The Galapagos Islands – Northern ItineraryAccommodations
Casa Gangotena – Quito
July 10 - July 11
The elegant, five-star Casa Gangotena is located across from Plaza San Francisco in the heart of 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.
Embrace the property's well-adorned interior, featuring art nouveau and art deco elements dating back to the mid-1920s. Antique furniture pieces, restored painted tin ceilings, and endless hallways lined with Egyptian marble are among the unique qualities of this sophisticated and divinely comfortable hotel. See why readers of Condé Nast Traveler have voted Casa Gangotena among South America's top 25 hotels and resorts.
During leisure time, stroll the gardens, enjoy tea on the patio, or visit the charming bar for a specialty cocktail crafted by the welcoming staff.
Room Amenities: Individual climate control, flat-screen cable TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, phone, bathrobes and slippers, safe, and en suite bathroom with separate shower and bathtub plus L’Occitane sundries and hair dryer.
Portable oxygen tanks—to assist in preventing ill effects of altitude sickness—are available and may require an additional fee. Oxygen tanks should be requested in advance through Orbridge's Guest Services department for best availability or at the time of check-in.
July 12 - July 15
With a capacity of only 40 guests, the newly refurbished 183-foot Isabela II was designed to provide the ultimate in comfort and adventure while cruising the Galapagos Islands. Her 21 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 room, lounge, library, hot tub, and fitness area. Relish 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. Experience all the Galapagos Islands have to offer through a variety of perspectives—hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, or riding a panga or glass-bottom boat.
Room Amenities: Individual climate control, safe, and en suite bathroom with hair dryer and sundries (biodegradable shampoo, conditioner, soap, and shower gel). Additional towels are provided for shore excursions.
Standard: Features a full-size bed, 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.)
- 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, snorkeling, and paddleboarding
Conveniently located just three miles from José Joaquín de Olmedo airport, Wyndham Guayaquil offers deluxe accommodations for the last night of the program. Nearby and overlooking the Guayas River is Malecón 2000—a boardwalk of museums, gardens, shopping and restaurants; the historic Santa Ana Hill and Lighthouse; and the artistic Las Peñas neighborhood. The hotel offers a restaurant featuring local culinary menu options, bar, heated rooftop pool, spa and fitness center, complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, and complimentary airport shuttle.
Room Amenities: Individual climate control, deluxe beds with pillow top, flat-screen satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, coffee maker, iPhone/iPod clock radio, bathrobes, digital safe, iron and ironing board, and en suite bathroom with shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, soap, and hair dryer.