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Peruvian Highlights via Luxury Train and Plane

Pie Experiences / Peruvian Highlights via Luxury Train and Plane

Peruvian Highlights via Luxury Train and Plane

$8199

per person

Looking for a culturally rich adventure? Let us guide you through the most beautiful and historic travel locations in Peru! Our unforgettable Inca experience will take you to Lima, Peru’s sprawling mega-capital. Explore Arequipa, the enchanting white city, where Mount Misti looms above the city at staggering heights and lose yourself in the breathtaking views of the Colca canyon where the condors soar through the air around you. Discover Cusco, the capital of the Inca empire and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Enjoy a magical journey to Machu Picchu on the pure vintage luxury Belmond Hiram Bingham train and discover Machu Picchu, allowing yourself to be transported back in time to the civilization which had such an effect on the world. Treat yourself to exclusive lodging and activities in the heart of the rainforest where you can relax among some of the most biodiverse surroundings on the planet. Enjoy the mysticism offered by the beautiful Peruvian andean highlands onboard South America´s first luxury sleeper train and discover the world’s highest navigable lake. Most importantly, inspire yourself and create memories that will last forever with this trip ofa lifetime.

 

Highlights of the Peru Highlights tour:

On this fabulous Peru highlights tour, you will experience the very best that this diverse country has to offer, travelling in style all the way!

Travel back in time in Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca empire.

Enjoy pure luxury aboard the Hiram Bingham train, and explore the awe-inspiring citadel of Machu Picchu.

Explore the charming “white city” of Arequipa, one of the off the beaten track highlights of Peru.

Delve into the wilds of the Amazon, and observe the fabulous wildlife from your very own private bungalow.

Travel in the utmost comfort aboard South America’s first luxury sleeper train.

Visit the spectacular Lake Titicaca, and discover the traditional cultures that live on its islands.

Itinerary Overview:

Click through to “Tour Plan” to see the full itinerary for the Peru Highlights.

Day 1 | Lima

Begin your Peruvian adventure in the “SoHo of Lima”, trendy Barranco! Peek into art galleries hidden away inside the faded grandeur of colonial mansions, and hunt for unique treasures in smart vintage boutiques.

Day 2 | Lima to Cusco

Spend the morning wandering Barranco before your flight to Cusco. Once the heart of the Incan Empire, Cusco is a fascinating mix of colonial charm and ancient mystery. Explore the city with your expert guide, before heading up to the nearby archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay.

Day 3 | Sacred Valley

Travel back in time with a fascinating daytrip to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit the breathtaking mountain top ruins in Pisaq, enjoy a lunch of traditionally cultivated food in Urubamba, before exploring the ruined fortress of Ollantaytambo, one of the few places where the Incas managed to drive off the Spanish.

Day 4 | Machu Picchu

Depart Cusco for Machu Picchu aboard the luxurious Hiram Bingham train, and enjoy a three-course brunch accompanied by Peruvian wine. Arrive into Machu Picchu in the early afternoon when most of the groups have started to leave, and explore the breath taking citadel with your expert guide before returning to Cusco by train in the evening.

Day 5 | Cusco to the Amazon

Fly from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado, where you will board a boat and sail into the million hectare Tambopata National Reserve. Here, in one of the most biodiverse places on the planet, you can observe local wildlife from the idyllic setting of your private bungalow.

Day 6 | The Amazon

Spend the morning climbing a canopy observation tower to visit the diverse wildlife that inhabit the treetop level. Next, kayak along the Amazon river to look for creatures above and below the water, or spend the afternoon visiting a local farm. In the evening, you can embark on a night walk to discover frogs, insects, and other nocturnal creatures.

Day 7 | The Amazon to Cusco

Enjoy your last morning of waking up to the sounds of the rainforest, before travelling by boat back to Puerto Maldonado for your flight to Cusco.

Day 8 | Cusco to Puno

Leave Cusco for Puno aboard the Belmond Andean Explorer, South America’s first luxury sleeper. Travel along one of the highest train routes in the world, taking in breathtaking scenery and savoring carefully crafted Andean specialties in the utmost comfort.

Day 9 | Lake Titicaca to Arequipa

Catch the sunrise at Lake Titicaca before embarking on a boat trip to visit the traditional islands of Taquile and Uros. Admire the ancient techniques that the people of Uros use to craft their islands out of reeds, and browse for unique handcrafts on Taquile. In the evening, board your luxury train once more to continue your journey to the gorgeous city of Arequipa.

Day 10 | Arequipa

Spend the morning visiting the spellbinding, azure blue Lake Lagunillas, and the prehistoric paintings in Sumbay Caves. Enjoy a final lunch aboard the train as your travel to Arequipa, and spend your evening wandering the streets of Peru’s most beautiful city at your own pace.

