- Explore charming colonial Cusco
- Visit the scenic Sacred Valley
- Wander through the famous ruins of Machu Picchu
- Visit llamas, flamingos, and condors at an animal sanctuary
- Enjoy a gourmet farm-to-table meal in Ollantaytambo
|Day 1||Welcome to Peru!||Cusco|
|Day 2||Cusco: the Inca heartland||Cusco|
|Day 3||Scenery, culture, and history in the Sacred Valley||Sacred Valley|
|Day 4||Ruins, weavers, and a functioning Inca factory||Chinchero|
|Day 5||Gourmet farm-to-table experience in Ollantaytambo||Aguas Calientes|
|Day 6||Explore Machu Picchu||Cusco|
Day 1: Welcome to Peru!
Welcome to Cusco! Meet your guide around lunchtime at one of the city's finest restaurants, followed by a leisurely walking tour through the town's winding cobblestone streets and graceful plazas. Or, if you need a quieter, more restful afternoon while you acclimate to the high altitude, rest and relax at your historic five-star hotel.
Day 2: Cusco — The Inca Heartland
Known as one of the most beautiful cities in the Americas, Cusco is also rich in history and culture. Spend your morning driving above the town for sweeping views down into the city. Then visit the ceremonial sites of Sacsayhuaman and Qenqo, where pilgrims prepared themselves to arrive in the sacred city in decades past. In the afternoon, explore the vibrant town center, attend a traditional ceramics workshop, indulge in a chocolate-making class, and test your culinary mettle with a cooking lesson where you'll prepare an exquisite dinner and a cocktail to wash it down.
Day 3: Scenery, Culture, and History in the Sacred Valley
On your third morning in Peru, make your way to a private animal rescue sanctuary where you can get up close and personal with flamingos, lynxes, pumas, tapirs, and condors. Don't miss the textile center where you can feed friendly llamas and see the beautiful things local weavers make out of their wool. From here, head onward to a magnificent Inca fortress where a gourmet picnic lunch awaits.
After lunch, explore a famous handicraft market that sprawls through the cobbled streets of tiny Pisac. And then continue onward for a stunningly scenic drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the rural riverside resort where you'll spend the night. Enjoy a massage or spa treatment before turning in.
Day 4: Ruins, Weavers, and a Functioning Inca Factory
Spend your fourth morning visiting local artisans and the region's most charming Spanish colonial church in Chinchero. Take some time to wander through park-like Inca terracing with stunning views of the surrounding hills. Then, make your way to the mysterious, thought-provoking Incan ruins of Moray and the surreal mosaic of dammed natural salt springs at Salineras, which has been operating commercially since Inca times. At the end of the day, relax with a massage or spa treatment at your five-star hotel.
Day 5: Gourmet Farm-to-Table Experience in Ollantaytambo
Wander through the narrow streets and sun-soaked plazas of the Incan village of Ollantaytambo — known for being the best example of Inca irrigation in Peru. Learn about Andean agriculture and some of the area's unique products in an organic market garden and pick some vegetables, which a chef will then whip up into your very own garden gourmet lunch. In the afternoon, board a train for a scenic ride to Aguas Calientes where you'll spend the night in another five-star hotel.
Day 6: Explore Machu Picchu
An early start will reward you with a stunning sunrise over Machu Picchu — an unforgettable experience for anyone. The spectacular stone city of Machu Picchu, surrounded by remarkably steep, green mountains, needs no introduction and is deservedly considered one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Your trip leader will take you on a guided tour — an essential start to help orient you in this massive site — and then you’ll have plenty of time to explore the ruins and some of the surrounding peaks on your own. Later, enjoy another gourmet dinner on the luxury Hiram Bingham train back to Cusco.
Day 7: Departure
Spend your last day in Cusco exploring the markets, relaxing at a spa, shopping in the colorful boutiques, and admiring the charming colonial architecture before catching your flight and heading home.