Finch bay 8 day holiday

This land-based holiday is a good alternative to a Galapagos cruise.
You have all the comforts of the hotel plus a range of guided tours
taking in several islands as well as Santa Cruz.

blue footed booby
Finch bay hotel pool
Land iguana
Sally lightfoot crab

Finch Bay 8 Day Holiday

Prices from: £4,165 pp for 7 nights

Enjoy all the facilities of Finch Bay Eco Hotel just across the bay from Puerto Ayora town on the island of Santa Cruz, and take advantage of the many excursions and activities for a fun-packed week in the Galapagos Islands.

This land-based holiday is a good alternative to a Galapagos cruise. You have all the comforts of the hotel plus a range of guided tours taking in several islands as well as Santa Cruz. Most days include a certain amount of free time when you can take it easy of do some independent exploring.

The itinerary has been designed to offer a mix of adventure and relaxation. Sailing on the hotel’s yacht you visit  neighbouring islands to see the unique flora and fauna of the archipelago, led by an expert guide, and have opportunities to explore by kayak. On other days you take trips to other parts of Santa Cruz island. At the Charles Darwin Research Station you can learn about the islands’ natural history and find out about ongoing conservation projects which provides a real insight into life in the Galapagos. There’s also plenty of time to relax at the hotel, by the pool or on the beach, and savour delicious food at the restaurant.

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Summary

  • Return mainland-Galapagos flights
  • 7 nights at Finch Bay Eco Htel
  • 4 days exploring neighbouring islands
  • 3 days of guided tours on Santa Cruz
  • Chances for swimming, surfing and kayaking
  • Relax at the hotel
frigatebird
DAY 1: MONDAY

You’ll be met at the airport in Guayaquil and transferred to your downtown hotel, Oro Verde. No activities have been arranged for today, so you’ll be able to relax after your journey. The hotel an outdoor swimming pool, jacuzzi and spa, a bar and choice of restaurants, and you are welcome to make yourself at home.

Giant Tortoise
DAY 2: TUESDAY

You’ll have a free day in Guayaquil. The hotel is near Plaza San Francisco (the main square), the cathedral and several museums. Malecon 2000 is less than 2kms away, a leisure and entertainment complex by the Guayas River, featuring botanical gardens, cinemas, shops, restaurants and bars. Tour buses have regular departures from here visiting other city highlights, should you wish to venture further afield. Back at the hotel you can use the free Wi-Fi to catch up with friends and family at home. Breakfast

sea lions on the beach
DAY 3: WEDNESDAY

You’ll be transferred to the airport for the flight to Baltra in the Galapagos Islands, where you’ll be met by a guide and accompanied on the short bus journey to the port and your waiting yacht, Coral I or II. You’ll have lunch on board and then it’s time for your first excursion, to Eden Islet where you’ll have a panga (dinghy) ride near the shore, or Ballena Bay, a beach of olivine crystals at the foot of Cerro Dragon. Tonight you’ll have welcome cocktails as you meet the captain and crew, followed by your first dinner on board. Full board

Blue footed boobies
DAY 4: THURSDAY

This morning you’ll land at Tagus Cove on Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos. This natural harbour was used by pirates in the 19th century, some of whom left inscriptions on the rocks which can still be seen today. A walk leads away from the beach to Darwin Lake where you should see a variety of birds, and on to a viewpoint. This afternoon you’ll visit Punta Espinosa on Fernandina, where a 2-hour walk should reveal marine iguanas, bright Sally Lightfoot crabs, sea lions and Galapagos hawks. Full board

land iguanas
DAY 5: FRIDAY

Today you’ll be back on Isabela. You’ll have a morning panga ride at Elizabeth Bay as you keep your eyes open for turtles, rays, penguins, pelicans and flightless cormorants. There may time for swimming, too. In the afternoon you’ll step ashore at Urbina Bay, a black sand beach known for its uplifted coral reef exposed by an eruption in 1954. While here you may spot giant tortoises and land iguanas. Full board

Bartolome
DAY 6: SATURDAY

Buccaneer Cove on Santiago is so-named as it was used by pirates in days of yore to moor, clean and repair their ships. Today you’re likely to see flocks of seabirds on the dark red coloured cliffs. You’ll also have the chance to go for a walk along the long golden sands of Espumilla Beach, looking out for crabs and marine birds. After lunch you’ll have a walk from Sullivan Bay in the south to a large pahoehoe lava flow, whose swirling patterns almost give the appearance of movement and certainly present a good photo opportunity. Tonight you’ll have farewell cocktails hosted by the captain. Full board

Tortuga Bay
DAY 7: SUNDAY

Your final excursion of the cruise is to the highlands of Santa Cruz. This is a great chance to observe giant tortoises in the El Chato reserve. There’s abundant birdlife including vermillion flycatchers, yellow warblers and finches. Afterwards you’ll be transferred to Baltra for the flight back to the mainland. Breakfast

Twin Pit Craters
DAY 8: SUNDAY

Your final excursion of the cruise is to the highlands of Santa Cruz. This is a great chance to observe giant tortoises in the El Chato reserve. There’s abundant birdlife including vermillion flycatchers, yellow warblers and finches. Afterwards you’ll be transferred to Baltra for the flight back to the mainland. Breakfast

Price from (pp sharing): £4,165 (ex. international flights)

Includes: ​Return flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands, arrival and departure transfers, 7 nights twin share accommodation, hotel taxes, meals as specified, highlands tour, 4 days of yacht excursions, visit to Charles Darwin Research Station, visit to Twin Pit Craters, use of snorkelling gear, use of hotel facilities

Excludes: International flights and taxes, visas, drinks, Transit Control Card for Galapagos US$20 pee person subject to change without notice, Galapagos National Park Fee, currently US$100 but liable to change and to be paid locally in US$, tips, items of a personal nature.

Getting there: ​This holiday starts and ends on mainland Ecuador. Return flights from the UK to Quito cost from about £675, depending on season and availability. We normally book these for you.

Departure dates: This is an 8 day package that starts and ends on a Monday and operates year round subject to availability.

Finch Bay Eco Hotel

Finch Bay Eco HotelSituated on the opposite side of the bay from Puerto Ayora, the largest town in the Galapagos and site of the Charles Darwin Research Station, this hotel makes a great base for exploring Santa Cruz and nearby islands.
Whether you stay in a garden view room (20.2 square metres) or ocean facing suite (32 square metres), air conditioning will keep you pleasantly cool and you’ll have comfy beds, black- out curtains and an en-suite bathroom as well as a private balcony with hammocks where you can relax.

The hotel has a large swimming pool and deck overlooking the bay, a good place to unwind after island excursions, and the beach is just a few steps away. Indoors there is a lounge and a bar. Dining is a pleasure with dishes made from seasonal produce, much of which is grown in the hotel’s own vegetable garden, and most meals are served on the terrace in the fresh air and within sight of the ocean.

walking across lava flow rock

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