Travel 2 Touring 18/19

SOUTH AMERICA

LAND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

1

Ibarra

Otavalo

Equator

Galápagos Islands (optional) LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

Quito

3

1

Volcano Cotopaxi

Volcano Chimborazo

ECUADOR

Ambato

RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

1

Riobamba

1

Guayaquil

1

Bucay

1

Naranjito

LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

1

RAIL TOUR

LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS 1

PRICES FROM £5629pp

• Travel from the Pacific Ocean to the high Andes on board the Tren Crucero, the leading luxury train in South America • Discover delectable Andean cuisine on board and at character haciendas and hotels • Enjoy local experiences with local guides such as chocolate tasting to ancestral markets • Travel the magnificent ‘Avenue of the Volcanoes’ • See giant tortoises, turtles, penguins, sealions and much more on a world class Galápagos cruise PRICES INCLUDE • 6 night’s hotel and hacienda accommodation • 5 day Western Islands Galápagos cruise on Santa Cruz II • Meals as specified: 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 9 dinners • Internal flights, transfers, sightseeing, touring with English-speaking guide as per itinerary and all excursions DEPARTURES 2019: Jan 11, 25; Feb 8, 22; Mar 8, 22; Apr 5, 19; Jun 14; Jul 26; Aug 9; Sep 6, 20; Oct 4, 18; Nov 1, 15, 29; Dec 13. Train also operates in reverse, Galápagos cruise may differ and additional nights may be needed in order to tie dates in. TOUR DETAILS £5629 per person PRICES FROM:

11 day Train to the Clouds & Galápagos Cruise Guayaquil • Bucay • The Devils Nose • Riobamba • Otavalo • Galápagos

Day 1: Arrive Guayaquil On arrival, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Guayaquil independently or just relax at the hotel pool. Hilton Colon Day 2: Guayaquil - Train Embarkation - Bucay Transfer to Duran train station where your journey to the Andes begins. Board a convoy pulled by a carefully restored steam locomotive. The roaring engine and steam whistles will take you back in time to the early 19th Century and the experience that is, the Tren Crucero. Travel across vast plantations of sugar cane, banana, rice and pineapples to Naranjito station where you will disembark to a local hacienda. Here you will learn all about the cocoa bean and the chocolate making process. In the afternoon on board enjoy a “montubio” show and the delicious food of coastal Ecuador. Continue to Bucay for the evening. (BLD) Day 3: Bucay - The Devil’s Nose - Riobamba The adventure continues by bus as you climb the Andes on a pleasant journey to the town of Alausi where you will embark on a thrilling adventure on board the famous Devil´s Nose train. The Devil’s Nose Pass is a masterpiece of engineering – a 450-metre descent in less than 12km on a zig-zagging line that allows the locomotive to pull forwards and backwards. Continue by road to Colta where an impressive steam engine locomotive known as “The Black Monster” will be waiting. This huge steam engine was carefully overhauled and is strong enough to pull convoys over the railways of the Andes, where, the terrain and lack Depart for Urbina train station, the highest point on your Andean journey at 3,600 metres above sea level. Here you will meet the last ice merchant, Baltazar Ushca. As refrigeration became the norm the number of ice merchant’s dwindled, however Baltazar Ushca is still plying his ancestral trade. Learn about his daily rituals and traditions before continuing across the Avenue of Volcanoes. Under the watchful eyes of the iconic Cotopaxi Volcano the train stops at a local hacienda where you will meet the “chagras”, the cowboys of the Andes, who will share part of their culture with you. This evening, arrive into Quito a UNESCO Cultural Heritage City. (BLD) of oxygen makes this a titanic task. (BLD) Day 4: Riobamba - Urbina - Quito

Day 5: Quito - Otavalo - Ibarra - Quito The journey continues this morning with a 2-hour bus ride north across rose plantations and charming patchwork mountains to the valley of Otavalo. Otavalo is home of ancient cultures, skilled craftspeople and the world-renowned Otavalo market. At San Roque Train station embark on a panoramic train journey full of hidden wonders, musicians, painters, weavers and the skilful woodcarvers who keep the complicated Quito School of Art style alive. Delve yourself into this amazing world of colours and textures whilst exploring the northern routes of the Ecuadorian railway. After disembarking the train, enjoy Andean cuisine at a local hacienda before returning to Quito. (BL) Day 6: Quito Sightseeing Today embark on a half-day city tour to see the historic sites in this charming colonial influenced city. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B) Days 7 - 11: Quito – Galápagos – Quito Transfer to the airport for your flight to Baltra Island, the starting point of your Galápagos cruise aboard the Santa Cruz II. Spend the next few days experiencing one of the world’s greatest wildlife locations and exploring the fabulous Galápagos Islands. On day 11, fly back to Quito or Guayaquil where your tour concludes. M/V Santa Cruz II Ship (4 nights)

TOUR STYLE: Rail & Expedition Cruise

GROUP SIZE: 1+

PHYSICAL DEMAND:

ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 3 - 5 stars

Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

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