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Old April 19th, 2011, 11:07 PM
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Hi I am new to cruise critic but often visited the site and have done 9 cruises. We are thinking of 2 others one the Incan Empires but would like to find out the cost of the Machu Picchu excursion before deciding. Has anyone done this tour recently and can recommend it.
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For 3 days and 2 nights from the port of Lima to Machu Picchu, a Standard Double is $3499 pp, a Superior Double $4299 pp, and a Superior Single $4899 pp.

CLICK HERE, then click VIEW SHORE EXCURSIONS FOR THIS CRUISE just above the itinerary, then look at pages 19 and 20 of the PDF.
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On page 18 it says the Standard Double is $3199, and on 19 the $3499 is for a Standard Single.
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I just came back from a cruise where that shore excursion was offered....it was even MORE expensive if you were traveling as a single. Although I would have loved to go there it was WAY over my price range. One couple that I met did this trip as a private excursion with about 4 others and it cost them less than half. Some people did take the HAL excursion and said it was very nice. My friends and I discussed it and decided we could do a Machu Pichu trip at another time via land and air with a longer visit to the area for a much cheaper price. It is too bad that some of these overnight excursions are so pricey.
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for the cost hal is charging, you could easily do this as an entirely separate vacation - and have more time in the area.
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That is a very pricey tour.

We made that trip about 15 years ago when we were doing volunteer work in Lima - it included the flights, a bus trip up to the 14,000 foot elevation in the mountains, 2 nights accomodation and the trip to Macchu Pichu - all for $300 - the local folks arranged it for us - so I think you would find a cheaper price by booking with an agency in Lima.
Mind you, we didn't stay at a fancy hotel - it was very basic and we travelled second class on the train.

It is a great trip and well worth seeing - you do have to be prepared for altitude sickness though as Cusco is 11,000 feet - Macchu Pichu is about 7000. People have been known to spend the whole trip sick and in bed. Your doctor can give you meds to take with you.
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Hi I am new to cruise critic but often visited the site and have done 9 cruises. We are thinking of 2 others one the Incan Empires but would like to find out the cost of the Machu Picchu excursion before deciding. Has anyone done this tour recently and can recommend it.
The superior option through HAL for 2012 is $4,299.00 per person for two nights, double occupancy. It does NOT even include a night at the Santuary Lodge.

We are going on our own and just received formal approval from HAL to disembark and reimbark the ship.

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On the ports of call - South America pages there are some threads about Macchu Pichu both by ship and on your own.
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We actually looked at this cruise and then when I saw the cost of this tour, I nixed it. Even a private tour - why pay for a cruise when you are not going to be there for three days.

I think a land tour is the way to go for this one probably. It is a spot we want to go to - but it doesn't make sense to pay for the ship and food when you are not on it and then another fee to be off it.

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Half those prices would still be VERY expensive!
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We booked and went on the 4day 3 night superior double on this year's World Cruise. We were there in mid-January and it was a fabulous trip albeit very expensive.
We stayed at two fabulous hotels first Sol and Luna in the Sacred Valley 2 nights with a private show the first night and then in El Monasterio the top hotel in Peru the last night.
To get to Machu Picchu, we were on the Hiram Bingham train .. with both dining and club car for our use.

The whole trip was first class and we would do it again, if we could afford it at the time.

HAL did a great job as they should have for the price. By going tiwh the Superior rather than Standard, we had a small group (six of us) with our own guide .. that really was nice.

