• Galapagos Islands Tour & Colombia

Two outstanding destinations in one trip

Days: 12-15 | From: $7,350/per person

  • Includes accommodations at first class hotels that reflect the best of local culture
  • Includes excursions and tours with superb private guides
  • Vessel charters available in Galapagos

Explore the Galapagos Islands on an intimate yacht, discovering scenery and wildlife found nowhere else in the world. Get to know Colombia’s vibrant capital city of Bogota, and stroll the famous walled Caribbean city of Cartagena.

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At a glance

  • Quito
    2 nights: stay in the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town of this colonial city
  • Galapagos Islands
    4-7 nights: cruise through one of the most unique environments on the planet
  • Bogota
    2 nights: get to know this lively city that blends trend and tradition
  • Cartagena
    3 nights: experience unique Afro-Caribbean culture

  • All itineraries are fully customizable. We will send you a personalized variation that reflects your interests and travel dates at no extra cost. Call to discuss your travel plans with one of our Specialists who know this region firsthand.

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Sample itinerary

Day 1:

Welcome to Quito

Ecuador_Quito_White church and city view

Fly into Quito, where your private guide will welcome you to the country and take you to your hotel, located in the heart of the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is a great part of the city for walking around, with traditional squares and architecture and a variety of shops and restaurants.

Accommodations: Illa Experience, 2 nights

The Illa Experience is located in the historic Old Town district of Quito, within walking distance of cultural attractions, cafes, and restaurants. Rooms are decorated with modern, comfortable furnishings and decor. Each floor of the hotel is inspired by a different historical period, and each room offers underfloor heating and large windows with views of the iconic calle Junín or the Virgen del Panecillo. The restaurant offers traditional Ecuadorian dishes crafted with local ingredients.

Upgrade available: Casa Gangotena, Plaza Grande
Day 2:

Colonial Architecture and One-of-a-Kind Artwork

Ecuador_Quito_Banco Central and church

Set out with your private guide to explore historic Quito, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.

Visit the highlights of the colonial “Centro Historico,” and go up to a lookout point on the Panecillo for a great view of the entire city. Afterward, head into the new town to visit the remarkable Fundación Guayasamin, which houses the art collection of Oswaldo Guayasamin, Ecuador’s most famous 20th century artist.

Seeing both parts of the city gives you a great overview of some of the different neighborhoods in this diverse Andean metropolis.

Accommodations: Illa Experience, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 3:

Fly to the Galapagos Islands

Galapagos tortoise enjoying some grass

Fly from Quito about 600 miles out over the Pacific Ocean to arrive at the Galapagos Islands. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your vessel.

Visiting the Galapagos Islands is a unique experience: a combination of sheer natural beauty, amazing wildlife, beautiful vessels, and fascinating natural history.

Accommodations: Seaman Journey, 4 nights

Intimate yet spacious, the Seaman Journey is a comfortable first class option for exploring the Galapagos. This 16 passenger catamaran offers several sun decks, a dining room and bar/lounge, and a well-stocked “book nook.” All 8 cabins have air conditioning, private bathroom, and large ocean-view windows that open. The on board service is warm and attentive and excursions are led by a bilingual naturalist guide; excursion options include hiking, snorkeling, and kayaking.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Upgrades and alternatives: Passion, Endemic, Origin/Theory/Evolve
Days 4-9:

Cruising and Exploring the Islands

Sea lions coming out of water at sunset; boat in background

The exact itinerary varies from vessel to vessel, but you will spend these days exploring the islands in depth. Your boat will travel between several different islands so that you can experience a wide variety of the unique wildlife and environments that the Galapagos offers.

The giant Galapagos Tortoise, the marine iguana, the waved albatross, the Galapagos penguin, and flightless cormorants are just a few of the species you can come across. There will also be daily opportunities to snorkel, where you can see what’s below the surface: giant sea turtles, rays, and sea lions, to name just a few. Each day you will enjoy excellent cuisine and the company of an expert bilingual naturalist guide.

Accommodations: Seaman Journey, 4 nights

Intimate yet spacious, the Seaman Journey is a comfortable first class option for exploring the Galapagos. This 16 passenger catamaran offers several sun decks, a dining room and bar/lounge, and a well-stocked “book nook.” All 8 cabins have air conditioning, private bathroom, and large ocean-view windows that open. The on board service is warm and attentive and excursions are led by a bilingual naturalist guide; excursion options include hiking, snorkeling, and kayaking.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10:

Depart for Colombia / Welcome to Bogota

Aerial view of Bogota

Enjoy a final morning in the islands before flying back to Quito, where you will connect with your flight to Bogota, Colombia. Your private guide will welcome you to the country and transfer you to your first class hotel, located in the exclusive La Cabrera neighborhood.

