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Ecuador and Galapagos Island Hopping

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QUITO AND THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Get a taste of Ecuador’s vibrant culture and explore all the Galapagos has to offer on our tour including airfare from the U.S. Begin this trip with two nights in Quito, the colonial capital of Ecuador. Here you’ll take a tour of the city, which includes a stop at the Church of San Francisco, a chance to catch stunning views of the Valley of Tumbaco, and a visit to the Equator. Following this, you’ll start your Galapagos adventure at the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about the islands’ conservation. Over the next few days, take excursions in and around Santa Cruz, venture out to another exotic island of your choice, and relax each evening with a stay at Finch Bay Hotel, one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World. You’ll surely be amazed by the region’s renowned biodiversity!

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 2 nights in Quito
  • 4 nights in the Galapagos
  • 1 night in Quito
  • Overnight International Flight

Tour
Highlights

  • Galapagos Island Hopping
  • The Equator (Quito)
  • Church of San Francisco (Quito)
  • Stay at Finch Bay Hotel (Galapagos), one of National Geographic’s “Unique Lodges of the World”

Activity Level: Adventurer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round trip airfare from Miami
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-South America flights, ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at First Class hotels
  • Galapagos Park fee
  • 14 meals: 8 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 2 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing Ecuador tours and shore excursions
  • Professional English-speaking tour directors

Tour Itinerary

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

USA/Quito (Ecuador)

Your exciting expedition to Ecuador begins today with an overnight flight to Quito.

Arrive Quito (Ecuador)

Arrive in Quito, the colonial capital of Ecuador, located just 15 miles from the equator and surrounded by ice-capped volcanoes. Transfer to your first-class, centrally located hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. Hotel Hilton Colon or Wyndham Hotel (B)

Quito

On a guided morning tour of Quito learn about its colonial past, history and culture. Visit the old town and see the Church of San Francisco, the first religious building constructed in South America by the Spanish. See the facade of La Compania, the city’s most ornate church. Admire the spectacular views of the Valley of Tumbaco. On a clear day, you’ll see the impressive volcanoes surrounding the city. Afterwards, drive north to the Equator and experience the Intiñan Museum, which features interactive exhibits on indigenous ways of life as well as interesting middle of the world…

Quito/Galapagos Islands: Santa Cruz Island

After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. Arrive in Baltra and board the ferry bound for the other side of Santa Cruz Island. During your transfer right through the highlands of Santa Cruz, see the enormous change in vegetation that ranges from dry areas full of cacti to rainforest and fern zones. This afternoon visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and see how the conservation of the islands is conducted, and learn about the huge efforts that scientists, park rangers, and others undertake to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site….

Galapagos Islands

Today, enjoy a full-day boat excursion to one of the following islands: North Seymour, South Plazas, Bartholomew, Santa Fe, or the Dragon Hill. Each of these islands has its own unique beauty to offer. North Seymour is a flat Island and home to magnificent frigate birds like the Blue-Footed-Boobies. South Plazas Island is home to a large colony of sea lions and offers excellent examples of the typical flora like towering cacti “trees” which form the principal diet for land iguanas and cactus finch. Bartholomew Island is a tiny island which boasts one of the most spectacular…

Galapagos Islands: Highlands of Santa Cruz

Today, explore the highlands of the Santa Cruz. Along the way, stop in Twin Craters, located one in front of the other on both sides of the road connecting Puerto Ayora to Baltra. These craters were formed as a result of the collapse of the crust and there are many craters of this type in the area which. The vegetation in this area is dominated by Scalesia Trees, making the site a beautiful green landscape. Visit a lava tunnel, and observe the famous giant tortoise in its natural environment.
Stop at the Cerro Mesa viewpoint where, on a clear day,…

Galapagos Islands

Today, enjoy a full-day boat excursion to one of the following islands: North Seymour, South Plazas, Bartholomew, Santa Fe, or the Dragon Hill. Each of these islands has its own unique beauty to offer. North Seymour is a flat Island and home to magnificent frigate birds like the Blue-Footed-Boobies. South Plazas Island is home to a large colony of sea lions and offers excellent examples of the typical flora like towering cacti “trees” which form the principal diet for land iguanas and cactus finch. Bartholomew Island is a tiny island which boasts one of the most spectacular…

Galapagos Islands/Quito

This morning is at your leisure. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Quito. Upon arrival in Quito, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner. Hotel Hilton Colon or Wyndham Hotel (B,D)

Depart Quito

After breakfast, experience the Otavalo Market, a wonderful place to visit on a Saturday! See all the indigenous tribes people selling their wares and watch the bustle of the city. Later depart on your overnight flight back to Miami. (B,L)

Arrive USA

Today, arrive in Miami.

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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $1099

Ocean View Room Upgrade at Finch Bay Hotel (Galapagos):
$399 per person (double occupancy) / $749 per person (single occupancy)

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-9:00 EST and Sat-Sun, 10:00-6:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.

Reservations and Payments

Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received within 48 hours of reservation. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

Reviews

Carol

The Island Hopping on the Galapagos Islands was an excellent trip.

Rich S

smarTours...I can't say enough about the outstanding time we had touring Machu Picchu and Galapagos Islands...outstanding guides, service, accommodations and plenty of time to enjoy the wonders of these 2 outstanding locations. Thanks again. We will be back!

Daniel B

We enjoyed the trip very much. Being a smart traveler lets us enjoy special upgrades. Thank you. Looking forward to upcoming trip to India and Nepal

DEBBIE P

My husband & I took this trip in June 2015 -- highly recommend Smartours and this trip -- it was amazing! Everything was very well-organized; the tour guides & naturalists were excellent -- knowledgeable, personable and professional. All of the hotels and the ship were top-notch. The included meals were very good. The only negative on the trip was that LAN airlines changed some of the flight schedules, so we ended up losing some direct flights, and instead, had a couple flights with connections involving considerable time in airports. (unfortunately not controllable by Smartours -- LAN made the changes) -- to make up for the inconvenience, they provided an additional lunch (in a 5* restaurant in Quito) and extra tours in Quito. Almost every other traveler on our trip had toured with Smartours previously -- some as many as 12 times! Based on the rave reviews of our fellow travelers and our own experience on this, our 1st, Smartours trip, we will definitely travel with Smartours again (checking dates for 2 trips already)

Cheri D

Wow! What a trip! Excellent tour guides everywhere we visited. Accommodations excellent, food delicious. The ship was beautiful. Just a fabulous trip.. If you ever wanted to see both Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands don't miss this trip!
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