2017 : Ecuador & Its Galapagos Islands (WBG) - Isabela II
9 Day Cruise from Quito to Quito
This exciting vacation lets you sample the natural wonders of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Quito and have your photo taken at the "Center of the World." You'll also experience Otavalo in a unique way-explore its famous Indian market, where you can find beautiful textiles, artwork, and more, then on to a local hacienda to sample Andean delicacies. Before taking to the sea, visit the Giant Tortoise Reserve on the Island of Santa Cruz and the Charles Darwin Research Station, a highlight of this vacation. Then, embark on an exciting 4-night cruise among various Galapagos Islands. Have your camera ready as your Naturalist points out colonies of sea lions, pelicans, albatross, several species of Darwin's finches, marine iguanas, flamingos, masked boobies, blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, storm petrels, short-eared owls, and other birds. You'll even see abandoned WWII barges that are now important nesting areas for sea turtles on Santa Cruz Island. A remarkable adventure!
It's about you. You are the reason we've used our 85-plus years of travel expertise to design the very best small-ship cruising experience. Inspired by you, we've taken everything special about small-ship cruising and made it even better. Here are some of the features and amenities you'll experience with Avalon.Luxurious standards in elegant atmosphere. Expedition team of multilingual Naturalists. Daily multi-media natural history lectures. A lounge serving premium spirit cocktails. Observation area to watch sea creatures. Well-stocked library/reading room. Unwind in the heated Jacuzzi. Air-conditioning throughout. Open seating for all meals. International cuisine & Ecuadorian entrees. Access to a resident physician. Equipment like wetsuits, snorkeling gear & kayaks available. Glass-bottom expedition boat for marine life viewing. Stargazing Program. Maintain your routine in the fitness center. Complimentary regional wines at dinner. Remarkable service. English-speaking crew. Email, radio, telephone, and Fax communications. Included shore excursions with Local Guide. And, much more.
Highlights & Sightseeing
Galapagos Islands Cruise:
4-night cruise in an outside stateroom cruising the Galapagos National Park aboard the Isabela II; Charles Darwin Research Station; guided sightseeing each day with a local Naturalist; snorkeling and kayaking, expedition lectures on board; panga rides in the archipelago; special onboard and onshore experiences presented by local chefs, entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise
sightseeing with a Local Guide; San Francisco Monastery, La Compania Church, Workshop & Museum of Oswaldo Guayasamin, and Equatorial Monument; welcome dinner
guided sightseeing of Otavalo; visit an ancient Indian market; enjoy an Andean lunch at a traditional Ecuadorian Hacienda.
Meals American breakfast daily 5 lunches 5 three-course dinners including a welcome dinner in Quito and a farewell dinner on board the Isabela II Complimentary coffee, tea, water on board throughout the day Complimentary wine with all dinners on board
NOTE: Maximum elevation on tour: 9,200 ft.
Arrive in Quito, Ecuador
Welcome to Quito!
Included sightseeing showcases Quito's treasures: the historic stone murals of the Legislative Palace, Independence Plaza and the 16th-century SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY, and the Jesuit's LA COMPANIA CHURCH with its stunning golden altars. Next, see the impressive paintings at the WORKSHOP & MUSEUM of Oswaldo Guayasamin. Top off your day with a photo in front of the EQUATORIAL MONUMENT, the "Center of the World." This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Quito. Excursion to Otavalo
An in-depth Local Favorite experience into the traditional ways of the Otavalo people is in store for you today. First, visit OTAVALO'S famous INDIAN MARKET, full of textiles, clothes, vegetables, and more. Next, in Peguche, famous for its exquisite weavings, you have the opportunity to visit homes and observe handicrafts being made. Finally, enjoy Andean delicacies prepared the traditional way at a former hacienda before returning to Quito. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Quito: Baltra-Galapagos Islands (Embarkation)-Cruising: Santa Cruz Island
Take a morning flight to Baltra, one of the remote Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival, transfer to the highlands of Santa Cruz, where your Naturalist introduces the island's lush and vibrant landscapes. Visit the giant tortoise RESERVE, where you will see the famous Galapagos tortoises in their wild habitat. Next, see the Twin Pit Craters, great depressions of volcanic material formed by a long process of slow sinking of the ground, where exceptional Scalesia trees, ferns, mosses, and orchids can be seen in the surroundings. Continue to the CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION, established to help conserve the Galapagos' natural habitat and protect the famous giant tortoises. While here, learn about the tortoise-rearing program and see many of the various islands' tortoises. Later, board the sleek Isabela II for five days of CRUISING among various Galapagos Islands. Each day, travel ashore to the remote islands with your expert Naturalist, who introduces you to the unique fauna living free and fearless of man. On board the ship, join a briefing on the next day's adventure, followed by a Captain's welcome cocktail and dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
NOTE: The ship's itinerary may vary according to Galapagos National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, and seasonal changes to create the perfect cross-section of sites visited.
