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Classic Luxury Peru tour

Classic Luxury Peru

Aracari
By Aracari
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
7 days
From: $ 5,075 $ 725 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit Pisac archaeological site
  • Enjoy a private tour of the on-site gallery with pre-Columbian and Colonial artwork
  • Visit Machu Picchu with Peter Frost
  • Aboard the luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham train back to Cusco
  • A half-day tour of Inca ruins and of markets around the outskirts of Cusco
  • Spend a day exploring the historical sites of the city of Lima with one of our specialists

Short Description

Take in Peru’s must-see destinations, Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu in a week, staying at hand-picked accommodations with a distinct sense of style and place. Explore Lima with a specialist guide for an in-depth insight into life in the capital – past and present. Understand Peru’s booming gastronomic scene with a professional chef. Discover the top attractions of the stunning Sacred Valley. Take the renowned Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu with ample time to marvel at this archaelogical wonder, and admire the beguiling colonial streets of Cusco. All elements of this itinerary can be tailormade to your interests and travel style – just let us know.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury - 5 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Lima
End City Lima

Trip Includes

  • A unique, hand-crafted and fully personalized experience from your arrival to Peru right up until your departure
  • 6 nights in a hand-picked and personally tested selection of Peru’s finest hotels
  • Top-quality, English-speaking guides who have met our strict criteria
  • 24-hour support from our locally based team
  • A printed booklet, complete with colorful maps, a detailed itinerary, important traveller’s tips and expert insight into all places to be visited
  • A cell phone with credit to contact your consultant with questions or in case of emergency
  • A complete and up-to-date guide of our hand-picked shops and the most delectable of Peru’s restaurants
  • All transfers and entrance fees

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Itinerary

Day 1: Lima

Accommodation: Arts Boutique Hotel; Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel

International Arrival

An English-speaking Aracari representative will be expecting you from your international arrival, will greet you and give you your customized welcome pack with a booklet of your trip itinerary and other useful information before whisking you off to your hotel, assisting you with all check-in procedures.

Day 2: Lima

Accommodation: Arts Boutique Hotel; Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel

Into The Past Lima City Tour with Specialist Guide

One of the main fascinations of Lima is the concentration of ancient history in the area; not only do the origins of the city pre-date the Spanish foundation of the city by several millennia, its museums are full of the artistic treasures of magnificent pre-Columbian civilizations that flourished throughout the coastal deserts of Peru. Begin to unravel this multifaceted history and discover the complex past of this fascinating city accompanied our specialist guide. Visit an ancient adobe pyramid right in the middle of the city, Huaca Huallamarca, which dates back to around 200 BC. Journey to the Larco Herrera Museum, where thousands of years of complex ancient history will be turned into an easy-to-understand story, for kids and adults alike. Continue on to the colonial area of Lima, featuring the Cathedral, the Convent of Santo Domingo, and the Main Square with its beautiful baroque style buildings. You will also have a chance to visit Casa Aliaga, reportedly the oldest home on the Continent and still family-owned after 17 generations. The sites visited today can be tailored to alternatively include: La Casona de San Marcos; the Convent of San Francisco and its catacombs; Huaca Pucllana; and the Museo de la Inquisition. It is also possible to organize cocktails at Casa Aliaga (supplement price applies).

Day 3: Lima – Cusco – Urubamba

Accommodation: Sol y Luna ; Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

Flight to Cusco, Awanacancha, Pisac Market & Ruins

Our Aracari representative will pick you up from your hotel for your private transfer to Lima airport, where he will assist you with check-in procedures for your domestic flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, your personal guide and private driver will greet you at the airport to head straight to the Urubamba Valley - also known as the 'Sacred Valley'. Your guide will accompany you throughout the Urubamba Valley, Cusco and Machu Picchu.

En route, stop for a short visit of Awanacancha where you will have the opportunity to see the different camelids that live in the Andes such as llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos. In Pisac experience the sights and sounds of the town’s famous market, with its variety of handcrafts and fresh produce. Continue on to the Pisac ruins. With Inca masonry of superlative quality, the stunning terracing following the contours of the mountain and superior view of the valley will leave you in awe. After lunch (own cost), check-in to your chosen hotel.

