Galapagos Express

Galapagos Express

Seeing the Galapagos Islands is like touring Mother Nature’s playground. Experience the Galapagos Islands on this magnificent 7-Day guided tour.

Tour Highlights

Embark on a journey to the beginning of time in the Galapagos Archipelago of volcanic islands. Tour the Charles Darwin Research Center to learn about its preservation goals. View the iconic Pinnacle Rock, a towering lava structure on Bartolomé Island. Explore areas with blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, and sea lions.

  • Round trip flights Miami-Guayaquil, Quito-Miami
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Guayaquil-Baltra & Baltra-Quito
  • 6 nights accommodations
  • 1 night Guayaquil
  • 3 nights Galapagos Islands
  • 2 night Quito
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 9 meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Services of English-speaking naturalist guides in the Galapagos
  • Shore excursions
  • Galapagos National Park fee of $100
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card fee of $20

DAY 1 – DEPART FOR ECUADOR

Depart for Ecuador. Arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s sprawling and vivacious port city; transfer to your hotel
Please note flights may arrive in the very early morning of Day 2

Overnight: Guayaquil

DAY 2 – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, BALTRA, CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION

Embark this morning on a journey to the “beginning of time” as you transfer to the airport for the flight to the astonishing Galapagos Archipelago of volcanic islands, five million years in the making. Arrive at Baltra Airport, meet your naturalist guides and transfer by ferry to Santa Cruz. Continue by bus to El Chato Tortoise Reserve and see their natural habitat – a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Tortoises can be seen grazing on the vegetation, wallowing in muddy banks or in the small red ponds. The area is teeming with wildlife – woodpecker finches, mockingbirds, flycatchers, as well as ducks, herons, and gallinules. After a stop for lunch, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Fausto Llerena Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre. Gain insight into the huge efforts being made by scientists, guides, rangers and park managers to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to your hotel for an evening at leisure

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: Galapagos

DAY 3 – NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND

Head by boat to North Seymour Island, which was lifted from the ocean floor by a seismic event. Cliffs that are only a few feet high from the shoreline, where swallow-tailed gulls sit perched on ledges and a tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stand just above the landing. This island is teeming with life! You might have to give the right-of-way to a passing sea lion or a marine iguana. Along the way, perhaps you may see the famous Galapagos blue-footed booby nesting beside the trail or, spot flocks of pelicans in a feeding frenzy. Keep on the lookout for the magnificent frigate bird, with its puffed-up scarlet throat sack, perched in low bushes watching over their chicks. Enjoy a visit to an isolated beach for a refreshing swim or, snorkel along the coast

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: Galapagos

DAY 4 – BARTOLOME ISLAND

Travel by boat to the golden beaches of Bartolomé Island, dominated by the iconic Pinnacle Rock, an impressive towering lava structure that rises from the ocean’s edge. View an astonishing array of wildlife including Galapagos penguins, sea lions, turtles and a huge variety of fish. After snorkeling and swimming, option for a steep hike to the summit of this diminutive island with fantastic panoramic views of the archipelago

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: Galapagos

DAY 5 – FLIGHT TO QUITO

This morning, on your way to Baltra, stop at Los Gemelos (twin sinkholes) to view the great depressions of volcanic material formed by a long process of the sinking ground, and the exceptional view of Scalesia trees, ferns, mosses and orchids. Then, proceed to the airport for your flight to Quito. Afternoon arrival in this city considered to be the economic capital of Ecuador. Transfer to the hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Quito

DAY 6 – FULL DAY IN QUITO

Enjoy the day at leisure or join an optional Full Day Quito City Tour & Middle of the World with Lunch. Walk along the narrow cobblestone streets and feel the charm of 16th-century Quito. See the Independence Plaza, the Cathedral, Presidential Palace, and the Archbishop’s Palace before visiting La Compañia de Jesus Church, with its beautiful gilded interior or the Church and Monastery of San Francisco, one of the great religious buildings of the New World with its impressive facade and atrium. Afterward, visit the Middle of the World Monument, located at a latitude of 0º, and stand with one foot in the Northern and one in the Southern Hemisphere. Spend your last evening in Ecuador on your own, perhaps dining at one of the city’s world-class restaurants and cafes.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Quito
Optional: Full Day Quito City Tour & Middle of the World with Lunch

DAY 7 – DEPART ECUADOR

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight*
*Some flights depart in the very early morning of Day 7 and will require a transfer on Day 6. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time

Meals: Breakfast

Inclusions

  • All hotels
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • 3 Lunches
  • Vacation departures, itineraries, and prices are subject to change
  • Shore Excursions
  • Roundtrip Miami flights to Ecuador

Not included:

  • Tips to your Tour or Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides
  • Travel Protection; and all other items of a personal nature
  • In an effort to reduce waste, some Galapagos hotels will not provide complimentary bottled water in rooms. However, some hotels may have a centralized water dispenser for use by guests who choose to bring a refillable water bottle on their trip
  • Optional Tours
    • Full Day Quito City Tour & Middle of the World with Lunch $59 per person

Contact us to customize your tour with flights from other gateways, extra days, and airport transfers.

DEPARTURE DATEPRICE
Sat, Jul 02$2169
Wed, Jul 06$2259
Sat, Jul 9 (limited availability)$2359
Sat, Jul 16$2659
Sat, Jul 30 (limited availability)$2599
Wed, Aug 03$2089
Sat, Aug 06$2189
Wed, Aug 10$2089
Sat, Aug 13 (limited availability)$2379
Sat, Aug 20$2279
Wed, Aug 24$1989
Sat, Aug 27$2329
Wed, Aug 31$1989
Sat, Sep 10 (limited availability)$2139
Sat, Sep 17$2329
Sat, Sep 24$2379
Sat, Oct 08$1939
Wed, Oct 12 (Sold Out)$1939
Sat, Oct 15$1939
Wed, Oct 19$1939
Sat, Oct 22$1939
Wed, Oct 26$1939
Wed, Nov 02$2039
Sat, Nov 05 (limited availability)$2089
Sat, Nov 12 (Sold Out)$2279
Sat, Nov 19$2139
Wed, Nov 23$1939
Sat, Nov 26$2039
Wed, Nov 30$1939
Sat, Dec 03$1939
Wed, Dec 07$1939
Sat, Dec 10$1939
Wed, Dec 14$2169
Sat, Dec 17$2169
Wed, Dec 21$2219
Sat, Dec 24$2219
Wed, Dec 28 (Sold Out)$2119

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