Around the World: The Ultimate Journey - 2018

U.S. • Indonesia • Singapore • Malaysia • Thailand • Dubai • South Africa • Kruger National Park • Argentina • Iguassu Falls • Brazil • Peru • Machu Picchu
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Just imagine circumnavigating the globe on a single, epic adventure. Picture sharing this life-changing journey with an intimate group of travelers as curious and passionate about the world as you are. More than that, what if you could experience it in the lap of luxury, while enjoying unique excursions and Cultural Discoveries that immerse you in the everyday lives of all your destinations — all at a small group value you never thought possible? Imagine no more, because you can now indulge in the trip of your dreams with Vantage Adventures. 

Year after year, our Around the World adventure has received rave reviews from travelers. And in 2018, you have the chance to find why first-hand — when you circle the globe on this Deluxe, 36-day small group adventure reserved for just 16 privileged travelers. Guided by one of our most highly ranked, seasoned Adventure Leaders, you’ll cross three oceans, visit ten countries on five continents, and savor the daily white-glove luxury that such an epic adventure truly deserves. Along the way, you’ll experience some of travel’s most rarefied pleasures, and many that will surprise you. Discover the intricate arts and traditions of Bali ... ride the legendary Eastern & Oriental Express train from Singapore to Bangkok ... explore the sweeping dunes of Dubai ... track the "Big Five" during a private game drive in South Africa's Kruger National Park ... explore the legendary “Lost City” of Machu Picchu. Along the way, go behind the scenes to share authentic connections and cultural insight with welcoming local people. For some, it takes a lifetime to experience life-changing moments such as these. But when you join Vantage, all it takes is a single adventure — at a value as rare as the journey itself.

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DAY 1:

Depart Home / Los Angeles, California / Santa Monica

Our epic adventure around the world begins with chauffeured limousine service from your front door to your home airport for a flight to Los Angeles, California. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by your VIP concierge, who will handle your luggage and assist with your transfer to our 5-Star hotel in nearby Santa Monica. Relax and unwind with your fellow travelers this evening. During our Welcome Cocktail Reception and private Welcome Dinner at your elegant hotel, we toast the adventures to come on our trip around the world!

(Please be advised that you may be picked up in a limo, a sedan, or something similar, depending upon vehicle availability at the time and place of your pickup.)

Included Meals:

Dinner

DAYS 2-3:

Santa Monica / Overnight flight to Bali, Indonesia

After a morning at leisure on Day 2, we set off for scenic Malibu to visit the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa. Upon arrival, we enjoy a light lunch at the Museum. You can join knowledgeable docents for a tour of the Villa’s authentically recreated, first-century Roman Gardens. Enjoy the afternoon to browse the exhibitions and permanent collection dedicated to the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria before returning to Santa Monica for dinner at a chic local restaurant. Later, we transfer to the airport for an overnight flight to Bali, crossing the International Date Line and losing a day during our flight. We arrive in exotic Indonesia on Day 4.

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

DAY 4:

Bali, Indonesia

Today, we arrive in Bali — known as the “Island of the Gods.” But we’ll come to know it as “Paradise on Earth” as we enjoy white-glove service in its stunning setting. Upon arrival, we are greeted with a traditional Balinese flower garland before transferring to the luxurious all-villa Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, a legendary hideaway listed among Travel + Leisure's 500 Best Hotels in the World in 2014. Our tropical resort is set on a sweeping ocean bay amongst lush greenery and brilliant flowers. During your stay, you'll enjoy your own Balinese thatched villa with ocean views and a private plunge pool. Our first night in this wonderland begins with a Welcome Cocktail Reception at the resort, followed by a Welcome Barbecue Dinner at Sundara on picturesque Jimbaran Beach.

Included Meals:

Dinner

DAY 5:

Bali

Today we explore Ubud, the cultural and artistic heart of the island. We begin with a visit to the famous Monkey Forest to see the resident macaques, followed by visits to several  remarkable temples and the Neka Museum. Then, we follow the forest road — lined with colorful shops, boutiques, cafés, and galleries — stopping to try our bargaining skills at a local market. 

