Treasures of the Incas - Luxury Gold

Treasures of the Incas (Summer 2018)

Duration: 12 days Visiting: Peru

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Delve into the mysterious world of the Inca empire on this luxurious exploration of Peru. Every detail is seamlessly taken care of, as you journey from the pulsating capital of Lima to the mist-cloaked mountains of Machu Picchu and on to the halcyon waters of South America’s largest lake. Along the way, savour flavourful local cuisine and discover the Lost City of the Incas alongside a Local Expert.

  1. Day 1

    Arrive in 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 Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner and an opportunity to meet with your fellow travellers over wine, dinner and seaside views at CALA.

  2. Day 2

    Lima City of the Kings.

    Experience Lima through the eyes of a Local Expert as you are introduced to 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, in the bohemian district of Barranco, a favourite known only to the locals. 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. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner with wine on the terrace of Huaca Pucllana, overlooking the illuminated ruins of a 1500-year-old, pre-Inca pyramid.

  3. Day 3

    On To The Sacred Valley.

    Board your flight to Cusco before continuing to Peru's Sacred Valley. Visit the colourful market in the town of Chinchero. Next, you will meet Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a Quechua scholar, president of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco and a recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Have lunch with Nilda and learn about her mission to preserve traditional weaving techniques. Later, check in to your luxurious resort.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    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 today are maintained 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', as a local shaman performs the centuries-old ritual.

  5. Day 5

    Journey to Machu Picchu.

    Visit the town of Ollantaytambo, a national archeological site. Travel by Vistadome train for your scenic journey to Machu Picchu, before enjoying an included lunch at your resort. A Local Expert will then show you the nature trails of this fascinating cloud forest ecosystem. Discover 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.

  6. Day 6

    Mysterious Machu Picchu.

    The entire day is for you 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'. Witness the great Temple of the Sun, Sacred Plaza and the Intihuatana, believed to be an ancient sun clock.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    Return to Cusco.

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

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    Colonial Cusco.

    Join your Local Expert to explore Cusco, visiting the Temple of the Sun at Korikancha, the cathedral and the citadel of Sacsayhuaman. Set out for San Blas, Cusco's artisan centre, to visit a candle shop and learn about its importance to the locals. Enjoy some free time for shopping on the Plaza de Armas. Later, a candlelit Highlight Dinner with wine is served at the reputed MAP restaurant.

  9. Day 9

    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.

  10. Day 10 - Relaxed Start

    Islands of Lake Titicaca.

    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 until dinner with wine.

  11. Day 11

    Puno, Back to Lima.

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

  12. Day 12

    Depart Lima.

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

Highlights

 

VIP EXPERIENCES

  • Lima: Meet painter, sculptor and local legend, Víctor Delfín, best known for his monumental El Beso sculpture in Parque del Amore, Miraflores. Explore his oceanview workshop in the arts district and chat with Victor as he shares stories about his life.
  • Cusco: Meet Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, an expert in traditional weaving, to learn how the TreadRight Foundation is helping protect this ancient skill.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Aguas Calientes: With a Local Expert, explore the cloud forest, visit a working tea plantation and an orchid farm.
  • Cusco: With a Local Expert, practice your bartering skills at a local market. Enjoy a fun challenge of purchasing items from the market (with money and a list supplied by your Travelling Concierge) for the best prices possible. All purchases are later donated to local needy families.
  • Lake Titicaca: Cruise the lake and learn about the lifestyle and customs of the local people, who bundle reeds from the lake to build floating platforms, houses and canoes.
  • Lima: Experience the beautiful 'City of Kings' through the eyes of a Local Expert.
  • Puno: Explore Sillustani to view the stone burial towers 'chullpas' that have dotted the shores since pre-Inca times.
  • Sacred Valley: Learn of the importance of ancient rituals to the people of the Sacred Valley as a local shaman performs a a centuries-old ritual just for you that expresses reverence to the Earth.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING

  • Cusco: Dine at MAP, one of the city’s most prominent dining venues. This contemporary Peruvian haute cuisine restaurant offers an artistic dining experience, candlelit for a dazzling evening ambiance.
  • Included Quality Dining: 11 Breakfasts (BB), 9 Lunches (L) and 9 Dinners (DW).
  • Lima: Over a hot chocolate or authentic café pasado, learn the secrets and discover the unique flavour of Peruvian coffee with an expert barista.
  • Macchu Picchu: Learn how to blend the perfect pisco sour.
  • Sacred Valley: Delight in a Pachamanca Feast prepared in an underground oven and served in an exquisite garden.

INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES

  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Relax in comfort on Luxury Gold’s air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom, onboard restroom and and complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy while travelling.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Included complimentary, private transfers are available on start and end dates, and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.

Accommodation

 

JW Marriott Hotel Lima

Lima (Contemporary) - Peru

Explore the very best of Peru's capital city at the JW Marriott Hotel Lima.

Tambo del Inka

Sacred Valley (Traditional ) - Peru

The elegant Tambo del Inka will ensure an indelible stay.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Machu Picchu (Traditional) - Peru

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is an intimate Andean village with terraced hills, waterfalls, stone pathways and 81 whitewashed adobe casitas tucked away in the cloud forest.

JW Marriott El Convento Cusco

Cusco (Heritage) - Peru

The stylishly decorated and luxurious JW Marriott El Convento Cusco is built atop ancient Incan ruins.

Libertador Lake Titicaca

Puno (Traditional) - Peru

Enjoy the sunsets on the lake from the only five-star hotel region, the Libertador.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
1030 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 10 October, 2018

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    Trip: I would like to give 4.5 stars instead or 4 or 5 stars. The activities were great and provided an interesting and promising overview of Peru. However, dinners usually lasted for 3 hours, food was good, but service was slow for group of 40, whether or not we pre-ordered from the menu. By the time we returned to the hotel room, we had to unpack or repack for next day, and shower before going to bed. I did not get sufficient sleep. Hotel at base of Machu Picchu, Incaterra, had mosquitoes, live and dead in the bathroom, and I was awaken twice at night due to mosquitoes bites that caused severe itchiness.

    Service: Robert (Roberto) Campos, our Travel Concierge, was exemplary. He was always steps ahead, physically and mentally, anticipating the needs and wants from 40 tourists in our group. He was personal and attentive to changes, as needed from time to time due to altitude sickness, personal health issues and other commitments. He was simply indispensable and worked extremely hard for Luxury Gold and the tourists. He monitored and worked effectively with local guides. He spoke excellent English.

  • 09 October, 2018

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    Trip: The order of the locations we visited were well plan with regard to attitude adjustment. The hotels were first class. The local tour guides were knowledgeable of their towns. They are all so proud of the local culture & history. And it shows and rub to the travelers. Lake Titicaca was my favorite. The only local visit I would recommend to eliminate is the coffee-making visit in Lima. The travelers were more the Starbucks-type - sweet, hot coffee. They didn't have the patience to wait for the cold coffee to drip, drip, drip, .....

    Service: The tour concierge, Robert, was the best. He planned & took care of everything ahead and make sure every one is taken care. He went the extra mile to satisfy every reasonable request.

  • 09 October, 2018

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    Trip: We got to see the natural beauty of the country, experience the culture and food, learn about pre-Incas and Incas culture, architecture and amazing history of Peru.

    Service: The itinerary was well paced, the tour director was knowledgeable and passionate about his country, all logistics were organized and played out well. This tour could have been a bit strenuous with altitude and lots of walking/hiking, but it went well.

  • 28 September, 2018

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    Trip: Well thought out, and very diverse.

    Service: Our tour director, Roberto Campos was, by far, the most organized director that I have ever dealt with on any trip that I have taken with Luxury Gold, Insight, or any other tour company. He was "on top of every detail" from quick registration at each hotel, detailed preparations for each experience, and even pictorials of possible menu selections. Personally, he helped me on at least three occasions - lost glasses, ATM and money conversion, and directions to a pharmacy that I would never have been able to find on my own. He was always available to "smooth the way", but never intrusive. This was a trip that we had been waiting to take for several years, and Roberto made it an exciting, educational, and personally unique adventure. He loves his country, its people, and traditions and in shows in every aspect of the visit to Peru.

  • 25 September, 2018

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    Trip: Not only did we see the iconic Machu Picchu (where we were able to spend a full day) and the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, but we had lunch in a family’s home, participated in a Pachamama ceremony, and so much more that other tours don’t include.

