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Quito and Galapagos (MY Coral I - 3 nights Cruise)
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This 6 night sample itinerary includes:
  Flight in and out of Quito
  Airport transfers
  3 nights in Quito
  Flight Quito - Galapagos - Quito
  3-night cruise through the Galapagos Islands aboard MY Coral I with meals and guided tours
  Breakfast daily (most hotels)
  Friday departures
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From Fort Lauderdale, FL for 6 nights
$3,048 * incl.tax
From Philadelphia, PA for 6 nights
$3,259 * incl.tax
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Ecuador and Galapagos (69)  Galapagos Islands (62)  Quito (39)  

Essential Ecuador! Enjoy history, colonial sites and cultural heritage in Quito, the country's capital and base of operations for an unforgettable 3-night Galapagos Cruise on board the M/Y Coral I; this yacht is the perfect combination of classic beauty and exquisite style. See prehistoric iguanas, giant tortoises, exotic birds, plants and beautiful landscapes of volcanoes, lava cones and magma flows. Swim and snorkel any time of the year in warm clear waters among tropical fish, manta rays, sea lions, swordfish, sea turtles and other marine wildlife. Finish this journey with a night in Quito before heading back home

Friday departures from anywhere in the USA or Canada. Tours and meals aboard your cruise are included. Book your Vacation in Ecuador now!
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2 nights in Quito

The Capital City of Ecuador - Quito has wonderful spring-like climate. It is in a valley flanked by majestic mountains and on a clear day, several snow-capped volcanoes are visible from the capital. Is rich in history and much of the old colonial town is well preserved, the buildings are unchanged and to walk down colonial Quito's streets late at night is to step into bygone eras. Quito nestles a rich treasury of religious and decorative architecture and arts.
3 nights - MY Coral I Cruise - Departs Sunday
departing from Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos are located six hundred miles west of the Ecuadorian coastline. Its wonders span from the most varied and incredible geological formations: lava flows, blowholes, spatter cones, lava tunnels, to beaches of olive, black, or white sand and the most diverse species of animal and plant life. The most surprising sight for visitors however, is perhaps the varied species of animals, which inspired Charles Darwin on his visit in 1835.
1 nights in Quito

The Capital City of Ecuador - Quito has wonderful spring-like climate. It is in a valley flanked by majestic mountains and on a clear day, several snow-capped volcanoes are visible from the capital. Is rich in history and much of the old colonial town is well preserved, the buildings are unchanged and to walk down colonial Quito's streets late at night is to step into bygone eras. Quito nestles a rich treasury of religious and decorative architecture and arts.

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Quito
Day 1
Arrive to Quito
Zpend-Private Car Airport to Hotel in Quito
Overnight in Quito    32 hotels offered
Optional   17 Things to do
Day 2
Overnight in Quito    32 hotels offered
Optional   17 Things to do
Day 3
Departing from Quito
Transportation to next city by: Flight to Galapagos for Coral or Legend Cruises (origin and return: Quito or Guayaquil)
3 nights - MY Coral I Cruise - Departs Sunday
Day 3 to Day 6

Your 3-night cruise includes:

  • Roundtrip transfer from hotel to airport on the day the cruise starts, and airport to hotel in Quito/Guayaquil on the day the cruise ends.
  • Accommodation aboard the M/Y Coral I.
  • English/Spanish speaking guides.
  • All meals scheduled on board.
  • Briefing and Lecture services.
  • 2 Daily visits to the islands conducted by multilingual naturalist guides, sightseeing, snorkeling opportunities, and transfers in the islands.
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee, Migration Control Card

Not included:

  • Flights to/from Galapagos Island, Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, tax, gratuities, travel insurance, use of snorkeling equipment.
  • If any other ticket to/from Galapagos is used, an operational non-refundable fee of US$ 90.00 net per person must be charged. The company is not responsible if passengers miss the cruise or other services due to independent arrangements delays.

