Galápagos — Central & East Islands aboard the Xavier III

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+20.00 USD (Transit Control Card)+100.00 USD (Galapagos Park Fee)
10 days,Quito to Quito
SEV10MB

7 nights cruising through the Galapagos National Park aboard Xavier III, choosing to hunt for sea lions and marine iguanas or simply relaxing on the white sandy beach of Santiago, gaining a deeper understanding of the history of the Galapagos at the Charles Darwin Centre, searching for land iguanas in the cactus forests of South Plaza, snorkelling with rays and sea lions at the dramatic Kicker Rock

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend eight days exploring the incredible wildlife of the Galapagos archipelago in the company of an expert Naturalist Guide. In the evenings, return to the Xavier III to reflect on the day’s adventures. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms. As one of the region’s largest operators, we understand the importance of controlling the onboard experience—that’s why you'll never end up on another operator's ship.

What's Included

  • 7 nights crusing in the Galapagos Islands, Certified Galapagos Park Guide, all landings, excursions and transportation, flights to and from the Galapagos Islands, snorkelling equipment, visit to a wildlife interpretation centre
  • Arrival transfer on day 1
  • 9 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners. (Allow USD75-100 for meals not included. Drinks and tips while on the yacht are extra. Not included is USD20 Tourist Transit card fee at the Quito airport and a USD100 (cash) Galapagos park entry fee upon arrival to the Islands.)
  • Local flight, motorized yacht, van, zodiacs, private bus.
  • Galapagos National Parks Guide while in the islands. Local G Adventures representative in Quito.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 12
  • Hotels (2 nts), on board Xavier III in twin-share cabins (7 nts).

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Places Visited

Itinerary

Day 1Quito

Arrive at any time and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2Quito/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno(1B, 1L, 1D)

Fly into San Cristóbal Island. Meet the Galápagos CEO and transfer to the boat. In the afternoon, visit the Tortoise Breeding Centre before setting off to explore the Galápagos.

Day 3Punta Pitt/Kicker Rock(1B, 1L, 1D)

Morning landing at Punta Pitt and Islet Pitt. After, visit Cerro Brujo on San Cristóbal Island to observe the sea lions, marine iguanas, and seabirds along the beach. Continue to the dramatic Kicker Rock in the afternoon.

Day 4Isla Santiago(1B, 1L, 1D)

Morning excursion to Playa Espumilla, one of the most idyllic beaches in the Galápagos Islands and home to thick mangroves and flamingo and sea turtle nesting sites. Continue to Buccaneer Cove to witness the towering cliff wall rock formations before going to Puerto Egas to see the salt crater as well as a dark-sand beach and tidal pools.

Day 5Puerto Ayora(1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant Galápagos tortoises and take an excursion to the Santa Cruz Highlands. Free time for shopping or exploration of Puerto Ayora.

Day 6Chinese Hat/Black Turtle Cove(1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit Chinese Hat for snorkelling opportunities and to observe the birds and sea lions before taking an excursion to Black Turtle Cove to see the marine life.

Day 7Cerro Dragon/Islas Daphne(1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit Cerro Dragón on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island to see land iguanas and a salt water lagoon frequented by flamingos and other species of birds. Continue to Daphne Island in the afternoon to spot birds and wildlife.

Day 8Islas Plaza/Isla Santa Fe(1B, 1L, 1D)

Land at South Plaza in the morning for wildlife spotting opportunities. Afternoon visit to Santa Fé Island for guided walks to observe the wildlife and plentiful marine iguanas. Opportunities for swimming and snorkelling with the sea lions.

Day 9Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Quito(1B)

Visit the Interpretation Centre on San Cristóbal Island before flying back to Quito.

Day 10Quito(1B)

Depart at any time.

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