6 Day Classic Machu Picchu Tour

Machu Picchu is the lost ancient city of the Incas, and Cuzco was the capital of their vast empire. Between these two historical cities stretches the breath-taking Sacred Valley, home to a wealth of Inca ruins and authentic Andean communities. This six-day tour gives you ample opportunity to experience the Andean wonders of today and the Incan culture of yesteryear, while we take care of your every requirement and comfort. 


Trip at a Glance

  • Day 1 - International arrival to Lima, Peru
  • Day 2 - Fly from Lima to Cusco, relaxing in the historic city center
  • Day 3 - Explore Inca and colonial and history of Cusco
  • Day 4 - Take a journey through the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo
  • Day 5 - Marvel at the Machu Picchu tucked amongst the Andes
  • Day 6 - Travel back to Lima, immersing yourself in the energy of Peru's capital

  • Day 1 - Arrival in Lima, Peru

    Welcome to Peru! Today is a transit day, and after a long flight you're probably looking forward to your first taste of Peruvian cuisine served with a side of relaxation. The Costa del Sol hotel is located right across the street from the airport and is the best choice for travelers connecting to Cuzco. But if you arrive in Lima in the early afternoon, you’ll have the time to make your way to a hotel in the picturesque waterfront district of Miraflores. If you go for this option, one of our representatives will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.

  • Day 2 - Lima to Cuzco

    Travelling from Lima to Cuzco you will have gone from sea level to the heady heights of 11,500 feet. To give you the chance to acclimatize, the first day is free for relaxation. But if you're up for a bit of exploring, the city center is pedestrian-friendly and full of fascinating sights, colours and people. We’ll gladly recommend the city's best options for delicious dining and exciting shopping.

  • Day 3 - Private Half Day Cuzco City Tour

    During your tour of Cuzco, the capital of the Incan Empire, you'll visit Sacsayhuaman, an immense Incan complex with impressive stonework, and Koricancha, one of the most important Incan temples (the walls were once actually coated in gold!). You’ll also stop at Cuzco's Cathedral where you'll learn about the intricacies of the Cuzco school of art and have the opportunity to view fascinating historical artefacts.

  • Day 4 - Private Sacred Valley Tour

    Prepare to be breath taken! Your Sacred Valley exploration will include visits to the ancient circular agricultural terraces of Moray, the salt mines at Maras, and the ruins and village of Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, you’ll be treated to a scenic train ride through the Sacred Valley to the town of Aguas Calientes where you will stay in comfort to await the highlight of your tour.

  • Day 5 - Private Machu Picchu Tour

    This is one for your bucket list. Uncover the mystical secrets of Machu Picchu during a guided private tour of this Incan citadel. You'll have the opportunity to visit the most important parts of the ruins to wonder at how they were constructed. After the tour, you'll have free time to further explore the ruins or just sit back and appreciate the majesty of Machu Picchu. You can also hike to the top of Huayna Picchu (advance booking essential) for a bird's eye view of the ruins and valley beneath you. The steep path takes about an hour and a half to ascend. After a day you’ll remember for the rest of your life, you’ll depart from Aguas Calientes by train for Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival at the train station you will be met and transferred to your Cuzco hotel.

  • Day 6 - International Departure

    One of our representatives will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the Cuzco airport for your flight to Lima. Depending on the time of your international flight, you can take the opportunity to squeeze in a private tour of Lima's key sites. You will visit the Larco Archaeological Museum, the San Francisco Monastery and its catacombs, Lima's historic colonial squares, and Miraflores.


1 night in Lima, 3 nights in Cuzco, 1 night in Machu Picchu town


Highlights
  • Walking, eating and shopping along the winding streets of Cuzco, the one-time capital of the Inca empire, and the opportunity to revel in the city’s Incan and colonial heritage.
  • Visits to the imposing ancient Incan temples of Sacsayhuaman and Koricancha, to discover the history and might of the lost empire.
  • A tour of Cuzco’s Cathedral where you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the fascinating Cuzco school of colonial art, and view its archaeological relics.
  • A tour of the Sacred Valley, including stops to see the ancient circular agricultural terraces of Moray, the salt mines at Maras, and the ruins and village of Ollantaytambo.
  • An overnight stay in Aguas Calientes – literally “Hot Waters” – which lies beneath the mountain that Machu Picchu crowns.
  • A guided tour of the “lost city of the Incas”, the rediscovered citadel of Machu Picchu. You’ll see breath-taking views of the natural surroundings and learn how the temples were built from interlocking stones, almost as if by magic.
  • Free time to explore Machu Picchu and absorb the awe-inspiring surroundings at your own pace.
  • Transfers and flight schedules allowing, you can book a private tour of the main sites of Lima where you’ll have an opportunity to take in the Larco Archaeological Museum, the San Francisco Monastery and its catacombs, the city’s historical colonial squares and the picturesque waterfront district Miraflores.

This fully customizable tour can be crafted by a Destination Expert to match the vacation of your dreams. From the moment you contact us, until the day you return home, we will cater for your every whim.


6 Day Tour from $2,290 per person

Includes:

  • 5 nights in our preferred properties hand selected for comfort, convenience and quality
  • Privately guided tours with your own personal guide and driver
  • All private airport transfers with English speaking assistance
  • Roundtrip Vistadome train to Machu Picchu Pueblo and the bus to ruins with the company of your private guide to ensure a seamless journey
  • All required entrance fees
  • 24hr support
  • All taxes

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12 Day Andean Highlights & Machu Picchu Tour


  • Day 1 - Arrival in Lima, Peru

    Upon arrival to Lima, you will be greeted and driven to your selected hotel. If staying at the Lima airport Costa del Sol Ramada, you will only need to walk out the airport exit and across the street to your evening accommodations.