Galapagos Islands Cruising: Santa Fe & South Plaza Islands
After breakfast, join your Naturalist for an exploration of SANTA FE ISLAND with its large population of sea lions. As you walk through the opuntia cactus forest, watch out for the endemic land iguanas found here. Galapagos hawks, a variety of finches, and mockingbirds are commonly spotted, too. Snorkel, swim, or kayak from the beach before returning to the boat for lunch. This afternoon at SOUTH PLAZA ISLAND, wildlife includes sea lions, land iguanas, marine iguanas, hybrid iguanas (only found on this island and a result of a cross between land and marine iguanas), and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Also known for its prolific birdlife, you will see blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, frigatebirds, swallow-tailed gulls, Audubon's shearwaters, and many other species. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Galapagos Islands Cruising: North Seymour & Santa Cruz Islands
Disembark at NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND, where your Naturalist will point out colonies of blue-footed boobies, Magnificent and Great Frigate Birds, swallow-tailed gulls, and lava herons. The shores teem with sea lions and marine iguanas, and are a good spot for snorkeling. Alternatively, you can take a ride on the glass-bottom boat to view the colorful underwater world. In the afternoon, visit LAS BACHAS on Santa Cruz Island, where abandoned WWII military barges can be found. Today it is an important nesting area for the East Pacific green sea turtle. You will also see brackish lagoons just steps away from the sea and white-sand beach, which is a feeding ground for various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Galapagos Islands Cruising: Bartolome & Santiago Islands
At BARTOLOME ISLAND, hike to the summit for a stunning view of two beautiful bays and fascinating formations of lava flows and spatter cones, including the iconic Pinnacle Rock. You will also have the chance to snorkel or cruise on the glass-bottom boat and possibly see Galapagos penguins in tropical waters, sea turtles, and even some sharks and rays! On SANTIAGO ISLAND, walk over the lava flows from less than 100 years ago and learn firsthand how pioneering flora and fauna adapt to the volcanic surroundings. End your visit with a swim off the beach with the playful sea lions. Tonight, join your ship's captain at a farewell cocktail party and toast to a memorable vacation! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Galapagos Islands (Disembarkation)-Baltra-Quito
After breakfast, head to the airport in Baltra for your flight to Quito, where you will have free time this evening to prepare for your return flight home tomorrow. (Breakfast)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)
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Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Avalon Waterways, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway, starting at $1650 (based on Miami departure in March, 2017) and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only. Required intra-vacation air segments are: Quito/Galapagos; Galapagos/Quito. Air prices were effective on April 6, 2016, and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.
The Galapagos National Park entrance fee and transit card ($120 value) is additional and mandatory. These fees will be added to your Vacation Estimate.
Price is per person, based on double room occupancy.
Gratuities to Local Guides & drivers are included.
Single Room Supplement:
Triple rooms are not available
Extra Nights per person in Quito:
in single room $237; in twin room $125
Cruise pricing is based on Classic cabins. Limited upgrades are available.
2018 prices and itineraries are subject to change.
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