10 December 2018, 07:53
Enjoy the high life, Inca style
Find yourself in ‘lost’ Machu Picchu, sail on Lake Titicaca and spot condors in Colca Canyon in Peru
- Dedicated Saga tour manager
- VIP door-to-door travel service†
- Farewell dinner by historic ruins
An epic journey through 1,000 years of history awaits Saga guests on the Highlights of Peru adventure which includes one of the world’s most iconic views.
The mysterious ‘lost’ Inca city of Machu Picchu, thought to have been built in the 1400s, and rediscovered in 1911, is in a mountain setting more than 7,000 feet above sea level.
The high-altitude holiday offers guided tours of the cities of Lima, Cuzco and Arequipa, visits to more awe-inspiring Inca settlements in the Sacred Valley, and a boat trip on the world’s highest lake, Titicaca, where the Uros community live on floating islands made of reeds.
There is also be the chance to take lunch at a local home on the lake’s Taquile Island, where Inca terraces are used to cultivate crops and colourful flowers.
The 13-night adventure begins with flights to Bogota, in Colombia, and Cuzco, in Peru, where a welcome dinner is held at the locally rated four-star Sonesta Posada del Inca.
An included full-day excursion reveals the union of colonial and Inca architecture in the town of Pisaq, where the market offers colourful textiles and ceramics. A train journey and overnight stay Aguas Calientes features two chances to visit Machu Picchu, while time in Cuzco includes a dinner show, and a trip to Puno with a visit to the flamboyant Church of St Peter the Apostle at Andahuaylillas.
Other highlights are a drive through the stunning Colca Valley and the dramatic mountain pass of Patapampa, the chance of spotting condors – the world’s largest flying bird – soaring over the slopes of Colca Canyon, and seeing intriguing tombs hewn into the wall of the valley at Choquetico.
Arequipa, flanked by three volcanic peaks, is home to a huge 16th century monastery with brightly painted walls, and a Catholic University museum housing the naturally mummified remains of a young girl sacrificed to the Inca gods in the mid 15th-century, while the farewell dinner in Lima is at the Huaca Pucliana Restaurant, overlooking the ruins of a vast pyramid built with millions of clay bricks.
For details call free on 0800 056 0464 or visit saga.co.uk/Peru
13 nights ‡ from £2,699 per person departing from Heathrow on September 12 and October 24, 2019 and March 12, April 23 and May 21, 2020. Price includes VIP door-to-door chauffeur service, return flights, airport taxes, accommodation, most meals (12 breakfasts, six lunches and five dinners), porterage, tour manager, optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a discount if passenger has own insurance.
Price is £s per person based on two people sharing on Sept 12, 2019 and includes a £200 saving. ‡Includes 2 nights aboard aircraft.
†Our VIP travel service is available to anyone in mainland England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Wight and Channel Islands. We’re not currently able to offer this service to those in the Scottish islands, Isle of Man, Sark or the Isles of Scilly.
We reserve the right to select the most appropriate form of transport and/or domestic airport for your journey, and the right to refuse the chauffeur service is at our discretion.
You could be sharing the journey with up to three (or very occasionally) five other Saga passengers in one of our larger MPVs, so there’ll always be room for you to stretch out and store your luggage.
There is the option to have the vehicle for just you and your travelling companions at a price of £1.85 a mile.
If you’re paying for our VIP door-to-door travel service, a minimum charge of £45 each way applies to journeys under 28 miles.
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