Overview

Looking for an escape from the ordinary into the extraordinary? This Galapagos last-minute deal is exactly what you need! 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, where 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! Hop aboard with us for this 7-day Quito and Galapagos Islands adventure, at an incredible price! You’ll create some of the most wonderful and unforgettable memories in both of these unique places, guaranteed!

What you get

  • Airport transfers
  • Scenic Tour of Quito
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Quito at Mercure Alameda Hotel
  • 5-day/4-night Central Galapagos Islands itinerary aboard Yacht Isabela II

A Sneak Peek

 

Mercure Alameda Hotel - Deluxe suite
Scenic Tour of Quito - La Compañia Church
Central Galapagos Islands - Fernandida Island
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Highlights

A professionally guided tour of:

Quito:

  • Independence Square
  • Compañía de Jesús Church
  • San Francisco Church and Convent

Central Galapagos Islands:

  • Baltra
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • Plaza Sur
  • Seymour Norte
  • Bartolome
  • Santiago

Galapagos Last Minute Deal - Central Galapagos Islands

Day by day

Day 1: Arrival in Quito/ Transfer to Hotel

Basilica church in Quito, Ecuador

Welcome to Quito and Ecuador! At the airport you will be greeted by a member of our staff. You’ll take a transfer all the way to your hotel (Mercure Alameda Hotel). This is a Private Service with a guide and driver and includes baggage assistance (with two pieces of luggage per person at hotel and at airport). During the ride, you will be given a brief introduction of Quito and Ecuador along with valuable information regarding your stay in the country.

Day 2: Scenic Tour of Quito

Scenic tour of Quito, Ecuador

Quito’s Historic Center – the largest and best-preserved Colonial Quarter in South America – is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this day, we will take stroll through the Independence Plaza, which itself is flanked by the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace. After that, we will visit the La Compañia de Jesús Church and admire its gilded interior before continuing onwards to the San Francisco Church and Convent – one of the largest architectural structures within a historic center in the Americas. Its impressive façade and atrium lead into its equally impressive Baroque interior. The tour ends at a lookout point with a great view of Quito and then your transfer back to your hotel.

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

Galapagos last minute deal: Isabela Yatch

Baltra Airport (Baltra Island)

A brief transfer will take us up to a restaurant in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island to enjoy lunch. Afterward, we will continue down to the town of Puerto Ayora.

Puerto Ayora & the Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)

After driving down from the highlands, we will get the chance to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the numerous giant tortoises that reside there. Afterward, we will take a stroll down the main street of Puerto Ayora before embarking Yacht Isabela II. After checking in, you’ll be invited to the Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and then dinner.

Day 4: Santa Fe Island/ South Plaza Island

Galapagos last minute deal: South Plaza

 

Santa Fe Island

Explore the idyllic white-sand beach of Santa Fe Island, which itself is populated by colonies of sea lions. The brilliantly yellow Santa Fe land iguana, which is exclusive to just this island (in the whole world!), might also be spotted during the walk. Swimming and snorkeling are available here.

South Plaza Island

The turquoise waters of the channel here contrast brilliantly with the white sand beach and volcanic rocks that make up the shoreline. Crawling around this entire scene are the yellow-greyish land iguanas. Along the coastline, we’ll walk right by sea lion colonies while seabirds play along the cliffs of this small but spectacular island.

Day 5: North Seymour Island/ Santa Cruz Island

Galapagos last minute deal: North Seymour

North Seymour Island

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. There are opportunities for snorkeling, dinghy coastal exploration or a glass-bottom boat ride for great views of the underwater world.

Las Bachas (Santa Cruz Island)

Las Bachas, located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, comes complete with a glorious white-sand beach, with several brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea, where flamingos are sometimes found. You are welcome to swim or snorkel from the beach here.

Day 6: Bartolome Island/ Santiago Island

Galapagos last minute deal: Bartolome island

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.

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.

Day 7: Transfer to Airport/ Farewell!

Baltra Island Airport Transfer

After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport to catch your flight back to the mainland. Safe travels!

Conditions

  • Subject to availability
  • Based on double accommodation in a Classic Twin Cabin
  • Valid for departures in the next 60 days (except peak season December 20th, 2019 – January 7th, 2020)
  • All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice
  • 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 flight 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
  • Personal expenses (late checkout, laundry, gifts, etc)
  • Meals not described in the program
  • Departure transfer (international)

 

Testimonial

Galapagos with Isabela II Yacht.

“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 organised 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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