MACHU PICCHU OVERLAND - STANDARD
Delve into the sacred and mysterious landmarks of the Inca Empire, including famed Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, and other ancient temples, all precisely constructed without mortar.
DAY 1 - Friday, February 7th, 2014
Much of the morning is devoted to the flight from Lima to Cusco, once the capital of the Inca Empire. After arriving in Cusco, you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
In the early afternoon, you will embark on a city tour of Cusco, starting with the sacred site of Koricancha. Here, you will admire the lovely Dominican Convent of Santo Domingo that was built on the foundations of the Temple of the Sun, the most sumptuous temple in the Inca Empire. The curved, mortar-less masonry wall at the west end of the church is considered to be one of the greatest existing examples of Inca stonework.
Continuing on, you will see the splendid Baroque-style Cusco Cathedral, built in the mid-1500s on the foundations of an Inca palace. Many of the stones used in its construction were looted from the nearby Sacsayhuaman fortress, your next stop.
Strategically located on a hill overlooking Cusco, the fortress was constructed without mortar like many other Inca structures. Yet the enormous stones (some weighing 200 tons) of the remaining walls fit so tightly that not even a thin blade of grass can slide between them. The craftsmanship is a stunning example of the Inca's sophisticated construction techniques and architectural skills.
Nearby, you will see other Inca landmarks such as the Temple at Qenquo, named for its zig-zag canal, a shrine dedicated to Mother Earth, and the pinkish stone fortress of Puka Pukara.
After returning to Cusco and checking into the J.W. Marriott Hotel, you will spend the evening at your leisure. As you will be dining on your own, you will receive a dinner certificate for a three-course meal and drink. The "dine around" certificate can be used at several participating restaurants.
DAY 2 - Saturday, February 8th, 2014
This morning descend from Cusco into the Sacred Valley. Your first stop is the village of Chinchero, home to an incredible weaving cooperative run by Nilda Callañaupa. The Chinchero Project was created to revitalize and protect the ancient weaving traditions of the region. What started as a small project now counts over 100 women as members and their weavings are truly something to behold.
Following this visit, you will drive to the train station and board the Inca Rail train to Machu Picchu. Lunch will be served during the journey as you take in the spectacular Andean scenery.
Upon arriving in Aguas Calientes, you will drive to the ruins of Machu Picchu to explore this famous "Lost City of the Incas." Constructed as a royal retreat for the Inca emperor Pachacuti in the 1400s, Machu Picchu was abandoned less than 100 years later, its population probably devastated by smallpox. Because the Spanish conquistadors never found this hidden city, Hiram Bingham discovered it largely intact.
Architectural highlights include the Temple of the Sun, designed much like the one in Cusco, several other temples, hundreds of terraces, and a mysterious carved stone situated on a raised platform that towers above the plaza. The stone may have been used for astronomical observations, but no one knows for certain. The Inca had no written language, so there is no record of Machu Picchu's ultimate purpose. Scholars are still striving to uncover clues as to its mysteries.
After visiting Machu Picchu, you will board the Vistadome Train for a scenic ride back towards Cusco. Along the way, you will stop for dinner at the Sol Y Luna Hotel and then transfer back to the J.W. Marriott Hotel for the evening.
DAY 3 - Sunday, February 9th, 2014
After breakfast and check out transfer from the hotel to the airport for your flight back to Lima.
Upon your arrival in Lima, you will enjoy a panoramic tour of colonial Lima, Peru's capital city, which has over 2,000 years of history and Colonial heritage.
After, you will be driven to Callao pier to board the ship.
Overland Program Step by Step: Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The flights and timings indicated are approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.
