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  • TREASURES OF PERU

    June 23rd - July 4th, 2017

    Private Coach & Air

    $6,649.00 CDN Funds based on double occupancy

    Minus Membership Privilege $133.00

    Additional $200 savings if more than 20 Brave Women Travel®

    (USD conversion approx $5100)

    Single Supplement $TBA

    Additional Intra Air - $404.00 + taxes Cdn $189.00

    Deposit of $500 due immediately (non refundable)

    Balance Due March 23rd, 2017

    INSIGHT VACATIONS LUXURY GOLD

    DOES NOT INCLUDE AIRFARE TO PERU RETURN OR INSURANCE



    PERU

    Within the mountains of Peru lies the hub of the Inca Empire, teamed with Spanish colonial towns and sensational views of the Andes. The nation’s colourful culture is reflected in a tradition of festivals, handicrafts, music and dance.

    Situated on the west coast of South America and boasting a population upwards of 29 million - as well as 4,000 types of butterfly – Peru is a country rich in natural resources and cultural importance.

    To the north lies Lima, the beautiful ‘City of Lights’, and the second driest capital in the world. As Peru’s largest city and shrouded in history, Lima is a curious mix of beautiful churches and monasteries harking back to the Spanish rule, surrounded by an extremely arid desert. However seasoned a traveller you are, be sure to take in the Fuente de la Fantasía (Fantasy Fountain) and watch as the illuminated display dances to music and lasers.

    East of Lima and set against a backdrop of ancient ruins, you can immerse yourself in relics of the mysterious Inca Empire [masked] AD) and head to Machu Picchu, the Holy Grail for South America’s tourists and without doubt, one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Hugging the hills, the intricate temple offers sensational views of the Sacred Valley below. Those feeling brave can travel as the Inca’s did, on foot, but there’s also an option to visit by train from Cusco if hiking isn’t your forte.

    Travel south to discover the striking city of Puno on the majestic Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable body of water. Known as the folkloric capital, it boasts old architecture, traditional festivals, vibrant music, expressive dance and scores of Peruvian women in colourful, traditional dress.  

    Peruvian food is dominated by spices and big flavours – namely the yellow aji pepper as a staple ingredient - and you’ll find markets with mountains of avocadoes and more varieties of potato than you’ll know what to do with. While the Andean region’s most popular source of meat, the guinea pig, may not be to everyone’s tastes, there’s still plenty of dishes to try. Depending on your tastes, you might want to sample Peru’s national dish, ceviche - a popular raw seafood and chilies recipe that claims to become an obsession for all who try it. And while you’re there, be sure to make time to share stories with the locals you meet. Many have never left the country, or even their villages, and are often fascinated by the tourists’ interest in them and their culture.

    Anyone looking to experience a wealth of archaeological and historical treasures teamed with a wide diversity of art, cuisine, literature and music will find Peru is the perfect destination. Just make sure you pick up some local handicrafts before you leave.




    HIGHLIGHTSEXCLUSIVE INSIGHTS

    Lima: Over a hot chocolate or authentic café pasado, learn the secrets and discover the unique flavour of Peruvian coffee with an expert barista.

    Lima: Experience the beautiful 'City of Kings' through the eyes of a Local Expert.

    Machu Picchu: Learn how to blend the perfect pisco sour.

    Lima: In the artistic district of Lima, meet sculptor and painter Victor Delfín, best known for his monumental El Beso sculpture, at his workshop.

    Sacred Valley: The Centre of Traditional Textiles and founder Nilda Callañaupa empower Quechuan women and men in the communities of Chinchero, Chahuaytire and Pitumarca to preserve and teach textile traditions that were disappearing.

    Sacred Valley: Visit a family in Maras who offer a variety of authentic and regional craft workshops.

    Sacred Valley: Witness the spectacular terraced salt pans, called Salinas de Maras and learn how the care of them is a family tradition in the region.

    Sacred Valley: Watch as a local shaman performs a centuries-old ritual just for you and expresses reverence to the Earth.

    Sacred Valley: Enjoy stunning scenery from the panoramic viewing cars of the Vistadome train.

    Aguas Calientes: With a Local Expert, explore the cloud forest, visit a working tea plantation and an orchid farm.

    Machu Picchu: Join your Local Expert for a full day discovery of the enigmatic Lost City of the Incas.

    Sacred Valley: At a local camelid farm, meet llamas, guanacos, alpacas and even the rare vicuña and enjoy an insight into how their soft wool is used to make beautiful woven textiles.

    Cusco: Join a Local Expert to explore the Temple of Koricancha, Sacsayhuaman and the cathedral.

    Cusco: Practice your bartering skills at a local market. All purchases are later donated to local needy families.

