Treasures of the Incas

Start: Lima Finish: Lima

Visiting: Lima, Cusco, Puno


Duration: 11 Nights

Tour Operator: Luxury Gold


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Tour Overview

The mysterious world of the ancient Inca Empire pairs nicely with the flavours of a modern gastronomic powerhouse. From classic Peruvian dishes such as ceviche, to a traditional Pachamanca Feast in Sacred Valley, you'll be inspired to introduce new recipes into your own cooking back home. These sumptuous dining experiences will fuel captivating days exploring the secrets of an ethereal part of the world. From the pulsating capital of Lima to the mist-cloaked mountains of Machu Picchu and the serene waters of South America’s largest lake, you'll be spellbound by Peru.

Highlights

  • iconLima: Experience the beautiful 'City of Kings' through the eyes of a Local Expert.
  • iconMachu Picchu: Spend a full day exploring the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, rediscovered by American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911 after being forgotten for centuries. A Local Expert helps you understand the enigmatic fortress abandoned by the Incas in the 16th century.
  • iconPuno: Explore Sillustani to view the stone burial towers 'chullpas' that have dotted the shores since pre-Inca times.
  • iconLima: Explore the very best of Peru's capital city at the JW Marriott Hotel Lima.
  • iconSacred Valley: Experience a caja china lunch, a popular way to create a delicious meal in Peru, cooked in a wooden box.
  • iconAguas Calientes: With a Local Expert, explore the cloud forest, visit a working tea plantation and an orchid farm.
  • iconSacred Valley: Witness the spectacular terraced salt pans, called Salinas de Maras and learn how the care of them is a family tradition in the region.
  • iconSacred Valley: At a local camelid farm, meet llamas, guanacos, alpacas and even the rare vicuña and enjoy an insight into how their soft wool is used to make beautiful woven textiles.
  • iconLima: You can relax before meeting your Travelling Concierge at 18.00 for a Welcome Dinner at MAYTA with Chef Jamie Pesaque.
  • iconCusco: The stylishly decorated and luxurious JW Marriott El Convento Cusco is built atop ancient Incan ruins.
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icon Day 1: Arrive in Lima, Peru.

Location: Lima

Accommodation: JW Marriott Hotel Lima (Ocean View Rooms).

Meals: Dinner with Wine

Welcome to Peru! On arrival at Lima International Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to your luxurious hotel in Miraflores. You can relax before meeting your Travelling Concierge at 18.00 for a Welcome Dinner, where you'll have the opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers over wine and dinner at MAYTA with Chef Jamie Pesaque.(Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 2: Lima, City of the Kings.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Experience the cultural metropolis of Lima through the eyes of a Local Expert. A mix of modern high rises and ancient temples, you'll delve into the history of the fascinating City of Kings. Explore the UNESCO-listed Historic Centre of Lima, view the cathedral, and visit the Monastery of San Francisco. Visit the trendy Barranco district and the workshop of Victor Delfin, one of Peru's leading artists known for his monumental El Beso sculpture. A Highlight Dinner is served at Amoramar. [CC]The Chairman’s collection box should read: If you are travelling on a Chairman's Collection departure, Dr. Francisco Diez-Canseco Távara invites you to lunch at his beautiful villa to learn about his family's long heritage in Peru.[/CC](Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 3: On To The Sacred Valley.

Location: Lima

Accommodation: Tambo del Inka, Sacred Valley.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Board your flight to Cusco and continue on to Peru's Sacred Valley. Visit the colourful market in the town of Chinchero. Afterwards, meet Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a Quechua scholar, director of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, and a recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Learn about her mission to preserve traditional weaving techniques and how she has succeeded in bringing weaving once more to the forefront of her community. Later in the afternoon, check in to your luxurious spa resort.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 4: Exploring the Sacred Valley.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Visit the spectacular terraced salt pans where you will meet with a family member from the town of Maras, who will explain ancient salt mining techniques and have a chance to participate in the ancient tradition. The salt pans, dating back to Inca times, have been passed down through families for generations and today are maintained in much the same way as they were long ago. Dine the local way as you feast on 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.(Breakfast / Lunch)

icon Day 5: Journey to Machu Picchu.

