Galapagos Classic – Southern

Galapagos Cruise

  • Grace
  • Motor Yacht
  • 18 Capacity
  • 8 Days
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Summary : Explore the islands onboard an elegant motor yacht with a high quality education program, great 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 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
Española Island

Punta Suarez is one of the most popular and attractive spots in the Galapagos. The quantity and variety of wildlife at this site is remarkable. Encounter young sea lions, iguanas, and further inland, masked and blue-foot boobies. Follow a trail toward the cliffs and the blowhole, a fissure in the lava where water spurts high in the air like a geyser.

Española Island is the southernmost island of the archipelago and due to its isolation has a high proportion of endemic fauna. Explore Gardner Bay's long white sandy beach where colonies of sea lions laze in the sun, sea turtles swim offshore, and inquisitive mockingbirds boldly investigate new arrivals.

Day 3
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.

Walk or hire a bus to summit the Asylum of Peace, one of the most adventurous tourist attractions in Galapagos Island. Located in the farming area of Floreana Island, this dynamic hill is 450 meters high and the source of fresh water for the entire island. Enjoy rewarding views and encountering native species.

Day 4
Santa Cruz Island

Explore Dragon Hill, one of the newest visitor's sites on Santa Cruz Island. Named for the large number of land iguanas that frequent the area, Dragon Hill has become an important nesting site for iguanas reintroduced there by the Charles Darwin Research Center. Take a short walk from the beach to a hypersalinic (saltier than the ocean) lagoon that is frequented by pink flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and other species of birds. Pass through a Scalesia tree forest. Endemic to the Galapagos, there are only 400 specimens of the Scalesia tree left in the world. Past the forest, hike up Dragon Hill itself for impressive views of the bay.

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. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station where scientists, park rangers and park managers are making huge efforts to preserve and protect the Galapagos Islands. The Station is also a tortoise breeding and rearing center, where tortoises of different subspecies are prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats.

Day 5
Santa Cruz Island

Discover Las Bachas Beach, located in the north of Santa Cruz Island, offering soft, white sand that is derived from coral. Watch for sea turtles as this is a popular nesting site for them. Explore beyond the beach to find a small brackish lagoon, where flamingos, black-necked stilts and whimbrels congregate.

In the afternoon, enjoy snorkeling and panga rides near Sombrero Chino Islet. Wander the crescent-shaped white sandy beach and soak up the serene landscape. Watch for penguins, sea lions and marine iguanas.

Day 6
Rabida Island / Santiago Island

Explore Rabida Island in the morning, finding rich wildlife from sea lion colonies to finch species. Known for its unique reddish-maroon terrain, Isla Rabida is also home to large populations of sea lions, pelicans and flamingos.

In the afternoon, visit Sullivan Bay, which is of great geological interest with a 100-year-old lava flow field, pahoehoe formations, and lava bubbles. Observe unique lava formations that are rare to the rest of the world except for Hawaii and the Galapagos. After exploring the lava flow, swim and snorkel with playful sea lions off two small coralline beaches.

Day 7
Bartolome Island / North Seymour Island

Bartolome is famous for its Pinnacle Rock, which is the most representative landmark of the Galapagos. Look for Galapagos penguins which are usually found at the base of the rock. Climb to the highest point and observe the landscape which resembles the moon. Back at the beach, snorkel or swim with sea lions and keep and eye out for sea turtles.

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.

Day 8
Mosquera Islet / Baltra Island

Visit one of the smallest islands made up of coral reefs and rocks. Mosquera Islet boasts one of the largest sea lion colonies in the Galapagos archipelago and is an excellent spot for viewing sea birds.

Cruise to Baltra Island and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the mainland.

Notes

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

This operator offers three different cruise styles: Naturalist, Active and Family. Please contact ExpeditionTrips to confirm cruise style of your preferred departure date.

Naturalist Cruises are the most popular way to experience the Galapagos Islands. For those souls that are in close contact with our planet, these departures put you into the most intimate contact possible with nature. This is the ideal departure for bird watchers, wildlife lovers and photographers.

Active Cruises are great for adventure-seeking adolescents, adults, families and groups who are looking for a challenge aside from a restful trip. These departures feature longer hikes, more opportunities to snorkel and go kayaking and even the possibility for occasional diving. How much, or how little activity you pack into each day is entirely up to you.

Family Cruises are filled with activities for the whole family so that you can relax together and take in all the wonders that surround you. Children are especially enriched by the natural living legacy of the archipelago, where science suddenly becomes fun, accessible and unforgettable. Special features include: Child-oriented guides, children's menu, snorkeling, kayaking, star-gazing nights, movie nights, board games, video games, and children’s expedition journal.

Included:
Cabin accommodations aboard ship; all meals aboard ship; soft drinks, juice, coffee and tea consumed 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; gratuities to ship crew and naturalists are left to the discretion of the passenger; alcoholic beverages; travel insurance; passport expenses; personal expenses such as laundry; 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.