Cultural Discovery: For lunch, we’ll enjoy Balinese hospitality at its best as guests of a highly respected Brahman family whose ancestors brought Hinduism from Java to Bali in the 14th century. Their beautiful, traditional Brahman home will give us an authentic glimpse into their daily lives. After returning to our hotel this afternoon, we can seek out dinner on our own at a local establishment.

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 6:

Bali

Cultural Discovery: After breakfast, we visit a visit Mengwi village, where you will interact with students at a local school. Afterward, enjoy a bus ride through scenic villages to the temple of Taman Ayun — a scenic Royal Temple of the Mengwi Empire, surrounded by a large fishpond. The beautiful, open landscape garden in the front courtyard welcomes all temple visitors — and is an ideal spot for a stroll. Lunch is provided at a restaurant in Puri Taman Sari. Cultural Discovery: This evening, enjoy a Balinese dinner and dance show at a local restaurant.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 7:

Bali / Singapore

We have a final morning in Bali at leisure before transferring to the airport for our flight to Singapore, the cosmopolitan island-country at the southernmost tip of continental Asia. Cultural Discovery: Upon arrival late this afternoon, we are greeted in the traditional fashion with a special orchid lei presentation. 

After, we transfer to our 5-Star hotel in the heart of prestigious Marina Bay — just a short distance from six of Singapore's most exciting malls. More than 1,000 shops, 300 restaurants, and an array of world-class attractions are right outside our door. Your bags will be brought to your room by our butler service. This evening, we gather for dinner at the hotel's renowned Golden Peony restaurant — famous for its perfect blend of sophistication, creativity, and authentic Cantonese cuisine.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 8:

Singapore

Singapore is known by many names, the Garden City and the Lion City among them. As we witness both its beauty and its might during our stay here, we get insight into these monikers. During our panoramic city tour, we’ll see the cricket club, historic Parliament House, Supreme Court, City Hall, and Merlion Park — featuring impressive views of Marina Bay. We delve a little deeper into Singapore’s diverse culture during visits to the Thian Hock Keng Temple, Little India, and the Yong Gallery.

Cultural Discoveries: This afternoon, explore the alleys around popular Bugis Street in “local” style during a trishaw ride. Then sample Singapore’s flavorful Chinese influence during a dim sum lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, you’ll have a chance to relax at your Deluxe hotel as you look forward to a lovely evening at the world-renowned Raffles Singapore — an Asian legend since 1887. With cocktails and an elegant meal, you’ll be sure to remember this special evening for many years to come.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 9:

Singapore / Eastern & Oriental Express

We explore Singapore’s Botanic Gardens this morning. Founded in 1859, it is the pride of the city. After lunch on your own, we head to the train station to board the opulent Eastern & Oriental Express. Our onboard experience recalls the golden era of rail travel, when the journey itself was as enticing as the destination. We’re wined and dined while enjoying royal treatment on this train that was remodeled by Gérard Gallet, the man behind the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.

Our journey takes us past Southeast Asia’s lush and exotic vistas — past statuesque mountains, mist-covered lakes, and serene temples. View it all from the colonial-style teakwood observation car or from the luxury of your premium state cabin. As we make our way from Singapore to Bangkok aboard this magnificent train, we enjoy meals prepared by onboard chefs who incorporate the finest locally sourced ingredients into spectacular eastern and western specialties that rival the world's best restaurants.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 10:

Eastern & Oriental Express / Kuala Kangsar, Malaysia / Thailand

This morning. our luxury train stops in Kuala Kangsar, Malaysia, the picturesque royal town of Perak and the official residence of the Sultan of Perak — one of the oldest hereditary seats in the Malay states. Our excursion begins at the Ubudiah Mosque, considered one of the country's most resplendent. Completed in 1917, it was designed and built by British architect Arthur Hubback, who applied the same Indian Mughal design elements to Malaysia’s Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur railway stations. Next, we visit the striking Royal Museum of Perak, an architectural masterpiece completed in 1931 as a temporary palace. Built without a blueprint and entirely without nails, its walls are woven from spliced bamboo strips with diamond patterns in the weave.

