Multi-Country Landmark Tours Holidays
26 Night Itinerary from £9,749
Explore the best National Parks and birdwatching regions of Costa Rica then fly to Ecuador to enjoy a 7-night cruise discovering the unique flora, fauna and wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.
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- San Jose & Poás Volcano - 2 Nights
- Tortuguero National Park - 3 Nights
- Bajos del Toro - 2 Nights
- Arenal Volcano - 3 Nights
- Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park - 3 Nights
- Manuel Antonio National Park - 3 Nights
- Quito - 3 Nights
- Galapagos Cruise - 7 Nights
- Fly back to the UK - 0 Nights
- Experience the unique wildlife of Costa Rica and the Galapagos
- Excursions with expert naturalist guides with superb birdwatching
- Stay at Bosque de Paz or El Silencio lodges, hidden in the cloud forest
- Explore Arenal National Park on an optional hike or cruise through wetlands
- Explore the remote Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park
- Relax on the golden Pacific Coast beaches
- Fly to Quito and explore the old town
- Observe condors in the high Andes at an historic country hacienda
- Spend 7 glorious days exploring the Galapagos Islands
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.
San Jose & Poás Volcano - 2 Nights
Day 1 - Departure from UK
Day 2 - Poas Volcano
- Full Description
Friday, 01 December 2023
Departure from UK
Depart on a direct flight to San Jose. On arrival, transfer to your comfortable lodge or hotel in the hills above the city for a 2 night stay.
Saturday, 02 December 2023
Visit Poás Volcano
Today we visit nearby Poás Volcano, with its active, smoking crater and emerald green crater-lake. We continue to the stunning La Paz Waterfalls Gardens, where walkways lead you past a series of waterfalls which cut through the surrounding lush forest. Afternoon at leisure to relax by the hotel pool, enjoy the spa or walk in the extensive grounds.
San Jose - Tourist Hotel
The Balmoral Hotel is located on Avenida Central, San Jose’s most famous street and walking distance to the historic centre. It is easy to visit the Iglesia de la Merced, the cathedral, the central and Morazán parks, as well as the impressive gold and jade museums.
The hotel’s rooms include double beds, complimentary coffee, safe, hair dryer, FREE Wi-Fi, desk, and private bathrooms with power showers and complimentary toiletries.
There is a bar, restaurant, café, pizzeria and even a wine shop. The award-winning El Patio del Balmoral restaurant serves a variety of authentic Costa Rican specialties and international dishes in a casual and relaxing setting. There is also an on site gym.
San Jose - Luxury Resort
Finca Rosa Blanca Country Inn is situated above the beautiful Central Valley of Costa Rica, offering amazing views of volcanoes, cloud forests and coffee plantations and nestled amongst 10 acres amid hundreds of fruit trees and tropical flora. It offers luxurious rooms including mini bar, Jacuzzi bath and private verandas overlooking the Valley. Each room has its own decoration allowing its unique atmosphere.
The hotel provides lots of amenities such as games room, large swimming pool, TV and reading area and 2 large dinner tables for group dining. The restaurant offers a spectacular view of the coffee plantation and serves delicious local cuisine with fresh products.
San Jose - Luxury Hotel
Located on the outskirts of San Jose in Santa Ana, the 23 room Hotel Alta is an excellent base to explore the capital city and surrounding attractions, including the Poas Volcano.
Public areas include a swimming pool, excellent dining at the elegant La Luz Restaurant and bar or the more relaxed cafe de Verano.
There are 5 room types: deluxe queen, deluxe king, grand queen, grand king and a master suite. Each room is air-conditioned with private bathroom, balcony or terrace, TV, safe, hair dryer and iron/ironing board.
The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.
Tortuguero National Park - 3 Nights
Day 3 - Transfer to Tortuguero National Park
Day 4 - Jungle trek and boat tour
Day 5 - Explore Tortuguero
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Sunday, 03 December 2023
Transfer to Tortuguero National Park
Morning transfer through the mountains to the pier where we take a river journey to our lodge deep in the Tortuguero National Park, staying for 3-nights on a full board basis. The rest of the day is free to relax at your chosen lodge.
Monday, 04 December 2023
Jungle trek and boat Tour
Today, enjoy a guided walking tour into the rainforest to Tortuguero National Park, and in the afternoon explor the canals in small, open boats. Tortuguero is a network of navigable lakes, rivers and canals (both natural and man-made) that are used as the only form of transport and are ideal for observing local wildlife such as birds, monkeys, two and three-toed sloths, American crocodiles and caimans. The canals also provide shelter to endangered animals such as the oriental Indian manatee, crocodiles, a large variety of crustaceous and about 30 species of sweet water fish, including the gaspar, considered as a living fossil.