Accommodation: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Today you'll visit the town of Ollantaytambo, a national archeological site set on the Urubamba River. Afterwards, board your first-class seats on the Vistadome train for your scenic journey to Machu Picchu village. Enjoy lunch at your rejuvenating resort followed by a guided exploration of its nature trails and fascinating cloud forest ecosystem. One for tea lovers, the afternoon will be spent discovering a working tea plantation, before viewing the world's largest private collection of indigenous orchids. In the evening, learn how to blend the perfect pisco sour before your dinner with wine at the hotel.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 6: Mysterious Machu Picchu.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

No trip to Peru would be complete without visiting the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Pichu. With Luxury Gold, you’ll arrive at this striking archeological site before the crowds of day-trippers. Meet your Local Expert for a guided exploration through the enigmatic Lost City of the Incas, rediscovered only 100 years ago by archaeologist Hiram Bingham. See the great Temple of the Sun, Sacred Plaza and the Intihuatana, believed to be an ancient sun clock. In the afternoon, enjoy time to explore Machu Picchu at your leisure or return to town continue your afternoon there. After a full day of discovery, enjoy a delicious dinner with wine, where you can share stories of your day with fellow guests in the serenity of your tranquil hotel.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 7: Return to Cusco.

Location: Cusco

Accommodation: Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Cusco.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Bid goodbye to Machu Picchu as you travel through the Sacred Valley by train en route to Cusco. Stop for a traditional Highlight Lunch and savour a sumptuous Pachamanca Feast of Peruvian cuisine cooked underground. After lunch, get up-close to llamas, guanacos, alpacas and even the rare vicuñas before arriving at your hotel in Cusco, steps away from the Plaza de Armas.(Breakfast / Lunch)

icon Day 8: Colonial Cusco.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Join your Local Expert to explore Cusco, where you'll check out the "Temple of the Sun", Korikancha, the cathedral and the citadel of Sacsayhuaman. Shop like the locals do at the San Blas artisan centre. Enjoy free time for shopping on the Plaza de Armas, where you can stock up on a few souvenirs. In the evening, enjoy a candlelit Highlight Dinner with wine at one of the city’s most prominent culinary scenes, the MAP Restaurant in the central Museum of Pre-Colombian Art.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 9: Lake Region of Peru.

Accommodation: GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Board your included flight to Juliaca and head to Sillustani to explore the impressive burial grounds. Afterwards, continue to Puno, nestled along the majestic shores of Lake Titicaca. Enjoy the sunsets on the lake while staying at the perfectly located GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 10: The Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Cruise Lake Titicaca to the Uros Floating Islands, where locals bundle reeds from the lake to build floating platforms, houses and canoes. On Amantaní Island, join the local community for a lunch of regional specialties. Afterwards, you can explore local handicrafts before returning to Puno, where you can relax this evening.(Breakfast / Lunch)

icon Day 11: Puno, Back to Lima.

Location: Puno

Accommodation: JW Marriott Hotel Lima (Ocean View Rooms).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Depart your lakeside retreat and return to Lima. Savour a sensational Highlight Dinner with wine at Matria, where Chef Arlette Eulert Checa intrigues and delights with creative seasonal dishes.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 12: Depart Lima.

Meals: Breakfast

Your Peruvian adventure draws to a close as you say goodbye to your fellow travellers and Travelling Concierge, before being transferred to Lima airport.(Breakfast)

What's Included

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    Enjoy the comfort of Luxury Gold's air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard restroom.

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    Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

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    You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.

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    From time to time, your Travel Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local speciality representing the destination.

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    At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.

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    Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.

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    Complimentary, private airport transfers are included on start and end dates and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.

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    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.

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    Luxury Gold requires a deposit of 20% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 56 days before departure..

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