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Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands with Santa Elena Beach Stay

10 Day Escorted Tour With 5 Day Extension

Ecuador, Latin America
Challenging Pace

To end your journey in Ecuador why not extend your stay by relaxing on the beautiful beaches in the province of Santa Elena.

2021 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • Relax on Santa Elena's beaches
  • 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
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Coach
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Number of nights

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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.

Day 11
Guayaquil to Santa Elena

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Transfer to your hotel in Santa Elena to commence your beach stay.

Day 12-13
Guayaquil to Santa Elena

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Relax on the beautiful beaches of Santa Elena where your time is your own.

Day 14
Santa Elena to the UK

Breakfast & Lunch

Transfer back to Guayaquil airport for your flight back to the UK.

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Dates & Prices

Royal Decameron Punta Centinela

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Dates
Price (per person)
Dates available
May 2021
from £5,048
Sold Out
16th May - 29th May
£5,048
Sold Out
30th May - 12th Jun
£5,048
Sold Out
August 2021
from £5,128
1 Date
22nd Aug - 4th Sep
£5,128
September 2021
from £4,978
1 Date
5th Sep - 18th Sep
£4,978
October 2021
from £5,028
1 Date
3rd Oct - 16th Oct
£5,028
November 2021
from £4,928
1 Date
15th Nov - 28th Nov
£4,928

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
Royal Decameron Punta Centinela
4 nights
, 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.

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 and 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.

You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Direct is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices: <br /><br /> <table class="basic" cellspacing="0"><thead><tr><th><b>Age in Years</b></th><th><b>Up to 64</b></th><th><b>65 - 74</b></th><th><b>75 - 85</b></th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>Up to 17 days cover</td><td>£39</td><td>£75</td><td>£129</td></tr></tbody></table> For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. 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 Direct 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 £250pp 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.

All flights are operated by LAN TAM airlines. Each passenger is entitled to 23kgs of hold luggage and hand luggage not exceeding 55cm x 40cm x 20cm in size. Flight times are for guidance only and subject to change.

We recommend that you consult your local GP for advice on vaccinations and travel health before departure.

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility.

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival and will have a guide with you throughout the duration of your trip, ensuring you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any lunches and dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £200-£300 should be sufficient.

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any lunches and dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £200-£300 should be sufficient.