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Galapagos Signature: Quito & M/C Elite Cruise

Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,868

DELUXE | CRUISE: Set sail to discover highlights of the Galapagos aboard a deluxe yacht. Before exploring the Enchanted Islands, spend two nights in Quito to see what may be the best-preserved historic colonial city center as well as the ‘middle of the earth’ along the equatorial line.


This 7-day trip uncovers the best of Quito before flying you to the Galapagos Islands. Enjoy four nights of luxury and discovery aboard the Galapagos Elite, meeting some of the world’s most unique species.

Your full-day tour of Quito and the surrounding area includes a visit to the monument marking the equator. Learn about how pre-colonial civilizations celebrated the equinox here, and further your discoveries at the Ethnographic or Intiñan Museum. Back in Quito, you’ll see some of the city’s most attractive architecture, and enjoy a full chocolate experience, exploring Ecuador’s 5000-year history with ‘the Food of the Gods.’

Fly to the Galapagos, and begin your journey at Charles Darwin Research Station. Learn about the work being done here and put the rest of the trip into perspective as you appreciate this incredible archipelago. Plus, you’ll get up close and personal with giant tortoises. Sail to Genovesa the following day, visiting boobie colonies, fur seals, and more as you explore this beautiful island. Darwin Bay lets you snorkel alongside some of the Galapagos’ unique underwater species.

Look for Sally Lightfoot crabs on the exquisite white sands of Espumilla Beach, then go snorkelling or kayaking, keeping an eye out for octopus, eels, and small sharks. Learn how Buccaneer’s Cove went from sailors’ haven to turtle nesting site, and let a panga ride take you in for a closer look at the local wildlife. Bachas Beach offers up another slice of human Galapagos history, as a rusted American WW1 barge is now a popular nesting site for turtles. Sail to Santa Cruz and hike through picturesque lava formations admiring the abundant birdlife.

On your final day, sail to iconic Kicker Rock, catching a glimpse of some last seals and wildlife before flying back to mainland Ecuador.


 

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Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,868

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Day 1

Quito Airport to Hotel

Duration1 Hour

Hotel Patio Andaluz

Hotel Patio Andaluz, located in the heart of the historic "Quito Antiguo", declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978, is surrounded by churches, museums and national monuments. Come and experience the colonial times through the corridors that have witnessed Ecuadorian history since the end of the XVI century. The exclusive restaurant El Rincon de Cantuna specializes in national and Spanish cuisine and classic international dishes.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Patio Andaluz

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    Hotel Patio Andaluz



    Hotel Patio Andaluz, located in the heart of the historic "Quito Antiguo", declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978, is surrounded by churches, museums and national monuments. Come and experience the colonial times through the corridors that have witnessed Ecuadorian history since …

    Hotel Patio Andaluz, located in the heart of the historic "Quito Antiguo", declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978, is surrounded by churches, museums and national monuments. Come and experience the colonial times through the corridors that have witnessed Ecuadorian history since the end of the XVI century. The exclusive restaurant El Rincon de Cantuna specializes in national and Spanish cuisine and classic international dishes.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Library
    • Medical Services
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Service

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Day 2

Quito City Tour and Equator Line with Lunch

Ecuador is history, fascinating indigenous cultures, slow winding rivers and lush tropical forests, spectacular snow capped volcanoes and some of the most exciting wildlife on earth.

The place to start is the 'Mitad del Mundo'; a site located just 30 minutes north of Quito, where a monument marks the equator at its closest point to the city. Archaeological evidence shows that both pre-Inca and Inca civilizations recognized and celebrated the equinox, the day the sun is directly over the equator.

In the morning we will make a 45 minute journey northwest to the equatorial line, where we will walk the rim of the extinct Pululahua volcanic crater. Later we will visit the "Ciudad Mitad del Mundo" a group of buildings designed to explain the significance of the site, as well as the Ethnographic or Intiñan Museum, located right on the Equator. Here you will have the chance to plant your feet in two hemispheres at the same time.

Back in Quito, after lunch we will visit the city's impressive colonial center, the reason Quito was the first city to be named a world heritage site by the United Nations. First on the agenda is a walk through the main plaza, the 'Plaza de la Independencia', where you will see the Government Palace, the Cathedral, and some of the most important churches built around the XVI and XVII centuries, including the San Francisco Monastery, a building begun only 5 days after the founding of the city.

Lunch included.

We will have the chance to enjoy a chocolate experience, which starts with a guided tour explaining the history of cocoa in Ecuador, followed by a chocolate tasting.

Ecuador's unique equatorial climate provides the perfect environment for growing the world's finest cocoa - Cacao Arriba. Cocoa has been revered in Latin America for over 5,000 years. Spanish explorers loved it so much they called it the 'Food of the Gods'.

The Republica del Cacao's founders began their voyage over ten years ago when they set themselves an ambitious mission: to produce the most authentic and delicious chocolate, while protecting and developing sustainable fine cocoa production.

Duration8 Hours
Day 3

Quito Hotel to Airport

Duration1 Hour

San Cristobal Airport - David Rodriguez Breeding Center

AM: San Cristobal Airport
Transfer to visitor site.

PM: David Rodriguez Breeding Center
A visit to the David Rodriguez Breeding Center provides information about the origin and evolution of the giant tortoise and explains why the center is so vital in safeguarding the future of these incredible creatures.