Cruising the Galapagos Islands is a very special and unique experience. You can hike the trails as you spot blue footed boobies and giant tortoises.
Admire mysterious creatures like the armies of marine iguanas, flightless cormorant birds that have lost their ability to fly and penguins at the equator line and other species that are endemic to this paradise. The rich marine life is fascinating for those who like to practice snorkeling. A world as wonderful as the one above surface, colorful fish in schools, manta rays, sea turtles, hammer head sharks, whale sharks, and magnificent reefs.
The MY Coral I is a spacious motor yacht designed with teakwood and modern decorum to give a unique Galapagos tour an exclusive touch. Equipped with all the standards you would expect from a high-class yacht, the Coral is a modern ship in a timeless realm. The dining room and lounge demonstrate a refined taste and the yacht has three sun decks, one half-shaded, 2 separate social areas with a well equipped bar, TV and VCR, stereo, library, a well stocked bar, large picture windows, and best of all expansive observation decks with sun/shade areas, where during the day is the perfect spot for relaxation, at night the perfect place for meetings and barbecue. The size and agility of the operations, allow the Coral I to dock in close, even at the narrowest havens and shallow beaches, offering the most intimate experience with Galapagos wilderness.

As MY Coral I and MY Coral II sail together, there may be a chance of being confirmed on either one of these ships, considering both share the same departure dates and itineraries as follows:

Choose from Cruise A or C options:

Cruise A - Sunday Departures 2016: Jan 10th, Jan 24th, Feb7th, Feb 21st, Mar 6st, Mar 20th, Arp 3rd, Apr 17th, May 1st, May 15th, May 29th, Jun 12th, Jun 26st, Jul 10th, Jul 24th, Aug 7th, Aug 21st, Sep 18th, Oct2nd, Oct 16th, Oct 30th, Nov 13th, Nov 27th, Dec 11th, Dec 25th.

Cruise C - Sunday Departures 2016: Jan 3rd, Jan 17th, Jan 31st, Feb 14th, Feb 28th, Mar 13th, Mar 27th, Apr 10th, Apr 24th, May 8th, May 22nd, Jun 5th, Jun 19th, Jul 3rd, Jul 17th, Jul 31st, Aug 14th, Aug 28th, Sep 11th, Sep 25th, Oct 9th, Oct 23rd, Nov 6th, Nov 20th, Dec 4th, Dec 18th.

Cruise A - Sunday Departures 2017: Jan-08, Jan-22, Feb-05, Feb-19. Mar-05, Mar-19, Apr-02, Apr-16, Apr-30, May-14, May-28, Jun-11, Jun-25, Jul-09, Jul-23, Aug-06, Aug-20, Sep-03, Sep-17, Oct-01, Oct-15, Oct-29, Nov-12, Nov-26, Dec-10, Dec-24.

Cruise C - Sunday Departures 2017: Jan-01, Jan-15, Jan-29, Feb-12, Feb-26, Mar-12, Mar-26, Apr-09, Apr-23, May-07, May-21, Jun-04, Jun-18, Jul-02, Jul-16, Jul-30, Aug-13, Aug-27, Sep-10, Sep-24, Oct-08, Oct-22, Nov-05, Nov-19, Dec-03, Dec-17, Dec-31.

Day by Day Itineraries:

CRUISE A - 4 days / 3 nights

Day 1: Sunday - Baltra Airport: Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2 and a half hours flight). Arriving in Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/Y Coral I.

PM - Fausto Llerena Breeding Center - Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz Island)
Dry landing. We visit the Station where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place as part of our efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment and where the famous Lonesome George (the last surviving specimen of his species) lived for decades. The program is conducted by GNP staff with the collaboration of scientists from the CDRS. Eggs are brought from the Galapagos Islands of Pinzon, Santiago and Santa Cruz to the station. The eggs are incubated artificially; the ''galapaguitos'' (little Galapagos) are born and reared until the age of 5 years; they are released in their native areas when they are capable of surviving the effects of introduced predators (rats, pigs and dogs). Since 1970, more than 2000 ''galapaguitos'' have returned to the native areas. Moreover, admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and variety Darwin Finches and other land birds. In addition, the Darwin Station works in providing environmental education to communities, schools within the Islands and tourists who are visiting the Galapagos Islands. If there is enough time, you can visit the town and shop for souvenirs.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: flat
Duration: 1h30 walk

