Luxury Quito & Galapagos Islands Cruise
Quito, Basilica  
Yacht La Pinta  
Galapagos Islands  
Marine Iguana, Galapagos  
Pinnacle Rock on Bartolome Island  
9 day tour
Including flights and transfers
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Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy colonial Quito in style
  • Fascinating and unique Galapagos Islands
  • Stand on the Equator line
  • Iconic Cotopaxi Volcano
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Luxury Quito & Galapagos Islands Cruise

Ecuador      Galapagos Islands

Staying in Ecuador’s capital city Quito and visiting the wildlife haven of the Galapagos Islands is a superb combination.

The accommodation during the eight nights is luxurious and intimate.  While in Quito you will stay in the cities finest hotel, the Casa Gangotena. The three year renovation over the hotel’s three floors has created a stunning bolthole with eye-catching architecture and Art Nouveau influences running throughout the interior design. A beautifully stylish yet modestly extravagant hotel located in the heart of the city.

You will spend two nights resting here after your days exploring Quito, appreciating how it came to be called a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, visiting the historic churches, cathedrals and markets of this impressive colonial settlement. Escape the city to visit some of Ecuador’s other celebrated sights including the middle of the earth, Mitad del Mundo.

Your accommodation for the next four days, the Yacht La Pinta, will take you to your Galapagos Islands adventure. Designed to hold a maximum of 48 guests, you will be given a warm welcome as you board this luxury boat inspired by the most famous Galapagos guest, Darwin. The floor-to-ceiling windows of the comfortable cabins wake you up to exciting views of the sea and islands you will be exploring that day with the wide windows in the social areas offering extraordinary panoramic views as you relax in the evening. With a relaxing sundeck and library on hand, you will find it easy to settle into the sophisticated experience of the Galapagos Islands provided by La Pinta.

Visiting the islands of Santa Cruz, Sombrero Chino, Bartolome, Santiago and Genovesa the guides, with their expertise and knowledge, will enhance your wildlife encounters ensuring you get the most out of your stay in this unique environment. The morning and afternoon excursions ensure you see as much as possible of the amazing things on this collection of small but mighty islands.

This mysterious and intriguing archipelago of islands, getting up close and personal with the wildlife and trekking the volcanic landscapes will leave you feeling like you have visited another planet, creating wonderful unforgettable memories of a very Ecuador holiday 

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Day 1
Day 1
Quito - Ecuador
After your overnight flight from the UK, arrive in Quito mid-morning and transfer your hotel in the heart of the historic old town. Spend the night in a charming mansion, Casa Gangotena that has been meticulously restored to its former glory.
Accommodation: Casa Gangotena
Days 2 - 3
Day 2
Quito Tour and Centre of The World
Enjoy a tour of Quito, the first city in the world to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are some fascinating restored buildings such as the San Francisco Church and Plaza de la Independencia. Travel north of the city for 30 minutes towards Mitad del Mundo, where the equator passes through the country and is known as the middle of the world.
Day 4
Day 4
Quito - Galapagos Islands – Santa Cruz Island
Today you will leave Quito, flying out to the Galapagos Islands. Landing at Baltra airport you will take a small ferry across the Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island. On boarding the bus which will take you to the highlands you will be given your first insightful lesson by the guides on the unique ecosystems and biodiversity of this part of the world. Once you have finished lunch at a local restaurant you will be driven to the highlands of the island, one of the best places to see the giant tortoise in their natural habitat. These fascinating ancient creatures, living up to 100 years old, are easy to spot and catch up with as they slowly move their 550 pounds from place to place.
At the end of the afternoon you will be transferred by bus to the Yacht La Pinta, your luxury home for the next four nights as you cruise around the islands. Enjoy the exceptional service and delicious food as you settle into the relaxed atmosphere of this magnificent boat.
Accommodation: La Pinta
Day 5
Day 5
Santa Cruz Island- Sombrero Chino
A morning panga ride will take you to Eden Islet just off the coast of Santa Cruz, where the blue footed boobies and frigates fly and the reef sharks swim. If weather permits, take a glass-bottom boat and have a look into the intriguing marine life of the Pacific Ocean.
In the afternoon you will visit the most recently formed island, Sombrero Chino, shaped like the Chinese hat it takes its name from. Follow the island's 400 metre trail, starting at the sugar fine sandy beach to discover the abundance of wildlife on and around this tiny island including the Galapagos penguins.
Day 6
Day 6
Bartolome – Santiago
Start the day with an invigorating climb up the wooden staircase on iconic Bartolome Island. The dramatic views of this volcanic spot of land stretching out in front of you are definitely worth the climb. After this walk take a dinghy ride round to the magnificent Pinnacle Rock, a volcanic cone resulting from the exploding magma from an underwater volcano.
After lunch you will travel to Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island for a relaxing afternoon on the white coral sand beach, where you can walk, swim and snorkel amongst the wildlife of marine iguanas, sea lions, sea turtles, flamingos, dolphins and sharks. Santiago Island is the perfect place to experience the unique wildlife and volcanic origin of the Galapagos.
Day 7
Day 7
Genovesa Island
Start the day with an easy stroll around Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island, with the option of either hiking across the sharp lava and uneven terrain or remaining on the beach to enjoy more swimming and snorkelling in the natural harbour.
In the afternoon take a panga ride round to the cliffs for a steep climb to the flat land at the cliff top. Once you have reached the top, you will be able a further mile to the other side of the island watching the large colonies of birds including the Nazca boobies, storm petrels and frigate birds.
Day 8
Day 8
Galapagos Islands – Guayaquil
Today you will depart for Baltra Island for your flight back the mainland of Ecuador. Upon landing in Guayaquil you will check into the Hilton Colon. The largest city of Ecuador sitting next to the river Rio Guayas, there is plenty to do during your leisure time. We recommend paying a visit to the iguanas of Parque de la Iguanas or wandering through the vibrantly coloured Las Penas area where the city was founded.
Accommodation: Hilton Colon
Day 9
Guayaquil – UK
You will check out of Hilton Colon for your private transfer to the airport and your flight back to London

Pricing Information & Dates

9 day tour, from £5865 per person
Price Includes:
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers

Tour Route Map

  1.   Galapagos Islands
  2.   Quito

Accommodation on this Tour

Casa Gangotena
Casa Gangotena
Quito, Ecuador
Casa Gangotena Casa Gangotena is a classy boutique hotel situated in a pretty restored mansion overlooking the Plaza San Francisco in the heart of Quito, within walking distance of many of the......
Hilton Colon
Hilton Colon
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Hilton Colon Hilton Colon is situated close to Guayaquil international airport the Hilton Colon provides a resort feel base for overnight stays en-route to Galapagos. With 294 rooms and suites......
La Pinta
La Pinta
Galapagos Islands
La Pinta La Pinta is a mid-sized boat accommodating up to 48 passengers in 24 well-furnished cabins located on two out of the three public decks. Offering a relaxed yet lavish expedition atmosphere,......

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