Luxury Small Group Journey to Peru: June 2017

A holiday to Peru conjures up images of Machu Picchu, ladies in colourful clothing, incredible food and, of course, Pisco Sours.

On this Luxury Small Group Journey we will show you all of the above and more. A far cry from a standard group tour, the small size of the group means we can introduce you to people and new experiences that are normally hard to access. From a lecture with author and scholar Peter Frost to a private cookery class with Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, prepare to go beyond the guidebook and discover a side to Peru that few get to see.

Stay in Belmond properties along the way – from the brand new Andean Explorer train to Belmond Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu – and explore Peru in total luxury.

Day 1: Arrival

On arrival into Lima you will be met by a Lightfoot Travel representative and transferred to your hotel, Belmond Miraflores Hotel.

Stay: Belmond Miraflores Park

Day 2: Lima City Tour

Kick start your trip with a tour of Colonial Lima accompanied by an expert guide. Starting at the Main Square, explore the hub of the city on foot and admire the stunning exteriors of Government Palace, the Cathedral of Lima and the City Hall, all great examples of Lima’s opulent colonial architecture. Discover the various architectural styles inside the Cathedral of Lima, from Renaissance to Neo-Classical, and visit the 17th Century San Francisco Convent with its catacombs before continuing onto Casa de Aliaga.

Following lunch enjoy a guided tour of the Larco Museum with the museum’s curator. Housed in an 18th Century mansion, the museum holds over 3,000 works of art tracing Peru’s pre-Columbian history, along with a collection of gold and silver jewellery and erotic ceramic tomb art. The curator will bring the art to life and give you a unique insight into Peruvian history, which can be seen through its art.

Tonight you are in for a treat with a dinner cooked by esteemed chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, founder of both Malabar and Amaz. A rare occurrence, this has been arranged just for your group.

Stay: Belmond Miraflores Park

Day 3: Cusco & The Sacred Valley

This morning fly to Cusco where you will be met and taken to your hotel in the Sacred Valley, Valle Sagrado. You will then be driven to Chinchero village, famous for the extraordinary beauty and quality of its textiles, and for its Sunday fair where local people dress in traditional colourful outfits and travel down from their villages to trade their goods. Your guide will take you to the workshop of Nilda Callañaupa, who has brought together the weaving community and encouraged the younger women to also learn the art.

Lunch will be at Hacienda Huayoccari with a lecture by Peter Frost. Frost is a writer, photographer and scholar who has lived in Peru since 1987. He will tell you all about the history and culture of Peru and the Incas, providing a fascinating insight into the country.

In the afternoon continue to archaeological site of Moray. Used as an agricultural testing ground, the site’s system of circular terraces descends 490 feet from where you will stand, serving as a perfect testament to the level of advancement achieved by the Incas.

Stay: Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado

Day 4: Pisac Market & Ollantaytambo Fortress

Explore Pisac, a beautiful town where Incan and Colonial influences combine. Wander around the artisan market which is famed for selling fine jewellery, ceramics and textile craft work. Continue onto Ollantaytambo, one of the last remaining Incan towns whose archaeological complex used to serve as a wayside inn for royal delegations on long journeys. Surviving structures here include multiple walls and towers that were used to protect the citadel from possible invasions.

Lunch is a traditional Peruvian feast – a Pachamanca, the traditional Andean process of cooking meats, potatoes and other vegetables in an earthen stove, beneath scorching hot rocks.

Stay: Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado

Day 5: Machu Picchu

Today, accompanied by an expert archaeologist, visit one of the New 7 Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu. Leaving from Aguas Calientes, board the vistadome train that will take you to the site, enjoying the spectacular views along the way.

Rediscovered by Hiram Bingham more than a century ago, Machu Picchu’s architectural beauty, spectacular natural landscapes and the energy held in its enigmatic structures will take your breath away. Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incans as you explore this magical citadel.

Your hotel, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, is the only hotel next to Machu Picchu, meaning you have exceptionally easy access to and from the site.

Stay: Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge

Day 6: Machu Picchu & Cusco

Take advantage of your close proximity to Machu Picchu and wander in after breakfast with your guide. After a relaxed day further exploring the site or enjoying the facilities at your hotel, take the bus down to Aguas Calientes where you board the luxury Hiram Bingham Train, enjoying dinner on board. You will then be taken to your hotel in Cusco.

