Galapagos Classic – Eastern/Western

Galapagos Cruise

  • Coral I / Coral II
  • Motor Yacht
  • 36 or 20 Capacity
  • 8 Days
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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, Kayaking, Snorkeling

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Itinerary
Day 1
Baltra Island / Santa Cruz Island

Arrive Baltra Airport and begin the 8-day Galapagos adventure. Explore Ballena Bay for swimming, marine iguanas, sea birds and nesting sea turtles; or Eden Islet for marine wildlife.

Day 2
Isabela Island / Fernandina Island

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).

Observe the biggest marine iguanas mingling with sally-light foot crabs, as well as, flightless cormorants' nesting sites at Espinoza Point.

Day 3
Isabela Island

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.

Enjoy a dinghy ride at Elizabeth Bay. Spot blue-footed boobies perched on the rocks, flying overhead and diving in flocks after fish. There will be an opportunity to see red and black mangroves where you may find sea turtles, small white-tipped sharks.

Day 4
Santiago Island

Today, explore Espumilla Beach where the main attractions here are a mangrove forest, beach and flamingo lagoon. The beach is an important site for nesting marine turtles. Observe Darwin's finches, mockingbirds, and white-cheeked pintails. Discover Buccaneer Cove, a safe haven for pirates, sailors and whalers during the 18th and 19th century. It is very scenic with steep cliffs and a dark reddish-purple sand beach.

In the afternoon, explore Santiago Island's Sullivan Bay covered by lava flows and interesting geological features formed during the last quarter of the 19th century.

Day 5
Santa Cruz Island

Explore the Santa Cruz highlands and visit a private reserve, El Chato, where giant tortoises are found in their natural habitat. The road to the reserve is one of the best places to observe land birds. Tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers and Cattle Egrets inhabit the area.

Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and surroundings to discover giant tortoises, Darwin's finches, and a prickly-pear cactus
forest.

Day 6
Santa Fe Island / South Plaza Island

Santa Fe is a small island, with the main attraction being its white coral beach with incredible snorkeling opportunities and a variety of sea birds and colorful fish. On South Plaza Island, the white color of the rocks contrasts with the red cloak of vegetation (Sesuvium portolacastrum) and a cactus forest. Observe land and marine iguanas, sea lions, blue-footed boobies and many other sea birds.

Day 7
North Seymour Island / Santa Cruz Island

In the morning, visit North Seymour Island which is home to a major nesting colony of blue-footed boobies, and has the largest colony of frigate birds. Encounter sea lions, land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across a Galapagos snake.

In the afternoon, visit Bachas Beach on Santa Cruz Island. Encounter sea birds, marine iguanas, sea turtles, Darwin’s finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as interesting native and endemic vegetation. Take a stroll along a white sand beach that is a main nesting site of sea turtles.

Day 8
San Cristóbal Island

Today, explore the Interpretation Center on San Cristóbal Island. Learn about the history of the islands in the context of nature, humankind and conservation. Visit Tijeretas Hill to walk through beautiful landscapes ending with a magnificent view nearby a large frigate bird colony.

Disembark for transfer to the airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador.

Notes

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

Dry Dock Dates: Coral I Aug 27-Sept 17, 2014

Included: 
Cabin accommodations aboard ship; all meals aboard ship; welcome and farewell cocktail; 24-hour coffee/tea station; all shore activities and excursions; snorkeling opportunities with gear; guide and lecture services; baggage handling; dinghy rides to/from ship.

Not Included: 
Hotel nights before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; 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; airport shuttle service; charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, massage, 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 each use); scuba diving fee; Internet; taxes for items/activities onboard; 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-$600 per adult; $250-$325 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).