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.

Overland to Machu Picchu - Double

Activity highMeal includedRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 3 nights

Venture into Peru’s spectacular mountains for a spellbinding visit to Machu Picchu - the ‘Lost City of the Incas’

Take this opportunity to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime adventure and take a three-night overland tour into Peru. This fascinating, high-altitude trip takes you through cities, cultures ancient and modern, and to one of the New Seven Wonders.

Day 1- Lima - Cusco

Fly from Lima and touch down in the World Heritage Site of Cusco – high in the Andes. After checking in to the Monasteria Hotel and enjoying lunch, you head to your first historic site. Sacsayhuaman is an impressive Inca fortress, built from giant boulders. Your guide will reveal its mysteries as you acclimatise to the 11,200 feet elevation. The day is rounded off with dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 2 – Cusco - Machu Picchu - Cusco

After breakfast, the first visit of the day is The Fortress at Ollantaytambo, famed for its giant stone terraces that stride up the mountainside. Then you’re on your way to Machu Picchu. The excitement builds as you make an incredible journey on the First Class train, where brunch is served as you climb through rugged gorges. Finally, you’re gazing in awe at the magical ruins of this remote Incan citadel. You’ll embark on a 2-hour walking tour filled with wonder. Be ready for many steps (and no handrails) as you explore the terraces, aqueducts and entrancing structures - Temple of the Three Windows, the Sacred Plaza and ‘Intihuatana’ – the Hitching Post of the Sun. The memories of Machu Picchu will stay with you forever.After the tour, you return the same way. Dinner will be served on the train and we will drop you back at your hotel in Cusco.

Day 3 – Cusco-Lima

After breakfast, you set off for a guided tour of Cusco. One highlight is the Baroque-style cathedral, built in the mid-1500s on the foundations of an Inca palace. Another is the sacred site of Koricancha. Here, you can see one of the greatest examples of Inca stonework, where the Dominican Convent has been built on the foundations of the Temple of the Sun. Tour over, lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Then you journey onward, flying to Lima. On arrival, you check into the Swissotel Lima and savour a taste of the city at a local restaurant.

Day 4 – Lima -Guayaquil

Enjoy breakfast then start a day of travel with a flight to Guayaquil in Ecuador. Then it’s time to sit back and take in the scenery (and your packed lunch) as we make the 4 hour transfer to the coastal city of Manta to re-join the ship.

Essential information

This excursion is physically demanding. Be prepared for early morning starts, lengthy days, climatic changes and airport delays. Due to the altitude, guests may experience some breathlessness or lethargy. The booking deadline for this overland tour is 5th December. Any bookings after this time will be on a request basis only. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Double =CA2804 and Single =CA2805). Prices shown on your record of shore excursions are per person, not per room. Once your booking is confirmed, any cancellation made after bookings close will incur a 100% cancellation fee. This tour will depart from Callao on the 10th February and return in Manta on the 13th February. Please check your embarkation/disembarkation dates carefully before booking this overland. Flight times and further details will be advised on board and the hotels listed are subject to change. This is an inclusive excursion programme. No refunds will be given for any unused portion. The fare includes: transport by coach, economy class air travel, sightseeing and entrances as described, meals as stated and hotel accommodation. One glass of house wine will be included with lunch and evening meals. Those wishing to order alternative beverages will be charged separately. The fare does not include: items of a personal nature such as refreshments, telephone calls, laundry, gratuities, room service, fees for doctor’s visits and prescriptions/medication and travel insurance. As this overland tour involves leaving the ship and re-joining in another port or country, your visa requirements may vary dependent on your nationality and the duration of your stay. It is your responsibility to ensure you are in receipt of the correct documentation, we recommend you check on the applicable government website for visa and entry requirements. The Yellow Fever vaccination is recommended for visiting Machu Picchu, please check with your doctor prior to travelling. What to pack: please remember your passport (in your hand luggage) and any medication you require. Luggage limit is one case per person with a maximum weight of 23kg. Comfortable walking shoes, waterproof clothing and insect repellent are recommended.

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