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Rail South America
Tren Crucero Excursion
DURATION: 4 Days / 3 Nights
DESTINATION: Ecuador
PRICE: From USD 1'450.--
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  • TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
    • Cross the Volcanoes Avenue
    • Travel over the famous “Devil’s Nose”
    • Steam Locomotives pull the train on certain parts
    • First Class Service aboard the Train
    • English Speaking Tour Manager & Guides

     

    TOUR DESCRIPTION

    Tren Crucero — or ‘The Cruise Train’ — is a three day, two night Ecuador train tour that’s certain to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you’ll never forget! Come aboard Tren Crucero’s vintage train car for an incredible voyage through Ecuador’s countryside. You’ll get a taste of this South American nation’s culture, heritage and spirit, as you journey along the historic rail line that extends from Quito in the high Andes to Ecuador’s lush coastal regions. From Quito you explore the Northern Andes. A steam engine awaits you at the recently restored train station in Otavalo from where you travel on the “Tren de los Lagos” to Ibarra. In fact, passengers on this Ecuador train tour will enjoy spectacular scenery, ranging from beautiful volcanoes to thriving green plains. Book your ride aboard Tren Crucero and Tren de los Lagos and discover Ecuador’s premier train tour!

     

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  • TREN CRUCERO DEPARTURES 2016 & 2017

    2016 Departures

    Dec 11 – 14 Guayaquil – Quito  USD 1’450.– per person / Singe room + USD 110.–
    Dec 20 – 23 Quito -Guayaquil  USD 1’450.– per person / Singe room + USD 110.–
    Dec 25 – 28 Guayaquil – Quito  USD 1’450.– per person / Singe room + USD 110.–

     

    2017 Departures

    Jan 03 – 07 Quito – Guayaquil  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Jan 07 – 11 Guayaquil – Quito  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Jan 17 – 21 Quito – Guayaquil  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Jan 21 – 25 Guayaquil – Quito  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Jan 31 – Feb 04 Quito – Guayaquil  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Feb 04 – 08 Guayaquil – Quito  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Feb 14 – 18 Quito – Guayaquil  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Feb 18 – 22 Guayaquil – Quito  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Feb 28 – Mar 04 Quito – Guayaquil  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Mar 04 – 08 Guayaquil – Quito  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Mar 14 – 18 Quito – Guayaquil  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Mar 18 – 22 Guayaquil – Quito  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Mar 28 – Apr 01 Quito – Guayaquil  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Apr 01 – 04 Guayaquil – Quito  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Apr 11 – 15 Quito – Guayaquil  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Apr 15 – 19 Guayaquil – Quito  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Apr 25 – 29 Quito – Guayaquil  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Apr 29 – May 03 Guayaquil – Quito  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    May 09 – 13 Quito – Guayaquil  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    May 13 – 17 Guayaquil – Quito  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    May 23 – 27 Quito – Guayaquil  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    May 27 – 31 Guayaquil – Quito  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Jun 06 – 10 Quito – Guayaquil  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Jun 10 – 14 Guayaquil – Quito  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Jun 20 – 24 Quito – Guayaquil  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Jun 24 – 28 Guayaquil – Quito  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Jul 04 – 08 Quito – Guayaquil  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Jul 08 – 12 Guayaquil – Quito  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Jul 18 – 22 Quito – Guayaquil  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Jul 22 – 26 Guayaquil – Quito  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Aug 01 – 05 Quito – Guayaquil  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Aug 05 – 09 Guayaquil – Quito  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Aug 15 – 19 Quito – Guayaquil  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Aug 19 – 23 Guayaquil – Quito  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Aug 29 – Sep 02 Quito – Guayaquil  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Sep 02 – 06 Guayaquil – Quito  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Sep 12 – 16 Quito – Guayaquil  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Sep 16 – 20 Guayaquil – Quito  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Sep 26 – 30 Quito – Guayaquil  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Sep 30 – Oct 04 Guayaquil – Quito  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Oct 10 – 14 Quito – Guayaquil  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Oct 14 – 18 Guayaquil – Quito  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Oct 24 – 28 Quito – Guayaquil  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Oct 28 – Nov 01 Guayaquil – Quito  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Nov 07 – 11 Quito – Guayaquil  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Nov 11 – 14 Guayaquil – Quito  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Nov 21 – 25 Quito – Guayaquil  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Nov 25 – 29 Guayaquil – Quito  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Dec 05 – 09 Quito – Guayaquil  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Dec 09 – 13 Guayaquil – Quito  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Dec 19 – 23 Quito – Guayaquil  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Dec 27 – 31 Guayaquil – Quito  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.–
    Jan 02 – 06 Quito – Guayaquil  USD 1’650.– per person / Singe room + USD 247.-

