Sunday, December 15, 2019
Lima / Cusco
Discover the glorious heights of Inca culture and the grandeur of the Andes on this exhilarating 4-day overland tour. On day one, you'll board an early morning flight from Lima to Cusco. First the capital of the Inca Empire, then an important Spanish colonial outpost, and now a vibrant, cosmopolitan city, Cusco is a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with astounding sites.
Transfer from Callao pier to Lima airport to take your flight to Cusco. (Flight from Lima to Cusco is TBA)
Upon arrival, we will transfer you to enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, begin your visit with the splendid Baroque-style Cusco Cathedral, built in the mid-1500s on the foundations of Inca palace. Many of the stones used in its construction were looted from the nearby Sacsayhuaman Fortress.
Continuing on, see 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 magnificent temple in the Inca Empire. The curved, mortar-less masonry wall at the west end of the church is considered one of the greatest existing examples of Inca stonework.
Transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
(Lunch, dinner included)
OVERNIGHT AT PALACIO DEL INKA. A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL
• 08:20am-08:50am Transfer from Callao port to Lima Airport
• 11:00am-12:25pm Flight from Lima to Cusco (TBA)
• 01:00pm-01:15pm Transfer to the city.
• 01:15pm-02:40pm Lunch at local restaurant
• 02:40pm-04:30pm Cusco City tour: Visit the Cathedral & Koricancha
• 04:30pm-04:45pm Transfer to hotel in Cusco Check in
• 07:00pm-overnight Dinner and accommodation at Palacio del Inka Hotel
Monday, December 16, 2019
Cusco / Machu Picchu / Cusco
In the morning, after a buffet breakfast, transfer via bus to Ollantaytambo Train Station to board the Inca Rail Train. Lunch will be served on board. 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 most likely believed to be due to a devastating smallpox epidemic. 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 as well as 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 return by rail to Cusco. Dinner will be served on board.
And then transfer to our hotel in Cusco for accommodation.
(Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)
OVERNIGHT AT PALACIO DEL INKA. A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL
• AM Breakfast at the hotel
• 09:00am-11:00pm Transfer to train station
• 11:15am-12:40pm Board the Inca Rail Train to Aguas Calientes. Lunch will be served aboard.
• 12:50pm-01:20pm Bus to Machu Picchu
• 01:20pm-04:00pm Guided visit of Machu Picchu
• 04:10pm-04:30pm Bus to Aguas Calientes
• 07:00pm-8:40pm Board the Inca Rail Train to Ollantaytambo. Dinner will be served aboard.
• 08:50pm-10:50pm Transfer to Cusco to Palacio del Inka Hotel
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
In the morning, after a buffet breakfast, you will visit the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman was constructed with massive boulders, some weighing as much as 120 tons. Built by ancient people with seemingly superhuman skill, the site retains an aura of elusive mystery.
Continue to Awanacancha, a traditional textile center where you will have the opportunity to see different species of camelids and do some shopping. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
Then continue to the airport for your flight to Lima. (Flight from Cusco to Lima is TBA)
Upon arrival in Lima, transfer to Westin Hotel.
(Breakfast, lunch included)
OVERNIGHT AT WESTIN LIMA HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER
• 06:45am-07:00am Breakfast at the hotel
• 09:00am-10:00am Transfer and visit Sacsayhuaman Fortress
• 10:30am-11:45am Transfer and visit Awanacancha
• 11:45am-12:15pm Transfer to local restaurant for lunch
• 12:15pm-01:15pm Lunch at a local restaurant
• 01:15pm-01:40pm Transfer to Cusco Airport
• 03:20pm-05:00pm Flight from Cusco to Lima (TBA)
• 05:30pm-06:30pm Transfer to Westin Hotel
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Lima/ Tacna/ Arica
Early in the morning, you will be transferred to Lima Airport for your flight to Tacna. A box breakfast will be provided for your transfer to the airport. (Flight from Lima to Tacna TBA)
Upon arrival in Tacna, transfer to Arica pier to re-join the Norwegian Star.
PLEASE NOTE: Sites and order of visits are subject to change due to weather or other operational influences All flights are in economy class. All flights in economy class allow a maximum of 20kg (or 44lbs) per person and 1 airline approved carry-on bag. Carriage of Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC) or CPAP breathing machines on internal flights per airline regulations (subject to change as each airline has their own regulations):
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
IMPORTANT NOTES, OBSERVATIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Peru’s currency is the Nuevo Sol (S/.).
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.
Documents and Visa Requirements:
Foreign passengers entering Peru must have a passport valid at least 6 months past the day of arrival in Peru.
Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Cusco
Santo Domingo 259, Cusco 08002, Peru
Phone: +51 84 231961
Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center
Calle Las Begonias 450, Lima 00027, Peru
Phone: +51 1 2015000
Please note: All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Within 60 days, space is on a request basis, are subject to availability and require full payment at the time of request. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.