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Iguanas, and sea lions, and turtles, oh my! Where on earth can you find more rare species of plants and animals than people? The Galápagos Islands, of course! And when you cruise to this unique group of islands with Monograms, there is no stress, just fun! We take care of the hassles for you, from your hotel and cruise accommodations, to sightseeing and most meals. We even set you up with a Local Host® to help meet your needs during your stay, so that all you have to do is remember to pack your swimsuit!Your vacation begins in Quito, where your Local Host will greet you and help acquaint you with the city. The next morning, after an included breakfast, you will head out on a private tour to explore the city, rich with history and marked by the legacy that the Incas and Spaniards left behind. See Independence Square, the cathedral, and San Francisco Plaza Church. Enjoy an afternoon of leisure before packing your bags and heading off to the Galápagos the next morning.You will embark on a 7-night cruise around the gorgeous and one-of-a-kind Galápagos Islands. For this leg of your adventure, all of your meals are included. Begin your adventure at the Charles Darwin Research Station to see and learn about the Giant Tortoises native to these islands. You'll also visit Bartolomé, where you can see a fascinating moonscape and take a hike to see the striking view of the surrounding islands; Rábida Island, where you will discover a rare red sand beach, home to colonies of marine iguanas, sea lions and several species of Darwin's finches; Santa Cruz, where the clear, calm waters of Black Turtle cove offer the perfect place to see a colorful array of fish, rays and reef sharks; Isabela and Fernandia Islands where you can watch for flightless cormorants, penguins, and whales, and finally, Santiago Island, where you can explore tidal pools populated by fur seals and Sally Lightfoot Crabs. Throughout your cruise there will be multiple opportunities to snorkel in search of the diverse and colorful marine life found in the archipelago.So grab your camera and say "Sayonara" to the stresses of planning your own vacation. With Monograms, your vacation package to the Galápagos Islands is as stress free and fabulous as you dreamed it would be!

  1. Day 1
    ARRIVE IN QUITO, ECUADOR.
    Arrive in Quito.
  2. Day 2
    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)
    Meals: Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    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, at the age of 5, are returned to their native areas. Board your ship for your 7-night cruise. (B,L,D)
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    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 Island to discover a fascinating moonscape formed by volcanic parasitic cones. Hike to the summit for impressive views of the surrounding islands and 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 perchance Galápagos penguins. (B,L,D)
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    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 inter-tidal organisms. At Espumilla Beach, walk through the mangroves and see salt-water lagoons that are home to wading birds like flamingos. (B,L,D)
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    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)
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    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 of marine iguanas, mingling with sea lions, flightless cormorants, and Galápagos penguins. (B,L,D)
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    CRUISING: ISABELA ISLAND.
    At Urbina Bay, walk on a volcanic black beach in search of giant tortoises, land iguanas, and flightless cormorants. 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, blue-footed boobies, brown noddies, and maybe Galápagos penguins. (B,L,D)
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    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)
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day 10
    CRUISING: SANTA CRUZ (DISEMBARKATION)–BALTRA–GUAYAQUIL.
    Disembark on Santa Cruz Island and visit Bachas Beach, where you will find two flamingo ponds, sunbathing iguanas, 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 U.S. Navy air base operating on Baltra Island during World War II. Later, fly to Guayaquil. (B)
    Meals: Breakfast
  11. Day 11
    GUAYAQUIL.
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
    Meals: Breakfast

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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 as shown in the day-by-day itinerary.

Meals:
Buffet breakfast daily; 7 lunches; 7 three-course dinners

Transportation:
As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary below and private airport transfers to/from intra-vacation flights; Galápagos intra-vacation flights and taxes are 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

Please Note: Standard and Premium accommodations are listed, call us for details about specific package and pricing.

