This small group tour offers the perfect introduction to Peru and is ideal if you're short on time or looking for a starting point for a more extensive Latin America journey. Explore this fascinating and diverse country's main attractions as you travel from Lima to Cuzco, visiting the tranquil Sacred Valley and legendary Inca citadel of Machu Picchu along the way.

• Lima: 2 nights

• Sacred Valley: 2 nights

• Machu Picchu: 1 night
• Cuzco: 2 nights

8nights Escorted Small Group Tour
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Escorted Small Group Tour
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Day 1: UK to Lima Depart from the UK on your daytime flight to Lima. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. This evening, there's a welcome dinner which offers a great opportunity to get to know the rest of your group and ask your tour leader any questions that you may have about your adventures ahead. Stay: Hotel José Antonio Bellavista (or similar). D.

Day 2: Lima Begin your exploration of the city with a visit to a local market. Equipped with a shopping list of items, you can purchase fresh fish, exotic fruits and colourful vegetables. You can then pick up some culinary tips as you watch a chef from a renowned restaurant cook some traditional dishes. Have a go at recreating them yourself before enjoying a typical Peruvian lunch.

During an afternoon tour of the capital you can admire the striking contrast of Lima’s impressive colonial architecture and pre-Inca ruins which reflect the city’s intriguing history.

Visit the modern districts of Miraflores and San Isidro, stopping to see a huaca – a pre-Inca sacred place, and to admire the fantastic views from the cliff-top Parque del Amor, or ‘Park of Love’.

Continue to the Historic Centre to visit the Plaza de Armas which is home to the Government Palace – the official residence of the president, the Archbishop’s Palace and the beautiful 16th Century baroque cathedral which contains the remains of the conquistador Francisco Pizarro, Lima’s founder. You’ll also visit the Santo Domingo Convent, a striking example of colonial architecture with an ancient crypt. Stay: Hotel José Antonio Bellavista (or similar). B, L.

Day 3: Lima to Sacred Valley Fly to Cuzco and transfer to the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas, also known as the Urubamba Valley. This fertile area was once the heart of the Inca Empire and is home to Inca ruins, colourful markets and small Andean towns. Transfer to your hotel which lies on the banks of the Vilcanota River.

This afternoon, head to your hotel bar for a lesson in crafting traditional pisco sours. Blend Peruvian pisco (grape brandy) with lime juice, egg white, sugar, Angostura bitters and crushed ice before relaxing at the bar with your tasty cocktail. Approx. flight time: 1¼ hours. Stay: Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 4: Sacred Valley Discover colourful culture and beautiful scenery during a full day spent exploring the Sacred Valley. Visit the small town of Pisac and its local market where you can barter for regional products such as alpaca wool, silver jewellery, trinkets and ceramics. Continue to the small town of Ollantaytambo to discover one of Peru's most impressive Incan archaeological sites. Explore the narrow cobbled streets and climb the stone steps on the steep terraces up to the fortress at the top, from where you can enjoy views over the town and valley.

Continue to the ancient Maras salt mines, which were built on the slope of a mountain in Pre-Incan times. An underground spring feeds salt-crusted ponds in terraces that cascade down the valley. You will also visit the huge agricultural terraces of Moray which were built in natural holes in a circular form and resemble a Roman amphitheatre. It is believed that the terraces were used as an agricultural research station by the Incas who wanted to experiment with growing crops in varying conditions. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Stay: Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 5: Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Today is undoubtedly one of the highlights of your tour – a visit to the spectacular ruins of Machu Picchu, the legendary Lost City of the Incas. Transfer to the train station to board the scenic Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes (approx. 1½ hours) which is an experience in itself. Continue on a scenic bus journey, zig-zagging your way through cloud forest to the top of the mountain and Machu Picchu.

Catching your first glimpse of this iconic site is unforgettable and the sweeping Andean landscapes provide a magnificent backdrop for this mysterious citadel that was ‘lost’ to the world until its ‘rediscovery’ by archaeologist Hiram Bingham III in 1911. Take a guided tour of the legendary citadel, a remarkable testimony to the skills of the Inca, and enjoy some free time to explore by yourself, strolling through the cloud forest which is home to orchids, colourful bromeliads, butterflies, and hundreds of bird species including hummingbirds, Andean motmots and endemic species such as the masked fruiteater. Return to Aguas Calientes where you will stop off for lunch at a local restaurant before transferring to your hotel. Stay: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 6: Machu Picchu to Cuzco This morning is at leisure so that you have the opportunity to return to Machu Picchu for further exploration. Your hotel is just a short stroll from Aguas Calientes where you can board a bus for the 20-minute journey to the ruins. If you want to be one of the first at Machu Picchu then it's worth allowing plenty of time and getting to the bus stop by around 5am. You may also be lucky enough to enjoy the enchanting experience of watching the sun rise over Machu Picchu, if it's a clear day.

This afternoon, board the Vistadome train for your journey to Cuzco, the former capital of the great Inca Empire. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Approx. journey time: 4 hours. Stay: Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 7: Cuzco During a city tour you'll discover the highlights of this striking colonial city which was built on the foundations of Inca palaces. Visit the Koricancha Temple – an ancient Inca palace that was built to honour the sun god, Inti – and the Plaza de Armas for a tour of the cathedral which was built using stone from the nearby Inca fortress of Sacsayhuamán.

Enjoy panoramic views of the city from the San Cristobal lookout point before continuing by road to explore remarkable Inca ruins at Sacsayhuamán. It is believed to have taken 20,000 men to cut and transport the huge stones needed to build the fortress – an impressive architectural feat.

Visit the cave and temple of Kenko and the ruins of Puca Pucara which means 'Red Fortress' in Quechua. Admire local artisans creating artwork including paintings, wood carvings and silver pieces at the ‘Inka’s Expression’ workshop. Stay: Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 8: Cuzco to Lima Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima and connecting flight to the UK, arriving the next day. B.


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ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

Ideal for first-time visitors, this introductory small group tour offers a flavour of Peru’s main highlights and includes local experiences.

Good to know

• All departures are guaranteed
• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey)
• Average group size of 10 guests
• A maximum of 16 guests.

What to expect

• Some busy days, travel by bus and train, and changes in climate
• You’ll be visiting altitudes of over 4270 metres above sea level
• Unsuitable for those with walking difficulties
• Temperatures and weather conditions in the Andes vary considerably so we recommend taking clothing layers which can be easily added to or removed
• Luggage allowances on domestic flights vary.

Accommodation on tour

We have hand-picked a selection of quality hotels that are centrally located for sightseeing and exploration. These include characterful boutique-style properties that give you a real sense of the local culture. The charming Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is tucked away in a cloud forest reserve and boasts the world’s largest native orchid collection. The Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel has its own gallery, a small museum and a 17th-Century chapel.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £595

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

Apr 22; May 20; Jun 17; Aug 26; Sep 23

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups and a relaxed approach
• Porterage and guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), or the freedom to explore local restaurants independently
• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £480 per person

Why Kuoni?

Discover Peru’s bucket-list attractions and enjoy local experiences such as a cooking class and pisco sour lesson. We’ve included an overnight stay in Machu Picchu for the chance to revisit the legendary ruins in the morning. This short tour can easily be combined with other Latin America destinations such as Bolivia, the Galapagos, the Amazon rainforest or Argentina and Brazil.

Why Kuoni?