Day 11 | Arequipa

With its charming colonial buildings and surrounded by volcanoes, Arequipa is undoubtedly a Peruvian highlight! Discover the UNESCO World Heritage city centre with a private walking tour.

Day 12 | Arequipa to Lima

Private transfer to Arequipa airport for your flight back to Lima. Return home full of amazing memories of your Peru highlights tour!

  • Departure
    Lima
  • Include
    Activities described in the itinerary
    Meals
    Tour guide
    Accommodation
    Entries
    Transport
    Domestic flights
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    Tips
    Travel Insurance
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Day One : Welcome to Peru

Hotel B Barranco, Peru Upon your arrival in the beautiful colonial city of Lima, a professional driver will welcome you and escort you from the airport to your designated accommodation. Your hotel will be located in the heart of Barranco, a district of Lima considered to be the city’s most romantic and bohemian. This area is home to many of Peru’s leading artists, musicians, designers, and photographers. After the experiences of your first day of travel, enjoy the night in Lima.
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Day Two : Cuzco, the capital of the Inca empire

After enjoying a night in Lima, take the morning to explore Barranco. With colorful art deco buildings, picturesque parks and numerous eateries you will have no problem enjoying its leafy streets. If time permits be sure to follow the historic Bajada de los Baños, a historic pathway that leads to the water’s edge. Later in the afternoon you will depart for Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire, where in the afternoon you will depart on an informative city tour of Cusco, with highlights including exploring the Inca fortresses Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay, once a spa area for the Incas. You’ll also be able to visit the Cathedral located in the Plaza de Armas.
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Day Three : The sacred valley of the Incas

After breakfast, you will meet your guide to depart for a private tour of the Sacred Valley. Admire the stunning views of the impressive Vilcanota River as you make your way to the village of Pisac. Known for its historic mountain top archeological ruins, this culturally rich community is also famous for its vivid artisanal market. Continuing on you’ll wind through the Sacred Valley, passing through scenic towns, terraced Inca platforms, and many extensive prairies where fields of Inca white corn still sway in the wind. Once in Urubamba you will have lunch, then continue to the charming village of Ollantaytambo where you will have time to wander amongst the ancient ruins. Before heading back to your accommodation in Cuzco, you’ll stop one last time at Chinchero, the most typical Andean town in the Sacred Valley. Its inhabitants live in almost untouched Incan constructions preserving the traditions of their ancestors who formed the greatest and most prosperous civilization in the Americas.
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Day Four: A magical journey to Machu Picchu

After enjoying a tranquil night in Cusco, a driver will greet you at your hotel and escort you to the train station of Poroy. Traveling on the Hiram Bingham train will assures a magical journey, never to be forgotten. Named after the explorer who rediscovered the Inca citadel, the train is pure vintage luxury. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine as you make your way into the Sacred Valley, feasting on a delightful three-course brunch accompanied by a selection of Peruvian wines. After the ride you will be rested and ready to explore Machu Picchu. A late morning arrival enables you to explore this wonder of the world with a guide when most other visitors are starting to leave. You will leave no stone unturned as you learn about the ancient city and its rediscovery in 1911. After the guided visit of Machu Picchu and with an enigmatic day behind you, you will make your way to the train station where you will catch the Hiram Bingham train to Poroy. Enjoy a four-course Andean-inspired gourmet meal and visit the bar car for drinks and dancing with music provided by a traditional Peruvian live band. Upon your arrival in Poroy a driver will greet you at the train station, and you will be transported to your hotel in Cuzco.
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Day Five : Beginning of your jungle experience

Say goodbye to Cusco as you start your journey to Puerto Madonaldo, the capital of the Madre de Dios Region. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and transferred to our Puerto Maldonado headquarters before embarking on a short drive to the Tambopata River port. Boarding a boat, take in the scenery as you enter the 1.3 million hectare Tambopata National Reserve. Disembark at Amazon Villa, your exclusive private bungalow in the heart of the rainforest where you can relax among some of the most bio diverse surroundings on the planet. Enjoy views of a beautiful garden backed by majestic primary rainforests, and watch for monkeys and hundreds of exotic birds. Settle in to your bungalow; later enjoying a romantic dinner featuring delicious Peruvian cuisine.
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Day Six : The canopy tower

