Best of Peru & Bolivia

My daughter and I have recently returned from a World Expeditions Best of Peru and Bolivia tour and I thought that I would give you our thoughts on the tour. The accommodation, meals, transport and organisation were excellent – the long-boat trips were just lovely.

After arriving at our accommodation in Cusco (the owner was such a nice woman) we met our main guide, Veronica Illa. There was nothing that Veronica didn’t know about this wonderful area around Cusco and she was willing to do anything for us. She is certainly a wonderful guide and we feel privileged that she was our tour leader. Once again the transport,drivers and attractions we visited were excellent. We were always picked up on time and our luggage was always taken care of. Everything ran very smoothly.

The ruins at Ollantaytambo were breathtaking and Veronica explained in detail, the Inca history. We loved our accommodation here! We started off on our 4 day Inca trek and at an early stage got to marvel at our wonderful porters. They are such hard working people who we admired greatly. The tents were always set up for us well before we arrived for meals and sleeping (and the toilet facilities).

But I think everyone was surprised by the quality and quantity of the food that was served up for each meal – piping hot and on time, every time. The gear pack and tents were all in very good condition and everything ran like clockwork. We were sad to see our porters leave us on Day 4.

The history of Machu Picchu was explained so well by Veronica and we had a lovely stay at Aguas Calientes before our trip back to Cusco.

Lake Titicaca is a magical place. The floating islands are amazing but the jewel in the crown on the lake was Taquile Island. We had such a wonderful time on this island with the homestay family. The family was very welcoming and we had a fun-filled time with their 3 little girls. They served us lovely food and we could have quite happily spent another night on this island to wander and discover a little more.

Our Bolivian guide, Sandro Diaz and our new driver took us to our lovely Hotel in La Paz.
We felt that Peru was so happy to welcome tourists to their wonderful country.

Overall,we had a wonderful experience in a different culture which we enjoyed immensely. I knew that I would love Peru but I just didn’t realise how much !! Thank you World Expeditions.

Lee and Kara Oates | Pacific Pines, Queensland

Classic Tuscany Guided Walk

From Piazza della Signoria to Piazza del Campo, an inspirational guided walk joining two of the most important Tuscan cities. Between Florence, the city of Leonardo, Giotto, Dante and Brunelleschi, and Siena, native land of the "Palio", lies the Chianti wine region, an area of rolling vine covered hills, medieval villages and olive groves. The region is ideal for exploring on foot, experiencing the slower pace of life endemic to Tuscany and learning about its long history of wine making. From San Gimignano, a town dominated by its magnificent towers, walk in the company of our guide along sections of the Francigena Way, visit Colle Val d'Elsa and the fortress village of Monteriggioni. Spend two nights at a charming agriturismo in the heart of the Chianti wine region before making the last stage of the journey on foot to Siena. Ample opportunity is set aside to visit markets, taste wine and olive oil, explore the narrow streets of small towns and visit museums, galleries and vineyards en route.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive Florence
DAY 2 Transfer to San Gimignano, explore town and surrounds (2.5hrs)
DAY 3 Circuit through classic Tuscan countryside with olive oil and wine tasting (4hrs)
DAY 4 Walk the Via Francigena to Colle Val D'Elsa, transfer to an agriturismo in the heart of Chianti (4hrs)
DAY 5 Explore Chianti on foot with wine tasting (4hrs)
DAY 6 Transfer to Monteriggioni and walk the via Francigena to Piazza del Campo in Siena (5hrs)
DAY 7 Trip concludes

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Trip Code: CTG
Trip Grading: Moderate
Duration:  7 days
Activities:  Inn to Inn Walking
Next Trip:  13 May 2017
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