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Ecuador & Galapagos Holidays

A family tour of colonial Quito and an amazing Galapagos wildlife cruise

11 Night Itinerary from  £5,474

Ninos Galapagos Family Tour

Close encounters with tame wildlife are a unique experience that inspire youngsters to develop an appreciation of the natural world. Doing so with your family builds a bond and interest for life.

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Tour Route

Travel Highlights

  • Departing on Saturdays from the UK
  • Visit the colourful Indian market in the Andean town of Otavalo
  • Explore the colonial centre of the Ecuadorian capital
  • Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime seven night Galapagos Islands cruise 
  • Learn about navigation and nautical skills and enjoy on-board family facilities
  • Get up close to the amazing nature in the company of a child-friendly naturalist guide

This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.

Tour Itinerary


Quito & Otavalo Market - 4 Nights

Day 1 - Fly to Quito

Day 2 - Guided tour of Quito 

Day 3 - Quito at leisure or choose an optional excursion

Day 4 - Visit Otavalo market

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Friday, 03 February 2023

Fly to Quito

Depart the UK on your flight to Quito, arriving in the same evening. Our friendly guide will meet your family and take you to your hotel for a four night stay. Your guide will also provide a briefing and introductory walk of the area around your hotel, so you are well prepared for your activities ahead. Our guides are very experienced working with families of all ages and will ensure each excursion or guided tour is adapted to your family's individual requirements.

Saturday, 04 February 2023

Guided tour of Quito 

Today enjoy a guided tour of Quito, again completely adaptable to your family's interests, including the magnificent old colonial centre, the Gold Museum, the cathedral and main square with the impressive Presidential Palace. 

Sunday, 05 February 2023

Quito at leisure or choose an optional excursion

A free day to either further explore Quito perhaps taking a ride in the cable car up the side of the Pichincha volcano for magnificent views over the city. Or choose from a range of optional excursions including a visit to the famous Avenue of the Volcanoes and the awe-inspiring Cotopaxi Volcano. 

Monday, 06 February 2023

Visit Otavalo market

Today enjoy an included visit to nearby Andean towns, villages and famous Otavalo Market. Strolling around Otavalo on market day is a festival for the eyes. You will see people selling textiles, jewellery, hats, native art and woollen jumpers, as well as all kinds of exotic fruit and vegetables. A chance to try your haggling skills with the merchants. 

Plaza Sucre

Quito - Tourist Hotel

The Hotel Plaza Sucre is located at the very heart of Ecuador's capital, in the historical downtown named by UNESCO as a Human Heritage site in 1978, because of its architectural beauty and cultural richness. The sober and colonial atmosphere of the hotel makes you feel being transported to the republican era. The hotel offers 25 comfortable guestrooms equipped with private facilities, TV cable, internet, Wifi, and modern facilities. Breakfasts are served in a wonderful rooftop patio with great views of "El Panecillo" statue which towers over the city.

1869 Plaza Sucre

Casona de La Ronda

Quito - First Boutique

This delightful 22 room hotel has been converted from an original Colonial townhouse, and is located on the pedestrian La Ronda street, close to many bars and restaurants. The rooms are comfortable and traditionally styled, decorated with fabricsand patterns from local communities. The hotel alos has a small lounge and fireplace, and serves local cuisine and Ecudorean wines.

1872 Casona De La Ronda

Casa Gangotena

Quito - Deluxe Hotel

Situated in a newly-restored historic mansion overlooking Plaza San Francisco in the heart of the Old Town, the three-story Casa Gangotena has 31 luxury rooms: a showcase of eye catching style, contemporary design, antiques, furnishings, fine dining, modern technologies and quintessential comforts. Beautifully and eclectically appointed, the hotel invites its guests to explore and to relax, whether in the dining room, glassed-in patio, garden redolent with the perfume of native flowers, wood-panelled library, or else atop its panoramic third-floor terrace. Sophisticated and eclectic, historic yet contemporary, at Casa Gangotena style, passion and service blend seamlessly and delightfully.

