EXPO CRUISES AND TOURS
Duration: October 19, 2019 - October 31, 2019

Fantastic archeological treasures set amidst the soaring Andean peaks – this can only be Peru.  Discover Lima’s colonial heritage and see why the “City of Kings” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore Andean art forms and the local way of life from ancient times through present day during your stay in the Sacred Valley.  Participate in workshops that teach you traditional agricultural methods and learn about local music and dance.  Savour an authentic Pachamanca dinner, a unique process where food is placed on hot stones and buried in the ground to cook. Travel to Machu Picchu aboard the famed Vistadome train.  Spend a night at the base of this “Lost City of the Incas” in a luxury hotel and enjoy an exclusive culinary demonstration.  Immerse yourself in Cuzco, a city that blends Inca and Spanish colonial influences.  Meet the indigenous Uros people of the floating islands on Lake Titicaca.  Discover the exquisite cuisine of Peru, which has been awarded the top food travel destination in the world four years in a row.

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Day 1               Depart CANADA
                        Lima, PERU                             Hotel Stay
Day 2               Lima, PERU                             Hotel Stay
Day 3               Sacred Valley, PERU                Hotel Stay
Day 4               Sacred Valley, PERU                Hotel Stay
Day 5               Machu Picchu, PERU               Lodge Stay

Day 6               Cusco, PERU                            Hotel Stay
Day 7               Cusco, PERU                            Hotel Stay

Day 8               Lake Titicaca, PERU                Hotel Stay
Day 9               Lake Titicaca, PERU                Hotel Stay
Day 10             Lima, PERU                             Hotel Stay
Day 11             Puerto Maldonado, PERU       Lodge Stay
Day 12             Puerto Maldonado, PERU       Lodge Stay
Day 13             Depart for CANADA

 

Day 1: October 19 / Saturday                     Depart Toronto for Lima, PERU
Welcome to Peru, one of the treasures of South America. Travel through this intriguing land visiting some of the world’s most legendary sites, including Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas.” Arrive late this evening in Lima, the “City of Kings.”  Accommodation: EL PARDO DOUBLETREE BY HILTON or similar (2 nights).

Day 2: October 20 / Sunday                                        Lima, PERU
Discover Lima’s fascinating history during a tour through the historic city centre, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the artwork at San Francisco Monastery and enter the catacombs. View the Government Centre, the elegant Cathedral at Plaza de Armas, an abundance of colonial architecture, and the fashionable suburbs of San Isidro and Miraflores for insight into the daily life of the Limeños. Then, you will visit the Casa de Aliaga – former house of the conquistador Jeronimo de Aliaga y Ramirez – where the energy of colonial and republican Lima comes to life. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers during a welcome dinner with a tasting menu of artfully crafted Peruvian dishes and drinks; you will quickly discover why Peru has been named the world’s top food travel destination four years in a row. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.  (B/D)

Day 3: October 21 / Monday                                      Lima – Cuzco – Sacred Valley of the Incas
Fly to Cuzco, in the heart of the Inca civilization. Journey through the Andes to the majestic Sacred Valley of the Incas, the agricultural centre of their grand empire. Learn the centuries-old methods of spinning, dyeing and weaving traditional textiles during a visit to Awana Kancha, a living museum of the Peruvian Andes. After a short lesson on the local language, stop in Pisac village to browse the colourful handicraft market. Settle in this evening at your hotel nestled in the heart of the Sacred Valley. The rest of the evening is yours…perhaps you’ll take this opportunity to discover your hotel’s planetarium to gaze at the stars. Today breakfast will be included.  Accommodation: CASA ANDINA PREMIUM, SACRED VALLEY or similar (2 nights).  (B)

Day 4: October 22 / Tuesday                                      Sacred Valley of the Incas – Ollantaytambo – Sacred Valley of the Incas
This morning, visit the spectacular Ollantaytambo ruins, the only Incan settlement that has been continually inhabited since its inception. A uniquely terraced complex topped with carved stone panels, these ruins reflect ancient Incan architecture and heritage. Then, head to the Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio where you’ll get first-hand knowledge of this internationally renowned artist’s techniques and designs, inspired by ancient Peruvian cultures.  Experience the lifestyle of the modern Andean people and delve into their culture when you travel to a nearby Quechua community and interact with the locals. You’ll get a true taste of their daily life when participating in small group workshops that teach you traditional methods of growing, harvesting and weaving. Celebrate their culture as you learn their dances and listen to their musical instruments before enjoying a home-hosted farm-to-table lunch featuring local specialties. Tonight, savour an authentic Pachamanca dinner, a unique process where food is placed on hot stones and buried in the ground to cook. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.  (B/L/D)

