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Welcome to your

Quito and 4 night / 5 day Galapagos Cruise on the Odyssey Yacht

Experience
Here's where you're going:
Quito, Ecuador
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Here's what you'll get:

All Transportation*

(*Flights Priced Separately - see below)
Superb guiding & support each step of the way from experts like
Carolina Larrea Angermeyer

We'll make all of the arrangements exclusively for you and your traveling companions (this is a private departure). You'll also have the chance to combine this itinerary with other destinations you may be interested in.

Customize this Itinerary below to your desired start date and travel style to begin your booking request!

Pricing

Quantity23 - 45 - 67 - 10
Price Per Person$4,415.00$4,365.00$4,345.00$4,315.00
Pricing is based on double or triple occupancy in hotels and double or single occupancy on cruise (a sgl supplement may apply, see below)
For pricing on traveler quantities not shown above, please contact us.
This itinerary (or a portion of it) is All-Inclusive. Included are the following:
  • All-Inclusive Cruise on the vessel shown (Accommodations, Excursions, Transportation and Meals)
  • All Pre and/or Post Cruise Accommodations, Excursions and Transportation as shown in the itinerary below
  • Local Round Trip Airfare-Mainland/Galapagos ($500 per adult)
  • Galapagos Park Fee and INGALA Tourist Card ($120 per adult)
  • Use of Snorkeling Gear
  • All Beverages, excluding alcohol
  • The All-Inclusive portion of this itinerary does not include:
  • Wetsuit Rental
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Day by Day Itinerary Details
    Hotel Category / Style: 4-Star Superior 
    Cruise Cabin Selection: Odyssey - Standard Cabin
    Trip ID:
    ECU: UIO [4 SUP] ODYDDEY_4n5d_Std
    Day 1
    Itinerary Begins in Quito
    You've arrived - Welcome!
    • Upon arrival to the airport in Quito (airport code UIO) you will be greeted by your private guide and/or driver holding a sign with your name on it.
    • If you will already be in town today (either by way of another Trip Harvest itinerary which ends in Quito or on your own), we can of course meet you there as well to begin this itinerary.
    Transfer to Hotel, with Guide
    Private - Driver and Guide / Driver-Guide
    • Private transfer (car or van, depending on your party's size) to your selected hotel.
    • Driver and English-speaking guide or Driver-Guide (guide drives the vehicle; this depends on the location and traveler quantity).
    • Your guide will provide you with additional information regarding your trip and will assist you with getting settled-in at your hotel on arrival.
    • Modern, safe, air-conditioned vehicle and complementary bottled water for each passenger.
     for 2 nights
    Day 2
    Colonial Quito Walking Tour
    Explore the city's main sights and historic architecture - on foot with your private guide.
    • You'll be met at your hotel by your private guide and will have a unique and tour of the city, walking the historic Old Town.
    • Walk through the streets and plazas of historic Old Town with its colonial buildings, cobblestone streets and cathedrals.
    • Visit the Gothic Basilica Church and its impressive architecture.
    • Visit the unique Manuela Saenz museum, the former home of a mistress of Simon Bolivar, the museum houses many artifacs from the lives of these two figures.  
    • Later return to your hotel and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure.
    • This is a half day tour lasting around 4 hours.
    Day 3
    Transfer to Airport
    Private - Driver Only
    • Transfer to the airport with a private vehicle and driver (Spanish-speaking, generally with a basic understanding of English).
    • Domestic travel generally requires arriving 2 hours prior to departure and 3 hours for international.  Your transfer will be scheduled accordingly.
    Fly Quito (UIO) to Galapagos Baltra (GPS) via Guayaquil
    Domestic Air Travel - 3h 30m approx. including stopover
    • Fly from Quito (UIO) to Baltra in the Galapagos (GPS).
    • NOTE: The flights to the Galapagos for cruise itineraries must meet certain arrival/departure time parameters and are generally booked through the cruise operator.  We take care of this for you. Please do not purchase Galapagos flights before consulting with us.
    Begin Cruise Itinerary (Sunday) - Galapagos Odyssey - 4 night / 5 day Itinerary B (Northern Islands)
    This Fantastic Central and Northern Galapagos Itinerary Begins Today in Baltra and Dragon Hill

    AM: Arrive to the Baltra Airport

    • After arriving at Baltra airport you will be greeted by a representative of the Galapagos Odyssey and will begin activities included with your cruise.