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Peru of the Incas - Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley Overland - Superior Double 4499/person
Day 1 (L, D)
Transfer from the port of Manta to the airport for your flight to Cuzco, located at an elevation of 11,152 feet above sea level. Your local guide will be waiting for you at the airport while a ship’s escort will accompany you on the flight. Upon arrival in Cuzco, you will transfer by motor coach to your hotel in Urubamba (1½ hours). Drive into the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Urubamba), which is fed by numerous rivers which descend through valleys and gorges, and contains numerous archaeological remains and villages. It is lower than Cuzco at 9,350 feet. The special geographical and climatic qualities of the valley have made it invaluable to the Incas. It was one of the empire’s main points for the extraction of natural wealth, and the best place for maize production in Peru. You will enjoy a box lunch en route. Arrive at your hotel—the Sol & Luna Lodge and Spa, where you will enjoy a peaceful environment. In Sol & Luna’s gardens, the sun will energize you, as the mountains invite you to explore their bewitching landscapes. Rich soil, ideal weather and local wisdom have combined to make the Sacred Valley among the most fertile regions in the world. Indulge in its bounty with a surprising gastronomic feast created by prominent chefs. A stunning equestrian demonstration to the rhythm of marinera music will showcase the
skill of the Peruvian Paso horse, renowned for its smooth gait.
Day 2 (B, L, D)
Breakfast is served at the hotel, then you’ll set out on an excursion to the picturesque Andean village of Chinchero. Admire its wellpreserved Inca wall at the main square and visit the Colonial church with interesting frescoes on the portico. Stroll through the colorful native market of Chinchero and haggle with local vendors for handicrafts. You will visit the Traditional Textile Center, where the techniques of traditional weaving are preserved. The Center has arranged a private demonstration so you can watch weavers from associated villages as they demonstrate their skills. Textiles of the highest quality are for sale. Most have been specially selected by Nilda Callanaupa, one of the Center’s finest weavers. The local weaving techniques have remained virtually unchanged for centuries. Watch as wool is carded, spun and dyed, and learn about the different techniques used to create ponchos, fajas (belts), and mantas (shawls). You will enjoy a delicious lunch at a local hacienda,, where the family will be your hosts. The house has various collections of popular and colonial art ceramics, paintings, weapons, photography, ceremonial vessels and the ceramic bulls of Pucara. The environs include a forest of eucalyptus trees and other native species and the famous giant white corn is cultivated for export here. Proceed to Ollantaytambo to admire the magnificent Inca fortress, built just as the Spaniards arrived. Evidence of how it was constructed is still visible. Wander through the quaint streets of today’s town. Relax over a set menu dinner at hotel.
Day 3 (B, L, D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Your day includes a memorable train ride on the Hiram Bingham railway to Machu Picchu. The timing of this very special adventure enables you to explore Machu Picchu during a less crowded time, for a more intimate and up-close look at this remarkable historic landmark. Your trip to Machu Picchu today begins with a bus ride from Cuzco to Poroy, followed by a train ride from Poroy Station to Aguas Calientes. The railway is an adventure in itself. You will enjoy brunch upon boarding the train, and relax for three hours. Warm hues, elegant upholstery, two dining cars and a bar make the Hiram Bingham train, named for the explorer who “discovered” Machu Picchu almost a century ago, a pleasant experience. Upon arrival at the station near Machu Picchu, travel with your guide by coach up to the ruins at an elevation of a “mere” 7,874 feet. You’ll arrive just as many of the visitors are leaving for lunch, and you will have plenty of time to explore Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, in relative peace and quiet. This stone city was constructed by incredibly sophisticated techniques with huge blocks of stone fitted together perfectly—an example of precision that is elusive even with laser technology used in construction today. After a guided visit to the ruins, you will enjoy a private afternoon tea buffet before transferring back to Puente Ruinas to board the Hiram Bingham train. On the train ride back to Cuzco, relax over a cocktail. Dinner will be served in the dining car and you’ll arrive back in Cuzco in the late evening. Overnight at Monasterio Hotel, a unique hotelmuseum. This architectural treasure is built on Inca foundations with a beautiful chapel adorned by extraordinary gold ornaments. It combines the solemnity of a colonial monastery with the luxury, elegance, comfort and quality of a modern five-star hotel.
Day 4 (B)
