Air & Land
7 Day Galapagos & Ecuador with 3 Day Cruise
Cruise Package Includes
- Flights Miami-Guayaquil, Quito-Miami
Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
- Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
- All intra-flights: Guayaquil-Baltra & San Cristobal-Quito
- 6 nights accommodations
- 1 night Hotel Oro Verde, Guayaquil
- 3 nights Galapagos Cruise on Galapagos Legend
- 2 nights Mercure Hotel Alameda, Quito
- Cruise porterage
- All transfers
- 12 Meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
- Services of English-speaking local guides
- Services of English-speaking naturalist guides in the Galapagos
- Galapagos National Park Fee of $100
- Galapagos Transit Control Card fee of $10
- Galapagos Islands
- Historic Quito City Tour
DAY 1, Sunday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador and the nation’s largest port. Arrive and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore independently the city’s museums, botanical gardens and parks
DAY 2, Monday - Fly to Baltra
Embark this morning on a journey to the beginning of time as we transfer to the airport for the 600-mile flight to the Galapagos Archipelago of volcanic islands, five million years in the making. Meeting at Baltra airport by our naturalist- guides; transfer to the pier to board the M.V. Galapagos Legend. Lunch on board with time to settle in before this afternoon’s excursion to the Mosquera Islet, located between North Seymour and Baltra Islands. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions and is an excellent place to observe shorebirds such as herons and Lava Gulls. Most of the islet is covered with sand and barren lava rock. Return to the ship for dinner and an evening welcome briefing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3, Tuesday - Sail to South Plaza
Morning landing on the northern part of the South Plaza Islet. The walk begins in an impressive cactus forest surrounded by land and marine iguanas. As we reach its highest point, look for Tropicbirds, Nazca and blue-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls. Here, there are also many large colonies of the smaller sized land iguanas, thriving on all kinds of vegetation. Due to their proximity with marine iguanas, this is the only place on earth where we will find the Galapagos hybrid iguana. After lunch on board, our afternoon landing is at Santa Fe Island, with its white sandy beach surrounded by a sea lion colony. This island is home to a number of endemic species including Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos Snake, a variety of finches and one of the four species of Galapagos mockingbirds. Then, time for spectacular deep-water snorkeling, or just relax on the beach. Tonight, dinner and an informative lecture by the naturalist-guides
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4, Wednesday - Sail to San Cristobal
Disembark this morning at the Pitt Islet on San Cristobal Island. The rocky trail takes us to a path that climbs to the top of a volcanic tuff, through several magnificent viewpoints. At this site, it’s often possible to see the three species of boobies seen together, as well as two species of frigate birds and a sea lion colony. Time for snorkeling before returning to the ship for lunch. In the afternoon, we land at Cerro Brujo, with its beautiful white sand beach - great for snorkeling and sunbathing. Stop at a lagoon where several migratory bird species can be seen, such as the black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, other sandpiper species and white-cheeked Pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal and the adjacent coast. Dinner and lectures on board
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5, Thursday - Fly to Quito
On our last day in the Galapagos Archipelago, we’ll visit the San Cristobal giant tortoise breeding center. Visit the Breeding Center to learn more about the National Park’s conservation programs before our picturesque drive to the reserve. Here, we’ll see these enormous and slow moving tortoises in their natural surroundings. The most famous tortoise, George, lived to over a hundred years. Afterwards, on to the port village to shop for souvenirs, or just relax at a café before proceeding to the airport for the flight to Quito, a historic masterpiece in the high Andes at the base of the Pichincha Volcano. Arrival and transfer to our hotel in this beautiful city; rest of the day at leisure
DAY 6, Friday - Quito City Tour
Discover Quito today with its treasures of art and architecture. Quito’s colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved in Latin America is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin at the Independence Plaza, flanked by the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace. Continue to the Metropolitan Cultural Center with its exhibits highlighting Ecuadorian culture and rich history. Visit the Compania of Jesus Church with its beautiful gilded interior and the Monastery of San Francisco, one of the great religious buildings of the New World with its impressive façade and atrium. Time to enjoy this delightful city on your own, with its lovely markets, shops, cafes and excellent local food
DAY 7, Saturday - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA
Gate 1 itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.
Hotel Oro Verde, Guayaquil
This First Class hotel is located in the commercial and banking area of Guayaquil.
M/V Galapagos Legend,
The MV Galapagos Legend is a deluxe expedition ship designed and equipped according to world class standards. There are 57 cabins on board, each offering a unique view of the Galapagos Islands through a porthole lookout or an upgraded larger panoramic window. Each room includes a European style bathroom, and is furnished with a unique and refined interior. Take advantage of the outside decks for once in a lifetime views of the Galapagos Islands.
Mercure Hotel Alameda, Quito
This first class hotel boasts one of the most privileged locations in the city.
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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Guayaquil-Galapagos-Quito.
It is recommended that passengers select flights that depart no earlier than 8 am on Day 7.
Passport numbers for all passengers must be submitted before documents can be issued.
The route and program may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration patterns. Wildlife and visits listed in the itinerary are based upon optimal conditions and therefore subject to change.
Dry landing: Passengers step from the dinghy onto rocks or a dock.
Wet landing: As the dinghy edges onto a sandy beach, passengers step into knee-deep water and wade ashore.
Sturdy shoes are recommended for this program.
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