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Welcome to your

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

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$5,215.00$5,165.00$5,145.00$5,115.00
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 [WEST] 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 (Thursday) - Galapagos Odyssey - 5 night / 6 day Itinerary C (Western Islands)
    This Superb Central and Western Galapagos Itinerary Begins Today on Santa Cruz Island

    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, Darwin Research Station - no landing. Activities: Walking / Hiking.

    • Founded in 1959 at the centennial celebration of Darwin’s Origin of Species publication, this station houses an international team of scientists that study the biology and conservation of the Galapagos Islands.
    • The station conducts a captive breeding program for giant tortoises, and we’ll see the hatchlings of several subspecies that have been brought back from near-extinction.
    • Up until a few years ago, the Charles Darwin Station was home to the last survivor of the Pinta island subspecies of giant tortoise--nicknamed Lonesome George by the scientists.
    • He was their last hope to bring back the subspecies distinctive for their "saddleback shells" from near extinction, but despite all encouragement, he was not willing to reproduce and died on June 24, 2012.
    • Today, ecologists and biologists alike are hopeful that they will be able to bring the Pinta tortoises back.
    • They have found a population of tortoises with some Pinta Island DNA, and believe that by clever cross-breeding, they will be able to create a species with 95% of the original Pinta tortoises genetic content.
    • The Research Station is still home to many other species of tortoise that are fascinating to watch. These tortoises are not present in any other place in the world.offshore.
    • After your visit you will board the Galapagos Odyssey which will be waiting offshore in Puerto Ayora.
     
     for 5 nights
    Day 4
    Cruise Second Day (Friday) - Galapagos Odyssey - 5 night / 6 day Itinerary C (Western Islands)
    After a night of sailing, you awake this morning in the remote Western Galapagos and Isabela!

    AM: Isabela, Tintoreras- dry landing. Activities: Walking / Hiking, Snorkeling

    • Tintoreras is a small islet located near Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island.
    • The Islet has a small and beautiful bay with calm turquoise waters inhabited by sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas, and rays.
    • When the tide is low, the entrance to the bay closes, and there’s a shallow crevice where reef sharks (locally known as TIntoreras) swim along with other small fish and sea lions. \
    • There is also a lava trail leading to two beaches with mangrove trees and that are used by Marine iguanas as nesting sites.

    PM: Isabela, Arlando Tupiza Center - dry landing. Activities: Walking, / Hiking

    • On the Island of Isabela, just 1.5 km from Puerto Villamil, you will find the Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center where five species of giant tortoises have been bred in captivity: Cazuela, Cinco Cerros, Roca Union, San Pedro, Tables and the Cerro Paloma.
    • In the center, complete with a set of beautiful gardens featuring native plants, there are a total of 330 juvenile and adult tortoises that are fed three times a week based on an Otoya plant diet.
    Day 5
    Cruise Third Day (Saturday) - Galapagos Odyssey - 5 night / 6 day Itinerary C (Western Islands)
    The journey continues with a visit to highly-coveted visitor sites on Isabela

    AM: Isabela, Punta Moreno - dry landing. Activities: Walking / Hiking

    • The pahoehoe lava at Punta Moreno, a seldom-visited site, is a classic example of how gas-rich basaltic rock cools to look like loosely coiled rope. Although at first glance it seems a lifeless landscape, a little exploration reveals natural pools that have been colonized by ducks, waders, stilts, blue-winged teal, flamingos, and moorhens (common gallinules).
    • Great blue herons and flightless cormorants also frequent the areas, while pelicans nest in the mangrove forest.
    • Very large marine iguanas are spread around the rocks, and white tipped reef sharks may be found in a pool along the shore.
    • Although this is not an easy hike due to the sharp rocks, it can be enjoyed by almost everybody and presents an unforgettable landscape. It's advised to bring plenty of water during this visit, as the lava field reflects the sun, making the temperature higher than in other suites.

    PM: Isabela, Elizabeth Bay - wet landing. Activities: Walking, Panga Ride

    • As landing is not allowed on this site, we will board the dinghies to reach the points of interests of Elizabeth Bay.
    • We will head first to the Marielas, a group of rocky islets that where Galapagos penguins have formed a colony.
    • The biggest colonies of penguins are found in this area due to the cooler waters of the west coast of Isabela.
    • This area is also the home of the biggest specimens of Marine Iguanas, due to the abundant supply of algae, their primary food.
    Day 6
    Cruise Fourth Day (Sunday) - Galapagos Odyssey - 5 night / 6 day Itinerary C (Western Islands)
    Visit Fernandina today, one of the most untouched islands in the entire archipellago

    AM: Fernandina, Punta Espinoza - wet landing. Activities: Walking / Hiking, Snorkeling

