- Celebrity Xpedition
- Expedition Ship
- 96 Capacity
- 11 Days
- 2014, 2015
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Summary : Experience a truly intimate encounter with the Galapagos. Excursions range between high, medium and low intensity so you can explore the islands at your own pace discovering Blue-footed Boobies, giant tortoises and playful sea lions. Experienced naturalists, certified by the Galapagos National Park, share their knowledge throughout the voyage. Operated by the only major cruise line sailing these waters, offering touches of the familiar, such as complimentary plush bathrobes, hot tub, sauna, and fitness room.
Activities : Birding, Hiking, Snorkeling
$6,199 to $12,799
Arrive in Quito and transfer to your hotel.
Enjoy a guided tour of the capital of Ecuador, situated at an altitude of 9,350 feet and stand on the equatorial line at the Half of the World Park and Museum. Marvel at the monasteries of San Francisco and Santo Domingo. A tour director will guide throughout Quito and serve as personal concierge. Lunch with a spectacular view of the city, and enjoy a welcome dinner at a fine local restaurant.
Arrive in Baltra and embark your expedition vessel. During World War II, Baltra served as a U.S. military base protecting the Panama Canal from enemy attack. Now Baltra's cactus-strewn landscapes are home to the region’s main airport. Explore the Xpedition, a 296-foot mega-yacht and your home for the voyage.
Daphne is a volcanic cone located north of Santa Cruz Island. The crater floor is an important breeding site for Blue-footed Boobies. Famous for the scientific investigation of the finch population that supports Charles Darwin’s theory, the island is also home to sea lions, pelicans and tropical birds.
A long, white sand beach and clear blue waters make Gardner Bay an ideal spot for swimming, snorkeling, or relaxing on the beach. In the water, sea turtles, sea lions, rays, colorful tropical fish, and white-tip reef sharks may be seen. Excursion options include beach walks, swimming, or for the experienced, a deep water snorkel.
Espanola, home to an abundance of wildlife, is the oldest island in the Galapagos. Visit Suarez Point and observe sea lions, hawks, marine iguanas, and both Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies. Keep an eye out for Waved Albatross migrating through to mate and raise their young. Excursion options include a long, rocky walk to look for albatross or observe an impressive blowhole spraying water to the sky like a towering geyser.
The Galapagos first capital and where Charles Darwin first met the islands’ governor, Floreana's history is vast like its beauty. Arrive by Zodiac and observe the green-hued sand. Small lagoons are home to flamingos, stilts, and White-Cheeked Pintail Ducks. Sea turtles nest on its quiet beaches. Excursion options near Cormorant Point include a relatively short walk to the lagoon and sea turtle-nesting beach, or optional snorkeling and swimming at the landing beach. Experienced snorkelers can explore the deep water near Champion Island.
Post Office Bay, home to the post office barrel, was established around 1793 when whalers and others began leaving mail to be picked up by outbound ships. Continue the tradition and post a letter or postcard of your own.
Along Moreno Point's beautiful rocky shore, a field of hardened black lava flow is dotted with shallow pools, which are home to shorebirds and flamingos. The mangrove-lined shore provides a chance to see marine iguanas, sea turtles, stingrays, sharks, penguins, and Flightless Cormorant. Excursion options include a long walk and Zodiac ride, or an extended Zodiac ride.
At Urvina Bay, observe large land iguanas, finches, and possibly a giant tortoise or two. In 1954, the intrusion of magma below one of the island’s volcanoes caused part of the bay to be uplifted six meters. Walk through the remains of what was once a thriving underwater reef. Excursion options include a long, brisk hike with some rock climbing required, or a short walk, both followed by an optional snorkel.
Fernandina is the youngest island in the Galapagos. With its extraordinary black lava rocks, Espinoza Point hosts the largest colony of marine iguanas in the archipelago, along with sea lions and a nesting site for Flightless Cormorants. Excursion options include a long walk, or a Zodiac ride and short walk, as well as a deep water snorkel for the more experienced.
Discover ancient volcanic remains at Vicente Roca Point. Cruise by Zodiac past awe-inspiring cliffs searching for sea turtles, penguins, fur seals, Flightless Cormorant, marine mammals and iguanas.
One of two twin islands off Santa Cruz, South Plaza is home to land and marine iguanas, and a sea lion colony. Uplifted during a geological event, the rocky island is strewn with prickly pear cactus. Explore the island on a short walk to view wildlife, flora, and geology.
Dragon Hill, or "Cerro Dragon," is named after its population of land iguanas. The site offers a beautiful view of the landscape and two small brackish lagoons where flamingos and other shore birds occasionally feed. Along the trail, we'll cross a beautiful "white forest" of Palo Santo
(incense) trees and Galapagos cotton plants. Options for this visit include a long walk and a short walk.
Puerto Ayora, the islands' most populous center, is home to the National Park Tortoise Breeding Center and the Charles Darwin Research Station. After learning about the islands' comprehensive conservation program, take a bus ride to the highlands to observe giant tortoises in the wild and walk through a lava tunnel.
Return to Baltra Island and say farewell to the enchanted islands. Upon arrival in Quito, a representative will escort you to your hotel. Enjoy an optional afternoon excursion, time permitting, to the local craft market. Dinner is served at your hotel.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before transferring to the airport for your return flight home.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Dry Dock Dates: Sept 6-27, 2015
Voyage aboard Xpedition; all meals and select beverages onboard; complimentary room service; onboard entertainment including programs and lectures; complimentary snorkeling equipment, mini wetsuits, binoculars, and walking sticks; gratuities while onboard for crew, lecturers, and guides; Galapagos National Park fee (US$100 per person); Galapagos tourist card fee (US$10 per person); pre-cruise transfer from Quito Airport to hotel and back; two nights in shared double occupancy hotel room in Quito before flight to Baltra; meals during land portion; a guided full-day tour of Quito; round-trip air transportation from Quito to Baltra; transfers from Baltra Airport to Xpedition; gratuities for hotel staff and Quito tour guides; post-cruise transfers from Xpedition to Baltra Airport; one post-cruise night at hotel with dinner and breakfast; transfer from hotel to Quito Airport.
Air transportation between home city and Quito; any food or beverages obtained off of Celebrity Xpedition (except as noted); purchases of souvenirs, gifts and other personal items onboard; personal services such as spa, laundry, Internet, and telecommunication charges; baggage, travel/cancellation and personal insurance; taxes, fees and port expenses; optional pre/post packages; certain premium beverages; fuel surcharge may apply.