Tailor-Made Holiday

Peru- Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu in Style

Indepth guided exploration of the highlights of Peru

9 days

from £3,150pp (excluding flights)

This Peru holiday offer takes in the main highlights including Cusco and Machu Picchu staying in the best hotels. In each area explore with local experts and get a feel for the real Peru.

  • Visit a food market in Lima with a local chef and learn to make some classic Peruvian dishes
  • Explore Chincheros village in the Sacred Valley with a local textile expert
  • Discover the fascinating hidden secrets that Cusco with its long history has to offer
  • Wander the ruins of Machu Picchu, a highlight of any Peru holiday

Lima

This Peru holiday begins on the Pacific coast, in the capital city of Lima. A city with a mix of pre-inca ruins, historic colonial buildings, amazing cuisine and lively modern nightlife. During this trip explore both old and new Lima and spend a day with a local chef buying ingredients in the market before learning to cook some local dishes. Visit Casa de Aliaga, the oldest continuously inhabited private residence in the southern hemisphere, a fascinating property with a rich history.

Sacred Valley

Travel to the Andes and spend time in the beautiful Sacred Valley, an area of high mountains, colourful villages, a multitude of Inca ruins and rich textile history. Explore the market town of Pisac, the impressive Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo and have lunch hosted by the family of a local private hacienda, a property dating back to the 17th century. Visit the village of Chincheros best known for its textiles, explore the weavers workshop accompanied by local weaving expert Nilda Callañaupa, a lady who is passionate about keeping the traditional techniques and patterns alive.

Machu Picchu

A Peru holiday would not be complete without a visit to Machu Picchu. Travel by train and discover all corners of the ruins and the known history of this incredible site.

Cusco

This Peru holiday ends in Cusco, a fascinating city that has been inhabited for almost 1,500 years, head of the Inca empire and today a UNESCO World Heritage city. Wander the cobbled back streets with a local guide who can unveil the hidden secrets this city has to offer. 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 3150 £ 900

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Lima


Lima, the 'City of Kings', is a vibrant and bustling metropolis worthy of exploration. Nestled on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, Lima is known as the 'Gateway to Peru' and combines colonial splendour, prestigious museums and beautiful parks with lively nightlife and ample opportunities for sampling its world-famous cuisine.


You will be staying at Belmond Miraflores Park, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

Half Day Culinary Experience with Chef Penelope Alzamora
Start the culinary experience with a visit to a local market, talk with Penelope's favourite vendors about the amazing variety of seasonal and local ingredients and buy the ingredients for the morning class. At Penelope's apartment start with a Pisco Sour and an introduction to the history and importance of local ingredients. During the morning learn to make a complete Peruvian meal, essential techniques and use of local and seasonal ingredients. Taste the ceviches and tapas that you have cooked and then have lunch with the view of Lima's coast.

Penelope Alzamora was born in Lima and thanks to her foodie parents, a master-baker grandmother and a nanny who introduced her to traditional Peruvian gastronomy, Penelope became passionate about cooking. She has studied and taught in the USA and in 1995 opened with her father the well-known "Bohemia Café y Mas" restaurant in Lima.


Half Day City Tour of Colonial and Modern Lima
Begin with an exploration of colonial Lima, stop off at the Main Square, explore on foot and admire the exteriors of the Government Palace, the Cathedral of Lima, and the City Hall. Visit the Cathedral of Lima, walk through the numerous chapels and discover various architectural styles (from Renaissance to Neo-Classical) and learn about the religious history of Peru. Continue to the baroque style San Francisco Convent with its underground catacombs, part of Lima's ancient underground cemeteries.

Next visit Casa de Aliaga, a colonial mansion that currently holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously inhabited private residence in the southern hemisphere. The house is steeped in history and has a large collection of Peruvian art and artifacts, including the sword Jerónimo de Aliaga used in the conquest of Peru.

After exploring the historic areas begin a journey through the streets of modern Lima toward the most traditional of the residential zones - San Isidro and Miraflores. In San Isidro, pass through the heart of the city's financial district and on to Miraflores, a perfect spot to take in views of the Pacific Ocean.


You will be staying at Belmond Miraflores Park, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Fly Lima to Cusco


Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas, was founded around 1100 AD. It is a beautiful city of Spanish and Inca influences with endless colonial sights to see including churches, monasteries and convents interspersed with Inca foundations, walls, doorways, and arches. Cusco is a major town, and is one of the cultural centres of Peru.

Direct transfer from Cusco to Scared Valley


Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred directly to the Sacred Valley, this is a journey of approximately one hour.


The Sacred Valley of the Incas is nurtured by Rio Urubamba, which carves a fertile chasm from Pisac in the east to Ollantaytambo in the west. To the Incas, Rio Urubamba symbolised the flow of life, and is guarded by the watchful gaze of numerous ancient citadels perched on the lofty mountain ridge above. As a result, fascinating insights await the intrepid traveller.


