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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Experience the best of Quito on this replica traditional tram tour. Trundle through the Ecuadorian capital’s colonial and modern neighborhoods; and hear tales of the city’s history and culture you might miss if alone. See the Plaza Grande and Basilica of the National Vow; admire panoramic views, and savor local ice cream (own cost). Monday tours bring the chance to watch the Changing of the Guard at the Presidential Palace.
  • Get to know the highlights of Quito on a traditional tram tour
  • Pass by the landmarks and hear stories from a guide you may otherwise miss
  • Check out La Ronda Street, Plaza Grande, the Basilica of the National Vow, and more
  • Stop for ice cream (own cost) and relax with pickup at select hotels
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Pick-up available from selected hotels
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Reina Victoria N24-263, Quito 170143, Ecuador

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide at your Quito hotel or at the Galería Ecuador and head out on your informative city tour. Board a replica traditional trolley and navigate the streets of various neighborhoods as well as taking in sweeping views from one of the city's elevated vantage points.

Trundle through the old-world streets and make a stop at the Basilica of the National Vow, considered to be the largest neo-Gothic temple in the Americas. Then, make your way to Panecillo Mirador, Quito’s best-known hill. Marvel at the juxtaposition of colonial and contemporary as you look out over the capital city.

Head to Independence Plaza—commonly called Plaza Grande—where locals and tourists gather for street performances, conversation, and entertainment; and pause to see the Presidential and Government Palace.

Explore the Church of the Jesuits and admire its intricate gold leaf and gilded plaster decorations before finishing on traditional La Ronda Street, which is lined with artisan stores and old houses.

Then, visit a local ice-cream parlor and taste traditional Ecuadorian flavors before discovering a craft hat store.

Your expert guide will offer information and commentary during your tour before taking you back to your original departure point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Basilica del Voto Nacional
Considered to be the largest neo-gothic temple in America
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
El Panecillo
An iconic place in the city, renowned for its beauty, and where is a giant statue of the "Winged Virgin", where you can admire a beautiful landscape of colonial and modern Quito
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco
Its structure is the largest architectural complex within the historic centers of Iberoamerica.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande)
It's the main square of the city of Quito where the Government Palace is located the Absobispal Palace, the municipality and the Independence's monument.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
One of Quito's best-known Jesuit churches due to its large central nave, which is deeply decorated with gold leaves, gilded plaster and wood carvings
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Calle La Ronda
It is one of the most traditional streets that are in Quito, in the old houses, workshops and galleries of artisans have been arranged.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Ecuador

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during The Original Quito City Tour in Trolley with Hotel Pick-up - "Small Group"?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by The Original Quito City Tour in Trolley with Hotel Pick-up - "Small Group".
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during The Original Quito City Tour in Trolley with Hotel Pick-up - "Small Group"?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by The Original Quito City Tour in Trolley with Hotel Pick-up - "Small Group".
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during The Original Quito City Tour in Trolley with Hotel Pick-up - "Small Group"?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by The Original Quito City Tour in Trolley with Hotel Pick-up - "Small Group".
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The Original Quito City Tour in Trolley with Hotel Pick-up - "Small Group"?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by The Original Quito City Tour in Trolley with Hotel Pick-up - "Small Group".
Q:
What is the maximum group size during The Original Quito City Tour in Trolley with Hotel Pick-up - "Small Group"?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by The Original Quito City Tour in Trolley with Hotel Pick-up - "Small Group".

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  • "A great choice for a first day in Quito, both to get to know the city as well as acclimate to the altitude." See review

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Great First Day in Ecuador
Beth_P
, Mar 2020
Andrea was a great guide for this trip mostly around the Old Town of Quito. We saw plenty of churches (not surprising for a tour that runs the length of a street called "Street of the Seven Crosses"), a nice mix of walking and riding in a trolley, several old town squares, and a viewpoint over the city. Good pace to see as much as possible in a half day; excellent bargain at $15. A great choice for a first day in Quito, both to get to know the city as well as acclimate to the altitude.
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Great way to see Quito!
Tracyjb
, Nov 2019
Despite the late start due to incontrolable factors such as the vehicle breaking down and needing to be replaced and the horrendous morning rush hour traffic, our guide Leo recovered and provided an excellent tour in both Spanish and English.
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Good Introduction to Quito
davidlaw
, Nov 2019
It was our first time in Quito and we want a morning tour that would show us the most important sites, give us a sense of the historic center and give us basic information on the city and its history. This tour filled the bill!
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Excellent overview of the old town
Road47350964420
, Mar 2019
Great way to start off in Quito with a tour of the main historical centre of the city. It's a fair amount of walking, but a great way to adjust to the altitude.
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Great introduction to the city if...
Samantha C
, Apr 2018
Great introduction to the city if you are fresh off the plane. The beautiful gold leaf Jesuit church and the trip up to ththe panecillo viewpoint were the highlights. Juan was a knowledgable and enthusiastic guide.
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Our half day Quito city tour...
Jole D
, Apr 2018
Our half day Quito city tour exceeded our expectations. John, our guide was so passionate about Quito, its history and the Ecuadorian people it was infectious. This tour came at the end of a month long visit to Ecuador and Peru and we told John we weren't interested in going inside anymore churches, etc. - just give us the highlights! He smiled and said, Yes, I hear you but let me just take you to this one. From then on we were hooked. We went everywhere and enjoyed and appreciated every building and monument he showed us. Best tour guide ever, a real highlight of our entire trip. I highly recommend it!
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The tour was very informative with a...
celiane W
, Mar 2018
The tour was very informative with a very engaging guide. I found it a great value for the price. When I booked the tour I was under the impression that we could go on the tour at different times during that day but on Saturday the tour only leaves at 8:30 am which was an inconvenience and was not made clear on Viator or on the confirmation email. Another annoyance was that the tour did not include entrance fees to different churches, entry prices are not expensive but I wish we had been told before hand.
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Excellent tour. Very good value for...
saiyed a
, Feb 2018
Excellent tour. Very good value for money. The guide , Juan was very knowledgeable, pleasant and helpful. I recommend it as the first thing you should do in Quito, to get acquainted with the city. Saiyed Aftab ahmad
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Javier was an AWESOME guide and good...
Mary E
, Jan 2018
Javier was an AWESOME guide and good driver also - Ricardo? Always there when we were ready. Nice balance with riding in the compact bus and walking. Excellent history an overview of Old Town Quito in both English and Spanish. Covered major sites and interesting others. A plus is hotel pick up. A+
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I think the tour was really good...
AMD-BCN
, Sep 2017
I think the tour was really good. The guide was really knowledged and made all the efforts that we all enjoyed it with great explanations. I would reccomend the tour without any doubt.
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