Ruins & Archaeology Tours & Trips 2020

23 trips to Ruins & Archaeology tours from 99 tour companies. 751 reviews. 4.8/5 avg rating.

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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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$ 612 $ 10,000+

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Enchanting Peru

SmarTours
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 209 / day
$ 2,299
From : $ 5,697
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Board on rail to see Machu Picchu
  • Visit the world renowned and colorful Indian market in Pisac 
  • Enjoy a guided walking tour around Cuzco
  • Visit lake Titicaca
  • Embark on an unforgettable boat journey to explore the magnificent scenery and fascinating life on and around the lake. 
  • Visit the floating islands of the Uros Indians
  • Enjoy a guided afternoon tour of both colonial and modern Lima
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Visits:
Andes Mountains, Cusco, Inca Trail, Lake Titicaca, Lima, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Puno, Sacred Valley, Urubamba, Peru
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Machu Picchu & Galapagos Island Hopping

SmarTours
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 380 / day
$ 5,699
From : $ 7,010
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Explore Sacred Valley has amazing landscapes of fertile land
  • Machu Picchu
  • Visit the bustling and colorful Indian market where many beautiful crafts are traded.
  • Galapagos Island Hopping
  • Explore Lima, known as the City of Kings
  • Visit Cuzco is a vibrant town, dotted with archaeological sites
  • See the Church of San Francisco at Lima
  • Plaza de Armas (Lima)
  • Drive to The equator and surrounded by ice-capped volcanoes
  • Visit Church of San Francisco (Quito)
  • Stay at Finch Bay Hotel (Galapagos), one of National Geographic’s “Unique Lodges of the World”
Visits:
Cusco, Galapagos, Lima, Machu Picchu, Quito, Sacred Valley, Santa Cruz Island, Trieste, Urubamba, Peru
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Luxury Greece

12 days
$ 333 / day
$ 3,990
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Visit Knossos & Arolithos Traditional Village
  • Visit the Acropolis and the incredible museum of Acropolis.
  • Enjoy the famous cosmopolitan town of Mykonos with white-washed cubic houses, windmills and chapels.
  • See the Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the National Library
  • Enjoy the jet- setting city of Mykonos, ancient church Paraportiani & little Venice
  • Take a stroll through the Plaka
  • Ride a high speed boat to Santorini Island.
Visits:
Acropolis, Athens, Crete, Mykonos, Santorini, Greece
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Real Affordable Peru

10 days
$ 290 / day
$ 2,895
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Visit Lima’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Visit Lima’s National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology, and History at Bolivar Square
  • Enjoyable way to experience the enchanting Andean landscape.
  • Enjiy Rafting excursion
  • Visit this mysterious sanctuary
  • Explore Cuzco on a walking tour.
  • Visit the site of the Qoricancha Sun Temple
Visits:
Cusco, Lima, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Urubamba, Peru
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Dublin & Galway by Rail

7 days
$ 1,410
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Treat yourself to a pint of Guinness in one of Dublin's pubs, many of which offer live music!
  • Along with convenience, the Irish Rail offers you some of the finest scenic views of Ireland.
  • Travel in comfort via high-speed train from city to city as stunning scenery rolls by.
  • Treat yourself to a plate of Galway's famous locally-caught oysters!
  • Learn how to pour the perfect pint at the Guinness Storehouse, if you'd like.
Visits:
Dublin, Galway, Ireland
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Irish Highlights: Dublin, Killarney & Galway

7 days
$ 1,532
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Immerse yourself in the Gaelic culture with a trip to the Aran Islands.
  • Discover Dublin's history rooted in rebellion and Viking settlements.
  • Take a photo at the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland's most visited dramatic cliffs.
  • Treat yourself to a plate of Galway's famous oysters!
  • Discover the scenic highlights of Kerry with your guided Ring of Kerry tour.
Visits:
Dublin, Galway, Killarney National Park, Ring of Kerry, Ireland
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Dublin & London

