Highlights
  • Exploring a Martian-Like Landscape
  • Discover Some of the Galapagos' Secret Treasures
  • Experience Quito City Walking Tour
  • Explore Quito
  • Mitad del Mundo, you can straddle the equator and feel the affects of being in two hemispheres at the same time

Before traveling to the island of Baltra to start your Galapagos cruise we recommend a restful stop in Quito, Ecuador. Start your adventure in Ecuador's capital of Quito and experience the Spanish and Inca culture of this mountain city before you cruise. The subtropical highland has constant spring-like temperatures throughout the year due to its elevation (9350 feet) and proximity to the equator. Enjoy the historic center for its architecture and markets.

Upon arrival Baltra, we have included your arrival transfer to the M/Y Passion. Welcome aboard.

Destinations
Cities & Attractions
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

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We decided to trust Story to deliver one of our bucket list trips. THEY DID NOT DISAPPOINT! June 2018

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We decided to trust Story to deliver one of our bucket list trips. THEY DID NOT DISAPPOINT! The tour through Venice, Florence, Cortona, and Rome exceeded our expectations. Absolutely everything was FIRST CLASS. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. We gave it 5 stars only because there aren’t 6. The published itinerary was delivered in spades with special additions, sometimes twice a day. We never touched luggage, as it was moved for us from location to location. We never had to deal with tickets for transportation or museums. The local, private guides were super. The included dinners and wine were superb. This is a no driving, hassle free tour. We are planning to take another Story Small Group tour.

AND, as a special treat, the owner of the company was our tour captain. We tried several things that may be included in future itineraries. In the course of 9 days nothing flustered him. Everything was taken in stride, dealt with and resolved quickly. Nothing interfered with his fantastic service to his guests. We were not customers in any sense of the word. There was never a hint that Story was trying to watch the budget.

For those of you reading this and trying to decide, there are some things you need to consider. (When you have questions, call. You'll find that the Story help line is very knowledgeable and helpful.)

Small group - There were 15 people on our tour (16 is maximum). The tour caption had the time to get to know all of us. We saw lots of groups that appeared to be 40-50 people! You get to decide which is best for you. The smaller group = higher cost. We thought that it was easily worth it.

Walking - There is a lot of walking on this tour. There is always the option to use a taxi to get from place to place (extra cost). Some of the people on the tour with us had apps to count steps. Most showed more than 10,000 at noon time! MANY of those steps are on stairs and rough/cobble stone streets. Many of the stairs are inside attractions - not between them – so they can’t be avoided. By the end of our nine days, some tour group members were opting out of some planned activities. Opinion: If you can't complete a three mile walk, over uneven terrain, at a three mph pace (that's faster than most people walk), comfortably; get in shape. You’ll never do a constant three mile walk, on the tour – but it’ll feel like it.

Weather - We had fantastic weather! Temperature in the mid/low 70's and two sprinkles in nine days. Mostly sunshine. A great time to go.

Crowds - On the other hand, it wasn't such a great time to go. The crowds of tourists were overwhelming, everywhere except Cortona. I.E.: Our private, skip-the-line guided tour of the Vatican was especially BAD. We waited in line for about an hour and then once inside, we were literally shoulder to shoulder for the remaining two - three hours. It was nearly impossible to enjoy/understand what we were seeing. We spent more time trying to keep in sync with the group than looking at the art. The Sistine Chapel was NOT worth the time it took to get there. This was not something that Story could control. If the Vatican is important to you, go some other time of the year! If you are there during the busy season, opt out. There are thousands of fantastic things to see in Rome that won't be busy.

Security - We had a tour guide point out a small group of gypsy/pick-pockets as we exited the Vatican and steered us around them. That was the only "issue" in nine days - not a big deal. But, we were reminded to be "vigilant" many times - especially around crowds.

Navigation - Venice, Florence and Rome are VERY difficult to get around. There are many streets/alleys that run in apparently random directions. The maps available through hotels/tourist agents are not in adequate detail. Consider a hand-held GPS navigation system MANDITORY. Our phone did not have cell connectivity, so we down loaded the Google map. It worked once. Be very careful that you have a navigation device that works! Download a local map and test, test, test in airplane mode (?) before you go.

Driving – If you are going to Italy and renting a car, during the busy season, Venice allows no cars, problem solved. Driving in Florence and ESPECIALLY Rome is crazy. You've been forewarned.

