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Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands including
Santa Elena Beach Stay

  • Route:
  • London
  • Quito
  • Cruise of the Galapagos Islands
  • Guayaquil
  • Santa Elena
  • London
4 NIGHTS from £449pp

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  • Relax on Santa Elena's beaches
  • City tours of Quito and Guayaquil
  • and more...
Extension from £449pp
Tour + Extension from £3838pp

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Santa Elena Beach Stay

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

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

      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.

      • Breakfast & Lunch

      Day 4: Quito to Galapagos Islands - San Cristobal Island

      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.

      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      Day 5: Galapagos Islands - Espanola Island

      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.

      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      Day 6: Galapagos Islands - Floreana Island

      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.

      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      Day 7: Galapagos Islands - Santa Cruz Island

      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.

      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      Day 8: Galapagos Islands to Guayaquil

      Enjoy a morning of swimming and snorkelling in the crystalline waters off Santa Cruz Island before your transfer to the airport and flight to the city of Guayaquil.

      • Breakfast

      Day 9: Guayaquil

      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.

      • Breakfast

      Day 10: Guayaquil to the UK

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

      • Breakfast

      Santa Elena Beach Stay - Extension Starts

      Day 11: Guayaquil to Santa Elena

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

      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      Day 12 - 13: Guayaquil to Santa Elena

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

      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      Day 14: Santa Elena to the UK

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

      • Breakfast & Lunch

      Included in the Price

      • Included Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
      • Included Scheduled Flights from the UK.
      • Included All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
      • Included Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
      • Included All airport taxes and security charges.

      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:

      Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
      Up to 17 days cover£39£75£129
      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.

      Flight Information

      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.

      Health and Vaccinations

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

      Physical Accessibility

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

      Group Size

      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.

      Tour Guide

      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.

      Currency Information

      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.

      Personal Expenses

      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.

      Tour Dates & Prices

      Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
      Royal Decameron Punta Centinela
      24 Sep 201807 Oct 2018£489pp£3399pp£3888ppBook
      22 Oct 201804 Nov 2018£449pp£3689pp£4138ppBook
      03 Dec 201816 Dec 2018£489pp£3739pp£4228ppBook
      28 Jan 201910 Feb 2019£579pp£3819pp£4398ppBook
      11 Feb 201924 Feb 2019£579pp£3659pp£4238ppBook
      25 Mar 201907 Apr 2019£579pp£3659pp£4238ppBook
      08 Apr 201921 Apr 2019£579pp£3789pp£4368ppBook
      06 May 201919 May 2019£579pp£3739pp£4318ppBook
      03 Jun 201916 Jun 2019£579pp£3819pp£4398ppBook
      01 Jul 201914 Jul 2019£579pp£3819pp£4398ppBook
      26 Aug 201908 Sep 2019£579pp£3629pp£4208ppBook
      09 Sep 201922 Sep 2019£579pp£3389pp£3968ppBook
      07 Oct 201920 Oct 2019£579pp£3629pp£4208ppBook
      04 Nov 201917 Nov 2019£579pp£3789pp£4368ppBook

      Travelling alone?

      Unfortunately, we do not have any places with no single supplements on this tour. However, if you are happy to share with another passenger of the same gender, then let us know at the time of booking and we will endeavour to find you a travelling partner. Alternatively, please ask about our single supplement prices in order to book your own twin room.

      Charles Darwin Station

      Please note that the Charles Darwin Station is currently partially closed. The Santa Cruz is still offering the excursion as to Charles Darwin Station as there are some sections still open to the public. The Santa Cruz is also offering various another optional excursion as a replacement should clients not want to participate in the visit.

      Fact File

      • Minimum temperature: 17°C
      • Maximum temperature: 31°C

      Here to help

      • Get in touch with one of our experts on Ecuador and Galapagos
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      Hotels and Accommodation

      Royal Decameron Punta Centinela

      Royal Decameron Punta Centinela

      Dann Carlton Hotel

      Dann Carlton Hotel

      MV Galapagos Legend

      MV Galapagos Legend

      Unipark Hotel

      Unipark Hotel

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