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Escorted Tours

Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands including

Santa Elena Beach Stay


Route:
  • London
  • Quito
  • Cruise of the Galapagos Islands
  • Guayaquil
  • Santa Elena
  • London

4 NIGHTS from €503pp

Tour Highlights
  • Relax on Santa Elena's beaches
  • City tours of Quito and Guayaquil
  • Enjoy a cruise through the Galapagos Islands
  • Snorkelling trips to swim with unique sea life
  • On-land excursions to observe the Islands' flora and fauna
  • Visit Darwin Lake and the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre

Extension from €503pp

Tour + Extension from €4299pp

To book call us on 1800 804 006

Santa Elena Beach Stay

To end your journey in Ecuador why not extend your stay by relaxing on the beautiful beaches in the province of Santa Elena.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Quito

Depart London on your scheduled flight to Quito, via Bogota.

2
Quito

On arrival in Quito, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Take in the breath-taking mountain backdrop of the highest capital city in the world as you enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

3
Quito

In the morning enjoy a half day walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the historic old town awaits. Visiting Independence Square, stop at the Cathedral and Presidential Palace before passing the church of La Compania and San Francisco. Finishing at El Panecillo Hill, here you will have panoramic views over the capital city whilst enjoying a well-deserved lunch. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure or take an optional trip to the equator monument.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
4
Quito to Galapagos Islands - San Cristobal Island

Fly to the Galapagos Islands for 4 nights of yachting around this archipelago, known for its unrivalled number of endemic animal species. An afternoon excursion takes you to the Galapagos Interpretation Centre, where you will learn more about the islands' history. A walk up nearby Tijeretas Hill offers magnificent views. Return to the yacht for the night.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Galapagos Islands - Espanola Island

Visit the white coral beaches of Espanola Island and watch the sea lions, marine iguanas and birds on the shore. Swim or snorkel in these warm waters for the chance to spot manta rays, reef sharks and other marine life. In the afternoon, spot endemic wildlife on a hike to Suarez Point and 'Soplador', a seaward blowhole. Return to the yacht for the night.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Galapagos Islands - Floreana Island

Visit Floreana Island, where a wooden barrel installed in the 1700s serves as an informal post office. Drop off a postcard in the hopes that some other traveller will deliver it to its destination, then enjoy a morning of swimming and snorkelling on the beach. This afternoon, hike to a flamingo-filled lagoon and a large sea turtle nesting site. Return to the beach for some swimming and snorkelling before boarding the yacht again.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Galapagos Islands - Santa Cruz Island

Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn more about its giant tortoise breeding program then wander the town of Puerto Ayora and shop for souvenirs. A drive through the surrounding highlands takes you from the coast to dense, humid forests, giving you ample opportunity to spot wildlife and birds. Later, visit the stunning sand cove of Ballena Bay for time to relax on the beach.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Galapagos Islands to Guayaquil

Enjoy a morning of swimming and snorkelling in the crystalline waters off Santa Cruz Island before your transfer to the airport and flight to the city of Guayaquil.

  • Breakfast
9
Guayaquil

Tour the picturesque port city of Guayaquil, strolling along the Malecon 2000, an impressive boardwalk overlooking the Guayas River. You will then visit the colourful hillside neighbourhood of Las Penas. Continue on to Parque Bolivar, known locally as Iguana Park for the many iguanas that bask on its lawns. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure or take an optional excursion to Parque Historico, a thematic open-air park.

  • Breakfast
10
Guayaquil to the UK

Enjoy a free morning before you are transferred to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

  • Breakfast
11
Guayaquil to Santa Elena

Transfer to your hotel in Santa Elena to commence your beach stay.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
122
Guayaquil to Santa Elena

Relax on the beautiful beaches of Santa Elena where your time is your own.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13
Santa Elena to the UK

Transfer back to Guayaquil airport for your flight back to the UK.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

Important Information

Visas

A visa is not required for entry into Ecuador for UK passport holders. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check with your destinations? Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding required passport validity.

Insurance

You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Direct is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:

Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
Up to 17 days cover£39£75£129
For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Direct will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of €300pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

All flights are operated by LAN TAM airlines. Each passenger is entitled to 23kgs of hold luggage and hand luggage not exceeding 55cm x 40cm x 20cm in size. Flight times are for guidance only and subject to change.

Health and Vaccinations

We recommend that you consult your local GP for advice on vaccinations and travel health before departure.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility.

Group Size

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival and will have a guide with you throughout the duration of your trip, ensuring you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Currency Information

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any lunches and dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £200-£300 should be sufficient.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any lunches and dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £200-£300 should be sufficient.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal Price
2018 Dates
24 Sep 201807 Oct 2018€548€3807€4355
22 Oct 201804 Nov 2018€503€4132€4635
03 Dec 201816 Dec 2018€548€4188€4736
2019 Dates
28 Jan 201910 Feb 2019€648€4277€4925
11 Feb 201924 Feb 2019€648€4098€4746
25 Mar 201907 Apr 2019€648€4098€4746
08 Apr 201921 Apr 2019€648€4244€4892
06 May 201919 May 2019€648€4188€4836
03 Jun 201916 Jun 2019€648€4277€4925
01 Jul 201914 Jul 2019€648€4277€4925
26 Aug 201908 Sep 2019€648€4064€4712
09 Sep 201922 Sep 2019€648€3796€4444
07 Oct 201920 Oct 2019€648€4064€4712
04 Nov 201917 Nov 2019€648€4244€4892
Travelling alone?

Unfortunately, we do not have any places with no single supplements on this tour. However, if you are happy to share with another passenger of the same gender, then let us know at the time of booking and we will endeavour to find you a travelling partner. Alternatively, please ask about our single supplement prices in order to book your own twin room.

Charles Darwin Station

Please note that the Charles Darwin Station is currently partially closed. The Santa Cruz is still offering the excursion as to Charles Darwin Station as there are some sections still open to the public. The Santa Cruz is also offering various another optional excursion as a replacement should clients not want to participate in the visit.

What to expect

Fact File
Min/Max temperature

17 °C / 31 °C

What to pack
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and hat in summer
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera and charger/spare batteries
  • An electric plug converter
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Binoculars
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Anti-bacterial hand gel
  • Swimwear
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Flip flops
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