As you wake to greet a new day in paradise, stroll out onto the deck of your boutique yacht as it ever so carefully threads through hundreds of stunning volcanic islands enroute to one of the planet’s most magnificent natural environments.
Here in the Galapagos Islands – made up of 13 main islands, 17 islets and dozens of ancient rock formations – you’ll enter a remote natural paradise that has been protected from the ravages of the modern world for centuries. Inquisitive dolphins, sea lions, penguins, rays, sea turtles and marine iguanas who have learnt no fear of people are likely to interrupt your snorkeling time with a playful sojourn. On land, view the alien landscape of lava fields and volcanic formations from a vantage point on the banks of a salt-water crater lake; take a dinghy ride past large colonies of Galapagos penguins; view graffiti left by 19th-century pirates; and land on remote white sand beaches where hiking trails lead to stunning inland sites.
You’ll spend your downtime on a boutique yacht where your elegant cabin provides comfortable lodgings for the duration of your Galapagos Islands adventure. On shore, your team of experienced private guides are all certified naturalists who delight in revealing the hidden natural wonders of this wonderful, prehistoric eco-system that is home to many species of flora and fauna found nowhere else on the planet.
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Enjoy a private airport transfer in Quito with a professional driver.
Enjoy a five hour private guided tour of Colonial Quito and discover the Middle of the World on a private guided tour with lunch included.
The UNESCO World Cultural Heritage city of Quito, or, to give it its full name; "San Francisco de Quito" is recognized as the largest and best preserved colonial city in the Americas. Sights of interest include the gothic styled Basilica of the Heart of Jesus; dwellings with architectural influence from the Spanish Conquistadores (visible in the tiled roofs, forged iron rode balconies and beautifully carved doors), the heart of Quito - Independence Square, which is flanked by the Presidential and the Archbishop´s palaces, as well as the Metropolitan Cathedral. The Jesuit church of La Compañía de Jesús meanwhile, is a magnificent example of the baroque style in Latin America.
From there, your driver and guide will bring you approximately 11 miles (18 Km.) north of downtown Quito, to visit “Mitad del Mundo” (Middle of the World) and the Equator Monument situated at 0º0’0” latitude where the eighteenth century French Geodesic Expedition built one of the three pyramids as landmarks for their planet calculations to deduct the shape of the earth in a complex which replicates a Spanish-American village. You'll also have the chance to visit the Intiñan Solar Museum, where you’ll find scientific and experimental aspects of being right at the Equator.
Please note: your airline tickets for the Galapagos flights are issued locally, and will be provided for you on the day you depart for the Galapagos, at the airport, by our local representative. For all Galapagos flights, the luggage allowance is 20 kg (44 lbs) per person.
Upon arrival at Baltra Airport, you'll be met by guides who will collect your luggage, and escort you on the short group transfer to the harbor. From there, motorized rafts (pangas) will transport you to your awaiting ship where you'll be welcomed aboard by the crew.
Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and to explore the ship. Lunch will be served aboard before your first island visit is made.
Fly from Quito to Galapagos via Guayaquil today. The flight duration is approximately 4 hours. Please note: Flight rates and availability are subject to change until booking.
Your mandatory Galapagos National Park entrance fee and tourist card are included in your itinerary pricing.
Please note: the itinerary is a guideline only - the route and program vary according to National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety precautions and wildlife encounters.
The visitor site at Dragon Hill has been open for visits since 1993. This site is located in the northwestern part of Santa Cruz Island and consists of a trail that leads to a hyper-saline lagoon behind the beach, frequented by flamingos, pintail ducks, and other species of birds. This site has been repopulated with land iguanas from Seymour, Isabela, and Santa Cruz islands. A short walk to the hill offers beautiful views of the bay.
Rabida Island is unique because of the red color of the rocks and sand. The volcanic material on this island is very porous and external factors such as rain, salt water, and sea breezes have acted as an oxidizing agent. A short walk along a trail will lead you to a coastal lagoon behind the beach permitting the observation of land birds such as finches, doves, yellow warblers, and mocking birds. At the lagoon, you’ll find a colony of flamingos.
