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Galapagos Signature: Quito & M/C Elite Cruise

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 6,760

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
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 6,760

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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

Baltra Airport - Charles Darwin Research Station

AM: Baltra Airport
Transfer to visitor site.

PM: Charles Darwin Research Station
The Charles Darwin Research Station provides an unmissable opportunity to find out about the vital work that is being carried out to preserve the archipelago's ecosystems. One element of this is a significant breeding program for Galapagos tortoises, whose numbers have been in decline since the 1970's.

These captivating enormous reptiles are very accustomed to humans, so be sure to bring your camera for some close-ups.

Activities and Excursions: Walk
Difficulty: Easy

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration4 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

Genovesa: Prince Philip's Steps (El Barranco) - Darwin Bay

AM: Genovesa - Prince Philip's Steps / El Barranco
El Barranco, also known as Prince Philip's Steps, is a rocky stairway that leads past a colony of nazca and red-footed boobies and up to a plateau of dried lava. Continuing through the thin Palo Santo forest and looking out over the plain, visitors are often treated to sites of storm petrels launching out over the ocean. A panga ride or kayaking/paddle boarding along the edge of the cliffs provides a good chance to see the elusive Galapagos fur seals nestled on the rocks, and snorkeling is a great activity if you fancy a dip with a variety of shark species.

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

PM: Genovesa - Darwin Bay
Darwin Bay has a small sand and coral beach that provides the perfect spot for snorkeling, kayaking or paddle boarding in calm, sheltered waters in the company of hammerhead sharks, rays and a plethora of colorful reef fish. Onshore, a short trail leads along a tidal lagoon and mangroves, home to a variety of land bird species, including Nazca and red-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls. The trail culminates at a viewpoint that offers a stunning view overlooking the cliffs and the bay below.

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

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Santiago: Espumilla Beach - Buccaneer Cove - Egas Port

AM: Santiago - Espumilla Beach / Buccaneer Cove
Espumilla beach, located on the northern coast of Santiago island, is an exquisite white sand beach, whose name refers to the meringue-like trails of foam left by the lapping of the waves.
Sally Lightfoot crabs are in abundance here and as a result, it is common to see predatory birds such as hawks, herons and pelicans. This idyllic location is perfect for snorkeling or kayaking/paddle boarding amongst a raft of marine life, including species of octopus, eels and sharks.

Buccaneer Cove has an interesting history as it is where sailors, buccaneers and whalers frequently anchored their vessels in search of food and water. In more recent times, it has become an important nesting site for turtles and is also popular with sea lions.
A panga ride along the eroded shoreline yields views of intriguing rock formations that provide excellent ledges for boobies, pelicans and gulls.

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

PM: Egas Port
Egas Port was once the site of a salt mine, but now this impressive black sand beach is an excellent location for snorkeling and observing shorebirds, Sally Lightfoot crabs and marine iguanas. A stroll along the wide trails inland leads you past tidal pools and rocky volcanic formations known as grottoes where it is possible to spot fur seals enjoying a spot of shade.

Activities and Excursions: Walk, Snorkeling
Difficulty: Easy

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Santa Cruz - Bachas Beach - Twin Craters and the Highlands of Santa Cruz

AM: Santa Cruz - Bachas Beach
Bachas Beach is a glorious white sand beach on which the remnants of a rusted barge, thought to have been abandoned by the Americans during WWI, can be seen. It is a popular nesting site for turtles, so if you go for a snorkel, you might find yourself sharing the water with these wonderful creatures.

The site is also full of vibrant Sally Lightfoot and hermit crabs and elegant pink flamingos that frequent the salt water lagoon behind.

Activities and Excursions: Walk, Snorkeling
Difficulty: Easy

PM: Twin craters and the Highlands of Santa Cruz
The best way to appreciate these remarkable, almost identical crater-like holes, caused by the collapse of empty lava chambers, is to take the trail that leads up and around the rims.

From this vantage point, one can revel in the beauty of the surrounding highlands, lush with ferns and an abundance of Scalesia trees. Here, bird enthusiasts can also enjoy spotting the distinct red feathers of Vermilion Flycatchers, Darwin's finches, Galapagos doves and, with a bit of luck, an endemic short-ear owl.

Activities and Excursions: Walk
Difficulty: Easy

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Kicker Rock - San Cristobal Airport

AM: San Cristobal - Kicker Rock
Kicker Rock, is an iconic feature of the Galapagos that has been formed over time by the erosion of the cone of an extinct volcano. The channel that runs between two imposing shards of rock is often described as one of the most thrilling sites for snorkeling and diving where it is common to see spotted eagle rays, sea turtles, marine iguanas, Galapagos sharks and even hammerhead sharks.

In addition, on the rock formation itself, blue-footed boobies, frigate birds and sea lions can often be seen perched on the ledges above.

Activities and Excursions: Snorkeling
Difficulty: Moderate

PM: San Cristobal Airport
Transfer from the yacht to the airport

Meal Plan Breakfast

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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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