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.
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, Snorkeling
Child Rate: Children (under 12 years) save 50% off the regular rate when accompanied by an adult, except on holiday cruises, when children are 25% off the regular rate. One discount per cabin.
$999,999,999 to $0
Explore Cerro Tijereta, (Frigatebird Hill) on San Cristóbal Island. This area is named for the magnificent frigate birds that you'll likely encounter here. A beautiful view of the bay awaits you from the hilltop. Along with the natural beauty, this place offers historical significance, being one of the first places that Darwin visited on his journey through the Galapagos.
Española is the oldest of the Southern Islands and is the southernmost in the archipelago. Because of its remote location a unique range of endemic species evolved here. Today, explore Gardner Bay, Islote Garnder and Islote Osborn, and Punta Suarez.
Located on the northeast of the island, Gardner Bay has a long and beautiful white sand beach inhabited by sea lion colonies. Islote Garnder and Islote Osborn offer snorkeling sites where visitors will see an abundance of tropical fish, reef sharks, and turtles. The wildlife at Punta Suarez is plentiful and varied. Along the cliff, visitors can enjoy the blowhole where seawater is forced about 20 meters into the air. The highlights are the waved albatross (April-Dec) that are only found on Hood, Galapagos hawks, blue-footed boobies, Ñasca boobies, and Española lava lizards.
Santa Cruz is the second largest island and the most populated of all islands. In Puerto Ayora, enjoy a stroll through town and shop at one of the many tourist shops. Visit the Charles Darwin Station, a research facility and National Park Information Center. The Charles Darwin Station has a giant tortoise and land iguana breeding program and interpretation center.
Plazas consists of two very small islands that were uplifted from the sea, separated by a channel. Only South Plazas has a visitor site. The highlights include tall Opuntia cactus, land and marine iguanas, rocky cliff that looks out towards open ocean which is also a nesting site for red-billed tropic birds and gulls, and a seal lion bachelor colony.
Return to Baltra Island for flights to the mainland.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Cabin accommodations aboard ship; all meals aboard ship; all shore activities and excursions; guide and lecture services. Plus, for Renaissance Balcony and Majestic Balcony Suites only, guests receive the following services: Butler service, 24-hour assistance; room service (until 10 pm); bottle of champagne in suite upon arrival; assistance for unpacking luggage (upon request); luxurious bathrobes, linens, and towels; soft beverages from the mini bar; afternoon canapés served at your suite; fresh fruit and local handmade chocolates in your suite; selections of a variety of pillows; environmentally-friendly beach bag; cloth drying and shoe shine service throughout the cruise; personalized stationary; special guidance in the islands; exclusive cruise documents and online check-in process; complimentary daily international newspaper of choice (subject to availability).
Hotel nights before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; Galapagos National Park entrance fee, USD$100 (children under 12 subtract $50), subject to change without notice; Galapagos Transit Card ($10 per person); international airfare; airfare to/from Galapagos Islands; government taxes; charges and all items of a personal nature such 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 shorty (advanced reservation required); snorkeling equipment; tour guide hearing system (optional); wireless Internet card; Service Package: $242 per adult, $185 per child under 12 (covers gratuities, select beverages, and fuel surcharge).
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).