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Cusco & the Inca Trail Express to Machu Picchu

5 days starting at $1,319/Person

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Hike the last stretch of the world famous Inca Trail to the World Wonder of Machu Picchu as you take in the authentic highlights of Peru on this customizable adventure. If you’re short on time but still want the experience of hiking part of the Inca Trail this is one of the most rewarding challenges where you will get to witness sunrise at the other-worldly site of Machu Picchu. You’ll take in the beauty of the Sacred Valley and the Inca Capital of Cusco which is an equally rewarding experience for both history buffs and casual visitors.

Our trip specialists and tour guides are located in the area; they’ll take care of planning activities, meals and secret stops that any local would approve of.

What to expect from every Class Adventure Travel Tour:

  • Private and small group guides who go at your own pace
  • Private shuttle and transfers, unless otherwise noted
  • Trip specialists and guides who really know and live in the area
  • Personal recommendations for authentic, local experiences
  • Incredibly comfortable accommodations without sacrificing authenticity
  • Flexible itineraries that can be customized as much or as little as you want

What you will experience in a day of travel

Sunrise at Machu Picchu

Tour of Machu Picchu

Sanctuary Lodge

Machu Picchu Mountains

Vistadome Train

Dinner in Cusco

5 Day Sample Itinerary

Want more days? Fewer days? Fewer ruins? More trekking? Let us know! We do the planning just to make it easy on you, but the trip is all yours – we’ll add or subtract based on what matters most to you.

Days 1-3

Cusco & the Sacred Valley

  • Private tour of Cusco’s highlights including aerial city views from Sacsayhuaman.
  • Inca past meets Peru’s present in the Sacred Valley: impressive Inca terraces & Inca sites.
  • Lunch at a spectacular Sacred Valley ranch with an award-winning Peruvian Paso Horse Show.

From the Temple of the Sun and Cathedral to the Inca Citadel of Sacsayhuaman and all the secret stops in between, Cusco is just ripe with historical stops and archaeological sites. Explore the mystical Sacred Valley surrounded by the peaks of the Andes and marvel at its unfathomable scenery, history and archaeology. The days are filled to the brim with unforgettable views and cultural strongholds, but you can take everything at a leisurely pace!

Days 3-4

Express Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

  • Walk in the historic footsteps of the Inca on the famous trail to Machu Picchu.
  • The big event: See the sunrise & stay overnight at Machu Picchu!
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu and gourmet lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge.

8 miles, Inca complexes and a maximum altitude of over 8,690 ft. lie between you and the ancient Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu as you depart on what is one of the most unforgettable travel adventures. If you’re short on time but want to experience hiking in the footsteps of the Incas, this is the perfect experience. Staying overnight in a hotel at the foot of Machu Picchu, you’ll be rewarded the following morning with watching the sun rise over Machu Picchu in one of the quietest hours of the day. You’ll have this profound experience almost entirely to yourself, as you soak in the fruits of your labor. Throughout the express Inca Trail and at Machu Picchu, your guide will provide you with all the facts, figures and legends while making sure you avoid the crowds to get the most from this once in a lifetime experience.

Days 4-5


  • Scenic 1st Class Vistadome train ride through the Sacred Valley to Cusco.
  • Free evening to explore Cusco’s main plaza, cobbled streets and surroundings.
  • Taste the best Peruvian ‘fusion’ cuisine in the heart of the Inca Capital.

Having explored Cusco in more detail earlier on in the tour, you’ll now be able to enjoy the city’s beauty and vibrancy on your own. The Inca capital is also home to a number of incredible restaurants and romantic bars that will keep you entertained all night. Many visitors even like to add an extra day in Cusco to give them more time to soak up the atmosphere, shop for high-quality alpaca garments and taste some of the local delicacies in Cusco’s top restaurants.

Cusco & the Inca Trail Express to Machu Picchu Highlights

Hotels & Pricing

Every Class Adventure Travel tour is personalized. We have relationships with a long list of hotels and lodges, restaurateurs and chefs, accompanied by our local guides and experts. Based on your interests, length of stay and budget, we’ll arrange a luxurious trip you’ll never forget.

Private Guided Tours, Hotels, & Prices
Option 1: Comfort
$1,649 /person
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Option 2: Superior
$1,819 /person
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Option 3: Luxury
$2,479 /person
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Looking for a Group Experience
We have small group tours with daily departures for 8-15 people, with private guides and transfers dedicated to each group. Group tours save around 20% per person compared to individual private trips! Just tell us when you want to depart, what you want to see, and we’ll make sure you join in on the adventure!
$1,319 /person
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