Day 5: October 23 / Wednesday                               Sacred Valley of the Incas – Machu Picchu, PERU
Climb aboard the Machu Picchu Vistadome train for breathtaking views through domed windows as you ride through the Andes to the “Lost City of the Incas.” Hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungle, Machu Picchu is considered the most spectacular sight in South America. Spend the afternoon with your guide uncovering the mysteries of these majestic ruins. Tonight, stay at the base of Machu Picchu for a chance to further soak up its atmosphere. Enjoy an exclusive culinary demonstration before enjoying an award-winning tasting menu at your resort. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.  Accommodation: SUMAQ MACHU PICCHU HOTEL, AGUAS CALIENTES or similar (1 night).  (B/D)

Day 6: October 24 / Thursday                                     Machu Picchu – Cuzco, PERU
With leisure time this morning you may take an optional tour to return to Machu Picchu and view the sunrise or explore the local markets in Aguas Calientes on your own. Return by Vistadome train to the Sacred Valley. Visit the Sacred Valley Brewing Company, a nonprofit brewery created to support a local orphanage. Taste these Andean-inspired craft beers and learn about their drive to support their community before continuing to Cuzco, a city that blends Inca and Spanish colonial influences. Today breakfast will be included.  Accommodation: HILTON GARDEN INN or similar (2 nights).   (B)

Day 7: October 25 / Friday                                           Cuzco, PERU
This morning it’s your choice! Follow a local guide on a walking tour of the city from your hotel or choose to board your coach for a comprehensive tour of the city’s main sites. Both tours will take you on a journey through this former capital of the Incan Empire to experience the architectural legacy visible in the Cathedral, Santo Domingo and Plaza de Armas, and the central market. Enjoy the afternoon to explore Cuzco on your own. Later, gather together and travel above the city to discover the important sacred Incan ruins of Sacsayhuaman Fortress. Enjoy a toast at sunset while overlooking the city before returning to the heart of Cuzco where you are treated to an authentic dinner highlighting local flavours. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.  (B/D)

Day 8: October 26 / Saturday                                     Cuzco – Puno / Lake Titicaca, PERU
This morning, fly to Puno, hugging the shores of Lake Titicaca. Known as the birthplace of the Inca Empire, ancient legends say that life began here. Have time to meet the locals and discover the history of this region as you explore the village centre before checking into your lakeside hotel. Tonight, enjoy an evening at leisure. Today breakfast will be included. (B)

Day 9: October 27 / Sunday                                        Uros Floating Islands – Las Chullpas de Sillustani – Lake Titicaca
The Titicaca area, steeped in tradition and folklore, is the centre of Incan legends. Enjoy a morning cruise to the floating islands of the Uros people of Lake Titicaca. Experience walking on the spongy surface made from compacted beds of tortora reeds and meet the locals, learning about their history and lifestyle. Later, mingle with some local residents during an authentic home-hosted lunch where you’ll taste regional specialties and engage in lively conversation. In the afternoon, visit the mystical Chullpas de Sillustani – an archaeological area boasting 13th-century funerary monuments. Participate in a local home visit to gain insight into daily life. Today breakfast and lunch will be included. Accommodation:  LIBERTADOR LAKE TITICACA HOTEL PUNO or similar (2 Nights).   (B/L)

Day 10: October 28 / Monday                                    Puno – Lima, PERU
As your tour comes to a close, spend the morning relaxing on the shores of Lake Titicaca before flying to Lima.  Upon arrival we head to the Larco Museum, a former mansion built on the site of a pre-Columbian temple. The museum offers a collection of over 3,000 years of ceramic, textile, and precious metal artifacts.  After this incredible trip through history, your tour concludes with a sumptuous farewell dinner on the grounds of the museum.  Then we depart for Lima’s airport and your connecting flight home. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.  Accommodation: EL PARDO DOUBLETREE BY HILTON or similar (1 night).  (B/D)

Day 11: October 29 / Tuesday                                    Lima – Puerto Maldonado – Peruvian Amazon Basin
Fly from Lima to the Puerto Maldonado airport where you meet your naturalist guide. Board a canoe and transfer up the Madre de Dios River to the Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion Lodge. After a welcome lunch, take a walk through the Concepcion trails where you will learn about the rainforest’s composition, its uses, the human impact and its relevance to the world climate.  At dusk, once again take to the water on a motorized canoe. Your evening excursion will teach you about the river’s ecosystem, Amazonian creeks, nocturnal animals’ behaviour and the southern sky’s constellations.  Then, you’ll enjoy a delightful dinner in the Casa Grande’s dining room. Today lunch and dinner will be included.  Accommodation:  INKATERRA HACIENDA CONCEPCION LODGE or similar (2 nights).  (B/L/D)