En route to the museum, we pass by one of the region’s oldest rubber trees, one of several brought from South America in 1882. When the auto industry boomed in the West, rubber trees became a highly lucrative crop. Our excursion concludes at the Sultan Shah Gallery, a former palace that now showcases the personal belongings of Sultan Azlan Shah, including court notes from his first case as a magistrate in 1958.

We return to the train before lunch, after which we stop to cross the Malaysia-Thailand border. Spend the rest of the day taking in the scenic landscapes on the way toward Bangkok. Dinner is aboard the train tonight.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 11:

Bangkok, Thailand / Dubai, UAE

We disembark our train in Thailand’s Kanchanaburi this morning for a cruise along the picturesque River Kwai. As we admire the riverside scenery, a local historian sheds light on the Thailand-Burma railway and the famous bridge immortalized in film and literature. We then travel to the fascinating Thailand-Burma Railway Center, an interactive museum, and have time to explore the Don Rak War Cemetery. Afterwards, we return to the luxurious Eastern & Oriental Express for the remainder of our rail journey. Upon arrival in Bangkok, we savor a Thai dinner at the stylish Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel before our overnight flight to Dubai.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 12:

Dubai, UAE

Today, you'll arrive in Dubai, one of the world’s most dynamic cities. Having just arrived in another brand new place — with new sights, smells, and traditions — you'll have the day to unwind and take in the local culture at your own pace. Following lunch at a local restaurant and a short orientation tour in the afternoon, the day is yours to do as you wish. Gather for an included dinner at the hotel tonight.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 13:

Dubai

Explore Dubai with your local guide, getting a glimpse at one of the world’s most glamorous and enigmatic destinations. A futuristic city with a deep connection to tradition, Dubai has its share of fascinating contradictions. During your full-day tour, see the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab, considered the world’s most luxurious hotel; Dubai’s famous Palm Island, among the modern era’s most remarkable feats of engineering; and the picturesque city marina. You’ll also visit a large shopping mall featuring local crafts and authentic Arabic goods, and stop by some local souks (markets) — including the Spice Souk, Gold Souk, and Textile Souk. Following lunch, you’ll visit Burj Khalifa — the world’s tallest building — and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Join your travel companions tonight for dinner at a local restaurant.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 14:

Dubai

After breakfast, enjoy a morning at leisure to relax or explore this lively city. This afternoon, you’ll take to the desert for an exhilarating 4x4 desert excursion. You’ll venture through the undulating dunes of this sandy expanse, arriving at a scenic campsite. There, sip champagne as the sun sets over the dunes, and savor a delightful dinner in the warm glow of an Arabian evening. It’ll be an unforgettable conclusion to your Dubai experience!

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 15:

Dubai / Overnight flight to Cape Town, South Africa

Our incredible journey continues today in Cape Town, nestled in a spectacular setting at the base of the flat-topped Table Mountain — one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. Landing this afternoon, you’ll be greeted by our VIP concierge, who will assist with your private transfer to your Deluxe hotel. There’ll be time to relax and unwind before we enjoy a private cocktail party and dinner at the hotel, this evening.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 16:

Cape Town

Our South African discovery begins with a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain. From its flat-topped summit, we have magnificent views of Cape Town, Robben Island and the ocean beyond. Upon returning to town, we’ll enjoy a guided city tour, featuring the South African Houses of Parliament, Cape Town City Hall and the star-shaped Castle of Good Hope. Built in the late 1600’s by the Dutch, this historic fortress is the last surviving colonial building in South Africa. After lunch on your own, we board a boat bound for Robben Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the location of the notorious prison where Nelson Mandela was held for 17 years. Our guide around the island is a former inmate, who will give us a firsthand account of life behind bars and show us how Mandela and his fellow inmates lived out their days here. Back in Cape Town this evening, we have the opportunity to try one of the city’s world-class restaurants with our exclusive Deluxe Meal Choices.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 17:

Cape Town

Today, we head south to the Cape Peninsula, Africa’s southernmost point where the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic. En route, we stop at the Cape Point Ostrich Farm, a thriving breeding farm, where we learn about the life cycle of an ostrich from egg to adult. At Cape Point, we board a funicular to its great heights for panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes, including the stunning Cape Floral Region — a UNESCO World Heritage Site – where the famed fynbos biome supports enormous botanic diversity.

