Galapagos Odyssey Escape

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Travel Style: Array Full on
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
7 days
From: $ 6,480 $ 926 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Quito.
  • Cruise on the comfort of a 16-passenger ship.
  • Witness a diversity of wildlife.
  • Up close experience with sea lions and sea turtles.
  • Walk on volcanic formed islands.

Short Description

Enjoy a private walking tour with your guide, focusing on the city's storied history and sites. You'll have a chance to snorkel at both sites in addition to spotting sea lions, penguins, flamingos and brown pelicans. Explore the uniquely formed volcanic island.

Style Private guided tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
Start City Quito
End City The Galapagos Islands

Destinations

Ecuador

Attractions & Cities Visited

Galapagos Quito

Activities & Interests

History Kayaking Short Cruise

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Itinerary

Day 1: Quito

Accommodation options: La Casona de la Ronda, Casa Gangotena, Hotel Hilton Colon & Patio Andaluz

You will be greeted upon arriving in Quito and transferred to La Casona de la Ronda, in the heart of historic Quito. In the afternoon you'll enjoy a private walking tour with your guide, focusing on the city's storied history and sites.

Day 2: Quito

Accommodation options: La Casona de la Ronda, Casa Gangotena, Hotel Hilton Colon & Patio Andaluz

Today you'll be picked up from your hotel and enjoy the ride north through the countryside and the town of Otavalo. Here, you'll get a glimpse of life in rural Ecuador, visiting several small town markets and workshops along the way. Afterwards, you'll be returned to Casona de la Ronda.

Day 3: On-board ship (The Galapagos Islands)

Accommodation options: Galapagos Odyssey

In the early morning you'll be picked up and transferred to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos. A member of the Odyssey will be waiting to greet you and your fellow cruise mates before getting you to the pier and embarking on the ship. After lunch and settling in, you'll begin your Galapagos adventure with a walk along Dragon Hill, spotting iguanas feed on prickly pears.

Day 4: On-board ship (The Galapagos Islands)

Accommodation options: Galapagos Odyssey

The second day of the cruise includes stops at the red sands of Rabida Island and the unique volcanic cone of Chinese Hat Island. You'll have a chance to snorkel at both sites in addition to spotting sea lions, penguins, flamingos and brown pelicans.

Day 5: On-board ship (The Galapagos Islands)

Accommodation options: Galapagos Odyssey

Day three of your cruise continues to Darwin Bay and Prince Philip's Steps on Genovesa Island, famous for its wide variety of animal life. At Darwin Bay you'll be able to snorkel and search for the rare red-footed boobies, while at Prince Philip's Steps you have the chance to kayak around the coast spotting a number of land and water birds.

Day 6: On-board ship (The Galapagos Islands)

Accommodation options: Galapagos Odyssey

The last full day of cruising visits Bartolome and its iconic Pinnacle Rock. Snorkeling gives you a chance to see penguins once more, in addition to white-tip reef sharks and sea turtles. Afterwards, at Sullivan Bay, you'll explore the uniquely formed volcanic island and wonder how such diversity of wildlife can survive such tough conditions.

Day 7: Return home

On your last morning you'll stretch your legs on shore while visiting the highlands of Santa Cruz, including one of the most famous residents, the Galapagos giant tortoise. You'll then be transferred back to the airport in Baltra where you'll catch your flight back to mainland Ecuador, then connecting to your international flight home.

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Ewan was fantastic in helping me arrange a US trip for me and my Fiancée. Gave me all the top spots and recommendations on what to do, when all I really had to start with was a broad idea of where I wanted to go.
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Unfortunately, I can't review our TRAVEL experience with Audley Travel, but can comment on their non-responsiveness.

I contacted Audley as they came recommended by Wilderness Travel, the company we traveled with previously.

I left multiple messages for their regional specialist Adam -- voice messages through his co-workers (Alec and Jacky), email, website inquiry -- he didn't reply. I finally spoke to another specialist at the office (Lydia) and pressed her to not take yet another message for Adam, but tell me honestly if they are interested in working on our itinerary or we should move on. She then told me that they are busy. Well, wish they had some integrity to tell me on the first call, so I didn't have to loose time on trying to contact their "specialist".

p.s. They sent their automated marketing message with ALL their trips listed in response to my website inquiry. In this message they included: "When you are ready...". I replied that, indeed, we are ready, as I explained in my inquiry -- ready, know where and when we want to travel and are inquiring if you are interested in creating a private journey for us. No reply! Instead, they sent another marketing message the next day (and after Lydia already told us that they are very busy and won't be able to make reservations.) The second marketing message had no option to "unsubscribe". Again, I replied to that message and asked them to stop spamming me with marketing materials.

UPDATE: Audley's Client Experience Executive reached out to me in response to this review. She apologized profusely and wanted me to know that my "feedback is being heard". She said that she spoke with the employees' manager to "ensure mistakes like this don’t happen again and provide additional training to support their growth." She also promised to ask the marketing to delete my name from their marketing list. I took her at her word.

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Unfortunately Audley Travel are so arrogant they don’t believe anyone else can provide a better holiday at lower cost

I’m booking for South Africa and they simply can’t accept that another company can provide a better itinerary at a lower price - even to the point of asking for the other quote and saying this is usual practice in the industry!! ( rubbish) . Totally unprofessional behaviour. Furthermore , sending me emails knocking my choice of hotel and safari park while at the same time promoting hotels that clearly have issues as evidenced by poor ratings on the major sites

I use another well known travel provider that actually provide high quality at a decent price

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We were planning a special family holiday in Thailand to celebrate our Golden Wedding anniversary. We were a party of 11, coming from the UK and Australia at slightly different times.
Mark Hotham at Audley Travel helped us to put together the holiday of a lifetime. He helped us through the complexity of different start dates, advised on a suitable hotel and arranged a terrific trip to the Elephant Hills camp in the jungle.
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Flight & Transport Inclusions

All internal ground transport

Group Size

Intimate Group - 12 max

Trip ID#:

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