(Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco)
Experience Peru by Orient Express! This fully equipped luxury tour includes your own private guide and vehicle for the top sights in Peru. Explore the capital city of Lima including the Pachacamac ruins and Archeological museum. Fly to Cuzco and transfer directly to the Sacred Valley staying at the serene Rio Sagrado Hotel. Explore the Sacred Valley, Pisac Market and fortress of Ollantaytambo. Take the Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu and discover the legendary mountaintop city of the Incas. Enjoy a private guided tour of the ancient citadel. Stay overnight just oustide the site at the luxurious Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel at Machu Picchu, so you may spend more time exploring Machu Picchu at leisure the next day. Mystical, spiritual and cultural - it has left an impression on visitors through the ages. Ride on the Hiram Bingham train back to Cusco and enjoy dinner onboard. While in Cuzco, the former capital of the Inca Empire, learn the history of this ancient city on a private guided city tour. Stay in Cuzco's newest and most luxurious property; Palacio Nazarenas. The next day return to Lima for a tour of this important city before your international flight home.
Upon arrival you will be met by our local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
Private airport transfer in Lima with a driver and guide.
With a prime spot in an exclusive area of Lima, not far from the capital city's commercial hub, the Miraflores Park Hotel is an exquisite hotel that has made its mark on Peruvian hospitality. The 82 suites are refined, with specialty linens and fixtures, all embodying a tasteful elegance valued by luxury travelers. It is hard to resist the hotel's restaurants and the medleys of international, local and authentic Peruvian flavors. Take a walk through this area of the city, which showcases historic avenues and modern successes of Lima. Let your daytime be filled with the hotel's leisure activities, such as tennis and swimming.
Pachacamac lies 25 miles southeast of Lima adjacent to the Pan American highway astride the Pacific coastline. The site was considered one of the most important religious centers of the indigenous peoples of the central Andes, and contains a number of pyramids.
Afterwards head to the Archaeological Museum, a must-see for history buffs. It provides an overview of the history of the region. Highlights include exceptionally well preserved mummies as well as spectacular textiles.
Enjoy dinner at the restaurant "Huaca Pucllana"
In the Fifth century, the Lima valley inhabitants started the construction of the Huaca Pucllana. Two important reasons inspired the group of sacred priests, who were the governing rulers at that time. The first reason was their need to express their religious authority. The second reason was directly linked with the control of the hydrological resources stemmed from the water canal system, on the left bank of the Rimac river. Therefore, Pucllana was an important ceremonial and administrative location. Its magnificence was reflected by the configuration of a monumental architecture. It was built with small adobe bricks wrought on a continuous base of blocks and remodeled during the three centuries of the Huaca existence. Currently the Pucllana Archeological Zone spreads over 15 hectares. Today, fifteen centuries after those men gave life to Pucllana, Huaca Pucllana Restaurant, offers you a sample of the best Peruvian and International cuisine. Welcome to La Huaca Pucllana!
Our local representative will meet you for an airport transfer, with private vehicle and professional driver.
Fly from Lima to Cusco. Flight duration is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.
Our local representative will meet you for a transfer, with private vehicle and professional driver to your hotel in the Sacred Valley. Transfer time is approximately 2 hours
Take the rest of the day to acclimatize, enjoy time at leisure in the relaxing and peaceful surroundings of the Rio Sagrado. Admire the views up into the mountains as you sit under the shade of a tree. Consider having a treatment or two at the fabulous spa on site where treatments are derived from local native plants. Amenities at the spa include a spacious indoor/outdoor Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and Spanish showers.
Ideally located in Ollantaytambo, within 3 kilometres of Urubamba and 15 minutes of the train station, the Rio Sagrado Hotel Villas & Spa ensures you a memorable stay in the Inca Sacred Valley. The 'El Huerto' restaurant offers delicious dishes from the Urubamba finest tradition as well as Peruvian delicacies, that will delight the palate of discerning connoisseurs. A worldwide famed selection of wines, spirits and liquors wait to be savoured at El bar del Huerto bar. For pampering moments and sheer relaxation there is also a spa centre featuring many body treatments and massages.
Enjoy a full day excursion to the Pisac ruins located on the top of a hill overlooking the Vilcanota (Urubamba) river, a series of terraces, canals, houses, food storage and temples can be seen in very good shape. The most notable is the “Intihuatana” or solar calendar made out of a big piece of red stone. Continue to visit the Pisac Market where artisans from all over the area congregate to sell their crafts. Buffet lunch in a countryside restaurant and visit to Ollantaytambo, a fortress built during the Inca Empire, excellent sample of military architecture. 8 hours in duration
You will be met at the hotel lobby by our local representative, and transferred by private vehicle and professional driver from your hotel in the Sacred Valley to the Ollantaytambo Train Station.
