Marine: Galapagos Land & Sea - Central Islands aboard the Monserrat (SEVL07NB)
Countries Visited: Ecuador Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Marine - Small-ship adventures on the world's great seas and rivers The poles of the Earth, the wonders of the Galapagos, the mysteries of the Amazon, out-of-the-way Greek Islands and other great places are best (and sometimes only) accessed by boat. Marine trips get you there aboard small ships, exclusive yachts and catamarans.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Max 20, avg 14
Meals Included: 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
One night in Puerto Ayora, hike the beautiful beach of Tortuga Bay with an included kayak trip, Three nights cruising the Galapagos National Park aboard the Monserrat, hike over the dramatic volcanic flows to a viewpoint on Bartolome, snorkel with sea lions and sea turtles, find marine iguanas sunning themselves on the rocks and playing in the surf.
If you're looking for a taste of exotic nature, look no further than this trip aboard the Monserrat, our comfort-class vessel for navigating the waters of the Galapagos. Start with a day on land and stay at a beautiful island hotel, the best possible way to start your tour. Snorkelling with sea lions and other aquatic wildlife and taking a trek over volcanic rock will give you both incredible sights and indelible memories. And with two naturalist guides on the tour, you'll bring home extra knowledge to go along with your photo slideshows.
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|Offer valid through 12/31/2017|
|Day 1||Quito||Day 1 Quito|
Arrive at any time. Additional Notes: Booking pre- or post-trip accommodation is highly recommended to fully experience the city and take advantage of the many optional activities available. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting with G Representative
|Day 2||Puerto Ayora||Day 2 Quito/Puerto Ayora (1B)|
Fly to the Galapagos, meet the CEO and transfer to Puerto Ayora, a port town. Check into the hotel followed and after lunch hike to Tortuga Bay and explore the mangroves by kayaking. Additional Notes: Flights from Quito to Baltra depart between 6:40am and 9:40am depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into the Galapagos between 9:30am and 12:30pm with a short refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). The national park charges a visitor fee of USD100, payable on arrival, which funds park maintenance and supervision in the Galapagos as well as ecological study, conservation, and infrastructure development in Ecuadors other national parks. Entry fees and the funds they generate for the national park system are among measures taken by the Ecuadorian government to protect its natural heritage. Included Activities: Tortuga Bay Hike Tortuga Bay Kayaking Transport: Plane (2.00 hour(s))
|Day 3||Baltra Island||Day 3 Puerto Ayora/Baltra Island (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Morning visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, a science organization initiated in 1964, which works to preserve the Galapagos ecosystem through the conservation efforts of scientists, researchers, and volunteers.Visit a tortoise ranch in the afternoon and see some of the amazing volcanic formations on Santa Cruz. Tonight will be the first night spent on board the Monserrat. Included Activities: Charles Darwin Research Station Visit Highlands Giant Tortoises Visit Transport: Monserrat
|Day 4||Bartolome Island||Day 4 Sullivan Bay/Bartolome Island (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Visit Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to see giant lava formations contrasting the white-coral sand beach. Continue to Bartolome for a guided tour to see the dramatic volcanic features before hiking to a panoramic viewpoint. Included Activities: Sullivan Bay Visit Snorkelling (Sullivan Bay) Bartolome Island Landing Snorkelling (Bartolome Island) Transport: Monserrat
|Day 5||Cerro Dragon||Day 5 Bachas Beach/Cerro Dragon (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Visit Bachas Beach in the morning, located on the northeastern tip of Santa Cruz Island. A great beach to stroll on with crystalline waters perfect for swimming, Bachas Beach also gives visitors the opportunity to see frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, and sea lions. In the afternoon, visit Cerro Dragon, on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. See land iguanas as well as a saltwater lagoon frequented by flamingos and various species of birds. Included Activities: Bachas Beach Landing Snorkelling (Bachas Beach) Cerro Dragon Visit Transport: Monserrat
|Day 6||Quito||Day 6 Black Turtle Cove/Quito (1B)|
Take a morning panga ride and look for marine life in Black Turtle Cove. Disembark at Baltra and fly back to Quito. Included Activities: Black Turtle Cove Excursion Transport: Monserrat Plane (2.00 hour(s))
|Day 7||Quito||Day 7 Quito (1B)|
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: All local flights to and from the Galapagos aare included in the cost of your tour. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
Flights to either of the airports in the Galapagos leave early in the morning on Day 2 and get you into the islands in the early afternoon. Flights back to the mainland depart between 10:00am and 1:30pm arriving in the early evening.
Please note that all flights to and from the Galapagos make a 1 hour refuelling stop in Guayaquil.
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.