2017: Cruising the Galapagos on board the Santa Cruz II (ISW)
8 days from Quito to Guayaquil
Anxiousness?not an emotion you want to feel unless you're like Charles Darwin in 1835. In a letter to his sister, he stated, 'I am very anxious for the Galapagos Islands. I think both the geology and the zoology cannot fail to be very interesting.' Ah yes, he was right except we don't want you to feel anxious about organizing your vacation, which is why we've taken care of all the details for you. On this 8-day vacation, we've arranged your hotel and cruise accommodations, sightseeing, and most meals. Plus, you'll have access to a Local Host in Quito, someone who will help you personalize your trip, answer questions, and generally be there for you. Your vacation starts the moment you arrive in Quito. We can pick you up at the airport and seamlessly take you to your selected hotel, where your Local Host will give you a warm welcome and materials to prepare you for your trip. The next day, after an included breakfast, we'll pick you up at your hotel for a private tour of the city with a local expert. Hear the fascinating stories and little-known facts as you visit must-see sights like Independence Square, San Francisco Plaza Church, and the Basilica. You'll also have free time to explore. Perhaps ask your Local Host to arrange an excursion to the Middle of the World (latitude 0), where you can have a foot in each hemisphere, or take a ride on the highest cableway in South America and see amazing views of the city. Then you're off to the Galapagos Islands, where your cruise ship is waiting.On your 5-day cruise aboard the Santa Cruz II, all your meals are included. You'll visit Santa Cruz Island, with a white-sand beach and brackish lagoons that serve as feeding grounds for various wading birds; Santiago Island, home to marine iguanas, Galapagos finches, flamingos, sea lions, and a common nesting area for sea turtles; Puerto Egas, known for its black-sand beach, land and marine birds, marine iguanas, and a colony of fur seals; Rabida Island, with its red-colored beach and large colonies of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers, and Darwin's finches; Bartolome Island, where you'll hike to the summit for a spectacular view of two beautiful bays and fascinating formations of lava flows; Genovesa Island, where you'll take a panga ride along the cliffs to see the shore and seabirds nesting on the cliffs' ledges, and where you'll climb up Prince Phillip's Steps to see masked boobies, blue and red-footed boobies, frigatebirds, and more; and San Cristobal Island, where Darwin first set foot in the Galapagos. Throughout the cruise, you'll have the opportunity to swim and snorkel. Sometimes you may even be escorted by marine turtles! Throughout your cruise, you'll be with an expert Naturalist who will bring this destination to life and be able to answer any question you may have. Our goal is to help make this magical experience a reality!. That's why we've put together this vacation for you that includes sightseeing, hotels, cruise, transportation, most meals, and guides and Naturalists. That doesn't even include the cost of your time or your sanity planning it all on your own! Let us handle the details while you grab your camera and swimsuit?the Galapagos Islands are waiting!
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- Tour Operator
- 8 Days
- Escorted - No
|Day 1||Quito||Quito, where you will be met by your Local Host.|
|Day 2||Quito||Your private city TOUR showcases the rich legacy left by the Incas and, later, the Spaniards. See Independence Square, dominated by its formidable Cathedral, San Francisco Plaza Church, and the Basilica with its marvelous stained-glass windows. (B)|
|Day 3||Galapagos Cruising: Santa Cruz Island||Fly to Baltra in the Galapagos. Upon arrival, transfer to Santa Cruz Island, where you will embark the Santa Cruz II and enjoy five days of cruising among various Galapagos Islands. Visit Las Bachas on SANTA CRUZ ISLAND, where abandoned WWII military barges can be found. Today, it is an important nesting area for the East Pacific Green Sea Turtle. You will also see brackish lagoons just steps away from the sea and the white-sand beach, a feeding ground for various wading birds-from stilts to flamingos. This evening, a lecture led by your onboard Naturalist will prepare you for tomorrow's adventure. (B,L,D)|
|Day 4||Cruising: Santiago Island||After breakfast, join your Naturalist for a short panga ride to Espumilla beach on SANTIAGO ISLAND. In the nearby mangrove forest, watch where you step, as this is common nesting area for sea turtles. Also keep an eye out for Galapagos finches, marine iguanas, and sea lions, as well as flamingos and pintail ducks in the nearby lagoons. This afternoon, land at Puerto Egas, known for its black-sand beach and landscape of tuff-stone layers and lava flows. This is a great opportunity to see land and marine birds as well as a colony of fur sea lions and marine iguanas. You have the chance to snorkel or swim from the beach, or ride on the glass-bottom boat. (B,L,D)|
|Day 5||Cruising: Rabida & Bartolome Islands||Disembark at RABIDA ISLAND on a red-colored beach, formed from the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material. Here, your Naturalist points out large colonies of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers, and several species of Darwin's finches. This is a wonderful place to snorkel from the beach, due to the unique combination of underwater species and submarine landscapes. At BARTOLOME ISLAND, hike to the summit for a stunning view of two beautiful bays and fascinating formations of lava flows and spatter cones, including iconic Pinnacle Rock. You will also have the chance to snorkel and possibly see Galapagos penguins in tropical waters and even some sharks! (B,L,D)|
|Day 6||Cruising: Genovesa Island||Upon arrival at GENOVESA ISLAND, your visit to Prince Philip's Steps begins with a scenic panga ride along the cliffs to see the large number of shore and seabirds nesting in the cliffs' ledges. Disembark at the base of Prince Philip's Steps and climb up the stairs to a trail where birdlife abounds. A walk with your Naturalist reveals large colonies of masked boobies, blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, storm petrels, and even short-eared owls. In the afternoon, disembark at Darwin Bay to observe thousands of birds-mainly, frigatebirds, redfooted and masked boobies, gulls, herons, finches, and mockingbirds. Return to the beach for swimming and snorkeling in this beautiful natural harbor. (B,L,D)|
|Day 7||Guayaquil||After breakfast, depart for Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, where Charles Darwin first set foot in the Galapagos back in 1835. This island is home to seabirds like blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, herons, frigatebirds, and various shore birds. Also watch for the Chatham mockingbird and Chatham lava lizard-both species are endemic to this island and seen nowhere else in the Galapagos. Head to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil. (B)|
|Day 8||Guayaquil||Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
- US$ Price Details
Dates & Prices do not include air travel.Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Monograms, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $571. Required intra-vacation air segments: Quito/Galapagos; Galapagos/Guayaquil. Air prices were effective on July 13, 2016 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your vacation, air prices may be higher.Cruise pricing is based on a Horizon Deck Explorer cabin on the Santa Cruz II. Cabin upgrades are available.Galapagos package includes Galapagos National Park entrance fee and transit card ($120 value).2018 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in July 2017.* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).
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