Ecuador

The Galápagos Islands & Ecuador: One-Of-A-Kind Small-Group Tour & Luxury Yacht Cruise with Boutique Accommodation

Experience the breathtaking natural wonders of the Galápagos Islands and explore colonial Ecuador on a one-of-a-kind luxury small-group tour (max. 8 travellers). Known as one of the most ecologically wonderous places on earth and high on most travellers bucket-lists – there is no better way to see this archipelago than on board the luxury yacht - Galápagos Sea Star Journey. From 100-year-old giant turtles to sea lions and flocks of extremely rare birds, this is an experience so awe-inspiring, it must be seen to be believed. Other highlights include discovering the picturesque plazas of Quito, Ecuador’s majestic capital perched high in the Andes and a visit to Otavalo Market - one of the world’s most famous markets. Includes 7 nights of luxury accommodation, daily breakfast and select additional dining experiences, return flights from Quito to the Galápagos Islands, local English-speaking guides (including specialist naturalist guides in the Galápagos Islands), private transportation and so much more.

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8 Days
TWIN SHARE
Inclusion Highlights:
  • This package is valid for one person based on twin share - you must purchase two packages
  • Three nights five-star accommodation at Ecuador’s leading luxury boutique hotel Illa Experience Hotel
  • Four nights accommodation onboard award winning luxury boutique yacht Galápagos Sea Star Journey
  • Daily breakfast, one lunch and one dinner in Quito, and all-inclusive dining aboard the yacht
8 Days
SOLO TRAVELLER
Inclusion Highlights:
  • This package is valid for one person
  • Three nights five-star accommodation at Ecuador’s leading luxury boutique hotel Illa Experience Hotel
  • Four nights accommodation onboard award winning luxury boutique yacht Galápagos Sea Star Journey
  • Daily breakfast, one lunch and one dinner in Quito, and all-inclusive dining aboard the yacht

Your Itinerary at a Glance:

  • City tour through Quito’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town, covering Independence Square, the presidential palace, the gold-plated La Compañía Church and more
  • Otavalo Market tour visit - South America's most famous and unique market place - with opportunities to purchase local handicrafts and indigenous tapestries
  • Four-night luxury cruise through the Galápagos Islands including all meals on board and all shore excursions
  • Dragon Hill visit with wildlife spotting
  • Watch the sharks and rays at Black Turtle Cove
  • Explore the Chinese Hat volcanic cone
  • Walking tour of Darwin Bay with birdwatching opportunities
  • Visit the volcanic landscapes of Sullivan Bay and Bartolome Island
  • Witness the lush beauty of the Highlands trail

What You’ll Love…

The Galápagos Islands – Immerse yourself in incredible wildlife with a luxury yacht cruise and specialist naturalist guides

Travel to one of the rare parts of the world that still feels untouched by tourism on a journey through the Galápagos Islands. Natural wonders meet unparalleled luxury as you step on board your boutique yacht, Galápagos Sea Star Journey, voted winner of South America’s Leading Boutique Cruise 2019 for the third consecutive year at the World Travel Awards.

Relax in your suite with panoramic windows and enjoy unrivalled views as you sail past the islands. Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served onboard, specially designed by the resident chef to showcase the best of local and international cuisine.

The spectacular sights of the Galápagos Islands will be brought closer at the hands of expert naturalists, who will guide you through the journey. With strict regulations surrounding the preservation of the Galápagos and many areas only accessible when in the company of a local guide, this is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Begin with Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz, which has its large population of iguanas to thank for its name. If you are lucky, catch a rare glimpse of a flamingo at the salt-water lagoon and take the trail to the summit for unbeatable vistas.

Visit the stunning Black Turtle Cove mangrove estuary and stand in awe in the total silence as you observe green sea turtles, sharks, rays and other incredible creatures. Find out why Darwin Bay has been nicknamed ‘bird paradise’ as you observe swallow-tailed and lava gulls, mockingbirds, yellow-crowned herons and many, many more.

Take in the surreal volcanic landscape of Bartolome Island and The Sullivan Bay, with lunar-like craters, lava fields and breathtaking beaches. Still today you can spot imprints of tree branches that were left in the once-molten rock lava and while the lava flow is 170 years old, the remote location of the island means it is almost perfectly preserved. Finish your Galápagos Islands adventure in the lush green highlands, a stark contrast to the volcanic lava fields. With clear weather this area provides beautiful landscapes of rolling hills and extinct volcanic cones covered with grass, greenery and an abundance of wildlife all year round.

Quito, Ecuador – Tour the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town and Otavalo artisanal market

Surrounded by the majestic Andes, Ecuador’s capital, Quito, will take your breath away. From its UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town to the modern apartment buildings that sit juxtaposed with traditional homes, this is a city of contrasts, contradictions and supreme natural beauty.

Enjoy fantastic insight into Ecuadorian culture on a guided tour of the Old Town. Take in sights including the Independence Plaza, La Compañía Church, as well as bustling local cafés and restaurants.

Enjoy a day exploring the fascinating and beautiful Otavalo Market – or Plaza de los Ponchos – South America’s largest and most famous market. Located in the Andean town of Otavalo and surrounded by towering volcanoes, the market is the best way to immerse yourself in the local way of life and to experience traditional Ecuadorian culture and traditions.

Enjoy three incredible nights in Quito at the luxury boutique Illa Experience Hotel, winner of Ecuador’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2019 at the World Travel Awards. Offering a unique cultural immersion for guests in Quito’s most welcoming traditional neighbourhood, San Marcos has been home to artists, writers and musicians for many generations. Its present-day charm owes much to the tight-knit community of residents and is the perfect setting for a five-star hotel that pays homage to the early 20th-century mansions of Quito. Stay in stylishly restored rooms in a building that dates back to the 1700s and immerse yourself in the spirit of the area with award-winning Ecuadorian cuisine at Nuema and daily complimentary activities on offer at the hotel ranging from tasting local wine and cheeses to painting with local artists.

Your Tour Includes:

  • Three nights five-star accommodation at Ecuador’s leading luxury boutique hotel, Illa Experience Hotel
  • Four nights accommodation onboard award-winning luxury boutique yacht Galápagos Sea Star Journey
  • Daily breakfast, one lunch and one dinner in Quito, and all-inclusive dining aboard the yacht
  • Internal return flights between Quito and the Galápagos Islands
  • Professional local English-speaking guides and naturalist guides
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Private air-conditioned transportation throughout
  • Private return airport transfers
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