Overview

Head up into the Andes Mountains, walk down the very first UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the Historic Center of Quito and top it all off with an eye-opening exploration of the Enchanted Isles! With this package, you’ll get to soak in the beautiful sights and history of Quito before and after your trip to the Galapagos Islands! All from the comfort of the luxurious and perfectly-situated Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel in Quito! The Galapagos, too, will be an unforgettable experience aboard the Yacht Isabela II!

What you get

  • Airport transfers
  • 3 nights at Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel in Quito
  • 5-day/4-night Southern Galapagos Islands itinerary aboard Yacht Isabela II
  • Quito City Tour

A Sneak Peek

 

Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel - Overview
Southern Galapagos Islands itinerary aboard Yacht Isabela II - Rabida Island
Scenic Tour of Quito - Middle of the World
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Highlights

A professionally guided tour of:

Quito:

  • Guided day tour of Quito and the Middle of the World

Southern Galapagos Islands:

  • Baltra
  • Santa Cruz
  • Floreana
  • Champion Islet
  • Española
  • San Cristobal

Quito & Southern Galapagos Islands Map

Day by Day

Day 1: Arrive to Quito/ Transfer to Hotel

Home on the Equator: Casa Gangotena, Quito

The gorgeous landscape of Quito welcomes you to Ecuador! A member of our team will greet you at the airport. They will help you with your luggage and you’ll take a transfer to Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel. On the drive, you’ll receive a brief introduction to Quito and Ecuador along with valuable information regarding your stay in this country.

Day 2: Quito City Tour

Home on the Equator: Casa Gangotena in Plaza San Francisco, Quito

In the morning, you’ll take a tour of the city and the Guayasamin Museum. In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Middle of the World Monument. Later you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner at Casa Gangotena’s restaurant. After dinner, you can rest up at the hotel, with an exclusive view of Quito’s Historic Center.

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

Home on the Equator: Charles Darwin Station

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

Baltra Island

You’ll arrive at Baltra Airport and transfer over to the Itabaca Channel by bus, where a ferry awaits to take you over to Santa Cruz Island. Following a short 30-minute bus ride over the Highlands, you’ll arrive at the restaurant where you will enjoy lunch.

Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)

After heading down from the highlands to the town of Puerto Ayora, you’ll be able to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the numerous giant tortoises that reside there. Later, you’ll board the Yacht Isabela II. After checking in, the Captain invites you to a welcome cocktail and then dinner.

Day 4: Floreana Island/ Champion Islet

Glass-bottom boat Champion Islet Galapagos

 

After breakfast, guests disembark at Post Office Bay to visit historic Post Office Bay and the emblematic Post Office Barrell. This place has functioned as a center for correspondence in the archipelago for over two centuries! Additionally, you’ll be able to swim or snorkeling along the beach.

Cormorant Point & Champion Islet

Later on, we will visit Cormorant Point, which has an olivine-crystal beach and a brackish-water lagoon where bird species like American flamingos can be spotted. Afterward, at Champion Islet, guests can choose to snorkel, ride along the coast in dinghies or observe the underwater world from the comfort of Yacht Isabela II’s glass-bottom boat.

Day 5: Española Island

Home on the Equator: Gardner Bay

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 to January), and the famous “blowhole” geyser await!

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 6: Punta Pitt/ Cerro Brujo

Home on the Equator: Punta Pitt

Punta Pitt

Our guests head over to the eastern tip of San Cristobal Island. The trail that ascends from the beach provides spectacular views of the shoreline. After the walk, guests will have the chance to swim along the beach, snorkel, or take a dinghy ride, depending on the weather.

Cerro Brujo

After lunch, a dinghy ride along the coast takes our guests over to Cerro Brujo’s coral sand beach. This is an ideal site for walking along and observing a vast quantity of seabirds and shorebirds.

Day 7: Transfer to Airport/ Arrive to Quito/ Transfer to Hotel

Home on the Equator: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

After breakfast, we will depart to the pier and then assist you with your transfer to the airport for your flight back to the mainland. Upon arrival in Quito, you’ll meet your transfer back to Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel.

Day 8: Transfer to Airport/ Farewell!

You’ll take your transfer to Quito’s airport to catch your international flight back home.

Conditions

  • Subject to availability
  • Based on double accommodation in a Classic Twin 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.
  • *Subject to availability – Luxury double room

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Domestic flights (Quito-Galapagos-Quito, approx. $500)
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee ($100 USD per person – subject to change without prior notice)
  • INGALA Migration control card ($20 USD per person – subject to change without prior notice)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Wetsuits
  • Personal expenses (Late checkout, laundry, gifts, etc)
  • Meals not described in the program

 

Testimonial

Yacht Isabela II

“…the real gems are the tours and the tour guides.”

This yacht is truly amazing. The cabins are small, but well designed, clean and functional. The public areas are spacious and welcoming. The food and restaurant service is outstanding.

One day chef served a whole suckling pig for lunch! But the real gems are the tours and the tour guides. The schedule is packed, but completely flexible – so the guides take full advantage of opportunities (like swimming with sharks near the yacht) and guest preferences (like snorkeling off the beach). We really couldn’t fault Isabella II and would come back in a heartbeat.

richtinn10 – London, United Kingdom