Half Day Tour of Chinchero Village and Weavers Workshop with Nilda Callañupa
Visit Chinchero village, at an altitude of 3,772 metres, 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.

Visit the weavers' workshop of Nilda Callañaupa, who 28 years ago decided to bring together like-minded women who shared her passion for weaving, and in time was able to motivate younger women who had lost interest in weaving to learn from their elders and connect once more with this ancestral art. She began working in the yard of her own house in Chinchero, and in 1996 her project became the Centre for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, a strong organization dedicated not only to the preservation, but also the commercialisation of beautiful, high quality textiles. This visit will be greatly enriched with the explanation from the protagonist of this story, Nilda Callañaupa.


You will be staying at Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Full Day Sacred Valley Tour
On this private guided tour of the Sacred Valley, follow the beautiful Urubamba River and explore the pretty town of Pisac and its traditional market. There is a market everyday, but the main markets take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The surrounding valleys are covered in Inca terracing, where the locals farm potatoes and maize, and transport the goods by llama.
After lunch at a local restaurant (included), continue to the impressive Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo. Climb to the top of the ruins for a spectacular view, and admire the intricate stone work and Inca canchas (blocks) where no mortar is used


You will be staying at Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Vistadome Train from Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu


Travel by Vistadome train from Ollantaytambo station to Machu Picchu, a journey of one hour 40 minutes. The vistadome has large picture windows to admire the dramatic scenery and enjoy views of the valley as it narrows alongside the Urubamba River.

Please note there are strict luggage guidelines of one piece of luggage i.e. a rucksack weighing no more than 5 kg and not exceeding overall dimensions of 157 cm. Arrangements can be made in advance for excess luggage to be left at your previous night's hotel and transferred to your return hotel in Cusco.


Machu Picchu, the incredible Inca citadel perched high above the cloud forest is quite simply astonishing. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is incredibly well-preserved and intricate Inca stonework abounds.

Indisputably a wonder of the world it is an almost unfathomable achievement of human culture and architecture and the very definition of 'must see'. The site was discovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham and is perched at an altitude of 2,380 metres in beautiful tropical cloud forest.


Half Day Tour of Machu Picchu
Upon arrival at Aguas Calientes take a twenty minute bus ride up the mountainside to reach the magnificent citadel of Machu Picchu, where you will have a guided tour of the ruins. Morning tickets allow entry between 6:00 and 12:00 and afternoon tickets between 12.00 and 17:30, for a maximum of four hours from time of entry.

Lunch is included (buffet style) and will be served at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge.

Vistadome train from Machu Picchu to Scared Valley


Return to the Sacred Valley on the Vistadome train, a journey of one hour 40 minutes.


You will be staying at Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

Drive from Sacred Valley to Cusco


A journey of approximately one to one and a half hours.


Half Day Walking Tour of Cusco
Cusco has been inhabited for almost 1,500 years and was the political, administrative and religious centre of the mighty Inca empire. Today Cusco is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the mix of cultures can clearly be seen, from architecture to the daily life of its inhabitants, from local gastronomy to religious festivals. Cusco has seen a lot, and much of that history is captured in small details that can easily be missed by the untrained eye. This walking tour will try to unveil the hidden secrets of Cusco.

At the end of the tour try a glass of chicha (drink made from corn) in a picantería (traditional local restaurant), there are still many of these among the ancient streets of Cusco.


You will be staying at Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

Days to explore Cusco
Cusco is a fascinating city where weeks could be spent exploring the city and the surrounding area. Activities and excursions to consider during your free day:
- An archaeological tour of Tipon
- A culinary tour with a local expert chef
- A Pisco Sour tour where you can learn how to make the most famous drink in Peru
- A full day tour of Chinchero and its colouful indigenous market, Maras Inca salt mines and Moray Inca agricultural terracing
- A weaving and textile tour of the local communities
- Mountain biking, paddle boarding, white water rafting or other adventure sports - A walking tour of Cusco, where you can visit the cobbled streets, markets and main Inca sites
- A visit to the Choco Museum, where you can learn the process of chocolate-making and taste the produce - A visit to the Coffee Museum where you can learn latte art.


You will be staying at Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

Fly Cusco to Lima

Fly Lima to London overnight

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado

Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado

Enjoying a privileged location on the banks of the Urubamba River in the heart of the celebrated Sacred Valley of the Incas is the Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado....

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Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

This former 17th Century palace and convent has emerged from years of restoration to become one of Cusco's most stylish hotels....

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Belmond Miraflores Park

Belmond Miraflores Park

Belmond Miraflores Park is an elegant high-rise hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in the exclusive residential district of Miraflores....

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For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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