Travel into the mysterious realm of wildlife with this 10-day deluxe Galapagos Islands tour from Quito. Explore the first ever World Heritage site then cruise through the archipelago of volcanic islands, endemic creatures, and evolutionary brilliance. On the 8-day luxury cruise, you discover the sublime and surreal wildlife of ten different islands, from giant tortoises to blue-footed boobies and diving penguins. It's intimate and authentic, with no interruption to the natural immersion.
Quito - Arriving in Ecuador's Quaint Capital
Quito is the ideal starting point for a Galapagos vacation. Flights to the islands only leave from two cities, and this one also happens to be the first-ever UNESCO World Heritage Site. Starting in Quito inserts two days of culture and colonial architecture into a deluxe itinerary. You'll be picked up at the airport and transferred to a luxury hotel located in the old city's central square. This building was the home of one of Spain's first conquistadors, and it's been recently revamped to reflect colonial pomp and indulgence. The Presidential Palace is next door, cute cafes line the square, and there are elegant views onto the domes of Quito's old churches. The rest of the day is at leisure, and the hotel's restaurant is one of the best in the city.
Quito - Exploring the Heritage of an Ancient City
Galapagos Islands - Landing in Galapagos from Quito
Galapagos Islands - Marine Beauty in the Western Galapagos
Galapagos islands - Volcanic Wonder and Galapagos Penguins
Galapagos Islands - A Mystical Red Beach Filled with Sea Lions
Galapagos Islands - Giant Tortoises on your Galapagos Cruise
Galapagos Islands - Spectacular Snorkeling and Historical Tales
Galapagos Islands - Surreal Sea Birds and Endemic Iguanas
Galapagos Islands - Departure from Galapagos
- Spend eight days exploring the Galapagos on a luxury yacht
- Start the trip with two days in the first ever World Heritage Site, Quito
- Enjoy intimate encounters with the many endemic wonders of the Galapagos, like marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins, and surreal birds
- Visit ten different Galapagos islands and discover how wildlife has evolved separately across the archipelago
- Explore a vibrant underwater world with a choice of kayaking, snorkeling, and glass-bottomed boat excursions
- Wander across red-sand beaches filled with the antics of sea lions
- Come face to face with hundreds of giant tortoises and then find sea turtles beneath the water surface
- Admire whales and dolphins from the spacious sundeck, stargaze from the yacht's jacuzzi and dine on fabulously fresh food from the ocean
This handcrafted luxury vacation takes you on the finest of Galapagos tours from Quito, Ecuador. Spend the first two days immersed in the first ever World Heritage Site, sleeping in the converted colonial townhouse of a 17th-century conquistador. Then fly to the archipelago for an 8-day Galapagos tour on a deluxe yacht. Cruise to the isolated western islands and marvel at strange characters like flightless cormorants. As whales follow the boat, you continue to red beaches filled with sea lions, lush highlands covered in giant tortoises, and the nesting sites of rare seabirds. With eight days, you can fully indulge in the surreal and strange wildlife, whether that's on walks across volcanic islands or snorkeling and glass-bottomed boat rides above vivid reefs. With this deluxe Galapagos tour from Quito, you immerse yourself in Ecuador's two premier attractions, mixing the cultural wonder with an unforgettable natural realm.
Ecuador's capital is quick to imbue its charms, especially when your hotel is part of the World Heritage area. From the private balcony, there's a glorious view of Plaza de la Independencia, the presidential palace, and late-16th-century Moorish domes. With its colorful courtyards and serene lanes, this old city provides an easy mix of relaxation and cultural exploration. Churches are completely coated in gold, snow-capped volcanoes twinkle in the distance, and the fresh scents of coffee and cacao mingle on the street. You'll enjoy a full-day guided excursion of the important historical sights before flying to your Galapagos Islands tour from Quito on day three.
The first Galapagos inhabitants were reptiles who arrived on floating trees uprooted from the mainland. Two million years of evolution later and these reptiles are as bizarre as they come, including 550-pound giant tortoises, lava lizards, and endemic marine iguanas that survive off salt water. These are just the start of your wildlife adventure. Board a luxury yacht and head into the Western Galapagos, stopping off at the seabird nesting grounds of North Seymour. Admire the hopping antics of blue-footed boobies and watch magnificent frigates stand proudly with their inflated throat-sacks. It's an ideal introduction to the natural splendor, one that's combined with an elegant first evening on the spacious yacht.
Over the next eight days, you visit ten different islands, each with its particular landscape and wildlife highlights. Discover the nesting sites of sea turtles, get intimate with endemic land iguanas, kayak with sea lions, and watch flamingos wade through brackish lagoons. The itinerary unveils the eclectic splendor of the islands, and there's a wonderful paradox to enjoy. On the one hand, the Galapagos is amongst the planet's greatest wilderness realms. At the same time, the yacht allows you to explore in modern luxury. Adventure blends with tranquility, like when gourmet ceviche is served when you return from a glass-bottomed boat excursion. And there's always a sublime viewing area of the Pacific from the sundeck.
$9,745 per person (excluding international flights)
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