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Ecuador and Galapagos Deluxe

16 days from £7250pp plus international flights.

See the splendours of the nature and culture of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands staying in some gorgeous luxury accommodation throughout.

You spend two nights in Quito exploring the new and old section of this colonial city. Heading north we've recommended two beautiful haciendas from which to discover this picturesque Andean region. You have plenty of time to explore and enjoy the mountain air and views, and we will take you on a tour of the Andean town of Otavalo famous for its handicrafts and excellent market.

Your journey now takes you to the famous Galapagos Islands. Board your luxury yacht for a week's cruise that will take you to many different islands all with unique wildlife with no fear of man!

Your expert naturalist guide will ensure you make the most of your time here. Land tours are combined with time for swimming and relaxing on board. You could chill a little with the sealions, chat a bit with a blue-footed boobie, admire the aptly-named magnificent frigatebird, and perhaps even p-p-p-pick up a penguin!
Itinerary
Quito

DAY 1: QUITO

Arrive at Quito airport, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel, opposite the Presidential Palace on Quito's main plaza. The rest of the day is at leisure, to rest after your flight.
Quito hotel

DAY 2: QUITO

This morning you have a city tour. Quito is a city of two halves, with each having its attractions, and it is a World Cultural Heritage Site. Your tour should include some of the old and the new city. The afternoon is free so you have time for further exploration or to relax, maybe stroll around the streets of Amazonas and others, and simply enjoy the shops, restaurants and cafes. Breakfast.
Hacienda Zuleta

DAY 3: QUITO TO HACIENDA ZULETA

Leaving the city behind you head to the Andes and the Hacienda Zuleta, where you spend the next 2 nights. The hacienda dates back to the 16th century and is owned and run by sons of a former president of Ecuador, who now welcome visitors to their family home as guests. There is plenty to keep guests occupied, from hiking to village visits, horse riding to bird watching. Full board.
Hacienda Zuleta

DAY 4: HACIENDA ZULETA

You have a free day at Hacienda Zuleta and can choose from a wide range of activities. Explore the 4,000 acres of grounds on foot, by bike or on horseback, visit the Condor Huasi Rehabilitation project or Zuleta village. Guests are also welcome to look round the farm, the organic garden and the cheese factory. Full board.
La Mirage spa pool

DAY 5: TO LA MIRAGE

Transfer to your hotel near Otavalo. La Mirage is located in spacious gardens in the grounds of a 200 year old hacienda. The gardens are lush and welcoming and the air is heady with the scent of flowers. The hotel also has a superb spa, so why not indulge yourself and enjoy some pampering! Breakfast, dinner. 
Spa room at La Mirage

DAY 6: LA MIRAGE

A whole day free to enjoy the serenity of La Mirage, stroll through the gardens, enjoy the delicious food and sample therapeutic treatments at the spa. Further afield, you can visit Cotacachi town, go for hikes around Cuicocha crater lake and take a guided horse ride through spectacular scenery. Breakfast, dinner. 
Shopping at Otavalo market

DAY 7: OTAVALO TO QUITO

A full day tour of Otavalo with your driver/guide. You will visit a handicraft centre, to see the fine craftmanship first-hand and have the chance to buy souvenirs. You will also visit Cuicocha Lake, set in a volcanic crater, before heading back to Quito. Breakfast, dinner. 
The Grace yacht, Galapagos

DAY 8: QUITO TO GALAPAGOS

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Baltra and transfer to your yacht. The Grace is the most luxurious of the small yachts cruising the Galapagos and is named after a former owner Princess Grace of Monaco. She accommodates up to 18 passengers in spacious suites. Today we visit Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat) on Santiago island.  Breakfast, dinner. 
Sally Lightfoot crab, Galapagos

