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Half-Day Lima City Sightseeing, Cathedral & Santo Domingo Convent

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Half-Day Lima City Sightseeing, Cathedral & Santo Domingo Convent

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icon4 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

Discover the wealth of historic and modern attractions found in the Peruvian city of Lima during this sightseeing tour. Feel like a real ‘Limeño’ (a Lima local) as you explore the town’s colonial and Incan architecture, visit its charming residential neighborhoods, see the scenic cliff-strewn coast, and admire its many religious shrines and churches. This Lima city tour also includes entrance fees, a guide, and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Guided city sightseeing tour of Lima
  • Visit the famous landmarks such as the Santo Domingo Convent, Cathedral of Lima, and the Lima Historical Center
  • All entrance fees and round-trip transportation included
  • Take in the views of the Pacific Ocean from Miraflores
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Expert licensed english-spanish speaking guide
Hotel pickup and drop off from hotels, apartments or homes in Miraflores, San Isidro & Barranco.
Admission ticket to Cathedral of Lima and Santo Domingo Convent.
Air-conditioned vehicle
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This activity includes roundtrip transfer from the districts of Miraflores, San Isidro & Barranco.
Take in the many attractions found in the historic seaside city of Lima during this half-day sightseeing excursion. During your trip through this Peruvian capital, known to some as the “City of Kings,” you have a chance to view a range of historic architecture, unique cultural sights, and admire its gorgeous coastal landscape.

Start your day with either a morning or afternoon departure, receiving a pickup from your Lima hotel in Miraflores, San Isidro, or downtown. The first stop of the day is Lima’s historic city center, an area once known as the capital of the country’s colonial viceroyalty. Head next to the “Love Park,” a beautiful green space along the ocean-influenced by Barcelona architect Gaudí and featuring a sculpture by Peruvian artist Victor Delfín.

Continue to San Isidro, a laid-back residential area of Lima. Drive past Huaca Pucllana for a glimpse of the ceremonial site, which pre-dates the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century. Then head to Lima’s main square, where you’ll see the Municipal and Presidential Palaces, two sprawling structures whose size emphasizes their preeminence in the country’s political life.

Proceed next to the Plaza de Armas to view the Lima Cathedral and stop by the tomb of Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro. You also swing by the Santo Domingo Convent, home to a sprawling monastery complex.

Before finishing your Lima city visit, make additional stops at the Museum of Religious Art and the Church of Santo Domingo, the final resting place for the saints San Martin de Porres and Santa Rosa de Lima. At the end of your sightseeing adventure, receive a drop-off back at your Lima hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
El Parque del Amor
We will have a tour through Lima’s streets and plazas. Starting at “Parque del Amor” in Miraflores, with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean, and then we are heading to the Huaca Pucllana, ceremonial center of the Lima culture, for a panoramic view.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cathedral of Lima
After this, we go on to the Main Square where the Government Palace and the Town Hall are located. We will visit the Cathedral and explore the Santo Domingo Convent, along which corridors San Martin de Porres and San Rosa de Lima used to walk around in 17th century, and where their remains rest today.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo
After this, we go on to the Main Square where the Government Palace and the Town Hall are located. We will visit the Cathedral and explore the Santo Domingo Convent, along which corridors San Martin de Porres and San Rosa de Lima used to walk around in 17th century, and where their remains rest today.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Note:The days when the Cathedral of Lima is closed will be offered a visit Barranco district
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Note: Sunday morning and the whole Monday, the cathedral is closed for visitors. The tour includes San Francisco Church behind the Cathedral..
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
  • OPERATED BY VIPAC Travel
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the pick up location?
A:We offer pick ups from most hotels. Let us know where you are staying in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.
Jul. 2019
Q:
What is the policy on sanitisation during Half-Day Lima City Sightseeing, Cathedral & Santo Domingo Convent?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Lima City Sightseeing, Cathedral & Santo Domingo Convent.

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  • "A half day is enough as Lima is not exactly overflowing with things to see, although there are also some good museums." See review
  • "If you want to get a terrific orientation on Lima, this is the tour for you." See review

