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Soak in the raw beauty of Peru on this 15-day tour that allows you to experience this stunning country aboard two iconic trains – Belmond Hiram Bingham and Belmond Andean Explorer. Start your exploration in the capital city of Lima, before chugging along past the Peruvian Andes to Cusco on the Andean Explorer. Marvel at the ruins of the ancient Inca Empire at Sacred Valley, and make your way to Machu Picchu. Hop aboard the Hiram Bingham for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure and experience the finest hospitality as you bask in spectacular views all the way back to Cusco. Wrap your tour with a serene cruise down the Peruvian Amazon.

Have you always wanted to explore Peru by train or on a cruise? This itinerary might just be what you’re looking for. Speak to our experts today and personalize this tour to match your travel dreams!

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 4LimaMonastery of San Francisco, Plaza Mayor, UNESCO World Heritage SiteAtemporal, Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel
4 - 5ArequipaUNESCO World Heritage Site City Center, Santa Catalina Monastery, Juanita MummyCasa Andina Premium Arequipa, Casa Andina Premium Arequipa
5 - 7Andean Explorer TrainFresh air from open decks, Refined Andean cuisine, Breathtaking landscapes accompanied by piano musicBelmond Andean Explorer, Belmond Andean Explorer
7 - 9Sacred ValleyPisac, Ollantaytambo, Maras, Moray, Chincheros, River Rafting, Horseback RidingBelmond Rio Sagrado, Belmond Rio Sagrado
9 - 10Machu Picchu PuebloUNESCO World Heritage Site Machu Picchu, Wayna or Huayna Picchu, Sun Gate, Aguas CalientesInkaterra Machu Picchu, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
10 - 12CuscoUNESCO World Heritage Site, Koricancha, Tambomachay, Qenko, Puca Pucara, SacsayhuamanPalacio del Inka, Belmond Monasterio
12 - 15Iquitos CruiseRiver Cruises, Amazon Jungle, Hiking & Canopy WalkDelfin Cruises III, Aqua Nera (by Aqua Expeditions)
15 - 15LimaMonastery of San Francisco, Plaza Mayor, UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 4

International Arrival

Transfer to from the airport to your hotel

Lima

3 Nights

Peru’s capital city enjoys a great location directly on the Pacific coast and boasts of spectacular views, elegant neighborhoods, historical districts and a vibrant assortment of cultures.

Included Activities

Artwork & Artefacts: Barranco & Pedro de Osma Museum

If you wish to explore Lima’s secret stash of edgy art and spectacular displays of artefacts and pottery – this city trip may be your answer. Take a tour of the artsy neighborhood of Barranco, home to the city’s creative community of writers, photographers and artists. Walk down the beautiful old avenues lined with grand old houses. Stop by Lima’s famed Bridge of Sighs (Puente de los Suspiros), the inspiration behind countless artistic creations, before visiting the Pedro de Osma Museum. Off the beaten track, this elegant mansion of the Pedro de Osma showcases some of Peru’s finest artwork and artefacts dating from the 16th century colonial era. Admire the grand frescos, pottery, intricate carvings, silverware and furniture to get an idea of the nation’s rich history. (Duration: 3 hours; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable walking shoes).

City Tour of Downtown Lima and visit to Larco Museum

Explore the highlights of Lima on a full-day private excursion. Stroll through the beautiful city center visiting the main square of Plaza Mayor, the Lima Cathedral, and the Government Palace. Explore other highlights of the city gaining insights into Peru and her capital city. The country of Peru was once populated with many different civilizations and indigenous empires. The Incas are just one of the many people to have called Peru home creating a country rich with history and heritage. Visit the beautiful Larco Museum, considered one of the best museums of Peru, and view the many artifacts that document Peru’s illustrious past. (09:00 to 17:00. Private Activity. Lunch Included. The museum opens every day of the year.)

Art and Culture in Callao – with Graffiti Lesson

Explore Lima’s historic and infamous old town of El Callao, known as a transformational art district. A thriving port town since in the 16th century, the city suffered from much social instability in the 20th century. Today, El Callao has risen from the ashes of its turbulent past like the proverbial phoenix owing to exciting and influential art and cultural movements. Guided by a leading Limeño artist, traverse the many blocks of the vibrant art district through winding back streets, and interact with inspiring artists at their studios. See restored structures adorned with graffiti and murals by Peru’s leading contemporary artists. Admire ‘Fugaz’ (Shooting Star), an exciting art project and outreach program empowering the community through street art classes, dance, and neighborhood restoration through art and culture. Marvel at stunning architecture that tells tales of former glory days. This activity also includes a graffiti lesson. (Private activity)

Hotel Options
Atemporal – Opt 1
RoomCosy
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomOcean View Junior Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 4 - 5

Transfer from your hotel to the airport

Flight from Lima to Arequipa

Transfer from the airport to your hotel

Arequipa

1 Night

This world Unesco site, also known as the ‘White City’ is located at the foot of three volcanoes: Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu, which rises to a height of 2,400m above sea level. Well known for its colonial flair and delicious food, Arequipa is an excellent base for excursions around the area. Numerous monasteries and magnificent surroundings all attest to the slower pace of life in this part of Perú.

