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Galapagos Tours from Santa Cruz Island

PRIVATE TOUR - 8 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$5364+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Taking a walk through Independence Square in Quito, stopping off at the Presidential Palace, Cathedral, San Francisco Monastery and El Sagrario Church along the way.
  • Getting up close and personal to some of the oldest and largest tortoises on earth at the Charles Darwin Research and Conservation Centre.
  • Taking a day trip to Seymour North, aiming to catch a glimpse of the famous Blue-footed Boobies and Frigate Birds who dwell there.
  • Trekking through fascinating ancient Lava Tunnels, formed many centuries ago following numerous volcanic eruptions.
  • Discovering the beauty and rich wildlife of Tortuga Bay, known for both its expanse of white sandy shores and broad ecology.
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Tour Overview

Yampu’s Galapagos Tours from Santa Cruz Island is the perfect program for those who wish to visit the Galapagos Islands, but prefer to stay at a hotel. This itinerary includes 5 days in the Silberstein Hotel on the island of Santa Cruz. The Silberstein Hotel was opened by a German family that came to the islands at the beginning of the 20th century and fell in love with the remarkable ecosystem. This program also includes two days in Quito with a tour of the capital city.

Inclusions
Domestic air from Quito to the Galapagos; 4 nights accommodation at the Silberstein Hotel; all meals in the Galapagos; hotel accommodation in Quito including breakfast; daily guided tours of the islands, led by naturalist guide; day excursion in Quito; all transfers. Rates also include the $100 Galapagos National Park Entrance fee.

*By traveling to the Galapagos with Yampu Tours, you will be making the choice to travel responsibly. As members of IGTOA (International Galapagos Tour Operators Association), Yampu donates $7 for every traveler that travels to the Galapagos with us. We are dedicated to helping preserve the islands while supporting sustainable ecotourism. As an IGTOA member, we are informed, involved, and concerned.

*There will also be an optional Galapagos Conservation contribution of $50 per passenger added to your final proposal. The contribution will go towards:
-Creating benefits and educational opportunities for local people.
-Strengthening responsible tourism management.
-Building strong financial support for conservation among the travel industry and travelers.
-Promoting high professional standards for the tourist industry.
Exclusions

Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are already included.The $10 Transit Control Card fee is not included.

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Pricing Details
  3-Star 4-Star 5-Star Luxury
Double £$5099 £$5364 £$5429 £$5861
Single £$6876 £$7006 £$7443 £$8458

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Quito

Flight to Quito. Upon arrival in Quito, transfer to the hotel.

Flight to Quito. Upon arrival in Quito, transfer to the hotel.

Day
2

Full Day Colonial Quito Tour & The Equator

The tour begins today with a visit to Independence Square where the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral and El Sagrario Church are located. Also visit the Church of La Compania (1605), and enjoy a brief visit to the church and monastery of San Francisco (1535). The oldest Ecuadorian church, the collection of artwork here includes paintings, sculpture and furniture dating back to the 16th century. Leaving the churches, visit the recently restored 24 De Mayo Boulevard, named after the battle which sealed Ecuador´s independence. Also visit La Ronda Street in Old Quito. Lined with colonial houses and inspired by painters, poets, musicians and historians, this visit gives a taste of traditional Quito. The tour will then continue 30-minutes outside of Quito, towards the Middle of the World. Visit the main Monument honoring the correct location of the equator and visit the Ethnographic Museum, located inside the Equator Monument. Or, visit the Inti Nan Museum, a scientific and cultural Museum located in the exact place where the Equator Line crosses. ...read less

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Day
3

Quito – Galapagos

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Transfer to the airport to take the flight to the Galapagos. Morning flight from Quito to Baltra Airport in the Galapagos. Flight travels via Guayaquil to Baltra, and then bus and ferry travel to Puerto Ayora, which is on the island of Santa Cruz. Be accommodated in the Hotel Silberstein. In the afternoon it is possible to go for a walk to the Charles Darwin Scientific Station, where the oldest and largest tortoises are being kept. In this unique research program, which is essentially financed by donations, the attempt is being made to save the various species from dying out. In the evening, dinner will be served at the hotel. ...read less

Day
4

Day trip to Plazas

This is a full-day trip on one boat. The route travels along the east coast of Santa Cruz and stops at the island of Plazas. There will be an opportunity of watching the island’s marvelous wildlife. One will be able to observe sea lions and land or sea iguanas, and a variety of seagulls. Lunch is served aboard before the yacht leaves for the hotel, where dinner will be prepared.

This is a full-day trip on one boat. The route travels along the east coast of Santa Cruz and stops at the island of Plazas. There will be an opportunity of watching the island’s marvelous wildlife. One will be able to observe sea lions and land or sea iguanas, and a variety of seagulls. Lunch is served aboard before the yacht leaves for the hotel, where dinner will be prepared.

Day
5

Day Trip to Seymour North

Full-day tour. Today the yacht leaves for Seymour North, an island that is home to large colonies of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds. Many sea lions and land iguanas inhabit this island, too. Again, lunch is served aboard and the yacht arrives at the hotel for evening dinner.

Full-day tour. Today the yacht leaves for Seymour North, an island that is home to large colonies of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds. Many sea lions and land iguanas inhabit this island, too. Again, lunch is served aboard and the yacht arrives at the hotel for evening dinner.

