Peru, the Kingdom of the Sun, captures a mix of native and European cultures. It is a country of antique cultures, where the traditional way of life is still evident, and of great scenic contrasts. It’s easy to accept that Peru is one of the greatest treasures of the Americas. Of 103 possible ecological zones on earth, 83 are represented in Peru. The Spanish conquistadors came here in search of gold, but they never found the most elusive prize—the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu. Day 1 (D) Leaving the ship in Callao, you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima to connect with your flight to Cusco. Meet your guide upon arrival, and transfer to your hotel. After check-in, lunch will be served at the hotel. Start your panoramic tour of Cusco with the Coricancha Temple of the Sun, built by the Inca Pachacutec (1438 - 1572). The Spaniards later built the Convent of Santo Domingo over the top of it. Admire the cathedral in the Plaza de Armas. Its construction began in 1560 and ended almost a hundred years later. Stones were extracted from the Sacsayhuaman Fortress under the command of the Ecclesiastical Council and used in the cathedral. Side streets such as Loreto and Regocijo beckon you en route to a local restaurant for dinner. Ancestral music and folk dances complement the novo-Andine buffet. Overnight in Cusco. Day 2 (B/L/D) Enjoy breakfast at the hotel; then, transfer 1½ hours by bus to Poroy or Ollanta Station. From there it is a 1½-hour Vistadome train ride along the Urubamba River to the Aguas Calientes Station. The Urubamba River is located in the Sacred Valley approximately 9,350 feet above sea level. From the train station, it is just a short walk to the coach loading area, and a 25-minute ride to Machu Picchu—the Lost City of the Incas—at an elevation of a mere 7,874 feet. The bus ride is on unpaved roads but the end reward is to immerse yourself in the timeless history and intangible magic of this strange and wondrous ancient citadel. Your guided tour is an awe-inspiring, once-in-a-lifetime experience and you will climb the switchback road up to the ruins of Machu Picchu. ‘Discovered’ in 1911, Machu Picchu, called the Lost City of the Incas, represents the cultural heritage of mankind. It is a stone city constructed by incredibly sophisticated techniques, even in present-day terms. Stone upon stone are fitted together perfectly without cement, with exquisite detail worthy of the world’s greatest palaces. After a guided visit to the ruins, you will have a set-menu lunch at a local hotel in Aguas Calientes. From the train station in Aguas Calientes you will board the train back to Ollanta Station. Then transfer 1½ hours by bus back to Cuzco. Dinner will be served at the hotel. Day 3 (B) Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before transferring to the airport in time for a flight to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, you’ll set out on a sightseeing drive through the historic center of Lima—also known as the City of the Kings and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the Plaza Mayor before proceeding to San Francisco Church. Built in 1674, this attractive yellow church is considered the best example of the Lima Baroque style. Returning to Plaza Mayor, you will have time to take photos before returning to Callao, where you will meet up with the ship. Guests on the ms Statendam disembarking on November 18, 2014 and March 30, 2015: Please be advised that this tour returns on November 19, 2014 and March 31, 2015 and air schedules will need to be amended for those dates. Instead of returning to the ship, you will remain at the airport for your flight home.Please be advised that this tour returns on November 19, 2014 and March 31, 2015 and air schedules will need to be amended for those dates. Instead of returning to the ship, you will remain at the airport for your flight home. Notes: You must book this overland PRIOR to sailing. The cut-off date is 60 days prior to the call at Salaverry. Due to the popularity of this tour and strict booking conditions, cancellations inside of 60 days are non-refundable. Not suitable for guests using a wheelchair or for guests with mobility problems. The tour to Machu Picchu requires traveling from sea level to an altitude of 11,200 feet, which may cause altitude sickness for some guests. Touring the ruins of Machu Picchu requires climbing many stairs and negotiating uneven and rugged terrain in rarefied air. Guests with a heart condition and/or known respiratory difficulties should consult their physician prior to booking this tour. There are two paths at the ruins from which guests may choose; both are fully guided. One requires moderate walking and the other requires considerable walking. If you cannot keep up with the group, or if you would rather tour the site independently, you will be given the appropriate information regarding where and when to meet back up with the guide. Bring comfortable, casual clothing in natural, breathable fabrics. Temperatures will change as altitudes and time of day change, so it’s best to bring shorts as well as long trousers, and clothing you can layer. A sweater or lightweight jacket will be needed for the cooler evening temperatures common in upland regions. Oxygenated rooms are available at an extra cost and can be booked on board the ship. The tour operator reserves the right to change hotels but will offer the same category. Heavy, unpredictable, seasonal rainfall can change some operational aspects of this tour. Should this occur, Holland America Line will notify guests in advance of any significant changes and participants will be given the opportunity to cancel their reservation without penalty. Important: It is each guest’s sole responsibility to obtain (before traveling) any visas, vaccinations and/or tourist cards that are required for participating in overland adventures or overnight tours, unless noted otherwise in the description. Please be aware that you may need a visa for any and/or all countries that you will depart from and travel through as part of your overland adventure or overnight tour, and for the country in which you will re-join the ship.
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Much travel in small time window. Crammed with history, culture and adventure. Felt as if we were part of a National Geographic documentary. Hotel accomodations were superlative. Tour was well choreographed, organized and had expert guides. The first view of Machu Picchu is breath taking. The only improvement to be made is less time eating and more time exploring.