The Hiram Bingham is a luxury train between Cusco and Machu Picchu. Enjoy a spectacular journey through the Andes. Depart 9am from Poroy Station (20 minute taxi ride from Cusco). Brunch is served on board and guides explain points of interest along the 3.5 hour route. Upon arrival there will be a guided tour of the Machu Picchu citadel for you and entry tickets will have been pre-purchased. After exploring the ruins, Afternoon Tea is served at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge.
Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will board the bus (shared service) up to Machu Picchu. The bus ride takes 30 minutes and once you get there you will enjoy a private guided tour of Machu Picchu. The Inca Citadel lies between Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu (“Young Peak” and “Old Peak”). The Inca Pachacutec built the Citadel using sharp stone blocks, fitted together perfectly. Houses, temples, a public square are all connected by narrow roads and steps cut into the mountainside. There are many theories as to the purpose of Machu Picchu; a temple to the sun? A fortress against jungle inhabitants? A sanctuary for the Incas? The mysterious lost city awaits you!
After the tour, enjoy a leisurely lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge. Afterwards, take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes.
Please note: For itineraries including an overnight stay at the Sanctuary Lodge (instead of Aguas Calientes) you will simply return to the lodge after your tour.
The Sanctuary Lodge in the Machu Picchu region embodies all things relaxing and tranquil, with unparalleled botanical gardens and mountain views. The 31 rooms are well-maintained and offer gorgeous views of the surroundings. Friendly and helpful staff help provide a positive experience in Machu Picchu. A delicious menu is offered to travelers to choose from, with all sorts of South American culinary enterprises listed, as well as conventional favorites. Visit the ancient extravaganza that is Machu Picchu. If you are looking for a relaxing time, a deck allows guests to lounge in the presence of these spectacular sights. The hotel also offers massages and a videotape library.
The entrance ticket to Machu Picchu is provided for your convenience.
For your convenience, the entrance fee for the hike to Wayna Picchu is included.We will confirm the 7:00am hike,there is the option of doing the later hike, so if you would like the later hike (10:00am) please let us know.
The eternal guardian of the Sanctuary, Wayna Picchu (meaning “Young Mountain’ in Quechua) towers over the Incan city, and an amazing view can be appreciated from the top. The route to the top of the mountain is treacherous, with very narrow pathways, and to conquer the summit is truly a rewarding experience! Along the route and at the top of the mountain are sacred structures and eye-catching terraces, built right against the slope’s edge. Depending on each person's hiking pace, this activity may take up to 3 hours. This activity is on your own; please speak to your sales agent about organizing a guide to accompany you.
For your convenience the bus ticket between Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes is provided. Buses depart about every 30 minutes, once the bus is full.
Return to Cusco on the Hiram Bingham train on your own (no guide). The train departs from Aguas Calientes at 5.45pm* and takes 4 hours to return to Cusco. A pre-dinner cocktail is served, accompanied by live entertainment and a 4-course gastronomic menu. *Note train times and schedules may vary based on availability.
Our local representative will meet you with a private vehicle and professional driver for a train station transfer.
A Orient Express newest Collection Hotel - Set in a tranquil plaza behind Cuzco's main square, this former palace and convent is emerging from years of restoration to become one of the city's most exclusive hotels. Step past walls of Inca stones and into a cloistered courtyard with an ancient fountain at its heart. Then be surprised as contemporary Cuzco comes to the fore: a fabulous spa, the city's first outdoor pool and stylish restaurants serving cutting-edge local cuisine. This intimate urban retreat has just 55 suites, each enriched with oxygen and with its own private bar where guests (or their private butler) can create drinks accented with fresh ingredients grown at and around the hotel.
High in the Andes, 3000m above sea level, lies the historic city of Cusco, with its unique blend of Spanish and Inca cultures. Take a half day private tour of the city including the best of Cusco: the Koricancha Temple (Temple of the Sun) and the Cathedral with its magnificent chapels and baroque altars and paintings from the Cusquenian School. The tour also includes the surrounding ruins: the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the Inca bath of Tambomachay, the labyrinth of Puca Pucara and the amphitheatre of Kenko.
Direct flight from Cusco to Lima. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes.Please note: Flights' rates and availability are subject to change until booking.
Explore Lima on a sightseeing tour of Colonial and Modern Lima with a private guide and driver. Visit the Government Palace, City Hall, Cathedral at the Plaza Mayor (closed on Sundays), along with the 17th century San Francisco Convent. Take a short tour of the modern districts of San Isidro and Miraflores for a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Peru for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is required. Medical facilities are poor quality and not widespread. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/peru.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Lima. Government: Republic. Gained independence from Spain in 1824, having declared it in 1821. Language: Spanish and Quechua are the official languages. English is spoken in major tourist areas. Religion: 81% Roman Catholic, 2.1% other denominations, 16.3% unspecified or none. Time: GMT - 5. Electricity: 220 volts AC, 60Hz. (110 volts AC is available in most 4- and 5-star hotels.) Telephone: Country code +51. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with some international mobile phone companies. Mobile phones can be rented in Lima and the main cities. Coverage is sporadic. Internet: Public Internet booths and Internet cafes are widely available in cities and most towns.
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