Ecuador & Galapagos Holiday

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Ecuador & Galapagos Holiday

Ecuador's capital city Quito's striking ‘Old Town’ is a labyrinth of cobblestone streets replete with colonial houses and baroque churches. The Andean corridor of the Avenue of Volcanoes is a verdant valley dramatically flanked by spectacular snow-capped peaks. The Otavalo Valley dominated by Koatacotkie volcano, consists of beautiful mountains. Its quiet provincial towns may have only a few attractions but its surrounds provide great walks to the nearby lakes or weaving villages. 

Cruise-based excursions to the Galapagos Islands offer various options and styles. Each day, tour different islands with an expert naturalist, and get close to giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas and other iconic Galapagos wildlife. See the cycle of life up close, which depending on the season, might include mating rituals, newborns feeding, territorial squabbles, and more. Snorkel among sea turtles, playful sea lions and schools of brightly colored fish. 

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 10-DAY TOUR OF ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS…
And, experience Galapagos wildlife and delicious Ecuadorian cuisine.
 

What We Love
  • In Quito, stay at the luxurious boutique Casa Gangotena hotel. 
  • Cruise to Galapagos on the Mega-Catamaran ‘Ocean Spray’ in luxury and style.
  • Stay in the classic Hacienda Zuleta in the Andean mountains 
  • Experience nature and wildlife and enjoy delicious Ecuadorian cuisine.
  • Activities include trekking, horseback riding, biking, bird watching and more.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • This is a medium active tour and may include walking on rough terrains.
  • You will be in a small group during the cruise in Galapagos. 
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
  • Around the clock support in each destination during your trip. 
  • This tour is in high demand and we suggest that you book in advance.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.
 

Ecuador & Galapagos Highlights

Quito, Galapagos Islands (5-day cruise), Otavalo Valley
(10 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrive
Quito On arrival in Buenos Aires you will VIP airport assistance and private transfer to your chosen hotel for a two-night stay.  
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Gangotena.

Day 2 – Private Touring
Quito Full-day private touring: With your private local guide, tour the city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with Spanish colonial-era architecture. Explore interesting back streets, hidden courtyards and churches with spectacular interiors. Visit the best museums, traditional workshops, markets and other sites according to your interests. Perhaps also shop for a high-quality Panama hat—an Ecuador original.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Gangotena (B)

Day 3 – Transfer
Galapagos Islands Private airport transfer to the airport for your flight to Galapagos Islands for a 5-day cruise. On arrival VIP service and transfer aboard your cruise.
Overnight: Cruise of your choice
Recommended: Ocean Spray (B. L, D)

Days 4-6 – Explore
Galapagos Islands Cruise-based excursions and activities: Explore the Galapagos Islands—a dream destination for nature lovers—on one of our preferred expedition cruises. Each day, tour different islands with an expert naturalist, and get close to giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas and other iconic Galapagos wildlife. See the cycle of life up close, which depending on the season, might include mating rituals, newborns feeding, territorial squabbles, and more. Snorkel among sea turtles, playful sea lions and schools of brightly colored fish. Upon request, we arrange private yacht charters, SCUBA diving and other options in the Galapagos.
Overnight: Cruise of your choice
Recommended: Ocean Spray (B. L, D)

Day 7 – Transfer
Quito/ Otavalo Valley Transfer and flight to Quito. Meet and greet on arrival and private transfer to hacienda. Spend two nights at a historic hacienda in the beautiful Otavalo region, a bucolic highland landscape of rolling hills, farms and indigenous villages beneath snow-capped volcanic peaks.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Hacienda da Zuleta (B. L, D)

Day 8 – Private Touring
Otavalo Valley Full-day privately guided activities on site and in environs. Visit local indigenous food and craft markets, and stop by select workshops to meet artisans and shop for high-quality handwoven wool textiles, delicate embroidery, leather goods, and other traditional and modern crafts. Dine on special meals at private haciendas and estates. If desired, also enjoy privately guided horseback riding, hiking or mountain biking on private land and through the rural countryside.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Hacienda da Zuleta (B. L, D)

Day 9 – Cultural Tour
Quito Private touring and flexible shopping in local villages and environs. Lunch at hacienda or private estate en route to Quito for 1 night
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Gangotena (B)

Day 10 – Depart
Quito Private airport transfer to the airport for your connecting flight (B)
 

 
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Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


Getting There Ecuador: There are no direct flights to Ecuador from the UK and Ireland, but there are plenty of indirect flights to both Quito and Guayaquil involving a flight change in Europe or the US. Approximate flying times from the US to Quito is four hours from Miami and around five hours from Houston and Atlanta. Iberia and Air Comet offer services via Madrid, and KLM via Amsterdam. Other possibilities include taking a flight to South American hubs, such as Bogotá or Caracas, from where connections to Ecuador can be made. Typical journey times are between 15 to 17 hours.

Galapagos: There are daily flights to Galapagos from Quito and Guayaquil. The airline allows one checked suitcase (maximum 44 lbs.) and one carry-on bag per passenger. We recommend that all passengers travelling to Galapagos consider two nights in mainland Ecuador prior to their cruise to allow for potential flight delays and misconnection.  This is particularly important for passengers travelling over winter holidays when flights tend to be overbooked and/or delayed caused by poor weather conditions.

When to go The Galapagos have a surprisingly cool, sub-tropical climate. There are two seasons, both of which have some precipitation. Galapagos gets an average of ten inches of rain per year, it is never considered “rainy”. During the months of December to May, the cooling currents subside, temperatures rise and the climate is warm and sunny with occasional showers. In June, the trend begins toward cooler temperatures with moderate breezes, which continue through November. This period is referred to as the “garua” season, meaning mist in Spanish.