Ecuador and Galapagos
Special Offer dates:
17th August 2017 – save £150pp, from £4,145 per person
Book by 30th April 2017, subject to availability, terms & conditions
Other departure dates at regular prices may also be available, please ask for details.
On this tour, you will experience the Galapagos Islands and observe their remarkable wildlife up close. See giant tortoises and a number of indigenous bird species, and swim with sea lions, penguins and perhaps even sea turtles. Explore the old colonial centre of Quito, visit a colourful local market, see Ecuador’s most impressive volcano, and spend a final night in Guayaquil, on the banks of the Guayas river.
- First-class expedition cruiser
- Stand on the equator
- Visit an authentic local market and Cotopaxi volcano
- Encounter amazing wildlife at close quarters
- Small group size – maximum 16 people
Day one – fly to Quito via Bogotá: overnight flight from London to Quito via Bogotá with Avianca. (N)
Day two – Quito: late morning arrival. Transfer to the Hilton Colon for a three-night stay. Rest of the day at leisure. (N)
Day three – Quito: morning tour of Quito’s historic centre and the Middle of the World equatorial line monument. (B)
Day four – Avenue of the Volcanoes: full-day tour into the Avenue of the Volcanoes, an area of sleepy villages, patchwork fields and volcanic peaks. Explore Cotopaxi National Park and visit a colourful indigenous market for an insight into local culture. (B, L)
Day five – fly to the Galapagos: fly to the Galapagos Islands and board the Santa Cruz II for a five-night cruise of these fascinating islands (Horizon Deck cabin*). (B, L, D)
Days six to nine – Galapagos: shared excursions with a naturalist guide for close encounters with some of the most rare animals and birds, including land iguanas, giant tortoises, Darwin’s finches, boobies and flightless cormorants. The days are spent exploring islands with different characteristics to see the variety of wildlife and landscapes. (B, L, D)
Day 10 – Fly to Guayaquil: disembark the cruise and fly to Guayaquil. Transfer to the Hampton Inn for one night. (B)
Day 11 – fly to London via Bogotá: morning at leisure or optional tour of the city or a banana or cacao plantation. Evening flight to London, via Bogotá with Avianca. (B)
Day 12 – London: afternoon arrival. (N)
Meal basis: as per itinerary – B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner; N: no meals
Locally escorted tour: this tour is led in each destination en route by a local tour guide.
Superior tour: typically based in four- and five-star accommodation.
Park fees: Galapagos National Park fees and beverages on board are not included.
* Galapagos cruise cabin upgrades: on each departure, it is possible to upgrade to an Expedition or Panorama Deck cabin. Ask for details.
Extensions to the Galapagos: it is possible to stay extra nights in the Galapagos on the boat or at an eco-island hotel and visit other islands. Please enquire for details.
Private and tailor-made travel: this itinerary can be taken privately. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Ask for details.
What is included?
- International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
- UK departure and overseas airport taxes
- Accommodation, itinerary and meal basis as described
- Local transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
- Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
- Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
- ATOL and ABTA protection for your financial security
- RB Collection ‘VIP Experience’ service
from £3,995 per person
Peru and the Galapagos Islands make a perfect combination. It can be done easily in two weeks, however if you have a little more time I would suggest extending it to three so that the pace is a little more relaxed and you can spend more time exploring these fascinating destinations. I have visited both and would be delighted to guide you through the options.