Day 12: October 30 / Wednesday                            Lake Sandoval – Canopy and Anaconda Walk – Hidden Rainforest
After an early breakfast, your naturalist guide will lead you on a trek through Tambopata National Reserve.  Arrive at pristine Lake Sandoval and board a dugout canoe. Glide along taking in your peaceful surroundings.  Keep an eye out for the endangered giant river otter, blue and yellow macaw, red howler monkey, black caiman, and one of the world’s biggest fresh water scaled fish, the paiche.  After lunch, the Inkaterra canopy walkway awaits. Begin at the Interpretation Centre to learn about the project. Then ascend 98 feet in the air and cross a series of hanging bridges that connect the treetops, taking in the breathtaking panoramas and discovering the wildlife that surrounds you.  This evening explore the Amazon rainforest by moonlight and listen to the unique nocturnal sounds of the rainforest. Your day concludes with a wonderful dinner. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.  (B/L/D)

Day 13: October 31 / Thursday                                  Puerto Maldonado – Lima – CANADA
After breakfast, take a scenic boat ride back to Puerto Maldonado. Arrive at the Inkaterra Lounge (Butterfly House) where you may wait for your flight back to Lima.  The remainder of the day is at leisure to shop or visit one of Lima’s many fine museums.  Tonight, transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home.  Today breakfast will be included.   (B)

Great Experiences
Learn centuries-old Andean textile methods at a living museum.  Explore the colourful markets of Peru, including the famous Pisac village market.   Discover the artist’s techniques and designs at Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio.

Culinary Inclusions
Enjoy a culinary demonstration at your hotel at the base of Machu Picchu.  Savour an authentic Pachamanca dinner where food is cooked in the ground.  Delight in a home hosted farm-to-table lunch at a local Quechua community.

Must-See Inclusions
Venture through the Andes in a domed train to Machu Picchu.  Spend the afternoon with a guide uncovering the mysteries of Machu Picchu.  Discover Lima’s fascinating history during a tour of the city centre.

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Book NOW and save $200 per person from our published fares – Limited time offer!
Double Occupancy $7,495   ●   Single Occupancy $8,995

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All prices are in Canadian dollars, per person and include:
Airfare from TORONTO, for departures from OTTAWA please add $200 per person, other gateways on request.
12 Nights first class hotel/lodge accommodations.
12 Full buffet breakfast at the hotel.
5 Lunches and 7 Dinners in while on the tour.
Hosted by Expo Cruises & Tours*.
Fully Guided sightseeing as per the itinerary.
All taxes/fees and surcharges with our flights.
Prepaid tipping for local guides and drivers.

Deposit of $700 per person is required to secure your space.
Please note a penalty of $500 per person will apply prior to your final payment, which is due on JULY 11th departure.
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Wheelchairs and walkers cannot be accommodated on this tour. Some of the most unique sightseeing can mean accessing locations that restrict motor coaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend bringing good walking shoes.  Highest elevation is approximately 12,500 feet (Puno).  When travelling in the Amazon you will encounter full days of sightseeing, frequently in warm temperatures. The lodge does not have air conditioning.  Wifi is free in the main area when electricity is running. Electricity will only be available between 4:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. You will be travelling by small river boats to reach the lodge and by canoe during some excursions and should be reasonably fit in order to board comfortably. In order to most fully experience the wildlife, you will be walking on nature trails which may be muddy and over one mile in length. To experience the Amazon fully, we recommend that all travelers be in reasonably good health and prepare properly. In addition, guests who require assistance walking or who travel with oxygen tanks will not fully enjoy this trip and we strongly recommend a different tour.

 

Experience It! – Machu Picchu
Few places can actually be called a “lost city.” Yet, Machu Picchu remained undiscovered by the Spanish Conquistadors and unknown to the outside world until 1911. Today, travelers like you come from around the globe to experience the most spectacular sight on the South American continent. Built at the height of the Inca Empire, this classic archeological treasure continues to intrigue researchers.  Venture through the mountains and semi-tropical jungle during a spectacular train ride.  After a day exploring, overnight at a luxury hotel for the chance to spend a second day at this ultimate bucket-list locale.  Perhaps you will see something no one else has. Can you unlock Machu Picchu’s mysteries?