• Enjoy private, floor-to-ceiling views as you cruise in absolute luxury aboard the stunning Aria Amazon
  • Uncover the mysteries of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley's Incan ruins
  • Discover Peru’s colonial beauty in Cusco and Lima, its effervescent capital

From ancient cities hidden among the Andean peaks to the lost tribes of its northern jungles, Peru keeps its secrets closely guarded. However, with private guided tours, a spread of included activities and a luxury cruise into the depths of the Amazon, this is your chance to uncover them all. Start with the inimitable Sacred Valley whose rolling verdure hosts everything from Incan citadels to rural villages before a scenic train ride brings you to Machu Picchu – a true highlight of world travel. Peru’s cities, too, hold allures, each displaying competing influences that vie for your attention. Lima’s colonial charm stands alongside indigenous temples while Cusco’s Spanish plazas look out over ancient Incan ruins. You’ll end with an all-inclusive boutique cruise where jungle hikes, community visits and island stops will introduce you to the natural beauty and rich wildlife of the Amazon.

Day 1

Depart UK

Premium-lounge access will preface your day flight to Lima. On arrival, you’ll be transferred by private car to your accommodation in the upmarket neighbourhood of Miraflores. Take time to relax and enjoy the infinity-pool views over the Pacific before retiring to the marble luxuries of your suite.

Exterior, Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel, Lima, Peru

Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel

Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel, Lima

Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel, Lima

Day 2

Lima’s competing heritage

Sprawled across a long coastline of towering cliffs, Lima’s uniquely diverse history has given rise to everything from colonial churches to pre-Columbian temples. You’ll explore it all on a private guided tour, centring around the Plaza Mayor – home to the grandly neoclassic Government Palace, the Baroque Cathedral of Lima and the colonial City hall. It’s a true bricolage of competing architectural styles.

You’ll then compare its modern glass-and-steel skyscrapers to Huaca Huallamarca, a pre-Incan pyramid made from adobe mud. End the day with a flight to Cusco and the Sacred Valley and a private transfer to your delightful accommodation – an Andean village turned luxury getaway, complete with spa, baby alpacas and river-fed gardens.

Breakfast included

Main Square, Lima, Peru

The Plaza Mayor

Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado, Sacred Valley

Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado, Sacred Valley

Day 3

The Sacred Valley

El Valle Sagrado is a mountain-lined flash of greenery beneath the Andean peaks. Its stunning geography is peppered with traditional villages and archaeological sites that evidence the Inca’s lost civilisation. You’ll visit its highlights on a private tour, taking in Moray, with its enormous circular terraces, and Miras with its famous salt pans, the produce of which is used by some of the world's finest chefs.

It's then on to the town of Ollantaytambo, an Incan military stronghold whose stepped farmlands cascade down whole hillsides in dramatic tiers. Then, return to the luxuries of your hotel, with its stunning riverside location, gourmet dining and indulgent spa. 

Breakfast & Lunch included

Sun Temple on the mountain at Ollantaytambo, Peru


Day 4

Machu Picchu – an ancient city lost among the clouds

Today you’ll experience one of the world’s true wonders. Start by boarding the Vistadome train to wind up past the rivers and rolling greenery of Machu Picchu’s Andean mantelpiece, enjoying cultural performances and panoramic views from its rooftop windows.

Then, arriving at the site, your expert guide will lead you on a private tour between royal quarters, ancient temples and 15th-century burial grounds to giant views over its mist-shrouded setting. You’ll then stay in one of the area’s finest hotels – a veritable village of terraced hills, waterfalls and luxury villas.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

That famous shot of Peru's Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Peru's Machu Picchu at dawn

The mists descend on some outlying ruins

Days 5 – 6

Cusco’s beauty both Incan and colonial

To help you explore further, we’ve included return entrance tickets to Machu Picchu before your train ride to Cusco and your monastery-turned-luxury-hotel accommodation. Once the Inca’s capital, here, temples and palaces of this lost empire sit alongside pretty Spanish architecture. Nowhere is this more keenly felt than with the Dominican Santo Domingo church, built atop an ancient temple dedicated to the worship of their sun god.

Further contrasts include the Baroque Plaza de Armas and the giant Sacsayhuaman Fortress, constructed from huge stone blocks hewn by the Incas. Private excursions will also introduce you to some of the city’s outlying archaeological sites along with the region’s artisan workshops.

Breakfast included

The Aden Mountain from the Plaza de Armas, Cusco, Peru

View over the Aden Mountain from the Plaza de Armas

Day 7

Fly to Iquitos

After a private transfer, you'll fly north into Iquitos International Airport, where you’ll be met and transferred to your accommodation for the night. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring Iquitos at your own pace. A bustling riverside town, expect mud huts mingled with tiles mansions and views across the neighbouring jungle. In the evening, take your pick of the air-conditioned riverside restaurants.

