Choose one of our luxury Peru tour packages and enjoy the best hotels and exclusive private services … allowing you to relax and enjoy the Land of the Incas in real style.
Day 1 – Arrival in Lima
After your arrival at Lima airport, you will be met by your driver and English-speaking guide for your transfer to the Miraflores area of the city.
You will be staying at the Miraflores Park Hotel, the superb Casa Andina Private Collection or a similar high-end hotel in this tourist-friendly part of the crazy capital of Peru. Enjoy the rest of the day as free time to wander the parks and browse the shops, and enjoy the world renowned Peruvian food and perhaps the famous Pisco Sour cocktail. When you arrive at your hotel, you will also find a welcome gift from us.
Day 2 – Private Lima City Tour
Lima is the social and economic heart of Peru, and any visitor who just passes through the city, on the way to Cusco, is missing an essential part of the country. You will have a tour of Lima, accompanied by an English-speaking guide visiting Plaza San Martin and the Plaza de Armas – home to the Presidential Palace and the beautiful Cathedral, among other Colonial structures.
Legend has it that the first stone of the Cathedral was laid by Francisco Pizarro himself. The Cathedral has been extensively extended and improved since this date. Francisco Pizarro was a Spanish Conquistador, conqueror of the Inca Empire and founder of Lima, La Ciudad de los Reyes, capital of Peru.
His is a truly extraordinary story, as he led only 106 foot soldiers and 62 horsemen to capture the Inca, who was supported by a reported 80,000 troops. This feat directly led to the downfall of the Inca Empire and the start of Spanish rule. His tomb is to be found in the Cathedral to this day.
In addition to your tour of the Colonial centre, you will also visit the modern district of San Isidro, where you will visit the peaceful Olive Park.
We then move on to the pre-Colombian Huaca Huallamarca, a pyramid temple made from mud bricks and preserved by the arid climate. We finish with a visit to the upmarket district of Miraflores for some spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.
This evening you will enjoy dinner and a show at one of our favorite restaurants where you will hear traditional music and see dances from all over Peru.
Day 3 – Transfer to the Sacred Valley
This morning, you will be transferred back to Lima airport, by your driver, for your short flight (1 hour) to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, you will be met by a private vehicle and driver for your one-hour drive to your lovely hotel, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
There are a number of reasons for taking you straight down to the valley, the most important of which is the altitude. As the Sacred Valley is several hundred meters lower than Cusco, it is at a more comfortable altitude for your arrival in the highlands. You then have some days to acclimatize before you go back to Cusco.
The hotel where you will be staying is the lovely Aranwa Hotel, with the largest spa in Latin America, or the amazing Tambo del Inca resort in Urubamba.
You will then have a free afternoon and evening to enjoy your Sacred Valley hotel and its facilities, in the beautiful setting of the sunny valley.
Day 4 – Private Sacred Valley Tour
After pick-up from your hotel today, you will enjoy a full day private sightseeing tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
We will be visiting the very impressive Inca ruins, plus the famous market at Pisac – a great place to buy souvenirs – and then the lovely Inca town and fortress at Ollantaytambo. You will have private transport, a driver and an English-speaking guide, plus a great buffet lunch in Yucay. You will then spend a second night down in the valley at your luxury hotel.
Day 5 – Hiram Bingham to Machu Picchu
Today, you will catch the luxury train to Machu Picchu. The Hiram Bingham service runs between Cusco (Poroy) and Machu Picchu, and you will board the train in Ollantaytambo (or Poroy), therefore allowing a more comfortable, later start to your day.
The distinctive blue and gold colors and elegant interior upholstery throughout the cars – two dining cars, a bar / observation car and a kitchen car – really set the tone. English-speaking guides are present on the train, during the journey, to give general information. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, your baggage will be taken care of and will be at your hotel for when you finish your Machu Picchu tour. There is a spectacular 20-minute bus journey from Aguas Calientes up to the Machu Picchu ruins.
Arrival at Machu Picchu, at around 1pm, gives passengers the advantage of entering the site at an hour when the majority of the visitors are already beginning to leave for their journey back to Cusco.
You will then enjoy an intimate small group tour of Machu Picchu led by a qualified English-speaking guide, before having some free time to explore the site by yourselves. A light lunch will be served at the Sanctuary Lodge Hotel, near the site entrance.
Later on in the afternoon, you will return to Aguas Calientes by bus and to your excellent hotel for the night. You will be staying at the Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel or the Sumaq Hotel.
Day 6 – 2nd Day at Machu Picchu
Today, you will be able to visit the site again, on your own, so you can explore at will. There is an early bus back to Machu Picchu at 5.30am to enable you to enjoy the sunrise (not guaranteed, of course!) over the ruins, if that attracts you. The bus and re-entry tickets are included in the price of your tour.
Soak up the scenery and history of the place, before taking the bus back down to catch the Hiram Bingham train to Cusco.
During the return journey, pre-dinner cocktails will be served in the bar, accompanied by some live entertainment, before passengers enjoy a 4-course, à la carte dinner, in the dining cars.
The train pulls into Poroy station at around 9.30pm. You will be met at the train station and returned to your hotel in Cusco, via a short road journey, where another Peruvian gift from us awaits you in your room at the fabulous Monasterio Hotel, Inkaterra La Casona, or similar superb hotel.
Day 7 – Private Cusco City Tour
Today is a day for sightseeing around the ancient capital of the Incas, and the “navel” of the Inca world with your private guide. In the morning, you will enjoy a half-day Cusco City Tour, visiting the Inca fortress of Sacsaywaman and other outlying sites such as Tambo Machay, the Cusco Cathedral, and the most important temple of the Inca Empire, Coricancha, or Inca Temple of the Sun.
You will then be free for the rest of the day to enjoy other Cusco attractions under your own steam, or just sit in the plaza people-watching.
On your last evening in Cusco, feel free to wander the historic center a little more before dining out: it is a truly beautiful city after dark (if a little cold!).
Day 8 – Cusco to Lima … and home!
Today, you will be transferred to Cusco airport for your short flight back to the capital.
In Lima, you will be able to connect with your international flights home, but if you plan to stay longer we can arrange further hotels and sightseeing. You may also choose to connect with another of our vacations in Peru or elsewhere in Latin America.
All hotels are subject to availability at time of booking, there are many excellent options in addition to those shown above.
Several room upgrades are available on this tour if you wish to discuss the options, although all the hotels are of a very high standard, anyway.
We can also offer extensions to other parts of Peru at a similar tour standard, the Nazca Lines, Lake Titicaca or the Amazon Jungle for example.