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The Bellavista Tour

14 Night Itinerary from £6,3316,380$7,863

Private Individual Tour

Visit mountain villages with local markets, admire spectacular volcanoes in the Andes and enjoy a cruise in the Galapagos Islands observing the abundant wildlife

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Andean Landscapes and the Enchanting Galapagos Islands

Visit mountain villages with local markets, admire spectacular volcanoes in the Andes and enjoy a cruise in the Galapagos Islands observing the abundant wildlife

Travel Highlights

  • Experience the diversity of Ecuador
  • Discover Quito's old town, a World Heritage centre
  • Visit the famous colourful market in the Andean town of Otavalo 
  • Travel through the dramatic Avenue of the Volcanoes
  • Visit the charming colonial city of Cuenca, famed for its Panama hats
  • Enjoy an unforgettable seven night Galapagos Cruise
  • Come face-to-face with extraordinary creatures in the remote archipelago

Journey Breakdown

The Bellavista Tour
Travel Itinerary

Quito & Otavalo Market Days 1 - 3

Day 1 - Fly from London to Quito

Day 2 - Guided tour of Quito

Day 3 - Visit Otavalo market

Itinerary Description

Day 1 - Fly from London to Quito

Take a daytime flight to Quito, arriving the same evening, where you will be met by our representative and taken to your hotel. Our guide is on hand to provide advice, run through your programme and ensure you are ready to begin your explorations tomorrow.

Day 2 - Guided tour of Quito

Enjoy a guided morning tour of Quito, including the old part of the city which is best explored on foot. You will see the city's three main squares, Independence Square, Santo Domingo Square Francisco square. We also explore the Presidential Palace and many churches, convents and palaces. The fabulous colonial architecture of the old town is quite extraordinary. We also visit the spectacular good of gold at the National Museum. The rest of the day is at leisure in Quito.

Day 3 - Visit Otavalo market

We take a trip to the Andean town of Otavalo to visit its colourful market, where men and women with long plaited hair, dressed in their traditional clothes, sell all types of weavings, handicrafts and homegrown produce.

Volcanoes & the Devil's Nose Train Journey Days 4-5

Day 4 - Andean mountains to Riobamba

Day 5 - Devil's Nose train journey

Itinerary Description

Day 4 - Andean mountains to Riobamba

Early morning start today along the Andean mountains, stopping at a local hacienda. We visit the local market at Latacunga or Saquisilli and continue along the Avenue of the Volcanoes, affording stunning views of the towering snow capped peaks. The road passes small villages and a patchwork of fields and crops arriving at Riobamba, a city embraced by majestic volcanoes. Lunch is included today.

Day 5 - Devil's Nose train journey

One of the world's most spectacular railway journeys awaits today along mountainsides and precipices on the Devil's Nose Railway, a zigzagging Trans-Andean railway that climbs more than 500 meters in less than 12 km with steep ascents and descents. It today remains an impressive piece of engineering. Following the mind-blowing descent enjoy the views of the narrow gorge of river Chanchán and learn about the traditions and worldview of the Puruhuas in Sibambe.

After a picnic lunch we continue on the road south through lush vegetation to the colonial city of Cuenca, visiting the fascinating Inca fortress of Ingapirca en route.

Cuenca & Cajas National Park Days 6 - 7

Day 6 - Guided tour of Cuenca

Day 7 - Cajas National Park

 

Itinerary Description

Day 6 - Guided tour of Cuenca

This morning take a guided tour of the elegant colonial city of Cuenca, with its cobbled streets and relaxing charm, visiting the flower market, tree lined plazas, the magnificent cathedral and Panama Hat workshop.

Day 7 - Cajas National Park

Today we journey west into the mountains through Cajas National Park, stopping on the way to walk and enjoy the scenery dotted with lagoons. We have an included lunch at a small hosteria and continue to the coastal city of Guayaquil, where we take a short tour and stay overnight.

Galapagos Islands Days 8 - 15

Day 8 - Fly to the Galapagos Islands 

Days 9-14 - Galapagos cruise with daily guided excursions

Day 15 - Return to the UK

Day 16 - Arrive in UK

Itinerary Description

Day 8 - Fly to the Galapagos Islands 

Fly to the Galapagos Islands and transfer to your chosen cruise ship for a 7-night cruise. Superb first class cruises are aboard the M/Y Letty and excellent value first Class cruises recommended on the M/Y Coral I and II yachts. All cruises are on a full board basis, with daily excursions led by knowledgeable local naturalists.

