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Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

10 Day Escorted Tour

Ecuador, Latin America
Challenging Pace

Experience the unique wildlife encounters that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution as you tour spectacular Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Get unusually close to sunbathing iguanas, playful sea lion pups and male frigate birds as your yacht sails among the isles of this volcanic archipelago. Enjoy the region's natural beauty as you swim with turtles and reef sharks and take in its urban wonders on city tours of Quito and Guayaquil.

2020 Dossier

2021 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • City tours of Quito and Guayaquil
  • Enjoy a cruise through the Galapagos Islands
  • Snorkelling trips to swim with unique sea life
  • On-land excursions to observe the Islands' flora and fauna
  • Visit Darwin Lake and the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre
Train
Coach
Boat
Airplane
Walking
1
Number of nights

Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Quito

Depart London on your scheduled flight to Quito, via Bogota.

Day 2
Quito

On arrival in Quito, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Take in the breath-taking mountain backdrop of the highest capital city in the world as you enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 3
Quito

Breakfast & Lunch

In the morning enjoy a half day walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the historic old town awaits. Visiting Independence Square, stop at the Cathedral and Presidential Palace before passing the church of La Compania and San Francisco. Finishing at El Panecillo Hill, here you will have panoramic views over the capital city whilst enjoying a well-deserved lunch. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure or take an optional trip to the equator monument.

Day 4
Quito to Galapagos Islands - San Cristobal Island

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Fly to the Galapagos Islands for 4 nights of yachting around this archipelago, known for its unrivalled number of endemic animal species. An afternoon excursion takes you to the Galapagos Interpretation Centre, where you will learn more about the islands' history. A walk up nearby Tijeretas Hill offers magnificent views. Return to the yacht for the night.

Day 5
Galapagos Islands - Espanola Island

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Visit the white coral beaches of Espanola Island and watch the sea lions, marine iguanas and birds on the shore. Swim or snorkel in these warm waters for the chance to spot manta rays, reef sharks and other marine life. In the afternoon, spot endemic wildlife on a hike to Suarez Point and 'Soplador', a seaward blowhole. Return to the yacht for the night.

Day 6
Galapagos Islands - Floreana Island

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Visit Floreana Island, where a wooden barrel installed in the 1700s serves as an informal post office. Drop off a postcard in the hopes that some other traveller will deliver it to its destination, then enjoy a morning of swimming and snorkelling on the beach. This afternoon, hike to a flamingo-filled lagoon and a large sea turtle nesting site. Return to the beach for some swimming and snorkelling before boarding the yacht again.

Day 7
Galapagos Islands - Santa Cruz Island

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn more about its giant tortoise breeding program then wander the town of Puerto Ayora and shop for souvenirs. A drive through the surrounding highlands takes you from the coast to dense, humid forests, giving you ample opportunity to spot wildlife and birds. Later, visit the stunning sand cove of Ballena Bay for time to relax on the beach.

Day 8
Galapagos Islands to Guayaquil

Breakfast

This morning transfer to the airport and flight to the city of Guayaquil.

Day 9
Guayaquil

Breakfast

Tour the picturesque port city of Guayaquil, strolling along the Malecon 2000, an impressive boardwalk overlooking the Guayas River. You will then visit the colourful hillside neighbourhood of Las Penas. Continue on to Parque Bolivar, known locally as Iguana Park for the many iguanas that bask on its lawns. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure or take an optional excursion to Parque Historico, a thematic open-air park.

Day 10
Guayaquil to the UK

Breakfast

Enjoy a free morning before you are transferred to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

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Dates & Prices

Dates
Price (per person)
Dates available
January 2021
from £4,199
1 Date
11th Jan - 20th Jan
£4,199
Call to Book:
0333 242 7529
February 2021
from £3,999
1 Date
22nd Feb - 3rd Mar
£3,999
Call to Book:
0333 242 7529
March 2021
from £4,119
1 Date
8th Mar - 17th Mar
£4,119
Call to Book:
0333 242 7529
April 2021
from £4,319
1 Date
18th Apr - 27th Apr
£4,319
Call to Book:
0333 242 7529
May 2021
from £4,319
2 Dates
16th May - 25th May
£4,319
Call to Book:
0333 242 7529
30th May - 8th Jun
£4,319
Call to Book:
0333 242 7529
August 2021
from £4,399
1 Date
22nd Aug - 31st Aug
£4,399
Call to Book:
0333 242 7529
September 2021
from £4,249
1 Date
5th Sep - 14th Sep
£4,249
Call to Book:
0333 242 7529
October 2021
from £4,199
1 Date
3rd Oct - 12th Oct
£4,199
Call to Book:
0333 242 7529
November 2021
from £4,099
1 Date
15th Nov - 24th Nov
£4,099

Accommodation

The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 90 days before you travel
Dann Carlton Hotel
2 nights
Quito, Ecuador and Galapagos
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MV Galapagos Legend
4 nights
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador and Galapagos
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Tour Reviews

Keith Stannard

26 Jun 19

good standard of hotels throughout tour

David Lowe

09 Oct 18

Thank you for a lovely holiday and a great experience.

Extend Your Tour

Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands with Santa Elena Beach Stay

5 Day Extension
from

£549

pp

Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands with Highlights of Peru Extension

5 Day Extension
from

£989

pp

Important Information

A visa is not required for entry into Ecuador for UK passport holders. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities & for general queries. We strongly advise you check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding required passport validity.

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £49pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves moderate days of walking on uneven paths and small hills, and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 2, and the maximum will be 30. If in the unlikely event there are less than 2 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.t be suitable.

You will have different guides in Quito, Galapagos and Guayaquil, please note you won't have a Tour Leader who accompanies you throughout the journey.

The currency in Ecuador is the US Dollar We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK.

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any meals where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, drinks and snacks. Approximately $250 per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour. Please also bear in mind that there will be several shopping opportunities throughout your tour. Tipping is at your discretion; however, we would recommend approximately: For mainland: Guide $6 pp / per day; Driver $4 pp /per day. For Galapagos: Crew 15pp/per day; Guide $10pp/per day and Barman $5pp/per day. Tips are accepted in the local currency (US Dollars), however it is asked that if you do not tip in the local currency that you only pay with notes, as coins cannot be exchanged. As normal practice you may be asked for your credit card details on check-in at the hotel/cruise in order to cover any extras incurred during your stay. If you do not have a credit card, you may be asked for a cash deposit. American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted in hotels.