2019 : Ecuador & Its Galapagos Islands with the Amazon (WBGE) - Treasure of Galapagos
12 Day Cruise Quito to Quito
This exciting cruise vacation lets you sample the natural wonders of Ecuador and its Galapagos Islands. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Quito and have your photo taken at the "Center of the World." You'll also explore one of the oldest streets in Quito to visit with local artists and taste some Ecuadorian chocolate at a chocolate factory. Before taking to the sea, a highlight of your trip will be a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about conservation efforts for the giant tortoises. Then, embark on an exciting 4-night cruise among various Galapagos Islands on the recently refurbished Treasure of Galapagos. Have your camera ready as your Naturalist points out colonies of sea lions, pelicans, albatross, several species of Darwin's finches, marine iguanas, flamingos, masked boobies, blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, storm petrels, short-eared owls, and other birds. Each day venture to a new island which is home to species found nowhere else in the world! You'll also have a chance to snorkel in the tropical waters and perhaps get a look at sea turtles, sharks, and rays.
Following your adventure around the Galapagos Islands, continue on to encounter a new set of flora and fauna in the Amazon! From Quito, fly to Coca and travel by canoe to your Amazon lodge for a 3-night stay that includes a rainforest canopy walk, a guided night tour to see the wildlife that comes out at night, cruises through the flooded forest, and spend time with the natives on a visit to a local village and school. A remarkable cruise adventure!
Day 1 Arrive Quito, Ecuador:
Welcome to Quito
Day 2 Quito:
Walking tour, visit San Francisco Monastery, La Compania Church, La Ronda Street, a Chocolate factory, and the Equatorial Monument; welcome dinner
Day 3 Quito-Baltra-Galapagos Islands (Embarkation)-Santa Cruz Island:
Fly to the Galapagos Islands; embark Treasure of Galapagos; visit Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island
Day 4 Galapagos Islands Cruising:
Santiago & Bartolome Islands:Naturalist-guided walks on each island; snorkeling
Day 5 Galapagos Islands Cruising:
North Seymour Island & Mosquera Islet: Naturalist-guided walks on each island; snorkeling
Day 6 Galapagos Islands Cruising:
South Plaza & San Cristobal Islands:Naturalist-guided walks on each island; snorkeling
Day 7 Galapagos Islands (Disembarkation)-San Cristobal Island-Quito:
Disembark Treasure of Galapagos; visit San Cristobal Interpretation Center; fly to Quito
Day 8 Quito-Coca-Amazon:
Fly to Coca; travel by boat and dugout canoe to your Amazon lodge
Day 9 Amazon:
Visit a parrot clay lick; guided walk through the jungle; night walk or canoe ride
Day 10 Amazon:
Cruise on the Napo through the flooded forest; visit a local community, school, and village; piranha fishing
Day 11 Amazon-Coca-Quito:
return to Coca; fly to Quito
Day 12 Quito:
Your vacation ends this morning
You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different. Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board.
Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.
Throughout the Ship:Luxurious standards in elegant atmosphereExpedition team of multilingual NaturalistsDaily multi-media natural history lecturesObservation area to watch local faunaFriendly, English-speaking crew and Cruise DirectorFloor to ceiling panoramic windowsAir-conditioning throughoutAccess to resident paramedicRefreshing plunge pool on the open-air deckRadio and satellite communicationsIncluded shore excursions with Local NaturalistDeluxe excursion skiffs with cold towel service, fresh fruit, and refreshmentsSeries of cultural performances, educational talks, and cooking classesSmall gymRainforest Spa
Suites & Staterooms:Deluxe beds with fine linens & European-style duvetsBedside tables with reading lampsPremium bath amenitiesInternal communication systemIndividual climate control and in-room safeLarge mirror in bathroomDaily maid serviceLuxury honeycomb spa robes and slippersNightly turn-down serviceHairdryerEasy under-bed luggage storageSeating areaPillow Menu
Avalon Choice® Shore Excursions:
Selection of 3 types of included shore excursions on every cruise:Classic: must-see sights with a Certified Local GuideDiscovery: inspiring and interactive activities designed to spark your interestActive: energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the goPlus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP
DiningInnovative menu of traditional Peruvian specialties as well as Western favoritesComplimentary regional wines at dinnerComplimentary water, coffee, tea, select soft drinks, local beer, and Pisco-based cocktailsthroughout the day at the barOpen seating for all mealsA lounge serving premium spirit cocktails
Day-By-Day Itinerary (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
ARRIVE IN QUITO, ECUADOR
¡Bienvenido a Ecuador! South America's Most Biodiverse Country Take free time today to relax and prepare for your upcoming Galapagos adventure, or walk through the historic city to sample ceviche or helado (Latin-American ice cream). Dine out tonight or ask about the best clubs for music and dancing.
