Discover the untouched Galapagos Islands on this intimate and authentic expedition cruise which takes a southern/central route and has one of the highest guide-to-guest ratios.
• Quito, Ecuador
• Cerro Brujo & Punta Pitt, San Cristóbal Island
• Punta Suárez & Gardner Bay, Española Island
• Punta Cormorant, Champion Islet
• Post Office Bay, Floreana Island
• Puerto Ayora & the Highlands, Santa Cruz Island
• Bartolomé Island
• South Plaza Island
• North Seymour Island
Cruise There will never be more than ten guests per expert naturalist guide on this cruise. This creates a relaxed setting for wildlife viewing and plenty of opportunities to quiz your guide about the incredible flora and fauna, whether you’re snorkelling with penguins or watching blue-footed boobies.
Cruise Experience this once-in-a-lifetime trip with a small group of like-minded people that share your sense of adventure and love of nature. Get to know your fellow guests during shore excursions and share stories over meals in the dining room, drinks at the bar, or while admiring the views on the sun deck.
Cruise In order to minimise the impact on the environment, shore groups in the Galapagos are limited to 16 guests. So whenever you’re exploring by Zodiac or on foot, you’ll have a number of opportunities to get some amazing photos and learn all about the diverse wildlife from your naturalist guide.
Cruise San Cristóbal Island is one of the best places to see all three different species of boobies. It’s also home to a colony of sea lions and snorkelling with these playful mammals is an unforgettable experience. Swim close enough to gaze into their eyes and even feel their whiskers brush against your skin!
Good to know
• Guests must often choose one activity per site, or as time permits, including snorkelling, kayaking and dinghy rides
• Tipping – Please budget to pay an additional $250-300 per passenger per cruise in tips (approximately) for ship’s crew and expedition guides at the end of your cruise. Tipping is entirely discretionary and only payable upon a satisfactory experience
• An alternate itinerary around the western and northern Galapagos is also available (itinerary B). Please ask your Personal Travel Expert for details.
What to expect
SUGGESTED STAY & CRUISE ITINERARY
Day 1 UK to Quito, Ecuador Depart the UK on your flight to Quito. On arrival, transfer to the award-winning Casa Gangotena for a two-night stay in the heart of the Old Town.
Day 2 Quito, Ecuador You’re free to explore this charming city at leisure. Quito is home to some of Latin America’s best-preserved colonial architecture and you can soak up the ambience of the historic centre by exploring La Ronda, one of the city’s oldest streets, at night. With its wrought-iron balconies, traditional houses and courtyards, this narrow cobbled street is full of character and lined with artisan shops, galleries, museums and authentic restaurants. Shop for locally-made crafts, enjoy live music and sip canelazo, a hot spiced cinnamon rum drink, in one of the cosy bars.
Day 3 Quito, Ecuador to Galapagos Islands
Transfer to the airport for your flight to San Cristóbal in the Galapagos Islands. Begin your expedition of the Galapagos Islands (Itinerary A) on board the 20-guest Eric or Letty yacht. Over the next seven nights you will journey around these unique islands, exploring volcanic landscapes and coming face to face with remarkable wildlife, from Darwin’s finches to giant tortoises. Highlights include the largest colony of magnificent frigate birds in the Galapagos, snorkelling with sea lions, and spotting all three types of boobies – blue-footed, red-footed and Nazca.
**Day 4 Cerro Brujo & Punta Pitt, San Cristóbal Island
Day 5 Punta Suárez & Gardner Bay, Española Island
Day 6 Punta Cormorant, Champion Islet & Post Office Bay, Floreana Island
Day 7 Puerto Ayora & the Highlands, Santa Cruz Island
Day 8 Bartolomé Island
Day 9 South Plaza Island & North Seymour Island
Day 10 San Cristóbal Island to Guayaquil, Ecuador**
Following disembarkation, transfer to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil and a one-night stay at the Hilton Colon Guayaquil.
Day 11 Guayaquil, Ecuador Transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight to the UK.
Departing 09 November 2018; the same itinerary is available on alternative dates and an alternative itinarary (Itinerary B) is also available, please call for details.
Upgrade your cruise
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