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Gourmet Journey To Peru

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Below is a sample itinerary of a past Goway Group. It is provided to give you an idea of what we have already done & what you might also consider doing.

However, because of timing, your own group's special interests and budget, we expect to custom make a program just for you. Contact your favorite travel agent click on "Inquire about this Trip" to fill out request for a group quotation.

Day 1

Lima – Arrival

Arrival in Lima, the "City of Kings" famous for its Spanish Colonial architecture, extraordinary museums and cuisine. Lima is internationally recognized as the "Gastronomic Capital of the Americas", and its cuisine is considered among the most diverse and exquisite in the world on par with French cuisine. Upon arrival a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel and in registering.

Dinner at Casa Hacienda Moreyra

A beautiful country estate from the XVIII Century, Casa Hacienda Moreyra is a historical monument and emblematic of the wealth of the colonial times. Located in the aristocratic area of San Isidro, Casa Hacienda Moreyra used to be a large agricultural hacienda, and the restaurant is where the Casa-Hacienda or main house used to be.

It is definitely living up to its promise as one of the great restaurants of Lima, in a magnificent setting of history, art and tradition. It showcases colonial works of art belonging to the Cultural National Institute, which are being restored and exhibited in the Casa Hacienda. (B)

Day 2

Lima, Peruvian Culinary Demonstration

Visitors are impressed by the large variety of fishes and sea fruit showcased at our local market, try the local fruit and learn about our typical vegetables, followed by a demonstration of how to prepare one of the most popular Peruvian dishes at an outstanding venues for Peruvian Cuisine, where tradition and modernity mingle in a beautiful decorated, the "Señorio de Sulco". Lunch is included.

Lima City Tour and Gold Museum

Tour of Modern and Colonial Lima including the world famous Larco Museum - This half-day tour visits both the colonial and modern sections of Lima. Colonial sites include the lovely Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, San Francisco Church and the exquisite Torre Tagle Palace modern day seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In modern Lima, drive along the exclusive residential areas of Miraflores and San Isidro.

Continue to one of Peru's most famous museums, the Gold Museum houses a priceless collection of pre-Columbian gold artifacts as well as the private armory of Miguel Mujica Gallo. Some of the cultures represented in this collection include the Chavin, Paracas, Nazca, Tiahuanaco and Inca. During the guided visit you will see not only intricate gold pieces, but also wood, textile and shell artifacts that represent some of the most basic daily activities of these important civilizations.

Dinner and Show at Junius

Junius Restaurant takes you to a journey to explore the wonders of the fascinating Peruvian culture through its folklore, presenting an incredible and colorful show of music and dances from different regions of Peru. The delicious buffet is full of flavors from different regions and the best of the Peruvian cuisine. (BLD)

Day 3

Lima - Cusco

Early morning transfer from the hotel to the airport for a short but spectacular flight over the snowcapped Andes to the oldest inhabited city in the hemisphere, Cusco, at an elevation of 11,440 feet. Upon arrival a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel and in registering.

Lunch at Incanto

Located a few meters of the Main Square of the city of Cusco, in an old Inka palace, the new Incanto restaurant offers Italian food, pasta and grill. Account with an ample letter of than 80 plates and types of wines more worldwide.

Tour of Cusco and Nearby Ruins - Visitors are caught up in the excitement of touring the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, a delightful combination of Inca and colonial architecture. The tour visits important landmarks such us Cusco's Cathedral, Santo Domingo Church, Plaza de Armas and Koricancha "The Temple of the Sun". This tour of the oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere also includes the nearby ruins of Kenko, Puca-Pucara, Tambomachay as well as the Sacsayhuaman fortress, an imposing example of Inca military architecture.

Dinner at Cicciolina

A delightfully chic restaurant, which looks ripped from the Tuscan countryside. Enter through a long, appealing, and country-elegant bar, decorated with bunches of garlic, peppers, and fresh-cut flowers. The dining room at the back, one of the few places in Cusco for true fine dining, is refined, with high-backed chairs, deep red walls, and large antique mirrors. It features a high ceiling and exposed beams. The menu focuses on unusual spices and accents, with a number of adventurous dishes. As seen is Frommer's Review. (BLD)

Day 4

Cusco Visit to an Andean Cuisine School

Visit to the abundant and colorful produce market of Cusco to see a large variety of Andean products like: Corn, potatoes, vegetables, flowers, chocolate, and coffee while meals prepared at the moment. Continue to one of the best Cuisine’s Academies in Cusco, and participate of a demonstration class of how to prepare different types of typical meals from different regions of Peru.

