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 Lima, Peru


Welcome to Lima—Cosmopolitan, Colonial, and Pre-Columbian Culture

Enjoy free time today before your Andes and Amazon adventure begins. Explore the fascinating Peruvian capital—where high rises tower above ancient temples and colourful colonial architecture.

Day 2 Lima

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Peruvian Treasures, Presidential Palaces, and Pizarro’s Conquests Take a Guided Walking Tour of Lima to see the colonial Old Quarter, Plaza de Armas, the presidential Government Palace, and the Lima Cathedral. Visit San Francisco Monastery to see the famous catacombs followed by the Larco Herrera Museum—with the world’s largest private collection of pre-Columbian Peruvian art. Later, enjoy a Culinary Experience with an authentic Peruvian welcome dinner in the exquisite, historic mansion—Casa Garcia Alvarado.

Day 3 Sacred Valley

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Alpacas, Llamas, and Ancient Rituals of the Andes

Fly to Cusco, the ancient Andean city and former capital of the Inca Empire. A Guided Excursion into the Sacred Valley reveals the hillside Temple of Sacsayhuaman. Marvel at the remarkable inca stonework of this 15th-century fortress that was once the site of the largest battle between the Incas and the Spanish. 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. You will also see the Inca military post of Puca Pucara and visit the ceremonial site of Kenko where ancient Peruvian rituals and sacrifices were performed.

Take a Guided Tour of Awanakancha to encounter llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and guanacos and learn about their vital role in Peruvian culture. Continue to the old mountain village of Pisac. Take time to shop in Pisac’s large Indian market for treasures such as alpaca sweaters, woven blankets, and handmade jewelry.

This evening, enjoy dinner featuring Andean and Western dishes with wine.

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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.

Reviews

"Would have been 5 stars except that we did not receive a comprehensive information booklet..."

24th November 2017 - Mr David Symons

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