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Galapagos Islands Cruise: 4-Day Cruise Aboard the 'Archipel II'

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

Overview

Maximize your limited time on the Galapagos Islands with a four-day live aboard cruise. You’ll sleep in a private twin or double cabin with a sea view, while the ship transports you to farther flung islands.  Relax as the crew prepares and serves all of your meals, in between your wildlife excursions. With a maximum of 16 passenger on board, you'll have a more personalized experience.
  • Maximize your limited vacation time on a 4-day live aboard cruise
  • Sleep in a private air conditioned cabin with a sea view
  • Enjoy all meals prepared for you by onboard staff
  • Immerse yourself in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Galapagos Islands
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 09H20     
  • GYE-GPS: departure 08H25; arrival 09H20
  • 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
  • After your 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 is Cerro Colorado, where the Tortoises Protection and Growing Centre is 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. 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. 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.
  • Chinese Hat is a 52m/170ft high volcanic cone, forming another islet right off the rocky coast of Santiago, where a small colony of
  • has settled. Because its primordial fire has been extinguished recently, this is an excellent place to learn more about volcanism, lava bombs and lava tunnels. On the beach you can also find curious pillow-type lavas with
  • on top! These spheres have a submarine origin before being lifted above sea level. Beaches of white coral sand grow, and holes in the eroding lava fields are filled up with lava sand, which enables rooting.
  • and countless
  • contribute to fertilisation. This all together create more favourable options for newcomers, like
  • and the discolouring
  • carpet. Colonisation of Chinese Hat can occur at a much higher pace than elsewhere, hence Santiago is just a stone’s throw away.
  • After lunch we will visit Dragon Hill. The Dragon Hill has been open to the public since 1993 and is located in the north-west of the island of Santa Cruz. A path leads to a salted water lagoon behind the beach, which is visited by flamingos, ducks and other bird species. This place was re-populated with land iguanas of Seymour, Isabela and Santa Cruz. From the top of the hill you have a beautiful view of the bay.
  • For our 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 carried out. The complex houses interpretation and information centres about the National Park and the Galapagos Marine Reserve around. The most memorable part 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.
  • 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 see 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.
  • The island of Bartolomé 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.
  • After lunch we will visit another amazing place. Espumilla Beach is a visitor’s site at the northern end of James Bay, on the western coast of Santiago. This beach has been revived as an important breeding site for turtles, as it is no longer suffering from digging wild pigs. The turtles return year after year to bury their eggs into the cinnamon coloured sand dunes. The beach ridge hides a mangle with two picturesque lagoons on the backside. The colony of American flamingos and aquatic birds used to be its main attraction, but after the climate phenomenon of El Niño, strong sedimentation altered the brackish water environment, and it no longer contains their food. During the hill climb you will be rewarded with a beautiful view of the transitions from sea into beach into mangrove into dry palo santo forest.
  • After breakfast we will navigate south to Puerto Egas with its famous fur seal grottos, where you will make another, very different guided walk along the coastline. Its masterly sculptured coastline of black basalts and polished multi-coloured ash-layers forms a photogenic scene with collapsed lava tunnels, natural arches, caves and blowholes such as ‘Darwin’s toilet’. In a grotto below a spectacular rock arch at the end of the beach, a colony of Galapagos fur seals occupies the shade. Hundreds of sally lightfoot crabs seem even brighter orange against the pitch-black rocks.
  • After lunch and a ‘wet landing’ on the remarkable red beach of Rabida, two short guided hikes are programmed. Oxidised iron particles give rocks and sand their rusty colour. The beach wall holds a shallow green-fringed lagoon; this oasis is the most fertile place on the otherwise arid islet, which is overgrown with leaf-dropping palo santo trees. The salty pool attracts all kinds of aquatic birds, like pintails and sometimes American flamingos. Between the evergreen foliage of the surrounding mangrove bushes many species of songbirds hide and breed. An outstanding attraction is the major breeding colony of brown pelicans, the only ones in the world that plunge-dive. Upon returning you will be picked up by the inflatable dinghies, to get ready for snorkelling.
  • 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 part 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 Islands Cruise: 4-Day Cruise Aboard the 'Archipel II'?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers.

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