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We meet at the airport at 4.00am for our flight to Paris departing at 6.25am and arriving at 9.20am. Upon arrival we are transferred to the majestic capital of France and enjoy a city tour. Later we are transferred to our hotel – Ibis Bercy (or similar) and check in. Lunch & dinner (extra).
Early breakfast and we proceed to the airport for our flight to Peru, we board Air France flight to Lima arriving at 4.00pm. On arrival we are transferred to our hotel and check in at San Agustin Exclusive Hotel (or similar) in Lima. Dinner (extra).
We start our holiday in Peru with breakfast followed by a city tour including the Plaza Mayor, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We will then continue our way towards the Cathedral, with its splendid carved stalls, silver covered altars surrounded by fine woodwork, the Government Palace, the City Hall and the Archbishop’s Palace. We will also visit the San Francisco Monastery which houses the largest exhibition of Colonial religious art in America. Another visit will be at the Monastery of Santo Domingo where we see one of the masterpieces of the Maltese artist Melchior Gafa’ – Santa Rosa di Lima. We will have time for lunch (extra). Later in the afternoon we do a visit to Parque de las Agua (entrance included). Return to the hotel and dinner (extra).
After breakfast we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Cuzco. On arrival we make our way to the Sacred Valley to visit the Indian market of Pisaq where the local Indians meet to sell their merchandise as they have done for centuries. We stop for a buffet lunch. In the afternoon we visit to Ollantaytambo, the great Inca fortresses and sacred areas in the Urubamba Valley. We board the train to Aguas Calientes. Check in at Casa Andina Machu Picchu (or similar). Dinner (extra).
Today after breakfast we visit the ruins and tour the citadel – Machu Picchu with a private guide. In the afternoon we return to Cuzco on board the Vistadome train. Cuzco is South America’s archaeological capital and is now one of Peru’s most important and most frequented tourist attractions. Nevertheless, it has maintained its vivid legacy as the hub of the Inca Empire: Quechua-speaking Inca descendants can still be found multitudinously in the centuries-old stone-walled city streets. Cuzco also boasts magnificent repositories of colonial art – fine examples can be found in the Cathedral and Museum of Archaeology. Upon arrival we are transferred to our hotel – Costa del Sol (or similar), check-in and overnight in Cuzco. Lunch & dinner (extra).
Today after breakfast we have some free time. Later in the afternoon we start our excursion with a city tour, visiting the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas, the Santo Domingo Temple & Koricancha, the Dominican Church and convent built on the foundations of the Koricancha, which are the Incas principal religious building dedicated to the worship of the sun. Then we continue with the visit to Sacsayhuaman fortress overlooking the ancient capital of the Incas, Qenqo and Tambomachay. Qenqo is a vast rocky hilltop carved into staircases, holes and channels, probably built to store the chichi (fermented maize beer) used in Inca rituals. Tambomachay is another fine example of Inca architecture made up of platforms, niches and fountains which still function today, as water flows down through them from a spring higher up in the hills. Lunch & dinner (extra).
After breakfast we go to the airport for the flight to Puerto Maldonado. Here we experience the enchantment of the rainforest, as we take a 45-minute boat ride along the Madre de Dios River to arrive at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica lodge. After a short briefing, we settle into the beautiful cabaña and enjoy lunch. Some free time followed by refreshing tea and get ready for the afternoon excursion. After gathering with our Inkaterra Explorer Guide, we choose from the various excursions available at Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica. We recommend a guided walk along the Trail system, into the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica natural area, where we discover the Amazon Basin. This trail offers an excellent introduction to the jungle environment, winding past impressive trees such as the Shihuahuaco, and the strangely beautiful strangler fig, offering excellent opportunities for bird watching and observing exotic insects. The Twilight River excursion is also recommended - a guided afternoon boat ride on the Madre de Dios river. Witness the transformation from a diurnal to a nocturnal world: animals and birds of the daytime give way to species specially adapted to the night. As we enjoy this paradise, we learn about their habits, while searching for nightjars, owls, capybarasand big caimans. After dinner, relax in our cabaña. Overnight at Hacienda Concepcion by Inkaterra (or similar) in Puerto Maldonado.
A full buffet breakfast is served from 5.30am to 9.30am. This morning we go on the Lake Sandoval excursion into the Tambopata National Reserve. We glide in a wooden canoe, across a beautiful, mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, as well as red howler monkeys, redbellied macaws, anacondas, side-neck turtles and black caimans. Return to the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica for lunch and afterwards we have the opportunity to visit the remarkable Inkaterra Canopy Walkway and Anaconda Walk. For more than a quarter of a mile, we will literally walk through the rainforest canopy on a suspension bridge network linking eight observation platforms. During this hour-and-a-half expedition, we have to be on the lookout for bright toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, monkeys and the three-toed sloth. We then cross the lush eco system, you may observe the various species of amphibians, birds, mammals, abundant flora, trees and there is a possibility to see snakes of this flooded marshland. The walk finishes by returning to the lodge. Once at the lodge, we enjoy the daily nature presentation in the Eco Center. In the evening, we enjoy dinner and overnight in Puerto Maldonado.
