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11 DAYS ECUADOR RAIL & CRUISE

GUAYAQUIL, ALAUSI, RIOBAMBA, LATACUNGA, QUITO, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Cruise, Outdoor & Adventure, History & Culture, Rail Journeys, Nature & Wildlife

Highlights

  • Explore the heart of Ecuador on board a luxurious train from Guayaquil to Quito
  • Intimate cruise ships to explore the Galapagos Islands

Ecuador is most famed for her Galapagos Islands, located more than 920km away from the mainland in the Pacific Ocean. Do you know Ecuador is also home to the Amazon jungle and the Andean Highland?

This luxury program starts off with a four-day nostalgic train journey from the coastal town of Guayaquil to Quito, passing through the “Avenue of Volcanoes” in the Andes. Train and coach during the day and spend the night in charming hotels. Afterwards, we fly to Galapagos Island and continue a five-day cruise around the Galapagos Islands for the most bizarre and amazing wildlife encounters

From

SGD 9,500 Per Person

11 Days 10 Nights

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 ARRIVAL IN GUAYAQUIL

ARRIVAL IN GUAYAQUIL
Guayaquil
N.A.

Arriving into Guayaquil, we take a short drive to your hotel for a good rest.

Day 02 GUAYAQUIL / TRAIN TREN CRUCERI – ALAUSI

GUAYAQUIL / TRAIN TREN CRUCERI – ALAUSI
Alausi
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

Board the train from Duran at the coast (near Guayaquil) early in the morning and soon the landscape change to scenery of sugarcane, banana, coffee and pineapple plantations. Switching to car, we climb 2000m up for our first dramatic view of the Andes Mountain range. The day ends in Alausi, a small town nestled in the sharp mountains.

Day 03 TRAIN ALAUSI / RIOBAMBA

TRAIN ALAUSI / RIOBAMBA
Riobamba
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

Board a different train to the fearsome pass of La Nariz del Diablo (the Devil’s Nose); an intricate switch-back that allows the train to descend 511 meters in just 12 kilometers of railway. Back in Alausi, we visit the colourful market and depart for Colta where the Spanish conquerors built their first Ecuador settlement. We cross colorful quinoa fields, potatoes, onion and corn fields before arriving at Riobamba, ringed by hills and snow-capped mountains. Stroll the cobbler street town in the evening.

Day 04 TRAIN RIOBAMBA / LATACUNGA

TRAIN RIOBAMBA / LATACUNGA
Latacunga
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

Enjoy a La Moya community morning show depicting the Andes’ ancestral way of life. Head to Urbina, the journey’s highest point at 3,600m above sea level! Here, you may meet Baltazar Ushca or the “iceman”, who along with his mule climbs Chimborazo, Ecuador’s highest mountain to harvest the glacier ice! Continue to Latacunga and along the way, a group of “masked devils” will take the train by surprise to celebrate “Diablada de Pillaro”. It is a parade of colours, music and joy believed to renew and purify the soul. The parade is declared a national heritage by Ecuador.

Day 05 LATACUNGA / COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK / QUITO

LATACUNGA / COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK / QUITO
Quito
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

We travel to Cotopaxi National Park, one of the world’s highest active volcanoes. Enjoy a short hike to Limpiopungo Lagoon with beautiful views and prolific birdlife. Leaving the park, visit a Hacienda and be welcomed by the Andean “cowboys” and learn about their culture and traditions. Your nostalgic train journey comes to an end as it chugs its way into Quito.

Day 06 QUITO

QUITO
Quito
Breakfast, Lunch included

Lying 2,800m above sea level at the foot of the Pichincha Volcano, we devote the day to explore the urban jewels of historic Quito (UNESCO). One of the largest and best-preserved colonial cities in South America, your tour of historic Quito will end with a birds-eye view of the city from the panoramic “Virgin of Quito” monument atop El Panecillo Hill. On a clear day, you can see the “Volcano Avenue” – two parallel mountain ranges containing eight of the country’s ten highest peaks.

