Private Journeys

Signature Galapagos

7 days from £4,590pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

Ecuador & Galapagos Islands / Galapagos Islands

Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive in Quito and transfer to hotel.

Transfer to your hotel in Quito, the intriguing Andean capital of Ecuador. Guagua Pichincha, an active volcano to the east, looks down imperiously over the dynamic metropolis which, at 2,850m, is one of highest capital cities in the world. Quito is divided into two contrasting districts. The modern zone is characterised by towering glass buildings housing banks, international companies, hotels, shops and restaurants, while the central colonial area has more traditional architecture, open air markets and graceful Spanish-style mansions and churches.

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Stay at - Casona de la Ronda

Day 2

Guided walking tour of Quito.

Visit the colonial centre of the capital, the first city ever to be named a world heritage site. High on the agenda is a walk through the main square, known as the Plaza de Independencia, where you will see the government palace, the cathedral, and some of the most important churches built around the 16th and 17th centuries, including the monastery of San Francisco.

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Stay at - Casona de la Ronda

Day 3

Fly to the Galápagos Islands and board the 'Treasure of Galápagos'.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the Galápagos Islands (2 hrs), where you will embark on the cruiser ‘Treasure of Galápagos’ for your 5-day cruise around the archipelago. Your naturalist guide will be waiting to take you to the quayside.

This is a very popular, small, upper mid-range motor cruiser, offering great value modern cabins, with excellent on-board service.

Stay at - Treasure of Galapagos

Days 4-6

Land excursions on the Galápagos Islands.

The Galápagos Islands emerged in the Pacific Ocean six million years ago following a spate of volcanic activity and, isolated from the continental mainland, have become home to unique plant and animal species. Without fear of humans, they are sufficiently trusting to allow you to approach them and observe them up close.

The islands were the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, which formed the basis for his revolutionary book ‘On The Origin of Species’, published in 1859.

Although geologically constantly on the move, these islands remain suspended in time, with giant tortoises, iguanas, penguins, frigate birds, waved albatross and blue-footed boobies and a wealth of rare flora all thriving there. For many, the fascinating and unique wildlife and natural beauty of the islands are matched by the thrill of being at sea. Find a spot on deck as your ship makes its way through the ocean, often trailed by flocks of birds and playful dolphins.

The itinerary for your days in the Galápagos will depend on your date of departure and is subject to change. There are normally two landings each day to seek out the different wildlife that inhabits the islands.

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Stay at - Treasure of Galapagos

Day 7

Fly to Guayaquil and connect with your international flight home, or extend your stay on the mainland.

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