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7-Day Peru: Machu Picchu Tour by Train

7-Day Peru: Machu Picchu Tour by Train

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7-Day Peru: Machu Picchu Tour by Train
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This exciting 7-day package starts in Lima, traveling to Cusco, Sacred Valley, by train to Aguas Calientes. The next day starts early, with a shuttle bus to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. Once at Machu Picchu, you will receive a guided tour of the famous citadel. The itinerary ends with your return to Cusco, then on to Lima or elsewhere. Private tours are also available.

Note that you will have group tours for the Cusco city tour, the Sacred Valley tour and the Machu Picchu tour. Otherwise, you have the freedom to be on your own to explore the cities, villages and ruins. It is the best value, yet gives independence to do as you wish! Private tours are available upon request.

This trip includes clean, comfortable hotels throughout, with options for either budget 3-star hotels or high-end 3 star hotels. For travelers seeking more luxury or refinement, please contact us for ideas. With this itinerary, you have the opportunity to upgrade accommodations.

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Day 1: 7-DAY PERU WITH MACHU PICCHU / Arrive Lima; assistance or transfer; overnight Lima

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Arrive Lima, welcome and assistance to check in to your Lima airport hotel.  

Upon early arrival, you may transfer to your hotel in Lima city.  There are optional tours available to visit modern and colonial Lima. There are also many museums and private collections. Overnight in Lima.

Meals included: n/a
Mid-Range Accommodations: Costa del Sol Lima Airport (Wyndham)

Day 2: Fly from Lima to Cusco; transfer to hotel; free afternoon to acclimatize; overnight Cusco (B)

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Walk to the airport terminal to board your one hour flight to Cusco, center of the Inca world. Meet and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to acclimatize to the altitude (3,400 meters /11,400 feet). Cusco is the ancient capital of the Inca Empire and is set high in the Andes Mountains. Here Spanish churches and mansions sit alongside Inca remains. Nearly 600 years ago, the Inca nation appeared in Southern Peru, and in a relatively short time, consolidated its power in Cuzco, before expanding north to what are now Ecuador and Colombia and south to present-day Chile. Overnight in Cusco.

If you stayed in Lima city overnight, you will need a transfer or taxi back to the airport.

Meals: B

Meals included: Breakfast
Budget Accommodations: Amaru I

Day 3: Free morning; afternoon Cusco tour of city and nearby ruins (in a group); overnight Cusco (B))

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Free morning to explore on your own. In the afternoon, you will have the Cusco city and nearby ruins tour (in a group): you will visit Sacsayhuaman, a hilltop fortress that overlooks the city of Cusco. The largest stones used in its construction are nearly 8.5 m (28 ft) high and weigh 360 tons, fitting so perfectly together that a single piece of paper would not fit between two stones. Then you are driven to Q'enko, the temple dedicated to Mother Earth. Before you head back to Cusco we stop at Puka Pukara (the red fortress) and Tambomachay (the resting place of the Inca). Once in the city visit the Santo Domingo Monastery, the legendary Korikancha (Temple of Gold), the most important Inca temple devoted to worshiping the Sun, whose walls used to be plated with sheets of gold. You continue to the Cathedral at the Plaza de Armas. (The order of visits to sites may vary, to minimize the crowds.) Overnight in Cusco.

Meals: B

Meals included: Breakfast
Budget Accommodations: Amaru I

Day 4: Full day tour of the Sacred Valley (in a group) with lunch: Pisac & Ollantaytambo village and ruins; overnight Ollantaytambo (B)

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Your full day tour of the Sacred Valley: pick up at your hotel and this morning you continue towards Pisac, for an immersion into the heart of the Andean culture, famous for its Andean market with its interesting food and artisan stalls. Try your bargaining skills here always keeping in mind handmade artwork is worth it! Enjoy a buffet lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you visit Ollantaytambo, a still-thriving Inca village set below an ancient Inca fortress and temple with stunning views over the valley that makes you feel as if you have stepped back into the 15th century. Admire the magnificence of this important Inca site as you tour the ruins, and stroll through the quaint streets of the present town. Overnight in Ollantaytambo.

Meals: B

Meals included: Breakfast
Budget Accommodations: Tunupa Lodge

Day 5: Vistadome train to Machu Picchu; free afternoon; overnight Aguas Calientes (B)

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Early this morning you board the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu.  Arrive Aguas Calientes and check in to your hotel. You will have the afternoon to wander about the village, visiting the out door market, hot springs baths and local museum and gardens. Enjoy a delicious dinner in a nice local restaurant of Aguas Calientes. Overnight in Aguas Calientes.

Meals: B

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hatun Samay Hotel or similar in Aguas Calientes

Day 6: Shuttle, entrance and guided tour of Machu Picchu (group); lunch on your own; afternoon Vistadome Train return to Cusco; transfer to your hotel; overn

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Today, you will meet your guide for the shuttle, entrance and guided tour of Machu Picchu (in a group with local guide). There is an option to climb Huayna Picchu at 7 or 10 a.m. (not  included in pricing).  Lunch on your own. Return to Aguas Calientes for the late afternoon Vistadome train that takes you back to Cusco, transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Cusco.

Meals: B

Meals included: Breakfast
Budget Accommodations: Amaru I

Day 7: Transfer to airport for flight to Lima, depart (B)

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Depending on your flight, you may have a free morning.  Then, transfer to airport for your flight to Lima or elsewhere in Peru.

Meals: B

Meals included: Breakfast

Pricing

7-Day Peru: Machu Picchu Tour by Train

Prices are Per Person and Valid for Trips through December 31, 2018

# People in Group: 2 3 4 5 6+
Budget Lodging: $1035 $1005 $995 $990 $985
Mid-Range Lodging: $1245 $1210 $1200 $1190 $1185

NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

INCLUDES:
  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • All transfers listed with bi-lingual agent
  • Accommodations indicated: Lima (1 night), Cusco (3 nights), Sacred Valley (1 night) and Aguas Calientes (1 night)
  • Meals listed (B=breakfast at hotel, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Bilingual guide on the tours
  • Cusco city tour and nearby ruins (in a group)
  • All entrances to sites visited
  • Sacred Valley tour (in a group) with lunch
  • Shuttle, entrance and guided tour of Machu Picchu Sanctuary (tour is in a group)
  • Vistadome train to/from Machu Picchu
  • All prices are based on group tours. Pricing for private tours available upon request.
  • Single supplement covers single room in hotels.
EXCLUDES:
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
  • Meals not listed; add lunch at Sanctuary Lodge for $50 per person
  • Second shuttle and entrance to Machu Picchu (add US$130 per person)
  • Ticket to climb Huayna Picchu (add US$30 per person)
  • Tips for your guides, drivers, transfer agents and hotel staff
  • International and domestic airline tickets
  • Additional optional tours
  • Personal expenses (travel insurance, airport taxes, laundry, internet)
  • Excludes single supplement of US$235 per person for the budget accommodations, and US$495 per person for the mid-range accommodations

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