Ultimate Galapagos

Quito & Galapagos

From $13800 per person in low season
From $14100 per person in high season

based on 12 nights & selected experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • Internal flights

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Selected experiences

  • Daily Breakfast

  • Full Board and activities on board Origin & Theory

Based on 2 adults sharing

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At a Glance

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

  • Cruise aboard the luxurious Origin & Theory, snorkeling 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

  • Take the 'Teleferico' cable car to enjoy spectacular views over Quito with Pichincha volcano as a backdrop

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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.

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Itinerary

Indulge in a pampering cruise around the Galapagos Islands and experience the unique wildlife from the Origin & Theory, a luxurious ship with highly specialized 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.

  1. Fly to Quito

  2. Days 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)

  3. Days 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 maximize 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)

  4. Days 6-13: Galapagos

    From here, spend a week on board the Origin or Theory, the most luxurious small expedition vessel 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: Origin & Theory (7 nights)

  5. Fly home

Experiences

  • Full day Scuba Diving from Santa Cruz Island

    Scuba diving in the Galapagos is world-class, thanks to the abundance of tame marine life. You will typically come up lose with large rays, green turtles, sea lions and schools of sharks. The diving is suitable for intermediate and experienced divers.

  • Mountain biking Santa Cruz

    Enjoy a full-day mountain biking adventure and explore the volcanic landscape of the Galapagos Islands, encountering wildlife and speeding down rugged paths for a fun-filled alternative to the sea-based activities.

  • Panoramic Quito at night with dinner

    Soak in the city sights on this drive through tour of Quito, as the city's beautiful plazas are lit in vivid hues adding a magical feel to this already charming capital. Ascend one of the surrounding hills for superb views and enjoy a delicious dinner.

Location

Quito & Galapagos

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