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Ecuador & Galapagos Cruise – 2015


  • Duration: 10 days
  • Price: from $3,899
Itinerary at a glance Tour Highlights Your tour includes
  • International flight from Miami
  • 1 night in Guayaquil
  • 4-night Galapagos Cruise
  • 2 nights in Quito
  • International flight to Miami


  • Tour of Guayaquil
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Otavalo Excursion
  • Church of San Francisco (Quito)
  • Round trip airfare from Miami via LAN Airlines
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-South America flights, ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at First Class hotels
  • Four-night Galapagos Cruise aboard MV Santa Cruz I
  • Galapagos Park fee
  • 17 meals: 8 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and shore excursions
  • Professional English-speaking tour director starting in the afternoon of day 2

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Guided Tour Pricing

Pricing includes land and airfare

(Land only pricing available upon request)







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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $1299
For 2016 dates and pricing on the upgraded, newly-renovated M/V Santa Cruz II, please click here!
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:30-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.


CABIN UPGRADE: Rates are based on outside cabin with porthole on the Main Deck. Upgrade to higher deck:
• Outside Cabin with rectangular or round panoramic window on the Upper Deck: Add $150 per person/$250 single
• Outside Cabin* with rectangular or round panoramic window on the Boat Deck: Add $350 per person/$525 single starting in Jan. 2015
* Some cabins on boat deck may offer one double bed.
While every effort is made to adhere to the schedule outlined while cruising the Galapagos Islands, the final shore excursions mentioned are subject to change.
Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.


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Welcome to the enchanting Galapagos Islands, a magical place like no other on earth! Charles Darwin turned these fascinating isles into a unique living laboratory to study evolutionary changes that led to a new understanding of life on earth. In order to protect the ecological balance, the number of visitors to the islands is limited. You’ll be one of those privileged guests to visit the islands and get to know a wide variety of exotic wildlife unique to this archipelago! Get close to animals less fearful of humans than those found elsewhere. This is a once in a lifetime adventure you’ll never forget!
The elegant M/V Santa Cruz I is a first class cruiser especially adapted for Galapagos Cruises. The ship can accommodate up to about 90 guests in ocean-facing cabins located on three passenger decks. Cabins on the main deck have portholes and cabins on the upper and boat decks have either rectangular or round panoramic window. Cabins are well appointed and have a private bath with shower and two lower beds (“Twin Cabin”). A few cabins on the boat deck have one double bed (“Double Cabin”). The ship is air-conditioned throughout and has ample public facilities including a sundeck, Jacuzzi, observation platform, bar, lounge and a library. The elegant single-seating restaurant serves delicious continental cuisine. Snorkeling equipment and glass-bottom boat are also available. There are several expert naturalists on board to enrich your visit to the Galapagos Islands. See the MV Santa Cruz website for additional pictures and description.



Day 1
Depart USA.
Your exciting expedition to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands begins late this evening with an overnight flight to Ecuador.
Day 2

Arrive Ecuador.
Morning arrival in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city and main seaport, renowned for its “Caribbean soul”. You’ll be able to check into your first class, centrally-located hotel right away to freshen up and then relax or explore independently during your morning at leisure. This afternoon meet your tour director and enjoy a guided walking tour of this tropical metropolis. You will visit the pleasant Parque Simon Bolívar with its Cathedral and see the Palacio Municipal and the Governor’s Palace. Continue with a stroll along the Río Guayas and appreciate the beautiful Malecón, the city’s delightful promenade. En route back to your hotel view the Monument of La Rotonda dedicated to Simon Bolivar and San Martin, considered the Liberators of South America. Unipark Hotel (B)

Day 3

Guayaquil / Galapagos Cruise: Las Bachas, Santa Cruz Island
Over the next five days cruise along and visit the enchanted Galapagos Islands, where you’ll see a variety of exotic wildlife. This morning, fly from Guayaquil to the island of Baltra, one of the gateways to the islands. Board your upscale cruise boat, your base while exploring the islands and enjoy a welcome lunch onboard. This afternoon, enjoy a guided shore excursion of Las Bachas, a wet landing on a white-sanded beach backed by a saltwater lagoon, located at the northern coastline of Santa Cruz Island. Here, you will encounter an amazing variety of sea birds, marine iguanas, and turtles. Later, you’ll have a chance to swim and snorkel at the nearby white-sand beach. Reboard the ship and enjoy dinner onboard. MV Santa Cruz (B,L,D)

Day 4

Galapagos Cruises: Santiago Island
After breakfast, disembark your ship near Santiago Island, a spectacular island consisting of two overlapping volcanoes. Begin by exploring Buccaneer Cove, a popular site for pirates, sailors, and whalers in the 17th and 18th centuries. Buccaneer Cove is known for its impressive 50 meter tuff cliffs, a dramatic landscape made even more impressive by hundreds of seabirds perched on top of the cliffs. Two of the more recognizable rock formations are known as “The Bishop” and “Elephant Rock.”  You’ll have the opportunity to snorkel or take a boat ride, but don’t forget to keep an eye out for the many sea lions relaxing by the beach.


