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Explore Peru: Empire of the Sun

Come face to face with the Sun centric religion of the Incas and the many monuments dedicated to the Sun God (Inti). Here as your journey from Lima to the capital of the Incas, Cusco, you will see remnants of the Temple of the Sun and the Sacsayhuaman fortress. As you travel along the paths taken by the Incas to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley you will discover many of the beliefs and rites that were held sacred by them. Also you get to travel on two trains the Andean Explorer and the Vistadome, bask in their luxurious surroundings and taste great food and wine.


Cities Covered Lima

You are met upon arrival at the airport and privately escorted to your hotel to relax and refresh after your long plane flight.

Cities Covered Lima

Enjoy a city tour of Lima this morning after breakfast. Lima has always been one of the most important cities in South America ever since it was founded by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535. Your sightseeing tour explores 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 to the San Francisco Monastery, Plaza San Martin and the residential districts of San Isidro and Miraflores.


Afterwards continue to the new modern branch of the Golden Museum set in the open-air entertainment center Larcomar (Miraflores). The large exhibition hall of ‘Sala Museo Oro del Peru’ displays pieces from different pre-Inca cultures. One of the museum’s highlights is the Sican room, which showcases outstanding artifacts of this pre-Inca culture known for their lost-wax gold ornament production. The Sican society was the first in the New World to successfully produce bronze on an industrial scale. Thanks to detailed explanations for each displayed piece, the museum offers an insight of the well-rounded knowledge of metallurgy applied by Peru's ancient cultures.



Cities Covered Cusco

An early morning flight brings you 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 free to relax and slowly acclimatize.


Your comprehensive afternoon tour of Cusco includes the beautiful Koricancha or Sun Temple, the Cathedral as well as the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, a remarkable Inca building and the amphitheater of Kenko. This is followed by a visit to Puca Pucara, a strategically located 'red fortress' that dominates the entire area before visiting Tambomachay, with its two distinctive aqueducts that to this day continue to provide clean water to the area. (B)

Cities Covered Ollantaytambo ,  Písac ,  Sacred Valley

This morning after breakfast, you are driven to the Sacred Valley to visit Ollantaytambo and Pisac. Hundreds of visitors and people from remote communities dressed in their traditional and colorful attires travel to the Pisaq market to barter their products. Enjoy some time to stroll around the market and buy souvenirs, followed by lunch in a typical ‘hacienda’.  


Depart Pisac and continue along the valley to Ollantaytambo, location of the Temple of the Sun, formed of six gigantic monoliths, whose total weight exceeds 50 tons. The Terrace of the Ten Niches is another striking sight. Ollantaytambo was the site of the only successful Inca battle against the Spanish conquerors and the only town in the area to still retain its original Inca layout.


Return to your hotel later this afternoon, where you have the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing spa treatment (guests’ own account). (B, L)

Cities Covered Cusco ,  Machu Picchu

This morning, transfer to the Ollanta train station for a 1 ½ -hour train ride through the Sacred Valley of the Incas up to Machu Picchu. On arrival, board a small coach and travel along the steep roads to the entrance of the citadel. Machu Picchu remained for centuries undiscovered by the Spaniards, only to be found in 1911 by Hiram Bingham. The uniqueness of its location and the genius that went into its construction make this Inca archaeological site truly one of the great wonders of the world.


