Quito
03/29/2020 12:00 AM
03/29/2020 12:00 AM
Enjoy breakfast onboard before disembarking and heading to the Baltra airport for your flight to Quito and on to Lima. Upon arrival at the Quito airport, a Celebrity representative will be on hand to assist you with your Lima flight check-in. For your convenience, they will provide an entry voucher to the airport VIP lounge in Quito. Upon your arrival in Lima, and clearing customs and immigration formalities, you will be greeted by a Celebrity Cruises representative at the airport. A detailed schedule of events will be provided. Dinner and overnight at The Westin Hotel, Lima (Grande Deluxe Room).,

Optional Private Excursions available for purchase

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Give us a call or email us. Let us personalize your experience!

Quito & Center of the World
MT-129 Quito and the Center of the World monument, private. (Private service with guide and driver, 4 ½ hours, daily from Quito, includes all entrance fees. Culture, art and history) The capital of Ecuador, Quito, brings the past to life in its museums, monasteries, the carved stone facades and golden altars of its many churches. Enjoy the scenic. Colonial and artistic Quito, then stand with a foot on each hemisphere at the Center of the World. 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. 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.

Our recommendations for the best possible experience:
• For a more Dress in layers (T-shirt, blouse, sweater, coat). • Take a sweater even if the day is warm and sunny.
• Rain protection advised in the afternoon.
• This tour includes walking at an altitude of 2800 meters (9200 feet) and climbing stairs.
• Sun protection (SPF 40).
• Good walking shoes.
• Don´t forget your camera.
• * Tour visits to churches on Sundays are not allowed.
• Women should not wear shorts nor miniskirts as visits to churches are included.
• Shopping opportunities for souvenirs and local handicrafts available.
Quito, A Journey through Art and History
MT-107  Quito a Journey through Art and History plus lunch (private guide and driver, full day, daily except Monday, including lunch and all entrance fees. Culture, art and history)
This excursion takes guests on a journey along the evolution of the cultural and historic processes of the city of Quito –a unique city and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site- that boasts the largest and least-altered downtown in Latin America.  Millions have been invested in the city’s restoration over the past 10 years for guests to enjoy the renaissance of its historical heart.  To start, the fantastic Pre-Hispanic World is presented in an innovative way at Quito’s just opened Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, at the beautifully restored Casa del Alabado, dating back to 1671, as per the inscription on the stone of its façade.  Archaeology has a whole new meaning in this space, dedicated not to the traditional chronological review of the different groups of peoples who inhabited what is now Ecuador, but rather to the aesthetic richness of pre-Columbian art, the essence of their culture, their cosmovision and their spirituality. 
Visitors are introduced to the three ancestral worlds in which the structure of time was divided: the infra-world beneath the earth or Pachamama where the energy lives, the earthly world where plants, animals and persons live, and the celestial, sacred, supra-world.  A uplifting snack is offered at the nearby Tianguez on Plaza de San Francisco, before proceeding to one of the jewels of the American baroque – the Jesuit church of La Compañía- a magnificent example of the extraordinary artistic ability of Ecuadorian artisans, which can be seen in the intricately carved altars completely covered with gold leaf, paintings and sculptures of the famous School of Art of Quito.  This is one of the richest and most magnificent temples of South America.  Lunch is included at one of the outstanding restaurants in Quito.  In the afternoon, a short drive to the more modern side of Quito, takes us up a hill to the Chapel of Man, a creation of the Ecuadorian painter Oswaldo Guayasamín (1919-1999), considered one of the most renown artists in Latin America, part of whose work is on display.  The lower floor of the Chapel of Man is a homage to humanity with the forceful expressionist art of Guayasamín showing the pain, the tears, the wrath, the tenderness, the protest, the dreams, the violence, the heroism, the sacrifices of the odyssey of Latin American Man.
Our recommendations for the best possible experience:
  • This is a walking tour at an altitude of 2800 meters (9200 feet) and involves climbing stairs.
  • Dress in layers (T-shirt, blouse, sweater, coat). 
  • Women should not wear shorts nor miniskirts as visits to churches are included.
  • Take a sweater even if the day is warm and sunny. 
  • Rain protection advised between January and April.
  • Sun protection (SPF 40). 
  • Good walking shoes. 
Scenic tour of Quito and Archaeology Museum
MT-116 Scenic tour of Quito and archaelogy museum (private with guide and driver, 4 hours, daily except Monday, all entrance fees included. Art, culture and history)
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. The tour ends at a lookout point with a great view of Quito.
Then, relive the history of Ecuador’s most ancient cultures at the Archaeology Museum, one of the finest archaeological and gold artifact collections in the Americas,  part of the vast collection owned by the Central Bank of Ecuador.
There are over 1800 pieces arranged in chronological corridors with explanatory panels and dioramas. 
Our recommendations for the best possible experience:
  • This is a walking tour at an altitude of 2800 meters (9200 feet) and involves climbing stairs. Dress in layers (T-shirt, blouse, sweater, coat). 
  • Women should not wear shorts nor miniskirts as visits to churches are included.
  • Take a sweater even if the day is warm and sunny.
  • Rain protection advised in the afternoon. Sun protection (SPF 40). Good walking shoes.
  • No pictures are allowed inside the museum; your camera must be left with the guard at the entrance.
  • * Tour visits to churches on Sundays are not allowed.

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