After breakfast you will visit one of the remarkable Inca ruins of the Inca empire—the culture center of Sacsayhuaman. This Inca walled complex is near the old city of Cuzco, at an altitude of 12,100 feet. It is part of the City of Cuzco and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, you will continue with a panoramic tour of the city of Cuzco which today is a city that blends colonial Spanish charm with more ancient remains of pre-Columbian glory. The foundations of precolonial construction are still visible on many city streets today. Cuzco also boasts the finest examples of Inca history and architecture. You will visit several historic monuments during a guided sightseeing tour—the Main Square, the cathedral and the Korikancha Temple of the Sun. Transfer from the hotel to the Cuzco Airport in time for your flight to Lima, City of the Kings. Upon arrival in Lima, time permitting a brief city tour is included before you transfer to Callao and the ship.
Notes: The tour to Machu Picchu requires traveling from sea level to an altitude of 11,152 feet, which may cause altitude sickness for some guests. Touring the ruins of Machu Picchu requires climbing many stairs and negotiating uneven and rugged terrain in rarefied air. Guests with a heart condition and/or known respiratory difficulties should consult their physician prior to booking this tour. There are two paths at the ruins from which guests may choose; both are fully guided. One requires moderate walking and the other requires considerable walking. Bring comfortable, casual clothing in natural, “breathable” fabrics. Temperatures will change as altitudes and time of day change, so it’s best to bring shorts as well as long trousers, and clothing you can layer. A sweater or lightweight jacket will be needed for the cooler evening temperatures common in upland regions. Oxygenated rooms are available at an extra cost and can be booked on board the ship. You will be spending two nights at a hotel in Sacred Valley and one night in Cuzco. Luggage assistance is available during this tour. The tour operator reserves the right to change hotels but will offer the same category. Depending on flight availability, there is a possibility that the flight from Manta to Guayaquil will be replaced by a three-hour drive, and the flight to Peru will leave from Guayaquil.
Departure Times: 7:00 AM Duration: 4 days/3 nights
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Cuzco & Machu Picchu Overland – Superior Double 3699/person superior double
Day 1 (L, D)
Transfer from the port of Manta to the airport for your flight to Cuzco, located at an elevation of 11,152 feet above sea level. Your local guide will be waiting for you at the airport while a ship’s escort will accompany you on the flight. Upon arrival in Cuzco check in at your hotel. Lunch will be followed by a sightseeing drive through colonial Cuzco to see the main square, the cathedral (step inside if time and traffic permit) and either the Temple of Korikancha or the Santo Domingo Convent, where you will also step inside if time and traffic permit. Dinner and overnight at your Cuzco hotel.
Day 2 (B, L, D)
The Superior Option includes five-star hotel accommodations, as well as a memorable train ride on the Hiram Bingham railway to Machu Picchu. The timing of this very special adventure enables you to explore Machu Picchu during a less crowded time, for a more intimate and up-close look at this remarkable historic landmark. Your trip to Machu Picchu today begins with a 20-minute bus ride from Cuzco to Poroy followed by a 3½-hour train ride from Poroy Station to Aguas Calientes along the Urubamba River. Urubamba River is located in the Sacred Valley approximately 9,350 feet above sea level. The railway is an adventure in itself. You will enjoy brunch upon boarding the train, and relax for three hours. Warm hues, elegant upholstery, two dining cars and a bar make the Hiram Bingham train, named for the explorer who “discovered” Machu Picchu almost a century ago—a pleasant experience indeed. From the train station, it is just a short walk to the bus loading area, and a 25-minute coach ride to Machu Picchu—the Lost City of the Incas—at an elevation of a “mere” 7,874 feet. The bus ride is on unpaved roads but the end reward is to immerse yourself in the timeless history and intangible magic of this strange and wondrous ancient citadel. Your guided tour is an awe-inspiring, a-once-in-a-lifetime experience. Upon arrival at the station near Machu Picchu, travel with your guide by coach up to the ruins. You’ll arrive just as many of the visitors are leaving for lunch, and you will have plenty of time to explore Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, in relative peace and quiet. This stone city was constructed by incredibly sophisticated techniques with huge blocks of stone fitted together perfectly—an example of precision that is elusive even with laser technology used in building today. After a guided visit to the ruins, you will enjoy a private afternoon tea buffet at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, transferring back to Puente Ruinas to board the Hiram Bingham train. On the train ride back to Cuzco, relax over a cocktail, then dinner will be served in the dining car. You will arrive back in Cuzco in the late evening after a day of dazzling sightseeing and wonderful memories. Overnight at a five-star hotel in Cuzco.
Day 3 (B)
Enjoy a buffet breakfast, then transfer to the airport for your flight to Callao and, time permitting, enjoy a city tour before returning the ship.