After a gourmet lunch at the stylish Two Oceans Restaurant, which offers some of the most stunning ocean views in South Africa, we stop to visit the world-famous penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach. Arriving at the hotel late this afternoon, we’ll enjoy a night at leisure.

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 18:

Cape Town

Today, enjoy the full day to explore the city of Cape Town on your own. Following a day of independent discovery, we’ll bid farewell to Cape Town with a special African Extravaganza — featuring delicious local cuisine — at an area restaurant.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 19:

Cape Town / Kruger National Park

A completely different and thrilling African experience is in store as we continue our Deluxe adventure around the world: an authentic African safari in one of the continent’s most wildlife-rich national parks. After breakfast, we fly to Nelspruit, where our VIP concierge assists with our transfer to our safari lodge, situated on a private concession within the world-renowned Kruger National Park. All meals are included during our stay at this luxurious lodge, which features traditional cuisine to enhance our safari experience. We enjoy several private game drives during our stay in open safari vehicles with expert guides.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 20:

Kruger National Park

Unforgettable Moment: We’ll fall into the rhythm of Africa today with morning and afternoon game drives. Getting an early start to see animals when they are at their most active, we’re likely to spot giraffe and zebra today, and your driver-guide is highly trained to help us find the “Big Five” – lions, elephants, leopards, water buffalos and rhinos. We return to our lodge for lunch and a rest before heading back out in the afternoon. Throughout the day, we ride in open safari vehicles, affording us spectacular views of the pristine bush land that’s home to both predator and prey. Our eagle-eyed driver guide knows the cycle of the wilds here, and can lead us to spots where we’re likely to see magnificent animals.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 21:

Kruger National Park

Enjoy a final safari day with two more private game drives through the park’s rich countryside. Kruger is a world leader in environmental management, and is the largest and oldest national park in the world, offering some of the most spectacular game viewing on the continent. More than 500 species of birds either live here or pass through, including vultures, eagles and storks. And its 147 large mammal species outnumber any other park in Africa. Keep your camera ready to capture them all, including cheetah, giraffe, hippopotamus, several species of antelope, and a wide variety of smaller animals.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 22:

Kruger National Park / Johannesburg

We enjoy one final breakfast at our safari lodge before a private transfer to Nelspruit airport for our flight to Johannesburg. Known as the City of Gold, Johannesburg and its two neighboring cities, Sandton and Pretoria, make up the country’s largest metropolitan area. We stay close to the city’s international airport, giving us convenient access for tomorrow’s flight to Argentina. We spend the afternoon at leisure, perhaps taking advantage of the amenities on site, before savoring an included dinner at our 5-Star hotel.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 23:

Johannesburg / Buenos Aires, Argentina

We say goodbye to Africa today and set off for the final continent on your itinerary: South America. Following breakfast, we fly via São Paulo, Brazil to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s sophisticated, European-flavored capital and birthplace of the tango. We arrive late this evening and transfer to our exquisite 5-Star hotel, located in the heart of the city. Your bags will be delivered to your room by butler service, giving you the chance to unwind as you prepare for the exciting days to come.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

DAY 24:

Buenos Aires

After breakfast, we begin our exploration of Buenos Aires with a private excursion tour of the city’s highlights, including Puerto Madero — a former dockland along the Rio de la Plata that is now a stylish waterfront district, the colorful La Boca district with its rainbow of brightly painted houses, and its central Plaza de Mayo. Cultural Discovery: Then, we walk to the famous Café Tortoni, a popular gathering place among the 19th century’s elite, for lunch. Inspired by a Parisian café, the ornately appointed, art-filled Café Tortoni is considered among the world’s most beautiful.

