Highlights of Peru

From intricate frescos to architectural marvels, Peru is home to one of South America’s most sophisticated ancient civilisations and a thriving modern culture.

Journey Overview

From intricate frescoes to architectural marvels, Peru is home to one of South America’s most sophisticated ancient civilisations and a thriving modern vibe. Unearth the past in Lima. Delight in Cusco’s tapestry of colonial charm and Inca spirit. Unlock hidden treasures in the lesser-known South Valley. And make the pilgrimage of a lifetime to the mountaintop ruins of Machu Picchu.

Journey Highlights

  • Journey to another world aboard the luxury Belmond Hiram Bingham train
  • Discover the mystery of the lost city of Machu Picchu
  • Explore one of South America’s oldest dwellings and a treasure trove of period curios in Lima
  • Lose yourself in Cusco’s rich tapestry of old and new
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Lima.

Welcome to the City of Kings. Perched on cliffs above the Pacific Ocean, Lima is a rising star on the international food scene. Accompanied by your A&K representative, transfer to your luxury accommodation in the vibrant Miraflores neighbourhood. Spend time discovering your neighbourhood full of resplendent boutiques, or head down to the Pacific Ocean and watch the mighty Pacific disappearing over the western horizon. 
JW Marriott Lima (Deluxe Room)

Day 2: Lima.

Unlock the secrets of the city on a private walking tour led by a local expert. Get the key to one of South America’s oldest houses, Casa Aliaga, amongst hidden courtyards and ramshackle rooftops. Stand in Lima’s birthplace, the Plaza Mayor, and appreciate architectural masterpieces including the historic cathedral, grand presidential palace and Santo Domingo Convent. Later, lose yourself amongst more than 45,000 classified pre Colombian archaeological objects in the Larco Museum.
JW Marriott Lima (Deluxe Room) | Meals: BL

Day 3: Lima - Cusco.

Begin with a transfer to the airport for your short flight to Cusco, the former ancient capital of the Inca Empire. Upon arrival, meet your Guardian Angel who will accompany you to your luxury accommodation located a short distance from Cusco’s main Plaza de Armas. Sitting at an altitude of 3,400 metres, take time to acclimatise the local way – with rest and coca tea. Later, enjoy a short walking tour of this magnetic city. Stroll the cobblestone plazas and winding alleyways, before stepping inside two private cathedrals accompanied by your Guardian Angel.
JW Marriott El Convento Cusco (Classic Inca Room) | Meals: B

Day 4: Cusco – Machu Picchu – Cusco.

Board the opulent Belmond Hiram Bingham train bound for the mystic city of Machu Picchu. Enjoy a gourmet lunch on board before an afternoon spent exploring the enigmatic Incan citadel built by the most advanced pre-Columbian people. Accompanied by your guide along with a small group of other Belmond Hiram Bingham guests, climb up and down the rambling stone terraces amongst pitched-roof houses in a dramatic setting between two forest-clad Andean peaks. Feel its pulse as you visualise the lives of the priests, craftsmen and servants who inhabited the seemingly uninhabitable. Enjoy tea at the Belmond Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, before reboarding the luxury Belmond Hiram Bingham train back to Cusco. Sink into an armchair in the 1920s-style carriages to enjoy the fine dining and perhaps a pisco sour.
JW Marriott El Convento Cusco (Classic Inca Room) | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Cusco.

Cusco’s rich tapestry of Spanish and Quechua influences is yours to explore this morning on foot. The cathedral in the central Plaza de Armas is considered one of the most beautiful churches in the Americas, and it will leave you breathless. Seek out the fresco of ‘The Last Supper’ with Jesus eating guinea pig, a sacred motif of Incan paganism. Later, unearth the well-preserved ruins of Sacsayhuaman, a testament to Incan architectural skill and precision. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure.
JW Marriott El Convento Cusco (Classic Inca Room) | Meals: B

Day 6: Cusco.

Venture into Cusco’s South Valley, Peru’s hidden treasure. Gaze in wonderment at Tipón, where the Incas created an impressive hydraulic system of baths, canals and aqueducts worthy of an empire that stretched from Colombia to Chile. Journey onwards to the red adobe complex of Pikillacta, the only pre-Inca site in the Cusco area. Then, step into the surprisingly vivid “Sistine Chapel of Peru” in Andahuaylillas. Later, set out for a leisurely stroll on your own along the cobblestone plazas and winding alleyways, and search for treasures in one of the fascinating markets that dot the city.
JW Marriott El Convento Cusco (Classic Inca Room) | Meals: B

Day 7: Depart Cusco.

Following a leisurely breakfast, meet your Guardian Angel who will accompany you on your private transfer to the airport for your onward journey.
Meals: B

Our range of ready-to-travel private journeys can all be personalised to your individual requirements. Please contact our Travel Specialists who will work with you to create an unforgettable bespoke journey.

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JW Marriott Lima

Highlights of Peru

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JW Marriott El Convento Cusco

Highlights of Peru

A former 16th-century convent packed with pre-Inca, Inca and colonial artefacts, JW Marriott El Convento feels as much like a trendy muse ... Read more

Journey Dates & Prices

As this suggested itinerary can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking.

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

Please call A&K on 1300 851 800 or send us a booking enquiry to book this journey.

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