Treasures of the Incas with Elizabeth Cramer

July 23, 2020 to August 4, 2020

Join Elizabeth Cramer in the mysterious world of the ancient Inca Empire. From classic Peruvian dishes such as ceviche, to a traditional Pachamanca Feast in Sacred Valley, you’ll be inspired to introduce new recipes into your own cooking back home. These sumptuous dining experiences will fuel captivating days exploring the secrets of an ethereal part of the world. From the pulsating capital of Lima to the mist-cloaked mountains of Machu Picchu and the serene waters of South America’s largest lake, you’ll be spellbound by Peru.

 

 

 

 

 

Your journey begins aboard a motorcoach transfer from select cities to Chicago O’Hare, where you will board your overnight flight to Lima, Peru.

Welcome to Peru! On arrival at Lima International Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to your luxurious hotel in Miraflores. You can relax before meeting your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner, where you’ll have the opportunity to get to know your fellow travelers over wine and dinner.

Hotel: Hotel Hilton Lima Miraflores (or similar)
Meals: Dinner with Wine

Experience the cultural metropolis of Lima through the eyes of a Local Expert. A mix of modern high rises and ancient temples, you’ll delve into the history of the fascinating City of Kings. Explore the UNESCO-listed Historic Centre of Lima, view the cathedral, and visit the Monastery of San Francisco. A Highlight Lunch is served at Amor Amar, known for mouth-watering Peruvian favorites. Experience Lima Your Way and visit the workshop of Víctor Delfín, one of Peru’s leading artists best known for his monumental El Beso sculpture or take a guided visit to MATE-Museo Mario Testino, created by one of the world’s most influential photographers.

Hotel: Hotel Hilton Lima Miraflores (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

Board your flight to Cusco and continue on to Peru’s Sacred Valley. Visit the colorful market in the town of Chinchero. Afterwards, meet Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a Quechua scholar, president of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, and a recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Have lunch with Nilda and learn about her mission to preserve traditional weaving techniques and how she has succeeded in bringing weaving once more to the forefront of her community. Later in the afternoon, check in to your hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Tambo Del Inka (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

In the town of Maras, you’ll meet with a local family who will explain ancient salt mining techniques. Visit the spectacular terraced salt pans and where you will have a chance to participate in the ancient tradition. The salt pans, dating back to Inca times, have been passed down through families for generations and today are maintained in much the same way as they were long ago. Dine the local way as you feast on a typical Peruvian meal, a caja china lunch of fresh vegetables and slow-roasted meats, all cooked in a wooden box. After lunch, witness a private Pachamama Ceremony, or ‘Payment to the Earth,’ as a local shaman performs the centuries-old ritual.

Hotel: Hotel Tambo Del Inka (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today you’ll visit the town of Ollantaytambo, a national archeological site set on the Urubamba River. Afterwards, board your first-class seats on the Vistadome train for your scenic journey to Machu Picchu village. Enjoy lunch at your rejuvenating resort followed by a guided exploration of its nature trails and fascinating cloud forest ecosystem. One for tea lovers, the afternoon will be spent discovering a working tea plantation, before viewing the world’s largest private collection of indigenous orchids. In the evening, learn how to blend the perfect pisco sour before enjoying dinner with wine at the hotel.

Hotel: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

No trip to Peru would be complete without visiting the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Pichu. Meet your Local Expert for a guided exploration through the enigmatic Lost City of the Incas, rediscovered only 100 years ago by archaeologist Hiram Bingham. See the great Temple of the Sun, Sacred Plaza and the Intihuatana, believed to be an ancient sun clock. In the afternoon, enjoy time to explore Machu Picchu at your leisure or return to your resort. After a full day of discovery, enjoy a delicious dinner with wine, where you can share stories of your day with fellow guests in the serenity of your tranquil hotel.

Hotel: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Bid goodbye to Machu Picchu as you travel through the Sacred Valley by train en route to Cusco. Stop for a traditional Highlight Lunch and savor a sumptuous Pachamanca Feast of Peruvian cuisine cooked under¬ground. After lunch, get up-close to llamas, guanacos, alpacas and even the rare vicuñas before arriving at your hotel in Cusco.

