: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Day 6: Mysterious Machu Picchu

The entire day is for you to discover the incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu. Meet your Local Expert for a walk through the enigmatic ‘Lost City of the Incas’. Witness the great Temple of the Sun, Sacred Plaza and the Intihuatana, believed to be an ancient sun clock.
Hotel: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Day 7: Return to Cusco

Return by train to Sacred Valley for a Pachamanca Feast Highlight Lunch, a traditional Peruvian meal cooked underground. Next, get up-close to llamas, guanacos, alpacas and even the rare vicuñas. Later, arrive at your hotel, steps away from the Plaza de Armas.
Hotel: JW Marriott El Convento Cusco.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Colonial Cusco

Join your Local Expert to explore Cusco, visiting the Temple of the Sun at Korikancha, the cathedral and the citadel of Sacsayhuaman. Set out for San Blas, Cusco’s artisan centre, to visit a candle shop and learn about its importance to the locals. Enjoy some free time for shopping on the Plaza de Armas. Later, a candlelit Highlight Dinner with wine is served at the reputed MAP restaurant.
Hotel: JW Marriott El Convento Cusco.
Meals: Full Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 9: Lake Region of Peru

Board your included flight to Juliaca and then continue to Puno, nestled along the majestic shores of Lake Titicaca. Your lakeside hotel is on Esteves Island.
Hotel: Libertador Lake Titicaca, Puno.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Day 10: Islands of Lake Titicaca

Cruise Lake Titicaca to the floating islands of Uros, where locals bundle reeds from the lake to build floating platforms, houses and canoes. Enjoy lunch hosted by the local community of Amantaní Island. Afterward, there will be time to explore local handicrafts before returning to Puno, where you can relax until dinner with wine.
Hotel: Libertador Lake Titicaca, Puno.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Day 11: Puno, Back to Lima

Head to Sillustani on the shores of Lake Umayo to explore the impressive burial grounds, before your flight to Lima. In the evening, you are treated to a sensational Farewell Celebration Dinner with wine at world-renowned Astrid y Gastón, located in a magnificent San Isidro hacienda with over 300 years of history
Hotel: JW Marriott Hotel Lima (Ocean View Rooms).
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Day 12: Depart Lima

Your Peruvian adventure draws to a close today with a transfer to the Lima airport.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Departures

2018: February 23, March 23, April 20, May 4, June 8, July 6, August 10, September 7, October 19, November 23 & 30.

Includes

  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight’s luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom, onboard restroom and complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy while travelling.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert’s fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included – you’ll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • At every hotel, you’ll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Included complimentary, private transfers are available on start and end dates, and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.

Optional Extras

  • Aguas Calientes: With a Local Expert, explore the cloud forest, visit a working tea plantation and an orchid farm.
  • Cusco: With a Local Expert, practice your bartering skills at a local market. Enjoy a fun challenge of purchasing items from the market (with money and a list supplied by your Travelling Concierge) for the best prices possible. All purchases are later donated to local needy families.
  • Lake Titicaca: Cruise the lake and learn about the lifestyle and customs of the local people, who bundle reeds from the lake to build floating platforms, houses and canoes.
  • Lima: Experience the beautiful ‘City of Kings’ through the eyes of a Local Expert.
  • Puno: Explore Sillustani to view the stone burial towers ‘chullpas’ that have dotted the shores since pre-Inca times.
  • Sacred Valley: Learn of the importance of ancient rituals to the people of the Sacred Valley as a local shaman performs a a centuries-old ritual just for you that expresses reverence to the Earth.

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