17 days from £6235pp plus international flights.
The southern highlands of Ecuador are a wonderful blend of stunning scenery, fascinating Andean culture, and interesting history. Add the uniquely special Galapagos islands to this mixture and you have truly brilliant holiday!
After a day exploring the capital city of Ecuador, you head south via the Avenue of Volcanoes with a visit to Cotopaxi National Park and the highest active volcano in the world. The next few days are spent with your own private guide and driver and you can explore the region as you like, including the town of Banos, the famous Devil's Nose train ride and an overnight in the city of Cuenca, one of Ecuador's most beautiful cities. From Cuenca travel overland to the city of Guayaquil and explore the craggy landscape of El Cajas National Park en route.
You then have the pleasure of a 8 day cruise around the Galapagos Islands, one of the world's greatest wildlife experiences. Your home for the next week is a prestige class yacht. The Beluga is an elegant, comfortable motor yacht with lots of space and different deck areas for relaxing. The food is excellent, and the yacht crew offer a great service.
And what will you be doing during your week-long wildlife cruise? Well, talking to the animals of course! Having a chat with a penguin, taking a stroll with an iguana, swimming with a sealion, shooting the breeze with a magnificent frigatebird ... The Galapagos is a wildlife-lover's paradise and one that will leave you with some incredible memories.
Guide price from (pp sharing): £6235 (ex. international flights)
2020 price based on 2 sharing: was
(The above price includes a current special offer of FREE return domestic flights to the Galapagos Islands from mainland Ecuador worth £540 pp. Subject to availability, and only available to new bookings).
Transfers, private ground transport on mainland, 8 day Galapagos cruise, driver/guide on days 3-8 and on cruise, flights Guayaquil-Galapagos-Quito, meals as specified
International flights, departure taxes, visas, travel insurance, Galapagos National Park tax currently US$100 but subject to change and payable locally in US$, tips. meals not specified, drinks
This holiday starts and ends in Quito. Flight prices from the UK start from around £675.
Departure dates: This is a private tailor made trip, but of course part of the time you will be on a yacht as part of a group. Given that the yachts depart on a certain day, this specific itinerary, exactly as it stands using the Beluga, must be started on a Thursday. If you use a different yacht, the trip could be started on different days.
16 passenger deluxe motor yacht. Spacious and comfortable inside and out with a friendly crew.
Traditional hacienda with cosy rooms and modern suites about 45 minutes from Banos in the Ecuadorian Andes.
Hacienda Santa Ana is set in a valley surrounded by mountains and volcanoes.
Situated in the heart of the historic old city of Quito surrounded by churches, museums, and national monuments.
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Time: GMT - 6 hours
Flight time: Flights to the Galapagos Islands leave from Quito and touch down in Guayaquil en route, taking about 3 hours from Quito or 2 hours from Guayaquil. The flights land either at Baltra or San Cristobal.
Language: Spanish is the official language in the Galapagos Islands.
Visas: Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.
Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.