2018 : Ecuador & Its Galapagos Islands with the Amazon (WBGE) - Treasure of Galapagos
12 Day Cruise from Quito to Quito
This exciting cruise vacation lets you sample the natural wonders of Ecuador and its Galapagos Islands. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Quito and have your photo taken at the "Center of the World." You'll also explore one of the oldest streets in Quito to visit with local artists and taste some Ecuadorian chocolate at a chocolate factory. Before taking to the sea, a highlight of your trip will be a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about conservation efforts for the giant tortoises. Then, embark on an exciting 4-night cruise among various Galapagos Islands on the recently refurbished Treasure of Galapagos. Have your camera ready as your Naturalist points out colonies of sea lions, pelicans, albatross, several species of Darwin's finches, marine iguanas, flamingos, masked boobies, blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, storm petrels, short-eared owls, and other birds. Each day venture to a new island which is home to species found nowhere else in the world! You'll also have a chance to snorkel in the tropical waters and perhaps get a look at sea turtles, sharks, and rays.
Following your adventure around the Galapagos Islands, continue on to encounter a new set of flora and fauna in the Amazon! From Quito, fly to Coca and travel by canoe to your Amazon lodge for a 3-night stay that includes a rainforest canopy walk, a guided night tour to see the wildlife that comes out at night, cruises through the flooded forest, and spend time with the natives on a visit to a local village and school. A remarkable cruise adventure!
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Highlights & Sightseeing
Day 1 Arrive Quito, Ecuador: welcome to Quito
Day 2 Quito: walking tour, visit San Francisco Monastery, La Compania Church, La Ronda Street, a Chocolate factory, and the Equatorial Monument; welcome dinner
Day 3 Quito-Baltra-Galapagos Islands (Embarkation) -Santa Cruz Island: fly to the Galapagos Islands; embark Treasure of Galapagos; visit Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island
Day 4 Galapagos Islands Cruising: Santiago & Bartolome Islands: Naturalist-guided walks on each island; snorkeling
Day 5 Galapagos Islands Cruising: North Seymour Island & Mosquera Islet: Naturalist-guided walks on each island; snorkeling
Day 6 Galapagos Islands Cruising: South Plaza & San Cristobal Islands: Naturalist-guided walks on each island; snorkeling
Day 7 Galapagos Islands (Disembarkation) -San Cristobal Island-Quito: disembark Treasure of Galapagos; visit San Cristobal Interpretation Center; fly to Quito
Day 8 Quito-Coca-Amazon: fly to Coca; travel by boat and dugout canoe to your Amazon lodge
Day 9 Amazon: visit a parrot clay lick; guided walk through the jungle; night walk or canoe ride
Day 10 Amazon: cruise on the Napo through the flooded forest; visit a local community, school, and village; piranha fishing
Day 11 Amazon-Coca-Quito: return to Coca; fly to Quito
Day 12 Quito: your vacation ends this morning
Arrive in Quito, Ecuador
Welcome to Quito!
Included sightseeing showcases Quito's colonial history and treasures including the historic stone murals of the Legislative Palace, Independence Plaza and the 16th-century SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY, and the Jesuit's LA COMPANIA CHURCH with its stunning golden altars. Next, take a walk down one of Quito's oldest streets, La Ronda, which is home to many artist's workshops and galleries. Here, you will have the chance to meet some of the local artists and talk with them about their work before visiting a CHOCOLATE FACTORY to learn why Ecuador is considered one of the finest chocolate producers in the world. After seeing the chocolate-making process, a tasting is a must! Top off your day with a photo in front of the EQUATORIAL MONUMENT in the "Middle of the World." Stand in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres simultaneously and test the effects of the earth's rotation through different experiments like balancing an egg on a nail. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Quito: Baltra-Galapagos Islands (Embarkation)-Cruising: Santa Cruz Island
Take a morning flight to Baltra, one of the remote Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival, embark the Treasure of Galapagos for five days of CRUISING among various Galapagos Islands. Each day, travel ashore to the remote islands with your expert Naturalist, who introduces you to the unique fauna living free and fearless of man. After lunch, join your Naturalist for a visit to the CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION, established to help conserve the Galapagos' natural habitat and protect the famous giant tortoises. While here, learn about the tortoise-rearing program and see many of the various islands' tortoises. Later, on board the ship, join a briefing on the next day's adventure, followed by a Captain's welcome cocktail and dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
The ship's itinerary may vary according to Galapagos National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, and seasonal changes to create the perfect cross-section of sites visited.
