Multi-Day Tour

Cruising The Galápagos On The Coral I/Ii – 4-Night Cruise (8 days)

Monograms - a division of Globus Family of Brands

Quito, Ecuador To Guayaquil, Ecuador

Valid for Departures: 24 Sep 2018 - 10 Dec 2018

Cruising The Galápagos On The Coral I/Ii – 4-Night Cruise (8 days)

Day 3

Quito – San Cristobal (Embarkation)

Day 4

San Cristobal Island

Day 7

Santa Cruz (Disembarkation) – Guayaquil

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Quito, Ecuador
None None
ARRIVE IN QUITO, ECUADOR. Arrive in Quito, where you will be met by your Local Host.
Day 2
Quito, Ecuador
None Breakfast
QUITO. Your included PRIVATE CITY TOUR showcases the rich legacy left by the Incas and Spaniards. See Independence Square, the cathedral, San Francisco Plaza Church, and the basilica with its marvelous stained-glass windows. (B)
Day 3
Quito – San Cristobal (Embarkation)
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
QUITO–SAN CRISTOBAL (EMBARKATION). Upon arrival, transfer to the CERRO COLORADO TORTOISE RESERVE and learn about the island’s giant tortoise population and measures taken to help preserve and breed these endangered species. The center includes a large corral, breeding center, and interpretative trail, where it is possible to see different species of native and endemic plants, as well as birds such as the San Cristobal mockingbird, yellow warblers, many species of finch, and the Galápagos flycatcher. Next, embark your ship for your 4-night cruise. (B,L,D)
Day 4
TBD
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
CRUISING: SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND. Wake up at CERRO BRUJO, offering beautiful views of Kicker Rock and famous for being the first place Charles Darwin visited in the archipelago. Visit a lagoon, home to many migratory bird species such as black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels, and white-cheeked pintails. Also, enjoy snorkeling with the sea lions and other marine life. This afternoon, hike up PUNTA PITT for spectacular views and the opportunity to see all three types of boobies: blue-footed, red-footed, and Nazca! (B,L,D)
Day 5
Espanola Island, Ecuador
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
CRUISING: ESPAÑOLA ISLAND. Disembark at SUAREZ POINT on Española Island, one of the oldest and most isolated islands in the Galápagos. Explore volcanic formations and large colonies of seabirds, including Española mockingbirds, Nazca boobies, and the spectacular red-billed tropicbirds. Hike to the nesting grounds of Nazca and blue-footed boobies as well as the world’s largest colony of waved albatross. Also, see the famous blowhole that shoots water 75 feet into the air. After lunch, land at GARDNER BAY on a beautiful white coral sand beach, where you are welcomed by a colony of sea lions. You may also spot Galápagos hawks, Galápagos doves, hood mockingbirds, marine iguanas, and three species of Darwin finches. Swimming and snorkeling here offers a great variety of Galápagos marine wildlife as well. (B,L,D)
Day 6
Floreana Island, Ecuador
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
CRUISING: FLOREANA ISLAND. Take a dinghy ride along CHAMPION ISLET off Floreana Island in search of Galápagos penguins, sea lions, turtles, sharks, and dolphins. Arrive at CORMORANT POINT and see a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galápagos. The trail continues to a beautiful white-sand beach, one of the most important nesting sites of Green Pacific sea turtles. Enjoy a chance to snorkel among sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions, and even white-tipped reef sharks. This afternoon, visit POST OFFICE BAY, named for the wooden barrel that served as an informal post office for sailors passing through. Here, you may also encounter Darwin finches, yellow warblers, and lava lizards, and take advantage of another chance for great snorkeling. (B,L,D)
Day 7
Santa Cruz (Disembarkation) – Guayaquil
None Breakfast
CRUISING: SANTA CRUZ (DISEMBARKATION)–GUAYAQUIL. Disembark on Santa Cruz Island and travel to the highlands to visit a private FARM and natural tortoise reserve, EL CHATO, where giant tortoises are found in their natural habitat. Continue to Baltra for your flight to Guayaquil. (B)
Day 8
Guayaquil, Ecuador
None Breakfast
GUAYAQUIL. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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8 Days, featuring: Española Island

About Us

There are good ways and not-so-good ways to see and experience the world. At Monograms, we’re focused on the “good ways.” Our team is dedicated to making travel simple, so you’re free to enjoy the sights and wonders that make your vacation memorable and carefree. Imagine traveling to Paris. While others will be stuck, staring at maps and train schedules, you will be staring at the Eiffel Tower, because you bought an all-in-one vacation package from Monograms. Our travel experts will choose great hotels for you, in the heart of your destination. We’ll arrange transportation for you from the airport, to your hotel and in between cities. Also, we’ll introduce you to an on-site Local Host, who will help arrange special outings, provide recommendations or steer you off the beaten path. Monograms will help you make the most of your journey. Plus, we’ll give you a half-day sightseeing tour to help you get more familiar with your destination. And we’ll get you to the front-of-lines with VIP access to must-see sights and landmarks, so you have more time venturing out and getting lost in the City of Light. Meanwhile, someone else will just be getting lost and wishing they had booked with Monograms. Monograms takes care of the hassles when you travel so all you have to do is enjoy - the culture, the people, the place. Because vacations themselves don’t make you happy. How you vacation does. That’s the Monograms difference.

