M/V Corals Cruise Central Galapagos (Route A)


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:

  • 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! 

  • Relive history at Post Office Bay, where sailors of old sent letters to their loved ones back home from voyages!

  • Get to meet finches and giant tortoises as you make your way toward the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center Charles Darwin!

 

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 (approx. 2½-hour flight). Arriving in the Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturist guides and taken on 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 & Fausto Llerena Breeding Center  (Santa Cruz Island)

Dry landing. Visit to the Galapagos giant tortoises breeding program, where the famous Lonesome George (last surviving specimen of Pinta Island) lived for decades. The center is conducted by the Galapagos National Park (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” (newborn tortoises) are reared until the age of 5, when they are released in their native habitats, having the capabilities to survive alone. Since the 70s, more than 2000 specimens have returned to their own islands. In addition, the Darwin Station works in several scientific projects, botanical research, providing environmental education to communities, schools within the Islands and tourists. If there is enough time, it is possible to visit Puerto Ayora.

Difficulty level: easy

Type of terrain: flat

Duration: 1 ½-hour visit

Cities Covered Santa Cruz Island ,  Bartolome Island

AM- Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island)

Walk by a brackish lagoon to see flamingos. The trail leads across a typical dry zone vegetation. Keeping up until Dragon Hill, there will be an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchored boats and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and Galapagos doves.

Difficulty level: intermediate

Type of terrain: rocky

Duration: 2-hour walk

 

PM – Bartolome Island

Dry or wet landing. We discover a fascinating landscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones —lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones — that resembles the moon.  Going up to the summit there will be an impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. We also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and blue-footed boobies.

Beach time is a great opportunity to do snorkeling and see the famous Galapagos Penguins, sea turtles and White-tipped Reef Sharks among a great variety of colorful fish. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best snorkeling experience. Crystal clear water is the perfect spot to appreciate the incredible marine life it has to offer.

Due to its geographical location, the lack of vegetation is immediately noticeable however, there are pioneer plants including the endemic Tiquilia nesiotica and Chamaesyce (known as sand mat or spurge in English), lava cactus, and Scalesia bushes.

Difficulty level: intermediate

Type of terrain: trail made of 372 steps.

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

Cities Covered Rábida Island ,  Santiago Island

AM– Rabida Island

Also known as Jervis Island in English, Rabida is one of the most diverse in terms of volcanic activity as it lies at the very heart of the archipelago’s volcanic origin. In this deep red beach, surrounded by cliffs and steep slopes of volcanic cinder cones it is usual to find nesting colonies of brown pelicans, as well as, nine species of Darwin finches, fur seals, and Nazca boobies.

Snorkel off the coast, where marine life is particularly active and colorful.

Difficulty level: easy

Type of terrain: sandy

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

 

PM – Buccaneers Cove / Espumilla Beach ( Santiago Island)

Behind the beach, lie two small flamingo ponds were iguanas sunbathe, and coastal birds such as Darwin finches, mockingbirds, gulls, etc.   The native vegetation like the red and black mangrove can be also seen. This beach is one of the main sea turtles nesting sites in the Galapagos. A turtle can lay eggs 3 to 4 times per season with an average of 70 eggs. At this paradisiacal site, we will also find the remains of barges that were sunk during World War II, when the United States Navy operated a base on Baltra Island. Local people modified the word barges to “bachas,” hence its name.

  • Difficulty level: easy
  • Type of terrain: white sand
  • Duration: 1-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling / beach time
Cities Covered Baltra Island

AM – Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz Island) 

On the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, accessible only by sea, four species of mangrove crowd form an internal lagoon.   Turtles visit the calm waters, peaking their heads above the surface, while the fish and rays circle below. White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat, plus seabirds including pelicans, herons, and egrets feed from the cove.

This cove has been declared as a “Turtle Sanctuary.”

Difficulty level: easy

Type of terrain: none

Duration: 1-hour dinghy ride

 

PM- Baltra Airport

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


Departure Dates and Rates

Departures
Dec 201823Jan 20196, 20Feb 20193, 17
Mar 20193, 17, 31Apr 201914, 28May 201912, 26
Jun 20199, 23Jul 20197, 21Aug 20194, 18
Sep 20191, 15, 29Oct 201913, 27Nov 201910, 24
Dec 20198, 22

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

ClassDatesSingle RateDouble RateTriple Rate
Junior Suite
For departure December 23,2018 US$ 4,312 US$ 2,464 US$ 2,259
For departures January 6,2019 through March 31,2019 US$ 4,106 US$ 2,346 US$ 2,151
For departures April 14,2019 through May 26,2019 US$ 4,312 US$ 2,464 US$ 2,259
For departures June 9,2019 through June 23,2019 US$ 4,106 US$ 2,346 US$ 2,151
For departures July 7,2019 through August 18,2019 US$ 4,312 US$ 2,464 US$ 2,259
For departures September 1,2019 through September 29,2019 US$ 4,106 US$ 2,346 US$ 2,151
For departures October 13,2019 through November 10,2019 US$ 4,312 US$ 2,464 US$ 2,259
For departures November 24,2019 through December 8,2019 US$ 4,106 US$ 2,346 US$ 2,151
For departure December 22,2019 US$ 4,312 US$ 2,464 US$ 2,259
Standard
For departure December 23,2018 US$ 3,055 US$ 1,746 US$ 1,601
For departures January 6,2019 through March 31,2019 US$ 2,909 US$ 1,662 US$ 1,524
For departures April 14,2019 through May 12,2019 US$ 3,055 US$ 1,746 US$ 1,601
For departures May 26,2019 through June 23,2019 US$ 2,909 US$ 1,662 US$ 1,524
For departures July 7,2019 through August 18,2019 US$ 3,055 US$ 1,746 US$ 1,601
For departures September 1,2019 through September 29,2019 US$ 2,909 US$ 1,662 US$ 1,524
For departures October 13,2019 through November 10,2019 US$ 3,055 US$ 1,746 US$ 1,601
For departures November 24,2019 through December 8,2019 US$ 2,909 US$ 1,662 US$ 1,524
For departure December 22,2019 US$ 3,055 US$ 1,746 US$ 1,601
Standard Plus
For departure December 23,2018 US$ 3,783 US$ 2,161 US$ 1,982
For departures January 6,2019 through March 31,2019 US$ 3,602 US$ 2,058 US$ 1,887
For departures April 14,2019 through May 12,2019 US$ 3,783 US$ 2,161 US$ 1,982
For departures May 26,2019 through June 23,2019 US$ 3,602 US$ 2,058 US$ 1,887
For departures July 7,2019 through August 18,2019 US$ 3,783 US$ 2,161 US$ 1,982
For departures September 1,2019 through September 29,2019 US$ 3,602 US$ 2,058 US$ 1,887
For departures October 13,2019 through November 10,2019 US$ 3,783 US$ 2,161 US$ 1,982
For departures November 24,2019 through December 8,2019 US$ 3,602 US$ 2,058 US$ 1,887
For departure December 22,2019 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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