- Galapagos Legend
- Expedition Ship
- 100 Capacity
- 8 Days
- 2013, 2014
- Price from
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. Visit a turtle sanctuary on this trip of a lifetime.
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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2014 Early Booking discounts available
$2,990 to $10,999
Arrive Baltra Airport and begin the Galapagos adventure aboard the Legend. Trek through the highlands of Santa Cruz, observe the famous giant tortoises in their natural habitat, walk inside surprising lava tubes; also visit Pit Craters created from the collapse of surface materials into chamber fissures underground.
Today, visit Egas Port on Santiago Island. Most of the landscape is comprised of layers of rocks and lava flows. Observe great blue herons, striated herons, yellow-crowned night herons. The salt mines are an important historic spot because of salt exploitation. Continue to Bartolome for a hike to the summit with impressive views of the eroded tuff cone of Pinnacle Rock. Enjoy time relaxing on the beach, snorkeling and viewing Galapagos penguins, sea turtles, among a great variety of colorful fish schools.
Walk up a trail that leads to Dragon Hill where you can enjoy lovely views of the bay. Also, this is a nesting site for reintroduced land iguanas. Later, visit North Seymour Island, which has a major nesting colony of blue-footed boobies, and has the largest colony of the magnificent frigate bird.
Cruise to Black Turtle Cove, a turtle sanctuary with 4 species of mangroves. Observe turtles swimming in calm waters peaking their heads above the surface while fish, rays and small sharks circle below. White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat. Sea birds, including pelicans, herons and egrets, all feed in the cove.
Explore Santiago Island's Sullivan Bay covered by lava flows and interesting geological features formed during the last quarter of the 19th century.
Experience Rabida's unique beaches covered in dark red sand. It is considered the epicenter of the Galapagos Islands due to the diversity of its volcanic geology. Nesting Brown Pelicans are found from July through September and nine species of Darwin’s finches inhabit the island. Cruise by Zodiac along cliffs to observe nesting seabirds, and snorkel off the coast where marine life is particularly active.
Visit the volcanic ash beach and coral area at Urbina Bay. Explore the uplifted coral reef that resulted from the 1954 volcanic activity, with a spectacular view of Alcedo Volcano. After the walk, enjoy time for snorkeling. Learn about the eruption of five volcanoes that formed this island on a visit to Tagus Cove. Admire a variety of seabirds, such as blue-footed boobies, brown noddy, terns, flightless cormorant, and a large number of Galapagos penguins (seasonal).
See the biggest marine iguanas mingling with sally-light foot crabs, as well as, flightless cormorants nesting sites at Espinoza Point. At Vicente Roca Point, enjoy great deep water snorkeling at one of the richest marine havens on Earth and the opportunity to find nazca and blue-footed boobies, noddies, brown pelicans, penguins, sea turtles, flightless cormorants, and white-tipped sharks.
This morning trek through the highlands of Santa Cruz, observe the famous giant tortoises in their natural habitat, walk inside surprising lava tubes. Then, travel to the Baltra Airport for return flights to the mainland.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Ship Dry Dock Dates: To be announced
Cabin accommodations aboard ship; all meals aboard ship; welcome and farewell cocktail; 24-hour coffee station; all shore activities and excursions; snorkeling opportunities; guide and lecture services; airport and port assistance; transfers to port and dinghy ride to ship.
Hotel nights before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; Galapagos National Park entrance fee $100 per adult (children under 12 subtract $50), subject to change without notice; Galapagos Transit Card ($10 per person); international airfare; airfare to/from Galapagos Islands; charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, consumption from the mini-bar located in suites, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages; gratuities to ship staff is left to the discretion of the passenger; traveler’s insurance; wet suit rental (advanced reservation required, $50 per person); kayak rental ($30 per person); Internet; fuel surcharge ($180 per person approx.).
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).