A Gold Altar, Artistic Avenues, and Two Hemispheres in One Day Classic Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Quito that showcases the colonial city's historic sites, including the impressive Legislative Palace with its enormous sculpted mural of Ecuadorean history. You'll also see Independence Plaza and visit the 16th-century San Francisco Monastery, and La Compañía Church-the exquisite Jesuit cathedral with its spectacular Spanish baroque architecture-more than 160 years in the making. Discovery Take a Guided Walk down Calle La Ronda-one of Quito's oldest streets-with a wealth of artist's workshops and galleries where you'll meet local artists and learn about their original works. Later, visit a local chocolate factory for a tour and a tasting to discover why Ecuador is one of the world's finest chocolate producers. Classic Your day in Quito ends with a Guided Excursion to the Ciudad Mitad del Mundo-a monument to the Equator-the "middle of the world." Stand in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres at the same time at the exact location of the Earth's Equator. Observe the equatorial effects of the dual-spiraling directions of water and balancing eggs on end.
This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with delicious regional cuisine.
(B, L, D)
BALTRA-GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS (EMBARKATION)-SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
The Theory of Evolution-and Giant BabiesThis morning, take a flight to the Galapagos island of Baltra where you'll embark on your five-day cruise aboard the Treasure of Galapagos. Discovery Join your naturalist on a Guided Excursion to Santa Cruz Island to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station- established to help conserve the Galapagos' natural habitat and protect the famous giant tortoises. While here, learn about the tortoise-rearing program and see many of the various islands' tortoises. Later on board your ship, join in a briefing of the next day's adventures, and enjoy a Captain's welcome with cocktails and dinner.NOTE: The ship's itinerary may vary according to Galapagos National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, and seasonal changes to create the perfect cross-section of sites visited.
(B, L, D)
Volcanos, Marine Life, and Lunar Landscapes Discovery This morning, you will find yourself anchored in the western-central part of the archipelago where volcanoes are still active, attributing to the dramatic scenery. Take a Naturalist Led Excursion of Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island where you will walk on newly-formed (less than 100 years ago) lava flows reminiscent of the lunar landscape. You can catch sight of lava lizards, marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs, and even the Galapagos penguin. This afternoon, cruise to Bartolome Island.BARTOLOMÉ ISLANDHike the Summit, Snorkel, and Swim Active Take a Guided Hike to Bartolome's 114-meter summit for spectacular panoramic views of the region with two beautiful bays and fascinating formations of lava flows and spatter cones, including the iconic Pinnacle Rock. Later, take a snorkel and swim off the beach here-home to playful sea lions, Pacific green turtles, white tip reef sharks, and Galapagos penguins.
(B, L, D)
NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND
Masterful Marine Iguanas and Birds of a Different Color Classic Take a Naturalist Led Excursion to see colonies of remarkable bird species, including blue-footed boobies, great frigate birds and magnificent frigate birds-with its inflated red chest and nearly 7-foot wingspread, and gulls and herons of all assortments. Active Take a Guided Snorkeling Excursion in the aqua blue waters just off North Seymour Island's shore-teeming with sea lions and amphibious marine iguanas-found only in the Galapagos. This afternoon, cruise for the sandy island of Mosquera Islet.MOSQUERA ISLETA Sea Lion Haven of White Coral Sand Discovery Take a Guided Walk on the white coral beaches to the islands' largest congregation of Galapagos sea lions. You'll see a wide variety of shore birds reflecting the island's amazing biodiversity-from the deep-gray lava gull to the yellow-crowned night heron.
