Code Starts (UK) Ends (UK) PriceAQ 201 18 Feb 12 05 Mar 12 £4,598AQ 202 31 Mar 12 16 Apr 12 £4,678AQ 202B 21 Apr 12 07 May 12 £4,598AQ 203 04 Aug 12 20 Aug 12 £4,928AQ 204 13 Oct 12 29 Oct 12 £4,598AQ 205 10 Nov 12 26 Nov 12 £4,638AQ 206 22 Dec 12 07 Jan 13 £4,978Single supplement £440 (mainland only)Single supplement throughout from £1,400Junior suite supplement £508pp (not available for single travellers).Reduction for 3-night cruise -£1,022Business class supplement from £1,5192013 departures: 02 Feb, 23 Mar, 18 May, 03 Aug, 12 Oct, 16 Nov, 21 Dec.GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS.....ESPANOLAFLOREANASAN?CRISToBALBartolomESANTIAGOSanta CruzQuito .ECUADOROtavalo.PERUCOLOMBIA.Riobamba.Cuenca.GuayaquilIngapirca.... v JOURNEY ROUTEEcuador's snow-capped highlandsand Galápagos cruiseALBATROSS CLASSIC JOURNEY 17 days, 15 nights Cultural Ecuador?where time stands still, age-old craft villages and traditional costumes thrive. Andean landscapes of ice-dipped volcanoes and fertile plains cut through by verdant valleys. Quito?historic capital in a dramatic high-altitude mountain setting. Cuenca?city with a graceful colonial heart; seek out the cobbled lanes, churches and mansions. Galápagos?the enchanted islands teem with land and marine fauna. Cruise on a small, friendly, manoeuvrable boat with excellent guides.Day 1 Sat, UK clients depart, arriving in the evening.Day 2 City tour to explore the alluring colonial centre of Quito and visit the equatorial monument.Day 3 Optional drive past lofty volcanic cones dotted throughout farmland to Otavalo, a traditional Andean town with a world-famous market offering a vast selection of colourful weavings and pottery.Day 4 By road through the central highlands along the exquisite Avenue of the Volcanoes, with stops en route in villages producing local handicrafts and colourful authentic markets. Overnight near the market town of Riobamba, with views of five volcanic peaks.Day 5 Travel by rail and road to Cuenca following the vertiginous switchback down a near vertical cliff known as the 'Devil's Nose'. A long but elucidating day, visiting the only Inca site of note in Ecuador, Ingapirca, en route.Days 6,7 Explore Cuenca, a jewel of a city with remarkable colonial architecture dominating the cobble-stone centre. Many of the elegant buildings are constructed from sun-kissed local marble, and the flower-filled plazas and white-washed walls lend the city a cheerful, restful ambience. If you want to explore the hills around, take an optional trip to Las Cajas National Park, high up on a chilly plain where icy lagoons lend the landscape a haunting beauty. Or visit the nearby handicraft villages of Gualaceo and Chordeleg, famed for their intricate jewellery and weavings. Day 8 Short flight to Guayaquil on the Pacific coast.Days 9-15 Fly to the Galápagos Islands for an unforgettable seven night cruise. Our vessels (sister yachts) have 11 or 18 cabins with a/c and en suite facilities, lounge and sun deck. Smaller than many vessels that ply the routes, they offer a friendly and informal environment, can anchor close to the shore so disembarking is quick and easy, and have particularly good naturalist guides. You will visit a number of the islands?offering a surprising variety of landscapes from scorched lava to rich woodland. Along the trails you will spot many of the species studied by Darwin, and observe their unique characteristics?the most notable and rewarding of which is their lack of fear of man. Flamingos dipping into cool lagoons, crimson-chested frigate birds puffing up with pride, magisterial albatrosses, the comic antics of blue-footed boobies and the lazy dragon-like iguana never fail to impress. Snorkel with angel fish and swim with sea-lions and turtles.Day 16 Fly to Guayaquil and on to the UK, arriving day 17, Mon. Transport 3 flights (from 45 minutes to 3hrs); 2 scenic road/rail journeys; 7-day cruise on small motor yacht.Accommodation Tourist class superior and tourist class hotels; comfortable motor yacht with private facilities and air-conditioning.Meals Breakfast daily; full-board cruise days 9-15.Included excursions City tour of Quito including the Equator line; visits to villages and farms between Quito and Riobamba; Ingapirca; shore excursions on Galápagos cruise.Summary of nights Quito 3; Riobamba 1; Cuenca 3; Guayaquil 1; Galápagos 7;Group size Min 4, max 20. Led by Journey Latin America tour leader days 1-9, in the Galápagos you are guided by naturalist specialists. JOURNEY PROFILEDeparture dates and prices48 Escorted Small Group Holidays 2012 » ECUADOR » GALÁPAGOSSHORTEN YOUR CRUISEUPGRADE YOUR CABINIf you would prefer a shorter cruise in the Galápagos Islands, or prefer just a two-week holiday, we can easily arrange this for you. You can spend just 3-nights on board, then return to the UK arriving day 13, Thurs.Please advise us at time of booking.The Coral yachts we use onthe Albatross have exterior porthole skylights, but for an extra charge you can upgrade to a junior cabin with large windows situated on higher decks.*KLEINSARAH BEARDThe Coral cruise was the best holiday that I have ever had, I will be encouraging everyone I know to visit the Galápagos and use that boat.LG, HornchurchBelow: The centre of the Cuenca is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its graceful historical buildings.Bottom: The name booby comes from the Spanish term bobo, which means fool or clown, because it's clumsy on the ground.Below: Santa Lucia boutique hotel, Cuenca.For more information, client reviews, trip dossiers, detailed extensions ?and to book online visit journeylatinamerica.co.uk
Otavalo.KLEINMETROCall 020 8747 8315 to speak to one of our expert consultants for advice, additional information or to book your holiday 49 Escorted Small Group Holidays 2012ExtensionA FEW DAYS TO SPARE?Fly to the Amazon from Quito(1hr) and stay at a jungle lodgefrom which you'll explore therainforest on foot and by canoe,discovering its tropical flora andfauna. For full details see extensions p72.NAPO WILDLIFE CENTREKLEINMain image: The Coral-our comfortable well-appointed motor yacht in the Galápagos.Left: Mt Chimborazo (6,310m) is one of many volcanoes we see as we travel south along the Andes.