The Best of Peru

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When reserving your trip, use Booking Code: B002144

September 14 – 22, 2017

Tour price is $3,349 (air & land included) per person, double occupancy. For single occupancy, add $499.

9 Days, 7 Nights including hotels, meals, day trips and airfare from Dallas, TX

Click here to reserve your spot (booking code: B002144)  or contact Dexter Freeman at dfreeman@irvingchamber.com or (214) 217-8484 for more information.

Round Trip Air Transportation
Air transportation from Dallas, TX plus domestic flights within Peru

First-Class Accommodations
Hotel accommodations for 7 nights (2 nights Lima, 4 nights Cusco, 1 night Aguas Calientes)

Superb Cuisine
10 included meals consisting of 7 buffet breakfasts and 3 dinners

Sightseeing Tour Program
Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: full day city tour of Lima, a half day city tour of Cusco including visit to Sacsayhuaman Fortress, and a tour of Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes. Optional tours are available.

Cultural Discovery Series
Our program encompasses cultural connections, in-depth learning on the local economy, social systems and interaction with locals

Professional Tour Director
Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour upon arrival in Lima

Deluxe Motorcoaches
Touring by private deluxe airconditioned motorcoach

Baggage Handling and Transfers
Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport

 

Day 1 Depart USA Depart Dallas, TX to Lima, Peru. Meals and refreshments served on board

Day 2 Arrive to Lima Arrive Upon arrival, proceed to baggage claim. After clearing customs, you will be met by our Peruvian Tour Director. Depending on the flight arrival you will either be transferred to your hotel or enjoy a panoramic tour of Lima including some free time for lunch. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore museums with great works of art, city beaches, the boardwalk, and the exquisite cuisine gives Peru’s capital an authentic personality and makes tourism in Lima a unique experience in the country. Welcome to Lima, founded on January 18, 1535, by the Spanish Conqueror Francisco Pizarro. Dubbed the “City of Kings”, Lima is today a cosmopolitan city which blends the splendor of its colonial past with the modern era. Nestling on the banks of the Rimac River and on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, Lima is home to the seat of government, the country’s most important institutions, and 1/3 of the country’s population.

Day 3 Lima – City Tour After a buffet breakfast you will experience Lima, the City of the Kings, and the most important city of the Americas during colonial times. Take a walk around the Main Square, where you can find Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace and Metropolitan City Hall, beautiful buildings, all full of history and tradition. Then, you will go to the San Francisco Monastery, probably the most spectacular church of colonial Lima, housing the catacombs and a very fine museum of religious art from the XVII century. The tour then continues to the modern district of San Isidro, where you will appreciate Huaca Huallamarca, a pre Incan pyramid made out of adobe, and end up in the district of Miraflores, where you will observe the Pacific Ocean coast from the vast seafront. After some free time for lunch our Cultural Discovery Series will take you to visit one of Latin America’s most complete museums, the Larco Museum, with its unequaled private collection called the Treasures of Ancient Peru; it inspires its visitors to discover, learn about, and enjoy the more than five thousand years of the history of ancient Peru. There are more than 45,000 ceramic artifacts on display, mostly from the Mochicas, which were compiled by Rafael Larco Hoyle, an important Peruvian archeologist and major collector. One of its most remarkable sections is the collection of so-called “erotic” pottery. This evening dinner is at local restaurant in Lima. (B,D)

Day 4 Lima/Cusco – City Tour After a buffet breakfast you will head to Lima airport to board your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco you will be transferred to your hotel. Welcome to Cusco known as the ‘Archaeological Capital of the Americas’. Cusco is a beautiful city of contrasts between the indigenous way of life and the modern western world. It is these contrasts that have given Cusco its rare beauty. In the afternoon get to know the city of Cusco, an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and possessor of a style all its own. The tour begins at the Koricancha Temple, an old Inca palace and main center for the worship of the sun god, Inti. Once the Spanish conquered Peru, the Dominican order built a lovely church over this temple’s foundations: the church of Santo Domingo that is still there today. Your next destination is the Main Square, and then the adventure continues at the Sacsayhuaman Fortress built of enormous stone blocks expertly shaped by the Incas. It is strategically located at the top of a hill overlooking the city of Cuzco. What a view of the city! The tour continues with visits to three archaeological sites: Qenko, Puca-Pucara, and Tambomachay, important religious and administrative centers for the Incas. As a part of the Cultural Discovery Series, this evening you will enjoy dinner and folklore show at local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 5 Cusco Today is yours to explore Cusco, visit the local markets, drink in the atmosphere or take an optional tour to Pisac market and Ollantaytambo. Travel to the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and visit the archaeological remains in the village of Pisac, 31 kilometers (19 miles) from Cusco, featuring a view of the Vilcanota River. The well-preserved fortresses, urban complexes, temples, and Andean terraces built by the Incas, create an imposing and unforgettable view. We will visit the colorful market of Pisac, where you can enjoy a blend of color, tradition, and welcoming locals presenting their handicrafts and regional products. You will have lunch at a local restaurant, then head to Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied village of the South American continent, where we will visit its namesake fortress. (B)

Day 6 Cusco to Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu by train Awaiting you today is by far and away one of the high points in world travel: Machu Picchu. Enjoy a morning departure to the train station and board your train to Aguas Calientes. You will visit one of the seven new wonders of the world and an important source of energy: Machu Picchu. On the way you will enjoy an impressive view of Urubamba’s Sacred Valley. Once we arrive at Aguas Calientes, board the bus to the citadel. It will be an unforgettable experience. A professional guide will walk you through the intriguing story that envelopes this mystifying place. After the guided visit, you will have free time to explore at leisure, or simply relax and meditate. At the appropriate time we will begin the descent to Aguas Calientes. After the visit we will check into our hotel in Aguas Calientes. Dinner tonight will be served at the hotel. (B,D)

Day 7 Aguas Calientes-Machu Picchu/Cusco Why not experience every nook and cranny of this New 7th Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site on a second optional visit this time at sunrise. Standing on the top of a mountain range, being able to witness one of the world’s most ancient cities being illuminated by the sun’s rays, revealing an abundance of color and contrast, is a truly mystical experience. Whether your quest is spiritual or photographic, you’ll be awestruck with the impressive views. After breakfast you will board the train back to Cusco, enjoying beautiful panoramic windows to make the most of the spectacular scenery and allow for fantastic photo opportunities. Upon arrival back to Cusco you will be transferred to your hotel. Check-in, relax or continue to explore the wonders of Cusco and their Inca influence. (B)

Day 8 Cusco Today you have a day at leisure to explore the belly button of the Inca world – Cusco. Experience some of the country’s finest colonial and religious splendors, shop in its vibrant and colorful markets. (B)

Day 9 Lima to USA or extend your stay with an optional Puno extension Today we transfer to the airport for your international flight home. Due to flight schedules your return flight may arrive back to the USA on day 10. (B) 

(B) – Breakfast, (L) – Lunch, (D) – Dinner