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From £3,419 per person for 10 nights (based on 2 adults sharing)*
See Peru’s many fascinating facets, on an adventure that takes you hiking along the Inca Trail, then speeding around the country aboard its luxurious sleeper train, the Belmond Explorer. Top it all off with a visit to the magnificent Colca Canyon – home of the Condors – staying in an indulgent spa hotel.

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Summary

Peru

Hiking to Machu Picchu regularly tops the list of the world’s must-do adventures. The feeling upon first glimpsing this mysterious Incan citadel - in its incredible Andean setting high among rainforested mountains – is difficult to put into words. Trips here used to be the preserve of backpackers but those days are long gone. Now, you can experience this wonder of the world without compromising on comfort. You’ll combine a visit to Machu Picchu with two nights aboard Peru's most luxurious train - The Belmond Explorer - living in splendour while you take in this spectacular country's captivating sights.

 AWESOME ELEMENTS INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:

  • Hike the famous Inca Trail en route to the mysterious city if Machu Picchu
  • View the dramatic Andean landscapes from the windows of the luxe Belmond Explorer train, living in luxury and feasting on beautiful meals created by celebrity chef Diego Muñoz
  • Sail around the fascinating floating islands of Lake Titicaca
  • Tour the city of Arequipa for dramatic views over Peru’s largest volcanoes

Your tour kicks off in chic Cusco, starting with visits to the city’s Inca temples and fortresses. We’ve sourced a brilliant chef who’ll take you on a culinary safari into pisco sours and salted pork, and one of our private guides will help you get acquainted with the city. From here, it’s on to Machu Picchu, first on the panoramic Vistadome train, then on foot for a two-day exploration of its unforgettable temples, staying in Aguas Calientes overnight. Then you’ll spend two nights on one of the most luxurious trains in the world. With a luxury, en-suite carriage as your base, you’ll day trip to Lake Titicaca, visiting its islands of Uros and Taquile by boat, seeing a culture and people untouched by the passing of time. Finish your holiday in a city that it’s very easy to lose your heart to: vibrant Arequipa, where grand baroque plazas come packed with excellent restaurants and ringed by three volcanoes.


Colca Canyon

Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon yet only a quarter of the length, the Colca Canyon is a feat of nature with landscapes which vie with those of the Sacred Valley for the most incredible scenery in Peru. The surroundings are packed with Andean peaks, active volcanoes, undulating terraces and sheer drops. Take a visit to Cruz del Condor, a viewpoint from which you can appreciate the immense landscape and spy Andean Condors circling above you on most days. 

On this extension we offer two beautiful accommodations, The Colca Lodge and Casitas del Colca by Belmond. In both you’ll have breakfast included as well as private transport from the train station directly to your hotel. The perfect way to rest and recuperate before you head back home, this 4 day extension has no organised activities, meaning that your time can be as relaxed or as active as you want it to be. 


Please click the Full Itinerary tab for the full daily itinerary, details of what's included and information about children and solo travellers. 

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GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £1000 per person and take 20 hours. 

For this particular experience, we have found that the best option is to book a multi-stop flight from London - Cusco - Arequipa - London.

Experience start point: Cusco (CUZ). Arrive any time.

End point: Arequipa (AQP). Suggested departure time: after 4pm.

All tour departures up to 31st December 2018 are part of our Pioneers Club promotion. Click here for more information about the Pioneers Club.

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Full Itinerary

Itinerary

Peru

Day One: Arrive and Acclimatise

You’ll arrive in Cusco, ready for your private hotel transfer. Then it’s time to acclimatise to this seductive city, 3,399m above sea level. Packed with ancient temples, colonial mansions and grand cathedrals, the former Incan capital is the perfect place to start an adventure.

