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Take the family on a trip of a lifetime to experience the truly extraordinary Galapagos 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.
Overnight flight to Quito via Bogotá. (N)Day 2: Quito
Late morning arrival and transfer to the Hilton Colon for 3 nights. Remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)Day 3: Quito
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
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 Galapagos (Isabela island)
Fly to the Galapagos 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)Days 6-7: Galapagos
Hike volcanoes, snorkel in crystal-clear coves, and take a boat to spot reef sharks, marine iguanas and Galapagos 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)Days 8-11: Galapagos (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. 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)Day 12: Fly to Guayaquil
Fly to Guayaquil and transfer to the Wyndham Garden or 1 night.Days 13-14: Fly to London via Bogotá
Morning at leisure or an optional tour to a banana plantation. Overnight flight home via Bogotá, arriving the following day. (B)Meal basis:
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No mealsImportant 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.
The Wyndham Guayaquil is located just steps from the Santa Ana hill and its famous lighthouse, and not far from the river promenade. There are 179 well-appointed rooms, a restaurant, a bar and a heated outdoor pool.
Located in a tranquil highland setting, Scalesia Lodge is nestled within 16 hectares of lush forest. The 16 luxury safari tents are furnished in a contemporary and minimalist style, each with their own private deck with panoramic forest views. The restaurant boasts first class dining and serves a mixture of local and international cuisine. Enjoy spectacular views as the sun rises and sets and take excursions in the surrounding area.
The Hilton Colon Guayaquil is located in the commercial area of the city, only five minutes drive from the airport. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, health club and swimming pool.
The charming Finch Bay Eco Hotel, named after the famous Darwin's finches, is just steps from the beach at Punta Estrada on Santa Cruz island, across the bay from Puerto Ayora town. Situated between mangroves, the hotel enjoys a quiet location offering privacy, natural surroundings and superb service. The air-conditioned rooms are modern in design and feature wooden blinds and tiled floors, as well as balconies with hammocks. The hotel has beachfront access to the mangrove-rich coastline and its beautifully landscaped grounds with wooden walkways are ideal for a leisurely stroll. Whether your interests lie in observing the natural wildlife of the Galapagos, enjoying world-class snorkelling, birdwatching, exploring lava fields, relaxing on the beach, or a bit of everything, your stay at the Finch Bay Eco Hotel offers you the freedom to select the activities of your choice. Excursions to the surrounding areas and other Galapagos islands are taken in either the ...
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