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Galapagos Islands Adventure

Departs: 3/6/2019 Returns: 3/16/2019

11 Days | All Airfare Included

Discover a land of enchantment with animals and landscapes found nowhere else on earth.

Daily Itinerary Items

Day 1 : Fly to Ecuador
Depart the United States for Ecuador. Upon arriving in Quito we are greeted by a local, English speaking guide who will introduce us to the rich culture and dramatic landscapes of the area. Our accommodations for the next two nights are at Hotel Patio Andaluz.


Day 2 : Colonial Quito
After breakfast we begin our day of adventure with a tour of Quito. Discover downtown brimming with art and architectural treasures. The colonial square is one of the best-preserved in South America and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Other highlights of the morning include Independence Plaza, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace, the temple of La Compañía de Jesus, and the Monastery of San Francisco, showcasing the winged Virgin of Quito. Before lunch we stop at the Middle of the World Memorial, where you can stand with a foot in each hemisphere. Tonight is free to do as you wish. B,L


Day 3 : Board the Santa Cruz II
Enjoy breakfast before we bid farewell to Quito. After a short flight to Baltra Island, centrally located in the Galapagos Islands, we board the Santa Cruz II for the next six nights. Enjoy stylish staterooms plus an outdoor panorama terrace, indoor and outdoor dining, discovery room, library, kayaks and more. We depart to Mosquera Inlet, a small island surrounded by volcanic reefs. Enjoy a short walk on the island and take some time to relax and soak up the unique environment. If you’re feeling adventurous, this is a great opportunity for snorkeling. B,L,D


Day 4 :Giant Tortoise Breeding Center
After breakfast we disembark at our first stop on San Cristobal Island, the first island Darwin visited in the mid-19th century. A 40-minute drive from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes us to Cerro Colorado, a breeding center for the highly endangered Galapagos Tortoises. We enjoy our time surrounded by lush vegetation, forests and endemic animals, including the San Cristobal mockingbird, American flamingo, land iguana and lava lizard. After lunch we travel to Punta Pitt, the only place in the Galapagos where all three bird species of boobies can be found together. There will be opportunities for a panga ride, snorkeling, swimming, and kayaking. B,L,D


Day 5 : Santa Fe & South Plaza Islands
After breakfast we are greeted by white sand beaches and lounging sea lions at Santa Fe Island. Animals in the Galapagos have no instinctive fear of humans, providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be intimately close with these astounding species. Surreal species found on the island include the blue-footed booby, giant tortoise, Galapagos sea lion and many more. View prickly- pear forests on a stroll, go snorkeling, or venture out in a glass bottom boat. After today’s lunch, we arrive at South Plaza Island. You will be instantly awe-struck by the views of turquoise waters, white sand beaches, and black volcanic rocks. Crimson succulents and vibrant green cacti frame the coastline. Bright yellow-gray land iguanas greet us as we disembark. This is also a birdwatchers paradise with many coastal species to view. B,L,D


Day 6 : Charles Darwin Research Station
This morning we disembark for our visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, dedicated to the promotion of research, conservation and education in the Galapagos Islands. After, we venture to the highlands, the island's center, where we experience an entirely different ecosystem consisting of lush forests and lava tubes underground that provide a surreal walking adventure. The afternoon is free to view the Tortoise Reserve on the Highlands of Santa Cruz, visit Garrapatero Beach, or the town of Puerto Ayora. B,L,D


Day 7 : Española Island
We tour four million year-old Española Island and discover more unique animal species. We find another birdwatchers haven and the opportunity to see Nazca and blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, Española Mockingbirds, and more. Here Marine Iguanas remain bright red and green throughout the year, nicknamed the Christmas iguanas. The magnificent blowhole is a unique feature of this island, shooting water high into the sky. B,L,D


Day 8 : Inlets & Islands
After breakfast, a panga ride takes us to Eden Islet, just off the coast of Santa Cruz Island. This is a perfect place to practice your snorkeling skills with the opportunity to see reef sharks. Or, opt for a glass-bottom boat ride or relax on the panga and soak in the surroundings. Afternoon brings us to North Seymour Island. Here the flat, low-profile landscape is noticeably different as this island was created by seismic uplift rather than volcanic activity. B,L,D


Day 9 : Farewell Galapagos
Today we arrive back at Baltra Island and say goodbye to the Santa Cruz II. We will fly back to Quito for a restful evening. B,D


Day 10 : Otavalo
We enjoy a day in Otavalo and Peguche, known for their colorful and vibrant markets before our evening flight home. B,D


Day 11 : Arrive Home
We arrive home with memories of our Ecuadorian adventure.


B - Breakfast;CB - Continental Breakfast;L - Lunch;D - Dinner;T - Tea

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes
 All airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges
 All cruise port charges, government fees, taxes & fuel surcharges (minimum value of $352 per person) 
• Holiday Vacations Tour Director & local guide
• Baggage handling at hotels & aboard ship
• Hotel & cruise ship transfers
$100 travel voucher for a future tour
• Galapagos National Park admission
• Transit control card for Galapagos


24 Excellent Meals Featuring
• Lunch in Quito
• Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner


Exclusive Cruise Ship Benefits
 6 nights aboard the Santa Cruz II
• All meals aboard the Santa Cruz II
• Private excursions with local English speaking guides


Featured Attractions
• 3 nights
at Hotel Patio Andaluz in Quito
• Quito city tour
• The Islands of Eastern Galapagos:
   Baltra
   San Cristobal
   Santa Fe
   Santa Cruz
   Española
   Mosquera Inlet
• Charles Darwin Research Station
• Otavalo market
• Peguche weaving village

Tour Pricing

Category - Occupancy Price (Per Person)
Airport Expedition Deck - Double $10899
Airport Expedition Deck - Single $16899
Airport Horizon Deck - Double $10599
Airport Horizon Deck - Single $16399

Final Payment Date: 12/1/2018

Guaranteed Airport Departure Cities

All tour prices include airfare from the guaranteed airports listed below. Additional cities, including flights from states not listed, are availible on request. Additional fees may apply. for more information, please call 1-800-826-2266 and one of our friendly Tour Consultants will be happy to assist.


TSA'S SECURE FLIGHT PROGRAM

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Tour prices are guaranteed and include airfare, federal taxes, airport security charges, airline segment fees, airport passenger facility charges and fuel surcharges, if applicable. International airfare also includes applicable airport fees and taxes assessed by individual countries. Airline luggage fees are an additional charge and are payable directly to the airlines at check in.

AIRLINE SEATING

Seat assignments are controlled by the airline. We will no longer solicit requests and seating cannot be guaranteed by Holiday Vacations

AWARD MILES

PLease be advised that some commercial airlines offer reduced award miles to travelers booked on a group reservation. Holiday Vacations is happy to submit your frequent flyer number to the airlines, but makes no guarantee that full mileage will be awarded.

AIRPORT DEPARTURE CITIES

Departue cities are subject to change due to limited or discontined airline service. The availablility of airline seats may be limited from each departure city. Holiday Vacations reserves the right to provide ground transportation to or from a larger or alternate airport.

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LAND ONLY PRICE

You may request a land only price. If the tour is purchased as land only, it will be your responsibility to meet the group at the arrival airport at the time designated by Holiday Vacations. If you prefer, you can join the tour at the first night's hotel. Taxi or other airport transfer costs are not included for independant arrival or departure.

Itinerary ID:43251483 | Tour Code: CRGA0306191
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