Galapagos + Easter Island - Pacific Islands South America
Discover the Pacific Ocean Islands of South America in just 20 days: The Galapagos Islands in Ecuador and the Easter Island in Chile. A luxury cultural and nature experience. Weekly deaprture - ask us for you individual itinerary.
Easter Island journey and Galapagos cruise in 20 days - luxury journey to the Pacific Islands of South America (sample itinerary)
Day 1 (Thursday): Flight to Santiago de Chile (Business Class)
Flight with LAN Airlines from North America and Europe to South America. The comfortable Business Class offers spacious seats, a first class entertainment program and high class cousine. Enjoy your comfortable and secure flight with LAN and relax! (-/-/-)
Day 2: Arrival in Santiago de Chile
Arrival in Santiago de Chile in the morning and upon arrival transfer to your hotel (Ritz Carlton, Standard Room). Take your time to have a shower and to relax. Pick up from your hotel to explore the historic and modern sights of Santiago de Chile. We will start our trip at the Alameda Bernardo O’Higgins, Santiago’s main avenue, visiting La Moneda, the Government Palace, where the guide will explain to you the historical and actual meaning of this place. Following this we will have a walk through the pedestrian streets of Huérfanos and Ahumada, where the main commercial activity of the city is concentrated. Continuing our tour we will visit the famous Plaza de Armas, the main square of the city, surrounded by the Metropolitan Cathedral and other historical buildings. Focusing the historical and cultural sites of Santiago, we will visit the mansion Palacio Cousiño, built 1870-1878, the palace Palacio de Bellas Artes as well as the Pre-Columbian Art Museum treasuring a complete sample of pre-Hispanic art. Crossing the Mapocho we finally will visit Bellavista, the cultural and artistic neighbourhood of Santiago. Bellavista lies at the foot of the Metropolitan Park’s San Cristóbal, the highest hill in town. In the afternoon return to your hotel. (-/-/-)
Day 3: Vina del Mar and Valparaiso
Full day excursion to Valparaíso, the oldest and most important port of Chile and to Viña del Mar, the famous beach resort. Pick up at your hotel to drive towards the Pacific Ocean, passing the agricultural valleys of Curacavi and Casablanca finally reaching Valparaíso. Valparaíso’s picturesque layout, enhanced by the surrounding hills that seem to dive into the ocean, remind us that this was once the most important maritime destination of the Pacific coast before the Strait of Panama was opened to navigation in 1914. We will visit the downtown area with its new government house, the Plaza Sotomayor, the Plaza Victoria, the cathedral and the harbour area. Afterwards we will discover the colourful hill neighbourhoods. Here, high above the city, there is a fantastic agglomeration of brightly painted houses and a fantastic view over the city. The upper and lower parts of the city are connected with 16 funicular railways constructed around the turn of the century when the city experienced tremendous growth. Traveling north along the coastline of the bay we will reach the city of Viña del Mar, the most famous and visited seaside city of the area, with its many parks of huge trees and palms that gave Viña del Mar the well deserved name of ‘Garden City’. We will visit the beautiful park Quinta Vergara with its amphitheatre, the museum of fine arts as well as the beaches and the Casino, which was built in 1932. In the afternoon, return to your hotel in Santiago de Chile. (B/-/-)
Day 4 (Sunday): Flight across the Pacific Ocean to the Easter Island
Early morning flight to the Easter Island with LAN Airlines, Business Class. We will pick you up at your hotel. After your arrival at Mataveri Airport you will experience a traditional reception with flower necklaces. A short transfer takes you to your hotel. We recommend spending the remaining day to visit the church of the village. Among the various statues you will find traditional Roman Catholic symbols together with indigenous ones. On Sunday morning you are welcome to attend mass. The artisan market and the local museum are located next to the church. The museum holds a collection of Rapa Nui artefact reproductions, while the originals were removed from the island. (B/-/-)
Day 5: Easter Island - Ranu Raraku / Ahu Tongariki / Anakena
Today you will learn more about the fascinating history of Rapa Nui. After leaving Hanga Roa, we will drive to the south along the coastal road. Views of the Poike Peninsula and the whole coastline consisting of black volcanic rock will accompany us all the way. Our first stop will be in Vaihu to visit archaeological sites, passing several moais lying along the street indicating the „Camino de los Moais“, the „Trail of the Moais“ on which they were manoeuvred to their destinations, also marking our next stop.
At Ranu Raraku - the place where the moais were made - we will have a picnic lunch, and afterwards we will start walking up the Ranu Raraku volcano. The next highlight is one of the most impressive sites on the island: the restored giant Ahu Tongariki and its 15 moais, which are the largest worship site on the island.
