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Samba your way around South America
Trace Inca history in style and cruise through Chilean waters
Trace Inca history in style, from city to sky-high valleys. Imagine adventurer Hiram Bingham’s wide-eyed awe when he first saw Machu Picchu, the Inca ruins buried deep in the Peruvian Andes. Thankfully, today the journey to the citadel is far more comfortable than what the intrepid explorer would have experienced in 1911. However, the sight of the incredible ruins remains as powerful now as it was 100 years ago. This five-day Independent Experience takes you from the well-trod streets of Cusco to Machu Picchu and the breathtaking Sacred Valley on a journey that traces the history of the empire and the Spanish conquest.
In Punta Arenas, Chile, visit the Nao Victoria Museum to see a replica of Magellan's ship. Then stop by a statue of the man himself at his memorial in the Plaza Armas. Then it's off to the South Atlantic for fun in the Falkland Islands. Visit the local museum in Stanley and spot some penguins at Yorke Bay, a natural habitat created by an active minefield. At Punta del Este in Chile, make sure to visit the incredible sculpture, La Mano by Mario Irarrázabal. Then settle down for some relaxation time on Playa Brava.
Your Fly, Cruise & Tour Package Includes:
Return economy class flights from Sydney
5 day Macchu Picchu by Hiram Bingham train experience with Peregrine
2 nights accommodation in Santiago
14 night South America cruise onboard Norwegian Star
All onboard meals in complimentary dining venues & selected non-alcoholic beverages
A wide range of onboard activities & entertainment
Private car transfers
Port charges, pre-paid gratuities onboard your cruise & airline taxes
Extend your flights and stay longer - talk to our travel experts about more options
Peregrine Macchu Picchu by Hiram Bingham train experience inclusions:
6 meals – 4 breakfasts & 2 lunches
Transport by bus, private van & train
4 nights accommodation in comfortable hotels
Cusco - Full Boleto Turistico Pass (access to 16 archaeological sites, transport & guides not included)
Cusco - Coricancha Temple entrance fee
Cusco - Cathedral Entrance Fee
Cusco - Orientation Walk
Machu Picchu - Guided tour
Sacred Valley - Community visit & lunch
21 Feb 21 - Cusco
Bienvenido! Welcome to Cusco, the historic heartland and former capital of the Inca Empire. If you are flying into Alejandro Velasco Astete Airport today, you will enjoy a complimentary transfer from the airport to your hotel. Your local guide will meet you this evening at approximately 7 pm at the hotel to explain the schedule for the next few days.
22 Feb 21 - Cusco
Leave the hotel between 8 am and 9 am this morning for a walking tour with your local guide. The walking tour lasts approximately 4 hours and will visit a number of key sites in Cusco. One such site is Koricancha, which was once the richest temple in the Inca Empire, but all that remains today is the temple’s masterful stonework. Afterwards, visit the cathedral in Plaza de Armas, which took almost a century to build. In the same plaza, you’ll also see the 12 Angled Stone – a masonry marvel that demonstrates the engineering skills of the Inca. Continue to the San Pedro Market, where you have the chance to sample local cheeses and chocolates. The walking tour comes to an end just in time for lunch. The rest of today is free for you to explore at your leisure. (B)
Today you’ll encounter Peru’s iconic citadel: Machu Picchu. You will be picked up at the hotel at approximately 7.15 am and transferred to Poroy Train Station. Board the Belmond Hiram Bingham train, named after the explorer who publicised the existence of Machu Picchu in 1911. Depart at 8.10 am and enjoy an included brunch on board, including a glass of sparkling wine or freshly squeezed juice with a traditional Peruvian appetiser, followed by a main course and dessert. The menu is seasonal but usually includes delicious dishes such as quinoa tabouleh and smoked trout, or a traditional lomo saltado (similar to a beef stir fry). Arrive in Aguas Calientes around 12.30 pm and board a bus to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the ruins. After working up an appetite, enjoy tea and snacks at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge – the only hotel that operates at Machu Picchu. In the early evening, take the Vistadome train to Ollantaytambo. Arrive around 8 pm then transfer to the hotel. Dinner is at your own expense in either the hotel or in town. (B/L)
24 Feb 21 Sacred Valley - Cusco
Rise and shine for a day exploring. Begin with Ollantaytambo, one of the few places where the Inca were able to successfully repel the Spanish. This is partly due to the town’s location at the base of the mountains and its steep terraced fortress, which is the main archaeological site today. Try and spot the faces that appear in the surrounding cliffs and hear how the food was precariously stored at height. Next, embark on a bus tour of the Sacred Valley, greatly treasured because of its climate, fertile land and the presence of the Urubamba (Sacred) River. Explore ancient aqueducts, irrigation canals, dams, agricultural terraces and centres of worship dedicated to Pachamama (Mother Earth). Visit a local community to gain greater insight into their lifestyle and enjoy lunch with the locals. If your visit happens to coincide with market day there will be an opportunity to wander the stalls. Return to Cusco in the afternoon, stopping en route just outside the city to visit the stone fortress of Sacsayhuaman. The rest of your day is free for you to relax or sightsee at your leisure. (B/L)
25 Feb 21 Cusco
This Independent Experience comes to an end today after breakfast. If you have booked an onward flight today, you can take a complimentary airport transfer. If you would like to extend your stay in Cusco, we will happily organise additional accommodation on your behalf. Simply tell a Peregrine representative at the time of booking.(B)
Norwegian Star Cruise Itinerary:
27 Feb 21
San Antonio, Chile
28 Feb 21
01 Mar 21
Puerto Montt, Chile
02 Mar 21
03 Mar 21
04 Mar 21
Punta Arenas, Chile
05 Mar 21
06 Mar 21
07 Mar 21
Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
08 Mar 21
09 Mar 21
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
10 Mar 21
11 Mar 21
Punta del Este, Uruguay
12 Mar 21
13 Mar 21
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Terms and Conditions
*Conditions apply. Subject to availability and change without notice. Prices listed are in Australian Dollars, based on twin occupancy/travel, unless otherwise stated. Prices/Offers are correct at the time of distribution. Full travel supplier booking conditions apply.
Prices listed are per person in Australian Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking and shown on the lowest category available. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Cabin categories include prepaid government fees and port taxes unless otherwise stated. Prices/Offers are correct as at 13 March 2020 and can be withdrawn without notice. Cabin categories include prepaid government fees and port taxes unless otherwise stated. Norwegian Cruise Line Free At Sea Bonus are per twin cabin and non refundable, non transferrable and non redeemable as cash onboard. Hotels may charge resort fees not included in this package, payable direct upon check in. Airfares are based on economy class flights from Sydney and subject to the carriers’ flight schedules and conditions, please call us for prices from other cities. Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge.
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