Embark on an incredible adventure with this 10-day Galapagos and Andes tour. You’ll begin in the Andes, admiring and exploring historical sites, mystical cloud forests, and natural spas, then join an expedition-style cruise in the enchanted Galapagos Islands.
Colonial City of Quito and Beyond
Upon your arrival, the historical city of Quito will provide you with exceptional opportunities for sightseeing. Roam its historic colonial center, seeing such sites as the San Francisco Monastery, and learn about the Cacao Arriba, the world’s finest chocolate.
A journey to the true Equator follows, giving you a unique chance to learn more about its significance and take photos to show your friends and family back home.
You’ll also venture into Cotopaxi National Park and learn about the famous volcano and its effects on the region while admiring its symmetrical cone reaching high in the air. You may want to hike up for a closer look or stay below and enjoy the scenery.
The next spectacular excursions beyond Quito take you to the mesmerizing spa city of Baños and the spa resort of Termas of Papallacta in the Andean highlands. Admire the numerous mineral hot springs or indulge in the many spa facilities available. You’ll also have the chance to channel your inner adventurer as you swing high out over the valley for incredible views.
Galapagos Islands Cruise
After returning to Quito, you’ll board your flight to the enchanted Galapagos Islands. The isle of Santa Cruz will introduce you to the incredible landscape and wildlife found here before you board your luxury cruising accommodations aboard the Petrel.
With its stable, chic catamaran design and elegant interiors, you’ll feel wrapped in comfort and sophistication the minute you climb on board. A concierge and attentive crew are there to make sure your cruise is everything you want it to be and more.
The ship offers modern, air-conditioned cabins with private balconies, including your choice of Standard or Premium Suites. Once settled in, find your way to the partially shaded sundeck with outdoor Jacuzzi, and keep your eyes peeled for playful dolphins as you head out into the beautiful blue waters surrounding these inspiring islands.
In the days ahead, you’ll experience the best of expedition-style cruising, discovering the likes of Darwin Bay, Pinnacle Rock, Espumilla Beach, Buccaneer Cove, and many other fascinating sites on the different islands.
See what ancient lava flows left behind. Swim with the local sea lions and snorkel with Galapagos penguins. Spot reef or hammerhead sharks, colorful reef fish, rays, Galapagos Lava Lizards, marine iguanas, red-footed boobies, and more.
You’ll also have opportunities to explore and capture photos of tide pools, gorgeous coastlines, grottos, an ancient pirate haven, and amazing rock formations during your cruise. Enjoy decadent Ecuadorian and international dishes on board before and after these daily island visits.
All too soon, your exciting 10 days in Ecuador and Galapagos tour comes to an end, but the memories you take with you will be priceless.