Overview

Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands are the perfect destinations for a romantic getaway! In Quito, you’ll get to discover one of the very first places in the world to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site while staying at one of the most romantic hotels in South America. You’ll also get to unravel the history of this wonderful city before simmering down in the gorgeous hot springs that sit right outside the city limits.

Following that part of the adventure, you’ll be taken to the Galapagos Islands to hop aboard a Galapagos cruise! The superb attention to detail and exquisite service, paired alongside the natural wonders that you’ll discover with your partner, will make your experience here a truly unforgettable one.

Every moment throughout this complete package offers the perfect opportunity to discover new things together and create memories that will last a lifetime.

What you get:

  • Airport Transfers
  • 4 nights at Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel in Quito
  • scenic tour quitoFull-day Quito City Tour
  • Full-day Relaxation at Papallacta Hot Springs
  • Roundtrip Domestic Airfare (Quito-Galapagos-Quito)
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee
  • INGALA Transit Control Card
  • 5-day Galapagos Islands Itinerary aboard any of our expedition vessels

A Sneak Peek

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Full-day Quito City Tour - San Francisco Plaza
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Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel in Quito - Front view
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Full-day Relaxation - Papallacta Hot Springs
Yacht La Pinta - Galapagos Islands
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Yacht La Pinta - Galapagos Islands
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Highlights

A professionally guided tour of:

Quito:

  • Historic Quarter
  • Independence Square
  • La Compañía de Jesús Church
  • San Francisco Plaza
  • Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Acclaimed Ecuadorian Artist Oswaldo Guayasamin’s House (with a Chocolate Tasting, featuring To’ak’s renowned cacao)
  • Papallacta Hot Springs

Galapagos Islands:

  • Unique endemic species
  • Wonderful uninhabited islands in the National Park
  • Multi-guided expeditions
  • Small groups per guide
  • Greatest Expedition Vessels in the Galapagos Islands

and…

The following aboard Yacht La Pinta*:

  • Accommodation in a Luxury Double Cabin (ask your Destination Expert for upgrade options)
  • All meals (We cater for all diets: vegetarian, vegan, celiac, gluten-free, etc.)
  • FREE unlimited soft drinks package
  • Island sightseeing with a Naturalist Guide
  • Snorkeling
  • FREE use of wetsuits
  • Glass-bottom Boat
  • Kayaks
  • Paddleboards
  • Onboard Medical Officer

*Please note that this is a sample vessel and itinerary.
Ask your Destination Expert about our fleet and our 5-day itineraries!

The Best of Mashpi rainforest and Galapagos

Day-by-Day

Day 1: Arrive in Quito / Transfer to Hotel

Quito's Metropolitan Cathedral

Welcome to Quito, Ecuador! At the airport, you will be greeted by a member of our team who will assist you with your luggage and transfer to Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel. During the ride, you will receive a brief introduction of Quito and Ecuador along with valuable information regarding your stay in the country.

Day 2: Quito City Tour

San Francisco Plaza in Quito

On this day, you’ll visit the Historic Center of Quito. This marvelous place was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. On this day, we stroll through Independence Plaza where we’ll see the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace. After that, we visit La Compañia de Jesus and San Francisco Church and Convent with their impressive, gilded and baroque interiors, respectively. Shortly after, we’ll go to the Metropolitan Cathedral to admire the view from up top, along with its magnificent domes. Lunch will be had at the Plaza Grande Café, where you’ll get to savor Ecuadorian cuisine.

You’ll also want to get your senses ready to experience sublime art pieces and the exquisite flavors that reside in chocolate produced by the renowned To’ak brand. You’ll experience all this over at the home of Ecuador’s most famous painter – Oswaldo Guayasamin.

At the end of the tour you’ll be taken back to Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel.

Overnight in Quito.

Day 3: Papallacta Hot Springs

Termas de Papallacta

The hot springs at Papallacta are the perfect place to continue this romantic adventure! Let your mind and body relax as you enjoy the spectacular views that surround you. You also have the choice of strolling along trails that are found throughout this 200 hectare property before dipping into the hot springs or enjoying the services provided at the spa.

At the end of the tour you’ll be taken back to Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel.

Overnight in Quito.

Day 4: Transfer to Airport / Arrive in Galapagos / Transfer to Boat / Santa Cruz Island

Galapagos giant tortoise Santa Cruz Island

You will take a transfer to Quito’s airport in time to catch your flight to the Galapagos Islands!

Please note that the following Northern Galapagos Islands Itinerary aboard Yacht La Pinta is one of the many options you can choose for your Galapagos adventure. Ask our Destination Experts about our fleet and available itineraries.

Baltra Island Airport

Following your morning arrival at Baltra Airport, you will take a transfer ferry across the Itabaca Channel – a small channel that separates the north shore of Santa Cruz Island from Baltra Island. Afterwards, you will board a private bus that will take you, along with other guests, up into the highlands, where we will all have the opportunity to learn about Santa Cruz’s unique ecosystems and biodiversity. Lunch is served at a local restaurant.

Highlands (Santa Cruz Island)

After lunch, we will continue by private bus to reach a reserve that is one of the best places in the archipelago to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. The tortoises are easy to spot lumbering around, eating grass and sometimes even wallowing in the small pools. There are several lava tunnels in the reserve, too. After this, a short, private bus ride will take us down to the town of Puerto Ayora to board Yacht La Pinta.

