This port is located near the city of Trujillo, founded by the conquistador Diego de Almagro in 1534. Trujillo still retains much of its colonial charm, and has a splendid backdrop consisting of the vivid green and brown terrain of the Andean foothills. Trujillo is one of the most important cities in Peru although its compact colonial center has a small-town feel.
During your voyage, enjoy a rare opportunity to explore the world’s most fascinating destinations in small, private groups, with knowledgeable guides to help you discover off –the-beaten- path gems. On an Overland Program, you’ll disembark the ship for one-night or more to enjoy a more authentic insider’s view, experiencing firsthand the colorful cultures, dramatic landscapes and exquisite landmarks before rejoining your ship.
Special Note: As this is an active program that takes place at high altitudes and we strongly recommend that all guests should consult with their physician regarding their ability to participate prior to signing up.
Any guests travelling with Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC) or CPAP breathing machines should read further below for airline stipulations with regards to bringing this equipment on tour.
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 – Tuesday, January 19th, 2021
Following disembarkation from the ship, you will be transferred to the Trujillo Airport for your flight to Cusco with a connection in Lima.
After arriving in Cusco, you will be transferred to your hotel for the next two nights - Palacio del Inka Hotel. Enjoy lunch at the hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to get acclimated to the altitude and dinner is in your own. Note that this hotel has oxygen tanks on request upon arrival at the hotel.
DAY 2 – Wednesday, January 20th, 2021
Following breakfast, you will drive to the train station and board the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. This train features large panoramic windows for excellent viewing of the passing landscape.
Upon arriving in Aguas Calientes, you will drive to the ruins of Machu Picchu to explore this famous “Lost City of the Incas". Upon arrival enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before heading to the site for exploration.
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.
Finally, you will board the Vistadome Train back towards Cusco. Once you arrive to the train station in Ollantaytambo, you will transfer back to your hotel. Dinner on your own.
DAY 3 – Thursday, January 21st, 2021
Following breakfast at your hotel you will check out begin a city tour of Cusco starting with 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 nearby Sacsayhuaman.
Your next stop is the sacred site of Koricancha, The Golden Temple of the Sun. Then, you will see Sacsayhuaman fortress. 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.
After lunch at a local restaurant, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Lima and transferred to the port where you will re-board the ship.
Overland Program Step by Step:
Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. This program is subject to flight confirmations which are beyond our control. All program details including timings and any flights indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Direct flights are never guaranteed. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.
DAY 1 - timings below are subject to change and given for reference purposes only. Actual timings will be known approximately 60 days before departure when flights are confirmed)
5:30am Disembark in Salaverry
5:50am Transfer to the Trujillo Airport
6:30am Arrival at the airport and check-in for your flight
8:00am Flight to Cusco via Lima (Airline and flight number TBA and subject to change)
11:45am Arrival in Cusco
12:15pm Transfer to Palacio del Inka hotel for check in
12:45pm Arrival and checking at the hotel
1:00pm Lunch at the hotel. After lunch passengers will have free afternoon
Dinner on your own.
Overnight at the Palacio del Inka hotel or similar hotel in Cusco
6:30am Wake-up call
7:00am Buffet breakfast at hotel
8:00am Transfer to the train station
9:50am Arrival to the train station
10:10am Board the Vistadome Train (timing subject to change)
10:32am Train to Aguas Calientes.
12:11pm Arrival to Aguas Calientes
12:23pm 10 minute walk to the bus station
12:30pm Bus transfer to Machu Picchu Citadel
1:00pm Lunch at a local restaurant
2:00pm Guided visit of the Citadel
4:30pm Bus transfer back to Aguas Calientes
5:15pm 10 minute walk to the train station
5:50pm Board the Vistadome Train (timing subject to change)
6:10pm Return journey by train
7:51pm Arrival to the station and transfer back to your hotel
9:51pm Approximate arrival at the hotel.
Dinner on your own
Overnight at the Palacio del Inka hotel or similar hotel in Cusco
DAY 3 - timings below are approximate and given for reference purposes only. Actual timings will be known approximately 60 days before departure when flights are confirmed)
6:45am Wake-up call
7:30am Buffet breakfast at hotel
8:10pm Drive to the main square
8:20am Arrival at main square for photo opportunity and visit Cusco Cathedral
9:20am Drive to Korikancha Temple
9:40am Visit Koricancha
10:40am Drive to Sacsayhuaman
11:00am Visit Sacsayhuaman
12:00pm Drive to a local restaurant
12:20pm Lunch at a local restaurant
1:20pm Drive to the Cusco Airport
1:45pm Arrival at airport and check-in
3:15pm Flight from Cusco to Lima (Airline and flight number TBA and subject to change)
4:40pm Arrival in Lima
5:00pm Transfer to the port in Callao and re-board the ship
January / 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:
• Light luggage (carry-on) is recommended for this short overland trip
•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.
• 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.
• A sweater or lightweight jacket for the cooler evening temperatures.
• A lightweight (preferably non-plastic) raincoat or poncho, and an umbrella.
• Comfortable walking shoes with low or no heels. Sandals may not be comfortable for some sightseeing activities.
• Sunglasses with a strap, sun block, a sunhat, and insect repellent.
• Walking sticks are prohibited in Machu Picchu except for passengers with mobility problems.
Peru’s currency is the Nuevo Sol
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. We recommend bringing your own travel adaptor for electric devices.
Luggage information (subject to change):
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. Excess luggage will be subject to fees imposed by the airline and will be the responsibility of each guest – payable to the airline when checking in for your flights.
Carriage of Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC) or CPAP breathing machines on internal flights per airline regulations (subject to change as each airline has their own regulations)
1. Guests must obtain a Doctor’s Certificate mentioning their medical condition and the need to carry this equipment with them on their flights.
2. The certificate should have attached a picture of the equipment with its description/specifications especially with regards to the type of batteries used (lithium/dry or any other type)
3. These documents need to be sent to the Land Program Team via Reservations at RSSC at least one month prior to travel so that our local operator can begin the notification process with the airline(s).
4. Failure to comply with the above regulations may result in a denial of this equipment at the airport for which Regent Seven Seas Cruises nor our local ground operator be responsible for.
Documents and Visa Requirements:
Foreign passengers entering Peru must have a passport valid at least 6 months past the day of arrival in Peru.
Aircraft type (subject to change):
Palacio Del Inka Luxury Collection Hotel - Cusco
Address: Plazoleta, Santo Domingo 259, Cusco 08002, Peru
+51 84 231961
*We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards and you will be notified of the change. If you are not notified of any changes before your departure then you will be staying at the hotel listed in this program.
•English-speaking licensed guides
•2 nights in a superior room at the Palacio del Inka Luxury Collection Hotel in Cusco – or similar hotel (oxygen tanks are available upon request at the hotel)
•Entrance fees to the Cathedral, Koricancha, Sacsayhuaman and Machu Picchu
•Vistadome train round-trip Ollantaytambo/Aguas Calientes/Ollantaytambo
•Gratuities for luggage porterage and restaurants
•2 lunches in local restaurants (includes 1 glass of local wine or beer, 1 water or soft drink, and 1 hot beverage)
•1 lunch at the hotel (includes 1 glass of local wine or beer, 1 water or soft drink, and 1 hot beverage)
•Bottled water on coaches
•Domestic economy class flights per the itinerary (direct flights not guaranteed)
•Drinks and meals not mentioned above
•Personal expenses and hotel incidentals such as room service and mini bar
•Gratuities to drivers and guides
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 and the amount of walking involved over uneven ground, 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.
Please note: All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Overland Programs must be purchased no later than 45 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.