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Grand Galapagos & Colonial Quito

8 days / $ 5789
Kim MacQuarry

Venture from city highlights on mainland Ecuador to the protected reserve dominating the remote Galapagos archipelago.

This Ecuador-based custom itinerary begins in the capital city of Quito. Then embark on a Galapagos cruise and explore the archipelago’s wonders. Each day brings an exciting new discovery. Snorkel with sea lions, swim with turtles, hike over lava flows, and look for marine iguanas as well as countless bird species.

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Meet our representative at the Quito airport for a transfer to your comfortable hotel in the city. Relax at your hotel or explore Quito at your leisure.

Meet your tour guide for a visit to Quito’s UNESCO-recognized Historic Center. Highlights include the neo-gothic Basilica, the exquisite Jesuit Church, and Plaza San Francisco which is shadowed by Pichincha Volcano.

Upon arrival at Baltra airport, meet your guides for a transfer to your cruise ship. Enjoy lunch as you set sail on the first adventure. Ride a dinghy boat from shore to a tranquil lagoon bordered by mangroves where pelicans, herons, and egrets feed. In the calm waters, you’ll see turtles swimming among white-tipped reef sharks.

Make a wet landing on Sullivan Bay and walk on a path through extensive lava flows formed in the 19th century. You’ll have time to snorkel and swim in the water.

Enjoy a memorable walk on the dark red beach of Rabida Island. Take a dinghy ride to observe nesting seabirds and then snorkel off the coast amid the thriving marine life.

In the morning, make a wet landing on a volcanic black sand beach and explore the uplifted coral reef where you may find giant tortoises, land iguanas, and flightless cormorants. Snorkel with sea turtles, sea lions and tropical fish.

After lunch, walk to a saltwater crater lake with views of Isabel’s volcanic cones. Then take a dinghy ride to see colonies of blue-footed boobies and Galapagos penguins.

Cross the Bolivar Channel and land on the rocky shore of Fernandina to see marine iguanas mingling with sally lightfoot crabs on the lava terrain. Enjoy snorkeling with diverse endemic sea fauna.

Take a dinghy ride to observe a variety of sea and coastal birds. Enjoy deep-water snorkeling in one of the richest marine havens on Earth.

Land at Puerto Ayora and drive into the Santa Cruz highlands. Enjoy a short walk through the lush green hills to see wild giant tortoises.

Transfer to Baltra airport to catch your flight back to mainland Ecuador. On arrival at the Quito airport, meet your driver and transfer to your hotel.

Enjoy a final breakfast at your Quito hotel. Then meet our representative for a transfer to the airport to begin your journey back home.

You can also customize this itinerary to continue your exploration of Latin America’s wonders.

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Price per person from:
Luxury Superior Comfort
Double $ 5389 $ 4829 $ 4089
Single $ 7919 $ 7139 $ 5889
  • 3 nights of accommodation in stated hotels
  • 4 nights on Galapagos cruise ship
  • Breakfast at all hotels
  • Tours stated in the itinerary with English speaking guides
  • Transfers and entrance fees
  • All meals on the Galapagos cruise
  • Flights Quito - Galapagos - Quito
  • Airfare not mentioned
  • Lunches and dinners (unless otherwise specified)
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips
  • Galapagos Park Fee (100 USD)
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