Stay: Doubletree Iquitos by Hilton

Breakfast included

Traditional floating house near Iquitos, Peru

Traditional floating house near Iquitos

Peruvian cuisine, fried banana from Iquitos' market

Fried banana from Iquitos' market

Day 8

Begin your Amazon river cruise

Fly north to the great, life-giving Amazon, home to mysterious indigenous tribes, myriad wildlife and swathes upon swathes of dense frontier land. You’ll arrive into Iquitos to take the only road out of town to board your architect-designed river ship.

Over the next few days, you’ll enjoy a whole host of expert-led excursions and gourmet dining that makes use of unique Amazonian ingredients as you return each night to Jacuzzis and wine cellars along with the floor-to-ceiling windows, timber detailing and day beds of your luxurious suite.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

The MV Aria Amazon sailing the Amazon River

The Aria Amazon

The view from your private cabin, MV Aria Amazon

View from your private cabin

Day 9

Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

After meeting your naturalist guides, you’ll head off on small skiffs to explore the Pacaya Samiria – one of the Amazon’s most wildlife-rich reserves. You’ll sail the Yanayacu-Pucate River, a black waterway home to everything from macaws and dolphins to squirrel monkeys and piranha. Then, after a lecture in the lounge on the region’s sustainable development projects, a community visit will bring you up close to the unique local culture.

Learn how the native peoples cultivate wild plants and trees to carve out a way of life in this most inhospitable of environments.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Pink river dolphins playing in the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, Amazon, Peru

Pink river dolphins in the Pacaya Samiria Reserve

Skiff excursions aboard the Aria Amazon

Skiff excursions

Two Amazonian tribes people share a laugh

Indigenous Amazonians

Day 10

Traditional canoeing and Amazon cookery

Track turtles with your expert guide pointing out their sandy nests before heading deeper into the jungle. Then, keep an eye out for the famous ceiba tree, the highest in the Amazon, as you have a go at paddling a traditional canoe before enjoying an Amazonian cooking lesson back on board.

In the afternoon, journey into Nauta Caño, otherwise known as the ‘Forest of Mirrors’ for its dark lagoons that perfectly reflect its lush scenery. It’s all animated by toucans, macaws, iguanas and alligators. There are even fishing bats.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Wild toucan in the Peruvian Amazon

Wild toucan

Canoeing excursion from the Aria Amazon

Canoeing excursion

Day 11

Jungle hikes & the Yanayacu Islands

Sailing along the Marañon River, you’ll disembark for a short hike; watch out for the eye-catching but poisonous frogs as you search for orange oriole birds and a whole host of reptile and amphibian species. After lunch back on board, you’ll visit the delightfully named ‘Islands of the Iguana’.

Aside from these tiny dinosaurs, you'll also have the chance to go piranha fishing among the world’s largest aquatic plant – the victoria regia, a giant lily. As the sun sets, grab your camera to capture the region’s freshwater dolphins both grey and pink.  

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Frog in the Amazon Jungle

Colourful frogs met on jungle walks

Red iguana in the wild

Red iguana

Great egret in search of food between the Victoria regia plants in the Amazon

Great egret stalks over victoria regia lilies

Day 12

Farewell to Amazonia

Return to Iquitos to watch, weather depending, as whole villages of houses and shops float on the Itaya River. You’ll stop to visit a traditional market serving up such exotic snacks as the Amazon caterpillars – a true local delicacy – before touring the town itself.

Having made and lost its wealth in the rubber boom and collapse, fading mansions have mud huts for neighbours and it’s all fringed by the jungle’s inexorable advance. After stopping at the Manatee Rescue Center to witness the rehabilitation of these gentle giants, board your flight back to Lima where a private transfer will whisk you to your luxury Miraflores hotel.

Breakfast & Lunch included

Traditional floating house near Iquitos during wet season

Traditional floating house near Iquitos

Days 13 – 14

Return to UK

Your trip ends with a private transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home, arriving on day 13. 

Breakfast included

About the itinerary

"Peru offers arguably the best Amazon cruising experience. While I love the Andean culture, people and towns (who can't be impressed by the wondrous Machu Picchu, stunning Cusco and the Sacred Valley?) I also wanted to showcase how wonderfully relaxing a river cruise would be. Here you get to see river dolphins, monkeys, birds, indigenous communities and rainforest, accompanied by expert guides on board a luxurious ship"

Katrin Rummer

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Guide price from £8,600 pp incl. flights

Low Season from: £8,600 pp
High Season from: £8,890 pp


  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return international and domestic flights 
  • Private transfers
  • 8 nights accommodation in 5* (Deluxe) hotels on a B&B basis
  • 1 night accommodation in a 5* (Deluxe) lodge on a full-board basis
  • 4 nights Aria Amazon luxury cruise in a Second Deck Suite on a full-board basis
  • Private touring in Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu
  • Shared touring on the Amazon luxury cruise