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Lead Price
From £6995pp
14 days & 11 nights
Itinerary Type
Tailor Made
Holiday Type
Family adventures
Tour Highlights

Ecuador & Galápagos Family Adventure

Take the family on a trip of a lifetime to experience the truly extraordinary Galápagos islands, a paradise for animal lovers, conservationists and adventurers. Marvel at the spectacular scenery of the archipelago and observe its remarkable wildlife at close quarters. Combine this with a visit to mainland Ecuador and Quito, the second highest capital in South America, and spend the night in Guayaquil, on the banks of the Guayas river.


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

Overnight flight to Quito via Bogotá. (N)

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

DAY 2: Quito
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Late morning arrival and transfer to the Hilton Colon for 3 nights. Remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)

DAY 3: Quito
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Today, take a guided tour of Quito and its surrounds. Tour the historic centre, which has delightful Spanish colonial buildings and squares, surrounded by a valley with high peaks. Take a cable car ride up the slopes of the Pichincha volcano for amazing views of the city and the surrounding mountains and drive out to the Middle of the World, where you can stand with one foot in the northern hemisphere and the other in the south. (B)


DAY 4: Quito
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Optional excursion options today include a full day visit to Papallacta thermal springs, set in the Andean Cordillera at the entrance to the Amazonian jungle. Here one can take a dip in various thermal pools of different sizes and temperatures and hike on paths alongside mountain streams in search of hummingbirds, condors and eagles. Please enquire for prices. (B, L)

DAY 5: Fly to the Galápagos (Isabela island)
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Fly to the Galápagos (Isabela island)

Fly to the Galápagos archipelago, which straddles the equator far from the mainland in the Pacific Ocean. Spend 3 nights at the luxurious safari-style Scalesia Lodge on Isabela island. (B, L, D)

DAY 6: Galápagos
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Hike volcanoes, snorkel in crystal-clear coves, and take a boat to spot reef sharks, marine iguanas and Galápagos penguins. Due to the islands’ remote location, the wildlife here has evolved separately to mainland species. The main surprise is that the seabirds, sea lions, iguanas and other animals are so tame that you can walk right up to them (B, L, D)

DAY 7: Galápagos
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DAY 8: Galápagos (Santa Cruz island)
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Galápagos (Santa Cruz island)

Take a scenic inter-island flight to Santa Cruz island and stay for 4 nights at the beachfront Finch Bay Eco Hotel. Explore the Santa Cruz highlands and the Charles Darwin Station to see giant tortoises. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Finch Bay Eco Hotel
DAY 9: Galápagos (Santa Cruz island)
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Galápagos (Santa Cruz island)

For the next 3 days choose from a number of  optional acitivies. Take a boat to discover nearby islands such as North Seymour and Santa Fe or go mountain biking, sea kayaking or snorkelling. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Finch Bay Eco Hotel
DAY 10: Galápagos (Santa Cruz island)
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Galápagos (Santa Cruz island)

Accommodation: Finch Bay Eco Hotel
DAY 11: Galápagos (Santa Cruz island)
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Galápagos (Santa Cruz island)

Accommodation: Finch Bay Eco Hotel
DAY 12: Fly to Guayaquil
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Fly to Guayaquil

Fly to Guayaquil and transfer to the Wyndham Garden or 1 night.

DAY 13: Fly to London via Bogotá
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Fly to London via Bogotá

Morning at leisure or an optional city tour. Overnight flight home via Bogotá, arriving the following day. (B)

DAY 14: 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

  • Stand on the equator and take the cable car up Pichincha volcano for a bird's-eye view of Quito
  • Soak in natural hot springs & walk in temperate rainforest
  • See unique wildlife in their natural habitat and swim with sea lions or even penguins
  • Land-based Galapagos stay to discover volcanoes, hidden coves and remote beaches
Low Season
From £6,995 per person
High Season
From £7,295 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.
Galapagos cruise
This land- based Galapagos itinerary can be further modified to combine a stay at the Finch Bay Eco Hotel (2 or 3 nights) with a 4-night cruise around the islands on a first class expedition vessel. Please enquire for further details.
Tailor-made travel
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.
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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