Ultimate Galapagos & Ecuador

Quito, Galapagos, Mindo Cloud Forest
12 nights private tour from $14,200 per person

Indulge in a pampering cruise around the Galapagos Islands and experience the unique wildlife from the Endemic, a luxurious catamaran with highly specialised naturalist guides. Combined your cruise with a stay on land at the spectacularly located Pikaia Lodge, where giant tortoises can be found roaming in this highland paradise. Complete your adventure at the stunning Mashpi Lodge and soak up the sounds of Ecuador's cloud forest.

Ultimate Galapagos Ecuador
At a glance
  • Explore the absolute highlights of Ecuador, staying in luxurious accommodation throughout

  • Cruise aboard the luxurious Endemic, snorkelling in the Galapagos for up-close encounters with sea lions, marine iguanas, penguins & sea turtles.

  • Combining a cruise with a land based stay in the Galapagos allows you to explore the islands in depth, as well as having some time to relax

  • Two nights in Quito gives you plenty of time to relax and explore the absolute highlights of Ecuador's capital

Journey highlights
  • Explore the absolute highlights of Ecuador, staying in luxurious accommodation throughout

  • Cruise aboard the luxurious Endemic, snorkelling in the Galapagos for up-close encounters with sea lions, marine iguanas, penguins & sea turtles.

  • Combining a cruise with a land based stay in the Galapagos allows you to explore the islands in depth, as well as having some time to relax

  • Two nights in Quito gives you plenty of time to relax and explore the absolute highlights of Ecuador's capital

Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

When to visit

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Ecuador & the Galapagos can be visited year round. The higher the altitude in the Andes, the cooler it becomes, especially at night. June to September is the best time to enjoy the Andes as this is the drier season. From January to June it is typically hot in the Galapagos and sees sunny days and blue skies interspersed with showers, while the rest of the year is generally cloudier and cooler. From July to September the seas can be heavier and boats tend to go into dry dock for their annual refurbishment around this time. The average temperature ranges from a pleasant 20°C to 28°C, however being on the equator the sun is very strong. Due to limited permits in the Galapagos we advise to book well in advance.


Price Guide: (per person based on double occupancy and excludes international flights)

Departing Price from*
  • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
  • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
  • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
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November $14,200 $3,600 plan your trip
December $15,900 $4,000 plan your trip
January $15,900 $4,000 plan your trip
February $15,900 $4,000 plan your trip
March $15,900 $4,000 plan your trip
April $15,900 $4,000 plan your trip
May $15,900 $4,000 plan your trip
June $15,900 $4,000 plan your trip
July $15,900 $4,000 plan your trip
August $15,900 $4,000 plan your trip
September $14,200 $3,600 plan your trip
October $14,200 $3,600 plan your trip
  • November
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $14,200
    Deposit from*
    $3,600
  • December
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $15,900
    Deposit from*
    $4,000
  • January
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $15,900
    Deposit from*
    $4,000
  • February
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $15,900
    Deposit from*
    $4,000
  • March
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $15,900
    Deposit from*
    $4,000
  • April
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $15,900
    Deposit from*
    $4,000
  • May
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $15,900
    Deposit from*
    $4,000
  • June
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $15,900
    Deposit from*
    $4,000
  • July
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $15,900
    Deposit from*
    $4,000
  • August
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $15,900
    Deposit from*
    $4,000
  • September
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $14,200
    Deposit from*
    $3,600
  • October
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $14,200
    Deposit from*
    $3,600
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Itinerary

Fly to Quito
Day 1-3

Quito

Two nights in Quito affords plenty of time to take in all of the key sites of Ecuador's charming capital. Stay at the beautiful Casa Gangotena for the duration and explore the charming old town with a specialist guide, focusing on the history of this colonial capital, rich in religious scandal and filled with ornate churches and grand mansions. In the evenings there are optional activities provided by the hotel should you wish for a more in-depth visit; enjoy chocolate tasting or try your hand at making the house drink, ‘Agua de frescos’. Alternatively, there are numerous good restaurants and bars abuzz with a mix of tourists and locals and serving up delicious local and international menus. Take the ‘Teleferico’ cable car to enjoy unparalleled views over the city’s rooftops and surrounding volcanoes – you can even enjoy horse riding and hiking at the top, or simply relax and enjoy a picnic and the stunning scenery below.

