EQ2 Ecuador's Galapagos Islands

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Guided colonial Quito tour; Four-night luxury Galapagos cruise; Exciting guided shore excursions; Snorkelling with sea lions!; Darwin Research Station visit

Trip Information


Inclusions

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.

Exclusions

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.

Accommodation

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 luxurious boats sailing the Galapagos. With space for 110 passengers, the 5-star 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 with plenty of space for luggage in the wardrobe closet (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.

Group Size

10-21 (plus Tour Leader)