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Galapagos Cruise Package
Most Galapagos travelers, whether via small ship cruise or land tour of the Galapagos Islands, will require pre- and post-cruise accommodations in Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador. We have created our Galapagos Cruise Package to give travelers an easy, cost-effective way to book the most popular land package we offer.

Choose the base city (Quito or Guayaquil) that fits your trave
l needs the best, and we'll include all the details you need pre- and post-cruise. Custom Galapagos itineraries and upgrades are also available.

QUITO
Quito, as a city, has much more to offer and is the first choice of most of our travelers. The capital city of Ecuador, Quito sits at an elevation of 9,350 feet making it the highest capital city in the world. Its historic center is one of the best preserved in the Americas and tours make a great cultural and historical complement to Galapagos Island cruising. Please note that in February 2013 the new Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport opened and is located farther from the Quito hotel district and colonial center than the former location, increasing costs and travel time (1.5-2 hours drive to the airport) for pre- and post-cruise accomodations.

GUAYAQUIL
The largest and most populous city in Ecuador is a great option for travelers looking for the quickest, most affordable gateway to the Galapagos Islands. Highlights for visitors include urban renewal projects along the River Guayas promenade, namely the Malecon 2000 green space and riverwalk, and the historic, artistic neighborhood of Las Peñas. Proximity to the airport (10- to 15-minute drive) is a plus for our partner hotels.
read more Most Galapagos travelers, whether via small ship cruise or land tour of the Galapagos Islands, will require pre- and post-cruise accommodations in Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador. We have created our Galapagos Cruise Package to give travelers an easy, cost-effective way to book the most popular land package we offer.

Choose the base city (Quito or Guayaquil) that fits your travel needs the best, and we'll include all the details you need pre- and post-cruise. Custom Galapagos itineraries and upgrades are also available.

QUITO
Quito, as a city, has much more to offer and is the first choice of most of our travelers. The capital city of Ecuador, Quito sits at an elevation of 9,350 feet making it the highest capital city in the world. Its historic center is one of the best preserved in the Americas and tours make a great cultural and historical complement to Galapagos Island cruising. Please note that in February 2013 the new Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport opened and is located farther from the Quito hotel district and colonial center than the former location, increasing costs and travel time (1.5-2 hours drive to the airport) for pre- and post-cruise accomodations.

GUAYAQUIL
The largest and most populous city in Ecuador is a great option for travelers looking for the quickest, most affordable gateway to the Galapagos Islands. Highlights for visitors include urban renewal projects along the River Guayas promenade, namely the Malecon 2000 green space and riverwalk, and the historic, artistic neighborhood of Las Peñas. Proximity to the airport (10- to 15-minute drive) is a plus for our partner hotels.
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Expert Review: Galapagos Cruise Package - A Seamless Experience

Expert Review: Galapagos Cruise Package - A Seamless Experience

All the details were taken care of, from the time I landed at the Guayaquil airport to the time I crossed back through security en route to the U.S. after my Galapagos cruise.
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Things To Do in Guayaquil Ecuador

Things To Do in Guayaquil Ecuador

City sights, dining and where to stay - we detail what to do while visiting Guayaquil, Ecuador.
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Day 1 - Arrive Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador

Day 2 - Quito or Guayaquil City Tour

Day 3 - Fly to Galapagos Islands

Day 4 - Return from Galapagos Islands

Day 5 - Depart Quito or Guayaquil


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Day 1 - Arrive Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador

Upon arrival at the Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador international airport you are met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Hotel Patio Andaluz - Quito or Hotel Oro Verde - Guayaquil
MEALS:
n/a

Day 2 - Quito or Guayaquil City Tour

Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast at your hotel, followed by a private three-hour guided walking tour.

QUITO CITY TOUR: South America's oldest capitol city, Quito sits at 9,184 feet in elevation. It has been amazingly preserved and is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour focuses on Quito's colonial center, starting at 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. The tour ends at a lookout point with a great view of Quito. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy this lively city, rest or prepare for your Galapagos cruise.

