Lima (Callao)
03/05/2020 12:00 AM
03/05/2020 5:00 AM

Optional Private Excursions available for purchase

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Give us a call or email us. Let us personalize your experience!

Lima - Magic Fountains (4 hours)
WHAT YOU'LL VISIT
From the port of Callao you head to Lima for a short panoramic drive at night before you reach the Parque de la Reserva. The Parque was originally opened in 1929 to commemorate all the civilian reservists who fought in defence of Lima during the War of the Pacific. It is now one of Lima’s most visited attractions because in 2007 the Magic Water Circuit was inaugurated. The Circuit has the largest fountain complex in the world, displaying 13 distinct fountains which are illuminated at night, with changing colour schemes. A colourful light show, synchronised with Peruvian music makes the fountains sparkle and shine as the water flows in unique patterns and shapes.
 
ACTIVITY LEVEL
 
Easy level of activity (easy walking for short distances)

DURATION: 4 hours
(Suggested) Departure Time(s) 09:00 and/or 14:00
Interactive Culinary Experience (5 hours)

Learn how to prepare Peruvian dishes in a simple and fun way!
 
First you will enjoy a visit to a local market, where you will see first-hand the immense diversity of the country. Here you will meet your expert Chef.  The chef will show you our amazing variety of vegetables and fruits: many kinds of potatoes, corns of different colours, herbs, lucuma, cherimoya, mangos, etc. Your senses will experience many colours and smells for the first time
 
After this interesting visit, transfer to the cooking class venue. Besides teaching you how to cook Peruvian dishes, your Chef will tell you all about Peruvian gastronomy, its influences of other countries and how we have now one of the most important kitchens of the world. After the class, you will enjoy the dishes you prepared. 
 
Finally, as the Peruvians say, with the belly full and the heart happy, you will return to the ship. 
 
ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate level of activity (easy walking for short distances)

DURATION: 5 Hours (Suggested) Departure Time(s) 10:00 am.

Note : A&K has to be informed in advanced in case a guest has a special diet requirement or allergy

 

Lima - City of the Kings (4 hours)

WHAT YOU'LL VISIT
Depart the pier to Lima's main square where the Spanish conqueror, Francisco Pizarro, founded the "City of Kings" in 1535. The Government Palace, Lima City Hall, Archbishop's Palace, and the Lima Cathedral surround the square.
Visit Santo Domingo Convent, the oldest church and convent in Lima. The foundation of the city of Santo Domingo was conceived by a friar named Tomas de San Martin, who later served as the Preceptor Prior of the Dominican Order. As in all convents located between the jirones of Lima and Camana, Santo Domingo is sort of a city within a city, and is comprised of a succession of cloisters and yards surrounded by service areas and communal rooms. Both Saint Rose and Saint Martin de Porres are buried in Lima, as is the Spanish Saint San Juan Masias. Construction of the Santo Domingo Convent began in 1540, but it was later modernized into its present neo-classical style in the 18th century. In 1730, the greater, or general, hall was built - a work of art that later became a part of the city's more unified ornamental groups.
The visit Casa Aliaga, the oldest house in the Americas, which has been continuously occupied by 18 generations of the Aliaga family; tour the impressive colonial residence, containing valuable Peruvian art and artifacts.
 
After you leave colonial Lima, you will drive through the residential districts of San Isidro and Miraflores. Both are suburbs where the rich and intelligentsia live. There are many large mansions, colonial buildings and fine hotels. Finally, you'll stop at El Parque del Amor for a great ocean view before finishing your tour. After this stop reboard the motor-coach to return to the pier.

WHAT YOU'LL SEE ALONG THE WAY
To truly feel the spirit of the city, your tour begins with the Colonial sites of Lima, passing by the Plaza San Martin, the Plaza Mayor with its Cathedral and the Government Palace. From the historic center we travel to the Lima of today, including a drive-by of the residential districts of San Isidro and Miraflores.

ACTIVITY LEVEL 
Moderate level of activity (easy walking for short distances)

DURATION: 5 Hours
(Suggested) Departure Time(s) 09:00 and/or 14:00
Note : The Cathedral and Santo Domingo open daily; except on Sunday mornings only. Flash photography is not permitted in the Cathedral, or in the Monastery.

