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About Peregrine

Peregrine Tours are one of the leading operators of small group guided adventure tours with tours on every continent (yes, even Antartica).Experienced guides, a respect for the environment and local culture and the wide range of tours designed to take you off the beaten track make Peregrine a great choice for those seeking adventure.

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Here is a selection of Peregrine Tours deals from across their range. There are plenty more though so be sure to check them out for something that is what you're after.

  • WAS $1435*, NOW $1289 *, SAVE $146*

    Inca Trek, 7 Days

    from $1,289*

    • 7 day tour departing from Cuzco.
    • 3 nights accommodation in comfortable Hotels.
    • 3 nights full service camping.
    • 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners.
    • The services of Peregrine's expert English-speaking specialist trekking guide and assistant trekking guide.
    • Entrance to Machu Picchu and park fees.
    • Guided tour of Machu Picchu.
    • Arrival transfer.
    • Transport by Bus, Private van, Train.
    • WAS $1435*, NOW $1289 *, SAVE $146*.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Cusco - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes

    Day 1 Cusco
    On arrival at Cusco Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel, close to the centre of the town. You will have a pre-departure meeting at 2pm. Please check the noticeboard at the hotel reception for details of the exact time and place of your pre-trek briefing. This meeting will generally followed by an orientation walk with your leader. If you arrive early in Cusco, there is plenty to see and do in this former Inca capital. Most of the major attractions are easily accesible on foot and it is easy to while away the time. Tonight there will be an optional group dinner.

    Day 2 Sacred Valley
    The Sacred Valley, located between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, was greatly treasured because of its climate, fertile land and the presence of the Urubamba (Sacred) River. On your full day tour of the Sacred Valley, you will see evidence of the Incas' engineering skills in the ruins of ancient aqueducts, irrigation canals, dams on the Urubamba River, imposing sets of terraces and centres of worship dedicated to Pachamama (Mother Earth).
    At the Sacred Valley you will visit the the stone fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Looking over the city from its hilltop position, the fortress is built out of massive stone blocks and is the ultimate example of the Inca's military strength, The Awana Kancha tourist centre where we see llama, alpaca, vicuna and guanaco all in the one place and the colourful market town of Pisac and the towering Inca citadel at Ollantaytambo. Built on a steep mountainside this grand citadel served as both a temple and fortress. A walk up to the top is rewarded by fine views over the village and out further into the valley.

    Day 3-6 Trek
    We trek the �Classic� and the �Quarry� routes, both of which include a visit to incredible Machu Picchu at the end of the trek. Although you will normally trek the 'Classic' route, it is restricted by the number of trekkers permitted on the trail each day and unless you have booked early, it may be difficult or impossible for you to secure the necessary group permits (especially during the peak season). It is also closed during the month of February for cleaning and rejuvenation. If you are unable to confirm your permit for the 'Classic' route you will instead use the �Quarry� trail. This is an exceptional alternative. Venturing further off the beaten path, this trek winds its way through remote rural villages and provides stunning views across the Andes. Along the way you can mingle with local families, llama herders and weavers, renowned for their brightly coloured hats and ponchos. The trek is of similar altitude and level of difficulty as the 'Classic' route and also includes a visit to the town of Aguas Calientes and the magnificent Machu Picchu, recently voted one of the �New Seven Wonders of the World�. The following description refers to the 'Classic' route.

    Day 3 Inca Trail - Wayllabamba
    This morning you will set off for the Inca Trail by travelling from Ollantaytambo heading to Kilometre 82, where your trek begins. Today you will hike past the ancient hilltop fort of Huillca Raccay and the beautiful archaeological site of Llactapata. It is a fairly leisurely hike and along the way there are stunning views of snow-capped Veronica Peak (5860m). Following the river you will pass a tiny village and continue on to your camp at Wayllabamba, located at 3000 metres. Porters are provided on this trek, so during the day you will only need to carry a daypack with your personal items. This needs to be big enough to carry such items as water, camera and a warm jacket.

    Day 4 Inca Trail - Pacaymayo
    Today is the most difficult part of the trek as you climb to Warminwanusca, or Dead Woman�s Pass (4200m). Along the way you will trek through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery to be seen anywhere in the Andes. This is the first and highest of three Andean passes on the Inca Trail, with breathtaking views over the snow-capped Vilcanota and Vilcabama mountain ranges. Ahead of you, you will see the ruins of Runkuracay and in the valley below, Rio Pacamayo (Sunrise River). Here the trail changes from dirt to steps and stone pathways, your route will take you through a landscape dotted with rural hamlets, grazing llamas and well-preserved remnants of the Incan culture. Although it's not too arduous, you will make a steep descent to the valley below, and your camp beneath the cliff tops at Pacamayo (3600m), overlooking the cloud forest.

    Day 5 Inca Trail - Winaywayna
    You will climb up to the oval-shaped ruin of Runkurakay, which is believed to have once been an Inca tambo or post house. Pushing on up the Inca staircase and beside two tiny and fast diminishing mountain lakes, you will be rewarded at the summit of your second pass (3900m) with spectacular views of Pumasillo (6245m) and the entire snow-capped Vilcabamba range. From here it will be a steep descent and then ascent to your third pass and the ruins of Phullupatamarca, where we embark on a long descent into a beautiful orchid-filled cloud forest. The scenery will blow you away! Butterflies flutter across the trail and the air is pure and clean as you head to breathtaking Winaywayna (2650m).

    Day 6 Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Cusco
    The day starts before dawn with breakfast served nice and early at approximately 4.30 am. The early start serves two purposes, one we farewell our porters as they descend to the train station to catch their 6.30am train home and two, we are ready to start hiking by 6am by when the gate that leads through to the Inti-Punku (sun gate) opens. The walk to the sun gate takes approximately 2 to 2.5 hours.
    Here you will enjoy your first views of the complex of Machu Picchu, often referred to as the Lost City of the Incas. On a clear morning the view from the Sun Gate can be quite stunning and creates a lasting impression that will stay with you long after you return home. Built around 1450, the city was deserted less than a century later following the Spanish invasion and �lost� for hundreds of years before it was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. The architecture of Machu Picchu is quite extraordinary, with the mortar-free design particularly earthquake resistant and the stones so precisely cut that to this day not even a knife fits between them.
    You will tour the site with your guide and then have some free time to explore by yourself, before taking the bus down to the small town of Aguas Calientes. There are some small shops and restaurants in the town where you can wile the time away. Alternatively you may choose to wash away the dust and grime of the trail in the hot thermal baths located on the edge of town. In the afternoon you take the train back to Cusco.

