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New Luxury Small Group Journeys

Galápagos Holiday Adventure 2018


9 days from $10,495

Limited to 44 guests

Cruise the Galápagos on this A&K-exclusive holiday departure, disembarking to explore pristine island beaches, iconic birdlife and a stunning marine world by kayak and snorkel. Back on the mainland, take in colonial Quito as the city’s historic façades dazzle with festive holiday decorations.

A&K Advantages

Cruise the Galápagos on a special holiday departure aboard ‘La Pinta,’ a purpose-built expedition vessel blending stability, spaciousness and style

Encounter the Galápagos’ vibrant birdlife and marine species with twice-daily shore excursions to the archipelago’s islands

Explore the islands your way, kayaking, snorkeling, trekking or simply relaxing on shore

Take in the best of colonial Quito with an exclusively chartered interactive trolleybus tour

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
Arrive Guayaquil, Ecuador
Day 2
Guayaquil | Authentic Hacienda Experience
Day 3
Cruising the Galápagos | Christmas Eve on ‘La Pinta’
Day 4
Cruising the Galápagos | Eden & Sombrero Chino Islets
Day 5
Cruising the Galápagos | Bartolomé & Santiago Islands
Day 6
Cruising the Galápagos | Genovesa Island
Day 7
Quito | Historic Andean Capital
Day 8
Quito | Holiday Festivities
Day 9
Depart Quito
Day 1
Arrive Guayaquil, Ecuador

Arrive in Guayaquil, tropical port city and gateway to the Galápagos, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil
Day 2
Guayaquil | Authentic Hacienda Experience

This morning, drive into the lush countryside for a visit to Hacienda La Danesa, a charming, family-owned dairy and cacao farm. Begin with a hands-on tour, learning how cocoa is grown and harvested. Then, sit down to an artisan chocolate tasting followed by an organic farm lunch. Return to Guayaquil for a brief city tour. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel featuring a feast of local Ecuadorian specialties.

Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Cruising the Galápagos | Christmas Eve on ‘La Pinta’

Fly to the remote Galápagos island of Baltra, where you join your naturalist guide for the ferry ride to Santa Cruz Island. Disembark and drive up into the island’s mist-shrouded highlands in search of giant tortoises. Next, delve below the island’s surface to explore the lava tunnels that run beneath this volcanic archipelago. Continue on to Puerto Ayora and board ‘La Pinta,’ your Galápagos expedition ship for the next four nights. After settling in, attend an introductory briefing and a fitting for your wetsuit and snorkeling gear. Dinner on board this evening is followed by a summary of the next day’s shore excursions.

'La Pinta'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Cruising the Galápagos | Eden & Sombrero Chino Islets

After breakfast, board a panga (small open boat) for a shore excursion to Eden Islet, a biodiverse enclave secluded off of Santa Cruz. Here, observe the island’s iconic blue-footed boobies against a backdrop of cinder cones and semi-eroded lava flows. Take this opportunity to snorkel the reef or observe marine life aboard a glass-bottom boat. Back aboard ‘La Pinta,’ cruise onward to Sombrero Chino, yet another secluded islet of the Galápagos archipelago. Disembark your panga to hike Sombrero Chino’s wilderness trails, swim its sandy cove, and snorkel among white-tipped reef sharks and Galápagos penguins.

'La Pinta'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Cruising the Galápagos | Bartolomé & Santiago Islands

Disembark on Bartolomé Island to hike the volcanic terrain leading to its summit. After a panga ride to visit the penguins of Pinnacle Rock, snorkel the reef, relax on the beach or take in the local marine life aboard a glass-bottom boat. Then, embark by panga to swim or snorkel along the white coral sand beach of Sullivan Bay.

'La Pinta'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Cruising the Galápagos | Genovesa Island

This morning, hike and snorkel Genovesa Island, a birdwatcher’s paradise. Explore Darwin Bay, snorkeling along the cliffs or paddling out in sea kayaks. After a panga ride exploring the island’s cliffs, disembark to climb the steep, rocky pass of Prince Phillip’s Steps. Your ascent leads to a clifftop frequented by Nazca boobies, frigate birds, storm petrels and the elusive short-eared owl.

'La Pinta'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Quito | Historic Andean Capital

Disembark ‘La Pinta’ at Baltra Island, where you transfer to the airport for the flight back to mainland Ecuador. Upon arrival in Quito, you are transferred to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure among this historic capital perched high in the Andes. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner at the hotel.

Swissotel Quito
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Quito | Holiday Festivities

This morning, embark on an A&K-exclusive chartered trolleybus for an interactive tour spanning the length of the capital. After lunch in a scenic colonial square, set out to explore Quito on foot. Your guide reveals the Church and Monastery of St. Francis, Presidential Palace and Cathedral of Quito, all resplendent in festive holiday decorations. Enjoy a special choir performance by local students at La Compañia church, one of the most significant baroque structures of South America. Tonight, join your fellow guests for a farewell dinner celebrating your unforgettable adventure.

Swissotel Quito
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Depart Quito

This morning after breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for your international departure.

Meals: Breakfast

NOTE: While not a luxury vessel, A&K prefers ‘La Pinta’ for small-group exploration in the Galápagos, due to its ideal blend of stability, comfort and flexibility.


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

  • Dec 22 - Dec 30
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    Price
    Single Supplement
    Internal air from
    Availability
    Price
    $10,495
    Single Supplement
    $6,995
    Internal air from
    $575
    Availability
    Waitlist Only - Call A&K
    'La Pinta' Deck Plan
Journey Details

Minimum age is 4 years. 

Children 17 and under save $500.


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