    Lake Titicaca: Cruise the lake and learn about the lifestyle and customs of the local people, who bundle reeds from the lake to build floating platforms, houses and canoes.

    Puno: Explore Sillustani to view the stone burial towers 'chullpas' that have dotted the shores since pre-Inca times.

    EPICUREAN DINING

    Lima: Enjoy a Highlight Lunch at Amor Amar in a trendy, bohemian district.

    Lima: Located in an unparalleled setting within the compound of a 1500-year-old adobe pyramid built by the original inhabitants of Lima, the menu at Huaca Pucllana is creatively Peruvian, with fusion touches spicing up classic criollo cooking and created by one of the capital's celebrated chefs.

    Sacred Valley: Experience a caja china lunch, a popular way to create a delicious meal in Peru, cooked in a wooden box.

    Sacred Valley: Delight in a Pachamama Feast prepared in an underground oven and served in an exquisite garden.

    Cusco: Dine at MAP restaurant, situated on the patio of the Museum of Pre-Colombian Art. This contemporary Peruvian haute cuisine restaurant offers an artistic dining experience—candlelit for a dazzling evening ambiance.

    Lima: Savour an inventive selection of Peruvian nouvelle cuisine on your Celebration Dinner at Cala, an oceanfront restaurant.

    1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 11 Full Breakfasts (FB), 7 Lunches (L), 5 Dinners (D), 2 Highlight Lunches (HL), 2 Highlight Dinners (HD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD).

    OUTSTANDING HOTELS

    Cusco: The stylishly decorated and luxurious JW Marriott El Convento is built atop ancient Incan ruins.

    Sacred Valley: The elegant Tambo del Inka will ensure an indelible stay.

    INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES

    Be escorted by the crème de la crème of Insight Travelling Concierges - handpicked for every departure. This skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.

    A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.

    At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling with prompt delivery right to your door. Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.

    Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.

    With Insight Flourishes, from time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.

    Included airport transfers on Day 1 and 12.

    OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

    Most Insight tours already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Tour Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your tour. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.


    DAY 1 ARRIVE LIMA, PERU

    On arrival at Lima International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your luxurious hotel in Miraflores, Lima's most prestigious address. At 19:00 join your Travelling Concierge for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception and an opportunity to meet with your fellow travellers over drinks and a light meal at Nos, Chef Virgilio Martinez's newest restaurant in Lima.

    Hotel: JW Marriott Lima, Oceanview Rooms

    Welcome Reception and Dinner


    DAY 2 LIMA, 'CITY OF THE KINGS'

    (Relaxed Start) Experience Lima through the eyes of a Local Expert as you are introduced to the beautiful 'City of Kings'. Explore the UNESCO listed Historic Centre of Lima; view the imposing cathedral, and visit the San Francisco Monastery with its shadowy catacombs lined with skulls and bones. A Highlight Lunch is included in the trendy, bohemian district of Barranco at one of Lima's most up-and-coming restaurants, Amor Amar. Continue exploring Barranco and visit the workshop of Victor Delfin, one of the leading sculptors and painters in Peru, best known for his monumental El Beso, a large sculpture unveiled in 1993 in "Love Park" in the Miraflores district. Meet Victor and his wife—who was his muse for the sculpture—at his home. Then, over a hot chocolate or authentic café pasado, listen to an expert barista spill the beans on Peruvian coffee. As evening falls, the restaurant terrace at Huaca Pucllana overlooks the illuminated ruins of a 1500-year-old pre-Inca pyramid. In contrast, the cuisine at the evening's Highlight Dinner is 'new Andean', exquisitely executed by one of the capital's celebrated chefs.

    Hotel: JW Marriott Lima, Oceanview Rooms

    Full Breakfast, Highlight Lunch, Highlight Dinner

    DAY 3 LIMA AND ON TO THE SACRED VALLEY

    Board your flight for Cusco and drive to Peru's Sacred Valley. Stretching between the old Inca capital of Cusco and the legendary city of Machu Picchu, this was the fertile homeland of the Inca Empire. Visit the colourful Sunday market in the town of Chinchero, one of the most traditional markets in all of South America, where you'll be surrounded by locals in their traditional dress, buying and selling their wares. Then, meet Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a Quechua and scholar, president of the Centre for Traditional Textiles of Cusco and recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Enjoy lunch with Nilda and learn about her mission to preserve traditional weaving techniques and why weaving in Peru is much more than just an art form. View weavers at work, learn about weaving patterns and Andean beliefs. Later, check into your luxurious resort and relax before dinner at your hotel.

