DAY 1 Monday
ARRIVAL TO QUITO
Welcome to Quito you will be met by our representative and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Quito.
DAY 2 Tuesday
QUITO / OTAVALO / COTACACHI
After breakfast depart from Quito through the Pan-American North Highway until arriving to Cayambe, where the passengers will have the opportunity to taste the delicious “Bizcochos de Cayambe”, a type of cracker or bread baked in a clay oven (greatly paired with local cheese or caramel sauce). Afterwards, we will make a brief stop at “Miralago”, to admire a wonderful view of Lago San Pablo, amazing views. The tour then continues to Otavalo where Otavaleños (natives) set up a market in which a bartering manner of shopping is taken place. The market hosts a variety of different handcrafted items. Passengers may choose between staying longer in Otavalo or go to visit to the leather shops at Cotacachi. On the way to Cotacachi, we will visit a traditional workshop of Andean instruments “Ñanda Mañachi” located in Peguche. In Cotacachi you have enough time to visit the village, the shops of leather goods and free time for lunch (not included). Return to Quito picking up passengers in Otavalo (spot determined by Gray Line Guide).
** Bus will wait for 10 minutes in Otavalo to pick up passangers that stayed there, after that will return to Quito with passengers that are on board.
Overnight in Quito
DAY 3 Wednesday
HISTORIC QUITO / EQUATORIAL MONUMENT
Today we will explore Quito city. We will begin in the northern part of the city with a tour along the most important commercial areas, where most of the hotels in Quito are located. Then we head to the historic center to visit the Basilica del Voto Nacional, where we will make a brief stop and explanation to later reach the Plaza de la Independencia, where through a walking route you will see the Cathedral, the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace and the La Compañia Church, recognized for its adornments and gold altars. Tour will continue towards the Church of San Francisco, built in the seventeenth century. (Entrance to churches are not included). Then headed to the Mirador del Panecillo, a place renowned for its beauty, where you can admire a beautiful landscape of colonial and modern Quito. We will stop at the “Zona Rosa” of the city, to have free time for lunch (not included), and then continue to the northern part of the city, heading up to the “Middle of the World City” (entrance is included) where the monument that divides the Northern from the Southern Hemisphere will be observed. It was built during the XVII century when a French Expedition defined the precise location of the equatorial line. You can enjoy, for an additional cost, the different experiments situated in the middle of the world. Overnight in Quito
DAY 4 Thursday
COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK / RIO BAMBA
Breakfast. Departure from Quito through the ¨Avenue of the Volcanoes¨ admiring the beautiful Andean landscape this is a great opportunity to take pictures, brief stop at the Cotopaxi National Park (entrance is not included), arrival to Riobamba and accommodation in a typical hacienda of the region.
*If it is not operating the Cotopaxi National Park due to volcanic activity, you will visit the Quilotoa volcano and the unique turquoise lagoon situated in his crater.
* Does not include access to the Cotopaxi National Park, neither viewpoint of Quilotoa = USD 2.00
DAY 5 Friday
ALAUSI / DEVILS NOSE / CUENCA
After breakfast departure to the train station located in Alausí. From here we´ll enjoy a train ride towards the famous ¨Devil’s Nose¨ (a magnificent work incrusted in the Andes), return to Alausí (train ride takes approx. 2 hours). Continue to Cuenca visiting the Inca ruins in Ingapirca (does not include entrance). Overnight in Cuenca.
DAY 6 Saturday
Breakfast at hotel before a city tour around Cuenca. We will travel through the city visiting the Calderon Park, the New and the Old Cathedral, the Flower Market, Modern Arts Museum. We continue the tour to the Homero Ortega Panama Hat factory to observe the complete process of manufacturing. We will also observe the “broken bridge” and finally visit the tourist balcony of “Turi” where we can see a panoramic view of the whole city of Cuenca. Overnight in Cuenca.
DAY 7 Sunday
CUENCA / CAJA NATIONAL PARK / GUAYAQUIL
After breakfast, we travel to Guayaquil. We leave from Cuenca to “Cajas National Park” known for its glacial lakes and high mountain vegetation. Here we will walk through this beautiful place to see some of the lakes and primary forest. We will also visit “3 Cruses” which forms the continental water division. We will walk to observe this curious place. From this point we will begin a dramatic decline to reach the coast of Ecuador. Starting we will begin observing the Andean mountain scenery and then ending up seeing totally different vegetation of the Ecuadorian Coast with large plantations of bananas and cocoa beans. Overnight in Guayaquil.