Galapagos Islands Cruising: Santiago & Bartolome Islands
After breakfast, you will find yourself anchored in the western-central part of the archipelago where volcanoes are still active, attributing to the dramatic scenery. Join your Naturalist for an exploration of SULLIVAN BAY on SANTIAGO ISLAND, where you will walk on newly-formed (less than 100 years ago) lava flows reminiscent of the lunar landscape. Keep your eye out for lava lizards, marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs, and even the Galapagos penguin. This afternoon at BARTOLOMÉ ISLAND, hike to the summit for one of the best panorama views of the region with two beautiful bays and fascinating formations of lava flows and spatter cones, including the iconic Pinnacle Rock. End your visit with a chance to snorkel or swim off the beach with the playful sea lions, Pacific green turtles, harmless whitetip reef sharks, and if you are lucky-the Galapagos penguins! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Galapagos Islands Cruising: North Seymour Island & Mosquera Islet
Disembark at NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND, where your Naturalist will point out colonies of blue-footed boobies, Magnificent and Great Frigate Birds, swallow-tailed gulls, and lava herons. This is one of the few spots where you can compare the Magnificent and the rarer Great Frigate Bird breeding next to each other. The shores teem with sea lions and marine iguanas, and are a good spot for snorkeling. In the afternoon, visit MOSQUERA ISLET, a sandy island with one of the largest concentrations of Galapagos sea lions in the entire archipelago. A walk on the white coral beach reveals shorebirds like the endemic lava gull, waders like the yellow-crowned night heron, and intertidal hunters, such as the striking reddish-orange Sally Lightfoot crabs. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Galapagos Islands Cruising: South Plaza & San Cristobal Islands
At SOUTH PLAZA ISLAND, wildlife includes sea lions, land iguanas, marine iguanas, and hybrid iguanas (only found on this island and a result of a cross between land and marine iguanas). Also known for its prolific birdlife, you will see blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls, Audubon's shearwaters, and many other species. This afternoon, visit the first site Charles Darwin visited in the Galapagos, CERRO BRUJO on SAN CRISTOBAL. Admire the stunning views of Kicker Rock before visiting a lagoon home to many migratory birds such as pelicans, black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels, white-cheeked pintails, and the great blue heron. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Galapagos Islands (Disembarkation)-San Cristobal-Quito
After breakfast, disembark the boat in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno for a visit to the SAN CRISOTBAL INTERPRETATION CENTER. Here, you will learn about the islands' volcanic genesis, their remoteness, ocean currents, special climate, the arrival of different species, and their establishment. Next, head to the airport for your flight to Quito, where you will have free time this evening to prepare for your return flight home tomorrow. (Breakfast)
Fly from Quito to Coca and travel by boat down the Napo River to a small tributary where you transfer to a DUGOUT CANOE for the remainder of your journey to your Amazon lodge. Floating along the narrow river, discover the Ecuadorian Amazon, the world's largest remaining tropical rainforest, where more life hums, buzzes, chatters, and bubbles than anywhere else on the planet. One Amazonian tree can host more ant species than all of the British Isles put together, one hectare of forest boasts almost as many frog species as all of North America, and the great expanse of jungle contains more than 20% of the Earth's vascular plant species. Here, you can find a monkey small enough to sit on your fingertip, an 8-pound toad, a spider that eats birds, and the world's largest snake-the 30-foot-long anaconda. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Early this morning, your Naturalist brings you to a parrot clay lick to see parrots, macaws, parakeets, and other species feeding. Continue with a walk through the jungle and learn of the medicinal plants and immense biodiversity that have been used by the native cultures for hundreds of years. Tonight, accompany your Naturalist on a night WALK or CANOE ride to discover creatures rarely seen during the day-you many even spot a caiman or two! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
This morning, depart on a Napo River CRUISE through the flooded forest in search of the varied wildlife. Here, you will have a good chance of seeing troops of squirrel, capuchin, and howler monkeys, and maybe even the incredibly well-camouflaged 3-toed sloth. Later, visit a local community, school, and village, and spend some time with the natives to learn about their culture and way of life. Finish your day fishing for piranhas or even taking a refreshing swim in the same waters-the less brave can send their guide in first. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Depart by canoe this morning in search of monkeys, giant otters, and rare birds on your return to Coca for your flight to Quito. (Breakfast)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)
- Cruise Line
- Avalon Waterways
- Offer valid through 9/30/2017
- 12 Days
- Cruise Ship
- Treasure of Galapagos
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|Day 3||Santa Cruz Island|
|Day 4||Galapagos Islands Cruising: Santiago & Bartolome Islands|
|Day 5||Galapagos Islands Cruising: North Seymour Island & Mosquera Islet|
|Day 6||Galapagos Islands Cruising: South Plaza & San Cristobal Islands|
Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Avalon Waterways, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway, starting at $1,590 (based on Miami departure in January 2018) and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only. Required intra-vacation air segments are: Quito/Galapagos; Galapagos/Quito; Quito/Coca; Coca/Quito. Air prices were effective on April 5, 2017, and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.
The Galapagos National Park entrance fee and transit card ($120 value) is additional and mandatory. These fees will be added to your Vacation Estimate.
Price is per person, based on double room occupancy.
Gratuities to Local Guides & drivers are included.
Single Room Supplement:
from $3,875 to $4,185
Triple rooms are not available
Extra Nights per person in Quito:
in single room $206; in twin room $108
Prices shown include cruise in an ocean-view junior suite with private balcony. To upgrade to the master suite, add $500 per person in double occupancy or $1,000 in single occupancy.
2019 prices and itineraries are subject to change.
Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
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