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M/V Corals Cruise East Galapagos (Route C)


With a destination as exotic and fascinating as the Galapagos Islands, the best tours are the ones that give you choices as to how you can take advantage of all that these islands have to offer. With a cruise aboard M/V Coral I or M/V Coral II, that's exactly what you'll get. You can choose which of these two luxurious yachts you'll take on your trip throughout the Galapagos. You can choose what you'll do when you arrive--snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, or simply relaxing in these serene landscapes surrounded by beautiful views and wildlife. So the choice of how you want to experience the Galapagos Islands on your next vacation is all yours--but, with options like M/V Coral I and M/V Coral II, it's not a hard decision to make.

 

Highlights:

  • Meet giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, iguanas, and many more exotic creatures! 
  • Enjoy the white sands and blue seas of the beaches!
  • Let the impressive views from atop San Cristobal Island take your breath away!

Itinerary


Cities Covered Baltra Island ,  Santa Cruz Island

PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are approximate and subject to change based on availability and conditions at the destination.

AM – Baltra Airport

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island (2 ½-hour flight). Arriving in the Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our natural guides and taken to a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/Y Coral I or M/Y Coral II.

 

PM – Charles Darwin Research Station and Fausto Llerena Breeding Center (Santa Cruz Island)

Dry landing. Visit to the Galapagos giant tortoises and land iguanas breeding program, where the famous Lonesome George (last surviving specimen of Pinta Island) lived for decades. The center is managed by the Galapagos National Park´s (GNP) staff with the collaboration of scientists from the Charles Darwin Station (CDS). Here, eggs taken from Pinzon, Santiago and Santa Cruz Islands hatch without the danger of introduced species. After artificial incubation; the “galapaguitos” (newborntortoises) are reared until the age of 5, when they are released in their native habitats, having the enough capabilities to survive alone. Since the 70’s, more than 2,000 specimens have returned to their native islands. In addition, the Darwin Station works in several scientific projects and botanical research, providing environmental education to local communities, schools and tourists. If time helps, it is possible to visit Puerto Ayora town.

Difficulty level: easy

Type of terrain: flat

Duration: 1½-hour walk

Cities Covered Baltra Island ,  North Seymour Island

AM- Mosquera Islet

Wet Landing, Mosquera Islet is located between North Seymour and Baltra Island. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions. It is also an excellent site to observe shorebirds such as herons and lava gulls. There is no trail on the islet, the visitor can enjoy the open area. Most of the islet is covered with sand and barren lava rock. Very little sesuvium portulacastrum plants grow on the sand.

Difficulty level: easy

Type of terrain: sandy

Duration: 1 ½-hour walk & snorkeling

 

PM – North Seymour Island

Dry landing. This is perhaps one of the busiest tourist destinations on the archipelago. Off of Baltra Island (where the airport is located) and not far from Santa Cruz, North Seymour is the most accessible for day trips out of Santa Cruz’s main port, Puerto Ayora. An approximately two hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies*, magnificent and great frigatebirds,* and swallow-tailed gulls for an in depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles and as well as sea lions. You will also encounter sea lions, land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across a Galapagos Snake.

Difficulty level: intermediate

Type of terrain: rocky ground

Duration: 2-hour walk / 30-minute snorkeling

Cities Covered Santa Fe Island ,  South Plaza Island

AM – Santa Fe Island

Wet landing. Santa Fe shows white sand beaches surrounded by sea lion colonies; through the island path, an endemic cactus forest is passed, home the Santa Fe land iguanas (the largest in the islands). This island is the habitat for a number of species, including the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snakes, rice rats (one of the few endemic Galapagos rodents), a variety of finches and one of the four mockingbird species of the archipelago.

Difficulty level: intermediate

Type of terrain: rocky

Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour deep-water snorkeling

 

PM – South Plaza Islet

Dry landing on the northern part of the Islet. The walk begins with an impressive cactus forest* surrounded by land and marine iguanas; as we reach its highest point, be on the lookout for tropicbirds, a Nazca and blue-footed boobiesswallow-tailed gulls.?In South Plaza there is a large colony of the smaller sized land iguanas. Approximately, there is a population of 300 individuals. They feed on all kinds of vegetation, but during the dry season survive on the fruits and flowers of Opuntia cacti. Due to their proximity with marine iguanas, this is the only place on Earth where we will find the Galapagos hybrid iguana.

Difficulty level: intermediate.

Type of terrain: rocky

Duration: 2-hour walk

Cities Covered San Cristóbal Island

AM –  Kicker Rock Circumnavigation & Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve (San Cristobal Island) 

Kicker Rock can be seen directly from the vessel. In the sea northeast of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is this ancient and eroded volcanic tuff lava named Leon Dormido or Kicker Rock it is formed by two rocks approximately 148 m, named for its resemblance of a sleeping lion.

It serves as home to many of the typical Galapagos sea animals, such as birds, sea lions, blue and Nazca boobies and frigate. With rare sightings of swallow turtle gulls, tropic birds, and pelicans.

Difficulty level: easy

Type of Terrain: water

Duration: 1-hour circumnavigation

Cerro Colorado is a dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Passengers visit the San Cristobal Giant Tortoise Breeding Center to learn about the National Park’s conservation programs. Enjoy a beautiful landscape on the way to the Reserve. Passengers will also have the opportunity to visit the village’s port, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs.

Difficulty level: intermediate

Type of Terrain: sandy

Duration: 40-minute bus drive to the Reserve / 1-hour visit

 

San Cristobal Airport 

After the visit, you will go to San Cristobal Airport for the return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

 


Departure Dates and Rates

Departures
Aug 201826Sep 20189, 23Oct 20187, 21
Nov 20184, 18Dec 20182, 16, 30Jan 201913, 27
Feb 201910, 24Mar 201910, 24Apr 20197, 21
May 20195, 19Jun 20192, 16, 30Jul 201914, 28
Aug 201911, 25Sep 20198, 22Oct 20196, 20
Nov 20193, 17Dec 20191, 15, 29

All Rates in US$ per person including ALL taxes and surcharges

ClassDatesSingle RateDouble RateTriple Rate
Junior Suite
For departure August 26,2018 US$ 4,312 US$ 2,464 US$ 2,259
For departures September 9,2018 through September 23,2018 US$ 4,106 US$ 2,346 US$ 2,151
For departures October 7,2018 through November 18,2018 US$ 4,312 US$ 2,464 US$ 2,259
For departures December 2,2018 through December 16,2018 US$ 4,106 US$ 2,346 US$ 2,151
For departure December 30,2018 US$ 4,312 US$ 2,464 US$ 2,259
For departures January 13,2019 through March 24,2019 US$ 4,106 US$ 2,346 US$ 2,151
For departures April 7,2019 through May 19,2019 US$ 4,312 US$ 2,464 US$ 2,259
For departures June 2,2019 through June 30,2019 US$ 4,106 US$ 2,346 US$ 2,151
For departures July 14,2019 through August 25,2019 US$ 4,312 US$ 2,464 US$ 2,259
For departures September 8,2019 through September 22,2019 US$ 4,106 US$ 2,346 US$ 2,151
For departures October 6,2019 through November 17,2019 US$ 4,312 US$ 2,464 US$ 2,259
For departures December 1,2019 through December 15,2019 US$ 4,106 US$ 2,346 US$ 2,151
For departure December 29,2019 US$ 4,312 US$ 2,464 US$ 2,259
Standard
For departure August 26,2018 US$ 3,055 US$ 1,746 US$ 1,602
For departures September 9,2018 through September 23,2018 US$ 2,909 US$ 1,662 US$ 1,524
For departures October 7,2018 through November 18,2018 US$ 3,055 US$ 1,746 US$ 1,602
For departures December 2,2018 through December 16,2018 US$ 2,909 US$ 1,662 US$ 1,524
For departure December 30,2018 US$ 3,055 US$ 1,746 US$ 1,602
For departures January 13,2019 through March 24,2019 US$ 2,909 US$ 1,662 US$ 1,524
For departures April 7,2019 through May 19,2019 US$ 3,055 US$ 1,746 US$ 1,602
For departures June 2,2019 through June 30,2019 US$ 2,909 US$ 1,662 US$ 1,524
For departures July 14,2019 through August 25,2019 US$ 3,055 US$ 1,746 US$ 1,602
For departures September 8,2019 through September 22,2019 US$ 2,909 US$ 1,662 US$ 1,524
For departures October 6,2019 through November 17,2019 US$ 3,055 US$ 1,746 US$ 1,602
For departures December 1,2019 through December 15,2019 US$ 2,909 US$ 1,662 US$ 1,524
For departure December 29,2019 US$ 3,055 US$ 1,746 US$ 1,602
Standard Plus
For departure August 26,2018 US$ 3,783 US$ 2,161 US$ 1,982
For departures September 9,2018 through September 23,2018 US$ 3,602 US$ 2,058 US$ 1,887
For departures October 7,2018 through November 18,2018 US$ 3,783 US$ 2,161 US$ 1,982
For departures December 2,2018 through December 16,2018 US$ 3,602 US$ 2,058 US$ 1,887
For departure December 30,2018 US$ 3,783 US$ 2,161 US$ 1,982
For departures January 13,2019 through March 24,2019 US$ 3,602 US$ 2,058 US$ 1,887
For departures April 7,2019 through May 19,2019 US$ 3,783 US$ 2,161 US$ 1,982
For departures June 2,2019 through June 30,2019 US$ 3,602 US$ 2,058 US$ 1,887
For departures July 14,2019 through August 25,2019 US$ 3,783 US$ 2,161 US$ 1,982
For departures September 8,2019 through September 22,2019 US$ 3,602 US$ 2,058 US$ 1,887
For departures October 6,2019 through November 17,2019 US$ 3,783 US$ 2,161 US$ 1,982
For departures December 1,2019 through December 15,2019 US$ 3,602 US$ 2,058 US$ 1,887
For departure December 29,2019 US$ 3,783 US$ 2,161 US$ 1,982

