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Galapagos Wildlife Wonderland

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 20 - 45 people
Destination(s): Ecuador  
Specialty Categories: Family   Rainforest  
Season: March - August
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 4195 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 6428 US Dollar (USD)

Day1 Arrive in Quito, Ecuador
Galápagos tour begins: Swissôtel Quito. A transfer is included from Mariscal Sucre International Airport to the Swissôtel Quito. After your flight to Ecuador, get a good night’s sleep so you’ll be rested and ready for your family's unforgettable Galápagos tour.
Lodging Swissôtel Quito

Day2 A visit to the Equator & exploring Quito
Meals B, L, D
Quito is not only 9,200 feet above “seal” level, it’s also on the Equator... the "middle of the world." Take the opportunity to stand on both the northern and southern hemispheres at the same time, and learn more about Quito's unique geography at the Inti Ñan Museum before enjoying an Ecuadorian brunch near a volcanic crater. Explore centuries-old Colonial Quito on a guided tour, and then join us for a special reception with local entertainment before our welcome dinner at the hotel. And get set for tomorrow... when your Galápagos tour and cruise gets underway!
Lodging Swissôtel Quito

Day3 Fly to Baltra & begin your Galápagos tour & cruise to Santa Cruz Island
Meals B, L, D
Your family's Galápagos tour and cruise* commences today when you fly from Quito to the volcanic island of Baltra and board your expedition ship, the M/V Santa Cruz. Your first shore excursion features a ride ashore on a panga to the island of Santa Cruz, and a wet landing on Las Bachas Beach, an important nesting area for the green sea turtle. On a guided hike around a saltwater lagoon today, look for flamingos, pintail ducks, sandpipers and stilts; join our expert naturalists for an informative briefing back aboard ship this evening.
Lodging Aboard M/V Santa Cruz

Day4 Flamingos, marine iguanas, sea lions & more on Santiago Island
Meals B, L, D
Start the day with a morning boat ride off Buccaneer’s Cove on Santiago (James) Island – once a favorite haunt of pirates and whalers – to observe seabirds like frigates, pelicans and boobies, and go snorkeling off the panga. After lunch aboard ship, a wet landing at Puerto Egas on Santiago provides even more opportunities to see seabirds, along with a colony of sea lions and marine iguanas; enjoy a swim and a snorkel from the beach before returning to the ship.
Lodging Aboard M/V Santa Cruz

Day5 Finches & friendly sea lions on Rabida & Bartolomé Islands
Meals B, L, D
Meet Darwin's finches and other rare birds today after a wet landing on Rabida (Jervis) Island, with its red-colored beaches. Experience both wet and dry landings on your excursion to Bartolomé Island; hike up to the summit and drink in amazing vistas of its volcanic features and the neighboring islands. Ride a panga around Pinnacle Rock, and view sea lions, sea turtles and tiny tropical Galápagos penguins in a panorama of life found only here. Tonight you'll find out more about the Galápagos Islands with our shipboard naturalists.
Lodging Aboard M/V Santa Cruz

Day6 Boobies, frigate birds & petrels on Genovesa Island & Darwin Bay
Meals B, L, D
Explore Genovesa (Tower) Island by panga and a dry landing; climb up Prince Philip’s steps for a hike across the island, where you'll see masked boobies, frigate birds, storm petrels and more. An afternoon cruise and a wet landing at Darwin Bay offers more amazing views of thousands of rare birds, including red-footed boobies, gulls, mockingbirds, herons and finches, as well as an optional walk across volcanic terrain. Back aboard the ship, celebrate the end of your cruise – and your family's most unforgettable Galápagos tour – at our Captain’s farewell dinner.
Lodging Aboard M/V Santa Cruz

Day7 Disembark & fly to Guayaquil
Meals B, D
Disembark M/V Santa Cruz on San Cristóbal (Chatham) Island – the capital of the Galápagos Islands and the first island visited by Charles Darwin during his historic trip in 1835. Visit the San Cristóbal Interpretation Center to learn about the formation of these volcanic islands, the events that led to their discovery, the rare forms of wildlife that continue to thrive here, and efforts being made by the Ecuadorian National Park Service to preserve and protect life on the islands for future generations. After time to explore Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, travel to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil on the mainland. Join us this evening for a poolside farewell party at your hotel as your family's Ecuador and Galápagos tour comes to a close.
Lodging Hilton Colón Guayaquil

Day8 Galápagos tour ends in Guayaquil
Meals B
Galápagos tour ends: Guayaquil. A transfer from the Hilton Colón Guayaquil to José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport is included. You should allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in.

Note: Our Galápagos cruises feature two types of landings on the islands. Dry Landings occur when guests step from the dinghy on to rocks or a dock. Wet Landings occur when the dinghy edges on to a sandy beach and guests step into knee-deep water and wade ashore.

Note: Activities marked with an asterisk (*) are at your own risk; a signed liability waiver will be required.

Nights 1 - 2 : Swissôtel Quito - Quito, Ecuador

Swissotel Quito


New ! Our guests enjoy complimentary Internet access in guest rooms!