In the afternoon, we head out to Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World), the monument on equator that was built to commemorate the French scientists who made history by determining the shape of the planet thanks to their studies at this location in the 1830s. Continue to the Intiñan Solar Museum, where you will have the opportunity to perform various unusual experiments like balancing an egg on a nail, losing weight in a second, or straddling the equatorial line that separates the two hemispheres.

Day 07 QUITO / CRUISING GALAPAGOS ISLAND

QUITO / CRUISING GALAPAGOS ISLAND
Galapagos Island
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Galapagos Islands.

Upon arrival, you would be met and transferred to board your vessel and begin your amazing 5 days cruise.

Day 08 CRUISING GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

CRUISING GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
Galapagos Island
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

A new day in the Galapagos begins its wildlife symphony. Giant tortoises grunt in distant highlands. Prehistoric marine iguanas spit their salty spray. Storm petrels “walk” across its surface and graceful red-billed tropicbirds screech across the sky. Flightless cormorants and penguins dart through the waters. With a Galapagos naturalist at our side, we set out each day in the early morning and afternoon, to remarkable ecosystems where the wildlife is most abundant and active. Inching our way past lounging iguanas and sea lions, scouting for breaching whales offshore and pink flamingos at hidden lagoons, we marvel at the inspirational Galapagos creatures on these desolate volcanic isles much as Charles Darwin did two centuries ago. The detailed daily itinerary depends on the cruise selected.

Day 09 CRUISING GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

CRUISING GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
Galapagos Island
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

Other than the amazing wildlife, the Galapagos Islands’ landscape is also diverse. Born from fiery volcanoes deep in the Pacific Ocean, the region is constantly changing. White sandy beach with azure sea, striking ruggedness from the lava fields, mangrove lagoons and cactus forests are some of the stunning landscape you will come across.

Day 10 CRUISING GALAPAGOS CRUISE

CRUISING GALAPAGOS CRUISE
Galapagos Island
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

How about going for a kayak or snorkel today? There are activities available on your cruise.

Day 11 GALAPAGOS CRUISE / DEPARTURE FROM QUITO OR GUAYAQUIL

GALAPAGOS CRUISE / DEPARTURE FROM QUITO OR GUAYAQUIL
N.A.
Breakfast included

Disembark and transfer to the airport for flight to Quito or Guayaquil for your homebound journey.

Hotels & Tour Price

Category 1

Indicative cost per person

Minimum 2 Pax
S$9,680
Minimum 4 Pax
S$9,500

Wyndham Hotel • Tren Crucero • Hotel El Monilo • Hacienda La Andaluza • Hacienda La Cienega • Swissotel Hotel • Coral Yacht I/II

Guayaquil

Guayaquil

Wyndham Hotel (Double Room)

Located just steps from the historic Cerro Santa Ana and its famous lighthouse, the hotel offers spacious modern rooms

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TRAIN JOURNEY

TRAIN JOURNEY

Tren Crucero

From the Pacific Ocean to the Andes of Ecuador, Tren Crucero is a leading luxury train in Ecuador offering 50 guests a unique way to experience Ecuador. The train starts from Guayaguil, crossing the Andes to arrive at Quito or vice versa. Days are spent visiting the sights along the way or enjoy the moving scenery from the observation lounges and open-air terrace. Meals and drnks are served on board or during touring while nights are spent in characterful countryside hotels and haciendas.

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Alausi

Alausi

Hotel El Monilo (Double Room)

A small family run hotel located near to the train station, with simple appointed but clean and comfortable guestrooms

Riobamba

Riobamba

Hacienda La Andaluza

Steeped in history and culture, the property is declared as a Cultural Heritage of Ecuador. The surrounding Andean landscape and the lush greenery and of the ground makes a lovely and comfortable stop. The rooms have been decorated with exquisite taste with antiques and oozes a cosy atmosphere.

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Latacunga

Latacunga

Hacienda La Cienega (Double Room)

One of the oldest colonial Haciendas in Ecuador, with more than 400 years of antiquity and located near the slopes of majestic Cotopaxi mountain. All rooms are decently furnished and appointed.

