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Cruising The Galápagos On Board The Santa Cruz Ii 2020

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Anxiousness…not an emotion you want to feel unless you're like Charles Darwin in 1835. In a letter to his sister, he stated, "I am very anxious for the Galápagos Islands. I think both the geology and the zoology cannot fail to be very interesting." Ah yes, he was right except we don't want you to feel anxious about organizing your vacation, which is why we've taken care of all the details for you. On this 8-day vacation, we've arranged your hotel and cruise accommodations, sightseeing, and most meals. Plus, you'll have access to a Local Host® in Quito, someone who will help you personalize your trip, answer questions, and generally be there for you. Your vacation starts the moment you arrive in Quito. We can pick you up at the airport and seamlessly take you to your selected hotel, where your Local Host will give you a warm welcome and materials to prepare you for your trip. The next day, after an included breakfast, we'll pick you up at your hotel for a private tour of the city with a local expert. Hear the fascinating stories and little-known facts as you visit must-see sights like Independence Square, San Francisco Plaza Church, and the Basilica. You'll also have free time to explore. Perhaps ask your Local Host to arrange an excursion to the Middle of the World (latitude 0), where you can have a foot in each hemisphere, or take a ride on the highest cableway in South America and see amazing views of the city. Then you're off to the Galápagos Islands, where your cruise ship is waiting.On your 5-day cruise aboard the Santa Cruz II, all your meals are included. You'll visit Santa Cruz Island, with a white-sand beach and brackish lagoons that serve as feeding grounds for various wading birds; Santiago Island, home to marine iguanas, Galápagos finches, flamingos, sea lions, and a common nesting area for sea turtles; Puerto Egas, known for its black-sand beach, land and marine birds, marine iguanas, and a colony of fur seals; Rábida Island, with its red-colored beach and large colonies of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers, and Darwin's finches; Bartolomé Island, where you'll hike to the summit for a spectacular view of two beautiful bays and fascinating formations of lava flows; Genovesa Island, where you'll take a panga ride along the cliffs to see the shore and seabirds nesting on the cliffs' ledges, and where you'll climb up Prince Phillip's Steps to see masked boobies, blue and red-footed boobies, frigatebirds, and more; and finally on Santa Cruz Island, visit a Tortoise Reserve to see the Giant Galápagos Tortoises living in the wild. Throughout the cruise, you'll have the opportunity to swim and snorkel. Sometimes you may even be escorted by marine turtles! Throughout your cruise, you'll be with an expert Naturalist who will bring this destination to life and be able to answer any question you may have. Our goal is to help make this magical experience a reality! That's why we've put together this vacation for you that includes sightseeing, hotels, cruise, transportation, most meals, and guides and Naturalists. That doesn't even include the cost of your time or your sanity planning it all on your own! Let us handle the details while you grab your camera and swimsuit…the Galápagos Islands are waiting!

Day 1: ARRIVE QUITO, ECUADOR.
Arrive in Quito.

Day 2: QUITO.
Your included PRIVATE CITY TOUR showcases Independence Square, dominated by its formidable cathedral, San Francisco Plaza Church, and the basilica. (B)

Day 3: QUITO-BALTRA (EMBARKATION)-GALÁPAGOS CRUISING: SANTA CRUZ ISLAND.
Fly to the Galápagos Islands and board the Santa Cruz II. Visit Las Bachas on SANTA CRUZ ISLAND, an important nesting area for the East Pacific green sea turtle. See brackish lagoons just steps away from the sea, a feeding ground for various wading birds—from stilts to flamingos. (B,L,D)

Day 4: CRUISING: SANTIAGO ISLAND.
Arrive at Buccaneer Cove on SANTIAGO ISLAND to explore the dramatic coastline inhabited by a large number of marine birds, sea lions, and inter-tidal organisms. You will also have the opportunity to snorkel and take a ride on the panga or the glass-bottom boat. Later, at Puerto Egas—known for its black-sand beach, tuff-stone layers, and lava flows—see land and marine birds, as well as a colony of fur sea lions, marine iguanas, and marine turtles. (B,L,D)

Day 5: CRUISING: RÁBIDA & BARTOLOMÉ ISLANDS.
Visit RÁBIDA ISLAND with its red-colored beach, caused by the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material. Your Naturalist will point out large colonies of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers, and several species of Darwin's finches. Very close to the beach, a salt pond occasionally hosts American flamingos. Snorkel from the beach to see the unique combination of underwater species and submarine landscapes. At BARTOLOMÉ ISLAND, hike to the summit for a stunning view of Pinnacle Rock. Take a snorkel or a ride on the glass-bottom boat and possibly see Galápagos penguins in tropical waters! (B,L,D)