    Day 7 Cusco
    Your short journey in the Peruvian Andes ends after breakfast this morning.
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    Inca Adventure, 11 Days

    from $2,065*

    • 11 day tour departing from Cuzco.
    • 4 nights accommodation in comfortable hotels.
    • 3 nights full service camping.
    • 2 nights accommodation in a jungle lodge.
    • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners.
    • The services of Peregrine's expert English-speaking local leader throughout the tour, and local guides at some sites.
    • Sightseeing where mentioned in the trip notes.
    • Amazon Jungle Excursions.
    • Guided tour of Machu Picchu, including park fees.
    • Train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.
    • Arrival transfer.
    • Local flights from Lima to Puerto Maldonado return and Lima to Cusco.
    • WAS $2295*, NOW $2065 *, SAVE $230*.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Puno - Lake Titicaca - La Paz

    Day 1-2 Cusco
    The oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere, Cusco is a wonderful place in which to stroll aimlessly or participate in an outdoor activity. If you are feeling energetic there are a myriad of adventures available in and around town. There are plenty of opportunities to shop for handicrafts or wander around the cobblestone streets and visit museums, churches and colonial sites. You may just wish to relax with a 'cerveza' or a 'pisco sour' in one of the restaurants and 'penas' (traditional local bars) surrounding Plaza de Armas.
    You will go on a guided walking tour while you are here, visiting the Coca Museum and the San Pedro market. The cathedral that was built atop an Incan palace presides over the Plaza de Armas, the city's cultural heart. It is the houses an impressive collection of art, and boasts a silver-coloured Neoclassical altar. If you are interested in visiting the many museums of Cusco please be aware that you have the Boleto Turistico (Tourism Ticket) included, just ask your tour leader about this. This will also cover surrounding archaeological sites, for example Q'enqo, Pica Pakara, Pisac and Ollantaytambo. The Contemporary Art Museum, Regional History Museum and Qosqo Native Art Museum can only be accessed with a Boleto Turistico.

    Day 3 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo
    The Sacred Valley, located between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, was greatly treasured because of its climate, fertile land and the presence of the Urubamba (Sacred) River. At the Sacred Valley you will visit the stone fortress of Sacsayhuaman where massive stone blocks that form the walls of this site give you an awesome picture of how highly developed Inca engineering was. Looking over the city from its hilltop position, the fortress is built out of massive stone blocks and is the ultimate example of the Inca's military strength.
    You will visit a local community here, to gain a greater insight into the local lifestyle. If it happens to be market day, you will be able to wander the stalls and hunt down beautiful hand painted beads and ponchos. You will enjoy lunch with the local community. Next you will head to the town of Ollantaytambo. Built over an ancient Inca town, which is a magnificent example of Inca urban planning, this is one of the few places where the Incas defeated the Spanish. Ollantaytambo's archaeological site is located to the east of the Plaza de Armas and the upper terraces of this site offer great photo opportunities of the squared grid town below.

    Day 4 Aguas Calientes
    Nestled in the cloud forest at the foot of Machu Picchu, your destination today will be Aguas Calientas. You will travel by train for 90 minutes through the winding Urubamba Valley to reach town, where you can spend some free time exploring the natural hot springs after which the town was named.

    Day 5-6 Machu Picchu - Cusco
    Take a very early (5:30am) bus along the winding road to Machu Picchu (approximately 30 minutes) where you will be joined by a guide who will take you through the ruins. Looking at Machu Picchu for the first time, as it sits against a backdrop of forested mountains, is a truly breathtaking experience. No matter how many photos you've seen, it is hard to prepare for its awesome beauty.
    While it's thought Machu Picchu was built around 1440 as a country retreat for Incan nobility, there is evidence this had been a sacred Incan site for much longer. Another school of thought is that this was an astronomical observatory. There's plenty of time for you to decide for yourself as you wander around the many temples, palaces and living quarters. You will have a guided visit (approximately 1.5-2 hours) with plenty of free time afterwards. After taking advantage of the seemingly endless photo opportunities, it's time to return to Cusco for a well deserved shower and a pisco sour. You will have the rest of today day and Day 6 free to further explore Cusco.

    Day 7-9 Puno - Lake Titicaca - Puno
    This scheduled tourist bus service will take you on good roads through some spectacular mountain scenery and you will stop at several sites along the way, including Inca adobe ruins. Puno is situated on Lake Titicaca, and is a fusion of Quechuan Indian and Aymara culture. It is recognised as the cultural capital of Peru, with an abundance of festivals, music and dancing.
    You will go on a tour of the lake on a motor boat, visiting the floating islands that are built on totora reeds. In fact everything on these islands are crafted from reed, including their boats which last up to 12 months. You will stay overnight with a local community in the lake region, offering you invaluable insight into daily life here. The home-stay will be a mud brick house, the rooms have beds and multiple blankets. The drop toilets are shared, and there is no shower. Take this opportunity to practice the local language, be immersed in the culture and perhaps play a soccer game with the locals. Transfer back to Puno by boat (approx 3 hrs) where you will stay in a hotel for the night.

    Day 10 Puno - Tiahuanaco - La Paz
    Today you will travel to the Bolivian border at Desaguadero. Here you will complete immigration and customs formalities. There will be a few stops and you will be required to leave the bus to complete the formalities. The journey by road to the Bolivian capital, La Paz, will take you via the ancient ruins of Tiahuanaco. This was the base of a great civilisation that began around 500 BC before mysteriously 'disappearing' around 1200 AD. It is believed that the ceremonial complex date back to the 8th century AD and was once at the centre of a powerful and self-sustaining empire based in the southern Central Andes. The sprawling ruins comprise of temples, courtyards, terraced pyramids, monolithic stone statues and gateways. The most famous structure is the Puerta del Sol (Gateway of the Sun).
    From the ruins it is less a than two hour drive to La Paz, where you'll spend the night. You will enjoy spectacular views of the city on your approach, due to its unique location in the middle of a vast volcanic crater that resembles a bowl. At around 3,600 metres, La Paz feels like the top of the world. It's not far from it and vies with Tibet for the title of highest capital in the world. Although Sucre is the official capital of Bolivia, La Paz is the centre of commerce, finance and industry. Despite the abundance of colonial architecture, La Paz's indigenous roots run deep, and the atmosphere in the market-filled streets is both modern and traditional. There are no activities planned for the final day and you will be able to depart the accommodation at any time. Please check the 'Finishing Point Hotel' section for checkout times and luggage storage possibilities. Whilst in La Paz you will take an orientation walking tour around Down town.

    Day 11 La Paz
    Your trip will come to an end after breakfast in la Paz.
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    Peru Uncovered, 10 Days

    from $2,579*

    • 10 day tour departing from Lima.
    • 4 nights accommodation in comfortable Hotels.
    • 3 nights full service Camping.
    • 2 nights accommodation in a Jungle Lodge.
    • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners.
    • The services of Peregrine's expert English-speaking local leader throughout the tour, and local guides at some sites.
    • Sightseeing where mentioned in the trip notes.
    • Amazon Jungle Excursions.
    • Guided tour of Machu Picchu, including park fees.
    • Train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.
    • Arrival transfer.
    • Local flights from Lima to Puerto Maldonado return and Lima to Cusco.
    • WAS $2870*, NOW $2579 *, SAVE $291*.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Lima - Amazon Jungle - Puerto Maldonado - Cuzco - Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu

    Day 1 Lima
    While Peru's capital officially began life in 1535, when Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro founded the city on the Day of the Three Kings, settlements had been scattered through the valley since before the Incas. The city was built on top of an existing palace and temples that belonged to the local chief who had little choice but to move on. Lima was in its prime during the Spanish colonial days and much of the city's attraction now lies in its well-preserved historical centre. Your leader will take you on a walking tour of downtown Lima, including the city's historical centre - so there's no need for you to visit the downtown area prior to the trip. Flanked by streets of ornate colonial mansions, palaces and churches, Plaza Mayor is the best place to start any exploration of Lima. Take a walk through the old streets to get a feel for colonial life. On one side of the plaza is the Cathedral, which houses the remains of Lima's founder, Francisco Pizarro.
    If you arrive early, we recommend you take a walk around Miraflores. Go from Central Park (Parque Kennedy) to LarcoMar via Larco Avenue. Alternatively go to Parque del Amor (Love's Park) for a nice view of Lima's beaches. Other things to see and do include a tour to Pachacamac (approx 30 km from downtown Lima), the Museo de la Nacion and the Gold Museum. Limenos (Lima's residents) are friendly and there are plenty of great restaurants and cafes to sample ceviche, a local seafood speciality. This evening we enjoy an included dinner.

