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Galapagos Island Cruise: 4-Day Tour Aboard the 'Archipel I'

Ecuador, Ecuador
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icon4 days  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Choose from two unique itineraries for a 4-day Galapagos adventure, which include round trip airport transportation. There’s no better way to experience the islands and maximize your limited time than by live-aboard boat. During the day, your private guide will show you endemic wildlife around the UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition to three nights accommodation in a private cabin, all meals are included and served by private staff.
  • Choose from two unique 4-day itineraries
  • Sleep and eat on board the ship to maximize your time
  • Get the personalized experience of a private guide
  • Skip the crowds in round trip airport transportation
Lodging on-board in a cabin with private facilities.
Tea, coffee & water throughout the cruise.
Full board meals: Breakfast, buffet lunch & dinner (starts with lunch on day 1 and finishes with breakfast on the last day)
Afternoon snack after excursion.
Snorkelling gear (masks, flippers and snorkel) and use of kayaks at designated sites.
All excursions as mentioned in the itinerary (itinerary subject to change)
Certified English-speaking naturalist Galapagos guide.
Fuel surcharge
Landing and facility fees
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Snacks
Bottled water
Coffee and/or Tea
Roundtrip flight to the Galapagos Islands.
Galapagos National Park entrance fee (USD 100 pp, subject to change); Transit Control Card (USD 20 pp, subject to change)
Airport transfers on the Galapagos.
Soft & alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Gratuities
Travel insurance and other items of personal nature.
Hotel pickup and drop-off (in mainland Ecuador)

Departure Point

• UIO: Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport
• GYE: José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (Guayaquil)
• GPS: Seymour Airport (Baltra)
• SCY: San Cristóbal Airport

Departure Time

For Itinerary "A":

