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Galapagos – West and Central Islands

from £4,399 per person

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

Sailing aboard the Evolution, this journey to the lesser-explored western and central islands of the Galapagos archipelago is an unforgettable experience. From the marine iguana colonies on Fernandina to the 100-year old giant tortoises and snorkelling amongst sea lions of the coast of Española, there are some wonderful excursions and sights to be enjoyed here. Along the way, you’ll learn about the history and ecology of this area with the help of expert guides.

The Evolution is a sleek 32-passesnger ship staffed by a cruise director, two expert naturalist guides and 18 dedicated crew members. There is space for both outdoor and indoor dining, lounge, plenty of outdoor space and even a Jacuzzi. All of your meals are included on the cruise, and you will also have a night at the beginning and end of your trip in Quito.

Highlights:

  • Explore Punta Vicente Roca to see ancient volcano remains
  • Be inspired by the beautiful flora and fauna on Isabela Island
  • Hike to the summit of Bartolome Island for sensational panoramic views
  • Observe flamingoes and birdlife at Cerro Dragon
  • Visit the Charles Darwin Research Centre in Santa Cruz
  • Admire the breath-taking scenery on Española Island

Details

Day 1

Quito

Upon arrival into Quito, transfer to your hotel and check in. The remainder of the day can be spent at leisure, enjoying the delights of the city.

Day 2

Baltra and Santa Cruz

Take an early morning flight to the Galapagos landing in Baltra and meet with your tour guide who will assist the transfer to Evolution in Puerto Ayora.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 3

Isabela Island and Ferandina

In the morning you’ll make your way to Isabela Island, to Punta Vicente Roca which is situated at the ‘mouth’ of this seahorse-shaped island. From here you can take ‘panga’ rides along the cliff wall or explore a partially sunken cave at the edge of the lapping waters. In the afternoon, you’ll visit Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island which is the youngest in the Galapagos Islands. Whilst here, you’ll witness the largest colony of marine iguanas and vast array of birdlife.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 4

Isabela Island

Today sees you explore more of Isabela Island, the lesser-explored of the Galapagos. This area has the largest colony of giant Galapagos tortoises and the beach is dotted with coconut palms. In the morning, you’ll make an easy wet landing on Urbina Bay and walk along the coast – you may also wish to go snorkelling to explore more of the marine life. In the afternoon, you’ll visit Tagus Cove where you’ll follow a trail along Lake Darwin up a ridge which offers spectacular views of the surrounding scenery.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 5

Bartolomé and Sullivan Bay

Take part in a guided tour of Bartolomé Island before hiking to the summit for spectacular panoramic views. Afterwards, relax on the beach and be amazed by the semi-tropical surroundings here. From here, visit Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island where you’ll have the chance to visit the striking lava formations before visiting the sea lions and crabs on the white sand beach, just a short walk away.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 6

Bachas Beach and Cerro Dragon

Take a morning excursion to Bachas Beach and observe the wildlife before enjoying some free time to go snorkelling or swimming. From here, head to Cerro Dragón on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island – upon arrival, you’ll observe the land iguanas and flamingos, among a host of other bird species, which frequent the salt water lagoon.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 7

Santa Cruz

Arrive into Puerto Ayora in the morning and take a trip to the Charles Darwin Research Station to visit the giant Galapagos tortoises. The vegetation and flora here is also some of the most varied found across the islands. In the afternoon, take some time to journey through the highlands where you can see the tortoises in their natural habitat.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 8

Española

Today sees you visit Punta Suarez on Española Island, where you’ll embark on guided walks and follow traisl through a rookery to learn more about the geological history of this area. Afterwards, hike to the top of the cliff for amazing views – a fantastic spot for photo opportunities. In the afternoon, sail to Garner Bay where you can enjoy some free time to soak up the surrounding scenery, go swimming or explore the marine life with some snorkelling.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 9

San Cristóbal and Quito

You’ll reach San Cristobal in the morning in time to visit El Junco Lagoon to observe the varied vegetation which surrounds what is the largest lagoon in the Galapagos Islands. You will disembark after breakfast and, after a brief visit to the Interpretation Centre, transfer to Quito. Make your way to the hotel and enjoy a final night before your departure tomorrow.

(Breakfast included)

Day 10

Quito

Depart from Quito today.

(Breakfast included)

 

 

What's Included

  • International flights and arrival transfer
  • Internal travel: Evolution motorised yacht; van; Zodiac; flights to and from the Galapagos Islands
  • Deluxe hotel (2 nights) in Quito; aboard the Evolution spacious twin or double staterooms (7 nights)
  • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners (All meals aboard the Evolution) (Allow USD75-100 for meals not included; drinks and tips while on the yacht are extra)
  • Snorkelling equipment; sea kayaks; visit to a wildlife interpretation centre
  • Two certified Galápagos National Park Service guides and an on-board cruise director
  • Small group experience; max 32 aboard the Evolution

Please note: You must pay a USD10 Transit Control 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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