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Quito and West Galapagos (MV Galapagos Legend - 4 nights Cruise)
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This 7 night sample itinerary includes:
  Flight into and out of Quito
  2 nights in Quito
  Flight Quito to Galapagos
  4-night cruise through Galapagos Islands aboard MV Galapagos Legend with all meals and activities throughout the cruise. Visiting Mosquera Islet, Santiago Island, Isabela Island, Fernandina Island, and Santa Cruz Island
  Bilingual National Park Guide
  Flight Galapagos to Quito
  1 night in Quito
  Package departure day: Saturday
  
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Ecuador visitors favorite! Enjoy history, colonial sites and cultural heritage in Quito, the country's capital and gateway for an unforgettable 3-night Galapagos Cruise on-board the M/V Galapagos Legend designed specifically for cruising the Galapagos Islands, it offers all the amenities of a larger cruise liner yet still has the intimate feel of family-style cruising. This fantastic cruise will take you to many islands where you will the opportunity to dive among its reefs and underwater caves, swim with sea lions, float with a penguin, stand next to a blue-footed booby, watch the famous Galapagos giant tortoises and try to dodge the land iguanas scurrying over the lava! Finish this journey with a night in Quito before heading back home.

Saturday departures from anywhere in the USA or Canada. Tours and meals aboard your cruise are included. Book your Vacation in Ecuador now! This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
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The Capital City of Ecuador, Quito is nestled in a long, narrow valley in the Ecuadorian Andes boasting a spectacular natural setting. The fantastic city offers an impressive selection of museums, stunning churches and picturesque plazas with a blend of colonial charm and modern architectural treasures. Explore the crown jewel of the city `Old Town` with its vibrant streets lined with restaurants and bars boasting delicious cuisine and a fantastic nightlife.


Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Plaza de la Independencia, La Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, Cathedral of Quito, Museo de la Ciudad, La Ronda, El Panecillo, Teleferiquo, Guayasamin Museum and much more.
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departing from Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands 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, beaches, and the most diverse species of vegetation. The most popular sights for visitors, however, are perhaps the varied species of wildlife who live here, which inspired and intrigued Charles Darwin on his visit in 1835.


Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Santa Cruz Island, Santiago Island, Pinzon Island, Baltra Island, Isabela Island, San Cristobal Island, Fernandina Island, Floreana Island, Española Island, Marchena Island, Pinta Island, and so much more!
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The Capital City of Ecuador, Quito is nestled in a long, narrow valley in the Ecuadorian Andes boasting a spectacular natural setting. The fantastic city offers an impressive selection of museums, stunning churches and picturesque plazas with a blend of colonial charm and modern architectural treasures. Explore the crown jewel of the city `Old Town` with its vibrant streets lined with restaurants and bars boasting delicious cuisine and a fantastic nightlife.


Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Plaza de la Independencia, La Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, Cathedral of Quito, Museo de la Ciudad, La Ronda, El Panecillo, Teleferiquo, Guayasamin Museum and much more.
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Quito
Day 1
Arrive to Quito
Overnight in Quito   17 hotels offered
Optional  196 Things to do
Day 2
Overnight in Quito   17 hotels offered
Optional  196 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).
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_4 nights - MV Galapagos Legend Cruise - West Islands.
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4 nts - MV Galapagos Legend Cruise - Departs Thu

MV Galapagos Legend Cruise - 4 nights - West Islands 

Aboard the M/V Galapagos Legend you'll discover a volcanic island paradise situated directly on the equator 500 miles west of the Ecuadorian coast. Enjoy up-close interaction with indigenous wildlife, marine animals, flora and fauna with a focus on natural history throughout the Galapagos Legend boat trip. Enjoy interiors with marine details and original pieces of art that talk about the nature of the Islands, bathe under the sun at the sky deck by the pool; enjoy an exotic cocktail from the Fisherman's Bar; spot dolphins and whales as they smoothly navigate the rich Galapagos water from the observation decks and take pleasure in romantic meal under the sun or the moon and the stars.

 Day 1

 AM – Baltra Airport

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island (2 1/2 hours flight). Arriving in Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our natural guides and taken (ten-minute bus drive) to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.

 PM – Mosquera Islet

Wet Landing. This tiny, low lying islet, covered in coral sand, is set between North and South Seymour Islands. It is home to a group of sea lions that come to laze on the soft white sand. It is a good spot to observe shorebirds as well as herons, lava gulls and boobies. Snorkeling or diving here one can often see sharks, rays and barracudas.

Difficulty level: easy

 Type of terrain: sandy

 Duration: 1 1/2-hour walk and snorkeling.

 Day 2

 AM - Egas Port (Santiago Island)

Wet landing. The black volcanic sand sets this landing apart from most. It is best known for the dramatic shoreline where we meet a host of species that chose to live between land and sea. Particular among these are the endemic Galapagos fur seals which maintain a small colony at the end of our walk. Other species of note include American oyster catchers, sea lions, waders, herons, lava lizards and even Galapagos hawks. An optional visit takes us to an abandoned salt mine famous in its day for supplying salt to mainland Ecuador.

 Difficulty level: moderate

 Type of terrain: flat and semy - rocky

 Duration: 1 1/2 hour walk and snorkeling

 PM - Rabida Island

Wet landing. Lying at the heart of the archipelago this dramatic island, with its distinctive red-sand beach, is home to sea lions, mockingbirds, finches, endemic Galapagos doves and vermilion flycatchers. A walk takes us through a forest of palo santo and cacti to a beautiful overview of the bay. Snorkeling here can be excellent, often with large schools of black-striped salemas, sea lions and the ubiquitous turtles.

