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About this tour

This is one of our most popular itineraries, a classic trip starting with a private tour of the beautiful colonial city of Quito accompanied by a private local guide. You will visit the UNESCO protected historic centre get the opportunity to taste some of Ecuador’s world renown chocolate! After this travel to the Galapagos for a fantastic seven night cruise on board the Galaven motor yacht. Call us today to start planning your trip.

Speak to an expert who has traveled to Ecuador & Galapagos on 44 020 8191 7772 or toll free from the USA on 0018448806752 Alternatively get in touch via email at [email protected]

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Meet and greet at the airport

On arrival to Quito your private English speaking guide and driver will be waiting for you to welcome you to Ecuador, help you with your luggage and take you by private transfer to your hotel in the old town (about a 1 hour drive).

The rest of the evening is at leisure.

plaza san francisco quito at night

Meals Included: None today

Suggested Accommodation: La Casona de la Ronda

Day 2 - Tour of Quito & Chocolate Tasting!

This morning you will be met at your hotel by your private local guide to begin your tour of historic Quito. Famously declared a world cultural heritage site by UNESCO in 1978, Quito’s picturesque old town is full of narrow cobblestone streets, whitewashed walls and spectacular baroque churches. You will visit the main plaza where the cathedral, government palace and some of the most important 16th and 17th century churches can be found. After this you continue on to La Ronda street, accompanied by your guide, where you will learn about the traditional crafts and trades in Quito. Your guide will also take you to the spectacular Panecillo Hill for incredible views over the city. Finally you will end the tour at the Republica del Cacao chocolate shop. Here you will learn about the history of chocolate making in Ecuador and get to taste some of the finest quality chocolate in the world!

quito plaza de la independencia at dusk

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: La Casona de la Ronda

Day 3 - Flight to the Galapagos & begin cruising

After breakfast this morning you will be met at your hotel and taken by private transfer to the airport for your flight via Guayaquil to Baltra Island in the Galapagos.

Exact flight times to be confirmed.

On arrival to Baltra Island you will be met by members of the Galaven crew and taken to board the yacht along with the other passengers. There is time to settle into your cabin before lunch is served

Black Turtle Cove

This afternoon you will visit Black Turtle Cove by dinghy. The cove is situated in the northern part of Santa Cruz island. This mangrove forest is only accessible by boat and provides a perfect habitat for young marine life. Black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, a variety of rays and baby hammerhead sharks are all often spotted here. Return to the yacht for dinner and your first night in the Galapagos.

Activities today: Dingy ride

sting ray galapagos

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: M/Y Galaven

Day 4 - Genovesa Island

El Barranco

Located in the northeast of the archipelago, Genovesa is a small island with an unusual horseshoe shape. Genovesa has a reputation among bird watchers as one of the best sites in the Galapagos. El Barranco, also known as Prince Philip’s steps, named after the Prince who first visited the Galapagos in 1965. The steps form a steep, rocky path that leads up to a cliff-face. From this vantage point there is a spectacular view. Red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, Galapagos doves and storm petrels are just some of the many marine birds found at this site. Palo Santo trees can also be seen here.

Darwin Bay

This afternoon there is a wet landing at Darwin Bay. There is a half mile long trail here that starts at a white sand coral beach and leads through mangroves teeming with land birds including Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies and swallow tailed gulls. Further along the path you will find rock pools where sea lions will often be seen. At the end of the trail there is a fantastic view of the cliffs.

Activities today: Dinghy rides, hiking, snorkeling, kayaking

blue footed boobies mating dance galapagos islands

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: M/Y Galaven

Day 5 - Santiago & Rabida Islands

Sullivan Bay

This morning there is a wet landing at Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island. Santiago was the second island that Charles Darwin visited on his voyage of the Beagle. At Sullivan Bay you will land on a coral beach and have the opportunity to walk on a recent lava flow. You will be able to see two distinct types of lava formations and observe the plant life that has managed to thrive in these conditions. Your naturalist guide will explain how you can distinguish between the old and more recent lava flows. Good shoes are recommended for this as the lava formations can be quite pointy.

Rabida Island

Rabida, also known as Jervis, island is located 4.5km to the south of Santiago. This is one of the most distinct islands in the archipelago due to the bright red colour of the sand. It also has quite varied volcanic terrain and offshore it is a fantastic site for snorkeling. You will land on the famous maroon coloured beach where you will be greeted by a few sea lions. Accompanied by your guide you will explore the area that has several lookouts. The island is one of the highlights of the Galapagos for birdwatchers. Many of the rarest species are found here in large numbers such as nine varieties of finches, large-billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks and brown pelicans. Slightly inland you will also find a brackish lagoon.