7 days
$ 2,041
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Explore two diverse cultures in one amazing vacation.
  • Unwind with pints and authentic dishes at traditional pubs, both in London and in Dublin!
  • Walk over the Ha'Penny bridge in Dublin, then the Tower Bridge in London.
  • Enjoy city passes in both destinations and take advantage of included access to many sights and attractions.
  • Gawk at majestic palaces, castles, cathedrals, and more!
Visits:
Dublin, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, London, Westminster Abbey, Windsor Great Park, Ireland
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Highlights of Germany

13 days
$ 331 / day
$ 4,299
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury (5*)
Highlights
  • Experience 9-night deluxe Cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection Beds
  • Explore Munich
  • Visit Regensburg enjoy the guided walk to Historische Wurstküche
  • Exploring Würzburg, visit the Bishop’s Residenz
  • Opportunity to cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim
  • Enjoy through Heidelberg, visit of the castle, see the Great Vat
  • Discover Strasbourg
Visits:
Heidelberg, Heidelberg Castle, Munich, Neuschwanstein Castle, Nuremberg, Salzburg, St. Martin's Cathedral, Strasbourg, France, Germany, Switzerland
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Magnificent Europe Eastbound

15 days
$ 346 / day
$ 5,197
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • 15 day river cruise from amsterdam to Budapest
  • Deluxe 14-night cruise in an outside stateroom with hotel-style beds
  • Charming wine village of Rüdesheim
  • Visits to Würzburg’s Bishop’s Residenz
  • The phenomenal Benedictine Abbey in Melk
  • Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim
Visits:
Amsterdam, Bratislava, Budapest, Cologne, Hofburg Imperial Palace, Nuremberg, Vienna, Wachau, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Slovakia
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Rome City Explorer

5 days
$ 612
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Experience the most famous city in Italy, also known as the world’s biggest open air museum.
  • Some of the highlights which cannot be missed include; the Vatican, the Trevi Fountain, St. Peter's Square, the Colosseum and the Spanish Steps.
  • If you purchase our upgrade you will get to explore this amazing city with a 48-hour Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour Pass.
  • Legend has it that tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain will guarantee a future return trip to Rome; toss one in and find out!
  • Italy is famous for its cuisine. Try authentic Italian food during your trip, plus you will have breakfast daily at your hotel!
Visits:
Colosseum, Pantheon, Rome, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican Museum, Italy
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European Splendor Westbound

13 days
$ 354 / day
$ 4,599
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Experience Cruise: deluxe 12-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection Beds
  • Explore Vienna
  • Enjoy guided walk through Linz
  • Tasting of local specialties in Bavaria’s picturesque Wertheim
  • Cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge past the legendary Lorelei rock
  • Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum
Visits:
Amsterdam, Cologne, Linz, Nuremberg, Vienna, Wachau, Austria, Germany, Netherlands
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The Greek Islands

11 days
$ 205 / day
$ 2,254
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Hike to the top of Athens’ ancient and famous Acropolis
  • Cruise the azure seas of the Aegean
  • Catch some rays at world-famous island beaches
  • Enjoy epic, world-class nightlife in Santorini and Mykonos
  • Snap a photo of the whitewashed buildings of the Cycladic Islands
  • Flood your Instagram with unreal vistas and Santorini sunsets 
Visits:
Acropolis, Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Greece
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Belize: Rainforests, Reefs & Ruins

11 days
$ 298 / day
$ 3,279
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Explore the Maya ruins of Tikal and Lamanai
  • Enjoy the relaxed Caribbean beach atmosphere of San Pedro
  • Zipline and cave-tube deep in the jungle of Central America
  • Snorkel off the coasts of San Pedro and Turneffe Atoll
  • Immerse yourself in a wide spectrum of local cultures and traditions
Visits:
Ambergris Caye, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, San Ignacio, Tikal, Belize
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Vietnam and Cambodia: Along the Mekong River, inc ...

