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ISLAND HOPPING IN THE GALAPAGOS 2013
Small ship cruising in the Galapagos Archipelago
12 nights from £4995

Named after the giant Galapagos tortoise, this remote group of islands, 1000km off the coast of Ecuador are considered some of the most wondrous islands in the world. It was Charles Darwin who put the Galapagos on the map. True, the islands were discovered some three hundred years earlier, but Darwin’s five week stay during his world expedition altered the course of human thought and history. One of the most amazing aspects of the Galapagos is that even today the archipelago is much the same as in Darwin’s time, a veritable ‘Garden of Eden’. Largely unspoiled by development, it is a place where fascinating and diverse wildlife is both abundant and fearless of man. Here you can swim with dolphins and Galapagos penguins, walk amongst giant tortoises, watch basking marine iguanas and be endlessly fascinated by the colourful and exotic birdlife. The isolation and late discovery by humans, along with a historical lack of predators has set the stage for a unique environmental experiment and developed into perhaps the greatest showcase for evolution to be witnessed anywhere.

Today there are a number of vessels cruising around these islands ranging in size from six to six hundred passengers, but we have chosen two very special vessels operated by our associates and experts in Galapagos cruises, Metropolitan Touring who have almost sixty years experience of providing guests with unique and quality travel experiences. Isabela II and La Pinta are perfect for those who prefer a small, superior vessel, a highly experienced expedition team, small groups ashore and an environmentally friendly programme.

Expedition CruisesThis cruise offers visits to out of the way destinations. You will be accompanied by an expedition team and many landings ashore will be made by Zodiac landing craft. Cruises such as these will appeal to the more adventurous and those who enjoy the natural world.
 
Prices per person based on double occupancyTour Code:- SCLPGALAP/SCI2GALAP
Price Includes:  Economy class scheduled air travel, two nights hotel accommodation in Quito and overnight in Guayaquil on bed and breakfast basis, city tour of Quito, eight nights aboard the Isabela II on full board, shore excursions, Galapagos naturalist guides, snorkelling equipment, port taxes, UK airport taxes, Galapagos Park entrance fee, Galapagos Transit Card.
Not Included:  Travel insurance, gratuities.
NB:  All itineraries are subject to weather conditions.
 
Pre Tour - AMAZON
 

Enjoy a true jungle adventure in safety and comfort, staying at Sacha Lodge, a 5000-acre private ecological reserve located in Ecuador’s Amazon region. This is an accessible, yet pristine area of the Amazon where you can discover the wonders of nature.

 

Day 1 - London to Quito.
Fly by scheduled flight. On arrival transfer to the Swissotel or similar for an overnight stay.

Day 2 - Quito to the Amazon.
From Quito we will take a breathtaking 35-minute flight over the Andes to the Amazon basin and the small town of Coca. We will be greeted by Sacha Lodge staff and transferred to the Napo River where we embark covered motorised canoes for a two hour journey to Sacha. On arrival at the reserve, we walk along a forest boardwalk to Pilchicocha Lake where dugout canoes are waiting to take us across the lake to the Sacha Lodge.

Days 3 & 4 - Sacha Lodge.
A typical day at Sacha begins at sunrise or earlier, in order to take advantage of the cool morning hours when the rainforest creatures are at their most active. Activities are spread out over a wide area and allow visitors to explore several distinct but equally fascinating habitats. Several trails lead through pristine rainforest, others are along strategically raised boardwalks. A popular activity is paddling the dugout canoes along water creeks and lakes. Afternoon and night walks also take place when the nocturnal insects and frogs start their chorus and to search for other creatures not seen during the day. There is an incredible diversity of wildlife; monkeys are seen frequently and there are up to 60 other species of mammals. Areas to explore and wildlife sightings are endless.

Day 5 - Sacha Lodge to Quito.
Travel back to Coca by canoe and take the flight to Quito for an overnight stay at the Swissotel.

Day 6 - Quito.
Continue with cruise itinerary from day 2.

 
Prices per person based on double occupancy
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 Twin £845
 Single £1195
 
Price Includes - Return flight between Quito and Coca, transfer by boat from Coca to Sacha Lodge, three nights accommodation at Sacha Lodge on full board, excursions and activities at Sacha Lodge with guides, overnight accommodation in Quito for La Pinta passengers.
Not Included - Travel insurance, gratuities.
 
