Holiday Itinerary Galapagos Island Hopping

Day 1 UK - Quito

Travelsphere’s Private Chauffeur Service collects you from home for your flight to Quito, the capital of Ecuador.

Day 2 Quito at leisure

Quito is located high in the Andes, 9,000 feet above sea level. You may need a little time to acclimatise, so today you're free to relax and explore at leisure. You could take a stroll through the UNESCO-listed Old Town or, for a fabulous panoramic view of the city, we recommend you head to El Panecillo.​ 

Day 3 Otavalo

Today we travel to the market in Otavalo, considered to be one of the biggest and best in South America. It's a few hours drive from Quito, so en-route we'll stop at Mira Lago to admire stunning views of San Pablo Lake and the nearby volcanoes. Otavalo Market has lots of colourful textiles and handicrafts on offer, so you might want to have a go at bargaining for a few souvenirs. Next we'll head to Cotacachi, a laid-back town famous for its leather. The main street is packed with shops selling jackets, shoes, wallets and more, so be warned, you might be tempted to treat yourself! B,L,D

Day 4 Quito - Mindo

Today you're heading to the Mindo Cloud Forest, an area of spectacular scenery and wildlife. Our first stop will be at a butterfly garden and orchid park where you'll have a chance to see striking owl eye and blue morpho butterflies, and more than 200 different species of orchid. After an included lunch we'll head to El Quetzal de Mindo where we'll visit a working farm to learn how Ecuadorian chocolate is made and here's the best bit - you'll get to taste a few samples! 

Then it's back on the road in search of hummingbirds. The Alambi Cloud Forest is home to a number of different species and you'll have an opportunity to see them up close. This afternoon we will visit El Quetzal de Mindo, where you'll see cocoa trees, have a peek at a working chocolate farm and learn how Ecuadorian chocolate is made. You'll get to try some samples and you may want to try the locally made craft beer as well. With our afternoon chocolate fix satisfied, we'll head back to the hotel for a local dinner.​ B,L,D

Day 5 Mindo - Quito

This morning we're going to go on a hike through the cloud forest and enjoy more of the spectacular scenery and wildlife on foot. Then we'll travel to Mitad del Mundo, where you can pose for a photo on the Equator line! We'll arrive back in Quito later this afternoon, and tonight we'll get together for dinner and a briefing about tomorrow's journey to the Galapagos Islands. You will be provided with a duffle bag for your belongings, all luggage is inspected on arrival at Galapagos, and duffle bags make this process easier. B,L​ 

Day 6 Quito - Santa Cruz

Today we fly to the Galapagos Islands. A Local Guide will meet us when we arrive on Santa Cruz, and the sightseeing starts straight away. We'll make our way to a private ranch in the Highlands, where giant tortoises are free to roam. Whilst enjoying lunch keep an eye out the birds - many species can be spotted here, including the Galapagos mockingbird.

Later we will transfer you to your hotel and there's time to relax before dinner.​ B,L

Day 7 Santa Cruz Island - Isabela Island

After some free time this morning, we'll transfer by boat to Isabela Island and make our way to the little town of Puerto Villamil. Once we've arrived and settled in we'll have a practice snorkeling session to help us prepare and test our gear for the afternoon activity. 

This afternoon, after lunch we'll board our panga for the Tintoreras tour. This small boat tour of Isabela's bay includes a short cruise along the coast, a snorkel and a walk on Tintoreras Islet. It's our best chance to see the Galapagos Penguin along with pelicans, and hopefully blue-footed boobies! The snorkeling is done in a sheltered area, where you may spot colourful tropical fish, sea lions, starfish, urchins, rays, turtles and perhaps even sharks. On Tintoreras Islet, we'll hop off for a short walk on this lava-laden land, which is home to nesting marine iguanas and scurrying lava lizards.​

This evening you will head to a local restaurant for dinner where you can try the national dish of Ecuador, typical on the coast - Encocado de pescado - fish in coconut sauce. B,L,D