Included Activities

A Personalized Tour of Arequipa’s Architectural Wonders

Discover the architectural jewels of this world Unesco site, the city of Arequipa! Visit the Monastery of Santa Catalina de Siena and walk in meditative silence among its beautiful, cloistered walls. Head to the landmark Plaza de Armas and see the Church of the Society of Jesus and its Sistine Chapel. Explore the Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa, one of Peru’s most unique colonial structures. Feast on regional delicacies in the local restaurants, followed by a visit to the Carmen Alto viewpoint, which opens up to an exquisite view of Arequipa Valley and the Chachani, Misti and Pichu-Pichu volcanoes. Walk through the Yanahuara district and admire its Andalusian-style churches. A stop over at the Santuarios Andinos Museum to see the 500-year old famed Juanita Mummy exhibit of Lady of Ampato makes for a splendid end to this historical tour! (Half Day; Private Activity; Fitness Level: Moderate; The museum is closed on Mondays)

Hotel Options
RoomSenior Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
RoomImperial Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 5 - 7

Transfer from the hotel to the train station

Board your train

Andean Explorer Train

2 Nights

Explore the Peruvian Andes and experience one of the world’s highest train routes aboard South America’s first luxury sleeper train. Sophisticated dining cars and luxurious sleeping cabins provide modern comfort with traditional Andean flourishes.

Included Activities

Andean Plains and Islands of Discovery

Travel in style from the Baroque city of Arequipa to Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire. Hop on and off the train to discover the following places along the way: Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world; Uros, a man-made island artfully constructed from interwoven reeds which are constantly being replenished; Taquile Island, notable for its stunning agricultural terraces and handwoven fabrics which are regarded as the best in Peru; Collata beach, where you will have lunch and enjoy a performance from local dancers and a demonstration of artisans at work; the archaeological site of Raqch’I, once an important Inca settlement. The journey includes: Luxury accommodation aboard the train, all onboard meals and beverages, onboard entertainment, excursion at Raqch’i, guides and bus transfers.

Hotel Options
RoomTwin Cabin
MealsFull Board Plus Activities
StyleTrain
RoomDeluxe Cabin
MealsFull Board Plus Activities
StyleTrain
Day 7 - 9

Private transfer from Cusco to Sacred Valley (60 km, 1.5 hrs)

Sacred Valley

2 Nights

The Sacred Valley of the Incas (Valle Sagrado de los Incas) is reachable via Cusco, and links this erstwhile capital of the Incan Empire with the citadel in Machu Picchu. Since it lies en route to Machu Picchu, you can visit it either before or after the extraordinary trip to the world famous citadel. As the name suggests, you will experience spectacular landscapes such as fabulous mountain slopes, Incan ruins, and hazy valleys in order to reach Valle Sagrado. This is an ideal place to enjoy some peace and quiet and recoup your energies.

Included Activities

Discover the Legacy of the Incas

Fuel up with a hearty breakfast before you begin the day’s adventures with a visit to the archeological site of Moray. Here you will see the ruins of an ancient Inca construction – a series of concentric terraces built of stone and compacted earth with a built-in irrigation system. Believed to have been used for agricultural research, it stands testimony to the Incas’ intelligence and talent for construction. The largest of the terraces descend to a depth of about 150 meters! From this hugely interesting site, proceed to the equally interesting salt ponds of Maras town. Still operational, these salt ponds are believed to have been in use since Inca times and were managed through an intricate system of water supply channels. Enjoy spectacular views of the salt pans and the surroundings as you trek up to the vantage viewpoint. They are a sight to behold, thanks to the patterns they form and their stark white color set against the green mountain slopes. Break for lunch before you move on to your last stop – Ollantaytambo, one of the last remaining Inca towns and that was once guarded by a fortress and served as a stopover point for royals during long journeys. Walk past the ruins of a civilization known for its brilliant craftsmanship and astounding masonry. Head back to your hotel for dinner after a day filled with learnings and discoveries. (Full Day; Private Activity & Transfers; Lunch included; Please note that trekking and walking on the salt pans of Maras is prohibited in order to preserve the purity of the salt extracted.)

Visit to Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham Train from from Sacred Valley

The most iconic archeological wonder of South America is yours to explore. Travel to the lost city of the Incas via Hiram Bingham train and spend the afternoon at the sacred citadel with a private guide. Learn about the human ingenuity required to construct the site and ponder its many mysteries. Marvel at the surroundings and soak in the wonders of this magical place, hidden amongst the green summits of the high Andean cloud forest. (10:00 to 20:00, Private Activity, Brunch, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner Included)

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe Terrace Room
MealsRoom Only
StyleResort
RoomDeluxe Terrace Room
MealsRoom Only
StyleResort
Day 9 - 10

Transfer Train Station

Morning Hiram Bingham train from Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu (duration approx. 1.5 hours)

Machu Picchu Pueblo

1 Night

The ruins of Machu Picchu are one of the most beautiful and enigmatic ancient sites in the world.

