Hurry, offer ends April 30, 2019!
Explore Galapagos for 15% OFF
(Photo: Quito, capital of Ecuador)
$4,703* Based on July 20 to December 14, 2019 in the base hotels. Many other departure dates available.
Booking Window: April 1 - April 30, 2019
Featured price is per person, land only, in Canadian dollars based on double occupancy, on the departure dates indicated and includes all taxes and fees, intra-vacation flights and the Monograms 15% discount.
HURRY, OFFER ENDS APRIL 30, 2019!
*Book a 2019 departure of Peru Highlights (ISM*), South American Selection (ISI*), Costa Rica Wonders (ILA*), Galapagos Highlights (ISQ*), Cruising the Galapagos on the Galapagos Legend (ISK*), Argentina Highlights (ISA*), Brazil Highlights (ISS*), Brazil, Argentina & Chile (ISR*), Patagonia & Chilean Fjords (ISO*), Magical Columbia (ISU*) to receive a 15% discount on the land-only portion of the core package including extensions. Not including extra night accommodations, hotel or train upgrades, intra-vacation air, transfers, taxes/fees, tips or supplements. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between April 1-30, 2019 for travel in 2019. Not applicable to custom tours. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Offer combinable only with Welcome Back Credit and any applicable air credits. Applies to new bookings only and will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn at any time.
(Photo: Map of Galapagos Highlights tour with Monograms)
Day 1: Galápagos Highlights
ARRIVE IN QUITO, ECUADOR
Welcome to Quito. Your hotel is available for mid-afternoon check-in.
(Photo: Marine Iguanas in Galapagos)
Day 2 QUITO
Your included PRIVATE CITY TOUR showcases the rich legacy left by the Incas and the Spaniards. See Independence Square, dominated by its formidable cathedral, San Francisco Plaza Church, and the BASILICA with its marvelous stained-glass windows. Breakfast
Day 3 QUITO–BALTRA–NORTH SEYMOUR–SANTA CRUZ
Fly to Baltra in the Galápagos. Upon arrival, board a yacht bound for NORTH SEYMOUR, an island teeming with life. You might have to give way to a passing sea lion, marine iguana, or blue-footed boobies that nest here. As you walk along the shore, see large flocks of pelicans in a dive-bomb feeding-frenzy, and one of the Galápagos’ largest nesting sites of the magnificent frigatebird. In the bushes you can see the males up close with their puffed-up scarlet throat sacs. Return to the yacht and continue to the Finch Bay Hotel. Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
SPECIAL FEATURE: Named after the famous Darwin’s finches that are abundant in the surroundings, the Finch Bay Eco Hotel offers a private seaside location surrounded by mangroves. Amenities include a bar, lounge, restaurant, and outdoor pool—and beachfront access. All rooms offer twin beds, private restroom, and air-conditioning. Guests will enjoy daily boat excursions to various Galápagos Islands, kayaking, snorkeling, bicycle rides in town, and viewing the local flora and fauna.
(Photo: Giant Tortoises in Galapagos)
Day 4 SANTA CRUZ. EXCURSION TO THE HIGHLANDS
Transfer to the lush highlands of SANTA CRUZ to a farming area called El Manzanillo on the edge of the GIANT TORTOISE RESERVE. Here, tortoises can be seen grazing year-round, along with woodpecker finches, mockingbirds, and flycatchers. After lunch, visit a LOCAL FARM, where coffee, sugar cane, and cocoa beans are grown, harvested, and prepared. Return to the hotel and perhaps spend time on the private beach. Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 5 SANTA CRUZ. EXCURSION TO SANTA FÉ
Board a yacht bound for SANTA FÉ, where you will see the endemic Santa Fé land iguana and the large opuntia cactus forest. The beach area is covered with California sea lions, and the coastline is an excellent location for snorkeling with sea turtles. Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 6 SANTA CRUZ. EXCURSION TO DIVINE BAY
Today’s adventure takes you to wildlife-rich DIVINE BAY on Santa Cruz Island. Marine iguanas, herons, noddy terns, blue-footed boobies, and tropicbirds are commonly seen here. You may explore by boat, or if you’re more adventurous, you can take to the sea by kayak. Keep an eye out for sea turtles, rays, and reef sharks as you cruise the tranquil waters. Return to the hotel for lunch, followed by an afternoon visit to the CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION, established to help conserve the Galápagos’ natural habitats and protect the area’s famous giant tortoises. Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
(Photo: Blue footed booby in Galapagos)
Day 7 SANTA CRUZ–BALTRA–GUAYAQUIL
Depart the hotel this morning and visit the TWIN PIT CRATERS en route to Baltra. These great depressions of volcanic material were formed by a long process of slow sinking of the ground, where exceptional Scalesia trees, ferns, mosses, and orchids can be seen in the surroundings. Then, fly to Guayaquil on Ecuador’s Pacific coast and transfer to the hotel for your final night in Ecuador. Breakfast
Day 8 GUAYAQUIL
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Breakfast