Known as “the kindest hotel of Latin America,” Swissôtel Quito is recognized as having the finest service in the city. Its convenient location offers easy access to Quito’s Old Town. Blending contemporary style and European elegance, guest rooms provide family-friendly amenities such as a 29-inch color TV with cable, a CD player, individually controlled heat and air conditioning, a healthy minibar, anti-allergic bedding, hair dryer and even an umbrella. Work off some excess energy in the indoor and outdoor swimming pools, on the tennis or squash courts or in the fitness room. If you’re hungry, you can choose between Ecuadorian, Swiss, Japanese, French and American cuisines, steaks and prime rib at six different restaurants, or enjoy a proper afternoon tea.

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Nights 3 - 6 : Aboard M/V Santa Cruz - Galápagos Islands

Santa Cruz

Get ready to embark on a ship built exclusively for Galápagos Island cruising! There are 44 air-conditioned staterooms on this expedition ship that all meet the same high standards for comfort and style. Families have the choice of single, double, triple and quad accommodations that vary with twin or double beds, and upper beds. Be sure to check the deck plans to see which best suits your family's needs. There are two suites on the Boat Deck that include private balconies. Staterooms on the Main and Upper decks offer a variety of choices. Rest assured, you probably won't be spending much time in your stateroom because there is so much to see outside. In fact, you will be cruising with an onboard team of naturalists who will tell you all about the natural wonders you will see every day on different islands in the Galápagos. This will include lectures, multi-media presentations, on-deck talks before your shore excursions and recaps of your day's adventures. By day, climb aboard a Zodiac-style boat to explore the islands on hikes and walks; go snorkeling or ride the glass-bottom boat to view the fascinating marine life of this underwater wonderland. At night, join your fellow shipmates for some of the best stargazing anywhere; the southern skies come alive in the dark with stars and beautiful constellations. At any time during your cruise, you are welcome to head to the observation platform on the Sun Deck to look for dolphins and whales, relax in the Jacuzzi or look up more information in the well-stocked library on the unique animals you just saw. Even dining is a delight for all ages on board M/V Santa Cruz; shipboard menus include Ecuadorian dishes and international cuisine that everyone in your party is sure to enjoy. Bon voyage!

3.

Night 7 : Hilton Colón Guayaquil - Guayaquil, Ecuador

Hilton Colon Guayaquil


New ! Our guests enjoy complimentary Internet access in guest rooms!

Situated on the banks of the Guayas River and conveniently located in the bustling heart of Ecuador’s main port and economic center, the Hilton Colón Guayaquil offers a warm welcome. Presenting a remarkable architectural design, and offering a panoramic view of the city, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s booming commercial and financial district. Boasting a large pool with a tropical bar, the hotel’s leisure amenities include an on-site casino, squash court, sauna, gym, spa and five restaurants.


Extend Your Trip

Many travelers prefer arriving at their destination a day before their journey begins, or often extend a stay at the end of their trip. As a service, we will make hotel reservations before and after your journey. Contact your Travel Agent to book your hotel.
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Arrive Early: Swissôtel Quito - Quito, Ecuador

Swissotel Quito

Known as “the kindest hotel of Latin America,” Swissôtel Quito is recognized as having the finest service in the city. Its convenient location offers easy access to Quito’s Old Town. Blending contemporary style and European elegance, guest rooms provide family-friendly amenities such as a 29-inch color TV with cable, a CD player, individually controlled heat and air conditioning, a healthy minibar, anti-allergic bedding, hair dryer and even an umbrella. Work off some excess energy in the indoor and outdoor swimming pools, on the tennis or squash courts or in the fitness room. If you’re hungry, you can choose between Ecuadorian, Swiss, Japanese, French and American cuisines, steaks and prime rib at six different restaurants, or enjoy a proper afternoon tea.

Guest rooms also include double-glazed windows, telephone with voicemail, Internet access, mini-bar, iron & ironing board, and makeup/shaving mirror.

Hotel Room Rates

Double

Single

Triple

Quad

March 20 - December 22 $219 $219 $294 $383

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Stay Later: Hilton Colón Guayaquil - Guayaquil, Ecuador

Hilton Colon Guayaquil

Situated on the banks of the Guayas River and conveniently located in the bustling heart of Ecuador’s main port and economic center, the Hilton Colón Guayaquil offers a warm welcome. Presenting a remarkable architectural design, and offering a panoramic view of the city, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s booming commercial and financial district. Boasting a large pool with a tropical bar, the hotel’s leisure amenities include an on-site casino, squash court, sauna, gym, spa and five restaurants.

Guest room amenities include air conditioning, cable television, work desk, multi-line telephone, Internet access, mini-bar, iron and ironing board, bathrobe, hair dryer, and in-room safe.

Hotel Room Rates

Double

Single

Triple

Quad

January 1 - December 31 $285 $260 $380 $515

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

prices are based on quad occupancy plus intra tour air and vary on departure dates, no air is included in the prices

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Client Request Served: 1283

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