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Pre Tour - PERU
 

Discover the heart and soul of one of the most fascinating civilisations in the Americas, the Incas. Explore Cusco, capital of the Inca Empire; the Sacred Valley, a setting of picturesque communities, impressive terraces and some important archaeological sites; and the ultimate Inca site, Machu Picchu.

 

Day 1 - Galapagos to Lima.
Disembark and transfer to the airport for a flight from Galapagos to Guayaquil and connecting flight to Lima. Upon arrival, transfer to a four star hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2 - Lima to Cusco.
Fly to Cusco this morning and transfer to a first class hotel for an overnight stay. Enjoy an afternoon tour of Cusco, visiting the main sights and then drive out of the city to visit the Inca sites of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman.

Day 3 - Sacred Valley.
Full day excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will visit a Pisac market to observe locals bartering for goods and enjoy lunch in a countryside restaurant. In the afternoon we continue explorling the area and visit the Inca fortress and citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance of the valley. Return to Cusco for an overnight stay.

Day 4 - Machu Picchu & Aguas Calientes.
Transfer early this morning to the train station for an amazing 3 ˝ hour train journey to Aguas Calientes where we continue by bus, up the winding road to Machu Picchu. Enjoy an informative guided tour to learn about this incredible archaeological site. There will also be some free time to explore. Return to Aguas Calientes and transfer to a first class hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 5 - Aguas Calientes & Cusco.
Enjoy the early morning sunrise as we take a stroll around Aguas Calientes and visit its hot springs. Return to Cusco by train and transfer to a four star hotel an overnight stay.

Day 6 - Lima to London.
Morning flight to Lima. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour visiting the main sights of the city centre and taking a drive through the residential districts. This evening, transfer to the airport for the return scheduled flight to London.

Day 7 - London.
Morning arrival

 
Prices per person based on double occupancy
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 Twin£1795
 Single£2045
 
Price Includes - Five nights hotel accommodation in a four star hotel, as described on bed and breakfast basis, excursions as detailed, tour guide, entrance fees, lunch on days 3 and 4.
Not Included - Travel insurance, gratuities.
 
Post Tour - SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
 

Enjoy a two night hotel stay after your cruise at the Finch Bay Hotel in Punta Estrada on Santa Cruz Island. This charming hotel, named after Darwin’s finches, is just steps from the beach and in a secluded position surrounded by mangroves. There are 21 rooms, all air conditioned. This hotel stay is on a bed and breakfast basis and lunch and dinner can be purchased in the excellent hotel restaurant which serves international and Galapagos inspired menus. The town of Puerto Ayora is just across the bay. Activities available include snorkelling, bird watching, hiking, introduction to diving and bay tours.

 
Prices per person based on double occupancy
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 Twin£325
 Single£495
 
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Isabela II

We are delighted to have once again chartered the Isabela II for our exploration of the Galapagos Islands. Carrying a maximum of only 40 guests, all 21 cabins aboard the Isabela II are en-suite and have outside views with ample storage space, a safety box and a hairdryer. Standard cabins measure 12m˛ and have twin beds, Classic cabins measure 12.8m˛ and have double beds. The Master suite on the Main deck is larger and measures 18.9m˛ with an additional sitting area.

The ship is air-conditioned throughout and facilities include a spacious dining room, bar/lounge, well-stocked library and reading room, gift shop, fitness area, Jacuzzi and spacious deck area. There is also an additional bar on the boat deck. The ship also has a glass-bottom boat for excursions, sea kayaks and snorkelling equipment. The three English-speaking naturalist guides add an extra dimension to your cruise and allows for small groups when exploring. These expert guides will make your cruise an enriching experience, sharing their in-depth knowledge and enthusiasm.

If you are looking for a relaxed atmosphere and real comfort, the Isabela II is the perfect choice. The three naturalist guides onboard will always be on hand to answer queries and share their expertise. The spacious public areas ensure there is always somewhere to relax with a book or simply enjoy the stunning scenery.

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We are delighted to have formed an association with Metropolitan which was founded in 1953. With over 50 years of providing guests with unique and quality travel experiences. If you are looking for a relaxed atmosphere and real comfort, the Isabela II is the perfect choice. The three naturalist guides onboard will always be on hand to answer queries and share their expertise. The spacious public areas ensure there is always somewhere to relax with a book or simply enjoy the stunning scenery.

   
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