Eastern Islands Exploration

Cruising the Galapagos in Classic Style

Central & Southern Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Quito & Northern Highlands

Duration: 9 nights

Price: From £5,550 per person in low season based on two adults travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation, some meals, Galapagos cruise, experiences as stated, private transfers and taxes

Explore the beautiful islands of the Galapagos in style aboard the luxurious Santa Cruz II on a week-long adventure which will give you plenty of time for seeing some of the area’s fascinating wildlife, hiking around the coast and kayaking along the shorelines, accompanied by expert guides. You’ll also get some premium relaxation time onboard, with gourmet meals and a spacious sundeck where you can enjoy the views and do some wildlife spotting.
Perfect forIntrepid adventurers and wildlife enthusiasts who also don’t want to stint on luxury.
In the knowDuring this cruise, you’ll venture to the easternmost tip of the Galapagos archipelago, Punta Pitt, where you’ll be able to see red-footed boobies.

Best for

  • Wildlife & Nature
  • Snorkelling & Diving
  • Walking & Trekking
  • Landscapes & Scenery

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Itinerary details

Quito, Ecuador

2 nightsQUITO

Start your holiday in beautiful Quito, Ecuador’s capital, whose historic squares and churches are surrounded by the towering Andes. Discover the architectural treasures of its UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town, browse bustling markets and find out more about the city’s Incan heritage. Enjoy a half-day private tour, including the Square of Independence, the cathedral and the San Francisco monastery in the Old Town. You'll also visit the Middle of the World, which is located at 0 degrees latitude - so you can stand right on the Equator, between two hemispheres. You can find out more at the interactive Intinan Museum. 

Your hotel, La Casona de la Ronda, sits in the heart of Quito, making it ideal for exploring its many landmarks, as well as visiting the bars and restaurants lining the cobblestone streets of La Ronda, right on the doorstep.
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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

6 nightsGALAPAGOS

Fly to the Galapagos to begin your week-long cruise around the Galapagos Islands, one of the most wildlife-rich and diverse spots on the planet.

Spend your days snorkelling, kayaking and touring in a glass-bottomed boat, and there will also be plenty of opportunities to set foot on land on expert guided excursions inland and around the pristine coastlines and tranquil bays. See land and marine iguanas, red and blue-footed boobies and red-breasted frigate birds, and watch sea lions basking on the beach.

You’ll also sail past Kicker Rock and observe cliffs of cacti and otherworldly volcanic landscapes, and visit the famous Charles Darwin Research Centre and the giant tortoise breeding centre.

Your home for the week is the stylish Santa Cruz II, which has spacious and comfortable cabins with large windows to make the most of the ever-changing views, and a bar and restaurant for sampling local cuisine and wines in-between expeditions. After a day exploring the islands, relax on the sundeck or in the hot tub.
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Guayaquil, Ecuador

1 nightGUAYAQUIL

After disembarking your cruise, you will fly back to Ecuador and spend a night at the Wyndham in Guayaquil, which has a thriving arts scene and historic, colourful barrios. Relax in the spa, refresh with a swim in the rooftop pool and enjoy a gourmet dinner in one of the two restaurants. 
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