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Explore Ecuador and experience the captivating natural wonders of the incredible Galápagos Islands archipelago, home to some of the world's rarest and most fascinating wildlife.

“I would give the overall experience 10 out of 10”

I would give the overall experience 10 out of 10
I would give the overall experience 10 out of 10
Dawn Ball and Christine Mallard

The Avalon experience

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Included Highlights

  • QUITO Sightseeing with a local guide; Legislative Palace, San Francisco Monastery, La Compania Church, Workshop & Museum of Oswaldo Guayasamin; welcome dinner.
  • EQUATORIAL MONUMENT
  • GALAPAGOS ISLANDS FINCH BAY ECO HOTEL Galapaguera Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre, Charles Darwin Research Station
  • GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISE Daily guided sightseeing with a local naturalist
  • A 4 day Amazon Extension can be added at the end of your holiday featuring naturalist guided Amazon cruises and nature walks, parrot clay lick visit; canopy walk, nighttime dugout canoe excursion; visit a local village and school

Included in the price

  • Accommodation An intimate cruise experience on the all-suite Isabella ll .Spacious outside Avalon suites with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors and river views. Each stateroom has hotel-style beds, air-conditioning, large private bathrooms with premium bath amenities, plush bathrobes and slippers. Accommodation includes 4 nights in the Swissotel Quito,4 nights on board Isabela II

  • Meals The breakfast buffet offers a wide variety of dishes. Lunch features a buffet and a live cooking station showcasing local specialties served by our Head Chef. Breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 6 three-course dinners including a welcome dinner in Quito and a farewell dinner on board the Isabela II. Wine is included with dinner on board Isabela II Meals The breakfast buffet offers a wide variety of dishes. Lunch features a buffet and a live cooking station showcasing local specialties served by our Head Chef. In the evening, a four course a la carte dinner awaits you with mouth-watering cuisines. Breakfast daily, 8 lunches and 10 three-course dinners including a welcome dinner in Lima and a farewell dinner in Quito. Wine is included with dinner on board Isabela II

  • Included excursions and sightseeing trips with Local Guides

  • Services of a an experienced Cruise Director

  • Special experiences by local entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise

  • All transfers, local port charges

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Day 1 Quito.

An included sightseeing tour showcases Quito's treasures: the historic stone murals of the Legislative Palace, Independence Plaza and the 16th-century San Francisco Monastery, the Jesuit's La Compania Church with its stunning golden altars, and the impressive paintings at the Workshop & Museum of Oswaldo Guayasamin. Later, visit the Equatorial Monument, which marks the centre of the world, before tonight's welcome dinner. (B, D)

Day 2 Quito. Excursion to Otavalo.

Today, visit Otavalo's famous Indian market, full of textiles, clothes, vegetables and much more. Next, in Peguche, famous for its exquisite weavings, you will have the opportunity to visit homes and observe handicrafts being made. Finally, enjoy Andean delicacies prepared the traditional way at a former hacienda before returning to Quito. (B, L)

Day 3 Quito - Baltra Island - Embarkation - Santa Cruz Island

This morning, fly to the Galápagos Island of Baltra and head to the pristine highlands of Santa Cruz Island, where your Naturalist will introduce the island's lush and vibrant landscapes. Visit the giant tortoise reserve for a chance to see the famous Galápagos tortoises in their natural habitat. Next, see the Twin Pit Craters, great depressions of volcanic material formed by a long process of slow sinking of the ground, where exceptional Scalesia trees, ferns, mosses, and orchids can be seen in the surroundings. Later, board the Isabela II for five days of cruising among the various Galápagos Islands. Each day travel ashore to the remote islands with your expert naturalist. On board the ship, enjoy a captains welcome cocktail and dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Galápagos Islands cruising: Santa Fé & South Plaza Islands

After breakfast, join your naturalist for an exploration of Santa Fé Island with its large population of sea lions. As you walk through the opuntia cactus forest, watch out for the endemic land iguanas found here. Galápagos hawks, a variety of finches, and mockingbirds are commonly spotted, too. Snorkel, swim, or kayak from the beach before returning to the boat for lunch. This afternoon at South Plaza Island, wildlife includes sea lions, land iguanas, marine iguanas, hybrid iguanas (only found on this island and a result between land and marine iguanas), and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Also known for its prolific birdlife, you will see blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, frigatebirds, swallow-tailed gulls, Audubon's shearwaters, and many other species. (B, L, D)

Day 5 North Seymour & Santa Cruz Islands.

