Overview

Get ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime that will see you experiencing not one, but two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, back-to-back! Begin in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, as you immerse yourself in the rich history and vibrant culture of this spectacular Andean city. Guided and interactive tours will bring you that much closer to the city’s essence as you explore the inside of centennial churches and cathedrals, all before getting to know the locals themselves and their unique way of life.

After that, the Galapagos Islands invite you to experience them via two distinct forms of exploration. First, an expedition cruise will take you on an adventurous exploration of the remote islands. Second, a land-based component will see you revel in the relaxed yet captivating island life that’s found on Santa Cruz. Adventure awaits around every corner of this unforgettable package that combines the best of both Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands like never before!

What you get:

  • Airport Transfers
  • 2 nights at Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel in Quito
  • scenic tour quitoFull-day Quito City Tour
  • Roundtrip Domestic Airfare (Quito-Galapagos-Quito)
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee
  • INGALA Transit Control Card
  • 5-day Northern Galapagos Islands Cruise aboard the Santa Cruz II
  • 2 nights at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

A Sneak Peek

 

Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel
Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel - Front View
Quito City Tour
Quito City Tour - Panecillo
Northern Galapagos Islands
Northern Galapagos Islands - Rabida Island
Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel - Poolside
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Highlights

Professionally guided tours of:

Quito:

  • Historic Quarter
  • Independence Square
  • La Compañía de Jesús Church
  • San Francisco Church and Convent
  • San Roque Neighborhood (like a local)
  • El Panecillo

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)
  • 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

The following at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel:

  • 1 half-day excursion
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Quito & Galapagos lifetime adventure

Day by Day

Day 1: Arrive in Quito / Transfer to Hotel

Quito-at-night

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 Casa Gangotena Boutique 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 City Tour

Historic Center in Quito

On this day, you’ll visit the Historic Center of Quito. This marvelous place was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. On this day, we stroll through Independence Plaza where we’ll see the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace. After that, we visit La Compañia de Jesus and San Francisco Church and Convent with their impressive, gilded and baroque interiors, respectively. Afterward, we’ll explore La Ronda Street, the Casa del Alabado Museum, and El Panecillo Viewpoint. To top it all off, we’ll also explore the San Roque neighborhood, where you’ll get to experience Quito like a local! Lunch at Casa Gangotena is included as part of this tour.

At the end of the tour you’ll be taken back to Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel. Overnight in Quito.

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

Las Bachas in Galapagos

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

Egas Bay at Santiago Island in Galapagos

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

Rabida Island in Galapagos, Ecuador

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

Genovesa Island 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 Highlands / Transfer to Hotel

Santa Cruz Highlands Giant Tortoise

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.

Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

After this visit, we will transfer you directly to the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel where you’ll be checked in and have time to enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your own leisure. The day will end with an exquisite dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel.

Day 8: Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel Excursions

Surfing at Tortuga Bay in Galapagos

On this day, you’ll be free to choose from a number of the Finch Bay’s daily activity options, such as visits to: Cerro Mesa, Tortuga Bay, and Divine Bay. For more information on these activities, be sure to check out the “Half-day Land Activity Options” tab below.

At the end of the tour, you’ll be taken back to the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel.

Overnight at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel.

Day 9: Transfer to Airport / Arrive in Quito / Transfer to Hotel

View of Quito's Old Town

On the final day, you’ll enjoy breakfast and hop on your transfer to the airport, from which point you’ll take your flight back to Quito.

Once you arrive in Quito, you’ll take your transfer to Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel.

Overnight in Casa Gangotena.

 

 

Day 10: Transfer to Airport / Farewell!

At the designated time, you will be picked up from your hotel to take your transfer to the airport. Safe travels!

Half-day Land Activity Options at the Finch Bay

Tortuga Bay in the Galapagos Islands

Option 1 – Cerro Mesa

This private reserve combines endemic forests with impressive volcanic terrain. Here, visitors will get the opportunity to observe fascinating species of birds as well as the trail that Galapagos Giant Tortoises use to migrate between vegetation zones. During our visit of the reserve, we’ll explore the surroundings of Mount Scoria, from which will get to soak in an impressive view of the central region of the archipelago.

Option 2 – Tortuga Bay

Beautiful Tortuga Bay is located to the southwest of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. During the walk there, visitors will get to check out endemic birds of the archipelago, particularly Darwin’s Finches. If you’re looking for adventure, Tortuga Bay is the ideal place to partake in snorkeling, kayaking, and surfing!

Option 3 – Divine Bay

This oasis of tranquility is teeming with numerous magnificent species! The bay here is naturally protected from the waves thanks to volcanic reefs, mangroves, and the cliffs that surround it. Here, you’ll find pelicans, blue-footed boobies, sea turtles, and more! Relax on the beach or experience the underwater wonders as you go snorkeling!

Conditions

  • Rates valid for 2019 except Christmas & New Year (December 23, 2019 – January 03, 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 your hotel in Quito.
  • 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 excursions 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 Finch Bay Suite are $190 per person.

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • Wi-Fi aboard the Santa Cruz 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

“I had a great time on the Santa Cruz II. The itinerary was great… blown away by the places we visited. The guides were extremely informative and helpful. The accommodations on the boat were also great.” ~Chris