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M/V Galapagos Legend Cruise West (Route B)


A legend is an experience that must be seen to be believed. A legend is something that can't be found anywhere else. And that's exactly what a tour aboard M/V Galapagos Legend offers: Nowhere in the world will you find a place with such tremendous natural beauty as the Galapagos Islands, nor an excursion that presents this paradise to you in such luxury. With capacity for up to 100 passengers in any number of spacious, elegant, and fully-furnished cabins, M/V Galapagos Legend has all the amenities of a cruise liner while still small enough for you to enjoy an intimate experience on the beaches and highlands of these pristine islands. Like a true legend, this tour will be totally unforgettable.

 

Highlights:

  • Walk along the lava-coated beaches of Sullivan's Bay or swim in the beautiful blue seas!
  • Hike along Urbina Bay for fantastic encounters with the giant tortoises, iguanas, and other exotic wildlife that make a home here!
  • Spend a morning at the incomparable Espinosa Point, where you snorkel, see lava formations, go on a tropical safari, and maybe even see whales come to feed offshore!

 

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/V Galapagos Legend.

PM – 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

Cities Covered Santiago Island ,  Rábida Island

AM – Egas Port (Santiago Island)

Wet landing. Egas Port is a black volcanic sand beach, visited by Darwin in 1835. The first section of the trail is formed of volcanic ash (eroded tuff) and the other half is an uneven terrain of volcanic basaltic rock. The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago shore is home to a variety of animals including the bizarre yellow-crowned night heron and marine wildlife including lobster, starfish and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally light-foot crabs. It is easy to see colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water volcanic rock pools.

-Difficulty level: intermediate

-Type of terrain: flat & semi-rocky

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

PM – Rabida Island

Wet landing. Dark-red sand covers the unique beaches of this island, home to sea lions’ colonies; Rabida is considered the epicenter of the Galapagos Islands due to the diversity of its volcanic geology. Nesting brown pelicans are found from July through September plus nine species of the famous Darwin’s finches. Here a dinghy ride along marine cliffs is done, to observe nesting seabirds. Snorkel off the coast, where marine life is particularly active.

-Difficulty level: easy

-Type of terrain: sandy

-Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling / 1-hour dinghy ride

Cities Covered Isabela Island

AM – Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)

Wet landing (might be difficult due to the tide). Volcanic black beach, depending on the season, it is possible to find giant tortoises, land iguanas, and the unusual flightless cormorant. After a short walk inland it´s snorkeling time, a chance to swim with sea turtles, sea lions, and countless tropical fish. Urbina Bay features a wide variety of plants with the different range of colors in flowers, attracting different insects, birds, and reptiles. One of the highlights of the island is the uplifted coral reef that resulted from the 1954 seismic activity; here the views of Alcedo Volcano are remarkable. When navigating from Urbina to Tagus Cove whale watching is usual in May – December.

-Difficulty level: intermediate

-Type of terrain: flat & rocky

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

PM – Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)

Dry landing on Galapagos’ largest island where we will learn about the eruption of the five volcanoes that form it. The trail leads to Darwin’s salt-water crater lake and excellent views of lava fields and volcanic formations.

We will return by the same path for a dinghy ride along a shoreline full of marine wildlife, where we will admire a variety of seabirds, such as Blue-footed Booby, Brown Noddy, terns, Flightless Cormorant and depending on the season, a large number of Galapagos Penguins which are only 35 cm tall; the only penguin species in the world to live in the tropics.

The population of penguins on the islands is about 2,000 individuals, most of which live on this western portion of Isabela; others are scattered further south. We will have an opportunity to snorkel in deep water. Graffiti believed to have been left by 19th-century pirates is a curious reminder of an intriguing past.

-Difficulty level: intermediate/difficult

-Type of terrain: steep/steep

-Duration: 2-hour walk / 40-minute dinghy ride / 1-hour deep water snorkeling

Cities Covered Fernandina Island ,  Isabela Island

AM –  Espinosa Point (Fernandina Island)

Dry landing. From Espinosa Point, is possible to admire a wide view of Isabela Island across the Bolivar Channel.  An area that boasts some of the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos. Here, the largest, most primitive-looking marine iguanas are found mingling with sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Fernandina displays a wonderful opportunity to encounter flightless cormorants at their nesting sites, Galapagos penguins and the “King” of predators on the islands, the Galapagos hawk.  Pa-hoe-hoe and AA lava formations cover the majority of Fernandina terrain. Vegetation is scarce inland, with few brachycereus cacti and in the shore mangrove can be found.

