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


Explore the great natural phenomenas of Ecuador – the high Andes and the remote Amazon. Observe the remarkable wildlife of the Galapagos Islands by catamaran

The smallest of the Andean countries, Ecuador is uniquely diverse. In a matter of hours one can travel from the Pacific coast to the high slopes of the Andes through a variety of climatic zones, all with their distinctive vegetation, birds and animals.

The relative inaccessibility of the Galapagos Islands, situated some 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, has helped to preserve its eco-system and wildlife. Having experienced hardly any threatening contact with humans, most birds and animals allow themselves to be observed from close. Charles Darwin’s ground breaking visit to the islands in 1835 helped to put the islands on the map. Before Charles Darwin’s study of the wildlife in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador’s main claim to fame was the geographical peculiarity of the Equator, running through its heart. Early 19th-century explorers all reported a land rich in fantastic animals, ice-capped volcanoes and impenetrable Amazonian jungles. Today the islands are home to giant tortoises, birds, penguins, marine and land iguanas, whales, sea lions, turtles and fish.

Key Features

Cruise & Natural Wonders
Wildlife Experiences
Jules Verne Sightseeing
2 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guides
Guaranteed Departure

Special Event

Lunch at Hacienda La Compania

Enjoy a tour of the hacienda and their fair-trade rose plantation followed by lunch.

Day 1 Fly via Madrid to Guayaquil. Transfer to 5-star Hotel Wyndham for overnight.

Day 2 Drive to an hacienda in the coastal area for a chocolate workshop, enjoy making your own chocolate. Travel to Cuenca, the centre of art, ceramics and panama hats with its 19th century architecture for two nights at the 4-star Hotel El Dorado. (B, L)

Day 3 Explore the highland villages surrounding Cuenca. Visit some artisan workshops and learn how Panama hats are made. (B)

Day 4 Tour of Cuenca includes the main square ‘Plaza Mayor’, the flower market and a panama hat factory. Travel to Riobamba via Ecuador’s largest Inca ruins at Ingapirca. Stay overnight in Riobamba at the 3-star Hosteria Andaluza. (B, D)

Day 5 Drive to Baños, on the foothills of the Tungurahua volcano. Venture into the Ecuadorian Amazon for a two night stay at Yacuma Ecolodge. (B, D)

Day 6 Local exploration featuring a canoe ride and a jungle hike. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Travel through the highlands, visit a small cacao plantation and a hummingbird paradise. Continue to the Andean village of Papallacta (3,200 metres) for overnight at the 3-star Hosteria Termas de Papallacta. (B)

Day 8 Drive to Quito (2,850 metres), Visit the Antisana Natural Reserve to enjoy the beautiful paramo flowers, rich bird life and perhaps even see the Andean Condor. Spend three nights at the 4-star Hotel NH Collection Quito Royal. (B)

Day 9 Scenic drive via the Quitsato Sundial monument to Otavalo, at the foot of the inactive Imbabura volcano. Visit to the Indian market followed by a visit to a hacienda and rose plantation. (B, L)

Day 10 Tour of Quito’s well-preserved historic centre explores its Spanish colonial churches and palaces. Enjoy a ride on the cable car to the Cruz Loma lookout on the east side of Pichincha Volcano. (B)

Day 11 Fly to the Galapagos Islands and embark on the MC Seaman Journey for a three-night cruise. Visit North Seymour Island, a nesting site for the magnificent frigate birds. (B, L, D)

Day 12 Sail to Genovesa Island and visit El Barranco in the southern part of the island. Stop at Darwin Bay, home of the red footed-booby, masked boobies and yellow warblers. (B, L, D)

Day 13 Visit Plazas in east Santa Cruz Island, where you can find land iguanas. Call at Sante Fe, home to sea lion colony. (B, L, D)

Day 14 Visit the Jacinto Gordillo Breeding Centre for young tortoises on San Cristobal island. Fly to Guayaquil. Overnight at 5-star Hotel Wyndham. (B)

Day 15 Tour of Guayaquil including Simon Bolivar Park and the gothic-style cathedral, which was re-built after the 1896 fires. Return overnight flight via Madrid. (B, L)

Day 16 Arrive Heathrow.

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

This is a full itinerary with many visits on foot including some uneven surfaces and inclines. 
The Galapagos cruise programme may be altered due to weather conditions and National Park regulation.


Part of your itinerary will be travelling at altitude. We therefore strongly recommend that anyone, regardless of age, should consult their doctor to ensure that they are fully fit and understand the effects of travelling at altitude. This is absolutely essential if you have any pre-existing heart conditions, anaemia or lung problems.


per person in a twin room/cabin
Iberia from Heathrow

Date Price
March 14 £7355
April 25 £7395
July 4 £7745
September 26 £7395

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £2045

Extension Options

Extra nights - Guayaquil
Hotel Wyndham (per night) 85
Single supplement £85

Independent Arrival

Save £750 
Arrival or departure transfer £40

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 14 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 7 lunches and 6 dinners, Galapagos National Park entrance tax (US $100) and tourist tax (US $20), 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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