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Welcome to your

Quito and 5 night / 6 day Galapagos Cruise on the Odyssey Yacht (Eastern)

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 - 6
Price Per Person$5,215.00$5,165.00$5,145.00
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_5n6d [EAST] 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 San Cristobal (SCY) via Guayaquil
    Domestic Air Travel - 3h 30m approx. including stopover
    • Fly from Quito (UIO) to San Cristobal in the Galapagos (SCY).
    • 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 (Tuesday) - Galapagos Odyssey - 5 night / 6 day Itinerary A (Eastern Islands)
    Your adventure in the Galapagos begins today

    AM: Arrive to the San Cristobal Airport

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

    PM: Jacinto Gordillo (Galapaguera) - dry landing. Activities: walking.

    • The Breeding Center Jacinto Gordillo, also known as the “Galapaguera” is a visitor site located in the northeast part of San Cristobal Island, about one hour by car from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
    • Here giant tortoises live and are bred in captivity, in a protected wild area that helps safeguard them from introduced predators such as pigs and goats.
    • The vegetation surrounding the site includes trees and shrubs, and you may also see land birds such as warblers, finches and mockingbirds, with the giant tortoises being found along the trail.
    • After your visit you'll return to the boat and will set sail.
     for 5 nights
    Day 4
    Cruise Second Day (Wednesday) - Galapagos Odyssey - 5 night / 6 day Itinerary A (Eastern Islands)

    Your adventure continues with visits to highly sought after visitor sites on Espanola Island

    AM: Espanola: Punta Suarez: Walking / Hiking

    • Punta Suarez can easily count as one of the most coveted visitor sites of the Galapagos.
    • This visitor site is located on the western point of Española Island (hence the name) and consists of a trail of about 4 km (2 miles) in length.
    • The trail passes among colonies of blue-footed and Nazca boobies, to then cross the the nesting sites of Albatross (which are present only from May until December), ending at a plateau with fantastic views of the blowhole known as “El soplador” (the blower) that sprays water some 25 m (75 feet) into the air.
    • Apart from the birds, Punta Suarez is also home to sea lions, large marine iguanas, oystercatchers, Española Mockingbirds, lava lizards and the impressive Galapagos hawk.

    PM: Espanola: Gardner Bay - wet landing. Activities: Walking, Snorkeling

    • Sea lions bask lazily on Gardner Bay, a white-sand beach which is one of the longest in Galapagos.
    • The charming Española mockingbird often hurries to greet visitors, and you can sometimes see Galapagos hawks flying overhead.
    • The landscape is completed by marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs on the rocks at the end of the beach.
    • This beach is a perfect spot for snorkeling, and its possible to swim to the small Tortuga Islet in front of the beach to discover the abundant marine life.
     
    Day 5
    Cruise Third Day (Thursday) - Galapagos Odyssey - 5 night / 6 day Itinerary A (Eastern Islands)
    Another day in the Southern Islands exploring great sites on Floreana

    AM: Floreana, Punta Cormorant – wet landing. Activities: walking

    • One of the first sites visited by Charles Darwin, Cerro Brujo is a beautiful white sand beach where brown pelicans, blue‐footed boobies, sea lions, and marine iguanas are all found.
    • Although the name appears to be straightforward, there are actually no cormorants in this visitor site. The origin of its name is not exactly known, and although there are many stories about it, it remains a mystery.
    • The visit begins at the beach that hides a large brackish lagoon, where is usual to find a large number of flamingos and white-cheeked pintails. Visitors that remain quiet are often rewarded with nearer encounters with the fauna. This place is also a good spot to see the flamingoes' mudpie-like nests at the other side of the lagoon.
    • A short walk over volcanic cinders, where Galapagos flycatchers are usually present, leads to a sandy beach composed of coral ground so fine that it feels like flour. Pacific green turtles nest here from December to March, and can often be seen waiting to mate close to the shore. This beach is also an excellent place to see stingrays in the sand, but swimming from here is not allowed.

    AM: Floreana, Devil's Crown – snorkeling from the panga

    • Devil’s Crown is an islet with an eroded volcanic cone close to Punta Cormorant, in Floreana Island, and is one of the most interesting underwater sites in Galapagos.
    • Divers and snorkelers can expect to see a wide range of brightly colored reef fishes and hammerhead sharks, both within the “crown” and outside.
    • Inside, you will see smaller fish such as parrotfish, and outside, larger fish such as palometas (banner pompano).

    PM: Floreana,  Baroness Lookout – wet landing. Activities: walking

    • The Baroness Lookout is a basaltic tuff formation located in the northern end of Floreana Island in La Olla Bay, between Cormorant Point and Post Office Bay, with impressive panoramic views.
    • Named after Eloise Wagner-Bosquet, an Austrian Baroness who arrived at Floreana in the mid-30s and mysteriously disappeared with one of her three lovers.
    • This site is a great place to observe the Palo Santo and Mangrove forests, as well as the coastline from the Enderby Island to Post Office Bay; Cerro Straw and Punta Cormorant.