Notes: The tour to Machu Picchu requires traveling from sea level to an altitude of 11,200 feet, which may cause altitude sickness for some guests. Touring the ruins of Machu Picchu requires climbing many stairs and negotiating uneven and rugged terrain in rarefied air. Guests with a heart condition and/or known respiratory difficulties should consult their physician prior to booking this tour. There are two paths at the ruins from which guests may choose; both are fully guided. One requires moderate walking and the other requires considerable walking. Bring comfortable, casual clothing in natural, “breathable” fabrics. Temperatures will change as altitudes and time of day change, so it’s best to bring shorts as well as long trousers, and clothing you can layer. A sweater or lightweight jacket will be needed for the cooler evening temperatures common in upland regions. Oxygenated rooms are available at an extra cost and can be booked on board the ship. Luggage assistance is available during this tour. The tour operator reserves the right to change hotels but will offer the same category. Depending on flight availability, there is a possibility that the flight from Manta to Guayaquil will be replaced by a three-hour drive, and the flight to Peru will leave from Guayaquil.
Departure Times: 7:00 AM Duration: 3 days/2 nights
__________________________________________________ __________________ Cuzco & Machu Picchu Overland - Standard Double 2999/person standard double
Day 1 (L, D)
Transfer from the port of Manta to the airport for your flight to Cuzco, located at an elevation of 11,152 feet above sea level. Your local guide will be waiting for you at the airport while a ship’s escort will accompany you on the flight. Upon arrival in Cuzco check in at your hotel. Lunch will be followed by a sightseeing drive through colonial Cuzco to see the main square, the cathedral (step inside if time and traffic permit) and either the Temple of Korikancha or the Santo Domingo Convent, where you will also step inside if time and traffic permit. Dinner and overnight at your Cuzco hotel.
Day 2 (B, L, D)
Enjoy an early buffet breakfast, then transfer 1½ hours by bus to Ollanta Station. From there it is a 1½-hour Vistadome train ride along the Urubamba River to the Aguas Calientes Station. Urubamba River is located in the Sacred Valley approximately 9,350 feet above sea level. From the train station, it is just a short walk to the bus loading area, and a 25-minute coach ride to Machu Picchu—the Lost City of the Incas—at an elevation of a “mere” 7,874 feet. The bus ride is on unpaved roads but the end reward is to immerse yourself in the timeless history and intangible magic of this strange and wondrous ancient citadel. Your guided tour is an awe-inspiring, a-once-in-a-lifetime experience and you will climb the switchback road up to the ruins of Machu Picchu. “Discovered” in 1911, Machu Picchu, called the Lost City of the Incas, represents the cultural heritage of mankind. It is a stone city constructed by incredibly sophisticated techniques, even in present-day terms. Stone upon stone are fitted together perfectly without cement, with exquisite detail worthy of the world’s greatest palaces. After a guided visit to the ruins, you will lunch buffet-style at a local hotel, transferring back to Aguas Calientes for the train ride back to Cuzco. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant. Four-star accommodation is provided for the standard option.
Day 3 (B)
Enjoy a buffet breakfast, then transfer to the airport for your flight to Callao and, time permitting, enjoy a city tour before returning the ship.
Notes: The tour to Machu Picchu requires traveling from sea level to an altitude of 11,200 feet, which may cause altitude sickness for some guests. Touring the ruins of Machu Picchu requires climbing many stairs and negotiating uneven and rugged terrain in rarefied air. Guests with a heart condition and/or known respiratory difficulties should consult their physician prior to booking this tour. There are two paths at the ruins from which guests may choose; both are fully guided. One requires moderate walking and the other requires considerable walking. Bring comfortable, casual clothing in natural, “breathable” fabrics. Temperatures will change as altitudes and time of day change, so it’s best to bring shorts as well as long trousers, and clothing you can layer. A sweater or lightweight jacket will be needed for the cooler evening temperatures common in upland regions. Oxygenated rooms are available at an extra cost and can be booked on board the ship. Luggage assistance is available during this tour. The tour operator reserves the right to change hotels but will offer the same category. Depending on flight availability, there is a possibility that the flight from Manta to Guayaquil will be replaced by a three-hour drive, and the flight to Peru will leave from Guayaquil.
Departure Times: 7:00 AM Duration: 3 days/2 nights
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Peru of the Incas - Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley Overland - Standard Double 3399/person
Day 1 (L, D)
Transfer from the port of Manta to the airport for your flight to Cuzco, located at an elevation of 11,152 feet above sea level. Your local guide will be waiting for you at the airport while a ship’s escort will accompany you on the flight. Upon arrival in Cuzco, you will transfer by motor coach to your hotel in Urubamba (1½ hours). Drive into the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Urubamba), which is fed by numerous rivers which descend through valleys and gorges, and contains numerous archaeological remains and villages. It is lower than Cuzco at 9,350 feet. The special geographical and climatic qualities of the valley have made it invaluable to the Incas. It was one of the empire’s main points for the extraction of natural wealth, and the best place for maize production in Peru. You will enjoy a box lunch en route. Arrive at your hotel—Casa Andina Private Collection Valle Sagrado—a mountain chalet-styled retreat with panoramic views of the Andes from every room. A Pachamanca dinner will be served at the hotel. Pachamanca is a traditional Peruvian dish based on baking lamb, mutton and pork cooked in an earthen oven known as a huatia.
