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Lima: City Highlights Small Group Tour

1. Lima: City Highlights Small Group Tour

After being picked up from your hotel, the tour begins by visiting one of the most important squares of Peru. San Martin Square is surrounded by balconies, Acestrals' homes, colonial residences, and beautiful palaces. Following this, visit one of the most significant avenues of Lima, Jiron de La Unión. The tour then continues to the square of Lima or 'Plaza Mayor'. Here you can view cathedrals, the government palace, city hall, and wonderful balconies decorated uniquely with an Arabic influence. The tour concludes with a trip to one of the oldest catacombs of America, the 'San Francisco Monastery'.

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Lima: Colonial City Tour with Catacombs Visit

2. Lima: Colonial City Tour with Catacombs Visit

Immerse yourself in Lima's colonial history with this tour. After getting picked up from your hotel, start your experience at San Martin Square, where you can admire striking examples of colonial architecture such as the old Bolivar Hotel. Later, visit the breathtaking Plaza de Armas and admire impressive buildings such as the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral, and more. Finish your tour in downtown Lima at the fascinating Catacombs and Museum of San Francisco. Learn more about Peru's colonial period through the museum's vast collection of artwork, see rare editions in the library and wander through the blood-curdling passages of the catacombs, where the bones of 25,000 people lie. At the end of the day, get dropped off back at your hotel.

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Lima: Downtown, Miraflores & Catacombs Small Group Tour

3. Lima: Downtown, Miraflores & Catacombs Small Group Tour

Explore the Cercado de Lima, San Isidro and Miraflores districts of Lima and admire sights such as the Renaissance style cathedral, Government Palace, Municipal Palace, Archbishop's Palace and Union Club in the main square. Visit the Convent of San Francisco and Catacombs, admire the colonial balconies and see Plaza San Martín. Take a tour of San Isidro to see one of biggest olive parks in Peru. Visit the financial district before going to Miraflores for a look at the sacred Huaca Pucllana temple. Get a view of the sea at Malecón Cisneros and Love Park, and end with a stop at the exclusive Larcomar shopping mall, where you can enjoy lunch (own expense) overlooking the sea.

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Lima: City Highlights Full-Day Guided Tour

4. Lima: City Highlights Full-Day Guided Tour

Get to know Peru's capital in the course of a single day with your expert, professional guide. Encounter sights like the Huaca Pucllana, Olive Park, and the underground catacombs as you immerse yourself in this evocative city. Start your experience with convenient pickup from your accommodation and get ready to discover the Miraflores district. Cruise through this upscale area while learning about its history. See sights like the Huaca Pucclana pyramid, built between 200 and 700 AD. Next, head for the famous San Isidro district. Luxuriate in the beautiful groves of the Olive Park and admire Victor Delfin's famous "The Kiss" sculpture in the Love Park. Take in awesome views of Lima and its Pacific Ocean from the cliffs of Miraflores, Continue your tour with a visit to the artsy and bohemian district of Barranco. Marvel at the beautiful murals typical of this colorful and vibrant neighborhood. Take the opportunity to make a wish at its Bridge of Sighs, and visit its atmospheric Plaza. Conclude your tour in the city's bustling downtown. The city's historic center is full of places of interest included the Plaza San Martin, Plaza de Armas, and Magic Fountains Park. Your guide will also take you to essentials like the San Francisco de Asis Museum, and the famous underground catacombs.

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Lima: Highlights and Magic Fountains Park Tour

5. Lima: Highlights and Magic Fountains Park Tour

After being picked up at your accommodation, head to the Historical Center of Lima to see some of the city's highlights. Visit the wonderful Plaza San Martin, made to commemorate 100 years of Peruvian independence. It has a fascinating statue of Peru’s liberator that you can take photos with. Then see the Plaza de Armas, where you can admire impressive buildings such as the presidential palace and city hall. Afterwards, explore the San Francisco Monastery and its catacombs. Finally, visit the iconic Magic Fountains Park, which has the Guinness world record for the largest fountain complex in the world, displaying 13 distinct and interactive fountains. They are illuminated by night and are choreographed to music and continuously changing color schemes.

