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Train to Machu Picchu

Group Tour | Rail journeys 16 Days & 14 Nights Lead-in price: £3995

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.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Stay overnight at Machu Picchu
  • Visit the oldest private colonial mansion in Lima
  • Spot majestic condors in Colca Canyon
  • Scenic train journey across the altiplano & overnight aboard the luxury Belmond Andean Explorer
  • Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
  • A six-course tasting 'Flavours of the Andes' dinner at Sumaq Machu Picchu
  • Small group size - average 16 people (maximum 18)
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Days 1-2: Fly to Lima

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Lima with BA and stay for 2 nights at the Casa Andina Premium Miraflores. Take a morning city tour, including Casa Aliaga, the oldest colonial mansion in Lima, and the architectural masterpiece of San Francisco monastery. (N) (B)

Day 3: Fly to Arequipa

Fly over the Andes to Arequipa, a city of white buildings and colonnaded plazas, surrounded by the dramatic landscape of ice-capped volcanoes. Stay at the Costa del Sol Wyndham for 2 nights. (B)

Day 4: Arequipa

Full-day city tour, including the beautiful Santa Catalina convent, which dates from the 16th century, and the Juanita Mummy Museum. (B, L)

Day 5: Colca Canyon

Drive into the Andes towards Colca Canyon (approx 4 hours, partly on unpaved roads, with stops en route). The scenery is breathtaking, with the terraces of the Colca Valley and herds of llamas scattered around. Overnight at Belmond Las Casitas. (B, L)

Days 6-7: Lake Titicaca

Early morning excursion to Condor’s Cross, to see magnificent condors flying over the canyon. Visit the town of Maca, famed for its pre-Columbian textiles, and continue by road to Puno and Lake Titicaca (approx 6 hours). Stay 2 nights at the GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca on the shore of the lake and take a full-day tour of the floating Uros reed islands and Taquile Island. (B, L)

Day 8: Luxury train to Cuzco

Take the stylish Belmond Andean Explorer train to Cuzco. Relax over lunch or with a pisco sour in the observation car as you pass through gentle rolling Andean plains where vicuñas and alpacas may be seen. Dinner and overnight on board (bunk bed cabin). Upgrade to a twinbedded cabin from £115 per person. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Chinchero • Sacred Valley

Disembark the train and travel by road to the indigenous village of Chinchero to see its Inca terraces and a traditional weaving demonstration. Continue to the Sacred Valley and stay 2 nights at Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley. (B, L)

Day 10: Sacred Valley

Half-day visit to the Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo, an astounding feat of construction and ingenuity. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 11: Machu Picchu

Drive to Ollanta and take the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. Tour the spectacular ruins and stay overnight at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel. (B, L, D*)

Day 12: Cuzco

Morning at leisure or further explore Machu Picchu (purchase ticket at time of booking). Return to Cuzco by rail and transfer to the Casa Andina Premium Cuzco for 3 nights. (B)

Days 13-14: Cuzco

Half-day tour of the Inca capital including the San Blas district, the cathedral and the extraordinary Temple of the Sun at Koricancha. Day 14 is at leisure, or take an optional excursion to the Pre-Columbian Art Museum, Awanacancha llama farm or the ruins of Sacsayhuaman. (B)

Days 15-16: Fly to London via Lima

Fly to London via Lima with British Airways, arriving the next day. (B) (N)

Meal basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information † Inti Raymi festival

The 16 June 2021 departure coincides with the Inti Raymi festival (see p169) and has a modified itinerary. It includes a stay at the Sonesta Hotel in Cuzco and a full day of ceremonial celebrations in honour of the Sun god.

* Tour standards:

Superior tour departures are based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.


The order of the itinerary allows gradual adjustment to the altitude, while taking in the major sights of Peru. There are some early morning starts and long drives. Departures between November and April will fly to Peru via Madrid.

Optional upgrades

On day 11, upgrade to Belmond Sanctuary Lodge from £295, subject to availability. On day 12, the supplement to stay at Belmond Hotel Monasterio is from £165 per person.

Private & tailor-made travel:

This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel
    Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

    Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is a modern, comfortable hotel in Aguas Calientes. It is conveniently located opposite the bus stop from which the buses to the ruins depart. The rooms are tastefully furnished and decorated in a contemporary style, while maintaining a Peruvian theme. Facilities include a spa, restaurant and bar, as well as a boutique selling traditional local artefacts.

  • Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
    Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

    The Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba combines contemporary and colonial design with luxurious decor and locally sourced materials. Rooms and public areas all enjoy beautiful views of the Sacred Valley, while the extensive grounds include a vegetable garden, providing ingredients for the gourmet cuisine served in the elegant dining room. Features: 36 rooms & suites, dining room with terrace, bar, spa. Room amenities: Television, iPad, safe, minibar, Wi-Fi.

  • GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca
    GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca

    The GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca (formerly Libertador Lake Titicaca) is situated on the peninsula of Isla Esteves, a short drive from the town of Puno. The spectacular panoramic views over Lake Titicaca means it is well positioned to enjoy beautiful sunrises and sunsets. This modern hotel offers spacious lake-view rooms and public areas, and is an excellent base for lake excursions. Features: 123 rooms & suites, restaurant, bar, sauna, jacuzzi, gym. Room amenities: Television, hairdryer, safe, bathrobes, Wi-Fi.

  • Wyndham Costa del Sol Arequipa
    Wyndham Costa del Sol Arequipa

    The Costa del Sol Wyndham Arequipa hotel (formerly Libertador) overlooks Selva Alegre, the city's largest park, and has an imposing view of the Misti volcano. Its location is very quiet, yet the historic centre is a short drive or a 20-minute walk away. Built in 1940 in a colonial style, the hotel has a modern infrastructure and excellent facilities including a spa, gym and swimming pool. The restaurant serves typical Arequipena and international food, and guests can relax at the bar on the terrace by the pool and gardens.

  • Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel, Machu Picchu
    Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel, Machu Picchu

    Perched on the mountainside next to the Inca citadel, the Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel, Machu Picchu is the only hotel by the entrance to the ancient ruins. Guestrooms are decorated with local furniture and some have terraces leading onto orchid gardens with views of the surrounding mountains and tropical forest. Enjoy spectacular sunrises and magical evenings in this atmospheric location.

  • Miraflores Park, A Belmond Hotel, Lima
    Miraflores Park, A Belmond Hotel, Lima

    First-class service, luxurious and spacious guestrooms and a stunning location sets the Miraflores Park, A Belmond Hotel, Lima apart from other properties in Lima. The hotel offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and is just a short walk from the lively clifftop restaurants, bars and shops of Miraflores. The gourmet Tragaluz restaurant features Asian, Mediterranean and Peruvian flavours.

  • Las Casitas, A Belmond Hotel, Colca Canyon
    Las Casitas, A Belmond Hotel, Colca Canyon

    Belmond Las Casitas has a spectacular setting in the heart of the Colca Canyon. The individual bungalows are decorated in the local style and offer luxurious accommodation in beautiful natural surroundings, each with a private terrace and heated plunge pool, fireplace and bathtub under a glass ceiling. Sample delicious Peruvian specialties prepared with ingredients fresh from the organic vegetable garden, visit the trout ponds and stroll around the grounds where llamas roam free. Try an outdoor activity or relax with an Andean treatment at the spa. Features: 20 bungalows, dining room, spa, swimming pool. Room Amenities: Underfloor heating, minibar, hairdryer, iPod dock, Wi-Fi.

  • Monasterio, A Belmond Hotel, Cuzco
    Monasterio, A Belmond Hotel, Cuzco

    The Belmond Monasterio, once a 16th-century Jesuit monastery, is now one of the world's most atmospheric hotels. Located in the heart of Cuzco, this property is set around a picturesque central courtyard. Each individually designed guestroom is decorated using the finest Spanish and Inca designs and materials. The gourmet Peruvian restaurant and bar feature colonial-period Cuzco art and antiques. Features: 125 rooms & suites, 2 restaurants, bar, spa service, Wi-Fi. Room Amenities: Television, iPod dock, safe.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £3395 per person

High season from £3495 per person


Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures This departure is guaranteed to run.

Terms & Conditions: Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the FCDO or entry restrictions relating to Covid preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

  • Colca Canyon

    The Colca Canyon is an area of outstanding scenic beauty with huge patchworks of pre-Inc...

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  • Arequipa

    Perhaps the most strikingly beautiful city in Peru, Arequipa has leafy squares, fine...

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  • Puno

    Puno lies on the western shore of Lake Titicaca and is used as a base to visit the the...

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  • Lima

    Lima lies on the Pacific coast and offers some of Peru's finest museums and monuments, a...

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  • The Sacred Valley

    The Sacred Valley of the Incas is the perfect place to explore, relax and unwind either...

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  • Machu Picchu

    One of the new Seven Wonders of the World, the spectacular Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is situated at an altitude of 2,380 metres on...

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  • Cuzco

    Located at an altitude of 3,310 metres, Cuzco is one of the most beautiful and enchanting cities in South America.

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  • Cuzco

    Located at an altitude of 3,310 metres, Cuzco is one of the most beautiful and enchanting cities in South America.

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  • Machu Picchu

    One of the new Seven Wonders of the World, the spectacular Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is situated at an altitude of 2,380 metres on...

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