15 days
$ 732 / day
$ 10,980
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Spend two days exploring the legendary religious sites of Angkor, in the company of our experts and local guides
  • Visit communities and learn the ways of life along the river, including subsistence fishing and small industries
  • Explore Phnom Penh and Saigon, touring sites important to the cities’ 20th-century histories
  • Travel in extraordinary comfort and see many of the countries’ cultural highpoints.
Visits:
Angkor Wat, Banyon Temple, Mekong Delta, Mekong River , Notre Dame Cathedral, Phnom Penh , Saigon, Siem Reap, Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia, Vietnam
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Thailand to Cambodia 11 Days 9 Nights

11 days
$ 173 / day
$ 1,899
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Explore Beijing
  • Visit the Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Trimitr) to see its solid-gold Buddha
  • Damnoen Saduak, one of Thailand’s most famous floating markets
  • Visit the Bridge over the River Kwai, famously connected to the 'Death Railway' of World War II
  • Experience the virtual ‘Theme Park - Dark Ride’ at a gems gallery, learning about Thailand’s most prized gemstones
  • Opportunity to see UNESCO Angkor Wat, the jewel in Cambodia’s historical and cultural crown
Visits:
Angkor Wat, Ayutthaya, Bangkok, Beijing, Siem Reap, Ta Prohm, Cambodia, Thailand
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Top Ruins & Archaeology Experiences and Attractions

Top Ruins & Archaeology Experiences

Reaching the end of a long trek to savor your first glimpse of Machu Picchu at sunrise 

Visiting Mexico’s Chichen Itza to marvel at the ancient Mayans’ command of astronomy 

Wandering the vast ruins of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, the largest religious complex ever built

Participating in a dig in the Utah desert, hunting for dinosaur bones 

Stopping at Egypt’s ancient Luxor during a Nile River cruise to gaze in awe at the mammoth temples

Passing through a narrow canyon to come upon your first view of Jordan’s ancient Petra and its unforgettable red-rock Treasury

Joining professional archaeologists on a tour through Arizona’s Agua Fria National Monument, searching for prehistoric Native American artifacts

Paying an early morning call to one of the remote, crumbling sections of the Great Wall of China

Discovering the mystery behind Stonehenge, England

Exploring the caves of Longmen Grottoes in China

Strolling through the ruins of the Roman Forum

Exploring the temple and pagodas of Bagan, Burma

 

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Ruins & Archaeology Trip Reviews

751 Ruins & Archaeology Tour Reviews - Summary 98% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 659
Great 65
Average 19
Disappointing 2
Terrible 6
Value
4.8
Guide
4.8
Activities
4.8
Lodging
4.8
Transportation
4.8
Meals
4.8

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Payed for the trip in advance. OAT cancelled the trip due to the Corona virus and agereed to refund my money - No refund to date

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0

I booked the Real Affordable Peru Trip with OAT and payed in advance. OAT had to cancel the trip due to the Corona Virus. When I called them, they offered to reschedule the trip or give me a full refund - since they cancelled - not me. I elected to receive the full refund. Three weeks late they sent me an email stating "upper management" had decided not to give any refunds - all the cancelled trips were being rescheduled instead. I called stating I had already been promised a refund and they said that was no longer an option. I filled complaints with the better business bureau, VISA, and the Massachusetts Attorney Generals Office. OAT called me back and said they would now refund my money in 4-6 days. Called back 10 days later and they said they would refund the money as soon as I dropped my complaint with VISA. Since they have lied to me over the past several months, I am sticking with my claims and still fighting for my refund. I would recommend you check out other online reviews, including the BBB.

