Peru Splendors


  • 8 days

  • Central and South America

  • On the go pace

Tour : SO

From

£1,692 pp

Tour only

Based on 8th Sep 2019

From

£2,545 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on London Gatwick

Overview

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From its amazing archaeological treasures to its gastronomic delights and from its rich history to its melting pot of cultures, Peru offers visitors a wide array of attractions — and on this tour, you’ll experience its highlights. Lima is a cosmopolitan city steeped in history with pre-Columbian ruins, Spanish colonial buildings, and remnants of colonial mansions with lavish, Moorish-style balconies. On your sightseeing tour, you’ll see many of its famous sights, including the San Francisco Monastery. High in the Andes Mountains, Cusco is the oldest continuously inhabited city in South America and is sure to please history buffs. Learn about the Incas’ struggles with the invading Spaniards on your tour of Cusco and visit the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, built in the early 12th century with some stones weighing more than 350 tons. Try to figure out how it was built so precisely without the help of modern machinery and technology! Of course, no holiday to Peru is complete without visiting Machu Picchu. Built around 1450 at the height of the Inca Empire, Machu Picchu is located in a gorgeous mountain setting above the Urubamba Valley. Stand in awe as you witness it. It is one of the most majestic images in South America, if not the world!

Not only will you visit the must-see sights, you’ll also have an opportunity to learn about Peruvian life. Experience a Mother Earth ceremony performed by a local shaman. These ceremonies thanking Mother Earth and asking for good health and safe travels have been practiced in Peru since before the arrival of the Incas. You’ll also stop at a local Peruvian food market and visit a home to meet some of the locals and experience their way of life. Peru tours from Globus offer travellers the best of both worlds: popular attractions and local cultures. Book your trip to Peru now!

Highlights

  • Lima Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit San Francisco Monastery; visit a local Peruvian food market; welcome dinner at a local Peruvian restaurant
  • Sacred Valley Mother Earth Ceremony with a shaman; visit Awanakancha and Pisac; visit Ollantaytambo and a local home for a glimpse into rural Peruvian life
  • Machu Picchu Take the Vistadome train through the Urubamba Valley; sightseeing with a Local Guide and a second entrance to the ruins on your second day in Machu Picchu
  • Cusco Sightseeing with a Local Guide; participate in a celebratory pasacalle (Andean parade); visit the cathedral, Santo Domingo Monastery, Kenko, and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman; farewell dinner

Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners

Lima, Peru

Day
1

Arrive in Lima, where you will be met by your Tour Director.

Lima

Day
2

This afternoon, your Local Guide focuses on the city’s colonial heritage during a walking TOUR. Start at the Plaza de Armas to see the Government Palace and the cathedral. From here, stroll to the venerable SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY with its splendid 17th-century cloister murals. For a special treat, stop at a LOCAL PERUVIAN FOOD MARKET to get a real taste of life for the local people. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at one of Lima’s Peruvian restaurants with your fellow travelling companions.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley

Day
3

Fly to Cusco, the impressive Andean city that was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Head into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where you will have lunch and experience an El Pago a la Tierra, or MOTHER EARTH CEREMONY, performed by a local shaman. These ceremonies, thanking Mother Earth and asking for good health and safe travels, have been practiced in Peru since before the arrival of the Incas. Next, stop at AWANAKANCHA to meet local families who preserve the ancient technique of Pre-Columbian weaving using South American camelid fibres. Here is your chance to get up close to the various camelids, including alpaca, llama, guanaco, and vicuña, indigenous to the region. Continue to PISAC, an old mountain village, where you will have free time to shop its famous market for local wares such as alpaca sweaters and blankets, jewellery, or hand-painted ornamental dishes and vases. Stay in the Sacred Valley tonight, and enjoy a special dinner at the hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

Day
4

This morning, visit the Inca Fortress of OLLANTAYTAMBO, followed by the opportunity to visit a HOME, meet some of the locals, and experience their way of life. Next, board the Vistadome TRAIN for a short journey through the lush Urubamba Valley. Then, transfer to a coach for the ascent to legendary MACHU PICCHU, the “Lost City of the Incas,” high above the steep valley overlaid with dense tropical jungle. Your Local Guide will bring you closer to the lives and mysteries still hidden in these amazing structures built by the Pre-Columbian masters of this sacred land. Tonight, stay at a nearby hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Machu Picchu - Cusco

