Day by Day
Day 1 - Lima
Arrival to Lima, reception at the airport and transfer to your hotel. (Country Club, Marriot, Miraflores Park)
Day 2 - Lima (B & L)
After breakfast, we shall visit a market to see the huge variety of fish, shellfish and other coastal produce which has lent Lima the name of gastronomic capital of South America. We shall also have an opportunity of seeing the vast range of vegetables, fruits, cereals and other food products from all the regions of Peru. We shall then visit the kitchens of one of the best local seafood restaurants in Lima to witness firsthand the preparation of the famous national dish of Peru, Ceviche. This raw fish dish is marinated in the ubiquitous Peruvian lime and is served with sliced chilli peppers. After this mouthwatering presentation, we shall enjoy a delicious lunch at the traditional Peruvian restaurant, Senorio de Sulco. After lunch a guided visit of colonial and modern Lima, including the cathedral, dating from 1654, the main square, which still houses the original bronze fountain built in 1650, and the San Francisco Convent and its catacombs. Known as the city of the kings, Lima was founded in 1535 by Pizarro and rebuilt in 1991, the same year that UNESCO declared it a world heritage site. One of the very few South American cities that preserve the colonial past, Lima was home to the Spanish viceroy during the time of the Spanish colonialists. Return to your hotel.
Day 3 - Lima (B, L & D)
After breakfast, a visit to the Pachacamac archaeological site just outside of Lima. This pre-Inca site is composed of three main sites each built during different periods an forming one of the most important ancient pilgrimage sites in Latin America. Lunch at the wonderful Fincus Hacienda where we shall enjoy lunch and learn about the Peruvian Paso Horse, descended from Andalusian and Spannish Jennet horses. We shall see a demonstration of the graceful Paso Horse before returning to Lima. In the evening, we shall attend a demonstration cooking class of Nikkei cuisine (fusion Japanese-Peruvian) and enjoy a very special dinner at the Costanera 700 restaurant. Return to your hotel.
Day 4 - Cuzco (B & D)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cuzco, the ancient Inca capital of the Incas. After the one hour flight, reception and transfer to the Libertador Hotel. After a recommended light lunch (not included), a private guided tour of Cuzco including the Cathedral, Qoricancha temple, the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman overlooking Cuzco, Qenko and Puka Pukara. Return to the hotel. Dinner at MapCafe gourmet restaurant.
Day 5 - Cuzco (B)
After breakfast, free morning at leisure to visit the local shops and art galleries. In the afternoon, you will head over to the Yanapay Restaurant for your cooking class. Each item on the menu is extremely authentic. You will learn various cooking styles and traditional foods with a cooking professor. The professor will also help you translate the recipes home to remake these items whenever you want to remember Peru! The Menu you will make will be as follows:
Day 6 - Cuzco - Machu Picchu - Cuzco (B & L)
Enjoy a good night sleep before your transfer to the station for the boarding of the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes. Arrival to Aguas Calientes before boarding the bus for the short ride up to Machu Picchu, the ancient Inca citadel. Shortly after, a guided tour of Machu Picchu, the most spectacular ancient city in the world. Built by the Inca Pachacutec, and comprising stone blocks fitted with masterful precision, Machu Picchu harmoniously blends into the mountain landscape. There are many theories as to the origins behind Machu Picchu but three of the most popular ideas include a temple to the sun, a fortress against the jungle inhabitants or a sanctuary for the Incas. This fabulous city has houses, temples, warehouses, a large central square, all connected by narrow roads and steps, and is surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side which were used for agriculture. Buffet lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge Hotel. Return to Aguas Calientes by bus. Some free time to visit the colourful town and market before boarding the return train to Cuzco. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Day 7 - Sacred Valley (B)
After breakfast, a visit to the markets town of Chinchero and Pisaq in the Sacred Valley. Return to Cuzco.
Day 8 - Cuzco - Lima - Ica (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight back to Lima and private transfer south to Ica, and to the Paracas Libertador Hotel. Overnight accommodation.
Day 9 - Ica (B & L)
After breakfast, we shall visit the Hacienda Hoja Redonda located in nearby Chincha and learn about the most famous drink of Peru, Pisco. This clear brandy is distilled from grapes which are cultivated along the central-southern coast of Peru. A demonstration of the production of this spirit before lunch at the hacienda and return to your hotel.
Day 10 - Ica - Nazca - Lima (B)
Before breakfast, a flight tour over the enigmatic Nazca Lines; gigantic drawings and geometrical figures engraved in the driest desert of Peru and dating back to 250 AD. Drawn throughout over 1000 Km2 of desert on the Pampas of San Jose in Ica, and due to their enormous size and largely unknown origin, leaves an indelible impression on all who visit this most mysterious archaeological site. With representations of animals, such as a spider, a monkey and several birds, they are believed to be an enormous astronomical calendar or possibly an offering to the gods. First discovered in 1550 it was not until the advent of flight, in the 1920´s, that the lines were first realized for their significance. The drawings are not in actual desert sand but on small rock debris, varying in length from 150m to 300m and with a depth of 20cm. Return to the hotel for breakfast before returning to Lima in time for your return flight home (flight should leave late at night).
Tour Price Includes:
• Accommodation at selected 5 star hotels .
• All meals as indicated on the itinerary.
• Transfers, tours and excursions as per itinerary based in private service with English speaking specialist guides.
• All internal flight tickets.
• Train tickets.
• All entrance fees.
Tour Price Does Not Include:
• Personal expenses such as telephone bills, laundry expenses, beverages, etc
• Insurance against theft, loss, illness and/or accident etc.
• Tips, baggage porterage and other extras not specified.
Peru Premium Gastronomic Tour
10 Days / 9 Nights
Price starting at: $0 per person