Ecuador & Galapagos Cruise

Vibrant & colonial Quito & Otavalo, then an unforgettable Galapagos Cruise, including various islands and unique ecosystems and wildlife

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Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of 15-24 likeminded travelers escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures September 2019 – November 2020
Themes History & CultureNature & WildlifeSmall Ship Cruises
Activity Level Moderate
What to Expect This fast-paced, locally hosted tour involves a significant amount of walking or hiking, often on uneven terrain, and reaches high altitudes requiring a high level of physical fitness to fully enjoy the trip. This tour also includes long scenic drives between destinations and may have limited rest stops. The Galapagos cruise portion of the tour may have up to 90 passengers on board.
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Package Includes

  • Flights
  • Cruise
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round trip flights from Miami including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees, with other gateways available on request
  • Flights between Quito & the Galapagos Islands
  • All ground transportation & transfers
  • 4 nights in a Deluxe hotel with private bath
  • 4 nights in a Horizon Deck Explorer Cabin aboard the Santa Cruz II
  • 18 meals: 8 buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners
  • Comprehensive guided sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Galapagos National Park Fee ($100) & Transit Control Card ($20)
  • Professional English-speaking tour directors & guides

Why you'll love it

  • Cruise the Galapagos in style on the newly refurbished Santa Cruz II
  • See Quito’s most important landmarks and the Equatorial Monument
  • Shop for unique souvenirs at the famous indigenous market at Otavalo
  • Visit a variety of islands and unique ecosystems in the Galapagos
Ecuador & Galapagos Cruise itinerary

Discover the wonders of Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands, a remarkable collection of landscapes, people, cultures, animals, plants, and more. Our Ecuador & Galapagos Islands tour covers the highlights of this incredibly diverse country. You'll visit the capital city and UNESCO World Heritage Center of Quito and the colorful and bustling Otavalo market. Round out your tour with a guided cruise through the Galapagos Islands, the magical place that inspired Charles Darwin to propose his theory of evolution. All of this, plus airfare from Miami, is yours for an incredible price. We're excited about this tour and we know you will be too, but don't wait too long to book, as space is sure to sell out quickly!

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2019 DEPARTURES
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Departs: Tue, Jun 4, 2019
Returns: Wed, Jun 12, 2019
Jun 4 – Jun 12 $6799 Departed
Departs: Tue, Jul 2, 2019
Returns: Wed, Jul 10, 2019
Jul 2 – Jul 10 $6799 Closed
Departs: Tue, Sep 24, 2019
Returns: Wed, Oct 2, 2019
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Sep 24 – Oct 2 $6299 –$500 Jul 18 $5799 Select
Departs: Tue, Nov 5, 2019
Returns: Wed, Nov 13, 2019
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Nov 5 – Nov 13 $6299 –$500 Jul 18 $5799 Select
Departs: Tue, Nov 19, 2019
Returns: Wed, Nov 27, 2019
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Nov 19 – Nov 27 $6299 –$500 Jul 18 $5799 Select
Departs: Tue, Dec 3, 2019
Returns: Wed, Dec 11, 2019
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Departs: Tue, Dec 17, 2019
Returns: Wed, Dec 25, 2019
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Dec 17 – Dec 25 $6299 –$500 Jul 18 $5799 Select
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Departs: Tue, Feb 25, 2020
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Feb 25 – Mar 4 $6199 –$500 Jul 18 $5699 Select
Departs: Tue, Mar 24, 2020
Returns: Wed, Apr 1, 2020
Mar 24 – Apr 1 $6299 Closed
Departs: Tue, Jun 30, 2020
Returns: Wed, Jul 8, 2020
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Jun 30 – Jul 8 $6599 –$500 Jul 18 $6099 Select
Departs: Tue, Sep 8, 2020
Returns: Wed, Sep 16, 2020
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Sep 8 – Sep 16 $6299 –$500 Jul 18 $5799 Select
Departs: Tue, Nov 3, 2020
Returns: Wed, Nov 11, 2020
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Nov 3 – Nov 11 $6299 –$500 Jul 18 $5799 Select

If you want a few extra days to explore on your own, we may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers, for an additional charge. Ask us about prices and availability when you reserve. More information Want to extend your trip?

