updated 12/15/2008 12:20:49 PM ET 2008-12-15T17:20:49

The deal
Set out this spring to explore the legendary land of the Incas on this brand-new, luxury, 12-night guided adventure as led by the well-reputed Tauck tour operators.

Starting in the Peruvian capital of Lima, you’ll tour the city’s colonial architectural wonders and 16th century cathedrals before continuing on through Peru’s picturesque Sacred Valley. Next, you’ll board the Vistadome train for a scenic ride to Macchu Picchu, and discover the incredible “lost city of the Incas” with your knowledgeable local guide.

Other highlights of this fascinating package include the ancient Inca capital of Cusco, Peru’s sacred Lake Titicaca and the colonial city of La Paz, Bolivia — the world’s highest capital at 13,000 feet above sea level.

Along the way, bed down at some of the world’s top luxury hotels, such as the Hotel Monasterio, situated within a beautifully restored 16th century cathedral in Cusco.

2009 departure dates for this trip are March 6, March 20 and April 3 at a cost of $4,555 per person. A hefty price tag, but worth it for the luxurious accommodations, spectacular rail journeys and UNESCO-registered World Heritage sites.

The dollars
Prices are based on double occupancy.

The catch
The cost of this land-only tour does not include airfare, which can add a hefty sum to this trip’s total price tag. At press time, we found round-trip flights arriving in Lima and departing from La Paz priced at $622 (from New York).

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