The hotel includes several 'experiences' for its guests at no extra cost, including San Francisco’s courtyards & Brewery, Museo del Carmen Alto, San Fransisco Choir & Bell Tower and Chocolate Quiteno tasting.

Rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

Casa Gangotena Hotel Quito
Galapagos Family

Galapagos Cruise - 7 Nights

Day 5 - Fly to the Galapagos Islands

Days 6-11 - Galapagos Islands Cruise

Day 12 - Departure

Day 13 - Arrive in the UK

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Tuesday, 07 February 2023

Fly to the Galapagos Islands

Fly to the Galapagos Islands and transfer to your chosen cruise ship for a 7 night cruise on a full board basis including guided excursions every morning and afternoon. We recommend the tourist class Cachalote Explorer, superior first class Beluga or the larger newly refurbished Galapagos Legend - all if which tailor the experience, lectures and entertainment to the ages of the children and teenagers that join the cruise. 

Wednesday, 08 February 2023

Galapagos Islands Cruise

A cruise in the Galapagos Islands is a magical family experience. Just imagine the delight in your children's eyes when they see birds and wildlife with no fear of humans - quite surreal. During your cruise you take walking tours with your expert naturalist guide, experienced in the islands' wildlife from the child's point of view. Discover marine and land iguanas, blue and red footed boobies, penguins and the giant tortoises of Santa Cruz. Swimming with playful sea lions is one of the main highlights for all ages. And snorkelling in the Galapagos Islands is perfect for children as there are so many species to observe in safe, shallow and warm waters. Following each excursion, return to your ship for meals, talks and games. 


Thursday, 09 February 2023

Daily guided excursions

Friday, 10 February 2023

Daily guided excursions

Saturday, 11 February 2023

Daily guided excursions

Sunday, 12 February 2023

Daily guided excursions

Monday, 13 February 2023

Daily guided excursions

Tuesday, 14 February 2023


Fly back to the UK, via mainland Ecuador. 

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.

2022 SPECIAL OFFER - Save up to £800 per couple on the departures below:

  • 6 July 
  • 24 August
  • 7 September
  • 19 October
  • 23 November
  • 7 December
The Cachalote Explorer offers good comfort, a quality experience and exceptional value


Galapagos Islands - First Motor Yacht


The M/Y Letty is a first class motor yacht specially designed for expedition cruising in the Galapagos islands archipelago, and accommodating up to 20 guests.

The Letty offers extensive itinerary routes; it 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.

Departures for Families only

The Letty offers special family only sailings throughout the year. On departures where a family has booked, will be designated only for families travelling with children/teenagers so you know that there are children onboard. 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. In addition there are special menus for children and teenagers, and, most importantly, the guides are trained and experienced in leading a group of children, to explain the animal world, Eco-systems and geology of the Galapagos islands.  Please contact us for details of the family departure dates available.

The first class Letty

Galapagos Legend

Galapagos Islands - First Cruise Vessel

The Galapagos Legend is a spacious ship that can take up to 100 passengers, and has a large outdoor area with sun deck, bar and swimming pool. 5 expert Naturalist Guides take you ashore on daily excursions, morning and afternoon, in small groups of up to 16 guests. The cabins are comfortable and modern, located on four decks, all with lower berths and private facilities. 3 cabins are interior and the rest have either portholes or panoramic windows - and top suites have balconies.


The Legend is the perfect ship for families, as she has 3/4 bed family suites, kids club, kids menu and activities to keep children entertained.


Galapagos Legend sailing in the Galapagos Islands

Price Guidelines

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates 29 Dec-27 Jun, 16 Aug -28 Nov 28 Jun-15 Aug, 29 Nov-28 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Tourist First
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £5,474 £6,817 £6,047 £7,145

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

What's Included

  • 13 Days / 11 Nights
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners
  • 7-night Galapagos Cruise including daily excursions
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Children 7-11 years have reduction of 20% when sharing a room/cabin.

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