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Holiday Galapagos Cruise 2016 - Galaxy

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Galaxy
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Spend the holiday in the Galapagos! Cruise around the Northeastern and Southern islands snorkeling with sea lions, marine iguanas, and sea turtles. Hike amount land iguanas,lava lizards, and the famous Galapagos tortoises.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Baltra - Mosquera
Day 2 : Santiago -Bartolome
Day 3 : Genovesa
Day 4 : San Cristobal - Isla Lobos
Day 5 : Espanola
Day 6 : Floreana
Day 7 : Santa Fe - South Plaza Island
Day 8 : Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Center

Ship

Galaxy

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Arrive Baltra - Mosquera

Arrive at the Baltra airport and transfer to the Galaxy for your Galapagos Cruise.

Explore Mosquera islet between Baltra Island and North Seymour. Here, we find the biggest sea lions colony; also it is possible to observe several species of birds. Hike along the white sand beach!

In the evening, enjoy a welcome cocktail and presentation from the ship's captain before dinner.

Day 2 Santiago -Bartolome

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Sullivan Island by walking around the amazing, uneroded, black lava flow covered with lava bubbles. Learn about the plants that thrive in this seemingly desolate landscape

Spend the afternoon exploring Bartolome Island by land and by see. First take a short hike to view the plant and bird life coexisting with the volcanic landscape. Then swim and snorkel around from the beach on the northside of the island.

Day 3 Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Genovesa, a shield volcano. Rich in birdlife, Genovesa stretched about five miles and is filled with salt water. Hike up Prince Philip's Steps which give an extraordinary view of the island.

In the afternoon head to Darwin Bay beach for a hike in small forest of mangrove swamp where we will discover a colony of Frigates, marine iguanas, red-foot boobies and mask boobies, the great terrestrial and cactus finch. After this visit in land, we have the option that our passengers enjoy swimming and snorkeling in the bay.

Day 4 San Cristobal - Isla Lobos

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit the Interpretation Center to learn about the history and biodiversity of the Galápagos Islands. Take an informative self-guided walking tour to view Galapagos conservation at work.

In the afternoon, sail for Isla Lobos (Sea Lion Island) to view the sea lions which rest on the island's rocky shore. Isla Lobos is frequented with blue-footed boobies, great frigatebirds, brown pelicans, lava gulls, common noddies, yellow warblers and small and medium ground finches, making it an ideal location for birders. Snorkel near Leon Dormido, in the clear water and play with the sea lions in the shallows.

Day 5 Espanola

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Journey to Gardner Bay, to snorkel with a variety of fish and playful sea lions. Hope to see the occasional turtle or shark which swim in the waters off the island.

In the afternoon, travel to Suarez Point one of the most significantly birdlife rich locations in the Galapagos archipelago. Around twelve thousand breading pairs have their nests in the Española Island. Depending on the time of year you might catch the Blue-Footed Boobies and the Waved Albatross doing their extensive mating dances. Also view marine iguanas and over-sized lava lizards as they sun themselves on the rocks.

Day 6 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail for Post Office Bay, a sandy beach where past whalers used to leave and receive their letters in a barrel. Take part in the tradition by leaving an addressed postcard in the barrel. Additionally, pick up any letters within close proximity to your home to deliver once you return from the Galapagos.

Visit Punta Cormorant located to the west of Floreana Island. It has a unqiuely famous dark green beach due to the great quantity of olivine crystals. Then take a panga ride around Devils's Crown, a satellite islet of the island Floreana where constant sea erosion has form the rocks into the shape of a crown. This is one of the better places to go snorkeling.

Day 7 Santa Fe - South Plaza Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at Santa Fe to view the Opuntia cactus forest, the largest of its kind in the archipelago. It is home of one of the two species of land iguanas in the Galapagos islands. Crabs, nocturnal herons, marine iguanas, and land doves are often seen. The gorgeous turquoise bay is excellent place to swim and go snorkeling with sea turtles, rays, sea lions and tropical fishes.

At South Plaza, are two small islands with one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the Galapagos islands. Take a cliff-side trail which circumnavigates the island for spectacular views and varied vegetation.

Day 8 Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Center

  • 1 Breakfast
Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about the natural history of the islands and the effects of human involvement. See the tortoise breeding and rearing project at work.

In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your connection back to the mainland.

Galaxy

Per person starting at
$4,452
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Lower Deck
Comfortable cabins with lower beds and port hole windows. Cabins have private bathrooms with hot/cold water and air conditioning.
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Main Deck
Comfortable cabins with lower beds and large windows. Cabins have private bathrooms with hot/cold water and air conditioning.
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Upper Deck
Comfortable cabins with lower beds and large windows. Cabins have private bathrooms with hot/cold water and air conditioning.

Child Discount

10% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise (does not apply for Holiday departures)



Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50

Included

  • Accommodations on board Galaxy based on double occupancy
  • Meals while in the Galapagos
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide
  • Shore Excursions
  • Swimming and Snorkeling
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Sea Kayaking

Excluded

  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Wetsuit rental available for $25 for 4 days, $30 for 5 days, $35 for 6 days, $45 for 8 days, $55 for 10 days, $60 for 11 days, $80 for 15 days
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $595
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $540

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
Meyer Smolen

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