Tuesday, 05 December 2023
A day free to choose from a range of optional tours, treks, boat trips and canopy tours, depending on your interests. If you travel from July to October, you can take a night tour to observe the magical sight of thousands of Sea Turtles nesting on the beach.
Tortuguero Forest & Canals - Tourist Lodge
Located near the entrance to Tortuguero National Park, Evergreen Lodge offers a sustainable way to explore the rainforest from the Penitencia Canal that flows directly in front of the Lodge.
The lodge has 66 rooms and private bungalows constructed over pillars designed in a Caribbean style, with wooden and bamboo furniture. Each has comfortable beds, ceiling fans, security boxes and private bathrooms with warm water.
Public areas include a swimming pool and dining room.
The lodge offers various excellent value packages that include guided excursions exploring Tortuguero National Park.
Evergreen Lodge has a commitment with the environment and sustainable development, due to this we have been working hard to obtain sustainability certifications by implementing different measures and programs such as but not limited to energy and water saving, recycling programs, and training programs in topics such as sustainability, and others. The objective is to use and treat the resources appropriately, as well as to contribute with the environment and the community.
Tortuguero Forest & Canals - Deluxe Lodge
Overview and location
Tortuga Lodge and Gardens was the first upscale lodge built in Tortuguero National Park on Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast and remains the most comfortable place to stay in the area. Facing the Tortuguero River in its own 146 acre estate, the lodge offers a quiet, eco-friendly experience with solar powered energy, locally sourced ingredients and attractive and wooden buildings with a laid-back, tropical, yet classic design. The lodge has 20 hectares of attractively landscaped gardens with ornamental tropical trees, palms, shrubs, orchids, and other flowers that attract birds, lizards and butterflies.
Why stay here?
In a remote place like this, running a quality eco lodge with comfortable accommodation and a high standard of service is not easy, but Tortuga Lodge has got it right. Rustic elegance in the jungle.
The 2 storey room blocks are set among the tropical gardens, with 11 downstairs terrace rooms, 12 upstairs balcony rooms, 1 large Penthouse suite and 2 family junior suites - all facing the river. The spacious rooms have quality beds, large en suite bathrooms with shower, ceiling fans and rocking chairs and hammocks in the outside terrace. There is a no smoking policy, no air conditioning or television - you will appreciate the sounds of the tropical rain forest - including a wake up call from a local howler monkey!
Food and drink
The reception, bar and superb restaurant are located in the main building built on the riverside, with veranda dining next to the water. The chef delights the guests with local and international dishes served in creative ways. All meals are served at your table. Veloso Tours recommends the full meal plan. An a la carte menu is available for all meals.
Facilities and activities
The lodge offers free Wi-Fi throughout. The stunning infinity pool features an environmentally-friendly purification system so the water does not irritate the eyes - a perfect place to relax after adventures in the jungle and the lodge's gardens. Expert-led excursions by boat exploring Tortuguero National Park are available from the lodge. These can be arranged in advance with your Veloso Tours UK travel advisor.
From July to October, the highlight in Tortuguero is standing a few feet from a 300-pound Green Sea Turtle while she lays 80-100 eggs, covers up her nest, perhaps digs a false nest to throw off predators, and finally, after more than an hour, returns to the sea.
Veloso Tours prices include room, local taxes and all meals. Packages including flight transfers from San Jose and excursions are also available. The National Park entrance fee is not included (USD $15.00 per person).
Families with teenagers will appreciate the hotel's partnership with a local school where they can help teach local children with their English. Must be pre-arranged with our travel advisor. Families stay in a junior family suite with 2 beds (1 king) sleeping up to 4. Younger families benefit from up to 2 children aged 10 or younger staying FREE if sharing a room with 2 adults. The lodge offers a special 3 night family expedition package including transfers, room, meals and full excursion programme.
Please call us for a quote - 0208 762 0616
Tortuguero Forest & Canals - Luxury Hotel
The Manatus Hotel is located 2.5km from Tortuguero town centre, very close to the airstrip that you fly into thus avoiding a long transfer by road. It is also one of the few properties that sit directly on a strip of land separating the Caribbean Sea from several canals. With only 12 bungalows with 2 Queen beds each, it really is a unique place to stay surrounded by stunning scenery. Each air-conditioned luxury bungalow has a private patio with an outdoor shower - plus TV, bathroom, FREE Wi-Fi and mini-bar.