Day 5: Santa Cruz Island / Chinese Hat Islet

Giant tortoise in northern Santa Cruz

Eden Islet (Santa Cruz Island)

Following breakfast, a panga ride will take us down to Eden Islet, located off the coast of Santa Cruz Island, where they can observe blue-footed boobies diving into the water, reef sharks and frigates. There’s a chance to snorkel or ride aboard La Pinta’s own glass-bottom boat, weather permitting. The volcanic setting of this area is quite stunning due to its variety of volcanic debris, complete with cinder cones, tuff cones, and semi-eroded lava flows.

Sombrero Chino Islet

The tiny island of Sombrero Chino gets its name from its appearance, which is reminiscent of a Chinese Hat. This islet, which formed fairly recently, makes for a beautiful visit as one explores the wildlife along its 400-meter long trail, which begins at a crescent-shaped white sand beach. The cove offers excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities in the company of whitetip reef sharks and Galapagos penguins.

Day 6: Bartolome & Santiago Islands

Galapagos Islands tours: Bartolome island

Bartolome Island

On this morning, an iconic and postcard-worthy Galapagos feature awaits: Bartolome Island. We will disembark from our dinghy shuttle boats and begin a steep climb up a wooden staircase where the view from the top makes the trek well worth the effort! Following the walk, we will once again hop aboard the dinghies for a ride around the colossal Pinnacle Rock. After this, there will be time for you guests to enjoy the beach as well as some snorkeling. You can also choose to ride aboard the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world.

Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island)

After lunch, we will board the dinghy to disembark at Sullivan Bay over on the east coast of Santiago Island. This visitor site comes complete with a white coral-sand beach, which is great for swimming and snorkeling. Additionally, there’s a trail that goes over a lava field that once flowed here less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galapagos while observing its wildlife.

Day 7: Genovesa Island

Guests in Genovesa Island

Darwin Bay

In the morning, we will begin our exploration of this island with a casual stroll to observe marine and land birds. There is an optional walk over sharp lava and uneven terrain that rewards us with dramatic views, too. Otherwise, you can simply choose to return to the beach to enjoy swimming and snorkeling at this beautiful, natural harbor. If you are feeling more adventurous, you can opt to snorkel along the cliffs or paddle in sea kayaks.

Prince Philip’s Steps

The afternoon starts with a very interesting dinghy ride along the cliffs before we disembark at Prince Philip’s Steps – the start of a steep but short climb up a wooden staircase. Once at the top, the terrain is pretty flat, which allows for a mesmerizing, mile-long walk to the other side of this small island. Along the way, guests will get to check out large colonies of Nazca boobies, frigatebirds and storm petrels as well as the elusive short-eared owl.

Day 8: Transfer to Airport / Arrive in Quito / Transfer to Hotel

Casa Gangotena in Quito

Baltra Island

On this day, you’ll enjoy breakfast and hop on your transfer to the airport, from which point you’ll take your flight back to Quito.

Quito

Once you arrive in Quito, you’ll take your transfer to Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel.

Overnight in Casa Gangotena.

Day 9: Transfer to Airport / Farewell!

At the designated time, you will be picked up from your hotel to take your transfer to the airport. Safe travels!

Conditions

  • Published rates are valid for 2023 (except Christmas & New Year’s departures).
  • Listed prices are based on double occupancy. For child rates and single supplements please contact your destination expert.
  • This package and its accommodation options are subject to availability.
  • A minimal deposit of 15% per person is required to confirm your reservation.
  • Credit card payments are exempt from additional fees
  • Breakfasts and taxes are included for Quito Hotel
  • Galapagos Itineraries are subject to change due to weather, logistical, operational reasons, and Galapagos National Park restrictions (temporary or otherwise).
  • All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Restrictions may apply.
  • Please be aware that you can combine this Package with any of our Galapagos Cruise itineraries. Our Destination Experts will customize the package based on your request and send you a quote.

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • Wi-Fi (due to the Galapagos’ remote location, internet connection is intermittent and low-bandwidth. The cost for accessing Wi-Fi is $40 + taxes/per device)
  • Personal expenses (late checkout, laundry, gifts, etc)
  • Meals not described in the program
  • Fuel Surcharge*

*ETICA Empresa Turistica Internacional C.A. reserves the right to charge a fuel supplement without prior notice should the closing price of West Texas Intermediate Fuel increase above $70 per barrel on the NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange Index). In the event a fuel supplement is charged, ETICA Empresa Turistica Internacional C.A. will have sole discretion to apply the supplementary charge to both existing and new bookings, regardless of whether such bookings have been paid in full. Such supplementary charges are not included in the cruise fare. The fuel supplement charge will not exceed $25.00 per passenger per day.

Testimonial

…the service surpassed our expectations.

Absolutely great, well planned, the food was great every day, the service surpassed our expectations and the activities were something that really surprised us. We were on the 7-days Eastern Itinerary. I really like adventure activities and every day we had several options (adventure, diving, paddleboard, trekking, birds watching, and so on).

imbocerv – Quito, Ecuador