The Best of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands In High Comfort

16 Days from £8186 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
16 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Snorkelling and Diving
Luxury

We have designed this extra-special itinerary for discerning travellers wishing to tour the Ecuadorean Andes in colonial style, explore the mighty Amazonian rainforest from a comfortable lode, and cruise the Galapagos Islands aboard a luxury ship.

The stylish, distinctive colonial haciendas we have chosen are redolent of Ecuador’s rich Inca and Spanish colonial past. While even in the depths of Amazonia our chosen lodge affords exceptional levels of luxury and is surrounded by pristine forest. For our Galapagos ship we have chosen a superb vessel and an itinerary taking in the all the natural highlights the fascinating island have to offer.

Itinerary

Price from £8186 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart UK

Morning departure from London and fly to Quito. Evening arrival and transfer to hotel.

Staying at Casa Gangotena. Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - La Selva, Amazonian Rainforest

Transfer to the airport and fly to Coca. Transfer to lodge by river boat.

Staying at La Selva Ecolodge and Spa (superior suite). Includes All Meals.

Day 3 - La Selva, Amazonian Rainforest

Full day of small group guided activities from the lodge along different trails to search for wildlife such as large troops of monkeys and toucans. There is a 35-metre high canopy tower that gives exceptional views over the treetops. Other attractions include a butterfly farm where many dazzling species can be seen up close and a nearby parrot and parakeet clay lick.

Staying at La Selva Ecolodge and Spa (superior suite). Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - La Selva, Amazonian Rainforest

Another day of guided activities from the lodge.

Staying at La Selva Ecolodge and Spa (superior suite). Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Zuleta

Transfer to the airport and fly to Quito, then transfer two hours north to the historic hotel at 2800 mts in the Andes. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Staying at Hacienda Zuleta. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 6 - Zuleta

Full day of guided activities. Activities include horse riding across the Andean paramo landscape on the locally bred Zuleta horses. Mountain biking is also available and excursions to the nearby hills for a descent back to Zuleta can be arranged. Treks through the paramo to see beautiful scenery and waterfalls are also on offer.

Staying at Hacienda Zuleta. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Zuleta and Quito

Morning of activities. In the afternoon return to Quito.

Staying at Casa Gangotena. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 8 - Galapagos

Transfer to airport and fly to the Galapagos.

Staying at Grace. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Explore The Galapagos

For the next six days you'll explore the Galapagos Islands above and below the water on board the family friendly vessel with trained staff that will enhance the experience and learning for children as well as adults. Above water there are plants and semi-tame animals whose geographical isolation and adaptation to the harsh conditions have led to the evolution of many unique natural histories, including marine iguanas, giant tortoises and the famous Darwin finches. Under water, cool currents have introduced otherwise cold water species to these tropical seas: penguins, orcas and fur seals happily rub along with parrot fish, turtles and manta rays.

Staying at Grace. Includes All Meals.

Day 15 - Guayaquil

Transfer to the airport and fly back to Guayaquil. Overnight flight back to the UK.

Includes Breakfast.

Day 16 - Arrive UK

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Fly from London to Quito and return from Guayaquil on Iberia Airlines via Madrid or KLM via Amsterdam

Area Specialist

John Melton
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The dry season in the highlands and Galapagos is from May to September and the Amazon is drier from January to April. June, July and August tend to be wettest months here.

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

[WILDLIFE HIGHLIGHTS] Amazon – harpy eagle, brown howlers, golden backed tamarins, dusky tee-tee monkeys, caimans, giant anaconda & loads of fabulous birds. Galapagos – giant school of pilot whales, white-tip reef shark, underwater views of penguins, cormorants, iguana and seals. An excellent trip…marvellous contrast of scenery and wildlife between the different locations. Many thanks!

Mrs E H - Cambridge.

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Hacienda Zuleta: 0.200000, -78.083330
La Selva Amazon Ecolodge: -0.498198, -76.373541