Public areas include a bar, excellent restaurant with a la carte international menu combined with the exquisite traditional Costa Rican cuisine, a spa, gym and swimming pool. There is also a small, on-site gallery of local art.
Manatus Hotel also features some private trails to enjoy the natural surroundings and the possibilities to observe the wildlife, as well as a dock where you can enjoy the views of the calm waters of the lagoon. Kayaks can be rented to cruise the canals.
One of the biggest attractions of the region are the nesting of the sea turtles. As well as our included adventures by boat, you can also take optional guided hikes into the jungle.
Bajos del Toro - 2 Nights
Day 6 - Transfer to Bajos del Toro
Day 7 - Explore the cloud forest
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Wednesday, 06 December 2023
Travel to Bajos del Toro
After an enjoyable morning further enjoying the delights of Tortuguero National Park, transfer to Bajos del Toro and check into your chosen lodge; either Bosque de Paz (first class) or El Silencio Lodge (Deluxe), staying for 2-nights on a bed and breakfast basis, with individual cabins nestled in a secluded area of Cloud Forest. Rest of the day at leisure.
Thursday, 07 December 2023
Explore the cloud forest
Explore the forest around your chosen lodge or take optional visits to nearby attractions such as Sarchi, Zarcero or the Juan Castro National Park. There also many other activities available, from cooking classes to coffee tasting, horse riding to early morning birdwatching to enjoy.
Bajos del Toro - First Lodge
Bosque de Paz Reserva Biologica is located in Alajuela. The property boasts a large terrace offering stunning views of the surrounding nature. Situated in the mountains, this lodge is within 25 mi (40 km) of Aguas Zarcas Church, Aquas Zarcas Square, and Zoo Ave. La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Central Park are also within 32 mi (52 km). This lodge is 65 minutes’ drive from Juan Santamaría International Airport.
The lodge offers a total of 12 rooms surrounded by forest and a hummingbird, and a butterfly garden. The rooms are fully furnished with exclusive ironworks and Costa Rican pottery. Each one has two double beds, private bathroom, and hot water. Wide balconies offer beautiful views to the forest. A restaurant, coffee/tea in the lobby, free WiFi is available at this smoke-free lodge. At Bosque de Paz Reserva Biologica you will find a garden and a terrace. Other facilities offered at the property include a shared lounge, a tour desk and luggage storage. There is a library on site that features many natural history volumes, plus a research lab. The lodge provides a full board plan (no drinks) and the entrance fee to the reserve.
Bajos del Toro - Deluxe Lodge
Located an hour from San Jose, El Silencio Lodge & Spa is ideally located at Bajos del Toro, a relatively unknown tourist destination offering many beautiful landscapes and activities. The Lodge is set in 500 acres of private tropical forest reserve, flanked by Juan Castro Blanco National Park and Poas Volcano National Park. Ideal for couples, nature lovers and families, the Silencio, Spanish for silence, is befitting of a destination when daily stress hushes the sounds of nature bloom.
The lodge includes a guided hike in the cloud forest and you can even plant your own tree. They provide advice on independent walks to explore the many waterfalls, streams, unique fauna, flora and birdlife. Optional activities include horseback riding, art and cooking classes, coffee tasting or adventure activities in the rainforest. Nearby attractions such as Sarchi, Zarcero and the Juan Castro Blanco National Park are also worth visiting.
Choose from 2 bedroom suites (up to 4 people) or 2 or 3 bedroom private villas (up to 6). All have private bathroom, TV, outdoor whirlpool or heated pool, terrace, coffee maker, hair dryer, safe, amenities and stunning floor to ceiling windows.
The lodge has its own organic farm which provides many ingredients for their excellent Las Ventanas Restaurant. There is also a spa to relax after your days exploring this wonderful remote hideaway.
Rates are on a room and breakfast basis.
Arenal Volcano - 3 Nights
Day 8 - Transfer to Arenal National Park
Day 9 - Arenal
Day 10 - Explore Arenal National Park
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Friday, 08 December 2023
Explore Arenal National Park
Transfer to the Arenal National Park where we stay for 3-night on a bed and breakfast basis at your chosen hotel by the towering Arenal Volcano. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Saturday, 09 December 2023
Explore Arenal National Park
Exploring Arenal National Park on a wide range of optional excursions. Perhaps take a horse riding tour through the forest, walk on hanging bridge trails in the rainforest canopy, relax in hot springs, or hike around the volcano to see the lava flows. A boat trip to the wetlands of Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, filled with migratory birds, is well worth experiencing.
Sunday, 10 December 2023
Explore Arenal National Park
Exploring Arenal National Park at your leisure.
