8 Days Quito & Galapagos

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Tour Overview

 


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

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

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

DAY 4 Thursday

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 5 Friday

DAY 5 Friday

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. 
Overnight in Santa Cruz


DAY 6 Saturday

DAY 6 Saturday

GALAPAGOS ISLAND

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. Overnight in Santa Cruz


DAY 7 Sunday

DAY 7 Sunday

GALAPAGOS ISLAND

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. Overnight in Santa Cruz


DAY 8 Monday

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.
** 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.


Dates & Rates


Departure dateStart DateEnd DateDouble PriceSingle PriceChild PriceBook
23 Dec 2018 23 Dec 2018 30 Dec 2018 $2326 $3484 $1704 BOOK THIS TOUR
06 Jan 2019 06 Jan 2019 13 Jan 2019 $2326 $3484 $1704 BOOK THIS TOUR
20 Jan 2019 20 Jan 2019 27 Jan 2019 $2326 $3484 $1704 BOOK THIS TOUR
03 Feb 2019 03 Feb 2019 10 Feb 2019 $2326 $3484 $1704 BOOK THIS TOUR
17 Feb 2019 17 Feb 2019 24 Feb 2019 $2326 $3484 $1704 BOOK THIS TOUR
03 Mar 2019 03 Mar 2019 10 Mar 2019 $2326 $3484 $1704 BOOK THIS TOUR
17 Mar 2019 17 Mar 2019 24 Mar 2019 $2326 $3484 $1704 BOOK THIS TOUR
31 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 07 Apr 2019 $2326 $3484 $1704 BOOK THIS TOUR
14 Apr 2019 14 Apr 2019 21 Apr 2019 $2326 $3484 $1704 BOOK THIS TOUR
28 Apr 2019 28 Apr 2019 05 May 2019 $2326 $3484 $1704 BOOK THIS TOUR
12 May 2019 12 May 2019 19 May 2019 $2326 $3484 $1704 BOOK THIS TOUR
26 May 2019 26 May 2019 02 Jun 2019 $2326 $3484 $1704 BOOK THIS TOUR
09 Jun 2019 09 Jun 2019 16 Jun 2019 $2326 $3484 $1704 BOOK THIS TOUR
23 Jun 2019 23 Jun 2019 30 Jun 2019 $2326 $3484 $1704 BOOK THIS TOUR
07 Jul 2019 07 Jul 2019 14 Jul 2019 $2326 $3484 $1704 BOOK THIS TOUR
21 Jul 2019 21 Jul 2019 28 Jul 2019 $2326 $3484 $1704 BOOK THIS TOUR
04 Aug 2019 04 Aug 2019 11 Aug 2019 $2326 $3484 $1704 BOOK THIS TOUR
18 Aug 2019 18 Aug 2019 25 Aug 2019 $2326 $3484 $1704 BOOK THIS TOUR
01 Sep 2019 01 Sep 2019 08 Sep 2019 $2326 $3484 $1704 BOOK THIS TOUR
15 Sep 2019 15 Sep 2019 22 Sep 2019 $2326 $3484 $1704 BOOK THIS TOUR
29 Sep 2019 29 Sep 2019 06 Oct 2019 $2326 $3484 $1704 BOOK THIS TOUR
13 Oct 2019 13 Oct 2019 20 Oct 2019 $2326 $3484 $1704 BOOK THIS TOUR
27 Oct 2019 27 Oct 2019 03 Nov 2019 $2326 $3484 $1704 BOOK THIS TOUR
10 Nov 2019 10 Nov 2019 17 Nov 2019 $2326 $3484 $1704 BOOK THIS TOUR
24 Nov 2019 24 Nov 2019 01 Dec 2019 $2326 $3484 $1704 BOOK THIS TOUR
08 Dec 2019 08 Dec 2019 15 Dec 2019 $2326 $3484 $1704 BOOK THIS TOUR
22 Dec 2019 22 Dec 2019 29 Dec 2019 $2326 $3484 $1704 BOOK THIS TOUR

* All prices in USD

Inclusions


INCLUSION

  • Transfer airport - Hotel – Airport in Quito
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in Quito
  • Breakfast
  • Quito City Explorer (Historic Quito) + Equatorial Monument
  • Excursion a Otavalo 
  • 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)
  • 4 nights of accommodation in Galápagos (Santa Cruz Island) with breakfast
  • Excursion to Tortuga Beach & Bay Tour
  • 2 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

Not Included:

  • In Quito and Guayaquil, Municipal tax of US$ 2,00 per room per night is not included.
  • Airfare to Galapagos
  • National Park fees to Galapagos
  • Surcharge for transfer airport / hotel in Galapagos, for flights arriving before 10h00am and after 12h30pm: US$ 78,00 USD per person                                                                               
  • Surcharge for transfer hotel / airport in Galapagos, for flights departing before 10h30am: US$ 78,00 per person                 
  • Passengers flying to Galapagos in Tame airlines, must pay US $. 5.00 per way, in cash, for the public bus service from the airport to the Itabaca Canal, prior to boarding the ferry that transports them to Santa Cruz Island where they will board our private transportation.
  • Galapagos National Park fee $100                            

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