    Day 2-3 Amazon Jungle
    Fly from Lima to Puerto Maldonado (approx 2 hrs). Upon arrival, the lodge staff will take us to their office in town where you'll leave most of your luggage in a safe storage and continue travelling with a small pack with just the necessary items for our next two nights in the jungle. Then take a motorized canoe up river to our jungle lodge in the Madre de Dios area. Head into the jungle with our local, multilingual guides and encounter magnificent fauna and flora in their natural habitat. Spot everything from macaws and monkeys to peccary, jabirus, otters and thousands of butterflies. The guides can also teach us about the medicinal properties and practical uses of the plants.After exploring the wilds, it's time to jump back in the canoe and return to Puerto Maldonado. The lodge is eco-friendly and combines low-impact architecture with traditional native style. Rooms are simple, but comfortable with flush toilets (en suite), showers (cold water only), mosquito nets and kerosene lamps for light.

    Day 4 Puerto Maldonado - Cuzco
    The Cuzco region truly is the heart and soul of Peru. The city itself is the continent's oldest continuously inhabited city and was the home of the Incas for two centuries before the Spanish built their first capital here. Today Cuzco is a fascinating combination of both cultures. Inca-built walls line the central streets and many of the elegant colonial buildings are built on or around Inca foundations. This is a city steeped in history, tradition and legend and is a perfect base for explorations into the Inca world or to enjoy a range of outdoor activities. Take the time to acclimatise to the city's 3,400 m (11,150 ft) altitude and explore the many Baroque churches and ancient temples that dot the city. Your leader will take you on a walking tour including a visit to the Coca Museum - where you can learn more about this infamous plant which has been an essential part of life in the Andes for centuries - and the local San Pedro market.

    Day 5 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo
    Travel by private bus through the Sacred Valley. Known as Wilcamayo by the Incas, the lush, fertile valley has long been the main source of food for the high Andes. Maize crops can be seen surrounding the river and covering the terraces carved high into the valley walls. At the Sacred Valley you will visit the stone fortress of Sacsayhuaman where massive stone blocks that form the walls of this site give you an awesome picture of how highly developed Inca engineering was. Looking over the city from its hilltop position, the fortress is built out of massive stone blocks and is the ultimate example of the Inca's military strength.
    We'll head to a community along the valley to learn about local lifestyle and activities, and if our visit coincides with market day, we can spend time browsing the stalls in search of hand-painted beads or warm ponchos and maybe practising a little bit of the local language, Quechua. Lunch is provided today by the local community. Continue the journey to Ollantaytambo.
    The town of Ollantaytambo has been built over an ancient Inca town, which is a magnificent example of Inca urban planning. This is one of the few places where the Incas defeated the Spanish. Ollantaytambo's archaeological site is located to the east of the Plaza de Armas. The upper terraces of this site offer great photo opportunities of the squared grid town below.

    Day 6-8 Trek
    We trek the �Classic� and the �Quarry� routes, both of which include a visit to incredible Machu Picchu at the end of the trek. Although we normally trek the 'Classic' route, it is restricted by the number of trekkers permitted on the trail each day and unless you have booked early, it may be difficult or impossible for us to secure the necessary group permits (especially during the peak season). It is also closed during the month of February for cleaning and rejuvenation. If we are unable to confirm your permit for the 'Classic' route we will use the �Quarry� trail. This is an exceptional alternative. Venturing further off the beaten path, this trek winds its way through remote rural villages and provides stunning views across the Andes. Along the way you can mingle with local families, llama herders and weavers, renowned for their brightly coloured hats and ponchos. The trek is of similar altitude and level of difficulty as the 'Classic' route and also includes a visit to the town of Aguas Calientes and the magnificent Machu Picchu, recently voted one of the �New Seven Wonders of the World�.

    Day 6 Start Inca Trek - Classic Route
    This morning you will set off for the Inca Trail by travelling from Cusco into the Sacred Valley before heading to Kilometre 82, where your trek begins. Today you will hike past the ancient hilltop fort of Huillca Raccay and the beautiful archaeological site of Llactapata. It is a fairly leisurely hike and along the way there are stunning views of snow-capped Veronica Peak (5860m). Following the river you will pass a tiny village and continue on to your camp at Wayllabamba, located at 3000 metres. Porters are provided on this trek, so during the day you will only need to carry a daypack with your personal items. This needs to be big enough to carry such items as water, camera and a warm jacket.

    Day 7 Inca Trek
    Today is the most difficult part of the trek as you climb to Warminwanusca, or Dead Woman�s Pass (4200m). Along the way you will trek through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery to be seen anywhere in the Andes. This is the first and highest of three Andean passes on the Inca Trail, with breathtaking views over the snow-capped Vilcanota and Vilcabama mountain ranges. Ahead of you, you will see the ruins of Runkuracay and in the valley below, Rio Pacamayo (Sunrise River). Here the trail changes from dirt to steps and stone pathways, your route will take you through a landscape dotted with rural hamlets, grazing llamas and well-preserved remnants of the Incan culture. Although it's not too arduous, you will make a steep descent to the valley below, and your camp beneath the cliff tops at Pacamayo (3600m), overlooking the cloud forest.

    Day 8 Inca Trail - Winaywayna
    You will climb up to the oval shaped ruin of Runkurakay, which is believed to have once been an Inca tambo or post house. Pushing on up the Inca staircase and beside two tiny and fast diminishing mountain lakes, you will be rewarded at the summit of your second pass (3900m) with spectacular views of Pumasillo (6245m) and the entire snow-capped Vilcabamba range. From here it will be a steep descent and then ascent to your third pass and the ruins of Phullupatamarca, where we embark on a long descent into a beautiful orchid-filled cloud forest. The scenery will blow you away! Butterflies flutter across the trail and the air is pure and clean as you head to breathtaking Winaywayna (2650m).

    Day 9 Machu Picchu - Cusco
    The day starts before dawn with breakfast served nice and early at approximately 4.30 am. The early start serves two purposes, one we farewell our porters as they descend to the train station to catch their 6.30am train home and two, we are ready to start hiking by 6am by when the gate that leads through to the Inti-Punku (sun gate) opens. The walk to the sun gate takes approximately 2 to 2.5 hours. Here you will enjoy your first views of the complex of Machu Picchu, often referred to as the Lost City of the Incas. On a clear morning the view from the Sun Gate can be quite stunning and creates a lasting impression that will stay with you long after you return home.
    Built around 1450, the city was deserted less than a century later following the Spanish invasion and �lost� for hundreds of years before it was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. The architecture of Machu Picchu is quite extraordinary, with the mortar-free design particularly earthquake resistant and the stones so precisely cut that to this day not even a knife fits between them. You will tour the site with your guide and then have some free time to explore by yourself, before taking the bus down to the small town of Aguas Calientes. There are some small shops and restaurants in the town where you can wile the time away. Alternatively you may choose to wash away the dust and grime of the trail in the hot thermal baths located on the edge of town. In the afternoon you take the train back to Cusco.