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Lima: Artsy Barranco-Catacombs-City Tour with Lunch

6. Lima: Artsy Barranco-Catacombs-City Tour with Lunch

Travel from your accommodation in the areas of Lima, Miraflores, Barranco, or San Isidro to the vibrant and hip Barranco district. Experience the art that has flourished in an area that was built up with elite vacation homes. Learn how this area has evolved into the most romantic and bohemian district of Lima, with the old colonial mansions being converted into restaurants, cafés, bars, clubs, design shops, art galleries and museums. Walk along the cliffs to take in ocean views. Journey to Plaza San Martin in the stunning Historical Center of Lima. Find out more about how this Plaza was made in the 1900s to commemorate 100 years of Peruvian independence. Drive to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) to marvel at the impressive old buildings. See the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral, and the Archbishop’s Palace of Lima. Finally, go to downtown Lima to see the Museum Convento San Francisco de Asis and the catacombs. Learn about the colonial period in Lima and explore the underground catacombs.

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Lima: Larco Museum and City Tour with Lunch

7. Lima: Larco Museum and City Tour with Lunch

Travel from the comfort of your hotel in Lima, Miraflores, Barranco, and San Isidro to the to Larco Museum, which is located in a magnificently restored 18th century mansion. Walk through its awesome collection of ancient jewelry, gold, pottery, metals, and textiles. Journey to Plaza San Martin in the stunning Historical Center of Lima. Find out more about how this Plaza was made in the 1900s to commemorate 100 years of Peruvian independence. Admire the fascinating statue that represents Peru’s liberator and the neoclassic buildings. Drive to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) to marvel at the impressive old buildings like the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral, and the Archbishop’s Palace of Lima. Be enlightened about the rich history of Peru's capital by your expert guide. Finally, go to downtown Lima to see the Museum Convento San Francisco de Asis and the catacombs. Learn about the colonial period in Lima city and explore the underground catacombs.

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Lima: San Francisco Church & Casa Luna Museum Private Tour

8. Lima: San Francisco Church & Casa Luna Museum Private Tour

Soak in Lima's most incredible sights on a private sightseeing tour of the city. See the catacombs beneath San Franciso Convent. Explore Casa Luna's collection of nativity scenes. Appreciate countless examples of colonial architecture. Kick off the tour in the heart of the city, taking a panoramic tour of the town, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Arrive at the Plaza Mayor from to see the Presidential Palace and the Cathedral of Lima, imposing buildings still in use. Next, walk to the Church of San Francisco to explore an enviable collection of old books and a network of catacombs open to the public. From there, move to the district of San Isidro to visit the Casa Luna Museum. Find an exquisite collection of nativity scenes from around the globe. Finally, go to the district of Miraflores to visit the Parque del Amor, located in Miraflores cliffs with a spectacular view of the bay of Lima. Be transferred to a restaurant to give your feet a break over a delicious lunch. After lunch, you will be taken back to your hotel.

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Lima: City Tour and Pachacamac Site with Lunch

9. Lima: City Tour and Pachacamac Site with Lunch

Travel from your hotel in Lima, Miraflores, Barranco, San Isidro, or another nearby location to the charming Historical Center of Lima to see all the highlights with this group tour. Enjoy a local lunch on your tour. Marvel at Plaza San Martin, a plaza that was made to commemorate 100 years of Peruvian independence. View the statue that represents Peru’s liberator and soak up the history of the stunning neoclassical buildings. Head to to the Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) to see the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral, and the Archbishop’s Palace of Lima. Listen as your expert guide will explains the rich history of Peru’s capital. Travel to downtown Lima to explore the catacombs. Head to the Pachacamac archeological site and museum to experience one of the largest religious centers in pre-Inca times on the Peruvian coast with buildings from different kingdoms predating the Inca (200 AD). Admire pyramids dedicated to the sun and the moon.

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What people are saying about Saint Francis Monastery

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 104 reviews

Everything went well, started on time and the tour guide was very informative and professional. Jordan took the time to explain a lot and the walking pace was reasonable.

A tour of the most attractive places in the center of Lima and Miraflores .... very well explained and entertaining

Great tour in the city center, for me Miraflores was not so excited, but panoramic view is very very nice there

I loved. Susan was my guide and it shows her experience and knowledge. It was a great day

Our tour guide William was great! He was very knowledgeable and spoke very good English.