Galapagos – Northern and Central Islands

Mixed Board Basis 9 nights from €4,955 per person

Overview

A fabulous 8-day cruise on board the 16-passenger Queen of the Galapagos, you will see the best of this unique archipelago. The stylish catamaran has ten dedicated crew members and an expert naturalist guide. With all your meals included on the cruise and a night in Quito at the beginning and end of the trip, you will be able to explore the Galapagos in comfort. (GM - EV10GB)

Highlights:

  • Watch and swim with sea lions in Santa Fe
  • Visit the idyllic beach of Playa Espumilla to relax and watch flamingos and sea turtles
  • Be amazed by the striking volcanic landscape of Genovesa
  • Head to Sullivan Bay to walk along the white coral sand beach
  • Observe land iguanas and birdlife at Cerro Dragon
  • Walk through the highlands of Santa Cruz to see giant Galapagos tortoises in the wild
Whats included?
  • Flights & taxes
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Checked baggage
  • CAR licensed & bonded
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
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Day 1

Quito

Arrive into Quito and transfer to your hotel (arrival transfer included).

Day 2

San Cristóbal

Take an early flight to San Cristobal and meet with a naturalist guide upon arrival who will assist with your transfer to the catamaran. You’ll visit the Galapaguera Cerro Colorado in the afternoon to see a section of land which has been reserved for the repopulation of giant turtles.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 3

Santa Fé and Black Turtle Cove

Sail in search of Santa Fé this morning, which is a small and relatively dry island. This is renowned for swimming with and watching sea lions, as well as seeing the giant prickly pear cactus on the north of the island. If you’re lucky, you may also get chance to see the Galapagos hawk, snakes and the Galapagos mockingbird. In the afternoon, take part in an excursion by ‘panga’ to Black Turtle Cove to observe the mangroves and waterway canals.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 4

Isla Santiago

Take a morning excursion to Playa Espumilla which is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Galapagos Islands. Continue onwards to Puerto Egas to see the salt crater and the dark sand beaches.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 5

Genovesa

Today sees you land at Genovesa Island which is an old, imploded volcano and a haven for colonies of Frigate birds, blue-footed boobies and various species of seabirds. The views here are stunning, dotted with striking rising volcanic cliffs. You’ll also visit the sites of Darwin Bay and El Barranco as well.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 6

Bartolomé and Sullivan Bay

Today you will hike to the summit of Bartolomé Island for an amazing view of the island’s volcanic beginnings. After the hike, stop at the beach to unwind and enjoy the semi-tropical surroundings. But the real highlight is a short and easy walk to the beach on the opposite side which often has sharks and marine turtles swimming and nesting.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 7

Rábida and Cerro Dragón

In the morning, take part in an excursion to Rabida Island where you’ll reach a red sand beach. From here, take the short trail leading to a salt water lagoon to see wading flamingos. In the afternoon, visit Cerro Dragón which can be found on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island and is home to a salt water lagoon frequented by flamingos and land iguanas.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 8

Santa Cruz

Arrive into Puerto Ayora in the morning and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant Galapagos tortoises. You can also take an excursion to the Santa Cruz highlands where you can see these amazing creatures in the wild.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 9

San Cristóbal and  Quito

Reach San Cristobal in the morning and take a trip to El Junco lagoon to observe the varied vegetation which surrounds the largest freshwater lagoon in the Galapagos Islands. Disembark after breakfast and visit the Interpretation Centre before transferring to the airport for your flight back to Quito. Enjoy one last night in Quito before your departure tomorrow.

(Breakfast included)

Day 10

Quito

Depart from Quito today.

(Breakfast included)

  • International flights and arrival transfer
  • Internal travel: local flight; motorised catamaran; van; zodiacs; public bus; flights to and from the Galapagos Islands
  • Deluxe hotel (2 nights) in Quito; on-board the Queen of Galapagos (G8); motorised catamaran in comfortable twin-share or double cabins or a spacious suite (7 nights)
  • 9 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners (Allow USD120-160 for meals not included; Drinks and tips while on the yacht are extra)
  • Galapagos cruise (7nights) Arrival transfer, All meals aboard the Queen, Snorkelling equipment for Darwin Bay and Bartolome Island; hike to viewpoint overlooking the famous Pinnacle Rock, excursion to see the red-footed boobies, highlands wild tortoise excursion (Santa Cruz and San Cristobal), visit to a wildlife interpretation centre, snorkelling equipment and wetsuits onboard
  • Galapagos National Parks Guide while in the islands; Local representative in Quito
  • Small group experience; max 16, avg 12

  • You must pay a USD10 Tourist Transit card fee at the Quito airport and a USD100 (cash) Galapagos park entry fee immediately upon arrival to the Islands (subject to increase)
  • The minimum age for this trip is 6 years. Please see the activities for any specific minimum age requirements.
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