From the Inca Empire to the Peruvian Amazon with the Nazca Lines
From its amazing archaeological treasures to its gastronomic delights and from its scenic beauty to its melting pot of cultures, Peru offers visitors a wide array of attractions—and on this tour, you’ll experience its highlights. Begin in the cosmopolitan city of Lima with a guided sightseeing tour, a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum, and a special welcome dinner in an ornate family owned mansion in the heart of Lima. Fly to Cusco and descend into the Sacred Valley of the Incas for guided tours of Cusco, Kenko and Sacsayhuaman built in the early 12th century with some stones weighing more than 350 tons. Of course, no vacation to Peru is complete without visiting Machu Picchu. Built around 1450 at the height of the Inca Empire, Machu Picchu is located in a gorgeous mountain setting above the Sacred Valley. Stand in awe as you witness it. It is one of the most majestic images in South America, if not the world! Fly to Iquitos where you will embark on a journey to one of the world’s vastly unexplored regions, the mighty Amazon. Experience the Amazon wilderness where it originates in Peru – where biodiversity is at its greatest and the rainforest is untamed. Board one of the world’s most luxurious small ships—the Aria. Enjoy fine wine, haute cuisine, and all-inclusive comfort while venturing deep into the Amazon jungle in search of elusive wildlife. During your time in the Amazon take naturalist-guided panga rides through the river tributaries, swim with pink dolphins, and visit native communities, all while returning to your plush five-star yacht. Of course, no trip to Peru is complete without seeing the Nazca Lines. When seen from the air, the lines form precise geometric shapes that number in the hundreds, as well as 70 figures, which include a monkey, whale, hummingbird, shark, spiders, and plants. Archaeologists remain puzzled about why the ancient Nazca people, who thrived here from 200 BC to 500 AD, created illustrations that could only be seen from far above the earth. Wonderful scenery, historical treasures, learning opportunities, and so much more—all are available on this thrilling trip to Peru!
Cruise: 3-night cruise in an outside stateroom cruising the Amazon River aboard the Aria; Pacaya Samiria Reserve; guided sightseeing each day with a local NaturalistDay 1 Lima: welcome to South AmericaDay 2 Lima: sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit San Francisco Monastery and Larco Herrara Museum; welcome dinner at Casa Garcia AlvaradoDay 3 Lima–Cusco–Sacred Valley: fly to Cusco; visit Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Awanakancha, and Pisac; dinner and Peruvian Paso Horse ShowDay 4 Sacred Valley–Machu Picchu: visit Ollantaytambo and an Incan home, Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes; sightseeing of Machu Picchu with a Local GuideDay 5 Machu Picchu–Cusco: second included entrance to Machu Picchu; return train tripDay 6 Cusco: sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Santo Domingo Monastery and the CathedralDay 7 Cusco–Lima–Iquitos (Embarkation)–Cruising the Peruvian Amazon: Board the Aria; welcome meeting & dinnerDays 8-9 Cruising the Peruvian Amazon: Naturalist-guided walks and panga rides in search of wildlife; nocturnal panga cruiseDay 10 Cruising the Peruvian Amazon (Disembarkation)–Iquitos–Lima: Naturalist-guided panga ride; native village visit; visit the Manatee Rescue Center; fly to LimaDay 11 Lima–Paracas: Ballestas Islands cruise and a Nazca Lines flight with window seatDay 12 Paracas–Lima: free time in Paracas, return to LimaDay 13 Lima: your vacation ends this morning
Lima Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores (D)Sacred Valley Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley (SF)Machu Picchu Sumaq Hotel (MD)Cusco Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco (F)Peruvian Amazon Cruise AriaNazca Lines Doubletree Paracas (SF)
Breakfast (B): American breakfast dailyLunch (L): 6 lunches including a farewell lunch on board the AriaDinner (D): 9 three-course dinners including a welcome dinner in Lima
NOTE:Maximum elevation on tour: 11,200 ft.