    Hotel: Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa, Sacred Valley

    Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    DAY 4 EXPLORING THE SACRED VALLEY

    (Relaxed Start) Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before heading to the little town of Maras to meet with a local family, giving you the unique opportunity to learn the local arts and crafts of the region. View the spectacular terraced salt pans dating back to Inca times, a patchwork landscape of pinks, tans and browns. Families have passed down caring for these salt pans for generations and today maintain them in much the same way they did long ago. Experience the ways in which they care for the salt pans and how their way of life depends on this tradition. In Moray, view the Incan ruins of circular terraces said to have been used for agricultural experiments. Experience a typical, trendy Peruvian meal, a caja china lunch of fresh vegetables and slow-roasted meats, all cooked in a wooden box. After lunch, witness a private Pachamama Ceremony, or 'Payment to the Earth', as a local shaman performs a centuries-old ritual of expressing reverence to the Earth as a source of life. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy your resort's facilities.

    Hotel: Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa, Sacred Valley

    Full Breakfast, Lunch


    DAY 5 JOURNEY TO MACHU PICCHU

    Start the day with a visit to the town of Ollantaytambo, a National Archeological Site. Settle in to the panoramic viewing cars of the Vistadome train for the scenic journey to Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch is included upon arrival at your resort, reminiscent of an ancient Andean village. Explore nature trails winding past waterfalls and gardens as your Local Expert explains the fascinating cloud forest ecosystem. Discover a working tea plantation and the world's largest private collection of indigenous orchids. In the evening, learn how to blend the perfect pisco sour before enjoying dinner at the hotel.

    Hotel: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

    Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    DAY 6 MYSTERIOUS MACHU PICCHU

    Today, you have the entire day to discover the incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu, recently named one of the 'New Seven Wonders of the World'. Meet your Local Expert for a walk through the enigmatic 'Lost City of the Incas'. Learn about its history and the people who once lived there as you explore the site. Witness the great Temple of the Sun, Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved Intihuatana, believed to be an ancient sun clock. After an included lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge, there is more time to explore the archaeological site at your own pace, or perhaps visit the local town and browse its market before dinner.

    Hotel: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

    Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    DAY 7 RETURN TO CUSCO

    (Relaxed Start) Return by train to the Sacred Valley and tantalise your taste buds with a Highlight Lunch at a Pachamanca Feast, a traditional Peruvian meal cooked underground. At a local camelid farm, get up close and personal with llamas, guanacos, alpacas and even the rare and precious vicuña, known for their soft and highly prized wool. Arrive at your stylish hotel, only steps away from the Plaza de Armas. Built atop ancient Incan ruins and situated around a 16th century convent, your hotel is a veritable museum in the historic city of Cusco.

    Hotel: JW Marriott El Convento, Cusco

    Full Breakfast, Highlight Lunch


    DAY 8 COLONIAL CUSCO

    Join a Local Expert to explore Cusco and its surroundings. Visit the Temple of the Sun at Koricancha and the formidable citadel of Sacsayhuaman, made of gigantic boulders, and the city cathedral. Visit the local market where you can practice your bartering skills. Set out for San Blas, Cusco's artisan centre, where you visit an unusual candle shop and learn about its importance to the locals. After, enjoy some free time on the Plaza de Armas for shopping. In the evening, enjoy a candlelit Highlight Dinner at the reputed MAP restaurant.

    Hotel: JW Marriott El Convento, Cusco

    Full Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

    DAY 9 LAKE REGION OF PERU

    (Relaxed Start) After departing Cusco in the morning, board your included flight to Juliaca before a drive to Puno, situated on the edge of the majestic waters of Lake Titicaca. Arrive on Esteves Island and your lakeside hotel.

    Hotel: Libertador Lake Titicaca

    Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    DAY 10 THE FLOATING ISLANDS OF LAKE TITICACA

    Cruise Lake Titicaca, the most sacred lake in the world of the Incas, to the famous floating islands of Uros. Here the local people bundle reeds from the lake to build floating platforms, houses and canoes. Learn about their lifestyle and customs before continuing to the island of Amantani, known for its weaving, stone carvings and gorgeous landscape. Enjoy lunch hosted by local restaurateur, Gladys Quispe Yanarico at Samari. After, there is time to explore or purchase local handicrafts before returning to Puno where you can relax until dinner.

    Hotel: Libertador Lake Titicaca

    Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    DAY 11 PUNO, BACK TO LIMA

    (Relaxed Start) Head out to Sillustani on the shores of Lake Umayo, where the ancient Colla people interred their kings and nobility in enigmatic 'chullpas' or funerary towers. After exploring these impressive burial grounds, enjoy a scenic drive back to Juliaca for your flight to Lima. As the sun sets, be treated to a sensational seaside Celebration Dinner at CALA where pisco sours are the cocktail of choice. With the waves crashing beneath you, savour an inventive selection of Peruvian nouvelle cuisine, with an emphasis on fresh seafood.