A well deserved buffet lunch is served after your excursion at the restaurant of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel located within the very sanctuary of the Machu Picchu Inca citadel. Later this afternoon, board the train back to Cusco, where you are met and transferred back to your hotel. (B, L)

Cities Covered Cusco

Spend a beautiful day at leisure, exploring the city of Cusco. You may choose to stroll through the streets of San Blas artisan quarter with its steeped cobblestone alleys that not only offer spectacular views of the city but are also lined with workshops and galleries, a great way to soak in the artistic atmosphere. San Blas church houses an imposing pulpit, considered one of New World’s finest woodcarvings. If you are in search of a good cup of coffee in a cozy atmosphere, you may visit the Coffee Shop of Bartolome de las Casas Cultural Center. Here you'll find international newspapers as well as interesting books in different languages. Or travel through Cusco’s old city on board an old wooden streetcar, now motorized. This tour lasts 85 minutes and departs several times daily from the Plaza de Armas. (B)

Cities Covered Cusco ,  Puno

Check out of your hotel in Cusco and transfer to the train station to board the spectacular Orient Express train for a journey south to the beautiful city of Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. This classic and luxurious 10-hour trip, recently voted ‘one of the top ten railway journeys of the world’ cuts across the formidable Peruvian Altiplano. The first half of the journey is dominated by the magnificent Andean mountains which towers over the deep valleys of the meandering Huatanay River. It then reaches the gentler, rolling Andean Plains, where vicuña and alpaca can be seen. The glass-walled observation car provides the perfect opportunity to view the beautiful scenery. Stop briefly en route for a scenic stop at La Raya, which is also the highest point on the route. A three-course lunch is be served on board. Upon arrival to Puno, transfer to your hotel. (B, L)


***Starting May 2017 a visit to Raqchi archaeological site, lunch, tea time and dinner will be included. 

Cities Covered Puno ,  Taquile

Depart your hotel this morning after breakfast for an exciting excursion by speed boat on Lake Titicaca. Your first stop is the floating reed Islands of the Uros Indians on the way to Taquile Island. The boat trip takes just 75 minutes from Puno to Taquile. Disembark in the southern part of Taquile. Locals in this lesser known area are not visited by mass tourism yet and will introduce you to daily activities and customs of their Quechua community. The visit is capped off by a meal prepared with local fish and fresh produce from the Andes. Return to your hotel in Puno later this afternoon. (B, L)

Cities Covered Juliaca ,  Lima

This morning after breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima. En route, enjoy a short visit of the burial towers in Sillustani. The engineering involved in their construction challenges the law of gravity; as the diameter at the top is larger than the diameter at the base. Sillustani is partially encircled by Umayo Lake, offering a picturesque landscape. You may also join a local family from Sillustani in their courtyard to learn more about their lifestyle, Andean crops and traditions. At proper time you are transferred to the airport for your international flight home or to your next exotic destination.

Departure Dates and Rates

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

ClassDatesSingle RateDouble RateTriple Rate
For departures January 1,2018 through March 31,2018 US$ 2,580 US$ 2,485 CALL US
For departures April 1,2018 through December 31,2018 US$ 3,230 US$ 2,490 CALL US
For departures January 1,2018 through March 31,2018 US$ 4,180 US$ 2,975 CALL US
For departures April 1,2018 through December 31,2018 US$ 4,495 US$ 3,125 CALL US

The following is included in your tour cost:

  • Transfers from/to hotel
  • 08 Nights accommodation on twin sharing basis in the selected hotel category
  • Excursions as noted in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for the mentioned excursions 
  • Services with local English/Spanish speaking guide
  • Train ticket: Ollanta – Machu Picchu – Poroy in Vistadome coach (first class) 
  • Train ticket: Cusco – Puno in the luxury "Andean Explorer" (three-course gourmet lunch included)
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B: breakfast L: lunch D: dinner)

The following is excluded from your tour cost:

  • Domestic or international airfare
  • Airport taxes (USD 6 for domestic flights and USD 31 for international flights)
  • Travel insurance or visa fees if applicable
  • Spa Treatment (could be booked directly at the hotel or in advance)
  • Gratuities
  • Holiday surcharge for tours on Christmas and New Year
  • Any items or meals not specifically mentioned as "included"

Please call or e-mail us for details on our triple occupancy rates and child policy.

Terms and Conditions


10% of total tour cost due at the time of booking

90% or balance no later than 65 days prior to tour departure date



(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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