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Excellent service

By: Ace of diamonds


Reviewed on: 04 Apr 2014

Our trip was extremely enjoyable, our local host was the bomb! Thank you Stephane!  Paris would not have made as much sence with out him. If I was forced to find somthing that needed to improve, it was that American Airlines needed to update their old transcontinental aircraft.

Best of Both

By: Navidad


Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2014

This tour company gave us the best of both worlds.  Group tours AND the freedom of choosing what we wanted to do as well.  We were welcomed by globus at the airports and connected to the places we were going so we were never confused.  The tours they provided in both London & Paris each hit the major highlights of the cities and were very informative  There were globus agents in the lobbies of our hotels so if we wanted to book additional tours or need advise or even a connection to a restaurant or site (without a tour involved) they were able to help. 
Travel Advisor:  Corinne Levine

Highly Recommended

By: Kathleen


Reviewed on: 23 Jun 2014

I recently took a monograms vacation to Peru. I was impressed at every stage of the trip.  Ms. Kim Schneider did a fantastic job finding the right travel Package for me and was readily available  to answer any  questions with her expert travel knowledge.  I was also impressed with the monogram team in  Peru. The guides were friendly and  knowledgable  and the hotels were excellent. I plan to  book future trips with Ms. Schneider using Virtuoso/Monograms. 
Travel Advisor:  Kim Schneider

Awesome Service

By: KC_India2015


Reviewed on: 12 Feb 2015

Our adventure was India and in such a crazy wonderful place it is great to have such personal service. The drivers were just awesome, local hosts and guides friendly and knowledgeable. It was comforting to have on hand when you are in such a place that is just a little out of your comfort zone. We were given great advice on how to maneuver through the crowds and shop keepers.
Travel Advisor:  Sandra Staples

Great service

By: Sunshine


Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2016

Monograms was very organized and always on time to meet me. Excursions were good and informative. Very friendly throughout all the destinations.
Travel Advisor:  Patricia Mankin

Monogram

By: Becky


Reviewed on: 05 May 2017

Monograms was a wonderful source for our trip. Even if they were not part of our guide for a tour, they helped us with where we had to go, what time to be there, etc. went above and beyond the call of duty. Gave us phone numbers to reach them if we needed help.
Travel Advisor:  Hellen Hoffman

London or River cruise?

By: L&K


Reviewed on: 12 May 2017

Monograms for our separate London trip before our Avalon River cruise was OK, but not terrific. We didn't know about all of the London excursions we could have booked through Monograms, and the hotel was not great (rooms were dark, lighting was very confusing, there was a small amount of mold in the shower, and the conversion electric outlet had to be replaced). River cruise was good, but we don't think Monograms had any role in that.
Travel Advisor:  Rob Clabbers

Very good with one reservation

By: Farm girl


Reviewed on: 21 May 2017

The attention paid by the Monograms staff was very good. We enjoyed our tours. Our plane arrived late so our Monograms representative gave us a private tour the next day. We had one problem. When we were bumped off our flight and had to take another one I followed all of the directions that were in the Monograms booklet to alert them to the change and arrange for transport from the airport to the hotel. We were assured that someone would be there to pick us up. When we arrived at the airport no one was there to pick us up. I called the hotel and they contacted the Monograms representative. She had not been informed. We had to take a cab for which we have not been reimbursed. Transport from the airport to our hotel was included in the package. We should not have to pay for it. They need to get a better emergency service.
Travel Advisor:  Kevin Grubb

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By: Penny


Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2017

I highly recommend Monograms as a travel company. We were met at the airport upon our arrival and transported to our starting point hotel. We were taken to each train station in a timely manner, guided onto the proper train, and met in each city by another Monograms agent. Our local hosts were marvelous, always available to help us along each leg of our trip. The excursions provided by this company were all top notch as well. They were led by professional drivers and local guides, well worth their addition to our trip.
Travel Advisor:  Damien Martin

Highly recommend Monograms

By: Dave & Sue


Reviewed on: 28 Mar 2018

We have taken 2 trips now with Monograms. We especially like the fact that everything is spelled out and lodging is all in very nice hotels with the option to upgrade if desired. They make traveling very easy. Highly recommend Monograms.
Travel Advisor:  Judy Kotkin