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6 Nights from $3,349 w/air, hotel & air taxes*
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This 6 night sample itinerary includes:
  Flight in and out of Quito
  Airport - hotel - airport transportation
  2 nights in Quito at a first class hotel with breakfast
  City tour of Quito
  Flight Quito - Galapagos
  3-night Deluxe Galapagos Cruise aboard MV Galapagos Legend, MY Coral I or MY Coral II with full board
  2 daily island excursions with multilingual guidance
  Snorkeling
  Flight Galapagos - Quito
  1 night in Quito
  Hotel Taxes
  Not included: Snorkeling equipment rental, tips, personal expenses and meals or anything not specified.
  Friday and Saturday Departures
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Price history for this itinerary (past 7 days):
From Atlanta, GA for 6 nights
$3,898 * incl.tax
From Chicago Ohare Intl, IL for 6 nights
$3,429 * incl.tax
From Fort Lauderdale, FL for 6 nights
$3,449 * incl.tax
From Miami FL for 6 nights
$3,313 * incl.tax
From New York,John F Kennedy, NY for 6 nights
$3,376 * incl.tax
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Ecuador visitors favorite! Enjoy history, colonial sites and cultural heritage in Quito, the country's capital and base of operations for an unforgetable 3-night Galapagos Cruise experience. See prehistoric iguanas, giant tortoises, exotic birds, plants and beautiful landscapes of volcanoes, lava cones and magma flows. Swim and snorkel any time of the year in warm clear waters among tropical fish, manta rays, sea lions, swordfish, sea turtles and other marine wildlife.
This is a set package with Friday and Saturday departures from anywhere in the USA or Canada. Tours, activities, local transfers are included, as well as all meals aboard your cruise. Book your space now!
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Galapagos Cruise and Basic Ecuador - 6 nights
departing from Quito

The Capital City of Ecuador - Quito has wonderful spring-like climate. It is in a valley flanked by majestic mountains and on a clear day, several snow-capped volcanoes are visible from the capital. Is rich in history and much of the old colonial town is well preserved, the buildings are unchanged and to walk down colonial Quito's streets late at night is to step into bygone eras. Quito nestles a rich treasury of religious and decorative architecture and arts.