Overnight in Cusco

Premium - El Mercado Hotel by Mountains Lodges

Meals included: None

Cusco View


Day Two: Welcome to Cusco

Time for a morning foray into Cusco’s fascinating history, on a guided walk that takes in its most famous monuments. You’ll wander the UNESCO World Heritage site of Cusco with your private guide. You’ll take in the Coricancha Temple, the Inca’s most important place of worship, before moving on to the grand, colonial Plaza de Armas. Finally, you’ll head for the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, with its fantastic views over Cusco. Later, you’ll take in the city’s vast history and stunning setting, with snacks and sparkling wine at a secret viewpoint overlooking its photogenic sprawl. In the evening, there’s the optional chance to join a culinary safari with renowned chef and Peruvian foodie, Marcelo Batata. Over the course of four hours, you’ll discover Peruvian produce, before learning how to make ceviche, Pisco Sours and Lomo Saltado (quick-fried spicy steak). Then you’ll settle down to a slap-up Peruvian meal (Please see the Extras tab for details on cost.) 

Overnight in Cusco

Premium - El Mercado Hotel by Mountains Lodges

Meals included: Breakfast

Coricancha


Day Three: Onto the Inca Trail

After breakfast, you’ll leave your hotel in a private car bound for San Pedro railway station. From here, you’ll board the Vistadome train to the start of the Kilometre 104 Inca Trail hike. The train has panoramic windows, affording you incredible views of the landscape as it wends its way past fast-flowing rivers, ancient ruins and remote villages. When you arrive, it’s time to join the Inca Trail. Within a few minutes, you’ll be among the eerie ruins of Chachabamba, surrounded by mist-hugged mountains. After a packed lunch, you’ll continue on to Inti Punku (the Sun Gate), where you’ll catch your first incredible glimpse of Machu Picchu, from 2,650 metres above sea level. From here, a bus will take you to the nearby town of Aguas Calientes, your home for the night. You may like to ease aching muscles with a soak in its steamy hot springs.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes

Premium - El Mapi by Inkaterra 

Meals included: Breakfast; packed lunch; dinner

Train to Machu


Day Four: Magnificent Machu Picchu

After your first encounter with Machu Picchu, it’s time to explore in more detail with your private guide. You’ll spend the morning soaking up the mysterious atmosphere of its temples, tombs and trails, before returning to the train station to journey through lush countryside to the Sacred Valley town of Ollantaytambo, then onwards to Cusco for the night.  

Overnight in Cusco

Premium - El Mercado Hotel by Mountains Lodges

Meals included: Breakfast

Machu Picchu


Day Five: Aboard the Belmond Explorer

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the train station, ready to board one of the world’s most luxurious trains, the Belmond Andean Explorer. Onboard, you’ll sleep in an ensuite bunk bed cabin complete with a vast window from which to watch Peru’s incredible scenery go by, and you’ll eat in one of two grand dining cars. Your journey from Cusco to Arequipa includes stops at some of the country’s must-see sights too. Today, you’ll disembark to see the 2,000-year-old Inca ruins at Raqchi, with their gigantic temple walls. Then you’ll return to the train for afternoon tea followed by a scarlet sunset over the mountains of La Raya, as the Belmond Express continues towards Lake Titicaca station at Puno, where you’ll spend the night.

Overnight on the Belmond Explorer

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; afternoon tea; dinner

Belmond Explorer


Day Six: Towards Lake Titicaca

Awaken to sunrise on Lake Titicaca: You’ll be leaving the train for a boat trip to the islands of Uros and Taquile, where you’ll watch dance and craft displays and have lunch. On these unique islands, life continues as it has done for hundreds of years and you’ll glean a fascinating insight into Peruvian customs and culture. You’ll return to the train for afternoon tea, and enjoy dinner onboard as you travel towards Arequipa.

Overnight on the Belmond Explorer

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; afternoon tea; dinner

Lake Titicaca


Day Seven: Onwards to Arequipa 

During your third day aboard the Belmond Explorer, you’ll head towards Arequipa, the lively regional capital that’s surrounded by some equally lively volcanoes. You’ll break to see the entrancing cave paintings at Sumbay, believed to be between 6,000 and 8,000 years old. Then you’ll continue on your journey, arriving at the Km.99 Train Station in the early afternoon for your transfer to your chosen hotel. 

