Multi-Day Tour

Cruising The Galápagos On Board The Coral I/Ii – 7-Night Cruise With Ecuador's Amazon (15 days)

Monograms - a division of Globus Family of Brands

Quito, Ecuador To Guayaquil, Ecuador

Valid for Departures: 30 Jul 2018 - 14 Jan 2019

Cruising The Galápagos On Board The Coral I/Ii – 7-Night Cruise With Ecuador's Amazon (15 days)

Day 2

Quito – Coca – Amazon Lodge

Day 3

Amazon Lodge

Day 4

Amazon Lodge

Day 5

Coca – Quito

Day 7

Quito – Baltra – Santa Cruz (Embarkation)

Day 8

Santa Cruz & Bartolomé Islands

Day 9

Rábida & Santiago Islands

Day 11

Isabela & Fernandina Islands

Day 12

Isabela Island

Day 14

Santa Cruz (Disembarkation) – Baltra – 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 – Coca – Amazon Lodge
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
QUITO–COCA–AMAZON LODGE. Fly to Coca and travel by motorized CANOE to your selected Amazon lodge, your home base for the next three nights. (B,L,D)
Day 3
Amazon Lodge
None None
AMAZON LODGE. At the Sacha Lodge: During your stay, enjoy EXCURSIONS with a Naturalist who introduces you to the Amazon. On the suspended rainforest canopy walk your Naturalist points out many different species of vibrantly colored birds. Jungle walks show off the immense biodiversity and medicinal plants that have been used by the native cultures for hundreds of years. Visit the lodge’s butterfly house, one of Ecuador’s largest, and take a night walk or canoe ride with a Local Guide to discover creatures that can rarely be seen during the day! You will also cruise through the flooded forest in search of troops of squirrels, capuchin, and howler monkeys—and maybe even the incredibly well camouflaged 3-toed sloth. After fishing for piranhas, arrive at the Kapok Tree tower, perched 135-feet high. Get close-up views of birds as the sun sets on volcanic Mount Sumaco and the Andes. (B, L, D daily)

At the La Selva Lodge: During your stay, enjoy EXCURSIONS with a Naturalist who introduces you to the Amazon. Breakfast is served early because there is so much to see and do! There are a number of activities, including a visit to the parrot clay lick, a trip to a local community, or an excursion to the observation tower to see birds and monkeys. The activity included will depend on many factors, including the weather and what you prefer to do. After lunch, try your hand at piranha fishing, take a nap, or read a book during the hottest hours of the day. In the afternoon, included activities consist of a canoe ride around the lagoon, a short trail walk to hopefully see pygmy marmosets, or visit the nearby butterfly farm. Included evening excursions will be available after dinner, if you so choose. Alternatively, many guests prefer to relax in the lounge with a cold drink or have a soothing massage in the spa! (B,L,D daily)
Day 4
Amazon Lodge
None None
AMAZON LODGE. At the Sacha Lodge: During your stay, enjoy EXCURSIONS with a Naturalist who introduces you to the Amazon. On the suspended rainforest canopy walk your Naturalist points out many different species of vibrantly colored birds. Jungle walks show off the immense biodiversity and medicinal plants that have been used by the native cultures for hundreds of years. Visit the lodge’s butterfly house, one of Ecuador’s largest, and take a night walk or canoe ride with a Local Guide to discover creatures that can rarely be seen during the day! You will also cruise through the flooded forest in search of troops of squirrels, capuchin, and howler monkeys—and maybe even the incredibly well camouflaged 3-toed sloth. After fishing for piranhas, arrive at the Kapok Tree tower, perched 135-feet high. Get close-up views of birds as the sun sets on volcanic Mount Sumaco and the Andes. (B, L, D daily)