DAY 9: SANTA FE & SOUTH PLAZA

Today we visit Santa Fe and South Plaza. The cove at Santa Fe is a lovely place to go swimming, especially as sea lions often come to swim with you!  Land iguanas here are a lighter colour than on other islands and you can often see them feeding on the opuntia cactus. South Plaza is an unusual geological feature in its own right, but also has red-billed tropic birds, land iguanas, sea lions, and swallow-tailed gulls. Full board.
Magnificent frigatebird, Galapagos

DAY 10: GENOVESA

Today we head north to visit the remote island of Genovesa and see Prince Phillip's Steps and Darwin Bay. Genovesa is known for its colony of red-footed boobies.  Full board.
Walking on Isabela, Galapagos

DAY 11: FERNANDINA & ISABELA

We visit the very westerly island of Fernandina for the flightless cormorants at Punta Espinoza. Later we go to the largest island, Isabela, and visit Urbina Bay. Full board.
Flightless cormorants, Galapagos

DAY 12: ISABELA

Continue your exploration of Isabela with visits to Tagus Cove and Punta Vicente Roca. Isabela is known for its volcanoes and its healthy population of giant tortoises. In addition you should see penguins, herons, waders, marine iguanas, sea lions and blue-footed boobies. Full board. 
marine iguanas, Galapagos

DAY 13: SANTIAGO

Continue on to Santiago and Espumilla Beach/Bucaneer's Cove, and James Bay. With fur seal grottos, superb lava flows, tidal pools, sea lions, iguanas and flycatchers, Santiago has a plethora of good things to see. Full board.
Giant tortoises, Galapagos

DAY 14: SANTA CRUZ

Today you have the chance to visit the Charles Darwin Station on Santa Cruz island. Here you will learn about the natural history and issues of the archipelago and see the tortoise breeding project. In the Highlands you will see giant tortoises in the wild in the highlands.  Full board.
Lunch on your Galapagos yacht

DAY 15: SAN CRISTOBAL TO QUITO

On your final morning visit the Interpretation Centre before transferring to the airport on San Cristobal for the flight back to Quito. Transfer to your city hotel. Breakfast.
Close up iguana, Galapagos

DAY 16: QUITO

You will be transferred to Quito airport in time for your flight home at the end of this very special trip. Breakfast.
Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £7250 (ex. international flights)

Includes: Transfers, ground transport, meals as specified, guides, Quito-Galapagos-Quito flights, (Based on a twin cabins C3 to 5 on the Grace).

Excludes: International flights, departure taxes, visas, travel insurance, Galapagos National Park tax currently US$100 but subject to change and payable locally in US$, meals not specified, drinks, tips, items of a personal nature

Getting there: This holiday starts and ends in Quito. Flight prices from the UK start from around £675.

Departure dates: If you take this exact itinerary you need to leave on a Saturday due to the departure days of the Grace yacht. 

We can however arrange this trip using different yachts if you prefer, in which case a different departure day might be required.

places you will see

places you will see

Quito & the Equator
Quito & the Equator
Quito is at an altitude of 2800m, and since it is only 25km south of the Equator, mostly has very pleasant days and cool nights. The city took its name from the Quitus tribe who lived here in the pre-Colombian era. The equator, which divides the Earth into the northern and southern hemispheres and after which Ecuador is named. lies slightly to the north of Quito and is marked by a monument and a museum.
Otavalo
Otavalo
A region of mountains, volcanoes, attractive haciendas, with opportunities for hiking and mountain biking. There are lots of interesting towns, among them Otavalo, known for its lively market.
Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Islands
If you are a wildlife lover there is no doubt that the Galapagos Islands are a very special place to visit. With such a list of rare and unique species, and the lack of fear shown by the wildlife, it is truly an incredible experience. But don't just take our word for it!

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Time: GMT -5 hours

Flight time: There is an international airport at Quito and at Guayaquil. KLM and Iberia have routes via Europe to both cities. The flying time is about 14 hours. It is also possible to fly via America.

Language: Spanish is Ecuador's official language.

Visas: Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if visiting the rainforest. Malaria prophylactics are also recommended in the rainforest.

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