Day
5

Your entrance to MACHU PICCHU is included for a second day. Enjoy the tranquility of the morning, with free time to wander the ruins at your own pace and experience the magic that is Machu Picchu. After lunch, return to the Sacred Valley by TRAIN and continue on to Cusco.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Cusco

Day
6

This morning, learn more about the Incas and their struggle against invading Spaniards on your Cusco city TOUR, with visits to the imposing CATHEDRAL and the SANTO DOMINGO MONASTERY. A special treat is in store for you when you are greeted by a group of Andean musicians dressed in colourful Inca textiles. They will escort you on a PASACALLE through Cusco while playing traditional music and performing ancient dances—an experience you won’t soon forget! Also visit the semi-circular KENKO amphitheatre with its stone altars and labyrinth of passages, and the TEMPLE OF SACSAYHUAMAN, perched on a hillside overlooking Cusco. It remains unfathomable how and when this fortress of gigantic stones—with some blocks weighing more than 350 tons—was built. The remainder of your day is free to explore at your leisure. Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Cusco - Lima

Day
7

Board a flight to Lima, where the remainder of your afternoon is at leisure to explore the city.

For guests extending their holiday with a Galapagos cruise, transfer to the airport for a flight to Quito.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lima

Day
8

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

2020 departures may be subject to itinerary modifications and full details will be published in August 2019. If we have to modify an itinerary, you will have an opportunity to cancel without penalty. See our full terms and conditions for more details.

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Pre Tour

+5 days Amazon Pre-Tour Extension

Total meals included:

  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Lima, Peru

Day
1

Welcome to Lima!

Lima-Puerto Maldonado-Hacienda Concepcion

Day
2

Fly to Puerto Maldonado. Embark on a motorboat for a journey up the Madre de Dios River to view the exotic wildlife. Arrive at your Amazon Jungle lodge and meet your Naturalist. After settling in, head out with your Naturalist for a walk along nature trails to learn about primary and secondary rainforest. At dusk, take a canoe ride to learn about the Amazonia river ecosystems, nocturnal animals’ behavior, and the southern constellations.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hacienda Concepcion

Day
3

Walk into the Tambopata National Reserve with your Naturalist, then navigate by dugout canoe around Lake Sandoval, a beautiful oxbow lake. Learn about the reserve’s conservation efforts and the animals that inhabit this lake, such as the endangered giant river otters, blue and yellow macaws, red howler monkeys, and black caimans. This afternoon, the Canopy Walkway shows you a different perspective 100 feet above ground. After night falls, your Naturalist introduces you to the nocturnal animals of the Amazon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hacienda Concepcion

Day
4

A short boat ride brings you to a native farm where farmers use ancient methods to grow crops. Learn about local cultivation techniques and taste some of the produce. This afternoon, visit a clay lick to observe wildlife from a blind to observe the normal routine of the fauna without disrupting the environment.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hacienda Concepcion-Puerto Maldonado-Lima

Day
4

Return to Puerto Maldonado and fly to Lima, where the remainder of your day is at leisure and you join Day 1 of the “Peru Splendors” tour.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Post tour

+7 days Galapagos Cruise

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Lima - Quito - Ecuador

Day
1

Fly to Quito, where the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Quito

Day
2

On a city tour, see Independence Square with its cathedral and San Francisco Plaza Church and the Basilica.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Quito - Baltra - Santa Cruz (Embarkation) - Cruising

Day
3

Fly to Baltra and transfer to Santa Cruz Island and the highlands. While here, visit a Tortoise Reserve where giant tortoises are found in their natural habitat. You can also explore lava tubes and pit craters. Board the Galápagos Legend for your 3-night cruise.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruising: Genovesa Island

