Footsteps of the Inca

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  • Group Tour
  • Starting Price: $6,595
  • Length: 13 days
  • Operator: Travcoa
  • 866-591-0260
    Destinations: Central and South America, Bolivia, Peru
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Tour Description

Travel in style to the ancient lands of the Incas on this unforgettable exploration. Expert guides will introduce you to the sacred Urubamba Valley and the imposing fortress of Sacsayhuamán on private tours. Then take a deluxe train to the mountaintop citadel of Machu Picchu and spend a night at the only hotel overlooking the ruins. Enjoy privileged access to the ruins at sunset and sunrise, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. In Bolivia, cruise across the highest navigable lake in the world to the birthplace of Incan civilization, the Island of the Sun, and discover the unique landscape of the Valley of the Moon. Cultural highlights abound: a private choir performance inside a 16th-century monastery, private tours of several world-renowned art collections and a unique visit to a sustainable agriculture project on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

  • Watch the sun set and rise over Machu Picchu from your luxurious mountain-view room at the Sanctuary Lodge
  • Dine privately at Lima’s Casa Aliaga, a private home occupied by the same family since 1535
  • Enjoy an exclusive visit to the private Enrico Poli art collection, the world’s largest assembly of pre-Columbian art
  • Savor the scenery on your first-class train ride from the highlands of Peru to the shores of Lake Titicaca
  • Cruise the highest navigable lake in the world and meet local villagers
  • Witness a performance of the Paso Fino horses at an Urubamba Valley ranch

Itinerary

DAYS 1 & 2

Lima, Peru

Arrive in Lima on Day 1. On Day 2 start your exploration of Lima at the Larco-Herrera Museum, located in a majestic 18th-century colonial mansion, to view the world’s largest private collection of Peruvian pre-Columbian art. Continue on your tour of this “City of the Kings,” and visit the San Francisco Monastery and the Plaza de Armas. Enjoy lunch at a colonial mansion, Casa Aliga. Later, see more examples of exquisite pre-Columbian and colonial art when you visit the private collection of Enrico Poli, one of the best private collections of its kind in the world.

Miraflores Park Hotel, Lima

DAYS 3 & 4

Urubamba Valley

Fly to the mountains to Cuzco, and then drive down to the urubamba Valley, the “Sacred Valley of the Incas.” Your time here will help you acclimate to the high altitude as you ascend gradually. Arrive at the colorful village of Chinchero and visit the Traditional Textile Center. On Day 4 drive to the Huilloc community, to meet the children at a local school and learn about their culture. Then enjoy lunch at the Wayra Ranch, where you will watch a performance of the Peruvian Paso horses. Visit Pisac, best known for its market and friendly people.

Hotel Rio Sagrado, Urubamba Valley

DAY 5

Machu Picchu

Board the scenic Vistadome train in Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu. The photos of this spectacular citadel perched high in the mountains hardly convey the awe-inspiring feeling of being here. Witness sunset (and sunrise the following morning) over the ruins - an unforgettable experience.

Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu

DAYS 6 & 7

Cuzco

High in the Andes, more than 10,000 feet above sea level, Cuzco was founded in the 15th century by the Incas and was later conquered by the Spanish. You’ll explore the Convent of Santo Domingo, known as Korikancha to the Incas, and visit the archaeological site of Sacsayhuamán.

Hotel Monasterio, Cuzco

DAY 8

Puno Lake Titicaca, Peru

This morning, enjoy a full-day train ride aboard the Andean Express to the shores of Lake Titicaca. The lake and its islands figure richly in Andean myths and are home to ruins of temples and stories of days long past.

Hotel Libertador Lago Titicaca, Puno

DAYS 9 & 10

Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Visit the islands of Lake Titicaca, legendary home to Incan deities and the Inca Steps. Explore the man-made urus Iruitos Floating Islands and the Quewaya Sustainable Tourism Project. End the day at the Alajpacha Native Observatory.

Inca Utama Hotel Spa, Huatajata

DAYS 11 & 12

La Paz Depart for Home

On the way to La Paz, stop to visit the ruins of Tiwanaku and drive to the unique Valley of the Moon whose rock formations resemble the moon’s landscape. Explore the native, colonial and modern areas of La Paz. On Day 12 you will be taken to the airport for your flight back home or on to your next destination.

Hotel Camino Real Suites, La Paz

NOTE:

 

High Altitude. This journey spends three nights in Cuzco at over 10,000 feet, and three nights in Bolivia at over 12,000 feet. These high altitudes will affect your blood pressure and breathing. Caution must be observed.

Departures

Pricing Information

October 11, 2011

From $6,595.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,790.00 single room supplement.

December 20, 2011

From $6,595.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,790.00 single room supplement.

February 20, 2012

From $6,395.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,690.00 single room supplement.

March 19, 2012

From $6,395.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,690.00 single room supplement.

October 15, 2012

From $6,395.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,690.00 single room supplement.

October 29, 2012

From $6,395.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,690.00 single room supplement.

December 10, 2012

From $6,395.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,690.00 single room supplement.

Journey Includes

  • Deluxe rooms in the best available hotels
  • Three meals per day, including our unique Dine-Around program that lets you enjoy any restaurant you choose with à la carte dining, or relax with room service when available*
  • A professional Travel Director as your personal concierge
  • Local sightseeing with professional English-speaking guides with unparalleled knowledge, including entrance fees for places visited
  • Active participation and up-close encounters to experience the cultures of your journey
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, coffee and tea included with meals; bottled water during sightseeing excursions
  • All gratuities to hotel and restaurant staff and local guides and drivers
  • Group or individual airport transfers on arrival and departure flights
  • TheTravcoAssist Travel Protection Plan, including emergency medical evacuation insurance coverage for injury or illness, and 24-hour Worldwide Live Travel Assistance through Travel Guard Assistance

*Due to remote or undeveloped locations on some journeys, accommodations may not always meet Western standards. Dine-Around opportunities will be limited in remote or unsecured locations.

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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