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About this tour

This is a classic Galapagos itinerary and perfect for those who love sailing, being on the water and don’t mind slightly compact cabins. Begin the tour in Quito, a wonderful colonial city with a perfectly preserved and UNESCO protected historic centre. Enjoy a private walking tour with a local guide to learn about the local culture. Then fly to the Galapagos for a 7 night sailing program. You will be snorkerling, hiking, taking panga boat rides and kayaking most days. Finally finish up in Guayaquil before returning home.

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.

quito rooftops ecuador

Meals Included: None today

Suggested Accommodation: Casa Gardenia

Day 2 - Walking tour of Quito

You will be met at your hotel by your private guide who will be leading you on an informative walking tour of Quito’s main historic sites. Quito’s old town and historic heart is known as one of the most beautiful and well preserved in all of Latin America. In 1978 it was formally protected and declared a world cultural heritage site by UNESCO. The walking tour begins in the main plaza where your guide will point out the cathedral, government palace, several 16th and 17th century churches and the San Francisco monastery dating from 1534. You will visit some of these buildings and your guide will explain the history of Ecuador’s capital city. You will also pay a visit to La Ronda street, a pretty street where you will learn about the traditional trades in Quito. After the tour you will be returned to your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Casa Gardenia

Day 3 - Flight to the Galapagos & begin sailing

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 the Galapagos you will be welcomed by your naturalist guide who will take you to the boat for you to settle into your cabin. There is time for a snack before heading over to the Charles Darwin research station on Santa Cruz island.

Charles Darwin Research Station

This afternoon you will visit the Charles Darwin research station where you will be able to see giant tortoises and learn about the breeding program and conservation initiatives. You will also be able to see the taxidermy of Lonesome George who passed away in 2012 as the last of his particular species of giant tortoise. He has since become a symbol for conservation in the Galapagos. It is also a good place to see iguanas and learn about the various breeding programs. After this you will have some time to stroll through Puerto Ayora, the bustling main town on Santa Cruz island. There is time to browse the shops before going back to the boat in the evening for dinner.

Activities today: Walking

giant tortoise galapagos islands ecuador

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: M/S Beagle

Day 4 - Sail to Floreana Island

Puerto Velasco Ibarra

Floreana Island is famous for it’s fascinating human history with the first inhabitants a mix of pirates, convicts, buccaneers and whalers. Puerto Velasco Ibarra is the smallest human settlement in the Galapagos and you will be taken up to the highlands in an open sided bus on a dirt road. There will be a visit to Asilo de la Paz, a fresh water spring, as well as a tortoise corral.

Punta Cormorant

After lunch on the boat you will take a dingy to arrive at Punta Cormorant where you will be able to snorkel at Devil’s Crown, an underwater cone with some of the best snorkeling in the Galapagos. The highlight is snorkerling in the centre of the crater where you can play with sea lions and see schools of colourful king angel fish, balloon fish, hawk fish, scrawled filefish, yellowtail grunts, tiger snake eels, white tipped sharks, eagle rays, amberjacks hammerhead sharks and much more! After this you land on the beach and your guide will lead you on an exploration of the area. There are several trails that lead to a brackish lagoon where flamingos as well as white cheeked pintail ducks and other shorebirds can be seen. The trail then leads over some dunes to a stunning white beach where green sea turtles come to nest.

Activities today: Hiking, Bus ride, Dingy ride, Snorkeling

sea turtle and tropical fish galapagos

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: M/S Beagle

Day 5 - Española Island

Punta Suarez

Española is the southernmost point of the archipelago and also one of the oldest islands. Due to its remote location there is a huge and unique range of endemic species that have evolved in very particular ways. A huge variety of wildlife congregates at Punta Suarez. Visited by hiking a short trail, this is also where you can see the Waved Albatross (April – December) performing their dramatic mating rituals. Other wildlife includes the iconic blue footed boobies, nazca boobies, Galapagos hawks, Darwin’s finches, lava lizards, marine iguanas and more! There is also an impressive blowhole along the cliffs where seawater is forced 20 metres into the air.

Gardner Bay

Gardner Bay is located on the eastern side of the island and is one of the most beautiful white sand beaches in all of the Galapagos. Here you can see sea lions basking in the sun on the beach and it is a great spot for swimming. After a relaxing afternoon you return to the boat for dinner.