Day 4: Urubamba

Accommodation: Sol y Luna ; Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

Guided Visit to Ollantaytambo Town & Fortress, Hacienda Huayoccari, Visit Maras & Moray

Today you’ll visit the fabulous town of Ollantaytambo and its archaeological sites. The town is unique in that it still preserves its original Inca plan with people living in traditional cancha enclosures once occupied by the Inca elite. The archaeological compound is a sensational sight to behold and is of great historical significance for the Incas during the Spanish Conquest: It was here that one of the greatest battles of the Conquest was fought and one of the few where the Incas defeated the Spaniards. Following your visit, transfer to Hacienda Huayoccari for a three-course lunch in this traditional hacienda, owned and lived-in by one of the oldest land-owning families in Cusco. Take a look at their private collection of folk art and ancient artifacts.

In the afternoon, you visit Maras, the site of the remarkable and unusual Salinas, located in the heart of the Sacred Valley. This site consists of a huge number of watered terraces that collect salt by evaporation from the saline waters that gush from an underground stream. Built in a similar way to agricultural terraces seen throughout the Andes, the Salinas have been in use since pre-Columbian times. Visually, the shining, salt-encrusted terraces are extraordinary. Nearby Maras lie the most enigmatic Inca terraces at the site of Moray. This unique site, probably used for agricultural experimentation, consists of several enormous terraced circular depressions.

Day 5: Urubamba – Machu Picchu

Accommodation: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel ; Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Machu Picchu visit, arriving by the Hiram Bingham Train

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel this morning to transfer to Poroy train station to board the luxurious Hiram Bingham train - a must for those seeking the utmost level of luxury - to Aguas Calientes, at the foot of Machu Picchu. Enjoy a gourmet brunch during the spectacular journey descending into the Sacred Valley and passing through lush landscapes and Andean villages. On arrival in Aguas Calientes you will board a bus to reach the entrance of Machu Picchu.

“Magnificence” is the only word to describe the scene, as you gaze upon the ruins of Machu Picchu. The main destination on many travellers’ lists, the ‘lost city of the Incas’ is a man-made marvel that has become a symbol for the ingenuity and prosperity of one of the most expansive empires in Latin American history. Only a century ago were the incredible ruins uncovered; a two year-excavation led by Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham and the National Geographic Society of Washington DC allowed Machu Picchu to gain the prominence that it deserves. Its fascination is due in part to its position, high on a mountain ridge and 2,430m/7,972ft above sea level. Believed to be an Inca settlement built to control the economies of neighboring communities, it is associated with being the royal estate of Pachacuti, the great Inca who sparked the expansion of the empire. Enjoy a 2-3 hour guided visit of Machu Picchu before spending the remainder of the afternoon exploring the ruins after the majority of visitors have left the site. Afterwards, return by bus to your hotel in Aguas Calientes.

For private groups up to 8 people we recommend the Inca Princess train service as an alternative to the Hiram Bingham

Day 6: Machu Picchu – Cusco

Accommodation: Inkaterra La Casona ; Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

Second Day at Machu Picchu, Vistadome train

This morning you’ll return to the ruins with your guide. Optionally hike to IntiPunku, the “Sun Gate”, take a more strenuous climb to Huayna Picchu or climb to the top of Machu Picchu Mountain, located south of the Citadel and offering spectacular panoramic views. Following your visit, take the bus back to the town of Aguas Calientes to catch the Vistadome train (approx. 1.5hrs) back to Ollantaytambo, where a private vehicle will be waiting to transfer you by road to Cusco (approx. 2hrs) to check in to your hotel.

Day 7: Cusco

Accommodation: Inkaterra La Casona ; Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

Cusco walking tour, BBQ lunch with panoramic view

Since its narrow alleyways were originally designed by the Incas as a city for walking, start your exploration of Cusco on foot. Begin at the Plaza de Armas, the Main Square, which is marked by the exquisite Spanish Colonial architecture and ornamentation imposed by Spanish colonists to exert religious and political influence. Underneath it all, however, you can clearly see remnants of Inca Cusco in the solid stonework. Visit Koricancha, the most sumptuous “Sun Temple” in the Inca Empire, and the breathtaking Cathedral, a repository for Cusco’s colonial art, as well as many other important archaeological relics and artifacts. You will also stop by the colourful San Pedro market and pass through the charming neighborhood of San Blas. Next, visit Sacsayhuaman, an Inca citadel atop a hill, on the outskirts of the city. Not only are the imposing terraces of masterful stonework a sight to behold, but the vistas overlooking the sienna rooftops of Cusco provide a whole new perspective to the city you traversed.

