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Quito & the Galapagos Islands
Small Ship Cruising
Ideal length: 10 days
Explore the cobbled streets of UNESCO protected Quito, the impressive historical centre is home to traditional and brightly coloured architecture and is a real treat for the senses.
In the Galapagos Islands get up close to amazing wildlife, swim with sea lions and pose with albatross and giant tortoises. The wildlife here has few land predators and is not afraid of man.
Sail on the M/Y Grace, expect immaculate cabins, relax on the spacious sun deck and enjoy elegant al fresco dining with a maximum of 18 guests.
DAY 1 | ARRIVE QUITO, ECUADOR
Arrive Quito, high altitude, fascinating capital of Ecuador close to the equator. Met for transfer to your hotel in the Centro Historico (Old Town) area.
DAY 2 | QUITO
A private morning tour is an excellent way to get your bearings. The city is a mix of old-world colonial charm and trendy modernity and the setting, high in the Andes, is spectacular. Afternoon free to wander the colourful lanes of Old Town.
M/Y Grace Jacuzzi
DAY 3 | QUITO TO THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
Domestic flight to the warm Galapagos ( they're in Ecuador too) and board the luxury yacht M/Y Grace for an exciting, inspiring 7 night cruise around these tropical islands. With dinner concluded relax on deck or in the jacuzzi perhaps.......after an eventful day its time to let the mind slip into neutral !
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Blue footed boobies doing their mating dance
DAY 4-9 | GALAPAGOS CRUISING
Cruise the Galapagos marine reserve and its islands experiencing wonderful bird and animal life as you go - attractions include the blue footed booby, giant tortoises, flamingos and iguanas. Take leisurely walks, see mangroves and lava fields, snorkel with playful sea lions and turtles.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Snorkelling with sea turtles in the Galapagos
DAY 10 | GALAPAGOS ISLANDS TO QUITO
Complete your cruise of the islands and fly back to mainland Ecuador. You may disembark at Guayaquil on the coast or continue to Quito to connect with your onward international flight.
The M/Y Grace has two alternating 7 night Itineraries which visit islands as follows:
Itinerary from San Cristobal visits the islands of San Cristobal, Española, Floreana, Santa Cruz, Rabida, Santiago, Bartolome, North Seymour and Mosquera.
Itinerary from Baltra visits the islands of Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, South Plaza, Genovesa, Fernandina, Isabela and Santiago.
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