- Motor Yacht
- 20 Capacity
- 8 Days
- 2013, 2014
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Summary : The Galapagos Islands are considered one of the most spectacular and pristine National Parks in the world. Visitors delight in the abundant, unusual, and surprisingly approachable wildlife--from Galapagos giant tortoises to playful sea lions to the fascinating blue-footed boobies.
* This trip operates aboard the Eric, Flamingo, or Letty (identical ships).
We strongly recommend two pre-cruise nights and one post-cruise night in Quito or Guayaquil. Please inquire about adding these or other services to your trip.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling
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Early Booking Discount: Book 180 days or more in advance and save 5% on select departures. Contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
$3,750 to $4,700
Upon arrival to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristóbal Island, your crew is waiting at the airport to escort you to your anchored yacht. After the welcome briefing, buffet lunch and safety drill, travel by bus into the interior of San Cristóbal to visit La Galapaguera Cerro Colorado, where the National Park has established a breeding program for the tortoises and set up an information center for visitors. Along the trail, find the San Cristóbal (Chatham) mockingbird and Calandrinia plant, both endemic to this island. Here, you will see the terrestrial tortoises living in their natural habitat and learn about their origin, evolution and threats by introduced animals.
Spend the entire day on Tower (Genovesa Island), considered to be one of the most spectacular Islands in Galapagos for bird species. This morning, have a dry landing at Prince Philip’s Steps. Red-footed boobies nest here in Palo Santo trees and Nazca boobies nest near the trail. In an open lava field, find storm petrels in large numbers. If you are lucky, you will see the elusive short-eared owl. After the walk, kayaks are available to paddle along the shoreline. Look for the beautiful red-billed tropic bird usually found in the crevices.
This afternoon, have a wet-landing on Darwin Bay, a coral sand beach where swallow-tailed and lava gulls gather near the tide pools. Enter a forest of Optuntia cactus and mangroves where colonies of Great Frigate birds nest. The males inflate their red-throated pouches to attract females as they fly overhead. The trail leads through a rich inter tidal zone where you find a wide diversity of wildlife. After the walk, swim and snorkel from the beach with sea lions in these northern warmer waters.
Visit Las Bachas this morning, which is the Spanish translation for “barges.” There is a long stretch of a soft white sand beach and interior lagoons where you find the greater flamingo. There is also a wonderful chance to snorkel here from the beach. This afternoon, have a dry landing at North Seymour, a small geological uplift. Follow a trail that leads to swallow-tailed gulls, blue-footed boobies and the endemic land iguanas. Visit the largest colony of magnificent frigate birds found in Galapagos. As you stroll along the beach, find marine iguanas and sea lions body surf the northern swells. After the walk, there is a snorkeling opportunity offered in deep water.
This morning, have a semi-wet landing at Punta Espinoza, Fernandina, the youngest and most pristine Island in Galapagos. Recent lava flows formed by an active volcano stretch their way around the coast. Hundreds of marine iguanas, the largest colony in Galapagos, bask in the sun along the rugged shoreline. Observe sea lion harems with resident bulls carefully guarding their territory. Flightless cormorants build their nest on the point and Galapagos hawks fly overhead.
After lunch, cross the Bolivar Chanel where whales and dolphins are often spotted riding the bow wave. This afternoon, enjoy a zodiac ride at Elizabeth Bay, Isabela Island, that begins with a visit to a secluded cove, lined with large red mangrove trees. Here, turtles, rays, and shore birds can be seen. Motor to the rocky islets known as “Las Marielas,” where a colony of nesting penguins, flightless cormorants and giant marine iguanas are found.
This morning, disembark at Urbina Bay to find four miles of its coastal seabed, with marine life exposed due to a dramatic uplift in 1954 when the volcano erupted. The marine remnants of coral skeletons, some of them waist-high, are visited after a wet landing on the beach. The brown pelicans and flightless cormorants nest here. Giant marine iguanas are seen along the coast.
This afternoon, have a dry landing at Tagus Cove, located on the western Island of Isabela. Six volcanoes flowed together and formed the largest Island in Galapagos. During the walk, discover a salt-water lagoon, a scenic overlook with a spectacular view of the ocean, lava fields and volcanic formations. Graffiti dating back to the 1800's is written on the rocky cliffs. Explore the Coves by Zodiac or kayak to find Galapagos penguins, boobies, pelicans and other seabirds. An excellent snorkeling opportunity is offered here after the walk. After dinner, a sky full of stars beckons to go out on deck and observe the galaxy.
