Essence of Peru

This short itinerary is ideal for those with limited time and can be combined with an extension to the Galapagos Islands, into the Amazon, to Arequipa or to Lake Titicaca.

Highlights: Lima – Cuzco – Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu


DAY 1:

Fly to Lima. On arrival you will be met and driven to your hotel. Lima is our gateway to the marvels of Peru so you won’t have much time to explore the city.

DAY 2:

Fly to Cuzco where you will have an afternoon city tour to help you get your bearings. This includes the Plaza de Armas, cathedral and important fortress of Sacsayhuaman.

DAY 3:

Free day in Cuzco. We will be happy to arrange excursions and activities such as a visit to artisans in the craft workshops of San Blas, cooking lessons with a local chef, mountain biking, riding or white-water rafting.

DAY 4:

Tour of the Sacred Valley including the impressive site of Ollantaytambo. It is worth the climb to the top, not only for the views but to see the highly-finished intricate Inca stonework of giant interlocking granite blocks.

DAY 5:

Full day tour to Machu Picchu by train from the Sacred Valley (2 hours each way). Tour of the citadel and lunch at Machu Picchu is included before returning to the Sacred Valley.

DAY 6:

Departure transfer from the Sacred Valley to Cuzco airport in time to check in for your flight to Lima. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

DAY 7:

Final day in Peru before your evening flight home. Depending on the time of your flight, we may be able to arrange a city tour or lunch at the Rosa Nautica pier.


Please contact us to discuss extensions to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, to Lake Titicaca, to the Amazon rainforest, or to neighbouring Bolivia or Chile.

The above sample Peru holiday an be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.


We offer a range of accommodation from three star standard hotels to five star luxury so please chat to our staff for informed advice and expertise to discuss arrangements for your tailor-made holiday to Peru.

Included Tours, Excursions & Activities whilst on your South American Holiday

The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample Peru holiday are just a selection of what is available in each location. The programme can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for this holiday; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made Peru holiday.

Duration of your Holiday

If you like the broad sweep of the above sample Peru itinerary but have fewer days to spend on your holiday, or wish to extend it in any way, please ask your Travel Consultant for ideas on how to shorten or lengthen the holiday, or how to reorganise the itinerary.

No-Obligation Quote

We would be delighted to email you a no-obligation, fully-detailed itinerary & quote for your tailor-made itinerary in South America together with  links to hotel websites, plus details of any included tours & excursions. The quote will clearly state what is, and what is not included in the quoted price. If you thereafter wish to make any changes to the initial itinerary – be it an alternative hotel, different activities, a different duration in any location etc. – that’s not a problem and we will continue to work with you to adjust the itinerary until it exactly matches what you’re looking for from this tailor-made Peru holiday.