Galápagos — South & Central 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
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7 nights cruising through the Galapagos National Park aboard Xavier III, coming face to face with large colonies of blue footed boobies, flamingos and Galapagos penguins, gaining a deeper understanding of the ecology of the Galapagos at the Charles Darwin Research Station, choosing to hike along or simply relax on the white sandy beaches of Española and hiking over the dramatic volcanic flows to a viewpoint on Bartolomé.

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend seven nights 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 cruising 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).

Alternative Trips

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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 to San Cristóbal Island. Meet the guide and transfer to the boat. Visit Isla Lobos in the afternoon.

Day 3North Seymour/Mosquera Island(1B, 1L, 1D)

Explore two tiny islands that are big on wildlife. North Seymour offers great views of nesting seabirds, including frigatebirds and Mosquera is home to large colonies of sea lions.

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

Visit Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to witness the giant lava formations contrasting the white-coral sand beach. Continue to Bartolomé Island for a guided tour to see the dramatic volcanic features before hiking to a panoramic viewpoint.

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

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

Day 6Isla Rábida/Bachas Beach(1B, 1L, 1D)

Land at Rábida Island for a visit to a saltwater lagoon and sea lion colony. Afternoon excursion to Bachas Beach for walks to observe the bird and wildlife as well as free time for swimming and snorkelling.

Day 7Floreana Island(1B, 1L, 1D)

Land at Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island. Guided walks to observe the bird and wildlife and learn about the natural history. Visit Post Office Bay in the afternoon. Snorkelling excusion at the Corona del Diablo.

Day 8Punta Suárez/Bahía Gardner(1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit Punta Suárez and Gardner Bay on Española Island. Enjoy guided walks to observe wildlife and free time for swimming or snorkelling.

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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