DAY 1Arrive Quito, Ecuador
Welcome to Ecuador. You are met on arrival in Quito, and taken to your luxury
boutique hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to relax in this colorful
Casa Gangotena, Quito
DAY 2Quito Sightseeing
Quito sits at the foot of the Pichincha Volcano, surrounded by hills and snowcapped mountains. This morning drive up to Panecillo Hill to see the statue of “Virgen de Quito” and take in a spectacular view of the city. Next, explore Colonial Quito – see Independence Square, Government Palace, Bishop Palace and the Church of La Compania, which has an ornate and richly decorated façade and interior.
This afternoon visit the Equatorial Line Monument and stand in the Northern and the Southern Hemispheres at the same time. Visit the Ethnographical Museum to get an understanding of the geological and anthropological features of the region. (B)
Casa Gangotena, Quito
DAY 3Quito to San Cristobal & Embark on the Cruise
This morning, fly from Quito to San Cristobal Island to embark on the M/Y Grace luxury yacht, for your 7- night cruise through the Galápagos Islands. This 18 passenger Camper & Nicholsons yacht has traversed the waters of this world under many names, but has been rechristened with a name that takes her back into her history; to the very best of her times. Named after her late owner, Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco, the name is a representation of her elegance, beauty and prestige. Grace is the ideal yacht for the traveler who seeks a true explorer experience, complemented with excellent service, superb accommodations and fine dining. All who travel aboard this yacht will be part of a unique mission: to bring to life the natural living legacy of the islands through an experience unlike any other in Galapagos. (B,D)
M/Y Grace, Galápagos Island
DAY 4 - 9Galápagos Cruise
This week is filled with exploration of up to seven remarkably different and interesting islands in the company of your onboard naturalist guide. (See your supplemental itinerary for your specific journey.) Daily activities include nature walks and hikes plus snorkeling, kayaking or exploration by motorized, inflatable craft from your yacht.
Hike on Cerro Dragon and Puerto Egas, known for their high concentration of the Galápagos land and marine iguanas. Punta Espinosa is ideal for spotting countless species of wildlife including marine turtles, iguanas, sea lions and penguins, all living in harmony together. Exploring Punta Moreno on Isabela Island, you land on a lava field and enjoy one of several opportunities to swim and snorkel.
Specific destinations visited may vary slightly due to flight schedule, weather conditions and National Park regulations some of your island destinations may include:
Fernandina Island - the youngest island (700,000 years old), with an active volcano over 4,900 feet high. Lacking many native plants, you can see a variety of wildlife including a large colony of Marine Iguanas, Galápagos Penguins and Flightless Cormorants, as well as Brown Pelicans, California Sea Lions and the iconic Blue-footed Boobies.
Bartolome Island – a tiny 3/4 sq. mile volcanic island offering spectacular views of the Archipelago from its peak. This is the most visited and most photographed island in the Galápagos, with golden beaches good for swimming, snorkeling and spotting tropical fish.
Santa Cruz Island – explore the Highlands and the Charles Darwin Research Station. Swim and snorkel, or take a walk along the beach; see California Sea Lions, Blue-footed Boobies, Brown Pelicans, Darwin Finches, Yellow Warblers and coastal birds.(6B,6L,6D)
M/Y Grace, Galápagos Island
DAY 10Disembark Cruise to Guayaquil
This morning, your ship returns to Baltra where you visit the comprehensive Galapagos National Park Visitor Center, before being transferred to the Baltra Airport for your flight to Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city and an important trade center. On arrival in Guayaquil you will be transferred to you hotel, followed by a tour of this vibrant city. (B)
Hotel Oro Verde, Guayaquil
DAY 11Depart Guayaquil
Today you are taken to the Guayaquil airport for your departing flight home or on to your next destination. (B)
Accommodations as indicated in the itinerary
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
All transfers and sightseeing provided in a private deluxe vehicle when possible
Local English?speaking guide for sightseeing
Entrance fees per final scheduled itinerary
Airport porterage, where available (2 bags per person)
Travel Guard Medical Emergency and Assistance Plan
Package price is per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement applies. Land, air, and governmental/park taxes are subject to change based on date of departure. International airfare is additional. Other restrictions may apply. Contact us for complete journey details.
Visit colorful, vibrant Quito before embarking on this extraordinary seven-day Galapagos Islands cruise aboard the beautiful M/Y Grace, named for her previous owner, Princess Grace of Monaco. Explore Darwin’s “enchanted islands” accompanied by an onboard naturalist guide, and observe an amazing variety of wildlife and countless fish and bird species.
After a historical tour of Quito and a visit to the Equatorial Line Monument, fly to the Galápagos to begin your cruise through the islands on a luxurious ship with daily excursions to select islands. Snorkel with sea lions and observe flightless cormorants, so unthreatened by predators that they have lost the ability to fly. Observe endemic birds like the blue-footed booby and other animals found nowhere else on Earth. End your journey with an exploration of the city of Guayaquil on Ecuador’s mainland
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