This trip can be customized to fit your individual travel dates and any specific requests you may have. Your travel consultant will prepare a customized itinerary for you. We offer a choice of standard rooms and suites in the Orient Express Hotels: the Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu, Monasterio in Cuzco and the Park Plaza in Lima. Orient Express accommodations in Peru are very much sought after so please book with plenty of notice. This tour includes international airfare from Miami (US), on non-holiday dates. You do not need to fly via Miami; Kon-Tiki will fly you the most direct way to your city of destination. Depending on your travel dates and proximity of travel, we will quote you the most economical surcharge from your city or country of origin.
Day 1: Flight to Lima. Upon arrival at Lima Airport, you will be picked up in a private car and transferred with our English-speaking guide to your hotel.
Day 2: Morning private city tour of Lima. Lima has always been one of the most important cities in South America since its founding in 1535. Journey through the historic center of the city. Admire the beauty of San Martin and Major squares, the Cathedral, the Government Palace and visit San Francisco Convent, religious building from the end of the XVI century and its catacombs. Also drive through the residential districts of San Isidro and Miraflores. After the tour we will have lunch at a typical cevicheria in Miraflores facing the Pacific Ocean. Afternoon visit to Larco Herrera Museum, Archaeological Museum or Gold Museum (see details below). Evening transfer and dinner at one of Perus best restaurants of typical Peruvian cuisine: las Brujas de Cachiche.
Day 3: Morning transfer to the airport to take the flight to Cuzco. Upon arrival in Cuzco, transfer to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure to acclimatize. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 4: Morning walking tour of Cuzco. We will visit the Cathedral (home to some of the finest artwork in all of Peru), the Santo Domingo Church, and the San Blas Church. We will pass by some of the city's most colorful streets and Main Square (Plaza de Armas). We will have time to have lunch before we start the afternoon tour of the Korikancha temple or Temple of the Sun, and the Inca ruins around the city of Cuzco: Tambomachay (the Inca Fountains), Puca Pucara (the Red Fortress), amphitheater of Kenko and finally the Sacsahuaman Fortress. Afternoon return to your hotel. Evening transfer and dinner and folkloric show at La Tunupa.
Day 5: Morning transfer to the train station to board the Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu. The train leaves in the morning taking a spectacular journey through a changing landscape while you enjoy breakfast. After the steep climb out of Cuzco, the train descends into the Sacred Valley, passing lush fields and colorful villages in the foothills of the Andes. From there, the journey is highlighted by wonderful vistas of the mountains and the beautiful Urubamba River which runs through the Sacred Valley. On arrival in the town of Aguas Calientes at the foot of Machu Picchu, you will be taken by bus to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge for lunch, which overlooks the ancient citadel.
After lunch, private guided tour of the ruins. Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, was a flourishing ceremonial and agricultural site, probably the gateway to the jungle marches of the Inca Empire. The central buildings were erected with the polished stone works of the Cusco Imperial style, though the site was probably occupied well before the Incas started their expansion. It was associated with the earth cult revolving around the Coca leaf, which was a privilege of the Inca Royal family and priests. Typical English afternoon tea will be served at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge. Dinner at the Sanctuary Lodge.
Day 6: Our resident guide will pick you up at your hotel in the morning for a second visit to the Machu Picchu ruins. For those who are more adventurous you may want to do a soft hike to Wiay Wayna. We will go through the ruins up to the Inti Punku or Sungate, along the last part of the Inca Trail to the ruins of Wiay Wayna. This fantastic site, located on a steep ledge overlooking the Urubamba River, offers a perfect example of Inca terrace farming. The name Wiay Wayna means "forever young" and this complex is believed to be reserved for ceremonies and religious water rites. Early evening return to Cuzco by Hiram Bingham train. Cocktails and dinner will be served on board. Upon arrival in Cuzco transfer to your hotel.
Day 7: Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, transfer to your hotel. Lunch at the hotel. Afternoon shopping tour of Lima, taking you to the famous handicraft markets accompanied by our guides. You may also visit some of the fascinating art galleries in Barranco or Miraflores. Evening farewell dinner at La Rosa Nautica. This restaurant is located a pier on the shores of the Pacific Ocean with amazing views.
Day 8: Transfer to the airport to take the flight back home, or choose from optional tours in Peru or other South American countries.
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