Arenal Volcano Park - Tourist Hotel
Arenal Volcano Inn is a cozy hotel located in front of the Arenal Volcano, just minutes away from the main attractions in Arenal National Park.
The hotel has just 25 rooms, from standard to deluxe. Each is air-conditioned with FREE Wi-Fi, private bathroom with shower, cable TV, mini bar, safe and telephone. Choose from a garden or volcano view.
Public areas include beautiful gardens with exotic plants, colourful birds and other animals. There is also the Que Rico Arenal Restaurant offering excellent Italian, International, and Costa Rican cuisine. The restaurant offers a spectacular view of the volcano. The wood fired pizza is a must try for those who visit Que Rico Arenal.
The hotel can arrange a wide variety of activities, including zip wire adventures, treks, boat trips, horse riding and coffee plantation tours.
Arenal Volcano Park - Deluxe Resort
Located in the outskirts of the Arenal Volcano, Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens provides a uniquely natural experience. Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, each one of its 24 spacious casitas provides an exclusive retreat in which you can relax amidst the breathtaking view of the volcano. Interwoven with rich gardens its tropical grounds create the perfect setting to rest and enjoy nature. A large Jacuzzi and wet bar provide a place to rest after enjoying the various guided activities, including white water rafting, hiking, mountain biking, volcano treks, and hot springs. Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens offers a full service restaurant, where local ingredients blend with a world-class cuisine to provide an incomparable dining experience. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and boasts a direct view of the active volcano.
Every (room) casita at the Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens has been designed to provide the utmost in comfort and style while maintaining a close connection with the natural surroundings. With the guests' experience in mind, Arenal Nayara offers a unique concept of individual casitas separated by lush tropical gardens. Each one of its large suite-size casitas provides independent space and privacy that includes a private backyard with an outdoor shower and a front balcony overlooking the volcano. For a full pampering experience select the Nayara Suites featuring in-room breakfast, bathrobe, and the best panoramic volcano view. Each of the casitas is equipped with a King or two full size beds, Plasma 27" Cable TV, DVD / CD Player, IPod Stand, Internet Access, Safe Box (Laptop capacity), Air Conditioning, private bathroom with hot water and rain shower, backyard with outside shower, in room "mini" bar service, coffee maker, front balcony overlooking the volcano with jacuzzi for two, high speed internet connection. Accommodation includes room and breakfast.
Arenal Volcano Park - First Resort
Arenal Springs Resort is the ideal combination of modern comfort and exuberant tropical surrounding. The rooms are all in semi-detached bungalows spread over a wide area directly facing Arenal Volcano. Each room has a patio with seating, as well as air conditioning. The hotel also has its own hot springs, which feed into a number of hot tubs and pool of different temperatures, all of which guests can enjoy at their leisure. There is also a spa, a yoga studio, and two restaurants.
Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park - 3 Nights
Day 11 - Fly to the Osa Peninsula
Day 12 - Corcovado National Park
Day 13 - Exploring the coastal rainforest
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Monday, 11 December 2023
Pacific Coast to the Osa Peninsula
Transfer to San Jose domestic airport and fly to the Osa Peninsula, one of the last truly wild national parks, and to your chosen lodge overlooking the Golfo Dulce. We stay for 3-nights on a full board basis in the rainforest, surrounded by exotic birds, monkeys, sloths and the sounds of nature. Enjoy guided hiked in the forest, bird watching and boat trips onto the bay to see dolphins and other marine life. There is also access to beaches within walking distance. For the more adventurous there is also waterfall rappelling on offer. Please note the tourist class lodge option does not include guided excursions.
Tuesday, 12 December 2023
Corcovado National Park
At leisure - there is so much to enjoy. Take a guided hike in Corcovado National Park. Explore the shoreline and mangroves by kayak, discover the rainforest by horseback or go snorkelling. Visit the Sirena Park Station, go sport fishing, dolphin watching or take a tour at night to hear the sounds of the rainforest.
Wednesday, 13 December 2023
Exploring the coastal rainforest
At leisure. Perhaps a day to relax on the beach for trek further into the forest, in this natural wonderland.
Osa Peninsula & Corcovado - Tourist Lodge
Luna Lodge is situated within 60 acres of primary and secondary rainforest, on the pristine and captivating Osa Peninsula in Carate near Corcovado National Park.
Corcovado is one of the largest parks in Costa Rica and protects one-third of the peninsula. Described as “…the most biologically intense place on Earth.” by National Geographic Magazine.
