An 8-day superior Galapagos cruise ideal to give you the chance to explore several islands and visitor sites and thereby make the most of this very special trip of a lifetime. Make sure you check out the itineraries offered by different boats to ensure that it suits your particular interests. Each island is a world in itself with a completely unique flora and fauna.
By taking a first-class cruise you will ensure a high standard of service. First-class boats offering a five-day itineraries include the Anahi, Archipel I, Archipel II, Beluga, Cachalote, Coral I, Coral II, Eric, Galapagos Legend, Galaxy, Galaxy II, Letty, Mary Anne, Nemo II, Queen Beatriz, San José, Seaman Journey and Yolita II.
This tour includes
· A bilingual (English/Spanish) guide
· All excursions included in itinerary of chosen boat
· Accommodation on board based on double occupancy rates
· All meals while onboard
· Transfers to and from the airport when in the Galapagos Islands
· Use of all onboard facilities
· Snorkeling equipment
This tour does not include
· Airline ticket to/from mainland Ecuador
· Entrance fee to Galapagos National Park ($100 for adults / $50 for under-12s)
· Tourist Transit Card TCT ($20)
· Fuel surcharge
· Alcoholic beverages
· Travel insurance
· Any other service not mentioned herein
Sample itinerary (Treasure of Galapagos)
Day 1 (Friday) - Arrival & Santa Cruz Island
Arrival in Baltra and transfer to boat. Afternoon visit to the highlands of Santa Cruz islands to see giant tortoises roaming in the wild. You’ll then visit the Charles Darwin Station a research facility and information center with a giant tortoise and land iguana breeding program.
Day 2 (Saturday) - Floreana Island
Visit to Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island, which has a nice trail that combines a greenish sand beach, a blackish lagoon with flamingos and a white sand beach considered as one of the main nesting sites for sea turtles. Close to the shore snorkeling is great at the Devil´s Crown. You’ll then visit Post Office Bay where you can use a historic unofficial postal system originally used by whalers.
Day 3 (Sunday) - Isabela Island
Morning visit to Puerto Villamil, a small and charming town on a white sandy beach where there is a tortoise breeding station and a flamingo lagoon. In the afternoon you’ll get to visit Sierra Negra volcano, with its 10km crater. If you’re lucky, you might spot some wild giant tortoises can be spotted at the bottom of the crater.
Day 4 (Monday) - Isabela Island
Morning visit to Punta Moreno on the southwestern coast of Isabela Island where you’ll enjoy incredible views of the Alcedo, Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcanos. In the afternoon you’ll visit Elizabeth Bay by dinghy to spot sea tourtules and rays.
Day 5 (Tuesday) - Isabela Island
Morning visit to Urbina Bay on the west coast of Isabela Island, located in the foothills of both the Alcedo and Darwin volcanos. This is a great spot to see colorful land iguanas, Galapagos tortoises and a flat area formed by an uplift of the seabed in 1954 which has left a coral reef exposed. In the afternoon you’ll visit Tagus Cove, once a favorite pirate and whaler port. A trail leading up to Darwin’s Crater takes you along a big salt lake passing a large number of native and endemic plants.
Day 6 (Wednesday) - Fernandina & Isabela Island
Morning visit to Punta Espinoza, famous for its large colonies of marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins, Galapagos hawks, Galapagos snakes and more. Afternoon visit to Punta Vicente Roca on the northwest coast of Isabela Island which is a large nesting site for masked boobies.
Day 7 (Thursday) - Santiago and Bartolome Islands
Morning walk at Puerto Egas along the rocky coastline to see some of the best tide pools in the archipelago. Here you’ll see Sugar Loaf Volcano, fur seals, oystercatchers, marine iguanas and an old salt mine. In the afternoon you’ll hike to the highest point on Bartolome island to enjoy the spectacular view. You’ll even see sea lions and penguins around Pinnacle Rock and enjoy great swimming and snorkeling on the sandy beach.
Day 8 (Friday) - North Seymour Island & Departure
Morning visit to to North Seymour island, created after an uplifting event thousands of years ago. The island is home to endemic Palo Santo trees, colonies of blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and magnificent frigate birds. A great way to end your Galapagos adventure. Transfer to Baltra airport for departure.
Choosing the Right Galapagos Tour
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