On arrival in Quito you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Included sightseeing showcases Quito’s colonial history and treasures including the historic stone murals of the Legislative Palace, Independence Plaza and the 16th-century San Francisco Monastery, and the Jesuit’s La Compania Church with its stunning golden altars. Next, take a walk down one of Quito’s oldest streets, La Ronda, which is home to many artist’s workshops and galleries. Here, you will have the chance to meet some of the local artists and talk with them about their work before visiting a chocolate factory to learn why Ecuador is considered one of the finest chocolate producers in the world. Top off your day with a photo in front of the Equatorial Monument in the ‘Middle of the World’. Stand in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres simultaneously and test the effects of the earth’s rotation through different experiments such as balancing an egg on a nail. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner.
Take a morning flight to Baltra, one of the remote Galápagos Islands. Upon arrival, embark the Treasure of Galápagos for five days of cruising among various Galápagos Islands. Each day, journey ashore with your expert Naturalist, who will introduce you to the unique fauna living free and fearless of man. After lunch, join your Naturalist for a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, established to help conserve the Galápagos’ natural habitat and protect the famous giant tortoises. While here, learn about the tortoise-rearing programme and see many of the various islands’ tortoises. Later, on board the ship, join a briefing on the next day’s adventure, followed by a Captain’s welcome cocktail and dinner.
The ship’s itinerary may vary according to Galápagos National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, and seasonal changes to create the perfect cross-section of sites visited.