    Day 10 Cusco
    There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
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    Peruvian Wonders, 15 Days

    from $2,619*

    • 15 day tour departing from Lima.
    • 14 nights accommodaiton in comfortable hotels.
    • 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners.
    • The services of Peregrine's expert English-speaking local leader throughout the tour, and local guides at some sites.
    • Arrival transfer to Peregrine's joining hotel.
    • Sightseeing where mentioned in the trip notes.
    • Entrance and park fees.
    • Flight from Cusco to Lima.
    • Guided tour of Machu Picchu.
    • WAS $3085*, NOW $2619 *, SAVE $466*.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Lima - Paracas - Nazca - Arequipa

    Day 1 Lima
    On arrival at Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. You'll meet your tour leader and the other members of your group for a pre-tour briefing which is usually held at 2pm. Please check the noticeboard near the hotel reception for confirmation of the location of the meeting. Tonight you will have the opportunity to go out for your first group dinner.

    Day 2 Paracas
    You will travel by minivan to Paracas today. You will arrive in the afternoon to a free afternoon. You should take this opportunity to visit the Paracas National Reserve. Covering 335,000 hectares of land and sea, this is considered one of the most integral marine reserves in the world. It works to preserve Peru's marine ecosystems as well as the cultural heritage of the local people. The national park is known for its proliferation of marine birds, in fact, it has the highest concentration of them in any one area in the world. It is also a natural habitat for dolphins and sea lions.

    Day 3 Nazca
    You will awake early for an excursion to the Ballestas islands. You will first make your way to Paracas' port, where you will board a boat bound for the islands. Often referred to as the Galapagos of Peru, The ballestas Islands are home to an abundance of wildlife, including pelicans, red-footed boobies, flamingos, sea lions and even penguins. You will have the opportunity to see the wildlife up close on a boat tour of the islands (approximately 1.5-2 hours). Between June and September the port may be closed due to weather conditions, if this is the case, an alternative land tour of the Paracas National Reserve will be arranged.
    You will be driven in a private van from Paracas to Nazca next. This is a three hour drive, but we may stop at the town of Huacachina on the way. A beautiful town built around a lake amd surrounded by soaring sanddunes. Nazca�s origins date back to the 2nd century BC and here, in the dry desert conditions, mummies, textiles, ceramics and other relics have been remarkably well preserved to give archaeologists clear snapshots of this highly developed civilisation.
    You will visit the viewing platform of the famous Nazca LinesEtched into the landscape some 22 kilometres north of Nazca are an assortment of perfectly straight lines, trapezoidal zones, strange symbols, images of birds and beasts on a giant scale, referred to as teh Nazca lines. There are many theories about how and why these 'lines' exist, let alone who created them. The forms are so difficult to see from the ground that they were not discovered until the 1930s.
    To get some perspective on the lines, you can choose to go on a flight tour of the area.The flight is 30 minutes long and covers the 26 figures scattered throughout the desert. The flight can be bumpy and it is only recommended for those with a strong stomach. There have been safety issues with these flights in the past, so we have done our best to research the best operators in the area to recommend to you. Our tour leaders are prohibited from recommending or booking through any other operators. This optional tour (flight) costs about US$100 per person (price subject to change). Following your stay in Nazca you will take the regular bus service, fitted with reclining seats, to Arequipa.

    Day 4-6 Arequipa
    Today will be a long day of travel. You will journey to Arequipa by private van, a ten hour trip. It is well worth it though, Arequipa is a beautiful Spanish colonial city, known as �La Ciudad Blanca� (The White City) because the buildings have been built almost exclusively from a white volcanic material called 'sillar'. The city lies in a beautiful valley and at the foot of the 5822-metre-high El Misti volcano, a perfectly shaped cone.
    Arequipa is without doubt one of the most beautiful cities in Peru. Protected by mountains, its wild surrounding landscape consists of high altitude deserts, hot springs and abyssal canyons. There will be a walking tour arranged with a local guide that will take you to visit the main square, the Santa Catalina Monastery, the San Ignacio Chapel with its colonial mural paintings and the suburb of Yanahuara. Otherwise, relaxing in a cafe in the main plaza is the perfect way to spend your time here.

    Day 7-8 Puno/Lake Titicaca
    You will travel on to Puno today, situated on the shores of Lake Titicaca (approximately 6 hours drive). You'll stop en route at the Sillustani archaeological site, a collection of ruined towers built by a pre-Inca civilisation near Lake Umayo. The towers are chullpas - funeral towers built to commemorate noble men, and fitted with offerings to help secure their passage into the next life. Puno is situated on Lake Titicaca, and is a fusion of Quechuan Indian and Aymara culture. It is recognosed as the cultural capital of Peru, with an abundance of festivals, music and dancing.
    You will go on a tour of the lake on a motor boat, visiting the floating islands that are built on totora reeds. In fact everything on these islands are crafted from reed, including their boats which last up to 12 months. You will also visit Taquile Island, a place where knitting is strictly the domain of men, while women are relegated to spinning. This is the place to get your hands on some beautiful knitwear. You will hike uphill for an hour to reach the main part of the island. It has great views across the lake. There will be an optional lunch here as well, with a simple set menu of quinoa soup and muna tea (Andean mint tea). You will return down 500 steps to the boat that will take you on the three hour journey back to Puno, before enjoying a group dinner tonight.

    Day 9-10 Cusco
    You will take a local bus across Altiplano to Cusco today (approximately 6 hours). The oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere, Cusco is a wonderful place in which to stroll aimlessly or participate in an outdoor activity. If you are feeling energetic there are a myriad of adventures available in and around town, such as cycling and horse riding. There are plenty of opportunities to shop for handicrafts or wander around the cobblestone streets and visit museums, churches and colonial sites. You may just wish to relax with a 'cerveza' or a 'pisco sour' in one of the restaurants and 'penas' (traditional local bars) surrounding Plaza de Armas.
    You will go on a guided walking tour while you are here, visiting the Coco Museum and the San Pedro market. The cathedral that was built atop an Incan palace presides over the Plaza de Armas, the city's cultural heart. It is the houses an impressive collection of art, and boasts a silver-coloured Neoclassical altar. Coricancha is the most easily accessible of the Incan ruins within the city. It was the empire's richest temple and was plated in thick gold. If you fancy lunch or coffee and cake, Yanapay restaurant (415 Ruinas St) supports local children through the Aldea Yanapay, and is a great place to dine.

    Day 11 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo
    You will drive on to the Sacred Valley on a private bus today. The journey will take approximately one and half hours. The Sacred Valley, located between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, was greatly treasured because of its climate, fertile land and the presence of the Urubamba (Sacred) River. You will visit a local community here, to gain a greater insight into the local lifestyle. If it happens to be market day, you will be able to wander the stalls and hunt down beautiful hand painted beads and ponchos. You will enjoy lunch with the local community.
    Next you will head to the town of Ollantaytambo. Built over an ancient Inca town, which is a magnificent example of Inca urban planning, this is one of the few places where the Incas defeated the Spanish. Ollantaytambo's archaeological site is located to the east of the Plaza de Armas and the upper terraces of this site offer great photo opportunities of the squared grid town below. You will leave the majority of your luggage in Cusco while you spend time in Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu, be sure to bring a small backpack that you can pack with necessary goods for the days ahead.

