Speak to a Travel Specialist

800-680-2858
Cruises Cruises Hotels and Resorts Hotels &
Resorts
Africa Safaris Africa
Safaris
Home Escorted Tours Independent Vacations River Cruises Expedition Cruises Train Tours Discounts Newsletter My Account
Find a Vacation
FastDeal Lookup
#


7 Day Galapagos Islands, Guayaquil & Quito

7 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Ecuador
Depart for Ecuador. Arrive in Guayaquil. Balance of the day is at leisure.

DAY 2, Friday - Galapagos Islands, Baltra, Santa Cruz
Embark this morning on a journey to the Galapagos Archipelago of volcanic islands, five million years in the making. Your flight from Guayaquil takes you to Baltra Airport; you’ll be met by your naturalist guides and transferred by boat to Santa Cruz Island. Here, you visit the Giant Tortoise Reserve and see their natural habitat - a once in a lifetime experience! Tortoises can be seen grazing on the vegetation, wallowing in muddy banks or in the small red ponds. The area is teeming with wildlife - woodpecker finches, mockingbirds, flycatchers, as well as ducks, herons and gallinules. After a stop for lunch, on to Puerto Ayora, the most developed town in the Galapagos Islands, where you board the Finch Panga that takes you to Finch Bay, an eco-friendly resort-hotel in a private seaside location surrounded by mangroves, your home for the next three nights. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the hotel's pool, natural spa, white coral beach or admire the view from the comfort of your hammock. Tonight, savor dinner highlighted by local delicacies. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

**Your Galapagos island itinerary is subject to change. Different islands and sites may be substituted.


DAY 3, Saturday - Cerro Mesa Preserve, Charles Darwin Research Station
Cross Academy Bay to the highlands of Santa Cruz. Arrive at Cerro Mesa, a private preserve with a native and endemic forest, splendid birding area, a natural path of migrating giant tortoises and impressive volcanic formations. Explore the natural surroundings and the spectacular vistas. You may encounter giant tortoises, herons, gallinules and some of the rare Darwin finches. Continue on your walk down the path to the coast and the amazing white sandy beach. Time for a soothing dip in the waters, or perhaps a small trip on a tandem or a sit-on-top kayak. Enjoy the scenery and the provided box lunch under the shade of the halophytic trees. In the afternoon, after freshening-up, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station; gain insight into the huge efforts being made by scientists, guides, rangers and park managers to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you can also meet some tortoise celebrities like Diego (the world's most famous tortoise after 100-year-old Lonesome George died in recent years) and some friendly creeping land iguanas. Dinner tonight is at the hotel. (
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4, Sunday - North Seymour Island
You’ll be transported on your yacht, The Sea Lion, to North Seymour Island, lifted from the ocean floor by a seismic event. Cliffs that are only a few feet high form the shoreline, where swallow-tailed gulls sit perched on ledges and a tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stand just above the landing. This island is teeming with life! You might have to give right-of-way to a passing sea lion or a marine iguana. Along the way, perhaps you may see the famous Galapagos blue-footed booby nesting beside the trail, or spot flocks of pelicans in a feeding frenzy. Keep on the lookout for the magnificent frigate bird, with its puffed- up scarlet throat sack, perched in low bushes watching over their chicks. After your enlightening walking excursion, you return to Finch Bay for leisure time. Enjoy dinner at the hotel. (
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5, Monday - Port of Baltra, Flight to Quito
Depart the Finch Bay Hotel. On your way to Baltra, stop at the Twin Pit Craters to view the great depressions of volcanic material formed by a long process of the sinking ground, and the exceptional view of Scalesia trees, ferns, mosses and orchids. Then, proceed to the airport for the flight to Quito. Arrive in this historic city in the high Andes at the base of the Pichincha Volcano; transfer to the hotel. Evening is at leisure in Quito. (
Breakfast)

DAY 6, Tuesday - Historic Quito City Tour
Depart from your hotel in the morning to begin your tour of historic Quito. Start by visiting the Plaza Grande, where you see a large monument dedicated to the independence fighters from 1809. Admire the numerous historic buildings such as the Carondelet Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace, and the Municipal Palace, all of which reside around the plaza. Continue on to visit the Metropolitan Cultural Center to gain a new appreciation for Ecuadorian culture and its rich history. Finally, visit the Compania of Jesus Church and the San Francisco Church, the former of which is one of UNESCO's 100 most important World Heritage Site Monuments in the world. Balance of the day is at leisure. (
Breakfast)

DAY 7, Wednesday - Depart Ecuador
Your vacation ends today after breakfast.  (Breakfast)

*Please note: Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Day 7 and will require a transfer on Day 6. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time.
Map
All This Included
  • All intra-flights: Guayaquil-Baltra & Baltra-Quito
  • 6 nights First Class accommodations
  • 12 Meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Services of English-speaking naturalist guides in the Galapagos
  • Shore Excursions
  • Galapagos National Park Fee of $100
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card fee of $20
Highlights
  • Embark on a journey to the beginning of time in the Galapagos Archipelago of volcanic islands
  • Tour the Charles Darwin Research Center to learn about their preservation goals
  • Explore areas with blue-footed boobies, frigate birds and sea lions
  • Visit Colonial Quito and walk through its cobblestone streets
Accommodations
Guayaquil: Hotel Oro Verde
Galapagos: Finch Bay Hotel
Quito: Mercure Hotel Alameda
Notes
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Guayaquil-Galapagos-Quito.
  • Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Day 7 and will require a transfer on Day 6. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time.
  • Triple Rooms cannot be accommodated on this program.
  • Passport numbers for all passengers must be submitted before documents can be issued.
  • The route and program may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration patterns. Wildlife and visits listed in the itinerary are based upon optimal conditions and therefore subject to change.
  • Sturdy shoes are recommended for this program. 
  • This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces such as sandy and rocky beaches, stairs, steps and significant slopes. It takes approximately 2 hours to get to and from the areas populated with wildlife. You will experience wet landings in water, on sand or rocks and dry landings on wooden docks.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
For Gate 1 Travel terms and conditions, please click here.

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.