    PM: Santa Cruz, Dragon Hill - dry landing. Activities: hiking, panga ride

    • Land iguanas and the flamingo lagoons are two of the highlights of this site.
    • Feral dogs once nearly eliminated the iguanas, but the Galapagos National Park removed them in 1990, and the reptiles seem to be making a comeback.
    • The trail (3km/2 miles round trip) leads through dry-zone vegetation to a small hill where the iguanas live.
    • The area is home to Galapagos mockingbirds, Darwin´s finches, varieties of the endemic Opuntia and candelabra cacti, and Galapagos cotton.
    • The small offshore island of Venecia is not open for landing, but land iguanas are easy to spot during the panga ride along its shore.
    • These were protected as a breeding nucleus when the feral dogs threatened the main population at Dragon Hill.
    • Green turtles, sharks, and rays may be spotted on the panga ride, while black-necked stilts, white-cheeked pintails, and migratory shorebirds are usually present on the shoreline.
     for 4 nights
    Day 4
    Cruise Second Day (Monday) - Galapagos Odyssey - 4 night / 5 day Itinerary B (Northern Islands)
    Further exploration of the Central Galapagos with Rabida and Chinese Hat Islands

    AM: Rabida - wet landing. Activities: Walking / Hiking, Snorkeling

    • A strikingly beautiful red landscape, produced by high iron content and quick oxidation, gives this island the nickname “mars on earth".
    • After disembarking on a red sand beach where it is possible to see the millennia-old lava fields, a trail surrounded by Palo Santo trees (Holy Stick) and the endemic species of prickly pear cactus of the island leads to cliffs used by blue-footed boobies to perch while resting between dives.
    • Rabida is also a great place for observing the different bird species of the archipelago, as it usual to find some of the rarest avian species of the Galapagos, including nine varieties of finches, Galapagos hawks, brown pelicans and large-billed flycatchers.
    • Rabida is also home to pelicans, marine iguanas, and the ever-present sea lions. The visit to this island ends with some snorkeling on the shores, where, with a little bit of luck, is possible to encounter Galapagos penguins.

    PM: Chinese Hat - wet landing. Activities: Walking / Hiking

    • This small islet off the southeast coast of Santiago Island is a moderately recent volcanic cone that gets its name from its shape, that resembles a Chinese hat.
    • Consisting of lava tubes and pillow-type lava formations, indicating that the flows were formed under the sea and rose upwards, this island is a great way to understand and experience different geological features firsthand.
    • The islet’s 400-meter trail begins at a small white-sandy beach where sea lions and oystercatchers dwell, passing through the lava fields where is possible to appreciate the lava formations very close.
     
    Day 5
    Cruise Third Day (Tuesday) - Galapagos Odyssey - 4 night / 5 day Itinerary B (Northern Islands)
    After a night of sailing, you awake this morning in the remote Northern Galapagos and Genovesa!

    AM: Genovesa, El Barranco – dry landing. Activities: hiking, panga ride

    • Also known as Prince Philip´s Steps since the Duke of Edinburgh visited this island in 1964, this gully formed of lava rocks leads up some 25 m (82 feet) to an extensive flat dried lava field. It is an easy climb with a wooden handrail to assist us on our way up.
    • This part of the island is populated by red-footed boobies and frigatebirds, which prefer the trees, and Nazca boobies which simply nest on the ground. There are also small marine iguanas here. However, no land iguanas are present, as the ocean currents would not have taken them in the direction of Genovesa.
    • The trail continues through a Palo Santo (holy stick) and croton forest over large fields of lava to the southeast, where the trees give way to the famous Brachycereus, also known as lava cactus, and where thousands of Galapagos storm petrels are usually seen whirling in the skies.
    • Here we can also find a different species, the Madeiran storm petrel, sharing the space with the other petrels.
    • This site is also the best place in Galapagos to observe the endemic short-eared owl since they prey on the petrels.
    • A panga ride along the cliffs will offer good chances of seeing the rather elusive Galapagos fur seals among the rocks, as well as views of red-billed tropicbirds in flight.