Day
4

Wake up at Genovesa Island and encounter a small fur seal grotto before taking a walk up Prince Philip’s Steps, where you will see large nesting colonies of Nazca and red-footed boobies. Wedge-rumped storm-petrels can be observed flying in all directions and, if you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of a short-eared Owl. After lunch on board, visit Darwin Bay to observe frigatebirds, red-footed boobies, herons, lava gulls, and many other bird species.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruising: Santa Cruz & Santa Fe Islands

Day
5

Back at Santa Cruz, walk by a brackish lagoon where feeding flamingos are often found. Climb Dragon Hill, an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and Galápagos doves. At Santa Fe, a large sea lion colony greets you on its white-sand beach. Walk through a cactus forest in search of the endemic Santa Fe land iguana, the largest in the islands and distinctively paler. This island is home to a number of endemic species, including the Galápagos hawk, Galápagos snake, a variety of finches, and one of the four species of Galápagos mockingbirds.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruising: Mosquera Islet – Baltra (Disembarkation) – Guayaquil

Day
6

After breakfast, visit Monquera Islet located between North Seymour and Baltra Islands. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions and is an excellent site for observing shorebirds such as herons and lava gulls. Take a dip in the waters and snorkel to see the abundant sea life. Later, fly to Guayaquil, where the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Guayaquil

Day
7

Your tour ends with breakfast today.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners

Lima, Peru

Day
1

Arrive in Lima, where you will be met by your Tour Director.

Lima

Day
2

This afternoon, your Local Guide focuses on the city’s colonial heritage during a walking TOUR. Start at the Plaza de Armas to see the Government Palace and the cathedral. From here, stroll to the venerable SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY with its splendid 17th-century cloister murals. For a special treat, stop at a LOCAL PERUVIAN FOOD MARKET to get a real taste of life for the local people. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at one of Lima’s Peruvian restaurants with your fellow travelling companions.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley

Day
3

Fly to Cusco, the impressive Andean city that was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Head into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where you will have lunch and experience an El Pago a la Tierra, or MOTHER EARTH CEREMONY, performed by a local shaman. These ceremonies, thanking Mother Earth and asking for good health and safe travels, have been practiced in Peru since before the arrival of the Incas. Next, stop at AWANAKANCHA to meet local families who preserve the ancient technique of Pre-Columbian weaving using South American camelid fibres. Here is your chance to get up close to the various camelids, including alpaca, llama, guanaco, and vicuña, indigenous to the region. Continue to PISAC, an old mountain village, where you will have free time to shop its famous market for local wares such as alpaca sweaters and blankets, jewellery, or hand-painted ornamental dishes and vases. Stay in the Sacred Valley tonight, and enjoy a special dinner at the hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

Day
4

This morning, visit the Inca Fortress of OLLANTAYTAMBO, followed by the opportunity to visit a HOME, meet some of the locals, and experience their way of life. Next, board the Vistadome TRAIN for a short journey through the lush Urubamba Valley. Then, transfer to a coach for the ascent to legendary MACHU PICCHU, the “Lost City of the Incas,” high above the steep valley overlaid with dense tropical jungle. Your Local Guide will bring you closer to the lives and mysteries still hidden in these amazing structures built by the Pre-Columbian masters of this sacred land. Tonight, stay at a nearby hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Machu Picchu - Cusco

Day
5

Your entrance to MACHU PICCHU is included for a second day. Enjoy the tranquility of the morning, with free time to wander the ruins at your own pace and experience the magic that is Machu Picchu. After lunch, return to the Sacred Valley by TRAIN and continue on to Cusco.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Cusco

Day
6

This morning, learn more about the Incas and their struggle against invading Spaniards on your Cusco city TOUR, with visits to the imposing CATHEDRAL and the SANTO DOMINGO MONASTERY. A special treat is in store for you when you are greeted by a group of Andean musicians dressed in colourful Inca textiles. They will escort you on a PASACALLE through Cusco while playing traditional music and performing ancient dances—an experience you won’t soon forget! Also visit the semi-circular KENKO amphitheatre with its stone altars and labyrinth of passages, and the TEMPLE OF SACSAYHUAMAN, perched on a hillside overlooking Cusco. It remains unfathomable how and when this fortress of gigantic stones—with some blocks weighing more than 350 tons—was built. The remainder of your day is free to explore at your leisure. Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Cusco - Lima

Day
7

Board a flight to Lima, where the remainder of your afternoon is at leisure to explore the city.

