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Ecuador & Galapagos Cruise


  • Duration: 10 days
  • Price: from $4,599
Itinerary at a glance Tour Highlights Your tour includes
  • International flight from Miami
  • 2 nights in Quito
  • 4-night Galapagos Cruise
  • 1 night in Quito
  • Overnight International flight to Miami
  • The Equator (Quito)
  • Church of San Francisco (Quito)
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Walking Tour of Guayaquil
  • 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 the first-class, newly-renovated MV Santa Cruz II
  • Galapagos Park fee
  • 16 meals: 7 breakfasts (B), 5 lunches (L), 4 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and shore excursions
  • Professional English-speaking tour director starting in the afternoon of Day 3 

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Day 1
Depart USA
Your exciting expedition to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands begins this evening with an overnight flight to Quito. International Flight
Day 2
Arrive Quito (Ecuador)
Morning arrival in Quito, the colonial capital of Ecuador, located just 15 miles from the equator and surrounded by ice-capped volcanoes. En route to your first-class, centrally located hotel, your guide will provide tips and suggestions for your day at leisure tomorrow. Hilton Colon Hotel

Day 3

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 the facade of La Compania, the city’s most ornate church. Admire the spectacular views of the Valley of Tumbaco. On a clear day, you’ll see the impressive volcanoes surrounding the city. Afterwards, drive north to the Equator and experience the Intiñan Museum, which features interactive exhibits on indigenous ways of life as well as interesting middle of the world experiments like balancing an egg on a nail. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 4
Quito/ Galapagos Cruise: Las Bachas, Santa Cruz Island
After an early breakfast, fly to the island of Baltra, one of the gateways to the islands. Over the next five days cruise along and visit the enchanted Galapagos Islands, where you’ll see a variety of exotic wildlife. 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 II (B,L,D)

Day 5
Galapagos Cruise: 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 6
Galapagos Cruise: 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 7
Galapagos Cruise: 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 blue-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 blue-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, blue-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 8
Galapagos Cruise: 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 of San Cristobal for a domestic flight to Quito. Hilton Colon Hotel(B)

Day 9
Depart Quito
After breakfast, experience the Otavalo Market, a wonderful place to visit on a Saturday! See all the indigenous tribes people selling their wares and watch the bustle of the city. Visit a rose plantation, and then enjoy a Farewell Luncheon there in the owner’s home which is called La Compania de Jesus. Later, depart on your overnight flight back to Miami. (B, L)

Day 10
Arrive USA
Today, arrive back in Miami, USA.

Check out this video of a recent smarTours Galapagos cruise!

Trip Preparation


Your flights to and from Miami International Airport and Ecuador are via LATAM Airlines (operating as LATAM Airlines Ecuador). You should check-in for your flight at least 3½ hours before the scheduled departure.  Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.  The current departure and return schedules are as follows:


Departure Date


Depart Miami (MIA)

Return Miami (MIA)


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. 


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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by David Takashima on smarTours
Galapagos and guide

It was a great tour on the Santa Cruz II and have a great tour guide in Paul. I would like to have a tour back to the Galapagos. The tour guide was outstanding and the wildlife was everything that I have wished for. The guides used by SMART TOURS were experienced and helpful.

by David on smarTours

Outstanding tour and guides on this trip to Galapagos. Smart Tours had a good schedule and excellent guides. Paul was informative and friendly. Highly recommend.

by Debbie Boyd on smarTours
Machu Pichu & Galapagos Cruise

This trip gave me a great appreciation for the Inca civilization. We stayed in some beautiful hotels. Climbing Machu Pichu was a bit of a challenge with the heat, altitude, tall steps and the mosquitoes were horrible. (take really good bug spray/repellent) We had a beautiful clear day and it didn't start to rain until after we finished. Snorkeling and hiking in the Galapagos with sea lions, sharks, sea turtles etc. was fantastic! The people I meet on smarTours trips are the best! Take hiking sticks if you have them.

by MARY ANN KRUSLING on smarTours

We took our granddaughters on this tour for their High School Graduation present. It was all that we dreamed. They had a wonderful time. Our guide Roberto was fantastic as was all of the naturalists on the ship. It is a unique part of the world and I highly recommend this tour. The sea can get rough so motion sickness pills are a must. It is more of an expedition than a tradtional cruise. You must be in good physical condition in order to enjoy all that is offered


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