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A glimpse of Ecuador & Galapagos

A glimpse of Ecuador & Galapagos

Purpose: Wildlife, Ecotourism, Culture, History
No. of days: 7 days - 6 nights incl. cruise
First & Last Cities: Quito, Guayaquil
Other cities: Galapagos Islands
Starting cost: $2,419
 
Quito
Situated in a circle of mountainous peaks of the Andes, Quito has one of the most magnificent settings in the world. Its colonial old town was the first location in the world to be designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Altogether the city has to offer 86 churches and monasteries of the 16th and 17th century. Due to its beautiful churches and monasteries, Quito is known as the “Convent of America”. This attractive city is located only 22 km (13, 7 mi) away from the “Middle of the World”, the Equatorial Line.
Guayaquil
Ecuador’s largest city Guayaquil is the industrial and commercial center of the country and home to over 2, 5 million people. It is situated on the western banks of the Río Guayas, about 35 miles from its outflow into the Gulf of Guayaquil. The Pacific Ocean enters through the gulf of Guayaquil into the city’s harbor. Guayaquil’s port is the main door to 90% of all Ecuadorian imports as well and half of its exports.  The climate is hot in the first semester of the year and a nice cool breeze blows the rest of it. In the recent past the city has seen some great changes with the construction of a beautiful riverfront promenade: Malecon 2000, green areas, and modern shopping arcades that attract tourism from inside and outside the country.
 
Day 1: Quito
Welcome to Quito!  Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure to explore the city on own.
 
Day 2: Quito (Colonial City Tour & Middle of the World)
Your half day tour will take you through five centuries of history ranging from modern quarters to varied colonial facades on churches and private residences decorated and balconies built hundreds of years ago. See the gothic Basilica of Jesus’ Heart, the Independence Square developed during the past five centuries and flanked by the Presidential and the Archbishop’s palaces dated back to XVII and XIX centuries. Walk through the charming colonial quarter towards the Metropolitan Cathedral with excellent samples of the Spanish renaissance.  Visit the Jesuit temple, a perfect example of baroque art considered the jewel of the crown of the colonial architecture in Quito, then continue to the Plaza of San Francisco, which displays a rich sample of artistic and cultural heritage. Your tour ends with a visit the “Middle of the world” monument situated at 0º0’0” latitude. [B]
 
Day 3-5: Quito, Galapagos Cruise
Galapagos Cruise aboard of M/Y Coral I & II or M/V Galapagos Legend Early morning transfer to the airport to take your flight to the Galapagos’ Islands. Enjoy a 3-night on board of a high-quality cruise. Only a special few have the chance to travel through this paradise, sailing on a charming ship, with nautical interior decoration of wood and brass, featuring ample outer decks, sea-view cabins and suites, Jacuzzi, pool, bars and more. See prehistoric iguanas, giant tortoises, exotic birds, and plants, beautiful landscapes of volcanoes, lava cones and magma flows. Swim and snorkel at any time of the year in the warm clear waters among tropical fish, manta rays, sea lions, swordfish, sea turtles and other marine wildlife. Multilingual naturalist guides lead shore excursions twice a day to a place unlike any other full of wildlife that has no fear of man. Lectures explaining the geology, history, evolution, flora and fauna of the islands are provided in several languages. A fine selection of meals will delight you, from buffet breakfast to gourmet dinners, ice cream festivals, and evening barbecues. [B/L/D]
 
Day 6: Galapagos, Quito or Guayaquil
End of the cruise and transfer to the airport to board your flight to Quito or Guayaquil. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel [B]
 
Day 7: Quito or Guayaquil
Day at leisure. At agreed time transfer to the airport and board your flight to the USA or to the next destination [B]
 
 [B] = Breakfast | [B/L/D] = Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner



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Tour includes
  • Round trip transfers between airports and hotels
  • Accommodation for 6 nights:
    • Quito - 2 nights
    • Galapagos - 3 nights (cruise)
    • Quito or Guayaquil - 1 night (last night)
  • Meals:
    • Daily breakfast
    • 3 Lunches
    • 3 Dinners
  • Tickets to attractions mentioned
  • Local English Speaking guides
  • All transfers and tours are on shared basis
  • All hotel taxes

*Flight to/from Galápagos ($449) must be booked through HWDT

Not included in tour
  • International or domestic air tickets*
  • Taxes and surcharges related to airline tickets
  • Transit Control Card $20
  • National Park Entrance Fee $100
  • Fuel charge $50
  • Early check-in or late check-out at hotels
  • Services and food not listed in the itinerary
  • Beverages during the meals
  • Hotel extras, and personal expenses.
  • Tips for guides, drivers and in restaurants

Hotels in your Tour

Category Hotel Name Room Type Tripadvisor
First Class
Quito Hotel Mercure Standard room 4
Galapagos M/Y Coral I & II or M/V Legend Standard Plus Cabin n/a
Guayaquil Hotel Oro Verde Standard room 5
Deluxe
Quito Swissotel Deluxe room 4.5
Galapagos M/Y Coral I & II or M/V Legend Standard Plus Cabin n/a
Guayaquil Hilton Colon Guayaquil Deluxe room 4

All hotels and cruises are subject to confirmation at the time of booking


Tour Pricing

Category From
2019 Departures
First Class $2,579
Deluxe $2,705
Rates are minimum per person sharing a room and may change without notice.
Rates may change depending on the date of travel
Prices for single room or for 3 passengers sharing a room are available on request
Valid through December 20th 2019. Not valid for Holidays and big Conventions.
Other blackout dates may apply.
 
 
Tour Code: EQ03UIO19KT