Includes:

  • Pick up/drop off at the Port of Callao. 
  • Touring in a private vehicle with air-conditioning. All vehicles are fitted with cellular phone.
  • Qualified, registered English-speaking tour guide.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Bottled Mineral Water and Tissues and hand wipes provided to all guests.
Excludes:
  • Tips to drivers and guides.
  • Any services not mentioned above.
The Gold Museum of Lima (4 hours)

WHAT YOU'LL VISIT
This tour takes us to the Peruvian Gold Museum. Housed in a fortress-like building are the safe-rooms crammed with treasures from the Inca civilization and their predecessors. The massive collection of gleaming gold, ceremonial objects and jewelry compete for attention, and the famous golden Tumi, the symbol of Peru, has been exhibited around the world. The rest of the museum is just as interesting with thousands of exquisite tapestries, pre-Inca weapons and wooden staffs, masks, mummies, and clothing. There is also a vast display of antique weapons and uniforms, a reminder of Peru's violent past.

SHOPPING
Souvenirs from Peru include alpaca wool scarves, sweaters and beautiful jewelry that can be found in the stores in the ground of the Gold Museum.

ACTIVITY LEVEL
Moderate level of activity (easy walking for short distances/stairs)

DURATION: 4 Hours
(Suggested) Departure Time(s) 10:30 and/or 14:30
Note: Filming and photography are not permitted in the Gold Museum, we suggest to leave your cameras in the bus.
 

Barranco : Art and Culture (7.5 hours)

Transfer from the port to the bohemian district of Barranco. Your first stop will be the Osma Museum. The Pedro de Osma Museum exhibits Peruvian artistic pieces from the fifth to the eighteenth century. The art works from Ancient Peru corresponds to the geographic area of the south Andes and belong to the Mr. José Ignacio Lambarri collection. Tiahuanaco and Inca cultures were developed on this territory. The works from the vice regal period consist of paintings, sculptures, furniture and silver works that belonged to the Pedro de Osma Gildemeister collection (1901-1967). Paintings from the eighteenth-century Cuzco school are among the highlighted pieces of the vice regal art collection. This valuable artistic heritage is currently exhibited in the Pedro de Osma house, built in 1906 by his father, the politician and notary Pedro de Osma y Pardo.
 
Then visit Dedalo, a shop and gallery of handcrafted goods and contemporary pieces. You could find some exclusive pieces and handcrafts, accessories, jewellery, furniture, and other whimsical items. Then walk to the wonderful Hotel B to enjoy an afternoon tea. Originally built in the style of the Belle Époque, the mansion served as a seaside retreat during the presidency of Augusto Leguia in the 1920’s.
Then return to the port.

ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate level of activity (easy walking for short distances)

DURATION: 5 Hours 20 minutes (Suggested) Departure Time(s) 13:20 pm.

Note : Flash photography is not permitted in the Osma Museum
 

Pachacamac and the Paso Horses (8 hours)

WHAT YOU'LL VISIT
An awesome journey into the past, today's tour starts with a visit to archaeological ruins of Pachacamac. This fascinating site takes its name from the Quechua words 'pacha' and 'camac' meaning 'Lord of the World'. It was predominantly a religious place throughout Peru's history, and contains a number of adobe structures that remain today. The most significant of these are the Old Temple, the Temple of the Sun, and the Temple of the Moon. From Ancient Peru we then enjoy an experience from the Peru of today, by lunching at one of the nearby haciendas. For lunch the owners of the hacienda join us. They will present an exhibition of their Paso, or Stepping horses, unique to Peru, before returning to Lima.

LUNCH
Pachamanca lunch is served at the hacienda. Pachamanca is a sort of meats along with potatoes, set potatoes, corn and fava beans cooked under the ground. The pachamanca is the epitome of the Andean banquet par excellence. Andean cultures tend to mix their worship of nature with social events. Salads are offered as appetizers and typical desserts.

ACTIVITY LEVEL
Tours require more substantial level of activity (walking for moderate distances and stair/incline climbing)

DURATION: 8 Hours
 

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