Some say the giant tortoises that live in the Galápagos Islands are lazy, because they can spend 16 hours per day resting. We don’t think that’s lazy—it’s efficient and smart! You know what else is efficient and smart? Letting Monograms handle all the details of your Galápagos Islands vacation. After all, on this 9-day vacation package, we’ve arranged your hotel and cruise accommodations (with porterage), most of your meals, sightseeing, and private airport transfers for your intra-vacation flights. Plus, we’ve arranged for you to have a Local Host® in Quito, a friend in the city who will answer your questions, offer suggestions, and help ensure your vacation runs smoothly. </BR></BR>Your vacation begins in Quito, where your Local Host will greet you with a warm welcome and materials to help you become familiar with the city. The next day, after your included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your selected hotel for a private sightseeing tour with a local expert, someone who knows Quito’s inside stories and must-see sights, such as San Francisco Plaza Church, dating to the 16th century, and Independence Square, the heart of Old Town. </BR></BR>Then, the highlight of your vacation begins with a flight to San Cristobal Island for a 5-night cruise of the Galápagos Islands on board the Galápagos Odyssey. You’ll visit San Cristobal Island, where you’ll learn about the island’s giant tortoise population; Española Island, home of the waved albatross, blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, Galápagos hawks, Sally Lightfoot crabs, sea lions, marine iguanas, and lava lizards; Floreana Island, where you’ll visit Post Office Bay to see the famous wooden barrel placed there in 1793 to serve as a post office; Santa Fé Island, where you’ll walk with your Naturalist and have the opportunity to snorkel with sea lions and tropical fish; Plaza Island, home to hybrid iguanas that have resulted from crossing a male marine iguana with a female land iguana; North Seymour Island, where male frigatebirds try to attract a mate by inflating their bright red throat sacs; Santa Cruz Island, a major nesting site for sea turtles and home to two barges abandoned by the U.S. during WWII; and Mosquera Islet, with one of the largest populations of sea lions as well as shorebirds and Sally Lightfoot crabs. On some of the islands, you’ll take walks for the chance to see impressive views and have the opportunity to snorkel with green sea turtles, sea lions, and more!</BR></BR>Isn’t it time you visited the Galápagos Islands? With the accommodations we’ve reserved, the meals we’ve included, the guides and sightseeing we’ve arranged, and the private airport transportation, the only thing for you to do is enjoy yourself! Go ahead and be smart and efficient like the tortoises who call the Galápagos home—let Monograms do all the work while you have all the fun!
Sightseeing with a Local Guide, inside visits, and special features are shown in UPPERCASE
Buffet breakfast daily5 lunches5 three-course dinners
As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary and private airport transfers to/from intra-vacation flights; intra-vacation flights not included