Accommodations: B.O.G. Hotel, 2 nights

Located in Bogota's La Cabrera neighborhood, the B.O.G. hotel is conveniently close to many of the city's top restaurants and attractions. This award-winning Design Hotel offers a restaurant, lobby bar, spa, and rooftop terrace with panoramic views and a heated pool.

Upgrade available: Sofitel Bogota Victoria RegiaFor those interested in staying in the La Candelaria historic district, there is also the option of staying at Hotel de la Opera. The historic district can get rather quiet after dark, which is why some travelers prefer to stay in other neighborhoods, but the area has a lot of charm and is walking distance to many of the city’s most interesting historical sites.
Day 11:

Get to Know Bogota

Monserrate Sanctuary and view of Bogota

Explore Bogota with your private guide, a bilingual local who will take you through the city’s unique neighborhoods and give you an insider’s perspective on the complicated history of the area.

Start in the La Candelaria historic district, the oldest part of the city, to learn about Bogotá’s colonial past and visit the Plaza Bolivar. Visit the Botero Museum, a permanent exhibition of works by Fernando Botero, Colombia’s most famous artist, whose “oversized” art is instantly recognizable. Your next stop is the Museo del Oro, Gold Museum, which houses one of the finest collections of pre-Colombian gold artifacts in the world. This is considered a must-see when in Bogotá, with more than 35,000 pieces of gold work, many of which possess detailing unsurpassed by modern goldsmiths. Finally, take a cable car up to Monserrate Sanctuary to visit the church and enjoy sweeping views out over the city.

Accommodations: B.O.G. Hotel, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12:

Journey to the Historic Walled City of Cartagena

Sunset over Cartagena

Fly to the historic walled city of Cartagena. Founded in 1533, Cartagena was once the primary Caribbean port for Spanish explorers, who would store plundered riches in the city. Due to this activity, the city was a frequent target for attacks by pirates and buccaneers, including England’s Sir Francis Drake. After Drake’s attack in 1586, the city’s famous walls and fortifications were constructed (over the course of 200 years), and still stand today as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Accommodations: Casa San Agustin, 3 nights

Located within Cartagena's walled Old Town, the Casa San Agustin features 24 guest rooms and 6 suites. The hotel is tastefully decorated and offers graceful, comfortable social areas as well as beautiful rooms. Alma, the hotel's signature restaurant, features contemporary coastal Colombian cuisine. The hotel also offers a charming bar, alfresco courtyard, terrace solarium, and swimming pool.

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 13:

Take a Private Walking Tour of Fascinating Cartagena

Cartagena - cupola

Walk the captivating city of Cartagena with your local guide. The city has a colorful history of piracy and treasure, and combines fascinating elements of African, indigenous, and European cultures, creating a unique atmosphere unlike any other city in the world. Your tour will take you through the old town under the Puerta Del Reloj (Clock tower gate), an iconic symbol of Cartagena, into the Plaza de los Coches. Your guide will share the city’s fascinating history and legends with you as you continue into the Plaza San Pedro Claver and Plaza Bolivar, ending with a visit to the San Felipe Fortress.

Accommodations: Casa San Agustin, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 14:

Relax and Explore Cartagena

Cartagena_woman relaxing on fortress wall

Relax and explore the city at your leisure, or let us arrange another excursion in the area, such as a boat trip to the Rosario Islands or a salsa lesson with a local teacher.

Accommodations: Casa San Agustin, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 15:

Depart for Home or Your Next Destination

Today you will say goodbye to your local guide and head to the airport for your flight home or to your next destination.

*Includes: Breakfast

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Popular Ways to Customize This Itinerary

  • Spend a few days in the Amazon Jungle, easily accessible from Quito.

  • Explore the Ecuadorian Highlands or the Avenue of the Volcanoes, staying in historic haciendas and visiting local markets, charming small cities, and national parks.

  • Add extra days in Quito, Bogota, or Cartagena: All of them are worth exploring on your own, and we can arrange a variety of activities, including city tours, culinary excursions, visits to ruins and historical sites, and active options such as hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.

  • Fly out to the beautiful Caribbean island of Providencia and spend a few days basking on the beach at the lovely Deep Blue Hotel.

  • Add a few nights in Colombia’s lush coffee region, in the cosmopolitan city of Medellin located in the Andes Mountains, or at the beach in Santa Marta.

  • Include some downtime for rest and relaxation! Some free time to unwind or have a massage will allow you to feel refreshed and ready for the remainder of your trip. Many of our properties include excellent spas or wellness centers. We can help arrange these services or include properties that offer health & wellness amenities.

  • Contact us to learn about more options for designing and customizing your trip.

Reviews From This Trip

5 stars

  • Trip of a lifetime! We had an absolutely amazing time in all locations (Cartagena, Colombia, Quito, Ecuador and Galapagos, Ecuador). Everything was perfect.
    Victoria Vergara
  • Each place we visited was exceptional. I was surprised at how much I liked Colombia (my husband wanted to go there) and I loved Ecuador.
    Jan Hunter

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