Ecuador and Galapagos November 2019 | Craig Travel

Ecuador and Galapagos November 2019

Ecuador and Galapagos
November 19, 2019 to December 5, 2019
17 Days
Meals:
40
Escorted By:
CT Rating 4 Very Challenging

4 Very Challenging

Email specialist Joilyn Doucette to discuss your travel plans

Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands provide for a fascinating and extremely varied experience. In Ecuador we shall discover Quito and the high Andes, an ancient Indian culture and a Spanish colonial history, magnificent scenery and delightful crafts. This is a photographer's paradise with village and market scenes contrasted with the majestic peaks of the Andes Mountains. A major highlight of this journey will be the two nights spent in the cloud forest at Mashpi Lodge, likely the highest rated ecological preserve in Ecuador if not of all South America. We shall journey 600 miles across the Pacific and embark on the beautiful Santa Cruz II to discover for ourselves the mystery of the Galapagos Islands, the origins of these volcanic islands, the stark beauty of their landscapes and the unique flora and fauna that inhabit their shores. The native population, consisting of seals, iguanas, tortoises, and a vast array of bird-life, play freely in the security of their environment, as if on show for us. We have limited space on this very special journey (maximum membership will be 24) and we encourage you to enroll early. Previous departures have sold out in just a few weeks. This unique journey is truly a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

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Travel Info - Cruise

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CT Rating 4 Very Challenging

4 Very Challenging

Although close to the equator, the high altitudes in central Ecuador and the cooling currents near the Galapagos mean that we can expect pleasant temperatures. During the cruise we will travel to shore in small boats and will experience a number of wet landings. During the time in the central highlands we will be between 7,000 and 10,000 feet above sea level (altitude sickness is possible). Because of the many different and sometimes difficult conditions, it is vital that all members be fully mobile and in good physical health.

Highlights Inclusive Features
  • Historic Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • 5 day cruise on the beautiful new Santa Cruz II to experience the wonders of the Galapagos Islands
  • 2 days at Mashpi Lodge, experiencing the cloud forest
  • Breathtaking rail journey to the Devil’s Nose
  • Colonial gem of Cuenca
  • Lively markets of Otavalo
  • Return economy group airfare from Canada to Quito
  • Accommodations in deluxe and best available hotels as indicated, including world renowned Mashpi Lodge
  • 5 day fully inclusive deluxe cruise on Santa Cruz II
  • 40 meals as shown in the itinerary (B - 16 breakfasts, L - 12 lunches, D - 12 dinners)
  • Services of your group escort, national and local guides
  • All gratuities, taxes and service fees for included services
  • Airport transfers in Canada or equivalent value with purchase of group airfare

Ports of Call

mv Santa Cruz II

The Santa Cruz II is a spacious ship, with four of its five decks containing a variety of roomy, contemporary areas detailed with carefully chosen modern elements. Guests will have no trouble finding their way around due to its clever layout, which includes wide hallways and broad stairwells. From dining spaces, both inside and outside, the gym and hot tubs, to the sophisticated bar and lounge, as well as the fuly stocked library, the vessel is designed to please using sophisticated simplicity. Santa Cruz II - Metropolitan Touring, the leading travel company in Ecuador, has been guiding expeditions through the Galapagos Archipelago since the 1960’s. This 50-cabin vessel provides guests with an elegant new way to experience the glories of the Galapagos Archipelago in both style and comfort. On top of Metropolitan Touring’s unrivalled expeditions, this ship guarantees that the utmost care will be given to the Galapagos Islands by implementing the newest sustainable advances in sailing, thus protecting their delicate ecosystem.

Pricing

Cruise cost in Canadian Dollars, per person:
Category – Stateroom Description (Deck)SingleDouble

Rates are per person based on sharing an outside cabin on Horizon Deck. Upgrade to Expedition Deck for supplement shown above. See Deck Plan for full details - other categories may be available but are on request. Single travellers may also request to share accommodation during the cruise portion only - subject to confirmation and availability. Singles are extremely limited.
Prices are based on taxes, surcharges, airfares and exchange rates effective November 2018 and are subject to change. Tour/Cruise prices are based on sharing a double room at hotels and a minimum of 20 participants travelling.

Pricing

Sample Airfares from cities across Canada
Departure LocationDeparture Price
Land / Cruise Only* (Join / Leave Quito)
$10,925
Toronto
$11,845
Ottawa / Montreal
$11,995
Halifax / Winnipeg
$12,245
St. John’s
$12,345
Regina / Saskatoon
$12,365
Calgary / Edmonton / Vancouver
$12,245
Victoria
$12,365
Single Supplement
$3,075
Upgrade to Expedition Deck (outside twin)
$225

*Land/Cruise Only rate includes all internal flights. Airfares from other gateways are available on request. Airfares and air carrier are subject to change and will be confirmed prior to final payment. Refer to Inclusive Features for details.

Pricing Details

Prices DO NOT INCLUDE the cost of insurance which is available and is highly recommended. Premiums vary with the cost, length of the trip, and the traveller’s age. For passengers up to and including 74 years on departure date, premiums will range from $518 to $656 pp plus applicable taxes. Cost supplements for travellers aged 75-85 will range from $231 to $473 pp plus applicable taxes. Clients 86 years and older and/or clients residing outside Ontario - please contact our staff for procedures. This insurance is effective from the date of purchase and carries limitations on pre-existing medical conditions. Please discuss your insurance coverage prior to booking.

Deposit Amount:
$2,000
Final Payment Date:
Monday, August 12, 2019

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