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Hiram Bingham luxury train : Discover Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley


Explore Peru in the midst of a luxurious train as it journeys through important cities like Lima where you can dine at the Rosa Nautica restaurant and savor its unique Pisco sour cocktail. Fine dining, adventure and exploration await you at every stop including the city of Cusco and its Temple of the Sun created by the Incas. Along the way you will also get to visit salt mines that have been operating since Incas ruled and also the magnificent remnants of Machu Picchu, which was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and is currently one of the must see destinations in the country. 

Itinerary


We recommend starting this tour on a Thursday.

Cities Covered : Lima

You are met upon arrival at the airport in Lima and transferred to your hotel. Spend the remainder of your day at leisure, resting and acclimating from your long flight, as you prepare for the exciting journey that lies ahead. 

Cities Covered : Lima

This morning, take a city tour of Lima, one of the most important cities in South America since it was founded by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535. Explore the historic quarter and modern districts of the city and the main square with its beautiful buildings. The Government Palace, the City Hall, the Palace of the Archbishop and the Cathedral are still the most important places in town. Continue on to the San Francisco Monastery and then to the popular Plaza San Martin. Your tour ends in the residential districts of San Isidro and Miraflores.

 

Dinner is served in the Rosa Nautica, one of Lima’s most spectacular restaurants. This unique Victorian-style restaurant is scenically located on the water with views of the Pacific Ocean as well as the cliffs. Drink a toast of a typical Peruvian ‘Pisco sour’ to the beginning of a memorable trip in Peru! The restaurant's four dining areas, and its sophisticated bar ‘El Espigón’, rising from the midst of the ocean, allow you to enjoy a magical experience in a place of fantasy, capriciously constructed in the middle of the sea. The menu features both Peruvian and international cuisine, though the restaurant is renowned for its refined seafood cuisine. (B, D)

Cities Covered : Cusco

Board your early morning flight to the Inca capital of Cusco. Upon arrival, proceed to the hotel to have a welcome coca tea, which may help relieve altitude sickness. The remaining of the morning is yours to relax and slowly acclimatize.

 

This afternoon, enjoy a walk through the major sites of interest in Cusco, including the famed Cathedral with its magnificently carved woodwork, ornate altar and many hundreds of canvases from the 17th-century ‘Cusco Painting School’. Continue exploring the cultural wealth of Cusco at the Temple of the Sun and witness the incredible masonry of the Incas, an engineering feat that remains an enigma. Afterwards, walk along Hatunrumiyoc Street which is named for the 12-angled stone clearly visible in the remaining walls of what was Inca Roca's palace. We make a last stop in San Blas artisan quarter, whose steeped cobblestone alleys not only offer spectacular views of the city but are lined with workshops and galleries, a great way to soak in Cusco’s artistic atmosphere. San Blas church houses an imposing pulpit that is considered one of New World’s finest woodcarvings.

 

Today’s tour ends with a visit to the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art hosted in a beautiful colonial casona, the former residence of Count of Cabrera. This ‘casona’ holds the only museum in Peru dedicated to rebound the arts of ancient Peruvian cultures and showcases an astounding pre-Columbian collection dating from 1250 B.C to 1532 A.D. The art and artifacts were made by the Huari, Chimu, Nasca and the Inca cultures.

 

Tonight’s dinner is served at ‘La Divina Comedia,’ located next to Las Nazarenas square in the very center of Cusco. this restaurant serves original creations with exceptional service. The intimate terracotta dining room is illuminated with candle lights and torches, and is the ideal choice for guests seeking innovative and distinctive cuisine. Here, you have the chance to sample popular, local ingredients in a new and creative way. To name a few: cream soup made with sweet pepper and red wine topped with goat cheese tartar dip, the rolled guinea pig or the grilled ostrich. (B, D)

Cities Covered : Cusco ,  Ollantaytambo ,  Sacred Valley

This morning, drive to the charming community of Chinchero. Its main attraction is the Sunday market that traces its roots back to the Incan time when barter or ‘trueque’ existed. Today, the market takes place in the main square at the foot of an Inca wall, vibrant with color and movement, with a fascinating range of handicrafts, especially textiles. Join a local weaving family in their courtyard for an overview of the Andean weaving process. Watch as wool is carded, spun, and dyed and learn about the different techniques used to create belts, ponchos and shawls.

 

Before lunchtime, drive to Hacienda Huayoccari. Nestled in the Sacred Valley, about one hour from Cusco, this is one of the best places to eat and relax. Experience the warm hospitality, feel the flavor of the past and the history of the haciendas of Cusco, and enjoy an impressive view of the Sacred Valley. After admiring the family’s vast collection of folk art, savor a meal in the hacienda’s garden prepared with fresh local products.