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star-5
Brings the trip to life
Allison_C
, Jun. 2022
The tour guide was amazing. She was able to bring the trip to life - the cathedral, covenant and central Lima.
star-5
An excellent orientation to the city of Lima
Lulu_Z
, Jun. 2022
This tour provided an excellent orientation to the city of Lima. You got to see a lot of attractions in the city within 4 hours. It’s a small group tour, and the private van is comfortable. Our tour guide Victor went beyond and above to make the tour memorable. I went with the afternoon tour, and was lucky to see the beautiful sunset at the Love Park towards the end of the tour. Would definitely recommend this tour.
star-5
Tour Into History!
Tanika_T
, Jun. 2022
This tour is amazing! Lima has a rich history and this is an excellent way to explore it! The tour guide was very friendly, and certainly knowledgeable!
star-5
Ursula was a great guide...
Meredith_O
, May 2022
Ursula was a great guide and I don't remember the driver's name but he was very nice. Ursula gave the tour in both Spanish and English. Loved Plaza Des Armas, the tour of the cathedral and the convent.
star-5
Excellent Overview of Lima
Patrice_H
, May 2022
Daniel was knowledgeable guide and he gave a great overview of the history of the people of Peru. Fascinating story, don’t miss!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for your appreciation of our tour guide. One of the big values of VIPAC is our selection of expert and professional guides. Have a great time in Peru !!
star-5
City tour is a must!
Joe_G
, May 2022
Daniel our tour guide was exceptional!! He was knowledgeable and took time to explain the beautiful history and culture of the city. The tour is a must if you only have a couple days in Lima. I was on my way back from Cusco.
star-5
Lima city tour for sure
Sunil_W
, Apr. 2022
Gabriel, our tour guide made it very special. Well organized and an unforgettable experience. Trip to the Cathedral and Monastery felt peaceful and spiritual. Highly recommend this personalized city tour.
star-5
Great Lima half-day tour
Carla_S
, Mar. 2022
We really like the tour. We were only 5 persons so felt like a private tour. It was a perfect half-day to visit important parts of Lima. We truly recommend it. We went on comfortable air conditioning mini bus and our tour guide Victor did the tour in Spanish and English. He was very knowledgeable.
star-5
Great tour and tour guide was very informative
Nancy_R
, Oct. 2021
Monestary Santo Domingo was my favorite and the history of San Martin de Porre. The monestary engulfs its visitors with a sense of peace
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
One Amazing Tour
Donna_S
, Sep. 2021
Suzanne was AMAZING! She was not only very pleasant, but her knowledge of Lima and Peru in general was outstanding! I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone wanting a rich historical experience of Lima.
star-3
Good guide. Short and pricey tour
Brooke_E
, Jul. 2021
The tour guide was so kind and knowledgeable. The tour was a little short for the price. It should have been half the price
icon Response from Host , Jul. 2021
Dear guest, thank you very much for your review about our tour. We will be working to improve changes to do the best for the next visitors. If you have any suggestion, please we are open to hear about your idea.
star-5
Great Info, Great Guide!
Michael_M
, Jan. 2021
Everything was great! The van was very comfortable that picked me up and the guide had lots of great info about the sights and Peru in general!
star-5
very professional and informative tour.
sabri_b
, Dec. 2020
very informative tour, due to the solid knowledge of the tour guide. It is a must for any one who wants to know about Lima history and tourist attraction in a nutshell
star-5
Great tour!
Travelers
, Mar. 2020
We were looking to spend a quick amount of time to see the top highlights of Lima. This trip did exactly that. We drove through multiple areas, saw many parks and monuments of the city and got out at the highlights. Miguel our guide was great and felt like he wanted to make sure we had a good time on our entire vacation, no just while we were with him. If you’re looking for a half a day Lima highlights tour, highly recommended.
star-4
Lima first visit
DARBY_B
, Feb. 2020
I really enjoyed the tour with Suzanne was a great guide. It was a bit intense as I wax the only guest. I think we saw enough of the city but a little bit more spread on the development rather than the old history would be appreciated. Recommended though. And very conscientious driver
star-3
Okay tour of Lima
Taner T
, Jan. 2020
We were a group of three. There were not anybody in the tour, so it felt like it was a personal tour just for us, so it was great. The hotel pick-up was just on-time as well. My recommendation to others: If you are staying in Lima for only an half day, and you won't have any time to explore it on your own, then go ahead, this tour would be perfect for you. However if you are going to be staying one full day or more in Lima, then I suggest skipping this tour. You would likely be staying in Miraflores or Barranca, so you can see the Love Park, Laromar shopping center, Boardwalk, and city ruins on your own anyway. I suggest just take an Uber ride to historic city center, and visit the two churches over there. There is nothing else in Lima anyway.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-4
Short but sweet
gldngrm1
, Dec. 2019
The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. The traffic plays an important part on the tour. We were lucky that is was not too heavy.
star-5
Great Tour of Lima
Linda_P
, Dec. 2019
We had a lovely tour of Lima - starting at the coast (Gaudi-esque garden) then went into central Lima to visit the Church and a Monastery and had a general wander through the streets. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the area and the country and suggested other things to do, based on our interests.
star-3
Thought I would see more other attractions, but of course Lima traffic is not fun
dwejdeby
, Nov. 2019
Was alright. Not sure if the first stop was so crucial.. but expected maybe more or didn’t know what to expect:
icon Response from Host , Nov. 2019
Dear Dwejdeby, Thanks for taking the time to make this review. We would love to hear more about your experience, so that we can use your feedback to deliver an even better experience next time. Please feel free to reach out to calidad@vipac.pe with any further comments or suggestions you wish to share. Again, thank you for taking the time to review our services. Warm Regards, Quality Department Viajes Pacífico
star-5
great way to understand Lima
Keith_K
, Nov. 2019
If you want to get a terrific orientation on Lima, this is the tour for you. I came for work and only had a short time, so this was ideal.

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