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April 26 - May 5, 2019 $2695* ****Sadly, this event is already filled up, but we are doing it again in August! Check out https://www.meetup.com/IWantToDoThat/events/257492817/ Take the Train - No Trekking Machu Picchu, rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, is a fortress city of the ancient Incas. The ruins are one of the most beautiful and enigmatic ancient sites in the world. While the Inca people certainly used the Andean mountain top, erecting hundreds of stone structures in the 1400's, legends and myths indicate that Machu Picchu (meaning 'Old Peak' in the Quechua language) was revered as a sacred place from a far earlier time. Whatever its origins, the Inca turned the site into a small but extraordinary city. Invisible from below and completely self-contained, surrounded by agricultural terraces sufficient to feed the population, and watered by natural springs, Machu Picchu seems to have been used by the Inca as a secret ceremonial city. Two thousand feet above the Urubamba river, the cloud shrouded ruins have palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms and about 150 houses, all in a remarkable state of preservation. MACHU PICCHU SINGLES ADVENTURE ITINERARY: Vacation Day 1 - Friday: Arrive Lima, Peru Upon arrival in Lima, Peru you will be met at the airport and transfered to our hotel. Lima, Arrive early and spend the day in the City of Kings, a city full of history and cultural heritage. Tonight meet your group leader at your hotel and join the group for an optional dinner. Vacation Day 2 - Saturday: Lima / Cusco Early in the morning we transfer to the airport for our flight to Cusco. Upon arrival free time for a rest and to get used to the altitude. Cusco was a Holy City, place of pilgrimage, a sacred place the Incas themselves believed was “The Navel of World”, thus its real name “Qosqo”. Nowadays Cusco is a fascinating mix of Inca and Colonial Spanish architecture; churches, monasteries, convents and Inca remains are found at every corner, many streets are lined with perfect Inca stonework’s, which served as foundation for the Spanish constructions that took place in the XVI and XVII centuries. If you haven't meet everyone already, tonight is your opportunity. Get ready to enjoy a dinner in a typical restaurant with a folklore show where the musicians play their melodies with Andean instruments of beautiful sounds while typically dressed dancers will show you different ancient Peruvian dances. Vacation Day 3 - Sunday: Cusco Enjoy a late breakfast and time for souvenir shopping before our afternoon tour of Cusco. Visit the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha. Then drive to visit the Inca sites of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman, built strategically on a hill overlooking Cusco; famous for its enormous carved stones joined with astounding precision to form the outer walls. Some of these stones stand over 30ft tall and weigh over 350 tons. Vacation Day 4 - Monday: Cusco - Excursion to the "Sacred Valley of the Incas" A succession of picturesque towns, agricultural terraces and archaeological sites. Explore at your own pace the Market of Pisac, a picturesque Andean shopping center where native people are seen bartering their products and also selling a wide variety of handicrafts. On Sunday there is a catholic mass service on Sunday celebrated in Quechua, the native language. Lunch at a local restaurant in the Sacred Valley. In the afternoon we pass through Calca and Urubamba towns to arrive at the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo. Built to guard the valley entrance and protect it from enemies of the lower jungles it consists of a series of superimposed terraces of carved stones accessed by long staircases. Walk through the quaint streets of the nearby town, a religious and agricultural center during the Inca Empire. Visit the picturesque Andean village of Chinchero where the remains of the royal hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui lies. Admire the well preserved Inca wall at the Main Square, visit the beautiful colonial temple built on Inca foundations. Return to Cusco in the late afternoon. Vacation DAY 5 - Tuesday: Cusco / Machu Picchu The day starts with an early morning transfer to Cusco train station. Enjoy a unique train ride towards the marvelous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Get the most outstanding views of the Urubamba