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Chagrin Falls, OH

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Annandale, VA

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Raleigh, NC

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The Villages, FL

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Massapequa Park, NY

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Vancouver, WA

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Georgetown, TX

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New York, NY

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Seattle, WA

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Shepherdstown, WV

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Austin, TX

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Miami, FL

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Ken & Carolyn Helm
Newburgh, IN

Tour exceeded my expectations having never taken a group tour. An excellent experience – can’t wait for my next one!

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New York, NY

Absolutely the best bang for the buck – organization, quality, consistency.

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Dallas, TX

Because of the group size and outstanding guides, you make travel easy for us!

Sharon Irwin & John Akamatsu
Kent, OH
May-August 2023 dates available

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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Colonial Quito
  • Visit to indigenous Otavalo Market
  • UNESCO city of Cuenca, including visits with local artisans
  • Panama hat workshop
  • Coastal Guayaquil, Ecuador’s “Pacific Pearl”
  • Four-night Galapagos stay at beautiful hotel in lush Santa Cruz highlands
  • Day cruises on privately chartered yacht, plus island-based exploration
  • Visits to two giant tortoise centers
  • Unique Galapagos wildlife
  • Expert Galapagos naturalist guide
Day-by-Day Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Quito, Ecuador We arrive late this evening in Ecuador’s capital and transfer directly to our hotel. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned.

Day 2: Quito After a briefing this morning with our Odysseys Tour Director on the journey ahead, we set out to explore the city of Quito. Nestled in a valley surrounded by Andes volcanoes, Ecuador’s capital sits at over 9,000 feet above sea level and is said to be one of South America’s most beautiful cities. Its mixture of pre-Columbian, Baroque, Spanish, Moorish, and Flemish architecture prompted UNESCO to declare colonial Quito a World Heritage site, the first city (rather than individual site) to be accorded this distinction. Highlights include Plaza la Independencia in the Old City; La Compañía, Ecuador’s most ornate church (some say the gilding here required seven tons of gold); Carondelet Presidential Palace, with iron balconies from Les Tuilleries gardens in Paris; San Agustín Church, burial site of many of Ecuador’s war heroes; and the 16th-century Monastery of San Francisco, Ecuador’s oldest church. After lunch together at a local restaurant, we visit the Middle of the World Monument at latitude 0° 00′ 00″, the spot where an 18th-century French expedition determined the exact location of the equatorial line and where we have the opportunity to straddle two hemispheres. Tonight, we gather for a welcome dinner at the hotel. B,L,D

Day 3: Quito/Otavalo Today we travel to Otavalo in the Andean highlands to visit one of the largest indigenous markets in Latin America. As we wander the busy lanes here, we have time to marvel at the expertly woven textiles, leatherwork, musical instruments, and more on display. During our time in Otavalo, we also visit stunning Peguche Waterfalls, and spend time with a local musician. We enjoy lunch at a local restaurant then return to Quito, arriving late afternoon. Dinner is on our own tonight in this city with a vibrant restaurant scene. B,L

Day 4: Quito/Cuenca We transfer to the airport this morning for our flight to Cuenca, a UNESCO site in Ecuador’s highlands. Upon arrival, we begin our tour of this charismatic colonial city boasting cobblestone streets, graceful wrought-iron balconies, and flower-filled squares. Among the highlights of our tour: the New Cathedral, whose magnificent sky-blue domes are a symbol of the city; the Old Cathedral, used for worship during the days of Spanish colonization and now renovated as a museum; and the city’s romantic Tomebamba River. We enjoy dinner together tonight at a local restaurant. B,D

Day 5: Cuenca Cuenca owes much of its bohemian culture to a flourishing local artisan scene, and we dive into this world on today’s visits to different artists and their studios. We call on a ceramics designer to learn about the different techniques used to create pottery, household ornaments, and other handcrafts, and also meet a local jeweler who uses centuries-old methods to fashion earrings and other traditional silver filigree pieces worn by indigenous women during special celebrations. At another stop, we learn about the interesting history of the famed Panama hat, which despite its name, is native to Ecuador. At a local workshop, we watch workers as they weave the traditional hats from the local toquilla palm. On our final stop, we visit an orchid laboratory to learn more about these special plants. After lunch at a local restaurant, we return to our hotel late this afternoon. Dinner tonight is on our own. B,L

Day 6: Cuenca/Cajas National Park Today we travel west of Cuenca to Cajas National Park, known for its cloud forest, glacial valleys, some 270 lakes and lagoons, and stunning waterfalls. During our visit, we take in the natural beauty, while hoping to spot some local wildlife, including Andean condors, the curiquinga (raptor), and giant hummingbird, among local birdlife, and animals such as coatis and puma. After our excursion here, we stop for lunch at a local restaurant then return to Cuenca, where the remainder of the afternoon and evening is free for independent exploration and dinner on our own. B,L

