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QUITO, GALAPAGOS.

Tour Dates: Thursday, Friday.

Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights 

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Day 1 – Thursday: Transfer Airport / Hotel in Quito

Day 2 – Friday: Breakfast. 1914 Original trolley city tour of Quito +Middle of the World Monument

We 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 northem 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.

Day 3 – Saturday: Breakfast. Sumerge into Ancestral Otavalo Culture

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.

Day 4 – Sunday: Breakfast. Transfer Hotel / 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. Accommodation.

Day 5 - Monday: 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 6 - 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.

** 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 7 - Wednesday: Breakfast at Hotel

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.

Arrive to Guayaquil, welcome in the airport, and traveling along the main streets and avenues of the city we will visit the Seminario Park, The Guayaquil embankment, La Rotonda; the colonial neighborhood of Las Peñas, where we can admire the magnificent wood architecture.  From here we can take a panoramic view of Guayaquil and the Guayas River. Finally drop off in the airport.

NOTE: The order of the excursions may vary depending on the day of departure.

 

Regular tour leave and return only from the following hotels: Sheraton, Dann Carlton, NH Collection, Swissotel, Holiday Inn, Río Amazonas, Mercure Alameda, Reina Isabel, Nu House, JW Marriott, Howard Johnson, Hilton Colón.

 

IMPORTANT:

  • Galapagos programs do not include airfare.
  • Programs in Galapagos do not include: Galapagos National Park tax $. 50.00 (Andean Pact and Mercosur) / $ 100.00 (Other countries) + US $. 20,00 (TCT Transit Card)
  • Galapagos programs and tours in Galapagos are subject to availability of spaces and in exchange for itineraries, departure days, climatic, operational and logistic conditions. GRAY LINE guarantees the number of trips and visits to be made, but not the itinerary or specific place of visit.
  • Services and accommodation in Galápagos, will be provided in Isla Santa Cruz (Baltra GPS Airport).
  • Programs are made in shared service.
  • Packages do not include Municipal Tax of $ 2.75 per room, per night, in Quito, direct payment at the Hotel.

INCLUDED:

  • Transfer Airport - Hotel - Airport in Quito
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in Quito with breakfast
  • 1914 Original trolley city tour of Quito +Middle of the World Monument
  • Sumerge into Ancestral Otavalo Culture
  • 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 of 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)
  • City Tour in Guayaquil with airport transfers for connecting flight
  • Hotel taxes.

PROVIDED HOTELS or similar:
 
TOURIST CATEGORY:  Nu House /Deja Vu 
SUPERIOR CATEGORY: Río Amazonas or Holiday Inn or Wyndham Garden Quito /Maidith 
FIRST CATEGORY: Mercure / Isla Sol 
FIRST SUPERIOR CATEGORY: Hilton Colon Quito / Sol y Mar 
LUXURY CATEGORY: Swissotel / Royal Palm

 

EXCLUDED: 

  • Air ticket to Galapagos
  • Entrance Fees to Galapagos National Park US $. 50.00 (Andean Pact and Mercosur) / US $ 100.00 (Rest of countries) + US $. 20,00 (TCT Transit Card)
  • Meals not described
  • Tickets to museums and / or monuments
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • CANCELLATION POLICY: PACKAGES THAT INCLUDE GALAPAGOS: ONCE THE RESERVATION IS CONFIRMED, APPLIES 100% PENALTY

Route

  1. Quito