Overview

This amazing package is valid for departure dates within the next 30 days. Seize it today!

This Galapagos last-minute deal will see you enjoy a relaxing day of discovery along the historic streets that form a part of the Quito’s Historic Quarter before heading over to the Galapagos Islands. In the Galapagos, you’ll get to explore some of the most pristine landscapes, white sand beaches, and wholly unique wildlife, all of it from the comfort of one of the best yachts available in the archipelago. All of this for an incredible price!

What you get

  • Airport Transfers
  • 2 nights at Mercure Alameda Hotel in Quito
  • Half-day Middle of the World Tour
  • 5-day Northern Galapagos Islands Itinerary aboard the Santa Cruz II

A Sneak Peek

 

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Mercure Alameda Hotel - Deluxe Suite
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Half-day Middle of the World Tour
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Southern Galapagos Islands - Floreana Island
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Highlights

A professionally guided tour of:

Quito:

  • Middle of the World
  • Accommodation in a Deluxe Double Room at the Mercure Alameda Hotel

Northern Galapagos Islands:

  • Baltra
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Rabida
  • Bartolome
  • Genovesa

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)
  • Island sightseeing with a Naturalist Guide
  • Snorkeling
  • 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 landscape

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 Mercure Alameda 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: Half-day Middle of the World Tour

Middle of the World Monument in Ecuador

A trip to Ecuador wouldn’t be complete without a photo depicting one foot in the northern hemisphere and another in the southern hemisphere. Middle of the World City is located just 13.5 km (8.3 mi) north of Quito. The central monument delineates the imaginary equatorial line while also housing an Ethnographic Museum, which is filled with interactive exhibits about Ecuador.

Visitors will also be able to see the surrounding, small village which offers various attractions including numerous shops, the train station, the Cacao Plaza, Colonial Quito, and the Planetarium.

Overnight at Mercure Alameda Hotel.

Day 3: Arrive in Galapagos / Santa Cruz Island / Transfer to Boat

Galapagos giant tortoise

On this morning, you’ll be transferred to Quito’s airport to board your flight to the Galapagos Islands!

Baltra Island

You will land in Baltra Island by plane in the morning and then take a guided transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz II. After an introductory briefing onboard, all passengers will partake in an emergency boat drill and then lunch.

Las Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz Island)

This beautiful visitor site is located on the northern shore of Santa Cruz Island, where a glorious white beach awaits along with a couple of brackish lagoons that are just a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons actually serve as the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. You are more than welcome to enjoy swimming and snorkeling activities at this beach, too.

Day 4: Santiago Island

Buccaneer Cove

Explore the coastline along the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer Cove, all while learning about the area’s history. This cove is home to a large number of marine birds, sea lions, and inter-tidal organisms. We will also get to marvel at the fantastic geological formations. Here, you will have the chance to go snorkeling, take a ride on the dinghy or the glass-bottom boat.

Puerto Egas

Enjoy a swim or snorkel along the rocky shorelines, typically in the company of marine turtles. After, a walk will give us the opportunity to see both land and marine birds as they skitter about a landscape that consists of tuff-stone layers and lava flows.

Day 5: Rabida Island / Bartolome Island

Tourists at Gardner Bay

Rabida Island

The color of this beach is the result of the unusually high levels of iron that are found within its sand. The walk here will bring guests close to a colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, and many more creatures. A nearby saltwater pond, too, is occasionally seen hosting American flamingos. Snorkeling along the beach is offered.

Bartolome Island

This island is home to Pinnacle Rock and is a great place for all of us to go for a swim and snorkel from the beach. Guests will get to go for a hike to the summit of Pinnacle Rock on this relatively small island, the viewpoint of which boasts fantastic views of the archipelago.

Day 6: Genovesa Island

Punta Pitt in the Galapagos Islands

Prince Philip’s Steps

A flight of stairs reach a flat and rocky plateau. Once there, you can walk along comfortably and check out large colonies of Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, great frigatebirds and storm petrels. Otherwise, you can opt for enjoying a longer dinghy ride along the cliffs, weather permitting. Kayaking here is optional.

Darwin Bay

In the afternoon, we will land at the beautiful beach that lines this bay to enjoy some swimming and/or snorkeling. Following this refreshing dip, the excursion will head out to take a stroll and observe hundreds of different birds. Opportunities for snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming are available here.

Day 7: Santa Cruz Island / Transfer to Airport / Farewell!

Tortoise Reserve

You will begin your last morning on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, where you will head out for one last visit over at the Giant Tortoise Reserve, where one of the final highlights of this itinerary awaits: giant tortoises roaming around in the wild. These lush highlands include dense forests consisting of Galapagos daisies, orchids and bromeliads as well as several endemic land birds.

Baltra Island

After this final visit, you will take your transfer vehicle to Baltra airport and say farewell to Galapagos!

Conditions

  • Rates valid for new bookings in 2020, departing less than 30 days from date of reservation, excluding peak season dates.
  • Upgrade to Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel in Quito is for an additional $190 per person.
  • This package and its accommodation options are subject to availability.
  • Credit card payments are exempt from additional fees.
  • Breakfasts and taxes are included for your stay in Quito.
  • Rates based on double occupancy and for adults. For a single quote or a quote that includes children (under the age of 12), please contact your Destination Expert.
  • Galapagos itineraries are subject to change due to weather conditions, logistical reasons, guests’ safety and/or Galapagos National Park Regulations.
  • Full payment is required.
  • In order to qualify as a Last-minute Deal, this Package must be purchased no more than 30 days (or less) before your departure date.
  • Restrictions apply
  • Valid only for direct clients.

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Domestic flights (Quito- Galapagos-Quito). This can be included for an extra of $508 USD (this price is subject to availability and changes without prior notice).
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee (which will depend on the visitor’s nationality) and INGALA Transit Control Card  ($20 USD per person). Both of these are subject to change without prior notice
  • Drinks (juices, soda, and alcoholic beverages), tips, and meals not mentioned in this package.

 

Testimonial

Galapagos aboard Yacht Isabela II.

“We thank the Crew of Isabela II for giving us a wonderful experience and journey.”

We went on a 5-days Galapagos Island Cruise on the Isabela II Yacht from 15 – 20 April and a 2-day Quito tour organized and arranged by Metropolitan Touring […] The crew members of Isabela II picked us up at Seymour Airport on Baltra Island. We went to […] Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant tortoises. Getting so close to the giant tortoises was what I once thought that unless you are Sir David Attenborough you would never do. Each Island we visited held fresh wonders. Giant tortoises, land and marine iguanas, frigate birds, blue-footed boobies and all other birds were unconcerned with our presence.

On the Isabela II, the cabins were comfortable and provided for all our necessities. We were also provided with trekking poles, snorkels, diving suits, and towels for our onshore excursions […]. They looked after us very well from the beginning until we left the Yacht. […] We were guided by crew members who have in-depth knowledge of all the islands and the wildlife of Galapagos. […] All our meals were fresh […] Every day our menus were different and delicious. The Isabela II photographer took high-quality photos of our adventure and later sent them to us as a gift. It was a privilege for us to visit the Galapagos Islands. We thank the Crew Members of Isabela II for giving us a wonderful experience and journey. The fond memories will always remain in our heart […] I recommend Metropolitan Touring for their management of the Galapagos Island cruise and Quito Tour.

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