Ancient Peru & Machu Picchu

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Lima is home to excellent museums that showcase the achievements of Peru’s oldest cultures, but the country’s main draw is the chance to uncover the very sites where the ancient Inca once thrived. Ascend into the Andes and explore the plazas of colonial Cuzco, the Incan sites in the Sacred Valley and the legendary Lost City of the Incas at Machu Picchu.
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Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Pisco Sours & ceviche
    • Plaza de Armas in Cuzco
    • The richness of the pre-Columbian cultures
    • The mystery & history of Machu Picchu
    • Stunning Andean scenery at every turn
    • Ollantaytambo’s lasting Incan impressions

What's this trip about?

    Lima is home to excellent museums that showcase the achievements of Peru’s oldest cultures, but the country’s main draw is the chance to uncover the very sites where the ancient Inca once thrived. Ascend into the Andes and explore the plazas of colonial Cuzco, the Incan sites in the Sacred Valley and the legendary Lost City of the Incas at Machu Picchu.

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeGroup - max of 35 people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityLima
End CityLima

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife

Destinations

  • South America
  • Peru

Attractions

  • Andes Mountains
  • Cusco
  • Lima
  • Machu Picchu
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Sacred Valley

Activities

  • Culture
  • Hiking
  • Historic sightseeing
  • Ruins & Archaeology
  • Trains & Rail
  • Wildlife viewing

Trip includes

    • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
    • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine
    • Multilingual Tour Director
    • Private deluxe motor coach
    • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

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Itinerary

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Day 1: Flight & arrival in Peru

Board your flight to Lima and arrive later this evening.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Lima

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

View the pre-Colombian art on display at the Larco Museum, then follow a local guide on a tour of both the modern and colonial quarters of Lima.

See the city’s cathedral, Plaza de Armas and the Church of San Francisco, which h...

Day 3: Free day in Lima

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Lima or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Nazca Lines $459pp* Details

Optional Excursion - Traditional Peruvian Dinner $75pp* Details

Day 4: Flight to Cuzco

Meals: Breakfast

Travel to the airport this morning to fly to Cuzco, where you’ll have free time to acclimate to the elevation or explore on your own.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Cuzco

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Follow a local guide on a sightseeing tour of the magnificent capital of ancient Peru.

Admire the old Spanish cathedral, La Merced Church and the Plaza de Armas

Stroll through ruins at Kenko and Puça Pucara, the “red fortress”

Explore the fortress of Sacsayhuaman and Koricancha Temple, which was once covered completely in gold

Day 6: Full-day excursion to the Sacred Valley

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

A local guide leads you on a full-day sightseeing tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, nestled between Cuzco, Machu Picchu and the surrounding Andes Mountains.

See the famous ruins of Ollantaytambo, once the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti

Stop in Urubamba to enjoy lunch with the group

Visit several local market towns, including Pisac

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Machu Picchu

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Take a train to Aguas Calientes, passing through the verdant valleys that lead to the Lost City of the Incas.

Explore the perfect stonework of the Temple of the Sun

View the fountains of the Royal Sector

Take in ...

Day 8: Return to Cuzco

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Spend a free morning near Machu Picchu or add an excursion to return to the ruins.

Rejoin the group for lunch in Aguas Calientes before taking a train back to Cuzco.

Optional Excursion - Machu Picchu: Return Visit $99pp* Details

Day 9: Free day in Cuzco

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Cuzco or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Incan Traditions: Moray Maras & Chinchero Village $109pp* Details

Optional Excursion - Traditional Peruvian Cooking Class & Dinner $115pp* Details

Day 10: Departure

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Fly to Lima this morning to relax in a dayroom before boarding your flight home tonight or early tomorrow morning. If you are continuing on the tour extension to the Amazon, you’ll spend tonight in Lima.

Day 11: Arrival at home

Arrive home today.

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Accommodation

,Jose Antonio Lima The Jose Antonio Lima Hotel is located in Miraflores, a residential district and an excellent location for business or tourism. Nearby you will find shopping, dining and recreation areas. Located 30 minutes from the international airport and 20 minutes from the historic center of Lima. La Hacienda Hotel Lima Strategically located in the center of the famous Miraflores, La Hacienda Hotel Lima is very close to the city's many excellent restaurants, nightclubs and shopping centers. The hotel's El Algarrobo restaurant offers a warm atmosphere and a full menu of local and international food. The hotel casino and bar is the biggest and most prestigious in Miraflores. Enjoy a delicious Pisco Sour or your favorite drink by the fireplace in the lobby. Hotel Jose Antonio Cuzco Located in the heart of the archaeological center of America's oldest city. A few minutes from the Plaza de Armas, this recently built hotel has modern architecture with fine colonial details. El Mapi Hotel Smart and contemporary are the defining elements of this hotel, amidst the commercial village of Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), from where you can admire and interact with the quaint folksy town and get a different perspective. The hotel is efficient, playful and people friendly; it welcomes a wide range of guests expecting an uncomplicated visit. An amiable and healthy environment after your enlightening visit to Peru’s most distinguished destination, the Machu Picchu Archaeological site. Hotel Casa del Sol Casa del Sol Boutique Hotel invites visitors to experience the wealth—both cultural and natural—that has shaped this warm and welcoming community; and at the same time to take refuge into the intimacy of our rooms which combine brilliantly the sophistication, the art, and the history of our location.
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For travelers with the travel protection policy (goaheadtours.com/travelprotection), Go Ahead Tours will reimburse the participant in the form of a credit voucher in the event the participant wants to interrupt their tour due to reasons not covered by their travel protection policy. The voucher is valid for one year from the day of the interruption of the tour and represents the value of the missed time on tour including any unused air, land or sea arrangements already paid for by the participant up to a maximum of $1,000 as determined by Go Ahead Tours. The voucher is personal and non-transferable and may be applied towards a future Go Ahead tour and is not exchangeable for cash. The participant is responsible for any additional costs incurred by interrupting the tour including but not limited to the return flight and other transportation costs due to the interruption. Reservation fees, rebooking fees, change fees, late and returned check fees, revision fees, supplemental fees for international deliveries and special arrangement fees are considered Used Fees once incurred and will not be refundable.

  • If Days Prior to Departure is 71 days or more, then Cancellation Fee  (Includes reservation fee) is $ 450
  • If Days Prior to Departure is 70–46 days, then Cancellation Fee  (Includes reservation fee) is 30%
  • If Days Prior to Departure is 45–8 days, then Cancellation Fee  (Includes reservation fee) is 50%
  • If Days Prior to Departure is 7–0 days, then Cancellation Fee  (Includes reservation fee) is 100%

*Percentages listed above are of the total tour cost, including reservation fee. Listed cancellation fee is applicable per traveler.

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Meals Included

9 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 4 Dinners

Age Requirements
No age restrictions
Optional Activities

Extension to The Amazon $899 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

One of South America's most important natural wonders, the Amazon is the biggest forest in the world and home to the single greatest concentration of life on the planet. Hike through a part of this stunning landscape, take a boat ride to an indigenous Yagua village and visit a former Franciscan mission town.

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