This morning, have a wet landing at Puerto Egas, Santiago (James). Stroll along the shoreline looking for octopus, starfish and other sea life caught in the tide pools. At low tide, catch a glimpse of marine iguanas as they feed on exposed green algae. Watch for great blue herons, lava herons, American oystercatchers and yellow-crowned night herons. The walk ends at the grottos, deep pools of clear water where you encounter fur sea lions once on the verge of extinction. Before returning to the yacht, there is a snorkeling and kayak opportunity.
Disembark on Rabida Island (Jervis) in the afternoon, located off James Island. Rabida sports the most diversified volcanic rocks of all the islands and is considered the geographic center of Galapagos. The dark red sand beach originated from the erosion of volcanic stones. Follow a trail that leads to a salt water lagoon, and observe greater flamingos as they feed. Brown Pelicans nest in the mangroves at the far side of the lagoon. After the walk, there is time for snorkeling.
Explore the Charles Darwin Research Station, where you can visit all three tortoise corals and the breeding center with new hatchlings and miniature tortoises not yet ready to be repatriated. Scientists from all over the globe work at the station and conduct biological research from anatomy to zoology. Also, visit the Van Straelen Hall where there are exhibits and a short video presentation.
Puerto Ayora is the social heart of the islands with the largest population of 24,000. This evening you have the option to return to your yacht for a buffet dinner or remain in town on your own account. Those who return to the yacht will be provided zodiacs to return to town to shop for souvenirs, watch a soccer game, or stop at a pub. Zodiacs will be provided for your return to the yachts.
Visit the Interpretation Center opened on San Cristóbal Island in 1999. Gain a more complete understanding of the natural and human history of the Islands. Afterwards, spend some time in port before heading to the airport for the flight back to the mainland.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Ship Dry Dock Dates: Eric: Aug 25 - Oct 13, 2013; Flamingo: Jan 12 - Feb 16, 2014; Letty: Aug 24 - Sept 28, 2014
Family Cruises: 6/23/2013, 7/7/2013, 7/21/2013, 8/4/2013, 8/18/2013, 11/24/2013, 12/22/2013, 3/16/2014, 3/30/2014, 4/13/2014, 6/8/2014, 6/22/2014, 7/6/2014, 7/20/2014, 8/3/2014, 8/17/2014, 12/21/2014 (dates subject to change, contact us for details)
These departures are offered throughout the year, generally over US school breaks. This operator offers two types of family departures: Cruises oriented toward families with teenagers and cruises oriented toward families with younger children. These departures feature age-appropriate activities depending on the ages and number of children or teenagers on board: visit the bridge and learn about astronomy; navigational charts and tie nautical knots with the Captain; movies and popcorn night; games with prizes; costume party; board games/books/DVDs. Also, snorkeling equipment, life vests and wet suits are available onboard in child sizes and kid-friendly meals are served.
Children ages 7-11 years at time of sailing: 25% off with photocopy of child's passport showing date of birth. Children ages 12-17 years: 15% off cruise rate only. Limit one child discount to be given per every adult fare paid with a limit of two per family. [No child discounts are permitted on holiday departures over the Christmas, New Year and Easter holidays.]
Children under 7 years of age are not accepted unless the parents or legal guardians sign a hold harmless release. Children age 11 and younger are only permitted on a designated family departure. Contact ExpeditionTrips for more details.
7-Day Cruise Option:
Passengers can disembark on Saturday in Baltra for a shorter, 7-day cruise. This is available on seasonal departure dates only. The 7-day rate is a 10% discount off the 8-day cruise rate and cannot be combined with any other promotional or child discounts. Please note: The return flight from Baltra is subject to availability and confirmation is requested at the time of booking. For those departing early, there is an additional charge of $90 total when there are 3 or less passengers to provide a private transfer to Baltra with a guide.
Cabin accommodation; all meals and snacks aboard ship; non-alcoholic beverages; purified water; Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail; local beer with dinner; 2014: house wine with dinner; guide services; shore excursions; use of wetsuits (no guarantee there will be one available in your size unless you reserve in advance for $25; ask for details), snorkeling equipment and sea kayaks (two tandem and one single); transfers in the Islands between the airport and dock.
Hotel nights before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; Galapagos National Park entrance fee, USD$100 (children under 12 subtract $50), subject to change without notice; Galapagos Transit Card ($10 per person); international airfare; airfare to/from Galapagos Islands; gratuities are left to the discretion of the passenger; wetsuit reservation $25; traveler’s insurance; diving option; alcoholic beverages; purchases on board; fuel surcharge may apply.
If you are booking a cruise only program, we are happy to add hotels, air and land arrangements as requested, and you will be quoted for services.
Airfare between Quito/Guayaquil and the Galapagos Islands:
The flights between mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) and the Galapagos Islands are an additional cost. To secure your seats on often overbooked flights, ExpeditionTrips must reserve these flights for you at the time of cruise booking. Approximate cost (including service fee): $450-$550 per adult; $250-$325 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).