-Difficulty level: intermediate

-Type of terrain: flat / semi rocky

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

PM – Vicente Roca Point (Isabela Island)

Great deep-water snorkeling at one of the richest marine havens on Earth, the Bolivar Channel. Accessible by water, we take a dinghy ride along the coast to observe a great diversity of sea and coastal birds; Nazca and blue-footed boobies, noddies, brown pelicans, penguins, flightless cormorants. The upwelling of cold water currents in this part of the Galapagos gives rise to an abundance of marine life, a perfect place for deep snorkeling.

-Difficulty Level: moderate / high

-Type of terrain: water

-Duration: 1-hour snorkeling / 1-hour dinghy ride

 

Cities Covered Santa Cruz Island ,  Baltra Island

AM –  Highlands Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz Island)

Dry landing. In the mountains of Galapagos is possible to admire different kind of birds, such as: tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets (usually standing on the tortoises’ shell). The journey to the reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrasts that the island offers in reference to the variety of ecosystems. The road goes from the coast through the agricultural zone and straight up to the dense humid forests. Often, Galapagos Giant Tortoises are also seen on the way, wandering through pastures in the paddocks. This spot is a birdwatchers’ haven, since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here.

-Difficulty level: easy

-Type of terrain: flat & muddy (depending on season)

-Duration: 45-minute drive / 1 ½-hour walk

Baltra Airport

After the visit, passengers will be transferred to the airport for their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.


Departure Dates and Rates

Departures
Jun 201828Jul 201812, 26Aug 20189, 23
Sep 20186, 20Oct 20184, 18Nov 20181, 15, 29
Dec 201813, 27Jan 201910, 24Feb 20197, 21
Mar 20197, 21Apr 20194, 18May 20192, 16, 30
Jun 201913, 27Jul 201911, 25Aug 20198, 22
Sep 20195, 19Oct 20193, 17, 31Nov 201914, 28
Dec 201912, 26

