Galapagos Classic – Western

Galapagos Cruise

  • Silver Galapagos
  • Luxury Expedition Ship
  • 100 Capacity
  • 8 Days
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Summary : Discover the Western Islands which are the youngest in the archipelago, host the only active volcanoes and support over 95% of Galapagos' penguins! Encounter a plethora of flora and fauna in one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Come unimaginably close to an impressive array of creatures – many of them endemic – including the giant tortoise, waved albatross, colorful land iguanas and the only flightless cormorants on earth. After a day of snorkeling with penguins and sunbathing with sea lions, return to the unrivalled comforts of a luxury expedition ship on this adventure 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, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling

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Itinerary
Day 1
Baltra Island

Embark the vessel, and settle, meet your Expedition Team and enjoy the first of many memorable meals on board.

Day 2
Santiago Island / Bartolome

Some of the most spectacular landscapes in the islands come into view just off the coast of Santiago. Bartolome boasts some of the most magnificent landscapes in the islands including the famous Pinnacle Rock, a towering obelisk at the edge of the ocean. Go snorkeling or take a walk along the beach to look for the playful Galápagos Penguin, perched on a rock or zooming underwater.

Beautiful Espumilla Beach is an important nesting site for the East Pacific Green Sea Turtle. Walk through the arid vegetation zone of the interior to see the largest Palo Santo trees in the Galápagos, the perfect habitat for several species of Darwin’s finches.

Day 3
Isabela Island / Fernandina Island

Five majestic shield volcanoes up to half-a-million years old pierce the arid landscape of Isabela, the largest and youngest island in the Galápagos. Enjoy some of the best snorkeling in the islands at Punta Vicente Roca, located at the base of Ecuador Volcano. Ancient eruptions have carved away half of the volcano to reveal a spectacular view of the caldera. Board a Zodiac and look for an array of seabirds including Flightless Cormorants and penguins.

The largest colony of marine iguanas in the Galápagos can be seen sunning on the black lava shores of Punta Espinoza at the north-eastern corner of Fernandina. One of the most pristine islands in the world, experience Fernandina’s impressive array of wildlife including sea lions, colorful Sally Light-Foot Crabs and the rare endemic Flightless Cormorant.

Day 4
Isabela Island

A short voyage across the Bolivar Strait is Tagus Cove on Isabela Island. Observe Yellow Warblers and Galápagos Mockingbirds that may escort your hike passing Darwin’s Crater Lake along the way. In the water, snorkel to look for penguins, cormorants and the shy Brown Noddy Tern along the sheltered cliffs.

Experience the tallest red mangrove trees in the Galápagos found at Elizabeth Bay, an idyllic lagoon and fascinating place to observe marine life. Take a Zodiac ride through the mangroves where sea turtles swim close to the surface, and pelicans and herons stalk for fish. Watch for sea lions and penguins as they glide through the waters of this marine sanctuary.

Day 5
Floreana Island

Luring visitors since the 18th century when whalers hunted the island for tortoises and pirates sought shelter in its caves, a rustic mailing system was established. A barrel nailed to a pole where they would drop letters in the hopes that they would be delivered by other mariners sailing home. Continue the tradition and then take a walk along the lovely beach, or go snorkeling in an underwater world as colorful as Floreana’s history.

Explore Punta Cormorán’s olivine beaches, deciduous vegetation and pink flamingos, one of the most interesting sites in the islands. Learn about the formation of beaches as you land on the olive-green sand and walk to a favorite nesting site for Green Sea Turtles.

Day 6
San Cristobal Island

Discover the Galápagos Giant Tortoise and their babies, and learn more about current conservation efforts at the Galapaguera Cerro Colorado. Breeding and rearing endemic animals in captivity is part of a much broader conservation program aimed at restoring and protecting the Galapagos Islands' natural biodiversity.

This afternoon you can swim, snorkel or kayak with sea lions and marine iguanas right from Cerro Brujo, a breathtaking white coral beach. It’s a haven for bird watching, too.

Day 7
Santa Cruz Island

The second largest island in the archipelago is home to both the largest human settlement and the second largest wild tortoise population. Visit Los Gemelos, two pit craters (similar to sink holes) in the midst of a forest of tall Scalesia trees that look like giant daisies and are endemic to the Galápagos. Here there’s a good chance to spot land birds, especially Darwin’s Finches.

Tortoises in the Galápagos occur in two different forms: dome-shaped and saddle-backed. The smaller saddle-back tortoise was hunted virtually to extinction and just a handful of survivors remain. The Charles Darwin Research Station gives you the opportunity to see both the domed tortoise and the iconic saddleback tortoise after which the islands were named, as Galápagos means “saddle” in old Castilian.

Day 8
Baltra Island

Disembark the vessel and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the mainland.

Notes

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

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Included:
Cabin accommodations aboard ship; all meals aboard ship; all shore activities and excursions; guide and lecture service; butler service; gratuities aboard ship; kayaking; glass-bottom boat rides; snorkel gear and wetsuits; complimentary beverages aboard ship (including select sparkling wines, wines, spirits, soda, water and coffee); courtesy binoculars and raincoats on loan.

Not Included:
Hotel nights before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil and luggage handling; Galapagos National Park entrance fee $100 per person ($50 per child under 12), subject to change without notice; Galapagos Transit Card ($10 per person); international airfare; airfare to/from Galapagos Islands; Internet (Wi-Fi); government taxes; laundry or valet services, purchases from the ship boutiques or any item or service of a personal nature; premium sparkling wines and spirits; fuel surcharge may apply.

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).