  • Day 2 - Lima to Arequipa

    Arequipa has some fantastic cafes, and the year-round sunshine makes it very tempting to linger. For the evening we recommend taking a relaxing stroll around the Plaza de Armas and savoring some tasty Arequipena cuisine at one of our favorite restaurants.

  • Day 3 - Arequipa City Tour

    During your first day in Arequipa you'll enjoy a half day Arequipa tour, allowing you to fully appreciate why many consider this to be the most beautiful city in all of Peru. Key sights include the Santa Catalina Monastery where nuns lived in seclusion for 400 years and the Plaza de Armas. Following your tour, head back to your hotel or continue across the plaza independently to visit the museum that houses the world's best preserved mummies, Juanita the Ice Maiden.

  • Day 4 - Depart for Colca Canyon

    Early in the morning you will depart for the Colca Canyon, the second deepest canyon in the world, where Andean culture has preserved its way of life for hundreds of years. The venture into the valley will be highlighted by the majestic volcanoes that form the backdrop of the brushed landscape.

  • Day 5 - Colca Canyon to Lake Titicaca

    As the sun is rising over the canyon you will take off for the Cruz del Condor, a fantastic area for viewing the Andean Condor. To see groups of these enormous birds with 10 ft. wingspans glide by at such close range is unforgettable. Continuing the journey to Puno you will arrive at your hotel on the banks of Lake Titicaca by evening.

  • Day 6 - The Islands of Lake Titicaca

    Today you will experience the waters of Lake Titicaca. The first stop will be the floating islands of Uros where local families build not just their houses but also boats and whole islands out of reeds. Then you'll briefly visit the island of Taquile en route to the private island of Isla Suasi, where you will spend the night in an eco-lodge.

  • Day 7 - Isla Suasi

    Wake up to the soothing isolation of life on an island. You'll spend a relaxing day exploring this windswept area, meandering along paths, and perhaps paddling along the shore in a canoe. This inclusive resort includes all your meals, so you'll enjoy a hearty Andean lunch before traveling by boat back to the mainland.

  • Day 8 - Lake Titicaca to Cuzco

    For travelling from Lake Titicaca to Cuzco we recommend the overland route to take in the scenery and historical sites along the way. If desiring a bit more luxury, the Andean Explorer train conveys you to Cuzco in the utmost of comfort and classic style.

  • Day 9 - Private Half Day Cuzco City Tour

    During your tour of Cuzco, the capital of the Incan Empire, you'll visit Sacsayhuaman, an immense Incan complex with impressive stonework; Koricancha, one of the most important Incan temples (the walls were once actually coated in gold!); and Cuzco's Cathedral where you'll learn about the Cuzco School of Art.

  • Day 10 - Private Sacred Valley Tour

    Your Sacred Valley tour will include visits to the ancient circular agricultural terraces of Moray, the salt mines at Maras, and the ruins and village of Ollantaytambo. Departing from Ollantaytambo, enjoy a scenic train ride through the Sacred Valley to the town of Machu Picchu where you will stay in your hotel at Aguas Calientes.

  • Day 11 - Private Machu Picchu Tour

    Uncover the secrets of Machu Picchu during a guided tour of this Incan citadel. You'll visit the most important parts of the ruins to learn how and why they were constructed. After the tour, you'll have time to further explore the ruins or sit back and enjoy the magic of Machu Picchu. You can also hike to the top of Huayna Picchu for a bird's eye view of the ruins. The steep path takes about an hour and a half to ascend. Departing from Machu Picchu town, enjoy a train ride to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival at the train station you will be met and transferred to your Cuzco hotel.

  • Day 12 - International Departure

    You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the Cuzco airport for your flight to Lima. (Optional recommended excursion) - Depending on the time of your international flight out a private tour of Lima's key sites can be arranged. You will visit the Larco Archaeological Museum, the San Francisco Monastery and its catacombs, Lima's historic colonial squares, and the picturesque waterfront district Miraflores.


Explore Arequipa, the city built from volcanic ash, then travel through the Colca Canyon to observe the majestic condor soar. Experience island hopping Peruvian style in Lake Titicaca and cap it off with a luxury Machu Picchu tour.

1 night in Lima, 2 nights in Arequipa, 1 night in Colca Canyon, 3 nights in Lake Titicaca, 3 nights in Cuzco, 1 night in Machu Picchu town

 


Highlights:
  • Privately guided in-depth tours
  • Guide-on-board round-trip train journey
  • Majestic volcanoes views and sightings of the Andean Condor

This fully customizable tour can be crafted by a Destination Expert to match the vacation of your dreams. From the moment you contact us, until the day you return home, we will cater for your every whim.


12 Day Tour from $3,490 per person

Includes:

  • 11 nights in our preferred properties hand selected for comfort, convenience and quality
  • Privately guided tours with your own personal guide and driver
  • All private airport transfers with English speaking assistance
  • Roundtrip Vistadome train to Machu Picchu Pueblo and the bus to ruins with the company of your private guide to ensure a seamless journey
  • All required entrance fees
  • All breakfasts
  • 24hr support
  • All taxes

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"Having spent my childhood amongst the rolling hills of the UK, I fell in love with the Andes on visits to Chile, Bolivia and Peru and made my permanent home amongst the mountains of Cusco."