Itinerary Highlights
    • Take in Peru’s highlights from trendy Lima to beautiful Cusco
    • Tour the Sacred Valley with a private driver and guide
    • Enjoy a scenic train ride through the Peruvian countryside
    • Visit the incredible Inca citadel of Machu Picchu
    • Sample local pisco during a tasting at one of Cusco’s best spots

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This journey takes you from the capital of modern day Peru to that of the Inca Empire. Between Lima and Cusco, you’ll visit the magical city that has forever captured the imagination of travellers: Machu Picchu. Around it, the remains and villages of the Sacred Valley are equally inspiring, and you’ll visit them with a private driver and guide, from the pre-Hispanic agronomic laboratory of Moray to the salt pans of Maras. When you eventually arrive in Cusco, enjoy a tasting of Peru’s pisco in one of the city’s best establishments. Throughout the trip, you’ll stay in a variety of hotels with enchanting locations, whether Lima’s creative Barranco district or the heart of the Sacred Valley. Aside from the flight between Lima and Cusco and the scenic train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes,
you’ll travel by private car, and the trip has been designed so that you gradually acclimatise to the high altitudes. If you need anything while you’re away, our in-country Concierge is always on hand.

A note about altitude: this trip has been designed so you can adapt gradually to the high altitudes in this spectacular part of the world. But remember to take it easy and hydrate regularly while you’re here.


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Direct Flight to Lima

Your ten-day trip to Peru begins with a 13-hour flight to its bustling capital, Lima. When you land, we’ll welcome you at the airport and transfer you to your accommodation for the next two nights in a quiet area of central Lima. This haven of peace is the perfect place to relax after exploring the busy city.


Explore Old Lima

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Cercado de Lima (old Lima) offers splendid examples of Spanish colonial architecture, such as the 18th-century Palacio de Torre Tagle, and the 17th-century San Juan Cathedral, which houses the tomb of conquistador Francisco Pizarro. The Barranco district, meanwhile, was a favourite of Lima’s aristocracy in the 19th century, and today is full of galleries, restaurants, cafes and casonas. While you’re here, don’t miss the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo or the flower gardens. Lima is also home to plenty of other museums, such as the Museo Larco, whose collections cover several millennia of Peruvian history up to the colonial period. Housed in a small 19th-century palace, the Museo Pedro de Osma exhibits an exceptional collection of religious art from the viceroyalty period. You’re free to enjoy all this at your own pace, but if you like, we can also arrange for you to take a private guided tour of Barranco.


Flight to Cusco

Today you’ll be privately transferred back to the airport for your flight to Cusco. When you land, we’ll take you to the village of Yucai in the Sacred Valley. Your home for the next three nights is a charming hacienda with elegant rooms. In the surrounding area, the walking possibilities are endless – this is a real paradise for nature lovers.


Local Market Trip

In a flurry of bold colours and red ponchos, local markets bring the community together. This morning, you’ll pay them a visit in the company of a private driver, beginning in Pisac. Here, you’ll find fresh cheese, chicken, aromatic herbs, bread, vegetables and potatoes of all kinds, along with centuries-old agricultural terraces and an Inca citadel. At the other end of the valley, you’ll visit the fortified site of Ollantaytambo, a magnificently preserved example of Incan town planning.


Tour of the Incan Countryside

In the company of a private guide, you’ll be driven to the countryside this morning to start exploring. You’ll begin with the concentric terraces of the Center of Inca Agricultural Research in Moray. This impressive centre is able to artificially reproduce different climatic conditions, and therefore develop acclimatisation protocols for non-local plants. You’ll then descend towards the salt flats of Maras through a beautiful rural area dominated by the Vilcabamba Cordillera. These thousands of pools make for a strange and fascinating patchwork landscape. In total, today involves around three hours of walking.


Marvel at Machu Picchu

Today, we’ll transfer you to Ollantaytambo station where you’ll take a scenic train journey to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo). You’ll then board the shuttle to prepare yourself for the majesty of the incredible Machu Picchu. The beauty of the mountains, the scale of the design and the genius demonstrated to construct this Inca citadel are beyond belief. To answer some of your questions and give you the means to understand this feat of engineering and design, you’ll experience it in the company of a private guide.

When you can bear to tear yourself away from this magical site, head to your hotel to relax and refresh in your contemporary room or at the spa. This evening, head to the bar for some tapas and some local pisco.


Pisco Tasting in Cusco

We’ll transfer you to the station today for another scenic train journey back to Ollantaytambo. When you arrive, you’ll be transferred to Cusco, where you’ll spend the next three nights in a charming hotel in the centre of the Incan capital. This afternoon we’ll arrange for you to enjoy a tasting of pisco, Peru’s national drink (a fine wine brandy). Then head to one of Cusco’s best pisco spots to try it in its classic form of a pisco sour.

DAYS 8 & 9

Explore Cusco

This former capital of the Incan Empire was founded by the Killke, a century before the arrival of the Incas. It was then partially destroyed by the Spaniards, who constructed their own buildings on the remains of Incan constructions. This meeting of architectural styles and influences has made for a truly striking city.

The Incan capital is literally the basis of the city: the walls and foundations mainly date from the pre-Hispanic period, and can be seen in many places including the old colonial district of San Blas, where your hotel is located. In the Plaza de Armas, you’ll find the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin, and the Church of the Society of Jesus, both full of gold and Cusco School paintings. Just over a mile north of Cusco is Sacsayhuaman, some of the most impressive Incan remains: a zigzagging triple wall in the shape of a puma's head. You've two final days in Peru to explore this incredible city at your leisure. If you like, we can arrange for you to get to know it a little better with a private tour.

DAY 10

Return Flight

Sadly your Peruvian adventure comes to an end today, so we’ll transfer you back to the airport for your return flight via Lima.

A la carte

Barranco in Private - Lima

In the company of a private guide, you’ll explore one of the Peruvian capital’s most prominent districts. Artists, creators and gallery owners have made their mark here, yet the district has retained its nostalgic charm, helped by the regular passing of the old tram. Inside the shops, craftsmanship and design go hand in hand, while the beaches have retained the upscale atmosphere they had at the turn of the 20th century.

Private Tour of Cusco, Capital of Tahuantinsuyu

The colonial city of Cusco is built on the Incan city, whose inhabitants worshipped nothing less than the sun itself. During a visit to the city’s essential sites, Cusco reveals its riches in the form of the Cathedral, the Plaza de Armas, the Qorikancha (temple of the sun), and the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, which lies just over a mile from Cusco. This monumental complex is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site along with Cusco. You can also visit the Q'enco Archaeological Complex, a ceremonial centre dedicated to Mother Earth.

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The cost for this trip starts from £3,330 to £4,500 per person.

The final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost varies according to several factors, which include the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote.

The average starting price for this trip is £3,900 per person.

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