Continuing on our excursion, we will take a small break to visit two beaches, one of them being Ovahe, a small bay with a cave and nearly pink-coloured sand. From there and after just a short drive we will reach Anakena with its white sandy beach and coconut palm trees, inviting you to rest in the sand and swim in the warm Pacific water. Drive back to Hanga Roa. (B/L/-)
Day 6: Easter Island - Orongo / Ahu Akivi
From Hanga Roa it is a 30 minute drive to the volcano Rano Kau with the ceremonial village Orongo. It is the ceremonial centre of the cult of the bird-man „Hombre Pajaro“, which started when the „Short Ears“ stopped building moais. Your guide will explain this „new“ culture of the island and show you famous petroglyph images. This site offers the view of three small islets in the Pacific: Motu Nui, Moto Kau, Moto Iti. The afternoon excursion will take you to the Ahu Akivi site with its prominent 7 moais. This site was one of the later constructions built, probably at a time when the statue cult was beginning to unravel. Ahu Akivi is unusual because it is neither at the coast nor are its Moais facing towards the land, unlike all the other ceremonial statues. (B/-/-)
Day 7: Flight to Santiago de Chile
Early morning transfer to the airport of the Easter Island. There you will take your flight back to Santiago de Chile with LAN Airlines (Business Class). Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Today you can visit Santiago on your own. We recommend to go shopping (the markets are worth a visit) and to visit one of the high class seafood restaurants in the city. You´ll sleep in the Ritz Carlton, Santiago de Chile. (B/-/-)
Day 8 (Thursday): Santiago de Chile - Quito
Transfer to the airport. Flight (with LAN Airlines) to Quito. Arrival in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, and transfer to your hotel (Swissotel, Junior Suite). (B/-/-)
Day 9: Guided city tour Quito Colonial + Mitad del Mundo
A visit to downtown Quito to relish in this urban jewel and its treasures of art and architecture. Quito's colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved of South America, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The stroll starts at the Independence Plaza, flanked by the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop's Palace. Visit the temple of La Compañía de Jesús and its awesome gilded interior. Continue on to the Monastery of San Francisco, one the of great religious buildings of the New World; its impressive façade and atrium that lead to its Baroque interior influenced by Moorish style, with the winged Virgin of Quito at its main altar. Lunch at one of the excellent restaurants in Quito or the equator area. Then continue to the Equatorial Monument, 25 Kms. (16 miles) North of Quito, which marks the exact Middle of the World, latitude 0º, where you can stand with a foot on each hemisphere. Visit the Ethnographic Museum inside the monument, which shows the different Native American groups living in Ecuador. Beside the monument there is a colonial-style town, complete with main square, church, post office, bullring, cafeterias, restaurants and many gift shops with postcards and souvenirs. You will get a certificate for having crossed the Equator. You will sleep in your hotel Swissotel in Quito. (B/-/-)
Day 10: Private tour to Otavalo and the Northern Andes of Ecuador
This excursion goes north, to the land of the Otavalos and South America's most famous Indian fair along the Panamerican Highway through dramatic mountain scenery to the textile market of Otavalo, where guests will enjoy visiting the many stalls full of ponchos, scarves, blankets, wall hangings, woven belts (fajas), hats, handbags and much more. Here Otavaleños barter in silence, in marked contrast to the raucous noise of other markets; take your time to negotiate the best bargains. Then, proceed to Peguche, an Indian village very near Otavalo that is home to the artisans who do the weaving in their homes; guests can learn about their culture and everyday life and on to Cotacachi, where the whole town is dedicated to the production and sale of leather goods: coats, belts and all kinds of handbags. Lunch is at the charming Hosteria La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa, a Relais & Chateaux property. Today you will sleep in your hotel Swissotel in Quito. (B/L/-)
Day 11 (Sunday): Galapagos Islands - Celebrity Xpedition
AM: Early morning transfer to the airport. Flight from Quito via Guayaquil to the Galapagos Islands. Arrival on Baltra Island. Transfer to the harbour of Baltra. Boarding of the luxury expedition vessel Celebrity Xpedition. Celebrity Cruises offers a one-of-a-kind experience on Celebrity Xpedition to one of the earth's most precious archipelagos, the Galapagos Islands. This is more than a cruise, it’s a richly rewarding, all-inclusive journey focused on conservation, education, and personal growth. As you come face-to-face with the landscape and creatures that inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution — including over 1,900 species of animals that can be found nowhere else on the planet — you’ll also come to learn more about what makes this environment so unique and how its protection is such an important mission.
