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Land Only

11 Day Galapagos & Ecuador with 7 Day Cruise

Cruise Package Includes

  • Flights Miami-Guayaquil, Quito-Miami
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flights Guayaquil-Baltra & Baltra-Quito
  • 10 nights accommodations
    • 1 night Hotel Oro Verde, Guayaquil
    • 7 nights Galapagos Cruise on Galapagos Explorer II, Classic Suite outside cabin with 2 lower berths
    • 2 nights Mercure Hotel Alameda, Quito
  • Cruise porterage
  • All transfers
  • 24 Meals: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Beverages and gratuities onboard Galapagos Explorer II
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Services of English-speaking naturalist guides in the Galapagos
  • Shore Excursions
  • Galapagos National Park Fee of $100
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card fee of $10

Special Features

  • Galapagos Islands
  • Historic Quito City Tour

DAY 1, Friday - Depart the USA/Guayaquil
Depart the USA for Ecuador. Arrive and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Guayaquil

DAY 2, Saturday - Sail to Sullivan Bay
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Baltra Island. Upon arrival, transfer to the pier and board the Galapagos Explorer II. After settling in, begin your journey to Sullivan Bay (dry landing) off the coast of Santiago Island. Here you will view the magnificent rippled Pahoehoe lava flows that formed in 1897
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Sail to Bartholomew Island/ Espumilla Beach
This morning, sail to Bartholomew Island (wet landing), whose 350-foot peak offers 360º views of five other islands in clear weather. Spend time walking on the beach, snorkeling, or simply taking in the panoramic view of the archipelago. While on the beach, keep a look out for the Galapagos Penguins, the only penguins north of the Equator, fishing near Pinnacle Rock and the White Tip Reef Sharks who hunt them. In the afternoon, visit Espumilla Beach (wet landing) on Santiago Island, a popular place for flamingos and Galapagos hawks as well as a multitude of other species
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Monday - Sail to Isabela Island/Fernandina Island
In the morning, travel to Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island, an island made up of six shield volcanoes. Though the water can be rather chilly, you may enjoy time for snorkeling in the nearby bay, where manta-rays, sting-rays, sea lions, and dolphins are occasionally found. In the afternoon, sail to Fernandina Island and disembark at Punta Espinoza (dry landing), where marine iguanas can be found basking or diving for food among the rocks. Follow a trail inland and look for Flightless Cormorants, the serpent-necked birds who live free of natural predators on the island and are completely unique to the Galapagos
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday - Sail to Tagus Cove/Elizabeth Bay
Journey to Tagus Cove (dry landing) in the morning, an area directly east from Fernandina Island on the west coast of Isabela Island. This beautiful cove is protected by the remnants of two volcanic craters, making it an ideal anchoring spot for sea faring ships over the last several centuries. On the cave walls you can see inscriptions of the names of pirates and whaling vessels that have weathered almost two centuries. Arrive in Elizabeth Bay in the afternoon after sailing down the scenic western coast of Isabela Island. This wide bay has a very high and colorful mangrove, which is in stark contrast to the lava in the area. In the summer months, you may be lucky enough to see whales in Elizabeth Bay who are making their yearly migrations
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Wednesday - Sail to Floreana Island
In the morning, visit the historic Post Office (wet landing) of Floreana Island. In 1793 whalers created the Post Office out of a wooden barrel as a means to send letters home. The letters would be picked up by any vessel returning to port in England. This tradition is still alive today, as tourists are encouraged to leave letters (without postage) and also take letters to deliver them by hand. This afternoon you can explore Punta Cormorant, where the largest colony of flamingos in the Galapagos can be found feeding in the pond and sea turtles nest on the white sand beach or you can enjoy some fantastic snorkeling at the Champion Islet and the Devil's Crown, two of the top spots for snorkeling in the Galapagos full of reef fish, sea turtles and many more aquatic wonders
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Sail to San Cristóbal Island
This morning, disembark the vessel to enjoy an excursion on the island of San Cristóbal (dry landing), the Galapagos' oldest and easternmost island. This island is where Darwin first landed in 1835 during the Voyage of the Beagle and has become famous for La Galapaguera, a breeding ground and sanctuary for giant tortoises. In the afternoon, visit Cerro Brujo (Wizard's Hill), one of the first sites Charles Darwin visited. Today, it has become renowned for its stunning coral sand beach where an abundance of wildlife can be found, including brown pelicans, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, and, most notably, sea lion colonies. From the top, Cerro Brujo offers excellent views of the coastline, the southern highlands, and Kicker Rock
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday - Visit Santa Cruz Island
Today arrive at Santa Cruz Island (dry landing) and see Los Gemelos (or “The Twins”), two deep volcanic pit craters located in the beautiful Scalesia forest. Keep an eye open for Darwin finches, vermillion flycatchers, and short eared owls. In the afternoon visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, a specialized breeding and rearing center for the endangered Galapagos Giant Tortoise. The Darwin Station is a working branch of the international, non-profit Charles Darwin Foundation, which works to protect and maintain the Galapagos' precious ecosystems
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Saturday - Flight back to Quito
Transfer back to the airport for your flight to Quito. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. The Quito airport is approximately a 1-2 hour drive from the city
Overnight: Quito
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Sunday - Historic Quito City Tour
Depart from your hotel to begin your tour of historic Quito. Start by visiting the Plaza Grande, where a large monument dedicated to the independence fighters from 1809 resides. Admire the numerous historic buildings such as the Carondelet Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace, and the Municipal Palace, all of which reside around the plaza. Continue on to visit the Metropolitan Cultural Center to gain a new appreciation for Ecuadorian culture and its rich history. Finally, visit the Compania of Jesus Church and the San Francisco Church, the former is one of UNESCO's 100 most important World Heritage Site Monuments in the world. Balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Quito
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Monday - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

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    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Guayaquil-Galapagos-Quito.

    It is recommended that passengers select flights that depart no earlier than 8 am on Day 11.

    Passport numbers for all passengers must be submitted before documents can be issued.

    Gratuities for crew and naturalist guides on Galapagos Explorer II are included.

    Beverage package onboard Galapagos Explorer II includes selected wines, spirits, cocktails, beers, bottled water, juices and soft drinks at all bars and lounges.

    The route and program may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration patterns. Wildlife and visits listed in the itinerary are based upon optimal conditions and therefore subject to change.

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

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

    Sturdy shoes are recommended for this program.

    Entry Requirements:
    Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

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