(B, L, D)
SOUTH PLAZA ISLAND
Tracing Darwin's Footsteps and Audubon's Muses Discovery This morning, take a Naturalist Led Excursion to South Plaza Island to observe wildlife including sea lions, land iguanas, marine iguanas, and hybrid iguanas (only found on this island and a result of a cross between land and marine iguanas). Also known for its prolific birdlife, you will see blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls, Audubon's shearwaters, and many other species. This afternoon, cruise to Cerro Brujo on San Cristobal Island.SAN CRISTOBAL ISLANDBlue Herons, Blue Lagoons, and a Sleeping Lion Active Take a Guided Walk at the site where Charles Darwin first visited the Galapagos. See the volcanic remains of magnificent Kicker Rock-also called León Dormido (Sleeping Lion). Walk beside one of the island's blue lagoons to see a number of migratory birds, including pelicans and great blue herons.
GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS (DISEMBARKATION)-SAN CRISTOBAL-QUITO
The Geological Genesis of a Magical Archipelago Discovery This morning, cruise to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno for a Naturalist Guided Tour of the San Cristobal Interpretation Center. You'll learn about the Galapagos' fascinating volcanic origins, remote location, climate, and the arrival of diverse species that inspire both imagination and science. This afternoon, you'll say farewell to the magical islands of Galapagos and fly to Quito. This evening, spend free time relaxing or enjoy one of Quito's many fine restaurants.
(B, L, D)
Fly from Quito to Coca and travel by boat down the Napo River to a small tributary where you transfer to a dugout canoe for the remainder of your journey to your Amazon lodge. Floating along the narrow river, discover the Ecuadorian Amazon, the world's largest remaining tropical rainforest, where more life hums, buzzes, chatters, and bubbles than anywhere else on the planet. One Amazonian tree can host more ant species than all of the British Isles put together, one hectare of forest boasts almost as many frog species as all of North America, and the great expanse of jungle contains more than 20% of the Earth's vascular plant species. You can find a monkey small enough to sit on your fingertip, an 8-pound toad, a spider that eats birds, and the world's largest snake-the 30-foot-long anaconda.
(B, L, D)
Early this morning, your Naturalist brings you to a parrot clay lick to see parrots, macaws, parakeets, and other species feeding. Next, a walk through the jungle introducecs medicinal plants and immense biodiversity that have been used by native cultures for hundreds of years. Tonight, accompany your Naturalist on a night walk or canoe ride to discover creatures rarely seen during the day-you many even spot a caiman or two!
(B, L, D)
This morning, depart on a Napo River cruise through the flooded forest in search of the varied wildlife. Here, you will have a good chance of seeing troops of squirrel, capuchin, and howler monkeys, and maybe even the incredibly well-camouflaged 3-toed sloth. Later, visit a local community, school, and village, and spend some time with the natives to learn about their culture and way of life. Finish your day fishing for piranhas or even taking a refreshing swim in the same waters-the less brave can send their guide in first.
Depart by canoe this morning in search of monkeys, giant otters, and rare birds on your return to Coca for your flight to Quito.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
NotesMaximum elevation on tour: 9,200 ft.
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Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Avalon Waterways, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway, starting at $1,584 (based on Miami departure in February 2019) and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only. Required intra-vacation air segments are: Quito/Galapagos; Galapagos/Quito; Quito/Coca; Coca/Quito. Air prices were effective on February 7, 2018, and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.
Land/Cruise price includes the Galapagos National Park entrance fee and transit card ($120 value).
Gratuities for Local Guides & drivers are included.
Triples not available.
All prices are per person based on double room occupancy. Prices shown above include cruise in an ocean-view junior suite with private balcony. To upgrade to the master suite, add $560 per person in double occupancy or $1,120 in single occupancy.
Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
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