Lima was founded in 1535 by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro on the banks of the Rimac river that forms a splendid and strategically located valley. At 133 meters above sea level, Lima enjoys mild yet humid weather with almost little or no rain. The city of Lima is one of South America’s largest, and is Peru’s center of political, cultural and economic life. Lima is your gateway to the splendid ruins of Cuzco and Machu Picchu, the ancient city in the clouds.

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Lima (Callao)

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 4 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Executive Collection Full Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 4 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Executive Collection Half Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Peruvian Art

    This morning, with one of Lima's expert artist historians as your guide, you will be taken by air-conditioned coach to the Pueblo Libre district of Lima. Here, you will visit the Larco-Herrera Museum, where you will be able to admire wonderful displays of Peru's pre-Columbian ceramic and textile art. This is the world's largest private collection of pre-Columbian art and culture, and, apart from many pieces several thousand years old, there are also some surprisingly amusing collections of everyday objects from the past.

    Afterwards, you will travel to the downtown area to visit the Lima Art Museum, with the best collection of art in the country. It has extensive exhibits of paintings from local masters of the Colonial and Republican periods, as well as a selection of woodcarvings and furniture. Next, we drive to the Barranco district for a stop at the Lucia de la Puente Art Gallery. With its impressive collections, this is the best place to view, and perhaps purchase, art from Peru's leading contemporary artists such as Margarita Checa, Ramiro Llones and Cecilia Paredes.

  • Lima Highlights

    You'll transfer to Lima's main square where the Spanish conqueror, Francisco Pizarro, founded the "City of Kings" in 1535. The Government Palace, Lima City Hall, Archbishop's Palace, and the Lima Cathedral surround the square. Visit the Lima Cathedral, the main church of the city and home of the crypt where Pizarro is buried. Afterward, you'll walk to the Casa Aliaga, the oldest colonial mansion in the Western Hemisphere and still inhabited by the same family since 1534. Here, coffee and coca tea will be served, and lilting music will play in the courtyard as you wander the rooms of this exquisite time capsule.

    Next you'll visit the San Francisco Monastery, a most impressive colonial building featuring a church, chapels, monastery, and striking colonial fresco paintings. The cloister is inlaid with glazed tiles, most of them from Seville, bearing the dates 1620 and 1639. The crypts, or catacombs, were built of bricks and mortar, are very solid and have withstood many earthquakes. They served as the Lima cemetery until 1812. It is estimated that 25,000 bodies have been laid to rest there.

    After you leave colonial Lima, you will drive through the residential districts of San Isidro and Miraflores. Both are suburbs where the rich and intelligentsia live. There are many large mansions, colonial buildings and fine hotels. Finally, you'll stop at El Parque del Amor for a great ocean view before finishing your tour.

    Please note: On visits where the Lima Cathedral is closed, it will be substitued with a visit to the Santo Domingo Monastery

  • Archaeological Museum, Pachacama and Paso Horses

    The archaeological museum in Pueblo Libre is rich in art and artifacts from Peru's Pre-Columbian history. Its ceramic displays are well-crafted and presented, and the pottery comes in a variety of intricate designs, forms and finishes. The displays of weavings and fabrics are probably the best in the world. You'll also see the few remaining examples of the knotted thread system, originally thought to be used for accounting. Recently, a theory has been put forward that this collection of threads hanging from a wooden shaft may have been a written language. Unfortunately, so many of them were destroyed by the invading Spanish that they may forever be a mystery. The museum's layout also helps to put into perspective the chronological development of pre-Inca cultures.

    Next, you'll drive to the Pachacamac ruins located at the Lurin Valley some 20 miles south of Lima. When the Spaniards arrived, Pachacamac was the largest city and the coast's ceremonial center. A wooden statue of the creator-god, after whom the site is named, is in the site museum. The ruins encircle the top of a low hill, whose crest was crowned with the Temple of the Sun and is now partially restored. Hidden from view is the reconstructed House of the Mamaconas, where the 'chosen women' spun fine cloth for the Incan hierarchy.

    You'll then proceed to Hacienda Mamacona. Over the years, the owners of Mamacona have become famous as expert breeders of the ‘Caballo de Paso’ or ‘Stepping Horse’, a breed unique to Peru. Known for its unique high stepping and very comfortable gait, the Peruvian Paso horse has become a symbol for the coastal region of Peru. Here you will enjoy a private lunch at this lovely Hacienda, located on the outskirts of southern Metropolitan Lima. Tastefully built and decorated in Republican style, the hacienda is the private home of a distinguished Lima family, who will host you for your visit this afternoon.