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Day
6

Santa Cruz Highlands

In the morning, have a guided visit of Tortuga Bay. In the afternoon a local guide will leave with the group towards the Highlands of Santa Cruz. Driving through the rural area of the island, travelers can experience the agriculture of the archipelago, as well as the diversity of its surface. Surrounded by wild landscape and different species of the flora and fauna, it is possible to glance at finches that are famous for being the basis of Darwin's theory of evolution.
Watch the famous Galapagos land tortoises in their natural environment and learn how the private ranches aid to protect these special animals and their habitat. Hear their sounds while they are trying to eat the leaves of the trees or while they are searching for delicious nourishment. Tortoises of all different ages and sizes are gathering here. Small, young ones with shining carapaces, and older ones which are a little bit more laggard and partly with cracked carapaces - showing tracks of a long life. The well-known Lava Tunnels are another amazing experience! Formed by the lava floods of the volcanoes, they range from the highlands down to the sea level. The track is collapsed on several spots. Nevertheless, a track of about 30 minutes hike is intact and gives the observer an impression of their formation where the tunnel gets too small to pass or the collapsed rock averts… as if they still hold many undiscovered mysteries. The personalized guide will share in detail the story, of the origin of these tunnels. The town at sunset shows the contrasts of the Island and invites one to a pleasant dinner back at the hotel.
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7

Return Flight to Quito

Transfer to the airport in Baltra, where the return flight leaves for Quito. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

Transfer to the airport in Baltra, where the return flight leaves for Quito. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

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Day
8

Quito – Home

Transfer to the airport to take the flight back home or continue with the add-on of one’s choice.

Transfer to the airport to take the flight back home or continue with the add-on of one’s choice.

Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador

Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Places You'll See

  • Quito-Ecuador-Hillside

    Quito

    The magnificent city of Quito is bursting with cultural, historical, and artistic character. Along with its scenic parks such as Parque La Carolina, visit its enchanting museums like the Museo del Banco Central. Take a trip to the Mitad del Mundo, or the “Middle of the World”, where the first measurements to prove the earth was round, were taken.

  • Blue-Footed-Booby-and-Seal

    Galapagos

    Become enchanted by the unique and seemingly intrepid wildlife native to the Galapagos Islands. Dive in with the underwater life, or stay above water enjoying the other several water sports. For a dryer experience, relax on the sandy beaches soaking up the sun. Spend time with Giant Tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Center.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Quito : Vieja Cuba Boutique

Quito : NU House

Quito : Stuble Suites

Galapagos : Silberstein Hotel

4 Star Properties

Quito : La Casona de la Ronda

Quito : Casa Aliso

5 Star Properties

Quito : Swissotel

Quito : Le Parc Hotel

Quito : JW Marriott in Quito

Luxury Properties

Quito : Plaza Grande

Quito : Casa Gangotena

Testimonials

Jon L

Traveled December, 2014

Everything was great!

Everything was great! Just exactly as you advertised, and we had an awesome time. We will definitely keep Yampu in mind for any future trips we might be making.

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Repeat Client

Traveled November, 2012

We know who we will call when we are ready to go again

Our first trip with Yampu Tours was in 2003 when it was Kon-Tiki Tours and Travel. We contacted Jose Irauzqui and his team to create a special trip for us to Chile. (We travel by ourselves on a customized tour with a driver and an English speaking guide). We told Jose what we wanted to do and where we wanted to go, our time limits and anything else he needed to know and he and his staff went from there creating a wonderful trip with lots of memories for us. We were so impressed by the service we got that when we were ready to return to south-america to visit Peru in 2006, we immediately contacted Jose, who again came through for us. Most of our trips are ecological in nature. My daughter is an exotic animal veterinarian and we travel to see animals in the wild. All of our trips through Yampu have comprised an ecological component, which we have built our vacations around. Many of the ecological lodges we stayed in were small in size, so we start making our plans at the beginning of the year for a trip in the fall because of availability. We traveled with Yampu to southern Brazil in 2004, Peru in 2006, Argentina in 2007 and again to Peru in 2012. Some parts of our trips were done with groups, but on the most part, we had private customized tours. Yampu has a terrific network system of tour providers in all these countries and through five trips we have only had one complaint, which Yampu took care of when we returned. The problem was with a tour guide and therefore was beyond Yampu’s control until we got back as we did not complain at the time to the local agency. Next time we will handle it locally as Yampu provides you with a list of people to contact along the way. The number of fabulous, well-informed tour guides far outweighed that one incident. The above trips are just the ones my husband and I have gone on with our daughter through Yampu. My daughter has used Yampu for many trips throughout Central and south-america with her friends. We just returned from our second trip to Peru in November and she is off to Ecuador in January. We still have places in south-america we wish to visit, it is a big continent and very diverse. We know who we will call when we are ready to go again. We were very fortunate to find Yampu. And now Yampu has expanded to other parts of the world!

Linda

Traveled May, 2014

Yampu Tours planned an amazing trip for our inaugural South America experience

Yampu Tours planned an amazing trip for our inaugural south-america experience. We wanted to cover 6 countries in one month so it would have been a nightmare if we had to plan it ourselves from Asia. Karolina from Yampu put together a great itinerary and gave great advice. She was also extremely patient when we wanted to change things around. All the planning happened over email super efficient. We were very pleased with the accommodation choices, activities planned and the quality of the local tour guides. Thanks again!

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