There are eight bungalows, three haciendas, and seven platform tents - all well-appointed with private bathrooms. All are beautifully situated in the rainforest and offer breathtaking views from their decks. The spacious colonial-style hacienda rooms have private baths and are designed to comfortably accommodate three with one double-bed and one single-bed.
The completely enclosed “nature-lover” tents have two single beds or one double bed, a private bathroom with hot water, electricity, and a balcony overlooking the rain forest.
The restaurant, “El Eclipse Total”, is open all day and features creative local and international cuisine. There is also a large deck and spa.
There are many activities at the lodge including guided treks in the rainforest, stargazing, swimming in nearby Carate Beach and yoga.
Osa Peninsula & Corcovado - First Lodge
Located on the South West Pacific side of the Osa Peninsula next to the Ocean, El Romanso Lodge is an exceptional eco-friendly base to explore one of the world's most pristine and bio diverse rainforests. You may see monkeys leaping in the trees, explore hidden valleys and spot sloths, kinkajous, eagles, toucans and parrots. Recent sightings include ocelots, pumas and several species of rare endemic birds. Wake up to the sounds of howler monkeys and parrots greeting the new day.
The lodge has a swimming pool, excellent restaurant and wide choice of accommodation from standard and superior rooms to bungalows and villas (some with a plunge pool). The rooms have either a garden or ocean view and have ceiling fans, hammocks and safe.
There are many activities on offer at the lodge, from guided hiking in the rainforest, sea kayaking, birdwatching tours, horse riding, dolphin watching and surfing.
The rates are on a full board basis with three meals included each day.
Osa Peninsula & Corcovado - Deluxe Lodge
Lapa Rios is a wonderful combination of a sustainable luxury lodge and eco-conservation project spread over 1000 acres of tropical rainforest on the Osa Peninsula overlooking the Golfo Dulce. The main lodge and bungalows line three ridges, connected by walking paths and many steps.
Nearly all of the 17 thatched bungalows have an ocean view and all are surrounded by the rainforest. Each bungalow has huge windows, a ceiling fan (no air-conditioning), private deck and patio garden.
The buildings are of native materials, existing in harmony with the surrounding forest and beach environment. The main building houses the reception, bar and restaurant. There is also a swimming pool, access to the beach, and many trails throughout the forest leading to rivers with natural pools and waterfalls. There are daily guided excursions and activities inside and outside the property that take advantage of the pristine natural setting and discover the abundant wildlife, particularly birds.
The rates include transfers from Puerto Jimenez, accommodation, all non-alcoholic drinks, 3 meals a day and all on-site guided tours.
Manuel Antonio National Park - 3 Nights
Day 14 - Travel to Manuel Antonio National Park
Day 15 - Wildlife, hikes and protected beaches
Day 16 - At leisure
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Thursday, 14 December 2023
Travel to Manuel Antonio National Park
Transfer north along the Pacific Coast to Manuel Antonio National Park, staying for 3-nights at your chosen hotel surrounded by rainforest and overlooking beaches and coves. The pristine Manuel Antonio National Park is for many the best National Park in Costa Rica. The area has well-marked trails and is teeming with wildlife, including birds, toucans, monkeys and sloths.
You can relax at your lodge, on the beach or explore the National Park on a wide range of optional activities bookable locally.
Friday, 15 December 2023
Wildlife, hikes and protected beaches
You can relax at your hotel or lodge, on the beach or explore the National Park on a wide range of optional activities bookable locally.
Saturday, 16 December 2023
Wildlife, hikes and protected beaches
Manuel Antonio National Park - Tourist Hotel
A comfortable and friendly tourist class hotel only a 3 minute walk from the entrance to the National Park of Manuel Antonio and a 2 minute walk from the beach. Known as a place in harmony with nature, their private reserve and delightful gardens allow guests to learn more about the flora and fauna of the Central Pacific.
Each air conditioned room is fully equipped with private bathroom, hot water, cable TV, coffee maker, fridge, telephone and safe. Other amenities include a tennis and basketball court, billiards table, laundry service, FREE Wi-FI, private parking and 24 hours room service. There is a Restaurant" and also a poolside "Tropical Bar".
The hotel offers a range of tours and excursions including guided hikes, white water rafting, snorkelling, canopy adventures, horseback riding, surfing and fishing.
The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.
Manuel Antonio National Park - Deluxe Hotel
Makanda by the Sea is the ideal location for adults wishing to experience Manuel Antonio's natural splendour, magical sunsets and wildlife while enjoying the comforts of first-class accommodation within 12 acres of rainforest sanctuary. All of the 11 air-conditioned villas and studios are uniquely contoured into the surrounding jungle and descending mountain terrain, and provide spectacular views of the sixty mile coastline.
