Ecuador and Galapagos Tour with Airfare - Quito

8-Day Tour of Ecuador with Galápagos Islands Cruise and Airfare, Accommodations, and Some Meals from Pacific Holidays

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See Galápagos’ Biodiversity and Historic Ecuadorian Plazas

In 1835, as the HMS Beagle circled the Galápagos Islands to chart their volcanic coastlines, one passenger was more interested in the local wildlife than in cartography. Charles Darwin filled sheaves of paper with notes on the archipelago's unusual mockingbirds, finches, and giant tortoises—findings that formed the backbone of his landmark book On the Origin of Species. With Pacific Holidays’ 8-day, 7-night adventure to Ecuador, you’ll take a three-night Galápagos Islands cruise aboard a 300-foot ship, which brings you face-to-face with the islands' rare and remarkably diverse fauna, from blue-footed boobies to black marine iguanas. Luxury hotel lodgings and tours of Quito, Ecuador's capital city, round out the trip. Click to view the full itinerary.

Days 1–3: After flying from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito (airfare included), you'll meet up with bilingual tour guides and transfer to the Hotel Quito. The resort overlooks snowcapped Andean peaks as well as a metropolis with more than two million inhabitants.

The next morning, guides lead a half-day tour of Quito, which the UNESCO World Heritage List calls "the best-preserved, least-altered historic center in Latin America." Stucco-covered Spanish houses and 17th-century baroque churches fill Quito's Old Town—all built atop ancient Incan ruins. Keep an eye out for the varying artistic styles in the cathedrals, where Moorish geometric patterns and Incan sun symbols show up side by side.

Days 4–6: Following some free time in Quito, you'll fly to Baltra Airport in the Galápagos Islands to board the Legend, a four-story luxury cruise ship. A top-deck swimming pool, hammock terrace, and all-inclusive meals create an indulgent setting. However, the trips to the shore are the highlight, as naturalists will point out the colorful wildlife that helped inspire Darwin's theories.

Hike on the islands of North Seymour and Genovesa, where you may spot massive colonies of sea lions and seabirds, especially in Darwin Bay. Hikers should also look out for the frigatebird, known for its red throat that can puff out like a balloon, and the blue-footed booby, which is named after the Spanish word bobo, or clown, because of its clumsy waddle. Suarez Point is famous for its blowhole that squirts water dozens of feet into the air as well as its albatrosses with wingspans up to 7.5 feet. Finally, a stop at the San Cristóbal Interpretation Center showcases natural-history exhibits just steps from Darwin's first landing.

Days 7-8: The tour group flies back to Quito for a final night, staying again in the Hotel Quito. Then it's off to the airport the next morning.

This itinerary for the November 3 trip differs slightly from this description; you spend two of your four total nights in Quito before your trip on the Legend rather than three, as with the other options.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

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8-day, 7-night tour of Ecuador with Galápagos Islands cruise. Each package includes:

  • Round-trip airfare from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO), including fuel surcharges and taxes
  • Accommodations for a total of four nights at Hotel Quito
  • Local transport and bilingual guide
  • Half-day tour of Quito
  • Three-night cruise aboard the Legend, including all on-board meals
  • Guided shore excursions on the Galápagos Islands

Travel with a Friend packages (two Groupons required):

  • $2,588, departing October 12
  • $2,588, departing October 26
  • $2,588, departing November 3
  • $2,588, departing November 23

Book by: 7/31/12

Rates do not include the Galápagos National Park tax ($100/person). Any trip with less than 10 participants is subject to cancellation with a full refund.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 7/31/12 or promotional value expires
  • Valid only for date purchased
  • Subject to availability
  • Must submit cancellation notice in writing
  • $200 per person fee applies to all cancellations; 90-day notice or $400 per person; 60-day notice or $600 per person; 30-day notice or $800 per person; 8-day notice or fee of 1/2 Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Valid for Superior rooms only
  • Not valid with reward points
  • $450 fee required for solo travelers
  • Airfare is non-refundable; $200 per person fee to change flight
  • $100 cash Galapagos National Park tax and $10 Migration Control Card not included.

Other Details

Room Details

Superior room at Hotel Quito

  • One king or double bed
  • Private balcony overlooking surrounding mountains
  • Onsite garden spa and top-floor restaurant

Standard Plus cabin on the Legend

  • One double bed or two twin beds
  • Skylights and/or portholes
  • LCD TV with five channels
  • Private bathroom
  • 118 square feet

What It's Worth

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8-day, 7-night tour of Ecuador with Galápagos Islands cruise; each package includes the following:

  • Round-trip airfare from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito, including all fuel surcharges and taxes
  • Accommodations for a total of four nights in a superior room at Hotel Quito
  • Local transport and bilingual guide
  • Half-day tour of Quito
  • Three-night cruise aboard the Legend, including all on-board meals
  • Guided shore excursions on the Galápagos Islands

Travel with a Friend packages (two Groupons required):

  • $2,588, departing October 12 (a $3,995 value)
  • $2,588, departing October 26 (a $3,995 value)
  • $2,588, departing November 3 (a $3,995 value)
  • $2,588, departing November 23 (a $3,995 value)

Rates do not include a Galápagos National Park tax ($100/person, payable in cash only). Any trip with less than 10 participants is subject to cancellation with full refund.

Total value: $3,995

Getting There

  • Departure airport: Miami International Airport (MIA)
  • Arrival airport: Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito, Ecuador (international airfare included)

Traveler's Tips

  • Before international travel, always check the State Department's website for important info on the destination and its entry/exit requirements.
  • If traveling at night in Quito, take a cab to stay safe.
  • During free time in Quito, you can add optional day trips ($50–$235 per person) or explore on your own.
  • You can rent wetsuits ($25 per use) and snorkeling gear ($20 per use) during the Galápagos cruise.

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