Day 2 (B, L, D)
Breakfast is served at the hotel, then you’ll set out on an excursion to Urubamba—the Sacred Valley of the Incas. First visit the town of Pisac, where the Incas built an observatory to study astronomy as well as an impressive network of cultivated terraces. You will then have the opportunity to haggle with vendors at the local handicrafts market in Pisac. Enjoy lunch at a pleasant countryside hotel built when the Spaniards arrived. Evidence of how it was constructed is still visible. After admiring the site’s magnificent past, stroll through the quaint streets of today’s town and return to your hotel in Urubamba. Relax over a set menu dinner at the hotel.
Day 3 (B, L, D)
Enjoy an early buffet breakfast, then transfer to Ollanta Station for a 1½-hour Vistadome train ride along the Urubamba River to the Aguas Calientes Station. By minibus you will climb the switchback road up to the ruins of Machu Picchu at an elevation of a “mere” 7,874 feet. “Discovered” in 1911, Machu Picchu, called the Lost City of the Incas, represents the cultural heritage of mankind. It is a stone city constructed by incredibly sophisticated techniques, even in present-day terms. Stone upon stone are fitted together perfectly without cement, with exquisite detail worthy of the world’s greatest palaces. After a guided visit to the ruins, you will lunch buffet-style before transferring back to Aguas Calientes for the train ride back to Ollanta Station. Then you will be driven to Cuzco (1½ hours). A set menu dinner will be served at your hotel in the historical center of this magical city. Venture out and familiarize yourself with this world of culture and hundreds of years of history.
Day 4 (B)
After breakfast, visit one of the remarkable Inca ruins of the Inca empire—the culture center of Sacsayhuaman. This Inca walled complex is near the old city of Cuzco, at an altitude of 12,100 feet. It is part of the City of Cuzco and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, you will continue with a panoramic tour of the city of Cuzco which today is a city that blends colonial Spanish charm with more ancient remains of pre-Columbian glory. The foundations of precolonial construction are still visible on many city streets today. Cuzco also boasts the finest examples of Inca history and architecture. You will visit several historic monuments during a guided sightseeing tour—the Main Square, the cathedral and the Korikancha Temple of the Sun. Transfer from the hotel to the Cuzco Airport in time for your flight to Lima, City of the Kings. Upon arrival in Lima, time permitting a brief city tour is included before you transfer to Callao and the ship.
Notes: The tour to Machu Picchu requires traveling from sea level to an altitude of 11,152 feet, which may cause altitude sickness for some guests. Touring the ruins of Machu Picchu requires climbing many stairs and negotiating uneven and rugged terrain in rarefied air. Guests with a heart condition and/or known respiratory difficulties should consult their physician prior to booking this tour. There are two paths at the ruins from which guests may choose; both are fully guided. One requires moderate walking and the other requires considerable walking. Bring comfortable, casual clothing in natural, “breathable” fabrics. Temperatures will change as altitudes and time of day change, so it’s best to bring shorts as well as long trousers, and clothing you can layer. A sweater or lightweight jacket will be needed for the cooler evening temperatures common in upland regions. Oxygenated rooms are available at an extra cost and can be booked on board the ship. You will be spending two nights at a hotel in Sacred Valley and one night in Cuzco. Luggage assistance is available during this tour. The tour operator reserves the right to change hotels but will offer the same category. Depending on flight availability, there is a possibility that the flight from Manta to Guayaquil will be replaced by a three-hour drive, and the flight to Peru will leave from Guayaquil.
Departure Times: 7:00 AM Duration: 4 days/3 nights
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I did this as a separate land based trip with Orient Express, and was able to spend 8 days in Peru, stayed at the Monesterio Hotel in Cuszco,The Miraflores hotel in Lima, had tours there and around the area, did the Hiram Bingham train, stayed at the Sanctuary Lodge, had private guides, great meals etc and did lots of other touring around for WAY less than the cost of this shore excursion. IMO, it is best done as a separate trip, take some time and see other parts of Peru, it is a fabulous trip, and was well done by Orient Express.
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Thank you for all the replies. the Australian web site for HAL does not give the prices for any tours just graded in dollar signs. When HAL advertise a pre/post tour in the Mariner brochure for half this cost if you only do the shorter cruise, it is hard to justify this cost on the collectors cruise. Think we may have to alter our plans.
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Thank you for all the replies. the Australian web site for HAL does not give the prices for any tours just graded in dollar signs.
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We actually looked at this cruise and then when I saw the cost of this tour, I nixed it. Even a private tour - why pay for a cruise when you are not going to be there for three days.

