Overview

Allow yourself to be enchanted by two of the most beautiful destinations in the world: Quito and the Galapagos Islands. The fascinating architecture and history that surrounds one of the best-preserved Historic Quarters in all of South America await! Quito will be the golden 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 will be right at your fingertips!

What you get

  • Airport transfers in Quito
  • 2 nights at the Hilton Colon Hotel in Quito
  • 5-day/4-night Central Galapagos Islands itinerary aboard Yacht Isabela II
  • Scenic Tour of Quito (3 hours, private)
  • All meals aboard Yacht Isabela II

A Sneak Peek

 

Central Galapagos Islands - Santiago Island
All meals aboard Yacht Isabela II
Hilton Colon Hotel Quito - DOUBLE BEDS EXECUTIVE ROOM
Scenic Tour of Quito - Independence Square
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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

Central Galapagos Islands:

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

Quito and Galapagos Enchantments

Day by Day

Day 1: Arrive to 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 staff who will assist you with your luggage. You’ll take a transfer all the way to your hotel (the Hilton Colon Hotel). During the ride, you will also be given a brief introduction of Quito and Ecuador along with valuable information regarding your stay in the country.

Day 2: Quito City Tour

Quito & Galapagos enchantments: Quito Historic Quarter

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

Quito & Galapagos enchantments: Charles Darwin station

Baltra Airport (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. Afterwards, 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. Afterwards, 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

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 5: 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 6: 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 7: Tranfser 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

  • 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 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 change without prior notice)
  • INGALA Migration control card ($20 USD per person – subject to change without prior notice)
  • 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
  • Departure transfer (international)

Testimonial

The Galapagos Islands on Yacht Isabela II

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

This was a whirlwind 3 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