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7 Day Galapagos Islands, Guayaquil & Quito


Independent Package Includes

  • Flights Miami-Guayaquil, Quito-Miami
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Guayaquil-Baltra & Baltra-Quito
  • 6 nights First Class accommodations
    • 1 night Guayaquil
    • 3 nights Galapagos Islands
    • 2 nights Quito
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 12 Meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Services of English-speaking local guides in the Galapagos
  • Shore Excursions
  • Galapagos National Park Fee of $100
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card fee of $10

Special Features

  • Galapagos Islands
  • Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Historic Quito City Tour

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

DAY 2, Sunday - Afternoon on Santa Cruz Island
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. Arrive at Baltra Island, and then cross the Itabaca Channel to the island of Santa Cruz. Via coach, travel to the Santa Cruz highlands to visit the Rancho Primicias reserve, where you will see the Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat. A stop will be made to view Los Gemelos (Spanish for "The Twins"), great depressions of sunken lava formed thousands of years ago. Afterward, enjoy a box lunch en route to the Finch Bay Eco Hotel, where you will spend your next three nights. Balance of the day at leisure. **Your Galapagos island itinerary is subject to change. Different islands and sites may be substituted
Overnight: Galapagos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Sail to North Seymour Island
Today enjoy a special boat route to North Seymour Island, a bird-lover's paradise. On this small uplifted island, you can see basking land and marine iguanas as well as a vast variety of endemic tropical birds, including blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, lava gulls, and the largest frigate bird colony in the Galapagos. The cliffs along the island's north side are home to a large colony of fur sea lions, many of which can be seen bodysurfing the curling waves. In the afternoon, visit the Las Bachas beach, where marine iguanas lounging in the sand and flamingos in the nearby lagoon are often seen. Enjoy time to relax on the beach or, weather and ocean conditions permitting, enjoy a swim or snorkeling. Balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Galapagos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday - Sail to Plaza Island
After breakfast, travel by yacht to Plaza Island. Full of fascinating wildlife along the shores and rocky cliffs, this small island is home to Opuntia cacti and other types of vegetation which change colors with the seasons. Enjoy time at leisure on the island. There will be time for snorkeling along the shoreline or in the nearby bay, weather and ocean conditions permitting
Overnight: Galapagos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Visit Charles Darwin Research Station
Early morning departure to 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. Following your visit, transfer to the airport in Baltra 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 6, Thursday - Historic Quito City Tour
Depart from your hotel in the morning 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 of which 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 7, Friday - Depart Ecuador
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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    *Not Included:
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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 7.

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

    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.

    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.


    Is This Trip Right for You?

    This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes.




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