    Day 12 Aguas Calientes
    Nestled in the cloud forest at the foot of Machi Picchu, your destination today will be Aguas Calientas. You will travel by train for 90 minutes through the winding Urubamba Valley to reach town, where you can spend some free time exploring the natural hot springs after which the town was named.

    Day 13 Day 13 Machu Picchu/Cusco
    Take a very early (5:30am) bus along the winding road to Machu Picchu (approximately 30 minutes) where you will be joined by a guide who will take you through the ruins. Looking at Machu Picchu for the first time, as it sits against a backdrop of forested mountains, is a truly breathtaking experience. No matter how many photos you've seen, it is hard to prepare for its awesome beauty.
    While it's thought Machu Picchu was built around 1440 as a country retreat for Incan nobility, there is evidence this had been a sacred Incan site for much longer. Another school of thought is that this was an astronomical observatory. There's plenty of time for you to decide for yourself as you wander around the many temples, palaces and living quarters. You will have a guided visit (approximately 1.5-2 hours) with plenty of free time afterwards. After taking advantage of the seemingly endless photo opportunities, it's time to return to Cusco for a well deserved shower and a pisco sour.

    Day 14-15 Lima
    Fly from Cuzco back to Lima (approx 1 hr). Once settled into your hotel in Lima you will start your exploration of the Peruvian capital with a half-day city tour. Founded in 1535 by the Spanish conquistador, Francisco Pizarro, it was from Lima that all Spanish territories in South America were governed. Few cities at that time could rival Lima�s power, wealth and opulence. However its glory days ended in 1746 when the city was virtually destroyed by an earthquake. Many of the colonial buildings were rebuilt and you will get a first-hand look at several of them on the tour. The striking Plaza Mayor (Plaza de Armas), flanked by some of the most important buildings in town such as the cathedral, the huge Government Palace and the Archbishop�s Palace, constitutes the heart of the city.
    You will visit the nearby San Francisco Monastery, with its catacombs containing some 70,000 human remains. Next we will visit the Central market where we will take a walking tour. The market has a huge variety of fresh produce on offer including fruits, vegetables and even Guinea pigs. You will have the opportunity to try some local Peruvian fruits and street food. This will be followed by a visit to China town, which is nearby the Market. The tour will finish in Lima main square, with the option to go for dinner in downtown or back to Miraflores.
    In your spare time you might enjoy wandering around Miraflores, visiting Parque del Amor (Love's Park) where you can enjoy a view across Lima's beaches, or catching a taxi to visit the Gold Museum or the Larco Museum, which is renowned for its ancient pottery collection. Please remember that you must agree on a fare with the driver before catching a taxi, as the taxis here do not have meters. (Miraflores-downtown approximately 10-15 soles). You may also want to visit the impressive National Museum of Anthropology, Archaeology and History of Peru, which is home to a wonderful collection of cultural exhibits tracing the history, arts and accomplishments of the people of Peru, ranging from the original inhabitants of the land through to the Inca Empire and the Spanish conquerors.
    There are a number of restaurants and cafes to choose from for dinner. Lima has some of the most superb cuisine in South America and is especially renowned for its exceptional seafood. During your time here, you may wish to try ceviche, Peru�s national dish, which is raw fish marinated in lime juice and often served with hot peppers. This culinary delight is a must for all seafood lovers! There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
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    • 18 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners.
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    • Sightseeing where mentioned in the trip notes.
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    HIGHLIGHTS: Lima - Nazca - Arequipa - Cusco - Machu Picchu - Puno - Lake Titicaca - Tiahuanaco - La Paz

    Day 1-2 Lima
    On arrival at Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport you will be transferred to your hotel in the well-known coastal suburb of Miraflores. In the evening at approximately 6pm you'll meet your tour leader and the other members of your group for a pre-tour briefing. Please check the notice board for confirmation of the time and place. This meeting is generally followed by an optional group dinner at a nearby restaurant. Lima has some of the most superb cuisine in South America and is especially renowned for its exceptional seafood. During your time here, you may wish to try ceviche, Peru�s national dish, which is raw fish marinated in lime juice and often served with hot peppers. This culinary delight is a must for all seafood lovers!
    On Day 2 you will start your exploration of the Peruvian capital with a city tour, kicking off in the morning. Founded in 1535 by the Spanish conquistador, Francisco Pizarro, it was from Lima that all Spanish territories in South America were governed. Few cities at that time could rival Lima�s power, wealth and opulence. However its glory days ended in 1746 when the city was virtually destroyed by an earthquake. Many of the colonial buildings were rebuilt and you will get a first-hand look at several of them on the tour. The striking Plaza Mayor (Plaza de Armas), flanked by some of the most important buildings in town such as the cathedral, the huge Government Palace and the Archbishop�s Palace, constitutes the heart of the city.
    You will visit the nearby San Francisco Monastery, with its catacombs containing some 70,000 human remains. Next we will visit the Central market where we will take a walking tour. The market has a huge variety of fresh produce on offer including fruits, vegetables and even Guinea pigs. You will have the opportunity to try some local Peruvian fruits and street food. Next we will visit China town which is close to the Market. The tour will finish in Lima main square, with the option to go for dinner in Down Town or back to Miraflores.
    In your spare time you might enjoy wandering around around Miraflores, visiting Parque del Amor (Love's Park) where you can enjoy a view aross Lima's beaches, or catching a taxi to visit the Gold Museum or the Larco Museum, which is renowned for its ancient pottery collection. Please remember that you must agree on a fare with the driver before catching a taxi, as the taxis here do not have meters. (Miraflores-Downtown approximately 10-15 soles). You may also want to visit the impressive National Museum of Anthropology, Archaeology and History of Peru, which is home to a wonderful collection of cultural exhibits tracing the history, arts and accomplishments of the people of Peru, ranging from the original inhabitants of the land through to the Inca Empire and the Spanish conquerors. There is are a number of restaurants and cafes to choose from for dinner.

    Day 3-4 Lima - Nazca
    Using the regular deluxe bus service, you will travel 450 kilometres south to Nazca in the Peruvian desert. Nazca�s origins date back to the 2nd century BC and here, in the dry desert conditions, mummies, textiles, ceramics and other relics have been remarkably well preserved to give archaeologists clear snapshots of this highly developed civilisation. You will visit the viewing platforms of the famous Nazca lines. Etched into the landscape some 22 kilometres north of Nazca are an assortment of perfectly straight lines, trapezoidal zones, strange symbols, images of birds and beasts on a giant scale (from the viewing platforms you will be able to see 2 or 3 figures). There are many theories about how and why these 'lines' exist, let alone who created them. The forms are so difficult to see from the ground that they were not discovered until the 1930s. Therefore the flight over the Nazca lines is a great option to consider. This optional tour costs about US$100 per person (price subject to change). Following your stay in Nazca you will take the regular bus service, fitted with reclining seats, to Arequipa.