Hotels - As it says, the hotels are in the center of the city/attractions. For example: the hotel in Rome was 200 feet from the Pantheon! This means that some of the buildings are more than 1,500 years old. You'll get used to seeing corners that you'd think should be 90 degrees, but aren't. Be prepared to spend time learning how things work and how to find your room - it'll be different from hotel to hotel and what you are used to! WiFi worked good in each hotel, except Rome. (See review of Grand Hotel de Minirva on TripAdvisor)
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Truly a memorable experience! July 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Small group travel is the best way to go! This is my first experience with Story Land & Sea and it won't be my last. The attention to detail that this agency provides met all of my expectations and more. There was a wonderful balance between "touring" together and personal time to explore locations on our own. The professional guides that were provided in each location were exceptional and the location of the hotels made it feel like we were locals. Truly a memorable experience!
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I strongly recommend the extension July 2017

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We absolutely loved our Cities tour of Italy. David Douglas was an incredible captain, making sure everything was perfect. The trip
far surpassed our expectations in every way.
Hotels were in great locations and rooms were excellent. The restaurants chosen were fabulous, as were the tours in each city.
I strongly recommend the extension to the Amalfi Coast! It is breathtaking!
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Enhance your experience May 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I am a travel agent and have traveled with Story Land & Sea on 3 of their trip offerings. In addition, I have sent countless couples and groups with them to taste the riches of the cultures,and explore the history of destinations only imagined. Story is a first class tour operator that has dedicated English speaking Tour Captains - as well as local guides to enhance your experience. Can't say enough about the service they provide.
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A Great Value May 2017

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Finished my 1st tour with Story to Italy. They have a great team from office staff to tour captain and there choice of hotels,food, local tour guides. What a Great Value. Thank you!!

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Itinerary

Day 1: Depart your home airport on your flight to Cabo San Lucas Airport.

Accommodation: Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach & Resort or similar

NOTE: Your International Flight is Not Included in Your Tour Package. We can arrange your air travel from the Story Land & Sea® air service department. We’ll work with you to get the absolutely lowest-fare available based on your travel preferences.

Welcome to Cabo San Lucas

Our included transfer will take you directly to the resort in time for you to freshen up before meeting the Tour Captain and fellow travelers at 3PM in the lobby for resort orientation and a welcome toast.

Then we're off to a sunset cocktail and tapas cruise at 5PM. *May move to another evening on the tour.

Day 2:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach & Resort or similar

Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner with beverages included at the resort.

After a leisurely breakfast, we're off for a morning of whale watching and snorkeling adventure.

Return to the resort by 1PM for an afternoon of fun and relaxation by the pool / beach. Later consider an optional spa treatment: ready for a massage? Inquire for pricing.

Day 3:

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach & Resort or similar

Today is a free day to vege out or chill. There are optional activities to consider, however. How about a deep sea fishing adventure. You could catch and eat your own fish for dinner!

In addition, you may want to go on another snorkeling trip. You can never get enough snorkeling time in at Cabo to see the myriad of sea life from sea turtles to large schools of colorful tropical fish, to the occasional whale shark (no they are not dangerous).

There are also other beach/water activities in which to immerse yourself. How about parasailing, or swimming with the dolphins? If you're nice to them, you may just get a kiss. If you are a golfer, you may want to enjoy a round or two of golf on one of Cabo's many lush, panoramic golf courses! Or you could just spend the day leisurely shopping away in historic San Jose De Cabo.

Day 4:

Accommodation: Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach & Resort or similar

Today offers you a day at leisure before our late afternoon excursion our traditional farewell dinner at a unique organic outdoor plantastion-style restaurant.

Story Land & Sea® Exclusive Tonight: A Special Dinner tonight featuring one of Mexico's world-renown chef's at his plantation. We will enjoy wonderful Mexican Wines and "farm to table" cuisine prepared by one of the top chefs in the country. An absolutely delicious experience and one you will remember.

Day 5:

Meals: Breakfast

Transfer to airport included.

Optional extended stay: stay longer in warm Cabo with extra nights. Inquire with reservations.

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Traveler Requested

  • Luxury Small Ship Cruising
  • Exclusive Island Access
  • Expert Naturalist Guide
  • Chef-Prepared Cuisine
Details
Trip Includes
  • Enjoy this True Small Ship Cruise with a maximum of 12 Travelers. Guaranteed. No waiting on big groups on big buses
  • Hotels in the heart of the cities and towns
  • Not on the outskirts of town so no shuttles or special transfers needed
  • We Never Up-sell while On Tour
  • See any of the mainstream tour operator itineraries to the Galapagos Islands and you will see very quickly how their "tour directors" make extra revenue
  • Gratuities for your Local City Tour Guides, Tour Drivers, Restaurant and Hotel Staff
  • Customary gratuities for your Story Cruise Director are not included and should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis
  • Off-the-Beaten-Path and unique Restaurants throughout the itinerary
  • A authentic restaurants that fit our group size
  • All Admissions and Sightseeing as defined on itinerary
  • Portage included from Baltra airport to the ship and on the return
  • Services of Certified Naturalist Guide on board
  • All beverages including alcohol (bar) included on board the yacht
Trip Excludes
  • International Airfare
  • Pre-Cruise Quito Experience
  • Air ticket to/from Galapagos from mainland Ecuador
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance fee currently $100 per person, pain in cash at the Baltra airport.
  • Transit Control Card, $20 per person
  • Personal Expenses
  • Gratuities for ship staff
  • Gratuities for Story Cruise Director
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Start City
Quito
End City
Ecuador

Trip ID#: GalAdvSto

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