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Ecuador and Galápagos Islands 2019 (For Families)

9 days with Adventures by Disney   Rating: Deluxe

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Itinerary
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Day 1 - Quito, Ecuador
ARRIVE IN QUITO
Welcome to Quito, also known as "The Center of the World"! Upon arrival at the Mariscal Sucre International Airport, an Adventures by Disney representative meets you and escorts you to your awaiting transportation. Relax as the driver assists you with your luggage and drives you to the hotel.
 
JW MARRIOTT HOTEL
View magnificent, snow-capped volcanoes from this luxurious modern hotel located in the bustling capital of Ecuador. Sit back and stretch your legs while your Adventure Guides check you in.
 
DINNER ON YOUR OWN
Enjoy a family dinner on your own in the hotel. Or ask your Adventure Guide to recommend restaurants in Quito that would fit you and your family's needs.
 
Day 2 - Quito, Ecuador
BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL
Fuel up for the day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel.
 
MIDDLE OF THE WORLD MONUMENT AND MERCADO
Take the rare opportunity to stand with one foot in each hemisphere on this visit to Ciudad Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World Monument). A local expert will share the monument’s fascinating history, which offers amazing views of the surrounding countryside. Then, head over to the local Mercado which provides a glorious cornucopia of fresh and prepared Ecuadorian food, as well as handmade gifts and souvenirs.
 
INTIÑAN MUSEUM
Learn about the culture and daily lives of Ecuador’s native tribes through exhibits that include replicas of typical houses of the tribes and one complete with a live guinea pig farm. You’ll also learn how the Incas determined the center of the Earth and watch traditional music and dance performances.
 
LUNCH AT EL CRÁTER RESTAURANT
Share stories about your morning's travels with your fellow Adventurers as you delight in a traditional lunch at this amazing restaurant located on the edge of the Pululahua volcano crater, the only inhabited crater in the world. The beautiful architecture of the restaurant offers 360° views of the surrounding landscape.
 
LA RONDA STREET TOUR AND CHOCOLATE DEMONSTRATION & TASTING
Take in the regional flavor of Quito, named on of the best preserved cities in the Americas by UNESCO. Be guided through the colonial core on this walking tour by a resident expert who will introduce you to a local craftsman. Stroll down the famous thoroughfare Calle la Ronda and appreciate the architecture, culture and shops. While on Calle la Ronda, stop in at a chocolate shop and learn how some of the world’s greatest chocolate is made—and then taste it!
 
OLD TOWN QUITO WALKING TOUR
Walk through Quito’s chief attraction, Old Town, with a stunning array of churches, monestaries and convents dating back to the colony’s beginning.
 
WELCOME DINNER AT CAFÉ PLAZA GRANDE
Step back in time to Quito’s past in this quaint restaurant that serves delicious dishes and desserts from Ecuador’s rich culinary heritage.
 
Day 3 - Otavalo Valley, Ecuador
WELCOME BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL
Meet your fellow Adventurers and Adventure Guides at an exclusive breakfast at the hotel. Say Buenos días! as you get ready for a day of excitement.
 
ROSE PLANTATION TOUR
Visit this fragrant plantation that grows colorful roses in greenhouses that stretch for many miles. With the perfect climate and humidity for growing roses—and with fertile soil in the highlands region—Ecuador now counts on roses as a major export.
 
LUNCH AT A HACIENDA
Savor a traditional lunch in a delightful 17th-century Hacienda.
 
FLUTE-MAKING AND MUSIC DEMONSTRATION
Make a wooden Andean flute with the help of a famous musical family—and take it home with you! Then enjoy a musical demonstration. Learn about the variety of pan flutes and other instruments that create the joyful music of Ecuador.
 
EXCLUSIVE WEAVING DEMONSTRATION
Discover the art behind the woven handicrafts of Ecuador, world-famous for their bold colors and dazzling craftsmanship. Learn from expert artisans how diverse dyes are created and other age-old secrets of weaving.
 
OTAVALO MARKET
Lose yourself in this magnificent market filled with vibrant art and colorful woven textiles. Practice your bartering skills as you interact with the sellers and discover some great finds!
 
ON YOUR OWN IN QUITO
Explore Ecuador’s capital city which sits his in the Andean foothills. Built atop the foundation of an ancient Incan city, it is renowned for its well-preserved colonial center. See some of the city’s beautiful sites, stunning churches and Old Town—the first-ever locale in the world to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
 
Day 4 - Galápagos Islands
FLY TO THE GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS
Eat an early breakfast at the hotel before your Adventure Guides take you to Mariscal Sucre Airport for your flight to San Cristobal.
 
ARRIVE AT SAN CRISTOBAL AIRPORT
Welcome to the Galápagos Islands! After arriving at San Cristobal Airport on the island of San Cristobal, take a motor coach to the pier to board the Galapagos Legend Ship.
 
