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M/V Galapagos Legend Cruise South (Route D)


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:

  • Visit "El Soplador" and see the exotic varieties of wildlife at Suarez Point!
  • Explore Santa Cruz island from top to bottom with trips to impressive lava tunnels, tropical forests, and giant tortoise habitats!
  • Relive history at Post Office Bay, where sailors of old sent letters to their loved ones back home from voyages!

 

 

Itinerary


Cities Covered San Cristóbal Island

AM – San Cristobal Airport

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to San Cristobal in a 2-hour flight. Upon arrival, passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.

PM – Interpretation Center & Tijeretas Hill (San Cristobal Island)

Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos Islands. Passengers visit the Interpretation Center, an excellent place to learn about islands’ history in The Museum of Natural History which displays information about the volcanic origins of the islands, their remoteness from the continent, ocean currents, climate, the arrival of the different species and their colonization, among other points of interest. The human history is also showcased, chronologically narrating the most significant events related to the discovery and the island’s colonization.

-Difficulty level: easy /intermediate

-Type of terrain: flat/stairs

-Duration: 1-hour visit / 1-hour walk

Tijeretas Hill involves a high-intensity walk amidst beautiful landscapes and a magnificent view at the foot of a frigate bird nesting colony.

-Difficulty level: difficult

-Type of Terrain: rocky

-Duration: 1-hour visit

Cities Covered Española

AM – Gardner Bay, Gardner & Osborn islets (Española Island)

Wet landing on a beautiful white coral sandy beach guarded by a colony of sea lions. There are no trails, so we stay along the shore where we can spot Galapagos hawks, American Oystercatchers, Galapagos Ground Doves, Hood mockingbirds, Yellow Warblers, lava lizards, marine iguanas, and three species of Darwin’s finches: a subspecies of the Large Cactus Finch, which is similar to the large ground finch, the Small Ground Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) and the Warbler Finch (Certhidea Olivacea), another endemic subspecies. Swimming and snorkeling offer a great variety of the Galapagos’ marine wildlife: king angelfish, Creole fish, damsel fish, parrotfish, manta rays, and white-tipped reef sharks.

-Difficulty level: easy

-Type of terrain: sandy

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

PM – Suarez Point (Española Island)

Dry landing. An island of geological interest, we explore volcanic formations and a riveting wildlife: large sea lion colonies and seabirds including the Española mockingbird, Nazca Boobies, and the spectacular Red-billed Tropicbird. You will also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and the colorful Sally Lightfoot Crabs.

A somewhat lengthy hike will bring you among Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies, right up to nesting grounds that sometimes overlap the trail. Other birding favorites include Galapagos Dove, Galapagos Hawk, Swallow-tailed Gulls and the world’s largest colony of Waved Albatross, an unequivocal highlight during mating season (May-December).

Admire the island’s dramatic backdrop, featuring the famous “Soplador”, a seaward blowhole that shoots up water up to 23 m (75 ft) in the air.

-Difficulty level: difficult

-Type of terrain: rocky

-Duration: 2½-hour walk

Cities Covered Floreana Island

AM – Post Office (Floreana Island)

Wet landing. Located on the north side of Floreana, the bay was named because in 1793 Captain James Colnett installed a wooden barrel which served as an informal post office for sailors passing through, who would take letters with them back to their destinations. Today, visitors continue the tradition by placing unstamped postcards inside the barrel, hoping that some other traveler, going to the letter destination, will take it back for free. The chances are that the letter posted can take a long time to arrive at its destination. However, there have been cases where it has arrived before the sender.

We may also encounter Darwin’s finches, Yellow Warbler and Lava Lizards. Great snorkeling opportunities with Green Pacific Sea Turtles. As well, the island is best known for its endemic vegetation: Scalesia villosa, Lecocarpus Pinnatifidus, and the Galapagos Milkwort. Snorkelers can practice on the main beach among playful sea lions.