Day 6: CRUISING: GENOVESA ISLAND.
On GENOVESA ISLAND, take a walk up Prince Phillip's Steps as your Naturalist reveals large colonies of masked boobies, blue- and red-footed boobies, frigatebirds, storm petrels, and short-eared owls. In the afternoon, disembark on a beautiful beach at Darwin Bay to observe frigatebirds, red-footed and masked boobies, herons, finches, and mockingbirds. Return to the beach for snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming. (B,L,D)

Day 7: CRUISING: SANTA CRUZ (DISEMBARKATION)-BALTRA-GUAYAQUIL.
Disembark at the north shore of SANTA CRUZ ISLAND for a visit to a TORTOISE RESERVE in the highlands. Here, you will see and learn about the Giant Galápagos Tortoises living in the wild and what is being done to help preserve these ancient creatures. Later, fly to Guayaquil. (B)

Day 8: GUAYAQUIL.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

LOCAL HOST
In Quito; Naturalist in the Galápagos

SIGHTSEEING & ACTIVITIES
Sightseeing with a Local Guide, inside visits, and special features are shown in UPPERCASE

MEALS
Buffet breakfast daily; 4 lunches; 4 three-course dinners



TRANSPORTATION
As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary and private airport transfers to/from intra-vacation flights; intra-vacation flights not included

Hygiene and Safety Protocols for Monograms Tours

Today's world has changed, but what remains certain is Monograms' commitment to guest safety, comfort and peace-of-mind while traveling with us. To that end, Monograms has established a worldwide Assurance program, with enhanced on-trip protocols and procedures, to ensure the health – and happiness – of guests throughout their travels with us.

It all starts with Monograms' Global Health & Safety Team, dedicated to ensuring that cleanliness of all operations exceeds today’s travel standards—from start to finish. The following areas address Monograms' commitment to providing a safe and clean environment for guests.

A SAFE & WARM WELCOME

Monograms will enact new tour check-in procedures and pre-trip health screenings to offer guests a safe start to their journey, including adherence to social distancing requirements.

BLENDING CULTURAL PROXIMITY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE

Monograms will ensure safe distances for guests throughout the journey, on coach and during excursions. This includes providing masks for guests use at any time where social proximity could be an issue as well as the possibility of reducing group sizes, if required. And wireless listening technology – including Monograms' Go Beyond Devices in Europe – enables safe distances between guests and other travelers on excursions.

FOCUS ON GUEST AND TEAM MEMBER HEALTH

To ensure a healthy environment for team and guests, Monograms will conduct regular temperature checks for both guests and team, and when necessary, masks will be worn by Monograms' team members when with guests.

TOUCHING HEARTS, NOT HANDS

Traveling with Monograms removes many of the “touch points” of travel, including luggage handling, check in/out, expedited entry into attractions and more. Monograms are further reducing risk with hands-free service, meaning all self-services replaced by staff, including buffet meals replaced with table service. Monograms will also ensure hand sanitizing is available throughout each trip, on coach and in hotels.

COMMITMENT TO CLEAN

As a part of Monograms' commitment to clean, Monograms is requiring enhanced cleaning procedures with hotel partners, on motorcoaches, vehicles and throughout every trip, including additional daily disinfecting procedures that go above-and-beyond already strict health and safety procedures.

PARTNERS IN DISCOVERY AND IN HEALTH

Monograms has strict health and safety protocols, which have been in place for years, focused on ensuring all aspects of operation- from vehicles and equipment used on trip to excursions and hotel procedures. This process will continue with new, elevated health and safety checks, to maintain their promise that each touch-point on tours and cruises are considered in their commitment to guest and team member well-being.