Enjoy a full breakfast before departure. A 45- minute return trip by boat on the Madre de Dios River takes us to Puerto Maldonado, where we visit the Butterfly House. Peru boasts the greatest variety of butterflies in the world, with 3,700 known species. Many of these canbe seen at the Butterfly House, a showcase for the variety, beauty and adaptability of these fascinating insects. Transfer to the airport and take a plane back to Cuzco. Overnight stay at Costa del Sol (or similar) in Cuzco. Lunch & dinner (extra).
After breakfast we are transferred to the bus station, and board a touristic bus where we will be visiting Raqch’i, Pukara and Andahuaylillas. Raqch’i is an Inca archaeological site in Peru located in the Cusco region, 3480 meters above sea level. It is also known as the Temple of Wiracocha. Pukara is a site of military ruins in Peru situated in the Cusco Region. This fort is made of large walls, terraces, and staircases and was part of defense of Cusco in particular and the Inca Empire in general. The name probably comes from the red colour of the rocks at dusk. The main attraction of Andahuaylillas is its baroque church dedicated to Saint Peter the Apostle. The church is nicknamed “the Sistine Chapel of America” because of the magnificent frescos that adorn its walls. Lunch and entrance fees are inclusive. Check in and overnight stay in Puno – Taipikala Lago Hotel (or similar). Dinner (extra).
Today after breakfast we embark on a cultural journey and explore the island of Uros, learning about their indigenous people and traditions. We head out across Lake Titicaca toward Uros, a group of man-made floating islands constructed entirely out of reeds. The friendly Uru people are always happy to welcome tourists to their islands, and will share with us their history, culture and traditions. We take a boat out to the islands and learn how the Uru built their floating homes entirely out of totora reeds and rope. The islands initially acted as a defensive mechanism, and were easily moved in case a threat arose. The bottoms of the islands rot away fairly quickly, so reeds are being constantly added on top, allowing each island to last for years. Later return to our hotel in Puno. Lunch & Dinner (extra).
After breakfast we start our journey to Colca canyon. On the way we stop to visit Tocra over the 4,500mts observe the lakes with the migrant’s birds, and take spectacular pictures of the Altiplano with lamas and with hick Guanacos, to Pata Pampa (Pata-High, Pampa-Land) which is the highest point of our tour 4,820 meters, where we will be able to see the Ampato (6,300m), the Sabancaya Volcano Smoking, the Hualca-Hualca, the Cordillera de Chila and the Mismi - the source of the Amazon River. We arrive to Chivay at 3,651mts. Overnight stay at El Refugio Hotel Colca (or similar) in Colca. Lunch & dinner (extra).
Early start on this day. After breakfast we go to the Canyon, visit to Cruz Del Condor. Here we can observe the condors and have a look at the depth of the Canyon. We return to Chivay, visiting Pinchollo the Cabana town and then arrive at Antahuilque Viewpoint, where a wonderful 1,500 year old terracing constructed by the Collaguas culture, before the Inca time, can be observed. We visit Choquetico viewpoint with the Tumbas colgantes – hanging tombs, and the litomaqueta – the terrace model drawing in the rock. Later on, we continue to Maca, a destroyed Andean community by an earthquake in November 1991. We visit Yanque with the most beautiful church in the valley where we can appreciate the mestizo style in the sillar, a volcanic stone. Return to Arequipa and overnight at El Fundador Hotel (or similar). Lunch & dinner (extra).
Breakfast and today we go on a city tour of Arequipa which is a great way to get to know the impressive beauty of “La Ciudad Blanca”, the White City. The tour includes sites such as the church and square of San Francisco, dome of La Compañía de Jesus, colonial homes, the Plaza de Armas and the unforgettable Convent of Santa Catalina, characterized by its narrow streets and different styles famous in the 16th century. The Convent of Santa Catalina, perhaps the most fascinating colonial religious building in the country, was until recently home to almost 450 nuns. Overnight stay in Arequipa. Lunch & dinner (extra).
Today is a free day for personal sightseeing, enjoying walking around and exploring or shopping. Overnight stay in Arequipa. Lunch & dinner (extra).
Breakfast and later in the afternoon we are transferred to the airport where we board our flight: Arequipa to Lima, followed by the flight Lima to Paris Charles de Gaulle departing at 6.20pm and arriving at 1.50pm (13th Sep). This is followed by our final flight from Orly departing at 6.50pm and arriving at 9.25pm.
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Price per person
€4599 Adult in Triple
€4659 Adult in Twin
€5279 Adult in Single
Return Air Malta Fights: Malta/Paris/Malta
Air France Flights: Paris/Lima/Paris
Internal flights with Latam Airlines Lima/Cuzco;
Cuzco/Puerto Maldonado; Puerto Maldonado/Cuzco; Arequipa/Lima
1 night accommodation in Paris
14 nights accommodation in 3 & 4 star hotels
15 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners
All transfers as per programme
All excursions guided by English speaking guide as indicated in itinerary
Entrance fees to places of interest as shown on itinerary
Services of Tour Leader
A Maltese passport with a validity date of 6 months beyond departure date.
Kindly check with the National Immunisation Service at Floriana Health centre. Contact: 2568 0299