    • Punta Espinoza, in Fernandina Island, is one of the most pristine spots on our planet, as no animals have been introduced to Fernandina, maintaining its ecosystem intact.
    • Although the landscape looks barren on first sight, Punta Espinoza has the highest population density for marine Iguanas, which are found virtually on every inch of the landscape.
    • This space is also shared by sea lions, flightless cormorants, penguins and Sally Lightfoot crabs that make a wonderful contrast with the dark grey pahoehoe lava.
    • At low tide, is possible to see turtles and spotted eagle rays in an inlet from the trail. There are also tide pools where is usual to find octopus and damselfish.
    • Punta Espinoza also makes for one of the best places snorkeling sites on the islands. There are great chances to see penguins, sea turtles, flightless cormorants and marine iguanas feeding underwater.

    PM: Isabela, Tagus Cove - dry landing. Activities: Walking / Hiking, Snorkeling

    • Tagus Cove is a historical pirate hideaway located on the western shores of Isabela Island.
    • It was usual for the crew of the ships that anchor here to paint or carve the name of the ships on the cliff that surround the cove.
    • A large portion of the writing is graffiti left by the US Navy during the mid-1900's, but the names of more ancient vessels can still be seen.
    • This site has a trail through some beautiful landscapes to the reach Darwin Lake, a small salt-water crater lagoon surrounded by tuff stone and inhabited by many bird species.
    Day 7
    Cruise Fifth Day (Monday) - Galapagos Odyssey - 5 night / 6 day Itinerary C (Western Islands)
    Back from the west, your adventure continues today with wonderful Santiago Island

    AM: Santiago, Espumilla - wet landing. Activities: Walking, Snorkeling

    • Espumilla means “foam” in Spanish and refers to the waves that break along this glorious golden sandy beach.
    • Behind the beach and mangroves, where green turtles nest, there is a lagoon that more or less dried up after the 1982/83 El Niño current, which was particularly strong that year but is still populated by flamingos, pintail ducks, and common stilts.
    • This site is also a good place to look for the Galapagos hawk and to spot the Galapagos petrel. Pelicans feed near the beach which has lots of ghost crabs.
    • There is usually enough time at the end for swimming and snorkeling.

    AM: Santiago, Bucaneer Cove - no landing. Activities: Panga Ride, Snorkeling

    • Pirates once scoured this bay for food (mainly tortoises) and water, but it is now the domain of sea lions and some fur seals that made this spectacular landscape their home.
    • Look for two unusual rock formations that have eroded to look like “the monk” and “the elephant.”
    • Charles Darwin camped here for nine days in 1835, spending nearly half his time on shore at this one island. It is no longer a landing site, but a panga ride can be rewarding, with views of brown noddies, pelicans, herons, swallow-tailed gulls, and boobies, as well as the sea lions and fur seals.
    • Snorkelling is still allowed from the panga.

    PM: Santiago, Puerto Egas - wet landing. Activities: Walking

    • Puerto Egas is one of the best visitor sites of Santiago Island. It got his name from the salt mining efforts undertaken by Hector Egar during the 1920s, and that proved to be a failure; even though the salt could be extracted quite easily, the transportation costs made the whole enterprise not viable.
    • Today, the salt-lake crater is home to white-cheeked pintails and the occasional flamingo but is not open for visitors.
    • Thanks to its beach, from where is possible to swim or snorkel, Puerto Egas is a very good place to observe shorebirds looking for food on during low tides and a short trail takes you to a rocky landscape shared by fur seals and young sea lions.
    Day 8
    Cruise Sixth Day (Tuesday) - Galapagos Odyssey - 5 night / 6 day Itinerary C (Western Islands)
    Your aventure concludes today with a visit to Lobos Island

    AM: San Cristobal, Lobos Islet – dry landing. Activities: Walking

    • Lobos Island, located in the vicinity of the larger San Cristóbal Island, has its name from the large colonies of sea lions (Lobos Marinos in Spanish) that practically fill the entire area of the island.
    • In addition to sea lions, there is also a small population of blue-footed boobies and common frigatebirds who nest around the saltbushes.
    • This site also presents great opportunities for snorkeling and diving, as the waters passing between Lobos Island and San Cristobal are calm and filled with marine life.
    • After your visit you'll be taken to the San Cristobal Airport for your flight back to the mainland.
    Fly Galapagos San Cristobal (SCY) to Quito (UIO) via Guayaquil
    Domestic Air Travel - 3h 30m approx. including stopover
    • Fly from San Cristobal in the Galapagos (SCY) to Quito via Guayaquil.
    • 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.
    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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    What's Included and What's Not

    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.


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

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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?

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    Yes.

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

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