GUAYAQUIL CITY TOUR: This visit includes the main attractions of the Port of Guayaquil, starting with the Centennial Plaza that honors the heroes of Guayaquil's independence, and then along 9th of October Boulevard to the heart of the city's business district. See the famous Moorish Clock Tower and Bolívar Park. The latter is also called "the park of the iguanas," as here they roam undisturbed and perch on the treetops. Then drive to the southern end of Guayaquil's Malecon 2000 to see the Crystal Palace, the Integration Square, the Plaza of the Flags and the Plaza Olmedo, which are together, at the beginning of a 1.5-mile waterfront parallel to the River Guayas. An easy walk leads to La Rotonda, which commemorates the meeting of Simon Bolivar and Jose de San Martin, the liberators of South America. Then on to Barrio Las Peñas, one of the oldest neighborhoods of Guayaquil, whose wooden constructions have been beautifully restored, housing many art galleries. Drive past Guayaquil's cemetery with outstanding marble sculptures by famous Italian artists on to the Urdesa residential area to end at Malecón del Salado, the latest urban regeneration project of the city. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy Guayaquil, rest or prepare for your Galapagos cruise.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Hotel Patio Andaluz - Quito or Hotel Oro Verde - Guayaquil
MEALS:
breakfast

Day 3 - Fly to Galapagos Islands

A transfer from your hotel to the airport is included. Upon arrival our local representative will assist with flight check-in and transit card. Fly from Quito or Guayaquil to the Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival you are greeted by a crew member and a transfer is provided to your Galapagos cruise.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Galapagos Cruise Ship
MEALS:
breakfast

Day 4 - Return from Galapagos Islands

Exact day will depend on the length of your Galapagos cruise. A transfer from the ship to the airport is included. Check in and fly back to mainland Ecuador. Upon arrival in Quito or Guayaquil our local representative will provide a transfer to your hotel.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Hotel Patio Andaluz - Quito or Hotel Oro Verde - Guayaquil
MEALS:
breakfast

Day 5 - Depart Quito or Guayaquil

Exact day will depend on the length of your Galapagos cruise. Transportation will be provided to the airport for return flights home or for excursions to Ecuador's Mainland or Machu Picchu Peru.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Arrival & Departure

This trip begins and ends in Quito, or Guayaquil, Ecuador. Plan flights to arrive at any time on Day 1 and depart anytime on the last day. Airport transfers are included for travelers arriving and departing on scheduled arrival/departure days. Private transfers proceed directly from the airport to the hotel or reverse. Shared transfers may wait for a number of guests to fill the shuttle and/or stop at a number of hotels increasing the wait and drive times.

Private vs Shared Transfers

PRIVATE TRANSFER - With a private transfer you are greeted at the airport by an English speaking guide, holding a sign with your name on it, outside baggage claim. The guide helps with your luggage, takes you to a private vehicle for a direct transfer to your hotel, sharing information and answering your questions along the way. From your hotel the guide will meet you in the lobby, help with your luggage, provide a direct transfer to the airport and assist with your airport check in process. A private transfer can take 45 minutes to 2 hours depending on traffic.
SHARED TRANSFER - A shared transfer does not have a guide at the airport waiting for guests to arrive. Upon arrival guests make their own way an Aeroservicios boarding area where a bus provides transportation from the new Quito Airport to the old Quito airport close to downtown. Guests are advised to arrive the boarding area at least 15 minutes in advance for buses departing every half hour. Upon arrival at the old Quito airport guests will transfer to a hotel shuttle that services all major hotels in Quito. From your hotel you wait on the curb for a hotel shuttle to the old Quito airport, then transfer to the Aeroservices shuttle to the new Quito airport. A shared transfer can take 2.5-5 hours depending on traffic and schedules.
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Prices listed are per person for double occupancy. Single, triple & child rates available upon request. All transfers are private, except for those in the Quito Shared rate.

$450 - Guayaquil 2014

$525 - Quito (Shared) 2014

$725 - Quito 2014


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Included

Three nights Quito or Guayaquil hotel accommodations with breakfast included; all airport/hotel transfers (private unless noted as a Shared rate); private city tour.

Exclusions

Airfare from US to Quito/Guayaquil; Galapagos flights; Galapagos National Park entrance fees and taxes; Galapagos transit card; excess baggage charges; airport departure tax from Quito/Guayaquil; tips to local staff; and items of a personal nature such as soft drinks or alcoholic beverages, laundry fees and insurance of any kind.

Families & Children

Group discounts and child rates available; contact AdventureSmith Explorations for details and to customize this Galapagos cruise package for your group.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $200 is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 91 days - 50% of deposit
90 to 31 days - 50% of total trip cost
30 to 0 days - 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

Travel Insurance

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