    Service: Luxury Gold is definitely the way to go in Peru. Roberto took care of every detail. All meals except for 2 dinners and 2 lunches were included. We had great local guides and saw cultural aspects that other tours don’t include.

  • 25 September, 2018

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    Trip: Loved all the local influences on the itinerary - a weaving demonstration, hat making, a pachumamma ceremony, visiting a local family on the floating islands. The local guides were very knowledgeable. This gave us a much deeper understanding of the Peruvian culture than we would have gotten otherwise. Having a full day at Machu Picchu was amazing - the morning with a local guide and then the afternoon on our own to explore was very special.

    Service: The customer focus of our traveling concierge Roberto was amazing. He was constantly working to make sure that all of the tour participants had everything they needed. This started with his focus on making sure that everyone knew the schedule for the next day’s activities to personally delivering luggage to rooms if needed. He dealt with an occasional room issue, the need for local doctors, etc - all with calmness and patience.

  • 29 August, 2018

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    Trip: Educational seeing how they live in Peru

    Service: Roberto, and the other tour guides were excellent

  • 29 August, 2018

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    Trip: A couple of items could have been passed over to slow down the pace just a little but overall was a very good tour.

    Service: Customer service so far has been very good. Still waiting on some medical issues that surfaced during the tour to be cleared up. Roberto our tour guide was excellent and would highly recommend him. He went above and beyond to make sure everyone had a great time.

  • 28 August, 2018

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    Trip: The only way to see this area.

    Service: Our concierge Roberto went way beyond what is expected to make we were well looked after.

  • 28 August, 2018

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    Trip: Awesome itinerary! We never would have experienced the things we did if we had tried to arrange them ourselves.

    Service: Every detail was well thought out and completed to perfection. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.

  • 28 August, 2018

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    Trip: The Peruvian itinerary provides experience of the many highlights of the country, as well as opportunities to meet real people. It was a joy to experience locals.

    Service: I scheduled the tour through a local travel agent. The Luxury Gold staff were very responsive and dealt with several variations and changes in details. Customer service seems very important to the Luxury Gold team. The tour director, Roberto, was always committed to the interests of his customers. He dealt with various individuals, while pursuing the interests of the others. Bravo!

  • 27 July, 2018

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    Trip: See above................................................

    Service: Guides, Meal, luggage transportation and sightseeing excursions were excellent. Loved the little extra things like lunch cooked in the ground and visiting the lama farm. Hotels were excellent, except for in Machu Picchu which was too rustic (queen bed, no central Heat/AC - only small electric heater in bedroom - no heat in bathroom. Would have prefered to have more details about daily departure times/ arrival times available earlier vs just day by day. Having the doctor come to the hotel was very nice. Francisco (our guide) also met with the nurse to help translate. Only complaint is the way our "temporary departure" from the trip was handled. Our guide was excellent - he keep following up and checking on us. The problem was with the communication between the tour company and Luxury Gold. Francisco said they would handle everything and that someone should call us with flight information within 1 hour/1 1/2 hours. No one called, so we got the number for the travel agent. Again she said she would call back soon. We had already checked flights and knew there were many flights back to Lima that morning. We were stuck in the hotel room waiting for a call with the flight times. Finally, Francisco called and said they had us booked for a 2:30 flight, but then the travel agent called and said it wasn't booked and they couldn't book it. It was all very confusing. They offered to take us to the airport, but I didn't want to go and sit at the airport if we didn't have a flight booked. At this point, we said we would handle it. There were not many flights left that afternoon/evening and they were more expensive too. We were in the hall, trying to book our our flight, when the hotel found us and said the driver was on their way to pick us up and they had us booked. We were not sure if there was enough time to make the flight, which caused some additional stress. As I said earlier, it was all very confusing. Once we go picked up - the service was wonderful. We did arrive in time and the people (Marila - I think her name was) from the travel agent were very helpful in booking our ticket and handling our bags. The driver was at Lima airport to pick us up and take us to our hotel. The big problem was waiting at the hotel room for hours trying to find out our travel information. Then having to pay more for the flight vs having the earlier cheaper flight options.

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