Quito / Galapagos Islands / Guayaquil

Hightlights:

  • Private city tours of Quito and Guayaquil
  • 5 Days / 4 Nights Cruise on board The Cormorant or The Grand Majestic (16 passengers max per boat)
  • Tours of various Galapagos beaches
  • See a wide range of bird species, wildlife and marine life.
  • View the breeding grounds of sea turtles

ACCOMODATIONS

CITYNIGHTSHOTELS
Quito2JW Marriott Hotel
Galapagos Islands4Grand Majestic or Cormorant
Guayaquil1Hilton Colon
DAY 1
Arrive in Quito

Upon arrival, meeting and private transfer to your hotel.

DAY 2
Quito

Walking tour of the Colonial District of Quito. Visit some of the city’s most famous squares, churches and colonial buildings, such as The Independence Plaza and La Compañia Church. After lunch visit the Middle of the World Monument. (B)

DAY 3
Quito | Galapagos Islands

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands (not included in tour rate).  Meeting upon arrival and transfer to the pier for embarkation.

Grand Majestic:
Santa Cruz Island
Morning arrival at Baltra Island and transfer to your yacht. In the afternoon, you will visit “Fausto Llerena” Giant Tortoises Breeding Center in Puerto Ayora, where giant tortoises are bred in captivity (B,L,D)

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M/C Cormorant:
Baltra & Santa Cruz Island
Morning arrive at Baltra Island and transfer to your yacht. In the afternoon, you will visit Bachas Beach which is a beach for swimming. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs and other wildlife and marine life. In addition, sea turtles nest on the beach. (B,L,D)

DAY 4
Galapagos Islands

Grand Majestic:
Genovesa Island
Morning visit to El Barranco (or Prince Phillip’s Steps), a steep, rocky path up a high cliff and home to the Palo Santo forest. In the afternoon, you will visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay and walk along a half-mile trail that winds through mangroves to tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully.(B,L,D)

M/C Cormorant:
Bartholomew & Santiago Islands
Morning visit to Bartholomew Island where the famous Pinnacle Rock is found. Take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano where you will enjoy one of the best views of the islands! You will also visit a small, beautiful beach which is perfect for snorkeling. In the afternoon, you will visit Sullivan Bay. (B,L,D)

DAY 5
Galapagos Islands

Grand Majestic:
Rabida & Chinese Hat
Morning visit Rabida Island (or Jervis) which is one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago as well as a great snorkeling site. The island is a birdwatcher’s delight with a variety of species. In the afternoon, you will visit Chinese Hat Islet, a great location to view many geological formations such as lava tunnels and lava flows. (B,L,D)

M/C Cormorant:
South Plaza & Santa Fe Islands

Morning visit to South Plaza Island, with steep cliffs formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. Afternoon visit to Santa Fe Island (Barrington) which is home to a small picturesque bay and two visitor trails: one leading to a scenic viewpoint atop a cliff, and the other spanning from a small beach to a tall prickly pear cactus forest. (B,L,D)

DAY 6
Galapagos Islands

Grand Majestic:
San Cristobal Island
Morning visit to Witch Hill with one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos with its white powdery sand and the abundance of animals. The clear water provides an excellent opportunity for enjoying swimming and snorkeling. In the afternoon you will take part in an excursion to Lobos Island (Sea Lion Island), home to noisy, playful, jolly sea lions. (B,L,D)

M/C Cormorant:
San Cristobal Island
Morning visit to Witch Hill with one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos with its white powdery sand and the abundance of animals. The clear water provides an excellent opportunity for enjoying swimming and snorkeling. Afternoon visit to Pitt Point, hosts to a variety of bird species. (B,L,D)

DAY 7
Galapagos Islands | Guayaquil

Grand Majestic:
San Cristobal Island
In the morning, tour the Interpretation Center and learn about natural history of the islands including human interaction and conservation efforts. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to mainland Ecuador.

M/C Cormorant:
San Cristobal Island
In the morning, tour the Breeding Center Jacinto Gordillo (La Galapaguera)” where giant tortoises are bred in the wild. Later, take part in an excursion to Lobos Island (Sea Lion Island), home to noisy, playful, jolly sea lions. This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (B)

DAY 8
Departure from Guayaquil

Enjoy a city tour of Guayaquil, including Guayaquil Cathedral and Seminario Park, the Malecon and some scenic neighborhoods. After the tour, continue to the airport for your return flight. (B)

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