Quito: Coral Yacht - Standard Plus
The Coral I and Coral II are twin yachts that can be used inter-changeably that follow the same cruise itinerary. With a capacity for 36 and 20 guests respectively, these gorgeous comfortable twin yachts offer charming areas distributed on three decks, in both open and interior spaces. Both boats offer an indoor lounge with panoramic windows and a welcoming bar, dining room, boutique, library, Jacuzzi, and shaded outdoor terrace. Every guide aboard has gone through extensive training at the Darwin Station and has years of experience working with the nature and wildlife of the islands.
Address:
Av Eloy Alfaro N34-115 & Catalina Andaz
Quito , Ecuador
Location Description: These comfortable yachts offer charming areas distributed on three decks in both open and interior spaces.
Hotel Amenities:
  • Concierge desk
  • Hot Tub
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Restaurant On-Site
Room Amenities:
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
Room Description: The Coral I and Coral II have a total of 18 and 11 cabins respectively. The ocean view, air-conditioned cabins have lower beds and private facilities with a safety deposit box, entertainment system with LCD TVs, hair dryer, and updated furniture.
Quito: Coral Yacht - Junior Cabin
The Coral I and Coral II are twin yachts that can be used inter-changeably that follow the same cruise itinerary. With a capacity for 36 and 20 guests respectively, these gorgeous comfortable twin yachts offer charming areas distributed on three decks, in both open and interior spaces. Both boats offer an indoor lounge with panoramic windows and a welcoming bar, dining room, boutique, library, Jacuzzi, and shaded outdoor terrace. Every guide aboard has gone through extensive training at the Darwin Station and has years of experience working with the nature and wildlife of the islands.
Address:
Av Eloy Alfaro N34-115 & Catalina Andaz
Quito , Ecuador
Location Description: These comfortable yachts offer charming areas distributed on three decks in both open and interior spaces.
Hotel Amenities:
  • Hot Tub
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
Room Amenities:
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Phone
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
Room Description: The Coral I and Coral II have a total of 18 and 11 cabins respectively. The ocean view, air-conditioned cabins have lower beds and private facilities with a safety deposit box, entertainment system with LCD TVs, hair dryer, and updated furniture.
Guayaquil: Oro Verde Hotel (SAT)
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:
  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Gift Shop
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Pool
  • Laundry Available
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • ATM
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services
  • Beauty Salon
  • Currency Exchange
Room Amenities:
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Window Opens
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning
  • Desk
  • Room Service
  • Pay Movies
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
Guayaquil: Unipark Hotel Guayaquil (SAT)
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:
C Ballen 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:
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Laundry Available
  • Currency Exchange
  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Ice Machine
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Free WiFi
  • Beauty Salon
  • Parking/Valet
Room Amenities:
  • Phone
  • Alarm Clock
  • Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Room Service
  • Hair Dryer
  • Voicemail
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Climate Control
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
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: Swissotel
This contemporary hotel is located in the commercial district of Quito, minutes away from historical Old Town. The hotel offers a wide variety of dining with six restaurants and two bars. Other features include a luxury spa, indoor and outdoor pools, fitness center, tennis and racquetball courts, beauty salon, gift shop, and business center.
Address:
12 de Octubre 1820 y Luis Cordero
Quito , Ecuador
Location Description: This Swissotel is located in the heart of the city within easy access of the Old Town.
Hotel Amenities:
  • Gift Shop
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Spa Services
  • Currency Exchange
  • Pool
  • Laundry Available
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Shoe Shine
  • Beauty Salon
  • Fitness Room
  • Luggage Storage
Room Amenities:
  • Mini-bar
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Pay Movies
  • In-Room Safe
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Voicemail
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Newspaper
Room Description: The Swissotel offers 275 oversized guestrooms with warm colors, plush bedding and breathtaking views. The amenities include large televisions, air-conditioning, and a mini-bar.
Quito: Hilton Colon Quito (SAT)
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:
  • Bar/Lounge
  • ATM
  • Concierge desk
  • Spa Services
  • Beauty Salon
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Laundry Available
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange
  • Pool
  • Parking/Valet
  • Fitness Room
Room Amenities:
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Voicemail
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Phone
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Pay Movies
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 (SAT)
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:
  • Gift Shop
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • ATM
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Beauty Salon
  • Parking/Valet
  • Fitness Room
  • Ice Machine
  • Laundry Available
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
Room Amenities:
  • Voicemail
  • Mini-bar
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Alarm Clock
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Phone
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Coffee Maker
  • Pay Movies
  • Window Opens
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.

Cruise pricing is based on a Standard Plus cabin on the Coral. 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.

2022 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in July 2021.

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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

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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