  • UIO-SCY: departure 10H15; arrival 12H40
  • GYE-SCY: departure 11H50; arrival 12H40
  • GPS-UIO: departure 10H05; arrival 14H50
  • GPS-GYE: departure 10H05; arrival 12H55
For Itinerary "B":
  • UIO-GPS: departure 06H50; arrival 9H20
  • GYE-GPS: departure 08H25; arrival 9H20
  • GPS-UIO: departure 10H05; arrival 14H50
  • GPS-GYE: departure 10H05; arrival 12H55
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to the yacht, which will be waiting for you in the harbour.
  • After lunch, your first stop will be Cerro Colorato, where the Tortoises Protection and Growing Centre is also located. This centre was built to improve the status of the population of the island tortoises. The centre includes a large corral, a Visitors Centre, breeding centre and an interpretative trail. Along this trail it is possible to see different species of native and endemic plants as well as birds such as the San Cristobal Mockingbird, Yellow Warblers, many species of finches and the Galapagos Flycatcher.
  • After breakfast you will take an unforgettable guided walk on South Plaza, the best place to encounter endemic Galapagos land iguanas, patient and photogenic models. Beware of some unique hybrids between a male marine iguana and a female land iguana. Arriving at the upper rim, about 20m/75ft downwards, impressively droning waves splash against the foot of soaring cliffs. Clouds of petrels, storm petrels, shearwaters and brown noddies make spectacular flights and sometimes appear to be walking on the waves. Take your binoculars and don’t miss the red-billed tropicbird with its graceful long tail and spectacular mating fights. These cliffs are also a nesting place for the endemic swallow-tailed gull.
  • Before lunch we will sail to Santa Fe, escorted by bottlenose dolphins if we’re lucky. After lunch you will land right in the middle of a Galapagos sea lion colony on the beach, where you will have time for a refreshing swim or snorkel between tropical reef fish in the crystal-clear azure waters of Barrington Bay. You will also encounter bizarre giant prickly pear cactus (opuntia) forests. These largest cacti of the islands have extremely thick trunks, and can grow over 10m/33ft tall! At the end of the morning we have a wet landing on the beach of Santa Fe where we will enjoy a guided nature walk. This extraordinary island is a remnant of probably the most ancient volcano on the Galapagos. Your guide will decide whether to follow the easy shorter circuit, or a strenuous longer hike inland.
  • Bottlenose dolphins also frequently escort the passage to Champion Islet. Underwater, Galapagos sea lions are playful acrobats that become the number one attraction. There are also lots of reef fish, and perhaps the odd green Pacific turtle. An inflatable dinghy ride along the shoreline of this islet offers sightings of many seabirds that are endemic to the archipelago, including Galapagos penguins, blue-footed boobies, magnificent frigate birds, red-billed tropicbirds, swallow-tailed gulls and lava herons. A bird watcher's dream is to get a glimpse of the Charles mockingbird on top of a prickly pear cacti.
  • The Asylum of Peace Island is an important historical site for guests. This hike goes past a mesmerising cave and visits a fascinating freshwater spring. On the other hand, La Loberia beach gets its name by the huge amount of sea lions that populate the island and rest on the sand. It’s an ideal spot to enjoy the ocean, go snorkelling and observe the cute sea lions that live there.
  • For the last stop, our dinghies will bring you to the touristic pier of Puerto Ayora; from where you will be brought to the Charles Darwin Research Station. Here biological research and indispensable conservation management of this unique archipelago are being carried out. The complex houses interpretation and information centres about the National Park and the Galapagos Marine Reserve. The most memorable part of your visit will probably be the successful breeding centre and the enclosures with Galapagos giant tortoises.
  • Before lunch, you will be transferred to Baltra Airport for your flight to Quito or Guayaquil.
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  • Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to the yacht, which will be waiting for you in the harbour.
  • The tabletop islet of North Seymour is an uplifted part of the seabed. Between the dry shrubs you might catch a glimpse of a Galapagos land iguana. You can spot numerous seabirds, such as brown pelicans, red-billed tropicbirds, endemic swallow-tailed gulls and even Nazca boobies (seasonally). Without doubt the main attraction is the archipelago’s most extensive breeding colonies of blue-footed boobies and frigatebirds. At the beginning of the breeding season adult frigatebird-males blow up their vivid red pouches to impressive football-sized balloons.
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  • At breakfast time we will sail to the nearby Prince Philip’s Steps, close to the entrance of the broken caldera. If we’re lucky we might see a Galapagos fur seal resting on one of the shaded ledges. Here you can snorkel once again, and then follow the guided walk through clifftop seabird colonies. At the side of the rim, the bushes open up and you can enjoy wide views and the strong sea breeze. Following the exposed rim you will first pass a colony of Nazca boobies and finally reach the extensive storm petrel nesting places, where you might be lucky to spot how the well-camouflaged short-eared owl hunts for them!
  • After lunch it is time to visit Darwin Bay. The diversity of the small-scale area will surprise you as you find yourself walking along a coral sand beach, crossing barren lava formations and creeks, passing tidal pools, shrubs and further ahead following clifftops. Every single species has its own ecological niche. Whimbrels and wandering tattlers forage actively along the surf, next to resting Galapagos sea lions. Impressive frigatebirds and red-footed boobies nest in the mangroves, where you can also listen to the sounds of vocalists such as the yellow warbler, Darwin’s finches and the Galapagos mockingbird. What’s unique is that two subpopulations of the same species of large cactus finch differ in their singing.
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  • After breakfast, we will visit the island of Bartolomé, which rises 114m above Sullivan Bay. Climb the steps of the Bartolomé Peak Trail and you will be rewarded with panoramic views over volcanic peaks, lunar craters and lava fields. Afterwards you can be refreshed at the foot of the famous "Pinnacle Rock" and explore the underwater world with a snorkel. Although there is little vegetation on this island, it has two breathtaking beaches, where sea turtles live. At the foot of the mountain you can also discover a small colony of Galapagos penguins.
  • The arrival in Sullivan Bay is like a moon landing. The desolate, sprawling fields seem to be mostly lifeless, but this island, which is particularly popular among photographers, still offers a lot to see. There is even some life! Green sea turtles burrow on the small white sand beach, where you can also catch crabs, sight blue herons and oystercatchers.
  • For the last stop before leaving, our dinghies will bring you to the touristic pier of Puerto Ayora, from where you will be brought to the Charles Darwin Research Station. Here biological research and indispensable conservation management of this unique archipelago are being carried out. The complex houses interpretation and information centres about the National Park and the Galapagos Marine Reserve. The most memorable past of your visit will probably be the successful breeding centre and the enclosures with Galapagos giant tortoises.
  • After this tour, you will be transferred to Baltra Airport for your flight to Quito or Guayaquil.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

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What is the maximum group size during Galapagos Island Cruise: 4-Day Tour Aboard the 'Archipel I'?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers.

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