Discover one of South America's most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Sites declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Few places can compare to the "Lost City of the Incas", one of the most beautiful and enigmatic sites in the world. From Lima, a scheduled flight takes you to the historic city of Cusco high up in the Andes and then board the legendary Hiram Bingham train for a picturesque train-ride to Machu Picchu to explore the "Citadel in the Clouds."
Please note: Participants in this program should schedule their arrival flight into Lima, Peru.
Please check with your travel professional for details regarding Peruvian visa requirements. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.
DAY 1 - LIMA
Upon arrival in Lima, you are met and transferred from the airport to the beautiful Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel. After check-in, the remainder of the day is at your leisure. All meals are on your own account.
Please note: If your flight is scheduled to arrive after 6:00pm, you should be aware that you will have very little time to rest at the hotel. In such cases, for your comfort and convenience, we strongly recommend adding an additional night's stay to your program.
Overnight at the Miraflores Park Hotel - Lima, Peru
DAY 2 - LIMA / CUSCO
Begin your day with breakfast in the hotel restaurant and then return to Lima's airport for your flight to Cusco. If the sky is clear, the 80-minute flight offers impressive views of the Andes. Upon arrival in Cusco, claim your baggage and then board the coach.
Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before adjusting to the elevation. A simple city tour is provided and includes a visit to the Koricancha, also known as "The Temple of the Sun". According to the chronicles, the temple was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden images. The city's showpiece is the main square, the Plaza de Armas, where the magnificent, 16th-century cathedral is located. When inside, pay particular attention to the unique rendition of The Last Supper painting. At first glance the biblical scene may appear standard, but upon closer observation, the roasted animal on the dish placed in the center of the table looks a bit peculiar. Many believe it's a popular local meat called 'cuy' or better known as guinea pig.
To help you acclimate and adjust to the change in altitude, we suggest to take things easy, do not overly exert yourself, and avoid alcohol. The local remedy is to drink coca tea.
Dinner tonight is provided at a local restaurant.
Overnight at the Belmond Monasterio Hotel - Cusco
DAY 3 - CUSCO / MACHU PICCHU
An early departure from the hotel takes you to the Rio Sagrado train station. Here you board the Hiram Bingham Orient Express luxury train for Machu Picchu. The trip will take approximately three hours during which brunch is served. Watch as the train passes through the spectacular scenery of the Urubamba Valley. The trip ends at the Aguas Calientes station at the foot of Machu Picchu. From here, a 25-minute bus ride will take you up a winding road to 'The Lost City of the Incas', arriving around 1:00 p.m. - at an hour when many tourists are on their way back to the train station. The setting of the ruins amongst green-clad mountain peaks is a spectacular and unforgettable sight.
Upon arrival at the site, commence a guided tour of the marvelous Citadel, then take a stroll through this impressive archaeological site on your own. Explore the famous "Lost City of the Incas" and feel its pulse while visualizing the lives of the priests, craftsmen, and servants who lived in this seemingly incredible site. Excavations have only added to the mystery, revealing the skeletons of 173 people along with artifacts and woolen clothing, though no gold.
Afterward, relax with afternoon tea at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel located within the very grounds of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary citadel.
Dinner is served at the Lodge.
Overnight at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge
DAY 4 - MACHU PICCHU / CUSCO
After an early-morning breakfast at the lodge, depart for an opportunity to witness an incomparable sight (weather permitting); the sun rising over Machu Picchu. Due to the proximity of the hotel to the site, overnight guests have time in the morning to enjoy the citadel with very few other visitors around.
Spend ample time at the ruins today exploring on your own. An early lunch is served at the lodge before you depart for the train station and board the Vistadome train. Sit back and relax for the next 3.5 hours as the train makes its way back to Cusco. Leave the train at Ollanta station and transfer back to the historic Monasterio Hotel. It is anticipated that you will arrive at approximately 3:30pm, so you'll have some time for independent sightseeing.
Dinner this evening is on your own account.
Overnight at the Monasterio Hotel - Cusco
DAY 5 - CUSCO / CALLAO
Depart for the airport this morning for the flight to Lima. The local Silversea representative meets your flight and assist you with the transfer to the pier. Bon voyage!
Day 2 - Lima / Cusco - approximately 1h30m
Day 5 - Cusco / Lima - approximately 1h30m
Flight durations may vary due to changes in flight schedules
According to Peruvian law, only 8 kg of hand luggage will be allowed on the trains & traveling between Cusco and Machu Picchu (Vistadome, Hiram Bingham, etc.),
1 personal item per person (such as a purse)
1 carry-on per person conforming to the following requirements:
· Maximum 8kg/17.5lbs
· Maximum 157cm/62 inches combined height, length, width
Luggage is restricted to a maximum of 44 pounds (20 kilograms) for domestic flights in Peru. Weight restrictions are very strict on domestic Peruvian flights; at the time of printing, overweight charges are US $35.40 for overweight luggage/ $70.80 per extra piece of luggage. Guests are responsible for any charges imposed by the airlines for overweight luggage. Please pack a small overnight bag (8kg max) to travel to Machu Picchu on Day 2. The remainder of your luggage will be held at the hotel in Cusco.
Please check with your travel professional for details regarding Peruvian visas. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.
This Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, some of which is on cobblestone paths and unpaved trails, with uneven surfaces. There are many steps to climb. This excursion is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilize a wheelchair. Altitude sickness may be a problem for guests suffering from palpitations, shortness of breath or severe headaches. The contents and order of activities of this excursion are subject to change by the local operator without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or other unavoidable disruptions.
Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications that may be appropriate for your state of health.
Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour.
All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing.
This description is a general overview of this programme. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.