Lifestyle Tours presents…
Peru: Ancient Land of Mysteries
with Optional 3-Night Peruvian Amazon Post Tour Extension
March 23 – April 1, 2019
10 Days ● 16 Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Book by Sept. 24th, 2018 & Save $250 Per Person:
Double $5,399; Double $5,149*
Single $6,349; Single $6,099
Triple $5,349; Triple $5,099
For bookings made after Sep 24, 2018 call for rates.
Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Evansville Regional Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers
Not included in price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $315 per person
Alternate gateways available upon request.
* All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change, based on air inclusive package from EVV
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Collette’s Flagship: Collette’s tours open the door to a world of amazing destinations. Marvel at must-see sights, sample regional cuisine, stay in centrally located hotels and connect with new and captivating cultures. These itineraries offer an inspiring and easy way to experience the world, where an expert guide takes care of all the details.
- Learn centuries-old Andean textile methods at a living museum.
- Explore the colorful markets of Peru, including the famous Pisac village market.
- Discover the artist’s techniques and designs at Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio.
- Venture through the Andes in a domed train to Machu Picchu.
- Spend the afternoon with a guide uncovering the mysteries of Machu Picchu.
- Discover Lima's fascinating history during a tour of the city center.
- Enjoy a culinary demonstration at your hotel at the base of Machu Picchu.
- Savor an authentic Pachamanca dinner where food is cooked in the ground.
- Delight in a home hosted farm-to-table lunch at a local Quechua community.
Highlights: Lima, Culinary Tasting Experiences, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Local Andean Cultures, Ollantaytambo Ruins, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Choice on Tour, Lake Titicaca, Uros Floating Islands, HomeHosted Lunch, Larco Museum
Day 1: Saturday, March 23, 2019 Lima, Peru - Tour Begins Welcome to Peru, one of the treasures of South America. Travel through this intriguing land visiting some of the world’s most legendary sites, including Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas." Arrive late this evening in Lima, the "City of Kings."
Day 2: Sunday, March 24, 2019 Lima Discover Lima’s fascinating history during a tour through the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the artwork at San Francisco Monastery and enter the catacombs. View the Government Center, the elegant Cathedral at Plaza de Armas, an abundance of colonial architecture, and the fashionable suburbs of San Isidro and Miraflores for insight into the daily life of the Limeños. Then it’s on to your exclusive visit in the Archbishop’s Palace to witness the changing of the guard. This evening, get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner featuring Peruvian dishes and drinks; you will quickly discover why Peru has been named the world’s top food travel destination four years in a row. (B, D)
Day 3: Monday, March 25, 2019 Lima - Cuzco - Sacred Valley of the Incas Fly to Cuzco, in the heart of the Inca civilization. Journey through the Andes to the majestic Sacred Valley of the Incas, the agricultural center of their grand empire. Learn the centuries-old methods of spinning, dyeing and weaving traditional textiles during a visit to Awana Kancha, a living museum of the Peruvian Andes. After a short lesson on the local language, stop in Pisac village to browse the colorful handicraft market. Settle in this evening at your hotel nestled in the heart of the Sacred Valley. The rest of the evening is yours…perhaps you’ll take this opportunity to discover your hotel’s planetarium to gaze at the stars. (B)
Day 4: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Sacred Valley of the IncasOllantaytambo- Sacred Valley of the Incas This morning, visit the spectacular Ollantaytambo ruins, the only Incan settlement that has been continually inhabited since its inception. A uniquely terraced complex topped with carved stone panels, these ruins reflect ancient Incan architecture and heritage. Then, head to the Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio where you’ll get first-hand knowledge of this internationally renowned artist's techniques and designs, inspired by ancient Peruvian cultures. Experience the lifestyle of the modern Andean people and delve into their culture when you travel to a nearby Quechua community and interact with the locals. You’ll get a true taste of their daily life when participating in small group workshops that teach you traditional methods of growing, harvesting and weaving. Celebrate their culture as you learn their dances and listen to their musical instruments before enjoying a home-hosted farm-totable lunch featuring local specialties. Tonight, savor an authentic Pachamanca dinner, a unique process where food is placed on hot stones and buried in the ground to cook. