Treat Yourself: Luxury Quito and Sophisticated Galapagos
8 days / 7 nights (Quito and Galapagos tours package)
Normal price $ 5,235 pp
Package price $4,800 pp
Day by day itinerary
Arrival transfer from airport to Casa Gangotena
Overnight at Casa Gangotena – luxury room: Situated in a newly-restored historic mansion overlooking Plaza San Francisco, the three-story Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel in Quito harbors 31 rooms, a showcase of eye-catching style, a fine mix of classic architecture, contemporary interior design, antiques, fine furnishings, modern technology and quintessential comforts.
TripAdvisor #1 of #111 hotels in Quito. 2015 Travellers’ choice
Half day tour: Quito & Middle of the World
Equatorial Monument, 25 Kms. (16 miles) North of Quito, which marks the exact Middle of the World, latitude 0º, where we can stand with a foot on each hemisphere. We will visit the Ethnographic Museum inside the monument, which shows the different Native American groups living in Ecuador. Beside the monument there is a colonial-style town, complete with main square, church, post office, bullring, cafeterias, restaurants and many gift shops with postcards and souvenirs. A certificate for having crossed the Equator will be given at the end of our tour.
Overnight at Casa Gangotena – luxury room.
Shared transfer from Casa Gangotena to Quito airport
Include: Round tickets Quito > Baltra or San Cristobal > Quito
Cruise on board Santa Cruz II (HEB) – 5Days/4Nights.
The Santa Cruz II replaced its predecessor, on October 10, 2015. This 50-cabin vessel provides guests with an elegant new way to experience the glories of the Galapagos Archipelago in both style and comfort. On top of Metropolitan Touring’s unrivalled expeditions, this ship guarantees that the utmost care will be given to the Galapagos Islands by implementing the newest sustainable advances in sailing, thus protecting their delicate ecosystem. More information >
SAN CRISTOBAL (-/L/D)
Saturday: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Punta Pitt (San Cristóbal Island)
Arrival by plane to San Cristóbal Island and transfer to the Santa Cruz, anchored at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the provincial capital of the Galápagos Islands. Cabin assignment, introductory talk, boat drill and lunch.
Punta Pitt (San Cristóbal Island)
In the afternoon, we disembark on the eastern tip of the island at Punta Pitt, an eroded tuff cone, whose trail provides spectacular views of the shoreline. This is the only site in the Galápagos where the three species of boobies can be found together. We can walk or enjoy a panga ride along the coast.
SANTA FE / SOUTH PLAZA (B/L/D)
Sunday: Santa Fe Island/South Plaza Island
After breakfast, we take the dinghy over to this idyllic sandy-white beach populated by many sea lions. The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during the morning walk amid the giant prickly pear cactus. Snorkelling and swimming from the panga rounds off our rewarding experience, or if guests prefer, the glass bottom boat for non-snorkelers.
South Plaza Island
Following lunch and a rest, we disembark in this channel, whose turquoise waters contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline. Beyond, a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus. Yellow-grey land iguanas sit beneath these, waiting patiently for pears to drop. Along the coastline one finds sea lion colonies, while frigates, swallow-tailed gulls and shearwaters glide, playing with the thermals.
SANTA CRUZ (B/L/D)
Monday: Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island). In the morning, we disembark (dry landing) for our visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station’s giant tortoise Breeding Centre within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Following our visit, we board our transport to enjoy lunch in the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a completely different ecosystem.
Santa Cruz Island
We have several options available for the afternoon (hiking, mountain biking or kayaking in Tortuga Bay), which can be discussed in advance with your Expedition Leader. At the end of the afternoon’s activities, we return to Puerto Ayora and embark on the Santa Cruz.
Tuesday: Punta Suárez/Gardner Bay (Española Island)
An exciting walk awaits at this site, where we enjoy its unique sea bird colonies, including waved albatrosses (April- January), Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, swallow-tail gulls as well as a view of the Galápagos famous “blow-hole”. Also, look out for red-green-black marine iguanas. Back on board for lunch.
Gardner Bay (Española Island)
In the afternoon, the picture-postcard white coral beach of Gardner Bay provides a beautiful setting for observing sea lions, mockingbirds, finches as we relax. We can expect great snorkelling in this area.
Wednesday: Baltra Island
On our last day, we disembark at Baltra Island and transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the continent.
Shared transfer from Quito airport to Casa Gangotena Hotel
Overnight at Casa Gangotena – luxury room
Transfer from Casa Gangotena to airport
Good bye Ecuador!
We wish you a pleasant journey!
Package features included:
We own and operate Santa Cruz II
- Air tickets Quito-Galapagos-Quito: Metropolitan Touring guarantees air space space for all Galapagos products.
- Travel insurance for 10 days in Ecuador.
- All transfers from/to International flights and Galapagos flights.
- American Breakfast and Tea Time at Casa Gangotena.
Currency: US Dollars
Included and not included
Santa Cruz II included (HEB cabin)
Accommodations, all meals, island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish (guiding in other languages upon request for groups larger than 10 guests: German, French, Italian), snorkeling gear, luggage handling, medical care on board (but not the cost of medication), taxes and transfers in the islands. Shared transfers from main hotels in Quito..
- Wet Suits available for rent, NET rate US$ 15 + VAT per guest for 5- or 6-day expeditions
- Galápagos National Park entrance fee (US$ 100 subject to change without previous notice)
- Migration Control Card (US$ 20 subject to change without previous notice)
- Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverage, gratuities, laundry or valet services, gifts and additional items.
- Internet / Wi-Fi (intermittent and low-bandwidth.)
- Please note, we charge guests who wish to bring bottles of wine and/or spirits aboard our vessels a corkage fee of $25+taxes.
- $ 500 pp nonrefundable deposit
- Not applicable with other promotions.
- Restrictions apply.
- Exclusively for direct customers.
- Exclusively for travel agencies (maximum commission 10%).
- For special conditions for Tour Operators please contact us.
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