Want a mind-blowing experience? The Galapagos Islands-with the help of Charles Darwin-revolutionized scientific thinking and changed the world's view on long-held beliefs. If they could do that to the world, just imagine what they can do to you! And to help you have that mind-blowing experience, Monograms will handle the details and make it easy for you! On this 8-day vacation, we've arranged your hotel reservations, sightseeing, and meals (daily breakfast, four lunches, and four dinners). You'll also have the services of a Monograms Local Host, a local who is there for you in Quito to ensure your vacation runs smoothly and is everything you want it to be. Plus, on this vacation, a special feature is your stay at the award-winning Finch Bay Eco Hotel on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos, offering a private, seaside location, kayaking, snorkeling, bicycling, and boat excursions to the various Galapagos Islands. Your vacation begins in Quito, where your Local Host will welcome you and provide a set of materials to help you get settled. The next morning, after an included breakfast, we'll pick you up at your selected hotel for a private sightseeing tour with a local expert, someone who will share insider stories and make sure you see the must-see attractions, including Independence Square and the Basilica of San Francisco Plaza Church. Then you're off to the Galapagos Islands, where sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, tortoises, and more await you. Visit North Seymour Island, with the largest nesting site of the 'magnificent frigate birds' in the Galapagos; the highlands of Santa Cruz, where tortoises can be seen grazing in the wild and where you'll visit a local coffee, sugar cane, and cocoa bean farm; Santa Fe Island, where you'll see California sea lions and a large species of land iguanas; Divine Bay on Santa Cruz, where we'll keep an eye out for sea turtles, reef sharks, rays, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, and more; the Charles Darwin Research Station, established to conserve the natural habitats and protect the famous giant tortoises; and the Twin Pit Craters, geological depressions of volcanic material where Scalesia trees, ferns, orchids, and mosses can be seen. And don't forget, throughout your stay you'll be accompanied by Naturalists, experts who know the native flora and fauna and who help make the experience magical. Don't forget your Monograms vacation includes arranged sightseeing and transfers! Think about all the time you save and the headaches you avoid and you've got yourself the perfect vacation!
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- 8 Days
- Escorted - No
|Day 1||Quito||Arrive in Quito, where you will be met by your Local Host.|
|Day 2||Quito||Your private city TOUR showcases the rich legacy left by the Incas and, later, the Spaniards. See Independence Square, dominated by its formidable Cathedral, San Francisco Plaza Church, and the Basilica with its marvelous stained-glass windows. (B)|
|Day 3||Santa Cruz||Fly to Baltra in the Galapagos. Upon arrival, board a yacht bound for NORTH SEYMOUR, an island teeming with life. You might have to give way to a passing sea lion, marine iguana, or blue-footed boobies that nest here. As you walk along the shore, see large flocks of pelicans in a dive-bomb feeding-frenzy, and one of the largest nesting sites in the Galapagos of the 'magnificent frigate bird.' In the bushes you can see the males up close with their puffed-up scarlet throat sacks. Return to the yacht and begin your journey to the Finch Bay Hotel. (B,L,D)SPECIAL FEATURE: Named after the famous Darwin's finches abundant in the surroundings, the Finch Bay Eco Hotel offers a private seaside location surrounded by mangroves. Amenities include a bar, lounge, restaurant, outdoor pool, and beachfront access. All rooms offer twin beds, private restroom, and air-conditioning. Guests will enjoy boat excursions to various Galapagos Islands, kayaking, snorkeling, bicycle rides in town, and viewing the local flora and fauna.|
|Day 4||Santa Cruz||Transfer to the lush highlands of SANTA CRUZ to a farming area called El Manzanillo on the edge of the GIANT TORTOISE RESERVE. Here, tortoises can be seen grazing year-round, along with woodpecker finches, mockingbirds, and flycatchers. After lunch, visit a local FARM where coffee, sugar cane, and cocoa beans are grown, harvested, and prepared. Return to the hotel and perhaps spend time on the beach. (B,L,D)|
|Day 5||Santa Cruz||Board a yacht bound for SANTA FE, where you will see the endemic Santa Fe land iguana and the large opuntia cactus forest. The beach area is covered with California sea lions, and the coastline is an excellent location for snorkeling with sea turtles. (B,L,D)|
|Day 6||Santa Cruz||Today's adventure takes you to wildlife rich DIVINE BAY on Santa Cruz Island. Marine Iguanas, herons, noddy terns, blue-footed boobies, and tropicbirds are commonly seen here. While some may choose to explore by boat, the more adventurous can take to the sea by kayak. Keep an eye out for sea turtles, rays, and reef sharks as you cruise the tranquil waters. Return to the hotel for lunch, followed by an afternoon visit to the CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION, established to help conserve the Galapagos' natural habitats and protect the area's famous giant tortoises. (B,L,D)|
|Day 7||Guayaquil||Depart the hotel this morning and visit the TWIN PIT CRATERS en route to Baltra. These great depressions of volcanic material were formed by a long process of slow sinking of the ground, where exceptional Scalesia trees, ferns, mosses, and orchids can be seen in the surroundings. Then, fly to Guayaquil on Ecuador's Pacific coast and transfer to the hotel for your final night in Ecuador. (B)|
|Day 8||Guayaquil||Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
- US$ Price Details
Dates & Prices do not include air travel.Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Monograms, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $563. Required intra-vacation air segments: Quito/Galapagos; Galapagos/Guayaquil. Air prices were effective on July 12, 2017 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your vacation, air prices may be higher.Galapagos package includes Galapagos National Park entrance fee and transit card ($120 value).2019 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in July 2018.