Multi-Day Tour

Train To Machu Picchu (Superior) (15 days)

Cox and Kings

Lima, Peru To Cuzco, Peru

Train To Machu Picchu (Superior) (15 days)


Day 1
Lima, Peru
Casa Andina Private Collection - Miraflores - 2 Nights None
You will be met and taken to your hotel.
Day 2
Lima, Peru
Casa Andina Private Collection - Miraflores Breakfast
This tour begins with an early morning visit to Surquillo local market in Miraflores. Here, you can see many types of fresh fish, as well as a variety of produce from the coast, the highlands and the jungle. You can try different fresh fruit from the coast, highlands and rainforest.

Continue to Lima's colonial center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Between its foundation in the 1500s up to the 1900s, Lima was the chief city of Spanish South America and known as the 'City of Kings'. You will visit the magnificent 17th-century San Francisco Monastery with its cloisters and catacombs, an architectural masterpiece. A short stroll leads to heart of the old city and the Plaza Mayor main square, surrounded by yellow edifices, the Government Palace and the imposing and grand cathedral. You will also visit Casa Solar de Aliaga, a superbly preserved colonial mansion that has been occupied by 16 generations of the same family since 1535. Don Jeronimo De Aliaga was one of the 13 commanders to arrive with Pizarro and was given land around the main square to build his house when Lima was founded. The mansion is decorated with ornate antiques and fine furnishings and it is easy to get a feel of the history of the family.

End your tour with a visit to one of the oldest traditional taverns in the city, Cordano's, where you can taste Peru's famous pisco sour.
Day 3
Arequipa, Peru
Libertador - 2 Nights Breakfast
You will be collected at your hotel and taken to the airport, to board the flight to Arequipa.

Upon arrival, you will be met and taken to your hotel.
Day 4
Arequipa, Peru
Libertador Breakfast, Lunch
The tour begins in the elegant Plaza de Armas, beautifully laid-out with gardens, palm trees and a fountain, and continues to the 17th-century La Compania church. The church is renowned for its florid Andean style facade and its gilded main altar, typical of the height of the Peruvian baroque. Also of interest is the sacristy's ceiling, which is covered with miniature paintings and carvings of crimson and gold.

You will then visit the 16th-century Santa Catalina convent, which was opened to the public in 1970 after 400 years as a cloister. A walled city within the city, the convent is made up of a maze of cobblestone streets with spacious patios, gardens, kitchens and slave quarters. Entrance requirements at the convent were among the strictest in Peru. Novices, daughters of aristocrats, had to prove Spanish origin and come up with a dowry of at least 1,000 gold pesos. Once home to up to 500 nuns, now about 20 still reside in one section of the convent, while the remainder has been left as a magnificent museum.

The tour concludes with a visit to the Juanita mummy museum. Juanita (also known as the 'Ice Maiden') was discovered on the top of Mount Ampato, near Arequipa, in 1995 by Johan Reinhard. She was 12 to 14 years old when she was sacrificed and is believed to have died about 500 years ago. She has been preserved in a glass box at sub zero temperatures along with displays of amazingly well preserved clothes, jewellery and weavings that provide a vivid insight into the past. Other equally interesting and well preserved locally found mummies are kept in the museum and are periodically exhibited. Juanita is not guaranteed to be on display as she is often taken away for research or for preservation. However, other mummies and all the artifacts remain so the museum is well worth a visit at any time.
Day 5
Colca Canyon, Peru
Aranwa Colca Breakfast, Lunch
The journey to the Colca Canyon takes approximately 4 hours, passing the spectacular El Misti volcano.

Continue across the altiplano, stopping along the way at different areas of interest, including villages and churches. There will be a stop at a local restaurant for 'mate de coca' and lavatory facilities. Please ensure that warm clothing is taken for this part of your journey, as the Colca Canyon is cold at night. A bathing costume is also recommended for the hot springs nearby.
Day 6
Lake Titicaca, Bolivia
Libertador Lake Titicaca - 2 Nights (B, Box Lunch) None
Early this morning (approximately 6:00 am), drive to Condors' Cross, the observation point from which condors may be spotted and where the magnificent natural spectacle of the Colca Canyon is spread out before you.

Drive from Colca to Puno, a journey of approximately 6 hours, including stops.
Day 7
Lake Titicaca, Bolivia
Libertador Lake Titicaca - (B, Box Lunch) None
Lake Titicaca has many floating islands which are inhabited by the indigenous Uros people. For hundreds of years the livelihood of this 'water tribe' has been based on the benefits of the totora reed, which grows densely in the shallower areas of the lake. They use these to build their homes, boats and even the floating islands they live on, compressing them into virtually rigid surfaces, which drift around on the lake currents. The Uros people live by fishing and raising domestic fowl and they travel between their islands in tiny reed boats.