-Difficulty level: easy

-Type of terrain: sandy

-Duration: 30-minute walk / 1-hour snorkeling

 

PM – Cormorant Point / Devil’s Crown / Champion (Floreana)

Wet landing, on an olivine green, sanded beach. We hike from the black mangrove beds to a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galapagos. This island features some endemic plants such as Scalesia villosa, white and black mangrove, and holy stick. The trail continues to a beautiful white sandy beach, one of the most important nesting sites of Green Pacific Sea Turtles. It is important to avoid walking in the water due to the Sting Rays that may be hiding in the sand, which can be dangerous if accidentally stepped on. From the beach, one can spot sea turtles, blue-footed boobies plunging into the water, and small reef sharks floating along the shoreline in the search for food.

This coral-sand beach marks the end of our trail, and we head back to the olivine beach we landed on, to swim or snorkel amongst sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions and, on a good day, white-tipped reef sharks. A small colony of penguins resides on Floreana and can sometimes be observed as well.

-Difficulty level: easy

-Type of terrain: sandy & flat

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

Cities Covered Santa Cruz Island

AM – Charles Darwin Research Station & Highlands (Santa Cruz)

Dry landing. We visit the Station where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place as part of our efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment and where the famous Lonesome George (the last surviving specimen of his species) lived for decades. Admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and variety Darwin’s finches and other land birds. The Darwin Station also works providing environmental education to the communities, schools, and tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands. You will also have some free time to visit the town, Puerto Ayora, and shop for souvenirs.

-Difficulty level: intermediate

-Type of terrain: flat

-Duration: 1½-hour visit

Highlands (Tortoise Reserve)

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

PM –Ballena Bay or Eden Islet (Santa Cruz)

Wet landing. Ballena (Whale) Bay is a beautiful green sand cove at the base of Dragon Hill on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. The beach contains plenty of olivine crystals of volcanic origin. The crystals were formed when the magma was still underground. The content is magnesium, iron, and silica. A small population of tortoises from Pinzón Island lived at the site but were probably taken by whalers or previous inhabitants.  Opportunity to see marine iguanas and sea birds followed by snorkeling.

-Difficulty level: intermediate

-Type of terrain: rocky

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

Eden Islet is off the western coast of Santa Cruz, Eden Islet offers opportunities to see Nazca and blue-footed boobies, reef sharks, and banks of endemic bream fish, either from the dinghy or while snorkeling.

-Difficulty level: intermediate

-Type of terrain: water

-Duration: 1-hour snorkeling

Cities Covered Baltra Island

AM –  Carrion Point (Santa Cruz Island)

Dinghy ride at the entry of the Itabaca channel in a lagoon with turquoise water, where we can observe sharks, blue footed boobies,  and different kinds of fish.

-Difficulty level: easy

-Type of terrain: none

-Duration: 1-hour dinghy ride

Baltra Airport

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

Dinghy ride at the entry of the Itabaca channel in a lagoon with turquoise water, where we can observe sharks, blue footed boobies, and different kinds of fish.

 

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


Departure Dates and Rates

Departures
Dec 201820Jan 20193, 17, 31Feb 201914, 28
Mar 201914, 28Apr 201911, 25May 20199, 23
Jun 20196, 20Jul 20194, 18Aug 20191, 15, 29
Sep 201912, 26Oct 201910, 24Nov 20197, 21
Dec 20195, 19Jan 20202