DAY 8 Monday
GALAPAGOS - SANTA CRUZ / PUERTO AYORA / SCIENTIFIC CHARLES DARWIN STATION
Breakfast at Hotel before your transfer to the airport for your flight to Galapagos. Welcome at the Baltra airport and free transfer by bus to the tip of the Itabaca canal, where you will proceed by a public ferry service in the Island of Santa Cruz. Transport will be waiting in order to transfer you to Puerto Ayora, area where the hotels are located on the Island. On the way, you will have the opportunity to visit the lava tunnels and a Turtle reserve. Visit to the Scientific Charles Darwin Station, where you can learn more about the Galápagos Islands; the species that live in this enchanted place, its origin, the theory of Evolution, the conservation programs, and observe some Giant Turtles in captivity. Overnight in Santa Cruz
DAY 9 Tuesday
Breakfast at Hotel. Excursion in yacht to one of the following Islands: Bartolomé & Bahía Sullivan, Seymour & Bachas, Plazas & Punta Carrión, Santa Fe or similar ones. Lunch included and return to Puerto Ayora to accommodation. Overnight in Santa Cruz ** Tour Operations in Galápagos, may change due to climate conditions, operations, and logistics and are also subject to availability and itinerary changes, days of excursions, etc. However, GRAY LINE Guarantees the number of excursions and visits to be met, but does not guarantee the itinerary or specific place to visit.
DAY 10 Wednesday
SANTA CRUZ / TORTUGA BAY BEACH
Breakfast at Hotel. In the morning excursion to Tortuga Bay Beach, after 40minute walk (approx.) we will arrive to this magic place, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Galapagos, with white sand and green mangroves. “Playa mansa” is where we can swim and enjoy of the beach. Free time for lunch (not included). In the afternoon, tour around the bay on board a yacht, starting with a visit to “La Lobería”, named because of the presence of sea lions. Here you will be able to swim or snorkel. Then we proceed with our tour to the “Canal del Amor”, a marvelous site where nature gives us an unforgettable view; at the end of this channel, just a few meters forward, a viewpoint where we can observe reef sharks; from here we continue with a short walk to see the marine iguanas that inhabit in “Playa de los Perros”. Punta Estrada will also be visited. Return to Puerto Ayora. *Note: shipping used in this excursion is a boat engine with capacity for 16 people.
DAY 11 Thursday
GALAPAGOS / QUITO
After breakfast our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel to go to the canal of Itabaca, where a ferry will take you to Baltra Island. At the port you will board a bus of your airline that takes you to the airport. En route you are going to visit a coffee plantation which is part of a social responsibility program. The encouragement for the organic coffee cultivation contributes to the conservation of plants and soil and therefore is deemed to be a perfect model of sustainable tourism.
Dates & Rates
|Departure date||Start Date||End Date||Starting At||Double Price||Single Price||Child Price||Book|
|14 Oct 2019||14 Oct 2019||24 Oct 2019||$2800||$3984||$1960||BOOKBOOK THIS TOUR|
|28 Oct 2019||28 Oct 2019||07 Nov 2019||$2800||$3984||$1960||BOOKBOOK THIS TOUR|
|11 Nov 2019||11 Nov 2019||21 Nov 2019||$2800||$3984||$1960||BOOKBOOK THIS TOUR|
|25 Nov 2019||25 Nov 2019||05 Dec 2019||$2800||$3984||$1960||BOOKBOOK THIS TOUR|
|09 Dec 2019||09 Dec 2019||19 Dec 2019||$2800||$3984||$1960||BOOKBOOK THIS TOUR|
|23 Dec 2019||23 Dec 2019||02 Jan 2020||$2800||$3984||$1960||BOOKBOOK THIS TOUR|
* All prices in USD
- Transfer Airport - Hotel – Quito Airport
- 3 nights’ accommodation in Quito
- Quito City Explorer (Historic Quito) + Equatorial Monument
- Excursión to Otavalo
- Excursion by the “Avenida de los Volcanes” with a brief stop at the Cotopaxi national Park.
- 1 night of accommodation in Riobamba (First Class****)
- Train excursion to Alausí, passing through the Devil´s Nose. Continuation to Cuenca with ground transportation. On the way visit the Inca ruins of Ingapirca.
- 2 nights accommodation Cuenca
- Daily Breakfast
- City tour of Cuenca
- Transfer Cuenca / Guayaquil
- 01 night accomodation in Guayaquil
- Transfer Hotel - Airport in Guayaquil
- Transfer Baltra / hotel in Puerto Ayora, visiting the highland part of Santa Cruz Island (Includes lava Tunnels and a turtle reserve) + Visit to the Scientific Charles Darwin Station. (Transfer operates daily at 12h45pm)
- 3 nights of accommodation in Galápagos (Santa Cruz Island) with breakfast
- Excursion to Tortuga Beach & Bay Tour
- Full day Excursion in yacht to one the following islands Bartolomé & Bahía Sullivan, Seymour & Bachas, Plazas & Punta Carrión, Santa Fe or similar ones (Lunch included)
- Transfer hotel / airport & Finca de café (Transfer operates at 8h00 am, arrival at the airport at approximately 10h30 am)
- Hotel taxes