    PM: Genovesa, Darwin Bay – wet landing. Activities: hiking, snorkeling.

    • After landing at a small sand and coral beach, it easy to realize why this island is known as “a bird paradise.”
    • Among the bird species found here, the most common are swallow-tailed and lava gulls, mockingbirds, yellow-crowned night herons, lava herons,
    • Galapagos doves and yellow warblers, which add a dash of color with their bright yellow feathers.
    • The salt bushes of the island are dominated by great frigatebirds and red-footed boobies that breed in abundance on this island. Looking carefully, you might spot unusual red-footed boobies that have white feathers instead of their normal brown plumage.
    • From the beach a trail leads past tide pools and lava ridges to a high point overlooking the bay, offering one of the most rewarding views in Galapagos.
    • Darwin bay is also the only place in the islands to observe the sharp-beaked ground finch.
    Day 6
    Cruise Fourth Day (Wednesday) - Galapagos Odyssey - 4 night / 5 day Itinerary B (Northern Islands)
    Back in the Central Galapagos, today inclueds a visit to iconic Bartolome and Santiago

    AM: Bartolome – wet landing. Activities: hiking, snorkeling

    • This young and rather barren island offers steep, dramatic volcanic landscapes which are frequently photographed by its visitors.
    • Upon arrival, the first impression is the moonlike terrain of spatter, tuff cones and small lava tubes, where the only visible flora consists of pioneer species such as the Tiquilia and Chamaesyce.
    • We will then climb up a wooden stairway that leads to the summit of the island; here, you will be able to enjoy the most famous landscape of the Galapagos.
    • The view is formed by two beaches separated by a narrow band of mangroves, as well as Pinnacle Rock, a distinctive rock shaped by the practice bombings of American pilots during World War II.
    • Snorkeling off the northern beach is extremely rewarding, as it is usual to see penguins near Pinnacle Rock.
    • At the southern beach, where swimming is not allowed, it is easy to find reef sharks and rays, and green turtles that tend to nest here from January to March.

    PM: Santiago - Sullivan Bay – wet landing. Activities: panga ride, snorkeling from the panga

    • This fascinating volcanic site was named after Bartholomew James Sullivan, the first lieutenant on HMS Beagle, the ship that brought Charles Darwin to the Galapagos.
    • This unique landscape is composed of a pair of eroded scoria lava cones which were engulfed by a recent (in geological terms) pahoehoe lava flow and which is considered one of the finest in the world.
    • There are easy to spot tuff cones, miniature spatter cones, and the imprints of tree branches in the once molten rock all over the island.
    • Though the lava flow is over 170 years old, it looks much more recent because of its isolation on the island, that has greatly helped to its preservation.
    • Pioneer plants such as Brachycereus cactus and the endemic herb Mollugo are starting to colonize the dark grey rocks and lava, preparing the way for other plant species.
    Day 7
    Cruise Fifth Day (Thursday) - Galapagos Odyssey - 4 night / 5 day Itinerary B (Northern Islands)
    Your final day in the Galapagos includes a visit to the Highlands of Santa Cruz

    AM: Santa Cruz, Highlands – dry landing. Activities: walking / hiking

    • The Highlands of Santa Cruz island are probably the most visited area in the Galapagos due to their easy access and because this visit is included in virtually every Galapagos itinerary.
    • This area is shared between some private properties and the Galapagos National park, and it concentrates vast extensions of Escalesia and Miconia forests.
    • The giant Tortoises of Santa Cruz Island are on a constant migration from the fertile highlands to the drier seashores, making this the area that offers the best chance in the archipelago to observe this iconic animal in their natural habitat.
    • Besides the imposing vegetation and the tortoises, the Highlands are a great spot to watch other bird species, as the vermillion flycatcher and the short ear owl.
    • After the visit you'll be taken to the Baltra Airport for your flight back to the mainland.
    Fly Galapagos Baltra (GPS) back to the Mainland (GYE/UIO)
    Domestic Air Travel - 2h to GYE, 3h 30m to UIO
    • Today you'll fly back to mainland Ecuador (flights stop in Guayaquil and then continue on to Quito) where you can continue your trip or fly home.
    Itinerary Ends / Travel Home or Add-On
    • This marks the completion of this itinerary.
    • If you aren't heading home today, you may want to add another destination to your trip (suggestions can be found in the "Add On" tab in your shopping cart). 
     