The Chinese Hat is a small islet (1 sq km) located just off the southeastern tip of Santiago Island. It’s a recent volcanic cone, shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from north side. On the west, you can see lava formations formed under the sea and raised upward, this is why coral heads are found on the lava. This is an excellent visit for interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows. The landscape is covered by sea lions, marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins.
Darwin Bay originated when the crater of the island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite island for birdwatchers as you may see red footed-boobies, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels yellow-crowned, black-crowned and lava herons, and yellow warblers. Continuing on the trail, climb gradually to the edge of the cliff and see red-foots nesting in the mangrove trees below. Bird watching includes sightings of sharp-beaked finches, large cactus, ground finches, Galapagos doves, and swallow-tailed gulls. Reaching the end of the trail at the cliff's edge, it offers an incredible view of the island.
El Barranco is located in the southern part of Darwin Bay, also known as Prince Philip’s Steps. You will climb to a plateau that is part of the stretch of land that surrounds Darwin Bay on its eastern side. There is a big population of masked boobies and red-footed boobies in the tree; storm petrels and short-eared owls have been found in Genovesa lava flows, which is the ideal place for nesting.
Bartolome Island is situated across Sullivan Bay. It has an altitude of 114 meters, from where you can observe one of the most beautiful sceneries of volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields, and the famous Toba formed pinnacle. There is very little vegetation on this island. It has two breathtaking beaches where you can spot marine turtles, as well as a very small colony of Galapagos penguins.
Santiago, also called James, or San Salvador Island, is located in the west central part of the Galapagos archipelago. Along with some of the large western volcanoes of Isabela and Fernandina, Santiago is also volcanically active, with many young flows and cones to be seen, particularly along the south, west, and east coasts. These may even be seen from the summit of Darwin Volcano and from space. A number of historic eruptions have been reported over the last 2 centuries. Santiago actually consists of two coalesced volcanoes: a typical shield volcano on the northwest end and a low, linear fissure volcano on the southeast end.
The trail to the highlands leaves from Bellavista and passes through the agricultural zone, near the National Park boundary, the Miconia Zone, and then goes to the Fern and Sedge zone. With clear weather, this area affords beautiful scenes of rolling hills and extinct volcanic cones covered with grass and lush greenery all year round.
After your morning stop, you'll disembark from your ship and bid farewell to the expedition crew.
Fly direct from Galapagos to Guayaquil. The flight duration is approximately 2 hours. Please note that flight rates are subject to change without prior notice.
A group transfer will bring you to Baltra Airport for your outbound flight.
Welcome to Quito Ecuador and the JW Marriott Hotel Quito, where you will be greeted by an awe-inspiring atrium entrance. This hotel in Quito is one of the top-ranked Ecuador hotels according to Tripadvisor and Frommers. The guest rooms feature magnificent views of the mountains and volcanoes surrounding the city, including the famous snow-capped Cotopaxi Volcano. The JW Marriott is located next to the popular La Mariscal neighborhood, host to many Quito restaurants and bars. The hotel is close to the famous old city which is a Cultural World Heritage Site, and is just two hours to Otavalo, the largest craft market in South America. What sets the hotel apart is the resort type heated pool, the large fitness facility, and relaxing treatments available in the spa. Many vacation travelers and incentive groups stay at this hotel in Quito before or after their cruises to the Galapagos Islands.
The M/V Galapagos Odyssey is a luxury yacht constructed in 2008, offering the highest level of comfort of any boat its size in the Galapagos Islands. The yacht has a maximum capacity for 16 passengers. All cabins have private facilities, individually controlled air conditioning, a small desk and sofa. All the main and upper deck cabins feature large windows, which can be individually opened. The highest deck is a sun deck with comfortable loungers and a Jacuzzi. The top deck offers a shaded area and a cocktail bar. Besides a spacious lounge, dining area, bar and library on the main deck, there is a shaded outside space for al fresco dining.
