A fantastic private 8 day guided tour taking you to some of the most well-known Incan sites in Peru, such as Pisac, Ollantaytambo and, of course, the Unesco World Heritage site of Machu Picchu. You will also have some fantastic cultural city tours in both Lima and Cusco.
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This private guided tour takes you to the best-know sites of Cusco and its surrounds, as well as some of the hidden gems. Starting and ending in Lima, the country's vibrant capital, you will have the opportunity to see the highlights of modern and colonial Peru, before heading to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incan empire. Your private guide will take you off to explore the main sites of the Sacred Valley including Pisac, Ollantaytambo and a fascinating visit to a weaving village. You then travel by train to the gateway town of Aguas Calientes to visit the highlight of the tour, Machu Picchu. This two day experience allows you to overnight in Aguas Calientes before spending a day at leisure exploring the town. You end your tour back in Cusco where you will have a guided tour of the city's highlights and then a chance to explore at your leisure.
Day 1: Arrival in Lima
Upon arrival to Lima you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel where you will have a chance to freshen up and rest.
Day 2: Lima City Tour
In the afternoon, you will be picked up from your hotel for a private city tour. This 3-hour sightseeing tour offers the best of colonial and modern Lima. You will have the opportunity to visit one of the most important architectural constructions of the 17th century, Convent of Saint Francis. This complex has a small square, the convent and a church to visit. Its cloisters have beautiful tiles and you can visit the catacombs which are more than 300 years old. You then visit the three most important sites from the colonial era: Plaza Mayor, Plaza San Martin, Palacio de Gobierno (known as the house of Pizarro), and the Municipality, preserving their original architecture. The tour ends with a visit to the modern suburbs of San Isidro and Miraflores, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean.
Day 3: Fly to Cusco
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport in time to catch your flight to Cusco. You'll then be met the other end and transferred to your accommodation. We recommend taking the rest of the day easy to allow your body to acclimatise to the altitude.
Day 4: Sacred Valley tour
After a good nights sleep you will be met by your tour guide around 9am. If you have suffered from the altitude in Cusco, you will be pleased to know that from here on, you will drop well below the 3,300m mark! The first stop is Awanacancha Cultural village where you will see a variety of camelids (llamas, alpacas, vicunas) and women demonstrating traditional weaving techniques. The next stop is the market of Pisac where you can sample delicious fresh bread that this area is known for. The market has many colourful stalls selling a wide variety of locally produced handicrafts. From the market, you are driven up to the stunning Pisac Ruins, which offer an excellent insight into how the Incas cultivated and managed their crops. You will stay here for around 1 1/2 hours, whilst your guide takes you on a tour, explaining Incan farming techniques, as well as showing you the ceremonial centre at the top of the terracing, where mummification, the sacred rituals of preparing the higher classes for the after life, took place. Time for lunch and you head to Urubamba where you will stop at a tourist restaurant for lunch. After lunch, you will head to the pretty Andean town of Ollantaytambo where you have a guided tour of the spectacular ruins. The terraces here were not for agriculture, but were part of a huge temple complex that was being built to honour the sun, an important Incan deity. The temple was never finished, as building was interrupted by the Spanish invasion.
Day 5: 2 day Machu Picchu experience
Today sees you rising early around 5.30am to catch a train and bus to the famous Machu Picchu site. You will be accompanied by a guide from Cusco who will then give you a private tour of the Machu Picchu site (approx 2 hours) The rest of the time here is your at leisure. You could hike up to the Sun Gate or Incan Bridge which offer superb views. Both are less visited by tourists but involve climbing lots more steps. In the afternoon you'll check into your hotel for the night in Aguas Calientes where dinner is included. Your guide will also overnight in the hotel.
Day 6: 2 day Machu Picchu experience
You wont be catching the train back until later today so feel free to explore the town of Aguas Calientes. Alternatively you could revisit Machu Picchu, many people like to return a second day to climb the Wayna Pichhu mountain. Please note: second day entrance fees and travel are not included but can be added on. Your train and bus back to Cusco
Day 7: Cusco City Tour
This morning you will have a private guided tour visiting the most important sites of Cusco (The Cathedral, Koricancha "Temple of the Sun", Tambomachay "Temple of the Water", Pukupukara "Red Fort", Qenqo "The Maze" and the very impressive site of Sacsayhuaman. The afternoon is at leisure, you may decide to visit the famous Inca Museum, or relax in one of the many cafes overlooking the Plaza de Armas.
Day 8: Departure
You will be transferred to Cusco airport in time to catch your morning flight back to Lima. From here you fly home.
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You will need to fly to into Lima. There are no direct flights from the UK however you can get good connecting flights via Amsterdam, France, Madrid and many US states.
All internal Peru flights are included in this holiday.
Internal Flights (with LAN or STAR subject to availability), accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis. All transfers, Vistadome train tickets, entrance to sites, private tour guides.
The peak tourist season in Cusco and the surrounding region is June - August. At this time, the main sites will be at their busiest. The weather at this time of year is lovely, with little rain and clear, sunny days.
The rainy season in this region lasts from October - Match, with the wettest months being January & February. It is much quieter in the sites at this time of year.
If you want to avoid the crowds, then you might want to aim for April / May when the rains have slowed but the sites are not as busy.
