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Ancient Peru & Machu Picchu

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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: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
11 days
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  • Pisco Sours & ceviche
  • Plaza de Armas in Cuzco
  • The richness of the pre-Columbian cultures
  • The mystery & history of Machu Picchu
  • Stunning Andean scenery at every turn
  • Ollantaytambo’s lasting Incan impressions

Short Description

Lima is home to excellent museums that showcase the achievements of Peru’s oldest cultures, but the country’s main draw is the chance to uncover the very sites where the ancient Inca once thrived. Ascend into the Andes and explore the plazas of colonial Cuzco, the Incan sites in the Sacred Valley and the legendary Lost City of the Incas at Machu Picchu.

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
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Lima
End City Lima

Trip Includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine
  • Multilingual Tour Director
  • Private deluxe motor coach
  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

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Day 1: Flight & arrival in Peru

Board your flight to Lima and arrive later this evening.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Lima

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

View the pre-Colombian art on display at the Larco Museum, then follow a local guide on a tour of both the modern and colonial quarters of Lima.

See the city’s cathedral, Plaza de Armas and the Church of San Francisco, which houses a museum of religious art and 16th-century catacombs

Enter the Huaca Huallamarca archaeological site

Later, get to know your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Free day in Lima

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Lima or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Nazca Lines $459pp* Details

Optional Excursion - Traditional Peruvian Dinner $75pp* Details

Day 4: Flight to Cuzco

Meals: Breakfast

Travel to the airport this morning to fly to Cuzco, where you’ll have free time to acclimate to the elevation or explore on your own.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Cuzco

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Follow a local guide on a sightseeing tour of the magnificent capital of ancient Peru.

Admire the old Spanish cathedral, La Merced Church and the Plaza de Armas

Stroll through ruins at Kenko and Puça Pucara, the “red fortress”

Explore the fortress of Sacsayhuaman and Koricancha Temple, which was once covered completely in gold

Day 6: Full-day excursion to the Sacred Valley

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

A local guide leads you on a full-day sightseeing tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, nestled between Cuzco, Machu Picchu and the surrounding Andes Mountains.

See the famous ruins of Ollantaytambo, once the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti

Stop in Urubamba to enjoy lunch with the group

Visit several local market towns, including Pisac

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Machu Picchu

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Take a train to Aguas Calientes, passing through the verdant valleys that lead to the Lost City of the Incas.

Explore the perfect stonework of the Temple of the Sun

View the fountains of the Royal Sector

Take in the sights from the Temple of the Three Windows

Discover the cave of the Temple of the Condor and the calendar of Intihuatana

Day 8: Return to Cuzco

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Spend a free morning near Machu Picchu or add an excursion to return to the ruins.

Rejoin the group for lunch in Aguas Calientes before taking a train back to Cuzco.

Optional Excursion - Machu Picchu: Return Visit $99pp* Details

Day 9: Free day in Cuzco

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Cuzco or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Incan Traditions: Moray Maras & Chinchero Village $109pp* Details

Optional Excursion - Traditional Peruvian Cooking Class & Dinner $115pp* Details

Day 10: Departure

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Fly to Lima this morning to relax in a dayroom before boarding your flight home tonight or early tomorrow morning. If you are continuing on the tour extension to the Amazon, you’ll spend tonight in Lima.

Day 11: Arrival at home

Arrive home today.


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Our flight was late leaving San Diego so we missed our flight connection in Salt Lake City. Go Ahead claims they will "take care" of you if something like this happens...THEY DO NOT!. I had to deal with Delta to go standby on a later flight. We were then told by Go Ahead we would have to FIND and PAY for our own transportation from arrival destination to the hotel which was 60 miles. Next day I recognized a person on our tour who was on the same flight we flew standby and they had a DRIVER WAITING...As we were taking off I'm on the phone to the 3rd different person telling them what flight we were on and they couldn't figure out they had another tour client on the same flight!!Go Ahead has a problem dealing with travel plans when they don't go as planned...and they also don't communicate with each other!!!!!
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Being said, I am a member of GoAhead's World Traveler Club. So, according to the catalog, since I have "six prior trips" I should have achieved Platinum status which entitles you to a higher discount and upgraded travel insurance. However, today I was told that although the catalog clearly states "six prior trips" I have to complete next years trip #7 before I am eligible for Platinum status-technically starting with trip #8. Many of you are repeat GoAhead travelers so I just wanted to share this information. All my trips were wonderful but this policy is misleading and deceitful.
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We just got back from the London/Paris tour. It was the perfect blend of excursions and free time! Tour director was wonderful and so much fun. Guides for the panoramic tours of each city were knowledgeable. Hotel in Paris had wonderful location. London nice hotel, but the location could have been a little better for us. We had a great experience with Go Ahead and our first time in Europe was wonderful!!! I would recommend anytime and will be taking another trip asap.
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Optional Activities

Extension to The Amazon $899 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

One of South America's most important natural wonders, the Amazon is the biggest forest in the world and home to the single greatest concentration of life on the planet. Hike through a part of this stunning landscape, take a boat ride to an indigenous Yagua village and visit a former Franciscan mission town.

