Sorry, Paddington, there’s nothing dark about Peru. On this luxury independent tour you’ll be impressed by Lima’s culinary arts, dazzled by Cusco and the Sacred Valley’s Incan wonders and stunned by Machu Picchu – a true highlight of world travel. Along the way you’ll stay in some of the country’s finest hotels, from city landmarks to 500-year-old monasteries, as a whole host of included private experiences bring it to life. There are city tours, visits to indigenous villages, chef-led masterclasses and trips aboard opulent mountain trains.
Begin your holiday with a private chauffeur transfer to the airport where you’ll relax with VIP-lounge access before your day flight to Lima. On arrival, you'll be met by a private driver who'll see you to your indulgent accommodation, detailed below.
Your luxury hotel, the Belmond Miraflores Park, is the perfect introduction to Lima’s dizzying spread of colonial palaces, glass-and-steel skyscrapers and ancient pyramids, with your indulgent suite enjoying views out over the city. Its rooftop pool isn't too bad, either, featuring stunning coastal panoramas. And, like its architecture, a similarly diverse set of influences plays across Peru’s world-famous cuisine, something you’ll sample on an included private foodies’ tour and lunch. After touring one of the city’s bustling markets, a show-kitchen demonstration will see you prepare the likes of seafood ceviche and the famous lomo saltado – perfectly sautéed tenderloin strips.
After breakfast, a private transfer will bring you to the airport for your flight to Cusco and the Sacred Valley – a peak-framed swathe of rolling greenery that hides Incan ruins and indigenous communities alike. You’ll then be brought to your indulgent accommodation where private flagstone terraces make the most of pretty, rural views. The next day, a private tour will then showcase the region’s myriad delights, calling at market towns, spectacularly staggered saltpans and Moray. Here, great Incan agricultural terraces tier down in giant circular steps. To sample the local delicacies, you’ll also be treated to an included lunch on day four.
Today you’ll experience one of the world’s archaeological treasures in style. Boarding the Vistadome train to wind into the Andean peaks – scenery showcased by panoramic windows – a private guide will then bring you among Machu Picchu’s fabled ruins. You’ll learn how cragged, mist-shrouded mountainsides were carved into everything from royal quarters to sacrificial temples. Then, at day’s end you’ll check into the Inkaterra – the region's most charming accommodation. Here, whitewashed adobe casitas are tucked away among a cloud forest that’s dotted with hidden waterfalls and animated by Peru’s iconic golden-headed quetzal.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
You’ll have some free time to explore Machu Picchu further – perhaps summiting Mt. Huayna for sweeping citadel views – before your return train trip to Cusco. Here you’ll spend two nights in a National Monument, a luxury hotel converted from a 16th-century monastery. You’ll also be treated to a private city tour taking in Cusco’s rich history both ancient and colonial. It’s a diversity best surmised by Koricancha, an Incan sun temple that’s been transformed into a stunning Dominican church. You’ll then take in a series of archaeological sites, including cave houses, ceremonial labyrinths and Sacsayhuaman fortress. End with a visit to an Andean art collective.
Stay: Belmond Monasterio Cusco
Your last private transfer will see you to the airport for your overnight flight home, travelling via Lima.
"Peru, like much of South America, often conjures up the image of gap-year backpackers, but there are so many more layers to its tourism industry than this. Travel in style on our Luxury Peru tour to be enchanted by both the historical and modern traditions of this beautiful country whilst staying in only the best of accommodations - including a 16th-century monastery conversion. Tick Machu Picchu off your bucket-list, take in the bustling capital, dabble in traditional Peruvian delicacies, and wander streets rich in both colonial and ancient history. This is Peru at its best. "
Special offer (Jan-Mar19) from: £2,985 pp
Low Season from: £3,665 pp
High Season from: £3,855 pp
Included Belmond offer: Save up to £560 per person - travel by 31 March 2019