Hotel: JW Marriott El Convento (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Join your Local Expert to explore Cusco, where you’ll check out the Temple of the Sun at Korikancha, the cathedral and the citadel of Sacsayhuaman. Shop like the locals do at the San Blas artisan center. Enjoy free time for shopping on the Plaza de Armas, where you can stock up on a few souvenirs. In the evening, enjoy a candlelit Highlight Dinner with wine at one of the city’s most prominent culinary scenes, the MAP Restaurant in the central Museum of Pre-Colombian Art.

Hotel: JW Marriott El Convento (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Board your included flight to Juliaca and continue to Puno, nestled along the majestic shores of Lake Titicaca. The peaceful, lakeside Libertador Hotel on Esteves Island is your home away from home.

Hotel: Hotel Libertador Lago Titicaca (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Cruise Lake Titicaca to the floating islands of Uros, where locals bundle reeds from the lake to build floating platforms, houses and canoes. On Amantaní Island, join the local com¬munity for a lunch of regional specialties. Afterwards, you can explore local handicrafts before returning to Puno, where you can relax.

Hotel: Hotel Libertador Lago Titicaca (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Head to Sillustani on the shores of Lake Umayo to explore the impressive burial grounds, before your flight to Lima. As evening falls, the restaurant terrace at Huaca Pucllana overlooks the illuminated ruins of a 1500-year-old pre-Inca pyramid. In contrast, the cuisine at the evening’s Highlight Dinner is ‘new Andean’, exquisitely executed by one of the capital’s celebrated chefs.

Hotel: Hotel Hilton Lima Miraflores ( or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with

Today your tour comes to an end after breakfast. Transfer from the hotel to the Lima airport for your flight home. Upon arrival at Chicago O’Hare, your motorcoach transfer will return you to your original pick-up point.

Meals: Breakfast


Transportation Included in Air-Inclusive Package

  • Round-trip motorcoach transportation to Chicago O’Hare airport from select locations
  • Round-trip air from Chicago O’Hare to Lima, Peru, including current air taxes and fees
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers in Lima when using included group flights

Hotel Accommodations

11 nights in 4-star hotels

  • Two nights in Lima at Hotel Hilton Lima Miraflores*
  • Two nights in Sacred Valley at Hotel Tambo Del Inka*
  • Two nights in Machu Picchu at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel*
  • Two nights in Cusco at JW Marriott El Convento*
  • Two nights in Pruno at Hotel Libertador Lago Titicaca*
  • One final night in Lima at Hotel Hilton Lima Miraflores

Includes hotel service charges, taxes and luggage handling.

Included Dining

  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Eight lunches
  • Five dinners including:
    • Welcome Dinner
    • Three 3-course dinners, including  a candlelit Highlight Dinner with wine at one of the city’s most prominent culinary scenes, the MAP Restaurant in the central Museum of Pre-Colombian Art
    • Farewell Dinner in Lima

Tour Services

  • Internal South America flights from Lima to Cusco; Cusco to Juliaca; Juliaca to Lima
  • Luxury air-conditioned motorcoach with extended leg room and on-board restroom for transportation and sightseeing
  • Headset for guided sightseeing visits and walking tours
  • Escorted by a professional, local Tour Director
  • Professional tour manager, Elizabeth Cramer from Fox World Travel*
  • Customized, informative travel documents containing trip details and helpful packing and planning information

