Travel 2 Touring 18/19

NIGHTS STAYED

1

SOUTH AMERICA

LAND AIR NIGHTS STAYED

1

Equator

Quito

2

45mins

Galápagos Islands LAND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

Volcano Cotopaxi

Volcano Chimborazo

4

1

ECUADOR

Patate

1

Baños

1

Riobamba

Alausi

LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

1

Guayaquil

1

1

Cuenca

INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Exploring Ecuador’s historic capital Quito • Travelling along the magnificent Avenue of the Volcanoes • Journey on the famous ‘Devil’s Nose’ train • Cruise the unique Galápagos Islands aboard the expedition vessel Santa Cruz II RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1

INDEPENDENT TOUR PRICES FROM £5529pp

11 day Ecuador & The Galápagos Quito • Avenue of the Volcanoes • Baños • Riobamba • Cuenca • Guayaquil • Galápagos Islands

Day 6: Cuenca – Guayaquil Cuenca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is deeply religious and artistic and has the atmosphere of a small town. Enjoy a quick city tour before departing for Guayaquil, stopping at Cajas National Park en route for a boxed lunch. (BL) Hampton Inn Days 7 - 10: Guayaquil – Galápagos Cruise 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. There is nowhere else in the world where you can see the blue- footed boobies, marine iguanas, the giant Galápagos tortoise and much more at such close quarters. (BLD) M/V Santa Cruz II Ship (4 nights) Day 11: Depart Galápagos Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the mainland and your onward journey. (B)

Day 1: Arrive Quito Arrive in Ecuador’s capital and transfer to your hotel. Dann Carlton (2 nights) Day 2: Quito & The Middle of the Earth Quito’s colonial quarter is the largest and best preserved in South America. In the morning, explore this fascinating city on a guided tour that starts in the main square, La Plaza de la Independencia, and marvel at the impressive colonial buildings. Visit the temple of La Compañia de Jesus and its amazing gilded interior. Continue though the cobbled streets of the old town to the Monastery of San Francisco. After your city tour, you’ll head to the Equatorial Monument which marks the middle of the Earth. Have your photograph taken In the morning you’ll leave Quito and make your way to Cotopaxi National Park along the spectacular ‘Avenue of the Volcanoes’ and enjoy ever-changing scenery and breathtaking views of the Andes. At the foot of the volcano not far from the National Park is a charming hacienda, where lunch is served in a room with Inca walls, perfectly preserved through the centuries – a truly archaeological jewel. From here, descend towards the town of Patate, to spend the night at a 300-year old hacienda, hidden among the mountains. (BLD) Hacienda Leito Mountain Lodge Day 4: Patate – Baños - Riobamba On day 4 you’ll take a spectacular journey to Baños, famous for its thermal waters, at the foot of Tungurahua Volcano. Drive along the ‘Route of the Cascades’ and visit the impressive El Pailón del Diablo (the Devil’s Cauldron) waterfall surrounded by subtropical vegetation and orchids. Continue to Riobamba, a historic city located at the foot of Chimborazo volcano, Ecuador’s highest peak. (BLD) Hacienda Abraspungo Day 5: Riobamba – Devil’s Nose - Cuenca On day 5, depart by road, skirting the flanks of the Andes, through Indian villages and fields until you arrive at the town and train station of Alausí. Board a 100-year-old train – which has been restored to its former glory – and set off down the famous ‘Devil’s Nose’, a thrilling 800-metre zigzag descent down the rock wall. Visit the local museum before returning to Alausí; continue south, visiting the Inca Fortress of Ingapirca en route, before arriving in Cuenca. (BLD) Hotel Santa Lucia with one foot in each hemisphere. (BL) Day 3: Quito – Cotopaxi - Patate

TOUR DETAILS

£5529 per person

PRICES FROM:

PRICES INCLUDE • 10 nights’ accommodation • Meals as specified: 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners • Internal flights, transfers, sightseeing, touring with English-speaking guide as per itinerary and all excursions on board Santa Cruz II • US$120 Galápagos National Park and Transit Card fees (per person and subject to change without notice)

Optional Pre/Post Stay Add-on nights are available in Quito or Guayaquil. Please call for details.

EXTEND YOUR TOUR

DEPARTURES 2019: Alternate Tuesdays and Fridays

TOUR STYLE: Independent

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.

Longer Galápagos Island cruise durations available. Call us for more information.

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