The hotels open air design enhances the views while taking advantage of the cool Pacific breezes and the swimming pool is perched on the hillside. Enjoy the Arbol restaurant, spa and stunning infinity pool. There are many activities available at the hotel including guided walks in the National Park, cycle tours, fishing horse riding, scuba diving, zip line adventures, white water rafting and kayaking. Or just relax on the beach.
Accommodation includes room and breakfast.
Manuel Antonio National Park - First Resort
The Parador Resort & Spa is settled on a hill, immersed in the tropical rainforest and located at a walking distance from the beach. You will enjoy stunning ocean views
The coast offers a wide variety of facilities such as bars, restaurants, supermarkets, banks, stores, natural attractions and beautiful beaches like Biesanz & Espadilla.
The Hotel has 129 air-conditioned rooms with TV, telephone, coffee maker, mini bar, safe, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, ceiling fan, balcony or terrace depending on its location and room category and bath amenities.
There are several dining options, with Costa Rican and International cuisine: La Galeria is the casual with an open air terrace overlooking the gardens and the sea, El Quijote Restaurant & Bar and a good option for a relaxed dinner.
La Fragata Restaurant and Bar offers seafood and different healthy meals in a stunning location and the pool bar and terrace is open all day.
Pamper yourself at Pacifica Spa, take a deep in one of the two swimming pools (there is also a children’s pool). There is also a fitness centre, souvenir shop, concierge service, Free Wi-Fi, tennis court, mini-golf, green areas, natural trails and shuttle service to Manuel Antonio beach. Optional guided treks into Manuel Antonio National Park are also available.
Quito - 3 Nights
Day 17 - Fly to Quito
Day 18 - Guided tour of Quito
Day 19 - Explore the rural Andes
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Sunday, 17 December 2023
Fly to Quito
Transfer to San Jose airport and fly to Quito. On arrival, transfer to your chosen hotel for a 3-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Monday, 18 December 2023
Guided tour of Quito
Explore Quito this morning on an included guided tour visiting the UNESCO protected old town with its wonderful colonial architecture, churches and cobbled streets.
Tuesday, 19 December 2023
Explore the rural Andes
Today, experience the rural life of the Andes on a fabulous day trip high in the Andes to Hacienda Zuleta, where 4 centuries of Ecuadorian history including Pre-Colombian, Spanish and Ecuadorian tradition, are preserved by the family of Galo Plaza Lasso, a former President of Ecuador, for over 100 years. Here, enjoy a guided tour and included lunch with local ingredients such as delicious artisan cheeses, In the afternoon, visit the ‘Condor Huasi Project’. After a one-hour hike, alongside the best preserved archeological remains of a pre- Inca civilisation, the Karanki, we will reach a native forest valley where we will learn about the foundation’s efforts to conserve the Andean Condor, and see the rescued condors in the aviary. If we are lucky, we might spot wild condors.
Quito - Tourist Hotel
The Rincon de Puembo is located 20 minutes from Quito's new airport, in the small town of Puembo, making it ideal for travellers having to overnight in between flights. The accommodation is all found in a replica colonial-style street, with wonderful traditional touches. Perfect for relaxing by the pool and taking a rest stop from your Ecuadorean itinerary.
Quito - First Hotel
The Dann Carlton Hotel is an elegant and cozy first class hotel located in the centre of Quito close to the old town. Enjoy attractive interior spaces, with avant-garde design for a relaxed and pleasant stay.
The hotel has 210 air-conditioned rooms, with queen size beds, TV, FREE Wi-Fi, telephone, desk and chair, two types of pillow, private bathroom with shower, hair dryer and safe.
Public facilities include a swimming pool, gym, restaurant, spa and bar.
The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.
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.
Galapagos Cruise - 7 Nights
Days 20-26 Cruise the Galapagos Islands
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Wednesday, 20 December 2023
Fly to the Galapagos for your 7-night cruise
Take a domestic flight to the Galapagos Islands and transfer to the Cachalote Explorer (Tourist Class), Beluga (first class) or Evolution for your 7-night cruise (our your chosen yacht) on a full board basis. Your Galapagos cruise includes daily morning and afternoon guided excursions to admire the tame wildlife endemic to each island.
Please note the itinerary below is a sample itinerary; each vessel has its own itinerary depending on the date you travel.