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Galapagos Cruise and Basic Ecuador - 6 nights
The most basic trip to Ecuador includes the most amazing encounter with wildlife in its natural environment. Travel to Quito, Ecuador's capital, for 3 nights and learn about its history, culture and heritage. Then, enjoy the main ingredient of this adventure: a 3 night cruise around the Galapagos Islands aboard the MV Galapagos Legend, MY Coral I or MY Coral II. Only a special few have the chance to travel to this Paradise, sailing on a charming ship with nautical wood and brass interior decor, featuring ample outer decks and sea-view cabins. Jacuzzi, swimming pool, bars and more await you for this once in a lifetime experience. See prehistoric iguanas, giant tortoises, exotic birds, plants and beautiful landscapes of volcanoes, lava cones and magma flows.Swim and snorkel any time of the year in warm clear waters among tropical fish, manta rays, sea lions, swordfish, sea turtles and other marine wildlife. Multilingual naturalist guides lead shore excursions twice a day to a place unlike any other; full of wildlife that has no fear of man. Lectures explaining the geology, history, evolution, flora and fauna of the islands are provided in several languages. Aboard your Galapagos Cruise, a fine selection of meals will delight you, from buffet breakfasts to gourmet dinners, ice cream festivals, and evening barbecues
Day 1: Friday or Saturday: QUITO
Arrival in Quito and Transfer to your hotel. Overnight at Quito Hotel or similar option.
Day 2: Saturday or Sunday: QUITO
Quito colonial city tour exploring the bustling streets and squares of the largest historical old town in the Americas. Visit some of its most important churches such as the majestic La Compania and iconic San Francisco, repositories of a stunning multi-ethnic, artistic and cultural heritage. Visits to churches on Sundays are not allowed. Overnight at Quito Hotel or similar option.
Day 3: Sunday or Monday: GALAPAGOS CRUISE
Transfer from your hotel in Quito to the airport to take a domestic flight to Galapagos. Flight duration: 2 hours. Upon arrival to Baltra Airport in Galapagos, you will be picked up by one of the guides and taken to the pier to board either the MV Galapagos Legend, MY Coral I or MY Coral II.
Your itinerary depends on which date the trip was taken and what cruise operates the route you will be on:
Day 3 - Sunday Itinerary - aboard MY Coral I or MY Coral II:
Route A and Route C: In the afternoon continue to Santa Cruz Island. Dry landing and visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, the place to meet world-renown Lonesome George and learn about the efforts that have been done to restore the tortoise populations in the islands.
Day 3 - Monday Itinerary - aboard MV Galapagos Legend:
Route A: Afternoon sail towards Santa Cruz Island. Dry landing and visit to the Highlands to find a natural reserve of giant tortoises, then continue to Pit Craters, a great place to spot Vermilion Flycatcher.
Route C: Wet Landing and visit Bachas Beach for a chance to spot flamingo ponds with iguanas, coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as interesting native and endemic vegetation, red and black mangroves, salt bushes, and much more.
Day 4: Monday or Tuesday: GALAPAGOS CRUISE
On your second day cruising around the Galapagos Islands, your itinerary will depend on the date your trip started and the cruise operating the route.
Day 4 - Monday itinerary - aboard MY Coral I or MY Coral II:
Route A: Morning visit to Santa Fe Island. Wet landing and continue on an either intermediate or high intensity hike looking to spot the endemic Santa Fe land iguana, the tallest cactus species and a Palo Santo Forest. In the afternoon, continue to South Plaza. After a dry landing, you will the chance to find two species of iguanas: land and marine, a colony of Swallow-tailed Gulls and sea lions as well as an opportunity to enjoy beautiful views of nearby cactus forests.
Route C: Wet landing at Cormorant Point in Floreana Island. Here you may find flamingoes, migratory birds, a green sand beach made of olivine, and behind the flamingo lagoon, a white sand beach where nesting sea turtles and sting rays may be found. The Interpretation Center is an excellent place to learn about Natural History in the Galapagos. Following, a visit to Devil's Crown. In the afternoon, continue for a wet landing at Post Office Bay where one can continue the tradition of sending letters by placing them in a barrel that exists since 1793.
Day 4 - Tuesday itinerary - aboard MV Galapagos Legend:
Route A: Wet landing at Egas Port to take a nice walk along the coast to find sea birds, coastal and migratory birds; includes an optional visit to the Salt Mines in Santiago where you can observe the two species of sea lions: Fur 'seals' and Galapagos Sea Lion. In the afternoon, continue for a dry landing at Bartolome Island to admire the best views of the Galapagos, including fascinating geological formations such as Pinnacle Rock, the most photographed site of the islands. Great snorkeling opportunities off a golden beach with penguins and sea lions.
Route C: After a dry landing, morning visit to South Plaza located in Plaza Island. Land and marine iguanas can be seen as well as Swallow-tailed gull and sea lion colonies. Enjoy beautiful views of the nearby cactus forests with a chance to see the Galapagos hybrid iguana, unique in the world. In the afternoon, continue to Santa Fe. Wet landing. Hiking in Santa Fe can be either intermediate or high intensity. Special sighting opportunities include the endemic Santa Fe Land Iguana, the tallest cactus species, and a Palo Santo forest.
Day 5: Tuesday or Wednesday: GALAPAGOS CRUISE
This is your third day cruising around the Galapagos Islands. Again, your itinerary will depend on the date your trip started and the cruise operating the route.
Day 5 - Tuesday itinerary - aboard MY Coral I or MY Coral II:
Route A: Wet Landing. Visit to Rabida in the morning. Rabida is a red sand beach with a large sea lion colony, Palo Santo forest and a unique type of cactus. This is the only place where nine species of Darwin's finches can be seen, mockingbirds and beautiful views from the highest spot. Continue to Santa Cruz Island in the afternoon. Wet Landing and visit Bachas Beach for a chance to spot flamingo ponds with iguanas, coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as interesting native and endemic vegetation, red and black mangroves, salt bushes, and much more. Route C: Cruise continues to Espanola Island. Wet landing to visit Gardner Bay and Garner Islet for great snorkeling opportunities off its beautiful white sand beaches. In the afternoon, dry landing at another spot in Espanola Island, called Suarez Point, considered one of the richest places in terms of species diversity: Nazca boobies' colony, blue footed boobies, Waved Albatross, sea lions, the most colorful marine iguanas of the Galapagos.
Day 5 - Wednesday itinerary - aboard MV Galapagos Legend:
Route A: Morning dry landing in Santa Cruz Island to visit Dragon Hill, place to spot the two species of iguanas: marine and land. Walk through a Palo Santo and giant Opuntia cactus forest,beautiful landscape from the highest point. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin's finches, Yellow Warblers and Galapagos Doves. Continue to North Seymour in the afternoon. North Seymour is one of the few places in the Galapagos where you will encounter frigate birds nesting and mating in the wild Route C: After a wet landing, morning visit to Pitt Point and Islet located in San Cristobal Island. This is one of the few places on the Islands where it is possible to see the three booby species together: Nazca, Blue-footed, Red-footed, also featuring Magnificent and Great Frigatebirds, a large sea lion colony great spots for dinghy rides and snorkeling, with a range of sea birds. In the afternoon, wet landing at Witch Hill 'Cerro Brujo', also in San Cristobal Island. With beautiful white sand beach, Witch Hill is a great place for snorkeling. Find along a beautiful lagoon where migratory bird species visit including Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels and White-cheeked Pintail.
Day 6: Wednesday or Thursday: GALAPAGOS CRUISE - QUITO
Fourth and final day cruising around the Galapagos Islands. Your Galapagos itinerary is linked to your trip start date and the cruise operating your route.
Day 6 - Wednesday itinerary - aboard MY Coral I or MY Coral II:
Route A: Circumnavigate the islet of Daphne, an eroded tuff cone formation that was created by successive volcanic activity, for an opportunity to see Darwin's finches, Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Red-billed Tropicbirds, Swallow-tailed Gulls, and Brown Noddies. Afterwards, transportation to Baltra airport to catch your flight to Quito.
Route C: Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, capital of the Galapagos Islands. Final stop at the Interpretation Center and Tijeretas, both in San Cristobal Island. The Interpretation Center is an excellent place to learn about Natural History in the Galapagos. The Museum of Natural History displays information on the volcanic origins of the islands, their remoteness from the continent, ocean currents, climate, the arrival of the different species and their colonization, among other points of interest. The human history is also showcased, chronologically narrating the most significant events related to the discovery and colonization of the islands. Continue to Tijeretas Hill for a high intensity walk through beautiful landscapes ending with a magnificent view nearby of a large frigate bird colony. After this last visit, transportation to San Cristobal airport to catch your flight to Quito.
Day 6 - Thursday itinerary - aboard MV Galapagos Legend:
Route A: In the morning you will go straight to Baltra airport to catch your flight to Quito.
Route C: Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, capital of the Galapagos Islands (San Cristobal Island). Visito to Cerro Colorado - Galapaguera, Breeding Center to learn about the National Park's conservation programs and opportunity to see Chatham Giant Tortoises in captivity. Last stop is the port village, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs. After the visit, transportation to San Cristobal airport to catch return flight to Quito.
All routes: Flight from Galapagos to Quito takes approximately 2 hours. Upon arrival in Quito, you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight at Hotel Quito or similar option.
Day 7: Thursday or Friday - QUITO
Transportation to the airport to take International flight back home. End of services.