You'll have the afternoon at leisure to settle in to your hotel, take in the scenery and relax. 

Overnight in Colca Canyon

Premium - Casitas del Colca by Belmond 

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Belmond Explorer Inside


Days Eight & Nine: Relax in the Colca Canyon

The next two days will be at your leisure a your chosen hotel, with plenty of things to do - or not do, it’s completely your choice. 

Casitas del Colca is a secluded hideaway, nestled directly in the midst of the Colca Canyon’s jaw-dropping scenery. The hotel is small and isolated, and with only 20 rooms – each with their own terrace and hot tub – you’ll surely feel free from the stresses of the everyday. In its restaurant Casitas showcases indigenous cooking styles with produce grown on site, as well as rich natural botanicals in their spa where you can spend the day relaxing in complete tranquility. Indulge in a botanical treatment or detoxify in the eucalyptus room. Saddle up for a horse ride in the canyon, help bottle feed baby alpacas at the hotel’s farm, go on a birdwatching walk to spot condors, take a Pisco Sour or Peruvian cooking lesson or even spend an afternoon painting the scenery. There’s a wealth of activities to fill your days as Casitas, and how you spend your time is completely up to you. 

Overnight in Colca Canyon

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner


Day Ten: On to Arequipa

After a relaxed morning and lunch at the hotel, its time to drive to Arequipa for your final night in Peru (approx. 4 hours). You'll have the evening at leisure to explore and grab some dinner at one of the city's many picanterías, where you'll be served a selection of Arequipan specialties like Rocoto Relleno (hot red peppers stuffed with mincemeat), chicharrones (deep-fried pork) and queso helado (an ice cream flavoured with coconut, cinnamon and spices). 

Overnight in Arequipa

Premium - Hotel Katari

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch


Day Eleven: Heading home

You’ll spend the morning discovering more about Arequipa with your private guide. Wandering through its barrios, you’ll see the vast convent complex of Santa Catalina, with its red walls and cobbled alleys, before heading to the districts of Carmen Alto and Yanahuara, which both have viewpoints offering dramatic vistas of the Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu volcanoes. Later in the day, you’ll be transferred to the airport to begin your journey home.

Meals included: Breakfast

Arequipa


Overall meals included: 11 Breakfasts; 7 lunches; 2 afternoon teas; 6 dinners


Accommodation

Your hotel category for the duration of your experience is:

Premium ★★★★

Premium hotels are typically upper mid range (usually four star), with more amenities than our classic choices. They all have comfortable rooms with private facilities and have received good client feedback.


What's included:

  • Private English-speaking guides unless stated otherwise
  • Private transfers and train tickets, unless stated otherwise
  • Meals as listed
  • Mandatory taxes and service fees
  • Entrance tickets and permits unless stated otherwise
  • Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Boat excursion on Lake Titicaca

What's not included:

  • International flights to/from the start/end point of our experiences
  • Optional extras listed
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel and restaurant staff
  • Any visa, customs, airport taxes or similar charges before or after the tour
  • We cannot guarantee the included hotel breakfast for early departures
  • Drinks during meals unless stated otherwise
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry
  • Visit to hot springs in Aguas Calientes


For Home Office travel advice to this country, read more here

If you intend to travel solo, click here

Children: This experience is not recommended for children.


GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £1000 per person and take 20 hours. 

For this particular experience, we have found that the best option is to book a multi-stop flight from London - Cusco - Arequipa - London.

Experience start point: Cusco (CUZ). Arrive any time.

End point: Arequipa (AQP). Suggested departure time: after 4pm.

All tour departures up to 31st December 2018 are part of our Pioneers Club promotion. Click here for more information about the Pioneers Club.

Extras

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Optional Extras

To customise your experience, you can select any of theses extras at an additional cost during the basket stage.

Cooking class with Marcelo Batata

Over the course of four hours, you’ll discover Peruvian produce, before learning how to make ceviche, Pisco Sours and Lomo Saltado (quick-fried spicy steak). Then you’ll settle down to a slap-up Peruvian meal.

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