WELCOME BRIEFING AND LUNCH ONBOARD THE GALAPAGOS LEGEND SHIP
Enjoy a delicious lunch onboard the ship before exploring San Cristobal Island.
 
SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND: INTERPRETATION CENTER & TIJERETAS HILL
Stop in at the Interpretation Center where you’ll discover all sorts of interesting information on the formation of the Galapagos Islands, as well as its significance to the world, threats and conservation efforts. Afterwards, take a hike to Cerro Tijeretas (Frigatebird Hill), where you’ll have great looks at both species of frigatebird, along with a stunning view of the beautiful bay below.
 
WELCOME COCKTAIL & DINNER ONBOARD THE SHIP
Join your fellow Adventurers for a welcome cocktail. Then, unwind in the dining room where you can swap stories while enjoying a satisfying meal.
 
STARGAZING
See the night sky like never before. Identify the stars that are often obscured by city lights from the deck of this exclusive ship anchored in the waters of the Galápagos Islands. 
 
Day 5 - Galápagos Islands
BREAKFAST ONBOARD THE SHIP
Begin the day with a hearty breakfast and get ready for a day of adventure.
 
GUIDED TOUR OF GARDNER BAY, GARDNER & OSBORN ISLETS
Head down to the southernmost of the Galapagos Islands, which at an estimated 4 million year old, is also one of the oldest. The area, known as Española, is home to Gardner Bay, whose white sand beach and turquoise waters make it one of the most beautiful beaches in the Galapagos. Espanola mockingbirds are fearless, and often land on the heads and shoulders of visitors to the island. Green Sea Turtles are also a common site in the area, often coming onto the beach for a rest.
 
LUNCH ONBOARD THE SHIP
Gather together onboard to dine on a delicious buffet lunch.
 
GUIDED TOUR OF SUAREZ POINT
Encounter the varied denizens of the oldest extant island in the archipelago as you walk through this beautiful area. Some of the island’s residents you may encounter include, marine iguanas, sea lions, boobies, endemic lizards and the waved albatross.
 
DINNER ONBOARD THE SHIP
Join your fellow Adventurers for a fantastic family meal in the ship’s dining room.
 
SHIP ACTIVITY
Enjoy the game rooms and movie rooms on the ship.
 
Day 6 - Galápagos Islands
BREAKFAST ONBOARD THE SHIP
Fuel up with a hearty breakfast for the adventure-filled day ahead.
 
GUIDED TOUR OF FLOREANA ISLAND & POST OFFICE
After a short walk from the beach, you’ll reach the famous Post Office Barrel. Claimed to have been set up in 1793 by Captain James Colnett, it remains the oldest functioning “post office” in the Pacific. In the spirit of tradition, visitors today will often take letters and hand-deliver them in their home countries.
 
LUNCH ONBOARD THE SHIP
Take a break with your fellow Adventurers and enjoy lunch onboard.
 
GUIDED TOUR OF CORMORANT POINT, DEVIL’S CROWN AND CHAMPION ISLET
Walk across the dark beach, rich with volcanic crystal that gives the sand its subtle green hue, on your way to Devil’s Crown, one of the island’s best snorkeling sites. Along the way you may encounter an array of the island’s inhabitants, which include pink flamingos, green turtles, penguins and harmless white-tipped reef sharks. At Devil’s Crown, an eroded volcanic cone, there is an abundance of fish and marine life. You’ll swim with big schools of fish and may spot spotted eagle rays and even hammerhead sharks. You’ll also visit Champion Islet, which is home to the last remaining island-endemic Floreana mockingbird.
 
DINNER ONBOARD THE SHIP
After the day's adventures come to a close, adults can enjoy a dinner with other Adventurers while their kids participate in their own dining experience. This is a great chance to share not only a meal but also stories about your day's experiences.
 
JUNIOR ADVENTURER PIZZA PARTY
Junior Adventurers can get acquainted as they devour pizza at a private party designed just for them.
 
DISNEY MOVIE NIGHT
Relax on the ship while Junior Adventurers have fun watching a Disney movie with snacks and soft drinks. Grownups can always join in the fun if they wish!
 
Day 7 - Galápagos Islands
BREAKFAST ONBOARD THE SHIP
Enjoy an early breakfast on the ship before your day of exploration begins.
 
GUIDED TOUR OF CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION & FAUSTO LLERENA BREEDING CENTER, SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
Visit the one-time home of the famous Lonesome George, the last tortoise of the Pinta race. The center, which is set in the Galapagos National Park Service, contains various interpretive buildings dedicated to providing knowledge and assistance through scientific research to the ensure the conservation of the environment and biodiversity in the Galapagos Archipelago.
 
LUNCH ONBOARD THE SHIP
Relax with your fellow Adventurers over lunch and share stories of your adventure.
 