Day 7: Cuenca/Guayaquil We leave the Andean highlands today for coastal Guayaquil, Ecuador’s second largest city and main port. Enroute to the coast, we stop at a local hacienda to learn more about the cacao, the seed from which chocolate and cocoa derive and for which Ecuador is well known. Here we enjoy lunch then descend from the mountains to Ecuador’s tropical coastline and vibrant Guayaquil, known as the “Pacific Pearl.” Upon arrival, we embark on a city tour, visiting Seminario Park to see the famed land iguanas, the neo-classical Palacio Municipal de Guayaquil, and the Malecon 2000 waterfront district. We continue on to our hotel then are free for dinner on own tonight, with multiple options at and nearby our hotel. B,L

Day 8: Guayaquil/Baltra/Santa Cruz Island This morning we fly from Guayaquil to the Galapagos island of Baltra, where we board a bus and then a boat for the short ride to Santa Cruz Island, our home base for exploring the Galapagos. Then we transfer by bus to our well-appointed hotel set on 370 lush, unspoiled, and secluded acres in the Santa Cruz highlands. After lunch at our hotel, our first excursion takes us to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Center where we see and learn about the iconic giant Galapagos tortoises being bred here for later release in the wild. These celebrated Galapagos inhabitants can weigh up to 900 pounds and live to be more than 150 years old; the famous Pinta Island tortoise Lonesome George – last of his subspecies and for a time the world’s rarest creature – lived here until his death in 2012. Here we also have a chance to see Darwin’s finches, Galapagos flycatchers, great blue herons, and yellow warblers. After our visit to the Research Station, we have some free time to enjoy the town of Puerto Ayora, the beating heart of the Galapagos with over 12,000 residents. We also may wish to head to Academy Bay to spot brown pelicans, golden rays, Galapagos sea lions, and boats of all shapes and size. After a chance to freshen up, we gather for to a briefing on tomorrow’s excursion, followed by dinner together at our hotel. B,L,D

Day 9: North Seymour Island/Bachas Beach This morning we transfer to the port where we board the Santa Fe, our privately chartered yacht for exploring the Galapagos. Then we cruise to North Seymour, a flat, low-lying island covering 1.9 square miles just north of Santa Cruz. A true “deserted island,” North Seymour’s only inhabitants are the marine birds, land iguanas, lava lizards, and other wildlife we encounter today. On our naturalist-led walk, we see the Galapagos’ largest colony of frigate birds, a nesting colony of blue-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls, among other bird life. After lunch aboard the Santa Fe, we head back towards Santa Cruz Island, first weighing anchor in the calm waters off Bachas Beach, one of the Galapagos’ primary sea turtle nesting sites. The beach’s floating pier serves as one of the few lasting reminders of the United States’ presence during World War II; here we find the remains of a U.S. Navy barge that sank many years ago. We make a wet landing here to see flamingo ponds, iguanas, coastal birds, Darwin’s finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as both native and endemic vegetation. Late this afternoon we return to our comfortable hotel, with time to relax and refresh, perhaps to enjoy a dip in the pool, linger over a glass of wine or meet with friends in the bar prior to dinner at our hotel tonight. B,L,D

Day 10: South Plaza Island/Punta Carrion Today’s destination is small in size but rich in flora and fauna: the island of South Plaza, which lies approximately 90 minutes off the coast of Santa Cruz. Boasting abundant wildlife and carpeted with colorful Sesuvium ground cover and cacti, surrounded by turquoise waters, and edged with black lava-rimmed beaches, South Plaza ranks as one of the most popular (and colorful) of the Galapagos Islands. During our walk, we are on the lookout for such local residents as land and marine iguanas, bright orange Sally Lightfoot crabs, red-billed tropic birds, Nazca and blue-footed boobies, and a male colony of sea lions (“the bachelors”). After lunch aboard the Santa Fe, we cruise to Punta Carrion, where we have the opportunity to snorkel in the calm waters of a shallow cove teeming with puffers, yellow-tailed surgeonfish, damselfish, angelfish, and parrotfish. White-tipped sharks and a variety of rays may also join the throng of sea life here in the cove. Following our excursion, we again return to the comfort of our hotel, where we have time to relax before dinner together tonight. B,L,D

Day 11: Santa Cruz Island We embark this morning on a full-day exploration of Santa Cruz itself, the second largest of the Galapagos Islands. Our excursion begins in the lush highlands with a trip to see the giant Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat, as they wallow in mud pools and chomp on vegetation. We also see Los Gemelos (“The Twins”), the huge twin sinkhole craters formed by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago; and Garrapatero, a secluded white-sand beach ringed by mangrove trees and volcanic rock formations where we may see reef fish, sea turtles, rays, marine iguanas, and flamingos, among other marine and terrestrial wildlife. Finally, we have a chance to explore the lava tunnels at our hotel: to literally walk inside the naturally formed tubes through which lava flowed eons ago. We enjoy both lunch and dinner today at our hotel. B,L,D