The tour continues to Taquile Island, situated about 28 miles from Puno, with expansive views of the great lake, and inhabited by Quechua-speaking communities. Taquile is just 0.6 miles wide and around 4 miles long, but home to Inca and pre-Inca ruins and Inca terracing. Through the generations, the islands' inhabitants have developed an efficient social system and a fine handweaving technique. Farmers, fishermen and weavers wear distinctive outfits.

Visit the quieter southern side of the island, from where there are views across to Bolivia on a fine day. The locals will demonstrate their traditional way of life, ancient weaving techniques and music. Lunch will be provided from fresh local ingredients.
Day 8
Luxury Train to Cuzco
Belmond Andean Explorer Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
You will be collected at your hotel and taken to the station in Puno.

This morning board the Belmond Andean Explorer train in Puno for a 2-day / 1-night journey to Cuzco.

This scenic journey follows in the footsteps of the Incas, from the shores of Lake Titicaca to the ancient city of Cuzco. The first half of the journey passes through the gentle rolling Andean Plains, where vicunas and alpacas may be seen. The journey then climbs up to over 13,780 feet above sea level at La Raya, the highest point on the route where a stop is made after lunch. Here, you can see the snow-capped peaks rising to 17,716 feet. The last part of the journey is dominated by magnificent Andean mountains, towering over the deep valleys of the meandering Huatanay river. In the evening a three-course dinner will be served in the dining car.
Day 9
To the Sacred Valley
Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley - 2 Nights Breakfast, Lunch
After breakfast you will disembark the train.

Drive to the Sacred Valley visiting a weaving demonstration en route.

The picturesque Andean village of Chinchero lies to the north-west of Cuzco and the drive offers magnificent views across the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Situated at 12,139 feet above sea level, Chinchero has a well-preserved Inca wall in the main square and a colonial country church that has interesting frescoes on the portico. Today, you will visit a local textile center, where traditional weaving techniques have remained virtually unchanged for centuries. The center arranges private demonstrations during which you can watch weavers from local villages display their skills. You will have the opportunity to watch as wool is carded, spun and dyed. Finally, you can learn about the different techniques used to create ponchos, fajas (belts), and mantas (shawls). You can also find textiles of the highest quality for sale.

Continue to your hotel, a journey of approximately 45 minutes.
Day 10
Sacred Valley, Peru
Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley Breakfast
Ollantaytambo is a small town built around a superbly preserved Inca fortress. The fortress guarded the entrance to this part of the valley and protected it from possible invasion from the lower jungles. The central part of the ruins is the Intihuatana group of temples and rock outcrops, which reveal the most magnificent Inca masonry. The design and foundations of the majority of the buildings in the town also date from the Inca era, when Ollantaytambo was a strategic military, religious and agricultural center.
Day 11
Machu Picchu, Peru
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel - (B, Box Lunch, D) None
You will be collected at your hotel and transferred by road to Ollanta railway station, a journey of approximately 40 minutes.

Take a spectacular journey by narrow gauge railway through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to Machu Picchu.

All carriages on the Vistadome service feature large panoramic windows, a new suspension system, air conditioning and heating. Large comfortable leather seats with fold away tables allow passengers to relax and enjoy the magnificent scenery along the way. Complimentary snacks and drinks are provided on board.

On arrival at the station in Aguas Calientes, you will transfer by shared bus to Machu Picchu.

The Incas left legends of forgotten cities and treasures, the most incredible of which is Machu Picchu. It lay hidden from the world until its rediscovery by the American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. The site consists of more than 200 buildings of perfectly chiselled unmortared stone, as well as baths, temples, altars and houses constructed in terraces and connected by stairways carved from solid rock. Enjoy a guided tour of the ruins and have time to explore on your own.

Note: When travelling to Machu Picchu it is mandatory to take a smaller overnight bag due to baggage restrictions on the train. Therefore you would need to leave the bulk of your luggage this morning (to be transferred straight to Cuzco) and pack an overnight bag for your stay in Aguas Calientes.
Day 12
Cuzco, Peru
Casa Andina Private Collection Cuzco - 3 Nights Breakfast
Morning at leisure. Excursions that can be booked locally include bird watching or a visit to the Aguas Calientes hot springs (payable locally).

Optional Excursion: Further visit to Machu Picchu

This morning, you will have time to explore these mysterious ruins on your own (second entrance ticket to Machu Picchu is included).

