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9 Day Galapagos & Ecuador with 4 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 & San Cristobal-Quito
  • 8 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights Hotel Oro Verde, Guayaquil
    • 4 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
  • 16 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 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

  • City Tour of Guayaquil
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Historic Quito City Tour

DAY 1, Thursday - 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, Friday - Guayaquil City Tour
Begin your tour of Guayaquil by visiting el Parque Centenario, home of the Monument of the Independence Heroes. Continue to Seminario Park, or Parque de las Iguanas as it is popularly known, a favorite place of bird watchers and home to arboreal Iguanas. Next, experience the many ethnological influences present in Ecuadorian culture by viewing the contrasting architecture of a Neo Gothic Cathedral, a Moorish clock tower, and the Rotonda Monument, which portrays Simon Bolivar and Jose San Martin shaking hands. Also stop at the Mercado Plaza del Sur, or Crystal Palace, a metallic structure designed by Gustave Eiffel in the early 1900's. Departing from the banks of the river, the bus will take you to admire the beautiful Garden of Malecon and Santa Ana Hill, the area where the city Santiago de Guayaquil was founded in the 16th century. On the way back to the hotel, pass by the second largest cemetery in South America that contains remarkable mausoleums and sculptures that harken back to Guayaquil's wealth over the last century
Overnight: Guayaquil
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Saturday - Sail to Dragon Hill
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Baltra Island. Upon arrival, travel to the pier and board the Galapagos Explorer II. After settling in, visit Dragon Hill (wet landing), appropriately named due to the large population of land iguanas. You may see Flamingos, Pintail ducks, and a variety of other island birds feeding at the nearby saltwater lakes. Perhaps climb up the hill for an excellent viewpoint of the surrounding scenery. You can also stroll along the beach, where you are likely to see marine iguanas, sea lions, and a small colony of blue-footed boobies
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday - Sail to Genovesa Island
In the morning, arrive at Genovesa Island and spend the morning at El Barranco (wet landing). Also known as Prince Philip's Steps, you will be able to climb to a plateau overlooking Darwin Bay. Here you may find Masked and Red-Footed boobies, Frigate Birds, Short-eared Owls, as well as Storm and Galapagos Petrels nesting in cavities formed in the hardened lava. In the afternoon, explore Darwin Bay (wet landing), created by the sunken caldera of the volcano that formed the island. Walk along the beach and admire the abundance of sea birds, frequently including the Red-Footed Booby, Nazca Booby, Yellow Crowned Night Heron, and Frigate Birds
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Sail to North Seymour Island and Santa Cruz Island
Spend the morning at North Seymour Island (dry landing), 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. In the afternoon, sail to Santa Cruz Island (dry landing) to explore the Highlands, where nearly 40 giant tortoises thrive in the wild. The more adventurous may hike to the nearby tunnels formed by cooling lava
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Sail to San Cristóbal Island
This morning visit Punta Pitt (wet landing) on San Cristóbal Island, which is the easternmost point in the Galapagos. A colony of sea lions and all three varieties of booby can usually be found here. A hike to the top of the point offers excellent views. In the afternoon, explore El Junco lake (dry landing). El Junco is the largest freshwater lake in the archipelago, located within a large crater in the highlands
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Interpretation Center/Flight to Quito
This morning visit the Interpretation Center on San Cristóbal. Here you will learn about the natural history of the islands, including the arrival and establishment of different species, the human history of the islands, and the conservation efforts being made today. In the afternoon, you are transferred 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 8, Thursday - 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 9, Friday - 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 9.

    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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