The beauty of this trip is that you have private guides throughout, meaning that you can dictate the pace of the trip and ask as many questions as you want. Private tours also have the advantage that if you want to spend longer visiting somewhere, you can do so, without having to be jostled along with other tourists.
This itinerary has been put together for those who are interested in South American history and culture. You will be visiting a range of Incan sites, so by the end of your tour, you should have a real insight into Incan culture and way of living.
The sites visited are accessible to able-bodied visitors and whilst some walking and climbing stairs is necessary, it is not too physically challenging.
If you would like to extend this tour into a tailor-made holiday to Peru, please contact our Peru expert by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for organising an excellent holiday for us. It's my first time using Tourdust and I've been really impressed and will certainly be recommending you to friends and family. You provided an excellent level of service all the way through, and the bespoke nature of the trip was fantastic whilst being really good value for money.
- Le Kasbah de Toubkal blew us away - one not to miss!
- The trek was amazing and my kids loved it. The camping was really fun, the food was excellent, and I'd particularly call out our guide Rashid who was fantastic show especially with my kids.
- Riad Adore was outstanding - far exceeding my expectations - it was beautiful and we were very well looked after
- Le Doux Tour was luxurious and a nice relaxing way to end the holiday.
- Logistics were great and our main driver Mustapha was brilliant
If there was one build / thing I would change, it's a very small one but some candles / lanterns to use in the evening whilst camping would have made it easier to stay outside for a bit longer.
Mark Dilley reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 07 June 2016
Truly another world. The sky was enormous and the summits snow covered. Blue irises, wild herbs and fruit trees flowered on the slopes. Even as I toiled up the dry river bed I gazed in admiration.
Without exception, everyone was courteous and welcoming. Food was good ( and far too plentiful); accommodation clean. Above all-everything worked! A pick-up was promised for 9.00am. At 8.55 the doorbell rang. Impeccable.
No praise is too high for the organisation and staff. I am definitely going back.
Terence Humphreys reviewing Classic Atlas Valleys & Villages Trek on 16 May 2016
Our trip was excellent. Thank you! We were particularly impressed with the way it all worked seamlessly: someone was at each arrival point to meet us (or Alex was on the end of the phone to tell us what to do) or there was a phone message at Reception for when to expect someone.
The Jerusalem Hotel in Lalibela is not the same standard as Tukul Villages but it was OK for one night & we had plenty of warning. Lalibela at Christmas is pretty manic: full to bursting!
I must say that Alex looked after us well. He came to see us in Gondar to make sure everything was in place for the Simiens Trek & that we knew what to expect. When we got back after it, there he was again! Small but highly-valued pieces of customer care, evident again when he spoke to drivers while we were travelling.
All the staff who worked with us were of high quality, especially drivers and guides. Two who stood out were Younus, our driver both times we were in Addis Ababa, who we felt went beyond the call of duty & made our time there enjoyable - our last evening when waiting for a 2 a.m. flight could have been a drag, was in fact absolutely fine because of his suggestions (the Via Via cafe for dinner & then Mama's Kitchen for some music) and company.
The Simiens Trek was outstanding. Spectacular scenery, challenging at times, full of interest. Key to making it so was Dereje Gedamu who is a wonderful guide: we felt privileged to have him. he was ably assisted by the other staff & when our first, excellent chef had to leave at short notice to visit his mother in hospital, a replacement was found immediately (at Chenek!) who fed us to the same high standard. It was all a great experience that we will be talking about for a long time.
We were all pleased to have selected the 8 day option (& were not at all jealous of the peak-baggers heading for Ras Dashen). The second half of the trek was a good contrast to the high altitude section in the National Park's heartland as we descended through more intensively cultivated and populated areas, down steeply to the river and then back up past wonderful rock formations towards Mulit and out to the road at Adi Arkaye. It was full of interest and we were pleased to be pretty much on our own, rather than with the crowds at Geech & Chenek.
By comparison, the TESFA trek was rather tame, although an interesting comparison to see a more pastoral landscape and less remote villages. We had another good guide & enjoyed the lunch & evening stops, and the "loos with a view".
Pleased as we were that we had opted to drive from Bahir Dar to Lalibela, we had mixed feelings about driving the rough Gashena-Lalibela road three times - the starting and finishing points for the TESFA trek were just beyond Gashena. In 3 years when the road is complete this point may become academic, but meanwhile - if anyone else wants to do the same thing - it would be better for them to drive from Bahir Dar to Gashena, meet the TESFA crew there, do the trek & then continue to Lalibela. I am sure that TESFA could look after any extra baggage that people did not want on the trek.
One other point about the TESFA trek: we were not aware that there are several grades offered. I think we did the easiest and might well have preferred something more challenging so perhaps you could clarify the options available.
Only one other critical comment: we were underwhelmed by the Mayleko Lodge near Gondar airport. It was indeed welcome to have somewhere peaceful to return to after the trek, the rooms are nice & a couple of us enjoyed a "refreshing" swim, but on the other hand the restaurant was pretty mediocre and slow: we might have preferred to be out in the town.
Apart from that it was all good! A glimpse of Addis and another of Gondar; trekking with some R&R in Bahir Dar with its different scenery and history, ending with the religious fervour at Lalibela. A great holiday.
Gordon Parker reviewing Simien Mountains Trek & Northern Highlights on 09 February 2016
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