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Delve into the sacred and mysterious landmarks of the Inca Empire, including famed Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, and other ancient temples, all precisely constructed without mortar.
DAY 1 – Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
This morning, you will be transferred as a group to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, transfer and check in at the luxurious J.W. Marriott Hotel. You will enjoy some free time to acclimate to the elevation (11,152 feet above sea level) and explore a bit on your own.
In the early afternoon, we enjoy lunch at Incanto restautant before embarking on a city tour of Cusco, starting with the sacred site of Koricancha. Here, you will admire the lovely Dominican Convent of Santo Domingo that was built on the foundations of the Temple of the Sun, the most sumptuous temple in the Inca Empire. The curved, mortar-less masonry wall at the west end of the church is considered to be one of the greatest existing examples of Inca stonework.
Continuing on, you will see the splendid Baroque-style Cusco Cathedral, built in the mid-1500s on the foundations of an Inca palace. Many of the stones used in its construction were looted from the nearby Sacsayhuaman fortress, your next stop.
Strategically located on a hill overlooking Cusco, the fortress was constructed without mortar like many other Inca structures. Yet the enormous stones (some weighing 200 tons) of the remaining walls fit so tightly that not even a thin blade of grass can slide between them. The craftsmanship is a stunning example of the Inca’s sophisticated construction techniques and architectural skills.
After returning to the J.W. Marriott, you will spend the evening at your leisure. As you will be dining on your own, you will receive a dinner certificate for a three-course meal and drink. The “dine around” certificate can be used at several participating restaurants.
DAY 2 – Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
This morning we descend from Cusco into the Sacred Valley. Our first stop is the village of Chinchero, home to an incredible weaving cooperative run by Nilda Callañaupa. The Chinchero Project was created to revitalize and protect the ancient weaving traditions of the region. What started as a small project now counts over 100 women as members and their weavings are truly something to behold.
Following this visit, you will drive to the train station and board the Inca Rail train to Machu Picchu. Lunch will be served during the journey as you take in the spectacular Andean scenery.
Upon arriving in Aguas Calientes, you will drive to the ruins of Machu Picchu to explore this famous “Lost City of the Incas.” Constructed as a royal retreat for the Inca emperor Pachacuti in the 1400s, Machu Picchu was abandoned less than 100 years later, its population probably devastated by smallpox. Because the Spanish conquistadors never found this hidden city, Hiram Bingham discovered it largely intact.
Architectural highlights include the Temple of the Sun, designed much like the one in Cusco, several other temples, hundreds of terraces, and a mysterious carved stone situated on a raised platform that towers above the plaza. The stone may have been used for astronomical observations, but no one knows for certain. The Inca had no written language, so there is no record of Machu Picchu’s ultimate purpose. Scholars are still striving to uncover clues as to its mysteries.
After visiting Machu Picchu, you will board the Vistadome Train towards Cusco. Along the way, you will stop for dinner at the Sol Y Luna Hotel and then transfer back to the J.W. Marriott Hotel for the evening.
DAY 3 – Friday, April 24th, 2015
After breakfast and check out transfer from the hotel to the airport for your flight back to Lima.
Assistance upon arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Check in and free time to relax. Lunch on your own.
After lunch enjoy a city tour of Lima beginning with a visit to the Plaza Mayor, the official center of the city and the original site upon which Lima was founded. Visit the historic Cathedral, which is an architectural masterpiece. From the Cathedral, walk past the Presidential Palace where the soldiers guarding the palace offer an excellent photo opportunity. Next it’s on to the Church of San Francisco with its library and collection of fine paintings and frescoes. After your trip to the historic center, you will be driven through modern Lima to visit the residential districts of Miraflores and San Isidro.
Following the city tour return to your hotel where the remainder of the day and evening are at your leisure.
DAY 4 – Saturday, April 25th, 2015
After breakfast and check out transfer from the hotel to the airport for your flight to Manta, Ecuador connecting through Quito. Once in Manta you will be driven to the pier to re-board the ship.
Overland Program Step by Step: Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The flights and timings indicated are approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.
Day 1 – Wednesday, April 22nd
6:45am Transfer from Callao port to the airport
7:25am Arrival at airport and check-in for your flight
9:05am Flight (Airline and flight number TBA and subject to change) to Cusco
10:15am Arrival in Cusco
10:45am Transfer to your hotel
11:05am Arrival at your hotel and express check-in
11:20am Time at leisure to relax and get used to the altitude
12:30pm Lunch at Incanto Restaurant
2:00pm Walk to Korikancha Temple
2:15pm Visit Korikancha Temple
2:50pm Drive to the main square
3:05pm Arrival at main square for photo opportunity and visit Cusco Cathedral
3:45pm Drive to Sacsayhuaman
4:05pm Visit Sacsayhuaman
5:20pm Drive back to hotel
5:40pm Rest of the evening is at leisure.
