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Treasures of Peru

With Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca

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Tour membership limited to 12-24 guests
11 days from $3,749 total price from Miami

($3,195 air & land inclusive plus $554 airline taxes
and departure fees)

A land of treasures archaeological, cultural, and natural, Peru draws those eager to learn about the distant past – and encounter a fascinating present of colonial and indigenous influences. As our small group takes in some of the country’s highlights – Cuzco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca – we marvel at the riches of an intriguing land somewhat off the beaten path.

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Lima, Peru We depart today for the Peruvian capital. Upon arrival tonight we transfer directly to our hotel.

Day 2: Lima We meet our Odysseys Unlim­ited Tour Director and fellow travelers at this morning’s briefing about the journey ahead, then embark on a tour of colonial Lima. A highlight is our visit to treasured Casa Aliaga, one of the oldest homes in Lima (circa 1535), with a rich architectural heritage and a collection of Peruvian art and artifacts. Given the land by his friend conquistador Francisco Pizarro, Jeronimo de Aliaga, one of Lima’s founders, built the home that has been continuously occupied by his descendants ever since, some 18 generations. Next we tour Larco Herrera Museum, whose ceramics collection (including a renowned set of erotic pre-Columbian figures) is unparalleled. We enjoy a welcome lunch at the museum; dinner tonight is on our own. B,L

Day 3: Lima/Cuzco/Sacred Valley This morning we transfer to the airport for the brief flight to Cuzco. Upon arrival we visit the sacred sites of Koricancha and Santo Domingo then continue on to the beautiful Sacred Valley, a region of Inca sites and indigenous villages. We stop at the colorful Indian market at Pisac before reaching our hotel mid-afternoon. Tonight we attend a native ceremony, Offering to the Earth, then dine together. B,L,D

Day 4: Sacred Valley Today’s tour begins with a visit to the Incan farming town of Chincheros, set on a broad plateau presided over by a snow-capped mountain. Here residents live much as their ancestors did, wearing traditional clothing and conducting business and local government by traditional means. They also weave as their ancestors did, as we see at a demonstration of this traditional craft. After lunch we visit Ollantaytambo, a living town and site of massive Incan ruins that still inspire wonder today. We return to our hotel late this afternoon and dine there tonight. B,L,D

Day 5: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes Early this morning we board a train for the 1½-hour journey to Aguas Calientes, where after lunch we board a bus for Machu Picchu and our first guided visit of the stunning “Lost City of the Incas.” Thanks to its small size, our group will move nimbly through the ruins and have the leisure to absorb the beauty and mystery of this site whose original purpose has been lost to time. B,L,D

Day 6: Machu Picchu/Cuzco This morning before the crowds of day trippers arrive we take our second guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage site, when the early morning sun bathes the stones in a haunting, evocative light. After lunch in Aguas Calientes, we return to Cuzco, arriving early evening. Dinner tonight is on our own. B,L

Day 7: Cuzco After a morning at leisure, we set out on a tour of the archaeological hub of the Americas, the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city, and UNESCO World Heritage site. Dynamic and historic, Cuzco is rich with the legacies of its Inca and Spanish forebears. We stop at the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, the still beautiful “House of the Sun,” an Incan masterpiece, then enjoy lunch in the home of a gracious Cuzco family. B,L

Day 8: Cuzco/Puno This morning we depart for the day-long journey by coach to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. As we travel through the rugged snow-capped Andes dotted with small villages and herds of llama and alpaca, we make several stops along the way: Andahuaylillas, an attractive village known for its lovely 17th-century church; the ruins at Raqchi, once the holiest site in the Incan empire; La Raya, perched on Peru’s altiplano (high plain) and home to the Llama and Alpaca Research Center; and the ceramics center of Pucara. We reach our hotel on the shores of Esteves Island on Lake Titicaca late this afternoon; it’s a short distance to the center of Puno from our hotel. B,L

Day 9: Puno/Lake Titicaca We spend the day exploring the fascinating life of Lake Titicaca, South America’s largest lake and at 12,500 feet above sea level, among the world’s highest navigable lakes. Up here the air is clearer, the colors sharper, and the horizon farther. By boat we visit the Floating Island of Los Uros, where the top-hatted Uros people live on “islands” made of the reeds that grow in the lake’s shallows; in fact, the Uros rely on these reeds for their boats, the small huts in which they live, household items, and the handcrafts they sell to visitors. We also visit Isla Taquile, known for the high quality textiles crafted by the indigenous people who live here; sales of their textiles support the self-sustaining Taquilenos. On our visit, we see the men in their signature woven woolen caps with floppy earpieces, and women in tailored waistcoats and multi-layered skirts. We also witness the breath­taking natural beauty surrounding us, with Bolivia’s snow-capped Cordillera range a striking backdrop to the deep blue of Lake Titicaca. Tonight we celebrate our Peruvian adventure at a farewell dinner at our hotel. B,L,D

Day 10: Puno/Lima/Depart for U.S. This morning we visit the mysterious burial towers (chullpas) at Sillustani overlooking Lake Umayo. After lunch we transfer to the airport for the flight to Lima, where we check into our day rooms at an airport hotel. Late this evening we depart on our flight to the U.S. B,L

Day 11: Arrive U.S. We arrive in the U.S. this morning and connect with our return flight home.

Please note: This trip involves considerable walking uphill, on uneven terrain, and at sites of ancient ruins. You should be in good physical condition to enjoy the tour to the fullest. In addition, the high altitude of Lake Titicaca (12,500 feet) and Cuzco (11,150 feet) could pose problems for travelers with certain health conditions. You should consult with your physician if you have concerns.

