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Galapagos Northwestern Catamaran Cruise

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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.
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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: 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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Millennium

The Millennium
Enjoy lunch in the spacious dining room aboard the Millennium
The Millennium

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

Children under 12 may receive discounts on Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. Contact us for details.
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Gear Rental: Snorkeling Gear
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide 
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Shore Excursions, Swimming and Snorkeling 
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
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.
  • Wetsuits are not included but can be rented on board
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675

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This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).
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