Day 8 Isabela

This morning we'll take a short ride to a nearby wetland that is home to pink flamingos and pintall ducks, before walking to the nearby Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre where we'll see giant tortoises in all stages of development - there's nearly 1,000 here! A level path and wetland walkway leads back to town, where you'll pass through mangrove areas as well as barren landscapes where the prickly pear cactus grows. Looks for birds and marine iguanas along the path, before heading to our next activity, The Wall of Tears - a poignant reminder of the penal colony which once existed on Isabela Island. In the middle of the 20th century, convicts built the 100-metre-long wall in harsh, unpleasant conditions and it stands today as a monument to their suffering. B,L

Day 9 Santa Cruz

This morning you're free to do just as you please. However, if you enjoy snorkelling our optional excursion to Los Tuneles is a must. You'll head to one of the best snorkelling spots in the Galapagos for a chance to explore underwater lava tunnels teeming with marine life. Look out for reef sharks, sea turtles, sea horses and more.
Later we'll travel back to Santa Cruz by boat and after dinner, you might want to stroll down to the waterfront. At night the locals can often be found playing Ecua-volley, or Ecuadorian volleyball, which is always fun to watch. B,L

Day 10 San Cristóbal

Y​our adventure continues with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, where we'll learn more about efforts to conserve several species of the giant tortoise. Lonesome George was perhaps the most famous Galapagos tortoise. His species, the Pinta Island tortoise, became extinct when he died in 2012 and he was preserved by expert taxidermists. You'll see him on display at the centre.

We'll travel to another island, San Cristóbal, by boat this afternoon. After checking into our hotel, we're going to walk to the Interpretation Centre. Here you'll learn about the history of the archipelago, Charles Darwin's famous visit in the 19th century and today's work to protect the amazing landscapes. Afterwards you can make your own discoveries. Hiking trails take you to Frigatebird Hill, and if you climb it you may be rewarded with close-up views of the birds - they have a distinctive w-shaped silhouette and are able to glide for hours without flapping their wings. This evening is yours to do as you please. ​B,L

Day 11 San Cristóbal

You're going to take a cruise along the coast and hopefully catch a glimpse of San Cristóbal's fabulous marine life today. Keep a lookout for birds including the great frigate and blue-footed booby, before the captain drops anchor for your first snorkel of the day. Take to the water and perhaps you'll spot damselfish, pufferfish, and maybe even sea lion pups. Then it's on to Kicker Rock, where the remains of a volcanic tuff cone rise 143 metres from the ocean. Snorkelling a channel between the rocks, you might be lucky enough to see spotted eagle rays, chocolate chip starfish, sea turtles and Galapagos sharks.

After a busy morning you'll be ready for lunch on board. Then we're going to stop at a beautiful beach accessible only by boat – a little slice of paradise and the perfect place to relax.​ B,L,D

Day 12 Quito

It's your final day in the Galapagos and you're free to spend it at leisure. Perhaps head to the beach for one last swim, or shop for some last-minute souvenirs.

Later, we'll drive the short distance to the airport for our flight back to Quito. We'll round off our holiday with a farewell dinner this evening. B,L,D

Day 13 Quito - UK

Today we will transfer you to the airport ready for your flight back to the UK.​ B

Day 14 UK

You will arrive in the UK today. Upon arrival, your Travelsphere Private Chauffeur Service will be waiting for the journey home.

Meals B - Breakfast. L - Lunch. D - Dinner

Additonal information

To experience the best of the islands and their wildlife, this holiday requires a significant amount of walking.

Please note: During this tour you will travel to altitudes of over 9,000ft where altitude sickness can occur. If you suffer from heart or respiratory conditions, or have any other concerns, please consult your doctor. 

Island Taxes of approximately $130 including Galapagos National Park entrance fee are not included in the cost of your holiday and will be payable locally upon arrival in Galapagos.

Departure dates and prices 2022 Galapagos Island Hopping

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10 March £5399 8 September £5899

19 May

£5399

3 November

£5299

The holiday price may be subject to change and will be confirmed at the time of booking.  Airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.  Alternative dates may be available but not yet guaranteed, call for details. Prices are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents. All holidays subject to Travelsphere Terms & Conditions. Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

Galapagos

Travelsphere
Galapagos Island Hopping

14 Days by air 2022

Prices from £5299

This is the holiday of a lifetime for nature lovers! After flying to Ecuador's capital, Quito, your adventure begins with a trip to the Mindo Cloud Forest. You'll visit a butterfly garden and orchid park, search for hummingbirds and, as night falls, listen to the sound of the frog symphony.

