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Flamingos in the Galapagos

Luxury Ecuador & Galapagos tour

16 days from £14,995pp

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Tour highlights

  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Quito with its growing reputation for good restaurants, bars and cafés.

  • Enjoy a stay in the cloudforest at Mashpi Lodge surrounded by birdlife and home to great canopy tram.

  • Stay at Hacienda Zuleta which is considered to be one of the finest haciendas in Ecuador.

  • Discover the incredible, fearless wildlife of the Galapagos on a luxury Silversea cruise.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled international and domestic flights
  • In-destination transfers
  • All-inclusive board basis during your cruise
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodation
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

  • Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Quito. On arrival in Quito you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

  • Enjoy a guided tour of the highlights of Quito today.

  • Today you will head northwest into the cool cloudforest region. Your destination will be Mashpi Lodge, a fantastic luxury property in the heart of this unique ecosystem.

  • Enjoy excursions from Mashpi Lodge or take a journey on their two kilometre sky tram through the cloudforest canopy.

  • Travel across the Andes today to your beautiful hacienda.

  • Free time to walk along 60 km (37 miles) of self-guided trails, or perhaps horse ride or fish. There is also a condor restoration project and pre-Inca site within the grounds of this wonderful hacienda.

  • Enjoy a final day at leisure at Hacienda Zuleta. In the afternoon you will be taken back to Quito.

  • Today you will fly to the Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival, be greeted by a representative from your luxury cruise and board the ship ready for your seven night Galapagos expedition.

    On board ship, Silversea Silver Origin - Galapagos Cruise   
  • Today you will visit 'Bird Island', Genovesa with its huge number of land and seabird species. There is ample time to fit in both hiking and snorkelling excursions — look out for red-footed boobies, frigatebirds and the notoriously hard to spot short-eared owl.

    On board ship, Silversea Silver Origin - Galapagos Cruise   
  • North Seymour Island is your morning landing with its flat plateau where sea lions nurse pups and frigatebirds nest. In the afternoon, you’ll head on to the impressive lava fields of Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island. Look out for bright red Sally Lightfoot crabs on your island hike, whilst also learning about the geology of this otherworldly landscape.

    On board ship, Silversea Silver Origin - Galapagos Cruise   
  • Heading westwards, you’ll stop at Punta Mangle on Fernandina Island, where three species of mangrove serve as a nursery for many species of fish and other marine life, including juvenile sharks and green sea turtles. Finish the day on the south coast of Isabela Island, where you can see the largest marine iguanas of the archipelago, as well as flightless cormorants and Galapagos penguins.

    On board ship, Silversea Silver Origin - Galapagos Cruise   
  • Santa Cruz is your destination this morning, the most populated island of the Galapagos but still home to plenty of flora and fauna, as well as varying microclimates as a result of the higher altitudes found inland. Later you’ll sail on to Santa Fé, home to the endemic Santa Fe Land Iguana that can only be found on this one island.

    On board ship, Silversea Silver Origin - Galapagos Cruise   
  • You’ll spend the full day today around Española, the oldest island in the archipelago. Here you can see waved albatrosses at certain times of year, as well as many other seabirds enjoying the thermals around the sheer cliff edges. You’ll also have time to enjoy the picture perfect white sand and turquoise waters at Gardner Bay.

    On board ship, Silversea Silver Origin - Galapagos Cruise   
  • Today is spent on San Cristóbal, one of the most easterly islands of the Galapagos and home to 8,000 people making their living mainly from tourism and fishing. You’ll have some time to see the sea lions in the harbour followed by a swim or snorkel from a more remote beach.

    On board ship, Silversea Silver Origin - Galapagos Cruise   
  • A final morning to enjoy the laid back atmosphere in the harbour area of San Cristóbal, before you disembark your cruise and transfer to the airport for your flight back to the mainland, where you’ll connect to your return flight home.

    On board ship, Silversea Silver Origin - Galapagos Cruise   
  • Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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The Galapagos Islands

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