MONOGRAMS 2017: Cruising the Galapagos on board the La Pinta (ISL)
8 days from Quito to Guayaquil
In Kurt Vonnegut's novel Galapagos, a cruise through the Galapagos Islands becomes an evolutionary journey for the passengers on board. Your cruise to the Galapagos? Unlike the book, your cruise probably won't change the course of human evolution, but it is sure to be a highlight of your life. And Monograms will handle all of the details for you, so you can just savor the experience. On this 8-day vacation package, we've arranged your hotel and cruise accommodations, most of your meals, sightseeing, and transportation. Plus, a one-of-a-kind feature is the Monograms Local Host, someone in Quito to ensure your vacation runs smoothly and you get the most from your trip.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. Then you're off to the Galapagos Islands, where your cruise ship is waiting.On your 4-night cruise aboard the La Pinta, all your meals are included. You'll visit Santa Cruz Island, where you'll see and learn about the Galapagos giant tortoises in their natural habitat; Sombrero Chino, with a cove offering excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities with white-tipped reef sharks and Galapagos penguins; Bartolome Island, where you'll hike to the summit for a spectacular view of two beautiful bays and fascinating formations of lava flows; Santiago Island, where you'll have the opportunity to swim and snorkel by the white-sand beach and where you can see Galapagos penguins, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and more; and 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. Throughout the cruise, you'll take guided walks and cruises with your expert Naturalists, who will answer questions, point out the wildlife, and help make your vacation a magical experience. The Galapagos Islands are a destination like no other, and we want you to stop dreaming and experience them instead. That's why we've handled all the logistics for you. That doesn't include the cost of your time or the hassles and stress saved by letting us take care of everything for you. So what are you waiting for? The amazing wildlife in the Galapagos is waiting for you!
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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||Take a morning flight to Baltra, one of the remote Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival, travel with your expert Naturalist through the highlands of SANTA CRUZ ISLAND, where you will learn about the unique ecosystems of the archipelago. After lunch, travel to EL CHATO RESERVE to see and learn about the Galapagos Giant Tortoises living in the wild. Head to Puerto Ayora, where you will board the luxury La Pinta, your home for the next four nights. (B,L,D)|
|Day 4||Cruising: Santa Cruz Island||After breakfast, disembark on the green-colored beaches of Whale Bay on SANTA CRUZ ISLAND. Walk along a trail that leads to an old watering hole once used by former settlers and keep an eye out for boobies, land birds, and marine iguanas. This afternoon, explore the tiny island of SOMBRERO CHINO, which gets its name from its appearance: a Chinese hat. This islet, only formed fairly recently, makes for a beautiful visit as you explore the wildlife along its quarter-mile-long trail, which begins at a crescent-shaped, white sandy beach. The cove offers excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities with white-tipped reef sharks and Galapagos penguins. (B,L,D)|
|Day 5||Cruising: Bartolome & Santiago Islands||Disembark at BARTOLOME ISLAND and 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! This afternoon on SANTIAGO ISLAND, land at Sullivan Bay, an area covered in extensive lava fields formed about 100 years ago. The white-sand beach is great for swimming and snorkeling and is also where you can spot Galapagos penguins, sea lions, Sally Lightfoot crabs, blue-footed boobies, and maybe even a Galapagos hawk. (B,L,D)|
|Day 6||Cruising: Genovesa Island||This morning, disembark at Darwin Bay on GENOVESA ISLAND to observe thousands of birds-mainly frigatebirds, red-footed and masked boobies, gulls, herons, finches, and mockingbirds. Return to the beach for swimming and snorkeling in this beautiful natural harbor. Later today, visit Prince Philip's Steps, beginning with a scenic panga ride along the cliffs to see the large number of shorebirds 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. (B,L,D)|
|Day 7||Guayaquil||After breakfast, disembark your ship in Baltra and 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 standard cabins on La Pinta. All cabins on the La Pinta are the same standard, therefore, no 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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The purchase of any travel services offered by Monograms, constitutes a contractual arrangement between you (the Traveler) and Monograms, and represents your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions. Please ensure that you read carefully and understand the Terms & Conditions prior to booking. These Terms & Conditions cover Deposit & Final Payment information, Air-Inclusive Deposits & Final Payment, Revisions & Revision Fees, Air Arrangements, Participation, Travelers Who Need Special Assistance, Young Travelers, Smoking, Price Policy, Visas and Passports, Hotels & Accommodations, Baggage Allowance, Travel Documents, Not Included in the Land Price, Refunds, Service Inquires After the Vacation, Holidays, Safety, Photos & Pictures, Optional Excursions, and Responsibility.
- Vacation departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change.
- A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required for Monograms to reserve space for you. View Terms & Conditions for limited exceptions.
- The following charges are not included in the land vacation price unless otherwise noted: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; Intra-vacation air unless specified in the itinerary; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees including the September 11th Security fee up to $10 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $3.70 per segment, and U.S. and International arrival and departure and other government-imposed added by the airline and applicable at time of booking; port taxes; passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship's crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Monograms menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; optional excursions; additional activities and excursions purchased online; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection; and all other items of a personal nature.
Booking your Vacation with Air
For air departure dates within 331 days, you'll be offered a choice of carriers and flight schedules as well as price points to choose from when selecting your flights. Your schedule will be provided to you at the time of booking (schedules are subject to change by carriers). Monograms offers 2 air options: Flex Air and Instant Purchase Air. Flex Air allows flexibility if you want to make changes to your vacation schedule. Instant Purchase Air may offer additional airline options but has more restrictions. Some vacations may only offer one Air type option. Guaranteed air-inclusive prices: air is only available to passengers traveling from the United States and only available when booked in conjunction with a land vacation. An additional $300 per person non-refundable air deposit is required for Flex Air booked in conjunction with any land vacation (i.e. air-inclusive vacation). Air can only be booked by Monograms in conjunction with a vacation package. Instant Purchase Air requires air payment in full at time of booking (i.e. air-inclusive vacation) plus non-refundable service fee ($30 per person for North America, $80 per person for South Pacific, $50 per person for all other destinations). Once booked, Instant Purchase Air is non-refundable, and non-changeable. Some vacations may only offer one Air type option. However, once your airfare is confirmed and Monograms has received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive vacation price is guaranteed.
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