Day 2: Monday - Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz): Dry landing. We walk by a brackish lagoon where feeding flamingoes can be occasionally found. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation up to Dragon Hill, an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchorage and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin's finches, Yellow Warblers, and Galapagos Doves.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2 hours walk
PM - Bartolome
Dry or wet landing. We discover a fascinating moonscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones -lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones -as we hike to the summit for impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. We also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and blue-footed boobies. Beach time is a great opportunity to snorkel and see (perhaps swim with) Galapagos Penguins, sea turtles and White-tipped Reef Sharks among a great variety of colorful fish. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best of snorkeling experiences; the water here is generally clear, without too much surf and full of marine life. Due to its geographical location, the lack of vegetation is immediately noticeable. Pioneer plants are observed, so called because they are the first to establish roots on new ground. They include Tiquilia nesiotica (which is endemic to the island) and Chamaesyce (known as sand mat or spurge in English), lava cactus, and Scalesia bushes. Behind the beach, we have dunes covered by mangroves.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: trail made of steps (372 steps)
Duration: 1h30 walk / 1-hour snorkeling

Day 3: Tuesday - Rabida: Wet landing. Dark-red sand covers these unique beaches with the incredible landscape; Rabida is considered the epicenter of the Galapagos Islands due to the diversity of its volcanic geology. Nesting Brown Pelicans are found from July through September and nine species of the famous Darwin's finches can be seen. We will also take a dinghy ride along cliffs to observe nesting seabirds, and snorkel off the coast, where marine life is particularly active.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling / 1 hour dinghy ride
PM - Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz)
Wet landing on the north side of Santa Cruz; behind the beach lie two small flamingo ponds with iguanas, coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as interesting native and endemic vegetation, red and black mangroves, salt bushes, and much more. This beach is one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles* in the Galapagos. A female can lay eggs 3 or 4 times with an average of 70 eggs each, but then spend 3 or 5 years without breeding. At this paradisiacal site, we will also find the remains of barges that sank long ago, once the property of the United States Navy when they operated an airbase on Baltra Island during World War II. That is why the beach is called ''Bachas'' because the word ''barges'' in English was hard to pronounce for the local people.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Duration: 1 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling/swimming

Day 4 Wednesday - Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz): On the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, accessible only by sea where four species of mangrove crowd from the shore out into the lagoon, turtle enjoy swimming in the calm waters, peaking their heads above the surface while fish, rays and small sharks circle below. White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat, sea birds, including pelicans, herons and egrets, all feed in the cove. This cove has been declared as a ''Turtle Sanctuary''.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: dinghy ride
Duration: 1h00

After the visit, passengers will be transferred to Baltra airport for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

CRUISE C 4 days / 3 nights

Day 1: Sunday - Baltra airport: Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2 and a half hours flight). Passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/Y Coral I.
PM - Fausto Llerena Breeding Center - Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz Island)
Dry landing. We visit the Station where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place as part of our efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment and where the famous Lonesome George (the last surviving specimen of his species) lived for decades. The program is conducted by GNP staff with the collaboration of scientists from the CDRS. Eggs are brought from the Galapagos Islands of Pinzon, Santiago and Santa Cruz to the station. The eggs are incubated artificially; the ''galapaguitos'' (little Galapagos) are born and reared until the age of 5 years; they are released in their native areas when they are capable of surviving the effects of introduced predators (rats, pigs and dogs). Since 1970, more than 2000 ''galapaguitos'' have returned to the native areas. Moreover, admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and variety Darwin Finches and other land birds. In addition, the Darwin Station works in providing environmental education to communities, schools within the Islands and tourists who are visiting the Galapagos Islands. If there is enough time, you can visit the town and shop for souvenirs.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: flat
Duration: 1h30 walk

Day 2: Monday - Mosquera Islet: Wet Landing, Mosquera Islet is located between North Seymour and Baltra Island. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of Sea Lions. It is also an excellent site to observe shorebirds such as Herons and Lava Gulls. There is no trail on Mosquera Island, so any visitor can enjoy the open area. Most of the islet is covered with sand and barren lava rock. Very little Sesuviumportulacastrum grows on the sand.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Duration: 1h30 walk and snorkeling
PM - North Seymour Island
Dry landing. Off the Baltra Island (where one of the airports is located) and not far from Santa Cruz, we find North Seymour. This island was formed by a series of underwater volcanic lava which was deposited in layers on the ocean floor. An approximately two hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of Blue-footed boobies, Magnificent and Great frigate birds, and Swallow-tailed gulls for an in depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles. You will also encounter Sea Lions, Land Iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across a Galapagos Snake.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky ground
Duration: 2 hours walk, 30- minute snorkeling