River, which cuts its way through green fields beneath the high peaks of the Andean glaciers towards the marvelous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Get the most outstanding views of the Urubamba River, which cuts its way through green fields beneath the high peaks of the Andean glaciers. After our three 1/2 hour train journey have lunch in Agias Calientes before we drive up the mountain to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, also known as "The Lost City of the Incas". Upon arrival our guided tour begins, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial (Intiwatana), the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds. After the tour you will have time to stroll around the archaeological site. Then it is back to Agias Calientes for an evening at leisure. Vacation Day 6 - Wednesday: Machu Picchu: Aguas Calientes - Cusco Excellent opportunity to wake up early, enjoy a beautiful sunrise, stroll around town or visit the Hot Spring Thermal waters. And still have time for optional activities: 1. Visit the Citadel of Machu Picchu for a second time (extra $$). 2. For active or more adventurous people, we suggest to climb up the Huayna Picchu (depending on weather conditions) from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being high and distant. Arriving at the top takes about two and a half hours. An exciting adventure for hikers who want to see the nature and the carved stone emerging from the ground as if a geological miracle. In the afternoon, back to Cusco by train and our hotel. Evening free. We recommend dining at the hotel and have an early night. Vacation Day 7 - Thursday: Cusco - Puno Morning departure by bus to the City of Puno. During our trip, pass by the lovely Wacarpay Lake, offering spectacular views of mountains reflected in waters. Visit the pre-Inca citadel of Pikillacta, the ruins consist of more than 700 structures with some walls standing at almost 40 feet high. We proceed to the town of Andahuaylillas to visit the Church of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, also known as the Sistine Chapel of the Americas, due to its decorated polychrome ceiling. On the way, we stop to see a spectacular Inca Sanctuary dedicated to the great Inca God of Wiracocha. Then we pass through La Raya Ranch where we can see herds of vicuñas and llamas, stopping at the town of Ayaviri, an important livestock and textile center, to visit the impressive Temple of Kalasaya, ruins from the ancient Pucara Culture. We stop for lunch in a quiet countryside restaurant, where we can enjoy the delightful culinary art of the region. Later In the afternoon we arrive in Puno and check in to our hotel. Vacation Day 8 - Friday: Puno: Titicaca Lake Floating Island of the Uros and Island of Taquile This morning, we will have an unforgettable motorboat excursion on the waters of Lake Titicaca to the unique "Floating Islands" of the Uros. The ancient inhabitants of the lake, known as the Water Tribe, have built their own "islands" by periodically adding new layers of a type of reed unique to the area called "totora", vegetable fibre from the Papiro family. Their homes and boats are also made from this material. Then we continue our motorboat trip to Taquile island, inhabited by Quechua-speaking natives who have developed an efficient and unique social system, as well as fine hand weaving techniques, that have been passed down through generations. After lunch in a local Taquile inn, we will have a walk through the various hills and archaeological sites of this 3 1/2 mile long island before we return to Puno. Vacation Day 9 - Satuday: Puno/ Lima Early in the morning we transfer to the airport for our flight to Lima. A city tour around Lima is a fantastic way to discover the history in this old capital of the Conquistadors. Our tour of the "City of Kings" includes the Historical Center, Main Square, Government Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral (tomb of Francisco Pizarro, conqueror of Peru), Museum of the Cathedral, Temple of Santo Domingo (tombs of Santa Rosa and San Martin), Temple of San Pedro, Lima Colonial Balconies, Torre Tagle Palace, Paseo de Aguas and Convent de los Descalzos.. after enjoy an overview of Peru's pre-Columbian history while visiting the Museum of Anthropology and Archeology, the largest collection of pre-Hispanic artifacts, such as Chavin stone sculptures, textiles from Paracas, Nazca and Mochica ceramics and Chimu metalwork; as