• Cocoa Vienna & Gatesbridge Co. present: Chocolate Excursion to Ecuador!

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    Name: Cocoa Vienna & Gatesbridge Co. present: Chocolate Excursion to Ecuador!
    Date: April 20, 2018
    Event Description:

    Cocoa Vienna has teamed up with their preferred
    Travel Concierge, Gatesbridge Co. to bring you…


    September 20 – 25, 2018
    5 Nights/6 Days
    Minimum of 8 people – Maximum of 12
    A custom designed trip just for Cocoa Vienna – as close to an all-inclusive trip as you can get!

    First Come First Serve!

    For Full Itinerary & ALL details go to the link below OR call 818-416-2009
    DAY 1 – September 20- Quito
    Fly into Quito this evening with private transfer from Quito airport to hotel.
    Welcome reception:  Cocktails, Appetizers and of course Chocolate!
    Included: Transportation, Welcome Reception Beer/Wine/Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Accommodations
    DAY 2 – September 21 – Misahualli – Cotopaxi – The Chocolate Trail
    Depart Quito to arrive in the community of Santa Rita for a tour of the plantation fields and working cocoa bean farm – this is your start to the chocolate experience.
    After the hands-on field experience, travel on to your overnight accommodations for lunch.
    Post lunch, attend a Chocolate Workshop to learn about chocolate and how to prepare chocolate items.
    Included:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Transportation, Guide, Excursion, Accommodations
    DAY 3 – September 22 – Cotopaxi
    Full Day Excursion- Three options to choose from – select one – all approximately 5 hours long
    1. Jatun Yaku Napo River Rafting
    2. Jatun Sacha Jungle Hike – approximately 8 miles - not a hard hike but physical
    3. Paykawe Lake for Birding and Wildlife Exploration/Animal Rehabilitation Center & Hike
    Included:  Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner, Choice of Excursion, Transportation, Guide, Accommodations

    DAY 4  - September 23 – Quito
    In the morning drive to Quito from Lodge.
    After arrival, enjoy a Chocolate Spa Session.  A detoxifying and antioxidant therapy where you will relax, revitalize and moisturize your skin with a fabulous wrap of chocolate; complemented with a relaxing massage and unbeatable reflexology for the feet!
    Lunch and afternoon in Quito on your own.
    This evening you will have dinner at Theatrum Restaurant – located in the historical center of Quito in the second most important square and in the old building of the “Sucre” National Theatre.
    Included:  Breakfast, Dinner, Transportation, Guide, Spa Session, Accommodations
    DAY 5 – September 24 – Quito
    Wake up at your leisure and enjoy the city and surroundings.
    In the afternoon, we start our chocolate experience at Republica del Cacao.  This experience begins with a guided tour explaining the history of cocoa in Ecuador followed by a chocolate tasting.
    We then have a special and private cooking class with the staff at Republica del Cacao where the main ingredient to prepare our dinner will be our beloved chocolate.
    Included:  Breakfast, Chocolate Experience w/dinner/Beverages, Transportation, Guide, Accommodation
    DAY 6 – September 25 – Quito departure day
    Private transfer to Quito airport.
    Included:  Breakfast, Airport Transportation
    OPTIONAL ADD ON EXCURSION:  The Galapagos Islands – (additional cost)
    Amazon Chocolate Experience 5 Nights/6 Days
    September 20 – 25, 2018 (see below for details)
    All Meals Except Two Lunches
    Welcome Reception with Appetizers & Beverages
    Theme Dinner with Beverages
    Specialty Dinner
    Private Activities/Tours/Chocolate Experiences
    Spa treatments
    $2,645.00 per person based upon 2 persons sharing
    Single supplement $675.00
    20% deposit required by April 5, 2018 – Final Payment Due:  June 15, 2018
    Price based on an 8-person minimum – 12-person maximum

    Airfare, Alcoholic/Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Laundry Service, Lunch on Days 4 and 5, Gratuities (drivers, guides, classes, experiences, spa, meals),
    ADD ON EXCURSION to The Galapagos Islands

    For Full Itinerary & all details go to the link below OR call 818-416-2009:

    The Galapagos Islands   4-Day Catamaran Cruise – Add On
    September 25 – 29, 2018

    September 25th
    Complimentary night at JW Marriot in Quito (subject to availability)
    Transfer from Casa Grande to JW Marriott is independent
    September 26
    Fly to the Galapagos
    September 26 to 29, 2018 ( 4 days cruise)
    Cruise on the mega catamaran M/C Cormorant.   This beautiful 16 passenger vessel offers:
    All cabins and suites with panoramic ceiling to floor windows and private balconies
    Beautiful dining area with panoramic windows
    Renovated sun deck with a comfortable al fresco dining and an 8 passenger jacuzzi on the stern area

    The Cormorant Southern Galapagos Islands Cruise sails from San Cristobal to Baltra, Islands we will visit are – San Cristobal, Espanola, Floreana, Santa Cruz. You'll enjoy snorkeling, kayaking and top naturalist guides.  Highlights of this itinerary include visiting Kicker Rock, one of the most iconic sights of the archipelago; snorkeling at Champion Islet; and witnessing the breeding site of nearly all the world's waved albatrosses on Espanola Island.
    September 30
     Return flight to Quito
    $2,245 per person **special deal
    Rates Include
    All meals throughout cruise
    Transfers in the islands
    All excursions
    Bilingual national park guide
    Use of snorkeling equipment
    Use of Underwater Camera
    Not Included
    Mainland-Galapagos-Mainland airfare
    Alcoholic drinks
    $100 Galapagos National Park fee *subject to change
    $20 Transit Control Card
    Travel / medical insurance
    Personal expenses

    Contact Information:
    Elizabeth Johnson
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