From the Inca Empire to the Peruvian Amazon

Explore Lima’s colonial landmarks and then fly to Cusco to explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas, before crossing the lush Urubamba Valley by Vistadome train, and heading to the magnificent Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Then embark on a journey to one of the world's vastly unexplored regions, the mighty Amazon. Enjoy fine wine, elegant dining, and luxurious comfort on a thrilling cruise deep into the heart of the Amazon jungle, and the chance to visit local communities and spot pink dolphins.

Peruvian Amazon

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Lima


On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for two nights.

Day 2 Lima

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning, join your Local Guide on a walking tour that focuses on Lima’s colonial heritage in the old quarter of the city. Start at the Plaza de Armas, boasting the city’s original colonial architecture from over four centuries ago. See the Government Palace, where Peru’s president resides, as well as the Renaissance/Baroque style cathedral. From here, stroll to the venerable San Francisco Monastery with its splendid 17th century cloister murals. For a special treat, visit the Larco Herrera Museum, which houses the largest private collection of pre-Columbian Peruvian art in the world. This evening, enjoy a special welcome dinner at one of Lima’s finest historic mansions, Casa Garcia Alvarado, hosted by the home’s owner.

Day 3 Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Fly to Cusco, the ancient Andean city that was once capital of the Inca Empire. Spend the day in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, starting with a visit to the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, perched on a hillside overlooking Cusco. With its massive stones weighing up to 300 tons, this 15th-century fortress is one of the best displays of the Incas’ impressive stonework. While most believe it was a religious temple, Sacsayhuaman was also site of one of the most violent battles between the Spanish and the Cusqueños. The Spanish were ultimately victorious in 1536, disassembling part of the site to build homes in Cusco and leaving behind the ruins we find today. Next, stop at the ceremonial site of Kenko, where ancient rituals were performed - perhaps, even sacrifices. Nearby, see Puca Pucara, thought to be a rest stop, weapons storage, or guard post used by the Incas and their soldiers. At Awanakancha, encounter llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and guanacos and learn the difference between these South American camels and their importance in Peruvian culture. Continue to the old mountain village of Pisac, home to a huge Indian market, where you will have free time to shop for local wares, such as alpaca sweaters, blankets, and handmade jewelry. This evening at a Peruvian Paso Horse Show, learn about the horses bred specifically for the terraced landscape.

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CHOICE

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are three types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

Discovery

We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.

Active

Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

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24th November 2017 - Mr David Symons

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