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    The pricing shown above includes all of the following:

    • All accommodations, transportation, guiding, activities and excursions listed in the day by day itinerary description above.
    • Any meals noted as included with booked activities and excursions, as well as breakfast every day at your hotels. 
    • Unless otherwise noted, services are provided in-private, with a driver and/or guide just for you and your traveling companion(s).

    The pricing shown above does not include the following:

    • Local or international airfare* (see below), EXCEPT for Galapagos cruises, which do include local flights between mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. 
    • Tips or other gratuities.
    • Travel insurance.

    *Upon requesting confirmation of your trip, we'll email you local flight options that perfectly match the trip itinerary(ies) that you've selected. During the booking process, you'll have the option to request an international flight quote as well if you would like that quoted as well. You're not required to purchase any flights through us, but it's important to be aware of the logistical notes (necessary arrival and departure times) for local flights on your trip.

    For additional information, please refer to our full Terms & Conditions here.

    Local Flight Information

    Any local flights as well as recommended arrival/departure times related to this itinerary will be shown here.

    If you're combining itineraries, the local flight tool in the shopping cart will display local flights based on the combinations you've selected.

    We'll assist with your local flights, but it's good to be aware of these logistical elements as you begin making arrangements for your trip.



    You're good! No local flights are needed for this itinerary on its own. If you're combining with other itineraries, flights will be included accordingly and routes displayed in your shopping cart.

    F.A.Q.

    Are your trips group trips or private trips?

    Answer: 

    Any arrangements made through us are for 

    you and your traveling companions only.  We do include certain excursions and activities in various destinations that are run on a group basis (like boat rides to view glaciers, or biking with wine tasting, for example) and these are noted in the itinerary details, but your trip is unique and yours alone.

    Do you book my flights or do I have to do that myself?

    Answer: 

    We'll always send you a quote for any local fli

    ghts needed for your trip (and international flights as well, upon request), but it's not a requirement that you book flights through us.

    Once you've added a bundle to your trip request, you'll have the chance to see some current local flight options via our tool, but it's a good idea to wait until we email you your trip confirmation before booking local flights.

    What guides do you work with?

    Answer: 

    We work with exceptional, top local guides in e

    very country and destination that we offer.  Our guides are locals who have intimate knowledge of the areas and activities they are guiding, and a large majority have extensive experience in the industry as well as studies in the tourism field.  All guides speak excellent English.  Guides are employees of our local partner companies (read more about them here), adding to the level of support behind your trip from start to finish.

    What is the transportation like?

    Answer: 

    Transportation to and from airports and hotels

    is always private (a car, minivan or van just for you and your traveling companions, depending on the number).  Transportation during excursions or activities is generally done in private, except during excursions noted as "small group" or "shared".  You'll never find yourself on a large tour bus with us.
     

    Do you have any certifications or accreditations?

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    Yes, we are a Registered Seller of Travel in th

    e state of California and are an IATA/IATAN accredited company.

    Do you offer travel insurance?

    Answer: 

    We don't sell travel insurance directly. 

    We work with a company called Allianz.  Follow the link below to visit their site for a quote, or to speak with a representative.


    Allianz Travel Insurance

    Do I need a passport and/or visa to travel?

    Answer: 

    All visitors must have a valid passport to ente

    r and proof of onward passage. Your passport should be valid for at least six months after your departure date.

    Is your company insured?

    Answer: 

    Yes.

    We carry a $1 million professional liability, errors and ommissions insurance policy.

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