Classic Galapagos & Quito Tour
Classic Galapagos & Quito Tour
3 night Quito - 3 nights M/V Galapagos Legend Cruise
Classic Galapagos & Quito Tour
Overview
Explore Quito, home to one of the largest historical Old Towns in the Americas and the Middle of the World at 0'0'0 latitude.

Embark on a 3-night Galapagos Cruise, see prehistoric iguanas, giant tortoises, and beautiful landscapes of volcanoes and lava cones. Swim and snorkel in the warm waters of these fascinating Islands among sea turtles and other unique marine life.
Departure cities & Prices
New York
Miami
$3599
Washington
Chicago
Houston
$3699
Los Angeles
San Francisco
$3799
What's included
Classic Galapagos & Quito Tour Flights
Classic Galapagos & Quito Tour Flights  Flights

Flights

  • International Flights and domestic flights within Ecuador; we offer departures from most major cities in the USA and Canada.
Classic Galapagos & Quito Tour Meals
Classic Galapagos & Quito Tour Meals  Meals

Meals

  • Breakfast daily.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner daily aboard your Galapagos Cruise.
Classic Galapagos & Quito Tour Accommodations
Classic Galapagos & Quito Tour Accommodations  Accommodations

Accommodations

  • Three nights of accommodation in Quito, at The Dann Hotel or Similar.
  • Three nights of accommodation aboard the M/V Galapagos Legend Cruise 100 passenger expedition Ship. Enjoy the onboard swimming Pool. The Legend is one of the few Vessels offering an onboard Pool.
Classic Galapagos & Quito Tour Services & Fees
Classic Galapagos & Quito Tour Services & Fees  Services & Fees

Services & Fees

  • Meet and assist services.
  • All transfers.
  • All applicable taxes.
Sightseeing of Classic Galapagos & Quito Tour
Sightseeing of Classic Galapagos & Quito Tour  Sightseeing:

Sightseeing:

  • City Tour of Colonial Quito with Middle of the World Museum.
  • Two daily Galapagos Cruise Shore excursions Guided by English Speaking Naturalists.
  • Snorkeling with gear included.
  • Briefings/Lectures and activities on board your Galapagos Cruise.
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktails aboard your Galapagos Cruise.
  • Transfers and Dinghy rides to/from Ports.
Please note, Galapagos Cruise Sightseeing Itinerary may change, what Islands will be visited is subject to departure date and confirmed at the time of booking.

Not included:

  • Entrance Fee to Galapagos USD 100 adult USD 50 child under 12 paid locally in cash.
  • Airline Checked Baggage fees (When applicable).
  • Airline Advance Seat Selection Fees.
  • Customary tips to driver, guides, cruise staff, etc.
  • Drinks are not included on the Galapagos Cruise.

