Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - UK/Quito

Today you'll fly to Quito, the capital of Ecuador. On arrival we will transfer you to your hotel for a three-night stay.​

Day 2 - Quito

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

Your explorations begin with a trip to the market in Otavalo, which is considered to be one of the biggest and best in South America. It's a couple of 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. When we get to the market, there will be 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!​ 

Day 4 - 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. Here 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. 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.
As darkness falls, we'll head to Lago Mindo to hear the frog symphony, the mesmerizing sound of amphibians croaking out loud. We'll also learn about the different types of frog that live here. ​ 

Day 5 - 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. ​ ​ 

Day 6 - Santa Cruz

Today's the day you 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 on 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

Day 7 - Isabela Island

After some free time this morning, we'll transfer by boat to Isabela Island, the largest in the archipelago. We'll make our way to the little town of Puerto Villamil, where a beautiful white-sand beach lies just a short walk from your hotel. Later, you'll visit a nearby wetland which is home to pink flamingos and pintail ducks, before walking a short distance to the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre. The centre houses almost 1,000 of these creatures in different stages of development and is helping to protect them from extinction. Our walk back into town takes us past mangroves and an area where the prickly pear cactus grows. 
If you're ready to spend some time on the beach, you're free to do so this afternoon. Alternatively, you might want to join our optional excursion to Tintoreras. A boat will take you to a perfect spot for snorkelling where you might be lucky enough to see colourful fish, rays and sea turtles. Later you'll hike into a lava field which is home to nesting marine iguanas.​

Day 8 - Isabela

Today you're going to visit 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. On your way to the wall, you'll be able to admire wonderful views and might even see wild tortoises.

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. It's Friday night and the locals can often be found playing Ecua-volley, or Ecuadorian volleyball, which is always fun to watch.

Day 10 -  San Cristóbal

Your 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 in to 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 19thcentury 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 frigatebirds. 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.

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.​.​

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

Day 13 Quito/UK

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

Day 14 UK

You will arrive in the UK today.​

Departure dates and prices 2019/2020

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Prices from

Prices from

24 October 2019

£5549

22 October 2020

£5549

13 February 2020

£5549

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

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Travelsphere
Galapagos Island Hopping

14 Days by air

From £5549

This 14 day Galapagos Island Hopping tour is the holiday of a lifetime for nature lovers as you explore Ecuador's cloud forest and stay on three of the Galapagos Islands.

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Otavalo Market visit

  • Discover Mindo cloud forest

  • Visit a working chocolate farm 

  • See hummingbirds and listen to a frog symphony

  • Hike through the Mindo cloud forest

  • Mitad del Mundo, the Equator line

  • See giant tortoises at a private ranch

  • Charles Darwin Research Station 

  • San Cristóbal Interpretation Centre and Frigatebird Hill

  • Snorkelling at Kicker Rock

What's Included

  • Return flights from Heathrow with Avianca
  • 11 nights in hotels of a good standard
  • 26 meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation

Please note: The Galapagos National Park Entrance fee of approximately $100 is not included in the cost of your holiday payable upon arrival in the Galapagos.

Accommodation

Holiday Inn Express Quito

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.

Hotel Albatross

Albermarle Hoel

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.

Miconia Hotel

Hotel Miconia is a property which boasts a fantastic location and facilities that are unrivalled in San Cristobal. Guests are only a short walk from the beach and will have access to amenities that are unique in the area. There is a fully furnished gym, a restaurant/bar with a sea view and an excellent outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi. All the rooms have air conditioning and are fitted with private facilities, a paid minibar, a TV and a safety deposit box.

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


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