You may wish to hike to Intipunku (Sun Gate), which is located on a flank of the Machu Picchu mountain and offers great views over the site. The hike between the citadel and Intipunku takes about 1 hour in each direction.

If you revisit the citadel, we advise that you take the bus down from the ruins no later than 1.5 hours before your train departure time.


Optional Excursion: Further visit to Machu Picchu with Huayna Picchu

This morning you will have time to explore these mysterious ruins on your own and hike up Huayna Picchu. The second entrance ticket to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu is included.

Your entrance ticket for Huayna Picchu is for the hike starting at 7:00 am / 10:00 am. Please arrive on time or your ticket will be automatically cancelled and is non-refundable. The hike to the summit of Huayna Picchu (8,923 feet above sea level) takes approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. The main trail is a steep climb up uneven pathways and Inca steps, at times exposed, and is not suitable for persons with a fear of heights. Please take particular care in wet weather as the paths and steps may be slippery.

If you revisit the citadel or hike the surrounding mountains we advise that you take the bus down from the ruins no later than 1.5 hours before your train departure time.


Optional Excursion: Further visit to Machu Picchu with Machu Picchu Mountain

This morning, you will have time to explore these mysterious ruins on your own and hike up the Machu Picchu mountain, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the Machu Picchu citadel. The second entrance ticket to Machu Picchu is included.

The hike between the citadel and the summit of the Machu Picchu mountain (9,842 feet above sea level) takes about 3 hours for a round trip. The hike is regarded as intermediate level and a good level of fitness is recommended. A guide can be prebooked for an additional fee.

If you revisit the citadel or hike the surrounding mountains, we advise that you take the bus down from the ruins no later than 1.5 hours before your train departure time.

This afternoon, board the Peru Rail (Vistadome) train from Machu Picchu to Poroy station.

You will be met at Poroy station on the outskirts of Cuzco and taken to your hotel, a journey of approximately 20 minutes.
Day 13
Cuzco, Peru
Casa Andina Private Collection Cuzco Breakfast
Begin your tour with a visit to Loreto Alley, an impressive part of the old town with its remarkable Inca walls. Continue to the Santo Domingo Monastery which was built in the 17th century on the foundations of the Qoricancha Temple of the Sun, using original materials. Excavation is unearthing more of the five chambers of the temple, revealing some of the best Inca stonework to be seen in Cuzco.

After this, you will visit San Blas with its beautiful colonial church, which houses an impressive pulpit. Stroll through the many handicraft shops and native art galleries in the small square where many local crafts can be found, such as earthenware, paintings, ceramics, sculptures, wood carvings and textiles. Roam the old quarter which dates back to the 16th and 17th centuries.

Return to Cuzco's old town, passing through Hatunrumiyoc Street with its famous 12-angle stone. The heart of Cuzco, as in Inca days, is the Plaza de Armas. On the northern side of this, a visit will be made to the magnificent cathedral, built in the early 17th century on the site of the Inca Palace of Viracocha. The high altar is made of solid silver and the altar retablo behind it is a masterpiece of native woodcarving. In the sacristy are paintings of all the bishops of Cuzco and a painting of Christ attributed to Van Dyck. Much venerated is the crucifix of El Senor de las Temblores, the object of many pilgrimages and viewed all over Peru as a guardian against earthquakes.
Day 14
Cuzco, Peru
Casa Andina Private Collection Cuzco Breakfast
Day 15
Cuzco, Peru
None Breakfast
You will be collected at your hotel and taken to the airport.

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Machu Picchu is perhaps the most breathtaking archaeological site in the world. Yet Peru also offers a wealth of other magnificent ancient, colonial and scenic sights. Staying in good hotels with great character and with some free time to relax, this tour reveals Peru's many wonders, including Cuzco and Arequipa, the Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca and, of course, Machu Picchu.

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A contract is entered into once your travel agent or East India Travel Company, Inc. (DBA Cox & Kings) receives your deposit and we accept and confirm the booking. Please note that travel arrangements are not confirmed until stated so in writing by Cox & Kings. Payment of any monies constitutes acceptance and understanding of Cox & Kings’ Terms & Conditions as laid out below, as listed on our website and in our pre travel documentation.


For most trips, a per person deposit of 25% of the program price is required to secure the arrangements, and will be your only obligation until 90 days prior to your departure date. For trips with other deposit and cancelation requirements, your travel specialist will inform you at time of booking. The balance of the cost must be paid 90 days before you travel. Payment should be made to Cox & Kings in Los Angeles, California. If the final balance is not received on time, Cox & Kings reserves the right to treat the booking as cancelled by you and to levy cancellation charges. If you book your travel 90 days or prior to departure, the full amount of your trip must be paid in order to confirm the booking.