    Later, as you enjoy a sumptuous Peruvian buffet lunch served in the garden, you will be able to appreciate the wonders of the ‘Caballo de Paso’ in a display which will include a short exposé on the origins, breeding and uses of the horse. Afterwards, you will also enjoy a fascinating demonstration of the Marinera dance, Peru’s most emblematic, in which the horse and rider move in time with the female partner on the ground to the sound of live traditional music. Several horses will be available for you if you wish to experience first-hand riding this unique breed.

    After topping off your experience with a coffee or tea in the hacienda's relaxing ambience, you will re-board your coach and return to the ship.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking/standing and there will be some steps and uneven surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual, weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

  • Convents and Monasteries of Lima

    Discover the effect of religion on Spain's efforts to colonize the Americas during this tour of Lima's most important churches and convents.

    Depart the pier for the drive past the town center and across the river to the Convento de Los Descalzos. Built in 1592 at the foot of San Cristobal Hill, the convent was founded at the end of the 16th century by Father Andres Corso as a spiritual retreat. Upon arrival, you will take a guided tour of the church. Along the way, you will see the Ayacuchan cloister, which features paintings in the form of an altarpiece representing the Stations of the Cross, and the vestibule, which displays sculptures of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Claire. You will also view the private courtyard, which still retains its original flooring, and the private chapel.

    From here, you will proceed for a visit to the Santo Domingo Convent, the oldest church and convent in Lima. The foundation of the city of Santo Domingo was conceived by a friar named Tomas de San Martin, who later served as the Preceptor Prior of the Dominican Order. As in all convents located between the jirones of Lima and Camana, Santo Domingo is sort of a city within a city, and is comprised of a succession of cloisters and yards surrounded by service areas and communal rooms. Both Saint Rose and Saint Martin de Porres are buried in Lima, as is the Spanish Saint San Juan Masias. Construction of the Santo Domingo Convent began in 1540, but it was later modernized into its present neo-classical style in the 18th century. In 1730, the greater, or general, hall was built - a work of art that later became a part of the city's more unified ornamental groups.

    During your tour of the convent, you will view its decorative walls complemented by beautiful carved furniture, and polychromes of a series of Cusco School paintings portraying the life of Santo Tomas de Aquino. You will also visit the reclusive Convent of El Carmen, where nuns still make and sell sweets from 16th-century recipes.

    Following your tour, you will be transferred back to the pier and ship.

    Please note: When the Los Descalzos convent is closed, it will be substituted a visit to the San Francisco Monastery.

  • Modern Lima and the Osma Museum

    Explore Lima's scenic beauty and history away from the downtown area during this visit to San Isidro, Miraflores, and the Pedro de Osma Museum and Gallery.

    Depart the pier for a drive through Lima that begins in the residential district of San Isidro. Along the way, you will pass lovely parks that include the Olivar de San Isidro, a large park nestled within an olive grove, and declared a Historical Monument. Next, you will continue on to Miraflores, a modern district with beautiful parks, squares, and avenues as well as cafés, restaurants and an active nightlife scene.

    Miraflores abounds with many attractive beaches and commercial activities mainly concentrated around La Paz and Larco Avenues. At the end of these avenues, you will find a lovely park offering splendid views overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

    Your tour concludes with a visit to Lima's traditional belle epoque district, where many artists and intellectuals live and work. You will drive through this quaint community, and visit the Pedro de Osma Museum and Gallery. Inside, you will find displays of artistic finds dated between 1936-1967 from the personal collection of Don Pedro de Osma Gildemeister, a connoisseur of Peruvian virreinal art from the 16th through 19th centuries.

    All of the pieces in the museum were originally lodged in Don Pedro's large house at Barranco, and arranged in the style of 19th-century European palace/ museums. Following his death, the Pedro and Angelica de Osma Gildemeister Foundation, run by Don Pedro's sister Angelica, donated the collection to the museum.

    Following your visit, you will rejoin your coach for the return drive to the pier and ship.

  • Larco Herrera Museum and Osma Museum

    Today you will be driven to the Larco Herrera Museum, an extensive private collection which showcases remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 3000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. The exhibits feature ceramic, gold, stone, wood and textiles of pre- Hispanic cultures, especially the Peruvian northern cultures. The Textile Art Room, the Great Room of the Culture and the Gold Vault Room are outstanding.

    For an unforgettable experience, Larco is one of the few museums in the world where you can also choose to enter the storage area with its 45.000 classified archaeological objects. Its masterpieces are considered worldwide icons of Pre-Columbian art, after being exhibited in the world's leading museums.

    Then you will be driven to Miraflores, along the way, your guide will inform you about the local sites and customs of this unique area of Peru. Upon arrival in Miraflores, you will proceed to the Pedro de Osma Museum and Gallery. Inside, you will find displays of artistic finds dated between 1936-1967 from the personal collection of Don Pedro de Osma Gildemeister, a connoisseur of Peruvian virreinal art from the 16th through 19th centuries.