Days 9-14 - Galapagos cruise with daily guided excursions

Your cruise includes guided excursions every morning and afternoon including walks on the islands, swimming and snorkelling. Each activity is accompanied by our expert naturalist guides to ensure you see as much friendly wildlife as possible, such as basking marine iguanas, waved albatrosses, blue and red footed boobies, 500lb tortoises and friendly sea lions.

Day 15 - Departure

Flight back to mainland Ecuador, to connect with the return overnight flight to the UK.

Day 16 - Arrive in UK

Arrive in the UK in the morning.

Coral I & II

Galapagos Islands - First Motor Yacht

Coral 1 & II are very comfortable sister yachts offering charming public areas over 3 decks and accommodating 36 and 20 guests respectively. You will enjoy the intimate experience of a private yacht, with delicious Ecuadorean and international cuisine served in elegant restaurants. The cuisine can be extended to a BBQ dinner on the open-air Moon deck. Both yachts offer very personalised service, with a 1 naturalist guide for a maximum of 10-12 guests, lower than most other vessels.

The air-conditioned cabins are well-appointed with picture windows, twin or full size beds and private facilities. 

The itineraries available range from 3 and 4 night cruises that can be combined to make 7, 10 or 11 night extended cruises exploring the North, East, West and South of the Galapagos Islands.

Good choice for families 

The Coral 1 & II vessels are ideal for family groups, with interconnecting cabins and discounts available for children.

 

The Letty

Galapagos Islands - First Motor Yacht

The Letty is a first class motor specially designed for cruising the Galapagos, accommodating up to 20 guests.

The yacht is very popular with Veloso Tours clients as it offers excellent 7-night itineraries and superb value for a yacht of its class with drinks with meals and an open bar included in the price. The yacht is also operated on strict environmental standards, providing an authentic and enjoyable experience in keeping with the ethos of the Galapagos Islands.

The Letty has 10 cabins over three decks, some with twin lower berths and others with double beds; 2 cabins are also available as triples, with twin lower berths and an upper berth. The cabins all fully air-conditioned and have private facilities with hot showers and hair dryer, as well as fresh towels.

Interiors are of polished teak wood and public areas are a dining room, bar and lounge area with TV, VCR and book/video library. There is also a sun deck on top of the yacht with seating and both shaded and unshaded areas. Each boat has a crew of 9 plus 2 expert naturalist guides.

Special family only departures

The Letty offers family only sailings throughout the year. On departures where a family has booked, she will be designated only for families travelling with children. Children age 6 to 11 get 25% discount off the cruise rate and teenagers aged 12 to 17 get 15% discount off the cruise rate (excluding peak holiday weeks). There is a limit of one child or teenager discount per adult or full fare. Please ask our specialist tour consultants for details of the available family only dates.

Click here for more detailed information and images : www.galapagosconnection.com

The Bellavista Tour
Travel Details

Price Breakdown

Prices are per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.

SeasonLow SeasonHigh Season
Travel DatesRest of the Year22 Jun - 15 Aug; 14 - 23 Dec
Room ArrangementTouristFirstDeluxeTouristFirstDeluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room - £6,330 - - £6,645 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - + £1,778 - - + £1,778 -
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -
SeasonLow SeasonHigh Season
Travel DatesRest of the Year22 Jun - 15 Aug; 14 - 23 Dec
Room ArrangementTouristFirstDeluxeTouristFirstDeluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room - €6,379 - - €8,303 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - + €2,045 - - + €484 -
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -
SeasonLow SeasonHigh Season
Travel DatesRest of the Year22 Jun - 15 Aug; 14 - 23 Dec
Room ArrangementTouristFirstDeluxeTouristFirstDeluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room - $7,862 - - $8,303 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - + $2,489 - - + $2,490 -
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -

Booking Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • 16 Days / 14 Nights
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • 14 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • 14 Nights
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • 14 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request
  • 14 Nights
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • 14 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request

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