    PM: Floreana,  Post Office Bay– wet landing. Activities: walking

     

    • Post office bay´s tradition was born when the crew of a British whaling ship placed a wooden barrel here in 1793, in which home-bound mail was left to be picked up by any sailor heading that way.
    • Trrdition stated that letters picked at this bay would need to be hand delivered by the one that picked them.
    • Although the barrel has been replaced, the tradition of post office bay is still upheld to this day. Visitors look through the letters or cards in the barrel and take those with addresses near their hometowns for hand delivery.
    • This visitor site also has a short trail that leads inland to a lava tube that extends to below sea level.
     
    Day 6
    Cruise Fourth Day (Friday) - Galapagos Odyssey - 5 night / 6 day Itinerary A (Eastern Islands)
    The experience continues with Santa Fe and South Plaza Islands today

    AM: Santa Fe. Activities: walking, snorkeling

    • Santa Fe is a small, rugged island located south of Santa Cruz Island, in the middle of the Galapagos Archipelago.
    • The island has a unique species of Land Iguana found only here as well as an endemic species of mice.
    • A short circular trail takes visitors along the cliff edge where the iguanas are usually sunbathing together with Lava lizards and Galapagos Hawks.
    • Santa Fe is also a great snorkeling site, as it has a small bay with shallow, crystal clear waters where is possible to see stingrays, sea lions, sea turtles, marine Iguanas and many shorebird species.

    PM: South Plaza – dry landing. Activities: hiking, panga explorations, snorkeling.

    • Plazas Sur is a small uplifted island close to the east coast of Santa Cruz.
    • It can be gloriously colorful from May to December with leaves of the endemic Succulent Sesuvium Edmonstonei, or Galapagos carpetweed as it´s commonly known, turning bright red.
    • A large sea lion colony (one of the largest in Galapagos) resides on Plazas Sur.
    • A small bachelor sea lion colony can be found at the cliff top on the southern side of the island.
    • The territorial bulls, females, and pups are found on the northern side, where land iguanas can usually be seen enjoying the shade of Opuntia cactus trees, but are also present across much of the island.
    • The birdlife on and around Plazas is remarkably varied, including brown pelicans, red-billed tropic birds, swallow-tailed gulls, frigatebirds,
    • Nazca and blue-footed boobies, endemic Galapagos shearwaters, and brown noddies.
    Day 7
    Cruise Fifth Day (Saturday) - Galapagos Odyssey - 5 night / 6 day Itinerary A (Eastern Islands)
    Wonderful North Seymour and Santa Cruz

    AM: North Seymour – dry landing. Activities: walking/hiking

    • Also called simply Seymour, North Seymour’s topography is flat and strewn with boulders since this island was formed by a seafloor uplift instead of having a volcanic origin as most of the Galapagos Archipelago.
    • The island is mainly populated by Magnificent Frigatebirds, which nest nearly year round, and blue-footed boobies that use the inland of the island as a nesting site.
    • Marine iguanas and sea lions are usually present on the shores and cliffs, a space shared by swallow-tailed gulls and Sally Lightfoot crabs.
    • One of the main attraction of this visit is the observation of an unusual colony of marine iguanas who adapted to eating the plant Batis maritima instead of the algae that marine iguanas normally eat.
    • It's also possible to see land iguanas here even though they are not endemic to North Seymour; these iguanas were introduced from Baltra Island as part of an experiment in the 1930s.
    • Although introducing an invasive species to an ecosystem is no longer accepted in science, this introduction was fortunate because the land iguanas in Baltra became extinct in the 1940s, and nowadays Baltra is being repopulated with the specimens found in North Seymour.

    PM: Santa Cruz, Bachas Beach – wet landing. Activities: panga ride, snorkeling from the panga

    • Located at the northern end of Santa Cruz Island, Bachas Beach is the perfect introduction to the Galapagos’ rich natural and human history.
    • The name originated when the American army, after the end of the second world war, abandoned their barges, of which two floated up onshore.
    • Locals could not pronounce the word barge correctly, resulting in the name, Las Bachas.
    • The beach is full of characteristic Galapagos species such as flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, as well as migratory and aquatic birds.
    • It is also one of the main nesting sites for sea turtles on Santa Cruz Island.
    Day 8
    Cruise Sixth Day (Sunday) - Galapagos Odyssey - 5 night / 6 day Itinerary A (Eastern Islands)
    Enjoy beautiful Mosquera Islet on your final day in the Galapagos

    AM: Mosquera Islet– wet landing. Activities: walking, snorkeling

    • Mosquera is one of the smallest islands in the archipelago.
    • Located between North Seymour and Baltra Islands, it consists of many coral reefs, making it a great site for practicing snorkel and observing the marine life.
    • As is usual in the archipelago, the islet is shared by many seabirds, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies and Sally Lightfoot crabs.
    • 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.

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    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.

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    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?

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    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.


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    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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