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Operator Overseas Adventure Travel (O.A.T. Tours)

amazing itinerary

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Enchanting Peru - Originally, we had planned on putting our own Peru adventure together, however, it became quite daunting not knowing which transportation companies to use, which hotels were conveniently located and how to reliably book all of our activities and related tickets. We were "swirling" and not making progress with our planning. We were actually considering a different destination and basically giving up on visiting Peru. Then, a very good friend (who has been on over 20 SmarTours) forwarded an e-mail to us on the "Enchanting Peru" trip through SmarTours. Our prayers were answered! For a very reasonable price, with an amazing itinerary, all we had to do was to make a telephone call...book it...and pack! There ended up being 14 total people on the trip..., which was perfect. All hotels we stayed in were top notch, each day well planned and the transportation comfortable and reliable. The best thing that happened to us on this trip was that our tour guide was Dagmar Becerra, a resident of Cusco. Dagmar became our teacher, our trusted advisor, a comedian, a kind disciplinarian (when some of us deserved it) and most of all, a friend. We learned more from her in 11 days, than we have in years. Based on this first experience with SmarTours, I plan on booking with them next year...but the next tour guide has big shoes to fill. (Thank you Dagmar - you ARE the BEST!!!)

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Operator SmarTours

Everything else was all but flawless

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This was my first tour with a large company of any kind, and I wasn't sure what to expect. But I've always wanted to go to Macchu Piccu and wasn't familiar enough with S. America to organize a trip on my own. My choice of Smartours was quite serendipitous. My experience with Smartour was on the whole exemplary. First and foremost, I truly don't know how you keep the prices so low, considering the level of services, accomodation, food and experiences we were given. Our two guides, Lucho and Celestino, were almost frighteningly capable and universally knowledgeable about their country, its history, customs, sites and general info, and worked flawlessly with the other players in the tour, from hotel staffs to bus drivers to security. When we almost ran afoul of a nationwide strike that shut down roads in and around Puno, our schedule was changed and our transporation to the airport for our flight to Lima managed half an hour before the roads closed. Then we had the choice of staying on the comfortable, heated bus or the unheated airport til our check-in time. no drama, no trauma. The hotels were excellent, the Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay being a favorite, considering it was originally a 16th century monastery that had been updated flawlessly. Meals offered were universally excellent, with optional meal recommendations excellent. I especially appreciated getting to see so much in our ten days, not just Macchu Piccu, but Cuzco, the Sacred Valley and all of the small villages and Incan historic sites there in, Macchu Piccu--of course, and the area around Lake Titicaca. Even the time spent in Lima was delightful and instructive. Thank you for the help of every person involved in making this a real trip of a lifetime. I do have one small suggestion. We arrived in Lima and immediately flew to Cuzco at 12,000 ft.. I was mistaken in that I thought we would be heading to a lower altitude before participating in any activities. But we ate a meal at the top of Cuzco before any of us could acclimate to the altitude. As you know, no matter what kind of shape a person is in, he or she can still have trouble with altitude and not know it til we get there. And so it was for some of us. If possible, it might help to have that first meal down the hill a ways. Yeah, that's it. That's my only suggestion. Everything else was all but flawless. I have been and will continue to recommend Smartour to anyone who asks.

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Operator SmarTours

Fabulous Trip

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Trip was fabulous, Enrique Virto was a superior host and tour guide. The altitude was a problem for both my husband and I as was the inability to brush our teeth with the water, but the hotels helped with Oxygen and Coca Tea to ease the altitude sickness and Enrique was encouraging and very helpful during the entire trip. He was very considerate of our abilities or inabilities and always considered our group as a whole. He was incredibly informative and knowledgeable about all of the places we visited and his English was excellent. The accommodations were excellent, clean rooms, comfortable beds and very kind and helpful staff. This is my 3rd trip with SmarTours and I will travel with them in the future.

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Operator SmarTours

Great Tour

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Enrique our tour guide was fantastic . He has a passion for educating his clients about Peru . Our tour of 6 adults were delighted with his care . Smart Tours got us to see all the important places in Peru . Food and accommodation were great too

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Operator SmarTours

Overall a delightful trip

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

The guide was wonderful. Very organized trip. Hotel accommodations exceeded my expectations. The daily activities were very tiring. Perhaps a lighter schedule would be better. Overall a delightful trip

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Operator SmarTours

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