Experience true decadence in this luxury tour of Galapagos Islands and Ecuador, combining eight days on onboard your beautiful cruise ship with the country's finest hotel and hacienda. Explore the mystical beauty of the archipelago, getting intimate with strange endemic creatures and a dramatic marine world. Then lounge on a luxury deck and revel in the elegance of the cruise. You'll also explore ancient Quito from a historic hotel and complete the trip in the opulent home of two former Ecuadorian...
Quito – Opulent Welcome to the Old City
Snow-capped volcanic mountains stand above Ecuador's capital, gazing down on a city that meanders through a valley. You're greeted at the airport and descend into Quito, driven down the slopes to the largest preserved colonial city in South America. At the heart of Quito is Plaza de la Independencia, where history hides beneath the ground, and fabulous 16th-century buildings gaze over a statue of independence. Your hotel is one of these buildings, and your balcony has a prime view. Recently redeveloped, the hotel relives the pomp and razzmatazz of when it was owned by a Spanish conqueror. Every detail harks to a distant era, fully immersing you in the city's past while you're relaxing in the bedroom. There's an astonishing dedication to the minute, from the feather quill on your side-table to paintings that hang above faded wood chairs. Check-in and relax... this opulent Ecuador journey has only just begun.
Quito – The City's Charming Heritage
Galapagos Cruise – Iconic Birds and a First Night on the Water
Galapagos Cruise – Abundant Wildlife on Barren Floreana Island
Galapagos Cruise – Unusual Reptiles on Isabela Island
Galapagos Cruise – Fascinating Landscapes and Marine Worlds
Galapagos Cruise – Wild Giant Tortoises and the Highlands of Santa Cruz
Galapagos Cruise – Incredible Snorkeling and History on Floreana Island
Galapagos Cruise – Sea Lions, White Sand, and Black Lava on South Plaza Island
Zuleta – A Luxuriant Hacienda in the Highlands
Day 11 - 12
Zuleta – Lounging in Presidential History
Quito – Departure from Ecuador
- Settle into three very different but equally opulent pieces of Ecuadorian accommodation: a yacht, a converted colonial house, and an old hacienda
- Enjoy an eight-day cruise through the Galapagos archipelago on the luxurious Yacht La Pinta
- Discover the weird and wonderful wildlife of the Galapagos, like giant tortoises, strange birds, and comical sea lions
- Explore a vibrant marine world through snorkeling and glass-bottom boat excursions, with everything from turtles and sharks to penguins discovered beneath the surface
- Alternate evenings relaxing on the spacious decks and exciting excursions to unique sites of natural history
- Sleep within the history of World Heritage Quito with two nights at the Plaza Grande, the city's finest hotel
- Complete the tour with three nights at Hacienda Zuleta, a decadent weekend home of the former Ecuadorian president
Ecuador's historical wonders blend nature with culture. From the quaint streets of World Heritage Quito to the wild cliffs of a remote Galapagos island, the country delights in showcasing its inimitability to visitors. Experiences are exclusive here, whether you're surrounded by endemic birds, horse riding through Highland reserves, or admiring green sea turtles. Elevating the uniqueness of the destinations are three very different pieces of luxury accommodation. Begin your luxury tour of Galapagos Islands and Ecuador at the Plaza Grande, a fabulous hotel with five centuries of Quito's history carved into walls. Spend eight days on La Pinta, a stunning yacht taking you on a cruise to the Western Galapagos Islands. Then soak up the opulence of Hacienda Zuleta, a home that's housed the family of a former Ecuadorian president for over a century.
Quito's charming central streets are an ideal introduction to the country. Your hotel balcony overlooks the central Plaza de la Independencia while the interior takes you back to the excess of early colonial conquerors. A walking tour provides a glimpse of the city's glory, including a church that's completely laced in gold. Three nights in Zuleta are an equally historical way to complete the trip. Set in 2,000 hectares of nature reserve and a working farm, the glorious Hacienda offers sublime relaxation and the chance to horse ride beneath the swooping wings of condors. Spend evenings chatting with the owners, drinking wine and sampling the products from the onsite cheese farm.
La Pinta is one of the Galapagos's most luxurious yachts, offering an elegant cruise through the islands. For eight days, experience luxury Galapagos tours via cruise to the archipelago's most iconic sites, bringing intimate encounters with its surreal wildlife. You'll hike across volcanic lava flows, wander past flamboyant nesting sites, kayak with sea lions, and make daily snorkel and glass-bottom boat excursions. Afternoons and evenings are downtimes on the boat, allowing you to lounge on the spacious deck and watch the islands slowly drift past by. All meals are included, served in the superb dining room while drinks are shared in the open lounge. La Pinta's size offers exclusivity, with space on board allowing you to continue a private experience. Like Quito and Zuleta, the yacht allows you to experience Ecuador's wonder in the grandest of style.
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$12,670 per person (excluding international flights)
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