Christina Adams ,
April 21, 2014
"I know it's silly to give all 10's, obviously every trip has it's ups and downs, but if it hadn't been for our Kensington Tours planning, guides and drivers we would have been lost! It was wonderful to be out in a strange new environment yet know we had a safety net and a friendly face. The places we visited were awesome but I think we'll remember most the people that we met. Thank you and I'll send photos soon! Sincerely, Christina Adams"
Frank Manna ,
April 21, 2014
"Our guided transfers were exceptionally accommodating even though our flights were considerably delayed. The Annavillanas Jungle Lodge was spectacular for location, accommodations and food. The Rio Carnival experience was unique and unforgettable and our seats were wonderful. Loved the location of our hotel in Rio.......right on the street of Copacabana Beach.......fantastic. "
Vivian Jennings ,
April 21, 2014
"Very pleased with organization. Not having to worry about connections or arrangements is wonderful. Great selection with hotels, Coral 1 and Napo Wildlife. Kensington puts all the details together to ensure a wonderful trip. Highly recommend the Galapagos and Amazon. "
Daniel More ,
April 21, 2014
"All was great. Guides were knowledgeable, personable, friendly... that's what really made the trip."
Marlin Barad ,
April 21, 2014
"Sofia, thank you for putting together a great trip. We certainly enjoyed ourselves very much. The planning and care was excellent. We hope we can do another trip with you all soon. Marlin Barad"
Laura Iyer ,
January 10, 2014
"We just returned last night from our Patagonia adventure and we had the time of our lives! Everything turned out perfectly. Guides were fun, on time and informative. The excursions were great for an active family and, of course, amazing. I thought after the glacier trek it can't get any better - but it kept surprising me and amazing me. My personal favorite was the horseback riding. I thought afterwards after everything we have seen the bike tour would have to be a let down - NOPE - it also was so exciting and our guide was a hoot! Meals were amazing and after so many active excursions no guilt in pigging out. I am so happy we took a little risk and went out of the way with our vacation this year. We will have this with us for a life time.
Catherine Dudley ,
January 10, 2014
"GREAT trip! We were very pleased with every aspect that Brandi set up for us including the tour of Quito and environs. Our guide spoke excellent English, the driver was courteous and we felt safe and well-informed throughout the day. We're still going through the 500+ photos that I took and the 1700+ photos that my son took. Galapagos was a fabulous trip and the Eclipse was a terrific way to navigate the islands.
Mark Dornfeld ,
November 11, 2013
"My wife and I had a wonderful trip, we really enjoyed ourselves. All the accommodations that you booked for us were exceptional and our drivers and guides were lovely. We had great weather the whole trip and only lost one activity due to high winds. As you know this is a beautiful part of the world so my camera was snapping all the time. We would definitely use your services in the future for this type of travel. Thanks for all you help and expertise........be well.....m.d."
Jack Gregory ,
November 11, 2013
I wanted to give you a little feedback on our recent trip to Peru.
In a word – EXCELLENT – especially the high quality people you work with in Peru. We have taken tours all over the world, S. Africa, France, England, Vietnam, China to name just a few, and the service we received in Peru was far beyond and of the other experiences we have had. The attention to detail was very much appreciated, picking us up at the airport, taking us back to the airport and complete, hassle free, handling of all our details truly made this a stress free experience.
Special thanks to:
-The entire reservation system and the people I came in contact with that process...every detail accounted for
-The people that looked after us in Lima
-Andre, the young man in Cusco who faithfully phoned every night just to make sure the day went well, my wife was well and that we knew what we had to do the next day.
-The Sumaq hotel in Aquas Calientes...you can tell the level of service by the details...I watched a waitress hold a high stool for a lady to prevent her from tipping backwards as she got on the stool, the lady didn’t even know the waitress did it....that’s client care.
-Especially Mariela, the tour guide in Cusco...highly knowledgeable, passionate, personable and shows great care for the people she guides.
Hainsworth Sherry ,
November 05, 2013
Clients were very impressed. Guides were amazing and accommodation was beyond expectations. They will definitely travel with you again and they have highly recommended Kensington Tours.
Hope I can work with you again the in the near future.
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