PM: North Seymour Island is home to a thriving colony of frigate birds, the largest in the Galapagos. Keep an eye on the males’ red throats, which may inflate like a balloon at the sight of a female. Youmay also encounter breeding pairs of blue-footed boobies displaying their slow mirror dance and spot numerous iguanas and sea lions. Your afternoon excursion options include a dry landing with guided hike, a Zodiac coastline cruise with dry landing and short hike, or a scenic Zodiac coastline cruise to view geological formations. Later onboard, your captain welcomes you with a toast and a naturalist briefs you on the next day’s activities (offered nightly). (B/L/D)
Day 12: San Cristobal and Española Island
AM: Located on one of the four islands that Charles Darwin visited aboard the HMS Beagle, this administrative capital of the Galapagos features cobblestone streets and a pleasant waterfront park. In early morning, we’ll circumnavigate Kicker Rock, known as the Galapagos version of Gibraltar, and youmay take a Zodiac cruise to the rock for closer observation. After breakfast, your morning excursion options include a dry landing for shopping and a visit to the sea lion rookery, and advanced snorkeling from the Zodiac.
PM: Punta Suárez, or Suárez Point, is located on the oldest Galapagos Island and has a high concentration of wildlife. Expect to observe sea lions, Galapagos hawks, blue-footed and masked boobies, and red marine iguanas, strange creatures found only on this island. This afternoon, youmay attend the first of our Celebrity Xpedition Lecture Series onboard to learn more about the islands’ geology. Afternoon excursions include a high-intensity hike (follow the trail to the very edge of the dramatic southern cliff, where an impressive blowhole gushes water up to 20 meters in the air) or a Zodiac ride along the beautiful coastline with optional landing for animal observation. (B/L/D)
Day 13: Floreana Island
AM: Floreana Island was once a penal colony for Ecuador, the first capital of the Galapagos and the place where Charles Darwin met the Viceroy of Galapagos. Your excursion options include a medium intensity wet landing at Cormorant Point (or Punta Cormorant), where you may see two plant species found only at this particular site, as well as flamingos, stilts, and white-cheeked pintail ducks. Or try advanced snorkeling in Devil’s Crown Volcanic Cone to spy grunts, groupers, chubs, spotted eagle rays, white-tipped reef sharks, sea stars, parrotfish, and rainbow wrasse.
PM: Baroness Outlook lends a little mystery to Floreana Island as the spot where a self-proclaimed Baroness, who inexplicably disappeared with her lovers in the 1930s, kept watch for incoming ships. Champion, a small satellite island off Floreana, is one of the very few that hold a Floreanamockingbird population. Afternoon excursions include advanced snorkeling at Champion Island and a low-intensity Zodiac ride for wildlife observation with wet landing at Baroness Outlook.When the stars come out, join us for an alfresco dinner and stargazing with our bridge officers. (B/L/D)
Day 14: Santa Cruz (Las Bachas) and Bartolome Island
AM: The name “Las Bachas” comes from the locals’ poor English pronunciation of “barges” to describe the WorldWar II barges that broke free fromtheirmoorings and ran aground on this beach. A pair of beach lagoons occasionally host flamingos feeding in the shallows. And the beach itself is one of the largest nesting areas of the Pacific green sea turtle in the Galapagos.Morning excursions include a wet landing and hike to view flamingos, followed by an opportunity to swim from the beach, and a wet landing at the beach for a few hours of relaxation.
PM: A recently volcanically active island, Bartolomé Island is marked by a moon-like landscape and volcanic cones. Before we anchor, attend today’s lecture about sharks. Afternoon excursions include a “To the Top” Pinnacle Rock hike and beach snorkel/swim and a coastal exploration Zodiac cruise with an optional beach landing. The view from the top of Pinnacle Rock is perhaps the most famous in the Galapagos, with the opportunity to see up to 28 islands if visibility allows. On the beach, watch for Galapagos penguins, the only penguins in the world found north of the Equator. (B/L/D)
Day 15: Isabela and Fernandina Island
AM: Isabela Island, the largest island in the Galapagos Archipelago, is composed of five volcanoes, with the latest eruption having occurred in October 2005. There are five different species of giant tortoises on this island, which also contains the archipelago’s tallest peak, Volcano Wolf. Once we get back onboard the ship, we’ll spend some time cruising along the scenic Isabela and Fernandina islands to search for whales and dolphins.