    Day 5 Arequipa
    Arequipa is known as �La Ciudad Blanca� (The White City) because the buildings have been built almost exclusively from a white volcanic material called 'sillar'. The city lies in a beautiful valley and at the foot of the 5822-metre-high El Misti volcano, a perfectly shaped cone. Arequipa is without doubt one of the most beautiful cities in Peru. Protected by mountains, its wild surrounding landscape consists of high altitude deserts, hot springs and abyssal canyons. You will visit the cathedral and a walking tour of this charming city will take you down cobblestone streets to the beautifully refurbished Santa Catalina Convent. Originally built in 1580, it is a maze of high walls decked in flowers and buttressed houses painted in the traditional colours of white, brown, and blue.
    You'll also visit the Jesuit Church (La Compa�ia), with its intricate fa�ade and incredible artwork, and have time to discover the caf�s, shops and arcaded buildings that surround the impressive Plaza de Armas. Along the way, you'll pass by many of the existing historic colonial houses that have helped earned this city a UNESCO World Heritage listing.
    Day 6-7 Colca Canyon - Arequipa
    Today you'll continue your journey by driving into the Colca Valley and Colca Canyon. Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon and with an average depth of 3400 metres, this canyon is one of the deepest in the world. During your journey through the 'Altiplano� (High Plains) you will see grazing wild vicunas, domesticated llamas and alpacas, as well as stone cairns that were built by the indigenous people. You'll stop at the highest point (4910m) to enjoy views of the bleak landscape below and snowcaps on Nevado Ampato (6310m) in the distance. At this point you will feel a little shortness of breath, but after you take some photos, you'll be back in the vehicle descending to a lower altitude. You will continue to Chivay the capital of the provence, and have time to visit the local hot springs. In the evening, you may wish to visit a local 'pe�as' to see a show of traditional Peruvian dance and music. You'll stay overnight in Chivay.
    Unlike most of the Grand Canyon, there are small, picturesque villages dotted around Colca Canyon, near the remarkable Inca and pre-Inca terraced fields, that still support agriculture and human life. It is possible to see many of the locals in their highly decorative traditional dress and hats. You will drive through this stunning scenery, for the opportunity to spot one of the world�s largest flying birds, the Andean condor. From Cruz Del Condor, a view point overlooking the valley, you may see the family of condors that nest in the Canyon walls, soar gracefully above and below you. It is truly a magnificent sight. Later on we will return to Arequipa.

    Day 8-9 Cusco - The Sacred Valley
    Today you'll fly to the ancient Inca capital of Cusco, where you will take an afternoon walking tour to explore this fascinating city. Cusco is a favourite destination of many visitors to Peru. Its main sites radiate outwards from the Plaza de Armas, which is dominated by the 17th century Baroque cathedral. It was in this very plaza that the Spanish conquistadors put to death the last Inca king, Tupac Amaru I. As you wander the streets and side alleys of the city you will witness the perfect tapering Inca stonework that provided the foundations for many of Cusco�s colonial and modern buildings.
    Your comprehensive Walking tour will take you around the Main Squares, Past the Cathedral, Koricancha Temple and a visit to the Coca Museum will be included. In your free time, it is also possible to visit the Inca Museum, Religious Art Museum, Church of San Blas and Santa Catalina Museum. Head to the Sacred Valley for a full day of sightseeing before spending the night there. The Sacred Valley, located between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, was greatly treasured because of its climate, fertile land and the presence of the Urubamba (Sacred) River. On your full day tour of the Sacred Valley, you will see evidence of the Incas' engineering skills in the ruins of ancient aqueducts, irrigation canals, dams on the Urubamba River, imposing sets of terraces and centres of worship dedicated to Pachamama (Mother Earth).
    At the Sacred Valley you will visit the stone fortress of Sacsayhuaman where massive stone blocks that form the walls of this site give you an awesome picture of how highly developed Inca engineering was. Looking over the city from its hilltop position, the fortress is built out of massive stone blocks and is the ultimate example of the Inca's military strength, the Awana Kancha tourist centre where we see llama, alpaca, vicuna and guanaco all in the one place, the colourful market town of Pisac and the towering Inca citadel at Ollantaytambo. The town of Ollantaytambo was built over an ancient Inca town, which is a magnificent example of Inca urban planning. This is one of the few places where the Incas defeated the Spanish. Ollantaytambo's archaeological site is located to the east of the Plaza de Armas. The upper terraces of this site offer great photo opportunities of the squared grid town below.

    Day 10-13 Trek
    We trek the �Classic� and the �Quarry� routes, both of which include a visit to incredible Machu Picchu at the end of the trek. Although you will normally trek the 'Classic' route, it is restricted by the number of trekkers permitted on the trail each day and unless you have booked early, it may be difficult or impossible for you to secure the necessary group permits (especially during the peak season). It is also closed during the month of February for cleaning and rejuvenation. If you are unable to confirm your permit for the 'Classic' route you will instead use the �Quarry� trail. This is an exceptional alternative. Venturing further off the beaten path, this trek winds its way through remote rural villages and provides stunning views across the Andes. Along the way you can mingle with local families, llama herders and weavers, renowned for their brightly coloured hats and ponchos. The trek is of similar altitude and level of difficulty as the 'Classic' route and also includes a visit to the town of Aguas Calientes and the magnificent Machu Picchu, recently voted one of the �New Seven Wonders of the World�.
    The following description refers to the 'Classic' route.

    Day 10 Inca Trail - Wayllabamba
    This morning you will set off for the Inca Trail by travelling from Ollantaytambo heading to Kilometre 82, where your trek begins. Today you will hike past the ancient hilltop fort of Huillca Raccay and the beautiful archaeological site of Llactapata. It is a fairly leisurely hike and along the way there are stunning views of snow-capped Veronica Peak (5860m). Following the river you will pass a tiny village and continue on to your camp at Wayllabamba, located at 3000 metres. Porters are provided on this trek, so during the day you will only need to carry a daypack with your personal items. This needs to be big enough to carry such items as water, camera and a warm jacket.

    Day 11 Inca Trail - Pacaymayo
    Today is the most difficult part of the trek as you climb to Warminwanusca, or Dead Woman�s Pass (4200m). Along the way you will trek through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery to be seen anywhere in the Andes. This is the first and highest of three Andean passes on the Inca Trail, with breathtaking views over the snow-capped Vilcanota and Vilcabama mountain ranges. Ahead of you, you will see the ruins of Runkuracay and in the valley below, Rio Pacamayo (Sunrise River). Here the trail changes from dirt to steps and stone pathways, your route will take you through a landscape dotted with rural hamlets, grazing llamas and well-preserved remnants of the Incan culture. Although it's not too arduous, you will still make a steep descent to the valley below, and your camp beneath the cliff tops at Pacamayo (3600m), overlooking the cloud forest.

    Day 12 Inca Trail - Winaywayna
    You will climb up to the oval-shaped ruin of Runkurakay, which is believed to have once been an Inca tambo or post house. Pushing on up the Inca staircase and beside two tiny and fast diminishing mountain lakes, you will be rewarded at the summit of your second pass (3900m) with spectacular views of Pumasillo (6245m) and the entire snow-capped Vilcabamba range. From here it will be a steep descent and then ascent to your third pass and the ruins of Phullupatamarca, where we embark on a long descent into a beautiful orchid-filled cloud forest. The scenery will blow you away! Butterflies flutter across the trail and the air is pure and clean as you head to breathtaking Winaywayna (2650m).

