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Explore the northwestern Galapagos Islands of Santa Cruz, Santiago, Isabela and Fernandina on this exceptional 8-day long cruise of the Galapagos. The Millennium is a popular catamaran fully air-conditioned featuring elegant social areas with stunning ocean views, a large dining room, lounge, sun deck and bar. Join us on the Millennium for this exceptional Galapagos Tour.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra - Santa Cruz Island - Highlands
Day 2 : Isabela
Day 3 : Isabela - Fernandina
Day 4 : Fernandina - Isabela
Day 5 : Santiago - Chinese Hat
Day 6 : Santa Cruz Island - Black Turtle Cove - North Seymour
Day 7 : Bartolome - Santiago
Day 8 : Santa Cruz Island - Bachas Beach - Baltra

Ship

Millennium

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Baltra - Santa Cruz Island - Highlands

Arrive at the Baltra airport and transfer to the Millennium.

Begin your Galapagos tour at the Santa Cruz Highlands. Walk along a path and observe the hills, ferns, volcanoes, and rich wildlife of the area. View giant tortoises, forest, mockingbirds, Bahama ducklings, white-cheeked pintail ducklings, Darwin finches, and many other species. Explore the underground lava tubs with your local guides.

Day 2 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Journey to Tintoreras Islet for snorkeling. These turquoise waters are the homes to white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos Penguins, marine turtles and sea lions.

In the afternoon, explore the wetlands(Puerto Villamil), which features lagoons, swamps, and mangroves. Walk along a path that winds through the wetlands.

Day 3 Isabela - Fernandina

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Isabela's Wetlands, which consist of lagoons, swamps and mangroves. Take a foot path which winds its way through the swamps.

Visit the Tortoise Breeding Center to learn about tortoise conservation in the Galapagos Islands.

Giant tortoise eggs are collected and brought to the center to be hatched and taken care of for five years before being released into the wild.

Day 4 Fernandina - Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Espinosa Point to view hundreds of marine iguanas as they gather on the black lava rocks. Walk around to see the various lava flows.

Day 5 Santiago - Chinese Hat

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat) to view a colony of sea lions on the white coral sand beach. See American Oystercatchers, Galapagos Penguins, and Sally-Lightfoot Crabs as they travel over the volcanic rocks.

Day 6 Santa Cruz Island - Black Turtle Cove - North Seymour

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Set sail for Black Turtle Cove to view black and whitetip reef sharks, sea turtles, golden cow-nose rays, spotted eagle rays, and the occasional hammerhead shark. The shallow inlet of Black Turtle Cove provides protection for juveniles of several species and is ideal for snorkeling.

Day 7 Bartolome - Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Pinnacle Rock and the White Sand Beach for opportunities to photograph the Galapagos penguin. Snorkel and play with sea lions as they scoot towards you on the sand.

Day 8 Santa Cruz Island - Bachas Beach - Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Venture over to Santa Cruz Island and stop at Bachas Beach, one of the main sea turtle nesting sites in the Galapagos.

Transfer to the airport for your connecting flight back to the mainland.

Millennium

Per person starting at
$4,160
Double cabin on the Millenium
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Standard cabins
Standard cabins on main deck with twin beds. Air conditioning, private bathroom with shower. Bathtubs are currently inoperable for water conservation.
Suite on the Millenium
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Owner Suites
2 owners suite cabins with double bed. Air conditioning, private bathroom with shower. Bathtubs are currently inoperable for water conservation.

Single Supplement

This yacht requires single travelers to pay a supplement for private accommodations unless a roommate can be found.

Child Discount

30% discount for children under age of 12 at time of Galapagos cruise.

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board Millennium 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

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
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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