Day 12: Santa Cruz Island/Baltra/Quito This morning we transfer to Baltra for the return flight to Quito, arriving mid-afternoon. We have some time to relax and repack, and to enjoy the amenities at our hotel upon arrival. Tonight, we celebrate our remarkable adventure at a farewell dinner at a nearby restaurant. B,D

Day 13: Quito/Depart for U.S. This morning we tour Quito’s Botanical Gardens, which offer a window on Ecuador’s stunning biodiversity: the nation boasts more than 16,000 endemic plant species (more than all of Europe) and over 6,000 native species of butterfly. After our touring here we move on to the Iñaquito Market, a covered marketplace spanning an entire city block and offering every fruit, vegetable, meat, and seafood option imaginable. We then return to our hotel where we have time for lunch on our own. This afternoon is at leisure for exploring, shopping, photography, or simply relaxing in our rooms, which are reserved for our late check out. Later this evening we transfer to the airport for our overnight flight to the U.S. B

Day 14: Arrive U.S. We arrive in the U.S. and connect with our return flights home.

Please note: This trip involves considerable walking on uneven terrain and includes both wet and dry landings in the Galapagos. The elevations of Quito (9,300 ft.) and Cuenca (8,400 ft.) could pose problems for travelers with certain health conditions. You should consult your personal physician if you have concerns.

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included

Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities (or may be purchased as land only)
  • 12 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe, Superior First Class, and First Class hotels
  • 27 meals: 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees; Galapagos National Park fee of $100
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director; plus, experienced naturalist guides while in the Galapagos
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)
2023 Tour Dates & Prices

2023 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

May 25
Jun 8
Jun 29
Jul 13
Jul 27
Aug 10
Atlanta, Miami$7,197
Orlando, Tampa$7,597
Balt, Boston,
Char, Chicago, Cinc,
Cleveland, Houston,
Minneapolis, New York,
Phil, Washington, DC
Dallas, Denver, Detroit,
Los Angeles, Phoenix,
Port (OR), San Fran,

Please call if your city is not listed. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $202 for departures from above listed cities.

Single travelers please add $1,495. Your $475 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days prior to departure. All tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

Upgrade to a Highland Villa at the Royal Palm Hotel: $295 ($495 single)

    Swissotel Quito, Quito / Days 1-3 and Day 12 / Deluxe

    The 275-room Swissotel Quito is located near Quito’s old town, close to shopping, restaurants, and cultural attractions. Hotel facilities include five restaurants; indoor and outdoor swimming pool; fitness center; squash, racquet, and tennis courts; spa with Jacuzzi, sauna, and massage treatments; and laundry and dry cleaning services. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, ironing facilities, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

    Oro Verde Cuenca, Cuenca / Days 4-6 / Superior First Class

    Set just outside the center of the colonial city of Cuenca, the Oro Verde Cuenca offers an elegant and welcoming atmosphere in this UNESCO-recognized city.  The hotel’s modern, whitewashed facade gives way to a chic yet comfortable interior, and amenities include a restaurant, deli, fitness center, outdoor heated swimming pool, spa with sauna and steam room, laundry and dry cleaning services (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Each air-conditioned guest room has private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, coffee-making facilities, minibar, TV, and phone.

    Oro Verde Guayaquil, Guayaquil / Day 7 / Superior First Class

    The stylish Oro Verde Guayaquil occupies a prime location in the center of the city’s commercial and entertainment district.  Amenities include five dining options, outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, fitness center, spa, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, and laundry and dry cleaning services (for a fee).  Each air-conditioned guest room includes private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, coffee-making facilities, minibar, TV, and phone.

    Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos, Curio Collection by Hilton, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands / Days 8-11 / Superior First Class

    The Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos, Curio Collection by Hilton comprises a secluded 480-acre private estate set in a lush Miconia forest in the highlands of the Galapagos’ central island, Santa Cruz.  Along with rainforest-like gardens, the property has extensive lava tunnels onsite.  Designed with a blend of colonial and traditional island elements that complement the natural surroundings, the hotel offers a restaurant and piano bar, outdoor swimming pool, sauna, massage treatments and whirlpool, gym, tennis courts, art gallery, and laundry and dry cleaning services.  Accommodations consist of 21 separate casitas and villas, all of which have a garden-facing front porch and provide air conditioning, private bath with hair dryer, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, mini-bar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, ironing facilities, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.
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