Thursday, 21 December 2023
Cerro Brujo & Punta Pitt (San Cristobal)
We spend the morning at Cerro Brujo, a breathtaking white coral beach, with expansive views and good bird-watching. Take a peaceful walk along the beach, or swim with sea lions from the beach. Take out the kayaks or stand up paddle boards for a different perspective of the marine life. Enjoy a scenic Zodiac ride that takes us through a cave called The Cathedral. Return to the yacht for lunch.
Go ashore this afternoon at Punta Pitt, a tuff formation that serves as a nesting site for many sea birds including all three types of boobies – blue-footed, Nazca and red-footed boobies, both frigatebird species, swallow-tailed gulls, storm petrels, shearwaters, and brown pelicans. Punta Pitt is considered one of the best sites for birds in the archipelago, and is also home to a colony of sea lions. At Pitt Rock, we snorkel with sea lions and colorful fish such as the King Angel and Surgeon fish. Return to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner.
Friday, 22 December 2023
Punta Suarez & Gardner Bay (Espanola)
Disembark at Punta Suarez on Espanola Island, home to the greatest number of endemic species found in Galapagos. Sea lions bark noisily as we land on their beach. Curious Hood mockingbirds peck at our shoelaces. From April to December, the waved albatross, found only on Espanola, perform its wild mating ritual. Colonies of blue-footed boobies engage in “sky-pointing” to show off for potential mates. Easily spotted wildlife are the Nazca boobies busily caring for their young, stunning swallow-tailed gulls, the only nocturnal gulls in the world and red-billed tropicbirds take shelter under the cliffs. We also find Darwin’s Finches, Galapagos Doves and Galapagos Hawks, as well as a unique species of marine iguana identified with traces of red and green colorings. Follow the trail to the dramatic ocean blow hole, and watch for colorful sally light-foot crabs crawling along the shoreline. Return to the yacht for lunch on board.
Continue on to Gardner Bay, where large colonies of sea lions dot the seemingly endless white sand beach. Take a leisurely stroll or relax on the beach, watching for the Galapagos Hawk, Darwin’s Finches or Espanola Mockingbird. Swim with playful sea lions right from the beach, explore the bay and islets by kayak or stand up paddle board. Take a Zodiac ride to explore the caves covered with invertebrates. Admire the colourful array of underwater life at this excellent snorkeling site near Tortuga Rock. Return to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner.
Saturday, 23 December 2023
Punta Cormorant & Post Office Bay (Floreana)
Step ashore at Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island, where the olive-sand beach is alive with the sounds of sea lions, lava herons, yellow-crowned night herons, blue-footed boobies, and penguins. Follow a trail to a brackish lagoon, home to Bahama ducks, common stilts, Galapagos flycatchers, yellow warblers and the greater flamingos. Wind your way past a rich variety of plants including the morning glory, cut leaf daisies, mangroves (black, red and white), paldo verde and scalesia. After the walk, there is an opportunity to snorkel at Champion Islet, a shallow sunken crater colonized by a brilliant array of colorful fish and corral, white-tipped sharks, sea turtles, spotted eagle rays and sea stars. (L)
Floreana is one of the few populated islands in the Galapagos with a rich and intriguing human history. After lunch, visit on of the most famous sites in Galapagos, Post office Bay, where a post office barrel was erected in the late 18th Century to use by English whaling vessels. Visitors are invited invited to leave a post card and to pick up any mail destined for their home town. There is a chance to swim from the beach with sea lions. Late afternoon, take a Zodiac ride near Baroness Point to look for sea turtles and rays. Return to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner.
Sunday, 24 December 2023
Highlands & Charles Darwin Research Centre (Santa Cruz)
Disembark at Puerto Ayora, the social heart of the Galapagos, with a population of 24,000. Travel by bus to the highlands,passing through all seven vegetation zones found in Galapagos. Visit the tortoise reserve at one of the private farms that protects giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Stop at “the tunnels”, the largest lava tubes found in Galapagos, and visit Los Gemelos (The Twins), a pair of large craters. Return to the yacht for lunch on board and a briefing.
This afternoon, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and see the tortoise and land iguana corals and the breeding center with new hatchlings and miniature tortoises that will be repatriated when grown. Visit a new exhibit honoring Lonesome George, a worldwide icon of conservation as the last surviving tortoise from Pinta Island that tragically died of natural causes. Stroll through town to shop for souvenirs or stop in at an internet cafe. Return to the yacht for dinner or as you wish, remain ashore for dinner on your own. Zodiac shuttles from the Letty to the main dock will be offered throughout the evening.