At the La Selva Lodge: During your stay, enjoy EXCURSIONS with a Naturalist who introduces you to the Amazon. Breakfast is served early because there is so much to see and do! There are a number of activities, including a visit to the parrot clay lick, a trip to a local community, or an excursion to the observation tower to see birds and monkeys. The activity included will depend on many factors, including the weather and what you prefer to do. After lunch, try your hand at piranha fishing, take a nap, or read a book during the hottest hours of the day. In the afternoon, included activities consist of a canoe ride around the lagoon, a short trail walk to hopefully see pygmy marmosets, or visit the nearby butterfly farm. Included evening excursions will be available after dinner, if you so choose. Alternatively, many guests prefer to relax in the lounge with a cold drink or have a soothing massage in the spa! (B,L,D daily)
Day 5
Coca – Quito
None Breakfast
COCA–QUITO. Depart your Amazon lodge and fly from Coca to Quito today. The remainder of your afternoon is at leisure. (B)
Day 6
Quito, Ecuador
None Breakfast
QUITO. Your included PRIVATE CITY TOUR showcases Independence Square, the cathedral, San Francisco Plaza Church, and the basilica with its marvelous stained-glass windows. (B)
Day 7
Quito – Baltra – Santa Cruz (Embarkation)
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
QUITO–BALTRA–SANTA CRUZ (EMBARKATION). Fly to Baltra and transfer with your expert Naturalist to the CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION, where the Galápagos giant tortoise breeding program helps preserve the fragile Galápagos environment. Learn how eggs are brought from the nearby Galápagos Islands, incubated artificially until the galápaguitos (little turtles) are born and then at the age of 5 are returned to their native areas. Board your ship for your 7-night cruise. (B,L,D)
Day 8
Santa Cruz & Bartolomé Islands
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
CRUISING: SANTA CRUZ & BARTOLOMÉ ISLANDS. At DRAGON HILL on Santa Cruz Island, walk by a brackish lagoon where feeding flamingoes can occasionally be found. The trail leads to an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, and offers lovely views of the neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and Galápagos doves. After lunch, visit BARTOLOMÉ to discover a fascinating moonscape formed by volcanic parasitic cones. Hike to the summit for impressive views of the surrounding islands, including Pinnacle Rock. Bartolomé offers some of the best snorkeling, thanks to clear waters and abundant sea life, including sea turtles, white-tipped reef sharks, and maybe even Galápagos penguins. (B,L,D)
Day 9
Rábida & Santiago Islands
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
CRUISING: RÁBIDA & SANTIAGO ISLANDS. On RÁBIDA ISLAND, see its red-colored beach, formed from the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material. Here, your Naturalist points out large colonies of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers, and several species of Darwin’s finches. This is a wonderful place to snorkel from the beach, due to the unique combination of underwater species and submarine landscapes. Later, explore Buccaneer Cove on SANTIAGO ISLAND and see the dramatic coastline inhabited by a large number of marine birds, sea lions, and intertidal organisms. At Espumilla Beach, walk through the mangroves and see salt-water lagoons that are home to wading birds like flamingos. (B,L,D)
Day 10
Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
CRUISING: SANTA CRUZ ISLAND. Arrive at BLACK TURTLE COVE on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, accessible only by sea, where turtles enjoy swimming in the calm waters along with colorful fish, rays, and small sharks. This cove has been declared a “Turtle Sanctuary,” and is home to sea birds, including pelicans, herons and egrets. EDEN ISLET offers opportunities to see Nazca and blue-footed boobies and reef sharks. Disembark at WHALE BAY on Santa Cruz in search of marine iguanas and seabirds, followed by time for snorkeling. (B,L,D)
Day 11
Isabela & Fernandina Islands
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
CRUISING: ISABELA & FERNANDINA ISLANDS. Off the coast of ISABELA ISLAND, admire impressive geological formations, including a sheer cliff that is home to a diverse sea and coastal birds such as pelicans, Galápagos penguins, and flightless cormorants. There are whale-watching opportunities between May and December. Your afternoon visit of ESPINOSA POINT on Fernandina Island reveals the largest, most primitive-looking race of marine iguanas, mingling with sea lions, flightless cormorants, and Galápagos penguins. (B,L,D)
Day 12
TBD
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
CRUISING: ISABELA ISLAND. At Urbina Bay, walk on a volcanic black beach in search of giant tortoises, land iguanas, and the flightless cormorant. At TAGUS COVE, learn about the eruption of the five volcanoes that formed Isabela Island. Take a trail to a saltwater crater lake for excellent views of lava fields and volcanic formations. A dinghy ride reveals marine wildlife, bluefooted boobies, brown noddies, and maybe Galápagos penguins. (B,L,D)
Day 13
Santiago Island, Ecuador
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
CRUISING: SANTIAGO ISLAND. Walk along a trail comprised of volcanic ash and basaltic rock at PUERTO EGAS to tidal pools populated by fur seals and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Snorkeling is a highlight, and marine wildlife includes lobster, starfish, marine iguanas, and octopus. A walk at SULLIVAN BAY features extensive Pahoehoe lava flows. (B,L,D)
Day 14
Santa Cruz (Disembarkation) – Baltra – Guayaquil
None Breakfast
CRUISING: SANTA CRUZ (DISEMBARKATION)–BALTRA–GUAYAQUIL. Disembark on Santa Cruz Island and visit BACHAS BEACH, where you will find two flamingo ponds, iguanas sunbathing, and many coastal birds. This beach is also a main nesting site for sea turtles. You will find remains of barges that sank long ago, once the property of the United States Navy when they operated an air base on Baltra Island during World War II. Later, fly to Guayaquil. (B)
Day 15
Guayaquil, Ecuador
None Breakfast
GUAYAQUIL. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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15 Days, featuring: Quito

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

Monograms Tours

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