Saturday, March 4 to Monday, March 13, 2017
Peru: Ancient Land of Mysteries featuring Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca
Fantastic archeological treasures set amidst the soaring Andean peaks — this can only be Peru. Travel to Machu Picchu aboard the famed Vistadome train. Spend a night at the base of this “Lost City of the Incas” in a luxury hotel and enjoy an exclusive culinary demonstration. Explore Andean art forms and the local way of life from ancient times through present day during your stay in the Sacred Valley. Immerse yourself in Cuzco, a city that blends Inca and Spanish colonial influences. Discover the exquisite Peruvian cuisine that combines diverse native ingredients and indigenous dishes with international culinary influences. Discover Lima’s colonial heritage and see why the “City of Kings” is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Day 1: Sat., March 4 – Fly from Pearson International Airport to Lima with a change of planes in Miami.
Lima, Peru - Tour Begins. Welcome to Peru, one of the treasures of South America. The enduring cultures and breathtaking beauty of the Andes await. 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: Sun., March 5 – 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. This evening, get to know your fellow travelers at a dinner showcasing Peru’s delicious cuisine and festive entertainment. (B, D)
Day 3: Mon., March 6 - 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. A visit to Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio teaches you about this internationally renowned artist’s techniques and designs, inspired by ancient Peruvian cultures. Settle in this evening at your hotel nestled in the heart of the Sacred Valley. (B, D)
Day 4: Tues., March 7 - Sacred Valley of the Incas - Ollantaytambo - Sacred Valley of the Incas
Experience the lifestyle of the modern Andean people and delve into their culture when you travel to a nearby community and interact with the locals. This afternoon, visit the spectacular Ollantaytambo ruins, the only Inca settlement that has been continually inhabited since its inception. A unique terraced complex topped with carved stone panels, these ruins reflect ancient Incan architecture and heritage. Do as the locals do and enjoy a tasting of “chicha,” a unique regional drink made from maize, at a local pub. (B)
Day 5: Wed., March 8 - Sacred Valley of the Incas - Machu Picchu
Climb aboard the Machu Picchu 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 dinner. (B, D)
Day 6: Thurs., March 9 - Machu Picchu - Cuzco
With leisure time this morning, you may return to Machu Picchu on your own or explore the local markets. Return by train to the Sacred Valley and continue to Cuzco, a city that blends Inca and Spanish colonial influences. En route to Cuzco, meet Peruvian children at an orphanage supported by the Collette Foundation. (B)
Day 7: Fri., March 10 - Cuzco
Explore the former capital of the Inca Empire during a colonial city tour and experience the architectural legacy visible in the Cathedral, Santo Domingo and the Plaza de Armas. Discover the important sacred Incan ruins of the Sacsayhuaman Fortress. This afternoon you may choose to join an optional excursion to explore the enigmatic Inca terraces at Maras and the salt mines of Moray. (B, D)
Day 8: Sat., March 11 - Cuzco - Puno
Join your tour guide this morning for a visit to the Centro Artesanal Cuzco market where you can browse colorful displays of textiles, pottery and jewelry. Or, enjoy leisure time to explore the San Blas artisans quarter or visit one of the many impressive museums. Then fly to Puno, hugging the shores of Lake Titicaca. Known as the birthplace of the Inca Empire, ancient legends say that life began here. Relax this evening at your lakeside hotel. (B)
Day 9: Sun., March 12 - 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. In the afternoon, visit 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, D)
Day 10: Mon., March 13 - Puno - Lima - Tour Ends
This morning, relax on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Have time to explore the Yavari, a 150-year-old British ship that has been restored and is now moored in front of the hotel. Later, fly to Lima for your connecting flight home. (B)
Tour includes: Door to door sedan service (1 pickup point per room booked) with pick-up and transfer to airport within 100 km area of Pearson Airport, return flight from Toronto to South America, Interior flights, air taxes, hotel transfers and departure taxes, hotel accommodation, Hamilton Tours Ltd. Rep will accompany the group, 9 breakfasts, 5 dinners, Train Trip up to Machu Picchu, Boat Cruise, admissions as outlined, Collette Tour Director & HST EXEMPT.
NOT Included: optional tours, gratuity for Collette drivers & Collette Tour guide
Book & pay your deposit by September 1 to receive an early booking discount of $200 per person
Cost per person: Twin $6089.00 & Single $6929.00
An initial deposit of $500.00 is required upon booking.
The 2nd deposit of $2000.00 is due on September 1 with the balance due in full by December 15, 2016.
This tour requires that you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing.
A valid Canadian Passport is required for this tour
Travel Insurance is available through our office at the time of booking at an additional charge.