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Galapagos Land and Sea – Central Islands

6 nights from £2,399 per person

  • Included:
  • Flights & taxes
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Checked baggage
  • ATOL protection
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
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Overview

A perfect trip to the Galapagos, with four days cruising, a night in San Cristobel to see the giant tortoises, snorkelling with sea turtles and rays, hiking through lava fields and discovering the ecology of the Galapagos with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Be enchanted by the beauty and rich history of the Galapagos Islands, with this exhilarating journey through an archipelago that has fascinated explorers for decades. Beginning with a stay in San Cristobal, you’ll then head out on awe-inspiring excursions to explore the wildlife and scenery of this area. From volcanic vistas to giant tortoises and sea lion colonies, this really is a breath-taking region. In the evenings, spend time relaxing on the Xavier III and reflect on the amazing experiences you’ve enjoyed throughout the day.

Your 4-day cruise will be on board the Xavier III, with a crew of seven plus an expert naturalist guide who will be able to answer all your questions on the local wildlife and geology. There is a bar and dining room, and all your meals will be included whilst you are on board.

Highlights:

  • Explore San Cristobal Island with snorkelling trips and wildlife excursions
  • Visit the volcanic landscape of Punta Pitt
  • Sail through the channel between Kicker Rock
  • Visit the idyllic beaches on Isla Santiago
  • Observe the giant tortoises in Santa Cruz
  • Spend time relaxing in Quito

Details

Day 1

Quito

Arrive into Quito and transfer to your hotel (arrival transfer included). As there are no planned activities, the remainder of your day can be spent at leisure.

Day 2

San Cristóbal Island

Take an early flight to San Cristobal and transfer to your hotel. This is the easternmost island of Galapagos and also one of the oldest. After lunch, you’ll begin exploring this region by visiting Laguna El Junco and Galapguera de Cerro Colordao to see the giant tortoises, followed by a visit to the Interpretation Centre.

(Breakfast included)

Day 3

San Cristóbal Island

Before transferring to the boat, enjoy a morning of snorkelling at Isla Lobos and a visit to the nearby beach where you’ll be welcomed by countless sea lions. Later in the day, visit the tortoise breeding centre which is a wonderful experience and a great opportunity to see these creatures in their natural habitat.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 4

Punta Pitt / Kicker Rock

Land this morning at Punta Pitt where you’ll be met by a collection of eroded volcanic cones, offering you a chance to observe a mixture of different lava types and vegetation. Visible from the shore is Kicker Rock, which resembles a sleeping lion – this is an incredible snorkelling spot as there are various species of marine life found here. If the conditions are right, you may be able to sail through the narrow channel which splits this rock in half.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 5

Isla Santiago

There will be a morning excursion today to Playa Espumilla, which is one of the most picturesque beaches within the islands, covered with dense mangroves and flamingo and sea turtle nesting sites. From here, continue on to Buccaneer Cove to witness the mighty cliff formations, and to Puerto Egas to see the dark sand beaches and tidal pools.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 6

Santa Cruz / Quito

Today sees you arrive into Puerta Ayora where you’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. From here, transfer to Baltra Island for your flight to Quito. Transfer to the hotel and spend the rest of the day enjoying some free time before your final night in the historic city of Quito.

(Breakfast included)

Day 7

Quito

Depart from Quito today.

(Breakfast included)

 

What's Included

  • International flights and arrival transfer
  • Internal travel: Xavier motorised yacht; van; Zodiac; private bus; all landings, excursions, and transportation; flights to and from the Galápagos Islands
  • Hotel (2 nights) in Quito; hotel in San Cristobal (1 night); (3 nights) cruising in the Galápagos Islands aboard the aboard Xavier III in twin-share cabins
  • 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners (Allow USD100-150 for meals not included. Drinks and tips while on the yacht are extra)
  • Snorkelling equipment; Visit to a wildlife interpretation centre
  • Galápagos National Park Service guide while in the islands; Local representative in Quito
  • Small group experience; max 16, avg 12

Please note: You must pay a USD10 Tourist Transit card fee at the Quito airport and a USD100 (cash) Galápagos park entry fee immediately upon arrival to the Islands (subject to increase)

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