With Classic Luxury Peru, 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 archaeological 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.
- Take in Lima's historic sites with a specialist in history and folk art
- Explore Cusco and the Sacred Valley, journeying to Machu Picchu on the luxury Belmond Hiram Bingham train
- Visit a local market and learn Peru's culinary secrets at the home of a professional chef
Day 1 Lima Arrival Lima. Overnight at Hotel B or Belmond Miraflores Park.
Day 2 Lima Into the Past: Lima's city highlights with a specialist guide. Overnight at Hotel B or Belmond Miraflores Park.
Day 3 Lima – Cusco – Urubamba Fly Lima to Cusco. Visit Pisac archaeological site and market. Overnight at Sol y Luna or Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba.
Day 4 Urubamba Ollantaytambo fortress. Lunch at the private estate of Hacienda Huayoccari. Visit Maras and Moray. Overnight at Sol y Luna or Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba.
Day 5 Urubamba – Machu Picchu Belmond Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu and guided visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo or Belmond Sanctuary Lodge.
Day 6 Machu Picchu – Cusco Second Day at Machu Picchu with optional hikes. Vistadome train back to Cusco. Overnight at Inkaterra La Casona or Belmond Nazarenas.
Day 7 Cusco Appreciate Cusco's cobbled-street charm with a tour of the city's key sites. Overnight at Inkaterra La Casona or Belmond Nazarenas.
Day 8 Cusco – Lima Fly Cusco to Lima. Visit a local market and learn the secrets of Peruvian cooking at the family home of a professional chef. International departure.
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.
Into The Past Lima City Tour with Specialist Guide, Or Half Day Into The Past and Half Day Urban Eats Culinary Tour
Option 1: Full Day Into the Past
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).
Half Day Into the Past (above) and Half Day Urban Eats Culinary Tour
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.
Lima – Cusco – 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.
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.
Urubamba – Machu Picchu
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
Machu Picchu – Cusco
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.
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.
Cusco – Lima
Flight to Lima, Lima with Zest, 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.
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.
After your culinary experience, you will be transferred to the airport for your international departure.
Itinerary pricing as of 2018
Pricing Info - US$4,962
This is an example itinerary and can be entirely customized to suit you. Just get in touch and we’ll design your own tailor-made itinerary according to your interests, travel style and budget.
- Based on two people travelling together in double or twin occupancy
- Price is per person for the full 8-day itinerary
- Based on Hotel Selection 1: Hotel B, Sol y Luna, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo, Inkaterra La Casona
Pricing Alternatives - US$5,977
The alternative pricing is based on the same itinerary with upgraded accommodations showcasing the best luxury hotels that Peru has to offer.
- Based on two people travelling together in double or twin occupancy
- Price is per person for the full 8-day itinerary
- Based on Hotel Selection 2: Belmond Miraflores Park, Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Belmond Nazarenas
This itinerary is based on two people travelling together in double or twin occupancy, excluding flights (international and domestic).
- Includes all specified services in the itinerary description
- All transfers and entrance fees
- A welcome pack on arrival including: a pre-loaded cell phone to contact your travel consultant at any time, a printed booklet packed with insider tips alongside your detailed itinerary and up-to-date recommendations on dining and shopping
- Hand-selected English-speaking guides
- Specialist guides (where noted)
- 24-hour support from our locally based team
- 7 nights in a hand-picked selection of Peru’s finest hotels - all personally tried and tested