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This one is for the true explorers who seek real adventure paired with sumptuous luxury; welcome to your perfect itinerary! The excitement begins in the historic UNESCO World Heritage Centre of Quito in Ecuador, followed by a stay in one of the most unique luxury hideaways in the world; Mashpi Lodge, where you'll enjoy hiking adventures and exhilarating cable car journeys through the emerald-hued forests. You will then hop over to the beautiful Galapagos Islands for a luxury yacht cruise packed with water-based activities, and a 2 night stay along the coastline at the stylish Finch Bay Hotel. 

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Itinerary includes:
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • 3 nights at the 5 star Casa Gangotena
  • 2 nights at the 5 star Mashpi Lodge
  • 4 nights on the Santa Cruz II Cruise Yacht
  • 2 nights at the 4 star Finch Bay Hotel
Day 1
Fly from Ecuador to UK

Welcome to Ecuador! This culturally rich and naturally beautiful destination offers so much to soak up and enjoy. For the first night of your adventure, you will be staying at Casa Gangotena; a luxurious colonial hotel that'll invite you feel like you've stepped back in time. 

Day 1-2
Quito

If you have time to spare once you have checked into your luxurious room, we recommend getting out and exploring this historic city. Quito has plenty to brag about; with it being not only the highest capital city above sea level but also one of the world's first UNESCO World Heritage Centres. This remarkable city sits neatly between soaring mountains and wakes up to enchanting mists that float above the ancient buildings.

If you're hoping to just wander along and take in what ever you may come across; you'll likely stumble upon incredible street art, delicious street food and quaint little cafes with excellent coffee. If you want to photograph the big sights, be sure to add the Basilica del Voto's Neo-gothic church, the Cathedral de Quito, and El Panecillo to your list!

Day 2
Road transfer from Quito to Mashpi Lodge

You will be picked up after a delicious breakfast and driven up the highway north of Quito, passing the Equator Monument and Latitude 0. Climbing up to the western pass, you will detour for a short break at the viewpoint of the Pululahua Crater, a dormant volcano. From here on, its downhill towards the Pacific Ocean, turning off the main highway onto rural roads about 30 minutes after this stop. 

About two hours after leaving Quito, you will reach the archaeological site-museum of Tulipe, where you'll stop to explore the grounds and learn about the Yumbo people who created the water pools and structures here. About an hour and a half later. you will arrive at the entrance to the Mashpi Lodge, where you will be staying for the next 2 nights.

Stay at Mashpi Lodge
Day 2-4
Mashpi Lodge

This absolutely stunning hillside hideaway is the perfect destination for peace, relaxation and for taking in the enchanting beauty of Ecuador's stunning landscape. If you dream of taking it easy, there's an absolutely incredible spa to take advantage of; offering blissful treatments high in the clouds and next to tumbling waterfalls that are sure to soothe your soul.

If it's adventure you're seeking; you'll find almost too much to choose from! Hitch a ride in the Dragonfly cable car and take in the mesmerising views, discover healing waterfalls that flow into swirling pools, hike through leafy forests that look like Jurassic Park movie sets, or jump on the Jungle Swing and whip through the trees like Tarzan! 

Day 4
Road transfer from Mashpi Lodge to Quito

After a delicious lunch, you will be transferred back to the incredible city of Quito for a 1 night stay at the Casa Gangotena, to ensure your well rested for your flight the following day. 

Day 5
Fly from Baltra (Galapagos) to Quito

After a delicious breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport where you'll catch a short 2 hour flight to the mesmerising Galapagos Islands! Upon arrival you will be transferred to the dock so that you can board the Santa Cruz II; a luxurious yacht that will be your home for the next 4 nights. 

Day 5-9
Galapagos Islands

Get ready for a truly unforgettable experience! This incredible cruise offers travellers the chance to get off the boat and immerse themselves in the beauty of these treasured islands through a wealth of fun activities and adventures. 

Follow an enchanting walking trail through the mesmerising landscapes of Cerro Dragon Hill, passing lagoons full of ducks, shorebirds and flamingos. Explore the coast by Panga and discover an area rich with marine and bird life native to these shores including Galapagos penguins and fur seals. You'll also have the chance to visit the youngest island Punta Espinoza, the drastically different Santa Cruz Island and the beautiful waters that surround Floreana Island. 

Day 9
Road transfer from Baltra to Finch Bay Hotel

After an incredible 4 night cruise, you will disembark at Baltra and be transferred to the eco-conscious Finch Bay Hotel; a stylish and laid-back luxury resort that boasts a fantastic location along a beautiful coastline.

Day 9-11
Galapagos

This beautiful destinations offers so much do that really shows off the natural beauty of the Galapagos! There's a blissful swimming pool to soak up the sun within for those looking for some rest and relaxation, while adventurous travellers will find plenty to keep entertained. Hop in a canoe and explore the turquoise waters that fringe the bay, embark on diving expeditions that showcase the beauty of the Galapagos marine life, or catch a wave with an afternoon of surfing; the choice is yours! 

Day 11
Fly from Quito to Galapagos Islands

Now that you've soaked up everything the gorgeous Galapagos have to offer, it's time to venture back to the mainland! You will be transferred from the hotel to the airport in time for your flight back to Quito, where you'll be staying for 1 final night at Casa Gangotena. If you have some spare time before catching your final flight home, why not visit the Centre of the World? This historic point marks the true centre of the world according to GPS longitude and latitude.

Day 12
Fly from UK to Quito

Your amazing adventure may be coming to an end, but we're certain you will be leaving with enough happy memories to last a lifetime. You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport with plenty of time to spare before your flight home; safe travels!

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Itinerary includes:
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • 3 nights at the 5 star Casa Gangotena
  • 2 nights at the 5 star Mashpi Lodge
  • 4 nights on the Santa Cruz II Cruise Yacht
  • 2 nights at the 4 star Finch Bay Hotel
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