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

ClassDatesSingle RateDouble RateTriple Rate
Balcony Suite
For departure June 28,2018 US$ 6,470 US$ 3,697 US$ 3,389
For departures July 12,2018 through August 23,2018 US$ 6,794 US$ 3,882 US$ 3,559
For departures September 6,2018 through September 20,2018 US$ 6,470 US$ 3,697 US$ 3,389
For departures October 4,2018 through November 15,2018 US$ 6,794 US$ 3,882 US$ 3,559
For departures November 29,2018 through December 13,2018 US$ 6,470 US$ 3,697 US$ 3,389
For departure December 27,2018 US$ 6,794 US$ 3,882 US$ 3,559
For departures January 10,2019 through April 4,2019 US$ 6,470 US$ 3,697 US$ 3,389
For departures April 18,2019 through May 16,2019 US$ 6,794 US$ 3,882 US$ 3,559
For departures May 30,2019 through June 27,2019 US$ 6,470 US$ 3,697 US$ 3,389
For departures July 11,2019 through August 22,2019 US$ 6,794 US$ 3,882 US$ 3,559
For departures September 5,2019 through September 19,2019 US$ 6,470 US$ 3,697 US$ 3,389
For departures October 3,2019 through November 14,2019 US$ 6,794 US$ 3,882 US$ 3,559
For departures November 28,2019 through December 12,2019 US$ 6,470 US$ 3,697 US$ 3,389
For departure December 26,2019 US$ 6,794 US$ 3,882 US$ 3,559
Junior Suite
For departure June 28,2018 US$ 5,474 US$ 3,128 US$ 2,868
For departures July 12,2018 through August 23,2018 US$ 5,748 US$ 3,285 US$ 3,011
For departures September 6,2018 through September 20,2018 US$ 5,474 US$ 3,128 US$ 2,868
For departures October 4,2018 through November 15,2018 US$ 5,748 US$ 3,285 US$ 3,011
For departures November 29,2018 through December 13,2018 US$ 5,474 US$ 3,128 US$ 2,868
For departure December 27,2018 US$ 5,748 US$ 3,285 US$ 3,011
For departures January 10,2019 through April 4,2019 US$ 5,474 US$ 3,128 US$ 2,868
For departures April 18,2019 through May 16,2019 US$ 5,748 US$ 3,285 US$ 3,011
For departures May 30,2019 through June 27,2019 US$ 5,474 US$ 3,128 US$ 2,868
For departures July 11,2019 through August 22,2019 US$ 5,748 US$ 3,285 US$ 3,011
For departures September 5,2019 through September 19,2019 US$ 5,474 US$ 3,128 US$ 2,868
For departures October 3,2019 through November 14,2019 US$ 5,748 US$ 3,285 US$ 3,011
For departures November 28,2019 through December 12,2019 US$ 5,474 US$ 3,128 US$ 2,868
For departure December 26,2019 US$ 5,748 US$ 3,285 US$ 3,011
Legend Suite
For departure June 28,2018 US$ 8,575 US$ 4,900 US$ 4,492
For departures July 12,2018 through August 23,2018 US$ 9,004 US$ 5,145 US$ 4,717
For departures September 6,2018 through September 20,2018 US$ 8,575 US$ 4,900 US$ 4,492
For departures October 4,2018 through November 15,2018 US$ 9,004 US$ 5,145 US$ 4,717
For departures November 29,2018 through December 13,2018 US$ 8,575 US$ 4,900 US$ 4,492
For departure December 27,2018 US$ 9,004 US$ 5,145 US$ 4,717
For departures January 10,2019 through April 4,2019 US$ 8,575 US$ 4,900 US$ 4,492
For departures April 18,2019 through May 16,2019 US$ 9,004 US$ 5,145 US$ 4,717
For departures May 30,2019 through June 27,2019 US$ 8,575 US$ 4,900 US$ 4,492
For departures July 11,2019 through August 22,2019 US$ 9,004 US$ 5,145 US$ 4,717
For departures September 5,2019 through September 19,2019 US$ 8,575 US$ 4,900 US$ 4,492
For departures October 3,2019 through November 14,2019 US$ 9,004 US$ 5,145 US$ 4,717
For departures November 28,2019 through December 12,2019 US$ 8,575 US$ 4,900 US$ 4,492
For departure December 26,2019 US$ 9,004 US$ 5,145 US$ 4,717
Standard Interior
For departure June 28,2018 US$ 3,877 US$ 2,215 US$ 2,031
For departures July 12,2018 through August 23,2018 US$ 4,071 US$ 2,326 US$ 2,133
For departures September 6,2018 through September 20,2018 US$ 3,877 US$ 2,215 US$ 2,031
For departures October 4,2018 through November 15,2018 US$ 4,071 US$ 2,326 US$ 2,133
For departures November 29,2018 through December 13,2018 US$ 3,877 US$ 2,215 US$ 2,031
For departure December 27,2018 US$ 4,071 US$ 2,326 US$ 2,133
For departures January 10,2019 through April 4,2019 US$ 3,877 US$ 2,215 US$ 2,031
For departures April 18,2019 through May 16,2019 US$ 4,071 US$ 2,326 US$ 2,133
For departures May 30,2019 through June 27,2019 US$ 3,877 US$ 2,215 US$ 2,031
For departures July 11,2019 through August 22,2019 US$ 4,071 US$ 2,326 US$ 2,133
For departures September 5,2019 through September 19,2019 US$ 3,877 US$ 2,215 US$ 2,031
For departures October 3,2019 through November 14,2019 US$ 4,071 US$ 2,326 US$ 2,133
For departures November 28,2019 through December 12,2019 US$ 3,877 US$ 2,215 US$ 2,031
For departure December 26,2019 US$ 4,071 US$ 2,326 US$ 2,133
Standard Plus
For departure June 28,2018 US$ 4,800 US$ 2,743 US$ 2,515
For departures July 12,2018 through August 23,2018 US$ 5,040 US$ 2,880 US$ 2,641
For departures September 6,2018 through September 20,2018 US$ 4,800 US$ 2,743 US$ 2,515
For departures October 4,2018 through November 15,2018 US$ 5,040 US$ 2,880 US$ 2,641
For departures November 29,2018 through December 13,2018 US$ 4,800 US$ 2,743 US$ 2,515
For departure December 27,2018 US$ 5,040 US$ 2,880 US$ 2,641
For departures January 10,2019 through April 4,2019 US$ 4,800 US$ 2,743 US$ 2,515
For departures April 18,2019 through May 16,2019 US$ 5,040 US$ 2,880 US$ 2,641
For departures May 30,2019 through June 27,2019 US$ 4,800 US$ 2,743 US$ 2,515
For departures July 11,2019 through August 22,2019 US$ 5,040 US$ 2,880 US$ 2,641
For departures September 5,2019 through September 19,2019 US$ 4,800 US$ 2,743 US$ 2,515
For departures October 3,2019 through November 14,2019 US$ 5,040 US$ 2,880 US$ 2,641
For departures November 28,2019 through December 12,2019 US$ 4,800 US$ 2,743 US$ 2,515
For departure December 26,2019 US$ 5,040 US$ 2,880 US$ 2,641

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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