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

ClassDatesSingle RateDouble RateTriple Rate
Balcony Suite
For departures December 20,2018 through January 3,2019 US$ 6,794 US$ 3,882 US$ 3,559
For departures January 17,2019 through March 28,2019 US$ 6,470 US$ 3,697 US$ 3,389
For departures April 11,2019 through May 23,2019 US$ 6,794 US$ 3,882 US$ 3,559
For departures June 6,2019 through June 20,2019 US$ 6,470 US$ 3,697 US$ 3,389
For departures July 4,2019 through August 15,2019 US$ 6,794 US$ 3,882 US$ 3,559
For departures August 29,2019 through September 26,2019 US$ 6,470 US$ 3,697 US$ 3,389
For departures October 10,2019 through November 21,2019 US$ 6,794 US$ 3,882 US$ 3,559
For departure December 5,2019 US$ 6,470 US$ 3,697 US$ 3,389
For departures December 19,2019 through January 2,2020 US$ 6,794 US$ 3,882 US$ 3,559
Junior Suite
For departures December 20,2018 through January 3,2019 US$ 5,748 US$ 3,285 US$ 3,011
For departures January 17,2019 through March 28,2019 US$ 5,474 US$ 3,128 US$ 2,868
For departures April 11,2019 through May 23,2019 US$ 5,748 US$ 3,285 US$ 3,011
For departures June 6,2019 through June 20,2019 US$ 5,474 US$ 3,128 US$ 2,868
For departures July 4,2019 through August 15,2019 US$ 5,748 US$ 3,285 US$ 3,011
For departures August 29,2019 through September 26,2019 US$ 5,474 US$ 3,128 US$ 2,868
For departures October 10,2019 through November 21,2019 US$ 5,748 US$ 3,285 US$ 3,011
For departure December 5,2019 US$ 5,474 US$ 3,128 US$ 2,868
For departures December 19,2019 through January 2,2020 US$ 5,748 US$ 3,285 US$ 3,011
Legend Suite
For departures December 20,2018 through January 3,2019 US$ 9,004 US$ 5,145 US$ 4,717
For departures January 17,2019 through March 28,2019 US$ 8,575 US$ 4,900 US$ 4,492
For departures April 11,2019 through May 23,2019 US$ 9,004 US$ 5,145 US$ 4,717
For departures June 6,2019 through June 20,2019 US$ 8,575 US$ 4,900 US$ 4,492
For departures July 4,2019 through August 15,2019 US$ 9,004 US$ 5,145 US$ 4,717
For departures August 29,2019 through September 26,2019 US$ 8,575 US$ 4,900 US$ 4,492
For departures October 10,2019 through November 21,2019 US$ 9,004 US$ 5,145 US$ 4,717
For departure December 5,2019 US$ 8,575 US$ 4,900 US$ 4,492
For departures December 19,2019 through January 2,2020 US$ 9,004 US$ 5,145 US$ 4,717
Standard Interior
For departures December 20,2018 through January 3,2019 US$ 4,071 US$ 2,326 US$ 2,133
For departures January 17,2019 through March 28,2019 US$ 3,877 US$ 2,215 US$ 2,031
For departures April 11,2019 through May 23,2019 US$ 4,071 US$ 2,326 US$ 2,133
For departures June 6,2019 through June 20,2019 US$ 3,877 US$ 2,215 US$ 2,031
For departures July 4,2019 through August 15,2019 US$ 4,071 US$ 2,326 US$ 2,133
For departures August 29,2019 through September 26,2019 US$ 3,877 US$ 2,215 US$ 2,031
For departures October 10,2019 through November 21,2019 US$ 4,071 US$ 2,326 US$ 2,133
For departure December 5,2019 US$ 3,877 US$ 2,215 US$ 2,031
For departures December 19,2019 through January 2,2020 US$ 4,071 US$ 2,326 US$ 2,133
Standard Plus
For departures December 20,2018 through January 3,2019 US$ 5,040 US$ 2,880 US$ 2,641
For departures January 17,2019 through March 28,2019 US$ 4,800 US$ 2,743 US$ 2,515
For departures April 11,2019 through May 23,2019 US$ 5,040 US$ 2,880 US$ 2,641
For departures June 6,2019 through June 20,2019 US$ 4,800 US$ 2,743 US$ 2,515
For departures July 4,2019 through August 15,2019 US$ 5,040 US$ 2,880 US$ 2,641
For departures August 29,2019 through September 26,2019 US$ 4,800 US$ 2,743 US$ 2,515
For departures October 10,2019 through November 21,2019 US$ 5,040 US$ 2,880 US$ 2,641
For departure December 5,2019 US$ 4,800 US$ 2,743 US$ 2,515
For departures December 19,2019 through January 2,2020 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:

  • 25% of the total tour cost is due at the time of booking
  • 75% is due no later than 65 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 65 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 65 days away, then relevant cancellation fees will apply.

Cancellation Policy:

i) 20% of the trip price if it is cancelled between 89 and 65 days before the departure.

ii) 50% of the trip price, if it occurs from 59 to 30 days prior to the departure.

iii) 100% of the trip price, if it occurs within 29 to 0 hours prior to the departure.

 

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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