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Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World - "Small Group"

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Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World - "Small Group"

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Explore Quito’s UNESCO-listed historic center and visit the famous Equator Line on this full-day tour from Quito. Admire landmarks such as the Basilica del Voto Nacional and Independence Plaza on a walking tour of Quito; take in the views from the Mirador del Panecillo viewpoint; then walk along the Equator Line at the Mitad del Mundo. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Full-day private Quito and Equator line tour from Quito
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed center of Quito, including the Basilica of the National Vow
  • Enjoy spectacular views of Quito from Panecillo Hill
  • Visit the ‘Mitad del Mundo’ on the Equator Line
  • Tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off
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Live commentary on board
Professional guide
Starting point pickup and drop-off
Entrance to the Middle of the World
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Entry fees to churches

Departure Point

Avenida Francisco de Orellana E6-54 Y, Quito 170522, Ecuador

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your tour begins with pickup from your Quito hotel, or the Galería Ecuador, in time for an 8.30am departure and a short drive into the historic center of Quito. Set out to explore the UNESCO-listed district on a guided walking tour, stopping to admire the magnificent neo-gothic Basilica of the National Vow. Then head to the top of Panecillo hill to see the famous statue of the Virgin Mary and enjoy views spanning the entire city.

Continue through the main square of Independence Plaza, then follow your guide to landmarks such as the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, and Church of the Jesuits. Finally, stop at La Ronda street for a quick look at artisan workshops and traditional homes.

After a break for lunch (own expense), meet back up with your guide for the around 45-minute drive to the Mitad del Mundo monument – the ‘Middle of the World’ – to see the famous Equator line (entrance included). While you’re there, you’ll also have the option to visit the Intiñan Museum (entrance not included), where you can pose for photos on the ‘equator line’, learn more about Ecuador’s indigenous tribes, and watch a demonstration of the Coriolis Effect.

On return to Quito, your tour ends with drop-off at 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 Free
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:  
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
Stop At:  
Mitad Del Mundo
You can see the monument that divides the northern hemisphere from the southern hemisphere of the planet. Here you can live experiences that defy the laws of physics and occur only in this part of the world.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • 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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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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 Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World - "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
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World - "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
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World - "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 Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World - "Small Group".
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World - "Small Group"?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Showing 1-9 of 18 reviews
star-4
Great time exploring Quito Old Town
Connie_E
, Dec 2021
Daniel was great at communicating the history of city. The minimum character requirement for this field makes no sense.
star-5
Old Town Quito & The Center of the World!
Heather_M
, Oct 2021
I took another Grayline tour, and Daniel was my guide again. I felt so bad, since I was the only one on the bus (which was in the form of a trolly car). We went through the city of Quito, especially the old town. We got off several times and purchased snacks from some of the street vendors. The tour stopped at the Panecillo, which was the second time for me, but it was still nice and I had different information given to me about the area. The Mitad del Mundo was so cool to visit! From the views to the egg experiment, Daniel was terrific! I would definitely ask for Daniel as your tour guide!
star-5
Amazing
FRANCOIS_M
, Oct 2021
It 's so funny.The guide Danièle is so sympathic.we have visited the old town,the mitad el mundo,we ate delicious local food.
star-5
great tour of quito
CULBERT_S
, Jul 2021
amazing tour guide Irene. She is the best. The plaza grande was closed that day due to a political event but Irene was able to convince the police to let us in.
star-3
Skipped Inti Nan museum
LINGACHARY_E
, Dec 2019
This tour skipped taking us to Inti Nan museum where the real equator is. There are other tours you should consider which would cover both monument and Inti Nan museum. Also, this was two separate tours and description doesn't mention that.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Great guides
Matseliso_M
, May 2019
Nice touch to be picked up at hotel. City tour progressed just a bit more slowly than accustomed to. Opted not to go to The Middle of the World portion since we'd seen a similar site elsewhere on the Octavalo tour. Guides were great.
star-5
This tour provided the main areas of...
Kenneth_M
, Mar 2018
This tour provided the main areas of interest in Quito. The morning we went to the Equatorial Monument. The tour guide was excellent and she provide me with additional incite into Ecuador's culture. The first half of this tour ended at lunch and I was given a great reference for a local restaurant before the second part of the tour started in the afternoon. The old town city tour was in the afternoon and we saw all the main tourist places. I would definitely take this tour while your in Quito before going to the Galapagos.
star-5
The guide was friendly, helpful and...
Janet W
, Feb 2018
The guide was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. These tours give you a taste of Quito.
star-5
Muy buena experiencia!
Pedro_A
, Dec 2021
Muy buena experiencia para conocer lo más importante de Quito (y créanme qué hay muuuucho por ver) y conocer el monumento a la mitad del mundo el mismo día! Nuestro guía, Daniel, es una persona con mucho conocimiento de la historia y muy ameno, hizo que la experiencia fuera aun mejor. Recomendado si tienen poco tiempo en Quito, no se arrepentirán

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