Included Signature Sightseeing Experiences

  • Lima: Experience the beautiful ‘City of Kings’ through the eyes of a Local Expert.
  • Lima: Meet acclaimed local artist Victor Delfin, known for his monumental El Beso sculpture at his workshop in the city’s trendy Barranco district
  • Machu Picchu: Spend a full day exploring the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, rediscovered by American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911 after being forgotten for centuries. A Local Expert helps you understand the enigmatic fortress abandoned by the Incas in the 16th century.
  • Aguas Calientes: With a Local Expert, explore the cloud forest, visit a working tea plantation and an orchid farm.
  • Sacred Valley: At a local camelid farm, meet llamas, guanacos, alpacas and even the rare vicuña and enjoy an insight into how their soft wool is used to make beautiful woven textiles.
  • Cusco: With a Local Expert, practice your bartering skills at a local market.
  • Lake Titicaca: Cruise the lake and learn about the lifestyle and customs of the local people, who bundle reeds from the lake to build floating platforms, houses and canoes.
  • Puno: Explore Sillustani to view the stone burial towers ‘chullpas’ that have dotted the shores since pre-Inca times. Headset for guided sightseeing visits and walking tours

* Minimum group required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to participate. In the unlikely event the minimum number is not reached, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination.

*Itinerary and hotels are subject to change.

Tour-Only

Tour Only
Arrange your own airfare
Based on double occupancy

Air-Inclusive

Includes round-trip airfare from Chicago O'Hare
Motorcoach to Chicago from select pick-up points
Based on double occupancy

Single Supplement: $1,410.00
Initial Deposit: $700.00 per person
Final Payment Due:
No later than April 10, 2020

*Above base pricing is per person based on double occupancy.  All air taxes and fees of $124.06 per person are included and subject to change.

Not Included: Airline flights on land-only packages, air-imposed baggage fees, gratuities for airport porters, tour guides, motorcoach drivers, meals (other than those included in the package); optional excursions that may be offered, and any items of a personal nature. Travel insurance protection is not included. Ask your travel consultant about our reasonable options.

Early Booking Discount: Deposit by December 30, 2019 and receive a $350.00 per person discount

Past Passenger Discount: $180.00 per person (subject to change at any time)

*Must have traveled with Insight Vacations, Uniworld, Brendan Vacations, Trafalgar or Contiki within the last five years to qualify. Discounts are subject to change at any time

*Discounts subject to change at any time.

Elizabeth Cramer

From adventures below sea level in Death Valley to summiting the rooftop of Africa on Kilimanjaro, Elizabeth has spent the majority of her life documenting world travel through television, writing and photography.

Humble beginnings on a Midwestern farm cultivated a deep love for nature, animals and the arts.  Raised in a hard-working family, Elizabeth started teaching herself how to play the piano at a young age, eventually winning national competitions and using her talents to perform and teach.  Her career in music helped support a love for travel and her creativity was exactly what helped her to break into the media industry.

She received her Bachelors of Music from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 2004 and a Masters of Psychology in 2008.

Elizabeth works as a tour director for Fox World Travel and is honored to host groups of guests around the world.  In her own words, “The only thing better than seeing the world yourself, is watching someone else see it for the very first time.”

Though she loves to showcase international travel, Elizabeth is just as passionate about her own backyard in the United States.  She can regularly be seen hosting on the Milwaukee PBS show “Outdoor Wisconsin” and is proud to call the Midwest home.

In addition, her travel writing can be found in various publications throughout Wisconsin.

When she’s not traveling or filming, Elizabeth can be found on her farm with her husband, five goats, two ponies, two dogs and seven cats.

*Flights from Chicago are pending: The air-inclusive package includes air that has not yet been assigned, the identity of the carrier, which may include the carrier’s code-share partner, will be assigned and disclosed at a later date. 
Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference.  Additional restrictions may apply. Flight schedules are subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight or equipment changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations. A minimum of 10 passengers is needed for the group air. 

Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

Optional Insurance:

Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Fox World Travel offers several plans with Travel Guard Insurance. Details and rates can be obtained from your travel consultant.

Cancellation Penalties:

  • From date of deposit to April 10, 2020:  Initial deposit of $700.00 per person
  • April 11 to May 18, 2020: 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • May 19 to June 5, 2020: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • June 6, 2020 to 0 days prior to travel: No refund

Air tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.

A valid passport is required with a validity of at least six months beyond the return date of the trip.

Note: Daily Itinerary is subject to change. Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary.

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