- 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
$5,799 to $7,999
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.
With its sandy beach, black rocks, and blue-water grottos, Puerto Egas offers a taste of geology, great snorkeling, and an opportunity to see shorebirds and Galapagos fur seals. Excursion options include a long walk along the shore to the grottos to see fur seals, or a shorter coastal walk. Both options are followed by optional swimming and snorkeling.
Best known for its red sand and eroded volcanic landscape, Rabida is a small island south of Santiago. A nesting colony of pelicans make their home here along with sea lions and seabirds. Excursion options include a Zodiac ride and short walk, swimming and snorkeling from the beach, or a deep water snorkel for the more experienced.
Historically an anchorage for pirates and whalers, Tagus Cove offers a breathtaking view of Isabela, its volcanoes, and a saltwater lagoon. Along the shore, seabirds, penguins, sea lions, sea turtles, and nesting Flightless Cormorants can often be found. Excursions options include a scenic Zodiac ride for wildlife viewing, a brisk long walk or snorkeling in the crystal blue water.
During a volcanic eruption in the early 1900’s, Sullivan Bay was covered with flowing lava. Enjoy a walk led by an informative naturalist discovering the geological wonderland of rocky black fields.
Bartolome Island hosts one of the region’s most photographed views in a spectacular geological setting. Its barren moon-like volcanic landscapes, spatter cones, and pinnacle rock make for a unique stop. Home to the endemic Galapagos penguin, it provides an excellent snorkeling experience. Excursion options include a hike up 350 stairs “to the top” of the volcano, a Zodiac ride, and an optional beach swim or snorkel.
Explore Las Bachas, one of the most beautiful white sand beaches in all of the Galapagos where Pacific green sea turtles nest. Behind it are two small ponds where flamingos often feed in the shallows. Excursion options include relaxing on the beach or a short beach walk to look for flamingos, followed by an optional opportunity to swim and snorkel.
Home to the largest colony of frigate birds in the Galapagos, North Seymour is located just north of Baltra. Keep an eye out for male frigates trying to impress potential mates with red inflated neck pouches, and Blue-footed Boobies dancing their timeless courtship ritual. Sea lions and large land iguanas also roam about this rocky terrain. Excursion options include a guided long, rocky walk, or a Zodiac ride and short, easy walk, or a scenic Zodiac tour along the coast to view wildlife and the geology of the area.
Visit the islands' capital, Puerto Baquerizo, a serene waterfront town. Excursion options include a tour of the local interpretation center with time for shopping, or a brisk long walk to scenic vistas, followed by a visit to the interpretation center.
In the afternoon, visit Cerro Brujo and Kicker Rock. White sand juxtaposed with black volcanic rocks create one of the Galapagos’ most spectacular beaches. Along the shore, observe seabirds and sea lions. Enjoy a Zodiac ride and beach walk with optional swimming. Sip a sunset cocktail while sailing past the steep, richly colored walls of Kicker Rock's spectacular volcanic remains.
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.
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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 on board; personal services such as spa, laundry, Internet, and telecommunication charges; baggage, travel/cancellation and personal insurance; optional pre/post packages; certain premium beverages; fuel surcharge may apply.