Treasures of the Incas

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Delve into the mysterious world of the Inca Empire on this stylish exploration of Peru. Every detail is taken care of as you journey from the pulsating capital of Lima to the mist-cloaked mountains of Machu Picchu and the halcyon waters of South America’s largest lake – all while enjoying the complete comfort of a Luxury Gold itinerary.

Indulge in classic Peruvian dining that draws inspiration from ingredients both native and contemporary against a backdrop of ancient ruins at Huaca Pucllana. Join your Local Expert for a full day discovering the enigmatic “Lost City of the Incas.” Enjoy two nights at the award-winning Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, perfectly set within the cloud forest and nestled amongst waterfalls and terraced hills that form its own Andean village.

 

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Member benefit

  • AAA Members receive a $150 Visa gift card per person*

 

early payment discount

  • Book and pay in full by January 11, 2018, to save 10% on your journey.*

 

Itinerary

Day One:
Arrive Lima, Peru

On arrival at Lima International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your luxurious hotel in Miraflores. At 18:00, join your Traveling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner and an opportunity to meet with your fellow travelers over drinks, dinner, and seaside views at CALA.

Hotel: JW Marriott Hotel, Lima (Ocean View Rooms)

Meals: Three-course Dinner with wine, plus tea or coffee

Day Two:
Lima “City of the Kings”

See Lima through the eyes of a Local Expert as you experience the “City of Kings.” Explore the UNESCO-listed Historic Centre of Lima, view the cathedral, and visit the Monastery of San Francisco. Your Highlight Lunch is at Amoramar, a favorite known only to the locals located in the bohemian district of Barranco. Next, visit the workshop of Víctor Delfín, one of Peru’s leading artists. Over a hot chocolate or authentic café pasado, learn about Peruvian coffee with a barista. This evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner with wine on the terrace of Huaca Pucllana, overlooking the illuminated ruins of a 1500-year-old pre-Inca pyramid.

Hotel: JW Marriott Lima, (Ocean View Rooms)

Meals: Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Day Three:
Lima and on to the Sacred Valley

Board your flight to Cusco before continuing to Peru’s Sacred Valley, where you’ll visit the colorful market in the town of Chinchero. Then, join Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a Quechua scholar, president of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, and a recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant, for lunch as you learn about her mission to preserve traditional weaving techniques. Later, check in to your luxurious resort.

Hotel: Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa, Sacred Valley

Meals: Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Day Four:
Exploring the Sacred Valley

Enjoy a leisurely start before heading to the town of Maras to meet with a local family and learn about the traditional arts and crafts of the region. View the spectacular terraced salt pans, dating back to Inca times. These have been passed down through families for generations and are maintained today in much the same way as they were long ago. Next, experience a typical Peruvian meal: a caja china lunch of fresh vegetables and slow-roasted meats, all cooked in a wooden box. After lunch, witness a private Pachamama Ceremony, or “Payment to the Earth.”  A local shaman will perform the centuries-old ritual.

Hotel: Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa, Sacred Valley

Meals: Full Breakfast, Lunch

Day Five:
Journey to Machu Picchu

Visit the town of Ollantaytambo, a national archeological site where you can view ruins and the massive hillside fortress with large stone terraces. Then, travel by Vistadome train for your scenic journey to Machu Picchu before enjoying an included lunch at your resort. A Local Expert will show you the nature trails of this fascinating cloud forest ecosystem, including a working tea plantation and the world’s largest private collection of indigenous orchids. In the evening, learn how to blend the perfect pisco sour before enjoying dinner with wine at the hotel.

Hotel: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Meals: Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Day Six:
Mysterious Machu Picchu

Take this entire day to discover the incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu. Meet your Local Expert for a walk through the enigmatic “Lost City of the Incas,” and witness the great Temple of the Sun, the Sacred Plaza, and the Intihuatana – believed to be an ancient sun clock.

Hotel: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Meals: Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Day Seven:
Return to Cusco

After a leisurely morning, return by train to Sacred Valley for a Pachamanca Feast Highlight Lunch, featuring a traditional Peruvian meal cooked underground. Next, get up-close to llamas, guanacos, alpacas, and even the rare vicuñas. Later, arrive at your hotel, which is located steps away from the Plaza de Armas.

Hotel: JW Marriott El Convento Cusco

Meals: Full Breakfast, Lunch

Day Eight:
Colonial Cusco

After a relaxed morning, join your Local Expert to explore Cusco and visit the Temple of the Sun at Korikancha, the cathedral, and the citadel of Sacsayhuaman. Then, head for San Blas, Cusco’s artisan center, to stop by the candle shop and learn about its importance to the locals. Enjoy some free time for shopping on the Plaza de Armas before enjoying a candlelit Highlight Dinner with wine at the reputed MAP restaurant.

Hotel: JW Marriott El Convento, Cusco

Meals: Full Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day Nine:
Lake Region of Peru

Board your included flight to Juliaca and then continue to Puno, nestled along the majestic shores of Lake Titicaca. Your lakeside hotel is on Esteves Island.

Hotel: Libertador Lake Titicaca, Puno

Meals: Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Day Ten:
The Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca

Enjoy a relaxed start before you cruise Lake Titicaca to the floating islands of Uros, where locals bundle reeds from the lake to build floating platforms, houses, and canoes. Enjoy lunch hosted by the local community of Amantaní Island. Afterward, there will be time to explore local handicrafts before returning to Puno, where you can relax before dinner with wine.

Hotel: Libertador Lake Titicaca

Meals: Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Day Eleven:
Puno, Back to Lima

Head to Sillustani, on the shores of Lake Umayo, to explore the impressive burial grounds before catching your flight to Lima. In the evening, gather for a sensational Farewell Celebration Dinner with wine at the world-renowned Astrid y Gastón, located in a magnificent San Isidro hacienda that boasts over 300 years of history.

Hotel: JW Marriott Hotel Lima (Ocean view rooms), Lima

Meals: Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Day Twelve:
Depart Lima

Your Peruvian adventure draws to a close today with a transfer to the Lima airport.

Meals: Full Breakfast

 

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