Afterwards, we have leisure time to relax and prepare for what’s to come this evening — an unforgettable experience showcasing Argentina’s famous tango! Considered an integral part of the city’s culture and history, the sultry tango has been declared part of the world's "intangible cultural heritage" by UNESCO. Cultural Discovery: We learn a few steps during a private tango lesson with professional dancers at El Viejo Almacen. Then, celebrate this famous dance with dinner and a fiery tango show, complete with colorfully costumed dancers and the passionate sounds of its distinctive music.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 25:

Buenos Aires

Today, we learn about Argentina’s rich polo culture. The country is known for its champion polo players, and we learn about the sport’s rich history and tradition during an excursion to an estancia (ranch) in the Argentinean Pampas, or vast lowland plains. Cultural Discovery: Our day begins with a reception at the ranch, featuring coffee, tea, and local pastries. We’ll then learn more about the sport and horses, and witness some impressive horsemanship during a private polo exhibition of two chukkers — the best way to be introduced to the game. And once we’re inspired and knowledgeable, it’ll be our chance to ride during a polo lesson with some professional players. Our day at the ranch will also include a delicious barbecue lunch.

Once we’ve returned to beautiful Buenos Aires, we’ll savor more local cuisine — with our exclusive Deluxe Meal Choices — at one of the city’s world-class restaurants.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 26:

Buenos Aires / Iguassu Falls

After breakfast, we head out on a private cultural excursion into Buenos Aires. Enjoy a guided tour of world-famous Teatro Colon opera house, considered one of the top five concert venues in the world. Visit the fashionable, tree-lined Palermo district, the Evita Museum, and the trendy Recoleta neighborhood — home to the cemetery where Argentinian celebrities are buried. Cultural Discovery: Later, we stop for refreshments at a neighborhood coffee shop to drink in the local ambiance.

We fly to stunning Iguassu Falls this afternoon. Upon arrival, our VIP concierge tends to your luggage and assists with a private transfer to our luxury hotel. You room here offers a spectacular view of the magnificent cascades. This evening, we savor an included dinner at Garganta del Diablo restaurant, where the views are as fine as the cuisine.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 27:

Iguassu Falls

Unforgettable Moment: You’re in for a real treat today as we view Iguassu Falls from the Argentinean side. We enjoy lunch in the park, then head out on a walking tour of this incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site, following the pathways along the park’s upper trail. You’ll find that the Argentinean side offers the most varied up-close views. Back at the hotel this evening, we gather for a private cocktail party accompanied by a harpist as you toast yet another peak experience during your global adventure. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 28:

Iguassu Falls (Brazilian side) / Lima, Peru

Today's view of the falls from the Brazilian side offers a completely different perspective. We venture along a sturdy catwalk 3,600 feet over the falls for a remarkable view of the Devil's Throat, where water thunders down into a U-shaped canyon and multiple rainbows abound. Then, for a closer and more thrilling view, we embark an inflatable expedition boat and zoom right into the horseshoe of the Devil’s Throat. Later, we savor lunch at the park and enjoy one more look at this extraordinary natural display of waterworks.

Next, we head to the airport for our flight to Lima, Peru’s sophisticated capital. Our VIP concierge meets us and we transfer to our 5-Star hotel in the city's attractive Miraflores district.

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 29:

Lima

Colonial Lima, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a stunning blend of old and new. We get acquainted this morning on a city tour that takes us to the Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, City Hall, the magnificent Cathedral, and more. We’ll also explore the San Isidro and Miraflores neighborhoods — two of the Lima’s more upscale districts. Lunch today is at the Larco Museum, home of one of the world's best collections of pre-Columbian art and artifacts. After an afternoon at leisure, take the opportunity to sample local dishes at one of the Lima's world-class restaurants with our exclusive Deluxe Meal Choices.

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 30:

Lima / Sacred Valley

We depart Lima this morning for Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas in the heart of the soaring Andes. When we land in Cusco, our VIP concierge assists us to our hotel. Cultural Discovery: On our way to the Sacred Valley — a narrow, winding valley with snowcapped peaks rising on either side — we stop in the town of Chincheros to watch as local women keep a cherished alive during a fascinating weaving demonstration. Afterwards, we savor a lunch of local Peruvian fusion cuisine at El Huacatay, one of the area’s landmark restaurants. We check in to our 5-Star hotel late this afternoon; your bags will be delivered to your room by butler service. After you're settled, savor some tasty hors d'oeuvres and toast your journey during a cocktail reception.

