Classic Peru & Machu Picchu
Destinations Destinations
Machu Picchu, Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley
Activity Activity
Nature & Wildlife, Culture & History, Luxury, Family
Tour Type Tour Type
Custom itinerary, Private tour
Physical Level Physical Level
Season Season
January - December

The classic itinerary to Peru's absolute top highlights. Starting in Lima head to the southern Andes to visit the ancient capital and Inca stronghold of Cusco, followed by a night or two exploring the glorious Sacred Valley. From here round off the trip with a guided tour of Machu Picchu itself. There's no denying that this is a well-trodden route, but with the help of a quality tour operator with intimate local expertise it's still easy to get off the beaten path for a view of Peru's indigenous cultural heritage. If you've got time to extend your trip you can get truly off the beaten path with a visit to some of Peru's lesser-known archaeological sites, the Amazon rain forest, or simply spend a little longer in Lima and Cusco for a better insight into contemporary Peru, its fascinating culture and world-beating cuisine.

Top experiences

Our recommended activities and highlights

Take a guided visit of Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu

Take a guided visit of Machu Picchu

Yes it’s famous and busy, but for a perfectly valid reason: Machu Picchu remains one of the world’s preeminent archaeological sites. In spite of the crowds, an expert guide will bring the place to life and help you make sense of the Inca’s incredible ingenuity. You’ll have the option of climbing the adjacent Huayna Picchu for spectacular views, and can return for a second day exploring if you wish.

Take a private tour of the Sacred Valley
Sacred Valley

Take a private tour of the Sacred Valley

The glorious Sacred Valley connects Cusco with Machu Picchu and is dotted with ruins, agricultural terraces, and historical towns, including Ollantaytambo, Pisac, Moras, Moray, as well as many lesser-visited spots. Get under the surface with a full-day private tour and explore the ruins, villages and bustling markets, all set amidst incredible landscapes.

Explore historic Cusco

Explore historic Cusco

Cusco, once the capital of the Inca Empire, combines pre-Colombian heritage with colonial-era architecture and vibrant contemporary city life. You can (and should) spend some time exploring solo, but a good quality guided tour will visit the popular sites of Sacsayhuaman, Koricancha and Cusco Cathedral, while avoiding the tourist traps and giving you an insight into the stories behind this fascinating city.

Meet Andean culture in the Sacred Valley
Sacred Valley

Meet Andean culture in the Sacred Valley

Despite the Spanish colonial influence, Peruvian indigenous culture thrives in the Sacred Valley. The village of Ollantaytambo has been inhabited since the 13th century, and nearby Pisac has a vibrant (if somewhat touristy) market. A good guide will help you branch off the tourist trail for a better perspective.

See another side to Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu

See another side to Machu Picchu

For a different perspective of the ruins and a bird’s eye view of the surrounding mountains and valleys, try the moderate hike up adjacent Huayna Picchu. Additional permit is required, our recommended tour operators will be happy to assist.

Eat like a king in Lima

Eat like a king in Lima

Lima’s chefs cook up a storm with the fruits of the sea, mountains and jungle. But it’s not all fine dining and exclusive restaurants: Peru’s is an egalitarian cuisine and you’ll find excellent food at street stalls, local markets and neighbourhood cantinas.

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See the Amazon by luxury cruise

See the Amazon by luxury cruise

From Iquitos board a luxurious river cruise ship for an intimate voyage down the Amazon River to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Swim and kayak from the boat and keep an eye out for macaws, toucans, umbrella birds, monkeys, river otters, river dolphins and more.

Stay in an eco-lodge on Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca

Stay in an eco-lodge on Lake Titicaca

Isla Suasi, in a quiet corner of Lake Titicaca, is the only privately-owned island on the lake and is home to an incredible eco-lodge. Suasi promises the soothing isolation of island life, gentle strolls, and exploring the shoreline by canoe.

Explore the White City

Explore the White City

Take a guided tour of Peru’s historic second city, la Ciudad Blanca (the White City). Arequipa is distinguished by its UNESCO-listed colonial era architecture, fiery cuisine and dramatic setting in the shadow of snow-capped volcanoes.

Witness thundering Iguazu
Iguazu Falls

Witness thundering Iguazu

The falls that famously prompted Eleanor Roosevelt to exclaim “Poor Niagara!" are truly a sight to behold. Straddling the Argentina/Brazil border, few places on earth better demonstrate both the raw power and profound beauty of mother nature.

Penguins and Pinnacle Rock
Bartolomé Island

Penguins and Pinnacle Rock

Pinnacle Rock on Bartolomé Island is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the Galapagos. Climb its 114m summit for views before heading down to the beach to see -- and swim -- with the diminutive Galapagos penguin.

See glaciers in action
Glaciers National Park

See glaciers in action

The Southern Patagonian Ice Field straddles the border between Argentine and Chilean Patagonia, feeding most of the region’s glaciers. Visit Argentina’s Glaciers National Park to witness Perito Moreno calving building-sized blocks of ice or, better still, go for a guided hike on the ice itself.

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Casa San Blas, Cusco


Peru's Classic (three-star equivalent) hotels provide the optimal combination of quality and value. The best Classic properties are sensitively constructed in local styles, offer great dining options and offer comfortable, spacious and well-appointed rooms; particularly well suited to family groups.

Isla Suasi, Lake Titicaca


Peru's superior (four-star equivalent) hotels offer fine rooms, exclusive service and excellent dining. Many occupy unique locations and buildings, such as a private island on Lake Titicaca or grand colonial-era mansions.

Pueblo Hotel, Machu Picchu


Peru's five-star hotels are world class, offering impeccable service and unbeatable facilities. The best are sensitively constructed from local materials to match traditional architectural styles and their restaurants take pride in showcasing the very best of Peruvian cuisine.

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Price guide

Pricing varies by accommodation class and group size. Get in touch for more details.

Class Price per person
Classic $2,270
Superior $3,190
Deluxe $3,890

Tour inclusions

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Included Accommodation

Carefully-selected, quality assured hotels including unique, independently-owned boutiques. All hotels can be upgraded or changed on request.

Included Guided excursions

All trips and excursions accompanied by expert, bi-lingual guides to help you get an inside view on Peru.

Included Ground transfers

All airport collections and hotel transfers in private cars and comfortable minivans.

Included Hotel breakfasts

All breakfasts and some lunches included. Your guides will happily advise on local restaurants for evening meals.

Included Camping equipment

All camping gear and equipment supplied (on trekking tours where required).

Included Internal flights

Domestic airfare / internal flights are included in the price.

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