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Quito

Quito

Swissotel Hotel (Double Room)

A modern hotel located in the commercial and residential district in Quito, with spacious and comfortably appointed rooms.

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Galapagos

Galapagos

Coral Yacht I/II (Standard Plus)

The sister yachts offer charming social areas distributed on three decks, with both outdoor and interior spaces allowing you to enjoy an intimate expedition experience. With a capacity for 36 and 20 guests respectively, the vessels offer open deck areas with a Jacuzzi to make the best of your relaxing time while cruising the islands. The interiors are thoughtfully designed to resemble a private yacht experience in a cozy ambiance. The restaurant serves delicious Ecuadorian and international cuisine even extending to a BBQ dinner on the open-air Moon Deck.

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Category 2

Indicative cost per person

Minimum 2 Pax
S$13,780
Minimum 4 Pax
S$13,580

Hotel del Parqu • Tren Crucero • Hotel El Monilo • Hacienda La Andaluza • Hacienda La Cienega • Plaza Grande Hotel • La Pinta

Guayaquil

Guayaquil

Hotel del Parque (Double Signature Room)

A Relais & Chateaux property nestled in a tropical oasis in the heart of the city, lovingly restored from a 19th century building with magnificent guestrooms.

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TRAIN JOURNEY

TRAIN JOURNEY

Tren Crucero

From the Pacific Ocean to the Andes of Ecuador, Tren Crucero is a leading luxury train in Ecuador offering 50 guests a unique way to experience Ecuador. The train starts from Guayaguil, crossing the Andes to arrive at Quito or vice versa. Days are spent visiting the sights along the way or enjoy the moving scenery from the observation lounges and open-air terrace. Meals and drnks are served on board or during touring while nights are spent in characterful countryside hotels and haciendas

View More
Alausi

Alausi

Hotel El Monilo (Double Room)

A small family run hotel located near to the train station, with simple appointed but clean and comfortable guestrooms.

Riobamba

Riobamba

Hacienda La Andaluza (Double Suite)

Steeped in history and culture, the property is declared as a Cultural Heritage of Ecuador. The surrounding Andean landscape and the lush greenery and of the ground makes a lovely and comfortable stop. The rooms have been decorated with exquisite taste with antiques and oozes a cosy atmosphere.

View More
Latacunga

Latacunga

Hacienda La Cienega (Double Room)

One of the oldest colonial Haciendas in Ecuador, with more than 400 years of antiquity and located near the slopes of majestic Cotopaxi mountain. All rooms are decently furnished and appointed.

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Quito

Quito

Plaza Grande Hotel

One of Quito’s finest boutique hotel, the Plaza Grande is situated within the historical section of Quito. The hotel offers 15 spacious and beautifully decorated rooms.

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Galapagos

Galapagos

La Pinta

One of the most up-to-date vessels for luxury cruising in the Galapagos Islands, La Pinta has an excellent reputation for great service while offering a variety of activities for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts. The 48-guest cruise ship has 20 double staterooms (17.6 sqm), plus four triple cabins, all with ocean views, private bathrooms, personal safes, and individually controlled air-conditioning. On board the La Pinta luxury motor vessel, you will see many of the singular geological features created by this volcanic hotspot where its islands are still being formed. To get the most out of this cruise, you will be accompanied by professional park-certified naturalist guides on daily land excursions to explore the archipelago’s fascinating islands.

COST INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in hotel as stated on bed & breakfast basis
  • 4D/3N Tren Crucero with accommodation, guiding, all meals during the trip, snacks and drinks on board the train.
  • 5D/4N Galapagos Cruise with all meals, shore excursion and park fees
  • All transportation and transfer on an air-conditioned minivan
  • Local English-speaking expert guide in each city
  • Round trip domestic flight from Quito to Galapagos Island

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International airfare
  • Meals & beverages when not stated
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses e.g. telephone bill & laundry
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance

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