Lunch at Pachapapa

Across from the small church in San Blas, this popular quinta serves a full menu of authentic Andean dishes. Its delightful setting, in a relaxing and attractive courtyard with potted plants and white-washed walls, also makes it an excellent place to take a breather while traipsing around hilly San Blas, to enjoy light items like soups and salads, as well as a full bar menu. From the wood-fired oven comes one of the house specialties, cuy (guinea pig served with Huacatay mint), as do the trout and even a spicy ham and cheese calzone. As seen as in Frommer's Review.

Cusco - Free Afternoon

Wandering through this lovely city, exploring the astonishing narrow streets of this tile roof colonial town will be your unforgettable experience. You will find something astounding at every turn. Great buys are the traditional Peruvian handicrafts, alpaca-wool sweaters and rugs, ponchos, pottery, gold and silver jewelry, leather goods, etc. Because there are such a variety of products, we strongly suggest that when you like any particular item, you should buy it - you may not find the same item in other store. Many visitors to Cusco return home wishing they had some free time in Cusco to discover this imperial city on their own, some free time in Cusco is a MUST!

Dinner at MAP Café

The exclusive MAP Café is located inside the MAP Museum (Museo de Arte Pre-Colombino), with an elegant and minimalist design of glass and steel that creates a pleasant setting. They offer and impressive and appetizing selection of ingenious dishes from the Contemporary-Peruvian Cuisine. One of the best choices in Cusco.... (BLD)

Day 5

Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo Archaeological Complex

Full Day Excursion to the Pisac Indian Market and the Ollantaytambo Fortress - Morning departure for a drive through the fertile countryside of the Urubamba Valley to the colonial village of Pisac where an Indian Market takes place Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Other days you will tour the religious nucleus and archaeological site of Pisac. During your visit to the bustling marketplace you will have the opportunity to bargain with the natives for many different types of Peruvian handicrafts and jewelry.

Continue to the Ollantaytambo archaeological complex, the Incas built it as a fort that included a temple, agricultural terraces, and an urban area. There are two distinct sectors: The religious and worship zone, and the residential area. Ollantaytambo was an important administrative center with probable military functions if one considers the walls and towers. There are also traces of ancient roads and aqueducts. The town of Ollantaytambo is called a "Living Inca Town" since the inhabitants maintain very old practices and customs. Lunch is at a beautiful country estate on the shores of the Urubamba River.

Dinner at The Colonial Patio

Located inside a 17th Century Colonial Mansion with its original arches is enhanced with a delicate-designed hand carved wood balcony that creates a pleasant setting.
The welcoming and elegant "Colonial Patio" offers a small but unique and enticing selection of Creole, contemporary and novo-Andina dishes. (BLD)

Day 6

Machu Picchu

Morning train ride through the sacred valley of Urubamba to the "Lost City of the Incas," Machu Picchu. Perched 8,200 feet above the valley, it was hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungles for 400 years until discovered by Hiram Bingham of Yale University in 1911. Archaeologists believe that the Inca "Virgins of the Sun" took refuge from the Spanish Conquistadors here.

Guided tour of the ruins upon arrival. Lunch is at the Orient Express' Sanctuary Lodge located just a few steps from the Inca citadel.

Inka Wall Dinner and Show

Located in a former Inka Palace, The Inka Wall specialty is a Novo Andean and International buffet which utilizes regional ingredients to rescue the gastronomic roots of the Andes.

Dinner is followed by a folkloric show with whirling Peruvian dancers performing a variety of regional entertaining dances. (BLD)

Day 7

Cusco - Lima

Transfer to the airport for your departure to Lima. Transfer to your hotel upon arrival.

Lunch at Los Cavenecia

Undisputable..... The king of sophisticated and yet traditional seafood. Los Cavenecia is run from a private house and has very many innovations on the Peruvian seafood scene. You will be personally attended by Ricardo Cavenecia, the father of the International Chef Sebastian Cavenecia.

Their selection of pasta and meat dishes is also extraordinary.

Larco Museum and Archaeological Museum

Visit the world famous Larco Museum - The Larco Museum, founded in 1926, displays remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 3000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Located in a unique vice-royal mansion of the 18th century built over a 7th century pre-Columbian pyramid is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The Larco Museum also features the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru and the famous erotic archaeological collection, one of the most visited Peruvian tourist attractions. Continue to the Archaeological Museum.

Dinner at Astrid y Gaston

The food is absolutely wonderful! This stylish and colonial restaurant is constantly rated as one of Lima’s best and is owned and managed by a Cordon Bleu–trained, husband/wife team. Astrid (pastry chef) and Gaston (principal chef) made a name for themselves with this highly successful restaurant. Located one block from Miraflores Main Plaza is "the dinning place" for upscale locals. (BLD)

Day 8

Lima - Home

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight home. Arrive home full of great memories of the rich tradition of Colonial Lima and the mystical Land of the Incas. (B)

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