Private luxury tours in Galapagos & Ecuador

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Luxury Galapagos & Ecuador Tours

Highlights of Ecuador & the Galapagos
(10 Days)
Quito, Galapagos Islands (5-day cruise), Otavalo Valley

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

Family Tour of the Galapagos
(8 Days)
Quito, Galapagos Islands (5-day cruise)

Essence of the Galapagos
(11 Days)
Quito, Galapagos Islands (8-day Silversea cruise)

Luxury Lodges of Ecuador & the Galapagos
(11 Days)
Quito, Cloud Forest, Galapagos Islands

Exclusive Ecuador
(13 Days)
Quito, Cloud Forest, Galapagos Islands (8-day Silversea cruise)

Private Galapagos Cruise
5-, 6- and 8-day private cruises

Journey Through Ecuador
(14 Days)
Quito, Amazon, Galapagos Islands (5-day cruise), Otavalo Valley

Discover Ecuador
(9 Days)
Quito, Cotopaxi, Riobamba, Cuenca

Multi-country Tours

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

Land-based Tour of the Galapagos

(8 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Quito, Galapagos Islands

This tour is ideal for travelers who want to get the most out of the Galapagos Islands but prefer to stay in a hotel. It features accommodation at the best resort hotel in the Galapagos, naturalist-led excursions on Santa Cruz Island and naturalist-led day trips aboard a private yacht to landing sites on surrounding islands.

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, fly to the Galapagos Islands, a dream destination for nature lovers, and stay four nights at Pikaia Lodge on Santa Cruz Island, the finest resort hotel in the Galapagos. Enjoy naturalist-led day trips aboard Pikaia’s private 100-foot yacht to landing sites on Santa Cruz and the most interesting surrounding islands, such as Bartolome, Santiago and North Seymour. See incredible volcanic landscapes, and get close to iconic Galapagos wildlife such as giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies and marine iguanas. Depending on the season, also see mating rituals, newborns feeding, territorial squabbles and more. If desired, snorkel in areas frequented by sea lions, penguins, sea turtles and schools of colorful fish. Also enjoy a naturalist-led excursion on Santa Cruz to highlights such as the giant tortoise reserve, lava tubes, scalesia forest and the Charles Darwin Research Station, where different subspecies of Galapagos tortoises are raised.

The tour concludes with one night back in Quito.

Upon request, this tour can easily be extended to include time in the Otavalo region, Amazon basin or other highly recommended destinations in Ecuador.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Quito

Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights

Day 2 Quito

Full-day private touring

Day 3

Quito – Galapagos Islands
Private transfer to airport for flight to Galapagos. Arrival transfer to hotel for 4 nights

Day 4 Galapagos Islands

Full-day yacht excursion with naturalist to landing sites on islands such as Bartolome, Santiago, North Seymour and Santa Cruz

Day 5 Galapagos Islands

Touring on Santa Cruz Island with naturalist guide

Days 6 Galapagos Islands

Full-day yacht excursion with naturalist to landing sites on islands such as Bartolome, Santiago, North Seymour and Santa Cruz

Day 7 Galapagos Islands – Quito

Transfer to flight to Quito. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night

Day 8 Depart Quito

Private airport transfer


Hotels
Quito:

Casa Gangotena

Galapagos Islands:

Pikaia Lodge


Cost
$10,700 Per person (double occupancy)