PM: Fernandina Island is the youngest Galapagos Island due to its volcanic activity. As Darwin wrote, it is covered with immense deluges of black naked lava. During the afternoon excursions, snorkel along the coast to search for Pacific green sea turtles, sea lions, penguins, iguanas, and flightless cormorants. Hike along Espinoza Point to view several sea lion colonies, the largest colony of marine iguanas and a nesting area for flightless cormorants. Or enjoy a low-intensity Zodiac ride along the coastline to look for penguins, flightless cormorants, and pelican nesting areas, with an optional landing for closer observation. Tonight, join us for stargazing with our pilots. (B/L/D)
Day 16: Santiago (San Salvador) and Santa Cruz (Dragon Hill) Island
AM: Puerto (Port) Egas on San Salvador Island, also called James or Santiago Island, offers the most popular walk along James Bay on a black-sand beach. On the trail, look for oystercatchers, marine iguanas, sandpipers, Galapagos hawks, Sally lightfoot crabs, and Galapagos and fur sea lions. Excursion options include a high-intensity “Survival of the Fittest” hike with swimming/snorkeling at the beach, a high-intensity coastal walk followed by swimming/snorkeling, and a low-intensity animal observation followed by beach relaxation.
PM: Dragon Hill, or “Cerro Dragón,” is named after its population of land iguanas. The site offers a beautiful viewof the landscape and two small brackish lagoons where flamingos and other shore birds occasionally feed. Along the trail, we’ll cross a beautiful “white forest” of Palo Santo (Incense) trees and Galapagos cotton plants. Excursion options include a high-intensity hike with swimming/snorkeling at the beach, high-intensity snorkeling from a Zodiac followed by a short walk, and a low-intensity Zodiac ride along the coastline with optional dry landing for animal observation. (B/L/D)
Day 17: Santa Cruz Island (Charles Darwin Research Station) and Puerto Ayora
AM and PM: Puerto (Port) Ayora is home to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the National Park Service. At the Darwin Station, learn more about tortoise preservation and try for a lucky peek at Lonesome George, the last member of the Pinta Island species.Morning and afternoon shore excursions include a Tortuga Bay hike and lagoon swim, a bus ride to the highlands to observe giant tortoises in the wild and a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, all followed by free time to shop before returning to the ship. Onboard, enjoy a farewell cocktail party and folkloric show with the captain and a barbecue dinner under the stars. (B/L/D)
Day 18: Baltra Island / Departure
Your round-trip Galapagos cruise brings you back to Isla Baltra, home to the Galapagos Airport. At the airport, enjoy refreshments in the Royal Palm VIP Lounge, which has been reserved for you. Your luggage will be transferred from the ship directly to the plane. As your flight takes off, enjoy one last aerial view of one of the world’s most treasured archipelagos.
Flight from Galapagos to Quito via Guayaquil. Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Quito. Later the day we will invite you for a dinner in one of the best restaurants of South America: the Theatrum Restaurant in the historic center of Quito (including transfers). Overnight in the Swissotel in Quito. (B/-/D)
Day 19: Flight to North America or Europe
Today transfer to the airport of Quito. You will board your flight back home. Depedning on your flight itinerary you will arrive today or tomorrow at home. Enjoy again the Business Class services of the leading airlines of South America, LAN Airlines. (-/-/-)
Day 20: Arrival
If you haven´t arrived the same day of departure (depending on flight itinerary): Welcome back home! (-/-/-)
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- Flight Europe/North America - Santiago de Chile / Quito - North America / Europa with LAN Airlines (Business Class)
- Flight Santiago-Easter Island-Santiago with LAN Airlines (Business Class)
- Flight Santiago-Quito, Premium Economy Classe, LAN Airlines
- Flight Quito/Guayaquil-Galapagos-Guayaquil/Quito, Economy Class, TAME or Aerogal Airlines
- Tour in Santiago de Chile and on Easter Island on private basis with English speaking guide
- City tour Quito and Otavalo tour on private basis with English speaking guide
- Cruise on Galapagos as international group travel on the Celebrity Xpedition in a Premium Outside double cabin on the main deck with windows
- Transfers from/to airport with Spanish speaking driver
- overnight in Luxury Class Hotels in a double room during round trip and in double cabins during cruise on Galapagos
- English speaking naturalist guide during cruise on Galapagos
- meals like mentioned
- purified drinking water during cruise
Airlines, itineraries and prices are subject to change.
Passport, immigration, health rules and regulations for German citizens:
Entry regulations for all travelers: wine red, machine-readable passport with photo which has to be valid at least 6 months when leaving the country. For journeys (as a tourist) up to 3 month health regulations apply: you will need a valid yellow fever vaccination (WHO conform) when leaving Peru and entering Ecuador.