One of the most comprehensive group tours to the Galápagos and Ecuador, this holiday provides quality and luxury while staying in comfortable hotels and on a small boat in the Galápagos. Starting in Quito, travel down the Andes by road and train to Riobamba and Cuenca, before flying to the Galápagos to swim with sea lions and tour the islands with expert guides, on this 2 week escorted tour in the Galápagos and Ecuador.
January 1, 1970 - January 1, 1970
£ from £4146 per person
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Newspapers in lobby
Overnight at a hotel in the capital of Quito.
City tour to explore the alluring colonial centre of Quito and visit the equatorial monument.
Features an optional drive past lofty volcanic cones dotted throughout peaceful farmland to Otavalo, a traditional Andean town with a world-famous market offering a vast selection of colourful weavings and pottery.
By road through the central highlands along the Avenue of Volcanoes, with stops along the way. Overnight in the market town of Riobamba, with princely colonial buildings and views of five volcanic peaks.
Travel by rail and road to Cuenca following the vertiginous switchback down a near vertical cliff known as the 'Devil's Nose'. A long but elucidating day, visiting the only Inca site of note in Ecuador, Ingapirca en route.
Explore Cuenca on a city tour, a jewel of a city with remarkable aristocratic colonial architecture dominating the cobble-stone centre. If you want to explore the hills around, take an optional trip to the Cajas National Park, high up on a treeless, chilly plain where icy lagoons lend the landscape a haunting beauty.
Travel by road from Cuenca to Guayaquil. A spectacular drive that includes a stop at Las Cajas National Park.
Fly to the Galápagos Islands for your seven-night cruise, an unforgettable experience. The vessels have 11 or 18 cabins with a/c and en suite facilities, lounge and sun deck. You will visit a number of the islands – most the peaks of submerged volcanoes, but offering a surprising variety of landscapes from scorched lava to rich woodland. Along the trails on your daily island visits you will spot many of the species studied by Darwin, and observe their unique characteristics – the most notable and rewarding of which is their lack of fear of Man. Flamingos dipping into cool lagoons, crimson-chested frigate birds puffing up with pride, magisterial albatrosses, the comic antics of blue-footed boobies and the lazy dragon-like iguana never fail to impress. Snorkel with angel fish and swim with sea-lions. If you prefer, you may choose a 3-night cruise option, and disembark on the 4th day in the islands to return to Ecuador mainland as per day 16.
Fly to Guayaquil on the mainland and continue to your international flight or extension.
Grand Hotel Mercure Alameda, Quito
A modern hotel, characterless from the outside, but well-equipped and well-run within. Rooms have a clean contemporary design and an impressive range of facilities. The location is good for shopping and restaurants.
Hostería Abraspungo, Riobamba
The Abraspungo is located about ten minutes' drive from Riobamba station, in a pleasant rural residential area. The single-storey hotel is relatively new with a rustic feel, built in the style of a traditional hacienda. Its 26 rooms are simply yet attractively decorated, have a small bathroom, and look onto an attractive central courtyard. There is also a restaurant and bar.
Hotel Oro Verde, Guayaquil
This hotel situated in heart of Guayquil's commercial district is ideally located to take advantage of the city's main attractions and is just 15 minutes from the airport. Part of the 'Leading Hotels of the World', it is justifiably one of the best spots in town. With 5 restaurants, bars and an outdoor swimming pool, it offers everything a modern hotel should and more.
Hotel Santa Lucía, Cuenca
The Santa Lucía is a beautifully restored 19th century colonial mansion situated in the heart of colonial Cuenca. Its 20 rooms are tastefully decorated, and have cable TV, private bathroom and, mostly, internal windows. There is also a restaurant and bar.
MV Coral I / II, Galápagos Islands
Small enough to give your experience a real nautical feel and allow you to get in close to the islands, this ship is big enough to offer a good range of facilities and relative stability in choppy seas. The fine wood panelling and big picture windows are especially pleasing.