Hamilton Tours Ltd. with Collette Vacations presents…
We are pleased to promote the following Collette Program. Each pre-scheduled itinerary includes distinctive hotels, fabulous regional cuisine, local entertainment, sightseeing, ground transportation, directions, tickets and the services of a professional tour manager. You'll find that the price of these tours include so many features, that you pay less out-of-pocket money, meaning you get more value for your travel dollar on every Collette tour.
Tuesday, April 16 to Sunday, April 28, 2013 - Peru: Ancient Land of Mysteries
featuring Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca
Lima ● Sacred Valley of the Incas ● Machu Picchu ● Cuzco ● Uros Floating Islands ● Lake Titicaca ● Paracas Reserve & the Ballestas Islands
Day 1: Tues., April 16 - Arrive Lima, Peru - Tour Begins
Journey to Peru, one of the treasures of South America. Vast in landscapes and diversity, you will experience the unchanged culture and breathtaking beauty of the Andes. Travel through this intriguing land visiting some of the world’s greatest mysteries such as Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas." Arrive late this evening in the "City of Kings," Lima, Peru.
Day 2: Wed., April 17 - Lima
Today enjoy a fascinating city tour through the historical centre of Lima, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the artwork at San Francisco Monastery and enter the catacombs. View the Government centre, the Plaza de Armas’s elegant Cathedral, an abundance of colonial architecture, and the fashionable suburbs of San Isidro and Miraflores for insight into the daily life of the Limeños. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner showcasing Peru’s delicious cuisine and festive entertainment. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 3: Thurs., April 18 - Lima - Cuzco - Sacred Valley of the Incas
Fly to Cuzco, in the heart of the Inca civilization. Board your coach to descend through the Andes to the majestic Sacred Valley of the Incas, the agricultural centre for the Incas. Learn the centuries-old methods of spinning, dyeing and weaving Andean 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. A visit to Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio teaches you about this internationally renowned artist's techniques and designs, inspired by ancient Peruvian cultures. Settle in this evening at your hotel nestled in the heart of the Sacred Valley. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 4: Fri., April 19 - Sacred Valley of the Incas - Ollantaytambo- Sacred Valley of the Incas
Experience the lifestyle of the modern Andean people and delve into their culture when you travel to a nearby community and interact with the locals. This afternoon, visit the spectacular Ollantaytambo ruins, the only Inca settlement that has been continually inhabited since its
inception. A unique terraced complex topped with carved stone panels, these ruins reflect ancient Incan architecture and heritage. Do as the locals do and enjoy a tasting of “chicha,” a unique regional drink made from maize, at a local pub. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 5: Sat., April 20 - Sacred Valley of the Incas - Machu Picchu
Climb aboard the Machu Picchu 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 dinner. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 6: Sun., April 21 - Machu Picchu - Cuzco
With leisure time this morning, you may return to Machu Picchu on your own or explore the local markets. Return by train and continue to Cuzco, a city that blends Inca culture and Spanish colonial influence. Enjoy a visit to a local orphanage sponsored by the Collette Foundation and learn about their efforts to help the children of the region. Relax and become acclimated to the altitude this evening. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 7: Mon., April 22 - Cuzco
Explore this former capital of the Inca Empire during a colonial city tour, experiencing the architectural legacy visible in the Cathedral, Santo Domingo and the Plaza de Armas. Discover the important sacred Incan ruins of Sacsayhuaman Fortress. This afternoon perhaps join an optional excursion to explore the enigmatic Inca terraces at Maras and the salt mines of Moray. This evening, enjoy a dinner and performance of traditional Andean folkloric music and dance. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 8: Tues., April 23 - Cuzco - Puno
Join your tour guide this morning for a visit to the Centro Artesanal Cuzco market, where you can browse colourful displays of textiles, pottery and jewellery. Or enjoy leisure time to explore the San Blas artisans Quartre or visit one of the many impressive museums. Then fly to Puno, hugging the shores of Lake Titicaca. Known as the birthplace of the Inca Empire, ancient legends say that life began here. Relax this evening at your lakeside hotel. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 9: Wed., April 24 - 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. In the afternoon, visit mystical Chullpas de Sillustani – an archeological area boasting 13th century funerary monuments. Participate in a local home visit to gain insight into daily life. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 10: Thurs., April 25 - Puno - Lima - Paracas National Reserve
This morning fly to Lima; continue south to the Paracas National Reserve – Peru’s only coastal wildlife sanctuary. En route, travel through the region of Pisco, known for wine and “pisco” (Peru’s national drink) production. Visit a local bodega for a tour and tasting of pisco. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 11: Fri., April 26 - Paracas National Reserve
Today is yours to spend at leisure at your ecologically-designed seaside resort. Try spotting the dolphins in the bay! Or, join an optional day tour to Nazca to see the enigmatic Nazca Lines. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 12: Sat., April 27 - Paracas National Reserve - Lima - Tour Ends
This morning, cruise out to the Ballestas Islands – the “Galapagos of Peru.” These islands are home to thousands of sea birds including Humboldt penguins, boobies and pelicans, who share their home with hundreds of playful sea lions. Watch for them swimming around your boat and for a glimpse of the elusive condor. Next you’ll visit an artisan workshop to learn about locally made textiles, famous in the Nazca region. Travel north and return to Lima, taking in views of the Peruvian Pacific coast. After a farewell dinner at one of Lima's finest restaurants, transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 13: Sun., April 28 – Arrive in Toronto, Pearson International Airport
YOUR ITINERARY AT A GLANCE
Days 1, 2 - Doubletree El Pardo, Lima
Days 3, 4 - Sonesta Posada del Inca, Yucay, Sacred Valley or Casa Andina Private Collection, Sacred Valley
Day 5 - Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel, Aguas Calientes
Days 6, 7 - Novotel Cuzco Hotel, Cuzco or Casa Andina Private Collection, Cuzco or Sonesta Hotel
Days 8, 9 - Sonesta Posada del Inca Puno, Puno or Jose Antonio Hotel, Puno
Days 10, 11 - Doubletree by Hilton Resort, Paracas On some dates alternate hotels may be used.
Tour includes: Door to door sedan service (1 pickup point per room booked) with pick-up and transfer to airport within 100 km area of Pearson Airport, return flight from Toronto to South America, Interior flights, air taxes, hotel transfers and departure taxes, hotel accommodation, Hamilton Tours Ltd. Rep will accompany the group, 11 breakfasts, 8 dinners, Train Trip, Boat Cruise, admissions as outlined, Collette Tour Director, gratuity for Collette driver and Collette Tour guide & HST EXEMPT.
Cost per person: Twin $5898.00 & Single $6748.00
An initial deposit of $1000.00 is required at time of booking with the balance due on
February 19, 2013
This tour requires that you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing.
Highest Elevation is approximately 12,421 feet in Puno
A valid Canadian Passport is required for this tour. … 6 month validity past your return date.
RBC Travel Insurance is available through our office at the time of booking at an additional charge.