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 7-day 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
  • 7-day Eastern Galapagos Islands Cruise aboard the Santa Cruz II

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
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Eastern Galapagos Islands - Santa Fe Island
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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

Eastern Galapagos Islands:

  • San Cristobal
  • Española
  • North Seymour
  • Santa Fe
  • South Plaza
  • Santa Cruz

and…

The following aboard the Santa Cruz II:

  • Accommodation in a Horizon Deck double cabin (ask your Destination Expert for upgrade options)
  • All meals (designed by a Le Cordon Blue Gastronomic Director)
  • FREE unlimited soft drinks package
  • FREE bottle of champagne
  • Island sightseeing with a Naturalist Guide
  • Snorkeling
  • FREE wetsuits
  • Glass-bottom Boat
  • Kayaks
  • Paddleboards
  • Onboard Medical Officer
  • Luggage Handling
  • Transfers on the Islands

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: Arrive in Galapagos / Transfer to Boat / Mosquera Islet

Land Iguana on Mosquera Islet in Galapagos

On this morning, you’ll take a transfer to Quito’s airport and fly to the Galapagos to begin your 7-day Eastern Galapagos Islands itinerary:

Baltra Island

You will land in Baltra Island by plane in the morning and then transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz II. After an introductory briefing onboard, we will all partake in an emergency boat drill, be assigned to your cabin and then be invited to lunch.

Mosquera Islet

After lunch, the Santa Cruz II will sail to Mosquera Island – a small piece of volcanic uplift that sits between the larger islands of Baltra and North Seymour. An easy, enjoyable walk along the coastline allows visitors to admire the young sea lions and give snorkeling a go, too!

Day 5: San Cristobal Island

Piquero de patas azules y turistas en Punta Pitt, Galápagos

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

After breakfast, we will disembark (dry landing) at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the archipelago’s capital, where we’ll get to visit Cerro Colorado and the Breeding Center for highly endangered giant tortoises that amble around under the cover of a fantastic deciduous forest. This forest also happens to be home to dozens of bird species and the San Cristobal lava lizard – both of which happen to be endemic species on this island!

Punta Pitt

In the morning, the group heads over to the eastern tip of San Cristobal Island. The trail that ascends from the beach provides spectacular views of the shoreline, allowing guests to observe frigatebirds and a colony of bachelor sea lions. After the walk, weather permitting, you will have the chance to swim along the beach and snorkel.

Day 6: Santa Fe Island / South Plaza Island

Sea lion at South Plaza in the Galapagos

Santa Fe Island

We take a dinghy from the Santa Cruz II over to this idyllic white-sand beach that’s populated with colonies of sea lions. The brilliantly yellow Santa Fe land iguana, which, in the entire world, is exclusive to just this island, might also be spotted during the walk. Later, you’ll have your choice of swimming or snorkeling along a natural wave barrier.

South Plaza Island

Here, the turquoise waters of the channel contrast brilliantly with the white sand beach and volcanic rocks that make up the shoreline. Along the coastline, you’ll spot sea lion colonies and seabirds frolicking along the cliffs of this small but spectacular island.

Day 7: Santa Cruz Island

Giant tortoise in Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos

Puerto Ayora & the Charles Darwin Research Station

In the morning, we disembark in Puerto Ayora and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to check out the breeding program for giant tortoises. Afterward, a bus takes the group up and over Santa Cruz Island to visit the highlands.

Highlands

You will have several options to choose from in the afternoon, these of which can be discussed in advance with your Expedition Leader. At the end of the afternoon’s activities, guests will return to Puerto Ayora and hop aboard the Santa Cruz II.

Day 8: Española Island

Albatross at Punta Suarez in the Galapagos Islands

Punta Suarez

The morning outing at Punta Suarez gifts us a spirited trek across lava terrain to visit the unique seabird colonies that populate this area. Waved albatrosses (visible from April until January), and the famous “blowhole” geological formation await! Afterward, we return to the Santa Cruz II for lunch.

Gardner Bay

In the afternoon, we disembark at this beautiful, white coral beach for a short walk to observe the sea lions, mockingbirds and finches. Guests can choose to simply enjoy the beach or explore the astonishing sites via snorkeling.

Day 9: Santa Cruz Island / North Seymour Island

Galapagos Land Iguana

Eden Islet (Santa Cruz Island)

After breakfast, a panga ride takes us over to Eden Islet – a small islet located off the coast of Santa Cruz Island. It is here that you will have the chance to observe blue-footed boobies diving into the water, reef sharks swimming around and frigatebirds flapping about. There’s a chance to snorkel and, weather permitting, take a ride aboard the glass-bottom boat or do some kayaking.

North Seymour Island

North Seymour is the result of oceanic uplift that resulted from a volcanic event long ago. Its origins as a seabed give the island its low, flat profile. Enjoy a walk along the coast and inner area of this beautiful and relatively flat island. Throughout the excursion, you will get to observe numerous bird colonies as well as sea lions and land iguanas.

Day 10: 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 11: 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

  • Rates valid for 2019 except Christmas & New Year
  • This package and its accommodation options are subject to availability
  • $500 deposit per person is required
  • Credit card payments are exempt from additional fees
  • Breakfasts and taxes are included for Quito Hotel
  • Rates based on double occupancy, for a single quote please contact your destination expert.
  • Rates listed are for adults. Please ask your Destination Expert for rates for children under 12 years old.
  • Galapagos itineraries are subject to change due to weather conditions, logistical reasons, guests’ safety and/or Galapagos National Park Regulations.
  • 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 aboard the Santa Cruz II (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

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