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 Galapagos Islands Itinerary aboard any of our expedition vessels
  • 2 nights at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

A Sneak Peek

Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel
Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel
Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel - Front View
Quito City Tour - Panecillo
Quito City Tour
Quito City Tour - Panecillo
Yacht isabela II - Galapagos Islands
Kayaking on the turquoise waters of Galapagos
Yacht Isabela II - Galapagos Islands
Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel - Poolside
Beach entrance to Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel - Beach Entrance
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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

Galapagos Islands:

  • Unique endemic species
  • Wonderful uninhabited islands in the National Park
  • Multi-guided expeditions
  • Small groups per guide
  • Greatest Expedition Vessels in the Galapagos Islands

and…

The following aboard Yacht Isabela II*:

  • Accommodation in a Classic Twin double cabin (ask your Destination Expert for upgrade options)
  • All meals (We cater for all diets: vegetarian, vegan, celiac, gluten-free, etc.)
  • FREE unlimited soft drinks package
  • Island sightseeing with a Naturalist Guide
  • Snorkeling
  • FREE wetsuits
  • Glass-bottom Boat
  • Kayaks
  • Paddleboards
  • Onboard Medical Officer

*Please note that this is a sample vessel and itinerary.
Ask your Destination Expert about our fleet and our 5-day itineraries!

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

Galapagos giant tortoise Santa Cruz Island

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

Please note that the following Northern Galapagos Islands Itinerary aboard Yacht Isabela II is one of the many options you can choose for your Galapagos adventure. Ask our Destination Experts about our fleet and available itineraries.

Baltra Island

We land at Baltra Airport and then make our way to the Itabaca Channel. There, we take a ferry across to Santa Cruz Island. A 30-minute bus ride leads to the fascinating, more humid Highlands of the island where we’ll learn about its unique ecosystems and biodiversity. Lunch to be enjoyed at a local restaurant.

Note: Please make sure to bring comfortable shoes and clothes, a small backpack or satchel and any medication you might need. Sunblock, insect repellent, and sunglasses are also recommended. You’ll board our stunning Yacht Isabela II at the end of the excursion.

Santa Cruz Island’s Highlands and Puerto Ayora

After lunch, we drive to a nearby reserve that is one of the best places in the archipelago to enjoy the imposing site of giant tortoises. The tortoises enjoy lumbering around, munching on grass and leaves, and wallowing in small pools and will happily stay still for all your photos! A short bus ride takes us back to board the Isabela II.

Day 4: Santiago Island

Egas Bay at Santiago Island in Galapagos

Puerto Egas (Santiago Island)

Puerto Egas offers us the opportunity to walk down a black sand beach and the enjoyment of land and marine birds amid a landscape of stunning rock formations and lava flows. At low tide, you can delight with the site of the unique marine iguanas grazing. A nearby colony of fur seals can be spotted down the path.

Chinese Hat Islet

This islet, formed only relatively recently, makes a wonderful afternoon visit as we explore the wildlife along its trail, which begins at a crescent-shaped, white sandy beach. The cove offers excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities amid and the darling site of Galapagos penguins swimming and frolicking near the rocks.

Day 5: Genovesa Island

Guests in Genovesa Island

Prince Philip’s Steps (Genovesa Island)

We start off with a scenic ride along the cliffs of “Bird Island” as Genovesa is known, followed by a walk up a stone staircase that takes us into the island proper. From here, the trail winds its way through large colonies of Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, great frigatebirds, and storm petrels. This is a bird watcher’s paradise! Those who do not wish to disembark and walk within the island can enjoy a longer panga ride along the cliffs, or enjoy some snorkeling and kayaking.

Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)

We land after lunch at the white beach of stately Darwin Bay. We can enjoy a leisurely walk through the winding path and gaze at the resident birds, which include frigatebirds, red-footed and Nazca boobies, as well as gulls, herons, finches, and mockingbirds.

Day 6: Santa Fe Island / South Plaza Island

Santa Fe land iguana Galapagos

Santa Fe Island

We take the dinghy over to this idyllic sandy-white beach populated by colonies of sea lions. The stately Galapagos hawks are rather intrepid and may swoop by you from on high or remain perched in a nearby cactus. The Santa Fe land iguana is also a common site as it scampers after fruit or mates. Evening time is a great opportunity for snorkeling and swimming along a natural wave barrier rock formation where Sea Lions can be seen swimming splendidly.

South Plaza Island

In the afternoon, we make our way around to the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island to the eastern mouth of the Itabaca Channel. Boarding the pangas, we navigate alongside this rocky coastline, enjoying the stunning plant life, and rock formations. Then it’s back to the water for some more snorkeling or a ride around in the glass-bottom boat. This is one of the best snorkeling sites in the whole archipelago and we may enjoy a startling array of surgeonfish, angelfish, groupers, hogfish, hawkfish, parrotfish, blenny, and the occasional reef shark or ray.

Day 7: Transfer to Hotel

finch bay pool view galapagos ecuador

Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

On this day, you will disembark on a shared transfer to get to the airport, where a second shared transfer will take you to the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel.

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

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.

In Quito, you’ll stay at the airport hotel EB By Eurobuilding for the night.

Day 10: Transfer to Airport / Farewell!

Today you catch your flight back home!

The EB By Eurobuilding hotel will provide you with an airport transfer service, for you to get there easily and promptly.

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

  • Published rates are valid for 2023 (except Christmas & New Year’s departures).
  • Listed prices are based on double occupancy. For child rates and single supplements please contact your destination expert.
  • This package and its accommodation options are subject to availability.
  • A minimal deposit of 15% per person is required to confirm your reservation.
  • Credit card payments are exempt from additional fees.
  • Breakfasts and taxes are included for your hotel in Quito.
  • At the Finch Bay Hotel, children’s rates apply to kids under 12 years old sharing a room with 2 adults.
  • 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 (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
  • Fuel Surcharge*

*ETICA Empresa Turistica Internacional C.A. reserves the right to charge a fuel supplement without prior notice should the closing price of West Texas Intermediate Fuel increase above $70 per barrel on the NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange Index). In the event a fuel supplement is charged, ETICA Empresa Turistica Internacional C.A. will have sole discretion to apply the supplementary charge to both existing and new bookings, regardless of whether such bookings have been paid in full. Such supplementary charges are not included in the cruise fare. The fuel supplement charge will not exceed $25.00 per passenger per day.

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