New Year´s Galapagos Cruise

Galapagos Islands

The islands are the land of superlatives. It is one of the most important national parks on earth and one of the world’s largest marine reserves.

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For many travelers, cruising the Galapagos Island on New Year´s Eve is a dream come true, and now it is possible due to guaranteed spaces onboard the Solaris Yacht.

 

Along this 8 days tour, you will experience the best of Quito and its surroundings. Be prepared for living heritage city center as well as the Middle of the World Monument and the Otavalo Market, the biggest indigenous market in South America, during this festivities season.

 

Dates: December 26, 2020 to January 2, 2021

PACKAGE DETAILS

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL TO QUITO

As soon you arrive to Quito an airport representative will be waiting for you at your airplane gate; he/she will assist you during the migration and customs procedures. After customs, a Link Experiences representative will be waiting for you to accompany you during the transfer from the airport to your chosen hotel. Quito’s airport is located 45 minutes away from the main city. Meals: n/a

DAY 2 - MIDDLE OF THE WORLD & HERITAGE CITY CENTER

Your local guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you to visit the Middle of the World Monument, situated at 0o0’0” latitude. Take a picture with your feet on both hemispheres! Continue the tour to the Intiñan Museum where you can see various demonstrations of natural phenomena, gravity and balance manifested in the equatorial zone. This is a really fun and interactive museum. After lunch, included in one of the local restaurants, you will discover Quito’s beautiful Historic Center, named World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Quito is a city with a rich history, hiding the most fascinating legends, forbidden love stories, political insurrection plans, and more. Learn about the different architecture styles in the Old Town, stroll through cobblestoned streets and meet some artisans who’ve kept traditions alive for centuries. Enjoy a private visit to La Compañia, San Francisco and Basilica churches. After all, you will return to your hotel. Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 3 - OTAVALO ARTISANAL MARKET

Today you will head the north of the country. The scenery is gorgeous, and if the Cayambe is not feeling shy, you will be able to see the snow capped volcano in its full splendor. On the road, try some warm backed goodies, like “bizcochos” and fresh cheese. Continue your trip to Otavalos’ Ponchos Indigenous Market, considered the largest indigenous market in the Americas. Here you will be able to shop textiles, carvings, pottery, jewelry and more, all made by skillful artisans. Enjoy a warm homemade lunch at a beautiful quaint Hacienda, and After lunch, you will return to your hotel in Quito. Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 4 - GALAPAGOS ISLAND CRUISE / SOLARIS YACHT (ITIN B4 - 4D/3N)

Quito transfer out & Airport assistance. Flight Quito - Baltra Airport. Meet & greet with cruise mate. Visit to Mosquera Islet. Accommodation: Solaris Yacht / stateroom. Meals included: Full board

DAY 5 - GENOVESA ISLAND - DARWIN BAY / PRINCE PHILLIP´S STEPS

Darwin Bay has origin when the crater of this island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite island for birdwatchers: red footed-boobies, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, and more. El Barranco is located at the southern part of Darwin Bay and it is also known as Prince Philip’s Steps. Passengers will climb to a plateau that is part of the stretch of land that surrounds Darwin Bay on its eastern side. Accommodation: Solaris Yacht / Stateroom. Meals included: Full board

DAY 6 - PLAZAS ISLAND & SANTA FE ISLAND

South Plazas is located at the east of Santa Cruz Island, and forms part of two islands known as Islas Plazas. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. Located in the southeastern part of the Galapagos, this island was formed from an uplift, which explains why it is mostly flat. There are some theories which assure this could be the oldest island in the Archipelago. Accommodation: Solaris Yacht / Stateroom. Meals included: Full board

DAY 7 - KICKER ROCK / RETURN TO QUITO

This huge ‘cathedral’ of rock is an old lava cone, now split in two. On the rocks many blue footed boobies, Nazca boobies and frigate birds are to be found. Transfer to San Cristobal airport for your flight back to Quito. Upon your arrival to Quito´s airport, you will be picked up by a representative of Link Experiences to transfer you to your chosen hotel. Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 8 - QUITO / END OF SERVICES

Today, you can pick up the Airport Shuttle of the hotel chosen by you based on your flight schedule. Meals included: Breakfast

INCLUDED SERVICES

TOUR GUIDE:

  • English-Spanish speaking – guide-driver in private basis (Quito)

ACCOMMODATION:

  • Double accommodation with daily breakfast. Accomodation is subject to availability until confirmation.

TRANSPORT:

  • All transfers & private ground transportation as mentioned in the itinerary

QUITO SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES:

  • Fast Track Service at Quito´s Airport on Day 1
  • Private transfer to/from Quito´s Airport
  • Accommodation in double room at the hotel on the chosen category
  • Excursions mentioned on days 2 and 3 on a share basis group of travel
  • Bilingual certified guide (English-Spanish)
  • Meals indicated on the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to monuments and churches on day 2
  • Personalized assistance 24/7

GALAPAGOS CRUISES SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES:

  • English-Spanish Naturalist guides at the Galapagos Islands
  • Full board during the cruise trip
  • Accommodation in Double/Twin cabin (Available 1 single cabin onboard)
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Daily activities on board and offshore

NOT INCLUDED

Domestic Flight Quito - Galapagos - Quito

YES

Galapagos National Park Fee ($100 p/adult - $50 p/child)

YES

Galapagos Transit Control Card - INGALA ($20 p/pers)

YES

Personal expenses, Extras and Tips.

YES

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Meals not stated in the program.

YES

International air tickets to Ecuador.

YES

Medical services.

NOT

Personal travel insurance.

NOT

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • Itinerary is subject to change in case of force majeure caused by exceptional and natural circumstances.
  • All rates are per person and apply only to foreign passengers.
  • Prices may change without warning and can only be guaranteed once the reservation has been made.
  • Bookings shall include the passenger’s full name, nationality, passport number, age and birthdate.
  • Any deposit or payment made by the Client to the Company, for the services that the Company will provide, constitute acceptance for any person that will receive the services of the Company of the Terms and Conditions described at //www.linkexperiences.com/index.php/terms-conditions/
  • Galapagos itineraries are subject to change due to weather conditions or Galapagos National Park regulation.
  • Although Galapagos wildlife is rich, observation of specific species can never be guaranteed..

RECOMMENDATIONS

In the domestic flight to Galapagos, each passenger may bring one checked luggage of 23kg + a carry-on baggage of 8kg.

 

The checked allowance is:

  • Weight: 23kg
  • Dimension: 158cm/62in

 

The carry-on allowance is:

  • Weight: 8kg.
  • Dimension: 55cm x 35cm x 25cm

 

Comfortable and light clothes, wind breaker jacket, bathing suit and comfortable walking shoes are convenient when visiting Quito, while warmer clothes are required for stays in Guayaquil and Andean mountain areas. Visitors should not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, short skirts or skimpy clothing when visiting religious or official buildings. Sun protection, sun glasses, one small backpack, a hat and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay.


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“This was our second trip with Link Experiences and couldn’t be happier. Based on our earlier experience with them, we gave them complete control of our family’s trip to the Galapagos. (Our friends independently researched Link’s proposed itinerary against their usual excellent company and decided to come with us.) The trip was fantastic.”

Mel Meinhardt

Florida, USA

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