    Day 13 Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Cusco
    The day starts before dawn with breakfast served nice and early at approximately 4.30 am. The early start serves two purposes, one we farewell our porters as they descend to the train station to catch their 6.30am train home and two, we are ready to start hiking by 6am by when the gate that leads through to the Inti-Punku (sun gate) opens. The walk to the sun gate takes approximately 2 to 2.5 hours. Here you will enjoy your first views of the complex of Machu Picchu, often referred to as the Lost City of the Incas. On a clear morning the view from the Sun Gate can be quite stunning and creates a lasting impression that will stay with you long after you return home.
    Built around 1450, the city was deserted less than a century later following the Spanish invasion and �lost� for hundreds of years before it was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. The architecture of Machu Picchu is quite extraordinary, with the mortar-free design particularly earthquake resistant and the stones so precisely cut that to this day not even a knife fits between them. You will tour the site with your guide and then have some free time to explore by yourself, before taking the bus down to the small town of Aguas Calientes. There are some small shops and restaurants in the town where you can wile the time away. Alternatively you may choose to wash away the dust and grime of the trail in the hot thermal baths located on the edge of town. In the late afternoon you take the train back to Cusco.

    Day 14 Cusco
    You will have a free day in Cusco today. The oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere, Cusco is a wonderful place in which to stroll aimlessly or participate in an outdoor activity. If you are feeling energetic there are a myriad of adventures available in and around town. There are plenty of opportunities to shop for handicrafts or wander around the cobblestone streets and visit museums, churches and colonial sites. You may just wish to relax with a 'cerveza' or a 'pisco sour' in one of the restaurants and 'penas' (traditional local bars) surrounding Plaza de Armas.

    Day 15 Cusco - Puno
    You will travel by bus today to the town of Puno, situated on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world at 3810 metres. This scheduled tourist service will take you on good roads through some spectacular mountain scenery and you will stop at several sites along the way, including Inca adobe ruins. Lunch will be included on a stop in the small town of Sicuani. Along the way you will also make a short roadside stop at La Raya, which at 4335 metres is the highest point on your journey. You will also drive through the large sprawling town of Juliaca on your way to Puno, which is a colourful and lively place renowned for its traditional street dancing, often performed in celebration of Catholic festive days in February each year. An important agricultural centre, Puno is reasonably compact and centred around the pedestrian part of Calle Lima, which is full of restaurants and bars. The town is a launching pad for excursions out on Lake Titicaca whilst on the surrounding plateaus, grazing alpacas and llamas are familiar sights.

    Day 16-17 Lake Titicaca - Homestay- Puno
    This morning you will leave your hotel and take a 25 minute bus to the lake where you will board a boat. One of your first stops is on one of the floating reed islands of the Uros people, who still live as they have done so for centuries. The islanders use totora reeds for many things, from building their homes and boats to producing hand-woven mats. To get a closer look at daily life in the Lake Titicaca region, we'll be welcomed into local homes for an overnight stay on a local community. Make the most of your visit by helping your host family with their daily activities or trying to chat in the local language, Quechua. A game of soccer is also a great way to make local friends. Our homestay is a mudbrick house. Rooms have beds and many blankets, there are shared drop toilets but no showers. You will return to Puno in the afternoon. From the port you will take a local trishaw to Puno city where you will have an optional dinner. Following the dinner a private vehicle will take you back to the hotel.

    Day 18 Tiahuanaco - La Paz
    Peru and Bolivia both share the waters of Lake Titicaca, and today you will follow the shores of the lake to the Bolivian border at Desaguadero. Here you will complete immigration and customs formalities. The journey by road to the Bolivian capital, La Paz, will take you via the ancient ruins of Tiahuanaco and the local museum where you you will take an included tour. This was the base of a great civilisation that began around 500 BC before mysteriously 'disappearing' around 1200 AD. It is believed that the ceremonial complex dates back to the 8th century AD and was once at the centre of a powerful and self-sustaining empire based in the southern Central Andes. The sprawling ruins comprise of temples, courtyards, terraced pyramids, monolithic stone statues and gateways. The most famous structure is the Puerta del Sol (Gateway of the Sun).
    From the ruins it is less than a two-hour drive to La Paz, where you'll spend the night. You will enjoy spectacular views of the city on your approach, due to its unique location in the middle of a vast volcanic crater that resembles a bowl. Once you're settled into your hotel in La Paz you will be taken on a orientation walk of La Paz city with a local guide and of course your tour leader. You will visit some of La Paz's unique sites such as; The Witches Market, San Francisco church and the main street El Prado Ave in Down town.

    Day 19 La Paz
    Your tour will come to an end today after breakfast.
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    Wander the frosty streets of the world's northernmost city before setting sail on your Arctic adventure. Get to know life as a ship-dweller and look out at snowy mountain peaks as they recede into the horizon.

    Day 2-8 Exploring Spitsbergen
    Tucked far away in the remote wilds of the Arctic, Spitsbergen is bursting with incredible wildlife, polar deserts and immense glaciers. Far from being a wasteland, the tundra-covered landscapes can be surprisingly colourful in summer, with wildflowers bursting forth for a taste of sunshine. Begin by exploring the western coast of the island en route to the stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. While the itinerary can be as varied as the unpredictable polar weather, the ship will endeavour to get as close as possible to some of the island's must-see locations, including 14th July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Phippsoya, Alkhornet and the Hinlopen Strait. There are also opportunities to spot polar bears roaming around on sheets of white, as well as the various nesting birdlife among the towering cliffs of Alkefjellet. Along the way, be sure to scour the coast for imposing walruses lazing on rocky shores. From Arctic foxes, reindeer and, of course, whales, the opportunities for wildlife spotting in this frozen land are endless. Get closer to the action by jumping in a sea kayak to discover isolated coves, and strap on some snowshoes to venture onto the mainland. Visit a historic whaling memorial to learn about those who risked their lives in the 17th and 18th centuries to work in extreme Arctic conditions.

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    Day 11 Disembark in Longyearbyen
    This Arctic expedition draws to a close in the place it began, in the quirky, colourful town of Longyearbyen.

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    HIGHLIGHTS: Ushuaia - Drake Passage - South Shetland Islands - Antarctic Peninsula

    Day 1 Ushuaia
    A picturesque town at the end of the world, Ushuaia is the launching pad for many Antarctica trips and is also excellent for hiking and mountain-based activities.

    Day 2 Embarkation
    The beautiful Beagle Channel, which links Ushuaia with the Drake Passage, is particularly rich with birdlife - penguins, cormorants, petrels and albatross can all be seen here.

    Day 3-4 Drake Passage
    The infamous Drake Passage is a fascinating place where the raw power of nature is always on display - seabirds circle overhead and whales happily cruise these waters.

    Day 5-9 South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula
    The coldest, windiest, driest and iciest continent, Antarctica is a land of spectacular scenery, epic adventure and some of the world's most iconic wildlife.

    Day 10-11 Drake Passage
    The adventure winds up with a trip back over the Drake Passage. Head out to the deck to enjoy your last taste of crisp Antarctic air and watch the seabirds soaring overhead. Now is a great chance to spend some time with your new friends onboard - relax over a few drinks, swap photos and share memories of your Antarctic experience.

