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Ecuador & Galapagos Holidays

Bellavista Tour

14 Night Itinerary from £5,755

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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Tour Route

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 Galapagos Islands

This itinerary can be modified and adapted to your preference with a specialst advisor, who can provide a guaranteed price, based on hotels, transport, excursions and flights.

Tour Itinerary

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Quito & Otavalo Market - 3 Nights

Day 1 - Fly from London to Quito

Day 2 - Guided tour of Quito

Day 3 - Visit Otavalo market

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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.

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Volcanoes & the Devil's Nose Train Journey - 2 Nights

Day 4 - Andean mountains to Riobamba

Day 5 - Devil's Nose train journey

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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.

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Cuenca & Cajas National Park - 2 Nights

Day 6 - Guided tour of Cuenca

Day 7 - Cajas National Park

 

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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.

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Galapagos Islands - 7 Nights

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

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Day 8

Fly to the Galapagos Islands

Fly to the Galapagos Islands and transfer to your chosen cruise ship for a 7-night cruise. First class cruises are aboard the Beluga and Tourist Class cruises are operated by the comfortable Cachalote Explorer. All cruises are on a full board basis, with daily excursions led by knowledgeable local naturalists.

 


Day 9

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 10

Daily guided excursions


Day 11

Daily guided excursions


Day 12

Daily guided excursions


Day 13

Daily guided excursions


Day 14

Daily guided excursions


Day 15

Departure

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

Cachalote Explorer

Galapagos Islands - Tourist Motor Yacht

Enjoy the small ship experience of cruising from island to island, getting close to the shore, feel the breeze and listening to the sea. After the morning and afternoon landings ashore, you can enjoy the spacious sundeck areas, sunbathe and admire the sea lions playing around you.

The Cachalote Explorer accommodates up to 16 passengers in 8 air conditioned double cabins, all with private bathroom facilities. There is a crew of 9 including your Galapagos Naturalist Guide that will take you on daily excursions.

Special offer - 7- night cruises 2020 - save up to £750 per person on following departures: 

2020 - 5 August, 12 August, 30 September, 14 October, 11 November, 2 December and 16 December.

 

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Beluga

Galapagos Islands - First Motor Yacht

The M/Y Beluga is a spacious and comfortable superior first class motor yacht accommodating up to 16 passengers in 8 double cabins. One of these has an additional berth which becomes a triple room which is ideal for families.

Beluga is fully air-conditioned, has spacious social areas with all the comforts and facilities of a superior first class Galapagos yacht, including panoramic windows in the lounge and dining area and a large sundeck for relaxing, sightseeing or sunbathing.

Enjoy daily excursions ashore led by expert naturalist guides, fascinating evening talks and explorations by dinghy.

Special offer departures 2020 - save £1200 per couple

We are pleased to advise the following departure dates where you can save up to £1200 per couple: 2020  October, 27 November and 4 December.

Please call for details. 

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Price Guidelines

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates Rest of the Year 22 Jun - 15 Aug; 14 - 23 Dec
Room Arrangement First First
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £5,755 £6,041
Multiple Travellers - Own Room £7,371 £7,658

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


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
  • 7 night Galapagos Islands cruise including daily excursions
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides

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