Galapagos Classic – Eastern

Galapagos Cruise

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  • Expedition Ship
  • 32 Capacity
  • 8 Days
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Summary : Discover the Galapagos Islands onboard a spacious vessel with a great education program, high-quality service, Jacuzzi, kayaks, and sun deck. 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.

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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Itinerary
Day 1
San Cristóbal Island

Arrive on San Cristóbal Island, the easternmost of the Galapagos Islands and the first island which Charles Darwin stepped foot on in the Archipelago! Visit Kicker Rock, a spectacular formation that rises 152 meters (500 feet) out of the Pacific. Enjoy a refreshing snorkel. Later that evening sip cocktails and meet fellow travelers before dinner.

Day 2
South Plaza Island / Mosquera Island

Explore South Plaza Island, a small island near Santa Cruz. Despite being small in size, South Plaza offers a large Opuntia cacti forest and one of the largest sea lion colonies in the Galapagos. Enjoy kayaking, snorkeling and exploring by foot at South Plaza and Santa Cruz Island this morning.

In the afternoon, board pangas to discover the area surrounding Mosquera Island. This flat, sandy island attracts a great quantity of sea lions. It is also an excellet site for observing shorebirds such as herons and Lava Gulls.

Day 3
Sombrero Chino Islet / Santiago Island

Enjoy snorkeling and exploring by foot near Sombrero Chino Islet this morning. Wander the crescent-shaped white sandy beach and soak up the serene landscape before continuing to Santiago Island.

Land at Puerto Egas also known as James Bay which is a fantastic place to see marine iguanas, and fur sea lions. Snorkel and search for sea turtles, parrot fish and more!

Day 4
Genovesa Island

Genovesa is one of the most fantastic islands because of delightful wildlife, landscape, remoteness and unspoiled nature. At Prince Phillip’s Steps, climb to a plateau that is part of the stretch of land that surrounds Darwin Bay on its eastern side. Observe masked boobies, red-footed boobies, and thousands of storm petrels. Snorkeling can be done at the beach or alongside the cliffs.

Darwin Bay Beach is filled with frigate birds and their bustling activity. Along the trail are pairs of swallow-tailed gulls, the only nocturnal gulls in the world and red-footed boobies, with their contrasting red feet and blue bills.

Day 5
North Seymour Island / Santa Fe Island

North Seymour is an uplifted island, so it’s generally flat and strewn with boulders. Discover nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. Observe blue-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls. Despite the tremendous surf that can pound the outer shore, sea lions haul out onto the beach and can be found together with marine iguanas.

Anchor at one of the most beautiful and sheltered bays in the archipelago. Enjoy some of the islands’ best snorkeling with crystal clear water. Search for sea turtles and swim with sea lions. Walk up to a nearby cliff to observe land iguanas and Opuntia Cactus. Keep an eye out for the Galapagos Hawk, owls, frigates, pelicans and mockingbirds.

Day 6
Floreana Island

In 1793, British whalers set up a barrel as the island’s Post Office, to send letters home on passing ships. Continue the tradition simply by dropping a post card into the barrel without a stamp. In return, take a post card from the barrel and see that it gets to the right place.

Check out Champion Islet or take a panga ride near Devil's Crown which is home to a myriad of marine species including a variety of corals, pencil sea urchin, wrasses, angelfish, amberjacks and many other creatures. Experience some of the best snorkeling in the Galápagos here. Watch for boobies and pelicans amongst the eroded crater walls. Enjoy walking to Punta Cormorant, where a salt-water lagoon is home to large colonies of pink flamingos.

Day 7
Santa Cruz Island

The lush greenery of the Santa Cruz Highlands is a definite contrast with the arid scenery of the smaller, lower islands. Explore the Wild Land Tortoise Reserve which is one of the best places to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. As you hike, keep an eye out for finches, owls, and mockingbirds.

Santa Cruz is the second largest island in the Galapagos, and the small town of Puerto Ayora is the economic center of the archipelago. Six different zones of vegetation can be seen here. The Charles Darwin Research Station and the Galapagos National Park offices are based on the island. Scientists, park rangers and park managers make huge efforts to preserve and protect the Galapagos Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Station is also a tortoise breeding and rearing center, where tortoises of different subspecies are prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats.

Day 8
Santa Cruz Island / Baltra Island

Explore Black Turtle Cove in the morning where a panga will take you into a tidal lagoon to see three kinds of mangrove plants, red, white and black. White-tipped sharks, spotted rays, mustard rays and Pacific marine turtles frequent the waters here. Depart to Baltra Island for flights to the mainland in the afternoon.

Notes

This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Dry Dock Dates: Nov 7th - Dec 19th, 2015

Included:
Cabin accommodations aboard ship; all meals aboard ship; soft drinks, juice, coffee and tea throughout the cruise; all shore activities and excursions; service of naturalist guides; transfers and baggage handling between island airport and ship; kayaking; use of snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins); use of wetsuits.

Not Included:
Hotel nights before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; Galapagos National Park entrance fee $100 per person ($50 per child under 12) subject to change without notice; Galapagos Transit Card ($10 per person); international airfare; airfare to/from Galapagos Islands; Airline Fuel Tax; gratuities to ship crew and naturalists are left to the discretion of the passenger; alcoholic beverages; travel insurance; passport expenses; personal expenses; fuel surcharge may apply.

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-$600 per adult; $250-$325 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).

We are happy to add hotels, air and land arrangements as requested, and you will be quoted for services.