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.
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.
Quito To Hacienda Zuleta
Leaving the city behind you head to the Andes and the Hacienda Zuleta, where you spend the next two 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 you visit Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat) on Santiago island.
Santa Fe & South Plaza
Today you 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.
Today Grace heads north to visit the remote island of Genovesa. Here you climb Prince Phillip's Steps and visit Darwin Bay. Genovesa has a colony of red-footed boobies, rarer than their blue-footed cousins, so there are good chances of seeing these today.
Fernandina & Isabela
You 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.
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.
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.
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. Later, in the Highlands, you can see giant tortoises in the wild,
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.
You will be transferred to Quito airport in time for your flight home at the end of this very special trip.
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