Following the visit, from atop an Inca wall, enjoy panoramic views of Cusco during a private BBQ with your own dedicated cook. Sample a variety of local meats – including alpaca – accompanied by fresh, leafy salads from the on-site vegetable garden for hearty, home-cooking at its best. Afterwards, return to your hotel.

Day 8: Cusco – Lima

Flight to Lima, Lima with Zest OR Urban Eats Culinary Tour, International Departure

Transfer to Cusco airport for your domestic flight to Lima. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by an Aracari representative before beginning your culinary tour with a professional chef.

Option 1: Lima With Zest

There are many ways to get to know a city, but one of the most gratifying and interesting is through its food. This is especially true of Lima, with the infinity of textures, colors, aromas and flavors that this generous land provides. “Lima With Zest” is a hands-on experience that gets everyone involved, from searching for a variety of local and seasonal ingredients from vendors at a local market right down to the preparation and presentation of a cuisine that is based on ancient traditions and long-established culinary styles. Your personal chef and instructor invites you to her family’s apartment in Barranco for an interactive cooking class where you will dine on your own creations.

Option 2: Urban Eats

Having exploded onto the global food scene, Peru is now widely regarded as one of the world’s principal food travel destinations. Home to colourful dishes inspired by the country’s dramatically diverse geography, rich ethnic make-up and long culinary history, on today’s sampling tour you will savour some of the flavours that have helped put Peru on the world food map. Visiting a local market, traditional bodegas and artisan eateries that collectively showcase some of the best of Peru’s produce, discover new ingredients and learn more about Lima’s trailblazing gastronomic status by tasting a sample of the extraordinary variety of foods Peru offers.

After your culinary experience, you will be transferred to the airport for your international departure.

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I highly recommend them for any trip to Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador

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I have been on several trips with Aracari and they have all been pretty much perfect! They really know the region and have trips to satisfy all of one's requirements. But most importantly they make it an authentic adventure where you see and experience the real Peru. Plus they are firendly and extremely helpful. I highly recommend them for any trip to Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. As far as i am aware there isn't another outfit in the same league.
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The personalized itineraries and attention far exceeded our high expectations. Thank you,Aracari, for making our visit so beautiful. The people, fabrics, food, adventure, Pre-Inca and Inca sites added richness to our Peruvian days and nights. Also a special thank you to Daniella, Mario and Hugo. Hasta Luego!
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With Aracari, I felt like I was seeing Peru with my cool, connected, and passionate friends. Each team member took care of me like they had known me for years, and wanted to make my visit unforgettable. They succeeded 100%. Their guides are excellent, their knowledge of the destination is top notch, and their ability to handle the unexpected (unplanned rail strikes) was professional and swift. I would highly recommend their services to anyone who wants an authentic adventure in Peru - one with memories and new friends to last a lifetime.
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By far the best travel company for all Peru/LatAm related trips. They live up to the awards they have won.

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During a recent trip to Peru, I used Aracari Travel to create a personalized tour of the Cusco and Machu Pichu areas. I was very pleased with all of the arrangements made (hotels, flights, itinerary) and could not have asked for a better guide for my stay in Peru. It was very much like seeing these areas with a good friend, one who knew all about the history and culture and made my brief visit very memorable. I would definitely recommend Aracari's services and would certainly use them again for my travels.
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I recently had the pleasure of traveling with Aracari in Peru. Their organization has highly qualified guides, their staff are all passionate about their jobs. Our group experienced a disruption to our travel arrangements due to a strike. Aracari handled everything beautifully, re-arranging our hotels, train tickets and flights at minimal cost to us. I will definitely use their services again and can't wait to go back to Peru.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • All flights
  • Personal Expenses

Meals Included:

2 Breakfasts

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