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Sacred Valley of the Incas - Machu Picchu Climb aboard the Machu Picchu Vistadome train for breathtaking views through domed windows as you ride through the Andes to the “Lost City of the Incas.” Hidden by mountains and semitropical jungle, Machu Picchu is considered the most spectacular sight in South America. Spend the afternoon with your guide uncovering the mysteries of these majestic ruins. Tonight, stay at the base of Machu Picchu for a chance to further soak up its atmosphere. Enjoy an exclusive culinary demonstration before enjoying an award-winning tasting menu at your resort. (B, D)
Day 6: Thursday, March 28, 2019 Machu Picchu - Cuzco With leisure time this morning you may take an optional tour to return to Machu Picchu and view the sunrise or explore the local markets in Aguas Calientes on your own. Return by Vistadome train to the Sacred Valley. Visit the Sacred Valley Brewing Company, a nonprofit brewery created to support a local orphanage. Taste these Andeaninspired craft beers and learn about their drive to support their community before continuing to Cuzco, a city that blends Inca and Spanish colonial influences. (B)
Day 7: Friday, March 29, 2019 Cuzco This morning it’s your choice! Follow a local guide on a walking tour of the city from your hotel or choose to board your coach for a comprehensive tour of the city’s main sites. Both tours will take you on a journey through this former capital of the Incan Empire to experience the architectural legacy visible in the Cathedral, Santo Domingo and Plaza de Armas, and the central market. Enjoy the afternoon to explore Cuzco on your own. Later, gather together and travel above the city to discover the important sacred Incan ruins of Sacsayhuaman Fortress. Enjoy a toast at sunset while overlooking the city before returning to the heart of Cuzco where you are treated to an authentic dinner highlighting local flavors. (B, D)
Day 8: Saturday, March 30, 2019 Cuzco - Puno This morning, fly to Puno, hugging the shores of Lake Titicaca. Known as the birthplace of the Inca Empire, ancient legends say that life began here. Have time to meet the locals and discover the history of this region as you explore the village center before checking into your lakeside hotel. Tonight, enjoy an evening at leisure. (B)
Day 9: Sunday, March 31, 2019 Uros Floating Islands - Las Chullpas de Sillustani - Lake Titicaca The Titicaca area, steeped in tradition and folklore, is the center of Incan legends. Enjoy a morning cruise to the floating islands of the Uros people of Lake Titicaca. Experience walking on the spongy surface made from compacted beds of tortora reeds and meet the locals, learning about their history and lifestyle. Later, mingle with some local residents during an authentic home-hosted lunch where you’ll taste regional specialties and engage in lively conversation. In the afternoon, visit the mystical Chullpas de Sillustani – an archaeological area boasting 13th-century funerary monuments. Participate in a local home visit to gain insight into daily life. (B, L)
Day 10: Monday, April 1, 2019 Puno - Lima - Tour Ends As your tour comes to a close, spend the morning relaxing on the shores of Lake Titicaca before flying to Lima. Upon arrival we head to the Larco Museum, a former mansion built on the site of a preColumbian temple. The museum offers a collection of over 3,000 years of ceramic, textile, and precious metal artifacts. After this incredible trip through history, your tour concludes with a sumptuous farewell dinner on the grounds of the museum. Then we depart for Lima’s airport and your connecting flight home. (B, D)
Itinerary at a glance
Days 1, 2 El Pardo Doubletree by Hilton, Lima
Days 3, 4 Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley, Sacred Valley
Day 5 Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel, Machu Picchu
Days 6, 7 Hilton Garden Inn Cusco, Cuzco
Days 8, 9 Libertador Lake Titicaca, Puno
On some dates alternate hotels may be used.
Experience It! Machu Picchu
Few places can actually be called a “lost city.” Yet, Machu Picchu remained undiscovered by the Spanish Conquistadors and unknown to the outside world until 1911. Today, travelers like you come from around the globe to experience the most spectacular sight on the South American continent. Built at the height of the Inca Empire, this classic archeological treasure continues to intrigue researchers. Venture through the mountains and semi-tropical jungle during a spectacular train ride. After a day exploring, overnight at a luxury hotel for the chance to spend a second day at this ultimate bucket-list locale. Perhaps you will see something no one else has. Can you unlock Machu Picchu’s mysteries?
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