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 Ocean View Rooms

JW Marriott Hotel, Lima (Ocean View Rooms).

Tambo del Inka Sacred Valley

Tambo del Inka, Sacred Valley.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Machu Picchu (Scenic) - Peru

Located in the heart of the Machu Picchu area, this spa resort is the ultimate cloud forest vacation paradise, offering 85 intimate casitas in a sprawling Andean style village, within 23 acres of secluded and exquisite beauty. Follow stone pathways along the terraced hills, melding with the sacred energy of the mountains. Indulge in Inkaterra’s spa services, two first-class restaurant boasting stunning views of the rushing Vilcanota River and a secluded bar/lounge to savor Pisco Sours.

JW Marriott El Convento Cusco

Cusco (Central) - Peru

A member of the prestigious JW Marriott brand, this luxury hotel is located just steps away from the historic Plaza de Armas, a superb location from which to explore the city. Built atop ancient Incan ruins and situated around a 16th-century convent, this hotel is a veritable museum in the historic city of Cusco. Stylishly decorated, the 153 luxury guest rooms feature amenities like sumptuous marble bathrooms, breathtaking courtyard views, and plush bedding. Modernity and history combine for dazzling results at the Qespi Bar and signature Pirqa restaurant, one of Cusco’s finest.

Libertador Lake Titicaca Puno

Libertador Lake Titicaca, Puno.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

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

  • 10 May, 2018

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    Trip: We enjoyed everything on the tour. It was more than we expected.

    Service: Robert was an exceptional tour guide. He was very organized, always cheerful and professional.

  • 09 May, 2018

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    Trip: I believe we visited most of the points of interest that were possible in the time that we had.

    Service: Their ****** for the tour was always available and helpful . The special guides were all very knowledgeable and helpful and tried to explain things. Luxury Golds computer information prior to the trip was lacking.

  • 08 May, 2018

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    Trip: local people and history was wonderful

    Service: Roberto was exceptional at what he does. Taking us hiking to the Inka bridge on our free time was greatly appreciated. The local guides ( especially Julius)were great. The accommodations fabulous. The history great. Meeting the local people is very special. I look forward to another luxury gold trip

  • 08 May, 2018

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    Trip: overall a fantastic trip!

    Service: The whole trip experience was amazing! Top rate lodging! Food very good and of course desserts spectacular. Our tour guide Roberto was full of information and was for his group 100 %. Our other guides were also very informative on local knowledge. We would recommend this trip to anyone. Thank you for such a great experience.

  • 24 April, 2018

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    Trip: got to see much of peru,ropert is a good guide

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  • 10 April, 2018

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    Trip: We got a great overview of beautiful Peru.

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    Trip: everything on time, and easy.

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    Trip: Great trip and itinerary.

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  • 27 December, 2017

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    Trip: Exciting experience. Well planned and well executed by top-notch professionals. Excellent accommodations.

    Service: Every detail was handled superbly to ensure a positive experience.

  • 13 December, 2017

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    Trip: All things went at a realistic pace.

    Service: We found the trip exceptionally worthwhile with the exception of the last meal. I can not remember the name of it. It was supposed to be very up market however the pork on our table was raw and 5 out of 5 sent it back to be cooked. Another table just ate the edges of theirs. I got minor food poisoning from it as I only7 had one mouthful before noticing it was not cooked. we had completed the survey before entering the restaurant as we thought it would be as good as all the others. Best regards Nic

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    Trip: I think I would skip Lake Titicaca

    Service: Our tour leader and his guides were always polite, open to questions and ready to solve problems

  • 21 November, 2017

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    Trip: It was fine. Lots of modes of transportation that guide handled well. A group of well seasoned travelers.

    Service: Called them when website was not working. They were helpful.

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