Included:

  • 3-night Deluxe Galapagos Cruise
  • Domestic air ticket to and from Galapagos Islands
  • Cruise full board. Mainland 3 breakfasts.
  • Quito City tour in shared basis
  • 4 airport transfers in shared basis
  • 3-night accommodation in first class hotels in Quito (Hotel Quito or similar option)
  • Entrance fees
  • Galapagos National Park fee
  • Transit Control Card
  • Multilingual guides
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Air and Hotel Taxes

Not Included:

  • International departure tax US$ 40.80
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Medical services, insurance, tips and personal expenses
  • Snorkeling equipment rental, if any clients will be notified

Hotels - Restaurants (or similar):

  • Quito: Hotel Quito
  • Imbabura: Salinas Social Project (lunch)

2014 Friday and Saturday departures.

MY Coral I or MY Coral II - 3 night cruise - Route A:
Jan 12th, Jan 26th, Feb 9th, Feb 23rd, Mar 9th, Mar 23rd, Apr 6th, Apr 20th, May 4th, May 18th, May 31st, Jun 2nd, Jun 15th, Jun 29th, Jul 13th, Jul 27th, Aug 10th, Aug 24th, Sep 7th, Sep 21st, Oct 5th, Oct 19th, Nov 2nd, Nov 16th, Nov 30th, Dec 1st, Dec 14th, Dec28th.

MY Coral I or MY Coral II - 3 night cruise - Route C:
Jan 5th, Jan 19th, Feb 2nd, Feb 16th, Mar 2nd, Mar 16th, Mar 30th, Apr 13th, Apr 27th, May 11th, May 25th, Jun 8th, Jun 22nd, Jul 6th, Jul 20th, Aug 3rd, Aug 17th, Aug 31st, Sep 14th, Sep28th, Oct 12th, Oct 26th, Nov 9th, Nov 23rd, Dec 7th, Dec 21st.

MV Galapagos Legend - 3 night cruise - Route A:
Jan 13th, Jan 27th, Feb 10th, Feb 24th, Mar 10th, Mar 24th, Apr 7th, Apr 21st, May 5th, May 19th, Jun 3nd, Jun 16th, Jun 30th, Jul 14th, Jul 28th, Aug 11th, Aug 25th, Sep 8th, Sep 22nd, Oct 6th, Oct 20th, Nov 3rd, Nov 17th, Dec 1st, Dec 15th.

MV Galapagos Legend - 3 night cruise - Route C:
Jan 6th ,Jan 20th, Feb 3rd, Feb 17th, Mar 3rd, Mar 17th, Mar 31st, Apr 4th, Apr 28th, May 12th, May 26th, Jun 6th, Jun 23rd, Jul 7th, Jul 21st, Aug 4th, Aug 18th, Sep 1st, Sep 15th, Sep 29th, Oct 13th, Oct 27th, Nov 10th, Nov 24th, Dec 8th, Dec 22nd.

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The smallest country in the rugged Andean highlands, Ecuador is among the most rewarding travel destinations in South America. With its array of vibrant indigenous cultures, well preserved colonial architecture, picturesque volcanic landscapes and the dense Amazon Rain Forest, it packs its perimeters with more points of interest than many countries twice its size. All of this no more than a day drive from its picture perfect colonial capital of Quito.

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