Activities today: Hiking, Dingy rides, Swimming

sea lion on the beach gardner bay galapagos

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: M/S Beagle

Day 6 - San Cristobal Island

Punta Pitt & Kicker Rock

San Cristobal is the easternmost island of the Galapagos and one of the oldest too. It is also where the administrative capital of the Galapagos, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, is located. Punta Pitt is accessed by a steep narrow path that leads up to a plateau and red coloured hills. From here there is a fantastic view and marine iguanas, red footed boobies and other wildlife can be seen. After returning to the Beagle it will navigate around the striking Kicker Rock which rises 500 feet out of the ocean. The shape is said to resemble a sleeping lion.

Isla Lobos

This afternoon the beagle anchors at Isla Lobos which has a resident colony of sea lions as well as an endemic lava lizard. Here you will have the experience of swimming and snorkeling with sea lion pups and on land you can visit the sea lion colony. It is also possible to see frigatebirds at this site.

Activities today: Hiking, Swimming, Snorkeling, Boat ride

kicker rock galapagos

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: M/S Beagle

Day 7 - Santa Fe & South Plaza

Santa Fe

Santa Fe is a smaller island with just one visitor site located at the northeast end. This site is a beautiful turquoise cove sheltered by rock and covered in the emblematic Opuntia cactus. The island was originally formed by a geological uplift and is home to many sea lions, sea turtles, a unique species of land iguana, galapagos hawks and more. This is a lovely site to swim and snorkel in the clear turquoise water.

South Plaza

The plazas are two very small islands situated off the east coast of Santa Cruz island. The two islands are separated by a channel and were formed by a geological uplift from the sea. South Plaza island is one of the best places in the Galapagos to see land iguanas and swallow tailed gulls. There are many iguana nests and the steep cliffs are a great habitat for a number of birds such as Audubon shearwaters, red billed tropicbirds and more.

Activities today: Hiking, Snorkeling, Swimming, Dingy rides

red billed tropicbird galapagos

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: M/S Beagle

Day 8 - North Seymour & Bartolome

North Seymour

North Seymour was named after an English nobleman, Lord Hugh Seymour and it is low and flat island located near Baltra. It forms a good habitat for several species of marine birds such as noddy terns, swallow tailed gulls, blue footed boobies and more. It is a nesting site for both great and magnificent frigatebirds. Land and marine iguanas are found here as well as the ubiquitous sea lions.

Bartolome Island

After lunch this afternoon you will visit Bartolome Island which affords one of the most iconic views of the Galapagos from the highest point on the island. It is also famous for the unusual shaped Pinnacle Rock. You start the exploration by swimming or snorkeling around Pinnacle Rock where a variety of marine life can be seen including sharks swimming close to shore. You can also walk to the other side of the island where sea turtles can be seen nesting between January and March. After this you climb to the top of the island past interesting lava formations and unique flora. You may be able to see Galapagos penguins here, the only species of penguin found north of the equator. Pelicans, sea lions, turtles and Galapagos hawks are also frequently spotted.

Activities today: Hiking, Swimming, Snorkeling, Dingy rides

panorama of bartolome island galapagos

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: M/S Beagle

Day 9 - Chinese Hat & Dragon Hill

Chinese Hat

Chinese hat is a small island located just off the southern shore of the larger Santiago Island and gets it’s name from it’s unusual shape that is meant to resemble a Chinese hat. The small white beaches are home to a sea lion colony and it is also a very good snorkeling site. It is possible to see Galapagos penguins whilst snorkeling here.

Dragon Hill

After lunch you continue to Santa Cruz island where you will visit Dragon Hill which is located on the northwest coast of the island. Your guide will lead you along the trail that is one of the longest in the Galapagos and goes through several different vegetation zones. It takes you past forests of Palo Santo trees and Opuntia cactus arriving at two lagoons where flamingoes and other birds such as Darwin’s Finches and Yellow Warblers can be seen. There is also an impressive view from the top of the hill. This site is also famous for it’s healthy population of land iguanas. Return to the boat for dinner.

Activities today: Snorkeling, Swimming, Hiking

galapagos flamingo lagoon

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: M/S Beagle

Day 10 - Black Turtle Cove & flight to Guayaquil

Caleta Tortuga (Turtle Cove) is a red mangroove lagoon located on the north shore of Santa Cruz island. You will have a dingy ride through the mangroves where you can see eagle rays and diamond shaped mustard rays. White tipped reef sharks can also easily be seen from the boat. After this your guide will take you by bus to the airport for your return flight to the mainland.

Exact flight times to be confirmed.

On arrival to Guayaquil airport you will be met by your private driver and taken by private transfer to your hotel (about 20 minutes).

The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Activities today: Dingy ride

sting ray galapagos

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Unipark 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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