Itinerary

Depart to Quito or Guayaquil Ecuador from any major City in the USA and Canada.
Upon arrival our Representative will meet and assist you with transfer to your Hotel. Overnight in Quito.
Galapagos Accommodations
Dann Carlton Hotel or Similar
Breakfast at the Hotel then take a Colonial city tour: Quito displays the largest colonial town of the Americas and is the first UNESCO's World Heritage Site. The City dates back to 980 A.D. Enjoy the eclectic architecture ranging from the modern quarters to varied colonial facades on churches and private residences decorated and balconies built along the last five centuries. Quito is one of the best preserved Colonial Cities in Latin America. Highlights of your tour: Walk along the so called street of the seven crosses and pass by the Jesuit Convent, once head quarters of the first university in the country, and El Sagrario church with a unique orthodox cross dating back to the seventeenth century. Metropolitan Cathedral with excellent samples of the Spanish renaissance, the monument of Simon Bolivar, The Basilica of the Heart of Jesus a great example of Gothic Architecture, Parks El Ejido and Alameda, Independence Square or Plaza Grande as it's known to local people flanked by the Presidential and the Archbishop's palaces, Continue approximately 11 miles (18 Km.) north of down town Quito, we visit "Mitad del Mundo" (Middle of the World) and the Equator Monument situated at 0º0'0" latitude. This site is where the Equator Line crosses through the Country dividing the Earth into Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
In the eighteenth century The French Geodesic Expedition erected here one of the three landmarks for their planet calculations to deduct the shape of the planet. This monument complex which replicates colonial architecture, a typical central plaza, a church and bull-fighting ring. We also visit the Intiñan Solar Museum, where you'll find scientific and experimental aspects of being right at the Equator.
Overnight in Quito.
Galapagos Accommodations
Dann Carlton Hotel Quito or Similar
Galapagos Meals
Breakfast
In the morning; Depart from Quito to Baltra Island.
Arriving in the Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our natural guides and taken to a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.
In the mountains of Galapagos is possible to admire different kinds of birds, such as tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets. The journey to the reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrasts that the island offers in reference to the variety of ecosystems. The road goes from the coast through the agricultural zone and straight up to the dense humid forests. Often, Galapagos giant tortoises are also seen on the way, wandering through pastures in the paddocks. This spot is a bird watchers' haven since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here.
Difficulty level: Easy.
Type of terrain: Flat & muddy sometimes (seasonal conditions).
Duration: 45 min drive / 1.5 hour Walk.
Galapagos Accommodations
M/V Legend Cruise
Galapagos Meals
Lunch and Dinner
After breakfast.
AM - Be marveled at the variety of sea life that uses the crevices of the lava cliffs for shelter. red-billed tropicbirds fly overhead, switching between their nests and the bay, and a small colony of fur seals may be found near the landing site.
You will be dropped off at a steep stairway that begins on rocks at the foot of a path that leads through a seabird colony full of Nazca and red-footed boobies. At the plateau, the trail continues inland allowing you to see more nesting booby colonies in the thin Palo Santo forest. Near the end of the trail, over a rocky lava plain, Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrels can be observed flying in all directions. If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of a short-eared owl.
Difficulty level: Moderate.
Type of terrain: Rocky - Lava.
Duration: 45-minute walk.
PM - Disembark onto a small sand and coral beach. A short trail heads west along a tidal lagoon and then up a rocky hill that leads to a point overlooking the cliffs and Darwin Bay.
Along the trail near the tidal lagoon, visitors will see pairs of swallow-tailed gulls, lava gulls, yellow crowned and lava herons. The trail continues through Palo Santo trees, Opuntia cacti, and Saltbushes inhabited by Great Frigate birds and red-footed boobies. This is one of the few places in the islands where visitors are guaranteed to see red-footed boobies. It is estimated that more than 200,000 red-footed boobies live in the trees and bushes of Genovesa.
Difficulty level: Moderate.
Type of terrain: Sand & Lava.
Duration: 2 ½-hour walk approx / Snorkeling.
Overnight aboard Galapagos Legend.
Galapagos Accommodations
M/V Legend Cruise
Galapagos Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner aboard cruise
After breakfast.
AM - Dry landing. Walk by a brackish lagoon to see flamingos. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation. Keeping up until Dragon Hill, see an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchored boats and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin's finches, yellow warblers, and Galapagos doves.
Difficulty level: Intermediate.

Type of terrain: Rocky.

Duration: 2 hours walk.
PM - Wet landing. Santa Fe shows white sand beaches surrounded by sea lion colonies; through the island path, an endemic cactus forest is passed, home the Santa Fe land iguanas (the largest in the islands). This island is the habitat for a number of species, including the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snakes, rice rats (one of the few endemic Galapagos rodents), a variety of finches and one of the four mockingbird species of the archipelago.
Difficulty level: Intermediate.
Type of terrain: Rocky.
Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour deep-water snorkeling.
Overnight aboard Galapagos Legend.
Galapagos Accommodations
M/V Legend Cruise
Galapagos Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner aboard cruise
After breakfast.
AM - Wet landing. On the north side of Santa Cruz; behind the beach lies two small flamingo ponds were iguanas sunbathe, see coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as interesting native vegetation like red and black mangrove, salt bushes. This beach is one of the main sea turtles nesting sites in the Galapagos. A turtle can lay eggs 3 or 4 times per season with an average of 70 eggs each time. At this paradisiacal site, we will also find the remains of barges that sank a long time ago, when the United States Navy operated a base during World War II on Baltra Island. Local people modified the word barges to "Bachas".
Difficulty level: Easy.
Type of terrain: Sandy.
Duration: 1-hour walk.
PM - After the visit, passengers will be transferred to the airport for their return flight to Quito.
Overnight in Quito.
Galapagos Accommodations
Dann Carlton Hotel Quito or Similar
Galapagos Meals
Breakfast
After Breakfast; Our representative will assist you with your arrangements for your return.

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Reviews

This tour delivered far more than I expected, right from the minute we stepped off of the plane!

Right from the minute we stepped off the plane we were greeted by an exceptional BlueSky representative. Hotel and Cruise were excellent. Daily agendas were well planned. The staff on the cruise went above and beyond to ensure we were comfortable and our needs met.

- Barbara

I just wanted to tell you how fabulous our trip to India was and thanks again for your help!

We really enjoyed having our own little car with a driver and guide for the week. It was a wonderful glimpse of this part of India, our recollections of the elephants, the cows, the camels, the traffic and the forts and antiquities will remain near the top of our experiences.

- Roland & Brenda

Thank you for organizing everything for us and accommodating our needs. You guys don't disappoint!

We had an amazing time! The hotel was very nice and modern. The next morning we drove to Amboseli. Our driver was friendly and knowledgeable when it came to animals. We got to see lots of animals such as a huge herd of elephants, lions (lots of them), giraffes, hippos, etc.

- Rocio
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