Dates

April 15 to 22, 2020

Starting Price

$4,995 + Air + Taxes; Singles $7,995

Deposit per Person

$850

8 Days
Cruise
Orbridge
Learn about Travel Insurance

Questions?

Call Alumni Travel at 855.764.0064

Trip Highlights

In the extraordinary archipelago Charles Darwin called “a little world within itself,” surround yourself with swimming-basking-flying examples of perfect adaptation. Feel the thrill of encountering the flora and fauna that famously inspired Darwin—and in his footsteps, generations of nature lovers. Undiscovered by Europeans until the 16th century, the Galapagos Islands hold a central position in modern scientific and evolutionary history. In a place where human presence is relatively minimal, take the opportunity to observe and photograph these remarkable species up close—either sitting quietly to watch blue-footed boobies or snorkeling with inquisitive and playful sea lions.

Shared departure: this departure is shared with other universities.

Itinerary

Day 1

En Route / Arrive Quito, Ecuador

After an evening arrival in Quito, transfer to your award-winning hotel for a comfortable night’s sleep.

Overnight: Casa Gangotena – Quito

Day 2

Quito Historic Tour

Head out for a full-day, guided walking tour of historic Old Town. A local expert will take you through the Quito neighborhood called San Roque, where you’ll visit with local artisans, shopkeepers, hat makers, and sweet confectioners. Explore the San Francisco Market—one of the oldest in the capital—up the hill on Calle Rocafuerte. There, learn about the unique fruits and vegetables grown in Ecuador, local culinary traditions, as well as meet herbal healers with shops in the market.

Continue your journey downhill to the cobbled street of La Ronda, featuring balconies festooned with colorful flags. Stop by a chocolatier to learn how cacao beans are processed, and taste the finest chocolates of Ecuador!

Next, head north toward the political heart of the city. Following a brief narrative, stroll to the Jesuit church of La Compañía to admire its stunning gold-leaf interior. A lunch of Ecuadorian specialties featuring Cocina Mestiza—a perfect blend of international flavors and locally sourced ingredients—will be served in the beautiful restaurant at Casa Gangotena.

In the afternoon, head to the Casa del Alabado Archaeological Museum, within a restored 17th-century colonial mansion, to view its collection of pre-Columbian art. This evening, meet your traveling companions for a welcome reception and prepare for your upcoming adventure.

Overnight: Casa Gangotena – Quito (B,L,R)

Full Itinerary
Your Journey

By participating in an Alumni Association of University of Michigan travel trip, you have stated that the Alumni Association has the exclusive right to use video and other visual/audio portrayals of You or Your likeness taken during Your trip in any medium of any nature whatsoever for any purpose, including advertising or promoting the services of the trip without any compensation being paid to You. Any such portrayal or likeness shall be the exclusive property of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan.

Dates

April 15 to 22, 2020

Starting Price

$4,995 + Air + Taxes; Singles $7,995

Deposit per Person

$850

8 Days
Cruise
Orbridge
Learn about Travel Insurance

Questions?

Call Alumni Travel at 855.764.0064