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    TOUR PRICE INCLUDES
    • Train Tickets of the Tren Crucero and Tren de los Lagos
    • 3 Nights Accommodation in comfortable hotels mentioned or similar*
    • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • Entrance fees and Sightseeing
    • English speaking Tour Leaders and Local Guides

    *In 2017: 4 Nights accommodation

     

    TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
    • International flight tickets
    • Early check-in / late check-out in Hotels
    • Tips for guides

     

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  • DAY TO DAY ITINERARY QUITO – GUAYAQUIL

    Day 01: Quito – Otavalo – Ibarra
    Check in at Swissôtel lobby in Quito. Departure by bus to Otavalo. The stretch of Otavalo to Ibarra is operated with a steam locomotive across the northern valleys. Visit to woodcarving workshops at San Antonio, discovery of local traditional food in Andrade Marin, and a show of local music and textile weaving at San Roque train station. Overnight in Quito. (L/D)

    Day 02: Quito – Boliche – Urbina
    Journey across the Avenue of the Volcanoes, exploration of Andean woods, an ecosystem in the el Boliche area in Cotopaxi National Park, amazing views of Yambo lake and visit to Baltasar, the last ice-harvester in the Chimborazo slopes. Overnight in Riobamba. (B/L/D)

    Day 03: Riobamba – Colta – Alausi – Devil’s Nose – Bucay
    Riobamba – Colta with steam engine, visit to one of the very last Andean indigenous markets: Guamote. Devil´s Nose crossing and the impressive climatic transition while traveling from the Andes Mountain Range to the Pacific coast. Overnight in Bucay. (B/L/D)

    Day 04: Bucay – Duran (Guayaquil)
    Cacao and chocolates tasting at Naranjito in a Coastal Hacienda. Yaguachi to Duran is operated with a steam engine. (B/L)

     

    DAY TO DAY ITINERARY GUAYAQUIL – QUITO

    Day 01: Duran (Guayaquil) – Bucay
    Check in at Duran train station, departure from Duran to Yaguachi operated by steam engine. Includes a visit to a Coastal Hacienda in Bucay and cacao and chocolate tasting. Overnight in Bucay. (L/D)

    Day 02: Bucay – Riobamba
    An amazing climatic transition from Bucay to Huigra as we travel from the Pacific coast to the largest mountain range in the world, the Andes, crossing the emblematic Devil’s Nose Pass and a visit to an ancestral Andean indigenous community. The stretch from Colta to Riobamba is with steam engine. Overnight in Riobamba. (B/L/D)

    Day 03: Urbina – Ambato –Quito
    A unique visit to the last Ice-harvester up in the highlands of Chimborazo volcano (the highest peak in Ecuador), impressive views of the Avenue of Volcanoes (at least 10 volcanoes in the area), and a leisurely hike in Andean mountain woods. Overnight in Quito. (B/L/D)

    Day 04: Quito – Otavalo – Ibarra
    Travel the stretch of Otavalo to Ibarra with steam locomotive across the northern valleys. Visit to woodcarving workshops at San Antonio, discovery of local gastronomy in Andrade Marin, and a show of local music and textile weaving at San Roque train station. Return to Quito. The journey ends at 18:00 at the Swissôtel lobby. (B/L)

    Meals:  B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

     

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  • HOTELS
    Swissotel Quito

    QUITO: The Swissotel Quito is one of the best 5* hotels in Quito. The hotel is located in La Floresta where you find many excellent restaurants and fancy shops. The entertaining district of La Mariscal is also nearby. The hotel has an indoor pool, an outstanding SPA and many restaurants. The rooms have all the amenities you expect form such a 5* hotel.

    Hotel Hacienda AbraspungoRIOBAMBA: The Hosteria Abraspungo is a comfortable place to stay in a residential outskirt of Riobamba. The comfortable rooms go to a courtyard with a nice garden. From Abraspungo you enjoy fabulous views of Ecuador’s highest mountain, the Chimborazo. The rooms offer all amenities you expect from a comfortable hotel.

    Hacienda La AndaluzaRIOBAMBA:  The Hosteria La Andaluza hwas built in 1555 and is a Ecuadorian cultural heritage site, about 15km north of Riobamba. Simon Bolivar stayed at this hacienda overnight when he was traveling south of Quito. The historial guest rooms and spectacular views of the breathtaking Chimborazo add to the historic ambiance of this place.

    Hosteria D'FrancoBUCAY: The Hosteria D’Franco is a hotel at the hilly, tropical feet of the Ecuadorian Andes. The deep green tropical scenery, with tropical flowers, characterizes this part of Ecuador. The comfortable rooms offer all you need for a comfortable night. Don’t forget to do a night walk in the hotel’s unique surroundings.

     

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