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

Journey Through Ecuador

(15 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Quito, Amazon cruise, Galapagos cruise (5 nights), Otavalo Valley

This tour is ideal for travelers wanting to experience Ecuador’s extraordinary geographic and cultural diversity. It features the natural wonders of the Amazon basin and the Galapagos Islands, as well as the vibrant culture of Quito and the living traditions of the Otavalo region.

Begin with two nights at the best hotel in Quito, a historic city set among snowcapped volcanoes in the Andes. With your private local guide, tour the city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with Spanish colonial-era architecture. Explore interesting back streets, hidden courtyard gardens and churches with spectacular interiors. Also visit the best museums, traditional workshops, markets and other sites according to your interests.

Next, fly to the Amazon basin, also known as the Oriente. Spend four days on an upscale river cruise exploring the Napo River and Yasuni National Park. Discover the different ecosystems of the Ecuadorian rainforest during guided walks and canoe rides. Spot pink dolphins, white caimans and giant river otters in the waterways. Watch parrots and parakeets descend on mineral-rich parrot licks. Scan the forest for squirrel monkeys and tapir. Also visit a local indigenous community to learn about their lifestyle in relation to their natural world.

Continue to 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.

Then, spend six 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.

The tour concludes with one night in Quito or Guayaquil.

This tour can easily be customized with additional destinations in Ecuador or in neighboring countries such as Peru.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1

Arrive Quito
VIP airport assistance. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights

Day 2 Quito

Full-day flexible private city tour of cultural highlights

Day 3 Quito – Amazon

Private airport transfer. Flight to Coca. Transfer to cruise for 3 nights

Days 4-5 Amazon

Cruise-based activities and excursions

Day 6

Amazon – Quito – Otavalo Valley

Airport transfer. Flight to Quito. Private arrival transfer to hacienda for 2 nights

Day 7 Otavalo Valley

Full-day privately guided activities and touring

Day 8 Otavalo Valley – Quito

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

Day 9 Quito – Galapagos Islands

Private airport transfer. VIP lounge access and flight to Galapagos Islands for 5-night cruise

Days 10-13

Galapagos Islands

Cruise-based excursions and activities

Day 14 Galapagos Islands – Guayaquil or Quito

Transfer to airport and flight to Guayaquil or Quito. Afternoon private city tour on arrival. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night

Day 15 Depart Guayaquil or Quito

Private airport transfer


Hotels & Cruises
Quito:

Casa Gangotena

Amazon cruise: M/V Anakonda
Otavalo: Hacienda Zuleta
Galapagos cruise: M/C Petrel or M/C Ocean Spray
Guayaquil: Hotel del Parque

Cost
$19,150 Per person (double occupancy)