    Day 12 Ushuaia
    Renowned as the world's southernmost city, Ushuaia has plenty to offer the many adventurers who pass through: nice restaurants, interesting museums and the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park.

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  • <strong>WAS</strong> $9595*, <strong>NOW</strong> $8155*, <strong>SAVE</strong> $1440*

    Iceland Circumnavigation:, 12 Days, SAVE $1440*

    from $8,155*

    • 12 day tour departing Reykjavik.
    • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping.
    • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks onboard throughout your voyage.
    • All shore landings per the daily program.
    • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader.
    • A daily program of lectures by noted naturalists, historians and scientists.
    • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program.
    • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and Special Guests as scheduled.
    • Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage.
    • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings.
    • An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep.
    • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock.
    • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin.
    • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader.
    • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
    • All luggage handling aboard ship.
    • On embarkation day, transfer from your hotel or airport to the ship.
    • On disembarkation day, group transfer from the ship to downtown and the airport.
    • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of US$100,000* per person.
    • Pre- and/or post-night accommodations as indicated in the itinerary.
    • Iceland Cruise Passenger Tax.
    • Charter flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Reykjavik - Grundarfjorour - Isafjorour - Grindavik - Heimay - Surtsey islands - Jokulsarlon - Hofn - Seydisfjordur - Husavik - Grimsey island - Hornvik - Akureyri

    Day 1 Reykjavik
    Arrive in the Icelandic capital this morning and transfer to your included Reykjavik hotel. You will have the day on your own to explore the city. Join us at the hotel in the evening for a welcome reception and orientation.

    Day 2 Golden Circle and Embarkation
    After breakfast, we will venture south from Reykjavik along Iceland's famous Golden Circle route, starting with Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here we'll enter a dramatic landscape of wild contrasts, with lava plains, clear lakes and wildflowers in the shadow of soaring mountains. This was also the site of Iceland's parliament from 930 until 1798. We will also visit Iceland's most famous waterfall, Gullfoss, at the height of its flow. We complete the Golden Circle with Haukadalur, where we'll see the Strokkur geyser erupt every 5-10 minutes as well as plenty of other evidence of the intense geological processes beneath our feet. After lunch, we'll make our way to the Ocean Nova and set sail.

    Day 3 Grundarfjorour
    Today we will reach the photogenic Snaefellsnes peninsula and visit our first small Icelandic town. We will sail into the small harbor and have a chance to walk around this picturesque fishing village. In the afternoon, we will sail to the westernmost point of Iceland. If we can stop at the seabird colony, we will spot Atlantic puffins, thick-billed murres and black-legged kittiwakes.

    Day 4 isafjorour
    We awake to the sight of the Westfjords area, with its high rock walls carved by intense glacier action. Here we'll find the colorful town of isafjorour, home to a charming museum dedicated to Iceland's rich maritime history. We may also have a chance to sample some local Icelandic delicacies and take in some local entertainment. In the afternoon we will explore the dramatic fjords that make this area famous.

    Day 5 Grindavik and the Blue Lagoon
    Today we'll visit one of Iceland's most popular attractions, the Blue Lagoon. You'll be able to soak in the geothermally-heated seawater, rumoured to be good for both the body and soul. For those who don't crave the comforts of the spa, an optional round of golf is also available at the Continental Drift Club, where the American and Eurasian plates meet.

    Day 6 Heimay and Surtsey Islands
    Lying off the southern coast of Iceland, these islands are an example of the constant geological battle being waged underground. In 1973 a volcanic eruption destroyed many buildings on the islands and today a project dubbed the 'Pompeii of the North' aims to excavate those ruins. Not to be out-named, the entire archipelago has been called the 'Capri of the North' because of all the sea caves created by frequent volcanic activity. Sea birds, including puffins, call this place home.

    Day 7 Jokulsarlon and Hofn
    This morning we visit one of the most impressive wonders of Iceland: Vatnajokull Glacier. At over 300m (1,000 ft) tall, we can't appreciate the full scale of the ice until we get out on Jokulsarlon Lake and sail among the icebergs that frequently calve from the ice face. In the afternoon we arrive at Hofn, a small and traditional fishing community.

    Day 8 Seydisfjordur
    We'll call into Seydisfjordur, a small, friendly town with a thriving art scene. We can visit the power plant museum, shop for locally-produced handicrafts in the town, and join a tour conducted by the locals. The area also boasts over 90 archaeological sites, some dating back 1,000 years.

    Day 9-10 Husavik and Grimsey Island
    Husavik is an excellent example of the geological processes that have made Iceland famous. We will spend the day crossing through the highland lava desert, past lava formations, mud pools and sulfur pits en route to the impressive canyons and waterfalls that lie beyond. Returning back to town, we'll have a chance to wander around and visit the Whale and Exploration Museums before boarding the Ocean Nova. This area is the center of the whale-watching industry in Iceland, so we'll be on the lookout for whales as the ship pulls away from this pretty town. In the late afternoon, we should cross the Arctic Circle and reach Grimsey Island. The abundant bird life far outnumbers the fewer than one hundred residents of this small village.

    Day 11 Westfjords: Hornvik and Area
    Today we reach the very top of Iceland, as we venture north into the peaceful bay of Hornvik. Grand landscapes and exploration will be the order of the day, with a chance to stretch our legs and marvel at the geology and bird life that dominate the area.

    Day 12 Disembarkation in Akureyri
    On our last day, we arrive in Akureyri, where we board our charter flight back to Reykjavik.

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  • <strong>WAS</strong> $9,675* <strong>NOW</strong> $8,219* <strong>SAVE</strong> $1456*

    Antarctic Explorer, 12 Days, SAVE $1456*

    from $8,219*

    • 12 day tour departing Ushuaia.
    • 10 night onboard a cruise ship in a non premium cabins.
    • 1 night in a hotel.
    • 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners.
    • Transport by Ship, Zodiac.
    Pricing options:
    Non premium cabins WAS $9,675* NOW $8,219* SAVE $1456*
    Premium cabins WAS $11,655* NOW $8739* SAVE $2913*

    HIGHLIGHTS: Ushuaia - Drake Passage - South Shetland Islands - Antarctic Peninsula

    Day 1 Ushuaia
    A picturesque town at the end of the world, Ushuaia is the launching pad for many Antarctica trips and is also excellent for hiking and mountain-based activities.

    Day 2 Embarkation
    The beautiful Beagle Channel, which links Ushuaia with the Drake Passage, is particularly rich with birdlife - penguins, cormorants, petrels and albatross can all be seen here.

    Day 3-4 Drake Passage
    The infamous Drake Passage is a fascinating place where the raw power of nature is always on display - seabirds circle overhead and whales happily cruise these waters.

    Day 5-9 South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula
    The coldest, windiest, driest and iciest continent, Antarctica is a land of spectacular scenery, epic adventure and some of the world's most iconic wildlife.

    Day 10-11 Drake Passage
    The adventure winds up with a trip back over the Drake Passage. Head out to the deck to enjoy your last taste of crisp Antarctic air and watch the seabirds soaring overhead. Now is a great chance to spend some time with your new friends onboard - relax over a few drinks, swap photos and share memories of your Antarctic experience.

    Day 12 Ushuaia
    Renowned as the world's southernmost city, Ushuaia has plenty to offer the many adventurers who pass through: nice restaurants, interesting museums and the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park.

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