GUIDED TOUR OF BALLENA BAY AND EDEN ISLET
Enjoy myriad water activities, including snorkeling, kayaking and a glass-bottom boat ride, in this idyllilc location where you may spot fish species like king angelfish, surgeonfish, parrot fish, damsels, rays and sharks. While on the land, you can expect to see sea lions and basking marine iguanas with herons and turtles in the nearby mangrove areas. You may also even discover some antique ceramic relics left behind by previous settlements. 
 
You'll also visit Eden Islet, which is off Santa Cruz' western coast. The islet offers opportunities to spot marine life that includes blue-footed boobies, reef sharks and bream fish.
 
DINNER ONBOARD THE SHIP
Savor this dinner prepared by the ship's chefs with your fellow Adventurers in the dining room.
 
EXCLUSIVE FAREWELL TO THE GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS DRINK
Gather with your fellow Adventurers for an exclusive farewell drink. Toast the times you've shared on this unforgettable journey into Darwin's paradise.
 
Day 8 - Guayaquil, Ecuador
DISEMBARK THE SHIP
After breakfast, bid a fond farewell to your home for the past several days, the Galapagos Legend ship.
 
TOUR OF SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
Take a dinghy ride to the entry of Itabaca Channel in a lagoon with turquoise waters, where sharks, blue-footed boobies and an array of different kinds of fish can be spotted.
 
JOURNEY TO GUAYAQUIL
Take a plane from Baltra Airport to the vibrant city of Guayaquil on the mainland, the most populous city in Ecuador.
 
CHECK-IN AT HOTEL DEL PARQUE
As your Adventure Guides check you into your hotel for the evening, make yourself at home in this sophisticated and secluded hotel that is steeped in Guayaquil's rich history.
 
EXCLUSIVE – TRADITIONAL ECUADORIAN MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT
Before a festive dinner, enjoy traditional music and a folk dance performance as you celebrate the adventure of your trip. Toast your newfound friends and share the family memories you will cherish forever.
 
FAREWELL DINNER IN GUAYAQUIL
Dine with your fellow Adventurers at this final feast in Ecuador. Relive together the highlights of your fascinating trip.
 
Day 9 - Guayaquil, Ecuador
BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL
Enjoy one final breakfast in Ecuador before your departure.
 
TRANSFER TO GUAYAQUIL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Board your pre-arranged transportation to Guayaquil International Airport and say adiós to Ecuador—until you return again!
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All This Included
Discover Ecuador’s mainland with its natural splendor and remarkable culture. Then, explore the Galápagos Islands and be immersed in a spectacularly beautiful world nearly untouched by human progress. Excite your imagination and your senses at this archipelago that’s home to a diverse variety of species—including ones that exist nowhere else but here. You’ll understand why Darwin found this unique destination a living laboratory!
  • The services of two Adventure Guides
  • VIP access and private events
  • Outstanding accommodations
  • Most meals during trip (8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 6 Dinners)
  • Admission fees to attractions and performances
  • Cultural experiences with local experts
  • Family activities and special thrills just for kids
  • Transportation within your vacation
  • Luggage service
Highlights
  • 4-Night Galápagos Islands Cruise: Explore the islands of this volcanic archipelago on a fun-filled 4 days on water and land.
  • Visit Ciudad Mitad del Mundo: Stand with one foot in each hemisphere at the enormous Monument to the Equator.
  • Intiñan Museum: Learn about the daily lives of the native Ecuadorian tribes through exhibits and traditional performances.
  • Hiking & Snorkeling in the Galápagos Islands: Discover natural terrain and exotic wildlife that call the tropical eco-system home.
  • Española Island: Tour Bask in the blue waters and white, sandy beaches of this island paradise that’s home to a sea lion colony.
  • Floreana Island: Explore this snorkeling haven that is home to the Post Office Barrel—the oldest post office in the Pacific.
  • Santa Cruz Island: Visit the home to 2 renowned tortoise research and breeding centers set in the Galapagos National Park Service.
  • Quito City Center Walking Tour: Discover the history, distinct architectural style and culture of this remarkable city.
  • Rose Plantation Tour: Scintillate your senses at this fragrant plantation filled with Ecuador’s beautiful blooms.
  • Flute-making & Music Demonstration: Make beautiful music—and your own Andean flute—with a local musical family.
  • Folk Dance Show: Watch in awe as local dancers mesmerize you with traditional Ecuadorian folk dances and colorful costumes.
  • Otavalo Market: Barter with local sellers for vibrant woven textiles and local folk art at this bustling market.
Accommodations
Quito: JW Marriott Hotel Quito
Cruising: Cabin aboard the Galapagos Legend Ship
Guayaquil: Hotel del Parque
Notes
  • Minimum age: 7; Suggested age: 8+. Guests under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
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