Private luxury tours in Galapagos & Ecuador

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Luxury Galapagos & Ecuador Tours

Highlights of Ecuador & the Galapagos
(10 Days)
Quito, Galapagos cruise (4 nights), Otavalo Valley

Best of the Galapagos
(9 Days)
Quito, Galapagos cruise (3 nights), Galapagos lodge

Introduction to Ecuador & the Galapagos
(7 Days)
Quito, Galapagos cruise (3 nights)

Land-based Tour of the Galapagos
(8 Days)
Quito, Galapagos lodge

Highlights of Mainland Ecuador
(6 Days)
Quito, Otavalo Valley

Discover Ecuador
(9 Days)
Quito & environs, Galapagos cruise (4 nights)

Exclusive Ecuador & the Galapagos
(13 Days)
Quito, Otavalo Valley, Galapagos cruise (6 nights)

Family Tour of the Galapagos
(8 Days)
Quito, Galapagos lodge

Essence of Ecuador
(13 Days)
Quito, Cloud Forest, Galapagos cruise (4 nights), Otavalo Valley

Quito & Avenue of the Volcanoes
(9 Days)
Quito, Cotopaxi, Riobamba, Cuenca

Luxury Adventure Tour of Ecuador & the Galapagos
(11 Days)
Quito, Cloud Forest, Galapagos cruise (5 nights)

Journey Through Ecuador
(15 Days)
Quito, Amazon cruise (3 nights), Otavalo Valley, Galapagos cruise (5 nights)

Multi-country Tours

Best of Peru & the Galapagos
(13 Days)
Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Quito, Galapagos lodge

Highlights of Ecuador & the Galapagos

(10 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Quito, Galapagos cruise (4 nights), Otavalo Valley

This tour perfectly combines the natural wonders of the Galapagos Islands with fascinating city touring in Quito and a stay at a luxurious and historic countryside hacienda.

Begin in Quito, the capital of Ecuador and a historic city set among snowcapped volcanoes in the Andes. With your private local guide, tour the city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with Spanish colonial-era architecture. Explore interesting back streets, hidden courtyards and churches with spectacular interiors. Visit the best museums, traditional workshops, markets and other sites according to your interests. Perhaps also shop for a high-quality Panama hat—an Ecuador original.

Next, spend five days exploring the Galapagos Islands—a dream destination for nature lovers—on one of our preferred expedition cruises. Each day, tour different islands with an expert naturalist, and get close to giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas and other iconic Galapagos wildlife. See the cycle of life up close, which depending on the season, might include mating rituals, newborns feeding, territorial squabbles, and more. Snorkel among sea turtles, playful sea lions and schools of brightly colored fish. Upon request, we arrange private yacht charters, SCUBA diving and other options in the Galapagos.

Return to mainland Ecuador and spend two nights at a historic hacienda in the beautiful Otavalo region, a bucolic highland landscape of rolling hills, farms and indigenous villages beneath snow-capped volcanic peaks. Stop to smell the roses at a rose-growing hacienda and learn about the cut flower industry’s important contribution to the local economy. Visit local indigenous food and craft markets, and stop by select workshops to meet artisans and shop for high-quality handwoven wool textiles, delicate embroidery, leather goods, and other traditional and modern crafts. At your hacienda, dine on delicious local cuisine and enjoy activities such as mountain biking or horseback riding past unexcavated pre-Colombian ruins; learning about conservation efforts at a condor sanctuary; visiting a cheese dairy and factory; birdwatching; guided hiking through spectacular valleys; and exploring the beautiful grounds and gardens. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can arrange additional activities such as spa appointments, a cooking lesson, an embroidery or leather workshop, horse-drawn carriage rides or a luxurious picnic in the countryside.

Return to Quito for a final night before your return or onward flight.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Quito

VIP airport assistance. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights

Day 2 Quito

Full-day private touring

Day 3 Quito – Galapagos Islands

Private airport transfer. VIP lounge access and flight to Galapagos Islands for a 4-night cruise

Days 4-6 Galapagos Islands

Cruise-based excursions and activities

Day 7 Galapagos Islands – Quito – Otavalo Valley

Transfer and flight to Quito. Private arrival transfer to hacienda for 2 nights

Day 8 Otavalo Valley

Full-day privately guided activities and touring

Day 9 Otavalo Valley – Quito

Private touring and flexible shopping in local villages and environs. Lunch at hacienda or private estate en route to Quito for 1 night

Day 10 Depart Quito

Private airport transfer and VIP airport services


Hotels & Cruises
Quito:

Casa Gangotena

Galapagos cruise:

M/C Petrel or M/C Ocean Spray

Otavalo Valley: Hacienda Zuleta

Cost
$13,175 Per person (double occupancy)