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The Galapagos Islands

Hilton Colon – Quito

On the first two evenings before embarkation, you will stay at the elegant and 5-star rated, Hilton Colon. Located within a 10-minute walk from Quito's Spanish Colonial Old Town, the hotel offers easy access to the rich culture, tradition and charm of the city's historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978. In addition, La Mariscal Artisanal Market is next to the hotel, offering unique and beautiful local crafts. The hotel offers three dining options, as well as a business center, pool, and fitness room.

Room Amenities: Individual heat and air control, HD LCD TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, phone, safe deposit box, iron and ironing board, tea and coffee-making facilities, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, soap and hairdryer.

Isabela II

With a capacity of only 40 guests, the 183-foot Isabela II was designed to provide the ultimate in comfort and adventure while cruising the Galapagos Islands. Her 20 staterooms provide spacious, fully air-conditioned accommodations with en suite facilities.

Guests can savor healthy, fresh, and delicious international and Ecuadorian cuisine at every meal. Enjoy her three public decks, dining, lounge, library, hot tub and fitness area, and the services of an enthusiastic crew who are committed to your comfort.

Sailing by small ship allows for flexibility in the itinerary to maximize wildlife viewing, as well as access to exclusive ports. While on board, learn about the area's history, biology, and conservation from the ship’s multilingual naturalists. Then, experience the Galapagos Islands up close while kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, or by panga or glass bottom boat—viewing all the islands have to offer from a variety of perspectives.

Stateroom Categories

Standard: Features a full-size bed, view window, private bathroom. 128 sq.ft.
Classic Double: Features a full-size bed, view window, private bathroom, and day bed. 139 sq.ft.
Classic Twin: Features two twin beds, view window, private bathroom. 139 sq.ft.
Master Suite: Features a queen bed, view window, private bathroom. 170 sq.ft.

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Highlights:
  • Onboard lecture program and services of a premier Expedition Leader and the ship's multilingual naturalist guides
  • Observation area and sundeck, bar/lounge, elegant dining room, boutique, and an intimate library with a rich selection of reference books on the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador
  • All onboard hand-crafted meals tastefully prepared with local flair
  • Shaded sun deck with a hot tub and fitness room
  • All of the equipment—and expertise—for kayaking and snorkeling

Wyndham Hotel – Guayaquil

Conveniently located just 3 miles from José Joaquín de Olmedo airport, the Wyndham Hotel offers deluxe accommodations for the last night of the program. Nearby are the museums, gardens, shopping, and restaurants of the Malecón 2000, the boardwalk overlooking the Guayas River, as are the historic Santa Ana Hill and Lighthouse, and artistic Las Peñas neighborhood. The hotel offers a restaurant featuring local culinary menu options, bar, heated rooftop pool, spa and fitness center, plus complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and complimentary airport shuttle.

Room Amenities: Individual heat and air control, deluxe beds with pillow top, digital safe, flat screen satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, iPhone/iPod clock radio, bathrobes, and en suite bathroom with shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, soap and hair dryer.