    All of the pieces in the museum were originally lodged in Don Pedro's large house at Barranco, and arranged in the style of 19th-century European palace-museums. Following his death, the Pedro and Angelica de Osma Gildemeister Foundation, run by Don Pedro's sister Angelica, donated the collection to the museum. The Foundation supports important social works, and has acquired artistic works for exhibition in the Museum.

  • The Peruvian Cuisine and the Famous Pisco

    Peruvian cuisine has an important place in international gastronomy and is recognized by more and more people as the best in Latin America. This is reflected in the appearance of more and better restaurants all over Peru. Today we will go to Malabar, based on the concept that a restaurant is "the art of juggling concepts in order to dazzle the spectator". Pedro Miguel Schiaffino created a restaurant which offers a "very personal" contemporary flavor that blends the Peruvian roots of our chef with the influence of his Cuban grandmother and his four years experience in Italy. The result is a very enjoyable and distinct Peruvian cuisine. Malabar is decorated in a modern style and contains one of the most extraordinary lists of Piscos and widest selection of wines in Peru. Pedro Miguel and one of the experts in Pisco will accompany you during lunch.

  • Then and Now in Lima

    Discover Lima past and present during this orientation tour through the city, and lunch at the home of a local Peruvian family.

    Depart the pier for the drive to the Old Rimac District. Along the way, you will pass by the Paseo de Aguas and Plaza Mayor, location of the Government Palace, Cathedral, Archbishop's Palace and City Hall.

    Next, you will proceed for a drive through to Huaca Huallamarca, an oracle center that functioned for 1,200 years prior to the Spanish conquest. This imposing monument has remained impervious to the ravages of time and modern civilization, and stands surrounded by the asphalt jungle. Its two-story construction is made of adobe, with a steep ramp leading to the upper level. Archaeological excavations here have unearthed mummies, which are on display with other ancient objects inside the park's onsite museum.

    You will then continue to Miraflores. Upon arrival, you will tour the local market, and later, make your way to Casa Aliaga where you will be treated to lunch.

    Following your visit, you will rejoin your coach for the return drive to the pier and ship.

  • Treasures of Colonial Lima

    The Historical Center of Lima, which was also named the "City of Kings", is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Historian and genealogist Ronald Edwards takes you on a walking tour of the Old City, visiting the jewels of colonial Lima.

    First, you will visit San Marcos University, founded in 1551, is the oldest university in the Americas. Then you will be driven to The Jesuit Convent of San Pedro, consecrated in 1638, is definitely one of the masterpieces of baroque architecture in Peru.

    From the church you will walk to the Casa de la Riva Agûero, where the most important archives of Peruvian History are now kept. Its colonial balconies and courtyard are worth looking at themselves. Passing through Lima Plaza Mayor you will get to the Casa de Aliaga, built in 1535 by conquistador Jeronimo de Aliaga, and still occupied today by the family's 17th generation. Enjoy lunch here before returning to the ship.

    Please note: When Casa de la Riva Agûero is closed, it will be replaced with a visit to the San Francisco Monastery.

  • Ancient Oracle Centers in Lima

    Explore the origins of Lima's historic past during a journey to a pair of ancient oracle centers discovered within two modern districts.

    Depart the pier for the drive to the Pucllana Historical Park, where you will have an opportunity to explore the remains of Huaca Pucllana, an ancient civilization that existed between the 5th and 8th centuries B.C. Upon arrival, you will be met by an archaeologist, who will take you for a guided tour of the archaeological site, and share interesting facts and information about life in ancient times along the way. Your first stop is the pre-Incan pyramid of adobe bricks, one of Peru's most important administrative and ceremonial centers for Chancay, Chillón, Rimac, and Lurín Valley settlers between 200 AD and 700 AD. This site is also thought to be the residence of high priests, and there is evidence of religious ceremonies, rites and sacrifices in honor of their deities. Periodically, musical events and shows are held at the pyramid. At the park's onsite museum, you can view centuries-old artifacts unearthed during the excavations. The museum also features areas of research, conservation and restoration, as well as cultural promotion.

    Next, you will continue on to Huaca Huallamarca, an oracle center that functioned for 1,200 years prior to the Spanish conquest. This imposing monument has remained impervious to the ravages of time and modern civilization, and stands surrounded by an asphalt jungle. Its two-story construction is made of adobe, with a steep ramp leading to the upper level. Archaeological excavations here have unearthed mummies, on display with ancient objects inside the park's onsite museum. Following your visit, you will rejoin your coach for the return drive to the pier and ship.

    Please note: This tour includes a moderate amount of walking over surfaces that can be bumpy and uneven, and is recommended for guests in good physical condition. Pregnant women and guests with neck or back problems will not be permitted to participate in this tour.

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