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Your family will experience the amazing natural history of the Galapagos Islands and the rich culture of the Andes on this truly incredible family vacation.
The journey begins with a nature cruise among the Galapagos Islands, one of the planet's most fascinating ecosystems. Each day disembark on a different island to explore, swim and view the almost tame wildlife. These four-night cruise options are a great way for families to explore the Galapagos Islands while also embarking on a voyage on the water!
Then head to the rolling highlands of the Ecuadorian Andes. Visit with villagers and artisans, learning about their ancient culture and shopping for crafts in colorful markets, and go on a beautiful hike with spectacular views of the valley.
If you have an extra week of vacation time to take advantage of while you’re in South America, check out a Peru extension. A family adventure that includes the Galapagos Islands AND Machu Picchu can’t be beat!
10 or more
6 to 9
2 to 5
|07/01 - 07/10||$6,590||$7,040||$7,490||$750|
|12/25 - 01/03||$7,190||$7,590||$7,990||$750|
Child Discount: $200 per child under 12
Triple Discount: $600 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults
Alumni Discount: if you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices
Price includes: Accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bi-lingual guide while on the mainland and a Galapagos National Park guide on the cruise, area specialists, most meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle, Comprehensive Travel Insurance.
Prices are per person and based on the number of people in your party.
This trip is great in combination with one of our Peru adventures. International air to/from Lima and Quito not included.
Don't see your travel dates? Call us, we can personalize any trip to meet your travel needs!
Welcome to Ecuador! Spend a day relaxing before heading out to cruise the Galapagos Islands! This two-part adventure has much to offer. From ancient archeological sites of the Cañari and the Inca, to modern villages where locals are happy to share their traditions, to the outstanding wildlife of the Galapagos, you and your family will be immersed in the rich cultural heritage and amazing natural history that is waiting to be discovered!
- Transfer from the airport to the hotel
- Free night to explore Guayaquil or relax before the adventure begins
Fly to the Galapagos Islands to board your first-class cruise ship and let the real adventure begin. In this biological dream world, sea lions play in the water and lounge on the rocks; blue-footed boobies perform bizarre mating rituals; and giant tortoises and prehistoric-looking iguanas slowly make their way through sand, grass, and sea. As you and your family explore these enchanting volcanic isles, you’ll be swimming, snorkeling, hiking and exploring an amazing array of physical environments rich in unique wildlife.
- Learn about the giant tortoise at the Charles Darwin Research Center
- Hike along the trails of Santa Fe Island
- Relax on the beach with sea lions in Gardner Bay
After an exceptional time cruising around the Galapagos, get ready to explore ancient Incan ruins on mainland Ecuador in Cuenca. This small city is a beautiful cultural gem in the middle of the Andean highlands. Explore the mountains, search Incan ruins, and walk the city of Cuenca to blend into the flow of everyday life!
- Meet your child’s pen pals at the Friends Across Borders Meeting
- Explore the Cojitambo ruins in the Andes Mountains
- Hunt for treasure in an incredible archaeological site
Take an exciting drive back to Guayaquil through the countryside, passing through different climate zones and across the Continental divide. Take in the scenery as you drive along the Pacific coast and banana and coffee plantations!
- Venture out into El Cajas National Park
- Take some free time to experience Guayaquil on your own
- Enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers
Depart for your international flight home and talk about all the great memories you’ve just created on your amazing family vacation!
THIS IS A SAMPLE ITINERARY
Itineraries vary depending on travel dates. Please give us a call for specifics.
The Wyndham Hotel in Guayaquil is located just steps from the historic Santa Ana Hill, its famous lighthouse, and the Malecon 2000. Guests to this Guayaquil hotel can stay fit at the state-of-art fitness center or relax with a swim in the heated outdoor pool, which proffers glorious views of the city from the 9th floor terrace. Each of its 179 over-sized guest rooms includes thoughtful amenities like plush pillow top bedding, down pillows, minibar, floor -to-ceiling windows, bathrobe, digital safe and 43 inch flat screen satellite TV.
Located just outside of Cuenca in the town of Gualaceo, Hosteria Santa Barbara is the perfect mix of modern and historic. This beautiful hotel sits on 37 acres of land inside the Azuay province nestled in the midst of the Ecuadorian Andes. The mountain range serves as a wonderful backdrop as you relax by the poolside or take advantage of the onsite spa and sauna! As you relax, your kids will be able to play on the tennis, racquetball, basketball, or soccer courts to have fun. There is also a gym and game room complete with a pool and ping-pong table. Each cabana has access to wifi and room service, although we don’t imagine you’ll be spending too much time inside!
This small-cruise ship is a fantastic and fun experience for travelers of any age. Parents can enjoy the sun deck lounge area, gazing out into the sea, while kids can take part in the “Young Pirates” program or have visits with the ship’s Captain. The rooms are light, feel spacious, and the ship features a library with internet access. This is a great and fun place to see the islands of the Galapagos and relax after days of exploration!
Why Ecuador and the Galapagos?