Accommodation: Casa Gangotena ( 2 nights )
Day 3-6

Galapagos

Upon departing Quito, a 2.5 hour flight brings you to the Galapagos Islands where you can experience up-close encounters with the endemic wildlife from the moment you step on shore until the moment you depart, creating a magical environment which can be explored by cruise or as part of a land-based stay. We suggest three nights at the luxurious Pikaia Lodge, located on the island of Santa Cruz which is one of the few hospitable islands amongst this volcanic archipelago, before jumping on a cruise, which allows you to truly maximise your experience.

Pikaia Lodge boats a spectacularly remote location perched up on a hillside and has its own boat which allows you to take day trips out to the islands while returning in the evening for a dash of luxury and relaxation. This offers a perfect introduction to the wildlife and landscapes of the Galapagos before you go further afield as part of a luxurious expedition cruise. Your stay can be fully-inclusive of meals and activities, or as part of a more flexible package to suit your style of travel.

Accommodation: Pikaia Lodge ( 3 nights )
Day 6-10

Galapagos

From here, spend a week on board the Endemic one of the newest and most luxurious small expedition vessels operating in the islands. Follow in Darwin’s footsteps as you encounter rare marine iguanas, giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, penguins, sea lions and manta rays. Nothing will prepare you for such a close encounter with nature. Stroll over incredible lava flows spotting unique flora and fauna and snorkel with the rich marine life.

Accommodation: Endemic ( 4 nights )
Day 10-13

Cloudforest

Bid farewell to the Galapagos today as you fly back to the mainland to meet your private guide at Quito airport, who will drive you into the heart of the cloud forest for a three night stay at Mashpi Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. Masphi's setting is atmospheric and enthralling as it blends into the forest of ferns, bromeliads and orchids with its architecturally impressive glass design. With a staggering 500 species of birds, it is the perfect place to head up into the misty tree-top canopy or embark on a wildlife hike through the forest, binoculars in hand. Naturalist guides accompany you through the forest to watch for howler monkeys, peccaries and hummingbirds, toucans and tanagers. Discover waterfalls and wade through rivers, climb observation towers, take the gondola as you rest weary legs, visit the hummingbird station or the butterfly research facilities to chat with resident biologists and head out by night to experience this magical setting from an entirely different perspective.

Accommodation: Mashpi Lodge ( 3 nights )
Fly home
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you.
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

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When to visit

  • J
  • F
  • M
  • A
  • M
  • J
  • J
  • A
  • S
  • O
  • N
  • D
Best time to visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit

Ecuador & the Galapagos can be visited year round. The higher the altitude in the Andes, the cooler it becomes, especially at night. June to September is the best time to enjoy the Andes as this is the drier season. From January to June it is typically hot in the Galapagos and sees sunny days and blue skies interspersed with showers, while the rest of the year is generally cloudier and cooler. From July to September the seas can be heavier and boats tend to go into dry dock for their annual refurbishment around this time. The average temperature ranges from a pleasant 20°C to 28°C, however being on the equator the sun is very strong. Due to limited permits in the Galapagos we advise to book well in advance.

Ultimate Galapagos & Ecuador
Ultimate Galapagos & Ecuador

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itineraryis a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

Plan your trip

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  • Every itinerary is crafted from scratch, based around exactly what’s important to you
  • Packed full of unique experiences, hand-picked by our journeys team
  • Expert local guides enrich your experience in every destination
  • Your own dedicated Travel Specialist who will take care of every detail of your trip
  • We have a 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • We offer flexibility and financial protection to give you total peace of mind

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