"I have had the great opportunity to visit the Galapagos Islands a few years ago, and I can tell you firsthand, it’s a place that delivers far beyond any expectations you could possibly imagine! Each day as we ventured out to different islands, I knew I was going to experience something magical in this untouched and unspoiled environment. There is nothing quite like the feeling of knowing you are experiencing something very few people ever have the opportunity to do, and you take a moment to be thankful. From swimming with giant tortoise and sea lions, to walking on lava fields, this exciting cruise in the Galapagos Islands will be a life-changing experience that will have your soul dancing and spirit soaring. And if time allows, join us prior to the cruise in Quito and Cuenca where we will spend a few days and participate in some extraordinary sightseeing in Ecuador. Space is limited to 20 people, and only 4 spaces remain. Don't delay, sign up today!"
CRUISE PACKAGE INCLUDES:
Round trip international airfare from Miami to Quito, Ecuador. (Airfare available from your closest international airport for an additional fee. First/Business class upgrades available.)
Round-trip coach airfare from Quito Airport to Baltra.
- All transfers to and from the hotel/airport in Ecuador.
Entrance fee and Migration Control Card to enter the Galapagos Islands.
- Exploring Santa Cruz Island, Genovesa Island, El Barranco, Prince Philip's Steps, Sante Fe Island, Mosquera Islet, Egas Port, Rabida Island, Urbina Bay, Fernandina Island, Espinosa Point, Vincente Roca Point, and Pit Craters.
7-nights sailing on board the MV Galapagos Legend expedition ship.
All meals and welcome/farewell cocktail parties onboard the ship.
Porthole cabin accommodations. (Window and balcony suite cabins available upon request.)
- Exploring the unique islands of Santiago and Isabela.
- Landings in Bachas Beach, Dragon Hill, Tagus Cove and Darwin Bay.
A close encounter with the giant tortoise at the Highlands Tortoise Reserve.
Briefings and informative lectures by guest naturalists.
- Photographing extraordinary terrain, flora and fauna throughout the cruise.
- Traveling with Emmy nominated producer/host and Craftours owner, Jim West.
Up close and personal with the blue-footed booby.
Round-trip boat transfer from Baltra Airport to the ship.
Two daily shore excursions to different islands with naturalist guides.
- Craftours lanyard, Great Adventures backpack, and luggage identifier.
- All port taxes and fuel charges are included. Insurance is highly recommended.
Total cost of this Extraordinary Galapagos Islands Expedition is
4 spaces remaining!
First-class hotel accommodations
in Cuenca and Quito. (Suite upgrades available.)
- Special “welcome dinner” at our hotel, introductions, and welcome gift.
Panoramic city tour of Cuenca with a local professional guide.
Delicious breakfast served daily at the hotel.
A drive to the Ecuagenera Orchid Farm in Gualaceo.
A panoramic tour of the Unesco city of Quito with a local guide.
Round-trip transfers to/from the hotel & airport for full package guests.
Photograph opportunity and visit to the Quilotoa Crater.
Hands-on cooking lesson with a local professional chef.
- A special presentation of Destination Craft with Jim West-Ecuador episode.
Shopping for fabric, spices, and more at the Otavalo Market near Quito.
- Traveling with Emmy nominated producer/host and Craftours owner, Jim West.
- Delicious dinner in Cuenca and some lunches.
Total cost of this 6-day Pre-Cruise Package is only
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Space is available on a first-come/first-served basis. Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Travel insurance is highly recommended. Land only and single rates are available upon request. Please consult our Terms & Conditions as they apply once your first deposit is made. A 3% discount is offered if the expedition is paid in full by check within 7 business days of the invoice date.
TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST ECUADOR TOURS:
Jan Potter, Scottsdale, CA- "Based on the experience I have had on two of Craftours adventures, I would recommend any of their trips to everyone - whether or not they are a quilter. My first trip was South America and it was amazing. The accommodations were wonderful and the Galapagos, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon filled every day with new and exciting experiences that will be remembered for a lifetime. Of course, traveling with a group of people with similar interests made the trip even more memorable. I had visited Africa many years ago but decided to take the Kenya tour with Craftours. A day with the Quilt Guild of Kenya and a hot air balloon ride (in a balloon that held 18 people) over the game parks ending with a champagne breakfast with the animals all around us are just a sample of the diversity of the activities of this adventure. Comparing photos of all the animals we saw each day with the other travelers in the evening was so much fun. And hearing Alex Anderson describe watching the baboon break into her room through the window was hilarious. Accommodations on this adventure were equally memorable.They ranged from the luxury of the Mt. Kenya Safari Club to a tent with a hot water bottle to warm your bed on a chilly night.It was an exhilarating experience I will never forget."
Rhonda Denney, Canon City, CO - "I have been a couple of Craftours tours. The first was a 15 day trip to South America (the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon River basin and Machu Picchu). The trip was a treat from beginning to end. I felt pampered the entire time. I thought that the entire staff did an outstanding job coordinating things.The theme of the trip encouraged quilters (and their significant others) to go so that we all had a common link. I felt that the size of the tour group was very good; small enough that we all got to know each other during the trip. In fact, I am still in contact with friends I made during that trip. That was a trip of a life-time!
And, because that trip went so well, I was inspired to go on another trip in 2011 with Craftours. The next time was a 12-day Safari expedition to East Africa. The trip was a mixture of wonderful safari treks in many beautiful safari parks throughout the region to ensure that we got the chance to see a plethora of local wildlife. There were side trips to villages, local fiber groups and artisans. The trip was very well planned. The places we stayed were top-notch providing many comforts to be appreciated. I did think that the group was too large and there were times when the group size caused problems with coordination and timing of agenda items. I guess I prefer a smaller group so I can get to know everyone; or at least have the opportunity to do so. This trip was fun too because there were a contingent of people who had been on the earlier South American trip so we had a small reunion!
Nice job on everything! I highly recommend Craftours if you want adventure without concerns about being taken care of. I always keep my eyes open for other potential trips!"
Susan Phillips Moskowitz , Palo Alto, CA- "I loved the trip. It was so much fun. I loved the crafts and meeting the artisans in person. I also loved watching the TV production."
Zoe Enright , Cincinnati, OH- "Great introduction to Ecuador and a lot of fun trying different crafts."
Sara Borr , Norristown, PA- "A totally enjoyable trip. All the craft people we met were fantastic. So willing to share their special talents with us. Very friendly people.The trip was well planned and offered a variety of crafts.Our tour guide, David, was great. Went out of his way to make all of us happy. Took us to great places to eat and enjoy the Ecuadorian cuisine, not the tourist trap kind of places. The film crew, as usual, great. Hard working but also fun to work with. What can I say about Jim? He is the best. Having done 6 shows and traveled to Vietnam with him, knowing he is a genuine, kind, person who make sure we are learning,meeting interesting people, and at the same time having a great time."