9 days

Galapagos in Style

Galapagos in Style

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  • Post Office Bay has a thousand stories to tell: The sailor sending tales of new found lands to his love waiting back at home; the intrepid explorer spreading news of this wildlife wonderland; and the joy of a photographer who has perfectly captured the textures of the lunar-like landscape. Deep within an old whiskey barrel, these letters lay waiting in the hope of being delivered to places near and far.

    Why we love it

    • Cruise onboard the Grand Odyssey I including daily island excursions and onboard activities
    • Swim in the turquoise waters of Sombrero Chino

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Quito

    Arrive in Ecuador’s capital and transfer to your restored hotel, La Casona de la Ronda. The afternoon is at your leisure before meeting your leader over dinner tonight at Lua restaurant, renowned for its traditional Andean dishes and ceviches.

    La Casona de la Ronda
    Lunch | Dinner

    Day 2 - Otavalo

    Head out on a private city tour of Quito’s squares, churches and colonial buildings. Stop for lunch at Pim’s Panecillo then drive to Otavalo, famous for its weaving and music culture. Check into your restored 17th century estate and relax before dinner. 

    Hacienda Zuleta
    Lunch | Dinner

    Day 3 - Otavalo

    The Otavalo market attracts travellers from all over the world keen to purchase handicrafts from the local indigenous people. Shop for keepsakes then visit the Lake of Cuicocha before free time to make your own discoveries. 

    Hacienda Zuleta
    Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4 - Quito

    Head back to Quito, stopping at Mitad del Mundo on the way. This is one of Quito’s most famous attractions where Charles-Maries de La Condamine made the measurements in 1736 proving this was indeed the equatorial line. After arriving at your hotel, the rest of the day is at your leisure. 

    La Casona de la Ronda
    Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5 - Baltra

    Fly to Baltra and board the M/Y Grand Odyssey I, your home in the Galapagos. Your first stop is Dragon Hill, with its lagoon frequented by flamingos, pintail ducks and other species of birds. 

    Galapagos Grand Odyssey
    Dinner

    Day 6 - Black Turtle Cove ~ Sombrero Chino Island

    Explore the northern side of Santa Cruz Island. The crystal-clear waters allow you to observe large groups of white-tip reef, blacktipped reef and hammerhead sharks. There are no landing sites here so you will explore by panga or kayak. Sombrero Chino is a small island just off the southeastern tip of Santiago, a fairly recently formed volcanic cone with a few intact lava tunnels. You can swim, play with sea lions and spot tropical fish. 

    Galapagos Grand Odyssey
    Dinner

    Day 7 - El Barranco, Genovesa Island ~ Darwin Bay, Genovesa Island

    Visit El Barranco, also known as Prince Philip’s Steps. There is a large population of masked and red-footed boobies here. This afternoon you will visit Darwin Bay, where bird-watching opportunities include sharp-beaked finches, large cactus and ground finches, Galapagos doves and swallow-tailed gulls. 

    Galapagos Grand Odyssey
    Dinner

    Day 8 - Bartolomé Island ~ Sullivan Bay, Santiago Island

    At a height of 114-metres, Bartolomé Island is a fantastic place to observe volcanic cones, craters and lava fields. There are two beaches inhabited by marine turtles and also a small colony of Galapagos penguins. Santiago is the fourth largest island in the archipelago and is volcanically active, with many young flows and cones to be seen. 

    Galapagos Grand Odyssey

    Day 9 - Highlands, Santa Cruz Island ~ Baltra ~ Quito

    Take the trail to the highlands. With clear weather this area affords scenes of rolling hills and extinct volcanic cones covered with grass. This afternoon you fly back to Quito and transfer to your hotel where the rest of the evening is free.

    La Casona de la Ronda
    Breakfast

    Day 10 - Quito

    Your journey ends in Quito this morning after breakfast when you will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey.

    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • Domestic economy class flights, with airport assistance, as indicated in the itinerary.
    • Breakfast daily, 5 lunches and 7 dinners.
    • Small group sightseeing (including all entrance fees) as outlined in the itinerary.
    • Comfortable private transportation with driver. Other modes of transportation include an artisan yacht & private zodiacs/canoes.
    • Snacks and refreshments along the way.
    • Tipping & porterage taken care of by tour leader along the way.
    • Marine fees and permits.
    • Airport meet and greet service.
    • Departure transfer.

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Visas
    • Airport taxes
    • Laundry
    • Gratuities for the tour leader
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Start City: Quito
End City: Quito
Style: Small Group

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