A fee of $150 per alteration will be charged for any amendments to your travel arrangements once your booking has been confirmed. If you request any changes in services or accommodation, once commencement of travel, Cox & Kings will do all possible to accommodate your request, however, any costs incurred due to such amendments, you will be liable for any cancellation/retention charges that may be levied for the previously booked service and for any costs incurred to secure revised arrangements.


Should you wish to cancel your travel arrangements, you must notify Cox & Kings in writing. Please note that deposits are-refundable minus a per person administrative fee of $400 if the cancellation is received more than 91 days prior to departure. Please state the reason for cancellation as you may be covered by your insurance policy. For notification received within 90 days of departure, the following cancellation charges are applicable:

Days Before Departure  ||    Cancellation Charge

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60 to 31                            ||     50% of total land program price

30 to Day of Departure   ||     100% of total land program price

We cannot give any allowance or refund for meals, rooms, excursions, etc. that have not been consumed or utilized, when these services have been included in the price of the program. No refund can be made on lost, mislaid or destroyed travel tickets. Certain programs and holiday departure dates may have higher penalties for cancellation, your travel specialist will advise at time of booking. Any air tickets issued at any time are subject to the terms of the airline.

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highly recommended

By: rebecca

Reviewed on: 04 Oct 2013

Cox and Kings coordinated a complicated itinerary with many different air segments and they were very detailed and thorough. Their guides were knowledgeable and enthusiastic and very accomodating to the needs and interests of their clients
Travel Advisor:  Barbara Luttenberger
Not Recommended

missed some key things

By: travelgal

Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2013

1) hospital not be open on moon day wasted time 2) misinformation about internal connecting flight 3) already had visa and they got duplicate 4) no idea about what time living goddess would appear wasted time again 5) no one reconfirmed departure times, would have been sitting around the airport for hours 6) didn't need as many days as recommended
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overall was fine but could have better

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 05 Mar 2014

the agency used too many different companies and out sourced the trips and guides to different areas that it was difficult to find who was responsible and who to contact in case of an issue. People will be better served if the same company was consistently used. Also if they have booked a room in a hotel, not to book the lowest category of the room in the hotel but give guests an option to book a room with a balcony or overlooking the water
Travel Advisor:  Cassandra Bookholder
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Not Recommended

Never again

By: Johnstew

Reviewed on: 07 Apr 2014

I have a major issue with Cox and Kings as a “luxury supplier”.There is more to the term than booking expensive hotels and tours. A well planned, informative experience that ensures client satisfaction must occur. Communication with Cox and Kings was almost nil. There was virtually no information provided to us once they had payment. The final delivery of documents was nothing more than a copy of the original booking marked final. These documents (such as they were) came late. Cox and Kings excuse was they “were waiting on ‘final’ confirmation from suppliers”. Based on the start of our trip, it’s not clear that they were communicating with them any better than they were talking to us.  They failed to tell us that the in country flight could only accomodate 25lbs of luggage, great fun repacking. They screwed up the excursions planned at our first stop and we missed one. Another listed tour stop did not happen and several were not as described. GO ELSEWHERE!
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By: Fellow Traveler

Reviewed on: 27 May 2014

Eva was an excellent guide in Prague.  Enjoyed the tours and would recommend again.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson
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By: LC47

Reviewed on: 16 May 2014

As a single traveler I thought their services were good but too expensive. The tour operators seemed competent.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson
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Recommended, but with a caveat

By: Jean

Reviewed on: 22 May 2014

Our travel agent used Cox and Kings for our group's three-day stay in Prague. The hotel, Hotel Paris, was wonderful and the tour guide was exceptional.  We had a wonderful time while we were there.  The only disappointment was the Hungarian folk dancing show/dinner.  The local singer and dancers did a very nice job, but the meal was not just bad, it was inedible.  Two slices of gristle in cold, gelatinous gravy, followed by cake so dry it was like sawdust.  Have a glorious time in Prague, but skip that dinner!
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson
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Excellent trip thanks to Cox And Kings

By: Barrett

Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2014

The safari experience at three camps was unbelievable. External well planned and executed. Absolutely no flaws. Ready to go back and do it all over again. They know what they are doing. One can have high confidence in their work.
Travel Advisor:  Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg

Incan Peru Done Perfectly

By: JohnSt2

Reviewed on: 11 Jul 2016

My wife and I just completed an ideal week in Peru arranged by Cox and Kings, America. The itinerary they planned was executed flawlessly. All the hotels, tours, meals and guides exceeded our high expectations. We stayed in Belmond hotels in Lima, Cusco, Urubamba & Machu Picchu. They are all exceptional; immaculate and well situated; large and well appointed rooms. The staffs are welcoming and couldn’t do enough to ensure we had a memorable stay. Our package included breakfast and lunch. Hotel breakfasts had many choices both North & South American dishes; all tastefully prepared. Lunches at upscale restaurants with a great selection of Peruvian dishes. You’ll love Peruvian cooking & you will get plenty of it. You won't need dinner. Our guide, Henry Coavoy Goongora (we called him Henry), was excellent; able comprehend the subtleties of our questions. He went above & beyond to personalize our experience, e.g. arranging for my wife to ride a Peruvian Paso horse. We had a fantastic time.
Travel Advisor:  Jesse Taylor

Prague One on One

By: Pat and Lee

Reviewed on: 12 Nov 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our private tour of Prague. It was one of the best experiences of our trip. Professional and well versed guide who was sensitive to our needs. Made Prague come alive for us. Could not have been better.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson

Land assistance

By: David

Reviewed on: 03 Nov 2016

Cox and kings land packages, and their guides were absolutely excellent as usual.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson

Well managed operation

By: JRobert

Reviewed on: 27 Jan 2017

Cox and Kings spare no effort or cost on every detail of the trip ensuring complete satisfaction in every detail.Particularly impressed by the quality of all the people and the seamless teamwork.
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Hardy

Cox & Kings - India 2017

By: K.Bueso

Reviewed on: 10 Feb 2017

As a tour operator, I would definitely recommend Cox & Kings but I would make mention of certain concerning items which I have not seen with other tour operators such as G Adventures. The Good Cox & Kings made us feel welcomed since the day we arrived in India. A very friendly representative met us at the airport in India with our names on a board. This made us feel welcomed and safe. Also the representative was very helpful in some inquiries we had such as ATM withdrawal and purchase of a SIM Card at the airport. He was very friendly and conversational on the trip to the airport. At every step of the way, Cox & Kings had a representative to meet us and explain the process. We visited four different cities in India and they had several representatives assisting us to make sure the trip was great. The drivers were very professional and on time. The Kind of Bad Not sure if it was Cox & Kings or individual guides, but they push their "trusted" stores on to us for purchasing souvenirs
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Renae Torgerson

Scenic Cruise river tour April 2017

By: sue

Reviewed on: 13 May 2017

We are fans for life .An excellent ship, plus everything was first class...., comfort, wonderful quality, very professional staff. .Excursions, (all choices prepaid with 3 choices) were the best we have experienced , above all others. The entertainment at all venues ,including on board the ship, was top quality. Accommodations for inclement weather ( not too warm and or sunny) were thoughtful and efficient.
Travel Advisor:  Sherry Wilczewski

Great planning.

By: High Altitude

Reviewed on: 05 Jun 2017

Trip planning and documentation were thorough and complete. Follow-through after trip completion also very good.
Not Recommended

Inconsistency in Trip Planning

By: Anonymous

Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2017

There were many inconsistencies in the planning and execution of this recent trip. Turns out we could have gotten our China Visas in the States and could have bypassed Nepal which was our preference. Receiving other pertainent documents was also done at the last minute. Some of the hotel accommodations (in the countryside in Tibet) were not up to the standards of a trip of this caliber. The service and food at the Taj Tashi in Thimphu was also not up to par. The room at the Uma Paro was tiny and cramped. There was a very long day driving to Gantey, fours hours each way that could have been handled differently, by having us sleep overnight at the Gantey Lodge and returning the next day. Had we known It was a National Holiday in China for 8 days, we would have bypassed the one day in Chendu to see the Pandas; the crowds were horrific and made it very unenjoyable and impossible to see the Pandas even though we got up very early that day.
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Excellent drivers and guides

By: Penny

Reviewed on: 08 Nov 2017

We would recommend Cox and Kings to anyone. Our guide Michele inPrague was excellent. She knows and loves Prague, and it was great to talk with her about so many different aspects of Czech life. All Cox and Kings services were professionally and flawlessly executed.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson
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Cox & Kings tour operators were awesome

By: Humphrey

Reviewed on: 10 Mar 2018

The contact I had with Cox & Kings was great. Dania in the US was really helpful and provided me with all of the information and help I needed. Their representative in Tanzania was very helpful too. Our guide, John was great. He was so knowledgeable about the animals and the parks, and he knew where to look for the animals. We really enjoyed having him as our guide. He was very professional and took very good care of us.
Travel Advisor:  Katie Schmitz