well as paintings, documents and objects relating to prominent people of Peru's Conquest, Vice Royalty and Republic times. After all that sightseeing let's sit back and enjoy a folklore show and dinner at a local Peruvian restaurant at our Farewell Dinner. Vacation Day 10 - Sunday: Depart Lima It is time to say goodbye to all your new travel buddies as we are transferred to the Airport for our International Flights home. Hotels: Lima - Casa Andina Hotel (http://www.casa-andina.com/hotel-miraflores-lima_casa-andina-select-miraflores/); Cusco - Eco Inn Hotel (http://www.ecoinnhotels.com/eco-inn-cusco); Machu Picchu - Hotel Taypikala (http://www.taypikala.com/website/main.php?hotelid=4&linkid=1&lan=eng); Puno - Hotel Casa Andina (http://www.casa-andina.com/en/destinations/puno/hotel-puno-peru_casa-andina-private-collection) Vacation Includes * 9 Nights Accommodations * Breakfast Daily - 5 Lunches - 2 Dinners * Domestic Air Flights in Peru * Vistadome Train to Machu Picchu * English Speaking Travel Leader * Guided Tours per itinerary * Airport/Hotel Transfers on Tour Dates * All Taxes and Surcharges Not Included * International Airfare * Airport Taxes * Tips $100 collected on first day Optional Pre-night Hotel: Single Room - $160 per night; Share - $95 each per night (no roommate match available) Deposit $400 Balance Due February 5, 2019 After Feb 5, Full Payment is due at time of booking For Reservations please call Anna at (800)[masked] or email at [masked]
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Meetup on The Orient Express!!!! The Orient Express, . . . you have heard it many times. The romance, the mystery, the adventure!! Of course with the opulence too! This trip brings back the romance and adventure of train travel, along with the mystery of new cities and countries. Brought back in a special way; adding value and removing inflated expense of excessive opulence by replacing it with service and contemporary refinement. The journey will mirror the original Orient Express route and go from Paris to Istanbul. You will visit Paris, Venice, Vienna, Prague, Budapest and Istanbul. The trip starts in Paris and has a full two days there. Also staying two full days in Vienna, 1 ½ days in Budapest, with full days in Venice, Prague, and Istanbul. Guided tours in each city, and one meal a day are also included! Included additionally are many other options and extras. We travel as a group, and also have the flexibility of hop-on, hop-off tours and museum passes with "skip the line" option so you enjoy a complete independence. You are free to do your own thing, cater to your special interests, visit other sights and locations in the cities. You can do it independently, or you can join new friends traveling with you, and do it together. The idea is come alone, meet new like-minded people and make lifelong memories...without being stuck with the "one size fits all" tour formula. Here is a basic thumbnail: ** Paris for two full days. * Night Train Paris to Venice **Venice for a full day * Night Train Venice to Vienna **Vienna for two full days * Night Train Vienna to Prague ** Prague for a full day * Night Train Prague to Budapest ** Budapest for two (almost full) days * Late flight Budapest to Istanbul ** Istanbul for full day. * Hotels nights in Paris, Vienna, Budapest and Istanbul What was The Orient Express? And why re-create it? The Orient Express was long-distance passenger train service that began in 1883 with the original endpoints being Paris to Istanbul. In Istanbul the Pera Palace Hotel was built in 1892 as the accommodations at the terminus. And we are staying in it!!! Although the original. The name became synonymous with intrigue and was a showcase of luxury with comfort at a time when traveling was still rough and dangerous. The route changed many times, and was eventually shortened to Bucharest, then later shortened to Budapest as the endpoint. And again shortened to either Venice or Vienna. By 2007 The Orient Express was only Paris to Strasbourg, and in 2009 stopped service altogether. So the real Orient Express is but a memory. There is a price for opulent luxury, . . . and we are not paying it. With this trip, we visit more cities, with guided tours included in each, a meal a day, as well as all transfers and hotels with concierge quality service. Give in to the lure of the rails with adventure, tempered with value resulting in memories of a lifetime. EVERY aspect of this trip is epic. Visit picturesque