Location: Galapagos and Ecuador Duration: 7 nights Price: From £4,600 per person in low season based on two adults travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, private transfers, transportation, experiences as stated and taxes

The Galapagos Islands are a must-see, from rugged mountains to mighty volcanic craters and stunning beaches. They are also home to some of the most incredible wildlife on earth, many species of which can only be found here, such as the marine iguana, the only iguana in the world that can live in the sea. Get a taste of the historic cities of Guayaquil and Quito in Ecuador before and after your Galapagos cruise, which also gives you a chance to relax and recuperate before the next leg of your journey.

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Couples, families and groups looking to get a taster of the Galapagos- including those prone to seasickness, who can travel on a large, flat-bottomed boat that travels smoothly through the water.

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For an extra-luxurious treat, upgrade to one of the most spacious cabins onboard M/V Santa Cruz and receive all the benefits of Darwin Elite, including complimentary drinks during your cruise, an explorers' kit, a beautiful coffee table book to take home and use of the VIP lounge at the airport in the Galapagos Islands.

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GUAYAQUIL- 1 night


Arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city, for a night at the luxurious Oro Verde before your Galapagos adventure begins. For a taste of Guayaquil, wander the streets and you’ll find a melting pot of ancient and modern, from classical mansions and sprawling markets to a contemporary cafe and restaurant scene. Don't miss the buzzing atmosphere of the Malecón, the riverside promenade that is the city’s heart, where you’ll find some excellent fish restaurants. Get a taste of wildlife here too- before seeing marine iguanas in the Galapagos, see land iguanas in Guayaquil, living around the plazas and gardens.

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GALAPAGOS- 4 nights


You'll be transferred to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos, where you’ll join the luxurious M/V Santa Cruz, one of the largest boats to tour these islands. On this five-day cruise, you'll get to see a breathtaking variety of wildlife on both land and sea. During the onshore excursions you'll meet some of the island’s inhabitants such as giant tortoises, penguins, sea lions and frigate birds. You can also go kayaking and snorkelling, where you’ll be sharing the waters with dolphins and hammerhead sharks. After a day’s sightseeing, enjoy a relaxing soak in the Jacuzzi, or watch the never-ending wildlife show: this is a glass-bottomed boat so you’re never far from amazing sights. These can also be enjoyed on the balcony of your suite or on the viewing deck.

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QUITO- 2 nights


Back on dry land, after your cruise you’ll fly to Quito. Check into Casa Gangotena, a boutique mansion in the heart of the historic and picturesque old town, where you can relax on the roof terrace overlooking the city. Join a city tour to find out more about the sights, from churches to pretty squares, or explore at your own pace. There are plenty of opportunities to buy some unique arts and crafts to take home, and you can refuel at one of the many cosy cafes. Take advantage of the tours that are included in your holiday- keen foodies will enjoy dinner and a cookery class at Theatrum, or why not cross the equator on a day tour to the Middle of the World (Mitad del Mundo) equatorial line? This is also a good spot for lunch.
 
From here you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

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