Overview

Explore some of the most pristine islands in the world in the company of those you love the most with this special package that’s tailored for families! This package begins in Quito (one of the first cities in the world to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site!) and ends with the Galapagos Islands, offering a fun and delightful trip for the whole family (and for all ages)! With our “Pirates Aboard” Program in the Galapagos, keeping the little ones entertained won’t be a problem at all either! So get ready to have fun, be amazed, and learn a ton about Quito and the Galapagos Islands!

What you get

  • Airport transfers in/out of Quito
  • 5-day/4-night Western Galapagos Islands aboard the Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise
  • Kid-friendly Day Tour of Quito’s Historic Center & Middle of the World Monument
  • 2 nights at the Swissotel in Quito

A Sneak Peek

 

Scenic Tour of Quito - Middle of the World
Western Galapagos Islands - Floreana
Swissotel Quito - Premier Room
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Highlights

A professionally guided tour of:

Quito:

  • Historic Quarter
  • Middle of the World + Intiñán Museum (with experiments)
  • Chocolate Workshop

Western Galapagos Islands:

  • Santa Cruz
  • Isabela (Punta Vicente Roca)
  • Fernandina
  • Santa Cruz (Charles Darwin Research Station)
  • Floreana

Pirates Aboard” Program on the Santa Cruz II

  • Educational activities
  • Special “Kids Menu”
  • Children’s Books
  • Movies and games in our Discovery Room
  • Visits to the bridge of the Santa Cruz II to spend some time with the Captain and learn a lot about the boat
  • Complimentary activity book complete with coloring pages, maps, educational texts, stickers, and spaces for keeping a diary of their Galapagos adventure.

Galapagos Family Vacation

Day by day

Day 1: Arrive in Quito/ Transfer to Hotel

Galapagos Family Vacation: Hotel in Quito

Welcome to Quito, Ecuador! At the airport, you will be greeted by a member of our team who will assist you with your luggage. You’ll take a transfer to Swissotel. On 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

intinan museum in ecuador

On this day, you and your family will visit Quito’s Historic Center. Along the excursion, you’ll stroll through Independence Plaza flanked by several important landmarks and structures. After this, we visit several famous churches and the famous La Ronda Street, where you’ll be able to participate in a chocolate workshop!

Later on, we visit the Middle of the World Monument, where you’ll be able to place one foot in each of the planet’s hemispheres! From here, it’s on to nearby Intiñan Museum, where you and the youngest members of your family can participate in experiments that can only be performed and witnessed on the equatorial line!

Day 3: Arrive in Galapagos/ Transfer to Boat/ Dragon Hill

Galapagos family vacation: arrival in Galapagos

You’ll transfer to Quito’s airport in time to board your flight to the Galapagos Islands!

Baltra Island

You’ll arrive at Baltra’s airport and transfer to the dock, where you’ll board the Santa Cruz II. Following an onboard introductory briefing, we partake in an emergency boat drill. Afterward, receive your cabin assignment and enjoy lunch.

Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island)

The first stop along our journey is Cerro Dragon. The fascinating landscapes of Cerro Dragón (Dragon Hill) on Santa Cruz’ north shore feature a brackish-water lagoon frequented by American flamingos. Further inland, the trail offers beautiful views of the bay.

Day 4: Punta Vicente Roca/ Punta Espinoza

Galapagos family vacation: Punta Vicente Roca

Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island)

This destination offers us the chance to observe the enigmatic flightless cormorant! Weather permitting, snorkeling alongside the cliffs offers a chance to see rich marine life.

Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)

In the afternoon, explore the archipelago’s youngest island, Fernandina. The complete absence of introduced animals is one of its biggest draws. Species such as iguanas, sea lions, Sally lightfoot crabs, hawks, penguins and flightless cormorants can be found here.

Day 5: Santa Cruz Island

Puerto Ayora & the Charles Darwin Research Station

In the morning, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, which consists of a giant tortoise Breeding Center and prickly-pear cactus forest, home to many land birds. Following this visit, you’ll take a private transport to the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island where you’ll stop off at a restaurant and enjoy lunch in an entirely different ecosystem.

Highlands

Several options are discussed with your Expedition Leader in advance of the afternoon’s activities. Afterward, guests will return to Puerto Ayora and hop aboard the Santa Cruz II

Day 6: Española Island/ Champion Islet

Baroness Tower + Post Office Bay

After breakfast, you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful views from the lookout at Baroness Cove. Following this activity, you’ll disembark at Post Office Bay and visit the historic Post Office Barrell, which has served as a correspondence center in the archipelago for over two centuries!

Champion Islet + Cormorant Point

After lunch, you’re invited to snorkel or ride along on the glass-bottom boat to explore the wonders of Champion Islet. This extinct shield volcano is considered one of the best snorkeling spots in all of the archipelago. From here, we’ll head over to Cormorant Point and a wet landing on an olivine-crystal beach for a leisurely walk that includes a brackish-water lagoon where American flamingos, pintail ducks, common stilts, herons, sandpipers, and other birds tend to gather.

Day 7: Transfer to Airport/ Farewell!

Baltra Island Airport Transfer

You will disembark at Baltra Island and transfer to the airport to catch your flight back to the mainland.

Conditions

  • Subject to availability
  • Based on double accommodation in a Horizon Explorer cabin
  • All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice
  • Rates valid for 2019: except Christmas & New Year (December 23, 2019 – January 06, 2020)
  • Restrictions apply
  • Galapagos itineraries are subject to change due to weather conditions, logistical reasons, guests’ safety and/or Galapagos National Park Regulations.
  • *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
  • Domestic flights to/from Galapagos (approx. $500)
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee ($100 USD per person – subject to changes)
  • INGALA Migration control card ($20 USD per person – subject to changes)
  • Beverages
  • Tips
  • Wi-fi onboard ( due to the Galapagos’ remote location, internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth, fee of $40+taxes per device)
  • Wetsuits
  • Personal expenses (late checkout, laundry, gifts, etc)
  • Meals not described in the program

Testimonial

“The weather was beautiful. The ship itself was a lot of fun… the food is excellent. Everything is very, very clean and well taken care of. Guides were very knowledgeable.” ~Tania Tavares