and storied cities Paris, Venice, Vienna, Prague, Budapest and Istanbul. Enjoy four night trains and experience the enchantment of the rails. We are even staying in the original destination of Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul with it's grandeur and opulence. All the details are taken care of so all you have to do is join in & revel in the magic of all the places we are traveling to. In the end you will have visited 6 countries: France, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary and Turkey! Includes: all trains all accommodations all train cabins all transfers guided tours in each city a meal a day and more The only way to secure your spot is a $500 deposit. Fully refundable to 90 days before the event. Final payment due 60 days before $500 deposit plus the $2,790 final payment = $3,290 total cost. There is very limited capacity of 22 total. This trip will fill up extremely quickly. It has been posted only a short time and 16 spaces are already taken. Live the adventure instead of only dreaming it !!!
Of course you know the show is ending and this is the final season. It has an April 14 start date and likely to end (maybe) May 19. For us, the fans, this meetup will be the perfect end - go visit the real filming locations in Coratia right after the end of the show. Game of Thrones is a world of its own, a fantasy realm with a rich, detailed history and iconography that captivates you and makes you feel you are there, in a different realm and an integral part of its vivid storyline. No wonder Croatia was chosen as a crucial filming location for the the show, for it is a nation whose history reaches far into ancient times, and its architecture and monuments speak of eras long gone. This is a completely authentic Game of Thrones experience in Croatia. AND Croatia is also dripping in history all of its own. AND you will go to those too!! Meetup is limiting the amount of space for words and pix to tell you how fab and special this trip is. Gonna try something different. Putting the daily info in comments . . .one for each day. Slimmed Itinerary: DAY 0, Thu, July 4th - Depart LA DAY 1, Fri, July 5th - Arriving Dubrovnik, Night in Dubrovnik DAY 2, Sat, July 6th -King's Landing. Night in Dubrovnik DAY 3, Sun, July 7th - Arboretum Trsteno, Ston, Blue and Green secrets of Imotski. Night in Split DAY 4, Mon, July 8th - Hvar, Pakleni, Vis, Blue and Green cave. Night in Split DAY 5, Tues, July 9th - Šibenik - The New Throne, Krka National Park. Night in Split DAY 6, Wed, Jul 10th - Meereen – Split / Klis. Night in Split Day 7, Thur, July 11th - Depart for Home Deposit of $500 to secure your place in this adventure. Balance of $1,795 due only 2 months prior to departure. Deposit is fully refundable up to 3 months prior to departure. Total cost $2,295 Double occupancy. Roommate matching provided. Cost Includes: ---6 nights Accommodation double occupancy (roommate matching provided) ---Includes 5 Dinners, a Wine Tasting, and 6 Breakfasts ---All filming locations in Croatia ---Private guide on all tours and Walking tours ---All Transfers including boat and private transfer from from airport to hotel and back ---All entrance tickets including National park entrance tickets ---All taxes, VAT and basic insurance Are you ready for your one-of-a-kind Game of Thrones experience? You better be, for it is an experience you will never forget! DAY 1. Arriving in Dubrovnik (airport pick up and check in to hotel) ---Included kickoff Dinner DAY 2. ---Included Breakfast ---9.30 Meeting point: Pile Gate ---Guided tour through King’s Landing Dubrovnik ---Guided tour through Lokrum ---5PM on-wards free time ---Included Dinner DAY 3 ---Included Breakfast ---9.30 Pick up at the hotel ---Arboretum Trsteno ---Ston ---Guided tour though Imotski, Red and Blue lakes ---Blue and Green secrets of Imotski ---Included Wine tasting at Imotski ---Included Dinner ---7PM Check in Split hotel ---After Check in on-wards free time DAY 4. ---Included Breakfast ---7.30 Pick up at the hotel ---Transfer to the speedboat ---Blue Cave ---Green Cave ---Stiniva cove ---Vis ---Pakleni islands ---Hvar town ---7PM Return to Split Hotel and free time DAY 5. Šibenik - The New Throne, Krka National Park ---Included Breakfast ---9.30 Pick up at the hotel ---Šibenik, guided tour The New Throne ---Krka National Park, guided tour ---Included Dinner at Agrotourism farm ---8PM Drive back to Split DAY 6 ---Included Breakfast ---Free Time to 4:30 PM ---4:30 PM Meeting point: Riva Promenade waterfront ---Meereen Diocletian basement guided tour ---Klis fortress tour ---Quarry tour ---Water mill tour ---Included Farewell Dinner ---10PM Drive back to Split DAY 7 ---Included Breakfast --- Depart for home It includes breakfast and dinner almost every day (you have to take care of dinner one day only). But there is a wine tasting too. Does that count as dinner? Let's go and make some memories!
