Peru & the Treasures of the Incas

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Peru & the Treasures of the Incas

Wonder at the magical, awe-inspiring Inca sites of the Andes with its spectacular scenic vistas, then delight in the Spanish colonial architecture of Peru's major cities.

12 days from

£2,750

per person, for 2 people

Based on departing 11/10/2017 from London Gatwick Airport

View Dates
  • Machu Picchu Machu Picchu
  • Lima Lima
  • Arequipa Arequipa
  • Colca Canyon Colca Canyon
  • Uros Islands Uros Islands
  • Cusco Cusco
  • Cusco Cusco
  • Pisac Pisac
  • Pisac Market Pisac Market
  • Pisac Market Pisac Market
  • Ollantaytambo Ollantaytambo
  • Machu Picchu Machu Picchu
  • Machu Picchu Machu Picchu

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Lima.

Fly to Lima where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for two nights.

DAY 2 : Lima.

This morning's city tour of Lima's historic and UNESCO registered downtown, includes visits to the Presidential Palace, Lima Cathedral and Saint Francis church. Later, explore the Miraflores and San Isidro districts. End the day with spectacular views over Lima's Bay from Love Park. Includes Breakfast

DAY 3 : Lima - Arequipa.

Start today with an early flight to Peru's second largest city, Arequipa. Situated in an exquisite valley, the city has fantastic 17th and 18th century architecture. This afternoon, begin with a stop at the Carmen Alto Scenic Viewpoint, before continuing to the traditional Yanahuara quarter. A maze of cobblestone streets lead to one of the most emblematic churches of the Cusco mestizo art school, built in 1750. Then, on to the downtown area and a visit to the beautiful Main Square. Includes Breakfast

DAY 4 : Arequipa - Colca Canyon.

Leave the city through Yura, a district characterised by impressive geographical features. Journey through the Pampa Cañahuas Reserve, an extensive plain populated by vicuñas, native and tamable Andean camelids that are a national symbol. Next visit Vizcachani, the Toccra Pampas and skirt the crater of the Chucura Volcano to reach the Los Andes Scenic Viewpoint in Patapampa, at 15,846 feet, the viewpoint offers an opportunity to see the various volcanoes that surround Arequipa. Following lunch at Chivay town, the afternoon is spent at leisure where you may choose to visit the local hot springs. Includes Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5 : Colca Canyon - Puno.

Today stop at the Condor Cross, offering spectacular views over the Colca Valley, one of the world's deepest canyons. En route visit the Pinchollo, Maca, Achoma and Yanque towns and the Antahuilque and Choquetico scenic viewpoints. Continue to Puno City via Patahuasi. The drive is peppered by scenes of stone forests and blue lagoons. Includes Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6 : Puno.

Upon arrival at Puno's lake port, a boat will take you to the floating islands of the Uros. Uros are an ancestral society that inhabits a series of artificial islands built with totora, a reef that grows in the lake. Continue to the Taquile Island. Unlike other islands, inhabited by Aymara-speaking people in the lake, its residents speak Quechua. It was part of the Inca Empire and it is possible to note vestiges of said culture in their buildings. Upon arrival, receive a brief introduction to the island and attend a cultural activity. Arrive back in Puno after lunch, where the rest of the day is at leisure. Includes Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7 : Puno - Cusco.

Today begins with a visit to Pucará Lithic Museum, located in the Pucará town, the museum has a collection of zoomorphic sculptures in addition to steles and monoliths with sophisticated details. We make a short stop at Raya, at 15,846 feet, it is the highest point of the road between Puno and Cusco. After enjoying lunch in the Sicuani town, continue to the Racchi ruins, visit the Temple of Wiracocha, the Sun God of the Incas. Our next stop will be Andahuaylillas Church, built in the 16th century and known as "The Sistine Chapel of the Americas" due to the intricate works of art that it houses. A seven hour journey sees our arrival to Cusco for two nights. Includes Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8 : Cusco.

Today starts at the Coricancha, also known as "The Temple of the Sun, which was built by Inca Pachacutec and became the base of the Santo Domingo Convent. At the Coricancha homage was paid to the Sun ("Inti") during the Inca Empire, a time when the whole building was covered with gold. You will then visit Sacsayhuaman, a World Cultural Heritage Site and one of the most emblematic constructions of the Incas built by the Pachacutec in the 15th century. Spend time at other smaller but also important ruins. Return to the city to the impressive cathedral which took nearly a century to complete. Includes Breakfast

DAY 9 : Cusco - Sacred Valley of the Incas - Yucay.

Begin with a tour at the Pisac market, where the residents sell beautiful alpaca textiles, musical instruments, paintings, carvings, necklaces and replicas of ancient Inca pieces. After lunch, continue to the village of Ollantaytambo, a typical example an Incan settlement, the fortress of is a major archaeological site that although it was called a "fortress" it was a "tambo" town for rest and lodging of long distance travellers. It is without doubt one of the most monumental works of the empire. Includes Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10 : Yucay - Machu Picchu - Cusco.

A spectacular day taking in Machu Picchu begins with a train ride to Aguas Calientes. The town is also known as "Machu Picchu pueblo" and is the last stop before the entrance to the remains of the most important archaeological site in Peru. Finally, after a short transfer reach Machu Picchu,which means "Old Mountain", is considered a World Heritage by UNESCO and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. In the afternoon, board the train back to Ollanta station. Arrive in Cusco where the rest of the day is at leisure. Includes Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11 : Cusco.

Day at leisure to explore Cusco at your own pace. Includes Breakfast

DAY 12 : Cusco - Lima - UK.

After breakfast, transfer to Cusco airport for the flight to Lima to make your connection flight back to the UK. Includes Breakfast

DAY 13 : Home landing in the UK.

Maximum elevation on this tour is 15,846ft.

Hotels on Tour

  • Cusco:Jose Antonio Cusco
  • Sacred Valley/Yucay:Posada del Inca Yucay. <note>
  • NOTE:Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.</note>
  • Lima:Hotel Jose Antonio Miraflores
  • Arequipa:El Cabildo
  • Colca Canyon:Colca Lodge
  • Puno:Jose Antonio Puno

What's Included

  • VIP Private Home Pick-up Service to take you to and from your UK departure point (Terms & Conditions apply)
  • Flights
  • Accommodation on tour
  • Meals on tour - 11 breakfasts and 6 lunches
  • Services of a tour director
  • Porterage
  • Transfers
  • All airport taxes/service charges excluding locally paid departure tax where applicable

Holiday Highlights

  • Lima city sightseeing
  • Colca Canyon
  • Lake Titicaca Uros & Taquile Floating Islands
  • Puka Pukara
  • Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Machu Picchu

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
  • Great value holidays with no hidden costs
  • We have more touring holidays in North America and Europe than any other operator
  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
  • Save £50pp on your second holiday

Our Customers Rate this holiday 100% (5 reviews)

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02-Nov-2016

Excellent although some long days travelling

31-Oct-2016

The itinerary was well balanced with one exception. There are too many churches included. On certain days there were 2 or even 3 churches on the agenda when interesting alternatives like museums were nearby

22-Oct-2016

Excellent guide Juan Carlos. Very interesting holiday- fascinating Inca and other sites. Good standard of accommodation

01-Jun-2016

Brilliant. Ticked all the boxes and was truly amazing

23-May-2016

The holiday was brilliant despite having some stomach problems. Good hotels and guides.

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