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Ecuador & Galapagos Island Hopping

QUITO & GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

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  • Duration: 10 days
  • Price: from $4,299

 

    Save up to $800 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on this remarkable journey to Ecuador & Galapagos. Reserve by December 28, 2018 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve early.

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Itinerary at a Glance Tour Highlights Your Tour Include
2 nights in Quito
  • 4 nights in the Galapagos
  • 1 night in Quito
  • Overnight International Flight
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    • Galapagos Island Hopping
    • The Equator (Quito)
    • Church of San Francisco (Quito)
    • Stay at Finch Bay Hotel (Galapagos), one of National Geographic’s “Unique Lodges of the World”
    • Round trip airfare from Miami
    • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
    • Intra-South America flights, ground transportation and transfers
    • Accommodations at First Class hotels
    • Galapagos Park fee
    • 14 meals: 8 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 2 dinners (D)
    • Comprehensive sightseeing Ecuador tours and shore excursions
    • Professional English-speaking tour directors 

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    Guided Tour Pricing

    Pricing includes land and airfare

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    $ 4299

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    $ 4499

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    $ 4499

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    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
    Single room supplement is $1049
    Ocean View Room Upgrade at Finch Bay Hotel (Galapagos):
    $399 per person (double occupancy) / $749 per person (single occupancy)
    For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
    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 which must be received within 48 hours 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.

     

     

    Day 1

    USA/Quito (Ecuador).
    Your exciting expedition to Ecuador begins today with an overnight flight to Quito.

    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. Transfer to your first-class, centrally located hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. Hotel Hilton Colon or Wyndham Hotel (B)

    Day 3
    Quito.
    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 Islands: Santa Cruz Island
    After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. Arrive in Baltra and board the ferry bound for the other side of Santa Cruz Island. During your transfer right through the highlands of Santa Cruz, see the enormous change in vegetation that ranges from dry areas full of cacti to rainforest and fern zones. This afternoon visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and see how the conservation of the islands is conducted, and learn about the huge efforts that scientists, park rangers, and others undertake to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant on your own. This evening enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and relax at your hotel, named one of National Geographic’s “Unique Lodges of the World”. Finch Bay Hotel. (B,D)

    Day 5
    Galapagos Islands
    Today, enjoy a full-day boat excursion to one of the following islands: North Seymour, South Plazas, Bartholomew, Santa Fe, or the Dragon Hill. Each of these islands has its own unique beauty to offer. North Seymour is a flat Island and home to magnificent frigate birds like the Blue-Footed-Boobies. South Plazas Island is home to a large colony of sea lions and offers excellent examples of the typical flora like towering cacti “trees” which form the principal diet for land iguanas and cactus finch. Bartholomew Island is a tiny island which boasts one of the most spectacular views of the Archipelago from Pinnacle Rock. Climb to the peak at 114 meters to enjoy this stunning view. Santa Fe is one of the oldest islands of the Galapagos and in its tranquil bay, one can find green sea turtles and spotted eagle rays while sea lions bask in sun on the beach. (B,L)

    Day 6
    Galapagos Islands: Highlands of Santa Cruz
    Today, explore the highlands of the Santa Cruz. Along the way, stop in Twin Craters, located one in front of the other on both sides of the road connecting Puerto Ayora to Baltra. These craters were formed as a result of the collapse of the crust and there are many craters of this type in the area which. The vegetation in this area is dominated by Scalesia Trees, making the site a beautiful green landscape. Visit a lava tunnel, and observe the famous giant tortoise in its natural environment.
    Stop at the Cerro Mesa viewpoint where, on a clear day, you can look over Santa Cruz and the surrounding islands. Afterwards, relax on the beautiful el Garrapatero beach. Here you’ll enjoy a beautiful landscape and the adventurous may have an option to rent a kayak. (B,L)

    Day 7
    Galapagos Islands
    Today, enjoy a full-day boat excursion to one of the following islands: North Seymour, South Plazas, Bartholomew, Santa Fe, or the Dragon Hill. Each of these islands has its own unique beauty to offer. North Seymour is a flat Island and home to magnificent frigate birds like the Blue-Footed-Boobies. South Plazas Island is home to a large colony of sea lions and offers excellent examples of the typical flora like towering cacti “trees” which form the principal diet for land iguanas and cactus finch. Bartholomew Island is a tiny island which boasts one of the most spectacular views of the Archipelago from Pinnacle Rock. Climb to the peak at 114 meters to enjoy this stunning view. Santa Fe is one of the oldest islands of the Galapagos and in its tranquil bay, one can find green sea turtles and spotted eagle rays while sea lions bask in sun on the beach. (B,L)

    Day 8
    Galapagos Islands/Quito
    This morning is at your leisure. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Quito. Upon arrival in Quito, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner. Hotel Hilton Colon or Wyndham Hotel (B,D)

    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. Later depart on your overnight flight back to Miami. (B,L)

    Day 10
    Arrive USA
    Today, arrive in Miami.

    Trip Preparation Information

     

    FLIGHT INFORMATION

    Your departure flight to Peru and return flight from Ecuador are via Avianca Airlines. 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

    Airline

    Depart Miami (MIA)

    Return Miami (MIA)

    2019: Jan. 11

    LATAM Airlines

    11:55PM

    6:00AM

    2019: Mar. 1, Apr. 26, May 10, Jun. 7, Aug. 16

    LATAM Airlines

    11:55PM

    7:00AM

    2019: Sep. 20, Oct. 25

    TBA

    TBA

    TBA

     

    ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT

    Avianca Airlines does not accept advance seat assignment. Actual seat assignment will be provided at the airport. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignments. 

    PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION

    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 desitnations. It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.

    TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS

    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.

    CLIMATE

    Since Peru and Ecuador are 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).

    NON-INCLUDED MEALS

    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. 

    CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY

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

    BAGGAGE

    Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (maximum of 44 lbs.) and one carry-on piece. 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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