Later in the day, you’ll visit Puerto Egas, a black sand beach with spectacular rock formations in the background. Walk along a trail that crosses the dry interior where marine iguanas are scattered around and the remains of a salt-mining enterprise can still be seen. Continuing down the trail will lead you to the Fur Seal Grotto, one of the few places in the Galapagos where fur seals can be seen. Later, you can swim and snorkel in search of octopuses, sea horses, starfish and other magnificent sea life. (B,L,D)

Day 5

Galapagos Cruises: Rabida Island/Bartholomew Island
This morning, explore the spectacular Rabida Island, home to the largest variety of lava types in the Galapagos and known for its high cliff along the north coast and its long sandy beaches. Follow a trail into the interior of the island that provides the occasional flamingo and leads you to a saltwater lagoon in the dry zone of the island. Along the beaches and lagoons, savor the views of the volcanic peaks and the clear waters or observe the sea lions and pelicans in their natural habitats. You’ll have the opportunity to snorkel, or if you’d like, enjoy a ride on a glass bottom boat.


In the afternoon, make your way to the breathtaking Bartholomew Island, a volcanic island where black lava fields contrast with lush green vegetation and spectacular white sand beaches. Enjoy the beautiful beach or hike to the summit of the island where you’ll enjoy an impressive view of the surrounding islands. During the hike, you will pass by marine iguanas, lava lizards, and more. At the summit, marvel at Pinnacle Rock, the remains of an eroded tuff cone, leans into Bartholomew’s northern bay and provides one of the most recognizable landmarks in the Galapagos Islands. You will also encounter small, friendly companions: the Galapagos penguin, the only existing species of penguin in the equator area. (B,L,D)

Day 6

Galapagos Cruises: Genovesa Island
Today you will visit Genovesa Island, a horse-shoe shaped island located in the northeastern region of the archipelago. It is the only island north of the equator open to tourists, and it is the best place to see red-footed boobies and the great frigate birds.  In the morning, you can hike on “Prince Philip’s Steps”, an extraordinary path that leads through a seabird colony full of Nazca and red-footed boobies. After reaching the plateau, the trail continues inland and passes more nesting booby colonies in the thin Palo Santo forest. Towards the end of the trail, you’ll look over a rocky lava plain where wedge-rumped storm petrels fly in all directions.


Later, visit Darwin Bay, a spectacular byproduct of a submerged crater surrounded by steep cliffs. Here you will observe hundreds of birds, mainly great frigate birds, red-footed and masked boobies, lava gulls, herons, finches, and mockingbirds. Hike along a magnificent trail, enjoy the beach, or snorkel along the cliffs while looking for colorful tropical fish, golden rays, and perhaps even hammerhead or Galapagos sharks. (B,L,D).

Day 7

Galapagos Cruises: San Cristobal Island/Quito
This morning, bid farewell to your ship and explore San Cristobal Island, the easternmost island in the Galapagos archipelago. As soon as you dock, you’ll be greeted by sea lions, and then you will make your way to the “Galapaguera,” where giant tortoises are brought from their natural habitats in order to breed and raise their young in a controlled environment. Here you will enjoy beautiful vegetation, and of course, both giant and baby tortoises. Afterwards, transfer to the airport and fly to Quito, the colonial capital of Ecuador, located just 15 miles from the equator and surrounded by ice-capped volcanoes. Enjoy a brief orientation tour en route to your deluxe, conveniently located hotel. Hilton Colon Hotel (B)

Day 8
Otavalo Excursion.
On today’s guided excursion to the Ecuadorian countryside, descend into spectacular Guayllabamba Gorge before arriving at Otavalo, a sprawling Indian market. Here, you’ll find unique handicrafts made by the indigenous locals. Later, visit the small town of Cotacachi, Ecuador’s center of leatherworks. Return to Quito later this afternoon. This evening savor a farewell dinner at a famous local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 9
On a guided morning tour of Quito learn about its colonial past, history and culture. Visit the old town and see the Church of San Francisco, the first religious building constructed in South America by the Spanish. See La Compania, the city’s most ornate church. Admire the spectacular views of the Valley of Tumbaco. On a clear day see the impressive volcanoes surrounding the city. Afternoon at leisure to explore at your own pace. This evening, transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight. (B)
Day 10
Arrive USA.
Your memorable journey ends as you arrive Miami this morning.

Check out this video of a recent smarTours Galapagos cruise!


Trip Preparation



Your flights to and from Miami International Airport and Ecuador are via LAN Airlines (operating as LAN Ecuador). You should check-in for your flight at least 3½ hours before the scheduled departure. On the return trip to the USA, please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting domestic flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours.  Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change. The current departure and return schedules are as follows:

Departure Date

Airline Depart MIA Arrive MIA
Mar. 2015- Nov. 2015 LAN Airlines 11:45PM 8:00AM


LAN Airlines does not accept advance seat assignments. Actual seat assignments will be provided at the airport. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignments.  It is between you and the airline! 


You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of return. American passport holders do not require a visa. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.


Your airline tickets along with final instructions and travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.  Please make sure to advise us in writing in case of a change of your address.


Since Ecuador is located near the equator, the weather is temperate with average daytime high temperatures ranging from 60’s to the 80’s. However, in areas of higher elevations (Quito) as well as in the Galapagos Islands, morning, late afternoon and evening temperatures will be considerably cooler (30’s to 50’s).


You may dine at either of the hotels used on this tour or other nearby restaurants recommended by your guide. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the hotel’s coffee shop is about $20-25 per meal per person. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals. 


Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need cash in U.S. dollars.    It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations. The official currency of Ecuador is the US dollar!


Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (maximum of 44 lbs.) and one carry-on piece not to exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.

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