Disembark at North Seymour Island, where your Naturalist will point out colonies of blue-footed boobies, Magnificent and Great Frigate Birds, swallow-tailed gulls and lava herons. The shores teem with sea lions and marine iguanas and are a good spot for snorkeling. In the afternoon, visit Las Bachas on Santa Cruz Island, where abandoned WWII military barges can be found. Today it is an important nesting area for the East Pacific green sea turtle. You will also see brackish lagoons just steps away from the sea and white-sand beach, which is a feeding ground for various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Bartolomé & Santiago Islands.

At Bartolomé Island, hike to the summit for a stunning view of two beautiful bays and fascinating formations of lava flows and spatter cones, including the iconic Pinnacle Rock. You will also have the chance to snorkel or cruise on the glass-bottom boast and possibly see Galápagos pengiuns in tropical waters, sea turtles and even some sharks and rays. On Santiago Island, walk over the lava flows from less than 100 years ago and learn firsthand how pioneering flora and fauna adapt to the volcanic surroundings. End your visit with a swim off the beach with the playful sea lions. Tonight, join your ship's captain at a farewell cocktail party and toast to a memorable holiday. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Disembarkation - Baltra Island - Quito.

After breakfast, head to the airport in Baltra for your flight to Quito, where you will have free time this evening. (B)

Day 9 Quito - Final day

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<note><b>Note:</b> The ship's itinerary may vary according to the Galápagos National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions and seasonal changes.</note>

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Add 3 nights in the Amazon rainforest
Days 1 to 9 as per itinerary.
Day 10 Quito - Coca - Amazon.
Fly from Quito to Coca and travel by boat down the Napo River to a small tributary where you transfer to a dugout canoe for the remainder of your journey to your Amazon lodge, the Napo Wilidlife Centre for 3 nights. Floating along the narrow river, discover the Ecuadorian Amazon, the world's largest remaining tropical rainforest, where more life hums, buzzes, chatters and bubbles than anywhere else on the planet. One Amazonian tree can host more ant species than all of the United Kingham put together, one hectare of forest boasts almost as many frog species as all of North America and the great expanse of jungle contains more than 20% of the Earth's vascular plant species. Here you can find a monkey small enough to sit on your fingertip, an 8 pound toad, a spider that eats birds and the world's largest snake, the 30 foot-long anaconda. (B,L,D)
Day 11 Amazon. Early this morning your Naturalist brings you a parrot clay lick where you can see parrots, macaws, parakeets and other species feeding. Continue with a walk through the jungle and learn of the medicinal plants and immense biodiversity that have been used by the native cultures for hundreds of years. Tonight, accompany your Naturalist on a night walk or canoe ride to discover creatures rarely seen during the day, you may even spot a caiman or two. (B,L,D)
Day 12 Amazon. This morning, depart on a Napo river cruise through the flooded forest in search of the varied wildlife. Here you will have a good chance of seeing troops of squirrel, capuchin and howler monkeys, and maybe even the incredibly well-camouflaged 3-toed sloth. Later, visit a local community, school and village and spend some time with the locals to learn about their culture and way of life. Finish your day fishing for piranhas or even taking a refreshing swim in the same waters, the less brave can send their guide in first.
Day 13 Amazon - Coca - Quito. Depart by canoe this morning in search of monkeys, giant otters and are birds on your return to Coca, where you will board your flight to Quito. (B)
Day 14 Quito. After breakfast transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Day 15 Home landing in UK

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DECK Cabin Main
SIZE 139 sq ft 170 sq ft
WINDOW Standard Window Picture Window
BEDS Two twins or a double bed Queen double
BATHROOM En-suite bathroom with full shower En-suite bathroom with full shower
A/C Individual climate control Individual climate control
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Deck Plan Key:
  1. Bar
  2. Exercise room
  3. Jacuzzi
  4. Lounge bar
  5. Gift shop
  6. Natural History Library
  7. Dining Room

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