Escorted Group Tour (also available privately at a supplement)
11 Days / 9 Nights
This journey provides a special opportunity to experience the Galapagos Islands and observe their remarkable wildlife at close quarters. See giant tortoises and a number of indigenous bird species, and swim with sea lions, penguins and perhaps even sea turtles. Explore the old colonial centre of Quito, visit a colourful local market, see Ecuador’s most impressive volcano, and spend a final night in Guayaquil, on the banks of the Guayas river.
Day 1 – To Quito: Fly to Quito, via Madrid, with LAN / Iberia. Stay 3 nights at the Hilton Colon. (N)
Day 2 – Quito: Morning tour of Quito’s historic centre and the Middle of the World equatorial line monument. (B)
Day 3 – Cotopaxi: Full-day tour into the Avenue of the Volcanoes, an area of sleepy villages, patchwork fields and volcanic peaks. Explore Cotopaxi National Park and visit a colourful indigenous market for an insight into local culture. (B, L)
Day 4 – To Galapagos: Fly to the Galapagos Islands and board the Santa Cruz for a 5-night cruise of these fascinating islands (Standard Main Deck cabin*).
Days 5-8 – Galapagos: Shared excursions with a naturalist guide for close encounters with some of the most rare animals and birds, including land iguanas, giant tortoises, Darwin’s finches, boobies and flightless cormorants. The days are spent exploring islands with different characteristics to see as much variety of wildlife and landscapes as possible. (B, L, D)
Day 9 – To Guayaquil: Disembark the cruise and fly to Guayaquil. Transfer to the Hampton Inn for 1 night. (B)
Day 10 – To London: Morning at leisure or take an optional tour of the city or the nearby Churute Mangrove Reserve. Evening flight to London, via Madrid with LAN / Iberia. (B)
Day 11 – London: Afternoon arrival. (N)
Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Park fees: Galapagos National Park fees and beverages on board are not included.
* Galapagos cabin upgrades: On each departure, it is possible to upgrade to an Upper Deck Standard cabin with a picture window from £95 per person.
Extension to the Galapagos: It is possible to stay extra nights in the Galapagos on the boat or at an eco-island hotel and visit other islands. Please enquire for details.
How to book
Call us to book on 01543 258531, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Oliver has visited the Galapagos Islands himself and is on hand to offer first hand knowledge and advice when booking with us.
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