    Hotel: JW Marriott Lima, Oceanview Rooms

    Full Breakfast, Lunch, Celebration Dinner


    DAY 12 DEPART LIMA

    Your Peruvian adventure draws to a close today. A departure transfer is included to Lima airport.

    Full Breakfast


    ACCOMMODATION

    JW MARRIOTT OCEAN-VIEW ROOMS MIRAFLORES LIMA

    - 5 STAR

    Lima (Central) - Peru

    Complimentary Wifi

    Located in Lima's distinctive Miraflores district, this hotel offers superior service, luxury accommodation and an unbeatable location near top fine dining, notable historic sites, and picturesque public spaces. Stylish guest rooms feature spectacular ocean views and include amenities like marble bathrooms and designer bedding. Savor fine Peruvian dining at one of the two acclaimed restaurants, book a spa treatment at the Health Club, or break a sweat in the state-of-the-art fitness center.

    TAMBO DEL INKA A LUXURY COLLECTION RESORT SPA

    - 5 STAR

    Sacred Valley (Scenic) - Peru

    Complimentary Wifi

    This exceptional luxury hotel, superbly located in the Urubamba Valley, features a full-service spa, a restaurant, and an indoor pool. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, and a bar/lounge. All 128 rooms boast deep soaking tubs, pillowtop beds, iPod docks, LCD TVs with cable channels and patios.

    INKATERRA MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO HOTEL

    - 0 STAR

    Machu Picchu (Scenic) - Peru

    Complimentary Wifi

    Located in the heart of the Machu Picchu area, this spa resort is the ultimate cloud forest vacation paradise, offering 85 intimate casitas in a sprawling Andean style village, within 23 acres of secluded and exquisite beauty. Follow stone pathways along the terraced hills, melding with the sacred energy of the mountains. Indulge in Inkaterra spa services, two first-class restaurant boasting stunning views of the rushing Vilcanota River and a secluded bar/lounge to savor Pisco Sours.

    LIBERTADOR LAKE TITICACA

    - 0 STAR

    Lake Titicaca (Scenic) - Peru

    Complimentary Wifi

    Located on a private island -- the Esteves Island -- Libertador Lake Titicaca offers unforgettable sunrises and sunsets from any point in the hotel. The hotel offers 360º views of the highest navigable lake in the world. From its private pier, guests navigate to islands lost in time where they can witness and participate from centuries-old traditions and crafts with their inhabitants. All 123 rooms offer stunning lake views and the modern amenities of an international luxury hotel. Los Uros restaurant offers international and local cuisine made with local produce, surrounded by one of the greatest views of the lake. At night, enjoy drinks at the Taquile bar.




    What’s Included:

    Accommodation:  Based on twin share in Luxury hotels for 11 nights.  Hotels quoted are to be used as a guide only and are subject to availability and change at the time of booking.  If the quoted hotel is unavailable, we will secure another hotel in the same category as similar as possible.

    Sightseeing:  Included as per the attached itinerary.  All services are based on availability at the time of booking.

    Meals:  1 welcome dinner, 11 full breakfasts, 7 lunches, 2 highlight lunches, 2 highlight dinners & 1 celebration dinner as noted on the itinerary.

    Tour Director:  Services of professional English speaking tour director Day 1 Lime 11 in Lima.  Local expert guides where required & as noted on the itinerary.

    Service charges: Tips to restaurants where a meal is included by Insight Vacations.  All tips to the hotels.

    Porterage:  One piece of luggage per person, in and out of hotels provided by Insight.

    Transportation:  Private Coach for transfers and tours.  The Business Class legroom that is provided on motorcoaches in other regions is not provided on this itinerary due to regional limitations with vehicles, such as in Cusco, where a motorcoach cannot travel on the narrow streets of this ancient city.  Coaches are used and will not have Insight Livery or feature “extra legroom”

    Arrival and Departure transfers:  Based on one group arrival and one group departure transfer.  Should members of the group require transfers outside these times, they will have to make their own transport arrangements.  If individual or additional transfers are required then supplements will need to be applied.

    Documentation: Ticket wallet containing the itinerary, hotel list, and optional experiences list. Guests will receive a choice of: Luxury Gold ticket Wallet and Backpack OR Luxury Gold Ticket Wallet and Tote Bag.



    Brought to you by:  Insight Vacations Gold Luxury

    Susan James

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    Vellinga’s Travel & Cruise Holidays

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    London, Ontario Canada

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