JMO though
We are leaving for 3 nights/4 days. It is a 22 night cruise. Originally we were going to embark late and miss the first 6 days or so of the cruise, but my DH did not like that idea. We have limited time and probably would not spend more than 3 nights in Cuzco/MP anyway, so why not.
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We booked and went on the 4day 3 night superior double on this year's World Cruise. We were there in mid-January and it was a fabulous trip albeit very expensive.
We stayed at two fabulous hotels first Sol and Luna in the Sacred Valley 2 nights with a private show the first night and then in El Monasterio the top hotel in Peru the last night.
To get to Machu Picchu, we were on the Hiram Bingham train .. with both dining and club car for our use.

The whole trip was first class and we would do it again, if we could afford it at the time.

HAL did a great job as they should have for the price. By going tiwh the Superior rather than Standard, we had a small group (six of us) with our own guide .. that really was nice.

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PS: below is the cost and full itinerary for each option:
Peru of the Incas - Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley Overland - Superior Double 4499/person

Departure Times: 7:00 AM Duration: 4 days/3 nights
The prices have really gone up. They are charging $4,299.00 per person next year for 2 nights, not 2.

But, for $8,600.00 for two persons for 2 nights,.....I can report back when I have all of the numbers. It is about $400.00 per person for flights from LIM/CUZ, CUZ/LIM, and LIM/GYE (We will actually make an international flight). One of the hotels mentioned is about $600.00 with breakfast for 2, and I believe someone said the lunch buffet is about $25.00. The other hotels range from $250.00-$450.00 for two persons with breakfast, so that would add $750.00 per person for the Superior accommodations. So, that is about $1,200.00 per person for flights (3, not the 2 on the HAL excursion), and three nights at the top hotels.

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Old April 22nd, 2011, 02:49 PM
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The prices have really gone up. They are charging $4,299.00 per person next year for 2 nights, not 2.

But, for $8,600.00 for two persons for 2 nights,.....I can report back when I have all of the numbers. It is about $400.00 per person for flights from LIM/CUZ, CUZ/LIM, and LIM/GYE (We will actually make an international flight). One of the hotels mentioned is about $600.00 with breakfast for 2, and I believe someone said the lunch buffet is about $25.00. The other hotels range from $250.00-$450.00 for two persons with breakfast, so that would add $750.00 per person for the Superior accommodations. So, that is about $1,200.00 per person for flights (3, not the 2 on the HAL excursion), and three nights at the top hotels.
That is too bad that they are jacking the prices up like that. My college offered a 4 day 3 night including flight for less than HAL, but we knew that we would be there onboard and it was less hassle than doing it later with college crowd. However, that did send me the message that the prices we encountered (which were less than what you are saying they will be next year) were a bit higher than a solo trip - as I would have expected.

We felt we were charged fairly for what we got in return with a small group, first class accommodations etc ..


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Harry - thanks for posting the full itinerary and the details.
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thanks harry for posting hal's entire itinerary for those days

years ago we looked at a princess cruise where we would be away from the ship for 3 days -- back then princess wanted $4000 per person and we just felt it wasn't worth it -- now we wish we had done it as neither of us is healthy enough to do it
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