Day 1 - Friday, February 7th
9:30am Transfer to the airport (We suggest you fly with a carry-on only)
9:50am Arrival at airport and check-in for your flight
11:30am Flight (Star Peru #1117 - subject to change) to Cusco
12:40am Arrival in Cusco
1:00pm Transfer to Incanto Restaurant
1:30am Lunch at Incanto Restaurant
2:35pm Drive to Sacsayhuaman
2:45pm Visit Sacsayhuaman
3:30pm Drive to the main square
3:50pm Arrival at main square for photo opportunity and visit Cusco Cathedral
4:25pm Drive to Koricancha
4:35pm Visit Koricancha Temple
5:20pm Drive to J.W. Marriott Hotel
5:35pm Arrival to hotel and express check-in
Dinner with "dine around" certificate
Overnight at the J.W. Marriott or similar hotel
Day 2 - Saturday, February 8th
7:15am Wake up call
7:45am Buffet breakfast at hotel (not private)
8:30am Drive to Chinchero
9:15am Visit Chinchero
10:00am Drive to the train station to board train to Aquas Calientes
11:00am Board Inca Rail Train
11:15am Inca Rail Train to Aguas Calientes (lunch aboard)
1:00pm Bus drive to Machu Picchu Citadel
1:40pm Guided visit of the Citadel
5:10pm Bus drive back to Aguas Calientes
6:10pm Vistadome train to Ollantaytambo
7:45pm Drive to Sol y Luna for dinner
8:05pm Dinner at Sol y Luna
9:15pm Transfer to your hotel for the evening
10:45pm Arrival at hotel
Overnight at the J.W. Marriott or similar hotel
Day 3 – Sunday, February 9th
6:10am Wake up call
6:40am Buffet breakfast at hotel (not private)
7:25am Drive to Cusco Airport
7:45am Arrival at airport and check-in
8:45am Flight (Star Peru #1112 - subject to change) to Lima
10:05am Arrival in Lima
10:45am Drive to Lima’s main square
11:40am Visit Lima’s main square
11:50am Drive to the port of Callao
12:25pm Arrival at the port and embark the ship
February is normally rainy in the highlands. Average temperature in the highlands is 65ºF max /43ºF min while in Lima it is 80ºF max/68ºF min.
What to Bring:
o Bring comfortable, casual clothing in natural, "breathable" fabrics. Temperatures will change as altitudes and the time changes, so it's best to bring shorts, as well as long trousers and layered clothing. Religious sites require conservative dress. Both males and females should cover their arms, legs and shoulders.
o Local standards dictate a neat, clean outfit for dining in restaurants and touring urban areas. For men: long trousers and a shirt with a collar. For ladies: trousers or a knee-length (or longer) skirt with a modest top. Formal clothing is not necessary.
o A sweater or lightweight jacket for the cooler evening temperatures.
o A lightweight (preferably non-plastic) raincoat or poncho, and an umbrella.
o Comfortable walking shoes with low or no heels. Sandals may not be comfortable for some sightseeing activities.
o Sunglasses with a strap, sun block, a sunhat, and insect repellent.
o Walking sticks are prohibited in Machu Picchu except for passengers with mobility problems.
Peru's currency is the Nuevo Sol (S/.). The exchange rate with the U.S. dollar varies, although the current exchange rate is approximately S/. 2.80 per 1 US dollar.
The current is 220 volts AC. In most hotel bathrooms, there is an electrical outlet with 110 volts for electric shavers, but this should not be used for travel irons or hair dryers. Most hotel rooms are equipped with hairdryers.
For domestic flights in Peru, you may check one piece of luggage weighing 23Kg (50 pounds) per person and one carry-on of 8Kg (17.5 pounds) per person.
Documents and Visa Requirements:
Foreign passengers entering Peru must have a passport valid at least 6 months past the day of arrival in Peru.
J.W. Marriott Hotel or similar in Cusco - Deluxe Room
" English-speaking drivers and tour conductor
" All entrance fees
" Gratuities for luggage porterage and restaurants
" Lunch at Incanto Restaurant in Cusco (1 glass of local wine or beer, 1 water or soft drink, and 1 hot beverage)
" Lunch on board the Inca Rail Train (1 glass of local wine or beer, 1 water or soft drink, and 1 hot beverage)
" Dinner at Sol Y Luna Hotel (1 glass of local wine or beer, 1 water or soft drink, and 1 hot beverage)
" Dinner "dine around" in Cusco
" Breakfast daily
" Bottled water and snacks on coaches
" Flights between Lima and Cusco
" Accommodations per the program
" Drinks and meals not mentioned above
" Personal expenses and hotel incidentals such as laundry, phone calls, and minibar
" Gratuities to drivers and guides
" Oxygen-enriched rooms in Cusco- not available
Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion.
Due to the nature of this program, guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may be unsuitable for their individual situation.
Free Land Programs and Land Programs from $499 is per person for guests 1 and 2 for one pre- or post-cruise program only. Hotel and Land Program pricing is not combinable with FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel package amenity. If applicable, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your travel agent for multi-night pre-cruise hotel pricing information.