Dinner with “dine around” certificate
Overnight at the J.W. Marriott or similar hotel
Day 2 – Thursday, April 23rd
7:00am Wake up call
7:30am Buffet breakfast at hotel (not private)
8:15am Drive to Chinchero
9:00am Visit Chinchero
10:00am Drive to the train station to board train to Aquas Calientes
11:15am Inca Rail Train to Aguas Calientes (lunch aboard)
1:00pm Bus drive to Machu Picchu Citadel
1:40pm Guided visit of the Citadel
5:10pm Bus drive back to Aguas Calientes
6:10pm Vistadome train to Ollantaytambo
7:45pm Drive to Sol y Luna for dinner
8:05pm Dinner at Sol y Luna
9:15pm Transfer to your hotel for the evening
10:45pm Arrival at hotel
Overnight at the J.W. Marriott or similar hotel
Day 3 – Friday, April 24th
6:00am Wake up call
6:15am Buffet breakfast at hotel (not private)
6:50am Drive to Cusco Airport
7:10am Arrival at airport and check-in
8:10am Flight (Airline and flight number TBA and subject to change) to Lima
9:35am Arrival in Lima
9:45am Transfer to hotel in Lima, check in and enjoy some leisure time and lunch on own
2:00pm City tour of Lima
5:30pm Return to the hotel.
Rest of the afternoon at leisure. Dinner on your own.
Overnight at the Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores Hotel or similar
Day 4 – Saturday, April 25th
6:15am Wake up call
6:45am Buffet breakfast at hotel (not private)
7:15am Drive to Lima Airport
8:00am Arrival at airport and check-in
10:32am Flight (Airline and flight number TBA and subject to change) to Quito
1:02pm Arrival in Quito
Assistance between connecting flights
3:00pm Flight from Quito to Manta
3:45pm Arrival in Manta
4:00pm Drive to the pier
4:15pm Arrival at the port and embark the ship
April is normally cool in the highlands. The average temperature in the highlands is 67ºF max /36ºF min while in Lima it is 73ºF max/62ºF min.
What to Bring:
• Bring comfortable, casual clothing in natural, “breathable” fabrics. Temperatures will change as altitudes and the time changes, so it’s best to bring shorts, as well as long trousers and layered clothing. Religious sites require conservative dress. Both males and females should cover their arms, legs and shoulders.
• Local standards dictate a neat, clean outfit for dining in restaurants and touring urban areas. For men: long trousers and a shirt with a collar. For ladies: trousers or a knee-length (or longer) skirt with a modest top. Formal clothing is not necessary.
• A sweater or lightweight jacket for the cooler evening temperatures.
• A lightweight (preferably non-plastic) raincoat or poncho, and an umbrella.
• Comfortable walking shoes with low or no heels. Sandals may not be comfortable for some sightseeing activities.
• Sunglasses with a strap, sun block, a sunhat, and insect repellent.
• Walking sticks are prohibited in Machu Picchu except for passengers with mobility problems.
Peru’s currency is the Nuevo Sol (S/.). The exchange rate with the U.S. dollar varies, although the current exchange rate is approximately S/. 2.80 per 1 US dollar.
The current is 220 volts AC. In most hotel bathrooms, there is an electrical outlet with 110 volts for electric shavers, but this should not be used for travel irons or hair dryers. Most hotel rooms are equipped with hairdryers.
For domestic flights in Peru, you may check one piece of luggage weighing 23Kg (50 pounds) per person and one carry-on of 8Kg (17.5 pounds) per person. It is important that stored luggage is sufficiently labeled with your full name and ship suite number. Any overweight or excess luggage fees are the responsibility of each guest.
Documents and Visa Requirements:
Foreign passengers entering Peru must have a passport valid at least 6 months past the day of arrival in Peru.
J.W. Marriott Hotel or similar in Cusco – Deluxe Room
Casa Andina Private Collection in Lima or similar – Superior Room
•English-speaking drivers and tour conductor
•All entrance fees
•Gratuities for luggage porterage and restaurants
•Lunch on board the Inca Rail Train (1 glass of local wine or beer, 1 water or soft drink, and 1 hot beverage)
•Dinner at Sol Y Luna Hotel (1 glass of local wine or beer, 1 water or soft drink, and 1 hot beverage)
•Dinner “dine around” in Cusco
•Bottled water and snacks on coaches
•Accommodations per the program
•Touring and any entrance fees per the program
•Drinks and meals not mentioned above
•Personal expenses and hotel incidentals such as laundry, phone calls, and minibar
•Gratuities to drivers and guides
Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion.
Due to the nature of this program, guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may be unsuitable for their individual situation.
$2,999 Per Guest