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
Arrive Baltra Airport and board the Explorer II. Travel to Sullivan Bay, Santiago Island, where the main attraction is lava fields. The Sullivan lava was formed in 1897. Here wildlife such as the Galapagos hawk, lava lizard, Galapagos penguins, small ground finch, medium ground finch, large ground finch, cactus finch are stars of the landscape.
Arrive in Quito, Ecuador and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Quito.
Bartolomé is a tiny island providing spectacular views of the Archipelago. This island is a must for the visitor interested in geology. The endemic Galapagos penguin is common in the bay area. Activities here include snorkeling, swimming and relaxing. Santiago Island is currently uninhabited. There are several species of land birds here, including 10 species of the Darwin Finches as well as the Galapagos Hawk. This is the best site in the Archipelago to observe the Galapagos Fur Seal. Snorkeling and swimming available.
On Isabela Island, visit Punta Vicente Roca. Reaching a rocky pile of large basalt, you will find colonies of fur seals, sea lions, and marine iguanas basking in the sun. You may also see Galapagos penguins, swallow-tailed gulls, masked boobies, and blue-footed boobies. If you choose to snorkel, keep your eyes peeled for Manta rays, sea turtles, sea lions, stingrays, and perhaps even dolphins and sunfish.
Continue to Fernandina, the westernmost island of the Archipelago. Visit Punta Espinoza to see extraordinary wildlife including a marine iguana colony and flightless cormorant colony.
Explore Tagus Cove this morning for a view of a saltwater lagoon, stunning lava fields of Darwin volcano, and cave inscriptions where one can find names of pirates and whaling vessels dating from the 1800s. Also, see penguins, flightless cormorants, green sea turtles, herons, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, pelicans and more during excursions by foot and aboard pangas.
Elizabeth Bay is a fascinating place to observe wildlife such as penguins, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies. This wide bay has a very high and colorful mangrove, which contrasts with the lava.
This morning, visit Post Office Bay, a historic site that recalls the days of the past, when an empty barrel here served as an informal post box for sailors who passed through the Galapagos. Visitors continue the tradition by placing unstamped postcards inside the barrel.
Explore Punta Cormorant, Devil’s Crown and Champion Islet this afternoon. See the vibrant population of flamingos and enjoy a walk at Punta Cormorant. Devil’s Crown is one of the best places in the Galapagos for snorkeling. It is a submerged volcanic cone, where one can see interesting coral formations. Continue to see green sea turtles and Floreana mockingbirds at Champion Islet.
This morning, visit the breeding center for tortoises (La Galapaguera) at Cerro Colorado, including a 45-minute bus ride. Seeing the semi-saddle back shape of the tortoises can be a great way to understand adaptation to dry-tropical environments. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the giant tortoises of San Cristóbal Island! In the afternoon, visit Ochoa Beach, to enjoy this gorgeous, white, powder-sand beach and see magnificent frigate birds, marine iguanas, Galapagos sea lions and more.
Today, visit Los Gemelos, "The Twins," two enormous, collapsed volcanic craters. Nearby, wander a beautiful Scalasia forest where you may see woodpecker finches. This area provides a great contrast to the lowlands. After exploring Los Gemelos and the Scalasia forest, transfer to the airport for return flights home.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Ship Dry Dock Dates: Sep 7 - 28, 2013
Cabin accommodations aboard ship; all meals aboard ship; all shore activities and excursions; guide and lecture services.
Included (for Renaissance Balcony and Majestic Balcony Suites only):
Guests booked in these suites receive the following included 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: $483 per adult, $371 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-$275 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).