Awake to the wild sounds of the jungle and prepare for a day of exploration with an energizing breakfast.  After a delightful start to your day discover the complexity of the rainforest whilst climbing a 30 metre Canopy Tower. With an experienced guide look for and identify colorful toucans, parrots, jacamars, trogons and other rainforest wildlife. Continue exploring the wonders of the Peruvian Amazon as you quietly kayak or paddleboard along the edge of a river flanked by majestic rainforest and diverse fauna. Take a dip in the river to cool off before returning for lunch. In the afternoon take some time to relax in your bungalow or visit a small farm where a variety of plants are grown for food, decorations, and medicinal properties. Watch the sunset and reminisce on the day’s adventures as you dine in your bungalow. Turn in early or if you wish, a guide will take you on night walk through the jungle so you can experience the bizarre and beautiful frogs, insects, and other animals that are most active at night.
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Day Seven : Welcome back to the capital of the Inca empire

Cherish one last morning of waking up in a jungle paradise with a healthy breakfast. Soak in the beauty as you pack your bags before retracing your steps by water and land to the Puerto Maldonado headquarters.  A private transfer will be waiting to escort you to the airport to continue your travels or head home after your great Peruvian adventure. From the airport in Puerto Maldonado, you will depart for Cusco, the capital of the Inca empire. Upon your arrival in the former capital of the Inca Empire, a driver will welcome you and transfer you from the airport to your designated accommodation.
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Day Eight : The Peruvian highlands onboard South America´s first luxury sleeper train

After a good night's rest and accordingly based on your train schedule, your guide and a professional driver will meet you at your hotel in Cuzco and will drive you to the train station. Travelling the Peruvian Highlands with a touch of class is offered in abundance by the newly launched Belmond Andean Explorer. South America´s first luxury sleeper train will glide through one of the world’s highest train routes, taking you on a two night journey of incomparable delights. You will board the Andean Explorer in Cusco, once the capital of the inimitable Incan Empire. Sink into indulgence to the sound of a medium grand piano as you start in the direction of Puno. Lunch will be served from a menu crafted by chefs from Belmond´s own Hotel Monasterio, one of the most luxurious hotels in Cusco. Savour refined Andean specialties blended with distinct contemporary flair as you arrive at your first stop, the Incan control point of Raqchi. A place of immense cultural depth, you will see first hand how the ancient Empire once demonstrated their prowess. Return to your new lodgings for a tea time refresher, perfect for watching the sun set over the spectacular La Raya mountain range, where peaks reach over 18,000 feet. End your day by preparing for a dinner of upmost elegance before seeing the evening out with an expertly crafted cocktail in the train´s sumptuous Observation Car. Debrief over your first full day in elegance with new friends and a drink in hand.
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Day Nine : Catch the sunrise over the lake Titicaca

Awake to your second day in time to catch the sunrise over Lake Titicaca, the largest of its kind in South America. After breakfast you will be taking a traditional boat ride out to the Uros Islands, a feat of mankind made entirely from woven reeds. Your tour of the lake will continue via the Taquile island, a place barely touched by time as its 2000 inhabitants work hard to maintain traditional Quecha customs. Lunch will be served on a private beach on the shore of the great lake, backdropped by demonstrations of traditional dance and artisan crafting. Your day of exploring new cultures will be rewarded with tea as the train starts toward the White City of Arequipa. You will pull in for the night as dinner and cocktails are served, before retiring for a third and final day of Andean delights.
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Day Ten : Welcome to Arequipa

On day three you will start with breakfast and a visit to the spellbinding Lake Lagunillas, with its rugged scenery and azure blue waters. Then, prepare to be taken back in time upon visiting the Sumbay Caves, where interior wall paintings are estimated to be 8000 years old. A final lunch will be served as you return to Arequipa, where you will disembark for your transfer to your hotel in the White City. We wish you remarkable and treasured memories from your time on the Andean Explorer.
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Day Eleven : Arequipa, the enchanting white city

Take advantage of this morning to explore Arequipa at your own pace. Stunning colonial buildings made of pearly sillar stone vie for attention with the surrounding volcanoes and snow-capped peaks of the western Andes. Arequipa is home to Peru’s gastronomic renaissance and is the premier place to experience traditional food with a modern twist better known as Novoandina (New Andean cuisine). At around 1:30 p.m. you will depart on a private tour of the city. Highlights include viewing landmarks such as the Santa Catalina Monastery and the delightful houses and buildings surrounding the main square. As you experience the city, it is impossible not to marvel at the spectacular views of Mount Misti, an active volcano towering above Arequipa at 5800 meters. After your tour, you may return to your hotel for the night or continue to enjoy all that this beautiful city has to offer.
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Day Twelve : Wonderful memories

In the morning your guide and a professional driver will greet you at your accommodation in Arequipa and will escort you to the airport. From the airport in Arequipa, the white city, you will depart for Lima, the capital of Peru. Although it will be difficult to leave such a beautiful and unique place, you can take with you the wonderful memories of the experiences and adventures that you have had in Peru.

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