Darwin's Galápagos: Ecuador

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Majestic colonial cities, artisan markets full of world-famous handicrafts, and colorfully attired indigenous people are just some of the wonders on this incomparable journey. 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 ...
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Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Luxury - 5 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Balanced schedule


    • Tour Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and discover its preserved city center and Baroque-inspired monasteries
    • Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard a luxurious ship and explore remote coastlines
    • Snorkel and kayak with sea lions along the shores and be awed by their underwater acrobatics
    • Immerse yourself in topaz-blue waters on a glass-bottom boat tour
    • Visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding and Rearing program to learn about these gentle creatures
    • Learn more about the evolution of species at the Charles Darwin Research Center
    • Browse the local markets of Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city

What's this trip about?

    Majestic colonial cities, artisan markets full of world-famous handicrafts, and colorfully attired indigenous people are just some of the wonders on this incomparable journey. 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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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIntimate group - 12 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityQuito
End CityGuayaquil

Travel Themes

  • Birding
  • Education / Learning
  • High Adventure
  • Hiking & Walking
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving


  • South America
  • Ecuador


  • Galapagos
  • Guayaquil
  • Quito


  • Educational/ learning
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Nature
  • River cruise
  • Snorkeling
  • Wildlife viewing

Trip includes

    • 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)
    • Local taxes
    • Travel Guard Medical Emergency and Assistance Plan


Travel Map

Day 1 & 2: Quito, Ecuador

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Casa Gangotena, Quito

You are met upon arrival and escorted to your hotel in Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On Day 2, tour the colonial old town and drive up to see the “Virgen de Quito” statue and enjoy the view. Visit the Equatorial Line Monument and the Ethnographic and Intiñan museums.

Day 3: Quito & Baltra, Galápagos Islands

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: M/V Evolution, Galápagos Island; M/Y Grace, Galápagos Island

Fly to Baltra in the Galápagos Islands and board the elegant 16-passenger M/Y Grace, your home for the next seven nights. Your cruise begins with a visit...

Day 4 – 9: Galápagos Islands

Meals: 6 Breakfast, 6 Lunch, 6 Dinner

Accommodation: M/V Evolution, Galápagos Island; M/Y Grace, Galápagos Island

Explore eight of Darwin’s “enchanted islands” accompanied by an onboard naturalist guide. Observe an amazing variety of wildlife and countle...

Day 10 & 11: San Cristobal, Guayaquil & Depart for Home

Meals: 2 Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Oro Verde, Guayaquil

On Day 10, disembark the M/Y Grace on San Cristobal Island, and visit the comprehensive Galápagos National Park Visitor Center. Then, transfer to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil. On Day 11, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home or on to your next destination.

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Price From $8,995
Price per day$818
Last Updated: 8/2/2018

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    • Air transportation
    • Airport taxes passport and visa expenses
    • Laundry, alcohol, and all items of a personal nature
    • Excessive baggage charges
    • Health, accident, baggage, and trip cancellation insurance
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,Casa Gangotena, Quito Casa Gangotena occupies a pivotal place in Quitos historic heart, at the corner of Plaza San Francisco. Its history stretches back to the time of the Incas when, according to the early Spanish chroniclers, in the 15th century the square featured Inca temples, one of them on the site of the present house. Situated in a newly-restored historic mansion overlooking Plaza San Francisco, the three-story Casa Gangotena features 31 rooms, a showcase of eye-catching style, contemporary design, antiques, fine furnishings, modern technologies and quintessential comforts. Beautifully and eclectically-appointed, the hotel invites its guests to explore and to relax, whether in the dining room, glassed-in patio, garden redolent with the perfume of native flowers, wood-paneled library, or atop its panoramic third-floor terrace. M/Y Grace, Galápagos Island This 16-passenger Camper & Nicholsons yacht has traversed the waters of the globe under many names. She has been rechristened with a name which intimates her very best era named after her late owner, Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco, the name Grace is a representation of her elegance, beauty and prestige. Grace is the ideal yacht for the traveler who seeks a true explorer experience complemented by excellent service, superb accommodations and fine dining. All nine cabins feature private bathrooms, hot showers and air-conditioning, and quarters are cleaned twice daily during landings. The galley and dining staff create quality meals using both local and international cuisine, and all meals can be served inside or al fresco. The yacht is well-stocked with a library containing a wealth of information on the natural history of the Galápagos plus an entertainment center complete with DVDs and videos. The main salon is truly spacious, equipped with luxurious sofas and chairs, and a bar and entertainment center. Passengers gather here for briefings, to watch films, enjoy a drink at the bar or simply relax. Plenty of area to lounge in the sun or shade is available, and the bar is always open for refreshments. The front sun deck offers a hot tub and plenty of space to sunbathe, read a book, take pictures, or just enjoy the journey to the next island. Sea kayaks are available for some additional fun, as is snorkeling gear. Hotel Oro Verde, Guayaquil Welcome to the Hotel Oro Verde in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where elegant service in a timeless European setting is promised to you. This full-service, downtown hotel offers the ultimate in sophistication and comfort for business and leisure travelers alike. Oro Verde's superb location in the Guayaquil commercial and financial district means you are within walking distance of popular tourist attractions, entertainment and shopping, and cultural and historical sites. The hotel is also just a quick eight-minute drive from the airport and the World Trade Center. All 230 guest room accommodations feature luxurious bedding, flat-screen TVs with premium cable stations, direct-dial telephones, clock alarm radios compatible with iPhones and iPods, mini bar, in-room safe, individual climate control with remote, and reading lights over the bed.
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10 Breakfast, 6 Lunch and 7 Dinner

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