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San Cristobal - Baltra - Example 4 Day Cruise aboard Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise
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Embark on a 4-day cruise through the Eastern Galapagos Islands aboard the Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise. Begin at San Cristóbal Island, exploring Tijeretas and the Galapagos' history at the Interpretation Center. Dive into the archipelago's volcanic origins and conservation efforts. Gardner Bay boasts a white sandy beach with sea lions and abundant marine life, while Punta Suárez offers bird colonies and the waved albatross. Floreana reveals two unique beaches, flamingos, penguins, and marine iguanas. Snorkel at Champion Islet and mingle with the playful sea lion colony. Visit Post Office Bay to leave or pick up unstamped letters. Disembark in Puerto Ayora to tour the Charles Darwin Research Station, home to giant tortoises and land iguanas. Conclude with a return flight from Baltra airport to the mainland.
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Highlights
  • Visit Tijeretas Hill, a bird colony, and soak in scenic beauty
  • Discover Floreana Island's amazingly green sand beach and Flour Beach
  • Snorkel with sea lions and discover vibrant marine life
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: San Cristobal | Embark | Tijeretas hill

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Catch an early flight to San Cristóbal Island. Learn about the history of the Galápagos Islands from the very beginning of their volcanic origins through to today’s conservation efforts. Tour the Human History exhibit to learn about the islands’ discovery and colonization, and discover the natural history and variety of flora and fauna that make the Galápagos so fascinating.

In the afternoon, visit Tijeretas, a great viewpoint and your first wildlife encounter. Learn about the origins of the Galapagos at the Interpretation Center. Tijeretas Hill bears its name thanks to the frigate birds as “Tijeretas” is how people locally call them. Here enjoy a great view of beautiful landscapes at the foot of a frigate bird nesting colony.
Activities: Hiking 

Day 2: Gardner Bay | Suarez Point, Española

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy the day on Española Island, one of the oldest in the archipelago. Arrive at Gardner Bay in the morning, and spend the day exploring on shore and snorkeling in the bay. Visit Gardner Bay's magnificent white sandy beach, home to sea lions and sea birds. Be sure to explore the beautiful turquoise water and its incredible sea life. Spot young sea lions and large schools of surprisingly big tropical fish, including yellow-tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish, and bump-head parrot fish.
Activities: Hiking, Panga ride, Snorkeling, Paddleboarding, Kayaking

After lunch, sail to the western side of the islands to Punta Suárez, known for its amazing bird colonies and home to the waved albatross (April and December).  Punta Suárez is one of the most rich wildlife landing sites in the Galápagos. Be greeted by surfing young sea lions on arrival. Head to the trail to find many species of nesting sea birds, and, if lucky, see the waved albatross. Follow the path up to a cliff for great views over the ocean, and watch sea birds gliding in the wind.
Activities: Hiking

Day 3: Cormorant Point | Post Office Bay, Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Land at Punta Cormorant, the only landing site on Floreana Island, and discover two amazingly different beaches: one with green sand, colored by olivine crystals, and another with white sand particles known as 'Flour Beach'. Spend the afternoon observing flamingos and other shore birds feeding in the lagoon. Spot penguins and marine iguanas at the water’s edge, and explore the lava tubes with the Galápagos CEO. Guided walks to observe the birds and wildlife and learn about the natural history.
Activities: Hiking, Panga ride, Snorkeling

Jump on in and get up close and personal with the playful sea lion colony that resides in the waters off this tiny island. Keep an eye out for sea turtles, rays, and colorful fish swimming by. There can be currents in this area, this activity should be done by strong swimmers only. Snorkeling excursion at Champion Islet.

Visit Post Office Bay and learn about its unique history. In the late 18th century, English whaling vessels placed a barrel here to be used as a post office. Today, the box is used mainly by tourists, who may drop off and pick up unstamped letters to be carried to far destinations. Continue the tradition – leave a letter and take one to deliver (be sure it makes it to the correct location).
Activities: Hiking, Panga ride, Paddleboarding, Kayaking

Day 4: Puerto Ayora | Disembark | Charles Darwin Station | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in Puerto Ayora and visit Fausto Llerena Breeding Center a great place to observe many species of tortoises and land iguanas in captivity. Brought back from the brink of extinction, see the famous Galápagos tortoise up close – a corral houses adult tortoises, and a nursery cares for the young until around age three when their shells have hardened. This area also houses the Charles Darwin Research Station, a scientific organization initiated in 1964, which works to preserve the Galápagos' ecosystem through the conservation efforts of scientists, researchers, and volunteers. While the offices themselves are not open to visitors, the research station provides a study location for international scientists and environmental education for the local community.
Activities: Hiking

Fly back to the mainland from Baltra airport.

Ship/Hotel

Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise

Hermes Catamaran
Luxury Aperitif Lounge
Main Salon

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Cabin size: 35 m² / 376 sq ft 6 convertible (twin/king size) double suites All suites feature a private balcony, mini bar, walk-in closet, and jacuzzi.
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Single cabin size: 20 m² / 215 sq ft 2 single suites All suites feature a private balcony, mini bar, walk-in closet, and jacuzzi.

Notes

  • Single supplement: 50% if both single cabins are already booked.
  • Child discount is 15% if travelling with 2 adults and under 12 years of age. Discount does not apply on discounted, promotional rates, or peak season.
  • Minimum age aboard is 6 years old. Children under 6 years of age are welcomed in charters and family departures with a waiver signed by their parents. They are and will be held fully responsible and liable for their kids’ safety during the entire cruise.

Child Discount

The minimum age aboard is 6 years old. Child discount is 15% if traveling with 2 adults and under 12 years of age. Discount does not apply on discounted, promotional rates, or peak season.

Children under 12 may receive discounts on Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. Contact us for details.
Included
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Laundry Service
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide 
  • Use of snorkeling equipment, wet suits, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards.
  • Satellite internet
  • Signature Menu by a Renowned Chef
  • Use of Library
  • Use of Hammam
  • Cocktail and Cooking lessons
  • Butler Service
  • Unpacking Service
  • Access to Galapagos Airport VIP Lounge
  • Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Beverages from Selected Menu
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $200 per adult, $100 per child under 12 (fees of $100 per adult and $50 per child valid on arrivals through Aug 1, 2024). Payable upon arrival to the Galapagos, only in cash dollars. Subject to increase by Galapagos Park Service.
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
  • Massage services
  • Drinks not included in the Menu

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