Monday, 25 December 2023
Las Bachas & Bartolome Island
This morning enjoy a Zodiac ride at Caleta Tortuga Negra (Black Turtle Cove) through a series of coves and inlets surrounded by mangroves. See pairs of mating sea turtles (Sep to Feb), white-tipped reed sharks and golden cow-nosed rays. Return to the yacht for lunch.
Disembark at Bartolome, a young Island that is inhospitable to most plants and animals. Climb the long wooden staircase to the summit of a dormant volcano, pausing along the way to marvel at lava bombs, spatter and cinder cones. It seems as if we are walking on the moon! The panoramic view from the top encompasses the entire island, including the distinctive eroded tuff cone known as Pinnacle Rock. The crystal clear water below beckons of snorkeling with schools of tropical fish, white-tipped reef sharks and Galapagos Penguins. Take a Zodiac ride along the rocky shoreline. Return to the yacht for the evening briefing followed by dinner.
Tuesday, 26 December 2023
South Plaza Island & North Seymour
Today’s visit is at South Plaza, a small geological uplift with tall cliffs where swallow-tailed gulls, shearwaters and red-billed tropicbirds build their nests. The trail leads us through Opuntia (Prickly Pear) and Sesuvium, and land iguanas are seen here feeding on the cactus leaves. The island is home to a colony of bachelor sea lions, with dominant bulls in various stages of recovery from battles over prime beach territory. Return to the yacht for lunch. Later, snorkel between North and South Seymour in deeper water.
Go ashore at North Seymour, a small geological uplift to observe swallow-tailed gulls, blue-footed boobies and endemic land iguanas. Visit the largest colony of Magnificent frigate birds in Galapagos, and watch for marine iguanas and sea lions body surfing the northern swells. Return to the ship for the Captain’s farewell cocktail party and dinner, followed by a slide show presentation by your guides.
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.
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.
Galapagos Islands - Luxury Motor Yacht
Custom-designed for sustainability and comfort, the Origin, Theory and Evolve are the ultimate Galapagos cruises vessels, offering luxurious amenities while minimising environmental impacts. The state of the art design also allows you to spend less time traveling between islands, with more time for actual exploration.
Recognised by Relais and Chateaux, each yacht carries a maximum 20-passenger capacity and a high crew to client ratio meaning you will be well looked after on board and on land.
The 10 deluxe air-conditioned staterooms are all located on the main (Beagle) deck and all have the benefit of views of the sea. Each cabin has fine bed linens, climate control and a choice of memory foam and soft pillows. Two twins can convert to a king size bed. Two cabins have interconnecting doors, and two can accommodate triples. Although not large, there is plenty of space to store your case and clothes. Cabins also have a stool, mirror, TV, safety deposit box, tea and coffee making facilities. Bathrooms have shower, WC, towels, bathrobes, slippers, hair dryer and luxury soaps and shampoos.
You can dine as a group or privately, enjoying excellent gourmet meals. There is a cooking demonstration or BBQ lunch during the cruise.
There is an open bar (including free wine, local beer, cocktails, and spirits). The lounge and elegant dining room are very comfortable and hosts the evening talks and briefings from your guides and naturalists. There is FREE Wi-Fi, a library, fitness centre and shop on all the yachts.
The sundecks have day beds, hammocks, tables and chairs, a shower, BBQ and bar. Every day you will enjoy guided walks, zodiac rides, snorkelling, and kayaking excursions. The two naturalist guides share their knowledge and passion of these most unique places on the planet.
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Ideal for families
The Origin is ideal for families. Children 17 and under get 15% discount.
- All meals
- Transfers from Galapagos Airports to/from the ship
- All excursions as described in the itineraries
- Open bar throughout the cruise including wines, spirits, beer, cocktails, tea, coffee, and soft drinks
- FREE use of the glass bottom boat, snorkelling equipment, wet suits and kayaks
- Nightly lecture programme
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Day 27 - Fly to Quito for overnight flight back to the UK
Day 28 - Arrive in the UK
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Wednesday, 27 December 2023
Fly back to the UK
After a morning explorations, fly to Quito or Guayaquil to connect to your overnight flight back to the UK.
Thursday, 28 December 2023
Arrive in the UK
Arrive in the UK in the morning.
|Season||Low Season||High Season|
|Travel Dates||Apr-Jun, Sep-Oct||Jan-Mar, Jul-Aug, Nov-Dec|
|Multiple Travellers - Twin Room||£9,749||£12,113||£18,331||£9,996||£12,363||£18,599|
Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.
- 28 Days / 26 Nights
- International flights (1 overnight)
- Internal flights
- Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
- 25 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 13 dinners
- 7-night Galapagos Islands cruise including sailing excursions
- 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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