Overview

Allow yourself to be enchanted by three of the most beautiful destinations in the world: Quito, Otavalo, and the Galapagos Islands. The fascinating architecture and history that surrounds one of the best-preserved Historic Quarters in all of South America await! Otavalo – with its eclectic markets and artisanal crafts – will be the colorful prologue to a journey of profound exploration across an archipelago that has never failed to make visitors fall in love.

In the Galapagos Islands, you’ll have an incredible opportunity to observe all the fearless and fascinating creatures that inhabit the landscapes (and are found nowhere else in the world!), up-close and just mere steps away! Aboard Yacht Isabela II, you’ll awaken at a new island each and every day, with landscapes that are sure to take your breath away. New and exciting experiences in Ecuador and the Galapagos will be right at your fingertips!

What you get

  • Airport Transfers
  • 3 nights at the Hilton Colon Hotel in Quito
  • scenic tour quitoHalf-day Quito's Old Town + Middle of the World Private Tour
  • Full-day Otavalo Private Tour
  • Roundtrip Domestic Airfare (Quito-Galapagos-Quito)
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee
  • INGALA Transit Control Card
  • 5-day Central Galapagos Islands Cruise aboard Yacht Isabela II

A Sneak Peek

 

Hilton Colon Hotel Quito
Hilton Colon Hotel Quito - Double Beds Executive Room
Quito private Tour - Independence Square
Quito private Tour - Independence Square
Otavalo's Market
Full-day Otavalo Private Tour
Family vacations on Santa Fe Island
Central 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 Church and Convent
  • Middle of the World Monument
  • El Panecillo Viewpoint

Otavalo:

  • Mira Lago Viewpoint
  • Poncho Plaza (Artisan’s Market)
  • Artisan Workshops

Central Galapagos Islands:

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

and…

The following aboard Yacht Isabela II:

  • Accommodation in Classic Twin double cabin
  • All meals (designed by a Le Cordon Blue Gastronomic Director)
  • FREE unlimited soft drinks package
  • Island sightseeing with a Naturalist Guide
  • Snorkeling
  • FREE wetsuits
  • Glass-bottom Boat
  • Kayaks
  • Paddleboards
  • Onboard Medical Officer
  • Luggage Handling
  • Transfers on the Islands

Quito, Otavalo & Galapagos enchantments

Day by Day

Day 1: Arrive in Quito / Transfer to Hotel

Quito & Galapagos enchantments: Hilton Colon Hotel

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 the Hilton Colon 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 + Middle of the World Tour

Middle of the World Monument in 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. On this day, you’ll also get to experience the marvelous El Panecillo Viewpoint that offers sweeping views of Quito.

Afterward, you’ll head to the Middle of the World and get to place both feet on each side of our planet’s equator!

At the end of the tour you’ll be taken back to the Hilton Colon Hotel. Overnight in Quito.

Day 3: Otavalo

Poncho market in Otavalo, Ecuador

On this day, you’ll be picked up at your hotel to begin your journey to Otavalo. Your first stop along the way will be Mira Lago – an impressive lookout point that offers mesmerizing views of San Pablo Lake and Imbabura Volcano. While soaking in the views, you’ll get to sample some typical local delicacies. Afterward, you’ll head to the Otavalo Market, also known as the “Poncho Plaza,” where you’ll dazzle your senses with the wide of array of colors, textiles, and artisanal wares, many of which you’ll surely want to take back home with you!

The next stop will be Miguel Andrango’s workshop, where you’ll get to learn about the creative process behind a number of textiles. Following that, you’ll experience the vegetable and fruit market of Otavalo along with the Andean instruments over at Ñanda Mañachi. The tour ends with a visit to Hacienda Cusin, where you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch that’s been prepared using organic ingredients from the nearby garden.

At the end of the tour you’ll be taken back to the Hilton Colon Hotel. Overnight in Quito.

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

Quito & Galapagos enchantments: Charles Darwin station

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

Baltra Island

You arrive at Baltra Airport and are shuttled down to the Itabaca Channel where we’ll assist you in taking a ferry across to Santa Cruz Island. In the highlands of Santa Cruz Island we will enjoy lunch. Afterward, we will continue down to the town of Puerto Ayora.

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

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 5: Santa Fe Island / South Plaza Island

Quito & Galapagos enchantments: South Plaza

Santa Fe Island

The idyllic white-sand beach of Santa Fe Island is populated by colonies of sea lions. Galapagos hawks are often easily observed here, typically found sitting perched atop the salt bushes. 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.

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. Along the coastline, we’ll walk right by sea lion colonies while seabirds play along the cliffs of this small but spectacular island.

Day 6: North Seymour Island / Santa Cruz Island

Quito & Galapagos enchantments: Las Bachas, Santa Cruz island

North Seymour Island

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)

This site is an important nesting area for the east Pacific green sea turtles. Las Bachas, located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, comes complete with a glorious white-sand beach. Nearby lagoons are the feeding grounds for various wading birds, from stilts all the way to flamingos. You are welcome to swim or snorkel from the beach here.

Day 7: Bartolome Island / Santiago Island

Quito & Galapagos enchantments: Sullivan Bay

Bartolome Island

On this morning, an iconic and postcard-worthy Galapagos feature awaits: Bartolome Island, where the view from the top makes it well worth the climb! There will also be time for you to enjoy the beach as well as do some snorkeling. You can also choose to ride aboard the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world without getting wet.

Sullivan Bay (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 8: Transfer to Airport / Farewell!

Baltra Island Airport Transfer

After breakfast, you’ll take a transfer to the airport to catch your flight back to the mainland. Safe travels!

Conditions

  • Rates valid for 2019 except Christmas & New Year (December 20, 2019 – January 06, 2020)
  • 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.
  • Upgrades to Casa Gangotena Hotel Room are $150 per person.

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • Wi-Fi aboard Yacht Isabela 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 Galapagos Islands on Yacht Isabela II

“…guides were extremely knowledgeable… a highlight of this trip.”

This was a whirlwind 5-day tour of the southern islands with plenty of activities, ranging from naturalist walks with abundant wildlife at close proximity, snorkeling, kayaking, etc. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and were part of the highlight of this trip. The ship is very well appointed and well thought out to accommodate @40 guests… we were part of a tour group of 34. This is a very professional operation from top to bottom!

Davidtaft – Sayulita, Mexico