Day 3: Tuesday - Santa Fe Island: Wet landing on a white sand beach surrounded by a Sea Lion colony; we continue walking through an endemic cactus forest as we search for the endemic Santa Fe land iguana (the largest in the islands), and the distinctively paler. This island is home to a number of endemic species including Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos Snake, rice rats, a variety of finches and one of the four mockingbird species of the Galapagos. Deep-water snorkeling.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2 1h30 walk / 1 hour deep-water snorkeling
PM - South Plaza (Plaza Island)
There are two Plaza Islands located east of Santa Cruz Island, though visitors only land on the South Plaza. This is a dry landing on the Northern part of the Islet. The walk begins with an impressive cactus forest surrounded by the colorful yellow and red Land Iguanas and Marine Iguanas; as we reach its highest point, be on the lookout for Tropicbirds, it is also home to one of the largest Sea Lion colonies. In South Plaza, there is a large colony of the smaller sized Land Iguanas. The population is approximately 300 individuals. They feed on all kinds of vegetation, but during the dry season, they survive on fruits and flowers of the Opuntia cacti. We will encounter the one and only Galapagos Hybrid Iguana. Stumble upon a bright red landscape which is a characteristic of the Island during the dry season (June - January) when the succulent plant Sesuviumedmonstonei turns red (it is regularly greenish to yellowish). The Portulacaoleracea is also common in South Plaza; it is the favorite source of food of the land iguanas.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2 hours walk

Day 4: Wednesday - Interpretation Center and Tijeretas (San Cristobal Island): Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos Islands. Passengers visit the Interpretation Center, which is one of the components of the project ''Plan of Interpretation and Environmental Education for the Galapagos Islands'', which is an excellent place to learn about natural history in the Islands. The Museum of Natural History displays information on the volcanic origins of the islands, their remoteness from the continent, ocean currents, climate, the arrival of the different species and their colonization, among other points of interest. The human history is also showcased, chronologically narrating the most significant events related to the discovery and colonization of the islands. A high-intensity hike might be taken to visit Tijeretas Hill to admire beautiful landscapes ending with a magnificent view of a nearby large Frigate bird colony. If there is enough time, we'll go to the island's town for some shopping.
Difficulty level: easy-intermediate
Type of terrain: flat
Duration: 1 hour visit plus 1 hour to Tijeretas
PM - San Cristobal Airport (San Cristobal Island)
After the visit, you will go straight to the airport for your returning flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

Please note:

Your itinerary is subject to change in the event of weather conditions, seasonal changes, and safety concerns, rerouting of the ship or Galapagos National Park policies.

Day 3
Arrive to Galapagos Islands
Overnight in Galapagos Islands    27 hotels offered
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Overnight in Galapagos Islands    27 hotels offered
Day 5
Overnight in Galapagos Islands    27 hotels offered
Day 6
Departing from Galapagos Islands
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Quito
Day 6
Arrive to Quito
Overnight in Quito    32 hotels offered
Optional   17 Things to do
Day 7
Zpend-Private Car Hotel to Airport in Quito
Departing from Quito

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Ecuador and Galapagos

The smallest country in the rugged Andean highlands, Ecuador is among the most rewarding travel destinations in South America. With its array of vibrant indigenous cultures, well preserved colonial architecture, picturesque volcanic landscapes and the dense Amazon Rain Forest, it packs its perimeters with more points of interest than many countries twice its size. All of this no more than a day drive from its picture perfect colonial capital of Quito.

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Quito
The Capital City of Ecuador - Quito has wonderful spring-like climate. It is in a valley flanked by majestic mountains and on a clear day, several snow-capped volcanoes are visible from the capital. Is rich in history and much of the old colonial town is well preserved, the buildings are unchanged and to walk down colonial Quito's streets late at night is to step into bygone eras. Quito nestles a rich treasury of religious and decorative architecture and arts.
Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos are located six hundred miles west of the Ecuadorian coastline. Its wonders span from the most varied and incredible geological formations: lava flows, blowholes, spatter cones, lava tunnels, to beaches of olive, black, or white sand and the most diverse species of animal and plant life. The most surprising sight for visitors however, is perhaps the varied species of animals, which inspired Charles Darwin on his visit in 1835.
Quito
The Capital City of Ecuador - Quito has wonderful spring-like climate. It is in a valley flanked by majestic mountains and on a clear day, several snow-capped volcanoes are visible from the capital. Is rich in history and much of the old colonial town is well preserved, the buildings are unchanged and to walk down colonial Quito's streets late at night is to step into bygone eras. Quito nestles a rich treasury of religious and decorative architecture and arts.
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