Stay: Belmond Hotel Monasterio

Day 7: Cusco

Explore Cusco with your guide today, starting at the nearby Fortress of Sacsayhuamán, a colossal structure of enormous stones. Stop off at the San Pedro Market before continuing onto one of the most impressive buildings of Incan Cusco: the Korikancha (the Golden Temple), a temple dedicated to the worship of the Sun God, whose interior walls were said to have been covered in gold. End the day with a stroll through the Main Square, where you will visit the Cathedral and admire its exquisite vestibules and priceless paintings from the Cusco School of the 17th and 18th Centuries.

Following lunch, head to Museo del Pisco for a Pisco Sour making class.

Stay: Belmond Hotel Monasterio

Day 8: Belmond Andean Explorer Train

This morning you will be taken to the station to board the brand new Andean Explorer train to Puno.

Running along one of the world’s highest rail routes, traversing the Peruvian Andes from Cusco to Lake Titicaca, the new train takes you across the giant peaks and wide-open spaces of the highest plains of the Andes, past the vast Colca Canyon, Arequipa and Lake Titicaca, the birthplace of the Incas.

Spend the night in the stylish cabins on board the train, each with its own en-suite bathroom. Dine on Peruvian cuisine in the dining car and re-live the day’s adventures in the observation car, while enjoying a Pisco Sour and the incredible Andean views.

Stay: Belmond Andean Explorer

Day 9: Lake Titicaca

After enjoying breakfast on board the train, you will be collected from the station and driven to Titilaka Hotel, a stunning hotel on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Spend the rest of the day relaxing or enjoying the activities on offer at the hotel. Fuel up on afternoon tea before kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding or sailing, or you may wish to stick to dry land and bike through the fields of Platería or go searching for local birds. Alternatively, you may simply wish to enjoy a siesta in your room overlooking the lake, or enjoy a massage.

Reconvene for cocktails followed by dinner at the hotel.

Stay: Titilaka Lodge

Day 10: Lake Titicaca

Continue to enjoy the array of activities on offer. If you didn’t have time yesterday, explore the four acres of grounds and the two private beaches.

Stay: Titilaka Lodge

Day 11: Lima

Fly back to Lima and enjoy a farewell dinner with your group at the fantastic Amaz Restaurant. Headed up by Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, who cooked for you on your first night, Amaz has been hailed one of the top 50 best restaurants in the world. Influenced by the Amazon Jungle, expect dishes such as chorizo oil-drizzled snails, lime and raw fish and garlic Amazon peppers, washed down with rare and delicious cocktails. This is one sure way to end your trip with a bang.

Stay: Miraflores Park Hotel

Day 12: Departure

Bid farewell to Peru as you are driven to the airport for your return flight home.

Alternatively, you may wish to extend your trip in Peru or somewhere else in Latin America. For example, see the Iguassu Falls, the salt flats in Bolivia and go wildlife spotting in the Galapagos.

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Arrival Belmond Miraflores Park
Day 2: Lima City Tour Belmond Miraflores Park
Day 3: Cusco & The Sacred Valley Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado
Day 4: Pisac Market & Ollantaytambo Fortress Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado
Day 5: Machu Picchu Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge
Day 6: Machu Picchu & Cusco Belmond Hotel Monasterio
Day 7: Cusco Belmond Hotel Monasterio
Day 8: Belmond Andean Explorer Train Belmond Andean Explorer
Day 9: Lake Titicaca Titilaka Lodge
Day 10: Lake Titicaca Titilaka Lodge
Day 11: Lima Miraflores Park Hotel
Day 12: Departure

Inclusions

Included

  • Professional local English speaking guides.
  • Transfers and excursions on a private basis.
  • Hotel accommodation including breakfast.
  • Some meals
  • Entrances fee to Machu Picchu and bus tickets (round trip).
  • Second entrance fee to the ruins.
  • Vistadome train to Machu Picchu.
  • Hiram Bingham train to Cusco.
  • Vistadome to/from Machu Picchu train for guide.
  • Andean Explorer train from Cusco to Puno.
  • Welcome drinks in every hotel.
  • 30 minutes massage session in Miraflores Park, Rio Sagrado, Sanctuary Lodge and Monasterio.
  • Domestic flights (prices subject to change)

 

Not Included

  • International flights.
  • Airport taxes.
  • Health and travel insurance.
  • Tips at hotels and restaurants.
  • Other services not specified in the itinerary.

Map

Belmond Miraflores Park Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Hotel Monasterio Belmond Andean Explorer Titilaka Lodge Belmond Miraflores Park