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation for the duration of your tour in all-inclusive sea view cabins
  • Two daily excursions to the islands
  • Briefings, lectures, and activities on board
  • All meals for the duration of your tour, as described in the itinerary
  • BBQ
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails
  • Complimentary coffee and tea
  • The services of multilingual certified, naturalist guides
  • Baggage handling, transfers, and dinghy rides from Galapagos ports to the cruise vessel (So long as airfare is arranged by Palace Tours*).

 

Exclusions:

  • Airfare (Domestic or international) to or from Ecuador
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance fees
  • Any meals not specifically listed as part of the tour itinerary
  • Beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic
  • Gratuities
  • $20 Galapagos Migration Card (payable in cash at the time of arrival in the Galapagos Islands)
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee: $ 100 adult, $ 50 children under 12 (payable in cash at the time of arrival in the Galapagos Islands)
  • Fuel surcharges ($ 50 for 3 or 4 night cruises, $ 100 x 7 nights.)
  • Medical fees, as applicable
  • Any items or services of a personal nature, such as souvenirs
  • Any items not specifically described in the tour itinerary.
  • Unless specifically mentioned, any flights, transfers to or from the airport, pre- or post-tour accommodations, or tour extensions are not included in the price of your journey, but can be arranged for an additional fee.
  • All Ecuadorian citizens participating on this journey must pay an additional tax equivalent to 12% of their total tour price.

*Please note that while airfare from Quito or Guayaquil to the Galapagos Islands is not included in the price of your journey listed above, all guests are required to arrange airfare, at an extra fee, through Palace Tours: $490 per adult and $350 per child under 12 (These rates are subject to change). This fee also includes transfers for both passengers and luggage to and from the ship at the beginning and end of the tour. Any passengers who do not arrange their airfare through Palace Tours will be charged a flat fee of $90 per person and will be responsible for their own transfers to and from the airport to the dock. Palace Tours is not responsible if passengers miss their cruise because of delays resulting from independent airfare or transfer arrangements. 
 

Optional services onboard (net per person in US$ subject to change)

  • Scuba Diving during cruises: $ 326 half day tour with 1-2 immersions and equipment included.
  • Wet suits rental: $ 25 for 3 or 4 night cruises, $ 50 x 7-10-11 nights, $ 75 x 14 night cruises.
  • Kayak rental: $ 30 each use per person.
  • WI-FI Internet aboard M/V Galapagos Legend ( Social Areas) from $40 per device
  • Alcoholic / non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Tips: Suggested per day per person $ 15 for crew / $ 10 for guide.
Terms and Conditions

Payment Terms:

  • 30% of the total tour cost is due at the time of booking
  • 70% is due no later than 68 days prior to the tour's departure date.

If a customer wishes to change their tour dates and their original departure date between 125 and 68 days away, then they will be charged a $200 fee per person. 
If a customer wishes to change their tour dates and their original departure date is less than 68 days away, then relevant cancellation fees will apply.

Cancellation Policy:

i) More than 68 days prior to the date of departure: 15% as a cancellation fee of the total tour cost or the amount already paid, if the service is cancelled.

ii) Less than 68 days from the date of departure: Palace Tours will not issue a refund if the service is cancelled and customers will still be required to pay 100% of their original total tour cost.

The above times are based on local time of the destination where the tour is provided. In order to provide enough time for processing cancellation, guests need to add 3 business days to the above timeframes. An administration fees of 15% on any monies to be refunded to the client will be charged prior to refund.

Itineraries:
All itineraries are approximate and subject to change based on availability and conditions at the destination.

Travel Insurance:
We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover the losses incurred in case of cancellation. For more information on travel insurance, please visit www.palacetours.com/insurance.






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