 

After lunch, drive past ancient farming terraces that are still in use today to grow barley, wheat, and corn to reach the town of Ollantaytambo where the Temple of the Sun and the Terrace of the Ten Niches stand out. Tonight, enjoy a relaxing and soothing time in the Andean Spa at the hotel, complete with a massage session. (B, L)

Cities Covered : Maras ,  Moray ,  Sacred Valley

Depart after breakfast for a guided visit to the age-old terraced salt mines in Maras. The dominant color is an intense white that burns like snow on a sunny day. Salt was extracted from these mines from Inca times and the same method has been used ever since - all work is done by hand. After stopping to explore, continue to Moray, one of the many little jewels to be found in the Cusco region. Moray is home to a complex of four circular terraces which, hidden among the hills, emerge suddenly into view when you are almost on top of it. The impression created by these terraces like Greek amphitheatres against a backdrop of snow covered mountains is unforgettable. Even more surprising is the fact that Moray was a sort of open-air agricultural lab, used for adapting plants to new environmental conditions. (B)

Accommodation : Aranwa Sacred Valley,Sacred Valley or similiar
Cities Covered : Aguas Calientes ,  Machu Picchu

Receive an early morning transfer to Ollanta train station and travel to Machu Picchu via the luxurious Hiram Bingham train. This train reflects the 1920s Pullman era whilst boasting elegance and sophistication. Enjoy brunch and cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere as the train passes through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The train arrives in Aguas Calientes this afternoon, and you are taken up to the majestic citadel of Machu Picchu by private bus. Get ready to experience one of the most outstanding archaeological wonders of the world on a 2-hour tour. At the end of the day, gather with the other guests in Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge for late afternoon tea complete with a buffet of tea sandwiches, cookies, and sweets. Afterwards, you are transferred to your hotel in Aguas Calientes, where an a la carte dinner is served. (B,L,D)

Accommodation : SUMAQ Machu Picchu Hotel,Aguas Calientes or similiar
Cities Covered : Aguas Calientes ,  Cusco ,  Machu Picchu

After breakfast, the remainder of the morning is yours at leisure to roam around the majestic site of Machu Picchu, climb the Huayna Picchu or to explore the interesting town of Aguas Calientes. This afternoon, transfer to the Aguas Calientes station to travel back to Poroy via the elegant Hiram Bingham train.  Pre-dinner cocktails are served on board, followed by a sophisticated five-course meal. Upon arrival, you are transferred back to your hotel in Cusco for your final night in Peru. (B, D)

Cities Covered : Barranco ,  Lima

Board your morning flight to Lima and transfer to Barranco district, where many art galleries can be found. One of the classiest art galleries and with a stunning ocean view is Dedalo. Wander through its ample rooms, each one with its very own personality and marvel at the hundreds of modern colorful art objects. Local artists, mostly from Lima and its vicinity, exhibit an astounding variety of jewelry, textiles, pictures, furnishings, clothes and more. At the proper time, you are transferred the airport for your departure flight home or to your next exotic destination. (B)


Departure Dates and Rates

All Rates in US$ per person including ALL taxes and surcharges

ClassDatesSingle RateDouble RateTriple Rate
Deluxe
For departures January 1,2018 through March 31,2018 US$ 3,307 US$ 2,669 N/A
For departures April 1,2018 through December 31,2018 US$ 3,550 US$ 2,863 N/A
Luxury
For departures January 1,2018 through March 31,2018 US$ 5,013 US$ 3,525 N/A
For departures April 1,2018 through December 31,2018 US$ 5,257 US$ 3,732 N/A
Super Deluxe
For departures January 1,2018 through March 31,2018 US$ 4,288 US$ 3,113 N/A
For departures April 1,2018 through December 31,2018 US$ 4,488 US$ 3,282 N/A

The following is included in your tour cost:

  • Transfers from/to the hotel
  • 07 Nights accommodation based on twin sharing basis in the selected hotel category
  • Excursions as noted in the itinerary
  • Private services with local English speaking guide
  • Train ticket Ollanta - Machu Picchu - Poroy in Hiram Bingham Class (Deluxe Class)
  • Hiram Bingham Train and tour in Machu Picchu on SIC basis (seat in coach – shared with other travelers, with local English/Spanish speaking guide)
  • Meals as noted (B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner)
  • Entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary

 

The following is excluded from your tour cost:

  • International or domestic airfare
  • Airport taxes for domestic flights and international flights (approx. USD 6 for domestic flight departures and approx. USD 31 for international flight departures)
  • Travel insurance or visa fees if applicable
  • Entrance fees and bus Aguas Calientes-Machu Picchu-Aguas Calientes for second day visit to Machu Picchu
  • Gratuities
  • Holiday surcharge for tours on Christmas and New Year - please contact us for rates
  • Any items or meals not specifically mentioned as “included”

 

Terms and Conditions

PAYMENT TERMS:
10% of total tour cost due at the time of booking
90% or balance no later than 65 days prior to tour departure date

CANCELLATION FEES*:

(i) 10% of the total tour value if cancelled more than 36 days prior to date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS
(ii) 60% of the total tour value if cancelled 20-35 days prior to date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS

(iii) 80% of the total tour value if cancelled 13-19 days prior to date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS

(iv) 100% of the total tour value if cancelled 0-12 days prior to date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS

 

*Please note: Cancellation FEES listed do not reflect the additional FEES of the hotels. These will be advised on a case-by-case basis as the FEES vary depending on the hotels utilized and the dates booked.





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