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01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

An exciting expedition voyage exploring some of South America's most intriguing archaeological sites, uncovering pristine beaches in Costa Rica, transiting the Panama Canal and discovering the Galapagos Islands; one of the most remarkable places on Earth. Includes pre and post-cruise overnight hotel stays in Quito, Santa Cruz Island and San José, with two days exploring the Galapagos Islands

Expedition Holiday
  • Blue footed Boobies, Galapagos Islands
  • Guayaquil Government
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Quito
  • San Jose Mountains
  • Toucan, Costa Rica Rainforest

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Relax on the pristine beaches of Coast Rica and explore Bocas del Toro, one of the most biologically diverse places on earth. Experience the thrill of transiting Panama Canal and admire the magnificent birdlife in Ecuador’s Isla de la Plata.

Discover the ancient Chimu kingdom in Trujillo; an impressive piece of architecture with a fascinating history and explore the equally spectacular Quito in Ecuador; the world's very first UNESCO Heritage site. Head to the Galapagos Islands, home to Darwin’s theory of evolution and one of the most remarkable places on Earth.

Spot the finches, witness the famous Galapagos land tortoises in their natural habitat, hike through the incredible lava tunnels and enjoy an insightful trip to the Charles Darwin Research Station. Spend two days touring of the uninhabited islands before this wonderful voyage comes to an end.

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Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

Day 1 - San José (Costa Rica)

Arrive in San José, the vibrant Costa Rican city centre. Spend the day exploring this Central American metropolis before staying overnight in a hotel.

Day 2 - Puerto Limón

After breakfast, head to the Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast and trek through the tropical rainforest. Next, enjoy a boat ride along Tortuguero canal before transferring to your ship Fram.

Day 3 - Bocas del Toro

Cruise along the Caribbean coast of Panama to Bocas del Toro; one of Panama's most visited eco-tourism destinations. Bocos del Toro is known as the 'Galapagos of the Caribbean' and is one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet housing Panama's first National Marine Park. Perhaps take the opportunity to get a taste of life in a Ngabe village and learn about organic cacao on a chocolate tour. Or take a boat tour to the picturesque islands of Cayo Zapatilla and Cayo Coral to snorkel in the crystal clear waters and relax on the white sand beaches.

Day 4 - Panama Canal

Today, leave the Caribbean and enter Panama Canal. Experience the thrill of canal transit and the intricacy of the locks system firsthand, as Fram is lifted more than 26 metres (85ft) above sea level, from one body of water to the next.

Day 5 - Puerto Pina

Arrive midday in the small coastal community of Puerto Piña which sits next to Bahía Piña, a narrow bay between two promontories that are frequented by humpback whales and bottlenose dolphins. Numerous fishing world records have been broken in Bahía Piña and the bay boasts an abundance of diverse marine life including sharks, dolphins, rays and humpback whales. Spend the day hiking along the jungle trails, kayaking or relaxing on the tranquil beach.

Day 6 - At Sea

Make the most of the Expedition team's insightful lecture programme during this day at sea.

Day 7 - Isla de la Plata

This afternoon, arrive at Isla de la Plata, part of Machalilla National Park, Ecuador’s only coastal national park. Isla de la Plata boasts an abundance of marine birdlife including blue-footed boobies, nesting waved albatrosses and frigate birds. Perhaps join a spectacular guided nature hike which visits one of the highest points on the island for stunning views and great opportunities to spot wildlife. Alternatively, spend the day swimming and snorkelling amongst the magnificent coral reef.

Day 8 - At Sea

Make the most of the Expedition team's insightful lecture programme during this day at sea.

Day 9 - Salaverry (Peru)

The small port of Salaverry leads the way to Trujillo and its real highlight is the ancient Chimu kingdom (700-1400 A.D.), which built its capital by the banks of the Moche River. The ancient city of Chan Chan ("Sun Sun"), in Trujillo, covers an area of 20 square km and was constructed with clay, mud, pebbles, straw and cane. Explore the ancient excavated city of Chan Chan on an optional guided tour or discover the highlights of Trujillo and the remarkable Sun and Moon temples during an optional city tour.

Day 10 - At Sea

Make the most of the Expedition team's insightful lecture programme during this day at sea.

Day 11 - Callao (Peru) - Quito (Ecuador)

Arrive at Callao in Peru and transfer to Lima airport for your flight to Quito for a 2-night hotel stay. Once in Quito, spend the day at leisure exploring the vibrant city which is the second highest capital city in the world, nestled at the foot of the Volcano Pichincha. Uncover the remarkable history of Quito which prompted UNESCO to declare it the first of its World Heritage sites in 1978! After being settled by the Quitu tribe in the first millennium, Quito was eventually integrated into the Inca Empire before being destroyed and re-established in 1534 by Spanish conquistador, Sebastian de Benalcázar. In the evening, enjoy a special welcome dinner at a local restaurant to kick off the visit to Ecuador.

Day 12 - Quito

This morning, drive North to the Equator and enjoy a visit to the Inti Ñan Museum before ascending the Teleférico for spectacular views of the city. Return to the city centre for a delicious lunch in the lovely charming quarter and spend the afternoon exploring Quito's historical landmarks.

Day 13 - Quito - Baltra Island (Galapagos Islands) - Santa Cruz Island

This morning, fly from Quito Airport to Baltra Island. Upon arrival at Baltra´s airport, meet the local representative and board a bus for the short transfer to Itabaca Channel, which separates Baltra Island from Santa Cruz Island. Here, board a small ferry that crosses the azure waters of the channel to Santa Cruz, a journey that takes about five minutes. On the other side, we travel through a rural agricultural area surrounded by wild landscapes and many different species of flora and fauna. Be on the lookout for Finches which are famous for being the basis of Darwin's theory of evolution. Admire the famous Galapagos land tortoises in their natural environment before joining a spectacular half hour hike through one of the fascinating Lava Tunnels formed by lava from the volcanoes. After settling into your Puerto Ayora hotel for a 3-night stay, walk to the nearby Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about the history and development of the Galapagos Islands and observe the giant land tortoises. Spend the afternoon at leisure.

Day 14 - 15 - Galapagos Islands

Spend two full days touring two of the nearby uninhabited islands by boat. Please note only one island will be visited per day, these may include Bartolomé Island, famous for Pinnacle Rock and Galápagos penguins; or South Plaza Island, home to a colony of land iguanas; or Santa Fe Island, known for having the islands´ most sea beautiful coves; or North Seymour Island, considered a microcosm of the entire archipelago. The visits are regulated by the Galápagos National Park and we are notified of permission 30 days prior to the visit.

Day 16 - Baltra Island - Guayaquil (Ecuador)

After breakfast, transfer to Baltra Airport, stopping en route at “The Twins” or “Los Gemelos” - two impressive volcanic depressions in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Fly from Baltra Island to Guayaquil where you will start your journey home.

The Captain reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary, dependent on weather conditions.

Price Includes

  • 9-night voyage in cabin grade of your choice
  • Pre-cruise overnight hotel stay in San José
  • 2-night post-cruise hotel stay in Quito
  • 3-night post-cruise hotel stay in Santa Cruz Island (Galápagos)
  • Flight from Lima to Quito and Quito to Baltra
  • Flight from Baltra to Guayaquil
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking expedition team giving lectures onboard
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on board
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee
  • Professional English-speaking expedition team giving lectures onboard

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuities
Map for Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands