EQ2 ECUADOR'S GALAPAGOS ISLANDS TOURSEARCH TOUR
Featuring the MV Galapagos Legend
Guided colonial Quito tour; Four-night luxury Galapagos cruise; Exciting guided shore excursions; Snorkelling with sea lions!; Darwin Research Station visit
- DATES & PRICES
- FULL ITINERARY
- MAP & HOTELS
- TRIP INFORMATION
Dates & Prices
Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Tue 01 Mar 2016||Tue 08 Mar 2016||$3650|
|Tue 19 Jul 2016||Tue 26 Jul 2016||$3650|
|Tue 18 Oct 2016||Tue 25 Oct 2016||$3650|
|Tue 25 Oct 2016||Tue 01 Nov 2016||$3650|
|Tue 17 Jan 2017||Tue 24 Jan 2017||$3650|
|Tue 28 Feb 2017||Tue 07 Mar 2017||$3650|
|Tue 18 Jul 2017||Tue 25 Jul 2017||$3650|
|Tue 17 Oct 2017||Tue 24 Oct 2017||$3650|
|Tue 24 Oct 2017||Tue 31 Oct 2017||$3650|
Optional Single Supplement: $1600 (number of singles limited).
A special treat before we set sail to marvel at the ecological wonderlands of the Galapagos Islands, we take time to discover some man-made marvels with thorough exploration of Quito, Ecuador's bustling capital city. Boasting attractive colonial architecture, spectacular centuries-old cathedrals with beautifully ornate facades and majestic palaces, Quito emanates an old-world grandeur, but is simultaneously as vibrant and exciting as any city anywhere in the world. As our comfortable cruising vessel navigates its leisurely course between the magical lands of the Galapagos Islands, we find an archipelago comprised of wholly unique natural environments and each island is truly a world unto itself. A trip to the Galapagos is not a sightseeing expedition so much as it is an interactive journey with nature; only here can travellers get up-close and personal with hundreds of species of wildlife that have evolved in complete isolation and have therefore never learned to fear humans. Remarkable volcanic landscapes bring a lunar ambiance to this special destination that has hardly changed since the days of Charles Darwin and the many giant tortoises, land iguanas, lava lizards, flightless cormorants, penguins and sea lions constitute just a scant few of the innumerable wildlife highlights along the way.
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
Mercure Alameda Hotel
Quito ALAMEDA Hotel Mercure offers: Rooms with Wi-Fi, located near the financial and commercial center of Quito, restaurant, coffee shop ... coffee, lunch), bar, 24-hour front desk, non-smoking rooms, lift, safe, soundproofed rooms, luggage storage.
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MV Galapagos Legend
M/V Galapagos Legend is a 110-passenger expedition ship with 1800 sq m of social areas and built with marine certified ... qualifying with Safety of Life at Sea specifications. All cabins are booked in outside cabins; private bathrooms feature hot and cold water, shower, and a hair dryer. Also aboard, a highly trained crew, 24 hour physician, and naturalist multilingual guides. An auditorium for conferences, spacious social areas, dining room, 24 hour coffee bar, swimming pool and sun decks, observation platforms, cocktail bars, long distance calls, fully air-conditioned.
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Breakfast and dinner in Quito, all meals on board ship. All sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary (including Galapagos park entry fee). Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.
Tour Leader gratuity, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), departure taxes, domestic and international air taxes (if applicable). Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Tips for ship's crew are NOT included (allow USD 100 per person). Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs, shopping, and local departure taxes.
Seasonality and Weather
This tour is offered throughout the year. Quito is cool and dry from May to October, warmer and perhaps rainy / misty outside that time. The islands: Hot Season (warm-rainy), December to April. Average air temperatures range 25-33 C on land and 23-26 C in the water, ideal for snorkeling. It may rain occasionally in the afternoons for an hour or so. The ocean is generally calm due to the absence of the southeast trade winds.
The Cool Season (windy-dry), June to November. The cooler or 'garua' season (named after the mist) sees a drop in temperatures 18-27 C on land and 18-23 C in the sea. Rainfall is low, though the islands may seem somewhat moist as an early mist covers the sky. Usually this fine drizzle burns off by mid morning. The seas are moderately strong; surge, choppy waters and some waves should be expected.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Airport transfers provided by private vehicle. Quito tour involves walking on uneven surfaces. Most people are not affected by altitude (Quito, 9,500 ft / 3000 m). Flight to Galapagos via scheduled local carrier.
Quito hotel is well-located, air-conditioned, mid-range (3 star) with en suite toilet and bath. Porter service is available though you should be independent with your luggage, especially at airports. Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins.
The MV Galapagos Legend is one of the most comfortable boats sailing the Galapagos. With space for 110 passengers, the fully air-conditioned ship offers all the amenities of a cruise liner yet small enough for that intimate experience with nature. All cabins are booked in outside 'superior' class (Junior Suite cabin upgrades available; view cabins on www.gogalapagos.com). Private bathrooms feature hot and cold water, shower, and a hair dryer. Snorkels & masks provided free.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader or local guide in Quito only; ship's crew and naturalist guides on the islands.
4-21 (plus Tour Leader)
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