Activities today: Dinghy rides, hiking, snorkeling, swimming

rabida island galapagos

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: M/Y Galaven

Day 6 - Santa Cruz Island

Charles Darwin Research Station

Santa Cruz island is where the majority of the residents of Galapagos live in the main town of Puerto Ayora. The Charles Darwin Research Station is one of the main conservation hubs in the islands and also runs a giant tortoise breeding program. There are many different species of giant tortoise here and you can also see the body of Lonesome George, the giant tortoise that was the last of his kind and has become a conservation symbol. At the research centre you will learn about the various conservation initiatives and get the chance to see the amazing giant tortoises up close.

El Chato Reserve

After lunch you will travel to the highlands of Santa Cruz to the El Chato reserve located about 13 miles from Puerto Ayora near the small community of Santa Rosa. The reserve gives you an opportunity to observe giant tortoises in the wild during and is also a good place to spot short-eared owls, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, Galapagos rails and paint-billed crakes. Horse riding is also possible at this site.

Activities today: Walking, bird watching, horse riding

giant tortoise in the santa cruz highlands galapagos

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: M/Y Galaven

Day 7 - Dragon Hill & Bachas Beach

Dragon Hill

Located on the northwest coast of Santa Cruz Island, Dragon Hill is one of the newer visitor sites available to tourists in the Galapagos and one of the longest walking trails. After a dry landing, the trail leads along a beach and past forests of Opuntia cactus and Palo Santo trees. You also pass through a lagoon where bright flamingos, pintail ducks, and land iguanas can be spotted. Once arriving to the top of the hill you are rewarded with beautiful views. This is also a fantastic place to spot land iguanas.

Bachas Beach

This afternoon there is a wet landing at Bachas Beach which is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz. This beach is particularly good for swimming. You can also see one of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier. Wildlife highlights include flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels. This beach is also used by sea turtles as a nesting site.

Activities today: Walking, swimming

marine iguana galapagos islands

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: M/Y Galaven

Day 8 - Floreana Island

Post Office Bay

Floreana is perhaps the most famous island in the Galapagos and certainly one of the most interesting due to it’s intriguing human settlement history. This morning there is a wet landing at the iconic Post Office Bay where in the 18th century sailors passing through the islands placed a wooden barrel on the Island to use as an unofficial post box. The idea is that passing sailors will leave letters and boats bound for the destination of the letter will pick them up on their way and deliver them. This tradition continues to this day as visitors leave their own postcards and sort through the other letters to deliver home.

Cormorant Point

After lunch you get back into the dingy for a wet landing on the beach at Cormorant Point. Here you can observe flamingos in a large lagoon as well as other birds such as white-cheeked pintails and common stilts. There are two contrasting beaches at this site, one named The Green Beach due to the unusual colour of the sand and the Four Sand Beach which is made up of white coral. There is a huge diversity of plants here and wildlife include sea turtles and various species of rays that can be seen in the shallow water.

Activities today: Walking, swimming, snorkeling, dinghy ride

galapagos flamingo lagoon

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: M/Y Galaven

Day 9 - Española Island

Suarez Point

Española is one of the oldest and southernmost islands in the Galapagos. An astounding amount of endemic species inhabit the island. A massive amount of wildlife congregates at Suarez Point including blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies and Waved Albatross that congregate here en masse to perform their unusual mating ritual. Punta Suarez is access by a trail where you can see lava lizards, marine iguanas and other wildlife. The impressive blowhole forces water 20 metres into the air and is a fantastic place for photographs.

Gardner Bay

After lunch there is a wet landing at Gardner Bay on the eastern side of the island, which is one of the most beautiful white sandy beaches in all of the Galapagos. A colony of sea lions relax on the beach in the sun and inquisitive mockingbirds come to greet the boat. Offshore there is some fantastic swimming and snorkeling at nearby islets. Spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach before returning to the yacht for your final dinner in the Galapagos.

Activities today: Walking, swimming, snorkeling, dinghy ride

sea lions sleeping on the beach galapagos

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: M/Y Galaven

Day 10 - San Cristobal & flight to Guayaquil

After breakfast this morning you will visit the Interpretation Center on San Cristobal, one of only four inhabited islands in the archipelago. Here you can enjoy the different exhibitions on natural history, human history, and conservation. You may also get the chance to walk up Frigatebird hill located close to the centre where both great and magnificent Frigatebirds can be observed in the same colony.

After disembarking the yacht you will be taken along with the other passengers to the airport for your return flight to Guayaquil on the mainland.

Exact flight times to be confirmed

On arrival to Guayaquil you will be met and taken by private transfer to your hotel (about 30 minutes). The rest of the afternoon and evening is at leisure.

red throated frigatebird galapagos islands

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Oro Verde Hotel

Day 11 - Transfer to the airport for departure

Check-out and private transfer from your hotel to the airport (about 20 minutes) for your return international flight.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Accommodation

Below is our suggested accommodation for this itinerary. Our Ecuador and Galapagos experts have intimate knowledge of all the accommodation options available. View more Galapagos cruises here or speak to one of our specialists about the type of accommodation you would like to include.

Destinations Visited On This Tour

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