Centenarians… we flash their photos on the news when it’s their birthday, because they are so rare. But in the Galápagos? A centenarian is young—at least if you are a giant tortoise. Speaking of giant tortoises, you’ll get the chance to see them on this 9-day vacation to the Galápagos Islands. And Monograms makes it easy! We’ve arranged your hotel reservations, daily buffet breakfast (as well as five lunches and five dinners), sightseeing, and transportation between islands. Plus, you’ll have Naturalists in the Galápagos and a Local Host® in Quito. Your Local Host is there for you to help you personalize your vacation, answer questions, offer suggestions, and ensure your vacation runs smoothly. When you arrive in Quito, your Local Host will greet you with a warm welcome and a set of materials to help you get settled and ready to explore. The next day, after included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your selected hotel for your private, guided sightseeing tour with a local expert. Hear the insider stories and little-known secrets as you see Independence Square, San Francisco Plaza Church, the Basilica, and other must-see attractions. In your spare time, perhaps take an excursion to the Middle of the World (latitude 0) and stand with a foot in each hemisphere. The next day, after included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport for your flight to the Galápagos Islands. Upon arrival you will be met by an expert Naturalist who will take you to a private Giant Tortoise Reserve to see these amazing creatures grazing in the wild on Santa Cruz Island. After an included lunch, we’ll take you via speedboat to Isabela Island, the largest island in the archipelago and where you’ll stay for three nights. While on Isabela Island, you’ll see Sierra Negra Volcano, the second-largest active crater in the world; a Giant Tortoise Breeding center, where you can witness them up close; Flamingo Laguna to see these birds in action; Las Tintoreras, where you’ll take a walk on a lava field; and Tunel del Estero, a tunnel formed by lava flows. You’ll also have the opportunity to see boobies, penguins, flamingos, marine iguanas, and many more species. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to snorkel to see sea turtles, sea lions, tropical fish, and maybe even sharks! Then we’ve arranged for you to transfer to Santa Cruz Island via speedboat. During your 2-night stay here, you’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about the Galápagos’ conservation efforts. You’ll journey to Turtle Bay, a great place to snorkel from the white-sand beach and to see marine iguanas, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, turtles, and more. From Santa Cruz, you’ll also take an excursion to one of the other nearby Galápagos Islands.We know you probably won’t want to leave the Galápagos Islands, but when your time on Santa Cruz Island has come to an end, we’ve arranged transportation to the airport for you. In fact, Monograms has taken care of everything between the sightseeing, guides, hotels, and transportation. Add the time and headaches saved, and you’re a delighted traveler indeed!
Your vacation package to the Galápagos Islands includes a stay on Isabela Island with expert Galápagos Naturalists who will thoroughly explain the unique, endemic wildlife that can only be found on this island in the entire archipelago.
In the Footsteps of Darwin on Santa Cruz & Isabela Islands
Dates & Prices do not include air travel. Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Monograms, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $610. Required intra-vacation air segments: Quito/Galápagos; Galápagos/Guayaquil. Air prices were effective on July 15, 2015 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your vacation, air prices may be higher.Galápagos package includes Galápagos National Park entrance fee and transit card ($120 value).2017 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in July 2016.
We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match with your style and budget. Hotels are convenient for shopping and sightseeing.
Throughout your Monograms vacation, we provide you with a friendly, knowledgeable insider in each destination to offer hints and recommendations, steer you off the beaten path, and help you maximize every moment of your time.
Packages feature sightseeing and orientation in each city, so you don't miss the must-see sights. You can also personalize your trip by adding more activities and excursions that will make your vacation…exclusively yours.
Start your day off with an included breakfast. For lunch and dinner, immerse yourself in the local culture by sampling regional cuisine. After all, one of the best ways to learn about other cultures is to eat like the locals.
Whether it's flight arrangements, transfers from the airport to your hotel, sightseeing, or traveling between cities, we can take care of your transportation needs and can include it in your package price.
Monograms makes it simple to personalize your package – add extra nights in your start and end city and include Travel Protection. Plus, before you go, we'll send you a Trip Planner so you can start getting ready.
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