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

Important information 

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.