Overview

Flight - 1night
Quito - 2 nights
Riobamba - 1 night
Cuenca - 2 nights
Guayaquil - 1 night
Galapagos - 3 nights
Flight - 1 night

HIGHLIGHTS OF ECUADOR AND THE GALAPAGOS

Riobamba, the Devil's Nose railway and the enchanted Galapagos Islands

This highlights tour has been carefully designed to distil the authentic Jules Verne experience into a concise arrangement, shorter and more affordable.
Ecuador is a fascinatingly diverse country with dramatic topography and a variety of climatic zones, vegetation, bird and wildlife.
Tour highlights include Quito, Antisana Natural Reserve, Avenue of the Volcanoes, Riobamba, the 'Devil's Nose' railway, Cuenca, Guayaquil and the Galapagos Islands.

Key Features

Cultural & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing 
3 UNESCO World Sites
3 Lunches and 5 Dinners
Group Size: 3 - 16

Great way to experience the islands.

Amanda Cruddas
Highlights of Ecuador & the Galapagos

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Day 1 Fly overnight from London Heathrow via Bogotá to Quito (2,850 metres).

Day 2 Transfer to 4-star Wyndham Garden Hotel for two nights.

Day 3 Tour of Quito, the convent of America, explores the Spanish colonial churches and palaces of Quito's well-preserved historic centre. Part walking and part panoramic drive, the tour includes a visit to the Intiñan Museum and the Equator monument. (B)

Day 4 Visit the Antisana Natural Reserve to enjoy the beautiful paramo flowers, rich bird life and perhaps even see the Andean Condor. Continue to Riobamba, crossing the majestic Avenue of the Volcanoes with volcanic peaks like Cotopaxi or Chimborazo. Overnight at the 3-star Hosteria Andaluza. (B, D)

Day 5 Travel to Alausi for the round-trip journey along the legendary 'Devil's Nose' by this spectacular train route. Continue by road to Cuenca, visiting the Inca ruins of Ingapirca, the most important monument of pre-Spanish culture in Ecuador. Spend two nights at the 4-star El Dorado Hotel. (B, D)

Day 6 Cuenca, the centre of art, ceramics and panama hats with its 19th century architecture. The tour includes the Todos los Santos ruins, the flower market, the main square and the cathedral. (B)

Day 7 Travel to Guayaquil (4-5 hrs), via the National Park El Cajas. Walking tour of Guayaquil, taking in the Parque Simón Bolívar with its cathedral, the Governor's Palace and the beautiful Malecón. Overnight at the 4-star Hotel Unipark. (B)

Day 8 Fly to the Galapagos (Santa Cruz). Transfer to the 3-star Hotel Silberstein in Puerto Ayora for three nights. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Centre, stroll among a cactus forest and observe endemic land birds and giant tortoises. (B, L, D)

Days 9 & 10 Includes two full-day island visits to North Seymour, a small flat island surrounded by low cliffs, South Plaza, an uplifted slab of sea floor or Bartolomé, characterised by a high volcanic crater. Enjoy impressive views, spotting sea lions, iguanas, blue-footed boobies, frigate birds and penguins. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Fly overnight via Guayaquil or Quito and Bogotá to London Heathrow. (B)

Day 12 Arrive London Heathrow.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

Island visits (Days 9 & 10) are subject to National Park regulations which can determine that alternative islands may be visited and timings adjusted.

The boat transfers and guides are shared with non Jules Verne passengers.

2019

Fridays
per person in a twin/double room
Avianca from Heathrow

Date Price
April 5 £3495
May 10 £3295
August 16 £3395
September 13 £3495
October 18 £3295
November 15 £3345

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £645

Flight Options

Avianca Business Class from £2145

Extension Options

Extra Nights - Quito
Mercure Alameda (per night) £62
Single supplement £52

Independent Arrival

Save £600 
Arrival transfer £65
Departure transfer with group included

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 9 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, full board in the Galapagos, 2 dinners, Galapagos National Park entrance tax (US$100 plus $20 tourist tax), itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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