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Maximum Number of People in Group: 35

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers


Jose Antonio Lima

The Jose Antonio Lima Hotel is located in Miraflores, a residential district and an excellent location for business or tourism. Nearby you will find shopping, dining and recreation areas. Located 30 minutes from the international airport and 20 minutes from the historic center of Lima.

La Hacienda Hotel Lima

Strategically located in the center of the famous Miraflores, La Hacienda Hotel Lima is very close to the city's many excellent restaurants, nightclubs and shopping centers. The hotel's El Algarrobo restaurant offers a warm atmosphere and a full menu of local and international food. The hotel casino and bar is the biggest and most prestigious in Miraflores. Enjoy a delicious Pisco Sour or your favorite drink by the fireplace in the lobby.

Hotel Jose Antonio Cuzco

Located in the heart of the archaeological center of America's oldest city. A few minutes from the Plaza de Armas, this recently built hotel has modern architecture with fine colonial details.

El Mapi Hotel

Smart and contemporary are the defining elements of this hotel, amidst the commercial village of Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), from where you can admire and interact with the quaint folksy town and get a different perspective. The hotel is efficient, playful and people friendly; it welcomes a wide range of guests expecting an uncomplicated visit. An amiable and healthy environment after your enlightening visit to Peru’s most distinguished destination, the Machu Picchu Archaeological site.

Hotel Casa del Sol

Casa del Sol Boutique Hotel invites visitors to experience the wealth—both cultural and natural—that has shaped this warm and welcoming community; and at the same time to take refuge into the intimacy of our rooms which combine brilliantly the sophistication, the art, and the history of our location.

Cancellation Policy:

If you cancel your reservation, the cancellation fee schedule below will apply. If you are booked in a double/twin room and your roommate cancels his or her tour more than 45 days prior to departure, you will be responsible for paying the single supplement fee. Upon notifying GAT of your cancellation, you will be given a confirmation number that verifies your cancellation. If you purchased travel protection and are cancelling for a reason covered under the policy guidelines, cancellation fees will be reimbursed to you directly from the insurance company. In the event that you have to cancel your tour on the day of departure, you must notify GAT prior to the departure of your first flight. Any penalties for supplemental services/guarantees (including, but not limited to, flights, hotels or late additions) resulting from cancellations made at your request will be your responsibility, and all service fees are non-refundable. Substitution of travelers is not permitted. If you choose not to travel, but fail to cancel your tour prior to the departure date or if you return home before the scheduled completion of your tour, you will not be eligible for any refund or reimbursement from GAT for any unused portion of your trip or costs incurred by leaving your trip early.

For travelers with the travel protection policy (, Go Ahead Tours will reimburse the participant in the form of a credit voucher in the event the participant wants to interrupt their tour due to reasons not covered by their travel protection policy. The voucher is valid for one year from the day of the interruption of the tour and represents the value of the missed time on tour including any unused air, land or sea arrangements already paid for by the participant up to a maximum of $1,000 as determined by Go Ahead Tours. The voucher is personal and non-transferable and may be applied towards a future Go Ahead tour and is not exchangeable for cash. The participant is responsible for any additional costs incurred by interrupting the tour including but not limited to the return flight and other transportation costs due to the interruption. Reservation fees, rebooking fees, change fees, late and returned check fees, revision fees, supplemental fees for international deliveries and special arrangement fees are considered Used Fees once incurred and will not be refundable.

  • If Days Prior to Departure is 71 days or more, then Cancellation Fee  (Includes reservation fee) is $ 450
  • If Days Prior to Departure is 70–46 days, then Cancellation Fee  (Includes reservation fee) is 30%
  • If Days Prior to Departure is 45–8 days, then Cancellation Fee  (Includes reservation fee) is 50%
  • If Days Prior to Departure is 7–0 days, then Cancellation Fee  (Includes reservation fee) is 100%

*Percentages listed above are of the total tour cost, including reservation fee. Listed cancellation fee is applicable per traveler.

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  • Any kind of Insurances
  • Passport and Visa expenses
  • Personal expenses

Meals Included:

9 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 4 Dinners

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