Walking through the trails of the reserve, you can see baby tortoises being reared in semi-natural conditions - a brilliant demonstration of the commitment the local people have to preserving the wildlife that makes the Galapagos so special.

Activities and Excursions: Walk
Difficulty: Soft

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

The Galapagos Elite

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    The Galapagos Elite


    Elite is one of the newest yacht in the islands and reinvents luxury, comfort and class! The Galapagos Elite is specifically designed for sailing the sapphire waters of the Enchanted Islands. A sleek, twin-hulled catamaran, it will provide its guests with a steady, safe cruise …

    Elite is one of the newest yacht in the islands and reinvents luxury, comfort and class!

    The Galapagos Elite is specifically designed for sailing the sapphire waters of the Enchanted Islands. A sleek, twin-hulled catamaran, it will provide its guests with a steady, safe cruise without the rocking and swaying common to the older, single-hulled yachts that dominated the island cruise industry for decades.

    In addition to better stability, the design of the Elite allows for more space for everything on board, including social areas, suites and premium suites. Guests of all ages, will enjoy the ample, semi-covered sky deck, the al fresco dining area and the cozy bar-salon.

    The Galapagos Elite features state-of-the-art navigation computers and safety equipment: safety and reliability are essential parts of any Galapagos luxury experience.

    Facilities

    • Al fresco dining area
    • Semi-covered Sky Deck

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Day 4

Espanola - Suarez Point - Gardner Bay - Gardner and Osborn Islet

AM: Espanola - Suarez Point
Suarez Point is packed with wildlife and is best explored by following the circular walking trail. This memorable walk will take you past nesting sites of large colonies of Nazca and blue-footed boobies and mockingbirds.

Also, unique to Espanola island are red and green marine iguanas and the beautiful waved albatrosses, that can be seen majestically launching themselves out across the ocean from the cliffs.

A geological highlight are several blow holes, capable of shooting water 25m into the air, that make for a spectacular photo.

Activities and Excursions: Walk
Difficulty: Moderate

PM: Gardner Bay, Gardner and Osborn Islets
The pristine white sandy beach of Gardner Bay dotted with sea lions provides a perfect spot to relax, and kayaking or paddle boarding is a fantastic way to observe the large number of waved albatrosses who use this beach as a breeding site.
A short panga ride will take you to the Gardner and Osborn Islets, that are superb locations for snorkeling with young sea lions and a variety of colorful tropical fish and corals.

Activities and Excursions: Walk, Snorkeling, Panga ride, Kayak/Paddle Boarding
Difficulty: Moderate

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Floreana - Cormorant Point and Champion Islet - Post Office Bay and The Baroness' Lookout

AM: Floreana - Cormorant Point and Champion islet
Cormorant Point features two contrasting beaches: one with green-tinted sand due to the high content of olivine crystals, and another with pure white sand (commonly known as 'Flour Beach') derived from pulverized coral.

The saltwater lagoon is a must-see as it is frequented by one of the largest population of Galapagos flamingos as well as other shorebirds such as stilts, white-cheeked pintails and large-billed flycatchers.

A panga ride to Champion Islet, an extinct shield volcano, provides a fantastic opportunity for snorkeling in an area that is known for having a high diversity of fish.

Activities and Excursions: Walk, Snorkeling, Panga ride
Difficulty: Moderate

PM: Post Office Bay and The Baroness' Lookout
Post Office Bay is a man-made site that offers an insight into a remarkable mailing tradition developed by British whalers in the 18th century, that visitors can still take part in today.

The beach here provides for good snorkeling and kayaking and it is also possible to descend into and walk through a lava tube. Next, take a panga ride to the Baroness' Lookout, a volcanic rock formation named after an Australian baroness, who visited the island in the 1930's and is believed to have mysteriously disappeared.

A short trail leads to a brilliant vantage point with panoramic views of the surrounding mangroves and coastline.

Activities and Excursions: Walk, Snorkeling, Panga ride, Kayak/Paddle Boarding
Difficulty: Easy

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Baltra - Mosquera Airport - Santa Cruz - Baltra Airport

AM: Baltra - Mosquera Islet
Mosquera islet is a small, flat, sandy islet located between Baltra and North Seymour islands. With no fixed trail, you are free to explore the beautiful surroundings on foot, where you will encounter a large population of sea lions, shorebirds and the striking Sally Lightfoot crabs that cling to the dark rocks.

The numerous coral reefs also make it a fantastic site for snorkeling and catching sight of a range of marine life including sharks, turtles and rays.

Activities and Excursions: Walk, Snorkeling
Difficulty: Moderate

PM: Santa Cruz - Baltra Airport
Transfer from the yacht to the airport.

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DEPARTURES:

2022: May 8, 22; June 5, 19; July 3, 17, 31; August 14, 28; September 11, 25; October 9, 23; November 6; December 4.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 2 nights in first-class accommodations in Quito
  • 4 night cruise aboard the M/C Elite
  • Private-guided city tour of Quito with visit to Equatorial Line
  • Roundtrip airfare between Quito and Baltra Airport
  • Daily cruise expeditions in the Galapagos led by Galapagos National Park guides
  • Galapagos National Park Fee & Transit Control Card
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1, 2 & 3), 5 lunches, 4 dinners

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare taxes
  • Rail tickets
  • Visa fees, if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not explicitly listed as included
  • Entrance fees not explicitly listed as included
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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