Pose for photos on the Equator line, before you fly to Galapagos and your first base is Santa Cruz island. You'll head to a private ranch in the Highlands where giant tortoises roam free and take a boat to Isabela Island and visit a wetland.

Spend time at the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre before returning to Santa Cruz to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Then sail to San Cristóbal Island and learn about the archipelago's history, before a cruise along the coast gives an opportunity to spot sea birds including the blue-footed booby.

Galapagos

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Otavalo Market
  • Visit a working chocolate farm 
  • Search for hummingbirds in Alambi Cloud Forest​
  • Hike through the Mindo Cloud Forest
  • Mitad del Mundo, the Equator line
  • See giant tortoises at a private ranch
  • Tintoreras snorkelling and hike to see marine iguanas ​
  • Try a typical Ecudorian coastal dish (Encocado de pescado) on Isabela island
  • Charles Darwin Research Station 
  • San Cristóbal Interpretation Centre and Frigatebird Hill
  • Snorkelling at Kicker Rock

What's Included

  • Travelsphere Private Chauffeur Service
  • Return flights from Heathrow with Avianca via Bogotá
  • 11 nights in great quality hotels plus 2 nights in flight
  • 26 meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 5 dinners and welcome dinner
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Specialist Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers, internal flights, other transportation and porterage

Accommodation as specified or similar

Day 2 - 3: Dann Carlton The Dann Carlton hotel is located close to the main shopping centres such as Quicentro, United Nations Avenue, Atahualpa Olympic Stadium and just two blocks from La Carolina's Park. The hotel has 210 rooms, a swimming pool, gym, restaurant and bar.

Day 4: Septimo Paraiso Hotel Septimo Paraiso Lodge, ecological country hotel, is located just outside of the village of Mindo. All hotel rooms have en-suite facilities with hot water from hotel''s own hot spring. It offers rustic-style wooden interiors with elegant, wooden furnishing and canopy beds. Septimo Paraiso Lodge is surrounded by exotic and lavish cloud forest and offers an extraordinary experience of the amazing biodiversity of the area.

Day 5: EB Hotel Quito The EB Hotel Quito offers modern decor, 5-star service, unique state-of-the-art amenities an impressive lobby bar and restaurant with a fusion of local, Ecuadorian and international cuisine that will make your visit unforgettable.

Day 6: Posada del Mar Hotel. Hotel Posada del Mar is a contemporarily styled property that is just a short stroll away from the beach. This beautifully located hotel also boasts excellent facilities – these include an outdoor pool and a restaurant that offers views of the beach. Their air conditioned rooms come fitted with a flat screen TV and have a private patio/balcony – whilst the communal areas have free Wi-Fi.  

Day 7 - 8: Albermarle Hotel..Hotel Albemarle directly sits on one of the Galapagos’ spectacular beaches. A truly stunning location is complemented by the facilities and services this hotel has to offer. Guests can enjoy the fresh water swimming pool or choose to relax in a hammock or on a sun bed. The rooms are air-conditioned, have private facilities and electronic safes. Wi-Fi is also available for those staying at the Albemarle.

Day 9: Posada del Mar Hotel. Hotel Posada del Mar is a contemporarily styled property that is just a short stroll away from the beach. This beautifully located hotel also boasts excellent facilities – these include an outdoor pool and a restaurant that offers views of the beach. Their air conditioned rooms come fitted with a flat screen TV and have a private patio/balcony – whilst the communal areas have free Wi-Fi.  

Day 10 - 11: Galapagos Planet

Day 12: EB Hotel Quito. The EB Hotel Quito offers modern decor, 5-star service, unique state-of-the-art amenities an impressive lobby bar and restaurant with a fusion of local, Ecuadorian and international cuisine that will make your visit unforgettable.  

Hotels are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional experiences to your holiday before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour.

Galapagos Islands - Santa Cruz - Los Tuneles Snorkelling Experience from £190

"If you think sleeping sharks, sea horses, sea turtles and strange lava tunnel formations sound intriguing then you’re going to need your mask, snorkel, and flippers, because you get all that and more at Los Tuneles. 
Please note: This excursion must be booked 40 days before departure
Three quarter day – Moderate walking – Once in a lifetime


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