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Get ready to enjoy an awesome 4-day cruise that explores the highlights of the central and eastern islands of the Galapagos. Indulge yourself in the picturesque beauty of the unique landscape, relax on the beach, do some exploratory snorkeling, and wander through the islands of this archipelago. This covers some of the most amazing islands of the Galapagos and will leave you wanting to come back for more. Consider extending your stay, as a 4-day trip is just too little time!
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Highlights
  • Snorkel and sunbath at the volcanic Cerro Brujo
  • Learn about Galapagos conservation at the giant tortoise breeding center
  • Board the Legend, a 100 passenger expedition vessel perfect for families
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Baltra | Embark | North Seymour

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Departing from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra for a 2:30 hour flight. Upon arrival passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.

This flat, uplifted, island is an important spot to see both magnificent and great frigatebird males courting the females by clicking, bill-clapping, shuddering and flapping their wings, all while showing off their grossly inflated, bright red, gular pouch. You will also likely see courting blue-footed boobies displaying their unique feet while `dancing´ to a prospective mate. Sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls, crashing surf and distant views of the Daphne Islands top off a great visit.
Highlights: Two species of frigatebirds: magnificent & great, swallow-tailed gulls, nesting colony of blue-footed boobies.
Disembarking: dry landing
Physical Condition: medium
Type of terrain: rocky & sandy
Activities: 1 hour 45 min hike / 1 hour glass-bottom boat or deep water snorkeling

Day 2: Bartolome | Sullivan Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Considered the most iconic landscape of the entire archipelago the view from the top of Bartolome Island, overlooking the famous Pinnacle Rock and the austere Santiago Island beyond, is well worth the climb up the wooden boardwalk. This volcanic scene has often been likened to a lunar landscape. Your subsequent snorkel here might put us face to face with Galapagos penguins, white-tipped reef sharks and playful sea lions.
Highlights: Landscape, Pinnacle Rock, penguins, blue-footed boobies.
Disembarking: dry landing
Physical Condition: medium
Type of terrain: wooden path of 372 stairs.
Activities: 45 min glass-bottom boat or 45 min beach snorkeling / 30 min dinghy ride / 45 min hike

Wet landing. Although, when viewed from the sea, the site does not look especially interesting visitors are always totally enthralled by the amazing beds of pahoehoe lava from the recent flow on the island. It is a landscape and macro photographer´s dream. The importance of pioneer plants such as the tiny Mollugo will be discussed as you hike over the lava. After your land visit you can enjoy a refreshing snorkel in the company of sea lions, turtles and rays.
Difficulty level: demanding
Type of terrain: flat volcanic lava
Duration: 1:30-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling / beach time

Day 3: Pitt Point | Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sea lions will greet you as you land on the beach and prepare for your climb to a high point on the steep eroded tuff cone. This is the only place in the islands where you will enjoy the chance to see all three of the booby species in the same place. The red-foots will be perched on the Cordia lutea and small trees, the Nazca´s on the ground near the cliff edge while the blue-foots will be a little further inland. Frigatebirds will be all around and the views are breathtaking.
Highlights: Magnificent viewpoints, colony of sea lions, 3 bobby species and 2 frigatebirds.
Disembarking: wet landing
Physical Condition: medium
Type of terrain: rocky
Activities: 2 hour hike / 1 hour beach snorkeling or 45 min kayaking 

From your dinghy ride, as you head to shore, you are first humbled by the immensity of the stunning cliffs of ‘Sorcerer´s Hill’. You can enjoy simply sharing the beach with sea lions, snorkeling from shore or take a walk to a hidden lagoon where you might spot black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels and white-cheeked pintails.
Highlights: extensive marine wildlife.
Disembarking: wet landing
Physical Condition: low
Type of terrain: sandy
Activities: 45 min dinghy ride / 1 hour 30 min beach snorkeling or 45 min kayaking

Day 4: Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve | Disembark | San Cristobal Airport

  • 1 Breakfast
In the moist highlands of San Cristobal, you will visit the giant tortoise breeding center “La Galapaguera” to witness the most iconic creature of the archipelago in its various life stages. The tortoises wander in a semi-natural habitat which lends itself to good photographic opportunities. The aim of the reserve is to help restore populations of the threatened San Cristobal tortoise back into the wild. In town, there are shops to purchase local handicrafts and souvenirs.
Highlights: Giant tortoises in semi-captivity, beautiful landscape on bus ride to La Galapaguera, miconia plant zone.
Disembarking: dry landing
Physical Condition: medium
Type of Terrain: sandy
Activities: 1 hour 30 min bus ride round-trip / 1 hour 15 min visit

After the visit, guests will be transferred to San Cristobal Airport for their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito

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Galapagos Legend

Galapagos Legend Pool Area
Al Fresco dining
Charles Darwin Panorama Lounge

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$1,842
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Standard Cabin
Averaging 140 sq. ft. Three interior cabins located on the Earth Deck, with double or twin bed options. These cabins donĀ“t have exterior views.
Standard Plus
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Standard Plus Cabin
Averaging 118 sq. ft. Seven cabins located on the Sea and Earth Deck, with double or twin bed options, and portholes.
Junior Suite
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Junior Suite
Averaging 161 sq. ft. Twenty four double, twin or triple suites, and four quadruple suites located on the Earth Deck. Include two panoramic windows on each cabin and top of line amenities.
Junior Suite Plus
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Junior Suite Plus
Averaging 215 sq. ft. Twenty four double, twin or triple suites, and four quadruple suites located on the Earth Deck. Include two panoramic windows on each cabin and top of line amenities.
Balcony Suite
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Balcony Suite
Averaging 237 sq. ft. Sixteen suites located on the Moon and Sky Deck, with double, twin and triple bed options. Include panoramic view windows, private balcony, mini fridge, champagne, and top of line amenities & bathrobe.
Balcony Suite Plus
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Balcony Suite Plus
Averaging 237 sq. ft. Sixteen suites located on the Moon and Sky Deck, with double, twin and triple bed options. Include panoramic view windows, private balcony, mini fridge, champagne, and top of line amenities & bathrobe.
Legend Balcony Suite
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Legend Balcony Suite
Averaging 355 sq. ft. One suite located on the Moon Deck with double, twin and triple bed options. Includes a generously large balcony, mini fridge, champagne, and top of line amenities & bathrobe.

Child Discount

Children under 12 years old receive a 50% discount (25% for holiday season) when sharing a cabin with two full-fare paying guests. Child discounts are conditional and may not apply on certain departures. Please contact us for more information.

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
  • 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: $100 per adult, $50 per child under 12
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
  • Wetsuits are not included but are available to rent on board - $25 for 4-day and 5-day tours, $50 for 8-day, 11-day, and 12 day tours, and $75 for 15-day tours. 
  • Kayak available for $30/use

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