Private luxury tours in Galapagos & Ecuador

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Luxury Galapagos & Ecuador Tours

Highlights of Ecuador & the Galapagos
(10 Days)
Quito, Galapagos cruise (4 nights), Otavalo Valley

Best of the Galapagos
(9 Days)
Quito, Galapagos cruise (3 nights), Galapagos lodge

Introduction to Ecuador & the Galapagos
(7 Days)
Quito, Galapagos cruise (3 nights)

Land-based Tour of the Galapagos
(8 Days)
Quito, Galapagos lodge

Highlights of Mainland Ecuador
(6 Days)
Quito, Otavalo Valley

Discover Ecuador
(9 Days)
Quito & environs, Galapagos cruise (4 nights)

Exclusive Ecuador & the Galapagos
(13 Days)
Quito, Otavalo Valley, Galapagos cruise (6 nights)

Family Tour of the Galapagos
(8 Days)
Quito, Galapagos lodge

Essence of Ecuador
(13 Days)
Quito, Cloud Forest, Galapagos cruise (4 nights), Otavalo Valley

Quito & Avenue of the Volcanoes
(9 Days)
Quito, Cotopaxi, Riobamba, Cuenca

Luxury Adventure Tour of Ecuador & the Galapagos
(11 Days)
Quito, Cloud Forest, Galapagos cruise (5 nights)

Journey Through Ecuador
(15 Days)
Quito, Amazon cruise (3 nights), Otavalo Valley, Galapagos cruise (5 nights)

Multi-country Tours

Best of Peru & the Galapagos
(13 Days)
Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Quito, Galapagos lodge

Essence of Ecuador

(13 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Quito, Cloud Forest, Galapagos cruise (5 nights), Otavalo Valley

This private luxury tour includes in-depth touring of the highlights of mainland Ecuador—including Quito, the cloud forest and the Otavalo region—and a cruise through the enchanting Galapagos Islands.

Begin in Quito, a historic city among snowcapped volcanoes in the Andes. Overnight at a beautiful mansion-style hotel in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage district. With your private local guide, tour the city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with Spanish colonial-era architecture, including museums and churches with spectacular interiors.

Continue to an upscale lodge surrounded by the beautiful Andean cloud forest. During your stay, explore the jungle with a naturalist guide, search for orchids and butterflies, visit the hummingbird viewpoint, ride the gondola through the forest canopy, climb the observation tower and swim in waterfalls.

Next, spend five days exploring the Galapagos Islands—a dream destination for nature lovers—on one of our preferred expedition cruises. Each day, tour different islands with an expert naturalist, and get close to giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas and other iconic Galapagos wildlife. See the cycle of life up close, which depending on the season, might include mating rituals, newborns feeding, territorial squabbles, and more. Snorkel among sea turtles, playful sea lions and schools of brightly colored fish. Upon request, we arrange private yacht charters, SCUBA diving and other options in the Galapagos.

Return to mainland Ecuador and spend two nights at a historic hacienda in the beautiful Otavalo region, a bucolic highland landscape of rolling hills, farms and indigenous villages beneath snow-capped volcanic peaks. Stop to smell the roses at a rose-growing hacienda and learn about the cut flower industry’s important contribution to the local economy. Visit local indigenous food and craft markets, and stop by select workshops to meet artisans and shop for high-quality handwoven wool textiles, delicate embroidery, leather goods, and other traditional and modern crafts. At your hacienda, dine on delicious local cuisine and enjoy activities such as mountain biking or horseback riding past unexcavated pre-Colombian ruins; learning about conservation efforts at a condor sanctuary; visiting a cheese dairy and factory; birdwatching; guided hiking through spectacular valleys; and exploring the beautiful grounds and gardens. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can arrange additional activities such as spa appointments, a cooking lesson, an embroidery or leather workshop, horse-drawn carriage rides or a luxurious picnic in the countryside.

Return to Quito for a final night before your return or onward flight.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Quito

VIP arrival services at the airport. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights

Day 2 Quito

Full-day private city tour

Day 3 Quito – Cloud Forest

Private transfer to lodge for 2 nights with touring en route

Day 4 Cloud Forest

Lodge-based activities

Day 5 Cloud Forest – Quito

Private transfer to hotel for 1 night, with touring en route

Day 6 Quito – Galapagos Islands

Private airport transfer. VIP lounge access and flight to Galapagos Islands for a 4-night cruise

Days 7-9 Galapagos Islands

Cruise-based excursions and activities

Day 10 Galapagos Islands – Quito – Otavalo Valley

Transfer and flight to Quito. Private arrival transfer to hacienda for 2 nights

Day 11 Otavalo Valley

Full-day privately guided activities and touring

Day 12 Otavalo Valley – Quito

Private touring and flexible shopping in local villages and environs. Lunch at hacienda or private estate en route to Quito for 1 night

Day 13 Depart Quito

Private airport transfer and VIP airport services


Hotels & Cruises
Quito:

Casa Gangotena

Cloud Forest:

Mashpi Lodge

Galapagos cruise: M/C Petrel or M/C Ocean Spray
Otavalo Valley:

Hacienda Zuleta


Cost
$16,265 Per person (double occupancy)