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From £5595pp
12 days & 9 nights
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Tour Highlights

Classic Ecuador

Explore the highlights of mainland Ecuador, including the capital city of Quito, the Avenue of Volcanoes, and Cuenca with its colonial-era charms. Then fly to the Galápagos archipelago, whose stark, volcanic islands support a range of endemic wildlife. Throughout your three-day cruise here, a naturalist guide will join you on excursions and share their insights into this unique ecosystem.


DAY 1: Fly to Quito via Bogotá
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Fly to Quito via Bogotá

Fly from the UK to Quito via Bogotá, arrive the following morning in Quito. (N)

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

DAY 2: Arrive Quito
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Arrive Quito

Morning arrival and transfer to La Casona de la Ronda for a 2-night stay (N)

DAY 3: Quito
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Scenic tour of the old colonial centre of Quito, followed by a visit to the equatorial line monument, ‘Middle of the World’. (It is possible to add in an extra night and stay at a hacienda in the region of Otavalo. This verdant countryside north of Quito is home to a colourful market, San Pablo lake and small surrounding villages where weavers and craftsmen work.) (B)

DAY 4: Cotopaxi • Riobamba
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Cotopaxi • Riobamba

Travel south into the ‘Avenue of the Volcanoes’, with its fertile valleys, traditional villages, patchwork fields and soaring volcanic peaks. Explore the Cotopaxi National Park, a habitat for a variety of birds and Andean flora. Continue by road to Riobamba and spend a night at Hacienda Abraspungo or similar. (B, L, D)

DAY 5: Ingapirca • Cuenca
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Ingapirca • Cuenca

Travel by winding and scenic roads to the town of Alausí. Board the train for a journey down the zigzag tracks of the famous Devil’s Nose (subject to operation*) or alternatively, visit a local Andean community. Continue by road through stunning mountainous scenery to the Inca ruins of Ingapirca and finally on to Cuenca. Stay 2 nights at Hotel Santa Lucia. (B, L, D)

*The Devil’s Nose train from Alausi is currently not running and there is no indication of when it may restart. Should operations resume, it may be possible to add it into your programme.  

DAY 6: Cuenca
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Full-day tour of Cuenca, Ecuador’s beautiful southern colonial city. Explore the cobble-stoned streets, flower-filled plazas and historic churches. (B, L)

DAY 7: Cajas • Guayaquil
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Cajas • Guayaquil

Drive via the moorlands of the Cajas National Park, down to the coastal region and the city of Guayaquil. Optional afternoon tour of Guayaquil, including the waterfront and the picturesque historic Barrio Las Peñas. Stay overnight at the Wyndham Guayaquil. (B)

DAY 8: Fly to the Galapagos
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Fly to the Galapagos

Transfer to the airport and fly to the Galapagos Islands for a 3-night cruise on board the Seaman Journey or Beluga. It is also possible to take a 4-, 5- or a 7-night cruise, sailing on an alternative small or medium sized boat. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Seaman Journey
DAY 9: Galapagos
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Shared excursions to the islands with a naturalist guide. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Seaman Journey
DAY 10: Galapagos
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Shared excursions to the islands with a naturalist guide. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Seaman Journey
DAY 11: Fly home via Guayaquil
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Fly home via Guayaquil

Fly back to the UK via Guayaquil (B)

DAY 12: Arrive UK
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Arrive UK

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

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The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Beautiful colonial towns
  • Avenue of the Volcanoes
  • Visit local communities
  • Galapagos cruise
Low Season
From £5,595 per person
High Season
From £5,695 per person

What's included

  • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
  • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
  • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
  • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
  • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
  • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Important information

Superior tour
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
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Guideline prices
Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin/double-room. Single supplement available on request. Pricing is indicative and may be subject to change due to external factors such as variable flight prices.
Meal basis
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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