 Difficulty level: easy

 Type of terrain: sandy

 Duration: 1 1/2-hour walk/1-hour snorkeling/1 hour dinghy ride

 Day 3

 AM - Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)

Wet landing. At the far end of a long, level hike we arrive at a strange phenomenon where large blocks of coral lie completely exposed after a dramatic geological uplift in 1954. Located at the western base of Alcedo Volcano we hope to run into a few very impressive land iguanas as well as some of the volcano’s endemic Galapagos giant tortoises during the wet season.

 Difficulty level: moderate

 Type of terrain: flat and rocky

 Duration: 1 1/2-hour walk/1-hour snorkeling.

 PM - Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)

Dry landing. A well-known hideout and deep water anchorage in the days of pirates, Tagus Cove was also one of the few sites visited by Charles Darwin and the HMS Beagle in 1835. A beautiful hike leads us past an overview of Darwin Lake and on to a stunning volcanic landscape revealing Isabela island’s dramatic northern volcanoes. Once back at sea level the perfect activity is to snorkel along a submerged wall with turtles, lots of fish, penguins and potentially flightless cormorants. You might even be tempted by a panga ride or kayak!

 Difficulty level: moderate/demanding

 Type of terrain: steep

 Duration: 2-hour walk/40-minutes panga ride/1-hour deep water snorkeling

 Day 4

 AM - Espinosa Point (Fernandina Island) 

Dry landing. The youngest island of Galapagos and one of the most pristine in the world. Fernandina is simply the “marine iguana capital of the world”. This desolate volcanic backdrop is home to a huge concentration of these enigmatic reptiles. Incongruously, sharing the same shoreline, we can find the diminutive Galapagos penguins. Here we also have the exciting opportunity to snorkel with marine iguanas feeding underwater, penguins, turtles and the bizarre, endemic, flightless cormorants.

 Difficulty level: moderate

 Type of terrain: flat and semy rocky

 Duration: 1 1/2 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling

 PM - Vicente Roca Point (Isabela Island)

Great deep-water snorkeling at one of the richest marine havens on Earth, the Bolivar Channel. Accessible by water, we take a dinghy ride along the coast to observe a great diversity of sea and coastal birds; Nazca and blue-footed boobies, noddies, brown pelicans, penguins, flightless cormorants. The upwelling of cold water currents in this part of the Galapagos gives rise to an abundance of marine life, a perfect place for deep snorkeling.

 Difficulty level: moderate

 Type of terrain: water

 Duration: 1-hour snorkeling/1-hour dinghy ride

 Day 5

 AM - Highlands Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz Island)

Dry landing. In the central highlands of Santa Cruz Island we have our best opportunity to interact at close quarters with totally wild, Galapagos giant tortoises. A short walk among these huge, 600lb reptiles will also offer the chance for more highland species, especially several species of the famed finches.

 Difficulty level: easy

 Type of terrain: flat and muddy

 Duration: 45-minute drive/1 1/2-hour walk

Baltra Island Airport

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

 Your 4 nights 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/V Galapagos Legend

- 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, Transit 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 USD 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.

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   14 hotels offered
Optional  14 Things to do
Day 4
Overnight in Galapagos Islands   14 hotels offered
Optional  14 Things to do
Day 5
Overnight in Galapagos Islands   14 hotels offered
Optional  14 Things to do
Day 6
Overnight in Galapagos Islands   14 hotels offered
Optional  14 Things to do
Day 7
Departing from Galapagos Islands
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
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Quito
Day 7
Arrive to Quito
Overnight in Quito   17 hotels offered
Optional  196 Things to do
Day 8
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 is nestled in a long, narrow valley in the Ecuadorian Andes boasting a spectacular natural setting. The fantastic city offers an impressive selection of museums, stunning churches and picturesque plazas with a blend of colonial charm and modern architectural treasures. Explore the crown jewel of the city `Old Town` with its vibrant streets lined with restaurants and bars boasting delicious cuisine and a fantastic nightlife.


Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Plaza de la Independencia, La Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, Cathedral of Quito, Museo de la Ciudad, La Ronda, El Panecillo, Teleferiquo, Guayasamin Museum and much more.
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Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands 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, beaches, and the most diverse species of vegetation. The most popular sights for visitors, however, are perhaps the varied species of wildlife who live here, which inspired and intrigued Charles Darwin on his visit in 1835.


Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Santa Cruz Island, Santiago Island, Pinzon Island, Baltra Island, Isabela Island, San Cristobal Island, Fernandina Island, Floreana Island, Española Island, Marchena Island, Pinta Island, and so much more!
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Quito
The Capital City of Ecuador, Quito is nestled in a long, narrow valley in the Ecuadorian Andes boasting a spectacular natural setting. The fantastic city offers an impressive selection of museums, stunning churches and picturesque plazas with a blend of colonial charm and modern architectural treasures. Explore the crown jewel of the city `Old Town` with its vibrant streets lined with restaurants and bars boasting delicious cuisine and a fantastic nightlife.


Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Plaza de la Independencia, La Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, Cathedral of Quito, Museo de la Ciudad, La Ronda, El Panecillo, Teleferiquo, Guayasamin Museum and much more.

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