11 Day Ecuador with 6 Day Eastern Galapagos Cruise

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

Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Day 11 and will require a transfer on Day 10. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time

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.

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.


Accommodation Details:
Triple Rooms cannot be accommodated on 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 such as sandy and rocky beaches, stairs, steps and significant slopes. It takes approximately 2 hours to get to and from the areas populated with wildlife. You will experience wet landings in water, on sand or rocks and dry landings on wooden docks. The weather in Galapagos is hot particularly December through June. Due to the high elevation, travel in the Ecuadorian Andes may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider. This independent program does not include a tour manager. For more information, click here.

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Itinerary

Your Galapagos itinerary may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration patterns.

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Ecuador
Depart for Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador and the nation's largest port. Arrive and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city's museums, botanical gardens, and parks on your own
Overnight: Guayaquil

DAY 2, Thursday - Guayaquil City Tour & Parque Historico
Your discovery of Guayaquil begins at the main square, with its stirring memorial to the Heroes of the Independence, symbolizing the triumph of the Republic against the Spanish. Continue to Seminario Park (Parque de las Iguanas), a favorite place for 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 La Rotonda Monument. Continue to the lovely riverside Garden of Malecon and Santa Ana Hill where the city was founded in the 16th century. Continue to Parque Historico and learn about the history & culture of the region. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure
Overnight: Guayaquil
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Friday - Galapagos Islands, Embarkation, Baltra Island
Embark this morning on a journey to the "beginning of time" as you transfer to the airport for the flight to the astonishing Galapagos Archipelago of volcanic islands, five million years in the making. Arrive at Baltra Airport, meet your naturalist guides and transfer to the pier to board the M/V Santa Cruz II. Lunch on board with time to settle in before this afternoon's excursion to Mosquera Islet, a tiny island resulting from an uplift of sand, made up of coral reefs and rocks, located between the islands of Baltra & North Seymour. After a wet landing, your guides will lead you past sea lion colonies, one of the largest in the Galapagos archipelago. You will have a great opportunity to snorkel, before returning to the ship for an evening briefing and Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Galapagos Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Saturday - Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristóbal Island
After breakfast, disembark at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos province and drive to Cerro Colorado on the southern shore. Here, visit the breeding center for highly endangered giant tortoises in the midst of a deciduous forest. View a variety of wildlife, including the San Cristobal mockingbird and the San Cristobal lava lizard, both endemic species to this island. Lunch on board, followed by an afternoon excursion to Punta Pitt on the eastern tip of the island. This is the only site in the Galapagos where you can view all three species of boobies: blue-footed, red-footed and Nazca boobies. After free time for hiking, swimming or snorkeling, return to the ship
Overnight: Galapagos Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Sunday - Santa Fe Island, South Plaza Island
Enjoy a boat ride this morning to Santa Fe Island, one of the oldest in the archipelago with volcanic rocks over 4 million years old. Walk along the idyllic white sand beach with its countless sea lions and hike amid Opuntia cactus plants searching for the famous Barrington land iguana, a unique species endemic only to this island. Snorkeling and swimming is a delight here or, sail on a glass bottom boat with stunning underwater views. Following lunch on board, you land on South Plaza Island. Here, turquoise waters contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline, accented by a carpet of scarlet succulents that change color every season. View yellow-grey iguanas sitting under luminescent prickly pear cactus waiting patiently for pears to drop. Along the coastline, observe a countless variety of playful sea lions, frigates, swallow-tailed gulls and shearwaters gliding and playing with the thermals. An interesting lecture on board tonight previews tomorrow's adventure
Overnight: Galapagos Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Monday - Puerto Ayora, Charles Darwin Research Station, Santa Cruz Island
An extraordinary visit awaits you today at the iconic Charles Darwin Research Station’s Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre. Nestled in an impressive cactus forest, this center of research and conservation is renowned for its captive breeding program for giant tortoises. You’ll come face-to-face with 100-year-old giant tortoises eating, sleeping and wallowing in the mud. Get a close-up look at these amazing Galapagos giants and learn about their origin, evolution and threatened extinction. Time to linger and enjoy this unique experience before lunch in the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a completely different ecosystem. Later, your choice of hiking, mountain biking or kayaking in calm and beautiful Tortuga Bay. After an enlightening day, return back on board for dinner and to hear about your expedition plan for tomorrow
Overnight: Galapagos Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Tuesday - Punta Suarez, Gardner Bay, Española Island
An early start this morning as you explore the coastline on a panga while your naturalist guide explains the dramatic geology of the area. At Punta Suarez on Española, the southernmost island in the archipelago, you're warmly welcomed by noisy sea lions. Several wildlife species make this island their home, including masked and blue-footed boobies and marine iguanas who lazily bask in the sun on the rocks. On this island, the waved albatross nests in the bushes from April to December, returning to the island to find its lifelong mate. Following the winding trail to the western side of the island, stop at the Galápagos famous blow hole that sends a tall jet of spray gushing through the lava. Back on board for lunch. In the afternoon, a visit to tranquil Gardner Bay that reveals a picture postcard white coral beach surrounded by dazzling blue seas. It’s a beautiful setting for observing sea lions, mockingbirds, finches and to enjoy great swimming and snorkeling. Return to the ship for an evening briefing and dinner
Overnight: Galapagos Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - Eden Islet, Santa Cruz Island, North Seymour Island
After breakfast, a panga ride takes you to Eden Islet, located off the coast of Santa Cruz Island. Here, you see a variety of Galapagos wildlife, blue-footed boobies, reef sharks, and frigates. A chance to snorkel, kayak and ride a glass-bottom boat (weather permitting). Continue to North Seymour Island, lifted from the ocean floor by a seismic event. Cliffs that are only a few feet high form the shoreline, where swallow-tailed gulls sit perched on ledges and a tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stand just above the landing. This island is teeming with wildlife! You might have to give right-of-way to a passing sea lion or a marine iguana. Along the way, perhaps you may see the famous Galapagos blue-footed booby nesting beside the trail or spot flocks of pelicans in a feeding frenzy. Keep on the lookout for the magnificent frigate bird, with its puffed-up scarlet throat sack, perched in low bushes watching over their chicks. Tonight, bid goodbye to the crew, the naturalist guides and your new-found friends at the Farewell Dinner
Overnight: Galapagos Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Thursday - Disembarkation, Balta Island, Flight to Quito
Disembarkation at Baltra Island. Then, proceed to the airport for the flight to Quito through Guayaquil. Arrive late afternoon in this historic city in the high Andes at the base of the Pichincha Volcano and transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure to discover this charming city independently
Overnight: Quito ▲
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Friday - Quito City Tour & Visit to the Middle of the World
The morning's tour begins with a visit to the colonial section of Quito to walk along the narrow cobblestone streets and feel the charm of 16th-century Quito. See the Independence Plaza, the Cathedral, Presidential Palace, and the Archbishop's Palace before visiting La Compañia de Jesus Church, with its beautiful gilded interior or the Church and Monastery of San Francisco, one of the great religious buildings of the New World with its impressive facade and atrium. Afterward, visit the Middle of the World Monument, located at a latitude of 0º, and stand with one foot in the Northern and one in the Southern Hemisphere. Balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Quito
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Saturday - Depart Ecuador
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Day 11 and will require a transfer on Day 10. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time
Meals: Breakfast

▲ Due to the high elevation, travel in the Ecuadorian Andes may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

Virgin Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

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