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All around this will be an epic adventure! Of course Machu Picchu is the jewel of Peru's crown, but on the way you will find the hidden gems of Cusco and Agua Calientes. July and August are the prime and best months to visit. It's winter time there, which means is the dry season and therefore the best time of year to travel. So that is when we are going and in this case the journey is definitely the adventure! DAY 1, AUG 03 Arrive Lima, Peru and transfer to a domestic flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco you will be met and a shuttle will take you to your hotel. Balance of the day to rest and get used to the high altitude. DAY 2, AUG 04 Included Breakfast Morning tour of Cuzco, considered the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Western Hemisphere, rising 11,400 feet above sea level. The tour includes visit to the Sun Temple which is now known as Santo Domingo Church, Saqsaywaman,Q’enqo, San Pedro, San Blas and the Twelve Angles stone. DAY 3, AUG 05 Included Breakfast You will be brought from your hotel to the Ollanta Train Station and board the Expedition Train to Aguas Calientes, where you will meet your private local guide and board the bus to go up to Machu Picchu. Here you will have a chance to observe the advance world of the Inkas and walk thru the Lost City. Temples, palaces, houses were built on the side of the mountain with impressive views of the Urubamba river and the green high Andean mountains!! Late afternoon return back to Aguas Calientes and overnight. DAY 4, AUG 06 Included Breakfast Day at leisure to explore Machu Picchu on your own. You can go back to the Lost City and visit this magnificent archeological site at your own pace or do some trekking...or stay in Aguas Calientes and visit the local market or the thermal baths. Afternoon return by train to Cusco, where you will be met and transfered to your hotel. DAY 5, AUG 07 Included Breakfast Leisure day in Cusco. The city is like an open museum, wherever you go you will find ancient Inka streets, palaces, colonial mansions from the Spaniards conquistadores or just take advantage of great bargains such as sweaters, ponchos, alpaca rugs, gold and silver jewelry....plenty of things to do and see.... DAY 6, AUG 08 Included Breakfast After breakfast you will be brought from hotel to Cusco airport for flight to Lima. From here, you can take a flight back home, or take advantage of our OPTIONAL 2-NIGHT EXTENSION TO LIMA** Total cost $1995 per person, double occupancy. We offer share matching. Single supplement- $375 INCLUDES: Airfare Lima-Cusco-Lima Hotel accommodations for 5 nights Sightseeing tour of Cusco with English speaking tour guide Tour and entry to Machu Picchu with private English speaking guide Trip Train tickets from Cusco to Machu Picchu and back Transfers to/from airport, hotels and train station Entrance fees 5 breakfasts and 1 lunch Tips to porters at airports and ports (not at hotels) 24/7 assistance of our local representatives. NOT INCLUDED Lima Extension (see price below)** International airfare Insurance Tips to guides, bus drivers, hotel porters Any other service not specifically mentioned in itinerary. Easy Itinerary Version: Day 0 Fri Aug 2nd depart LOS ANGELES Day 1 Sat Aug 3rd LIMA-CUSCO Day 2 Sun Aug 4th CUSCO-URUBAMBA VALLEY Day 3 Mon Aug 5th URUBAMBA VALLEY-MACHU PICCHU Day 4 Tues Aug 6th MACHU PICCHU-CUSCO Day 5 Wed Aug 7th CUSCO Day 6 Thur Aug 8th CUSCO-LIMA This exclusive and curated guided trip is limited to 12 lucky folks. 4 spaces already filled. Deposit of $500 is the only way to hold your space Deposit refundable up to 4 months before departure Balance of $1495 due 3 months before departure OPTIONAL LIMA EXTENSION incl 2 nights, roundtrip airport transfers, 2 breakfasts and a city sighseeing tour. Be amazed by Peru's capital - Lima, one of the most interesting and challenging cities in South America with a huge archaeological, historical and cultural past COST $221 per person, double occupancy; $332 single