For guests extending their holiday with a Galapagos cruise, transfer to the airport for a flight to Quito.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lima

Day
8

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

2020 departures may be subject to itinerary modifications and full details will be published in August 2019. If we have to modify an itinerary, you will have an opportunity to cancel without penalty. See our full terms and conditions for more details.

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Pre Tour

+5 days Amazon Pre-Tour Extension

Total meals included:

  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Lima, Peru

Day
1

Welcome to Lima!

Lima-Puerto Maldonado-Hacienda Concepcion

Day
2

Fly to Puerto Maldonado. Embark on a motorboat for a journey up the Madre de Dios River to view the exotic wildlife. Arrive at your Amazon Jungle lodge and meet your Naturalist. After settling in, head out with your Naturalist for a walk along nature trails to learn about primary and secondary rainforest. At dusk, take a canoe ride to learn about the Amazonia river ecosystems, nocturnal animals’ behavior, and the southern constellations.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hacienda Concepcion

Day
3

Walk into the Tambopata National Reserve with your Naturalist, then navigate by dugout canoe around Lake Sandoval, a beautiful oxbow lake. Learn about the reserve’s conservation efforts and the animals that inhabit this lake, such as the endangered giant river otters, blue and yellow macaws, red howler monkeys, and black caimans. This afternoon, the Canopy Walkway shows you a different perspective 100 feet above ground. After night falls, your Naturalist introduces you to the nocturnal animals of the Amazon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hacienda Concepcion

Day
4

A short boat ride brings you to a native farm where farmers use ancient methods to grow crops. Learn about local cultivation techniques and taste some of the produce. This afternoon, visit a clay lick to observe wildlife from a blind to observe the normal routine of the fauna without disrupting the environment.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hacienda Concepcion-Puerto Maldonado-Lima

Day
4

Return to Puerto Maldonado and fly to Lima, where the remainder of your day is at leisure and you join Day 1 of the “Peru Splendors” tour.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Post tour

+7 days Galapagos Cruise

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Lima - Quito - Ecuador

Day
1

Fly to Quito, where the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Quito

Day
2

On a city tour, see Independence Square with its cathedral and San Francisco Plaza Church and the Basilica.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Quito - Baltra - Santa Cruz (Embarkation) - Cruising

Day
3

Fly to Baltra and transfer to Santa Cruz Island and the highlands. While here, visit a Tortoise Reserve where giant tortoises are found in their natural habitat. You can also explore lava tubes and pit craters. Board the Galápagos Legend for your 3-night cruise.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruising: Genovesa Island

Day
4

Wake up at Genovesa Island and encounter a small fur seal grotto before taking a walk up Prince Philip’s Steps, where you will see large nesting colonies of Nazca and red-footed boobies. Wedge-rumped storm-petrels can be observed flying in all directions and, if you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of a short-eared Owl. After lunch on board, visit Darwin Bay to observe frigatebirds, red-footed boobies, herons, lava gulls, and many other bird species.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruising: Santa Cruz & Santa Fe Islands

Day
5

Back at Santa Cruz, walk by a brackish lagoon where feeding flamingos are often found. Climb Dragon Hill, an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and Galápagos doves. At Santa Fe, a large sea lion colony greets you on its white-sand beach. Walk through a cactus forest in search of the endemic Santa Fe land iguana, the largest in the islands and distinctively paler. This island is home to a number of endemic species, including the Galápagos hawk, Galápagos snake, a variety of finches, and one of the four species of Galápagos mockingbirds.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruising: Mosquera Islet – Baltra (Disembarkation) – Guayaquil

Day
6

After breakfast, visit Monquera Islet located between North Seymour and Baltra Islands. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions and is an excellent site for observing shorebirds such as herons and lava gulls. Take a dip in the waters and snorkel to see the abundant sea life. Later, fly to Guayaquil, where the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Guayaquil

Day
7

Your tour ends with breakfast today.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Tour only

From

£1,692 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Individual audio system

Tour with flights

From

£2,545 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All airport taxes

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