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 31:

Sacred Valley

On this morning’s private excursion, we visit Ollantaytambo, a lovely town overlooked by a remarkably preserved Inca fortress that served as a royal estate to an Incan emperor. Cultural Discovery: During our visit, we rub shoulders with the locals as we drop into an indigenous house and a chicheria (traditional household tavern) for a glass of chicha — a maize beer typical to the Andes region. Afterward, head to the banks of the Urubamba River, where we enjoy lunch at Tunupa, which offers local delicacies alongside international cuisine. Later, back at our Deluxe hotel, savor more Andean fare for dinner. Our culinary experiences today are sure to give you an appreciation of how the spirit of Inca culture infuses every aspect of Peruvian life.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 32:

Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu / Sacred Valley

Unforgettable Moment: Today, we venture to Peru’s most an iconic landmark — the ruins of the magnificent 16th-century Inca citadel, Machu Picchu. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this long-forgotten city of mystery is among the world’s most popular attractions — for good reason! We’ll board a Vistadome train for the spectacular trip along the roaring Urubamba River, with mountain peaks appearing around every bend. Upon our arrival in Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu, we savor a gourmet lunch at the luxurious Belmond Sanctuary Lodge. Then, join our Adventure Leader for a walk through the ruins and ponder the fate of the Inca who left without a written trace. After time to take in this spectacular site, we return by train from Ollanta station to the Sacred Valley and back to our Deluxe hotel.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 33:

Sacred Valley / Cusco

Our last stop on our unparalleled adventure is Cusco — a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the oldest continuously inhabited city in South America. Cultural Discoveries: Setting off toward Cusco, we visit Urubamba, the largest town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We explore this historic town like the locals, on a three-wheeled motorcycle rickshaw taxi, or mototaxi. Then, we savor an included lunch at Huayoccari Hacienda Restaurant, an elegant farmhouse that offers fine dining amidst a breathtaking location in the hills above the Sacred Valley.

Later, we stop in the colonial village of Pisac, set at the base of a spectacular Inca fortress. Pay a visit to Pisac's famous market, which attracts locals and tourists alike three times a week, before continuing to our Deluxe hotel in Cusco. This evening, sample Peruvian dishes at one of the city’s top restaurants with our exclusive Deluxe Meal Choices.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 34:

Cusco

We get acquainted with Cusco today during an excursion up and down its cobbled streets and into its main plaza overseen by a glorious cathedral. Continue out of town to the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman, a testament to Incan architectural brilliance. The massive stones of this fortress were carefully cut and assembled without any mortar — an impressive feat.

Cultural Discovery: For lunch, we glimpse local life in Cusco as guests in a local home — a highlight of our adventure made possible by the small size of our group. This evening, we gather to trade stories about our extraordinary adventure during a Farewell cocktail reception and dinner at our Deluxe hotel, accompanied by traditional Andean musicians.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 35:

Cusco / Lima / Return home

On our final morning in Peru, we get a special private “behind the scenes” experience in Cusco as we visit the local cemetery. Our fascinating stroll reveals tombs and mausoleums that showcase the unique burial customs of the region. Cultural Discoveries: After, get a taste of daily Peruvian life as you stroll through a market where locals do their shopping. To round out your adventure, we witness a traditional Andean healing ceremony conducted by a shaman (priest). After lunch at Cicciolina, an intimate restaurant in an old colonial home, we check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport to return home on an overnight flight.

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 36:

Home city

You’ll land back in your home city today, but your VIP treatment isn’t over just yet. Upon arrival at the airport, you’ll be met by your chauffeur for your private transfer back to your doorstep. It’s the perfect way to end this incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience.

(Please be advised that you may be picked up in a limo, a sedan, or something similar, depending upon vehicle availability at the time and place of your pickup.)

Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Adventure Leader or local representatives at the destination.

Please Note: The hotels listed are preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract our hotels a year in advance, unforeseen situations do occasionally occur. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality and value will be substituted. You will receive verified hotel information with your final itinerary.

Note: That hotel ratings are based on the Hotel and a leading travel industry authority on hotels throughout the world.

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