Half day Historic & Modern Tour of Lima

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Half day Historic & Modern Tour of Lima
from USD $39.60
Enjoy a complete tour of the beautiful cultural town of Lima, also know as the City of Kings. You’ll see classic historical sights, colonial and Inca influenced architecture, residential neighborhoods, beautiful shrines and churches and incredible panoramic seascapes. You'll be able to see Lima through the eyes of a local and feel at home for the rest of your stay in Peru!
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In Brief

Lima, Peru
4 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: El Parque del Amor, Malecon de la Reserva Miraflores, Lima 18 Peru

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

Stop At: Cathedral of Lima, Jiron Carabaya Plaza de Armas de Lima, Lima 15001 Peru

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

Stop At: Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo, Jiron Camana 170, Lima 15001 Peru

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


  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Entry/Admission - Cathedral of Lima
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo


  • Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
This activity includes roundtrip transfer from only the districts of Miraflores and San Isidro.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Note:The days when the Cathedral of Lima is closed will be offered a visit to the Museum of Art of Lima (MALI)
  • 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
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

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.
• Submitted 10 Dec 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.
• Submitted 04 Nov 2019
Very interesting, the guide was so knowledgeable and professional. My wife and I are very thankful for the clear explanation of everything we saw.
• Submitted 04 Nov 2019
Sonia, and driver Luis, will escort you to this fabulous city's highlights. Approximately four-hour city tour of Lima: Costa Verde, Huaca Pucllana, Miraflores, San Isidro, Lince, St. Dominic Monastery, and San Francisco Cathedral. FYI ... some overlap with "Lima Full-Day Experience: Pachacamac, Historic Downtown, and Magic Water Circuit". Again, a well-designed, informative, interesting, and efficient tour of this amazing city!
• Submitted 20 Sep 2019
Good experience with our guide who was knowledgeable, passionate, courteous, flexible. We learned a lot and enjoyed so much!
• Submitted 26 Aug 2019
We enjoyed the tour. It was almost like a personal tour. Besides my wife and I, there was only one other person.
• Submitted 06 Aug 2019
An perfect tour of the best sights in Lima. Our tour guide Carlos spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable. A half day is enough as Lima is not exactly overflowing with things to see, although there are also some good museums.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Nila was the perfect guide. Arrived on time, spoke clear and knew her subject. Plenty of information without minor details which can make information overload. Driver was good coping with Lima traffic.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Excellent trip. Our guide Susanne (I do hope I have spelt that correctly, apologies if not). Was very knowledgable and informative. She loved sharing her love and knowledge of Peru and that showed in everything she shared with us as well as pictures and video on her iPad. Mr Luis our driver confidently navigated the wild roads of Lima getting us safely to each destination and back to our hotel. Many thanks from Las hermanas for a great afternoon.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
An excellent tour by a professional, knowledgeable guide that covers many of Lima's inportsnt sites.
• Submitted 27 Oct 2018
The collection at our hotel was punctual. Ursula our guide was so knowledgeable and passionate about her city. She was flexible and allowed us time to enjoy a local religious parade. Excellent tour. Thank you.
• Submitted 23 Oct 2018
Ursula was wonderful. She gave me great advice on what to see/do in my free time. Thanks!
• Submitted 09 Aug 2018
Ursula was a wonderful Peruvian tour guide. We were in the plaza the day Pwry was participating in the soccer ⚽️ game. Security was present everywhere! I loved the San Martin de Porras introduction,as well the story of Sta Rosa de Lima. I recommend you stay in the Main plaza and have lunch at Tantas restaurant . Amazing !
• Submitted 10 Jul 2018
Very interesting and informative tour.
• Submitted 04 Jun 2018
Small group, only 3 of us! very informative tour.
• Submitted 30 May 2018
We had a great time exploring Lima. We saw the area of Miraflores close to our hotel then went to see the cathedrals in the city. My group was the only one on this tour. Only downside is the stated time is 4 hours and we only spent about 2-2.5 hours sightseeing. Professional staff and transportation. Would recommend.
• Submitted 23 May 2018
Great tour and would recommend to take as you start your visit in Lima.
• Submitted 19 Apr 2018
Great place to visit.
• Submitted 11 Apr 2018
I was the only one on this tour but it was amazing. Really great introduction to the city.
• Submitted 06 Apr 2018
Great tour. We had only the afternoon available for visiting Lima since we were leaving the next morning for Cuzco. We were picked up on time at our hotel in San Isidro disctict. Great guide ...very informative and detailed and very knowledgable . Visits to all the main attractions and places..giving the limited time frame we saw everything we wanted to see and more.We left at 2:00 pm and were brougt back at 6:30 pm to our hotel. Would recomend this tour to everyone with a morning or afternoon to spare. Mario, Montreal,Canada
• Submitted 18 Mar 2018
I really enjoy how Viator set up this whole City Tour from start til end. A well informed tour with May our tour guide.
• Submitted 08 Mar 2018
What it makes a good tour is how well informed is the guide. Lima has beautiful places and a wonderful cathedral.
• Submitted 07 Mar 2018
Our tour guide, Jose, was great!! As a teacher, he gave us very good information in very clear and understandable details that we will remember for a long time.
• Submitted 02 Mar 2018
I took this tour on the first day in Lima. it is a great overview of the city. You discover which areas you want to return to and explore further. Taking this tour is highly recommended. Doing a tour on your own cannot compare.
• Submitted 24 Feb 2018