Options & Fees

Optionals & Upgrades
Rooming Selection/Cabin Categories1
Double Occupancy, Explorer Cabin, Horizon Deck included
Single Occupancy, Explorer Cabin, Horizon Deck
Jun 4, 2019;  Jul 2, 2019;  Sep 24, 2019;  Nov 5, 2019;  Nov 19, 2019;  Dec 3, 2019;  Dec 17, 2019 +$1899
All other departures +$849
Double Occupancy, Explorer Cabin, Expedition Deck
ON REQUEST
+$175
Single Occupancy, Explorer Cabin, Expedition Deck
ON REQUEST
Jun 4, 2019;  Jul 2, 2019;  Sep 24, 2019;  Nov 5, 2019;  Nov 19, 2019;  Dec 3, 2019;  Dec 17, 2019 +$2099
All other departures +$1025
Double Occupancy, Explorer Cabin, Panorama Deck
ON REQUEST
+$275
Single Occupancy, Explorer Cabin, Panorama Deck
ON REQUEST
Jun 4, 2019;  Jul 2, 2019;  Sep 24, 2019;  Nov 5, 2019;  Nov 19, 2019;  Dec 3, 2019;  Dec 17, 2019 +$2199
All other departures +$1150
Double Occupancy, Darwin Suite, Panorama Deck
ON REQUEST
Jun 4, 2019;  Jul 2, 2019;  Sep 24, 2019;  Nov 5, 2019;  Nov 19, 2019;  Dec 3, 2019;  Dec 17, 2019 +$725
All other departures +$750
Single Occupancy, Darwin Suite, Panorama Deck
ON REQUEST
Jun 4, 2019;  Jul 2, 2019;  Sep 24, 2019;  Nov 5, 2019;  Nov 19, 2019;  Dec 3, 2019;  Dec 17, 2019 +$2849
All other departures +$5400
Optional Drink Packages Onboard the Santa Cruz II
Classic Soft Drink Package2 +$60
Beer and Wine Package3 +$156
Luxury Package4 +$220

1. Cabin upgrades are subject to availability. We will confirm your cabin selection usually within 1 business day of your reservation. If the category you selected is unavailable, you'll have the option to select a different category (at the prices shown) or cancel your reservation and receive a refund of your deposit.

2. Unlimited soft drinks, lemonade, iced tea and juice

3. Unlimited glasses of house wine, Ecuadorian beer and micheladas

4. Unlimited selection of spirits, including cocktails, house wines by the glass, beer and non-alcoholic beverages (filtered water, sparkling water, fresh juices, virgin cocktails, and soft drinks)

Taxes & Fees
Galapagos National Park Fee of $100 included
INGALA Tourist Control Card of $20 included

So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc.

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Why are single rooms more?

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
Miami (MIA) included

This package includes round-trip flights from the city listed above.

Want to fly from another city? We can arrange flights from most major cities. Ask us for a quote for flights from your preferred city when you reserve, and we'll get back to you with the price and availability within 3 business days. Of course, you can also book your own connecting flights. More information

Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA/Arrive Quito

Accommodations: 2 nights Hilton Colon, Quito.

  • Depart USA on your flight bound for Quito, Ecuador
  • Arrive in Quito (9,350 feet above sea level) and transfer to your hotel

Day 2: Quito

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Panoramic city tour of Quito and Equatorial Monument

QuitoFull Day Itinerary: Today, enjoy a panoramic city tour of Quito. Arguably one of the loveliest of all South American cities, Quito enjoys a spectacular setting surrounded by mountains and several snow-capped volcanoes, including the still-active Mt. Pichincha. Begin your walking tour at Independence Plaza, flanked by the Cathedral, Presidential Palace, Municipal Building and the Archbishops’ Palace. The next stop, La Compañía de Jesús, has an ornate and richly sculptured facade and interior, with colored columns, 10-sided altars, and gilded balconies. Continue to the Monastery of San Francisco, Quito's oldest church and the largest colonial building constructed in Latin America.

Next, drive 16 miles north of Quito to the Equatorial Monument, the Mitad del Mundo ("Middle of the World"), commemorating the exact place where Charles Marie de la Condamine established the Equator, where you can stand with one foot in the northern and one in the southern hemisphere.

Day 3: Quito, Galapagos Cruise: Baltra & Santa Cruz Island

Accommodations: 4 nights Santa Cruz II. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Baltra Island, gateway to the Galapagos
  • Continue to the dock to board your cruise ship, the Santa Cruz II
  • Settle into your cabin, and enjoy an introductory briefing and lunch
  • In the afternoon, visit Dragon Hill on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island

Blue-footed boobyFull Day Itinerary: Transfer to the airport for your flight to Baltra Island, gateway to the Galapagos Islands to begin your adventure. Upon arrival, transfer to the dock to board your cruise ship, the Santa Cruz II, your home for the next 4 nights. Settle into your cabin, and enjoy an introductory briefing and lunch.

In the afternoon, arrive at Santa Cruz Island. The north shore of Santa Cruz hosts the fascinating landscapes of Dragon Hill. The first part of a walk passes a brackish-water lagoon frequented by shorebirds, ducks and flamingos, while further inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago, as well as the chance of observing land iguanas.

