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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 10 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 24 people
Destination(s): Ecuador  
Specialty Categories: Multi-activity  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 4995 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4995 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary.

Day 1: Quito.

Arrival in Quito. Private transfer to Swissotel, one of Ecuador’s premier luxury hotel. Views from the hotel, located in the bustling financial district and near the best shopping, show the spectacular Cotopaxi and Pichincha volcanoes. Quito is just 22 kilometres from the Equator, but it has a mild, spring-like climate that makes it perfect for an extended stay as you explore the beautiful colonial section of the city and the surrounding Highlands. The Swissotel has a world-class spa, an excellent restaurant and bar, as well as a fitness center.

Hotel: Swissotel.
Meals: None.

Day 2: Otavalo Highlands.

The nearby Highlands around the village of Otávalo reveal beautiful landscapes, in the full majesty of the Andes. Today, after your private transfer to the Highlands, you will stay at Hacienda Cusín. This lovely, first-class hacienda has guestrooms with views of the garden or mountains. Guestrooms have fireplaces, beamed ceilings, antique reproduction furniture and Andean crafts. Along with the historic ambiance, the hacienda has modern amenities. Travel to Hacienda Manteles, a beautiful property located on the edge of the Cloud Forest, the gateway to the Amazon. Actually, the surrounding landscape is a combination of Cloud Forest and Eyebrow Mountain Forest, but the flora and fauna are distinct from what you will have seen previously on the trip.

Hotel: Hacienda Cusin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Otavalo Highlands

The province of Imbabura is one of the most popular destinations in Ecuador: a magical land of lakes, snow-covered mountains and terraced farmlands. The Otavalo Indian market dates back to pre-Inca times and is famous for its textiles woven on backstop and shuttle looms. So, after an awe-inspiring view from one of many mountains, visit the Indian Market to search for the special souvenir that will hold all your dearest memories.

Hotel: Hacienda Cusin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Galapagos Islands

Rise early for a transfer to the airport in Quito for your flight to the Galapagos Islands arriving on San Cristobal. Once there, you will be met and transferred to your boat, the M/V Explorer II, which is an elegant motor-vessel with classic modern lines, blending comfort, adventure and environmental preservation in the Galapagos Islands. After a brief onboard, you will be visit Cerro Brujo.

Ship: M/V Explorer II
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Galapagos Islands

Explore Punta Suárez on Española Island, home to the largest colony of frigate birds in the Galapagos as well as significant populations of blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and brown noddies. In the afternoon, float near Gardner Bay and watch for rays, sharks and sea turtles in the clear waters of the extensive mangrove lagoon. There is also the possibility of seeing one or more of the three species of Darwin finch which are endemic to the island.

Ship: M/V Explorer II
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Galapagos Islands

Arriving on Santa Cruz Island, view The Charles Darwin Research Station and peer into the evolutionary and ecological research, which plays a strong role in conservation and management of species found in the Galápagos Islands. See the tortoise hatchlings and breeding programs which are saving several races of tortoises from extinction. After visiting the Research Station, board the Explorer to set sail towards Rabida Island and explore the land that’s studded with several small volcanic craters. Upon arrival, see various sea lions and after a short hike you will reach the lagoon to see flamingos and pelicans.

Ship: M/V Explorer II
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Galapagos Islands

In the morning you will be back in the Island of Santa Cruz where you will visit Las Bachas Beach, made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft, and a favourite site for nesting sea turtles. The Sally Lightfoot crabs are abundant on the lava rocks along the waters edge. These crabs will eat anything they can get their claws on. Go for a serene hike and witness flamingoes, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels before transferring to the Royal Palm Hotel on Santa Cruz Island.

Hotel: Royal Palm Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Santa Cruz Island

After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, head over to the pool and soak-in the magical adventure you had just encountered on the Islands. Bask in the sun or in the jacuzzi while watching your children play in the pool. Some of the amenities at the hotel include Health spa, swimming pool, gymnasium, tennis courts, restaurant and bar and observatory. Alternatively visit the little town of Puerto Ayora which is the social hub of the Galapagos where you will find a few restaurants and a small arts and crafts market. Hotel: Royal Palm Resort Meals: Breakfast

Hotel: Royal Palm Resort
Meals: Breakfast

Days 9: Santa Cruz Island/Quito

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Quito. In Quito you will be transferred to your hotel. Take time to visit the city to browse to souvenirs for friends and family back home.

Hotel: Swissotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Quito / Depart

Transfer to the airport to catch your international flight home.

Hotel: None
Meals: Breakfast

Trip Format: Private trips are designed for travelers who know exactly what they want, who appreciate (and are willing to pay for) the craftsmanship that an expert can bring to the challenge, and who value their own time enough not to want to waste it trying to build the trip of a lifetime on their own.

Trip Series: Our Exploratory Series of trips are designed for travelers who are over 35, luxury-conscious, risk-loving, spiritually-curious and non group-travel oriented. The itineraries are built with a focus on personal freedom to allow you to savor experiences, haggle in the marketplace, linger over meals, or imbibe wine with the locals at the cafe.

Level of Activity:
Light-Moderate - Walking along cloud forest paths and city streets, strolling through small towns and national treasures. Water activities such as snorkeling and kayaking are available alongside the exploration of nature and wildlife. Suitable for all ages and abilities, with some opportunities for extended walks.

Level of Luxury: Indulgent - This trip is designed with a focus on indulgence and creature comforts. The accommodation is the best available, which usually means a combination of well-known luxury hotels (Villas, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Design Hotels, etc) and lesser known gems with plenty of regional character and charm. The food is always first rate, with a blend of haute cuisine and regional delicacies, the transportation is discrete and comfortable, the guides are knowledgeable and charming and the events are unique and memorable.

Start: Quito, Ecuador
Finish: Quito, Ecuador

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- All accommodations on a shared twin/double room basis
- All meals as indicated in the itinerary
- All domestic flights & cruises
- All transfers, events & local experts as indicated
- All special events and on-trip surprises
- All pre-departure materials, including documents wallets and destination details.