Cusco‘s most luxurious and historically fascinating hotel is your base for this four-day holiday.
Explore the archaeological ruins of elite Inca sites along the length of the Sacred Valley, a lush green river plain, sloping gently between Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Tread the mystic grounds of Machu Picchu.
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DAY 1 Cusco city Tour and Archaeological Ruins
Pickup at the airport and transfer to Hotel Monasterio. Because of the high altitude, 11,152 feet above sea level (3400m), it is highly advisable that you take a short rest to acclimatize.
In the afternoon, you will have a city tour highlighting Cusco’s historic past, the fusion of Inca and Spanish architecture and featuring walk-thru tours of the Cathedral, the ruins of Koricancha (or Temple of the Sun), which was looted and razed by the Spanish, who then constructed the Santo Domingo Church on its massive foundation, typical streets, and the four ruins that surround the city: the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Kenko, Puca Pucara, and Tampumachay.
DAY 2 Sacred Valley
Breakfast. Excursion to The Sacred Valley of the Inca. The first stop, Pisac, is famous for its Sunday Mass and daily outdoor market.
The excursion is best when taken on Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday, when the market is expanded and attracts traders from surrounding communities.
The Sunday mass is held very early in the morning in the native language, Quechua, and is attended by the community elders from neighboring villages, wearing traditional dress. (Note: Special arrangements can be made in private service to witness this weekly religious event, as well as to hike to the impressive Inca ruins of Pisac, which towers above the village).
After lunch, visit the Inca Citadel at Ollantaytambo, a sprawling complex of ruins characterized by fine masonry, terraces, canals, fortress walls, and the Temple of the Sun. (B/L)
DAY 3 Machu Picchu Full-Day Excursion
Breakfast at the hotel, then pickup and transfer to the train station to board the Orient Vistadome Train.
The carriages have panoramic windows offering enhanced scenic views and photo opportunities, and on-board service includes snacks and hot and cold refreshments during the 3¼-hour journey to Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of Inca.”
Experience this mysterious ruins, with its ingeniously engineered underground water canalization and its sacred citadel of temples, mausoleums, squares and royal houses.
Widely believed to have been built in the mid-15th century by Inca Pachacutec, Machu Picchu was the secret city of the Inca, never discovered by the Spanish.
Its rediscovery for the world was made in 1911 by American explorer Hiram Bingham, and it remains South America´s most spectacular archaeological site. Lunch at Machu Picchu Sanctuary and afternoon, return to Cusco on the train. (B/L)
DAY 4 Transfer Out
Breakfast. Transfer from the hotel to the airport. (B)
(B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
Ask about the Upgrade to Orient Express Hiram Bingham Class
Hiram Bingham service offers luxury transportation with porter & waiter service, and gourmet brunch, dinner and coctails.
- Airport Transfers in and out of Cusco
- City tour
- Vistadome train
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu with lunch
- Three nights in the Hotel Monasterio, with buffet breakfast
- Full-day Sacred Valley Excursion
- Excursions and tours as described in itinerary
- Certified English-speaking guides
- Entrance fees to museums and archaeological sites
- Taxes and fees
- Non-itinerary meals
- Tips or services not described at the itinerary