Day 4: Galapagos Cruise: Isabela Island & Fernandina Island

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • After breakfast, explore the coast of Isabela Island by panga 
  • Depending on weather conditions, snorkel or swim along the cliffs  
  • Continue to Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island 

SealFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, explore the coast of Isabela Island by panga, while the naturalist guide explains the dramatic geology of the area, a nesting place for several Galapagos highlights: flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins, fur seals, and boobies. Depending on weather conditions, snorkel or swim along the cliffs of this area rich in marine life, seasonally-visited by green sea turtles and oceanic sun fish.

The afternoon is dedicated to exploring the youngest island of the archipelago, Fernandina, which, having no introduced mammals, boasts a very unique environment with a very high density of marine iguanas, who share their space with sea lions, Sally light-foot crabs, hawks, penguins and the flightless cormorants.

Day 5: Galapagos Cruise: Santa Cruz Island 

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • This morning disembark and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Enjoy lunch in the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island
  • In the afternoon, enjoy one of a variety of activities available on Santa Cruz Island

Charles Darwin Research StationFull Day Itinerary: In the morning, disembark (dry landing followed by a brief bus ride) for a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station’s giant tortoise breeding center within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest, home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Following the visit, board a transport to enjoy lunch in the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a completely different ecosystem.

There are several options available for the afternoon, which can be discussed in advance with your Expedition Leader. Options include beach walks, kayaks, walks along the tortoise reserve, etc.  At the end of the afternoon’s activities, return to Puerto Ayora and embark on the Santa Cruz II.

Day 6: Galapagos Cruise: Floreana Island

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • This morning, enjoy a panga ride along Floreana’s north shore
  • Land at Post Office Bay to visit the historic post office barrel 
  • Explore the underwater wonders around Champion Islet
  • Enjoy a walk around Punta Cormorant

Male frigate birdFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, enjoy a panga ride along the maze of channels on Floreana’s north shore. Continue to Baroness Cove with its breathtaking views of Floreana. Land at Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has served as a post office in the archipelago for over two centuries and where postcards are traditionally left for guests from other vessels to hand-deliver to their destinations. Head back on board for lunch.

Following lunch and a siesta, take a panga or glass-bottom boat to explore the underwater wonders around Champion Islet, an extinct shield volcano, regarded as one of the best snorkeling spots in the archipelago. From there, it’s on to Punta Cormorant, beginning with a wet landing on the beach for an easy walk that includes a brackish-water lagoon where bird species such as American flamingos, pintail ducks, common stilts, herons, sandpipers, and others gather. Continue the walk over to a white-sand beach, where sea turtles emerge from the sea at night to nest (from December to May).

Day 7: Galapagos Cruise: Baltra Island & Quito

Accommodations: 2 nights Hilton Colon, Quito. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Disembark and transfer to the airport on Baltra Island for your flight back to Quito
  • Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel
  • Join your fellow travelers this evening for a farewell dinner

Sally Lightfoot CrabFull Day Itinerary: Disembark and transfer to the airport to take your flight back to the mainland. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

After some time to relax, enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 8: Otavalo Market & Quito

Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Drive along the Pan-American Highway to Otavalo
  • Explore the famous market at Otavalo
  • Continue to Peguche, a nearby indigenous village

Otavalo womanFull Day Itinerary: This morning, set out on the Pan-American Highway to Otavalo. After driving through dramatic Andean scenery, arrive at the famous indigenous fair and the textile market of Otavalo.

Enjoy a visit to the charming Otovalo Market, showcasing brightly colored and unique handicrafts. Stroll by their many stalls filled with paintings, woven ponchos, scarves and blankets. You'll also see traditional hats, handbags, beaded jewelry and more. Try your hand at bargaining for something special to bring home, or just enjoy people watching in this bustling and historic environment. 

Then proceed to Peguche, a nearby indigenous village, where local artisans weave in their homes. Learn about their culture and everyday life. Next, have lunch in one of the charming country inns or haciendas of the area. 

Day 9: Depart Quito/Arrive USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight
  • Arrive in the USA later today

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • The high altitudes reached on this trip (Quito is at 9,200 feet above sea level) and the amount of walking involved, often on uneven terrain, require that you be in good physical condition to fully enjoy the trip. We strongly suggest that you consult your physician if you have any concerns regarding your ability to handle these conditions.
  • Please remember that the exact route and program may vary according to weather and ocean conditions, and the wildlife encountered. There is no guarantee that all the possible species mentioned will be seen.
  • Itineraries and program are subject to change without previous notice due mainly to readjustment of the National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes or safety reasons.

Dry landing: guests step from a dinghy onto rocks or a dock.

Wet landing: as a dinghy edges onto a sandy beach, guests step into knee-deep water and wade ashore.

Hotels

Hilton Colon Quito

Hilton Colon Quito

Deluxe

The Hilton Colon Quito is located in the heart of the Mariscal district, on Quito's bustling Avenida Amazonas. It is also only 30 minutes away from the airport and 15 minutes away from the historic quarter.

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