Arrival in Lima. Reception and transfer to the hotel, the Miraflores Park or Country Club Hotel.December 22: Lima (B & L)
After breakfast, private city tour of modern and colonial Lima, declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1991. The tour includes a visit to the Cathedral, Main Square, San Francisco Convent and its Catacombs, and the residential areas of San Isidro and Miraflores. Lunch at the Rosa Nautica Restaurant. After lunch, a visit to the Gold Museum. Originally from a private collection, the museum houses numerous gold, silver and copper artefacts from several pre-Hispanic cultures. The most precious piece in the collection is the solid gold Tumi (ceremonial knife) belonging to the Lambayeque culture (350AD). Return to your hotel. Free evening.December 23: Lima - Cuzco (B)
After breakfast, flight to Cuzco. Reception and transfer to the Monasterio hotel. Free day at leisure to acclimatize to the altitude.December 24: Machu Picchu (B, Br & D)
Ride on the luxurious Hiram Bingham train to Aguas Calientes. Brunch will be served on board before a guided visit of the most spectacular ancient city in the world with your Hiram Bingham guide. This fabulous city contains houses, temples, warehouses, a large central square; and all connected by narrow roads and steps that are surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side. After the tour, free time to enjoy this spiritual wonder. Opportunity for a guided trek (approx 1 hour) up to the sungate (Intipunku), which is a part of the Inca Trail, for a magical view of the sanctuary or alternatively an unguided climb to the top of Wayna Picchu, with a magnificent view of the whole Sanctuary (recommended for fit individuals only). Accommodation and dinner at the Sanctuary Lodge Hotel.December 25: Machu Picchu - Cuzco (B & L)
Opportunity to return to the sanctuary for a more personal appreciation of the Eighth wonder of the world. Christmas lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge Hotel located in front of Machu Picchu. Return in the afternoon by Executive train to Ollantaytambo and transfer to you hotel in Cuzco, the Monasterio.December 26: Cuzco (B & D)
Today, a private guided visit of the four ruins nearby; the Sacsayhuaman Fortress overlooking the city of Cuzco, a pre Inca architectural masterpiece; Kenko, a rock sanctuary whose main attraction is the monolithic altar representing a puma, the red Fortress of Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay, a beautiful fountain fed by a spring forming a series of basins continue to the city of Cuzco; the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun. Dinner and folkloric show in the evening at your hotel.December 27: Cuzco - Sacred Valley (B & L)
Private full-day excursion to Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit the village of Pisac, founded during Colonial times. On Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays the Indians barter their products, and artisans from all over the area sell their woven alpaca wool blankets and ponchos, engraved gourds, antique reproductions and jewellery. On Sundays, it is also the meeting place for the local Mayors of the region, who come dressed in their traditional costumes, to attend morning mass. After buffet lunch at, a visit to Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town which is still inhabited. Explore the ruins above Ollantaytambo before returning to Cuzco via the traditional market town of Chinchero. ReturnDecember 28: Cuzco - Puno (B, L & D)
After breakfast, a fabulous train journey across the stunning altiplano by Orient Express Explorer train to Puno . A stop at La Raya, the highest point of the journey before arriving to Puno, Lying on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Puno is also the folkloric capital of Peru. Breakfast and lunch is served on board. Transfer to your hotel, the Titilaka Hotel.December 29. Islands of Lake Titicaca (B, L & D)
Full day excursion with other Titilaka guests to the islands of Uros and Taquile. Uros, a group of islands made entirely of tortora reeds is home to a small community dating back to a pre-Inca culture. The inhabitants of Taquile are more closely related to the Aymara people of Bolivia than the Quechua Incas of Peru. Lunch on the island. Return to Puno and dinner at your hotel.December 30: Puno- Lima (B)
Pick up at your hotel and transfer to Juliaca airport for the return flight to Lima and your connecting flight home.
Luxury Christmas Tour to Machu Picchu 2013 - Option 1
Cuzco - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Puno -Lake Titicaca
10 days / 9 nights.
"Highly recommended, professional and well-organized, 'perfect tour', knowledgeable guides" Footprint Handbook 2013
"Transportation services and accommodations are top-notch, and the guides are flexible and extremely helpful" Fodor's Guides 2013
Amazing Destinations is a reputable firm with an impressive variety of unique excursions…" - At Home and Away with Alan Whicker CBE, Magazine At Home and Away with Alan Whicker CBE
Recommended in Bonnie's South America Travel Blog at About.com .
Incl. Miraflores Park, Monasterio & Sanctuary Lodge Hotels, all trains, all private tours, finest service guaranteed
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