Included Activities

Re-entry to Machu Picchu with Wayna Picchu Climb

If you are physically fit and want a postcard view of the citadel of Machu Picchu, then be among the first in the morning at the gate of Machu Picchu as you explore on your own the mountain opposite the ruins, Wayna Picchu. The trail is steep but worthwhile with great birds-eye views of the lost city and the surrounding peaks of the Andes. Because of the narrow trail and popular demand, there are only two timings allowed for the climb which must be booked in advance. Please let your travel consultant know if you’d rather do the climb from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. or 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. We recommend rising early to get the best views before the heat and the crowds arrive! After the exertion of Wayna Picchu take a second day to explore the famous ruins of Machu Picchu. Independently view the ruins again, deepening your impressions and gaining a richer understanding and appreciation for this amazing world wonder. (Self-exploring Activity; Machu Picchu opens at 0600 hrs; Please note that the maximum time permitted at the ruins is 4 hours)

Hotel Options
RoomSuperior Room
MealsHalf Board
StyleLodge
RoomStandard Patio King/Twin
MealsFull Board
StyleLodge
Day 10 - 12

Evening Hiram Bingham train from Machu Picchu to Cusco-Poroy (duration approx. 3.5 hours)

Transfer from Train Station to Cusco (10 km, 0.50 hr)

Cusco

2 Nights

Cusco is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an amazing amalgam of an Inca capital and colonial city. Situated at 3,400 m above sea level, fertile river-fed valley, Cuzco was developed in the 1400s under the Inca ruler Pachacutec into a complex urban centre. The Spanish added baroque churches and a palace, while emptying the Sun Temple and Golden Gardens of their treasures. Today the city itself is the treasure, preserved for one and all to enjoy.

Included Activities

Personalized Walking Tour in Cusco City

Discover Cusco’s heart and the secrets of the Incan Empire, where colonial flair and Incan culture combine to create a fascinating atmosphere. On this half-day tour your private guide will take you to explore the Main Square and Cathedral, San Blas neighborhood, San Blas Church, Hatun Rumiyok, the market and Korikancha. (Half Day; Private Activity; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable walking shoes. )

Hotel Options
Palacio del Inka – Opt 1
RoomClassic
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 12 - 15

Transfer to Airport

Flight from Cusco to Iquitos via Lima

Shared transfer to port and boarding of the cruise

Iquitos Cruise

3 Nights

Bear witness to one of the most diverse natural landscapes in the world – the Peruvian Amazon rainforest! Enjoy the innumerable species of flora and fauna amidst the peaceful solitude of the rainforest, as you cruise through the partly impassable labyrinth of the jungle terrain aboard a luxury cruise liner! Let your senses be lulled by the peace instilled by the gurgling waters of the Amazon, night sounds of the jungle and the tranquil solitude.

Included Activities

Included activities at Delfin Cruises

While on the cruise you will enjoy the best of the Amazon River. Daily you will explore the jungle with outings that range from nature hikes, canopy walks, kayaking and boat expeditions depending on the season of the year. Also meet with local indigenous communities to learn about the culture of the region in addition to marveling at the natural beauty. The activities and cruise are organized to give you a deep insight of the Amazon River and opportunities to spot the wildlife that live camouflaged in the jungle. Backed by an incredible sense of perfection and the highest service imaginable, the knowledgeable staff will enhance your trip through the Amazon rainforest with insightful information and assist you with whatever query you might have.

Included activities at Aria Amazon

Explore the Marañon River, the Amazon’s largest tributary, as well as other neighboring rivers (the Yarapa and Yanayacu-Pucate). Go piranha fishing, trek into the dense jungle in search of Amazon wildlife and birds on night safaris, and learn about wildlife preservation efforts in Peru’s Amazonia.

Hotel Options
RoomSuite - 3N
MealsFull Board plus Activities
StyleCruise
RoomFirst Deck - 3N
MealsRoom Only
StyleCruise
Day 15 - 15

Transfer from the port to Lima

Lima

0 Nights

Peru’s capital city enjoys a great location directly on the Pacific coast and boasts of spectacular views, elegant neighborhoods, historical districts and a vibrant assortment of cultures.

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 15,390 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 20,490 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation and meals, as specified in the itinerary
  • Activities and excursions, as specified in the itinerary
  • Transportation services, as specified in the itinerary
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact supporting you during your trip
  • Carbon emissions offsetting for your trip

Not Included

  • Entrance fees and meals, unless mentioned in the itinerary description
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Visa and tourism fees
  • Travel, health, and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare
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Peru: Luxury Highlights & Belmond Hiram Bingham Experience

15 days $ 15,390 / person