Galapagos Classic – Western

Galapagos Cruise

  • Evolution (charter)
  • Expedition Ship
  • 32 Capacity
  • 10 Days
  • 2014 View Departure>
    • 2014
    • Oct 17 Fri
    • Oct 31 Fri
    • Nov 14 Fri
    • Nov 28 Fri
    • Dec 19 Fri
  • Price from
  • $5,298

Summary : The Galapagos Islands live in the spirits and minds of those who love nature like nowhere else on Earth. Explore the wonders of the Galapagos Islands, where tortoises of dramatic proportions, superb birdlife and a unique undersea world abound amongst a sublime landscape of deserts, beaches, lush forests and volcanoes. Join an extraordinary journey aboard an intimate small ship voyage with great naturalist guides, ensuring an educational and fun adventure. 

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling

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No single supplement on select cabin categories.

Prices from
$5,298 to $6,598

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Itinerary
Day 1
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Fly independently to Guayaquil, Ecuador, and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2
Baltra Island / Santa Cruz Island

Fly to Baltra Island and board the vessel. Enjoy a hike along Whaler Bay, site of one of the islands' oldest whaling camps. Explore Eden Islet by Zodiac, observing Blue-footed Boobies, marine iguanas and large schools of mustard rays.

Day 3
Isabela Island / Fernandina Island

Zodiacs take you into a sunken volcano at Punta Vicente Roca, where you snorkel among sea turtles, penguins and possibly sea horses. Explore the lava fields of Punta Espinosa, spotting Flightless Cormorants and marine iguanas. Whale-watch from the open air decks of the vessel.

Day 4
Isabela Island

Hike along an uplifted section of sea floor in Urvina Bay. Observe tortoises and colorful land iguanas as naturalists provide interesting information about the plentiful Galapagos wildlife and environment. Cruise by Zodiac to Tagus Cove to watch penguins, Flightless Cormorants, and pelicans before a chance to snorkel in the clear blue water.

Day 5
Bartolome Island / Santiago Island

Visit Bartolome Island and hike up a dormant volcano for a panoramic view which includes Pinnacle Rock. Snorkel with playful sea lions and possibly penguins.

Hike across lava fields of Sullivan Bay while viewing native flora of the landscape. Stroll along a coral beach spotting black and white oystercatchers.

Day 6
Santa Cruz Island

Walk along the white sands of Bachas Beach looking for Sally Lightfoot crabs, black-necked stilts and whimbrels. Snorkel in the calm waters off a beach where sea turtles nest.

Named for the area's large land iguanas, Dragon Hill is an important nesting site for the species. Walk to a lagoon and observe flamingos, common stilts and pintail ducks.

Day 7
Santa Cruz Island

Begin the day at the Charles Darwin Research Station learning about vital work to preserve the Galapagos wildlife. Explore forested highlands to observe and photograph giant tortoises in the wild.

Day 8
Española Island

Enjoy a Zodiac ride before a wet landing at Punta Suarez through a sea lion colony. Walk along the cliffs looking for Waved albatross, Galapagos hawks, Hood mockingbirds and red marine iguanas. Marvel at Española's blowhole which can spout up to 90 feet in the air. Swim, snorkel and kayak in the pristine waters off Gardner Bay.

Day 9
San Cristobal Island / Guayaquil

Visit San Cristobal's Interpretation Center. The center includes a large corral, visitors’ center, breeding center, and an interpretative trail. Fly to Guayaquil and relax at your hotel.

Day 10
Guayaquil / U.S.

Fly to the U.S. and connect with flights home.

Notes

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

Alternate Itinerary: 1/31/2014, 3/28/2014, 7/18/2014, 12/19/2014
These dates operate with an alternate itinerary, including a visit to Genovesa Island. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Included:
Hotel accommodations pre- and post-voyage as indicated; cabin accommodations aboard ship; some meals on land; all meals aboard ship; bottled water and snacks; all shore activities and excursions; English-speaking guides; educational program including lectures; on board doctor; snorkeling gear and wetsuits; kayaks; all transfers, porterage and service charges.

Not Included:
International airfare; airfare to/from Galapagos Islands; Galapagos National Park entrance fee, USD $100 adults, $50 children under 12, subject to change without notice; Galapagos Transit Card ($10 per person); items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry, etc.; passport expenses; traveler's insurance; gratuities to ship staff and crew are left to the discretion of the passenger; fuel surcharge may apply.

We are happy to add hotels, air and land arrangements as requested, and you will be quoted for services.

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).