Ecuador and the Galapagos - Finch Bay Hotel

Stay at the Finch Bay and explore the Galapagos Islands from the comfort of a hotel.

Experience the Galapagos while staying at the Finch Bay hotel on the island of Santa Cruz. This all inclusive programme includes transfers, meals and a variety of excursions during your stay. The excursions include two full day yacht trips and also an excursion on Santa Cruz island giving you plenty of chances to see the famous Galapagos Island's wildlife. During your time on mainland Ecuador you will have a guided tour of the historic part of Quito with a visit to the equator line (also know as the middle of the world). While you finish your holiday in the coast city of Guayaquil. 

Tour highlights

    • Enjoy a guided tour of the historic part of Quito including a visit to the 'Mitad del Mundo'. 
    • Free day where you could visit the highland market of Otavalo or the nearby Cotopaxi national park.
    • Explore the Galapagos Islands from the Finch Bay hotel, perfect for those who would prefer not to stay on a boat.
    • All meals and excursions are included during your stay at the Finch Bay, and you have a range of excursions to choose from with a mix of land and water trips. 
    • Flights from London Heathrow to Quito via Madrid (regional departures are also available)
    • Itinerary can be tailor-made to your requirements.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival into Quito

Arrival into Quito where you are met and taken by private transfer to your hotel in the historic part of Quito. Rest of the day at leisure. 

Overnight at Patio Andaluz. Standard room. 

Day 2

Quito city tour with Mitad del Mundo

Quito’s colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved of South America, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour starts at the Independence Plaza, flanked by the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace. Visit the temple of La Compañía de Jesús and its awesome gilded interior. Continue on to the Monastery of San Francisco, one the of great religious buildings of the New World; its impressive façade and atrium that lead to its Baroque interior influenced by Moorish style, with the winged Virgin of Quito at its main altar. Then continue to the Equatorial Monument, 25 Kms. (16 miles) north of Quito, which marks the exact Middle of the World, latitude 0º, where you can stand with a foot on each hemisphere. Visit the Ethnographic Museum inside the monument, which shows the different Native American groups living in Ecuador. 

Overnight at Patio Andaluz. Standard room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 3

Quito

Free day in Quito. Perhaps take a visit to the nearby Cotopaxi national park where you can enjoy magnificent views of the volcano and surrounding area. 

Overnight at Patio Andaluz. Standard room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 4

Quito - Galapagos Islands

Private transfer to the airport for your flight to Galapagos. On arrival to the Galapagos you are met and taken by shared transfer to the Finch Bay.

Overnight at Finch Bay. Garden room.  

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Galapagos excursions

Tortuga Bay is located to the southwest of Puerto Ayora, on Santa Cruz Island. Its name means “turtle”, and the island received this moniker because it is sea turtles favourite place to lay their eggs. The stunning white sand beach is considered by many the most beautiful in the Galapagos archipelago. The beach is reached via a marked and cobbled two kilometer-path that starts at the west end of Charles Binford Street. There is excellent bird-watching along the path, with plenty of Darwin’s finches and other sea birds. And for active visitors, it is a great place to kayak, snorkel and surf! The headquarters of the Galapagos National Park Service and The Charles Darwin Research Station are located side by side on the outskirts of Puerto Ayora. There is an interpretation centre open to the public and also one may view the tortoise rearing program. 

Overnight at Finch Bay. Garden room.  

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Galapagos excursions

Depart the hotel towards the Highlands of Santa Cruz. From there a short drive across the farming area will lead us to El Manzanillo at the northern edge of the Giant Tortoise Reserve. El Manzanillo is located on the natural path tortoises take every year as they either migrate to higher moist locations during the garúa season (June-September), or when they descend to the warmer lowlands during the wet season. In the wild, these gentle giants slowly barrel their way through the plant cover. On Santa Cruz, year round, tortoises can be seen grazing on the surrounding vegetation, or wallowing in muddy banks or in a small red-coloured pond (impressively colored by surface red pond-weeds). On the return to Puerto Ayora, visit one of the island’s lava tunnels, significant geological formations that take us back in time and allow us to remember how lava flows formed the islands. 

Overnight at Finch Bay. Garden room.  

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Galapagos excursions

Bartolome is famous for Pinnacle Rock, a towering spearheaded obelisk that rises from the ocean’s edge and is the best-known landmark in the islands. Galapagos penguins—the only species of penguin found north of the equator—walk precariously along narrow volcanic ledges at its base. Sea lions snooze on rocky platforms, ready to slide into the water to play with passing snorkelers.

Overnight at Finch Bay. Garden room.  

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Galapagos Islands - Guayaquil

Shared transfer back to Baltra for your flight to Guayaquil. On arrival into Guayaquil you are met and taken by private transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at the Wyndham Guayaquil. Standard room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 9

Departure for the UK

Private transfer from your hotel to Guayaquil airport for your outbound flight.

Why not combine this trip with one of our other South America destinations,Peru or Colombia are a perfect combination. Look at the You may also like options below for more ideas.   

INCLUDES : Breakfast

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1st November 2016 - 30th November 2017

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