Ecuador & the Galápagos

  • 9 Days

  • Ecuador

Explore Ecuador and experience the captivating natural wonders of the incredible Galápagos Islands archipelago, home to some of the world's rarest and most fascinating wildlife. Discover Quito’s colonial history and historic treasures, and then discover the unique flora and fauna of the islands made famous by Charles Darwin. Walk on newly formed lava flows with your expert naturalist on an exploration of Sullivan Bay; look for sea lions and marine iguanas on North Seymour Island; see the famous giant tortoises of Santa Cruz; and visit the first site Darwin visited, Cerro Brujo on San Cristobal.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a cruise director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Excursions
All airport and port taxes
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

of 9 days

Your detailed itinerary

Cruise departing on 7th March 2018

Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners

Overview

At a glance

Quito Take a walk down La Ronda, one of Quito's oldest streets, to explore its workshops and galleries and meet the local artists.
Santiago Island Spot lava lizards, marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs and even the Galápagos penguin.
Bartolome Island Hike to the summit for superb panoramic views of the whole region.

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Day 1

Uk - Quito

On arrival in Quito you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Quito

Included sightseeing showcases Quito’s colonial history and treasures including the historic stone murals of the Legislative Palace, Independence Plaza and the 16th-century San Francisco Monastery, and the Jesuit’s La Compania Church with its stunning golden altars. Next, take a walk down one of Quito’s oldest streets, La Ronda, which is home to many artist’s workshops and galleries. Here, you will have the chance to meet some of the local artists and talk with them about their work before visiting a chocolate factory to learn why Ecuador is considered one of the finest chocolate producers in the world. Top off your day with a photo in front of the Equatorial Monument in the ‘Middle of the World’. Stand in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres simultaneously and test the effects of the earth’s rotation through different experiments such as balancing an egg on a nail. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Quito - Baltra Island (Embarkation) - Santa Cruz Island

Take a morning flight to Baltra, one of the remote Galápagos Islands. Upon arrival, embark the Treasure of Galápagos for five days of cruising among various Galápagos Islands. Each day, journey ashore with your expert Naturalist, who will introduce you to the unique fauna living free and fearless of man. After lunch, join your Naturalist for a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, established to help conserve the Galápagos’ natural habitat and protect the famous giant tortoises. While here, learn about the tortoise-rearing programme and see many of the various islands’ tortoises. Later, on board the ship, join a briefing on the next day’s adventure, followed by a Captain’s welcome cocktail and dinner.

NOTE:
The ship’s itinerary may vary according to Galápagos National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, and seasonal changes to create the perfect cross-section of sites visited.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Galápagos Islands - Santiago & Bartolome Islands

After breakfast, you will find yourself anchored in the western-central part of the archipelago where volcanoes are still active, attributing to the dramatic scenery. Join your Naturalist for an exploration of Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island, where you will walk on newly-formed (less than 100 years ago) lava flows reminiscent of the lunar landscape. Keep your eye out for lava lizards, marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs, and even the Galápagos penguin. This afternoon at Bartolome Island, walk to the summit for one of the best panorama views of the region with two beautiful bays and fascinating formations of lava flows and spatter cones, including the iconic Pinnacle Rock. End your visit with a chance to snorkel or swim off the beach with the playful sea lions, Pacific green turtles, harmless whitetip reef sharks, and if you are lucky - the Galápagos penguins.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

North Seymour & Mosquera Islet

 Disembark at North Seymour Island, where your Naturalist will point out colonies of blue-footed boobies, Magnificent and Great Frigate Birds, swallow-tailed gulls, and lava herons. This is one of the few spots where you can compare the Magnificent and the rarer Great Frigate Bird breeding next to each other. The shores teem with sea lions and marine iguanas, and are a good spot for snorkeling. In the afternoon, visit Mosquera Islet, a sandy island with one of the largest concentrations of Galapagos sea lions in the entire archipelago. A walk on the white coral beach reveals shorebirds like the endemic lava gull, waders like the yellow-crowned night heron, and intertidal hunters, such as the striking reddish-orange Sally Lightfoot crabs.   
 

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

South Plaza & San Critobal Islands

At South Plaza Island, wildlife includes sea lions, land iguanas, marine iguanas, and hybrid iguanas (only found on this island and a result of a cross between land and marine iguanas). Also known for its prolific birdlife, you will see blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls, Audubon’s shearwaters, and many other species. This afternoon, visit the first site Charles Darwin visited in the Galápagos, Cerro Brujo on San Cristobal. Admire the stunning views of Kicker Rock before visiting a lagoon home to many migratory birds such as pelicans, black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels, white-cheeked pintails, and the great blue heron.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Disembarkation - San Critobal - Quito

After breakfast, disembark the boat in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno for a visit to the San Cristobal Interpretation Centre. Here, you will learn about the islands’ volcanic genesis, their remoteness, ocean currents, special climate, the arrival of different species, and their establishment. Next, head to the airport for your flight to Quito, where you will have free time this evening to prepare for your return flight home tomorrow.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Quito

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.    
    

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Arrive UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Notes

Note: The ship's itinerary may vary according to the Galápagos National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions and seasonal changes.

Your ship

Treasure of Galapagos

Seeing the Galápagos Islands on board the eight-suite Treasure of Galápagos and exploring this unique archipelago is a wonderfully intimate and relaxed experience. With a maximum of 16 guests and featuring spacious suites with balconies, an indoor lounge and bar, sun deck with Jacuzzi, and observation area for whale or dolphin watching, the ship is built to luxurious standards and takes you around the islands in privacy and comfort. See the indigenous wildlife in their natural habitats and hear about Galápagos Islands’ conservation from your own expert Naturalist as you delve into this mysterious and magical part of the world.

Amenities
  • Smoking

Life onboard

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