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About Callao

Callao is your landing point for the capital of Peru, Lima - originally known as the 'City of the Kings'. Stroll along the streets and alleyways of its historic centre following its archaeological trail and admire beautiful Baroque churches, ornate balconies and classic colonial style buildings.

Sights you can see from Lima cruises are the bronze fountain in the Plaza de Armas, the Presidential Palace and the mosaics at Pizarro's Cathedral.

Cruises to Lima bring to your holiday a combination of both elegant and historical grounds. The city's distinct neighbourhoods each offers something a little different to suit every Lima cruise passenger- from the bustling market area, to the bars and bohemia of wealthy Barranca.

 

Shore excursions in Callao

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

City Drive and Dinner at Casa Aliaga

Activity lowMeal included

Duration: 3¾ hours

Experience the romance of Lima at night. View the highlights in the historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and enjoy dinner at Casa Aliaga.

Lima, the fifth largest city in Latin America, is widely considered to be one of its most beautiful. Get a glimpse of its Spanish colonial charm when the city and its most famous landmarks are all light up at night! Drive to the Plaza Mayor, part of a UNESCO World Heritage site anchored by the towering Cathedral of Lima, the imposing Presidential Palace and the ornate Archbishop’s Palace.

Enjoy dinner at the Casa Aliaga. The ‘Casa de Aliaga’ is the oldest colonial mansion in Lima, and has been lived in by the same family for 17 generations. The interior has beautifully designed wood carvings and elegant salons decorated with colonial furniture. Set in the dining room, courtyard or main salon, you’ll be part of just a small group of fellow gourmands privileged to celebrate an evening in Lima over a delightful meal. Savour cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and 3 courses with wine, coffee/herbal tea and cordials.

After dinner, continue sightseeing to the Miraflores district where one stately mansion after another comes into view.

All that is still needed is a relaxing return drive to Callao where Aurora waits to welcome you back aboard.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1 hour of walking on this tour.

Grand Tour of Lima

Activity highMeal includedShopping

Duration: 7½ hours

A fantastic opportunity to make the most of the day by taking this Grand Tour to see all the highlights.

Your comprehensive day begins with a scenic drive to the Plaza Mayor, the newly refurbished main square, where you can appreciate majestic colonial architecture. Visit the beautiful Cathedral and experience the Archbishop's Palace with its impressive balconies (exterior view).

Continue with a short walk to the Santo Domingo Convent, constructed in the 16th Century. Containing the remains of three important Peruvian Saints, including San Martin de Porres, the continent's first black saint, Santo Domingo was also the original home of the oldest university in the Americas, San Marcos.

Next, you’ll drive to the modern suburbs of San Isidro and Miraflores, which boasts magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean. The first stop in Miraflores is the Indian Market, where you will come across an enormous variety of artisan products in textiles and worked gold and silver as well as typical handicraft.

Enjoy a delicious buffet luncheon at a leading local restaurant.

The final visit will be to the Gold Museum; here you will take in one of Peru's largest private collections, amassed over a lifetime by the late Peruvian diplomat Miguel Mujica Gallo. The collection contains pre-Inca and Inca gold, ceremonial objects, weapons and military uniforms.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 3 hours walking on this tour. There are about 10 steps to negotiate at the Cathedral and 8 steps in the Indian market. The Gold museum has 2 floors and no elevator facilities. Flash photography is not permitted in the Cathedral, Church and some areas of the Gold museum. Shorts are not permitted to be worn in the Church or Cathedral.

Herrera Museum and Indian Market

Activity highShopping

Duration: 4¼ hours

A great opportunity to visit the unique Larco Herrera Museum and enjoy shopping at the diverse Indian market.

A scenic drive takes you to the fascinating Larco Herrera Museum. Housed in an 18th century, vice-royal mansion, which was built over a 7th century pre-Columbian pyramid, the museum is surrounded by beautiful gardens. View the private collection of approximately 45,000 pieces that were excavated by Peruvian archaeologist, Rafael Larco Hoyle. The outstanding exhibits include gold and silver from ancient Peru and an unusual erotic pottery collection. This didactic chronological gallery shows 3,000 years of Peruvian ancient history.

The second highlight of your tour is a visit to the bustling Indian market, located in the picturesque district of Miraflores. Here, you will find pottery, jewellery and typical Indian handicrafts. This is one of the most important markets in the city, with many stalls supplying quality goods to the local people and wonderful souvenirs to visitors.

Essential information

Essential information. There is approximately 2½ hours of walking on this excursion.

Lima Highlights

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Tour the ‘City of the Kings’ on this highlights excursion. See old and new Lima, visiting the main monuments of the capital.

During your scenic drive from Callao to the city centre of Lima you will pass the Plaza de Mayo, the Plaza San Martin and the restored Plaza Mayor, which is surrounded by Lima’s most important buildings symbolising Spanish colonial rule. The Presidential Palace, City Hall and Cathedral overlook the lush gardens and splendid fountains of Lima’s picturesque main square.

After a photo stop at Plaza Mayor, visit the Cathedral located where the original building was erected in 1555. The current building was reconstructed by Juan Rehr, a Jesuit Priest, after the 1746 earthquake. Continue with a short walk to the Santo Domingo Convent, constructed in the 16th Century. Containing the remains of three important Peruvian Saints, including San Martin de Porres, the continent's first black saint, Santo Domingo was also the original home of the oldest university in the Americas, San Marcos.

Driving through the city’s chic Miraflores district, spend a short while in the Parque del Amor, a popular park, named after its contemporary statue dedicated to love. From here, enjoy the breathtaking views over the Pacific Ocean.

Your tour ends with refreshments at Casa Garcia Alvarado where you can relax with a traditional Pisco Sour, soft drinks and canapés.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2 hours of walking on this tour and approximately 10 steps to negotiate at the Cathedral. Please note that no flash photography is permitted in the Cathedral or Church.

Pachacamac Ruins and Horses

Activity highMeal included

Duration: 8½ hours

Explore the ruins of Pachacamac, before enjoying a relaxing lunch and graceful horse show at one of Peru’s top ranches.

The day will begin with a visit to the intriguing Archaeological & Anthropological museum; this small but well laid out museum offers a fantastic overview of ancient Peruvian art and archaeology. The museum houses the Raymondi Stone Slab, outstanding examples of Paracas and Nazca pottery. The exhibits of weavings and fabrics are probably the best in the world and can be appreciated in a chronological display.

Your scenic drive South of Lima, along the Pacific coast, takes you to one of Peru's most renowned ancient pilgrimage sites dating back to 200 A.D. The ruins of Pachacamac in the beautiful Lurin Valley cover 4 square miles and consist of adobe buildings and temples. Remains of the Temple of the Sun God, remarkable irrigation works and reservoirs built by the Incas during their occupation of the area are all still visible.

Enjoy exclusive access to one of the most important Peruvian Paso Horse Breeder Ranch in Peru, and enjoy a very special lunch at the Hacienda including a soft drink or a glass of wine. You’ll be treated to a wonderful horse show with the Ranch’s own horses; this unique presentation will be something you will never forget.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2½ hours of walking during this tour and the ground at Pachacamac is sandy and uneven.

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