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Accommodations

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Quito: Santa Cruz II - Expedition Deck
Conceived for operation in remote areas, the new Santa Cruz II is a state-of-the-art expedition vessel and provides the perfect infrastructure for Galápagos exploration. Carrying its crew's heritage of decades of experience working in the islands, the generous, five-deck craft holds 50 cabins with a capacity for 90 passengers. The ship has an intelligent layout with wide hallways, broad stairwells, and choice, contemporary materials throughout. From indoor and outdoor dining areas, the gymnasium and Jacuzzis to the elegant bar and lounge, and the well-stocked library, the ship is designed to please with sophisticated simplicity.
Address:
Av Republica de El Salvador
Quito PIC, Ecuador
Location Description: One of the newest boats in the Galápagos archipelago is the 50-cabin Santa Cruz II, introduced in 2015! With capacity for just 90 passengers, this ship boasts maximum deck and ship space.
Hotel Amenities:
  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
  • Restaurant On-Site
Room Amenities:
  • Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Complimentary Toiletries
Room Description: Located on the middle Expedition deck, the Santa Cruz II's Swedish-designed cabins reflect the latest in cruise trends. Comfortable spaces and large picture windows illuminate the interior spaces and allow guests to take in the views, offering elegant relaxation areas after a day of active exploring. Guests will enjoy 64% more cabin space than many other vessels in the Galapagos.
Quito: Santa Cruz II - Horizon Deck
Conceived for operation in remote areas, the new Santa Cruz II is a state-of-the-art expedition vessel and provides the perfect infrastructure for Galápagos exploration. Carrying its crew's heritage of decades of experience working in the islands, the generous, five-deck craft holds 50 cabins with a capacity for 90 passengers. The ship has an intelligent layout with wide hallways, broad stairwells, and choice, contemporary materials throughout. From indoor and outdoor dining areas, the gymnasium and Jacuzzis to the elegant bar and lounge, and the well-stocked library, the ship is designed to please with sophisticated simplicity.
Address:
Av Republica de El Salvador
Quito PIC, Ecuador
Location Description: One of the newest boats in the Galápagos archipelago is the 50-cabin Santa Cruz II, introduced in 2015! With capacity for just 90 passengers, this ship boasts maximum deck and ship space.
Hotel Amenities:
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
  • Gift Shop
  • Concierge desk
  • Restaurant On-Site
Room Amenities:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Hair Dryer
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Internet Access
  • Climate Control
Room Description: Located on the lower Horizon deck, the Santa Cruz II's Swedish-designed cabins reflect the latest in cruise trends. Comfortable spaces and large picture windows illuminate the interior spaces and allow guests to take in the views, offering elegant relaxation areas after a day of active exploring. Guests will enjoy 64% more cabin space than many other vessels in the Galapagos.
Guayaquil: Oro Verde Hotel
A five-time winner of the World Travel Awards, the Oro Verde offers an exquisite combination of European experience and Ecuadorian hospitality. The hotel is conveniently located, tastefully decorated, and offers a unique and full list of amenities, making your stay in Guayaquil as easy and comfortable as possible - while still adding a touch of elegance.
Address:
9 De Octubre Y Garcia Moreno
Guayaquil , Ecuador
Location Description: The Oro Verde hotel in Guayaquil is draped in elegance and sophistication - where European service meets Ecuadorian hospitality. With its ideal downtown location, easy access to cultural & historical sits as well as shopping and entertainment, it is the ideal place to settle in for your time in Guayaquil.
Hotel Amenities:
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Spa Services
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Laundry Available
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Beauty Salon
  • ATM
Room Amenities:
  • Climate Control
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Television
  • Desk
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Air Conditioning
  • Pay Movies
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Voicemail
  • Coffee Maker
  • Window Opens
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Internet Access
Guayaquil: Wyndham Guayaquil
Address:
Calle Numa Pompilio Llona S
Guayaquil , Ecuador
Guayaquil: Unipark Hotel Guayaquil
The Unipark Hotel Guayaquil sits directly in the heart of the commercial and cultural district of the city. Providing easy access to Guayaquil's highlights, parks, the riverfront, and nearby historical sites, this is the perfect place to settle in during your journeys. The hotel also offers ideal amenities, facilities, and first-class international cuisine.
Address:
Clemente Ballén 406
Guayaquil , Ecuador
Location Description: Located in the heart of Ecuador's most populous port city, the Unipark Hotel offers guests convenient access to all the city has to offer. Its prime location provides the perfect spot from which to explore Guayaquil's unique tradition of trade as well as the many attractions, public squares and parks.
Hotel Amenities:
  • Fitness Room
  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Free WiFi
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Ice Machine
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Laundry Available
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Beauty Salon
Room Amenities:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Phone
  • Climate Control
Room Description: The 140 air-conditioned guestrooms at Unipark Hotel include all the amenities you'd expect to make you feel more at home. Recently updated, they offer internet access, flat screen TVs and a nightly turndown service.
Quito: JW Marriott Quito
Recognized as one of the best hotels in Quito, the JW Marriott surpasses expectation and meets every comfort a traveler would need. With first-rate amenities, superb service, and exceptional cuisine choices, you can simply relax and enjoy your Quito experience. As it is nestled in the city center, there are also countless activities and conveniences for guests. Take in Quito's lively atmosphere and enjoy this city oasis, leaving the details to Marriott.
Address:
Avenida Orellana 1172 y Avenida Amazonas
Quito , Ecuador
Location Description: Located in the heart of Quito on Amazonas Avenue, the JW Marriott is recognized as one of the best hotels in Quito.
Hotel Amenities:
  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Laundry Available
  • Spa Services
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fitness Room
  • Ice Machine
  • Parking/Valet
  • Hot Tub
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Beauty Salon
Room Amenities:
  • In-Room Safe
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Alarm Clock
  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Toiletries
Room Description: Comfortable guestrooms feature breathtaking views, high-quality bedding, spacious marble bathrooms, high-speed Internet access, and LCD TVs.
Quito: Hilton Colon Quito
The Hilton Colon Quito hotel is 10 minute walk from the colonial Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This modern hotel enjoys spectacular views of the city. Amenities include a fitness center, spa, outdoor heated pool, 5 restaurants/lounges, laundry service, concierge, florist, barber shop, and gift shop.
Address:
Ave Amazonas N 1914 Y Patria Avenida 1
Quito , Ecuador
Location Description: Just 20 minutes from Mariscal Sucre International Airport and a 10-minute walk from colonial Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hotel Amenities:
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Currency Exchange
  • Spa Services
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Fitness Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Beauty Salon
  • Laundry Available
  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • Bar/Lounge
Room Amenities:
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Mini-bar
  • Television
Room Description: Every room is equipped with cable TV, a alarm clock-radio, two phones, in-room safe, coffee maker, mini bar and hair dryer.
Quito: Grand Mercure Alameda
The Mercure Grand Hotel Alameda offers comfort combined with contemporary décor. The hotel features a restaurant with regional and international cuisine, bar, laundry service, business center, and fitness center.
Address:
Roca N4-122 and Amazonas Ave
Quito , Ecuador
Location Description: This hotel is centrally located in downtown and close to many attractions.
Hotel Amenities:
  • Ice Machine
  • ATM
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Laundry Available
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Beauty Salon
  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
  • Gift Shop
  • Bar/Lounge
Room Amenities:
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Alarm Clock
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Climate Control
  • Pay Movies
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
Room Description: Accommodations at the Grand Mercure Alameda ensure a good night rest by offering plush bedding and rich textures. The list of amenities include air-conditioning, Pay per view movies, wireless internet and a safe deposit box.

Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Monograms, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $519. Required intra-vacation air segments: Quito/Galápagos; Galápagos/Guayaquil. Air prices were effective on July 10, 2019 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your vacation, air prices may be higher.

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy; single rooms are available at a supplement.

Cruise pricing is based on a Horizon Deck Explorer cabin on the Santa Cruz II. Cabin upgrades are available.

Galápagos package does not include Galápagos National Park entrance fee and transit card ($120) but are additional and mandatory. These fees will be added to your Vacation Estimate.

2021 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in July 2020.

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Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

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Monograms Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4
Accommodations
3.8
Itinerary
4.2
Professional Staff
4.2
Repeat with Operator
3.9
Value for Money
3.9

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Ratings based off 350 reviews about Monograms Tours - currently showing 15 reviews with comments only

It was an amazing trip with fantastic local guides in every location.

Excellent services, reliable, informative, friendly

Our trip was wonderful. Everything that was offered was provided. The local hosts were great and professional.

The travel consultants are knowlegeable about tour details and do a great job matching customer needs with the right tour.

Monograms was just the right mix for us. City tours and transportation were great - but we enjoyed the flexibility of going out and seeing what we wanted to see at our own pace.

Outstanding service and organized. Would recommend to anyone.

I wouldn't change a thing. From start to finish-professional advice and detailed explanation of what to expect-a great adventure!

The Monograms local host system worked like clockwork. They were there as scheduled and took the worry out of flight, hotel, and tour transfers.

A trip that I found to be a nightmare to try and plan on my own was made so easy by having Marianne take charge and make all of the arrangements. I had been searching on line, had met with a local travel agent, and was overwhelmed and really getting nowhere. I was ready to give up on my trip planning, stumbled across finding Marianne, and suddenly she made the seemingly impossible happen with no problems! Without her expertise guiding me along and handling the arrangements, I have no doubt that this trip would not have happened. As for the trip: Monograms did a superb job with putting their package together. It more than exceeded my expectations. this will undoubtedly rank as one of my best trips EVER.

Monograms was fantastic. We were independant and did not use them for many of the excursions but they were very helpful for first day orientation, suggestions and were available throughout for any questions. The included half day tours were very good. If you wanted to have everything arranged for you instead of being independant there were many good excursions to choose from.

Very well organized tour, knowledgeable guides. Have a wonderful time.

Monograms was wonderful! Everything was just as they promised. The travel was easy, there were no surprises, it was a stress-free vacation! Having the local host available was great. They were all valuable.

This is our third trip booked with Trena through Affordable Tours using the Globus company. The trip went off without a single glitch from flights to airport transfers to hotel.

Monograms, for the most part, was great We loved the "independent tour" format which gave us much more flexibility with our time in each place we visited. The local hosts were great-some better for us than others--but very helpful. The city tours which were provided varied in quality but usually gave a good overview of the city. A couple of our hotels were not as good as others (construction in progress, smaller rooms or breakfast not as comprehensive) but all were clean and adequate. Two of our flights were changed by the airlines, but the transportation contracted by Monograms did not get the change (schedule change occurred weeks before we left the US for our trip) so did not arrive to take us to the airport. Thank goodness for Uber!

The hotels were wonderful, I can't complain about that.


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