Included

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
  • 9 nights’ accommodations in Superior First Class and First Class hotels
  • 22 meals: 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all ­entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)

Dates & Prices

2015 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

 
Jan 12
Feb 16
Nov 16
Nov 30
Mar 9
Mar 23
Oct 14
Oct 19
Nov 2
Apr 27
May 11
Jun 1
Aug 24
Sep 14
Sep 23
Sep 30
Miami $3,749 $3,949 $4,049
Orlando, Tampa $4,049 $4,249 $4,349
Atlanta, Balt, Boston,
Char, Chicago, Cinc,
Cleveland, Houston,
Minneapolis, New York,
Philadelphia, Wash, DC
$4,149 $4,349 $4,449
Dallas, Denver, Detroit,
Los Ang, Phoe, Port (OR),
San Francisco, Seattle
$4,249 $4,449 $4,549

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees of $554, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

Single travelers please add $995. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days prior to departure. All 2015 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees) are guaranteed.

Business Class upgrade on round-trip international flight: $1,795 per person from Miami

Accommodations

  • Casa Andina Private Collection, Lima / Days 1-2 / Superior First Class

    Situated in the heart of the Miraflores district, Casa Andina Private Collection houses the works of local artisans and combines both traditional Peruvian architecture and several modern amenities. Renovated in 2008, the hotel offers a restaurant, café, and bar; fitness center; spa with massage, sauna, and beauty salon; indoor pool; Internet access; and laundry service. Air-conditioned guest rooms boast private bath with hair dryer, safety deposit box, coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

  • Sonesta Posada del Inca, Sacred Valley / Days 3-4 / First Class

    Located in the middle of the Sacred Valley, this former monastery maintains its traditional colonial style surrounded by beautiful gardens. Hotel features include a restaurant, laundry service, and internet access. Guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

  • Inkaterra Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu / Day 5 / Superior First Class

    Tropical gardens laced with lush plantings, stone paths, and small water features surround this 83-room, Andean-style hotel. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, café, and bar; spa; outdoor pool and hot tub, internet access; laundry and dry cleaning services; and gift shop. Individually decorated guest rooms feature wood furniture designed and handmade by local artisans, as well as private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

  • Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel , Cuzco / Days 6-7 / Superior First Class

    This historic 254-room hotel incorporates 16th-century Pizarro’s Palace and a modern addition in Spanish Colonial design. It is well located in the heart of the city, just two blocks from the main square, and offers a restaurant, café, and bar; fitness center with Jacuzzi; Internet access; and laundry and dry cleaning services. All rooms have private bath with hair dryer, air conditioning, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

  • Hotel Libertador Puno, Puno (Lake Titicaca) / Days 8-9 / First Class

    Situated on the shores of Esteves Island in Lake Titicaca, Hotel Libertador Puno stands five minutes from downtown Puno and connects to the mainland by a causeway. This 123-room hotel has a restaurant, café, fitness center with sauna and Jacuzzi, laundry service, gift shop, and Internet access. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

  • Costa del Sol Peru, Lima / Extension / First Class

    Opened in 2007 and located at the Lima International Airport, the 130-room Costa del Sol Peru features woodwork and walls bearing the coats of arms of Lima and Pizarro Larcomar. The hotel has a restaurant serving both local and international cuisine, a bar, Internet access, gift shop, laundry and dry cleaning services, fitness center, spa, hair salon, and indoor pool. Each air-conditioned room offers private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

  • Ceiba Tops Lodge & Resort, Iquitos / Extension / Superior First Class

    This secluded 74-room jungle lodge is situated about 45 minutes down the Amazon River from Iquitos. Lodge facilities include an indoor/outdoor dining room, bar and patio with hammocks, and swimming pool. All units are air-conditioned with full private bath with hot water, twin beds, lights, fan, window screens and rainforest or Amazon River view.

  • Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.

Extension

Post-Tour Extension

Amazon Rainforest

4 days/4 nights for $1,097 total price
($995 air & land inclusive plus $102 airline taxes and departure fees)
Single Supplement: $235

Discover the Amazon’s amazing flora, fauna, and even villages on this exceptional – and comfortable – tour.

Your Tour Price Includes

  • Round-trip air transportation Lima/Iquitos
  • 4 nights’ accommodations: 1 night in Lima at Costa del Sol Peru (First Class); 3 nights in the jungle at Ceiba Tops Lodge & Resort (Superior First Class)
  • 11 meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing, including guided Canopy Walkway tour and visit with ribereños (Amazon river people)
  • Fully escorted by an Amazon-born naturalist guide as your Odysseys Unlimited representative
  • Private vehicle transportation
  • Gratuities for dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

Please note that guests on extension will overnight in Lima on Day 10.

Land only guests: $1,395 total price 

Please see the Accommodations tab for hotel information.

Small Group Tour Highlights

  • Lima touring including historic Casa Aliaga
  • Visit to Larco Herrera Museum
  • Historic Cuzco
  • Cuzco’s Incan ruins
  • Sacred Valley touring
  • Visit to Indian market in Pisac
  • Lunch in the home of a Cuzco family
  • Two guided visits to ruins at Machu Picchu
  • Scenic drive from Cuzco to Lake Titicaca
  • Full-day tour of Lake Titicaca
  • Chance to visit Amazon on optional extension

What people are saying about us

“This trip was a test for us to see if we could match our experiences with independent travel. The tour exceeded our expectations … We’ll be back.”

Mrs. Dwight Pounds
Bowling Green, KY

 

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